2015 Faculty Excellence Awards

October 30, 2015
11:30am - 2:00pm
Dayton Art Institute
Gothic Cloister
Registration opens at 11:00am

Each year SOCHE hosts a faculty awards banquet honoring excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship at each member institution. Academic officers at each university select up to six award winners based on each institution's criteria, with special consideration of demonstrated excellence and awards received throughout the past academic year.

We at SOCHE are pleased to honor the 2015-2016 Faculty Excellence Award winners!

Award Winners

Air Force Institute of Technology

John M. Colombi, Program Chair/Associate Professor of Systems Engineering

Ronald A. Coutu, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

Darrell Crowe, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering

Robert Loper, Assistant Professor of Physics

Dustin G. Mixon, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Jeffery Weir, Associate Professor of Operational Sciences

Antioch College

Deanne Bell, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Gabrielle Civil, Associate Professor of Performance

Kevin McGruder, Assistant Professor of History

Lewis Trelawny-Cassity, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Robin Littell, Director of the Writing Center and Writing Instructor

Antioch University Midwest

Julie K. Biddle, Professor and Chair Initial Licensure Programs

Central State University

Syvillia Averett, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Anne-Marie Schuler, Assistant Professor of Humanities

Cincinnat State - Middletown

Zachary D. Litton, Instructor of English

Joanne Steelman, Instructor and Coordinator of Academic Foundation Mathematics

Clark State Community College

Pamela Ball, Assistant Professor of Business and Applied Technology

Nora Hatem, Coordinator of Industrial and Engineering Technology

Fabian Novello, Professor of Arts and Sciences

Dana Matt, Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE)

Edison Community College

Marva Archibald, Assistant Professor of Office Systems Administration

Elisha Hicks, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education

Carolyn Jackson, Assistant Professor of Office Systems Administration

Vickie Kirk, Instructor of Allied Health

Kettering College

Taryn Talbott, Assistant Professor/Advanced Imaging/ Radiologic Sciences

Miami University Middletown

Helane Androne, Associate Professor of English

Catherine Shackson, Instructor of Educational Leadership

Janet Marshall, Senior Lecturer of Chemistry

Miami University Hamilton

Karen Brentley, Part-time Instructor of Black World Studies

D.J. Ferguson, Associate Professor of Microbiology

Ann Rypstra, University Distinguished Professor of Biology

Jennifer Yamashiro, Lecturer in Art, Regional Honors Director

Sinclair Community College

Craig Birkemeier, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Jessica McKinley, Assistant Professor of Communication

Jim Cropper, Associate Professor/Physical Therapy Assistance

Victoria Gaffney, Associate Professor of Nursing

Chrissann RuehleAssistant Professor of Management/Marketing

Southern State Community College

Jeff Tumbleson, Assistant Professor of Business

Bill Worpenberg, Assistant Professor of Math

Union Institute & University

Bari S. Kraus, Adjunct Faculty Member of Social Work

Thomas Nimmo, Adjunct Faculty Member of Business Management

Frederick K. Read, Chair and Faculty Member of Business Management

Jennifer L. Scott, Faculty Member and Director of Master of Arts Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Carole Stokes-Brewer, Director of Field Education

University of Dayton

Jeannette Cox, Professor of Law

Joseph Haus, Professor of Electro-Optics

Denise James, Professor of Philosophy

Muhammad Usman, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Urbana University

Margaret Piatt, Assistant Professor of Theatre

Michael Rhyne, Associate Professor of History

Wilmington College

Ellen Novar, Associate Professor of Marketing

Paul Moke, Professor of Criminal Justice and Political Science

Steve Szeghi, Professor of Economics

Jennifer Walker, Associate Professor of Athletic Training

Wittenberg University

Amber Burgett, Assistant Professor of Biology

Darlene Brooks Hedstrom, Professor of History

Rick Incorvati, Professor of English

Robin Inoden, Professor of English

Joshua Paddison, Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Wright State University

Bud Baker, Professor of Management and International Business

Sherif Elbasiouny, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience Cell Biology and Physiology

Stephen James Jacquemin, Assistant Professor of Science and Mathematics

Sean Pollock, Associate Professor of History

Drew Swanson, Assistant Professor of History

Ronald Taylor, Senior Lecturer Computer Science and Engineering Department 

Joe Tritschler, Lecturer, Biomedical, Industrial and Human Factors Engineering

Air Force Institute of Technology

John Colombi

John Colombi, Program Chair/Associate Professor of Systems Engineering

Dr. Colombi has demonstrated excellence by acting as the program chair for the Systems Engineering Graduate Program, he was the department lead for ABET Self Assessment Study and was the Department representative to Faculty Council Academic Standards Committee. Dr. Colombi acted as the reviewer for four journals and was the Editorial Board Member for Defense Acquisition Review Journal. He also taught six courses with above school average student ratings. In addition, Dr. Colombi published four journal articles, presented six conference papers, was the Primary Research Advisor/Committee Chair for 11 students and a Committee member for additional ten student theses/dissertations.

Awards Received

  • Department Best Teacher Award (2014)
  • AFIT Nominee for Pearson Education – Cite Excellence in Online Teaching and Administration Award (2013)
  • Cost Conscious Culture Air University Department. Award  (2013)

Ronald Coutu

Ronald Coutu Jr., Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

Dr. Ron Coutu is the perfect embodiment of an outstanding teacher! He truly exemplifies the characteristics and qualities that inspire students, promote learning, and warrant the highest recognition. These characteristics are evident through devotion to his students’ success and his passion for encouraging thorough and collaborative problem solving. As an engineer, Dr. Coutu seeks out novel ideas and flawlessly combines theory with practice to develop unique juxtapositions that lead to engineering innovation. In fact, he has assembled a dynamic and highly capable Class 100/1000 Cleanroom facility on campus to promote in-house experimentation and discovery, seamlessly bridging the knowledge gap between classroom instruction and lab work. Dr. Coutu’s invaluable insight is derived from a diverse knowledge base that includes 25 years of military service and his Professional Engineer certification in addition to his graduate and doctoral education.

Awards Received

  • AFIT Annual CY14 Award, Civilian Cat III
  • AFIT 3rd Quarter CY14 Award, Civilian Cat III
  • Eta Kappa Nu (HKN), Outstanding Teaching Award, ENG Faculty Instructor of the Year
  • IDEA Award, US Patent 7,906,738, “Shaped MEMS Contact (geometry)”
  • AFIT Outstanding Engineer of the Year, Senior Civilian Category

Darrell Crowe

Darrell Crowe, Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering

Dr. Darrell Crowe volunteered four hours for AIAA during TechFest and National Engineers Week by leading student demonstrations. Dr. Crowe taught double the standard workload while a faculty member was deployed. He received a 4.6/5.0 student feedback rating on classes he taught for the first time. Dr. Crowe also led four research programs totaling $100K of total funding in applied CFD for serpentine jet engine nozzles, rocket nozzle fuel film cooling, advanced missile aerodynamics, and research for the intelligence community.

Awards Received

  • Field Grade Officer of the Quarter 
  • Field Grade Officer of the Quarter - School of Engineering and Management
  • Field Grade Officer of the Quarter - Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
  • Department Teacher of the Year (2015)

Robert Loper

 

Robert Loper, Assistant Professor of Physics

Dr. Loper taught two times the teaching load expected of graduate faculty at AFIT. He developed and taught a needed atmospheric chemistry course outside of his expertise in support of an important ongoing program. Dr. Loper also filled curriculum chair duties when a fellow faculty member was injured. He recognized the need to update the physics program requirements; coordinated the graduate physics curriculum committee and brought about consensus from eight graduate faculty.

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Dustin Mixon, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Mixon has had nine refereed journal articles appear or accepted for publication in mathematics and engineering journals. He was awarded the prestigious Air Force Young Investigator Research Program grant for $346K, which goes only to the most outstanding young scientists. He guided the master’s thesis research of a student who won the Chancellor’s Award for the best thesis of 208 graduating students. He taught mathematics courses with substance and relevance that cleverly held student interest.

Awards Received

  • Dean's Faculty Research Fellowship (2013-2015)
  • A. B. Krongard Fellowship, Princeton University (2009-2012)
  • Graduate School Nominee for the Gage H. Crocker Outstanding Professor Award (2015)

Jeffery Weir

 

Jeffery Weir, Associate Professor of Operational Sciences

Dr. Weir delivered six graduate classes to 75 students for a total of 141 contact hours. In doing so, he received an average instructor score of 4.83/5.00, which was the best performance in the department of 23 instructors. He also was a very active academic advisor directing three dissertations and four  theses to completion. Meanwhile, he published four peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles (with another accepted for publication) and three conference proceedings papers. He had two research projects funded for a $187.5K share. He provided extensive and exemplary service as the Deputy Department Head, search committee chair and numerous other service activities for the institution and the profession. Truly an exceptional performance in all areas of teaching, research and service.

 

Antioch College

Deanne Bell

Deanne Bell, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Bell engages her students in active student-centered and experiential learning inside and outside the classroom, combining inquiry and action research. She teaches innovative and mission driven courses, such as Somatic Psychology and Ecopsychology, and holds high standards for her students. Dr. Bell’s scholarly work focuses in large part on the pain and suffering of historically oppressed peoples, along with psychological analyses of racism and denial. She is particularly interested in researching and using transformative pedagogies to help students explore these ideas and advance social justice through their work in the classroom.

Awards Received

  • Faculty Commendation (2005, University of Montana)
  • Bertha Morton Fellowship for Academic Distinction (2004/2005, University of Montana)
  • P.E.O. International Peace Scholar Recipient (Fall 2002 & Spring 2003, University of Montana)

Gabrielle Civil

 

Gabrielle Civil, Associate Professor of Performance

Dr. Civil is a nationally and internationally recognized creative artist. She is also a “teacher-scholar” whose performance and creative scholarship is alive and clearly informs her work in the classroom. Dr. Civil engages students through student-centered, experiential and cutting edge pedagogy. Dr. Civil brings the community into the classroom, e.g., Storytelling course, and the classroom into the community. She has created programming to energize the Antioch Community through “Call and Response: Experiments in Joy”, a two-part event in which she engaged six visiting black female performers to Antioch over the month of August – a self-described “massive labor of love”.

Awards Received

  • 2014 Antioch College Inaugural Community Award
  • Accepted to Perform at the Hemispheric Institute's 2014 Encuentro
  • 2010 Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women Research & Creative Work Award
  • 2007-2008 Anne Joachim Moore Lectureship & Leadership Award (St. Catherine University)

Kevin McGruder

Kevin McGruder, Assistant Professor of History

Dr. McGruder has produced a significant amount of scholarly work in a relatively short amount of time at Antioch College. Shortly after arriving at Antioch, he saw the publication of two co-authored manuscripts: Witness: Two Hundred Years of African-American Faith and Practice at the Abyssinian Baptist Church (November 2013, Wm. B. Eerdman’s Publishing Company) and Emancipation Proclamation: Forever Free (February 2013).  His portfolio includes a copy of his third manuscript, Race and Real Estate (Columbia University Press) recently published in June 2015. This work informs the classroom experience of his students and work in public history. His scholarship is exemplary, especially for an assistant professor, and reaches a multitude of audiences. In addition to its alignment with the Antioch College mission, his research and contributions to public history have been recognized and acknowledged outside the College, e.g., The New York Times African-American Employee Group and the African-American Civil War Museum.

Lew Cassity

 

Lewis Trewlawny-Cassity, Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Trelawny-Cassity  founded and continues to run The Philosophers' Round Table. In addition to Philosophy, Dr. Trelawny-Cassidy finds his passion in exploring campus food issues: working with his students on The Farm, helping identify and develop numerous co-op jobs, and working with Antioch’s Farm to Table Program. Since arriving at Antioch, he has worked on the Sustainability Committee and its subcommittees/predecessors, such as the Farm Committee. Dr. Trelawny-Cassity has connected Antioch College with outside consortia, notably Great Lakes College Association (GLCA) and especially Global Leadership Alliance (GLAA). Finally, Dr. Trelawny-Cassity engages outside institutions, including Cedarville University, Wilberforce University, Village of Yellow Springs and the Village Council. 

 

Awards Received

  • Excellence in Research Award (2011)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award (2010)
  • Best Graduate Student Paper Prize (2009)

Robin Littell

 

Robin Littell, Director of the Writing Center and Writing Instructor

Ms. Littell has significantly contributed to the development of the Writing Institute and its current programming at Antioch College. She is the Writing Institute’s heart and soul; creating it into a truly student-friendly and student-centered space. She developed the Writer’s Series, bringing well-known outside authors to the campus to share their works with the students and community – often performing miracles with a small budget. Ms. Littell redesigned Writing Placement with the better in-house model we currently use. She has consistently contributed to Student Orientation, overseeing all placement exams and processes. Overall, Ms. Littell is an excellent student and faculty resource for all things writing!

 

Antioch University Midwest

Julie Biddle

Julia K. Biddle, Professor and Chair Initial Licensure Programs

Dr. Biddle serves both her university as well as her community. At Antioch University Midwest, she is in her third year as Chair of Faculty Assembly. She also serves on the President's Steering Committee, the Campus Academic Council and the Faculty Work Life Committee. Julie is an active member in the Ohio early childhood community. She is the immediate past chair of Ohio Voices for Learning: A Reggio Inspired Forum. She facilitates the Greater Dayton Reggio Study Group and is Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Overfield Early Childhood Program in Troy.

Awards Received

  • Irene Bandy-Hedden Early Childhood Leadership Award for Conceptual Leadership (2011)

Central State University

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Syvillia Averett, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Syvillia Averett is currently an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Central State University. She graduated from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 2006 and earned both a master’s and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Iowa in 2008 and 2012, respectively. Her graduate work focused on the representation theory of an analogue of the special linear group over a ring with involution. Dr. Averett also has a passion for mathematics education and serves on the Mathematics Education Committee at CSU. She is also the Online Program Coordinator in the department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

Awards Received

  • SOCHE Excellence in Teaching Award (2013)

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Anne-Marie Schuler, Assistant Professor of Humanities

 

Awards Received

  • Robert Estrich Fellowship (writing fellowship)
  • First-Year Writing Program Commendation Award (a teaching award)

Cincinnati State - Middletown

Joanne Steelman

Joanne Steelman, Instructor and Coordinator of Academic Foundation Mathematics

Joanne is an educational professional who helps students to reach their full potential through advancement opportunities based upon their achievements. She uses creative teaching, integrating technology and discovery learning using manipulatives. She is a caring and compassionate teacher who makes learning pleasurable in a safe environment. She has a unique way with students which allows the student to learn difficult concepts easily. Additionally, she demonstrates analytical and organizational effectiveness with a strong mathematical aptitude and has excellent classroom management skills.

Awards Received

  • Pi Mu Epsilon - Member of the National Mathematics Honor Society
  • Golden Key Honor Society - recognized as in the top fifteen percent of Miami University's 2009 graduating class

Zachary D. Litton

Zachary D. Litton, Instructor of English

Highly organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated, and enthusiastic, Zach Litton has 10 years of excellence in teaching. He has the exceptional ability to identify, focus, and execute pivotal priorities under pressure. With a keen ability to adapt to each student’s unique learning style and needs, he establishes rapport and strong relationships. Intent on enabling his students to be successful, both academically and personally, he encourages them to develop their strengths and overcome their weaknesses.

Clark State Community College

Pamela Ball

Pamela Ball, Assistant Professor of Business and Applied Technology

Pamela Ball is an outstanding management faculty member who utilizes a combination of academic and well-rounded in-depth professional work experiences along with her attraction to effectively use technological tools to create and enhance each student’s learning environment. She is known to be an outstanding and energetic faculty member with excellent communication skills and a willingness to serve others. Her many accomplishments at the College provides evidence that Pam works exceptionally well in multiple workplace environments including teams and individuals within an academic setting.

Awards Received

  • Clark State Faculty Excellence Award (2014)
  • NISOD Excellence Award (2015)

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Nora Hatem, Coordinator of Industrial and Engineering Technology

Clark State was awarded a 2.5 million dollar TAACCCT grant from the Department of Labor in October of 2014. Since that time Nora Hatem has taken on the project with enthusiasm and lots of hard work. On top of her normal coordinator and teaching duties Nora has done countless hours of research into not only equipment purchases but also in curriculum development for the new advanced manufacturing programs. Her enthusiasm has been contagious and her hard work has paid off.

Fabian Novello

Fabian Novello, Professor of Arts and Sciences

Fabian Novella is a lead faculty member in Psychology. The mentors adjuncts, coordinated full departmental involvement in development of common final and assessment rubrics.He is a leader in online course delivery: pilots new platforms, maintains quality standards, and supports adjunct faculty. His is student centered, an active advisor for popular AS major, proficient in wide range of technology used in advising, and works with transfer institutions. Fabian serves his college, community, and his profession. His is an active leader in assessment, consistent supporter of local organizations, and attends/presents at conferences in Psychology, pedagogy, assessment.

Awards Received

  • Clark State Professional Excellence Award (2015)
  • Clark State Professional Excellence Award (2007)
  • American Psychological Association Teaching Tip (2004)

Dana Matt

Dana Matt, Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Clinical Education (ACCE)

Dana does an excellent job of implementing the Assessment of Student Learning process and has used that process to identify and address challenges. Graduates of the PTA program are very successful on their licensure exam with a consistent 98% to 100% pass rate, attesting that the program curriculum is current and students are learning. Dana consistently provides service to the college and the community. She has served on a variety of college committees and is currently serving as president of the Faculty Senate. She is also a faculty advisor for the PTA Student Club and serves as the cheerleading coach for the secondary school in her local community.

Awards Received

  • Clark State Community College Faculty Excellence Award (2014-2015)
  • Employee Excellence Award by Miami Valley Hospital for her “Outstanding Commitment to the Value of Respect in Support of the Patient Experience” in her role as a per diem employee at that facility

Edison Community College

Marva Archibald

Marva Achibald, Assistant Professor of Office Systems Administration

Marva provides an excellent learning experience to her students whether it is in the classroom, online, or through an internet video conference connection to our Darke County campus. She is supportive of students and always willing to help and guide them so they can accomplish the learning objectives of the course. Marva is also the Chair of our Diversity Committee. This committee is very busy bringing events and understanding to campus.

Elisha Hicks

Elisha Hicks, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education

Elisha is an outstanding teacher in the Early Childhood Education program. Her knowledge and experience are assets which help students relate real life situations to the theory they are learning. Elisha is a role model for caring, positivity, and open mindedness which helps establish a classroom of inclusivity and mutual support. Elisha cares deeply about her students wants the best for them.

Carolyn Jackson

Carolyn Jackson, Assistant Professor of Office Systems Administration

Carolyn Jackson is outstanding in the classroom. She expects the best from her students while maintaining a wonderful rapport with them. Students particularly enjoy her online courses. In addition, Carolyn has served Edison on the faculty Curriculum Committee and as an officer for Faculty Senate. She also leads the program Advisory Committee in their effort to host a large event for Administrative Professionals Day. This event attracts about 100 professionals to campus every year.

Vickie Kirk

Vickie Kirk, Instructor of Allied Health

Vickie exemplifies excellence in teaching. She has extensive knowledge and experience in her content area and she has the additional qualities of enthusiasm, interpersonal skills, and humor. These qualities and characteristics provide the basis for her strong, positive connections to students. Vickie always puts student success first which is evident in her classroom and in her collaboration with others as she is a true team player willing to do what is best for the student.

Kettering College

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Taryn Talbott, Assistant Professor or Advanced Imaging/ Radiologic Sciences

Taryn demonstrates a caring and engaged attitude not only with her colleagues but also with her students. She seeks new and innovative ways to engage the student both inside and outside of the classroom. Taryn engages her students in learning by incorporating multiple teaching styles to the various learning styles of those in her class. She collaborates with the other clinical programs, as evidenced by helping students in other disciplines with the interpretation of CT and MRI scans. Taryn a strong Christian and represents the mission of the college.

Awards Received

  • Teacher of the Year (2015) 

Miami University - Hamilton

Karen Brentley

Karen Brentley, Part-Time Instructor of Black World Studies

Karen Brentley worked for 15 years as a social studies teacher and 18 years as a school social worker before she began teaching part-time at MUH in 2006. She receives high scores on her Black World Studies course evaluations, where students praise her enthusiasm and her depth of knowledge of the subject matter. She works with the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Services to create meaningful experiences that extend the learning process outside of the classroom for her students.

Awards Received

  • Miami University Excellence in Part-Time Teaching Award (2015)
  • The Ohio School Social Worker Association School Social Worker of the Year (2005)
  • School Social Worker of the Year, State of Ohio, MidWest School Social Worker Council (2005)
  • Outstanding Service Award to the Community, Esquire Club Inc (Cincinnati) (1990)
  • Martha Holden Jennings Scholar (1984)

 

DJ Ferguson

D.J. Ferguson, Associate Professor of Microbiology

Dr. D.J. Ferguson has published six papers in peer-reviewed journals and has given 13 presentations at scientific meetings while at Miami University Hamilton. His cutting-edge research focuses on the metabolism of compounds called quaternary amines, which may lead to a better understanding of how our diet and our intestinal microbes can either heighten or lessen our risk of heart disease. Dr. Ferguson has been awarded significant internal funding and external funding from agencies like the National Institutes for Health.

Awards Received

  • Miami University Hamilton Excellence in Scholarship Award (2015)
  • Gordon Research Conference Undergraduate Institution Travel Award (2012)
  • Ohio Branch American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Educator Travel Award (2010)

Ann Rypstra

Ann Rypstra, University Distinguished Professor of Biology

Dr. Ann Rypstra has excelled in institutional and professional service. At Miami University Hamilton she is frequently elected and appointed to key university-wide committees and leadership positions. She has a reputation for high quality service and a strong commitment to the institution's success. Her professional service advances biology education, biological research, and biological applications in the community. She serves on boards of national and international scientific societies and reviews proposals for the National Science Foundation and other agencies.

Awards Received

  • Miami University Hamilton Excellence in Service Award (2015)
  • Benjamin Harrison Medallion Recipient – This medallion is the highest honor a faculty member at Miami University can receive. (2010)
  • University Distinguished Professor (2007)
  • Miami University Hamilton Excellence in Scholarship Award (2007)
  • Distinguished Scholar, Miami University, Office of Provost (2004)

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Jennifer Yamashiro, Lecture in Art, Regional Honors Director

Dr. Yamashiro teaches a wide range of courses in Art History, Integrative Studies, and Honors. She is at the cutting edge of pedagogical innovations, developing hybrid and online classes and employing inverted classroom and inquiry-guided. To promote experiential learning, Dr. Yamashiro incorporates service learning, community engagement projects, and field trips into her classes. As the Miami University Regional Honors Director, she recruits, advises, and mentors honors students and works closely with faculty to develop meaningful honors courses and experiences.

Awards Received

  • Miami University Hamilton Excellence in Teaching Award (2015)
  • Community Super Hero Award, Union County Public Library (2015)
  • Miami University Outstanding Professor Nominee (2014)
  • Honored Educator, The Society for Photographic Education, Midwest Regional (2010)

Miami University - Middletown

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Helane Androne, Associate Professor of English

Helane epitomizes the teacher-scholar. Helane’s edited collection, “Multiethnic American Literatures: Essays for Teaching Context and Culture," demonstrates Helane’s interest in the intersections of scholarship and teaching. Her recent article, “Birth, Death, and Transformation: Ritual as Inquiry in the Classroom,” represents Helane’s interest in the uses of ritual in the fiction she studies and in the classroom. Helane has a second book under review that explores ritual within Chicana feminist literature.

Awards Received

  • MUM Research Award (2015)
  • National Writing Project Supporting Effective Educators Development (SEED) Grant
  • Teacher Leadership Development $20,000 National Writing Project SEED Grant
  • Evaluating the Impact of Professional Development to Meet Challenging Writing Standards in High-Need Elementary Schools $40,000 National Writing Project SEED Grant
  • Professional Development in High-Need Schools, $20,000

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Janet Marshall, Senior Lecturer of Chemistry

Janet developed courses that helps students relate chemistry to something they love – food, including,“Chemistry of Food and Cooking,” featuring edible experiments. Her first-year seminar course, “The Chemistry & Culture of Food,” focuses on the scientific context of cultural practices and historical events. Janet incorporated the use of iPads in her introductory and Organic Chemistry courses to help students understand concepts of chemical bonding and molecular shape using the Chem3D app.

Awards Received

  • Full time faculty teaching award for Middletown Campus (2015)
 Cathy Shackson

Catherine Shackson, Instructor of Educational Leadership

A commonality in her courses is the experiential learning opportunities she organizes for students. She currently teaches Learning Strategies for College Students with our international students who are eager for interaction with American students, so she organizes partnerships with American students and arranges visits to observe American classes. In her Sociocultural Studies in Education class, Cathy includes a Saturday urban immersion experience, where students work with clients in a food pantry.

Awards Received

  • Part-time Teacher of the Year for Middletown campus (2015)

Sinclair Community College

Craig Birkemeier

Craig Birkemeier, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Craig is one of three faculty members chosen nationwide for the Advancing Quality Teaching Pilot team with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Craig rewrites curriculum to increase student dialogue and group analysis of data. In class, Craig uses robotics to teach applied mathematics in the tech math program

Awards Received

  • Collegewide Merit (2014)

Jim Cropper

Jim Cropper, Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Assistance

Jim redesigned PTA 1112 course to feature a problem-based learning model and replaced lectures with research and group discussion. Jim also promotes problem-solving and critical thinking skills to encourage students to apply knowledge to clinical situations.

Awards Received

  • Divisional Merit (2014)

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Victoria Gaffney, Associate Professor of Nursing

Victoria uses qualitative and quantitative data to continually assess and improve nursing simulations for students. She has also partnered with local hospitals to acquire training charts and computer labs for student use in simulations using electronic health records.

Awards Received

  • Divisional Merit (2013)
  • Learning Challenge Grant (2013)
  • Collegewide Merit (2014)
Jessica Mckinley

Jessica McKinley, Assistant Professor of Communication

Jessica uses Service Learning to help students understand the affective, behavioral, and cognitive dimensions of Organizational Communication. She teaches and creates curricula for a variety of Communication courses in both online and face-to-face format while setting high expectations for students and self.

Awards Received

  • Great Ideas for Teaching Students Award for Top Presentation, Top 3 Presentation (2010)
  • Outstanding Faculty in Service Learning, Sinclair Community College (2014)
  • Divisional Merit (2013, 2014, 2015)

Chrissann Ruehle

Chrissann Ruehle, Assistant Professor of Management/Marketing

Chrissann collaborated to create an A.A.S. degree in Digital Marketing with two embedded certificates. In addition she helped organize and lead a study-abroad experience for students to Denmark, Germany and Sweden.

Awards Received

  • Adjunct Faculty of the Year, BPS division (2013)
  • Adjunct Faculty of the Year, Courseview campus (2013)
  • Divisional Merit (2014)

Southern State Community College

Jeff Tumbleson

Jeff Tumbleson, Assistant Professor of Business

Jeff is a faculty member in Business Management/Economics. He has field experience in business administration/supervision as well as 20 years of teaching experience. His passion for his discipline radiates to his students. His sections fill quickly and often his rural first-generation students can be found debating current headlines from the Wall Street Journal. Jeff’s subtle demeanor and dry wit captivates his students. His respect and expectations for his students encourages them that possibilities can be achieved.

Bill Worpenberg

Bill Worpenberg, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Bill is a faculty member in the department of Mathematics. Trained as a statistician, Bill chose higher education over industry because of his passion for Math and helping students understand it. Breaking down the mental blocks associated with historically difficult subjects, Bill gives his students a solid fundamental foundation and builds their skills for success in the upper level math courses. He recognizes that while he might not be popular because of the subject, he is admired because he is passionate for his students’ success especially when they transition to a bachelor program.

Union Institute & University

Bari Kraus

Bari S. Kraus, Adjunct Faculty Member of Social Work

Professor Kraus is deeply invested in her teaching relationships at UI&U. She is truly gifted in her approach to engaging our non-traditional students in the virtual classroom while modeling the values of social work through her service in the field. Since 2008, Professor Kraus has served in a number of faculty and advising positions both as the former chair of undergraduate human services and as a faculty instructor in the university’s Early Childhood Services Program.

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Thomas Nimmo, Adjunct Faculty Member of Business Management

Professor Nimmo is a very knowledgeable accounting instructor who always goes the extra mile to assist students in learning concepts. Students are often leery about accounting courses and he puts them at ease. He is a retired CPA who started a second career in teaching in 2005, as an adjunct instructor for Antonelli College, instructing in Accounting, Algebra, and Keyboarding and at Beckfield College and now teaches at UI&U.

Awards Received

  • Faculty Member of the Quarter, Beckfield College (2015)

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Frederick K. Read, Chair and Faculty Member of Business Management

As a teacher, Dr. Read passionately embraces and advocates new forms of technological and pedagogical methods including video conferencing and video recording for lectures. Dr. Read chairs the university scholarship committee, requiring the organization and oversight of committee procedures and the review and assessment of student scholarship applications. He is the chair of the BS Business Management, and participates as a presenter and consultant for national faculty meetings and trainings.

Awards Received

  • Rookie of the Year Award, by the Council for Accelerated Programs (2014)

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer L. Scott, Faculty member, Director, MA with a Major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Jennifer submitted presentation proposal on Ethics and Self-Care for Professional Counselors for the All Ohio Counselors Conference in November 2015. She maintained her status as an active member of APA (Division 5—Qualitative and Quantitative Methods), OPA, and CAPP. She is an active member of UI&U’s Assessment Coordination Team, conducting university-wide assessment of learning outcomes. Jennifer has also maintained private practice providing psychological assessment and consultation services to rural communities in southwestern Ohio. Lastly she is an active member of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

Awards Received

  • Ohio Psychological Association’s Award of Excellence (2013)

Carole Stokes Brewer

Carole Stokes-Brew, Director of Field Education/Social Work

Dr. Carole Stokes-Brewer has over 35 years of clinical social work practice, including teaching, psychotherapy, supervision, consultation, training, and behavioral health education. She is dedicated to teaching, demonstrated by her research in finding the best teaching environment for students to build their skills and competencies. Dr. Stokes-Brewer enjoys customizing projects and materials to help others in their self-growth. She also develops self-help CDs, and workbooks. Her published journal is titled "My Notes: Journeys to Inspiration."

Awards Received

  • President of the Cincinnati Clinical Hypnosis Society

University of Dayton

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Jeannette Cox, Professor of Law

Ms. Cox is heavily engaged in service both on main campus and at the law school. She currently chairs the Bar Committee and has been instrumental in ushering through much needed reforms in the law school. Jeannette teaches in a variety of different areas to include Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Disability Law, Employment Law, and Legislation. Students in her classes gain not only a thorough understanding of the topic, but also leave her course thinking like a lawyer. In addition, Jeannette exposes her students to cutting-edge teaching methods to include "flipping" the classroom and online learning and assessment. Jeannette's scholarship focuses on disability and employment discrimination. Her publications have been widely cited by law review articles, federal and state cases, and legal briefs. In addition, she has been asked to speak at conferences around the country. One legal expert has described Jeannette as "one of two relatively new scholars in disability law who will continue to influence our thinking."

Awards Received

  • Named as "Scholar to Watch"
  • Nationally selected to participate in "New Voices in Gender Studies"
  • Dayton E-Learning Fellow
  • Notre Dame Fellow
  • Dean Joseph O'Meara Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement

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Joseph Haus, Professor of Electro-Optics

Dr. Haus has demonstrated extensive and sustained research and pedagogical contributions to the field of optics, especially in the subjects of Nanophotonics and optical fibers. He has trained a generation of graduate students in the techniques of performing research. He continues to demonstrate a passion for research collaboration across the University of Dayton and for developing international research collaborations and scholarly activities.

Awards Received

  • UD Alumni Award for Research (2015)
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica, Mexico (2014)
  • Dayton Affiliated Societies Council Award for Research (2008)
  • Fellow of APS, OSA and SPIE
 Denise James

Denise James, Professor of Philosophy

Both student and peer review of Dr. James indicates strong and transformational teaching. Furthermore, she has led college faculty in Diversity-Across-the-Curriculum Seminars, which have helped them raise the bar regarding diversity in the classroom and to work more successfully with international students. By paying particular attention to diverse groups often sidelined by economic and instructional structures, her contribution has widened diversity in the spirit of UD’s mission.

Awards Received

  • Jane Addams Prize, Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy (March 2013)

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Muhammad Usman, Associate Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Usman’s work is widely published in the area of applied mathematics. His work has been published in respected journals with rigorous standards and low acceptance rates. External reviewers have praised his scholarship for its breadth and technical difficulty. He has been invited several times to speak at colloquia held by universities across the nation and at national and international conferences as well..

Awards Received

  • Taft Enhancement Award, Taft Research Center, University of Cincinnati (2005)
  • Kieval Award, University of Cincinnati (2003)

Urbana University

Margaret Piatt

Margaret Piatt, Assistant Professor of Theatre/Humanities

Professor Piatt serves on many committees and community boards related to the arts. For the last four years she wrote and directed the Old Case Files plays for Dayton History. Her research for these and other plays and for her presentations about "Living History" has been extensive. Her classes encourage the students to make connections and look beyond the obvious. The students respond well, and her evaluations reflect that.

Awards Received

  • Lifelong Learning Award, Urbana University (2015)
  • Excellency in Performance Faculty Award, Urbana University (2013)
  • Alpha Psi Omega, National Theatre Honor Society (2011)
  • Connecticut Humanities Award (1998)
  • Outstanding Living History Educator, Old Sturbridge Village (1995)

J. Michael Rhyne

J. Michael Rhyne, Associate Professor of History

Dr. Rhyne is an excellent teacher. He introduces his students early on to academic inquiry, makes each class period interesting, and receives excellent teaching evaluations. His service is excellent in all areas related to history. He orchestrates historical re-enactments and gives presentations to the community. Dr. Rhyne received numerous research grants, presented many conference papers, and published refereed journal articles and book chapter. He is currently completing a book manuscript on race.

Awards Received

  • Excellence in Performance Faculty award, Urbana University (2011)
  • Public Humanities Grant, Ohio Humanities Council (2010)

Wilmington College

Ellen Novar

Ellen Novar, Associate Professor of Marketing

Professor Ellen Novar teaches a wide array of Business, Marketing, and Management related courses, each unique, to keep student interest and attention. She has used research on the young field of Multicultural Marketing to develop and teach a course (rarely offered nationwide), now a part of the regular curriculum. She provides a wide variety of service to the college. Her research focuses on the developments in the field of marketing, such as the development of Multicultural Marketing among major U.S. companies.

Awards Received

  • Educator of the Year awarded, Dayton, OH(2011)
  • Chapter of American Advertising Federation
  • Invited Paper Presentation: "Multicultural Marketing Mistakes"
  • Global Business Development Institute's 11th International Conference, Las Vegas, NV (2009) (awarded conference "Best Marketing Paper")

Paul Moke

Paul Moke, Professor of Criminal Science and Political Science

Dr. Paul Moke maintains high standards for coverage of content in his classes and uses a mixture of sequential assignments, humor, and discussion to help students meet them. Recently, his involvement in service activities includes serving as volunteer counsel on behalf of the ACLU in a major voting rights case here in Ohio. He has recently written a biography of Chief Justice Earl Warren. Lexington Books will release the manuscript for publication, entitled, "Earl Warren and the Struggle for Justice," later this fall.

Awards Received

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio: Award for Outstanding Contributions to Civil Liberties (2006)
  • Ohio Magazine Outstanding Faculty Award (2003 & 2006)
  • Van Black Award for Outstanding Service to Students, Wilmington College (1996 & 2004)
  • Wilmington College Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award (1993)

Steve Szeghi

Steve Szeghi, Professor of Economics

Dr. Steve Szeghi infuses his economics classes with the analysis of socio-political-economic issues. He has grafted his own passion for social and ecological justice into his courses in such a way that invites and encourages personal self-discovery on the part of his students. For this same reason his research and scholarship has also grown in excellence. In addition, he constantly rethinks and redoes his teaching and presentation styles to garner interest and engagement.

Awards Received

  • Wilmington College Teaching Excellence Award from Student Government Association

Jennifer Walker

Jennifer Walker, Associate Professor of Athletic Training

Ms. Walker is dedicated to educating the next generation of Certified Athletic Trainers. She stays up-to-date by attending a variety of conferences in her field. She annually co-authors research with undergraduate Athletic Training students. She recently has had abstracts published in the "Journal of Sports Medicine and Allied Health Sciences." She has developed a unique study abroad program (recent trips to Ireland and Australia) for the Athletic Training program here at Wilmington College. Her study abroad trips focus on various aspects of sports medicine in other countries. Her trips have attracted students from other colleges from around the country. She is active on campus in a variety of services as well as in her community.

Awards Received

  • Excellence Award for Undergraduate Student Research, Ohio Athletic Trainers' Association Annual Conference (2015)
  • Best Student/Faculty Research Collaboration Award - Wilmington College Annual Student/Faculty Research Symposium

Wittenberg University

Amber Burgett

Amber Burgett, Assistant Professor of Biology

Ms. Burgett is engaged in exploring aquatic communities and sustainability. She draws students into these explorations, introducing them to scientific methodology and communication, eliciting their active involvement in the process of scientific investigation: students wrestle with current questions grounded in the local community. Amber focuses on the students, relying on active learning strategies and her own enthusiasm to draw the students into investigation of the world around them.

Awards Received

  • Omicron Delta Kappa Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award

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Darlene Brooks Hedstrom, Professor of History

Darlene Brooks Hedstrom promotes high levels of student engagement with commitment to experiential learning in her classes, involving students hands on in archaeological exploration. Her excavations include sites as far away and ancient as Scetis in Egypt and as immediate as the Geiger House at Wittenberg University. Students learn history by exploring history, with hands-on excavation and reading historical texts. Darlene is an outstanding guide for their explorations of the past.

Awards Received

  • Collegium Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching

Rick Incorvati

Rick Incorvati, Professor of English

Rick Incorvati explores literature by identifying the burning questions that drive the writers to write, and by focusing on these questions, draws the students into a vital exploration of literature and of themselves. His courses range from, "Flames of Fierce Desire: Attraction in British Romantic Literature," through, "Demons, Devils and Hellfire' to 'Writing for Social Change." Rick engages the hard, consuming questions and, by doing so, engages the students.

Awards Received

  • Collegium Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching

Robin Inboden

Robin Inboden, Professor of English

Robin Inboden welcomes students to the world of literature and introduces them to the pleasures and discovery of close reading, fostering the students own explorations. Students respond to Robin's own passion for the literature she teaches and to her passion for them. Robin reminds students that "Writing is a mark you make on the world. Make it count." Teaching is a mark Robin makes on the world. She makes it count.

Awards Received

  • Alumni Association Award for Distinguished Teaching

Joshua Paddison

Joshua Paddison, Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Joshua Paddison is a dedicated teacher who establishes a strong rapport with his students, supplementing the class with visual images and fresh perspectives, offering new perspectives to an exploration of history. He is flexible and, in addition to his continued scholarship in American history, religious history and Latin American history, is continually learning and growing as a teacher. At Wittenberg, he has used his experience in journalism to provide leadership in production of the History Journal.

Awards Received

  • Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching

Wright State University

Bud Baker

Bud Baker, Professor of Management and International Business

Dr. Baker has been a consistently outstanding teacher, winning recognition for his stellar teaching, forging remarkable connections with his students, and enabling those students to apply the knowledge they gain to their business careers and to their lives. For nearly a quarter-century, Dr. Baker has achieved extraordinary results in the classroom, and has shaped the lives of our students through his efforts. His dedication to students and life-long learning is exemplary and inspiring.

Awards Received

  • Robert J. Kegerreis Distinguished Professor of Teaching Award (2015)
  • Outstanding MBA Teacher, Raj Soin College of Business (2011 and 2012)
  • Outstanding Teacher Award, Chinese MBA Program (2007)
  • Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award, Wright State Univ. Raj Soin College of Business (2000, 2004, 2008)

Sherif Elbasiouny

Sherif Elbasiouny, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience Cell Biology and Physiology

In the two and a half years that Sherif has been in the NCBP department he has been awarded over two million dollars in research funding. His laboratory is up and running and Sherif is already publishing his data. He has developed a new interdisciplinary graduate course and currently supervises wo Ph.D., four masters and six undergraduate students from engineering and NCBP. He is a role model for faculty at Wright State.

Awards Received

  • Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence: Early Career Achievement (2015)

Stephen Jacquemin

Stephen James Jacquemin, Assistant Professor of Science and Mathematics (Lake Campus)

Dr. Jacquemin came to the Lake Campus, fall 2013 and has been a successful, productive, and engaging faculty member right from the start. He does it all teaching, service and scholarship and does each in and exemplary manner. He has distinguished himself as one of the Lake Campus’ best teachers and has become known in the community as the “Fish Guy,” who draws an audience whenever he speaks. His scholarship continues to expand and he includes and involves undergraduate students in his work and writing. He has become both a mentor and role model to several future scientists.

Awards Received

  • Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence: Early Career Achievement (2015)

Sean Pollock

Sean Pollock, Associate Professor of History

Dr. Pollock has created innovative instructional methods, worked hard to mentor students, developed online courses, and led the university's transition to technology-intensive classrooms. He has held leadership positions on various department and university curriculum committees, and he was recently named faculty director of Wright State's Center for Teaching and Learning. Students and peers consistently call Dr. Pollock one of the best teachers they have ever met.

Awards Received

  • WSU College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Teaching Award (2015)
  • Phi Alpha Theta Outstanding Faculty Member, History Department (2013)
  • WSU Writing across the Curriculum Faculty Recognition Award (2009, 2010, and 2013)
  • WSU Excellence in Teaching General Education (5 times since 2009)
  • Harvard, Stephen Botein Teaching Prize in History and Literature (2007)

Drew Swanson

Drew Swanson, Assistant Professor of History

Mr. Swanson is a model of a faculty member who excelled in teaching, scholarship, and service right from the beginning of his WSU career. With two award-winning books and numerous peer-reviewed articles already under his belt, he is an astonishingly active scholar. His courses are popular with students, even though he is known to hold them to high standards, and he has a reputation as a thoughtful mentor. His service to the university and to his field is extremely strong.

Awards Received

  • Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence: Early Career Achievement (2015)

Ronald Taylor

Ronald Taylor, Senior Lecturer of Computer Science

Dr. Taylor is more driven by his commitment to teaching, academic advising and student success than he is by his scholarly research, and has chosen to make his tremendous impact on our students accordingly. He continues to take leadership roles in curriculum development. Coupled with the new SCALE-UP implementation of the core computer programming sequence, the results has been a dramatic increase in the retention and success of computer science and engineering students. Dr. Taylor’s passion for student success spills over into his dual role as Academic Advisor. He has played a critical role in the support of the department’s increasing numbers of international students. He has provided invaluable service to Wright State for nearly two decades.

Awards Received

  • Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence: Outstanding Lecturer (2015)

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Joe Tritschler, Lecturer of Biomedical, Industrial and Human Factors Engineering

Dr. Tritschler has a rapport with our students that is second-to -none. He has the rate ability to meet students exactly where they are and to make even the least prepared students feel like they belong in the classroom every bit as much as the most prepared students. Beyond his classroom performance alone, he has demonstrated significant leadership in curricular development. Despite his formal training in Electrical Engineering, he has authored multiple new undergraduate courses in the department of Biomedical, Industrial and Human Factors Engineering. Beyond his classroom responsibility for some 200 undergraduate students per semester, he has even found time for significant service-serving as Chair of the CECS Scholarship Committee, among multiple others. He has become one of the most highly regarded teachers in the College. Having faculty like Joe Tritschler in our classrooms is a critical part of my vision for access, affordability, and preeminence.

Awards Received

  • Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence: Outstanding Instructor (2015)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award-Faculty College of Engineering and Computer Science (2013-2014)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award-Adjunct Faculty College of Engineering and Computer Science (2011-2012, 2008-2009)