Ivy Tech Community College Names Interim Chancellor for the Anderson Campus

Dr. Mia D. Johnson to serve as interim chancellor during national search process

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has named Dr. Mia D. Johnson as interim chancellor for the Anderson campus, effective July 6, 2020. Ivy Tech will undertake community listening and a national search for the chancellor in the Fall. Johnson has served in many leadership roles at Ivy Tech Community College including, most recently, as vice chancellor for academic affairs at the Muncie campus. Dr. Jim Willey, who most recently served as chancellor of the Anderson campus, announced his retirement earlier this Spring.

“I am thrilled to be chosen to serve in the Anderson community during this time of transition for the campus,” said Johnson. “Having the opportunity to take on this leadership role and expand my experience with the College will be invaluable and I look forward to working with the amazing faculty and staff at the Anderson campus.”

In addition to Johnson’s most recent role, she is also an associate professor of Psychology and Human Services at Ivy Tech. She has been with Ivy Tech for more than 12 years. Her career at the College began as a certification and assessment center associate in the testing center. She has also worked as the assistant registrar, regional registrar, human services faculty, program chair, department chair, and dean.

“We are confident in Mia’s ability to lead and serve as the interim chancellor, and will stay committed to the process of running a thorough national search that will generate a highly qualified group of finalists,” said Ivy Tech President, Sue Ellspermann. “The search process does include listening sessions with faculty, staff and community members designed to hear from our stakeholders on what qualities they are looking for in the next chancellor for the Anderson Campus. Due to the pandemic the timing of those sessions has been pushed back to late August-early September with the goal to have the new chancellor in place by January 2021.”

Johnson is active in the community serving as the president elect for the YWCA-Central Indiana, and serving on the board of directors for the United Way of Delaware, Henry and Randolph Counties, YMCA of Muncie, and the Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County’s scholarship advisory committee. She also is a mentor for Project Leadership, member of Rotary and Altrusa International, and very active in International Leadership Association.

Johnson is a Muncie native who graduated from Ivy Tech Community College in 2003 and then went on to earn both her Bachelors and Masters’ degrees in Psychology, and a PhD in Global Leadership with a Higher Education concentration in 2016.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

President’s Award honors 18 Ivy Tech Community College faculty members

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College has honored a select group of faculty for exemplary work with students and their communities.

The 18 winners of Ivy Tech’s annual President’s Awards, the highest honor given to faculty by Ivy Tech, have been recognized across the state. The recipients were selected based on nominations from students, their fellow faculty members, and Ivy Tech staff. Now in its 40th year, the program recognizes one full-time faculty member at each campus for reflecting Ivy Tech’s mission. The winners receive a $1,000 grant for instructional supplies and materials.

Dr. Sue Ellspermann, president of Ivy Tech, says the President’s Awards reflect both the college’s commitment to the college’s faculty and the unique qualities that make Ivy Tech special.

“Our faculty members are intently focused on student success,” Ellspermann said. “They are pivotal to Ivy Tech’s role in preparing students for successful careers and encouraging them to be fully engaged in their communities. On behalf of everyone at Ivy Tech, we congratulate them for receiving this honor and applaud them for inspiring their colleagues across the state, our staff, and our students through their example.”

The 2020 Ivy Tech Community College President’s Award honorees from each campus are:

Anderson: Stacey Alspaugh- Assistant Professor of Dental Hygiene Clinical Coordinator. My teaching philosophy revolves around effective teaching as an intricate process that includes implementing teaching methods to maximize student learning. 

Bloomington: Joshua Farrington – Assistant Professor of Philosophy. My teaching philosophy revolves around “Farrington’s 5 F’s of Student Flourishing: Freedom, Friendliness, Flexibility, Follow-Up, and Follow-through.” 

Columbus: Cyrus Screwvala – Instructor, Mathematics, and Physics. My teaching philosophy is to give all of my students every opportunity to succeed, and I encourage them to persevere in the class as much as possible. 

Evansville: Barbara Rendleman – Associate Professor, School of Arts, Sciences, and Education. My teaching philosophy revolves around the non-traditional philosophy “The Poinsettia Method.”

Fort Wayne: Michelle Hagan-Short – Professor/Dept. Chair Business Operations, Applications, and Technology Program & Supply Chain Management Program. My teaching philosophy focuses on establishing a learner-centered environment that values mutual respect, lifelong learning, and learner success.

Indianapolis: Stephanie Egler – Assistant Professor for School of Nursing. My teaching philosophy to enhance teaching skills and have a positive impact on students’ growth and success is through professional development and continuing education.

Kokomo: Allison Toren – Dept. Chair, Communication, General Studies, and Student Success; Assistant Professor of Communication. My teaching philosophy revolves around my desire to have students understand and use the material; my classroom experiences are often filled with hands-on, role-playing, or small group activities and discussions.

Lafayette: Kelley Butler – Program Chair and Associate Professor, Accounting Program. My teaching philosophy comes from getting to know my students early in the semester.

Lake County: Douglas Lalama – Assistant Professor of Psychology. My teaching philosophy has been developed by examining what I enjoyed about education. I always liked teachers that could relate the subject matter to real life.

Lawrenceburg: Becky Pohle – Professor/Program Chair Mathematics. My teaching philosophy is recognizing every student is unique and important.

Madison: Theresa Kapfhammer – Associate Professor, School of Nursing. My teaching philosophy revolves around having a positive impact on students.

Marion: Jessica Mankey – Associate Professor of Communication. My teaching philosophy centralizes around the idea that education is foundational to understanding, reflecting on, and acting with agency in the world. 

Muncie: Olufunmilola Olorunda – Associate Professor/Dept. Chair School of Information Technology. My teaching philosophy as an instructor is to adopt appropriate teaching and learning techniques to increase students’ understanding in an immersive, collaborative, and engaging environment. 

Richmond: Holly Lemar – Assistant Professor of Nursing. My teaching philosophy centers around innovation and resourcefulness in the classroom. 

Sellersburg: David Bennett – Professor Liberal Arts. My teaching philosophy was developed by a teaching approach based on the dedication committed priority to engage students. 

South Bend/Elkhart: George Twaddle- Program Chair Biology and Biotechnology; SASE Science Department Chair. My teaching philosophy understands Education is a learning process where instructors guide students in the acquisition of competencies in both knowledge and skill. 

Terre Haute: Krissie Pickering – Associate Professor/ Dept. Chair of Early Childhood Education. My teaching philosophy is influenced by my theory of learning. My theory of learning is closely tied to my training as an early childhood special educator. 

Valparaiso: Traci Bryan – Associate Professor, English, Tutoring Coordinator, Department Chair, Student Success. 

My teaching philosophy is knowing that teaching is not a job but a calling. 

Along with being recognized with the President’s Award, each of the 18 winners is eligible for the Glenn W. Sample Award Founder’s Award for Excellence in Instruction, which is presented to the outstanding Ivy Tech faculty member throughout the state. The Founder’s Award recipient announced at the June 23 Virtual Ceremony – Bloomington Campus Joshua Farrington.

For more information about the President’s Awards, visit IvyTech.edu/PresidentsAwards.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

A beacon of hope in challenging times: Ivy Tech furthers its commitment to Indiana’s rapid recovery

By Chris Lowery, Senior Vice President for Workforce Alignment, Ivy Tech Community College

Throughout its history, Ivy Tech Community College has always prioritized one specific goal: making our economy stronger by understanding and responding to employer needs and providing students with the skills required to succeed in the workforce. This work has proven relevant in good times and in bad, but Ivy Tech has always been especially vital when Indiana faced its most pressing challenges. And today, we are witnessing this once again given the economic fallout from the global coronavirus pandemic.

In the wake of COVID-19, many Hoosiers have filed for unemployment and many employers are struggling to find a path forward. This comes on top of the challenges Indiana already faces in terms of workforce development, as documented in the recently released Indiana Chamber of Commerce report entitled Indiana Vision 2025: 2020 Snapshot. Ivy Tech is committed to leading the way toward Indiana’s recovery. In close collaboration with multiple state agencies, private businesses, philanthropy and nonprofits, Ivy Tech is working on key initiative areas that draw upon our strengths as a College with statewide reach. These initiatives not only complement our mission, but they underscore our legacy as a bridge of opportunity between relief and transformation, and as a beacon of hope in challenging times.

We began this work in May, by offering 10,000 free online classes in relevant high-demand areas, including advanced manufacturing, business, and cybersecurity. We chose these courses in collaboration with employers and other partners and aligned them with existing and future job opportunities. The response has been outstanding, with individuals in communities throughout the state enrolling and completing courses that will make them better equipped to succeed in a current or a new field. Because of the success of this initiative, we plan to offer more training to meet evolving workforce needs throughout the summer.

We’re also working to make our Career Coaching and Employer Connections team available to all Hoosiers, regardless of any past association with Ivy Tech. The team matches our students and alumni with employers, with services ranging from resume and interview preparation, to career advising and planning, and job postings. And now, it’s available to everyone in Indiana. We will continue to provide new ways to connect Indiana residents and employers.

We’re equally as committed to serving the employers who will benefit from a more highly skilled workforce. Last month we launched a resource page exclusively for Indiana employers that has been added to our website (IvyTech.edu/employerresources). It includes training opportunities to help businesses as they reopen and guidance on complying with OSHA and CDC requirements. 

Ivy Tech is also helping employers and government by serving as an information clearinghouse. As the pandemic unfolded, Ivy Tech began developing a weekly economic and workforce situation report that is shared on our website, to leaders across the state, and anyone who wants access. This report draws upon intelligence from respected sources as well as on-the-ground economic information and regional sources, reflective of our unique ability to convene conversations nationally, regionally, and locally.

Finally, we’re serving as a convener, with our final initiative being close collaboration with community- and faith-based organizations to better understand the needs of Indiana’s most vulnerable citizens and communities. The goal of this focus is work with grassroots organizations in more effectively reaching our fellow Hoosiers who have been disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 crisis and systemic social and economic challenges.  Ivy Tech is Indiana’s front door to post-secondary education and high-value credentials.  We have a particular responsibility to ensure Hoosiers of color and lower incomes are welcomed and thrive with us.  

Ultimately, we know the Ivy Tech mission is more relevant now than ever. Through these initiatives, we are aligned to serve as the engine behind Indiana’s rapid recovery and to provide hope for our fellow Hoosiers. We are committed to doing even more as additional needs are identified. To learn more about this commitment, visit IvyTech.edu/RapidRecovery.

About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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