Teaching & Learning

Our mission and policies

The SPEA Teaching and Learning Faculty Group is open to all full-time and part-time instructors, and has as its mission to:

  1. Provide a forum for discussing important teaching-related issues that are applicable to all instructors
  2. Provide a means for jointly developing policies and advice for the Dean’s Office and faculty on effective teaching
  3. Develop teaching and learning resources for all SPEA full-time and part-time faculty.

We serve as a central venue within SPEA for discussing, exploring, and implementing effective and innovative teaching practices at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This group provides all faculty, regardless of rank, an institutional home for examining the strengths (and limitations) of teaching practices at SPEA, establishing classroom expectations for both SPEA faculty and students, learning about available existing resources for SPEA faculty or developing new resources, researching best practices at other schools at IU and nationally, and proposing to the faculty new policies and procedures.

  1. New faculty orientation and training
  2. Grading standards
  3. Plagiarism
  4. Assessment of learning
  5. The enhanced use of technology in the classroom
  6. Online learning

We may also come up with guidelines for bridging the gap between what students are learning inside and outside of the classroom. We will explore additional ways to recognize and reward faculty members who are doing exemplary work with our students and to make sure that all faculty members have the opportunity to learn from them. Another crucial goal of the group is to examine ways to address teaching needs in a climate of limited resources. Activities will include increasing collaborations between full- and part-time faculty, and investigating ways to train and assess graduate students and help them master new teaching skills.

Another objective is to examine how SPEA can ensure that our students develop the kinds of knowledge and skills that will prepare them for future success in their internships, jobs, or future studies. To accomplish this last goal, our faculty group will facilitate conversations with current students, alumni, graduate school admissions offices, and employers. The Office of Career Services and the Office of External Affairs, among others, will take part in these discussions.

SPEA-specific resources:

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Outside resources:

Full-Time Faculty Members and Part-Time Instructors

Alexander Alexeev

(812) 855-7980
SPEA 456

  • Quantitative Policy Analysis and Modeling
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Cyber-Security and Risk Modeling

David B. Audretsch
Distinguished Professor

(812) 855-6766
SPEA 211

  • Economic Policy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Globalization
  • Regional Economic Policy

Matthew Baggetta
Associate Professor

(812) 855-2783
SPEA 435

  • Civil Society
  • Voluntary Associations
  • Civic Engagement
  • Social Capital

Jennifer N. Brass
Associate Professor

(812) 855-1460
SPEA 457

  • African Politics
  • Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Energy and International Development
  • Comparative Public Administration
  • Governance
  • Civil Society
  • Political Economy of Development

Sanya Carley
Associate Professor

(812) 856-0920
SPEA 353

  • Energy Policy and Economics
  • Electricity Markets
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Policy Instruments
  • Renewable Energy and Distributed Generation
  • Energy-based Economic Development

Beth Cate
Clinical Associate Professor

(812) 855-0563
SPEA 343

  • Data governance and regulation
  • Intellectual property
  • Constitutional law and Supreme Court decision making
  • Religion in public life and governance

Brian L. DeLong
Senior Lecturer

(812) 856-7585
SPEA 323

  • National and international security policies from an argumentation, rhetorical, and critical cultural perspective

Denvil R. Duncan
Associate Professor

(812) 855-7493

  • Public Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Economic Development

Vickie A. Fry

(812) 855-0732
SPEA 358

  • Governmental and nonprofit accounting

Brad R. Fulton
Assistant Professor

(812) 855-6948
SPEA 419

  • Nonprofit Organizations & Management
  • Leadership
  • Social Movements
  • Advocacy, Diversity, Quantitative Methods

Beth Gazley

(812) 855-1464
SPEA A319 in the O'Neill Center

  • Public and nonprofit management
  • Associations
  • Intersectoral relations
  • Collaboration
  • Volunteerism

John D. Graham

(812) 855-1432
SPEA 300

  • Government reform
  • Energy and the environment
  • The future of the automobile in both developed and developing countries
  • Presidential studies

Daniel J. Grundmann

(812) 855-5254
SPEA 321

  • Strategic Human Resource Management including Compensation and Benefits
  • Employment Law
  • Employee Relations and Collective Bargaining
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Human Resources Planning and Workforce Diversity

Diane S. Henshel
Associate Professor

(812) 855-4556
SPEA 443

  • Ecological and human health effects of pollutants and chemicals
  • Holistic and cumulative ecosystem, human health, and ecosystem services risk/vulnerability assessment and modeling
  • Risk communication
  • Sustainability modeling
  • Cyber security risk assessment modeling

Monika Herzig
Senior Lecturer

(812) 855-4700
SPEA 433

  • Jazz Pianist/ Recording Artist
  • Jazz History and Education
  • Entrepreneurship and Creativity

Cheryl K. Hughes
Senior Lecturer

(812) 855-2844
SPEA 335

  • Human resource management/training and development

John R. Karaagac
Senior Lecturer

(812) 855-0732
SPEA 429

  • International Relations and International Policy
  • American Public Administration
  • Foreign Policy
  • Politics and the Political Process
  • The Presidency
  • International Political Economy
  • Political Theory and Public Policy

Ursula M. Kuhar

(812) 856-4013

  • Arts Education and Community Engagement
  • Labor Relations in the Arts
  • Governance and Leadership
  • Fundraising and Development
  • Arts and Social Justice

Melissa A. Laney
Senior Lecturer

(812) 855-6905
SPEA 445

  • Limnology
  • Lake and Watershed Management
  • Aquatic and Terrestrial Habitats
  • Implementing Sustainability Initiatives on Campus and Community

Mark M. Levin
Clinical Associate Professor

(812) 855-6989

  • Local government management
  • Local economic development
  • Municipal budgeting
  • Ethics in the public sector

Frank C. Lewis
Senior Lecturer

(812) 855-4944
SPEA 356

  • Modern Art
  • Contemporary Theory and Criticism
  • Photography

Antonette McCaster
Senior Lecturer

(812) 856-7811
SPEA 235

  • Accounting
  • Project Management
  • Audit
  • Information Systems
  • Financial Reporting
  • Budgeting

Kand McQueen
Senior Lecturer

(812) 855-4944
SPEA 237

  • Issues surrounding the atypically gendered populations
  • Psychometric instrument development
  • Inquiry methodology

Vicky J. Meretsky

(812) 855-4944
SPEA 321 in the O'Neill Center

  • Landscape-level conservation
  • Conservation under climate change
  • Ecology and management of rare species
  • Integrating ecosystem research and endangered species management within adaptive management

Roger Morris

(812) 855-8336
SPEA 428

  • Managing Information Technology and Database Management Systems

Andrea Need
Senior Lecturer

(812) 855-0635

  • Environmental Law
  • Conservation Easements
  • Invasive Species
  • Environmental Impact of Shipping on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway

Frank L. Nierzwicki, Jr.
Clinical Assistant Professor

(812) 855-4944

  • Civil engagement at the state and local level
  • Urban studies at the federal, state, and local levels
  • Community development and planning at the local level

Mark Norrell

(812) 856-1392
SPEA 239

  • Healthcare strategic planning and business development
  • Financial management, operations and human resources management for healthcare provider organizations

Daniel Preston
Clinical Associate Professor

(812) 856-4925
SPEA 217

  • International Affairs
  • Poverty Alleviation
  • Corporate and Public Sector Strategy
  • Country Competitiveness
  • Financial Markets
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Good Governance and Policy Analysis
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Terri L. Renner
Senior Lecturer

(812) 856-4647
SPEA 221

  • Financial management
  • Information systems
  • Entrepreneurship

Susan Siena
Senior Lecturer

(812) 856-6775
SPEA 225

  • National and International Affairs

Kosali Simon
Herman B Wells Endowed Professor

(812) 856-3850
SPEA 357

  • Health economics and policy
  • The impact of state and federal regulations attempting to ease the availability of private and public health insurance for vulnerable populations
  • Health and labor market outcomes

Henry K. Wakhungu
Senior Lecturer

(812) 855-9820
SPEA 427

  • Development of growth simulation models for sustainable management of indigenous community forests
  • Experimental designs in tropical forestry research
  • Service-learning research
  • Classroom action research on student active learning via group research projects in undergraduate introductory statistical techniques courses
  • How pre-service teachers conceptualize mathematics (philosophically) indexed with their beliefs and conceptions about mathematics learning and teaching

Adam S. Ward
Assistant Professor

MSB-II 430

  • Environmental science
  • Hydrology
  • Watershed management
  • Civil engineering
  • Water quality

Michael Wilkerson
Senior Lecturer

(812) 856-4647
SPEA 323 in the O'Neill Center

  • Arts administration

Nikolaos Zirogiannis
Assistant Scientist

(812) 856-8323
SPEA 331

  • Applied Econometrics
  • Time Series
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Environmental Policy