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Honors College Faculty

Donna Adams, Associate Professor, Art & Design

Donna Lee Adams

Associate Professor
Art & Design

  • Expertise in photography and printmaking
  • MFA

Areas of Expertise
photography, printmaking, fiber, handmade paper, bookbinding

Background
Before coming to UIndy, Donna wrote three books and more than 100 weaving-related articles. She received the Graduate Certificate in Non-Toxic Intaglio Printmaking from R.I.T. and created a Beginner's Compendium for Non-Toxic Intaglio Printmaking that is available online. My weaving, prints and photographs have received several regional and national awards.

Research Interests
photographing abstractions of nature at Hoosier state parks and wildlife refuges

Education
MFA, University of Missouri-Columbia

Fun fact
I enjoy taking students on early morning photo shoots at nearby nature areas.

Favorite thing about UIndy
When I was an undergraduate student at Indiana Central College (now UIndy), the people here changed my life. I am glad to be a part of the long tradition of knowing students well enough to make a difference in their lives. 

Contact Information
dadams@uindy.edu

317-788-6128
Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center 214A

Dr. Jessica Bannon, Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Jessica Lyn Bannon

Assistant Professor of English

Esch Hall, 044V
317-788-3235
bannonj@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
composition and rhetoric, literacy education, professional writing, writing across the curriculum

Background
Dr. Bannon is originally from Chicago, where she spent a lot of her time at art galleries, museums, music venues, locally owned cafés and used bookstores. She moved to Central Illinois for college and stayed to complete her graduate education. She now lives in Indianapolis with her husband and son.

Research Interests
literacy studies, adult literacy, political discourse, teacher education, writing pedagogy, educational policy

Education
PhD, English with concentration in Writing Studies
MA, English
BA, English, Professional Writing, and Political Science; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Fun facts
I helped design and paint two murals publicly displayed in Chicago in the mid 1990s.

Favorite thing about UIndy
Dedication to service learning and community partnerships.

Dr. Jennifer Camden, associate professor of English

Dr. Jennifer Camden

Associate Professor of English
Graduate Program Director

Esch Hall, 044Q
317-788-3234
jcamden@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
19th century British literature, gothic literature, women’s literature, transatlantic studies

Background
Dr. Camden published her first book, Secondary Heroines in Nineteenth-Century British and American Novels, in 2010 and has also published articles on 19th century fiction. She served as the chair of the General Education Task Force for three years; the new General Education program will commence in the fall of 2013. Currently serving as the program director for the Master of Arts in English program.

Research Interests
Currently working on a second book that looks at the representation of Empire in Victorian novels and an article on Varney the Vampire, a Victorian penny dreadful.

Education
PhD, English, The Ohio State University
MA, English, The Ohio State University
BA, English and Theatre, Hollins University (with distinction, summa cum laude)

Fun facts
I had an English accent as a child, but lost it when my family moved back from England to the U.S.

Favorite thing about UIndy
Getting to work with students on their own interests. Students have great opportunities here through Honors projects, M.A. theses, and independent studies to work with faculty one-on-one.

Rebecca Cartledge, Instructor, School of Nursing

Rebecca Cartledge

Instructor & Clinical Learning Centers Coordinator
Faith Community Nurse Educator
School of Nursing  

  • 25 years of experience in nurse-midwifery
  • CNM

Areas of Expertise
nurse midwifery, transcultural nursing, faith community nursing, simulation education

Background
Has supported families through pregnancy and childbirth for more than 25 years. Leads students on international health care service learning trips to Ecuador, Belize and the Dominican Republic.

Research Interests
issues surrounding birth; simulation education; transcultural nursing

Education
Postgraduate certificate, Nurse-Midwifery, University of Indianapolis
MSN, Nursing Education, University of Indianapolis
BSN, Indiana University

Fun facts
I love all of creation, so if you can't find me, I am usually in a garden somewhere playing in the dirt (if not at a birth).

Favorite thing about UIndy
That I may share my faith with those around me.

Contact Information
Martin Hall, 310
317-788-3503
rcartledge@uindy.edu

Lucinda Dale, Professor, School of Occupational Therapy

Dr. Lucinda Dale

Professor
School of Occupational Therapy

  • Specialties: outcomes measurement, hand therapy, biomechanics
  • EdD, Adult and Community Education

Areas of Expertise
outcomes measurement, hand therapy, biomechanics

Background
Certified hand therapist with over three decades of clinical experience in acute care and hand therapy, including clinical work in the occupational therapy department at Hendricks Regional Health. Teaches across entry-level and the advanced degree programs, with an emphasis on selecting and using outcome measurements, and occupational therapy services for individuals with upper extremity disorders. Has been instrumental in establishing research partnerships with community partners and obtaining internal grants for conducting research, health and wellness initiatives and studying student learning of anatomy. Received the Teacher of the Year award from the University of Indianapolis in 2005. Was awarded the Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association in 2014. Has an established publication and presentation record at the local, state and national levels, and is an active member of AOTA and IOTA. Co-author of The Guide to Occupational Therapy Practice, 2nd edition.

Research Interests
outcomes measurement, impact of upper extremity disorders on occupational performance

Education
EdD, Adult and Community Education, Ball State University
MS, Health Occupations Education, Indiana University
BS, Occupational Therapy, Indiana University

Fun Fact
My husband and I have gutted and renovated many homes, including our current home, and rental properties.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
I enjoy the small campus size that allows us to get to know our students and colleagues.

Contact Information
ldale@uindy.edu
317-788-3561
Martin Hall, 259

Dr. Livia Hummel

Associate Professor
Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Has provided leadership training through local and national math programs and workshops, and is a volunteer math mentor for women
  • PhD, Mathematics

Areas of Expertise
commutative algebra

Background
In addition to commutative algebra research, has advised an honors project on the connections of group theory to music. Has also worked with in-service mathematics teachers through the Math in the Middle Program (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) and more locally through the Algebra Readiness: Meet the Challenge summer intensive workshop (Decatur Township). Serves as a volunteer writing for the American Mathematical Society’s Math Reviews, as well as working as a mentor in the Association for Women in Mathematics Mentor Network.

Research Interests
coherent and non-Noetherian ring theory, homological dimensions

Education
PhD, Mathematics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
MS, Mathematics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
BA, Mathematics (minor in Spanish), University of Arizona

Fun Fact
As an undergraduate I worked at the University writing center, was a teaching assistant for an entry-level computer science course, and spent two years playing violin in the University orchestra.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
The opportunities I have to get to know my students and help them explore their interests and pursue their goals.

Contact Information
hummell@uindy.edu
317-788-3320
Good Hall 106D

Carolyn Kirkendall, Assistant Professor of Nursing

Carolyn Kirkendall

Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

  • 30 years of practice as a registered nurse in critical care, with additional experience in community health and outpatient care
  • MSN

Areas of Expertise
critical care

Background
Practicing registered nurse for more than 30 years, primarily in critical care, but with additional experience in community health and outpatient care. Began teaching five years ago for UIndy's ASN program.  Continues to practice in an outpatient unit serving the needs primarily of oncology and hematology patients.  

Research Interests
interdisciplinary education; bridging the classroom with clinical practice; promoting critical thinking; quality improvement

Education
MSN, Nursing Education, Indiana University 
BSN, Indiana University

Fun fact
I am a twin.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The students.

Contact information
Martin Hall, 334
317-788-3791
kirkendallc@uindy.edu

Dr. Katie Little Kivisto, Assistant Professor, School of Psychological Sciences

Dr. Katie Little Kivisto


Assistant Professor
School of Psychological Sciences

Good Hall, 204B
317-788-3790
kivistok@uindy.edu 

Dr. Kathy Martin

Professor, DPT Program Director
Krannert School of Physical Therapy

  • Specialties: pediatric physical therapy, Down syndrome, pediatric physical therapy education
  • DHS, Pediatric Physical Therapy

Areas of Expertise
pediatric physical therapy, Down syndrome, orthoses for children, hippotherapy, pediatric physical therapy education

Background
Has more than 20 years’ experience as a physical therapist in diverse practice settings with primary expertise in early intervention and acute care in pediatrics. Has been very active in the American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) Section on Pediatrics, including several leadership positions and involvement with a task force to develop recommendations for teaching pediatric physical therapy in DPT programs. Has received Fran Ekstam Award from the Indiana Chapter of APTA, the highest award given and recognizes outstanding contribution through scholarship, teaching and service to the profession.

Research Interests
scholarly projects have focused on children with hypotonia, orthotic efficacy for children, and Down syndrome

Education
DHS, Pediatric Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
MS, Physical Therapy, University of Indianapolis
BA, Athletic Training, Purdue

Fun Fact
I am a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the USA and love all outdoor activities, especially camping.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
The camaraderie and family feel to the campus. Faculty genuinely care for each other and the students!

Contact Information
kmartin@uindy.edu
317-788-2117
Martin Hall, 140F

Dr. Chris Moore, assistant professor of geology

Dr. Christopher R. Moore


Assistant Professor of Anthropology & Earth Sciences

Lilly Hall, 311
317-788-3534
moorecr@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
Midwestern and Southeastern prehistoric archaeology; hunter-gatherer archaeology; Spanish Mission period archaeology; Midwestern historic archaeology; lithics and ceramics analysis; bone tools analysis; geoarchaeology; archaeological theory

Background
Dr. Moore received his PhD in anthropology from the University of Kentucky in 2011, where he studied the organization of production of the stone and bone tool technologies of the Kentucky Green River Archaic. During this time he began investigations into the location of the Spanish mission on Sapelo Island, Georgia, with Dr. Richard Jefferies. Dr. Moore has published in several peer-reviewed journals, including World Archaeology, Journal of Social Archaeology, Southeastern Archaeology, North American Archaeologist, and the Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology. He is qualified as a Principal Investigator in the State of Indiana and works closely with archaeologists from the Indiana State Museum. He is also on the board of the Indiana Archaeology Council, Indiana's statewide organization of professional archaeologists.

Research Interests
Dr. Moore's research interests are many and varied. His continuing interest in hunter-gather archaeology led him to the work of Tim Ingold and explorations into how a dwelling perspective of Archaic cultures can inform us about hunter-gatherer lifeworlds, materiality and ritual practices. This research has led him to an interest in public archaeology and the public dissemination of archaeological knowledge. His work at the General Lew Wallace Study & Museum in Crawfordsville, Ind., is an outgrowth of this interest. Dr. Moore's commitment to archaeology in the Hoosier state has led him to an interest in landscape archaeology in Carroll County and the study of Fort Ancient cultures in Southeastern Indiana. Finally, he is co-director of a collaborative University of Kentucky and University of Indianapolis research project investigating the Spanish Mission period in Georgia, where he is researching the social roles of material culture in multiethnic communities. You can access many of Dr. Moore's publications and learn more about him at: https://uindy.academia.edu/ChristopherMoore.

Education
PhD, Anthropology, University of Kentucky
MA, Anthropology, University of Kentucky
BS, Archaeology/Anthropology, University of Indianapolis

Fun fact
Dr. Moore is an avid geocacher and regularly goes on geocaching runs with students who play the game.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The emphasis on student-faculty collaboration, and the number of strong undergraduate and graduate students who participate in these collaborations.

View Dr. Moore's full CV.

Dr. Rich Robinson, assistant professor of kinesiology

Dr. Rich Robinson

Associate Professor
Coordinator, Exercise Science Program 
Kinesiology

Ruth Lilly Center, 104J
317-788-8021
robinsonrh@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
motor control and endurance performance

Background
Before earning his PhD in exercise science, Dr. Rich Robinson worked in the first Nautilus fitness facility in the Cleveland, OH area, coached high school swimming and tennis, was a student assistant coach for volleyball and track in college, and was an adjunct professor for three colleges and universities. He is an avid runner who still enjoys competing in trail races.

Research Interests
coordination and control of human movement; endurance performance

Education
PhD, Exercise Science, University of Toledo
MA, Motor Behavior, 1995, Kent State University
BS, Physical Education, 1984, Baldwin-Wallace College

Fun facts
I just became a grandfather and am loving the new role!

Favorite thing about UIndy
Friendly and supportive faculty and staff.

View Dr. Robinson's full CV.

Deborah Sachs, School of Education

Deborah Sachs

Director & Assistant Professor
Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship
School of Education

Esch Hall, 244N
317-788-2052
dsachs@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
education, science, brain compatible teaching strategies

Background
Taught high school science for 21 years. Member of several professional organizations and has presented at numerous state, regional and national education conferences including the National Science Education Association, ASCD, the Association for Middle Level Education and Learning Forward. Co-author of 14,641 Lesson Plans: a Flip-Book for Designing Engaging Lessons.

Research Interests
effective teaching strategies

Education
MS, Education, Butler University
BS, Education, University of Indianapolis

Fun fact
I have traveled over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon.

Favorite thing about UIndy
The collegiality that exists across the entire campus

Katherine Stickney

Associate Professor & Chair
Chemistry

  • Expertise in organic and polymer chemistry; affiliated faculty of the UIndy Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship program
  • PhD, Polymer Chemistry

Areas of Expertise
organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, chemistry education

Background
Was recognized as the 2004 University of Indianapolis Teacher of the Year. Is an affiliated faculty member of the UIndy Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellows Program for preparing teachers for work in high-needs schools, and was the principal investigator for a 2011 NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Capacity Building grant for planning a new chemistry and life sciences secondary teaching program.

Research Interests
chemical education; writing skills in the sciences (particularly as they relate to success in organic chemistry); chemistry lab-based honors research projects

Education
PhD, Polymer Chemistry, Virginia Tech
BS, Chemistry, University of New Hampshire

Fun facts
I served in the United States Peace Corps as a high school chemistry teacher in Togo, West Africa, before attending graduate school. I have also completed full marathons in more than 30 states, and have a goal of running a marathon in every state in the U.S. Read my Inside UIndy feature story ►

Favorite thing about UIndy
The small class sizes allow the faculty to get to know the students on a personal level.

Contact Information
kstickney@uindy.edu
317-788-3552
Lilly Hall 332F

Dr. Douglas Stemke, Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Douglas Stemke

Associate Professor
Biology

  • Expertise in general biology, microbiology and molecular biology
  • PhD, Molecular Microbiology/Biochemistry

Areas of Expertise
bacteriological, biochemical, biotechnological and molecular biology techniques

Background
Dr. Stemke has taught for 16 years outside of graduate school–two years at University of Minnesota Morris, two years at Hanover College, four years at Elon University and eight years at UIndy. He has also completed five years of postdoctoral training – one year at the Center of Marine Biotechnology at Maryland Biotechnology Institute, one year the Pharmacy School at University of Maryland, and two years at the Biological Process Technology Institute. He is a member of the national branch of the American Association for Microbiology, has been president of the Indiana College Biology Teachers Association, and will be president of the Indiana Branch of the American Association for Microbiology in 2015. He is currently writing a book on Anthropogenic Pathogenicity and developing educational case studies to teach biology students.

Research Interests
environmental and industrial microbiology; investigating infectious disease processes in natural systems influenced or directly caused by human activities

Education
PhD, Molecular Microbiology/Biochemistry, Louisiana State University
BS, Microbiology/Chemistry, Texas State University

Favorite thing about UIndy
I appreciate being part of UIndy's supportive community. 

Contact Information
stemked@uindy.edu
317-788-2169
Lilly Science Hall 30B

Dr. Rebekah Gail Watson

Assistant Professor
Communication

  • Specialties: sports communication, media and public relations

Areas of Expertise
sports communication, media and public relations

Background
Has worked in marketing and public relations in Central Indiana. Served on the Board of Directors and Foundation Board for the Indianapolis Jaycees, volunteered for the U.S. Grand Prix Hospitality Committee and continues to serve as a U.S. Grand Prix election official.

Research Interests
sports public relations and crisis communication, specifically image restoration of individual athletes and within sport organizations; sport and public diplomacy; Olympic television viewing and effects on national pride and international political attitudes; sports fan motivation for media use, including gender differences

Education
PhD, Communication, University of Missouri
MS, Communication, Purdue University
BS, Communication and Political Science, University of Indianapolis

Fun Facts
As an undergrad at UIndy I wrote for The Reflector, was Operations Manager for WICR, competed on the speech team, was on CPB, and served as a Greyhound Ambassador. My elementary and secondary school teachers still can't believe I have multiple degrees in communication and am a teacher. As a kid, I was incredibly shy and can still be that way at times. I am an avid sports fan. I have attended Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Colts games with my dad my whole life, and we still have Pacers season tickets. My other favorite teams are the St. Louis Cardinals, the Missouri Tigers, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and the Indiana Hoosiers.

Favorite Thing about UIndy
I loved as a student and love as a faculty member that UIndy is a small school with a more personal feel, but is in a big city.

Contact Information
watsonrg@uindy.edu
317-788-3444
Esch Hall, 311G

Dr. Elizabeth Weber, associate professor of English

Dr. Elizabeth Weber

Associate Professor of English
Faculty Advisor for Etchings
Director of the Kellogg Writers Series

Esch Hall, 044K
317-788-3373
eweber@uindy.edu

Areas of Expertise
creative writing, poetry, contemporary American literature, Native American literature, literary criticism, memoir

Background
Dr. Weber has published three books of poetry, Small Mercies, The Burning House, and Porthole Views of the World: Watercolors and Poems. Her poems have appeared in literary magazines such as: The Florida Review, The Graham House Poetry Review, Calyx, and more.  Her poem, “City Generation,” was chosen to be part of Indianapolis’ Cultural Trail. She teaches creative writing courses and directs the Kellogg Writers Series.

Research Interests
contemporary American poetry, Native American literature, Vietnam War, memoir, mystery fiction, creative writing

Education
PhD, Literature and Creative Writing, SUNY, Binghamton
MFA, Creative Writing, University of Montana
BA, German, University of Minnesota

Fun facts
I love to go kayaking. 

Favorite thing about UIndy
My students. 

Dr. James B. Williams, Assistant Professor of History

Dr. James B. Williams

Associate Professor of History

  • Specialties: medieval Europe, Latin America
  • PhD, Purdue University, 2009

Areas of Expertise
Ancient Roman history, Medieval history, Early Modern history, Latin American history

Background
Dr. James B. Williams has presented at numerous international conferences, written encyclopedia entries, and reviewed textbooks.  He has also published two pieces, “The Tennessee Civil War Centennial Commission: Looking to the Past as Tennessee Plans for the Future” in Tennessee Historical Quarterly (2008) and “Working for Reform: Acedia and the Transformation of Working Culture in Carolingian Monasticism” in the new book Sin in Medieval and Early Modern Culture (2012). He is currently at work on his first book drawn from his dissertation, “The Adoptive Son of God, the Pregnant Virgin, and the Fortification of the True Faith: Heterodoxy, the Cult of the Virgin Mary, and Benedict of Aniane in the Carolingian Age,” which received a Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Purdue University College of Liberal Arts in 2010. 

Research Interests
Early Medieval History, Pre-Modern Religious History, Carolingian Culture 

Education
PhD, Purdue University
MStud, Oxford University
BA, College of William and Mary

Fun fact
I’m just a hillbilly from East Tennessee. 

Favorite thing about UIndy
The sense of community. 

Contact Information
Good Hall, 204
317-788-2395
williamsjb@uindy.edu