Congratulations to two College of Arts and Sciences faculty who are stepping into new positions! Adam Dircksen, continuing lecturer in communication, is now the director of IPFW’s Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT). Farah Combs, continuing lecturer in Arabic, is now the director of IPFW’s Honors Program.
Dircksen has been with IPFW as a student and a faculty member. He was hired as visiting instructor in the Department of Communication in 2002 and as a continuing lecturer in 2004. He has served as the department’s online course director since 2008, working closely with faculty to help them create and deliver their first online courses. He has been certified as a Quality Matters™ Course Reviewer, helping colleagues improve course delivery as part of IPFW’s online course design review team. Dircksen has served as a CELT teaching fellow and as lead fellow, helping faculty across campus. Dircksen also served on IPFW’s Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) leadership team, investigating retention in IPFW’s online courses.
Combs joined IPFW in August 2010 to teach and coordinate the Arabic program in the Department of International Language and Culture Studies. She began her academic career at Ohio State University before being approached by the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she taught for several years. Her previous work with IPFW’s Honors Center includes coordinating the Honors Invocation, as well as advising several students while they wrote, acted in, and filmed a short film in Arabic. Combs also is a certified tester with the American Council in Teaching Foreign Languages, which aims to improve and expand the learning and instruction of all languages.