IU East News and Notes

IU East News and Notes

IU East hosts discussion on service-learning contributes to academic success
Several Indiana University East faculty, staff and students participated in the Indiana University Partnerships and Reciprocity Conference on service-learning initiatives. The conference was held at IUPUI November 14 and had live participants at all eight Indiana University campuses.

IU East hosted a live stream panel discussion on service learning. Introduced by Executive Vice Chancellor Larry Richards and convened by Patty Crawford, career and experiential learning coordinator at IU East, the panel discussion focused on how experiential learning contributes to academic success, the development of an engaged citizenry, and to enhance career opportunities. The panel also discussed the characteristics of successful service learning programs that benefit both students and the nonprofits they serve; where the challenges lie in developing such programs; and how the economic downturn impacted such programs.

IU participants on the panel included Campus Library Director Frances Yates, who is also the Indiana Campus Compact faculty representative, and AmeriCorps service-learning member and IU East student Ed De La Paz.

The panel also included Bob Bringle, Chancellor’s Professor of Psychology and Philanthropic Studies, executive director of the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning at IUPUI; Megan Oldham, education site coordinator at Jeffers Unit, Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County; Stacey Steele, director of education, Boys & Girls Clubs of Wayne County; and Maggie Stevens, executive director of Indiana Campus Compact.

Crawford is also a member of the conference planning committee.


Business dean, associate professor to present at international conference
School of Business and Economics Dean David Frantz and Fredricka Joyner, associate professor of business administration and organization behavior, co-authored a paper entitled “Green Leadership: Constructing a Model,” which focuses on applying green leadership principles to management skills.

Frantz and Joyner presented the paper at the International Leadership Association 2011 Conference in London October 28-30. The title of the presentation was “Planet, Many Worlds: Remapping the Purpose of Leadership.”

The presentation discussed the concern of corporations and global organizations with organizational practices that emphasize sustainability. While many understand the characteristics of green organizations, few have explored sustainable leadership itself.

Frantz and Joyner outlined a conceptual model and facilitated a discussion exploring Green Leadership.

More than 700 leadership scholars, practitioners, and educators from close to 50 countries gather each year at ILA’s annual Global Conference to present their finest research and scholarship, compelling ideas, best practices, newest teaching techniques, and unique stories from the field.


Dean of Nursing appointed to steering committee on professional education; practices in Indiana
Dean of the School of Nursing Karen Clark was appointed to the Indiana Action Coalition Steering Committee.

The Indiana Action Coalition is one of 15 state action coalitions selected to address the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Responding to the mounting nationwide awareness of healthcare workforce issues, the Action Coalitions have been assembled to advance crucial topics at all levels, from local to national.

The Campaign for Action (CFA) is a collaboration created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the AARP Foundation to prepare health professionals to lead change that will improve the healthcare system.

The CFA aims to maximize contributions to collaborative, interdisciplinary teams across the spectrum, enlisting support from government, business, academic and philanthropy leaders. The Indiana Action Coalition plans to concentrate on patient safety, nursing practice models, nursing education, and the advancement of inter-professional education and practice across the state.


Associate professor of English receives teaching award from ICEA
Jean Harper, associate professor of English, received the Teacher/Scholar of the Year award for 2011 from the Indiana College English Association (ICEA). She received the award during the annual conference in October at Anderson University, in Anderson, Ind. This competitive award is given annually and recipients are selected by the Board of Directors of ICEA.

Also, IU East students Zack Bishop, Hillary Cameron, and Christina Persson presented during the conference. Bishop’s presentation, “Road Not Maintained,” and Persson’s presentation, “Human Recreation and its Effect on the Environment,” were based on their 2011 Summer Research Scholars projects. Cameron’s presentation, “Judged, Beaten, and Loved,” is a part of his Honors Program thesis.

The Indiana College English Association is a professional organization equally dedicated to scholarship and to teaching. One of 20 regional affiliates of the College English Association, the ICEA welcomes faculty, students, independent scholars and creative writers who are interested in contributing to scholarship, teaching, and literary culture.

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