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Last modified: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Edmonds, Mowatt and Weng selected for IUís Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching

May 7, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Ben Edmonds, Rasul Mowatt and Carwina Weng are the newest IU Bloomington members of the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching, or FACET, an interdisciplinary organization composed of more than 500 of Indiana University's best teachers.

Nominated by a fellow faculty member or administrator, FACET members must have a minimum of four years of service at IU, demonstrate dedication to the excellence of teaching, be committed to their own continued growth through reflection and serve the greater university community by supporting and developing their colleagues' professional growth.

"These three extraordinary faculty members exemplify IU Bloomington's commitment to teaching excellence," Provost Lauren Robel said. "Through a thoughtful, engaged and student-focused approach, they have each opened worlds of learning and discovery. I am extremely pleased to congratulate them on their election to this nationally recognized organization."

Edmonds is the director of the Secondary Transition to Teaching Program in the IU School of Education. Through the Teaching All Learners program, Edmonds prepares undergraduate students for teaching in the classroom through analyzing learning styles, implementing teaching strategies and evaluating results.

"I reflect not only on how I get my message across to students, but also on whether that message is an important one," Edmonds said. "I spend time reading current research and about current trends, and I spend time in the field in classrooms and with school administrators to immerse myself in the events important to our teaching practitioners.

"Growth is accomplished by learning, whether it is personal or professional growth. I never want to stop growing."

An assistant professor in the School of Public Health-Bloomington's Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies, Mowatt has taught courses on leadership strategies and diversity applications, leisure, health and the human experience. He also has taught a course for the Intensive Freshman Seminar program on violence in sports and modern society.

His research focuses on pedagogical topics including the use of visual materials and visual methodology. He incorporates service learning when designing his courses to encourage social responsibility among students.

"By developing student learning environments that require commentary, critique and creative problem-solving, the highlighted social issues can be used as focusing points on how students' future actions as professionals can address social ills," Mowatt said.

Weng, a clinical professor of law, joined the university in 2006. As director of the Disability Law Clinic, Weng leads efforts to assist clients with Social Security and Medicaid disability benefits.

Using an experiential learning model for her courses, Weng prepares her students for the complex nature of practicing law in a real-life setting.

"Experiential learning pushes students to understand the moral weight of representing clients and the uncertainties of law as doctrine and solution to real-life problems," Weng said. "It also allows students to develop their identity as professionals, as my supervisory role is nondirective and safety-net oriented."

An additional 14 faculty members in the IU system have been named FACET members this year: Sue Anderson, nursing, IU South Bend; Paula Baumann, nursing, IU East; Tonya Breymier, nursing, IU East; Mary Cooper, dental hygiene, IPFW; Mary Ann Frank, engineering technology, IUPUI; Christina Gerken, women and gender studies, IU South Bend; Bryan Hall, philosophy, IU Southeast; Ranida Harris, business, IU Southeast; Allison Howland, education, IUPUI; Elvinet Piard, social sciences, IU East; Diane Russell, English, IU Southeast; Lisa Siefker-Bailey, English, IUPUC; Tracey Trottier, political science, IU South Bend; and Joshua Wells, sociology and anthropology, IU South Bend.

Established in 1989, FACET advocates for pedagogical innovation and advances faculty development through activities such as the Leadership Institute, FACET's Adjunct Faculty and Lecturers Conference, or FALCON, and the Future Faculty Teaching Fellows Summer Institute. Across IU campuses, FACET engages in peer review activities to recognize and develop teaching excellence.