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Robert Rennie is Faculty Innovator of the Year21st April 2022

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind)–Dr. Robert Rennie, assistant professor of history, has been recognized as Faculty Innovator of the Year by the board of directors of the Institute for Learning and Teaching Excellence (ILTE). The award recognizes the effort put forth by faculty who have redesigned their courses or introduced new courses with innovative, …

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Faculty Innovator: Robert Rennie3rd March 2022

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—Last week Russia invaded Ukraine, unleashing a global firestorm with unforeseeable consequences. All because of one man’s interpretation of history. Dr. Robert Rennie, assistant professor of history and resident European specialist, tossed his prepared syllabi to focus his students’ attention on the roots and realities of the war. His method …

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Faculty Innovator: Susan Popham21st February 2022

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–It’s 8 a.m. It’s ENG 131. Reading, Writing and Inquiry I. It’s hard enough to be human at this hour, to say nothing of trying to focus on the subjunctive mood. Susan Popham understands this. As associate professor of English (composition) and writing concentration coordinator teaching this foundational course, she …

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Faculty Innovator: Patrick Lach14th February 2022

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Things you may know about Patrick Lach, assistant professor of finance: He is a financial advisor with his own financial services firm, a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, and the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Research and Creativity Award (Junior). What you may not know: He’s downright geeky about …

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Faculty Innovators: Sumreen Asim and John Ross11th October 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–For a student, the academic year can sometimes feel like a roller coaster at a theme park, with its highs, lows and ecstatic relief at having survived. And wobbly knees. But what if classrooms really were theme parks? Better still: What if theme parks were classrooms? Absurd, right? Not when …

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Faculty Innovator: Maria Accardi6th September 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—Each year, the First Year Seminar (FYS) introduces freshmen Grenadiers to the building blocks of academic research. Information literacy is among the required General Education learning outcomes, embedded in courses COAS-S104 FYS and COAS-S154 Pathways. At IU Southeast, the information literacy component is taught by faculty librarians, led by Maria …

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Dr. Donna Albrecht is ILTE faculty innovator of the year25th April 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Dr. Donna Albrecht, professor of education in the ENL program and director of the New Neighbors Center, has received the Faculty Innovator of the Year Award from the Institute for Learning and Teaching Excellence (ILTE). Albrecht topped the field of eight nominees from across the academic disciplines, drawing recognition for …

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Faculty Innovator: Mildred Vernia1st April 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—Racing heart, clammy hands, light-headedness, upset stomach. No, this isn’t a “Twilight” marathon. These are all symptoms of numerophobia, also known as math anxiety. The trait is experienced by people all over the world. In one key 2012 study of 15- to 16-year-old students in 34 countries, nearly 60 percent …

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Faculty Innovator: Daniel Hoffman16th March 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—As a boy growing up in rural Virginia, Daniel Hoffman wondered how stuff worked. He dreamed of figuring out machines, before ultimately devoting his life to figuring out the organisms that create them. “I thought I wanted to build mechanical things,” Hoffman said. “But my academic area is more aimed …

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