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    • Data Set for "SME's and Supply Chain Digital Transformation: Challenges and Opportunities"

      Foroughi, Abbas
      This document contains the data set for the author's article, "SME's and Supply Chain Digital Transformation: Challenges and Opportunities." The data set includes the questions and responses to a survey implemented with companies in the Evansville surrounding area. The study examined the particular challenges facing SMEs in a specific geographic region as they begin to move toward digital transformation, with the goal of gaining insights that are useful for other SMEs and contribute to the body of knowledge about this topic. The study was guided by an update to the three-dimensional People, Processes, and Technology Framework for organizational change that includes strategy formulation. Results of the study point to the role of third-party financial and consulting support for SMEs seeking to undergo supply chain digital transformation; as well as the crucial role of digital transformation strategy formulation that specifies the roles of and impacts on people, processes, and technology. Strong support for employee skill upgrades in particular also stands out as a major outcome of this study, pointing to training as a “jump starter” for SME companies seeking to move forward with digital transformation, and implying the importance of a proactive role for outside entities like local universities, government agencies, or consultants who can provide training support.
    • Prevalence and Intensity of Occupational Stress Sources and Manifestations in Southwestern Indiana Teachers

      White, Erin
      Occupational stress for teachers has created an environment where the prevalence and intensity of teacher stress sources and manifestations of depression, anxiety, and burnout have become a focus in research. While researchers have oftentimes identified specific areas of concern, a gap exists in research where similar geographical regions and district groups are studied and analyzed together. Researchers from peer-reviewed journal articles have presented various sources of stress that exhibit themselves in internal or external forms. These stressors can cause physical, behavioral, and mental symptoms in educators. This research study used the Teacher Stress Inventory (TSI) and demographic survey to collect data from 183 teachers in Southwestern Indiana. This data was collected and analyzed to identify the total stress score, prevalent sources, manifestations, and correlations between demographics and the TSI results. The data revealed that only gender was a predictor of TSI total stress scores, prevalent stress sources, and manifestations. The data also identified higher than average prevalent stress sources from work-related stressors and time management, as well as higher than average manifestations in emotional and fatigue manifestations. The impact of this research should be used to help districts identify areas of stress to support teacher retention, reduce stress, and promote a healthy work environment in Southwestern Indiana educational leaders.
    • An Exploration of the Relationship Between a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist’s Level of Self-efficacy to Serve as a Preceptor and Prior Preceptor Training.

      Young, Beth
      A substantial amount of research has identified the barriers and limitations to serving as a dietetic preceptor and the specific training and educational needs. However, there is limited research on how effective these preceptor training programs are in improving the self-efficacy of RD/RDN's skills and knowledge for serving as a preceptor. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between a registered dietitian’s (RD/RDN’s) level of self-efficacy to competently serve as a preceptor and the amount and type of preceptor training. The sample population (N = 145) consisted of RD/RDN’s who currently serve or have ever served as a preceptor. Participants were recruited through the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors, Indiana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics membership, and through social media groups on Facebook and Twitter, whose memberships consisted of dietitians that may have served as dietetic preceptors. A web-based survey consisting of demographic questions and a 13-item Preceptor Self-Efficacy Questionnaire was distributed using Qualtrics. Findings indicated a statistical difference in self-efficacy scores between preceptors that had completed the ACEND preceptor training versus those that did not. Most participants felt that the ACEND training was moderately effective at preparing them for the preceptor role. Participants reported that the most beneficial topics in the ACEND training included preceptor roles and responsibilities, evaluation of students, managing student objectives/expectations, teaching strategies, and learning styles. Participants reported the highest levels of self-efficacy in the construct of communication skills, the next highest was management skills, and the lowest levels of self-efficacy were reported for teaching/mentoring skills. The specific skills with lower levels of self-efficacy that were identified in each construct should be incorporated into future preceptor training programs to aid in improving a preceptor’s level of self-efficacy. These skills include the ability to provide verbal feedback, assist interns with problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, conflict management, the ability to assess an intern’s learning needs, and, lastly, the ability to adapt their teaching to meet an intern’s learning style. Based on the literature review and the findings from this study, it would be beneficial for the dietetics profession to have a standardized curriculum for preceptor training that provides a minimum or baseline level of skills and knowledge taught to preceptors.
    • Major Shaming in Undergraduate Students

      Dunn, Cara
      Undergraduate college students face stigmas when selecting a college major. These stigmas stem from stereotypes about each major which leads to shaming, a cycle that is identified and discussed in this research. Smith's (2007) Stigma Theory and Meisenbach’s (2010) Stigma Management Communication were used to examine what the stigmas surrounding certain college majors are and how these ideologies impact students. This research specifically focused on the stigma communication cycle of stereotyping, spreading stigmas, and shaming. Undergraduate students in an introductory communication course were asked to complete a Qualtrics survey and focus group where they explained their college decisions and how they have encountered major stigmas. Research was analyzed using thematic analysis and a qualitative examination of findings followed. Future research regarding this thesis should identify additional resources for educators to overcome the stigma cycle in university culture.
    • Run for Your Life: An Autoethnography

      Tharp, Kyle
      This thesis is an autoethnographic analysis of congestive heart failure and recovery. Everyone gets sick, and sickness becomes a central part of the ill person’s identity. Illness is a fundamental part of being human. Advancements in medical techniques and technology allow more and more people, people who would have otherwise been dead or unable to function, to enjoy living in the world of the healthy, even if their health may be fleeting or fragile (Frank, 1995). Congestive heart failure and severe cardiomyopathy are such illnesses and are a perfect ground for a narrative approach to medicine due to their fluctuation between periods of clinical stability and exacerbation (Volpe & Testa, 2019). Arthur Frank (1995) establishes the narrative genre of automythology as a medical journey and highlights the importance of storytelling in medicine, develops the idea of the body as a text - and that of the sick body as a story to be told in order to heal - and that the story of the sick is worth telling. Medicine is organized and communicated through storytelling events (Hunter, 1991) and through medical narrative, humans can come to better understand themselves, their illness, each other, and the world around them (Cousins, 1979). Volpe and Testa (2019) state that storytelling is a pivotal tool for healing in many cardiovascular conditions such as heart failure and cardiomyopathy (2019). Through trials and tribulations, death and eventual rebirth, a transformation can occur that provides a new approach to living. Through an automythology composed of journals, lived experiences, stories, and analysis applied to the structure of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, I utilize the healing power of narrative. Through the reclamation of my identity as a runner, I come to better understand my own condition and journey while assisting others on theirs.
    • Better Meetings by Design

      Hostetler, Marna
      All libraries have meetings, but not all meetings are productive. Unproductive meetings are viewed as a waste of time, resulting in low morale and a lack of progress toward organizational goals. As meetings are crucial to setting goals, formulating policies, removing barriers, and completing projects, how can they be more efficient? This session attempts to answer that question by providing a structure for improving morale and enhancing communication, leading to better results. It will also cover the concept of having different types of meetings for different goals. Too often, organizations use a “catch-all” approach to meetings, leaving no one satisfied and slowing progress toward agreed-upon goals. The ideas in this session were tested in an actual library, and the steps taken, feedback, and lessons learned are discussed. This organizational meeting restructure was based on the book "Death by Meeting" by Patrick Lencioni.
    • Better by Design: Making Meetings More Productive

      Hostetler, Marna
      All libraries have meetings, but not all meetings are productive. Unproductive meetings are viewed as a waste of time, resulting in low morale and lack of progress on organizational goals. But meetings are crucial to setting goals, formulating policies, removing barriers, and completing projects. Since meetings are a necessity, how can we make them better? I am the library director at a regional comprehensive public university, and I recently completed a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Human Resources. One of the management courses I took covered the topic of meetings, including reading the book Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable…about Solving the Most Painful Problems in Business by Patrick Lencioni. Given the importance of meetings – and their well-known challenges—the knowledge gained in this course inspired me to reconfigure my library’s meeting structure.
    • Design and Implementation of an Automatic Let-Down System for an Archery Draw Board

      Harris, Ross
      The objective of this project was to design, test, and implement an improved archery draw board system. An archery draw board is a device that allows the user to draw and analyze characteristics of a compound bow. The bow is placed in the device and a winch mechanism is used to draw the bow string for analysis of bow parameters such as cam alignment, cam timing, and draw weight. Analysis of these parameters can allow the user to tune the performance of the bow. A new feature, the Automatic Let-Down System, was designed, tested, and implemented to achieve this goal. The design objectives for the Automatic Let-Down System were to improve the ease of use, speed, and safety of the draw board. The system allows the bow string to safely come to rest from full draw at a reduced speed without manipulation by the user. This improves upon current draw board designs that require the user to manually turn the handle of the winch to return the bow to a state of rest. The device was successfully designed, implemented, and tested with the design objectives in mind.