Erwin “Erv” Boschmann, Professor Emeritus of chemistry and Associate Dean of Faculties at IUPUI from 1988 to 1998, received an IUPUI 50th Anniversary Chancellor’s Medallion from Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar on June 5, 2019, in recognition of his longtime faculty service, of his trailblazing efforts at IUPUI and at Indiana University in the use of technology for student learning and for faculty/staff development, and of his generous support of student success.
Boschmann joined the IUPUI faculty in 1968 as a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the School of Science, and in 1983, was awarded the IU Lieber Award for Distinguished Teaching. From 1988 to 1998, Boschmann served as Associate Dean of Faculties. As a leader and innovator in that role, he facilitated one-on-one faculty mentoring, coordinated the awards and recognition programs for the 1,500 full-time and 800 part-time faculty at IUPUI, and integrated more technology into university curriculum. In 1991, his Chemistry 101 course was made available on local PBS and cable systems, and in 1997, was used as part of the development prototype for Oncourse, the learning management system that preceeded Canvas. In 1998, Boschmann was appointed IU Associate Vice President for Distributed Education, charged with designing and implementing new instructional models and technology-based delivery methods for all eight campuses.
In 2007, Boschmann received the IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award for his commitment to IUPUI and its faculty, staff, and students. Boschmann also endowed the Frank J. Welcher lectureship series in honor of colleague Dr. Frank J. Welcher, a professor of chemistry at IUPUI from 1932-1978.
Boschmann is the author of several dozen articles and numerous books on research and teaching. He earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Bethel College in Newton, Kansas in 1963, a master of science and doctoral degree from the University of Colorado, and a certificate in higher education from Harvard University in 1991.