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Embracing change sparks teaching moments. The evolution of higher education continues to bolster Dr. Mary Howard-Hamilton’s desire to learn and grow in her field. “We’re beginning to move into a society now where we have to recognize each other for our unique gifts. These are gifts we bring to make the campus better, stronger. They push our faculty to be more accepting of uniqueness and our administration to think outside the box to make sure everyone is included,” said HowardHamilton, professor of educational leadership. It is the constant change and transitions in higher education, as well as society, that have driven Howard-Hamilton to remain steadfast in her writing, research, and starting substantive and difficult conversations in her classes since she first arrived on Indiana State’s campus 12 years ago. “I love how our world is changing, but yet we still see similarities to things that I was exposed as a young scholar in the ’70s and ’80s,” she said. “I see everything recycling, and it’s fun to be able to talk to my students about current political and educational situations and connect those situations to where we’ve already been.” The rise of social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram allows for rapid dissemination of information that may sometimes be dizzying for some, but for Howard-Hamilton, they are educational tools to engage students. “It’s all so rapid that it keeps me alive,” she said. “I love to check what’s trending and use that information in my classroom because the students want to know that we are not still relying on the same old information. It all keeps me energized and excited and loving what I do.”


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