Meet three of the most recent colleges at IU Bloomington: Information at IU: Indiana College

While classes kick off with thousands of new students this week, the Indiana University Bloomington campus also has more than 300 new faculties.

Of the 314 new faculties, 36 percent are researchers, 32 percent are permanent or permanent employees, 24 percent attend the faculty and 9 percent are lecturers and clinical faculties. 35 countries are represented in the cohort, and about a third of the members are color faculties.

Within the IU, Bloomington met three of the new faculty members before the semester began to learn more about their work and why they are on campus.

Joseph Gramley

Professor of Music (Drums) at the Jacobs School of Music

Q: Why did you want to go to the IU faculty?

A: It is truly an honor to attend Jacob School of Music’s preeminent faculty of artists, scholars and performers. I’ve followed work in Indiana throughout my career. In my previous post at the University of Michigan, I was fortunate enough to work with graduates from IU and they were incredibly impressive, talented, hardworking, and well-prepared. That’s a reflection on the faculty and leadership here.

For decades I have seen Indiana’s foundation for learning and maintaining the highest levels of achievement, research, and education. It’s incredibly invigorating and exciting to be able to join this community.

Q: How do you hope to influence the students?

A: I hope to bring my many years of experience as a performer and teacher to the new and constantly changing art world of the 21st century. My goal is to get to know our students and to learn what goals they have – musical, educational, research-related – and which areas of music they want to immerse themselves in.

I’ve been fortunate to travel the world with Yo-Yo Ma for the past 20 years, and I want to bring these experiences to the studio to share about the new work we’re going to do together.

Q: What do you think of Bloomington so far?

A: Immediately after my interview, I started imagining how I lived in Bloomington. Now that I’ve moved, I’m happy to report that my instincts were on the right track. The people were amazing and so welcoming. I grew up on a farm in Oregon and seeing the lush greenery of Bloomington with so many trees feels really great and reminds me of my home.

Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Environment and Occupational Safety at the School of Public Health-Bloomington

Q: What are your goals for this fall semester?

A: I want to build my department’s research on ways to prevent environmental risks to public health. For example, I am writing a grant proposal to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for a project to test an innovative type of water filter to remove lead from drinking water in homes that draw their water from unregulated private wells.

In my previous research, I found that lead is much more abundant in private well water than in city water in some areas. Most people with private well water are unaware of this risk as they rarely or never test the quality of their drinking water. However, in my previous work, I have found that children in the United States who get their water from private wells are at greater risk of high blood levels than children who are given city water. We need better ways to protect these children from lead.

Q: How do you hope to influence the students?

A: I want students to be excited about cutting-edge research to find ways to prevent diseases caused by environmental risks. Part of this research involves working directly with affected communities.

I have the great privilege of working in an area that attracts so many students who want to make life better for others. Allowing students to participate in research that has a meaningful impact adds richness to their educational experience and helps them build skills that are difficult to convey in the classroom.

Q: What do you think of Bloomington so far?

A: I am a long distance runner and have run several marathons, including the Boston Marathon. Because I love to run on trails, Griffy Lake is my favorite place. As a trail enthusiast, I also appreciate the many paths and woods on the IU campus. I am already in love with this place.

Jennifer Silva

Assistant Professor at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Q: Why did you want to go to the IU faculty?

A: I was looking for a place where the faculty was active and passionate about their research, where I had plenty of opportunities to collaborate, and where I got the opportunity to teach PhD and undergraduate students. I also wanted a supportive, friendly environment.

So far, I’ve been amazed at the friendliness of my new colleagues at O’Neill, who brought home cooked meals while we settled in while trying to apply for scholarships together.

I love how O’Neill integrates research and public policy – this year I will be working with the Brookings Institution on a study of middle-class Americans and their struggles and dreams, and getting students involved in my research and the results in policymakers Washington, DC

Q: How do you want to influence the students this semester?

A: I look forward to teaching qualitative research methodology to students of all levels. I love teaching field research and watching students get excited to ask a question, collect data through interviews and observation, and create a compelling narrative to explain what they found. I also enjoy writing for both the academic and popular audiences, and hope to help students feel empowered by the writing and revising process rather than being intimidated.

Q: What do you think of Bloomington so far?

A: Bloomington is beautiful. I did an interview in January when it was freezing and dark and I was pleasantly surprised at how green and lush it is now. I come from a city of 5,000 people where restaurants are only open a few days a week and I really enjoy the different types of food I can try.

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