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Faculty Innovator: Quinn Dauer9th December 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—Yes or no: Was Argentine populist Juan Perón a fascist? Was the 1910 Mexican Revolution a Communist revolution? Did the CIA try to assassinate Fidel Castro? These questions are samples from an innovative class assignment given by Dr. Quinn Dauer, associate professor of history and international studies. The assignment challenges …

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IU Southeast hits 56 QM-certified online courses5th November 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Not to brag, but let’s brag: IU Southeast now offers 56 Quality Matters-certified online courses. That’s twice as many as the rest of the IU system combined, and good enough for 19th place nationally. Not that we’re keeping score. Then again, the numbers say something about our commitment, not only …

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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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New ILTE Academic Media Production Space expands horizons for faculty and students26th April 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Don’t be surprised if the videos, online classes and other presentations by IU Southeast faculty start to look more polished, tech-savvy, and . . . well . . . cool. That’s because IU Southeast now has its own Dreamworks: the Academic Media and Production (AMP) Space at the Institute for …

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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: Donna Albrecht18th February 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—Donna Albrecht joined IU Southeast at a pivotal moment in campus history. Dr. Magdalena Herdoiza-Estevez, for over two decades the guiding light of the English as a New Language (ENL) program and the force behind the New Neighbors Education Center and the School of Education’s unique partnership with schools in …

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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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