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Next Generation 2.0 program accepting applications for 7th cohort

Midcareer faculty and professional staff at IUPUI who are women and/or from underrepresented groups and are interested in seeking leadership opportunities can now apply for membership in the 2021-22 cohort of Next Generation 2.0.

This leadership development program seeks to meet the goals of the IUPUI Strategic Plan to "develop our faculty and staff" and to "promote an inclusive campus climate."

To date, 122 faculty and staff members have participated in the program, a nine-month training period intended to prepare them to step into and/or create leadership opportunities in their units and schools.

Program participants engage with campus leaders and subject-matter experts drawn from IUPUI and other academic institutions to learn about topics such as the contemporary higher education environment, planning and leading change, managing strategic resources, diversity and cultural competency, higher education finance, conflict management, and negotiation and mentorship.

Participants also have the opportunity to identify, plan and implement a capstone project, either individually or in a group, that responds to an identified need of their department, the IUPUI campus or the Indianapolis community.

Interested employees can apply on the program website until March 14. Submissions will be reviewed by the program advisory board and announced the week of April 26.

Selected participants are required to attend a two-hour orientation session in May and then attend the program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. one Friday per month between September 2021 and May 2022 on the IUPUI campus.

Program fees are paid by the sponsoring unit, with a match from the Office of Academic Affairs.

'Ask Aaron' webinars offer latest details about IU's COVID-19 testing

With in-person classes beginning this week, students who live on campus are being tested twice a week for COVID-19, Dr. Aaron Carroll said during the Feb. 3 "Ask Aaron" webinar.

IU has been vigilant with on-arrival testing and will be the same with mitigation testing, he added.

"The good news is that everything has looked low so far," Carroll said of positivity rates. "But we're catching some cases, which is important -- we're preventing them from moving into congregant housing."

Don't miss the opportunity to learn about IU's COVID-19 efforts and the virus itself during upcoming "Ask Aaron" webinars, which are virtual Q&A sessions with Carroll, one of the leaders of IU's COVID-19 Medical Response Team. The next webinars for all campuses are Feb. 17 and 24. If you are unable to tune in live, you can watch the recordings at broadcast.iu.edu.

For the latest COVID-19 updates, go to covid.iu.edu.

Spring semester wellness days planned

IUPUI has added two wellness days to the spring semester calendar to provide students with short, needed breaks: Feb. 23 and March 24. No classes will be conducted those days.

The wellness days are the result of feedback from students because COVID-19 safety measures included eliminating the usual fall break. The chosen dates were selected to break somewhat evenly across the spring calendar.

Staff members can choose to take PTO on the wellness days, which are not paid holidays.

New associate dean named at Fairbanks School of Public Health

William Tierney has been named associate dean of population health and health outcomes at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI.

Tierney brings a wealth of public health experience to the role. He joins the school after serving as the founding chair of the Department of Population Health at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.

"Dr. Tierney's passion, expertise and experience in health will be an unparalleled asset to the school," said Paul Halverson, founding dean of the Fairbanks School. "Our mission is centered on protecting and improving the health of Indiana. Dr. Tierney is well positioned for this new role and will bring the leadership qualities needed to ensure the school's capacity to respond to new opportunities."

Read more on the Fairbanks School's website.