Faculty Honored for Research and Innovative Teaching Practices: Indiana University Kokomo

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KOKOMO, Indiana— Indiana University Kokomo honored faculty for their achievements in research and innovative, impactful teaching.

Hyunkang Hur, assistant professor of public management, received the award for research and creative activity.

Erin Doss, associate professor of communication arts, and Brooke Komar, guest speaker in psychology, won experiential and active learning awards.

Mark Canada, Acting Vice-Chancellor and Executive Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, praised Hur for his work, noting that as a researcher he knows how much time, energy and commitment it takes.

The faculty selection committee highlighted that one of Hur’s publications received the 2020 Best Paper Award from the Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration.

“Given the international reach of the journals in which the work has been published, it is important to note the importance of elevating the stature of our campus among the public administration research community,” the committee said in its letter. Selection.

Hur called the award “an incredible honour” and said he plans to use it to inspire his students to develop their own research skills, to contribute to the public sector.

“This recognition is motivating and humbling, and reminds me of how much my colleagues, my school, my university and my family support me,” he said.

The faculty committee chose Doss as one of the recipients of the experiential and active learning award based on the two-month project she leads, in which students plan, implement and evaluate a media campaign. social services for a local non-profit organization. They noted that community partners have reported great success with student campaigns.

“Students engaged in writing and publishing content, analyzing metrics, and reporting campaign results,” they said. “This in-depth approach to learning has enhanced both student engagement and the development of real-world skills that can be transferred to a wide range of contexts.”

Doss is proud of the work done by the campus to provide hands-on experiences for students.

“Of course, learning happens in the classroom and through standard assignments, but students have a different experience when they take responsibility for a project with community partners and recognize the real impact of the content of their course,” she said. “It’s important for me to offer these kinds of experiences. I am so glad that IU Kokomo values ​​experiential learning and recognizes the important opportunities it provides our students.

Komar’s selection was based on a group of six-week art therapy students led in a local senior community. Works of art collected by resident patrons, as well as students’ visual and reflective journals, were exhibited in the campus art gallery.

“Brooke Komar understands that experiential learning is where theory meets action,” the committee said, adding that during the gallery talk, one student shared that the experience increased her empathy and passion for advocacy.

Komar said the use of applied and experiential learning allows his students to practice and significantly improve the application of what they have learned, in a way that positively impacts community members. community.

“My students were able to apply their understanding of the theories they learned about the psychology of aging, humanistic perspectives on helping, and clinical theories of development by engaging in art therapy with people with dementia. dementia and Alzheimer’s disease,” she said. .

Having faculty peers evaluate her use of high-impact practices was an honor, she added.

“There are many seasoned educators on our campus with a demonstrated passion for student success,” she said. “Being honored and recognized by them has been incredibly empowering for me.”

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