As an educator, Dr. Placek's goal is to provide a flexible and active learning environment that is inclusive of multiple backgrounds and learning styles, where all students feel comfortable engaging with the course material. In 2019, she co-taught a collaborative immersive learning course for students at Ball State University with Dr. Jean Marie Place and Dr. Jennifer Wies. The three collaborators were awarded a Provost Grant for their project entitled, “Healthy Moms, Healthy Communities: Understanding Perceptions & Evaluating Maternal Opioid Treatment in Muncie.”
The anthropology section of this project was geared toward investigating the social-ecological factors that contribute to opioid use in pregnancy and the postpartum period. Students learned how to employ anthropological methods to: 1) build an understanding of the factors that give rise to opioid use in pregnancy, and 2) develop a message geared toward educating the community on this critical health epidemic that afflicts the lives of women in the Muncie.
Click here to check out the results from our immersive learning class!
Art by BSU Anthropology Graduate student, Kathryn Loving