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Dr. Whitney Schlegel Awarded PULSE Fellowship

Indiana University Professor Dr. Whitney Schlegel (Biology) was recently selected as one of 40 national leadership fellows to serve on The Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education. Schlegel will join a community of scholars tasked with implementing recommendation made in the recent Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action, a report that provided an action agenda for transforming life science education supported by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. PULSE is a joint effort of the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

PULSE Leadership Fellows will provide project leadership through-out a year-long project to engage a broad cross-section of the nation’s undergraduate life science community in identifying and prioritizing strategies for implementing biology education reform.  Fellows will play an important role in representing this ongoing effort at the national level.

As a member of the Vision & Change Leadership Fellows Team, Schlegel will work with the other Fellows throughout this yearlong process to describe thoughtful and creative approaches to implementing Vision and Change recommendations. The team will engage a broad cross-section of the nation’s undergraduate life science/biology community in identifying and prioritizing strategies for implementing biology education reform. Fellows will serve an important and visible role in representing this ongoing effort at the national level.

Dr. Whitney M. Schlegel

Headshot of Dr. Whitney SchlegelAs a new physiology professor in the IU School of Medicine Dr. Schlegel believed content delivery characterized her teaching responsibility. She sought support on campus and with The American Physiological Society for teaching and learning innovation, inquiry, and assessment and transformed her large classrooms into collaborative and contextual learning environments. Schlegel worked with IU colleagues and administrators to map a leadership vision for the scholarship of teaching and learning that included hosting the inaugural conference for a new international society. As a Carnegie Scholar she pursued questions linking student learning and teaching practice and mentored others in this work. She directed the development of a new interdisciplinary undergraduate degree program in Human Biology, teaming with faculty to bring theory to practice and instill evidence-based approaches to course and curriculum implementation. Her research in the area of environmental and comparative animal physiology has taken her around the world, including East Africa, where she also taught at Moi University Faculty of Health Sciences, a then new medical school serving the needs of rural Kenya, as part of the IUSM Kenya Program now known as AMPATH. Dr. Schlegel is a member of the American Physiological Society, Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Association of Colleges and Universities, a founding member of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and was recently named NSF-NIH-HHMI Partnership in Undergraduate Life Science Education Fellow. She owns and manages an organic farm with her husband in Monroe County, Indiana. On Saturdays May through October they can be found at the Bloomington Community Farmer’s Market.

Resources

2012 Fellows Press Release

PULSE Vision and Change Leadership Fellows

PULSE Flyer

Additional Information about PULSE

Vision and Change Report