On October 26, 2018, IUP Department of Theater and Dance Assistant Professor Rachel DeSoto-Jackson led faculty and staff from Frostburg State University’s departments
of theater and nursing on a tour of IUP’s various simulation labs on campus. Given the rise in IUP’s national profile in simulation education, Frostburg State University seeks to model IUP in the creation of a new simulation program at its institution.
The visit and tour was co-sponsored by the departments of Nursing and Allied Health, Food and Nutrition, and Speech-Language Pathology with representation from faculty members in each department. Johanna Boothby (Nursing and Allied Health) offered a tour
of the simulation labs in Johnson Hall and Putt Hall and gave a talk on the various nursing-oriented simulations offered at IUP. Julia Greenawalt (Nursing and Allied Health) met with the group to share developments of external grant funding for simulations
at IUP. Faculty members of the Interprofessional Simulation Teaching Circle—Pao Ying Hsiao (Food and Nutrition), Erin Clark (Speech-Language Pathology), and Lori Lombard (Speech-Language Pathology)—introduced models of interprofessional simulation
and showcased the new Speech Simulation Lab in Davis Hall.
Dean David Ferguson (College of Fine Arts) and former Dean Michael Hood (College of Fine Arts) met with the group to share administrative support for the various simulation applications at IUP.
The tour continued with the viewing of Theater and Dance’s new interdisciplinary simulation lab in Waller Hall and the introduction of applied methods of simulation, led by DeSoto-Jackson. At the conclusion of the tour, the group met with student simulated
patient actors Hannah Brennan (Criminology) and Dominic Walls (Theater), along with the Department of Theater and Dance chair, Brian Jones.
A follow-up visit to this tour is planned for IUP faculty and students to visit Frostburg State University to further enhance their development of a simulation program.