About Our Organizers:

Ange Cooksey

Indiana University East Honor Program Project Director

Sr. Professor of Humanities, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

Ange Cooksey is the Honor Program Project Director at Indiana University East, Sr. Professor of Humanities, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. Ange is one of the most energetic and exciting program director the Honors Program has had. Professor Cooksey is a member of Oxford Roundtable on Women in the University (Harris-Manchester College, Oxford, England ) and Faculty Colloquium for Excellence in Teaching (Indiana University). Ange's recognitions include Helen Lees Distinguished Teaching Award (Indiana University East, 2013), Bender FACET Fellowship, Faculty Colloquium for Excellence in Teaching (Indiana University, 2013), Distinguished Faculty Service Award,(Indiana University East, 2008), Brian Hiltunen Award for Scholarship of Engagement (Indiana Campus Compact, 2008), Martin Luther King Multicultural and Diversity Award (Indiana University East, 2006), Alpha Tau Omega National Chapter Advisor of the Year (Theta Alpha Chapter, 1992), and University Teaching Professor Award (Ball State University, 1989-1990) (^1).


Dr. Edwina Helton

Director and Advisor, Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and English in Indiana University East

Dr. Edwina Helton is the Director and Advisor, Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and English in Indiana University East. Dr. Helton is one of the most inspiring and empowering professors at Indiana University. Her current research includes Historiographical Approaches to Women’s and Gender Studies, Digital Humanities and the Arts, New Literacy Studies and Language Development, Online Teaching Pedagogies, Reading and Composition Theory. Dr. Helton's awards and grants include Indiana University East Special Achievement Award in Research, Teaching and Service (2018), Indiana University Graduate School, Elected Endorsement (2017), Indiana University System-Wide Teaching Awards: The Frederic Bachman Lieber Memorial Award (2009), FACET, Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching Award (2001); Trustees Teaching Excellence Recognition Award, Indiana University System-Wide (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002), Indiana University All Campus Teaching Awards: Helen Lees Award for Excellence in Teaching (2004), Horizon Award for Excellence in Teaching (1999), Indiana University Arts and Humanities New Frontiers Scholar Grant (2002-04) (^2).


Tatyana Whited

Founder and President of New World Energy

Sr. Business Intelligence Developer

Tatyana is organizing this conference alongside the Indiana University Honors Program Director Ange Cooksey and Mentor Dr. Edwina Helton because a great majority of her career has been in Information Technology (IT). She currently works as a Senior Business Intelligence Developer and also owns and runs a small business focused on Research and Development (R&D) of alternative energy solutions based in Brownsburg, Indiana. This conference is her way to encourage the new generation of women who are not afraid to study, work, and excel in the challenging STEAM disciplines to take on this challenge.

References:

^1 IUE (2020). Philosophy Faculty. https://www.iue.edu/hss/philosophy/people.php

^2 IUE (2020). Women's & Gender Directors and Advisors. https://www.iue.edu/hss/genderstudies/people.php