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Academics

Dedicated to teaching and research, IU South Bend faculty members excel at both. From research into black holes to the sociology of family life, faculty are breaking new ground.
   
In 2010-11, three professors were recognized during the Distinguished Teaching Award ceremonies in Bloomington. Gwendolyn Mettetal, professor of education and psychology, received the Herman Bachman Lieber Memorial Award for distinguished teaching.

Gail M. McGuire, associate professor and chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, received the Sylvia E. Bowman Award. The Sylvia E. Bowman Award honors exemplary faculty members in areas related to American civilization.

April Lidinsky, associate professor of women’s studies in the College of Arts and Science, received the W. George Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service.
 
The Trustee Teaching Awards were presented to 18 faculty members: Raman Adaikkalavan, Computer Science; Sue A. Anderson, Nursing; David Blouin, Sociology & Anthropology; Rebecca Brittenham, English; Yi Cheng, Mathematical Sciences; John B. Davis, World Language Studies; Julio F. Hernando, World Language Studies; Lee Kahan, English; Barbara J. Keith, Nursing; Gwendolyn Mettetal, Education/Psychology; Matthew E. Mooney, Education; Yosuke Nirei, History; Kelcey Parker, English; Theodore Randall, Sociology & Anthropology; Kathy L. Ritchie, Psychology; James M. Smith, Political Science; James VanderVeen, Sociology & Anthropology; and Hong Zhuang, Business & Economics
 
P.N. Saksena received the 2011 IU South Bend Alumni Association Faculty Legacy Award. It is given to full-time faculty members who have made a significant impact on the lives of the students at Indiana University South Bend. Saksena is assistant dean, director of graduate studies and professor of accounting in the School of Business and Economics.
 
Elizabeth Bennion, associate professor of political science, was awarded the Lundquist Faculty Fellowship. She will deliver a lecture this spring.
 
Two IU South Bend faculty members were selected for membership in the 2011 class of FACET (Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching], the all-IU faculty group recognizing and dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning. The new FACET members are Jorge Muñiz (Music) and James VanderVeen (Sociology &Anthropology).
 
Three IU South Bend faculty members received the 2010 New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Exploration Traveling Fellowships in the amount of $2,500. These faculty are: Chu He (English), Neovi Karakatsanis (Political Science), and Lyle Zynda (Philosophy).
 
Elaine Roth (English) has received a prestigious and competitive Fulbright Award. The award supported her teaching North American Literature and Culture Studies at the Universidad de Madrid in Spain.
 
Susan Moore (Arts) received a $2,000 Individual Artist Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission to support her new photography project that documents suburban landscapes.
 
David Blouin’s research on pet/human relations was featured in the New York Times in March 2011. Blouin is an assistant professor of sociology.
 
Gail McGuire was interviewed on CNN in August 2010 regarding her work on women in the workplace and networking. McGuire is chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
 
Henry Scott’s 4,300-mile bicycle trip from Washington to Maine was featured on the IU Bloomington news website. Scott, an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, cycled across the U.S. to enhance a course he has taught since 2005, “Geology of the National Parks.”
 
A composition by Assistant Professor of Music Jorge Muñiz’s “Requiem for the Innocent” was presented October 2011 by the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. The performance included a guest baritone, the South Bend Symphonic Choir, Indiana University South Bend Chorale, South Bend Chamber Singers, singers from the Notre Dame Glee Club and Shout for Joy Children’s Choir.
 
Alexander Toradze received a regional Emmy Award for co-producing the documentary “Kicking the Notes the Toradze Way,” which was broadcast on WNIT.
 
Rebecca Torstrick from IU South Bend now serves as an assistant vice president working to advance IU’s programs and interests around the university and the state. She is  a professor of anthropology and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.