University of Southern Indiana

Heather Schmuck

Heather Schmuck, MS, RT(R)

Clinical Associate Professor of Radiologic and Imaging Sciences
Radiologic and Imaging Sciences Program

Clinical Coordinator Radiologic and Imaging Sciences
Radiologic and Imaging Sciences Program


812-228-5066
Health Professions Center - 3065

Accepts Office Hours by Appointment

About

Heather Schmuck, MS, RT(R) is a Clinical Associate Professor and Clinical Coordinator for the Radiologic & Imaging Sciences program in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Schmuck is credentialed in radiography through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Schmuck has mentored numerous students in professional presentations, involvement, and competitive events in the radiologic sciences at the state and national level and continues to serve as a faculty advisor for imaging science student organizations at USI. Her own research is focused on digital imaging, educational technology implementation in the classroom, student perceptions, and interprofessional education. 

Schmuck has been awarded numerous funding awards both internal and external to USI. Schmuck has also been the recipient of several professional achievement awards and recognitions at the international, national, regional, state, and local levels for her dedication to teaching and growing her profession. Schmuck continues to practice in the field to stay abreast of changes and new technologies.

Outside of the University, Schmuck is involved in numerous activities including CPR instruction for various organizations and presentations for area high schools. Schmuck has also been invited to special programs for students specifically interested in a career in the medical sciences to share her knowledge and expertise on the field of imaging sciences. In addition, Schmuck serves as a site visitor for the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, as a coordinator and author for the Indiana State Department of health Limited cardiac Catheterization Radiography Certification Course for Deaconess Gateway, and has previously served as an Item Writer for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists national certification exam  in radiography. She is actively involved in numerous professional organizations related to the imaging sciences and has served in various capacities at the international, national, and state levels. 

She has been recognized as the USI Faculty Advisor of the year in 2021 for her contributions in mentoring the RT Student Organization. In 2015, she received the Faculty Affairs Excellence in Teaching Award for the College of Nursing and Health Professions for her significant contributions to the quality of teaching in the CNHP. She also was awarded the College of Nursing and Health Professions' John M. Lawrence Health Professions Faculty Member Award in 2014 for her dedication to the education of students. 

Curriculum Vitae

Education and Certification

Education

2018-Present     Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (in progress)                                                                                                            University of Southern Indiana                                                                                                                                                              Evansville, IN

2013                  Master of Science in Education                                                                                                                                                                University of Southern Indiana                                                                                                                                                              Evansville, IN                                                                                                      

2002                 Bachelor of Science in Health Services                                                                                                                                                    University of Southern Indiana                                                                                                                                                              Evansville, IN 

2001                 Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology                                                                                                                                      University of Southern Indiana                                                                                                                                                              Evansville, IN

 

Certifications

2009-Present                                   American Heart Association BLS Instructor                                                                        2001-Present                                   Registered Radiologic Technologist, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists        2001-Present                                   Indiana State Department of Health Diagnostic X-ray Machine Operator                          1999-2011                                       American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification

Courses

Orientation to Radiologic & Imaging Sciences RADT196.001 (traditional course)                                                                Radiographic Procedures I RADT308.001 (traditional course with laboratory experience                                                  Radiographic Procedures II RADT313.001 (traditional course with laboratory experience)                                                Radiographic Procedures III RADT316.001 (traditional course with laboratory experience)                                              Radiographic Procedures IV RADT318.001 (traditional course with laboratory experience)                                                Radiographic Physics RADT334.001 (traditional course)                                                                                                        Radiologic & Imaging Sciences Practice and Management RADT424.NO1 (online course)                                                          Clinical IV RADT435.301(clinical education course)                                                                                                                  Clinical V RADT445.001 (clinical education course)                                                                                                                  Clinical VI RADT455.001 (clinical education course)                                                                                                             Directed Study Radiologic Technology RADT465.NC1 (Hybrid course)

Research

Digital Radiography                                                                                                                                                                    Technology in Education                                                                                                                                                          Interprofessional Education in Healthcare                                                                                                                            Infection Control

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

  Peer reviewed or Refereed

International

Cook, J.A., Schmuck, H.M., Hollingsworth, A. & Prifogle, C. (2021). Bioburden of Imaging Lead Apparel and Infection Control Measures. Radiologic Technology, 93(2). 

Schmuck, H. & Cook, J. (2018). Predicting success on the ARRT national certification examination through mock examinations. Radiologic Science & Education, 23(1), 17-24.

Schmuck, H. (2015). iPad impact in radiologic technology. Radiologic Science & Education, 20(1), 3-20.

Cook, J. A., Schmuck, H., & Peak, K. R. (2015). Radiology clinical monitoring tool. Spectrum, 26(2), 14-18.

Cook, J. A., & Schmuck, H. (2012).  Teaching and technology: Engagement in the classroom with student-owned technology.  Spectrum, XXIII(2), 4-7.

National

Cook, J. A., Schmuck, H., Hollingsworth, A. (2019). Care and use of lead apparel. The Dental Assistant, 88(3), 9-11.

Reddington, A., Egli, A., & Schmuck, H. (2019). Improving oral radiology education interprofessional collaboration with dental assisting students. 2019 ADEA Annual Session Poster Abstracts: Journal of Dental Education, 83(2), 227.

Schmuck, H. & Arvin, M. K. (2018). Use of a board game format to promote interprofessional learning. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 12, 51-56. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.xjep.2018.05.007

Reddington, A., Egli, A., & Schmuck, H. (2018). Understanding Interprofessional Education Perceptions of Radiologic Technology and Dental Assisting Students Through a Live Patient Experience. Journal of Dental Education, 82(5), 462-468.

Book Chapter

Egli, A., Schmuck, H., & Reddington, A. (2021). Improving dental assisting and radiologic technology education through interprofessional experiences. In J. Friberg, C. Visconti, & S. Ginsberg (Eds.) Case Studies in Evidence-Based Education: A Resource for Teaching in Clinical Professions (pp. 105-113). Slack, Inc.

Scholarly Presentations in Conferences, Symposi, Colloquia, and Seminars

Peer Reviewed: International

Schmuck, H., & Peak, K. (2021). Using Instructional Technology and Innovation to Facilitate Online Learning. Podium presentation at the Association of Educators in Radiologic Sciences 2021 Spring Virtual Conference May 1, 2021.

Schmuck, H., & Cook, J. (2018). Student perceptions of a low-tech option for engagement and assessment. Poster presentation at 2018 Association of Educators in Imaging & Radiologic Sciences Annual Meeting, Charleston, SC, July 12, 2018.

Arvin, M. K., & Schmuck, H. (2017). Use of serious games to promote interprofessional competency. Presented at the Collaborating Across Borders (CAB VI) Conference, Banff, Alberta, Canada, October 1-4, 2017.

Peer Reviewed: National

Reddington, A., Egli, A., & Schmuck, H. (2019). Improving oral radiology education interprofessional collaboration with dental assisting students. Poster presentation at 2019 American Dental Education Association Annual Session & Exhibition, Chicago, IL, March 18, 2019.

Arvin, M. K. & Schmuck, H. (2014). IPE Challenge! Use of a board game format to promote interprofessional learning among faculty and students.  Poster presentation at  2014 American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD, April 3, 2014.

Kinner, T. J., Ostendorf, M., Thomas, P., Arvin, M. K., Schmuck, H., Delp, J., Titzer, J., Thompson, C. (2014).  Interprofessional simulation: Overcoming barriers to success.  Presented at Armstrong 2014 Interprofessional Health Care Summit, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA, April 4, 2014.

Ostendorf, M., Kinner, T. J., Thomas, P., Arvin, M. K., Schmuck, H., Delp, J., Titzer, J., Thompson, C (2014).  TeamSTEPPS™: Enhancing interprofessional simulation performance.   Presented at Armstrong 2014 Interprofessional Health Care Summit, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah, GA, April 4, 2014

Peer Reviewed: Regional

Schmuck, H., & Peak, K. (2021). Using Instructional Technology and Innovation to Facilitate Online Learning. Poster presentation at the 2021 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN, February 11, 2021.

Schmuck, H., Smith, J., Cook, J., & Reddington, A. (2020). Getting down and dirty with lead apparel. Poster accepted for presentation at 2020 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN, February 5, 2020.

Peak, K., Doerner, M., Schmuck, H., Andrews, C., Cook, J. (2020). Summer fun with IPE: Lesson learned - don't get burned. Poster accepted for presentation at 2020 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN, February 5, 2020.

Cook, J., & Schmuck, H. (2019). Bioburden of Imaging Lead Apparel and Infection Control Measures. Podium presentation at the 23rd Annual Research, Evidence-Based Practice, and Performance Improvement in Healthcare Conference, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN, April 10, 2019.

Schmuck, H., & Cook, J. (2019). Student perceptions of Low-Tech Options for Engagement and Assessment. Poster presentation at 2019 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN, February 6, 2019.

Cook, J., & Schmuck, H. (2018). How clean is your radiology apparel? Presented at the Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists 2018 Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, October 18, 2018.

Schmuck, H. & Delp, J. (2018). Safety for the allied health professional in the imaging department. Presented at the Regional Conference on Thoracic Disorders and Imaging, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN, May 5, 2018.

Schmuck, H., & Cook, J. (2018). Student perceptions of Low-Tech Options for Engagement and Assessment. Presented at 2018 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN, January 25, 2018.

Reddington, A., Egli, A., & Schmuck, H. (2017). Monitoring the Impact of Interprofessional Education in Bachelor and Associate Degree Programs through Understanding Student Perceptions. Presented at the 22nd Annual Nursing and Health professions Educator Conference, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN, October 18, 2017.

Schmuck, H., Reddington, A., & Egli, A. (2017). Exploring Allied Health Profession Student Perceptions of Interprofessional Education Through a Live Patient Experience. Poster presentation at the 2nd Annual Interprofessional Practice and Education Conference, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, November 15, 2017.

Schmuck, H. (2017). Using avatars to improve communication skills and build mentoring relationships in an imaging science program. Poster presentation at 2017 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN, January 26, 2017.

Cook, J., & Schmuck, H. (2015). Essential Anatomy: Innovative App Use in the Classroom. Presented at the 20th Annual Nursing and Health professions Educator Conference, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN, October 21, 2015.

Schmuck, H., & Arvin, M. K. (2014).  Use of a board game format to promote interprofessional learning among faculty and students.  Poster presentation at 19th Annual Nursing and Health professions Educator Conference, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN, October 22, 2014.

Cook, J, A., Schmuck, H. M., Peak, K. R, & Duncan, P. J. (2014).  Image utilization for the abdomen and skeletal system through case studies.  Presented at 16th Annual Advanced Practice Nursing Symposium, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN, May 9, 2014.

Cook, J, A., Schmuck, H. M., Peak, K. R, & Duncan, P. J. (2014).  Image utilization for the head, neck, and chest through case studies.  Presented at 16th Annual Advanced Practice Nursing Symposium, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN, May 9, 2014.

Arvin, M. K. & Schmuck, H. (2013). IPE Challenge! Use of a board game format to promote interprofessional learning among faculty and students.  Presented at 18th Annual Nursing and Health Professions Educator Conference, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN, October 23, 2013.

Schmuck, H. (2013).  Applying ‘apps’ in the clinical world.  Presented at the Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists 2013 Annual Conference, Evansville, IN, October 3, 2013.

Schmuck, H. M. (2012).  Computed Radiography & Digital Imaging for the Practicing Technologist.  Presented at the Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists One Day Seminar, Evansville, IN, April 14, 2012.

 Peer Reviewed: Local

Schmuck, H. (2015). Digital Detector Tips and Tricks: Who needs algorithms? Selecting appropriate protocols for quality digital imaging. Online Staff In-service, Deaconess Health System.

   Other Scholarly and Creative Works - Not Referreed or Juried

Cook, J. & Schmuck, H. (2019). Caring for Lead Apparel. Podium presentation at Indiana Dental Hygiene Association, Ohio Valley Component meeting. Evansville, IN, September 3, 2019.

Schmuck, H. (2019). ASRT annual meeting and House of Delegates. Indiana Journal of Radiologic Technology, 4-9.

Schmuck, H. (2019). Logo Luster. Indiana Journal of Radiologic Technology, 34.

Schmuck, H. (2019). CQR: Don’t be an 11th hour scrambler. Indiana Journal of Radiologic Technology, 18-19.

Kinner, T. J., Ostendorf, M., Schmuck, H., Thomas, P. (2018).  TeamSTEPPS™: Enhancing interprofessional simulation performance – the code blue project. Podium presentation presented at TeamSTEPPS Conference, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN June 26, 2018.

Arvin, M. K., & Schmuck, H. (2018). Use of a board game format to promote interprofessional learning among faculty and students. Poster presentation at TeamSTEPPS Conference, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN, June 26, 2018.

Schmuck, H., & Petree, C. (2018). Recap of the 2018 ASRT educational symposium and annual governance house of delegates meeting. Indiana Journal of Radiologic Technology, 9-10.

Schmuck, H. (2017). Shaking the bushes: ISRT President mid-year report. Indiana Journal of Radiologic Technology, 7-8.

Schmuck, H. (2017). Brushing Up on Image Critique. Presented at Deaconess Radiology Skills Week, Evansville, IN, August 14-18, 2017.

Schmuck, H. (2016). New Developments in Digital Imaging. Presented at Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center, Jasper, IN, November 11, 2016.

Schmuck, H., & Wilson, A. (2015). Avatar possibilities in healthcare: A review of GoAnimate. Indiana Journal of Radiologic Technology, 13-15.

Schmuck, H. (2015). Image Quality Analysis. Online Staff In-service, Deaconess Health System.

Schmuck, H. (2015). Who needs algorithms? Selecting appropriate protocols for quality digital imaging. Presented at Deaconess Radiology Skills Week, Evansville, IN, August 17-21, 2015.

Schmuck, H. (2015). Digital imaging, Understanding the histogram. Poster presentation at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, 2015.

Schmuck, H. (2014).  Understanding Digital Imaging.  Online Staff In-Service, Deaconess Health System.

Schmuck, H. (2014).  Understanding Digital Imaging. Poster presentation at Deaconess Radiology Skills Week, Evansville, IN August 18-22, 2014.

Schmuck, H. (2013).  Judet view positioning.  Video presentation for Deaconess Hospital Radiology Department, Evansville, IN, August 2, 2013.

Schmuck, H. (2013).  Digital imaging: Understanding the Histogram.  Poster presentation at Deaconess Radiology Skills Week, Evansville, IN August 19-23, 2013.

Schmuck, H. (2013).  Panorex Imaging.  Presented at Deaconess Hospital Radiology Staff In-service, Evansville, IN, June 21, 2013.

Schmuck, H. (2013).  Panorex Imaging.  Presented at Deaconess Hospital Radiology Staff In-service, Evansville, IN, June 14, 2013.

Schmuck, H. (2013).  Panorex Imaging.  Presented at Deaconess Hospital Radiology Staff In-service, Evansville, IN, June 12, 2013.

Schmuck, H. (2013).  Panorex Imaging.  Presented at Deaconess Hospital Radiology Staff In-service, Evansville, IN, June 10, 2013.

Schmuck, H. (2013).  Panorex Imaging.  Presented at Deaconess Hospital Radiology Staff In-service, Evansville, IN, June 7, 2013.

Funded Projects

  External

Cook, J. A. & Schmuck, H. (2016).  Environmental Testing and Cleaning of Radiology Lead Apparel for the Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections. Grant in Aid, Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists. Funded amount $241.42

Schmuck, H. (2015). Advancing your profession: Education and professional growth grant. American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, American Society of Radiologic Technologists Foundation. Funded amount: $500.00

Schmuck, H., & Wilson, A. (2014).  Mentoring through online collaboration.  Grant in Aid, Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists. Funded amount: $179.00

Cook, J. A. & Schmuck, H. (2012).  Engagement of radiology students with technology: iPads and applications. Grant in Aid, Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists. $250.00

  Internal

Cook, J.A., Schmuck, H.M., & Reddington, A. (2019). First Year Dental Hygiene/Assisting and Radiology Students’ Radiation Protection Awareness and Assessment of Knowledge of Lead Apparel Care and Inspection: An Interprofessional Learning Experience. 2019 College of Nursing and Health Professions Faculty Development Award. Funded: $3500.

Schmuck, H. (2015). Digital Radiography Seminar: Gaining Knowledge for the Future of the Profession. 2015 College of Nursing and Health Professions Faculty Development Award. Funded: $1616.44.

Professional Organizations

2014-Present      Member of International Society of Radiographer and Radiological Technologists  

2013-Present      Faculty Advisor and Member of Lambda Nu National Honor Society for Radiologic and Imaging Sciences, Indiana Theta Chi chapter

2012-Present      Member of American Society of Radiologic Technologists

  • 2021-2022 Radiography Chapter Delegate Alternate
  • 2019-2021 Radiography Chapter Delegate (National)
  • 2017-2019 Indiana Affiliate Delegate to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists House of Delegates (National)
  • 2016-2017 Indiana Affiliate Delegate Alternate to American Society of Radiologic Technologist House of Delegate (National)
  • 2015-2016 Indiana Affiliate Delegate Alternate to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists House of Delegates
  • 2015-2016 ASRT Scanner Editorial Advisory Panel member
  • 2014-2015 Indiana Affiliate Delegate Alternate to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists House of Delegates

2011-Present      Member of Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences

  • 2019-2020 Nominating Committee Membe
  • 2018-2019 AEIRS Recruitment Committee Member

2010-Present      Member of Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists

  • 2021 ISRT Spring One-Day Conference General Chairman
  • 2020 ISRT Spring One-Day Conference General Chairman (postponed)
  • 2018-2019 Senior Board Member
  • 2018-2019 Finance Committee Chairman
  • 2018-2019 Student Intern Mentor
  • 2017-2018 ISRT Spring One-Day Interprofessional Conference Committee Member, Abstract Reviewer, Presenter
  • 2017-2018 Chairman of the Board
  • 2017-2018 Immediate Past President
  • 2016-2017 President
  • 2016-2017 Editorial Review Committee
  • 2016 Co-Treasurer, 2016 Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists Annual Conference
  • 2015-2016 2016 ISRT Quiz Bowl Coordinator
  • 2015-2016 Vice President
  • 2014-2015 2015 ISRT Quiz Bowl Coordinator
  • 2014-2015 Advertising Committee Member
  • 2014 Scholarship Judge
  • 2013-2014 Editorial Review Committee
  • 2013-2014 Secretary
  • 2013-2014 Tellers Committee Chairman
  • 2012-2013 Co-Chair of 2013 Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists Annual Conference
  • 2012-2013 Publicity Committee Member, 2013 Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists Annual Conference
  • 2011-2012 Treasurer of 2012 Indiana Society of Radiologic Technologists Spring One Day Educational Seminar

2002-2006     Member of American Society of Radiologic Technologists


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