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Three new faculty members reflect on first semester, look ahead

<p>A photo of professor Joseph Gramley tosses a drumstickin the air. Gramley began teaching at the Jacobs School of Music this past fall.</p>

A photo of professor Joseph Gramley tosses a drumstickin the air. Gramley began teaching at the Jacobs School of Music this past fall.

This fall was the first semester for about 8,000 freshman students, but they weren’t the only newbies. About 300 new faculty started at the IU-Bloomington last semester. 

The Indiana Daily Student conducted email interviews with three of those new faculty members to see how their first semester went and how it measured up to their expectations. 

Joseph Gramley 

A photo of professor Joseph Gramley tosses a drumstickin the air. Gramley began teaching at the Jacobs School of Music this past fall. Courtesy Photo

Professor of music at the Jacobs School of Musi

How has this past semester measured up to your expectations?  

This first semester at IU has more than exceeded my expectations. The warm welcome and support that I have received on all levels has been gratifying. From my faculty colleagues to our administrative leadership — and of course the amazing students here at Indiana — all have been incredibly supportive, helpful and professional.

What spots have you frequented in Bloomington?

I’ve enjoyed the great restaurant options here and especially some beautiful fall foliage hikes I’ve done in the region.

What has been the biggest learning curve?

Well, implicit in my first answer was all of the helpful assistance I’ve received! That has made all of the new learning curves a bit more smooth. If I had to choose one area it might be getting used to the ‘pace of play’ here. There are so many outstanding students who are running on all cylinders. This is a huge positive here. Coupled with our sheer size here at Jacobs, I have been forced, in a good way, to up my game in all the best ways.

Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson

IU School of Public Health-Bloomington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Chairperson Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson poses for a portrait Aug. 14, 2019, at IU Bloomington. MacDonald Gibson joined the IU faculty during the 2019 fall semester. Courtesy Photo

Professor and chair in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the School of Public Health

How has this past semester measured up to your expectations?  

The faculty and students at IU have been even more welcoming than I had anticipated,  andnow that I’ve had time to explore the campus, I appreciate how beautiful it is even more than when I visited during my job interview.

What spots have you most frequented in Bloomington?

The B-Line Trail, the Bloomington Rail Trail and Hopscotch Coffee

What has been the biggest learning curve?

Each university has its own policies for critical tasks like developing new courses, designing curricula, submitting research grant proposals and evaluating faculty performance. I still have much to learn about how these and other processes at IU function.

Jennifer Silva

Jennifer Silva began joined the faculty at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2019. Silva stated her biggest learning curve is having time to write and do research while being a new mom. Courtesy Photo and Indiana University

Assistant professor at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs

How has this past semester measured up to your expectations? What has it been like?

I was on leave from teaching because I moved here with an eight week old baby. So my biggest learning curve has been to figure out how to find time to write and research while being a mom. Needmore Coffee Roasters has been a staple for staying caffeinated, and B-Town International Market and The Butcher’s Block have provided some fun and delicious groceries. I’ve been enjoying getting to know my new colleagues and look forward to meeting my students next week.

Answers have been edited for brevity and clarity

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