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Dr. Jerry Daday is a Professor of Sociology and the Executive Associate Dean in the Institute for Engaged Learning (IEL) at IUPUI. He works closely with the Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, the IEL team, and several campus units to promote the equitable progression of IUPUI’s 22,000 undergraduate students through pathways of engaged learning experiences beginning in the first-year experience (FYE) through their capstone experience. He has served a member of the High-Impact Practices (HIPs) in the States national working group and conference planning committee for the past three years. Before joining IUPUI in November of 2018, he was a Professor of Sociology and the Executive Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning (CITL) at Western Kentucky University.
The Institute for Engaged Learning (IEL) was intentionally created by IUPUI in 2018 to promote the effective use, delivery, scaling, and tracking of and equitable access to High-Impact Practices (HIPs) to support student learning, engagement, and success. Research has shown that HIPs such as internships, undergraduate research, service learning, and capstone experiences benefit student learning and engagement while increasing student retention and graduation rates. At the core of the IEL’s mission is to promote undergraduate learning through equitable access to pathways of connected curricular and co-curricular, experiential, applied, and integrative learning opportunities that prepare students for lives of meaning and success with skills to communicate, innovate, engage with communities, and solve problems of the 21st century. Our goal is to ensure that all 22,000 undergraduate students at IUPUI participate in 4 engaged learning experiences (averaging one per academic year) along an engaged learning pathway.
Residing within the Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE), the Institute comprises several units and centers that work together to support faculty, staff, and students in these efforts, including: First-Year Experience, Center for Service and Learning, Center for Research and Learning, Gateway to Graduation, ePortfolio, and the RISE to the Challenge initiative. The Institute currently has 16 full time professionals working within these units and centers. Additionally, nine faculty fellows and lecturers support engaged learning programming and/or provide instructional support for first-year experience courses.
All IUPUI undergraduate students will participate in educational pathways that include at least four engaged learning experiences and be transformed by making meaningful connections among their degree, life experiences, and post-graduation goals.
The Institute for Engaged Learning promotes undergraduate learning through equitable access to pathways of connected curricular and co-curricular, experiential, applied, and integrative learning opportunities that prepare students for lives of meaning and success with skills to communicate, innovate, engage with communities, and solve the problems of the 21st century.