IU School of Public Health-Bloomington publishes strategic plan

Feb. 13, 2017

At Indiana University, the Mosaic Active Learning Initiative is leading the charge to help faculty explore classroom design and maximize its potential for enhancing student learning.

The Mosaic Faculty Fellows program is a key part of the Mosaic Initiative. It brings together faculty who, over the course of an academic year, teach in Mosaic classrooms, share approaches to active and collaborative learning, engage in research related to active learning classrooms, and contribute to the development of learning spaces across IU.

On January 27, 2017, the Mosaic Initiative welcomed its second group of Bloomington Mosaic Fellows, including five IU School of Public Health-Bloomington faculty members, with the Mosaic Institute, a one-day meeting and luncheon.

"Like the many unique tiles that comprise a mosaic, the initiative supports innovative teaching and learning in active learning spaces designed to meet the needs of a wide range of disciplines," said Stacy Morrone, IU associate vice president for learning technologies. "With the new IU Bloomington Mosaic Fellows, we now have more than 40 fellows across IU who are part of a vibrant community of faculty who collaborate to advance their own teaching and to mentor other colleagues exploring new pedagogies."

During the Mosaic Institute, new Mosaic Fellows learned about the emergence and development of active learning spaces at IU, explored active learning in an active learning classroom, and discussed current trends in learning spaces research.

"During the IU Bloomington strategic planning process, our faculty identified both a need and an interest in expanding and enhancing our learning spaces," said Dennis Groth, IU vice provost for undergraduate education. "Along with our first group of fellows, IU Bloomington is well on its way in developing a rich community of faculty scholars, advancing student learning and student success. I am delighted to have the engagement of our new fellows."

The 2017 IU School of Public Health-Bloomington Mosaic Faculty Fellows are:

  • Jared Allsop, lecturer, School of Public Health, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies
  • Cassandra Coble, clinical assistant professor, School of Public Health, Kinesiology
  • Deborah Getz, assistant clinical professor, School of Public Health, Applied Health Sciences
  • Erik Nelson, assistant professor, School of Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Rachel Ryder, lecturer, School of Public Health, Kinesiology

Additional fellows include:

  • Roxie Barnes, clinical assistant professor, School of Nursing
  • Alison Calhoun, assistant professor, French and Italian
  • Shabnam Kavousian, lecturer, mathematics
  • Sandra Ortiz, senior lecturer, Spanish and Portuguese
  • Morten Oxenboell, assistant professor, East Asian languages and cultures
  • Jon Racek, senior lecturer, interior design
  • Michael Stucker, senior lecturer, Jacobs School of Music
  • Erik Willis, associate professor, Spanish and Portuguese

"I'm happy for the opportunity to be around other people who have the same interest in engaging our students in ways that support their success," said Deborah Getz, assistant clinical professor in the School of Public Health and new Mosaic Faculty Fellow. "It will be hugely beneficial to me as a faculty member to collaborate with folks who have experience in this area, and who can help me modify my classrooms to better support student success."

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ABOUT THE IU SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH-BLOOMINGTON
The IU School of Public Health-Bloomington is reimagining public health through a comprehensive approach that enhances and expands disease prevention and reshapes how parks, tourism, sports, leisure activities, physical activity and nutrition impact and enhance wellness. Unique in the nation, the school's multidisciplinary approach, history of community engagement and emerging strengths in epidemiology, biostatistics and environmental health bring new vigor and energy to the traditional concept of a school of public health. With nearly 3,000 students in an array of undergraduate and advanced degree programs and more than 130 faculty in five academic departments, faculty and students conduct research, learn, teach and engage with communities across a broad spectrum of health, wellness and disease-prevention topics.