Celebrating Our Faculty 2013-2014



Excellence in Teaching: Accomplishments, Leadership, and Service

There are many faculty members who contribute to the mission and goals of Ivy Tech Community College Northeast every day - contributions that enhance the quality of life in northeast Indiana. The seven distinguished faculty highlighted here were chosen through a selection process that involved the consideration of numerous evaluative measures, including feedback from faculty and executive leadership and the inclusion of diversity, which embraces the dedicated and essential functions from adjunct (part-time) faculty.

Take a few minutes to read about these distinguished faculty. As the recipients of recent awards in instructional excellence, Robert Parker and Michael Stepp share their philosophies on teaching in their own words.


IN THEIR OWN WORDS

Robert Parker
Program Chair, Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology

Parker's teaching focuses on the science-, technology-, engineering-, and math-rich foundations of automation: electricity, pneumatics, and hydraulics. These collective concepts come together to affect everyone. Automation processes are the standard through which automobiles, bridges, electronics, kitchen appliances, and even food items, are manufactured using industrial technology.

Michael Stepp
Adjunct Faculty, Therapeutic Massage and Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology

If Ivy Tech Northeast were to issue an award for a jack-of-all-trades, that honor would most likely go to adjunct faculty member Michael Stepp, who teaches in the College's Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology and Therapeutic Massage programs. Until such a broad award is created, however, he can take pride in being recognized as the region's most recent recipient of the Adjunct Faculty Award for Excellence in Instruction - an honor he received during Ivy Tech Northeast's Commencement ceremony in May.

Erin Lueck
Instructor, Physical Science

Instructor Erin Lueck has a passion for science education that spans the galaxy - quite literally. And Lueck's students at Ivy Tech Northeast most certainly benefit from her "show, don't tell" teaching methodology that emphasizes close encounters." In my astronomy classes, students use a telescope to observe planets, the moon, and even the sun," Lueck says. "We give students a chance to apply what they've learned and investigate concepts we haven't covered yet."

Tim Miller
Adjunct Faculty, Education

Adjunct faculty member Tim Miller uses his beliefs to drive instruction for future teachers at Ivy Tech Northeast. "My rules are: 1. Don't talk to the class more than what you can stand listening to yourself. We do more projects and less lecturing. Students learn more through actual hands-on activities. 2. When you become perfect, then you can expect the students to be perfect. I remember this and try to be reasonable. 3. Don't talk at students. Talk to students. They actually listen when you do this," Miller says.

Jeff Shoup
Adjunct Faculty, Construction Technology

In practice, Shoup taps his inner DJ to create a harmonious learning environment for his Introduction to Construction Technology and Electrical Basics students. The most prevalent age group in each class often determines the set list, from instrumental to class rock. "My position is that learning has to be fun," Shoup says. "People learn a lot better when they're enjoying themselves."

Jodi Taner
Adjunct Faculty, Medical Assisting

Taner trains her students to become competent at both administrative and clinical health care duties, ranging from blood draws to insurance form coding. “I do not just tell my students of the happy patient with perfect endings, but I tell them of the patients who struggle with disease and horric diagnoses,” she says. “This allows the students some realism of what they will be experiencing.”