KOKOMO, Ind. — Gwenn Eldridge, assistant professor and chair of the English and mathematics departments at Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo, has been named president-elect of the National Association for Developmental Education by vote of members nationwide. In this role, she is scheduled to move up to lead the organization in 2015.
The National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) brings together a membership of 3,000 postsecondary educators and administrators from all 50 states, U.S. territories and other nations, with 31 state and regional chapters, to “improve the theory and practice of developmental education at all levels of the educational spectrum.” About 1,500 people attend its annual conferences. The organization’s motto is to “help underprepared students prepare, prepared students advance, advanced students excel.”
Eldridge will be among new officers honored at NADE’s 38th annual conference set for March 5-8 in Dallas, Texas.
“This is an honor for Gwenn as well as for Ivy Tech,” said Kim King, interim vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at Ivy Tech Kokomo. “Her service in NADE is a continuation of the leadership she has shown in supporting student achievement during her Ivy Tech career.”
Eldridge began her career in higher education as an instructor at University of Houston Downtown and later served in marketing and communications positions at Butler University and the Center for Urban Policy and the Environment at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. She joined Ivy Tech Kokomo in 2000 as regional executive director of marketing and communications and an instructor of composition and served as program chair and instructor of developmental English from 2007 to 2013. She has been honored as Ivy Tech’s 2013 instructor of the year at the Kokomo campus.
Her interest in advancing student success and academic skills development has grown through her career and has been demonstrated by continuing education achievements and numerous presentations at regional and national education conferences. Among her many volunteer efforts for NADE, she served as president of its Indiana affiliate (the Indiana Association for Developmental Education) in 2012-13.
King noted that Eldridge has been instrumental in furthering Ivy Tech’s progress toward implementing the co-requisite model of instruction in developmental reading, writing and math that allows students to begin for-credit classes in tandem with remedial work. “Last spring, Gwenn was named regional department chair for English and math and charged with implementing the co-req model in the Kokomo Region,” King said. “Currently, our region is on track to meet the state metric of 100 percent implementation by the start of the 2014 school year in September.”
Eldridge describes her teaching philosophy as based on her belief in the ability of all students to succeed in reaching their goals. “I also believe that the instructor/student relationship is one that goes beyond the text or assignment,” she said. “It is one in which each works to create a learning environment that is open to new ideas and to sharing those ideas in innovative ways.”
Eldridge earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Indiana University and a Master of Arts in English from Butler University and has completed coursework for a doctoral degree in rhetoric and composition from Ball State University.