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Office of Academic Affairs appoints faculty fellows

January 17, 2017

The Office of Academic Affairs has appointed four faculty fellows, announced Margie Ferguson, interim senior associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. The faculty fellows program provides participants an opportunity to collaborate with campus leaders on initiatives tailored to their background and interests. It also prepares them for future campus leadership roles.


Silvia Bigatti, an associate professor in the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, will concentrate on projects related to faculty development, mentoring and faculty diversification. Bigatti has conducted extensive research on how individuals behave in and cope with stressful situations and how predisposing factors, individual resources and environmental factors affect the outcome of a chronically stressful situation.

"I would like to see a renewed focus on faculty development and well-being, which will also contribute to student success," Bigatti said. Her scholarship of teaching focuses on improving the learning experience for students through course engagement, inclusive teaching, and understanding and improving the experiences of international students.


Debora Herold, a senior lecturer in the School of Science, will engage in projects associated with the Center for Teaching and Learning that involve application of cognitive science principles to teaching and learning practices. Herold serves as course coordinator for Introduction to Psychology in the Department of Psychology and is interested in applying her expertise as a cognitive psychologist to campuswide priorities related to teaching and learning. She will participate in the development of a strategic implementation plan for the center, along with projects intended to support the onboarding of new instructors at IUPUI.

"I am excited about the potential new directions that we can explore for the CTL in the areas of course innovation, curriculum design and faculty development," Herold said.


Gerardo Maupomé, a professor in the IU School of Dentistry, will hold a joint appointment across the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Office of Academic Affairs. Dr. Maupomé will focus on developing ways to assist department chairs and deans in using data in strategic decision-making, with the goal of helping schools and departments enhance their research and scholarship. Maupomé said he is "interested in participating in data-driven decision-making for academic affairs and expanding data literacy and the use of analytic tools among constituent groups across Academic Affairs units. New data analytics tools offer new ways to connect internal and external audiences to researchers with particular areas of expertise, to seed nominations for faculty awards, and to help guide strategic planning related to research priorities within schools and departments."

Maupomé has worked as a dentist and oral health researcher in the private sector and in academia for 25 years. His primary research interests are dental health services research and oral epidemiology, oral treatment needs among high-risk socially disadvantaged patients, and how dental professionals and patients make decisions.


Lin Zheng, clinical associate professor of accounting in the Kelley School of Business, will focus on strengthening IUPUI's internationalization efforts. She will hold a joint appointment with the Office of International Affairs and the Kelley School. Her objectives include identifying local entities that will yield international and local global learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, documenting and informing the campus and higher education community of IUPUI curriculum internationalization efforts, and enhancing integration of global learning and global-learning outcomes in the Kelley School of Business' domestic and international programs. In addition, she will work to integrate global learning into the capstone experience at IUPUI.

"I am excited about bringing local resources to be shared by units on campus," Zheng said. "I envision the output of my appointment will have a profound and sustaining impact on student learning and curriculum development."

Zheng's research interests include financial information disclosure and its impact domestically and internationally, the intersection of corporate social responsibilities and corporate governance services, and curriculum internationalization and assessment.

Faculty fellows are appointed on a part-time basis for a one- or two-year term. Each of these appointments began in January 2017.

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