Executive Vice Chancellor Honored for Media Literacy Leadership: Indiana University Kokomo
KOKOMO, Ind. – The leadership role in teaching media literacy resulted in national recognition from Mark Canada, Indiana University Kokomo’s Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.
Canada received the William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement from the American Democracy Project (ADP) of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). It recognizes an AASCU Chief Academic Officer for leadership in promoting civic learning among students.
“I am delighted and honored to be the recipient of this national award,” said Canada. “I am very fortunate to work at IU Kokomo where we have a number of faculty, staff and students who are committed to the kind of work the ADP encourages. Every success I have had is largely due to their leadership and contribution. “
Catherine Copeland, ADP director, said his work with colleagues in developing the Mind Over Chatter curriculum was one of the reasons he was selected from a field of distinguished nominees. The program is a freely available online curriculum with modules designed to improve digital literacy – the ability to find, identify, evaluate, and use information found on the Internet – by avoiding bias.
“The contributions he made at IU Kokomo and how he created an atmosphere in which students can explore how digital skills affect their lives are the reason we selected Mark for this award,” said Copeland. “Students, faculty, and staff want resources and the ability to understand the vast amounts of information they receive on a daily basis. Mind Over Chatter, which he developed with his colleagues on campus, is an excellent resource. Executives at other locations appreciate this open access resource. “
Canada worked with Paul Cook, an associate professor of English; Christina Downey, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Academic Achievement; and Polly Boruff-Jones, former dean of the library, for creating the program with funding from the Rita Allen Foundation and RTI International.
He was also cited for developing the IU Kokomo Experience and You (KEY) program, which provides students with experiential learning, travel, service learning, and other forms of community engagement, as well as being a lead participant in the Re-Introduce Yourself the project of the first year before.
Canada said he was particularly excited about the award as it is named after William Plater, one of the original provost teams who helped design and launch the ADP.
Canada’s nomination letter mentioned his leadership, civic engagement, vision and humanity, adding that he is always available to share ideas or speak at an event.
“He has shown exceptional academic leadership skills during the pandemic and has continued to advocate civic education even amid global tragedy, with a full-time provost job keeping him busy around the clock.”
Canada has been Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs since 2015 and is currently also serving as Vice Chancellor.
Education is key at Indiana University Kokomo.