Faculty honored with Trustees Teaching Awards

"A university cannot render distinguished service to its constituency without a distinguished faculty; therefore, the selection of faculty personnel is of first importance," legendary IU President Herman B Wells told trustees in 1942 when he spoke of his vision for the university and his aim to attract the best and brightest faculty to Indiana University.

In support of President Herman B Wells goal to facilitate the recruitment and recognition of outstanding faculty, the Trustees Teaching Awards were established to honor individuals who have a positive impact on learning through the direct teaching of students, especially undergraduates. Award recipients must have demonstrated a sustained level of teaching excellence and are required to submit a teaching dossier in support of their nomination.

This year's recipients of the Trustees Teaching Award from the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington are:

Hsien-Chang Lin, Ph.D., Department of Applied Health Science

Hsien-Chang LinDr. Hsien-Chang Lin is an assistant professor in the Department of Applied Health Science at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington. He obtained a multidisciplinary educational background in economics, sociology, health policy, pharmaceutical administration, and health services research in ophthalmology. Since Dr. Lin joined Indiana University in 2011, he has published a number of research articles in peer-reviewed journals and has given a number of presentations at professional conferences. His main research areas include: public health economics and policy, health services research, pharmaceutical economics, pharmaceutical health outcomes research, and pharmacoepidemiology, with a focus in chronic diseases such as psychiatry, dermatology, ophthalmology, obesity, and diabetes. Dr. Lin currently teaches advanced evaluation research in public health, public health economics, and public health organization and administration for graduate students, and research methodology in public health for undergraduate students.

Carol Kennedy-Armbruster, Ph.D., Department of Kinesiology

Carol Kennedy-ArmbrusterDr. Carol Kennedy-Armbruster is a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington where she teaches in the Health Fitness Specialist Undergraduate Degree Program and coordinates the Master of Science in Physical Activity Fitness/Wellness program. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, her master's degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Colorado State University, and her Ph.D. in Human Performance at Indiana University. She enjoys teaching, service, and research activities that make a difference in people’s lives. This is her third IU Trustees Outstanding Teaching Award (2004, 2009, 2014). She recently co-authored her third edition of a Methods of Group Leadership textbook which is used in over 65 college curricula. Her current service activities are focused on assisting with the Healthy IU employee wellness initiative. She is certified by American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) as a Health Fitness Specialist and is a member of the ACSM editorial board for the Health and Fitness Journal. Her passion is promoting, teaching and evaluating safe, effective, research-based fitness/wellness delivery mechanisms to encourage healthy lifestyles and focus on illness prevention.

David Smiley, Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies

David SmileyDavid Smiley is a lecturer in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington where he teaches on topics related to tourism and event management. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Management from the Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, he earned his Master of Science Degree in Hospitality and Tourism from the University of Central Florida. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member, his professional experience included over 20 years in the hospitality and tourism industry in the Washington, D.C. and Orlando areas. He is a strong supporter of students and is a mentor and faculty advisor to two student organizations, the Professional Tourism Management Club and the Student Event Planners Association. His current research focuses on student persistence in the classroom and classroom technologies, and he is a member of Meeting Planners International, the Professional Convention Managers Association, and the Professional Golfers Association of America.