2016-2017 Faculty Fellows Class

Kruger - headshot 8 2015Tina M. Kruger, Ph.D., Indiana State University.

Dr. Kruger is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Health Sciences at Indiana State University where she recently completed her fifth year as a faculty member. She earned her doctorate in Gerontology from the University of Kentucky in 2011. She now directs an undergraduate Gerontology certificate program at Indiana State University and teaches a variety of courses including: Society and Aging; Health Promotion and Aging; Family Relationships; Personal Health and Wellness; Health Biostatistics; and Research Methods. In addition, she developed a study abroad course, Cross-Cultural Comparison of Long-Term Care, which she taught in Finland in May 2014. The course provides students the opportunity to understand a variety of aging experiences and the global implications of aging.

Along with her teaching, Dr. Kruger is active in several research projects including health behaviors and aging, sustainability and aging, and the pedagogy of gerontology and service-learning. Her work includes several community-based participatory-research studies related to physical and mental health, primarily conducted with residents of low resource areas (e.g., rural locations or low income neighborhoods). She is passionate about promoting health and well-being for all and views access to resources and appropriate use of finite resources as a human rights issue.

Dr. Kruger is active in several professional and service organizations, including the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, where she serves as co-chair on the Academic Program Development Committee, and is a member of the Indiana Campus Compact Advisory Council.

Dr. Kruger will manage The Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellows class, mentor her fellow faculty in the practice of the scholarship of engagement, and provide leadership as they collaborate on a group project, and work on their own, individual projects. In addition, Dr. Kruger will complete an individual campus-community based project of her own, the planning and implementation of a Center on Lifespan Development at Indiana State University. As a gerontologist, Dr. Kruger is excited to take the next steps in the development of this new Center, which will expand upon many of the partnership she has already developed within the communities in and around Terre Haute to help older adults navigate their changing lives.

In her role as Senior Fellow, Dr. Kruger will lead and support the cohort of faculty who are leaders in community engagement and who share their knowledge with colleagues, students, and the community. These faculty members are helping students become well-informed, engaged and productive members of society, who are fully enabled to provide leadership and service that advances the public good in their communities.

Before being named the Senior Fellow, Dr. Kruger served as an Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellow for two years. She credits her time as a Fellow as an integral piece of her professional growth and development as a scholar.

Mark web headshotMark Latta, M.A., is the Director of the Writing Center, Instructor of English, and Public Literacy Coordinator at Marian University. His research and teaching interests focus on the intersections between composition, critical public literacies, informal learning systems, critical service learning, and resistance narratives (particularly in how these narratives are embedded within localized geographies and sociolinguistic features). This is his second term as an Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellow.

Latta also directs CityWrite, a city-wide memoir project in Indianapolis that has collected the personal stories of over 1,100 people since 2012. He has edited and co-created five anthologies and was honored to receive the Nuvo Cultural Vision Award (2008) and William H. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion (2012).

His grant-funded narrative art projects include: I Am East 10th Street, a public art memoir installation relating the stories of those who live and work along east 10th Street; Magic #8 Bus, an examination of the influence of public transportation on transitory and personal narratives; and, No Mean Thing, a collection of street stories collected from CityWrite due out in late 2017.

Additionally, Mark is a board member of the Indiana Teachers of Writing, a member of the Hoosier Writing Project, a National Writing Project Teaching Consultant, and serves on the Indiana Campus Compact Advisory Council. He is also an active member of the International Writing Centers Association, American Education Research Association, International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement, and the National Council of Teachers of English.

Mark is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Urban Education at Indiana University.

In his second term as an Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellow, Latta will continue his collaboration with the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation on a city-wide public literacy project centered around the IndyGo bus system.

Committed to community engagement and service learning, Marian University is adding $2490.00 to the $3750.00 grant from Indiana Campus Compact. With this support, Latta will expand his project, Collecting Connections, which will organize and train volunteers to interview riders across all of the IndyGo public transit routes, collecting written and spoken stories about home and community. These public narratives will be “published” through the IndyGo buses and murals displayed at the newly constructed Julia M. Carson Public Transit Center in downtown Indianapolis. As a visible and large-scale city-wide public literacy project, Collecting Connections will serve as a catalyst for promoting community narrative projects and facilitate a broader understanding of public literacy through the generation of a city-wide community writing event.

The Storybus will be a modified IndyGo bus displaying select collected works on external vinyl wrapping and printed placards as it moves throughout the city. The Storybus will share and facilitate broader public narratives, fostering an exploration of the stories we tell about place and identity and how these stories shape the evolution of communities and public spaces.

Ecological Sciences graduate student Lindsey Payne works in a rain garden on the grounds of Imagination Station in Lafayette IN. (Purdue University/ Mark Simons)

Lindsey Payne, Ph.D., is the Assistant Director at the Center for Instructional Excellent at Purdue University where she coordinates service-learning programs and initiatives. She has a courtesy appointment in Environmental and Ecological Engineering where she teaches a service-learning course in which interdisciplinary teams of students collaboratively identify stormwater management problems, co-design solutions, maintain budgets, and evaluate impacts with community partners. Dr. Payne’s research sits at the intersection of sustainability, teaching and learning, and engagement focusing on transdisciplinary decision-making frameworks in community-based design projects. She is the recipient of multiple teaching awards and is an Associate Fellow in the Teaching Academy. She has a B.A. from DePauw University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University and has worked in the non-profit and secondary education sectors. She currently serves on multiple community-based environmental boards.

During her fellowship year, Dr. Payne plans to focus her efforts on critically evaluating and refining the learning outcomes and activities of the Urban Water Projects service-learning course at Purdue University.

Committed to community engagement and service learning, Purdue University is adding $1500.00 to the $3750.00 grant from Indiana Campus Compact. With this support, Dr. Payne will develop a longitudinal study examining the impact of the course on students’ professional sustainability competencies developed in the classroom and then transferred to their careers. She will also work to assess the community impact of the course including community partner perceptions of impact, project effectiveness, impact on stormwater runoff management problems, and community partner framework. Lastly, Dr. Payne is committed to partnering with 16 Grow Local Lafayette Community Gardens in assessing local food systems and its impact on the food security of those in Tippecanoe County.

Dr. Payne believes, “Building sustainable communities and ensuring a path to sustainability will require systems thinking and the ability to understand the multiple dimensions of sustainability in order to address society’s complex problems. Future change agents and leaders in sustainability must be able to think critically, integrate multiple perspectives, and communicate effectively across traditional and non- traditional knowledge boundaries.”

J  VanSickle web headshotJennifer VanSickle, Ed.D., is currently an Associate Professor of Sport Management and Coordinator of the Undergraduate Sport Management program at the University of Indianapolis. She earned a Doctorate degree from the University of Kentucky in 2004, Master’s degree in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from Morehead State University in 1994, and a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Health and Physical Education from Union College in Barbourville, KY in 1987. She spent 10 years coaching softball at the collegiate level and 6 years teaching physical education at the high school and middle school level before earning her doctorate and moving to Indianapolis.

Dr. VanSickle was named the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) Sport Management Faculty of the Year, University of Indianapolis School of Education Teacher of the Year and received the Faculty Achievement Award for the UIndy School of Education for outstanding service to the university. She is the lead author on over 20 articles and abstracts published in national and state journals and has delivered over 25 presentations at state, national and international conferences. She has also consulted with area sport organizations including the Indianapolis Colts, Indiana Pacers, NCAA, Indy Parks and Recreation and Special Olympics Indiana, and has served on planning committees for the NFL Super Bowl XLVI, NCAA Final Fours and NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

In her second term as an Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellow, Dr. VanSickle will be focusing her individual efforts during the upcoming year on the re-design of an existing University of Indianapolis sports facility and event management course so that it includes the teaching pedagogy of service-learning. Dr. VanSickle served as a past Faculty Fellow in 2013-2014 where she focused her efforts on growing a now thriving partnership with Special Olympics Indiana.

Committed to community engagement and service learning, University of Indianapolis is adding $1250.00 to the $3750.00 grant from Indiana Campus Compact. With this support, Dr. VanSickle will retool her facility and event management course to add to the traditional textbook and lecture-style structure so that students enrolled in this newly re-designed course directly collaborate with the Burello Community Center at Garfield Park to plan, organize and implement health and fitness activities during the Center’s Fall and Spring Break Camps which encourage Indianapolis youth to adopt healthy habits. Dr. VanSickle will incorporate feedback on the partnership from its stakeholders into her future courses.