Lauren Easterling is clinical-track faculty in the Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Physiology and the Director of Trainee Services for the Graduate Division, serving graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at IU School of Medicine. Her scholarship and work focuses on the following areas:
1. Designing and Managing Career and Professional Development for Biomedical Scientists
Through programs, learning resources, facilitating career groups, and one-on-one consultations with MS/PhD students and with postdocs.
2. Preparing PhD Students & Postdocs for Future Teaching Faculty Roles through facilitating our annual teaching and learning institute for biomedical science trainees, our year-long University Teaching Learning Community, and one-on-one support of research trainees interested in developing their teaching skills. Dr. Easterling also is the course director for GRDM-T721 (Teaching and Learning in the Life Sciences) and GRDM-T751 (a teaching assistant practicum in the life sciences).
3. Consulting with faculty and staff on the design of programs, courses, professional development and other learning experiences
Through direct work and consultation with program faculty and staff, service on the IUSM Graduate Curriculum Committee and the IUSM Graduate Oversight Committee, and serving as the curriculum specialist for the Division
4. Engage in teaching and service (and the scholarship of teaching and learing and the scholarship of service) related to her areas of focus
In her work and her own scholarship Dr. Easterling focuses on graduate student, postdoc, and early-career faculty teaching development in the sciences and examining the best ways to support LGBTQ+ biomedical science trainees.