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Last modified: Thursday, May 14, 2009

Recipients of Summer Instructional Development Fellowships named

May 14, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Seven Indiana University Bloomington faculty have received 2009 Summer Instructional Development Fellowships from the offices of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs to develop specialized and innovative courses. They are Sonya Atalay in anthropology; Colleen Ryan-Scheutz and Kelly Sax in French and Italian; Beth Samuelson in literacy, language and culture education; Kalpana Shankar in informatics; Kay Connelly in computer science; and Rex Sprouse in Germanic studies and second language studies.

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"These fellowships are evidence of the university's enduring commitment to improving the quality of undergraduate education by providing funds that will enable faculty to experiment with new, and occasionally daring, pedagogical ideas," said Vice Provost Tom Gieryn.

Atalay, assistant professor of anthropology, will develop an introductory anthropology course on bizarre foods. The intended large lecture course will introduce key anthropological concepts while fostering an appreciation for diversity and cross-cultural understanding by examining economic development, diversity and identity, class and gender positions, ritual and religion, the environment, globalization and sustainability -- all through the lens of bizarre foods. More information on Atalay can be found at

Ryan-Scheutz, associate professor, and Sax, senior lecturer in French and Italian, will restructure and update the department's intensive new teacher orientation program. This program provides a crucial forum for new instructors to grasp, practice and critique the array of pedagogical materials and approaches at the base of the French and Italian curricula. More information on Ryan-Scheutz can be found at and Sax at

Samuelson, assistant professor in literacy, language and culture education, will update two popular English as a second language (ESL) distance education courses that provide professional development for teachers -- Language Foundations for Teachers, which addresses knowledge about language structure and processes essential for teachers of English as a second language, and Teaching ESL to Young Learners, which addresses the development of second language skills in young children (preK-6). The courses will be enhanced with podcasts, wikis, screencasts and interactive presentations supplemented with links to Internet resources, such as video demonstrations of classroom learning on a secure social networking Web site, and outside blogs. More information on Samuelson can be found at

Shankar, assistant professor of informatics, and Connelly, assistant professor of computer science, are integrating two courses that involve computer and information ethics and pervasive computing, so that emergent topics in the ethics of pervasive computing can be introduced. Issues such as usability, privacy and security will be developed into a cohesive program, assisting technology-oriented students to engage with the social and ethical implications of their work, as well as helping less technical students to analyze the ethical implications of technology and its boundaries. More information on Shankar can be found at and Connelly at

Sprouse, professor of Germanic Studies and second language Studies, will pioneer the development of an innovative undergraduate curriculum for the newly formed Department of Second Language Studies. The department is only the second such academic unit in North America and represents an innovative approach to the phenomenon of non-native language, including the acquisition and structure of second language, adult language pedagogy, and the social, cultural, and political contexts of second language learning and use. More information on Sprouse can be found at

Small colloquia for faculty to talk about the recipients' instructional philosophies and the results of their projects will occur during the next academic year. Summer Instructional Development Fellowships are awarded each year after a rigorous review of the new course descriptions, rationale, resources, assessment methodology, dissemination plans, department adoption, and how individuals and courses are affected.

To apply for a 2010 Summer Instructional Development Fellowship, go to or contact