Focus on the Future: Opportunities and Challenges in the Next Generation University

Indiana Memorial Union
February 12th, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm


8:00 am - 9:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast (IMU Alumni Hall)


9:15 am - 9:30 am

Welcoming Remarks (IMU Whittenberger Auditorium)

Jane McLeod, Associate Dean for Social & Historical Sciences and for Graduate Education, Professor of Sociology

9:30 am - 10:45 am

Panel 1: Career Options: Will Your Future Be... (Whittenberger Auditorium)


Working at a Research University?
Sarita Soni, Former Vice Provost for Research, Professor Emerita of Optometry


Working at a Liberal Arts College?
Todd Beer, Lake Forest College, Assistant Professor of Sociology


Consulting as an Academic?
John Hitchcock, Director of the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, Associate Professor of Instructional Systems Technology


Starting Your Own Business?
Mindy Hightower King, Founder and President of Limelight Analytics



11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Panel 2: Issues in Teaching & Pedagogy: What is the Future of Teaching? (Whittenberger Auditorium)


Technology and Education from a Behavioral Sciences Perspective
Ben Motz, Director of Undergraduate Instruction for the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences


Technology and Education from a Natural Sciences Perspective
Polly Husmann, Assistant Professor of Anatomy & Cell Biology


Pedagogical Perspectives on Diverse Learners across Diverse Learning Platforms
Faridah Pawan, Associate Professor of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education


Teaching Controversial Topics
Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice



12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Lunch and Keynote Address (Alumni Hall)
Jean Robinson, Associate Executive Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences



2:00 - 2:40 & 2:50 - 3:30 pm

Roundtable Sessions (IMU Georgian Room)


Table 1: Grants and Funding (Social Sciences & Humanities)
Michelle Moyd, Associate Professor of History



Table 2: Grants and Funding (Natural Sciences)
Yves Brun, Clyde Culbertson Professor of Biology


Table 3: Innovative Teaching Strategies (Social Sciences & Humanities)
Kelly Sax, Senior Lecturer in French & Italian


Table 4: Innovative Teaching Strategies (Natural Sciences)
Meghan Porter, Lecturer in Chemistry


Table 5: Evidence-Based Teaching
Katherine Kearns, Lead Instructional Consultant at the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL)


Table 6: International Scholars: Challenges to Navigate
Joanna Snyder, Associate Director of Scholar Services at the Office of International Services (OIS)


Table 7: Pitching Your Research
Brea Perry, Associate Professor of Sociology


Table 8: Surviving and Thriving in Graduate School (for early students)
Lynn Gilman, Clinical Assistant Professor of Counseling and Educational Psychology


Table 9: Surviving the Dissertation (for later students)
Kylie Hartley, Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, Learning and Developmental Sciences



3:45 pm - 5:00 pm

Panel 4: Navigating the Job Market


SOCIAL SCIENCES & HUMANITIES (Whittenberger Auditorium)

Advice from a Post-Doc
Tristan Ivory, Post-doc in Sociology


Advice from a Recent Assistant Professor
Bernard Fraga, Assistant Professor of Political Science


Advice from a Research-Focused Perspective
Christina Snyder, Thomas and Kathryn Miller Associate Professor of History


Advice from a Teaching-Focused Perspective
Rebecca Bordt, DePauw University, Otto L. Sonder Jr. Professor of Sociology and Anthropology



Advice from a Post-Doc
Daozhi Han, Zorn Postdoctoral Fellow in Mathematics


Advice from a Recent Assistant Professor
Irene Garcia Newton, Assistant Professor of Biology


Advice from a Recent Associate Professor
Steven Tait, Associate Professor of Chemistry


Advice from a Research-Focused Perspective
Richard Phillips, Associate Professor of Biology


Advice from a Teaching-Focused Perspective
Cathrine Reck, Clinical Professor of Chemistry