The Center for Teaching and Learning awarded several environmental health (EHS) science faculty within the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health – Indianapolis with a Curriculum Enhancement Grant.
Dr. Emily Ahonen, assistant professor and principal investigator of this project, will work closely with co-investigators Drs. Shahid Parvez, assistant professor, and Steven Lacey, associate professor and EHS department chair, to employ a collaborative distance engagement strategy to address challenges within the Master of Science in Product Stewardship (MSPS) program. Product stewardship addresses local, national, and global issues in the environment, worker health and safety, and social accountability as they relate to the design, use and disposal of everyday products.
The practitioners at the heart of this 30-credit, online program serve in part-time, geographically distributed adjunct roles, which poses challenges to student learning, as well as faculty engagement, support, and retention over time. Titled “Addressing the Needs of a Distributed, Associate Faculty through Curricular Mapping, Technical Assistance, and Reflexive Community Building: Phase Two of a Developmental Evaluation of a New Master of Science in Product Stewardship Program,” the proposal answers questions about supporting distributed faculty and consists of three goals.
Drs. Ahonen, Parvez, and Lacey plan to 1. involve MSPS faculty in the process of shaping the program through curricular mapping; 2. improve student learning through closer alignment of learning objectives, assignments, and assessments with competencies they will need as product stewards; and 3. establish and initially test a model for ongoing engagement, support, and development of a distributed adjunct faculty.
To learn more about this project, please contact Dr. Emily Ahonen at firstname.lastname@example.org.