Friday, April 16, 2010

Graduate pedagogy course announcement: G700 Excellence in Teaching

Graduate students are invited to enroll in G700 Excellence in Teaching during intensive summer session I, May 11-27, 2010.

Designed to provide theoretical and pragmatic foundations for teaching in a variety of educational environments in higher education, this course is open to all graduate students eager to investigate their identities as teachers, understand their students, correlate instructional techniques with tasks, and enrich their teaching abilities and satisfaction.

Course topics include: course preparation, course portfolio, motivation, learning styles and theories, cognitive aspects of concept acquisition, naive misconceptions, teaching devices, multiple-facet assessment techniques, and diversity.

Enrollment is limited to 12 students, meeting daily from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Class projects include several short application papers, discussion exercises, individual and group presentations and micro-teaching.

Contact Information:
Professor Leah Savion
Department of Philosophy
Sycamore Hall 109
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812) 855-4705

Thursday, April 15, 2010

IU graduate schools and programs are ranked among the best by U.S. News

April 15, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In new rankings released today (April 15) by U.S. News and World Report magazine, several Indiana University graduate schools in education, business, law, medicine and the sciences were again included among the nation's best.

The Kelley School of Business received a new honor this year as its Evening Master of Business Administration program was ranked 10th overall and fourth among public business schools in the magazine's inaugural ranking of part-time MBA programs. The program is based at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Kelley's residential MBA program at IU Bloomington was 23rd and eighth among publics. Two of its specialties were again in the top 10 -- entrepreneurship was sixth overall and No. 1 among publics; and accounting was 10th overall and fifth among publics.

"We track a wide range of performance metrics, such as the quality of students admitted, the quality of the classroom experience and our research productivity among others," said Dan Smith, dean of the Kelley School. "The U.S. News rankings are based in large part on a survey of deans at peer institutions and demonstrate that we are viewed as being among the top MBA programs in the nation for both full-time and part-time students. This speaks to the quality of our students, faculty and staff and to the innovative culture we share on both the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses."

Phil Cochran, associate dean of operations for the Kelley School in Indianapolis, added, "The recent rankings reflect our focus on admitting the best and brightest business minds of the future and pairing them with faculty who are respected globally in their field. While the school celebrates our Top 10 ranking among part-time MBA programs, we will continue to measure ourselves by the growing successes of our students and their impact on the business world."

The IU School of Education remains a part of the top 20 and continues to be ranked 19th overall and 11th among publics. It also had five specialty programs in the top 10. Based on data from 242 programs that responded to the magazine, the school was ranked fifth in higher education administration, sixth in counseling and personnel services, eighth in elementary education, ninth in curriculum/instruction and 10th in secondary education.

"This is the 12th year in a row the IU School of Education has been ranked among the top 20 education programs in the country," said Gerardo Gonzalez, dean of the IU School of Education. "That's a testament to the outstanding international reputation of our programs and the quality of our faculty. We are especially pleased that this year five of our degree programs were ranked in the top 10 nationally.

"Given the very difficult economic conditions, it is also noteworthy that our faculty have continued to increase the amount of competitive funded research they generate each year and have nearly doubled it over the last decade," Gonzalez added. "Reputation for quality and funded research productivity are two major drivers of the education rankings. All of us in Indiana should be very proud of this accomplishment."

Once again, both of IU's law schools were ranked. The IU Maurer School of Law-Bloomington was ranked 27th. The IU School of Law-Indianapolis (located at IUPUI) was ranked 86th and its legal writing program was rated fifth best.

"This year's ranking reflects the Maurer School of Law's continuing focus on our core values: intellectual rigor, collegiality, and the highest ethical standards. Our faculty, staff, and distinguished alumni make us what we are, and we are honored by their commitment," said Lauren Robel, dean of the IU Maurer School of Law and Val Nolan Professor of Law

"The increase in the ranking of our legal writing program to fifth in the nation is a tribute to the excellent quality of our legal writing faculty and their dedication to preparing our students to be superb lawyers from the day they graduate," said Gary R. Roberts, the Gerald L. Bepko Professor of Law and dean of the IU School of Law-Indianapolis.

Four departments in the College of Arts and Sciences also were ranked by the magazine. IU's Chemistry Department rose to 26th from its previous ranking in 2007 of 34th. One of its specialties, analytical chemistry, went from fourth to third. An IU Physics Department specialty, nuclear physics, went from being ranked sixth in 2008 to fifth this year. Overall, the department was ranked 40th. The Mathematics Department is ranked 30th and the Biology Department is 34th.

The School of Medicine in Indianapolis improved its ranking in two different areas. It moved up from 21st to 17th in primary care and moved up one position to 44th in research.

"We are pleased with our ranking in primary care. At a time when young physicians choosing to pursue medical careers in primary care are in great demand, the IU School of Medicine's program continues to move forward as a national model," said Dr. D. Craig Brater, dean of the IU School of Medicine. "Our success in research translates directly into jobs and economic development for the state, and we are pleased with the recognition of our many science programs."

New rankings are not calculated for all programs every year. For example, public affairs and library science schools, fine arts and health disciplines were not ranked this year, after having been reviewed in 2008, 2009 and 2007 respectively.

The full rankings by U.S. News and World Report were released to the public online at today (April 15) and will be on newsstands April 27 and in the "America's Best Graduate Schools" guidebook Monday (April 20).

View IU News Press Release

Monday, April 12, 2010

Graduate Student Mental Health Working Group

Graduate students from the Department of Sociology, with a little help from The University Graduate School, are forming a working group to address mental health issues amongst our graduate student population at IU. 

Monday, April 19, 2010
IMU Hoosier Room, 5:30 pm 
Open to all.

Group members will meet periodically throughout the semester to:

 -  Catalogue current mental health resources that target graduate student needs
 -  Identify limitations and brainstorm solutions/strategies for rectifying these deficiencies
 -  Poll graduate students about what mental health needs are most pressing at IU

We hope you are enthusiastic about improving graduate student mental health at Indiana University and encourage all interested students to respond.

TO JOIN: email and we'll send you an invitation to the web site / mailing list.

The University Graduate School's Fourth Annual Graduate Awards Reception

On Friday, April 9, 2010, the University Graduate School congratulated winners for the following fellowships and awards at the Wells House.  Best wishes to all the recipients!

McNair Scholars Class of 2010
Ashley Carrasco
Troy Cummins
Camille Dantzler
Rebeca Hernandez
Chere’ Hunter
Angele Marandet
Chinyere Cheryl Nwokah
Christina Stigger
Sharday Summers
Alexandria White
Candice Williams

McNair Scholars Alumni Award
Edward Vargas

Graduate McNair Fellowship Recipients
Paul Chris Eells
Kaylah Lalonde
Jason Qualls
Evanna Singh

Graduate Scholars Fellowship Recipients
Jerrell Allen
Danielle Fernandez
Jennifer Anne Hill
Jose Lugo Martinez
Zuryanette Reyes Borrero
Gabriel Serna
Michael R. Smith
Raynetta Wiggins

Educational Opportunity Fellowship Recipients
Linda Adebola Adebisi
Laura Alvarez
Charles Aull
Cameron Beatty
Thea Bennetti
Hailee Carter
Lynda Enemuoh
Antonio Estudillo
Jacklyn Farris
Diane Glossen
Charlene Grant
Zachary Kelly
Mohammad Khan
Donald Maxwell
Korryn Mozisek
Michael Ndemanu
Jason Oberle
John Putz
Francisco Ramos
Amanda Rollins
Robin Smith
William Smith
Earlene Taylor
Wanbdi Waci
Kimberly Waite
Malsi Zambrano

Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship Recipients (10-11)
Galia Benítez
Heidi Bludau
Alicia Ebbitt
Keith Eberly
Xin Fan
Allison Foley
Eric French
Garrett Hansen
Alfio Saitta
Paul Schauert

Grant-in-Aid Doctoral Research Recipients
Sebastian Carassai
Louise Dubin
Jennifer Eastwood
Todd Foster
Polly Husmann
Anne Michelle Lawing
Alison Mero
Christopher Molnar
Jihyun Nam
Mira Rosenthal
Firat Soylu
Laurel Stevenson
Travis Vogan
Chunyun Wang
Sheng Yuan

Grant-in-Aid MFA Project Recipients
Sara Brooks
Annie Campbell
Garrett Hansen
Amanda Lee
Chelsey Radabaugh
Rachel Seed
Nishiki Tayui

Pari Prerana Award Recipient
Farkhat Yussupjanov

Adam W. Herbert Graduate Fellowship Recipients
Brett Jefferson
Erikka Vaughan

Wells Graduate Fellowship Recipients
Jonathan Atwell
Oren Pizmony-Levy

Esther Kinsley Master’s Thesis Award Recipient
Steven Stanzak

Esther Kinsley PhD Dissertation Award Recipients
Jorge Henao-Mejia
Clara Henderson

John H. Edwards Fellowship Recipients
Emily Bowman
Rebecca Riall
Abbey Stemler

GPSO Faculty Mentor Award
Professor James Pershing

Gradshare: connect with other grads online

(A division of Proquest - let us know if you think this is a valuable resource by emailing  Below is their "spiel".)

Graduate school presents you with many challenges, but you don't have to go through them alone. In addition to your campus peers and advisors, GradShare allows you to learn from fellow grads across the US & Canada.  Pick your Subject Area and start exploring the questions that your peers have already asked. GradShare offers help on diverse topics like teaching techniques, finding jobs, and finding the right balance between school and social life.

Is my thesis hot or not? A bit of internet fun..

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