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Last modified: Tuesday, July 10, 2012

IU Bloomington faculty selected for CIC Academic Leadership Program

July 10, 2012

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Four Indiana University Bloomington faculty members have been selected to take part in the Academic Leadership Program, an intensive experience that develops the leadership and managerial skills of faculty who have demonstrated exceptional ability and academic promise.

The program is sponsored by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a consortium of the 12 universities of the Big Ten conference plus the University of Chicago.

Academic Leadership Program fellows for 2012-13 are:

  • Dennis Groth, associate professor and associate dean for undergraduate studies in the School of Informatics and Computing and IU Bloomington associate vice provost.
  • John Lucaites, professor in the Department of Communication and Culture and associate dean for the humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Shannon Martin, professor and former associate dean for research and graduate studies in the School of Journalism.
  • Ajay Mehrotra, professor, Louis F. Niezer Faculty Fellow and associate dean for research of the IU Maurer School of Law.

Faculty members are nominated by their institutions for participation in the Academic Leadership Program and are chosen because their records of scholarship and significant university service point to their growing achievements as academic leaders.

"The Academic Leadership Program provides invaluable training and support for faculty members who are making the transition to administrative positions," said Thomas Gieryn, vice provost for faculty and academic affairs. "I look forward to working with the 2012-13 ALP fellows as they develop leadership skills that will serve the needs of the IU Bloomington campus."

Dennis Groth has responsibility in the School of Informatics and Computing for undergraduate curricular programs, student services, advising, academic operations and career services. As IU Bloomington associate vice provost for undergraduate education, he is responsible for a variety of critical campus programs, including curricular procedures, outreach, service learning, continuing and adult education, course evaluation processes and test administration. His research areas include data mining, human-centered computing and human-computer interaction design. He focuses on the development of new database access and data mining techniques in support of data visualization activities, with a particular interest in exploring ways in which visualizations can be manipulated in the same fashion as the data that generates the visualizations.

John Lucaites

John Lucaites

John Lucaites conducts research on the relationship between rhetoric and social/political theory and focuses on the critique and reconstruction of liberal democracy as it manifests itself in the socio-political practices of late modern U.S. public culture. His most recent scholarship focuses on the relationship between rhetoric, citizenship and visual culture, with particular attention to photojournalism as a mode of "public art." He is particularly interested in the relationship between visuality and the problem of socio-political judgment as it implicates the question "what does it mean to see and to be seen as a citizen." He served as the editor of the Quarterly Journal of Speech and is the senior editor for a book series on "Rhetoric, Culture, and Social Critique" at the University of Alabama Press. He co-hosts a blog on rhetoric, visuality and photojournalism,

Martin, Shannon

Shannon Martin

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Shannon Martin previously served as chair of the communication and journalism department at the University of Maine, Orono, and on the faculty at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on public access to government information. She is the author or co-author of "Freedom of Information: The News the Media Use"; "Bits, Bytes, and Big Brother: Federal Information Control in the Technological Age"; "Post-Vietnam Confrontations: U.S. Wars and the Media in Primary Documents"; and "Newspapers of Record in a Digital Age: From Hot Type to Hot Link." She served as the lead researcher on a U.S. AID grant with Tanzania for journalist training, and was a Fulbright Senior Scholar to the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Ajay Mehrotra

Ajay Mehrotra , a historian and legal scholar, has concentrated his research on the history of American tax law and policy. He recently co-edited and contributed to a collection of essays titled "The New Fiscal Sociology: Taxation in Comparative and Historical Perspective." His scholarly articles have appeared in peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journals, as well as student-edited law reviews. Mehrotra's research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation, the American Historical Association, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is currently at work on a book about the rise of progressive taxation and American state formation at the turn of the 20th century.

The Academic Leadership Program reflects a recognition that universities must continually invest in their faculty and staff in order to remain viable and competitive. By leveraging resources and culling the expertise of its member institutions, CIC is able to offer professional development opportunities that are highly relevant and effective.

Established in 1989, the program has served nearly 1,000 fellows who have gone on to serve with distinction as college presidents, provosts and deans. It includes three seminars hosted by CIC universities. In addition, ALP fellows may be required to participate in campus activities that vary by institution. The program is specifically oriented to address the challenges of academic administration at major research universities and to help faculty members prepare to meet them.