Adam Dircksen

Adam Dircksen, M.S.

Continuing Lecturer in Communication

When: March 2, Noon–1 p.m.

Where: Helmke Library (northwest corner of 1st floor)

Details: Free; refreshments provided; no reservations necessary

“Teaching Strategies to Empower Students”

When: March 2   •   Where: Helmke Library (northwest corner of 1st floor)   •   Cost: Free

From the time Adam Dircksen was working on a master’s in professional communication, his interests have focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Investigating, implementing, and teaching innovative and effective strategies to engage students in online classes has long been the emphasis of his work.

Dircksen is committed to helping the IPFW community build and deliver effective and engaging online and face-to-face courses. He has been certified as a Quality Matters™ Course Reviewer and has reviewed nearly a dozen online courses as part of IPFW’s online course design review team. He has served as a CELT teaching fellow and as lead fellow, working with many colleagues across campus. He was also an online course retention mentor. As online course director for the Department of Communication, he has worked closely with more than a dozen faculty as they have built and taught their first online courses. He became a member of FACET in 2014 and is currently serving on IPFW’s FACET leadership team, investigating retention in IPFW’s online courses.

Through CELT, the Department of Communication, and various departments/divisions across campus, Dircksen regularly presents on SoTL-related topics, including retention in online courses, student engagement in the classroom, accessibility in online courses, developing effective online teaching evaluations, service learning in face-to-face courses, service learning in online courses, conducting effective online discussions, constructing rigorous and meaningful online courses, oral presentations in online courses, facilitating real-time online discussions, etc. The positions in which he has served have provided a wealth of opportunity to learn from his colleagues, and he continues to be excited about the possibilities to share and learn with other teachers.

Dircksen is from northeast Indiana and is proud to be an IPFW Department of Communication alumnus. He began as a visiting instructor in the communication department in 2002 and was hired as a continuing lecturer in 2004. He has served as the department’s online course director since 2008.

Most important, Dircksen has been married to his high school sweetheart, Adrienne, for 15 years. They have four wonderful children, all of whom give their father plenty of occasions for teaching, and especially for learning.