Oct. 21/22: 3rd Annual Work-Life Integration Conference

The 3rd Annual ISU Work-Life Integration conference will be held Mon. Oct. 21 from 8 am – 6 pm and Tues. Oct. 22 from 8 am – 3 pm in the Cunningham Library Events area. Dr. Linda Duxbury, Professor at the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, will be our keynote speaker on Mon. Oct. 21 at 4 pm. {biography below}

Work-Life Balance
Work-Life Balance


Sessions are open to students, staff, faculty and community members. For further information contact Dr. Debra Israel (debra.israel@indstate.edu) or Dr. Barbara Eversole barbara.eversole@indstate.edu). The conference is made possible through funding from ISU’s Strategic Plan Goal 6, Initiative #1:  “Enhance the quality of life for faculty and staff.”

Co-sponsors of the conference include the Center for Health, Wellness, and Life Enrichment, the Cunningham Memorial Library, the Department of Economics, the Department of Human Resource Development and Performance Technologies, the Women’s Studies Program, and Interdisciplinary Programs.


3rd Annual ISU Work-Life Integration Conference Program

 Mon. October 21

8 – 8:50 am Panel Discussion on ISU resources for Work-Life Integration

  • Lindsey Eberman, ISU Associate Professor, Chair of Quality of Life Team
  • Wil Downs, ISU Human Resources Director
  • Marsha Miller, ISU Librarian, AAUW information
  • Patrick Titzer, ISU Graduate Student, information about new clinic at Landsbaum Center

9 – 9:50 am The Daily Commute: Wellness, Work-Life Balance, and Alternative Transportation

Organized by Debra Israel, Associate Prof. of Economics and Women’s Studies


  • Eric Anderson, ISU, Psychology Dept.
  • Carl Klarner, ISU, Associate Prof. of Political Science
  • Namita Goswami, ISU, Associate Prof. of Philosophy
  • Tina Kruger, ISU, Assistant Prof. of Applied Health Sciences
  • Sam Martland, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Associate Prof. of History
  • Caroline Savage, ISU Institute for Community Sustainability

10-10:50 am Economics of Work-Life Balance

  • Barbara Eversole, ISU Assistant Prof. of Human Resource Development
  • Debra Israel, ISU Associate Prof. of Economics and Women’s Studies

11-11:50 am Iconoclast: Reimagining the Iconography of Motherhood

  • Keri Yousif, Associate Professor of French

12-12:50 pm  Book discussion of “Over Ten Million Served: Gendered Service in Language and Literature Workplaces” edited by Michelle A. Masse and Katie J. Hogan (box lunch provided — to reserve lunch contact bmcneill@indstate.edu)

  • Facilitated by Darlene Hantzis, ISU Professor of Communication and Women’s Studies

1 -1:50 pm Mindfulness Meditation: Bringing Balance to Eating, Health and Life

  • Jean L. Kristeller, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Psychology, Senior Research Scientist

2 pm – 3:15 pm Panel Discussion on Academic Mothers

  • Barbara Eversole, ISU Assistant Prof. of Human Resource Development
  • Darlene Hantzis, ISU Professor of Communications and Women’s Studies

3:30 pm Reception

  • Introduction of speaker by ISU Provost Biff Williams

4–5:30 pm Keynote Speaker: Dr. Linda Duxbury, Professor at the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University,Something’s Got to Give

Tues. October 22

8 – 9:15 am Lifework Balance and Employment Retention

  • Leamor Kahanov, ISU Professor, Athletic Training
  • Lindsey Eberman, ISU Assistant Professor, Athletic Training

9:30 – 10:45 am Perceptions of Life-Work Balance and Parenting Concerns

  • Lindsey Eberman, ISU Assistant Professor, Athletic Training
  • Leamor Kahanov, ISU Professor, Athletic Training

11-11:50 am In the Family Way and Out of Work: Pregnancy and Unemployment Insurance 1940-1979

  • Ruth Fairbanks, ISU instructor, Women’s Studies and History

12 – 12:50 Book Reviews and Roundtable Discussion: Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg; Let IT go, by Dame Stephanie Shirley; My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor; Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection, by Debora Spar (box lunch provided—to reserve lunch contact bmcneill@indstate.edu)

Facilitated by:

  • Luanne Tilstra, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Professor of Chemistry, Director, Center on Diversity
  • Darlene Hantzis, ISU Professor of Communications and Women’s Studies

1 – 1:50 pm Funding vs. Floundering: Even small grant funds can reap big benefits

A grant writing workshop with Liz Metzger, ISU Office of Sponsored Programs (bring your laptop to tailor the workshop to your needs) – Co-sponsored by the Charlotte Zietlow Endowment Committee

2 – 3 pm Panel Discussion/Roundtable Work-Life Integration Challenges on the Tenure Track

  •  Panelists include Pre and Post-Tenure Faculty Participants

Keynote Speaker Bio: Dr. LINDA DUXBURY

Linda Duxbury is a Professor at the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University.  She received an M.A.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo.  Within the past decade she has completed major studies on  Balancing Work and Family in the public, private Sectors and not for profit sectors;   HR and Work-family Issues in the Small Business Sector; Management Support (What is it and Why does it Matter?);  Career Development in the Public Sector and in the High Tech Sector; generational differences in work values. Dr. Duxbury has  also (and is currently) conducted research which evaluates the organizational and individual impacts of E-mail, portable offices, cellular telephones, blackberry’s,  telework, flexible work arrangements, shiftwork  and change management and studying what makes a “supportive” manager.  She has completed three national studies (1991, 2001, 2012) on work-life balance in which over 70,000 Canadian employees participated.

Dr. Duxbury has published widely in both the academic and practitioner literatures in the area of work-family conflict, change management, supportive work environments, stress, telework, the use and impact of office technology, managing the new workforce  and supportive management.  She has also given over 350 plenary talks on these issues to public, private and not for profit sector audiences.

Dr. Duxbury is also an accomplished trainer and speaker in the area of supportive work environments, work-life balance, managing the new workforce, recruitment and retention, change management, gender and communication and the communication process.

Research shows students perform well regardless of reading print or digital books

UPDATE: WTHI-TV did a story that aired on May 8, and included some footage in the library and some words from Reference/Instruction Librarian Steve Hardin.

Research by an Indiana State University doctoral student found that students did equally well on a test whether reading from a digital book or a printed one.

Jim Johnson, who also is director of instructional and information technology services in the Bayh College of Education, surveyed more than 200 students. Half of the students used an iPad2 to read a textbook chapter while the other half of the students read from a printed textbook chapter. The students then took an open-book quiz with eight easy and eight moderate questions on the chapter.

“Few people have done a lot of research into what I’m doing,” Johnson said. “Mine directly ties performance with perception by undergraduates.”

Johnson’s research specifically examined three questions:

  1. Are there any significant differences in reading comprehension test scores of students when using paper texts versus digital texts?
  2. Are there any differences in reading comprehension test scores with regard to gender or between text formats and gender?
  3. Is there a relationship between the hours of experience using tablet computers and reading comprehension test scores among study participants?

“No matter what the format, no matter what the preference, they did well,” he said. “It was interesting that the gender didn’t matter on the test scores.”

Men had a mean score of 12.87 out of 16 while women had an average score of 13.60 out of 16. Students age 21 had an average score of 13.87 out of 16 while students 25 and older had an average score of 13.5 out of 16.

He also found that there was no significant difference on test scores whether or not the participant had past experience on a tablet. “The delivery method didn’t make any difference,” he said.

Of the participants, 88% said they had read books on laptops, netbooks or desktops while 51 percent said they had used an iPad, iPhone or iPod to read books. Additionally 36.1 % said they used a cell phone to look at digital texts. When asked what they would like to use, 69.1 %s aid they would want to use an iPad, iPhone or iPod to read digital text and almost the same amount, 68.7 %, said they would prefer a laptop, netbook or desktop computer. Only 48.1 % said they would want to use an e-book reader. In considering digital textbook readers, 74.7 % said the ability to browse the Internet was important while 70.4 said they wanted to read email, 62.7 % said cheapest price was important. Of the prices students said they would pay, 40 % said between $100 and $200 while 16.7 % said they would pay between $200 and $249.

“The bulk of undergraduate students are looking at cheaper devices. That’s important for students,” he said. “The market is driving our students to Android devices like Kindle.”

However, some problems remain in the digital textbook market. Students expressed concern about eye strain from reading text on electronic devices. Johnson said one participant became so nauseous reading the digital text that she was unable to complete the study. Also students expressed concern about the high price of digital textbooks as well as the battery life, software and reliable technology.

In focus groups after the initial test, Johnson said students didn’t like the high cost of digital book rental or the inability to resell digital textbooks. “A lot of the students didn’t like the idea of renting books,” he said.

Johnson said there needs to be further discussion about the cost of digital textbooks and how to keep costs down. Faculty members also need to be encouraged to write and create their own digital textbooks and resources for students, he said. Digital texts would allow professors to use the most current resources.

“Publishing on paper is always slower,” he said. “Delivery options for students are important. Information should be on demand.”

In the future, Johnson said professors could select chapters from different digital textbooks and combine it into one digital textbook so students wouldn’t have to buy different textbooks to read chapters that the professors like.

Contact: Jim Johnson, Indiana State University, director of instructional and information technology services with the Bayh College of Education, at Jim.Johnson@indstate.edu or 812-237-2921

Writer: Jennifer Sicking, Indiana State University, associate director of media relations, at Jennifer.Sicking@indstate.edu or 812-237-7972


Influential educator and ISU alumnus co-authors educational bestseller

Influential educator and ISU alumnus co-authors educational bestseller

By: ISU Communications and Marketing Staff  April 12, 2013

Performing with Yo-Yo Ma, travelling through Germany and Australia while on tour and co-authoring a bestselling book highlight accomplishments along Howard Pitler’s life path. It is a journey began at Indiana State University in the early 1970s. As a student, Pitler discovered a passion for teaching and created a foundation for his love for music.”I loved teaching; it’s my favorite thing in the world,” said Pitler, who taught and worked as a principal in Wichita Public Schools for 29 years. Still in contact with students he taught–sometimes weekly–he spoke about the fulfilling aspects of teaching. “At the time, it was the accolades the program received. Now it’s seeing the success of former students, to see them grow up and do wonderful things,” he said, giving the example of students who are now band directors themselves and have been selected for regional competitions.While in Wichita, Pitler received the honors of 1997 Kansas Principal of the Year and National Distinguished Principal, which recognized his excellence in teaching. In addition to influencing his own students, Pitler recalled professors at Indiana State who had impacted him.

“Without question, the head of theory and private teacher Neal Fleugel,” he said. “He took a real strong interest not only in my performance, but outside of the classroom, to make sure we were not doing stupid things with our lives. That’s certainly a foundational piece.” Pitler also referenced John Spicknall as an important mentor from ISU, recalling playing with the professor in a jazz quartet.

Passionate about the genre, Pitler later started a jazz program at a high school in Wichita. He reminisced about an alumni concert he played at the high school a few years ago. After rehearsing for half an hour, the quartet performed a two-hour concert. “Getting back 30 years later on stage and all of a sudden we’re back in the 70s,” said Pitler, a percussionist. In addition to teaching, he performed with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra for 29 years. “[As a percussionist], we didn’t always do much,” he joked, adding that the role gave him time to talk with sought-after performers such as Sara Chan or Yo Yo Ma.

After teaching and performing, Pitler transitioned into a new position as chief program officer at the Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL), a Colorado-based organization comprised of educational consultants that offers research-based training and solutions for schools. He oversees research evaluation and program delivery.

At McREL, Pitler has co-authored a number of publications including “Classroom Instruction that Works, 2nd ed.” {available at LB1025.3 .M339 2012},” Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works, 1st and 2nd eds. {available as e-book}” and “The Handbook for Classroom Instruction that Works, 2nd ed.”

Forty years of research, coupled with tried and true teaching methods, serve as the foundation for the nine strategies that define best teaching practices. The books made the best-seller list of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. “We didn’t suggest anything in the technology book that we have not actually tried with kids. Anything in the handbooks is something we actually did in the field,” he said.

Because the books are geared toward teachers, Pitler said the books are written in a “teacher voice.” Instead of lengthy scholarly discourse, he said they translated a large volume of research into classroom vignettes and to what it’s like to learn as a student. “We want to give teachers concrete things they can do in a classroom tomorrow,” said Pitler. The experience of four teachers poured into authoring the handbooks, a process which Pitler described as “humbling.” “As you write, you realize how much people know. You’re bringing that all together,” he said.

Pitler now travels, putting on workshops and presentations, as well as training those who will train teachers. “It gets us into schools to stay fresh with the content,” he said. Travelling to places such as Chicago, Florida and Melburne isn’t half bad, either, he said. Pitler works with a lot of districts and state educational systems, including a current partnership with Florida’s education department.

During his time at McREL, Pitler has also implemented some ideas he first encountered at Indiana State. Prior to being remodeled into the Bayh College of Education, a brown building served as the host site for a university lab school. “As sophomores, we were able to go out into the teaching field,” he said. “What a great idea.”

Pitler noted the benefit of seeing teaching early, as opposed to students walking into student teaching their senior year and realize it is not their passion. Pitler brought the idea to McREL, which now has a lab school. It’s one example of the way ISU has made its mark for Pitler. “Most of the teaching I look back and am most proud of…ISU was the beginnings of it.”

ISU English Prof writes for New York Times

ISU in the news: English prof writes for New York Times

Matthew Brennan, professor of English at Indiana State, authored the “Poetry Chronicle” column of poetry reviews that appeared in Sunday’s New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/14/books/review/womens-poetry-by-daisy-fried-and-more.html

Brennan is a published poet in his own right with “The House With the Mansard Roof” {available at PS3552.R3815 H68x 2009} and “The Sea-Crossing of Saint Brendan” {available at PS3552.R3815 S43 2008}.