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An IUPUI communication studies professor has been honored with the university’s Advocate for Equity in Accessibility Award. Created in 2016, the award recognizes a member of the IUPUI faculty, staff or administration who goes above and beyond to ensure that students with disabilities enjoy all possible benefits of campus life.

This year’s award went to Ronald Sandwina, senior lecturer in the department of communication studies and director of the IUPUI general studies program. Both roles fall within the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

Sandwina was honored for helping Adaptive Educational Services (AES) students achieve their academic goals. As a mentor, Sandwina has offered encouragement and guidance. He’s credited with helping many AES students persist through college and graduate.

“Professor Sandwina’s efforts are an example to us all,” said Thomas J. Davis, dean of the School for Liberal Arts at IUPUI. “We appreciate the energy and dedication he brings to helping all IUPUI students succeed and feel welcomed on campus.”

The award was presented at the annual IUPUI Diversity Reception on Wed., Sept. 20, at Sahm’s Atrium in One America Square. Sandwina’s name will be added to the Advocates for Equity in Accessibility Awards wall plaque in Taylor Hall. The plaque is located near the bust of Joseph Taylor, IUPUI’s first dean of Liberal Arts, who was the father of a special needs child and strong supporter of IUPUI’s Adaptive Educational Services and its students.

The faculty of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI recognized three of their own with the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Awards. The awards recognize faculty who have distinguished themselves in teaching, research, and/or service over multiple years and are selected by the faculty affairs committee of the Liberal Arts Faculty Assembly based on nominations.

Outstanding Tenure-Track Faculty Award

Elizabeth Goering, Professor of Communication Studies

Professor Elizabeth Goering’s commitment to IUPUI is demonstrated not only in her leadership efforts in the Department of Communication Studies but also in her efforts to advance the school and the campus by participating in curriculum building and international teaching opportunities. Professor Goering has an impressive record of peer-reviewed scholarship across teaching, research, and service. In 2015 she published the book “Understanding Patients’ Voices: A Multi-method Approach to Health Discourse.” Professor Goering has earned the Trustees Teaching award 6 times and was selected into Indiana University’s Faculty Colloquium for Excellence in Teaching (FACET). She is known for being active in curriculum and program development, incorporating civic engagement and service learning into her classes, and mentoring students. “She exemplifies the type of scholar, teacher, and colleague that IUPUI values and depends on to keep us a cutting edge urban university,” said one of the nominators.

Outstanding Lecturer Award

Amy Bomke, Lecturer in Spanish

Professor Amy Bomke’s contributions to student education include the creation of environments conducive to learning, cultural engagement, and inclusion of technology. She is responsible for the curriculum and assessment of multi-section courses that enroll over 1,000 students per year. Professor Bomke’s accomplishments include her addition of a service-learning component to a 300-level Spanish conversation class, and her collaboration in a Themed Learning Community on Latinos in the US. A strong mentor to students and faculty alike, she has been a member of numerous capstone committees, directed honor's projects, and mentored many in the MAT program in Spanish. “Amy's record in teaching and service is long, multifaceted, and impressive. She has demonstrated leadership in curriculum development, a high level of teaching and mentoring, and engagement in the scholarship of teaching. She has also proven her strong commitment to serving the department, the school, and the campus through a variety of activities,” wrote a nominator.

Outstanding Associate Faculty Award

Milena Mileva, Associate Faculty, English

Professor Milena Mileva began teaching within the Department of English as a graduate student earning her master's degree in education. She has been praised for her deep concern for students’ wellbeing both within and outside the classroom. Working with many international students, Professor Mileva teaches IUPUI bridge courses and tutors in the University Writing Center. She has dedicated herself to aiding first-year students who are learning collegiate reading and writing skills and new ways of thinking. Professor Mileva is sought out by students and her classes fill quickly each semester. “Milena has a profound impact on the international and American students,” said one letter of nomination. “Milena, as a non-native speaker of English herself, is especially sensitive to these students’ needs.”

Members of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI were among the faculty and students honored at the Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation, part of IUPUI’s annual recognition for achievements, held April 21 in the Hine Hall Auditorium. Chancellor Nasser Paydar hosts the event.

Each year those who best represent IUPUI in its core values (teaching and learning; research, scholarship and creative activity; civic engagement; and diversity, collaboration and best practices) are recognized for their efforts.

Liberal Arts honorees include:

Jennifer Guiliano (assistant professor of history) received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Multicultural Teaching.

Modupe Labode (associate professor of history and museum studies, public scholar of African American history and museums, public scholar of Africana Studies, adjunct professor of Africana Studies, director of undergraduate studies in history) received the Chancellor's Diversity Scholar Award.

Scott Pegg (professor and chair of Political Science) received the Chancellor's Faculty Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement.

Many liberal arts faculty members were recognized with Trustee Teaching Awards. These included Holly Cusack McVeigh (assistant professor of anthropology and museum studies), Elizabeth Goering (associate professor of communication studies), Karen Kovacik (professor of English), John McCormick (professor of political science), Honner Orlando (lecturer in English, EAP coordinator), Mike Polites (senior lecture in communication studies), Jennifer Thorington Springer (associate professor of English, Africana studies), Jing Wang (associate professor of Chinese language and culture), and Scott Weeden (senior lecturer in English).

Krista Hoffman-Longtin was recognized for external achievement as a 2016 member of the Indiana Business Journal’s “40 under 40” list.

Ayobami Egunyomi (Senior, French/global and international studies; minor, political science) was also named the Liberal Arts Chancellor’s Scholar.

“What an honor to be present at the Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation,” said Thomas J. Davis, IU School Liberal Arts dean. "To see our outstanding faculty and students honored reminded me how fortunate I am to work with such dedicated people and serve such wonderful students."

The Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and the IU School of Medicine, with support from the School of Science at IUPUI, have announced an innovative graduate minor in communicating science.

The minor is designed for future scientists, including researchers and practitioners, who find themselves increasingly responsible for public speaking and writing. The first courses in the minor will be offered in the fall semester of 2017.

Scientists and health professionals today need to connect to and to engage with the lay public, policymakers, funders, students and professionals from other disciplines. As a result, they find the need to tailor their communication for a variety of audiences. The program will increase students’ career prospects, help them secure funding and help them serve as effective teachers.

“The courses will offer more than public speaking and writing tips,” says Krista Hoffmann-Longtin, assistant professor of communication studies in the School of Liberal Arts and assistant dean for faculty affairs and professional development in the School of Medicine. “Scientists will learn to improvise messages; to tell relevant stories; and to connect effectively with students, collaborators and funders.”

The minor emerged from Hoffmann-Longtin’s role as the IUPUI campus liaison for the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. A grant from the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning supported the development of new courses. More information about the minor is available online.

Seven new academic programs coming to campus this fall
February 20, 2017

Take a look at seven new academic programs from a variety of schools across the IUPUI campus.

You might already know that IUPUI offers more than 350 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.

And come this fall, there will be a few more.

Here's a look at seven new academic programs from a variety of schools across campus:

Ph.D. in data science, School of Informatics and Computing: This degree -- the first of its kind in Indiana and in the Big Ten, and one of only a handful in the United States -- leads to positions in academia as well as in industry. In fact, Glassdoor, a job and employment-recruiting website, ranks data scientist as the No. 1 job in America based on the number of job openings, salary and overall job-satisfaction rating. According to Glassdoor, the median base salary for a data scientist is $116,840.

The field of data science involves collection, organization, management and extraction of knowledge and insights from massive, complex, heterogeneous data sets commonly known as "big data."

Ph.D. in American studies, School of Liberal Arts: This nontraditional doctoral program looks to recruit students interested in exploring issues through a multidisciplinary approach, drawing on courses already being offered across the School of Liberal Arts. A doctoral internship of at least a year will help students translate their research into a variety of careers.

"The Ph.D. program in American studies at IUPUI does not tweak the traditional Ph.D. model, but rather builds an infrastructure for a collaborative and applied graduate school experience in order to close the distance between academia and the world that surrounds it," said Raymond Haberski Jr., professor of history and director of American studies.

Graduate minor in communicating science, Department of Communication Studies, School of Liberal Arts: Scientists and health professionals today need to connect to and engage with the lay public, policymakers, funders, students and professionals from other disciplines. As a result, they find the need to tailor their communication for a variety of audiences. This program -- designed for future scientists, including researchers and practitioners, who find themselves increasingly responsible for public speaking and writing -- will increase students' career prospects, help them secure funding and help them serve as effective teachers.

"The courses will offer more than public speaking and writing tips," said Krista Hoffmann-Longtin, assistant professor of communication studies in the School of Liberal Arts and assistant dean for faculty affairs and professional development in the School of Medicine. "Scientists will learn to improvise messages; to tell relevant stories; and to connect effectively with students, collaborators and funders."

Liberal arts and management certificate, School of Liberal Arts: A 2013 study suggests that a liberal arts degree coupled with other skills can nearly double job prospects when those skills include marketing, business, data analysis and management -- just to name a few.

"This certificate offers a course of study from both liberal arts and business to better prepare the 21st-century liberal arts graduate to respond to the challenges of a more complex world," said Kristy Sheeler, associate dean for academic programs in the School of Liberal Arts and a professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Contact Sheeler with questions about this new program.

Doctor of public health in global health leadership, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health: The school already knows what some students in this new program will do when they graduate: They'll become state health commissioners; ministers of health; program officers; and mid- to senior-level managers in government agencies, foundations, nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations.

That's based on experiences of a similar program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The person who helped design and lead that program is now at IUPUI: Sue Babich, associate dean of global health, director of the doctoral program in global health leadership, and professor of health policy and management.

The degree prepares students to be leaders who can address the world's challenging and complex public health issues. The three-year degree is a distance program, with classes delivered in real time via internet video. Students meet face-to-face three times each year in years one and two, and they complete dissertations in year three.

Master of Science degree in product stewardship, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health: The only academic degree available today designed to prepare students for leadership roles in the emerging field of product stewardship will train professionals to help businesses in a wide range of industrial fields navigate increasingly complex regulations as they advocate for the production of products in ways that ease regulatory compliance, minimize risks to people and the environment, and boost profitability.

The online 30-credit-hour degree is expected to attract, among others, professionals who are already active in the product-stewardship field seeking formal training that will allow them to move up in their product-stewardship organizations and professionals from a wide range of other backgrounds, including environmental health, regulatory compliance, industrial hygiene, occupational health and safety, sustainability, product development, supply chain, and law.

Master of Arts in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), Department of English, School of Liberal Arts: This 31-credit-hour degree provides both a strong theoretical foundation and hands-on practical experience to prepare national and international graduate students to become effective teachers of English to adult learners who speak other native languages, both in the United States and abroad.

Working with IUPUI's award-winning faculty, students will experience rich opportunities in teaching practica, including not only English for academic purposes but also English for specific purposes -- for example, academic, legal, business and medical English. The program features a unique curricular strength in second-language research, materials preparation, curriculum design and the use of technology in second-language learning.

"It is thrilling to be able to launch the Master of Arts in TESOL at IUPUI," said Ulla Connor, director of the program. "This program is the culmination of TESOL and applied linguistics programming in the Department of English at IUPUI over the past 30 years. Our previous programs include the English for Academic Purposes Program for international students, which began in 1985; the International Center for Intercultural Communication, which started in 1998; and the Program for Intensive English that we began in 2015.”

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis' International Week begins Feb. 20. It features a week of global events, including an International Festival celebrating global food, music and culture.

The International Festival takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd., and is free and open to the public.

Free ethnic foods that will be offered include:

  • Chai tea, India
  • Cheese bread, Brazil
  • Stir-fried rice, Sri Lanka
  • Tapioca pudding, Vietnam
  • Vegetarian dumpling, China

An awards ceremony to honor outstanding work expanding IUPUI's global engagement is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. in the Campus Center atrium. The Office of International Affairs awards include the Susan Buck Sutton Awards for Study Abroad, one for faculty and the other for staff, and the IUPUI Global Engagement Award, which is given to an organization. This year's recipients are:

Other festival events include a global photo booth and a Best Dressed contest, in which faculty, students, staff and community members can vie for a $25 gift card from Barnes & Noble @ IUPUI by wearing clothing from their home country or a place they’ve visited.

The IUPUI global flag collection is on display in the Campus Center until Feb. 24. The collection, curated by the International Center, includes flags of all United Nations–recognized member states and observers.

Other events that will take place during International Week include:

Feb. 20: Study Abroad 101,11 a.m. to noon, Education/Social Work Building, Room 2132: Attend this session to learn about study abroad programs, funding and more.

Feb. 20: Inside and Out: the People of IUPUI, 4 to 5:30 p.m., Taylor Hall UC 101: Art, food, drinks and conversation about the diverse stories and people of IUPUI will be offered. Photographer and videographer Aaron Turner will share a collection of photos from IUPUI's diverse community. A brief program hosted by the IUPUI Multicultural Center will take place at 4:40 p.m.

Feb. 21: Fulbright U.S. Student Program information session, Education/Social Work Building, Room 2132: Learn about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offering fellowships for graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals, and creative and performing artists to spend an academic year abroad.

Feb. 23: Taylor Symposium: It's not Foreign. It's U.S., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Campus Center Theater, 420 University Blvd.: The Taylor Symposium will offer participants the opportunity to explore the Indianapolis landscape, made up of 120 nationalities and 90 languages. As a nation of immigrants, the United States is one of the most diverse societies in the world. Yet history and modern times are rife with examples of cultural misunderstandings that stand in the way of a truly integrated society. Language is the key to overcoming moments of difficulty, facilitating the transition of new Americans, and bringing harmony to our remarkable mosaic of cultural traditions and experiences.

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Professors in the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will discuss their sabbatical projects throughout the spring semester. Topics include delinquent youth in China, the deaf community in Kenya, online classes, humor in the classroom, and white masculinity in the television drama Scandal.

The series is free and open to the public. The lectures will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center (CE), 420 University Blvd.

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Wednesday, Feb. 1 (CE 307): Julie Freeman, English, “Ready or Not? Students Self-Assess Readiness for Online Learning.” Online classes are here to stay, but are students making informed decisions about whether online learning is a good fit for them? This study involved encouraging students to assess their readiness for taking online composition courses before they register.

Friday, Feb. 3 (CE 309): Mike Polites, communication studies, “What If I’m Not Funny? Using Humor as a Teaching Tool.” Whether or not you are “funny”, you can be humorous in the classroom.

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Research has indicated a number of benefits including increased class cohesiveness, retention of material, and even stress reduction in students (Weimer, 2013). Learn how humor and teaching work together in the classroom from a faculty member who moonlights as a standup comedian.

Wednesday, Feb. 8 (CE 405): Wan-Ning Bao, sociology, “Delinquent Youth in a Transforming China.” A sharp rise in youth delinquency has accompanied China’s profound economic, social, and cultural transition. How does dramatic social change lead to a higher rate of delinquency? Is delinquency a coping strategy for stress?

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Friday, March 3 (CE 405): Susan Shepherd, English, “We are here! Counteracting Stigma in the Kenyan Deaf Community.” Deaf individuals in Kenya are marginalized and denied their basic human rights. How do traditional beliefs affect attitudes and how can this be addressed? Activist research addresses counteracting stigma and issues of empowerment, identity and access to education, healthcare, and employment in the Kenyan Deaf community.


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Wednesday, March 8 (CE 405): Ronda Henry Anthony, English, “Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal and the Triumph of the White Masculine Ideal.” A socio-historical analysis of the philanthropic activities of African American entrepreneurs, the strategies that they used to achieve economic success in their business enterprises, and their ongoing struggle to attain economic independence and self-reliance.


Visitor parking is available for a fee in the Vermont Street Garage.

For more information or to RSVP, email

Approximately 50 students participated in IUPUI themed learning communities during the fall semester focused on “Peaceful Conflict Resolution and Communication.”

Themed learning communities (TLCs) include set of courses that engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of a topical area.

As a result of the semester’s coursework, six students were selected to compete in the 9th Curtis Memorial Oratorical Contest on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at the IUPUI Campus Center Theater. The contest provides IUPUI undergraduate students an opportunity to showcase their commitment to peaceful resolution of conflict through extemporaneous oration

2016 winners are:

1st place: Kim Moore, “Purchased”

2nd place: Ashleigh Swan, “The Correct Road Forward”

3rd place: Severa Cox, “Are Suspected Terrorists Human?”

4th place: Christian Smith, “International Right to Water”

5th place: Addison Judson, “Destruction Kept Secret: Sexual Assault”

6th place: Eric Virden, “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Shot”

The speech contest was founded by Communication Studies Professor Emeritus Richard Curtis and his wife, Beth, to honor the memory of his brothers, Robert and Dana, both of whom were killed in war. Professor and Mrs. Curtis are deceased and were represented at the event by their son, Dr. Stephen Curtis.

Event photos are available on Flickr.

Faculty and students from IUPUI will once again represent our department’s excellence in research and teaching at this year’s annual convention of the National Communication Association, November 10-13 in Philadelphia. 

Please plan to join us for our annual reception on Friday, November 11, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM in Room 405 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. The reception is a great opportunity to socialize with faculty, students, alumni, and friends over food and drink. 

IUPUI faculty & student NCA presentations 

Thursday, November 10 

8:00 AM - 10:45 AM, Short Course: Applied Improvisation as Communication Pedagogy Technique: Experiential Learning in an Ensemble, Marriott Downtown, Grand Salon L - Level 5 (Krista Hoffman-Longtin) 

8:00 AM  - 9:15 AM, Turning the Tables on Patient Advocacy: Responsible Patients Informing Responsive Providers, Marriott Downtown, Grand Salon E - Level 5 (Janet Panoch) 

12:30 PM  - 1:45 PM , Make Communication Great Again: Toward a More Civil Primary Presidential Debate, Marriott Downtown, Room 411 - Level 4 (Ian Sheeler) 

12:30 PM  - 1:45 PM, Gender, Comedy, and U.S. (Vice) Presidentiality: Veep as Badass in 21st Century Political Pop Culture, Marriott Downtown, Grand Salon F - Level 5 (Kristy Sheeler) 

2:00-3:15, Students in the Community: Exploring the Value of Interdisciplinary Experiential Learning Program, Marriott Downtown, Room 401 - Level 4 (Aaron Deason, Nicole Johnson, and John Parrish Sprowl) 

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM, Group Communication: More than Decision Making or Problem Solving, Marriott Downtown, Room 608 - Level 6 (John Parrish-Sprowl)

Friday, November 11 

9:30 AM  - 10:45 AM, Even Superman Cries: Autoethnograhpic Visual Analysis of Sundahl's Art, Presented During:  Scholar to Scholar: Language and Social Interaction, Ethnography, and International and Intercultural Communication, Marriott Downtown, Franklin Hall - Level 4 (Aaron Deason) 

9:30 AM  - 10:45 AM, Intercultural Communication Challenges in International Conference Practices, Marriott Downtown, Room 305 - Level 3 (John Parrish-Sprowl) 

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM, Answering the Call: Addressing Women’s Civic Issues through Engaged Pedagogy, Marriott Downtown, Room 308 - Level 3 (Krista Hoffman-Longtin and Kristy Sheeler) 

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM, Clash (or Challenges) of Cultural Values in Intercultural Teaching or Scholarship, Marriott Downtown, Room 305 - Level 3 (John Parrish-Sprowl) 

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM, Communication’s Civic Calling to Improve Higher Education: Using Your Disciplinary Expertise to Improve Assessments throughout Your Campus, Marriott Downtown, Room 362 - Level 3 (Krista Hoffman-Longtin) 

2:00 PM  - 3:15 PM, Articulating Communication's Civic Callings through an Assignment Design Charrette Process, Marriott Downtown, Room 310 - Level 3 (Beth Goering) 

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM, Scholars' Office Hours, Marriott Downtown, Grand Salon H - Level 5 (Sandra Petronio) 

Saturday, November 12 

8:00 AM  - 9:15 AM , The Relationship of Family and Patient Activation to Maintenance Behaviors for Polycystic Kidney Disease, Marriott Downtown, Room 412 - Level 4 (Amanda Harsin) 

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM, Learning Outcomes in Communication: Alignment and Local Implementation, Marriott Downtown, Room 404 - Level 4 (Beth Goering) 

11:00 AM  - 12:15 PM, How Polish Smokers Decide to Quit: An Examination of the Relationship between Health Literacy and Health Information Seeking Behaviors, Presented During:  Scholar to Scholar: Applied and Environmental Communication, Activism and Social Justice, Communication and the Future, Marriott Downtown, Franklin Hall- Level 4 (Nicole Johnson, Amanda Harsin, Rachel Zajac, and John Parrish-Sprowl) 

12:30 PM  - 1:45 PM, Skeletons in the Closet: Stigma, Emotions, and PTSD in Paramedics, Marriott Downtown, Room 406 - Level 4 (Aaron Deason) 

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM, Assessing Family Communication and Activation: The Sharing of Knowledge, Beliefs, and Confidence in Families with Genetic Kidney Disease and a Post-Transplant Patient, Presented During:  Research in Progress Roundtables, Marriott Downtown, Grand Salon H - Level 5 (Amanda Harsin) 

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM, Learning the Culture of Health among Burmese Americans: An Exploratory Study in Progress, Presented During: Research in Progress Roundtable, Marriott Downtown, Grand Salon H - Level 5 (Nicole Johnson) 

2:00 PM - 3:15 PM, Senior Scholar Spotlight Panel: What Just Happened? A Presidential Election Postmortem, Marriott Downtown, Grand Salon A - Level 5 (Kristy Sheeler) 

3:30 PM - 4:45 PM, Radical Transformations of Intensive Mothering Models: Brain, Child as a Mainstream Alternative, Marriott Downtown, Room 308 - Level 3 (Catherine Dobris and Kim White-Mills) 

Sunday, November 13 

8:00 AM  - 9:15 AM,  The Civic Calling to Explore, Expand, and Use Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) Theory: The Collaborative Potential for Making Better Communities, Marriott Downtown, Room 362 - Level 3 (John Parrish-Sprowl) 

9:30 AM  - 10:45 AM Societal-level Privacy Rules for Talking about Miscarriage, Marriott Downtown, Room 301 - Level 3  (Jennifer Bute, Maria Brann, and Rachael Hernandez)

INDIANAPOLIS -- A health communication expert at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has been named to a national board that will help the leading U.S. organization dedicated to advocacy for research and education about life-threatening food allergies prioritize its research initiatives.

Jennifer Bute, an associate professor of communication studies in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, is one of about 40 researchers, patients and caregivers selected by Food Allergy Research and Education to serve for two years on its new Outcomes Research Advisory Board. FARE received more than 200 advisory board member applications.

Bute brings scholarly expertise in the area of health communication, the concerns of a parent of a 6-year-old boy who has a life-threatening allergy to peanuts and tree nuts, and knowledge gained through advocacy work in Indianapolis in the food allergy community.

FARE created the advisory board after being awarded the Eugene Washington Engagement Award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to fund its "Empowering Patient Partners and Key Stakeholders to Develop a Patient-Centric Food Allergy Research Program."

The board will inform and help develop a patient-centered research agenda related to food allergy diagnosis, management strategies, therapeutic options and disparities in care among some minority populations. It is expected that it will influence the process of selecting and prioritizing research and selecting potential clinical trial designs.

Members of the board, divided into four regions, will meet regionally by phone once a month and as a regional group quarterly. All members of the board will meet annually.

FARE works on behalf of 15 million Americans with food allergies, including those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the United States. FARE's mission is to improve the quality of life and the health of individuals with food allergies and to provide them hope through the promise of new treatments.

The IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI has named Ronda Henry Anthony as director of the Africana studies program and Kristine Karnick as chair of the communication studies department.

"Professor Henry Anthony’s and Professor Karnick’s academic backgrounds and dedication to their respective program and department will allow them to step into these roles and make an immediate impact," said Thomas J. Davis, dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

Henry Anthony is a public scholar of African American studies and undergraduate research as well as an associate professor of English and Africana studies. She is the founding director of the Olaniyan Scholars Program. Professor Henry Anthony is the author of Searching for the New Black Man: Black Masculinity and Women's Bodies (University Press of Mississippi, 2013) and was recognized as an Outstanding IUPUI Woman Leader "Newcomer" in 2012.

Kristine Karnick is the new chair of the communication studies department.Kristine Karnick is the new chair of the communication studies department.

Karnick is an associate professor of communication studies and adjunct associate professor of informatics. Her academic interests include mass media and society, film and television history, film and television aesthetics and criticism, and media humor and comedy. She is the co-editor of Classical Film Comedy (Routledge 1994).

Henry Anthony began her appointment July 1, 2016, and was preceded as director by Cassandra Williams (associate faculty), who served as interim director of the Africana studies program during the last academic year. Karnick will begin her service September 1, 2016, when Maria Brann (associate professor, communication studies), who is currently the interim chair of the Department of Communication Studies, will step down to return to regular faculty duties.

Three School of Liberal Arts faculty members have been recognized for their work with 2016 Outstanding Distinguished Faculty Awards. The awards recognize faculty members who have distinguished themselves in teaching, research, and/or service over multiple years. The faculty assembly’s faculty affairs committee selected this year’s winners from among those nominated.

Outstanding tenure-track faculty award

Timothy Lyons
Chair of philosophy and associate professor

Professor Lyons focuses on scientific realism. His research endeavors include a £250,000 research grant on the topic “The challenge to scientific realism from the history of science” from the United Kingdom-based Arts and Humanities Research Council. The grant has allowed Lyons and his research partner, Durham University’s Peter Vickers, to collaborate with a number of world-renowned figures from the philosophy of science community. His work also has been published in some of the most important journals in the field, such as Philosophy of Science, Erkenntnis, and The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science. As a professor, Lyons challenges his students and draws them into research at a professional level. Beyond the classroom, he is praised by his colleagues for his leadership as Department of Philosophy chair and his service to the campus.

Outstanding lecturer

Amira Mashhour
Lecturer in Arabic and director of the Arabic program

Amira Mashhour has taught in the School of Liberal Arts since 1991 in various faculty roles. She first served the school as associate faculty in economics (1991-1999), French (1992-2001), anthropology (2003-2010), women's studies (2003-2010), and Arabic (2002-2010), then as visiting lecturer (2010-2011). Since 2011, she has been lecturer in the Department of World Languages and Cultures and the first director of the program in Arabic. As a mentor to students in the individualized majors program, she helps students create a major that crosses disciplinary boundaries, using her knowledge of faculty members and relevant courses in the School of Liberal Arts and other IUPUI schools. Beyond IUPUI, she has organized an exhibition in Washington D.C., that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Islamic Society of North America. She also participated in Gaza 2050, a collaboration between IUPUI and Gaza University. She is also a liaison between IUPUI and the community, particularly the Islamic community.

Outstanding associate faculty member

Steven Overbey
Communication studies associate faculty

An associate faculty member since 2001, Steven Overbey has taught fundamentals of speech communication, introduction to interpersonal communication, and business and professional communication. He also teaches in the “Upward Bound” program, through which high school students earn dual credit. Overbey also serves as a mentor in the Students Taking Academic Responsibility (STAR) program, where he has successfully mentored more than ten at-risk students, thereby helping IUPUI realize its goals of improving persistence and retention of at-risk populations. Overbey has earned the Gateway Teaching Academy's bronze and silver awards as well as Themed Learning Communities certificates and awards. He regularly participates in Gateway trainings and other professional development opportunities on campus.

The IUPUI Alumni Council and the Student Organization for Alumni Relations will recognize the campus’s top 100 juniors and seniors during the 17th Annual IUPUI Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner on Friday, April 8, 2016 at the Indianapolis Marriott. The event begins with a reception at 6:00 pm followed by the dinner and ceremony at 6:30.

Students will be recognized for scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, and civic and community service. During the dinner, the most outstanding female student and the most outstanding male student will be announced, as well as the Top 10 female and Top 10 male students. A panel of alumni, faculty, and staff selected the top students based on nominations by faculty and staff.

Liberal Arts students in the Top 100 are:

  • Elizabeth Alexander, Senior, Spanish
  • Adam Bogs, Junior, Chemistry and Spanish
  • Allison Cassandra Cooper, Junior, History
  • Sarah Fraser, Junior, English
  • Hannah Gish, Junior, Communication Studies
  • Rebecca Harris, Senior, Journalism and Spanish
  • Victoria Lane, Senior, Journalism - Public Relations
  • Lyla Mahmoud, Junior, Political Science and Environmental Studies
  • Kelly Moors, Junior, Neuroscience and French
  • Jessica Sauer, Junior, Journalism
  • Hadyatoullaye Sow, Junior, Global and International Studies and Medical Humanities
  • Elizabeth Valencia-Gutierrez, Senior, Sociology (Medical)

To view the complete 2016 list of Top 100 students, click here.

To be named a top student, from which the most outstanding students are selected, a student had to meet several criteria, including being a degree-seeking junior or senior at IUPUI; completed a minimum of 56 credit hours applicable to her/his degree program; and achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

Reservations for the dinner can be made here. Tickets are $40 each and RSVPs should be made by March 25, 2016.

Second-eight-week courses give students mid-semester options

The School of Liberal Arts offers a variety of classes during the second 8-week period of the spring semester. Second 8-week classes begin Tuesday, March 8, 2016.

There are limited spaces available in a variety of disciplines, including Africana Studies, Communication Studies, Economics, Geography, Latino Studies, Religious Studies, and Sociology.

Enrollment options include submitting an eAdd through Students also may enroll over the phone for classes that have not begun by calling the Office of the Registrar (317-274-1519). If a class has started or is full, students must fill out an Add form with signatures from the class instructor and the student’s adviser.

Available courses include:

AFRO-A 303 Topics in African American and African Diaspora Studies(1-3 cr.)

Study of selected topics or issues in Afro-American studies occasionally, but not always, coordinated with symposia and/or conferences sponsored by the AAADS Program.

AFRO A311: Religion and Racism(3 cr.)

Explores the interaction of religion and racism. Selected case studies may include the Bible and racism, racial reconciliation among evangelical Christians, the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana, and Islamophobia.

AFRO-A 356 African American History II(3 cr.)

Explores each of the major historical events and black leaders of those times and their influence on the social and political advancement of African Americans from 1900 to the present.

COMM R110: Fundamentals of Speech Communication(3 cr.)

Theory and practice of public speaking; training in thought processes necessary to organize speech content for informative and persuasive situations; application of language and delivery skills to specific audiences. A minimum of five speaking situations.

COMM C180: Introduction to Interpersonal Communication(3 cr.)

The study of human dyadic interaction. Perception processes, verbal/nonverbal communication, models of communication, conflict, and interpersonal communication in relationships. Applications of interpersonal communication theory/research to communication competence.

ECON E101: Survey of Current Economic Issues and Problems(3 cr.)

For non-majors only. Basic economic principles applied to current social issues and problems. Topics covered will typically include inflation, unemployment, wage and price controls, welfare, social security, national debt, health programs, food prices, pollution, crime, mass transit, revenue sharing, multinationals, population, and energy. Not open to those with previous college-level economics courses.

ECON E201: Introduction to Microeconomics(3 cr.)

P: sophomore standing. E201 is a general introduction to microeconomic analysis. Discussed are the method of economics, scarcity of resources, the interaction of consumers and businesses in the market place in order to determine price, and how the market system places a value on factors of production.

GEOG G112: Thunderstorms and Tornadoes(1 cr.)

Introduction to the processes involved in the initiation and development of thunderstorms and tornadoes, forecasting and modeling tools to predict their spatial pattern and effects, and impacts on the natural environment and humans.

LATS L101: Intro to Latino Studies(3 cr.)

General inquiry into the historical and cultural heritage of Latinos who have lived or currently live inwhat is today the United States. Through readings and discussions, the course studies the varied histories or Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban and other Latin American peoples in the U.S.

REL R314: Religion and Racism(3 cr.)

Explores the interaction of religion and racism. Selected case studies may include the bible and racism, racial reconciliation among evangelical Christians, the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana, and islamophobia.

SOC R100: Introduction to Sociology(3 cr.)

P: W131 or consent of instructor. Consideration of basic sociological concepts, including some of the substantive concerns and findings of sociology, sources of data, and the nature of the sociological perspective.

For more information, including class schedules, visit the Liberal Arts curriculum search engine.

Twenty-five freshman students participated in a themed learning community during the fall semester focused on “We Are All in This Together: Understanding Peace and Conflict in Contemporary Society.”

Themed learning communities (TLCs) include set of courses that engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of a topical area.

As a result of the semester’s coursework, six students were selected to compete in the 8th Curtis Memorial Oratorical Contest on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, at the IUPUI Campus Center Theater. The contest provides IUPUI undergraduate students an opportunity to showcase their commitment to peaceful resolution of conflict through extemporaneous oration

2015 winners are:
1st place:Adam Fierst, “Saving the Syrian Refugees”
2nd place:Adriana Ramirez, “Open Your Eyes”
3rd place:Nick Feldhake, “Child Slavery in West Africa”
4th place:Tanner Bailey, “Rise against Brutality”
5th place:Shannon Wood, “Education: The Lasting Solution”
6th place:Caleb Snider, “Taking Advice”

Curtis speech competitorsOut of 25 freshmen students, six were selected to compete in the 8th Curtis Memorial Oratorical Contest.

The speech contest was founded by Communication Studies Professor Emeritus Richard Curtis and his wife, Beth, to honor the memory of his brothers, Robert and Dana, both of whom were killed in war. 2015 marked the first contest since the passing of Professor Curtis last winter.

Photos from the event can be found at the liberal arts Flickr account.

The faculty of the School of Liberal Arts has recognized four of their own with the 2015 Outstanding Distinguished Faculty Awards.  The awards recognize faculty who have distinguished themselves in teaching, research, and/or service over multiple years and are selected by the faculty affairs committee of the Liberal Arts Faculty Assembly based on nominations.

Outstanding Tenure-Track Faculty Award

Obioma Nnaemeka
Chancellor's Professor of French, Women's Studies and Africana Studies

Dr. Nnaemeka’s work in teaching, research, and service is interdisciplinary and international spanning the fields of women writers, feminist theory, transnational feminism, gender and development. Nnaemeka is the author of multiple books and has guest lectured at universities around the world. Among her many awards are the 2014 Amistad Award from Central Connecticut State University, the Ola Ndi Igbo (Jewel of Igboland) Award in 2013 and Woman of the Year in Education in 2009. “Dr. Nnaemeka has made extraordinary contributions to the campus and the world in research, interdisciplinary work, internationalization and diversity,” said Marta Anton, professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures. “Her outstanding record of activity, locally, nationally, and internationally in all three areas of academic effort—teaching, research, and service, has raised the international reputation of the IU School of Liberal Arts and the IUPUI campus.”

Jane Schultz
Professor of English and Adjunct Professor of American Studies, Women's Studies, Medical Humanities

Dr. Schultz’s 2004 book, “Women at the Front,” received nominations for seven awards and inspired the study of the social history of Civil War nursing and medicine. She became the first faculty member in Liberal Arts to receive full-year fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies for the project. In 2010, Schultz published “The Birth Place of Souls,” which challenged the image of nurses as ministering angels. The book has been used in college courses ranging from history to gender studies to nursing. Schultz has been recognized by her peers as “the premier historian of Civil War nursing and, more broadly, a major voice in the history of Civil War health care.” Schultz has won two teaching awards and has been a visiting faculty member at Cambridge University and Sydney University. She has provided her expertise on Civil War medicine to “National Geographic” and serves as a script advisor to for the PBS series “Mansion House.” “Her service to the profession has in fact been service to several professions—literature, history, nursing, and healthcare,” said Professor Robert Rebein, chair of the English department.

Outstanding Lecturer

Stephen LeaBeau
Lecturer in Communication Studies

Mr. LeBeau, a lecturer for the Liberal Arts at IUPUI, began his long association with the IUPUI as a student, graduating with a BA in Communication Studies in 1999 and later completing an MA in English. In 2006, he was named director of the public speaking program in the Department of Communication Studies. Under LeBeau’s leadership, the enrollment for R110-Public Speaking has increased from a few hundred in 2006 to nearly 2400 in the fall of 2014. Lebeau’s energy and creativity was credited in helping the program develop the online R110 course and the faculty-authored textbook. LeBeau also managed the schedule for nearly 40 associate faculty and nearly 100 sections of R110 each semester, coordinated Speech Night, and managed the hiring and training of faculty and speaker’s lab mentors. “Steve approaches his position with a level of grace and good humor to which I aspire,” said nominator Kristina Horn Sheeler, associate dean for academic programs and professor of communication studies. (Mr. LeBeau recently began a new role at another university.)

Outstanding Distinguished Associate Faculty Member

Renee Gregory
Associate Faculty, German

Gregory began teaching German language courses at IUPUI in 2002, and has pioneered the Department of World Languages and Culture’s hybrid online introductory German courses. A favorite among students, Gregory has been praised for her feedback and availability to help students outside the classroom. IUPUI student athletes have made her a three-time winner of the Favorite Professor Award. “Thanks to [her] interest, initiative and pedagogical success, a total of seven online introductory German classes have been offered since January 2014,” said Gabrielle Bersier, professor emerita of German, in her nomination letter. “Assessment of Renee Gregory’s online classes show that student performance level is comparable to the results of their peers in live classes.”