Adam D. Dirksen
From the time Adam D. Dircksen, continuing lecturer in the Department of Communication, started working on a master’s in professional communications, his interests have focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Investigating, implementing, and teaching innovative and effective strategies to engage students in online classes has long been his work’s emphasis. Dircksen is committed to helping the IPFW community build and deliver effective and engaging online and face-to-face courses. He has been certified as a Quality Matters Course Reviewer and has reviewed nearly a dozen online courses as part of IPFW’s online course design review team. He has served as a CELT teaching fellow and as lead fellow, and an online course retention mentor. As online course director for the Department of Communication, he has worked closely with more than a dozen faculty as they have built and taught their first online courses. He became a member of FACET in 2014 and currently serves on IPFW’s FACET leadership team, investigating retention in IPFW’s online courses.
Through CELT, the Department of Communication, and various departments/ divisions across campus, Dircksen regularly presents on SoTL related topics, including retention in online courses, student engagement in the classroom, accessibility in online courses, developing effective online teaching evaluations, service learning in face-to-face courses, service learning in online courses, conducting effective online discussions, constructing rigorous and meaningful online courses, oral presentations in online courses, facilitating real-time online discussions, and more. He began as a visiting instructor in the communication department in 2002 and was hired as a continuing lecturer in 2004. He has served as the department’s online course director since 2008.
Michelle A. Drouin
Since joining the IPFW Department of Psychology, Michelle A. Drouin, associate professor, has developed a synergy between her teaching, research, and service. This has resulted in an active undergraduate research lab, a productive research agenda that has attracted international media attention, and service to campus that has helped to enrich teaching and learning. Drouin mentors 5-15 research assistants (RAs) each semester in conducting psychological research. These RAs are also encouraged to present their collaborative work at local, regional, and national conferences and serve as coauthors on peer-reviewed publications. Drouin has supervised more than 60 RAs—33 have presented their work at conferences and 9 have been coauthors on publications. These experiences provide a wonderful foundation for future graduate work and give undergraduates practice in the oral and written presentation skills necessary for any future career.
Since 2008, Drouin has had a two-pronged research agenda, producing both disciplinary and pedagogical works related to the impacts of technology on relationships, communication, and teaching and learning. Drouin’s work on sexting, digital infidelity, and technology addiction has attracted attention from international media sources like The Huffington Post, NBC News, and The New York Times. Many students have been coauthors on these works, and she has also developed active collaborations with a number of IPFW faculty members by integrating issues related to technology into their existing research agendas. Meanwhile, Drouin has also been focused on the ways in which technology can be used in the classroom and mentoring online teachers to improve online students’ learning. With regard to service related to teaching, Drouin is a SoTL mentor for the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, providing SoTL mentorship to psychology colleagues at various institutions across the U.S., and she also coordinated a SoTL writing workshop at IPFW.
Additionally, Drouin has served on the CELT Advisory Board, and is currently the lead teaching fellow, an active FACET member, the chair of the Assessment Council, and a member of the Online Course Review Team. In all of these roles, Drouin works hard to support teaching and learning at IPFW and beyond.