Faculty Fellows

Josh Boyd, PhD

Josh Boyd, PhD

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Brian Lamb School of Communication

E-mail: boyd@purdue.edu

Dr. Boyd is interested in classroom innovation and assessment involving writing. He teaches COM 204 (Critical Perspectives on Communication), the only large-lecture, writing-intensive course on campus (both campus and distance versions), and is an IMPACT Faculty Fellow. He won Purdue's 2010 Murphy Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching.

Heidi Diefes-Dux, PhD

Heidi Diefes-Dux, PhD

Professor, School of Engineering Education

E-mail: hdiefes@purdue.edu

Dr. Diefes-Dux is leading an effort to integrate standards-based grading (SBG) in a large engineering course. She is part of a growing community (see sbghub.lmu.build) that is learning how to move away from traditional score-based grading systems to SBG, which provides students with more meaningful feedback on their learning. Her interests are in students' use of SBG feedback and resources, students' reflections on their learning, meaning representations of students' performance, and instructional team professional development with using SBG.

STEAM Fellows

Stephanie Gardner

Stephanie Gardner, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

E-mail: sgardne@purdue.edu

Dr. Gardner's research focuses within the context of engaging undergraduate students in the process of science, critical thinking, and using visualizations to understand and communicate data and concepts. Within this area she is currently working on three projects:  1) Evaluating the long-term impact that research-based introductory biology lab experiences have on student persistence in Biology and other STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) majors, performance in coursework, interest in research, career choices, and views on the nature of science and inquiry, 2) Understanding student and expert reasoning when creating graphical representations of biological data, 3) Understanding student ideas about mechanisms in physiology and neuroscience.

Ben Wiles

Ben Wiles

Director, Office of Institutional Effectiveness

E-mail: bwiles@purdue.edu

Ben Wiles serves as the Director of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness where he provides strategic vision, leadership, and operational oversight related to the analysis of Purdue University data systems. His team specializes in analytics related to physical, fiscal, and human resources and is responsible for information systems, assessment, and analytics for Student Success Programs and the Office of Digital Education. Ben has also taught 15 different mathematics courses to nearly 3,000 students over 18 academic periods at Purdue University in West Lafayette. Prior to these appointments, Ben received a BS from Purdue in 2006, returned professionally in 2011, and served as Assistant Head in Mathematics until spring 2015. 


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