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Last modified: Monday, March 17, 2003

Three professors honored as Carnegie Scholars

IU leads the nation in winners of Carnegie honor

Three Indiana University faculty members have been named Carnegie Scholars for the academic year 2003-04 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. No other institution in the United States had more than two recipients of the honor this year.

In the six-year history of the award, eight IU faculty members have been named, which is also more than any other college or university.

Sharon Hamilton, Chancellor's Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; Barry Rubin, professor of public and environmental affairs at Indiana University Bloomington; and Whitney Schlegel, assistant professor of physiology and biophysics at IUB, were among the 26 individuals selected nationwide for the Carnegie honor.

The awards come on the heels of Indiana University Bloomington's winning the 2003 Theodore M. Hesburgh Award, given each year by the American Council on Education to the college or university judged to have the most effective faculty development program that enhances undergraduate teaching and learning. Last year, ACE awarded IUPUI a certificate of excellence for its Gateway program to enhance student retention.

The Carnegie awards are given to a diverse community of scholars whose work will advance the profession of teaching and deepen student learning. Scholars are expected to work together to invent and share new models for teaching, learning and research.

"We are extremely proud of the large number of Carnegie Scholars who have been selected from IU," said IUB Chancellor Sharon Stephens Brehm. "These awards are a tribute to the quality of the faculty and the emphasis at both IUB and IUPUI on bringing innovative teaching methods into the classroom."

"The recognition that IU has received for its excellence in undergraduate education at both the Bloomington and IUPUI campuses is a reflection of the extraordinary work of individual scholars and teachers," said IUPUI Acting Chancellor William Plater. "When these faculty colleagues work together to connect the whole student educational experience across separate courses, they create something magical and special."

Rubin teaches statistics, quantitative methods, urban policy, economic development and information systems. He has worked to establish past and future directions for information technology within both the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and IU as a whole.

Rubin has also served as an adviser or consultant to the Indiana Department of Commerce, the City of Bloomington Planning Department and City Council, the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone Board and the Monroe County Planning Department. For several years, he served as associate dean and associate executive director of IU Computing Services.

Schlegel is an assistant professor of physiology and biophysics in the Medical Sciences Program. Her research in comparative animal physiology, behavior and management focuses on the thermal environment and animal thermoregulatory responses to diverse and dynamic environments. She is affiliated with the IU Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior, which fosters the integrative study of animal behavior by facilitating interaction among a diverse group of faculty members at IU.

Hamilton is Chancellor's Professor of English, director of campus writing, and special project director for electronic student portfolios related to the Principles of Undergraduate Learning at IUPUI. With several teaching awards and publications about teaching and learning, she has established an international reputation for her understanding of how to create effective learning environments.

Hamilton is the author of My Name's Not Susie: A Life Transformed by Literacy, an account of her struggles as a child abandoned by her birth father, taken away from her neglectful birth mother at the age of 8 months, and transported from foster home to foster home. She credits literacy as the force that empowered her to transform her life. Today, she dedicates her career to helping others discover the transforming power of literacy.

Carnegie Scholars serve one-year terms, during which they investigate and document significant issues in the teaching and learning of their fields. They also participate in two two-week summer sessions together and spend additional time with each other during the academic year. They may present their work at professional conferences, attend workshops and institutes, and collaborate with Carnegie Scholars from previous years.

"Our purpose is to support work that will foster significant, long-lasting learning for all students, enhance the practice and profession of teaching, and bring to teaching the recognition and reward afforded to other forms of scholarship," said Carnegie Vice President Pat Hutchings, who co-directs Carnegie's higher education program.

More information on the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching can be found on the Web at