John LucichTitle, department and job responsibilities: I am an associate professor of health sciences in the department of health sciences (i.e. the home of the physician assistant program). Currently, I am solely responsible for teaching human anatomy and physiology, and I share responsibility for the clinical integration (CI) and clinical quality improvement (CQI) courses. The “clinical” courses are relatively new and fairly unique. CI allows pre-clinical students an opportunity to gain experience solving clinical dilemmas prior to being assigned to rotations, and the CQI courses are designed to help students develop an eye for identifying and some expertise at enhancing “systematic issues” that they will experience in their future practices.

Years at Butler: I joined the Butler faculty in the fall of 1994, one semester prior to the enrollment of the first class of PA students in the spring of 1995.

Most memorable academic experience(s) at Butler: If I had to pick one thing, it would be from a reception a few years ago. My colleague graciously described that occasion by saying,“Dr.Lucich’s affect on students was most evident at a 2009 IAPA conference where the chair next to him was never empty. Graduates flocked to catch up with Dr. L and to greet their beloved professor and former leader. ”It was a very touching reminder of how great an impact we can have and how satisfying the consequences of that impact can be.

Projects/research you’re currently involved with: Most of my formal research revolves around academic management. Currently, my colleagues and I are working on evaluating the impact of iPads in the classroom and on ways to enhance there reliability and predictability of admission profiles.

I have also recently accepted the role of faculty liaison with the Center for Academic Technology. In this role I will be learning about and helping to manage both the technical and pedagogical aspects of instructional technology.

What current intellectual or creative question are you thinking about these days: Keeping in line with my current research as detailed above, the question on my mind these days is, ‘How does technology affect learning?’

What do you enjoy most about teaching: I truly enjoy having a job where much of what I do each day is learn,explore and appreciate what a marvelously complex and awe-inspiring world it is in which we live. Often, the day-to-day grind of “real-life” can sadly rob many people of this perspective. I am grateful that part of my “job description” is to engage in activities that can help me maintain this outlook.


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