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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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Faculty innovator: Sandra Johnson22nd January 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Sandra Johnson remembers playing teacher as a child, in a classroom of make-believe students. “Gaining knowledge, and sharing it, were my ultimate goals,” she said. Today, as senior lecturer in the areas of allied health and health information management, she prepares real live students to enter a career that didn’t …

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Faculty innovator: Steffany Comfort Maher14th December 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Sometimes your calling is right where you thought it would be. Sometimes you stumble across it by accident. Sometimes it arises out of the ashes of what you thought your calling was. That last scenario describes the way it was for Steffany Comfort Maher, assistant professor of English education. Maher …

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Faculty Innovator: Jared Law-Penrose19th November 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Jared Law-Penrose, assistant professor of business, sums up his teaching philosophy in one word: Curiosity. It was curiosity that won him a Boren Scholarship as an undergraduate for a year-long study in Russia to investigate the way media exportation affected Russian college student perceptions of American culture. It was curiosity …

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Faculty Innovator: Anne Allen1st September 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—For Anne Allen, professor of fine arts, learning begins with unlearning. Through classroom strategies involving exploration, creativity and play, she helps students shed the constrictions of traditional education and become independent lifelong learners and global citizens. A distinguished record Allen joined the IU Southeast faculty as the institution’s first art …

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Dr. Sumreen Asim is the 2019-20 ILTE faculty innovator of the year19th August 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Dr. Sumreen Asim, assistant professor of elementary science and technology education, is the 2019-20 Institute for Learning and Teaching Excellence (ILTE) faculty innovator of the year. The award, announced at the ILTE Mini-Conference, recognizes Asim’s drive to cultivate a mindset of continuous innovation not only in her own classroom, but …

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Faculty Innovator: John-Robert Curtin1st April 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—John-Robert Curtin, adjunct instructor of criminology and criminal justice, is from New England. Gentle in his delivery, yet he doesn’t mince words: The first assignment his students receive in CJ 313: Peace, Conflict and Social Justice is to write their own obituaries. As a way for an instructor to hammer …

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Faculty Innovator: Jeremy Wells19th March 2020

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Not many courses conclude with the students voting to exile the instructor. Not many instructors would be happy about it. But Jeremy Wells, associate professor of English, isn’t just any instructor. Wearing a zombie mask and communicating only in grunts, Wells humbly accepted banishment at the end of his literature …

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