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Faculty Update
 Matt Bair
 2 min

In June, Meg P. Gardinier (pictured at left), associate professor in global leadership, led a group of seven Indiana Tech Ph.D. students in a global practicum course in Bulgaria.

The group visited the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, where they met with representatives of educational and professional institutions. Then, they traveled to the coastal town of Pomorie and participated in the international conference of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (BCES). The conference theme was “Glocal Education in Practice: Teaching, Researching and Citizenship.”

Adjunct professor Dr. Franziska Bieri presented on the topic “Building Global Research Competency in Leadership Studies” and led a panel in which four doctoral students presented their emerging research ideas.

Dr. Gardinier chaired a different session with Dr. Elton Skendaj and Ms. Iris Aliaj. She presented “Glocal Expertise: Global Policy Actors and Local Educational Reform in Albania.”

In addition, Dr. Gardinier presented “Making Competence Global: Education Policy-Making Within and Beyond the State” at April’s Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) conference in San Francisco, and in June, she presented “Pushing the Boundaries of Global Citizenship Education: Solidarity and Youth Civic Engagement at a Global Scale” at the Georg Arnhold International Summer School, hosted by the Georg Eckert Institute (GEI) in Braunschweig, Germany.

Dr. Mohammadreza Khani, assistant professor of computer engineering, attended March’s NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference in San Jose. Conference attendees received training, insights and direct access to experts on the hottest topics in computing today. The conference covered areas like accelerated computing, automotive, deep learning, computer vision, graphics virtualization and media and entertainment. Dr. Kahni also conducted/assisted with the following workshops:
• Accelerating Applications with CUDA C/C++
• High Performance Computing using Containers
• Programming GPU-Accelerated POWER Systems with OpenACC

Courtney Shull, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and assistant professor of psychology; Amanda Ladig, director of instructional design and technology; and Jessica Black, disability services coordinator; presented on Accessibility in Online Courses at April’s Quality Matters Conference in New York.

Susan McGrade, professor of English, presented “Lessons in Protest and Survival in Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad” at March’s Multiethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) conference in Cincinnati.

Vicki Davis, assistant professor of English; Carrie Duke, assistant professor of rhetoric/composition; Cortney Robbins, associate professor of English; Carrie Rodesiler, assistant professor of English; Linda Valley, assistant professor of developmental composition; and McGrade were instrumental in planning and facilitating March’s Humanities Educators in STEM Environments annual conference at Indiana Tech. The theme of this year’s conference was Surviving and Thriving in STEM Cultures.