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Notes of Distinction - June 2016


Wednesday May 18, 2016


Whether it’s a published article or book, a prestigious award, or speaking engagement, members of Indiana University Northwest’s faculty and staff continue to share their wealth of expertise. Here are the most recent top achievers that have made a name for themselves and IU Northwest.

Tenure and Promotion 2016

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Each spring, IU Northwest celebrates its latest faculty members who have earned a promotion or tenure. Congratulations to those promoted (pictured from left to right) and their new titles:

Xiaofeng (Alex) Wang, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Frances Daniel, Associate Professor of Psychology
Vesna Kilibarda, Professor of Mathematics
Andrea Tamburro, Associate Professor of Social Work
Alicia Wright, Senior Lecturer, Communications
Ellen Hennessy-Harstad, Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing
Andrea Griffin, Associate Professor of Business
Glenn Lauzon, Associate Professor of Education (not pictured)
Brian O’Camb, Associate Professor of English (not pictured)

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Meet other high achievers:

Subir Bandyopadhyay, and a co-editor, have signed a contract with Routledge to edit a book, entitled, Contemporary Research on Social Media Marketing. The book aims to provide the relevant theoretical, empirical, and experiential frameworks and findings in the area of social media marketing. The book will cover all the relevant aspects related to social media marketing.

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George Bodmer, Chancellor’s Professor and Department Chair of English, is displaying his Works on Paper in the Gallery for Contemporary Art, located in the Savannah Center, through June 17.

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Latrice Booker, Coordinator of Library Instruction, recently co-authored a chapter for a book published in January 2016, entitled, Where Are All the Librarians of Color?, The Experiences of People of Color in Academia, coedited by Rebecca Hankins and Miguel Juarez.  The chapter, pages 31-53, is titled “Establishing a Communal Network for Professional Advance Among Librarians of Color”, and Booker is a co-author with Tarida Anantachai, Althea Lazzaro, and Martha Parker.

Booker has also been accepted as an Institute for Research and Design in Librarianship (IRDL) scholar, and will attend the 2016 IRDL Institute in Los Angeles in June. And, she continues to serve (through 2017) as a nationally elected Councilor member of the American Library Association Governance Council. In November, she attended the national LOEX library instruction conference in November.

Booker was recently admitted to IU’s School of Education doctoral program (Ed.D.) in Instructional Systems Technology via distance for the Fall 2016 semester.  She will begin her coursework this fall.

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Anja Matwijkiw, Professor of Professional Ethics and Human Rights, has recently added more University of Oxford accomplishments to her research record.

Oxford University Press’s yearbook, The Global Community Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence, which accepted three of Matwijkiw’s publications over three years and then invited her to sit on the prestigious publication’s editorial board last year, has bestowed her with yet another piece of scholarship accepted for upcoming publication.

Matwijkiw’s most recent piece deals with the legal premises and implications of trends in international law and jurisprudence. More precisely, Matwijkiw co-authored an article with her brother, a Southeast Missouri University colleague, in which the theoretical aspects of the integrative framework and approach were combined with the type of general jurisprudence that they themselves have pioneered, namely Stakeholder Jurisprudence.

As the main title of the article suggests – The Unapologetic Integration of Ethics: Stakeholder Realignments in the light of Global Law and Shared Governance Doctrine – they primarily try to incorporate standards from substantive morality into an analysis and assessment of international law and jurisprudence.

Matwijkiw also recently received a New Frontiers grant from IU Bloomington for her proposal, Activist Jurisprudence: Jus Cogens Norms and Conflict-Resolution at the National and International Levels, of which her recent contributions to the OUP yearbook are a component.

Besides her new membership of the Editorial Board for The Global Community Yearbook of International Law and Jurisprudence, Matwijkiw continues to serve on the Editorial Board for International Criminal Law Review (Brill Publishers).

Best wishes to our retirees

IU Northwest recognized this year’s retirees at a recent reception in early June.

Craig De Myer, Registrar, is retiring this year after 13 years of service. De Myer began his career with IU at the South Bend campus in 2003 as SIS systems analyst and trainer for the Office of the Registrar. He held this position until 2005, when he became the system analyst and support in the same department. In 2007, he accepted the position of assistant registrar and degree audit administrator.  In 2012 he became the registrar of IU Northwest and has since held the position creating a climate of consistency in a high traffic office on campus.

Stephen Echtenkamp, Associate Professor of Cellular and Integrated Physiology, began his career at IU Northwest as Assistant Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at the Northwest Center for Medical Education, Physiology Medicine in 1985. He has since been a go-to faculty advisor to his students for over 30 years and has brought a passion to his lectures that engages and inspires students to further pursue their careers in medicine.

Ida Gillis, director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Employment Practices and Title IX deputy coordinator, will retire at the end of June 2016.

As director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Employment Practices, Gillis has been instrumental in employee recruitment to ensure equity in the search and screen process. She has been instrumental in assisting departments across the campus to enhance the diversity of hiring at IU Northwest. As part of IU’s effort to address sexual misconduct, she recently accepted the additional responsibility of Title IX deputy coordinator. In that role, she coordinates IU Northwest's response to all Title IX complaints and reports, and ensures that the appropriate designated campus officials are involved in investigating and adjudicating complaints, according to IU’s applicable policies and procedures.

Gillis also serves the YWCA in Gary and Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority through her local chapter, as well as advising the IU Northwest student chapter. She also is a Certified Public Accountant and has been involved with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program through the IU Northwest School of Business and Economics.

A graduate of Indiana State University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminology, Gilils spent 25 years working in various roles with federal law enforcement.

Marianne Milich, Chief Financial Officer, will retire at the end of July, after dedicating more than 30 years to the campus community.

Milich began working full-time at IU Northwest in 1984, joining her mother and aunt, who also worked on campus. Milich started out as a teller in the Office of the Bursar and later served as a cashier in the book store. From there, she went on to become the campus Bursar, before taking on the role of director of Accounting Services. In 2008, Milich was named chief financial officer, leading the Office of Fiscal Affairs and playing an integral role on the executive leadership team.

In addition to her years of employment at IU Northwest, Milich is also an alumna, earning her bachelor’s degree in 1998. She later earned her master’s degree in business administration from IU Northwest in 2005.

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