April Heltsley (Bloomington, IN); Senior Faculty Lecturer, Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Operations and Decision Technologies (Bloomington, IN); Department of English and Philosophy Award
After receiving her degree in English at Purdue Calumet, April Heltsley was inspired to go on to graduate school to further refine her interests, having no idea as to where that would lead. April ended up in the Department of Linguistics where she earned her Master’s degree. Having concentrated on Applied Linguistics, she was prepared for teaching and research in the area of language acquisition and language learning, with a strong interest in pragmatics and sociolinguistics. After April received her Master’s, she spent 4 years teaching at two different universities in Japan – Waseda and Tokai. While teaching abroad, she taught everything from how to speak English and write academic papers, the usage of medical English terminology and how to use computers, which commenced her current path.
April returned to IU in 1995 to begin her PhD in Linguistics, but discovered, a few classes short of her qualifying exams, that she was really interested in pursuing teaching over research. At that point she began a full-time appointment teaching business writing and communication, advanced composition and business computing to non-native English speakers in an academic preparation program.
Currently, April is teaching an honors business computing applications course in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and is on the faculty in the Hutton Honors College. Although it seems she has gone in a completely different direction than what her undergraduate degree prepared her for, April looks at it as a testament to the value of a solid and widely diverse education, such as the one she received at Purdue University Calumet.
April’s interests include Information Technology, Information Systems, Systems Administration, Database Design and Theory, Spreadsheet Design and Service-Learning in Business. She has won the Trustee Teaching Award twice and has been recognized several times by the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi as an outstanding instructor. Currently, she serves on the board of directors for My Sister’s Closet, a local initiative that helps women re-enter the workforce by providing clothing for interviews and work, and also Success Institute workshops to help them become more self-sufficient financially and personally. She is also advisor to two student organizations and is currently conducting research on how service learning affects student learning.
April’s most valued Purdue Calumet experience:
“PUC provided me with inspiration, motivation and lots of personal attention that enabled me to develop the confidence to tell myself that I can do anything I want to do. In particular, PUC faculty were excellent role models in teaching. I draw on my memories of them daily! I was a returning student and it meant a lot to me to have the role models I had there and the encouragement to continue.”
April’s advice to current Purdue Calumet students:
“My advice is to simply do what you love to do and the paycheck will follow.”