Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning
Bold choices, better schools
CELL published its research and evaluation report for the second-year implementation of New Technology High Schools in Indiana. Dr. Jill Bradley-Levine, fellow for research and evaluation, released the findings at the “Indiana’s Future: Bold Choices. Better Schools” conference in November. CELL continues to lead the implementation of the New Technology High School model across Indiana; 17 schools are scheduled to be operational by August 2010.
Jennifer Oliver, fellow for strategic initiatives, presented “Examining and Advocating for Policy Change at the State and Institutional Levels: Indiana’s High School-to-College Transition Project” at the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships national conference.
In November, Jenison High School in Jenison, Mich., renamed its aquatic center in honor of Dr. David Dresslar (CELL executive director), who served as superintendent of the Jenison Public Schools from 1986 to 2003. Dr. Dresslar provided the keynote address at a conference for the Louisiana New Tech High School Network in January. He presented “High School Transformation: New Tech and Football” to a group of more than 200 school leaders working to implement the innovative school model.
College of Health Sciences
Dr. Mary Blake Huer traveled to Dubai in November to participate in meetings on Ratification and Strategies for Implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Dr. Huer presented the report from Rehabilitation International’s Audit Committee to the Executive and General Governing Assembly.
Dr. Huer is the chair of the three-person audit committee of the international organization representing 100 countries. She attended the first Rehabilitation International regional conference in the Arab region, with nearly 400 participants from around the world focusing on improving the dignity and rights of persons with disabilities. She participated as the voting delegate and president of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, an NGO of the United Nations.
In November, Dr. Huer attended the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention in New Orleans, and participated in a tour of the devastated areas left by Katrina as a part of her new scholarly activities in the areas of social justice.
Community Programs Center
The University of Indianapolis hosted the third International Symposium on Service-Learning in November at its Athens campus in Greece. The event was chaired by Dr. Phylis Lan Lin, UIndy sociology professor. Cosponsors included the University of Indianapolis-Athens, Indiana Campus Compact, Miami University Hamilton, and Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University, China. Eleven faculty and professional staff from the University attended the event and presented their work. The University of Indianapolis Press has announced that plans are in the works for the publication of the book Service-Learning in Higher Education: Educators, Students, and Communities.
Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs
Dr. Michael G. Cartwright made a presentation and chaired the session at “Re-reading Scripture with John Howard Yoder” at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in New Orleans. He also participated in a panel discussion of the “Holiness Manifesto” at the annual meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics in San Jose, Calif. Cartwright is editor and one of the authors of a collection of essays and responses that has been published by the University of Indianapolis Press in 2010, Exploring Christian Mission After Christendom: United Methodist Perspectives.
Dr. Jen Camden’s book Secondary Heroines in Nineteenth-Century British and American Novels will be published by Ashgate in March. Her essay “Channeling Thought: Legal Fictions of 1823,” cowritten with Kathryn Fort, was selected for inclusion in the collection Alterdictums and (A)side Bars:American Indian Law and Literature in the United States. The item was cited in the law review article “Legal Fictions and Juristic Truth” forthcoming from St. Thomas Law Review. This spring she’ll present papers at the following conferences: Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, the British Women Writers Conference, and the Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture Since 1900.
History & Political Science
Lincoln and Indiana
In September Dr. A. James Fuller delivered “Lincoln’s Man in Indiana: Governor Oliver P. Morton and the Civil War” as part of “Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War in Indiana” at Indiana University Purdue University-Columbus. He participated in the Civil War Study Group Symposium at Ball State University in Muncie in September.