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Promoting Education Abroad

This spring, IUP hosted 16 high school teachers from seven countries as part of the International Leaders in Education Program. The program’s intent is to help the visiting teachers gain perspective on the American educational system and take best practices back to their home schools. The teachers spent the spring semester at schools in Indiana and Pittsburgh and in a variety of campus workshops.

Visiting teachers discussed gender equality, resources, poverty, and other topics during a “packing the bag” activity with IUP faculty member Laura Strong and graduate student Rachel Schiera as part of the International Leaders in Education Program.

Visiting teachers discussed gender equality, resources, poverty, and other topics during a “packing the bag” activity with IUP faculty member Laura Strong M’06, D’13 and graduate student Rachel Schiera. The activity helped form the basis for professional development trainings the teachers will give at their home schools. From left: Calvin Mikeng of Malaysia, Davies Adoga of Kenya, Laura Strong, and Tina de Moraes Marques and Gicelma da Costa Xavier, both of Brazil.

This was IUP’s second year to receive funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to participate in the program. Lara Luetkehans , dean of the College of Education and Educational Technology, and Michele Petrucci D’05 , associate vice president for International Education and Global Engagement, coauthored the grant proposal. IUP was one of four host institutions for the program, organized by the International Research and Exchanges Board.

Teaching Teamwork

Starting next fall, IUP will offer a minor to help students learn to work as part of a team. Called Effective Teamwork and Communication, the minor is funded in part by a grant of more than $660,000 from the National Science Foundation. The idea arose from discussions IUP faculty members had with employers, who said prospective hires often lack teamwork skills. “[Employers] have said those skills are more important, in some cases, than technical skills,” said Anne Kondo , who joined principal investigator Justin Fair M’04 in leading the faculty team that started the project. Fair and Kondo are both in the Department of Chemistry. Although its origins are in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the minor will be open to students of any major.

Learning Leadership

An associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations, Erick Lauber has a new book, Don’t Break the Rope, about teamwork and leadership in the workplace. An extended parable, the book examines work relationships through a story about frogs who are new to a business, GoodPondInc. Tied at the waist to a partner, each frog must swim across a large pond and keep the rope intact. An IUP faculty member since 2004, Lauber is director of Leadership Training and Research at the Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute for Community and Behavioral Health. He also directs Leadership Indiana County, a local leadership training program that graduated its inaugural class in spring 2015.

Faculty Deaths

The following former faculty members died in recent months:

  • Joseph Bogan Jr. , a professor of criminology who retired in 1997 after 27 years of service, died December 16, 2016.
  • John Dietz , a professor emeritus of music who retired in 2004 after nearly 32 years of service, died December 30, 2016.
  • Raymond Gibson , a professor emeritus of mathematics who retired in 1986 after nearly 24 years of service, died October 18, 2016.
  • Dorothy Vogel Krupnik , a professor emerita of history who retired in 2002 after nearly 33 years of service, died December 13, 2016.
  • James Laughlin ’51 , a professor emeritus who retired in 1990 after 27 years of service, died February 8, 2017. He served for years as dean of student services and retired as director of the Student Personnel Graduate Program.
  • Anthony Nania , a professor emeritus of English who retired in 1995 after nearly 29 years of service, died October 27, 2016.
  • James Waddell , a faculty member who retired in 1996 after more than 30 years in the English Department, died August 30, 2016.