Susan Albertine

Senior Scholar for Faculty

Director of LEAP States Initiative

Association of American Colleges & Universities

A career-long advocate for literacy, Susan Albertine came into the high-school developmental classroom through the alternative school movement in 1971. She received her BA from Cornell University, her MA from SUNY Cortland, and her PhD from the University of Chicago, all in English literature. As a graduate student, she taught at Chicago State University and the University of Chicago and recognized a social imperative to bring the highest quality college learning to students least likely to have that opportunity. She went on to teach English at St. Olaf College and Susquehanna University, where she became English department chair. Later she served as vice provost at Temple University and began national work in higher education reform. In 2002 she became professor of English and dean of humanities and social sciences at the College of New Jersey until joining AAC&U in 2008. She was vice president, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, at AAC&U from 2010 through 2015. Albertine now serves as senior scholar for faculty and director of the LEAP States initiative. She directs the Faculty Collaboratives project (2014-2017) in the LEAP States.

Debra Humphreys

SENIOR vice president, Academic Planning and public engagement


Debra Humphreys assumed her current position in early 2016 after serving for three years as vice-president of communications, policy, and public engagement, and eleven years as vice-president for communications and public affairs. Prior to 2001, she served as director of programs in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Global Initiatives at AAC&U. Humphreys currently oversees AAC&U’s projects and continuing programs, leads AAC&U’s national and state-level advocacy and policy efforts, and works to create opportunities for higher education institutions to improve guided curricular pathways and educational environments. She oversees AAC&U’s public and employer engagement and outreach; media relations; and the development of AAC&U’s publications, marketing efforts, and Web resources. Humphreys also regularly serves as AAC&U’s official spokesperson. Before coming to AAC&U in 1992, Humphreys taught at Rutgers University, Towson State University, and at the University of Maryland at Baltimore County. She also served as program associate at the National Women’s Studies Association. Humphreys received her BA from Williams College and her PhD in English from Rutgers University.

Keith Anliker

Senior Lecturer of Chemistry/Director of Laboratory & Curriculum Support

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Faculty, University College


Keith Anliker is Senior Lecturer of Chemistry and Director of Laboratory & Curriculum Support in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at IUPUI. Keith is also a faculty member in IUPUI’s University College. Keith’s areas of interest are chemical education and public outreach. His work includes developing and implementing methods to improve performance in introductory chemistry, evaluating emerging technologies for their use in the classroom and for distance education, developing demonstrations of chemical phenomena, and improving strategies for training and coordination of teaching assistants. Keith has been engaged in Tuning at the state and national levels since 2009.

Sarah Baker

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

University College

Faculty, University College


Dr. Sarah Baker has oversight of first-year experience programs in addition to the Gateway to Graduation program. She participated in the 2015 AAC&U VALUE rubric training and in partnership with Angela Sissons conducted an IUPUI VALUE pilot study.

Mary Angelec Cooksey

Senior Lecturer in Humanities

Faculty Senate President

Program Coodinator, Department of Philosophy


Mary Angelec Cooksey holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s in philosophy and English from Ball State University, Muncie, IN. She has been a faculty member at IU East for more than 20 years, and is currently serving as a Faculty Fellow in the Indiana Hub of the AAC&U Faculty Collaboratives project. She has authored a number of publications and articles, and has created several community-based, service-engagement projects, most notably the Baxter Neighborhood Center in Richmond, Indiana, which has been recognized four times by the prestigious President’s National Honor Roll for Neighborhood and Community Service. During her career, Cooksey has also been recognized with a number of distinctions and awards.

Larry DeBoer

Professor, Agricultural Economics

Purdue University

Larry DeBoer joined the Purdue faculty in 1984. His research and extension work include state and local government budgets, local taxing options, and property tax issues, especially farmland assessment. He teaches an introductory macroeconomics class with an enrollment of more than 300 each semester. DeBoer was awarded Purdue’s Hovde Award in 2009, and in 2013 he was named to Purdue’s “Book of Great Teachers.” In 2015 he received the College of Agriculture’s Kohls Award, and Purdue University’s Murphy Award, both awards for undergraduate teaching.

Paula Differding-Burton

Associate Professor, Visual Communication Design

Herron School of Art and Design


Prior to her Herron faculty appointment in 1985, Differding-Burton was a senior art director at the Design Group Inc. in Indianapolis where she developed and supervised an internship program for this design firm. She now oversees her department’s required internship program for over 30 student internship experiences per academic year. She is also the department’s student advisor. Differding-Burton teaches courses in print production, typography, and beginning- and intermediate-level studio design. She supports and mentors design students in professional design practice experiences which provide students opportunities to learn by solving real-world problems in partnership with community clients. Differding-Burton has been recognized for her work with community partnerships through awards and grant funding. She received an Outstanding Civic Engagement Award from the university and has received over $28,000 of grant funding in support of her students’ visual communication design work for nonprofit organizations.

Joseph Ferrandino

Associate Professor, Criminal Justice

School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA)


Dr. Joseph Ferrandino has dedicated substantial time over the past year to rethinking the teaching of statistics at the graduate and undergraduate level, using Canvas and other tools. Ferrandino also runs a 30-agency, data-mapping consortium. Over the past five years, he has authored over 15 published articles.

Beth Goering

Associate Professor, Communication Studies

Director of Online Learning


Dr. Beth Goering completed her master’s degree at Wichita State University and her PhD at Purdue University. Goering emphasizes civic engagement and service-learning in both her research and her teaching. She recently was part of a 30-person team coordinated by the National Communication Association that used Tuning and DQP to define learning outcomes for communication students across the country. Goering is a Faculty Fellow for the Indiana Hub of the AAC&U Faculty Collaboratives project.

Julia Gressick

Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology

Teacher Education


Dr. Julie Gressick earned her MS and PhD in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin. She teaches instructional technology and education psychology courses to preservice teacher candidates. Her research interests include the design and study of instructional games, understanding critical thinking, and fostering undergraduate students’ argumentation skills.

Parul Khurana

Assistant Professor of Biology

School of Natural Science and Mathematics


Dr. Parul Khurana is an assistant professor of biology at IU East. She teaches cell biology, genetics, introductory developmental biology, and introduction to plant kingdom at the undergraduate level. She received her PhD in plant cell biology from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. She currently does research with undergraduate students in the cellular mechanisms of root gravitropism using Arabidopsis thaliana as the model system, and also in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Khurana received the Indiana University East New Faculty Teaching Award in 2014.

Ann Kim

Associate Professor, Fine Arts


Ann Kim is a 2D mixed media artist and art educator who holds a BA in art history and art practice from UC Berkeley and an MFA in studio art from Mills College. As an educator who teaches both studio and art history classes, Kim has been heavily interested in how to utilize the intersection between the two in all of her classes. Kim exhibits her work nationally and internationally and has been awarded numerous artist residency programs and fellowships, including the 2016 IU East Summer Faculty Fellowship.

Heather King

Assistant Chair/Associate Professor of English

English Department


Heather King is a Faculty Fellow with the AAC&U Faculty Collaboratives project with a focus on general education. Her current work focuses on student success initiatives, academic faculty advising and mentoring, curriculum development and alignment, integrative learning, and developing high-impact practices in general education.

Joel B. Langston

Manager of Media Services

University Information Technology

Indiana University South Bend

Joel B. Langston is passionate about bringing games to the educational experience. He currently designs board and card games for use in the classroom at IU South Bend and delivers engaging videos to the students, faculty, and staff of the campus in his current role in media services. He is pursuing his graduate degree and his area of research is game-based learning.

Yu Kay Law

Assistant Professor

Indiana University East

Yu Kay Law received his MA and MSci in natural sciences at the University of Cambridge and his PhD in biophysics at The Ohio State University. He taught for two years at Fort Hays State University before moving to IU East where he teaches chemistry and physics courses ranging from non-science majors to upper-division biochemistry majors. He has developed both lecture and laboratory courses in face-to-face and online modalities, and is interested in laboratory-lecture coordination as well as the interplay of conceptual and mathematical problem-solving in undergraduate teaching.

Peggy Daniels Lee

Clinical Assistant Professor of Operations and Supply Chain

Management Faculty Chair for Undergraduate Programs

Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Dr. Peggy Daniels Lee is an evangelist for the use of experiential and online learning in the teaching of operations and supply chain management, making extensive use of games and simulations. She received her MBA from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her doctorate from George Washington University. Since 2007, Lee has done research and taught using 3D virtual worlds, presenting her work at numerous academic and professional organizations. Her article in the Journal of Virtual Worlds Research is one of few that established the impact of virtual worlds on learning outcomes. Lee is also section editor of the online Journal of Virtual Studies.

Mark Mayer

Clinical Assistant Professor, Marketing

Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Mark Mayer has been in his current position since completing his doctorate (University of Georgia) in 2011. His research focuses on consumer responses to different advertising efforts, and he is currently researching effective messaging for childhood obesity prevention campaigns. He teaches marketing strategy and advertising courses at the undergraduate, graduate, and executive development levels. Prior to his time at IUPUI, he was a brand manager at Kraft Foods and Wyeth Consumer Healthcare. Mayer completed his MBA at Wake Forest University and undergraduate studies at SUNY Geneseo.

Jennifer Muñiz

Assistant Professor of Music

Department of Music

Indiana University South Bend

Before joining the faculty of IU South Bend in 2013, Dr. Jennifer Muñiz taught on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music, University of Notre Dame, and Central Methodist University. Muñiz is especially interested in examining music development in specific environments and has created two original courses, “Music in New York” and “Music in Chicago.” Muñiz performs as a solo and collaborative pianist with an emphasis in contemporary music and is the pianist for Ensemble CONCEPT/21, a professional new music ensemble. Muñiz earned her bachelor’s at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and her MA and PhD from Manhattan School of Music.

Jonathan P. Rossing

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Indiana University School of Liberal Arts

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Dr. Jonathan Rossing received an IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute grant to support his research on applied improvisation, communication, and education. He is extending this research by developing a course on the purpose and value of play with the support of a National Endowment for the Humanities Enduring Questions grant. Rossing collaborates with an ensemble of IUPUI colleagues as part of the campus affiliation with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, a program that uses improvisational principles and practices to improve communication about the sciences and health professions to the public.

Judith Wright

Clinical Assistant Professor, Business Law

Indiana University Kelley School of Business

Indiana University

Judith Wright is enjoying a second professional career by bringing her 20 years of corporate experience to the classroom. As a clinical professor at the IU Kelley School of Business, she teaches business law in the undergraduate and graduate programs, and is a two-time recipient of the prestigious IU Trustees’ Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. She holds a JD from the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law, an MBA from the IU Kelley School of Business, and a BA from Purdue University. Her primary areas of focus are regulation of business and corporate compliance, particularly in the insurance and financial services sector.

Barbara Wylie

Program Chair

School of Education

Ivy Tech Community College

Dr. Barbara Wylie is a 21-year veteran in the field of education. She recently earned her Doctorate in Education degree from Ball State University where she co-authored a study about transfer success of initial community college cohorts to four-year institutions with Dr. Melinda Schoenfeldt. Wylie, a former Journey Fellowship attendant, is a recent recipient of the National Society of Leadership and Success’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the Glenn W. Sample Award for Teaching Excellence.