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ACTIVE LEARNING ADVOCATES. Faculty Fellows meet during the academic year to share ideas, tools, and build community. Here, Fellows gather for the Mosaic Institute in 2019.

Mosaic Initiative celebrates 10th cohort of Faculty Fellows

12 new Fellows will spend 2020-21 year immersed in active learning best practices, research, community

Indiana University’s Mosaic Initiative announced 12 new Faculty Fellows for its 10th cohort. Since its launch in January 2015, the Mosaic Initiative now has 115 Fellows across Indiana University.

The Mosaic Faculty Fellows program provides an opportunity for faculty to engage in active learning practices in their own teaching and with other Mosaic Fellows. The program focuses on preparing faculty to teach in active learning classrooms, building a community among faculty members across all IU campuses, promoting evidence-based teaching, and creating faculty leaders. 

I think it’s wonderful that IU is going to continue to support this program, even as we face the challenges of the coronavirus health crisis. To be associated with the program, the learning that comes from it, and the resources and thinking that go into it, it will do nothing but make me a stronger teacher, which is exciting.

Miranda Rodak, English lecturer, IU Bloomington

“The Mosaic Fellows continue to be thought leaders across Indiana University who are committed to active learning in classrooms and willing to share their experiences,” said Stacy Morrone, IU associate vice president for Learning Technologies. “I am delighted that we now have over 100 Fellows.”

The new Fellows will soon gather for the Mosaic Institute and six sessions during their year as Fellows.

“I’m looking forward to working with our new Fellows as we explore various digital and analog tools to support active learning in their courses,” said Tracey Birdwell, Mosaic Initiative program director. 

Tracey Birdwell
Tracey Birdwell

“As Fellows, faculty explore new approaches to and tools to support active learning. By the end of the program, Fellows become recognized leaders and advocates for active learning across IU.”

The Mosaic Faculty Fellows in the 10th cohort are:

  • Yingling Bao, senior lecturer, Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Joe Coleman, professor of practice, the Media School
  • Savannah Hall, lecturer, Kelley School of Business Department of Communication, Professional, and Computer Skills
  • Miyoung Hong, senior lecturer, Eskenazi School of Art, Architecture + Design, interior design program
  • Olga Kalentzidou, visiting assistant professor, College of Arts + Sciences Department of Geography
  • Dena Klineline, lecturer, School of Nursing
  • Arthur Owora, assistant professor, School of Public Health
  • Hanna Raber, lecturer, School of Nursing
  • Miranda Rodak, clinical assistant professor, College of Arts + Sciences Department of English
  • Alina Sokol, senior lecturer, College of Arts + Sciences Department of Spanish and Portuguese
  • Tatiana Saburova, lecturer, College of Arts + Sciences Department of History
  • Kevin Slates, clinical associate professor, School of Public Health

“After nine cohorts, I’ve been able to witness first-hand the deep commitment to active learning among the faculty across Indiana University,” said Birdwell. “As Fellows, faculty explore new approaches to and tools to support active learning. Once they graduate, the Fellows share their new knowledge with peers through publications, presentations, and teaching workshops. By the end of the program, Fellows become recognized leaders and advocates for active learning across IU.”

Being a part of the 10th cohort means I’m joining nine other cohorts of dedicated Fellows I can build connections with.

Joe Coleman, journalism professor, IU Bloomington

Senior Fellows remain active in the program, engaging in research and working with stakeholders at IU and other universities all over the world.

Joe Coleman, a journalism professor at IU Bloomington, applied to be a Fellow after a colleague in the Media School recommended him. He said, “Being a part of the 10th cohort means I’m joining nine other cohorts of dedicated Fellows I can build connections with.”

Coleman said he’s always looking for new ways to engage students, rather than just lecturing at them, and he’s excited to learn new active learning techniques through the Mosaic Initiative.

Miranda Rodak, an English lecturer at IU Bloomington, also applied after a colleague and Senior Fellow, Kelly Hanson, recommended her. Rodak is interested in how technology-related classrooms can be conducive to active learning.

Rodak has taught hybrid classes in the past and likes the combination of online and in-person methods of teaching and learning. She is eager to learn how the Mosaic program can help her learn to engage more with students in online classes.

“I think it’s wonderful that IU is going to continue to support this program, even as we face the challenges of the coronavirus health crisis,” Rodak said. “It makes IU unique in what it does. To be associated with the program, the learning that comes from it, and the resources and thinking that go into it, it will do nothing but make me a stronger teacher, which is exciting.”