By: CECELIA ROEDER
Summer is always a time of change in the academic world as teachers, professors and staff often find new employment and positions. IU South Bend has been no exception, and has both gained and lost several positions within the past few months.
IUSB Registrar Jeff Johnston is leaving his position with IU South Bend as University Registrar and will be joining the University Student Services and Systems team at IU Bloomington. The Office of Student Conduct (formerly the Office of Judicial Affairs) has a new director, Laura Whitney, who began her position on Aug. 1.
The communications department within the Raclin School of the Arts experienced a significant change over the summer. Department Chair Alec Hosterman, who had been with IU South Bend for over a decade, left his position to teach communication studies at Longwood University in Virginia. He is replaced by Tami Martinez.
The School of Education is welcoming several new members to its faculty and staff. Perhaps the most familiar addition is that of Dr. Una Mae Reck, professor of education. Reck served as chancellor of IU South Bend from 2002 until 2013.
“Dr. Reck has a background in elementary education, literacy and early childhood education. We are looking forward to having Dr. Reck join our faculty,” said Dr. Marvin Lynn, dean of the School of Education, in a recent email.
Also joining the School of Education is Denise Gosztola. Gosztola, formerly of the School City of Mishawaka, has been appointed director of student teaching and clinical practice.
Joseph Campbell has accepted a position as visiting lecturer in the counseling and human services department. Campbell comes to IU South Bend as a doctoral candidate in counselor education at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. His research has focused on sexual orientation counseling competency, including counselors’ attitudes about HIV counseling and prevention.
The School of Education is also welcoming Dr. Jannike Seward as assistant professor of special education beginning in 2015. Seward is currently serving as a lecturer and researcher at the Callan Studies National Institute in Papua, New Guinea.
The Raclin School of the Arts will be seeing one permanent faculty member addition, as well as filling several visiting lecturer positions.
Thom Limbert is joining the Department of Music as assistant professor of music.. Thom teaches music composition and theory. He has been at IU South Bend for two years as a visiting assistant professor, and was hired for a permanent position after a search during the 2013-14 academic year.
The visiting lecturer positions include: Alessandra Sulpy, who will be teaching drawing and painting; Mariah Mylnarek, who will be teaching piano; and Leah Westfall, who will be teaching public speaking.
While this year sees many additions to IU South Bend staff and faculty, it’s also seen several departures.
The South Bend Tribune reported on Aug. 13 several positions were eliminated at IU South Bend over the spring and summer. According to the Tribune, IU South Bend declined to specify employee names, departments or job titles of the eliminated positions.
The cuts include nine staff positions, two of which were a result of early retirement. Four full-time and four part-time staff positions are being added. The changes in personnel are expected to save IU South Bend an estimated $261,950.
Three full-time faculty positions were eliminated and three other vacant positions were not filled, resulting in savings totaling $179,482.
Six jobs in the Information Technologies Services department were cut, saving the university $232,016. Three new positions were created within UITS, as well as the addition of a full-time employee who will also work at IU Northwest and IU Kokomo.