Fall 2014University Updates

Fall 2014: Education, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Public Health

School of Education: School-based field experiences pay off

The School of Education has continued to pursue innovation in both elementary and secondary education programming. With financial support from the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning, faculty have been reinventing the undergraduate program for secondary education to connect theory and practice by focusing on the activities of teacher candidates in school-based field experiences. In a related effort, Elementary Education faculty have been researching diverse models and traveling to model programs to rethink the preparation of elementary teachers in light of new demands and increasing expectations of content-knowledge competency. Continuing UIndy’s relationship with Dow Agro-Sciences, the SOE received a second grant of $125,000 to support the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows and their mentors. In addition, these funds will be fostering the work of CAS science and math faculty as they share their knowledge of teaching in their content areas.

A grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York will help the School of Education and nearby Christel House Academy charter school collaborate with local professionals from Dow AgroSciences to improve the preparation of math teachers and academic performance of elementary students. One of just five programs in the nation funded by this grant, the Indianapolis project involves creating “communities of practice” among UIndy education faculty, Christel House Academy teachers, and UIndy students majoring in elementary education. The relationship will allow undergraduate teacher candidates to practice and refine their skills in a real-life setting with a diverse population of high-need urban students (see the 2014 issue of 1400).

In March Gaoming Zhang, Nancy Steffel, and Beverly Reitsma presented “Creating In-Depth Engagement through Collaboration and Communication” at the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education in Indianapolis. John Hartwyk, Kellie Compton, Anne Cook ’02, and Rose Savela ’14 were co-presenters.

In March Angelia Ridgway, Kate Reinhardt, Amy Sekhar (Modern Languages), and Sarah Ohmer (Modern Languages) presented an interdisciplinary study at the 2014 Central States’ Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages held in St. Louis. Their work focused on the design of instruction in teaching second languages in a hybrid (face-to-face and online) format.

This spring, Kate Reinhardt, the Student Education Association sponsor, won the Indiana Student Education Association Outstanding Local Advisor award.

Ridgway and Terrence Harewood received a national grant to study changes in the development of intercultural sensitivity among teacher candidates in an alternative teacher certification program. The study involved an analysis of these future teachers’ changes in beliefs about cultural and pedagogical practices in teaching. A cohort from the master of arts in teaching program served as the basis of the study. Their research results were presented in Orlando in March at the National Association for Alternative Certification’s conference.

Jean S. Lee, Sue Blackwell, Jennifer Drake, and Kathryn A. Moran published “Taking a Leap of Faith: Redefining Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Through Project-Based Learning” in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning. The study examines two aspects of teaching with a project-based learning model in higher education settings: faculty definitions of PBL and faculty PBL practices, as evidenced by their self-described successes and challenges in implementation.

Mary Gobbett ’94 (Biology) and Nancy Steffel continued their collaboration with their Junior Scientist Program at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Perry Township this past year. Each Friday afternoon, they guided both science and elementary education majors to create science experiences for second grade “Junior Scientists.” Gobbett and Steffel shared their work at three conferences: “Linking Literacy & Science to Improve Habits of Mind” at the Kappa Delta Pi Convo in Dallas in October 2013; “UIndy Jr. Scientist Program: Using Minds-on Science Activities to Complement Nonfiction Picture Books” at the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers conference in Indianapolis in February; and “Creating Confident Elementary Teachers in Science: UIndy Junior Scientist Program” with Reitsma at the National Science Teachers Association conference in Boston in April. This year, the Junior Scientist Program will be expanded through support by the Perry Township to include both the second and fourth grades.

Deb Sachs ’78, Reitsma, Ridgway, John Somers, and Steffel presented “Under the Lens of Mid-Program Benchmark Assessment” at the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education conference in Indianapolis in March.

In March, Ridgway, Sachs, and Zhang presented “As the Landscape Changes, So Must Teacher Education: Cultivating Teachers for Project-Based Learning” at the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education conference. Lee and Sachs presented “A Clinical Residency Model: Successes and Challenges.”

At the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education conference in March, Ridgway, Sachs, and Donna Stephenson presented “Engagement, Connections, and Motivation: Providing a Model for Pre-Service Teachers.” Addie Angelov, Jimmy Angelov ’12, David Johnson ’11, and Sachs presented “UIndy and Wayne: Making an Impact on Students.” Lee, Sachs, Krista Latham ’03 (Anthropology/Biology), Kathy Stickney (Chemistry), Tammy Vermillion ’12, and LaWanda Mitchell ’13 presented “In the Trenches Together: An Interdisciplinary Approach between School of Education and College of Arts and Science Faculty to Prepare Effective STEM Teachers.”

This summer Greta Pennell participated in the Harris Manchester College Summer Research Institute in Oxford, England. As part of her research fellowship during the institute she examined movable books published in the mid-1800s and personal accounts of children’s development during the same time period in terms of gender socialization through and children’s play, toys, and literature. Pennell also presented “‘I Was More of a Tonka Truck Girl:’ Toy Stories that Define Our Lives” at the World Congress of the International Toy Research Association in Braga, Portugal, in July.

Somers and Rachael Aming-Attai presented at the iPad Possibilities conference at Center Grove Community School Corporation in June. Their presentation, “Ten Reasons & Ways to Video Record Your Teaching,” presented aspects of their research from the STEM grant received from the Carnegie Corporation in 2013.

School of Nursing: Providing health care in Ecuador

UIndy’s School of Nursing has earned the full 10-year accreditation for its BSN and MSN programs. The accreditation is effective through June 30, 2024.

In June faculty Kathy Hetzler, Barb Winningham, and Janie Toon presented “Developing Leaders through Mentoring in the Mission Field” at the Innovations of Faith-Based Nursing at Indiana Wesleyan University. Becca Cartledge also helped to create the presentation.In May Hetzler along with Denise Ferrell ’93 and Carolyn Kirkendall led a service-learning healthcare trip to Ecuador for a Spring Term class. A group of 11 students, including nine nursing students, a pre-med student, and a pre-OT student, traveled to the Loja region in Ecuador to set up and conduct healthcare clinics in three locations. The team grew to include two physicians, a pediatric nurse practitioner, a pharmacist, and Kellie Cross ’12, a graduate in nursing who is a missionary. The team saw 504 people over a five-day period and conducted two CPR training sessions.

School of Occupational Therapy: Playing games for good health

In June Kate DeCleene Huber presented at the NBCOT International Occupational Therapy Regulatory Forum in London about the credentialing of internationally trained occupational therapists in the United States.

In June Beth Ann Walker ’01 was an invited speaker at the Games for Health Conference in Boston. Walker discussed elements of design, delivery, acceptance, and use of games for health and wellness to meet the needs of various populations.

In October Kaila Bowman ’14, Jessica Marquis ’14, Taylor Murphy ’14, Chelsea Sanders ’14, Chanlar Pierce ’14, and Jessica Ward ’14, all master of occupational therapy students, will present “Enhancing Evidence-Based Practice through the assessment of confidence and knowledge” at the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association Conference in Lisle, Ill. The study was guided by Huber and Alison Nichols ’09.

Lori Breeden ’99 successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, “Exploring Older Adult Home Safety Education With Photo Elicitation via Telehealth,” in June. Nichols successfully defended her doctoral capstone “Changes in Knowledge, Skills, and Confidence in Fieldwork Educators after Participation in an Evidence-Based Practice Short Course” in May.

Prof to direct Master of Public Health program

McMorrow-ShannonAssistant Professor Shannon McMorrow has been appointed interim director of UIndy’s new Master of Public Health degree program, which begins this fall. McMorrow joined the Department of Kinesiology in August after earning her own MPH from San Jose State University and working as a community health education practitioner for more than 10 years in various settings across the United States, Belize, and Uganda.

“Shannon’s global experience in public health makes her a terrific choice to lead UIndy’s MPH program,” said College of Health Sciences Dean Stephanie Kelly. “In addition to her depth of experience, we think students will be well served by Shannon’s passion for highlighting and addressing health disparities between groups of people around the world.”

UIndy’s Master of Public Health is one of few in the nation focusing on health disparities. It will be one of the only such programs in Indiana offered primarily online.

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