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Last modified: Wednesday, June 17, 2009

IU faculty members named Academic Leadership Program fellows for 2009-10

June 17, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- IU Bloomington selects faculty members each year with distinguished leadership ability to participate in the Academic Leadership Program (ALP), sponsored by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) -- a consortium of the 11 universities of the Big Ten conference plus the University of Chicago.

Academic Leadership Program Fellows for the 2009-10 academic year include Joyce Alexander, professor of counseling and educational psychology; Martin McCrory, associate professor of business law; Jane McLeod, professor of sociology and associate vice provost for faculty and academic affairs; and Sara C. Pryor, professor of atmospheric science in the Department of Geography. Faculty members are nominated for this honor and chosen because their records of scholarship and significant university service point to their growing achievements as academic leaders.

"So many former ALP fellows have moved into positions of administrative leadership on the Bloomington campus. I look forward to working with our newest cohort of fellows, who show great potential for following in the footsteps of their predecessors" said Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs Tom Gieryn.

Joyce Alexander

Joyce Alexander

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Joyce Alexander is the chair of the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology and a professor of educational psychology and learning sciences; she was previously the coordinator of the Learning, Cognition, and Instruction Program (1996-2002) in the School of Education. Alexander received her Bachelor of Science in psychology from Texas Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Georgia. Her research interests include metacognition, strategy use, motivation and the development of expertise in children. Her research has been funded in the past by the National Science Foundation, IU Research and the University Graduate School grant and the Proffitt Research Internal Grant. She has published numerous articles and is a member of the review board for the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2006-present) and an editorial board member for Metacognition and Learning (2006-present). She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Society for Research in Child Development, and the Cognitive Development Society. For more information on Alexander, see

Martin McCrory

Martin McCrory

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Martin McCrory is an associate professor of business law in the Kelley School of Business. After completing his undergraduate degree in forensics and Doctor of Jurisprudence at Indiana University, he served as an attorney with the City of Indianapolis; a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Indiana; a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.; program director/coordinator of Public Health Programs and senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council; and Board Member and Litigation Chair for Friends of the Earth. During his tenure at the Department of Justice, he received the Department's Award for Outstanding Service. McCrory is the recipient of numerous teaching awards and is published in many law reviews and journals. Much of his research and publications investigate environmental concerns related to the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly known as Superfund, and investment practices. His current work is addressing "When 'Must' Means 'May': The End of Contribution Under CERCLA," "Environmental Injustice: Race, Class and Hazardous Waste," and "The Ethical Dilemma in Investment Advising." McCrory is actively involved in environmental justice and served for many years on EPA's Environmental Justice task force. He is also involved in many service committees that aid personal interests, such as the At Risk Youth Martial Arts Mentoring Program, as well as professional organizations. For more information on McCrory, see

Jane McLeod is professor of sociology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Previously, she was associate vice provost for faculty and academic affairs (2008-09) and director of research for the Karl F. Schuessler Institute for Social Research (2004-2007). She came to IU in 1998, after serving on the faculty at the University of Minnesota and at The State University of New York--Albany. She received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan (1987). Her research traverses the areas of social psychology, medical sociology, sociology of mental health, stratification, and the life course. She is currently working on projects concerning the implications of mental health problems for the transition to adulthood (with funding from NIH), public attitudes towards children with mental health problems, and the social structure and personality paradigm. She has published more than 40 journal articles and chapters and edited two books. She enjoys collaborating with other faculty and graduate students, as well as working with students on their master's and dissertation projects. For the past two years, she has served as chair of the advisory committee for the new interdisciplinary program in human biology at IU. For more information on McLeod, see

Sara Pryor is professor of atmospheric science in the Department of Geography and in the Center for Research in Environmental Science in the College of Arts and Sciences. She completed her undergraduate and doctoral work at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, in the United Kingdom. She also is an adjunct professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Anthropological Center for Training and Research on Global Environmental Change, as well as senior scientist at the Wind Energy and Atmospheric Physics, Risų National Laboratory in Denmark. Her primary fields of research are atmospheric particles and climate variability with a specific focus on regional manifestations of climate change. Pryor currently holds four research grants from the National Science Foundation, has published more than 80 journal articles, edited a book to be published this summer (2009), and is a contributing author of the latest IPCC report, titled "Renewable Energy's Role in Climate Change Mitigation." She instructs atmospheric science courses, and recently accepted an editorship of the Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres. For more information on Pryor, see

Throughout the CIC's 51 years of effective voluntary cooperation, it has proved to be an effective mechanism for enabling its members to accomplish more by working collectively. The primary objective of the ALP program is to develop the leadership and managerial skills of faculty who have demonstrated exceptional ability and administrative promise. Find more about the consortium and the ALP program at