Michael Morrone to direct IU initiative on teaching excellence
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Michael C. Morrone has been appointed director of the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching at Indiana University. Known as FACET, the faculty program is committed to promoting outstanding teaching across all IU campuses.
Morrone is a senior lecturer in business communication in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington. His appointment, effective this month, was announced by John S. Applegate, IU executive vice president for university academic affairs.
"I’m very excited that Michael has agreed to take on this important responsibility," Applegate said. "He has been a member of FACET since 2007, and he has since served on virtually every major FACET committee and project, including current membership on the steering committee. He brings to the directorship a thorough knowledge of FACET and its members -- and of course a deep commitment to excellence in teaching."
FACET honors outstanding teaching faculty from IU's eight campuses and promotes exemplary teaching and learning practices through retreats and lectures. It also publishes the Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, a peer-reviewed journal of articles that promote effective practices in teaching and learning and add to the knowledge base in the study of pedagogy.
Morrone succeeds Robin Morgan, professor of psychology at IU Southeast, who has directed FACET since 2011. His appointment followed a search led by a university-wide committee of FACET members, chaired by Sharon K. Calhoon, assistant vice president for university academic and regional campus affairs and associate professor of psychology at IU Kokomo.
"I look forward to collaborating with the university-wide FACET community to spread our membership’s enthusiasm for student learning as demonstrated through our application and study of best practices in our teaching," Morrone said. "FACET is a strong and talented organization, and I plan to build on the accomplishments of my predecessors as director."
Morrone has a J.D. degree from the Southern Methodist University School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in English from Duke University. A Kelley School lecturer since 1997, he has received awards and grants for teaching and has published articles and given presentations on teaching and learning.
His goals for FACET including building on connections with campus teaching centers and University Information and Technology Services; attracting the best IU teachers to FACET and retaining their interest; engaging with students to promote a culture focused on learning outcomes; strengthening ties with faculty governance organizations; aligning FACET’s priorities with the IU Bicentennial Strategic Plan; and leveraging technology to improve teaching.
Founded in 1989, FACET takes a comprehensive approach to promoting excellence in teaching. Its efforts include hosting events and programs to help faculty strengthen their teaching; sponsoring faculty teaching awards; sharing resources; and advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning through the publication of two journals and the work of the Mack Center for Inquiry on Teaching and Learning.
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