University UpdatesWinter 2012

Winter 2012: Business, Education, Nursing

School of Business: Forecasting good business

Last fall Esen Gurtunca presented “The European Union and Prospects” at the conference of the Indiana Academy of Social Sciences. Early last winter, she was a panel member on the topic “A Forecast for the Indiana Economy” at the Indiana Economic Development Association meeting in Indianapolis.

Kay Poston presented a poster, “Using Discussion Forums in Cost Accounting to Develop and Assess Students’ Personal and Broad Business Perspective Competencies” at the 2011 American Accounting Association Conference on Teaching and Learning in Accounting. She was a discussant on two papers at their annual meeting and discussant and moderator at the Midwest Region meeting. She and Rachel Smith also presented their paper “An Interdisciplinary Service-Learning Course for Undergraduate Accounting and Finance Students: The VITA Program Expanded” at the Midwest Region Meeting. Poston has been elected to serve a three-year term as a member of the AAA Midwest Region Steering Committee.

In November Terry J. Schindler ’84, Karl Knapp, and Sheela Yadav had their research “The Retention Effects of Dyad Test Taking in Graduate School Students: An Empirical Analysis” accepted for presentation at the 2011 Lilly Conference on College Teaching at Miami University. In August Schindler presented “Professionalism” in Fishers, Ind., at the Annual Education Summit of the Indiana Society of Sleep Professionals.

Jeffrey Woods had his paper “Using Cognitive Conflict to Promote the Use of Dialectical Learning for Strategic Decision-Makers” accepted for publication in the Learning Organization Journal. In October he discussed a paper and served as session chair at the meeting of the Missouri Valley Economics Association and chaired a session at the annual meeting of the Indiana Academy of Social Sciences.

School of Education: Teacher of the Year

Angelia Ridgway (pictured) was named University Teacher of the Year by the Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. She received the honor at the Indiana Conference of Foreign Language Teachers, held in Indianapolis on October 29. The award recognizes her many accomplishments in the Spanish teaching profession, as well as her contributions to the Master of Arts in Teaching program at the University of Indianapolis.

Sue Blackwell recently completed research toward a project on teaching social justice as part of her Harris-Manchester grant to study at Oxford, England, this past July. She researched James Martineau, a Unitarian minister whose lectures, sermons, and articles are informing part of the historical research she is completing.

In November seniors Casey Pennington, Kristen Singer, and Caitlin Houser presented at the National Council of Teachers of English on strategies for teaching high school English. Houser and Christy Michel, Heather Campbell, and Zach Baker presented at the national Kappa Delta Pi convention in November. Their topic was a project they developed at a Wayne Township school for students to write letters of advice to incoming seventh graders.

A collaboration between faculty in the School of Occupational Therapy and the Department of Teacher Education has been awarded an InQuery grant. The project will provide a workshop and support for OT faculty in learning models and teaching strategies to aid in integrating their roles as clinicians with those of being academicians.

A second component of the project will help OT students connect patient/client education principles with those of learning methodologies. Kate DeCleene, Lori Breeden ’97 ’99, and Julie Bednarski ’96 from the School of Occupational Therapy and Angelia Ridgway, Deb Sachs ’78, and Donna Stephenson from the Department of Teacher Education are collaborating on the interdisciplinary project. A proposal based on the project has been submitted for the 2012 national conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

STEM teaching fellowships in the news
The Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship program at the University of Indianapolis was featured recently in the national publication Education Week.
Although the intensive one-year master’s degree program is best known for placing highly qualified science and math teachers in underserved schools, the newspaper focused on its other major thrust: encouraging education schools to rethink the way they prepare new teachers. UIndy Woodrow Wilson Director Jennifer Drake and program alumnus Hwa Tsu ’10 were interviewed for the article. “The part that prepared me the most was just the actual experience of being in the classroom and being mentored by classroom teachers,” said Tsu, who holds a PhD in biomedical engineering and now teaches physics and physical science at North Central High School in Indianapolis.

“When I started as a full-time teacher, it almost felt like I had a year of experience.”

The New Jersey-based Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation launched the program in Indiana, where the first cohort of fellows just completed the first year of full-time teaching. The fourth cohort is being recruited to begin its studies next year. The program has since spread to Michigan and Ohio.

School of Nursing: Passing with flying colors

The May 2011 Associate of Science in Nursing class had a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX (the National Council Licensure Examination), an exam for the licensing of nurses in the United States.

Margie Porter and Kathy Hetzler were accepted by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to participate in the Quality and Safety Education in Nursing Education Consortium Institute in Charleston, S.C., next November. The AACN is leading a national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to provide full-time faculty in entry-level nursing programs with the skills, knowledge, and resources to educate nursing students in the delivery of safe, high-quality nursing practices. When they return to UIndy, Porter and Hetzler will facilitate the incorporation of QSEN content into the curriculum for baccalaureate programs, train faculty peers on quality and safety content, and teach nursing students to use the QSEN content. The framework for the QSEN Institute includes patient-centered care, teamwork, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, patient safety, and informatics.

Carolyn Kirkendall is president of the Central Indiana chapter of the Critical Care Nurses Association for 2011–12.

In September Anne Thomas (dean) presented “Oh No, I Have MRSA: Helping Patients Understand” and “What Every Baby Boomer Needs to Know: Taking Care of Aging Parents” at the national American Association of Medical Assistants conference in Indianapolis. In October she copresented “Updates in Physical Health Assessment for Occupational Health Nurses” for the Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering at the University of Michigan. She also presented “The Future of Nursing in the United States: Focusing on the Nurse Practitioner” at the Annual International Forum sponsored by Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Oita Chapter of the Japanese Nursing Association in October. She provided consultative services to help define the role of the NP in Japan as well as certification examination criteria during the visit. Thomas has been selected to be a team leader for CCNE accreditation visits and will take team leader training this semester.

Barb Winningham serves as a faculty member for the Centering Healthcare Institute and conducts two-day training for providers and staff to use CenteringPregnancy, a group model of prenatal care. She also serves as a site visitor for organizations seeking site approval. Since July, she has been to St. Genevieve, Mo., and Ashland, Ohio, for consultative visits and has done training in Indianapolis for Wishard and St. Vincent’s hospitals.

Connie Wilson participated on a nine-member national task force for the National League for Nursing to revise the structure of the organization. In September she presented outcomes of the taskforce work at the NLN Summit in Florida. Wilson was asked to participate in a regional task force of the Higher Learning Commission to revise accreditation processes related to the Academic Quality Improvement Program, known as AQIP. The taskforce work began in August and will conclude by 2013.

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