BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- More than two dozen Indiana University Bloomington associate professors have received approximately $160,000 in funding awards through new programs developed by the Institute for Advanced Study on the Bloomington campus.
The Institute for Advanced Study, previously a multidisciplinary research center, is now focused on developing the research and creative work of associate professors. Supported by the IU Bloomington Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the institute's new mission is to enhance the exposure, attention and funding that the work of IU Bloomington’s associate professors receives and to assist in timely promotions to the rank of full professor.
"Investment in faculty is a central goal of IU Bloomington’s strategic plan, and the reorientation of the Institute for Advanced Study aligns perfectly with that goal," said Lauren Robel, provost and executive vice president on the IU Bloomington campus. "With its new focus, the institute will foster significant professional development of our faculty and will enhance research and creative activity on this campus."
New internal funding opportunities for associate professors are a key part of the support the institute now offers.
"Associate professors as a group need more support in every way," said Eileen Julien, director of the Institute for Advanced Study, who was appointed in 2013. "The institute’s seed funding is meant to help Bloomington’s associate professors boost their publications, performances and exhibits, and obtain larger externally funded research awards. Ultimately, the institute’s ambition is to be a locus of intellectual vitality and community."
The new funding opportunities include Individual Research Awards of up to $3,000; Collaborative Fellowships of up to $10,000 for groups of faculty sharing expertise on a project; and Consultation Fellowships of up to $10,000 to support collaborations with colleagues from other institutions.
The Institute for Advanced Study is also sponsoring informal discussion groups to help associate professors develop new research ideas and more formal conferences intended to refine ideas about current and future research directions.
The IU Bloomington faculty receiving awards in the inaugural round of grants from the funding programs are:
Institute for Advanced Study Collaborative Fellowships
Shaowen Bardzell, associate professor of informatics, School of Informatics and Computing
Brian Dodge, associate professor of applied health science, School of Public Health-Bloomington
Georgia Frey, associate professor of kinesiology, School of Public Health-Bloomington
Elizabeth Shea, clinical associate professor of theatre, drama and contemporary dance and director of IU Contemporary Dance Program, College of Arts and Sciences
Jonathan Simons, associate professor of communications and culture, College of Arts and Sciences
Michael Spiro, associate professor of music (percussion), Jacobs School of Music
Caleb Weintraub, associate professor of painting, Hope School of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences
Institute for Advanced Study Consultation Fellowships
Amar Flood, the James F. Jackson Associate Professor of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences
Lara Kriegel, associate professor of English and history, director of Victorian Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences
Institute for Advanced Study Individual Research Awards
Akin Adesokan, associate professor of comparative literature, College of Arts and Sciences
Gardner Bovingdon, associate professor of Central Eurasian studies, College of Arts and Sciences
Beth Buggenhagen, associate professor of anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, and faculty research curator, Mathers Museum of World Cultures
Sara Friedman, associate professor of anthropology and gender studies, College of Arts and Sciences
Beth Gazley, associate professor and Teaching and Learning Faculty Chair, School of Public and Environmental Affairs
John Gibson, associate professor of music (composition: electronic and computer music), Jacobs School of Music
Claudia Johnson, associate professor of geological sciences, College of Arts and Sciences
Dan Li, associate professor of international business, Kelley School of Business
Alex Lichtenstein, associate professor of history, College of Arts and Sciences
Carmen Liliana Medina, associate professor of literacy, culture, and language education, School of Education
Marissa Moorman, associate professor of history, College of Arts and Sciences
Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, associate professor of history, College of Arts and Sciences
Luciana Namorato, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese, College of Arts and Sciences
Julia Roos, associate professor of history, College of Arts and Sciences
Rebecca Spang, associate professor of history and director, Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
Arvind Verma, associate professor of criminal justice, College of Arts and Sciences
Shane Vogel, associate professor of English and director of Cultural Studies Program, College of Arts and Sciences
Brenda Weber, associate professor of gender studies, College of Arts and Sciences
For more information on the Institute for Advanced Study and its programs, call 812-855-1513.
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