Indiana University East welcomes two new faculty members this spring semester.
Denise Frazier, assistant professor of education, joined the IU East School of Education. She received her Ph.D. in Reading Education with cognates in Elementary Education and Research and her Masters of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education from Ball State University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communication and Public Relations from Purdue University.
Previously Frazier was an assistant professor of literacy education at Purdue University Northwest. Formerly, she was an adjunct professor in education for Indiana Wesleyan University. She was the district high ability coordinator and a sixth grade teacher for the Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation. She has also taught fifth grade at Garfield Elementary.
Frazier is a member of Indiana Connected Educators, the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, the International Society for Technology in Education, Mid-West Educational Research Association, and the International Literacy Association.
She has published articles most recently in Literacy Today, Computers in the Schools, Mid-Western Education Researcher, the Journal of Educational Technology Systems and the Journal of Educational Research and Practice. She has presented at international, national and state conferences.
Prakriti Pollack, visiting lecturer in chemistry, joined the IU East School of Natural Science and Mathematics and will be on campus for the spring semester. Pollack received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from The Ohio State University. She received her Master of Science in Chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India, and her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with minors in physics and mathematics from the University of Calcutta in Kolkata, India. She also received a Master of Business Administration from Wright State University.
Previously Pollack was a part-time laboratory instructor and lecturer for the University of Dayton. She has taught part-time at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, and was a teaching associate at The Ohio State University. She has also been a scientist with Aldrich Chemical Company in Miamisburg, Ohio.
She is a volunteer at Sugarcreek- Bellbrook Local Schools, the American Chemical Society and Cox Arboretum.
Pollack has published works in the Canadian Journal of Chemistry and Tetrahedron Letters. She has presented at national conferences.