The Indiana University Office of the Bicentennial has named Beth Meyerson, associate professor of health policy and management and co-director of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention in the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, as a Bicentennial Professor, along with 25 other exceptional IU faculty members whose appointments were approved by the IU Board of Trustees at its December meeting.
IU’s Bicentennial Professorships program is part of the university’s continued commitment to public outreach and community engagement. Each Bicentennial Professor will travel around the state delivering public presentations at community forums that describe — in an engaging and accessible manner — some of their research or professional activities.
Speaking engagements will be arranged by the Office of the Bicentennial in cooperation with Indiana community leaders, with the aim of reaching all of Indiana’s 92 counties. Bicentennial Professors come from every IU campus.
“In the late 1800s, Indiana University began to expand its educational mission beyond the Bloomington campus, and IU faculty traveled to all parts of the state to provide Indiana residents with lectures on art, science, the professions and medicine,” IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. “Today IU reaches all parts of Indiana though its many campuses and facilities and also reaches a global audience through IU Online. As part of its bicentennial celebrations in 2019-20, IU will be reviving this earlier tradition of fulfilling our public mission by connecting directly with Hoosiers all across our state.”
Bicentennial Professors were nominated through an open call for nominations in spring 2018, reviewed and recommended by the IU executive vice presidents, chancellors and deans, and approved by McRobbie and the Board of Trustees.