About Us


LEAP Indiana promotes inclusive excellence in undergraduate education, lifelong learning, and engaged citizenship as outcomes essential for economic success, cultural advancement and personal fulfillment in a modern world.


LEAP Indiana will establish a robust and sustained network of faculty from all higher education institutions across the state of Indiana who share a commitment to quality and equity in undergraduate learning. Through this network, LEAP Indiana encourages faculty to embed our core values into program design and curricular planning, both in our classrooms and in the community: Transformative Education, Inclusion, Excellence, Engagement, Citizenship, and Equity

Member Institutions

Executive Committee

Chair: TJ Rivard (IU East)

Vice Chair: Lisa Angermeier (IUPUI)

Secretary: Suzanne Plesha (Ball State University)

Treasurer: Kathy Johnson (IUPUI)

Board of Directors - 2018-2019:

Ball State University: Dr. Richard Edwards

Butler University: Dr. LuAnne McNulty

Earlham College: Dr. Nate Eastman

Indiana Wesleyan University: Dr. Frank Ponce

IUPUI, IUPUC and IU Fort Wayne: Dr. Christian Rogers

IU East: Dr. Stephanie Whitehead

IU Kokomo: Dr. Julie Reinhardt Saam

IU Northwest: Dr. Garin Cycholl

IU Southeast: Dr. Angela Marie Salas

IU South Bend: Dr. Carolyn Schult

Ivy Tech Community College: Heather King

Marian University: Dr. Elizabeth Osika

Purdue University Fort Wayne: tbd

Purdue University Northwest: Dr. Emily Hixon

Trine University: Dr. Jeremy Rentz

University of Indianapolis: Dr. Elisabeth Hoegberg

University of Southern Indiana: Dr. Amy Chan Hilton

Vincennes University: Dr. Chad Bebee

LEAP Indiana Faculty Fellows

Current LEAP Indiana Faculty Fellows:

  • Chera LaForge (IU East) - 2018
  • Clare D. Roof (Ivy Tech Community College - South Bend) -2018

Past LEAP Indiana Faculty Fellows:

  • Keith Anliker (IUPUI) - 2015-2017
  • Ange Cooksey (IU East) - 2015-2017
  • Elaine Cooney (IUPUI) - 2015-2017
  • Beth Goering (IUPUI) - 2015-2017
  • Heather King (Ivy Tech Community College - Indianapolis) - 2015-2017
  • Vanessa Quinn (Purdue Northwest) - 2016-2017

Many Thanks to Our Previous Steering Committee Members:

  • William McKinney (Indiana University, University Academic Affairs)
  • Hope Smith Davis (IU South Bend)
  • Margie Ferguson (IUPUI)
  • Michael Gress (Vincennes University)
  • Darlene Hantzis (Indiana State University)
  • Amy Chan Hilton (University of Southern Indiana)
  • Kathy Johnson (IUPUI)
  • Hitesh Kathuria (IU East)
  • Heather King (Ivy Tech Community College - Indianapolis)
  • Marcus Kolb (Ivy Tech Community College)
  • Jennifer Lee (IUPUI)
  • David Malik (IUPUI)
  • Linda Maule (Indiana State University)
  • Michael Morrone (IU FACET Director)
  • Suzanne Plesha (Ball State University)
  • TJ Rivard (IU East; Past Chair)
  • Julie Saam (IU Kokomo)
  • Angela Salas (IU Southeast)
  • Kristin Snoddy (IU Kokomo)