2019/2020 Excellence Award Winners


 

November Faculty and Staff Honorees


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Esther Lanham
Administrative Assistant for the Department of Social Work at Cedarville University

Esther Lanham was responsible for writing the CSWE self-study that resulted in full reaffirmation in 2018.


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Edith Davidson
Associate Professor and Department Chair for the Department of Business Administration at Central State University

Dr. Davidson is an excellent faculty administrator. Managing peer (PhD’s) professors with all their ego and baggage can be daunting for a new department chair. Dr. Davidson has handled one of the largest departments in the university with grace, and incredible effectiveness. Her negotiation skills, commitment to student success, and advising skills are also excellent; she is now well respected by her peers and across the university. Students view her as a big sister, mentor or even mother figure. They are absolutely love her.

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Linda Romero-Smith
Academic Advisor for the Department of Enrollment and Student Development at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Linda Romero-Smith is the Academic Advisor at our Middletown Campus and she also serves as the Co-op Coordinator and Career Coach Contact in Middletown. From a student’s start with us at New Student Orientation (NSO) until graduation Linda Romero Smith is part of their process. She hosts our NSO for the Middletown Campus and is part of the Commencement Committee. Linda also teaches First Year Experience and Professional Practice courses. Linda is a representative on the Student Success Leadership Institute (SSLI) and the Tenure Review Committee. Linda is always ready to step-up and serve us all; students, faculty and the College as whole.

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Susan Baim
Commerce Department at Miami University Regionals

Dr. Susan Baim’s career has been devoted to serving “the changing needs of the growing Commerce Department, the campuses as a whole, and, most importantly, [Miami’s] students using a forward-thinking approach based on teaching innovation, well-designed experiential learning opportunities and a sincere interest in the success of each student as an individual.” A pioneer in the areas of honors programming for Commerce students and in incorporating experiential learning into online education, Dr. Baim’s supporting document underscored curricula she had developed for the department’s Capstone offering, CMR 495: Strategic Management of Commerce. Through reflection papers and surveys, Dr. Baim discerns students’ interests and helps class member intersect those interests with course content. She further encourages student learning through a menu of project offerings, which collectively draw on skills students have learned throughout the Commerce program. The projects respectively attract students who might enjoy numerical work including finance, accounting, and economics; students interested in human resources and organizational development; students interested in operations and customer relations; and student interesting in marketing and marketing research. Choosing three of the four projects on the menu, the capstone students each develop competencies in a range of the above interests as class members develop projects on outsourcing and insourcing, interview business leaders, observe customer relations operations, and design gift boxes based on data collected in interviews with prospective customers. This slate of project-oriented activities encourages students to think critically about content and skills they have learned across the Commerce program and the broader curriculum and to apply those lessons to complex work environments.

Myla Cardona-Jones


Myla Cardona-Jones
Instructor for the Department of Law and Public Safety at Sinclair Community College

Myla is always willing to do whatever it takes to grow professionally. She has become a leader in the Dayton area in legal technology, and was asked to present at the CLIO Cloud Conference in New Orleans. She also participated in a US / Mexico border trip held by Sinclair to learn more about the legal, ethical and humanitarian issues of migrants to the US. Finally, she also worked on an Unpacking Racism label to help students build community in the face of the hate rally in downtown Dayton this summer.

Ryan W. McEwan


Ryan W. McEwan
Associate Professor for the Department of Biology at University of Dayton

The nomination is related to activities that have gone beyond the normal service loads for a University of Dayton faculty member. Within UD, these efforts include transforming the Environmental Biology program, developing a new Environmental Research Area at Old River Park, development of Sustainability Curriculum and incorporating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals into the Stander Symposium. In addition, the McEwan laboratory has been a training ground for more than 100 undergraduate students, many of whom have gone on to great success following graduation from UD.

Chloe Hart, Ph.D.


Chloe Hart, Ph.D.
Science Lab Manager for the College of Art, Science, and Technology at Urbana University

Dr. Chloe Hart is the Laboratory Manager at Urbana University. Chloe has not even been in her position for a year, but I cannot imagine how the Department survived without her. She not only cleaned up and organized the physical laboratory space; she cleaned up and organized the laboratory experience for students. She has been instrumental in: (1) determining what laboratory equipment would be necessary to make the lab experience more engaging for students; (2) redesigning many of the physics, botany, zoology, general biology, environmental science, and geology labs; (3) creating a clean and safe laboratory; and (4) being available to instructors as an “extra set of hands” during the laboratory sessions. Dr. Chloe Hart is an amazing addition to the Department of Math and Science….and Urbana as a whole.

Carl Coatney


Carl Coatney
Equipment Manager for the Department of Athletics at Wilmington College

Carl is a hard-working individual who goes above and beyond his required job duties. He is such an integral member of the Athletics Department. He is organized and concise making sure each student athlete at each event is provide for completely. Carl is one of the hardest working individuals our success can be attributed to the great care he takes in his job.

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Mike Daiga
Assistant Professor for the Department of Education at Wittenberg University

When we were deciding the recipient for this award, really what stood out was this professors’ personal sacrifice and their willingness and commitment to help their students learn, and in-turn those students future students’ abilities to learn. It is only fitting that this professor is a professor of Education. Last year, I heard this professor described as being able to make nerdy-concepts fun, which was their words themselves. It is really humbling to know that this person was described by the smartest person I’ve ever known, or have ever met as being the smartest person he has ever met. Despite being a larger-than-life genius, he is humble and no student has had anything negative to say about him, even while he was pursuing his own PhD while teaching full-time. Lastly, the student has once told me, he cannot imagine any Education student going through the program without taking a class with him, and that professor is Dr. Daiga of Education.



 

January Faculty and Staff Honorees


Amy Cox
Amy Cox
Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology

As Associate Department Head for Distance Learning for Systems Engineering, Lt Col Cox oversaw three Master’s programs and two certified programs, with 160+ military, civilian, and DoD contractor enrolled students throughout the year. Lt Col Cox was a lead for the AFIT Study Reponses Committee, responsible advancing STEM distance education extensions. She has been instrumental in the development of innovative methods in providing non-traditional graduate education to the Air Force. Lt Col Cox spearheaded the effort to implement a formal 4 + 1 program for accelerated Master’s Program for USAFA cadets and casual officers awaiting training. This new program can potential save 50% of an officer’s time spent in AFIT student status. Lt Col Cox is also the Military member at Large on the School’s Faculty Council, acting as the advocate for the military faculty body.

During the year, Lt Col Amy Cox taught 5 courses, totaling 60 graduate students. While developing new material for 3 courses and designed a new course for social network analysis to support student research. She was also a guest lecturer for two courses at AFIT. Lt Col Cox currently advised 35 master’s students, successfully advised 15 that gradates, including one student nominated for the AF STEM System Engineering Award.
Lt Col Cox is leading the AFIT effort in re-activation of the Gradate Acquisition Master’s Program. She has coordinated with Headquarters Air Force and the Air Force Personnel Center to commit new 5 student quotas for the AY2019 and up to 20 for AY2020.

Lt Col Cox is also leading two research efforts, total $180K in funding. Co-authored a refereed conference paper, along with two others in review. She also gave three invited talks at various conferences.

Luisa Bieri
Luisa Bieri
Assistant Professor of Cooperative Education at Antioch College

We commend Luisa Bieri for close to five years of service to Antioch College. She has worked diligently at growing the Prison Justice Initiative; at linking service to curriculum through her new course, “Antioch Community Action”; and at revising the curriculum, especially in developing “Dialogue Across Difference” and the Transnational Studies focus. In addition, Luisa’s service centers partnerships with the broader Yellow Springs community, and in this way she especially embodies the ethos of Antioch College.

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Dan Estes
Distinguished Professor of Old Testament, School of Biblical and Theological Studies of at Cedarville University

For 35 years, Dr. Estes has taught students with a commitment to excellence and quality educational pedagogy. He consistently receives outstanding student evaluations and has mentored many colleagues over the years.

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W. Lynn Rigsbee
Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Central State University

Dr. Lynn Rigsbee is a stimulating instructor, proactive colleague, and student centered leader. Dr. Rigsbee manifests excellence in advancing purposeful and high quality instructional goals and attainments. Dr. Rigsbee is an adroit and determined champion of academic values.

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Debbie Greenlee
Director of the Success Center at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Debbie Greenlee has demonstrated excellence in student support service at Cincinnati Sate for decades by providing responsive high-quality tutoring to our students for over thirty years. She is a great teacher of teachers, capable of turning inexperience student tutors into highly effective peer leaders, helping classroom faculty hone their one-on-one skills with students, and constantly helping experienced tutors to be more effective. Debbie is concerned with the students as whole people and works hard to build relationships with them turning almost every interaction into a “teachable moment” one way or another.

Jessica Johnson
Jessica Johnson
Assistant Professor of Nursing in the Department of Health, Human and Public Services at Clark State Community College

Jessie is an excellent educator who keeps student success at the heart of all she does. Students note she is always well-prepared for class, is knowledgeable, and cares about students. This past year she was instrumental is establishing a robust process for student representation in the nursing program so their voices were part of program discussions. Additionally, she eagerly accepts leaderships roles and welcomes opportunities for professional growth.

Jackie Webb
Jackie Webb
Administrative Assistant in the Department of External Relations & Communications at Miami University Regionals

In addition, to her normal day-to-day job responsibilities as an Administrative Assistant for External Relations & Communications, Jackie Webb helped support over 150 internal and external-facing events during the 2018-19 academic year. She also serves as secretary on the Miami Regionals Sponsorship committee helping to manage the committee’s budget so Miami Regionals can support over 100 activities touching 12 communities. Plus she has supported two job searches for new hires. The most significant part of her job is connecting students with donors to build long-lasting relationships. Yet, she still makes time for helping lost students find their way, giving an encouraging word or helping co-workers in any way she can, even if it means volunteering on her day off.

Kelly Evans-Wilson
Kelly Evans-Wilson
Executive Director of Student Affairs and Retention at Urbana University

Kelly Evans Wilson has demonstrated excellence in student success and student service in a number of ways. Kelly is an expert in leading a culture of student success. She goes the extra mile to address student needs both in and outside of the classroom, and to ensure a positive experience in our student interactions that lead to their success. Kelly initiated a program that required all students to take the True Colors (MBTI) assessment under the Socratic idea that knowing more about oneself is the gateway to wisdom. Linked the results of the True Colors assessment to our “Create, Engage, and Inspire Initiatives. Through assessment and the subsequent activities, students come to understand their strengths and individual differences, and learn lessons in how to work more effectively with others through student life programs related to their assessment results.

Kelly is an exemplar in providing support to her colleagues in delivering high-quality experience to students. She worked with our coaching staff to identify students who are most at-risk academically. And analyzed previous data, and used early performance to student persistence rate. Based on the results, she initiated a Knights Academy, academic bridge program. Knights Academy participants will receive academic support programs throughout the first semester of classes. The program design includes self-awareness and skill development activities including a PERTS assessment, goal setting, time management, problem solving, decision making, finance, and career assessment. The program serves as a compliment to the first year University seminar course.

Kelly also created a week long faculty and staff development program called True Blue & U Week. The program occurs one week before the arrival of new students on campus. A number of important objectives are met during this program. Faculty and staff demonstrate ways that Urbana University is a place and summarize the ways they intend to create opportunities for academic and co-curricular growth. Participants also discuss characteristics of Urbana’s students, review faculty and staff expectations, and discuss resources, policies, and procedures. The experiential activities she created enable faculty members to apply three learner-centered approaches for teaching Urbana students.

Audrey Wagstaff
Audrey Wagstaff
Associate Professor of Social Science at Wilmington College

Kelly Evans Wilson has demonstrated excellence in student success and student service in a number of ways. Kelly is an expert in leading a culture of student success. She goes the extra mile to address student needs both in and outside of the classroom, and to ensure a positive experience in our student interactions that lead to their success. Kelly initiated a program that required all students to take the True Colors (MBTI) assessment under the Socratic idea that knowing more about oneself is the gateway to wisdom. Linked the results of the True Colors assessment to our “Create, Engage, and Inspire Initiatives. Through assessment and the subsequent activities, students come to understand their strengths and individual differences, and learn lessons in how to work more effectively with others through student life programs related to their assessment results.

Kelly is an exemplar in providing support to her colleagues in delivering high-quality experience to students. She worked with our coaching staff to identify students who are most at-risk academically. And analyzed previous data, and used early performance to student persistence rate. Based on the results, she initiated a Knights Academy, academic bridge program. Knights Academy participants will receive academic support programs throughout the first semester of classes. The program design includes self-awareness and skill development activities including a PERTS assessment, goal setting, time management, problem solving, decision making, finance, and career assessment. The program serves as a compliment to the first year University seminar course.

Kelly also created a week long faculty and staff development program called True Blue & U Week. The program occurs one week before the arrival of new students on campus. A number of important objectives are met during this program. Faculty and staff demonstrate ways that Urbana University is a place and summarize the ways they intend to create opportunities for academic and co-curricular growth. Participants also discuss characteristics of Urbana’s students, review faculty and staff expectations, and discuss resources, policies, and procedures. The experiential activities she created enable faculty members to apply three learner-centered approaches for teaching Urbana students.



 

February Faculty and Staff Honorees


Richard Mansfield
Richard Mansfield
Electronic Resources Librarian for the D’Azzo Research Library at the Air Force Institute of Technology

Rich did an outstanding job overseeing projects highlighting research by AFIT faculty and students. He worked with librarians to complete citation analysis of faculty publications spanning 1995-2017. He managed an Academic Affairs project monitoring AFIT PhD research output after graduation. As administrator of the AFIT Scholar repository, he enhanced access and expanded the volume and variety of research included. His work has been crucial to AFIT as it prepares for its accreditation review in 2020.

Throughout this period, Rich received several emails from faculty and administration showing their appreciation for his “thoroughness” and “excellent work” as he completed these projects. “You guys in the library are so much fun to work with, and so responsive, love it” wrote one faculty member. “Wow! … I am impressed with the data you have collected. I think it will be very helpful,” wrote another.

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Kim Higginbotham
Asst. Prof. of Nursing, Asst. Dean/Director of Graduate Programs for the School of Nursing at Cedarville University

Under her leadership, the MSN program at Cedarville received its inaugural accreditation and has grown dramatically. Last year, she oversaw the addition of two new tracks in the MSN while juggling the role of Interim Dean of the School.

Cindy Sefton
Cindy Sefton
Director, Johnnie Mae Berry Library at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

In the her role as Director of the Johnnie May Berry Library Cindy Sefton is a valuable resource to the students and faculty at Cincinnati State but she is also the Administrative Advisor of the Food Pantry Team that assists students challenged by food insecurities. Cindy’s staff call her the heart and soul of the Library, her leadership keeps them focused on working collaboratively in the Library and around the College. Cindy’s colleagues rely on her quiet strength and guidance in navigating the many systems of the College.

Kerry Dowling
Kerry Dowling
Instructor of Nursing at Edison State Community College

Kerry Dowling is an exceptional faculty member who goes above and beyond to help her students be successful in the classroom. She is always striving to figure out how to be more innovative in helping her students learn and understand the course material. She created Blackboard Collaborate study sessions so that students could participate in a study group during evening hours, allowing them to stay at home and avoid the expense of a babysitter or gas for driving to campus.

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Dr. Brian Keane
Professor for the Department of Biological Sciences at Miami University Regionals

Dr. Keane has demonstrated excellence in all areas during his Miami career, but in particular we are choosing him as our Scholarship winner this year.

I am honored to nominate Dr. Keane for the Faculty Achievement in Scholarship Award. I have known Brian for 18 years and have personally observed his scholarly activities while at Miami University. In fact, our now-retired Provost, Dr. Phyllis Callahan, referred to Brian as a “rock star” – referring to his excellent scholarly activities. Personally, I do not believe one could receive much higher praise. Dr. Keane has contributed to the success of students and faculty of both Miami University Oxford and Hamilton campuses.

Dr. Keane’s goal as a scientist and educator is to better understand the natural world we live while at the same imparting a sense of the importance of scientific literacy and critical thinking not just to the students in his classes but to the community as a whole. Dr. Keane’s research efforts clearly contribute to him being a more effective teacher in the classroom. For example, as an active research scientist, Brian is able to include the most up-to-date hypotheses, concepts, and examples into the classroom that directly impacts better student understanding of what is being discussed in the classroom and how it applies to the real world.

Dr. Keane’s research interests focus on gaining a more thorough understanding of social and reproductive behavior in mammals, in particular, why individuals live with and mate with particular opposite-sex conspecifics. Most recently Brian has been conducting studies examining ecological and neurogenetic factors that may underlie individual differences in social and reproductive behavior of prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). These research efforts have resulted in securing over $1.1 million in extramural grants while at Miami University that include funding from prestigious agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition, Brian has secured over $35,000 in internal grant support for his research. Dr. Keane has published over forty peer-reviewed scientific publications (11 manuscripts published in the past 5 years) and 4 book chapters. Nearly 80% of the Keane lab’s publications include either undergraduate and graduate students as authors. Dr. Keane’s publications include high impact journals such as Journal of Mammalogy, Animal Behaviour, and Molecular Ecology. Dr. Keane’s research group has delivered 83 oral and poster presentations. In addition to high quality scholarship, Dr. Keane has devoted considerable time to mentoring students in scientific research. While at Miami, Brian has served as the major advisor to 7 graduate students (1 PhD, 6 MS) who have-completed or are-pursuing their degrees. Brian regularly serves on NSF panels to review grant proposals and well as serves as a reviewer for several scientific journals – Brian provided peer review of 7 journal articles this past year.

In summary, Dr. Brian Keane is an exceptional example of the kind of well-rounded, high quality faculty members we value at Miami University. Dr. Keane’s successful research program demands being current in the fields of social and reproductive behavior which ultimately filters into the classroom providing the most up-to date knowledge when teaching our biology students. This results in excellent teaching practices, advising, and service to the university and professional organizations. I strongly recommend Dr. Brian Keane for the SOCHE award for Faculty Achievement in Scholarship. I am proud to call him a colleague and a friend.

Dr. Shuang-Ye Wu
Dr. Shuang-Ye Wu
Professor for the Department of Geology at University of Dayton

The cornerstone of my research is interdisciplinary collaboration, which not only leads to better science and higher productivity, but also opens up new horizons and fosters deeper understanding. I have collaborated with colleagues from a variety of scientific fields such as geology and earth science (paleontology, sedimentology), biology, biochemistry and ice core research, both at UD and from other major US and international research institutions. Through such fruitful collaborations, my research has resulted in 35 peer-reviewed articles in high-impact journals (29 in the past five years), 5 book chapters, and 41 peer-reviewed abstracts in national and international conference proceedings (10in the past five years), as well as research grants totaling 1.8 million dollars.

Because of my expertise, I have been invited to give guest lectures at other universities and international conferences (five invited talks in the past five years), as well as talks targeted at the general public (five in the past five years). As an integral part of my research, I attach great importance to student mentoring. I have regularly supervised student research projects, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels, which have resulted in peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations by the students. After graduating from UD, many of my undergraduate students have gone into graduate programs. Finally, I believe that research should benefit society, and have always tried to make my research relevant to the local community. I have conducted research on the potential impacts of climate change on extreme storms, flood risk and water resource sustainability for the Dayton region, and made a conscious effort to communicate the results of my research to the public through contributions to local media and invited talks to the public.

Debbie Triance
Debbie Triance
Student One Stop Representative for the One Stop Center at Wilmington College

Debbie provides assistance and support to each student that comes in to the One Stop Center. Her kindness and concern for the student’s well being is exemplary. She is committed to providing the best customer service to the Wilmington College students with a caring heart.

Daniel Marous
Daniel Marous
Assistant Professor for the Department of Chemistry at Wittenberg University

In his personal statement, Danny explains how his view of effective teaching has evolved throughout his experiences as an undergraduate student, graduate student and as an educator. After learning about Bloom’s taxonomy as a student at Wittenberg, he realized “educators should analyze what type of learning they are trying to promote.” Danny describes how “motivating it [was]” knowing his professors cared about him as a student, but also the subject matter they were teaching. This has influenced him to build similar relationships with his own students starting with simply getting to know their names as early as possible in the semester. His goal is to “[emphasize] to the students that they matter, which motivates their learning.” During graduate school, Danny learned to model his lectures in a way that gives students “a framework on which to organize the material.” Danny also cites a question posed by one of his graduate school instructors that has shaped his teaching – “Are you teaching if the students aren’t learning?” Student evaluations, peer reviews, and self-administered surveys indicate that students are indeed learning in his classes and Wittenberg is fortunate to count Danny among our teaching faculty, and starting next year, among our tenure-track faculty.

Bret Billhardt
Bret Billhardt
Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations for the Department of Athletics & Recreation at Wittenberg University

From the day Bret stepped on our campus he made an immediate impact professionally and personally on our department. Bret has streamlined processes, build intentional collaborations with athletics across campus, and has become someone who people have come to know will step up and get the job done. Our atheltic department and University is a better place because of Bret’s influence. His work ethic is unmatched with any I’ve been fortunate to work with as is his passion and desire to be in service to others. Our University motto is, Having Light we Pass it on to Others.” Bret epitomizes this motto and embodies the spirit of what it means to be a true Wittenberg Tiger.



 

March Faculty and Staff Honorees


Dr. Brian J. Lunday
Dr. Brian J. Lunday
Associate Professor of Operations Research for Operational Sciences at the Air Force Institute of Technology

In 2018-2019, he delivered 8 sections of graduate courses to 127 MS and PhD students resulting in 225 credit hours. Quality of instruction rated by the students averaged an outstanding score of 4.89/5.00! In 2018-2019 alone, he advised 3 PhD and 4 MS students to graduation in 2019. Served on research committees for 2 PhD and 1 MS graduates. Currently advising 2 PhD and 3 MS students. He also is serving on 1 PhD and 3 MS research committees. He took the initiative to improve his teaching and the curriculum. He included more recent algorithmic techniques in two graduate courses. Dr. Lunday significantly increased the emphasis in three graduate courses on teaching students how to read and synthesize complex technical literature found in academic journals versus how one reads most textbooks. He also created a 4-credit advanced linear optimization graduate course which attracted students from across the Graduate School of Engineering and Management. For his many curricular developments to improve the education of uniformed Air Force Analysts, he received the 2019 Professor Ezra Kotcher Award from the Wright Memorial Chapter of the Air Force Association. In addition, he has been selected as the USAF Air University’s only nominee to compete for the USAF’s prestigious Lessons Learned Award. For the 2018-2019 academic year, Dr. Lunday achieved the #1 overall teaching performance of 25 instructors in the Department for the quality of his outstanding classroom instruction, his production of MS and PhD graduates, his mentoring of graduate students and for his efforts to improve our program’s curriculum.

RESEARCH: 5 new scholarly manuscripts published in rigorously-reviewed academic journals in 2018-2019, with 4 additional rigorously-refereed scholarly articles accepted for, and currently awaiting, publication.9 more articles that are currently under review for publication in scholarly academic journals. Provided extensive consulting/advisory/outreach and research services to the Joint Distribution Process Analysis Center (JDPAC), USTRANSCOM; the Joint Warfare Analysis Center (JWAC), USSTRATCOM; US Africa Command; and the Directed Energy Directorate of Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/RD). Made 11 presentations of research at conferences. Submitted research funding proposals to 2 organizations. Secured $159k in new research funding while managing a funded research portfolio of $293k.

SERVICE: Chaired the committee to revise the MS in Operations Research (OR) Curriculum. Briefed the Secretary of the USAF-appointed Study Panel on the value that our OR MS program brings to the USAF and the DoD. Chaired of the Graduate School of Engineering and Management Academic Standards Committee. Served as the Dean’s Representative on a student’s PhD dissertation defense. Served as an Associate Editor for the Military Operations Research Journal. Served as the Chair of the INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) Committee on Effective Subdivision Practices. Member of the INFORMS Subdivision Council. Served as Vice President (and President-Elect) of the INFORMS Military and Security Society. Served as the Chair for the Military and Security Cluster at the 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting. Served as a Technical Reviewer for 25 manuscripts for 13 different archival-quality technical journals.

Kelly Hellwig
Kelly Hellwig
Admin. Asst. to the Asst. Dean of Graduate Programs, School of Biblical and Theological Studies at Cedarville University

She has been instrumental in the launch of two graduate programs (MMin and MDiv) and serves administration, faculty, and students with competence and care.

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Dr. Amy Hobbs Harris
Professor of English for the Department of Humanities at Central State University

Dr. Amy Hobbs Harris is an excellent researcher and scholar, and administrative instructional leader. Dr. Hobbs Harris serves as English Writing Program Coordinator. Dr. Hobbs Harris undertakes research in American Literature, Composition and Rhetoric, Gender Studies, and African-American Literature. Dr. Hobbs Harris weaves together awareness of the needs and potential of students and instructional colleagues. Learning is advanced. People benefit because of her agency.

Mark Tiemeier
Mark Tiemeier
Department Chair of Biology at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Mark Tiemeier puts students first. His stated goals include making his courses accessible to students, welcoming all students to participate in the world of science as problem solvers. Because Cincinnati State is an open admissions institution, he views the institution as the “front porch of the Academy” and takes his role as a member of the welcoming committee very seriously. He actively involves students in their own learning, provides individual attention and is an engaging teacher.

Mark is also an enthusiastic leader. He began teaching Biology at the Middletown Campus, but after a short time, was known on the Clifton Campus because he gets involved. He has served as a co-emcee at Convocation, actively participates on the Celebrating Community committee and is a member of the Budget Advisory Committee in addition to his participation in the leadership of the Cincinnati State Chapter of the AAUP. Mark is an all-around faculty member, making himself available to students, faculty and the College as a whole to meet their needs.

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Dee Malcuit
Professor of Sociology for the Department of Arts & Sciences at Clark State Community College

Dee is a highly dedicated sociology faculty member, actively involved and engaged in student success and learning. She is passionate and loved by her students, always finding ways to challenge their thinking. She has written portions of sociology textbooks and encourages affordable options for all students. Her areas of focus include poverty, social change and intersectionality.

Christina Grote
Christina Grote
Senior Academic Advisor at Miami University Regionals

Christina Grote started at Miami Regionals in 2012 in the Middletown Admission office. She was in that position for two years and loved working with the incoming students. She wasn’t planning on leaving the position, but an opportunity opened up in the Advising office, and it felt like a natural switch. In 2014, she started working as an Academic Advisor at the Hamilton Campus and then became Senior Academic Advisor in 2017. When the admission office was short-staffed, it was only natural for Christina to volunteer to help, even though she was already taking on extra responsibilities within her own department.

Cari Gigliotti
Cari Gigliotti
Associate Professor of Chemistry at Sinclair Community College

Sheexpects the best from all of her students and works with them individually to lead them to success. She connects the course material to numerous real-life examples to help her students connect the concepts to their own experiences and goals. She uses process-oriented guided-inquiry learning to address complex concepts in General Chemistry. She is a leader in identifying open-source materials and adaptive technology support.

Brenda Jones, PhD
Brenda Jones, PhD
Department Chair, Communications & Behavioral Sciences at Urbana University

Dr. Brenda Jones is a professor of Communications at Urbana University.

Dr. Jones has helped to inspire creative activity across our entire campus community and enhance digital fluency of our faculty staff and students. She was the thought leader in creating a campaign for students, faculty and staff, and community members to have more opportunities to become more creative by establishing a creative campus concept and set of corresponding curricular, co-curricular, and work based activities at Urbana University. She introduced activities using Adobe Creative Cloud tools to create homecoming T-shirt designs through a competition, introduced a photography contest with multiple categories for various segments of our population, incorporated digital storytelling into the University Foundations course that included photography and the use of Adobe Spark. She incorporated media design components into a number of communication courses and embedded Photoshop and inDesign competencies in the course that leads to Adobe certification. Her work extended to high schools, junior high, and community members. Most significantly she created an Integrated Communications Agency arrangement and secured funding from a private organization for faculty and students to work on a digital campaign.

In summary, her work has become instrumental in our universities “create, engage, and inspire” strategy for all students.

Russell Kincaid
Russell Kincaid
Professor of Mathematics at Wilmington College

Russ has an extensive knowledge base of the topics he teaches and presents clearly and seamlessly while still managing his class(s) and engaging with his students. He demonstrates professionalism in the class room while still providing a comfortable environment for the students and interjecting his teaching with a wonderful sense of humor.

Elizabeth George
Elizabeth George
Professor of Physics at Wittenberg University

Dr. Elizabeth George continuously demonstrates her service and commitment to Wittenberg. She has always advocated for students and shows genuine care. The type of care shown by this year’s recipient and so many of the faculty here is what makes Wittenberg such an amazing place. Like past recipients, she demonstrates that excellence in teaching spans all aspects of Wittenberg’s curriculum. As the Chair of the Physics Department, Dr. Elizabeth George has grown not only students’ interest in this important field, but the value they place on a Wittenberg liberal arts education.



 

April Faculty and Staff Honorees


Dr. Benjamin F. Akers
Dr. Benjamin F. Akers
Associate Professor of Mathematics at the Air Force Institute of Technology

Dr. Akers has had four research articles accepted or appear in four different refereed journals. He uses his extraordinary knowledge of numerical analysis not only to establish new research results but also to help his students comprehend just how important and useful numerics can be in other fields of study. He incorporates realistic problems with an exceptional ability to lecture to hold student interest in class, and then provides generous office hours for one-on-one help.

Michael Shepherd
Michael Shepherd
Assoc. Prof. of Biblical Studies, School of Biblical and Theological Studies at Cedarville University

Dr. Shepherd is being recognized specifically for the excellence he has shown in the area of scholarship. He has published a major commentary on the Minor Prophets in the past year along with an article in a leading international journal for textual criticism of the Hebrew Bible.

Jeng-Hong Chen
Jeng-Hong Chen
Associate Professor of Business Administration at Central State University

I am nominating Dr. Chen for research excellence. His research productivity and in quality journals is excellent. Dr. Chen’s students enjoy his finance classes. He explains financial concepts to students in the methodical and detailed-oriented way. One student wishes that all her teachers could use the similar way to explain difficult concepts to students.

Marianne Niese
Marianne Niese
Program Chair of Human and Social Services at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Marianne Niese is one of those faculty members who always seems to be the answer to the institutional question “Who can . . .?” If we have a “Who can” question, Marianne seems to be the answer more often than just about any faculty member in the Humanities Division. An experienced advisor, counselor, classroom teacher of multiple disciplines, and now Chair of Cincinnati State’s new Human and Social Services Program, Marianne is one of those faculty members who is always finding new ways to serve the students and the college and we’ve yet to discover the limits of her talents.

John Hale
John Hale
Professor of Business and Applied Technology at Clark State Community College

John is a very forward-looking member of the faculty whose excellence in the classroom and dedication to his program and the success of his students makes him a truly outstanding faculty member. John is always willing and able to help. He truly is an asset for the college.

Aaron Renner
Aaron Renner
Systems Administrator I for Regional Technology Services at Miami University Regionals

Aaron Renner is Systems Administrator for Middletown campus but doesn’t know the meaning of no when a colleague needs help. Whether it is taking photos at an event, helping staff a booth during community outreach activities, or giving up his Saturday to drive a golf cart for campus guests, he is someone you can always count on. When his department was down three employees and searching for a new director, Aaron jumped right in, taking on extra duties to keep things running smoothly and still found time to volunteer. Most notably, Aaron took time to help a colleague he had not met yet who was recruiting at a community event in a park and having computer issues, even though Aaron just happened to be attending the event for fun.

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Dr. David Garippa
Assistant Professor of Biology and Biotechnology at Southern State Community College

Dr. Garippa is a professor of Biology and also leads the College’s Biotechnology Program. His commitment to providing excellent learning opportunities for students is unparalleled. He invests his time in bringing Biology to life for his students by providing amazing mobile museums for students to experience historic artifacts and texts, he creates real-world research experiences in forensics and biotechnology, and he freely shares his knowledge in a way that is inviting and contagious.

Dr. Garippa is a contributing member of the Southwest Ohio Bioscience Education Consortium. In this role, he assists in the coordination of the Annual Biotech Capstone Project Fair where hundreds of students convene to share their projects and network with industry leaders and scientists. Additionally, Dr. Garippa has assisted in the coordination of a robust articulation with a local four-year partner where students can ultimately earn their Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Biotechnology concentration.

Alan Ledford
Alan Ledford
Assistant Professor of Sport Management at Wilmington College

Alan is dedicated to the Wilmington College philosophy of “hands-on learning” and continues to provide opportunities for his students. Alan’s efforts are a key component in attracting and retaining students at Wilmington College. He strives to help students change their lives for the better not only through his teaching but also by providing them with academic experiences.

Beth Hallauer
Beth Hallauer
Academic/Administrative Assistant of Math, Computer Science and Honors at Wittenberg University

Beth Hallauer is an invaluable partner for the Office of Admission. Her drive and ability to collaborate, create, and consistently follow through make her a person who we are energized to work with. Because of Beth’s impeccable attention to detail, our incoming Honors students and their families have had more meaningful communications from the Honors program, creating a greater understanding of what it means to be a Wittenberg student. Beth has been a resource for many families coming in, and because of these connections, they specifically sought her out at Orientation days this summer. Beth makes things happen and has one of the best ‘can do’ spirits I have worked with, and she will always take it one step farther and not only do, but then document. There is no doubt in my mind that Beth Hallauer comes to work each and every day and embodies the Wittenberg ethos to dig deep and rise up. She embodies our motto and encourages all of the students she works with to pass their light on to others, and also to “Tiger Up!”



 

May Faculty and Staff Honorees


Tim Frazier
Tim Frazier
Executive Support Officer of Graduate School of Engineering and Management at the Air Force Institute of Technology

Mr. Frazier has been with the Graduate School of Engineering and Management for 5 years and throughout that time he has assumed increasingly complex and demanding assignments and managed all of them well. He is extremely knowledgeable about the organization and navigating the various channels to obtain needed information, resources, or support. He is always willing to lend a hand to any colleague that needs assistance and does so with a kind word and a smile. He is well-liked and positively regarded by his colleagues and throughout the institution, as well.

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Fran Campbell
Registrar at Cedarville University

Has served as Registrar for over 20 years, leading the office through transitions from quarters to semesters, college to university, and undergraduate to both undergraduate and graduate programs. Mrs. Campbell has a “can do” attitude, meeting each new challenge as an opportunity.

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Neisha Wiley
Counselor at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

Neisha Wiley connected with Mental Health America and through that partnership was able to bring Master level student interns from NKU, UC, and MSJ to work with students on our campus. Through this partnership our students at Cincinnati State have more resources and greater access to services. Some of these include case management, counseling, and stress and anxiety groups. This was a very critical partnership because of budget cuts and low staffing patterns. Neisha works with a local non-profit every year at the beginning of the school year and provides 150 back to school backpacks to our students that are Pell eligible. Each backpack is filled with school supplies that otherwise our students may not be able to afford. Neisha serves on our Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). Her role on the team is critical as she brings expertise which allows us to provide interventions that are impactful and appropriate.

Eileen Thompson
Eileen Thompson
Associate Professor of English at Edison State Community College

Marianne Niese is one of those faculty members who always seems to be the answer to the institutional question “Who can . . .?” If we have a “Who can” question, Marianne seems to be the answer more often than just about any faculty member in the Humanities Division. An experienced advisor, counselor, classroom teacher of multiple disciplines, and now Chair of Cincinnati State’s new Human and Social Services Program, Marianne is one of those faculty members who is always finding new ways to serve the students and the college and we’ve yet to discover the limits of her talents.

Dr. Jennifer Yamashiro
Dr. Jennifer Yamashiro
Teaching Professor of Humanities and Creative Arts at Miami University Regionals

Dr. Yamashiro has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to SERVICE in all areas. The narrative below outlines her achievements.Service: Students and Miami Community Professor Yamashiro consistently advises Honors students. She is also a faculty advisor for the Department of HCA (Art History and Community Arts) for the Regionals. She meets with students on a regular basis with a multitude of conversations regarding academic advising via email. She met with nearly 100 students in 254 advising sessions with over 400 email messages during 2017-18 academic year. This is an impressive amount of interactions with our students. For Professor Yamashiro, advising students does not stop with discussions about course scheduling, but continues with nominating students for awards, presentations, and employment. She mentors students as they apply for conferences, graduate schools, internships, fellowships, scholarships, and various professional opportunities. This is where advising becomes mentorship and this is where Professor Yamashiro shines brightest. Professor Yamashiro is a strong and effective student advocate. She was the Major Advisor for many undergraduate thesis projects through the Honors Program, which shows a deep commitment to student success. She participated in the RED Women Mentorship Program that fosters professional development in female students. She nominated 11 students and mentored one during that program. She was also nominated for the MUR Excellence in Advising Award by an Honors student.Professor Yamashiro also has much experience teaching outside of the classroom to various audiences. She has been a facilitator for the Wilks Leadership Institute and at the Student Leadership Recognition Dinner. She has been a panel presenter at “LCPL Promotion Workshop” and “Ten-Year Perspective: VAP, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer” for new faculty. She has also presented several times on such topics as; “Opportunities for Faculty in the University Honors Program”, “Coffee Hour” for RED Women, and “Best Teaching Practice Roundtable” for the CTL. She is always willing to share her knowledge and experience with the Miami community.Developing as a strong advisor is a time-consuming endeavor and Professor Yamashiro has dedicated herself to a continued effort to improve and provide students with information and strong experiences. She participates in the Mental Health First Aid Responders workshops on a regular basis and was a member of the Faculty Learning Community (FLC) for Mentoring Diverse Students where she researched and wrote a module called Advising Students with Socio-Economic Challenges. Professor Yamashiro has also become a Certified Clifton Strengths Coach which is benefiting our students as well. In addition to gaining certifications that improve her knowledge and experiences regarding advising, she also regularly and purposefully attends educational lectures such as; “Race in America: Bridging the Gap”, “Diversity and Inclusion Champions”, “Skills-Based Advising Strategies to Support Job Seeking College Students”, and the “Inclusion Symposium: Transcending the Boundaries”. Another important service to students and display of collegiality is guest teaching. Professor Yamashiro developed a unit on visual arts and the first amendment for the CJS 470Q: Free Speech course and led students through a photographic exercise for creating environments of personal significance for use in an assignment for BIS 201: Introduction to Integrative Studies. Cross-disciplinary interactions like these are wonderful experiences for students and healthy for the climate of the Regional campuses.With regards to retention, Professor Yamashiro regularly attends summer SOAR summer events, invites TRIO staff to her classes to discuss this program, and reports struggling students to SAGE. She works closely with Advising, Admissions, and Financial Aid to recruit students and in 2018 had personally telephoned 130 students. Her individual attention to these students is beneficial for the university.Professor Yamashiro has an extensive record of professional development activities related to service. She has participated in and attended events offered by the CTL in Middletown, the Office of the Provost, and the ELC, among others. Her commitment to diversity and inclusion is commendable. It is evident that she is not only collegial but also committed to developing her knowledge and skills within and without the classroom. Service: University (CLAAS, HCA, Honors)Professor Yamashiro has performed very strong service at all levels since she was promoted to Senior Lecturer. She has proven to be a valuable leader and consistent participate in various aspects of service. At the university level, she has served on the Honors Program Advisory Committee (HPAC) since 2014 and has been chair of that committee as well. She then served on the 2018 Search Committee for the Director of the University Honors Program. Professor Yamashiro has also served on the Joanna Jackson Goldman Scholarship Committee since 2012 and has worked extensively to revise many aspects of this award as well as reviewing the annual submissions. At the Divisional level, Professor Yamashiro has served on many committees. She is currently an elected member of the Executive Committee for the Regionals Faculty Forum and served on the Regionals Strategic Priority Committee for the Student Experience.For the Department of HCA, Professor Yamashiro has been an active member of several committees. She served as a member of the Chair’s Advisory Committee, the Assessment Committee for the Community Arts degree, and the Scholarship and Awards Committee. Her work for the department is always strong and she is an integral member of each committee she serves upon. Professor Yamashiro is deeply committed to service within the university and her strong committee service is commendable.In addition to committee service, Professor Yamashiro is also an advocate for students which is reflected in her choices in service activities and commitment to students at all levels; in the classroom, on committees, and in the community. She routinely nominates students for internal awards, scholarships, and special opportunities. Service: CommunityCommunity service is also important to Professor Yamashiro and she has a close relationship with the community in which she lives. She volunteers her time and expertise to the Union County Foundation Board of Directors to secure charitable funding and improve the lives of Union County residents. She also regularly visits the Union County High School to advise and present to students on matters related to attending college. She has worked with seniors at the school to provide them pertinent and useful information regarding their preparation for college. This is a great way to connect students to Miami University and begin them on a successful educational journey. Her presence in that school is an important recruiting tool. It is evident that engaging on all levels of service is a priority for Professor Yamashiro and her very strong service is appreciated and commendable. Service: ProfessionProfessor Yamashiro is an expert on The Kinsey Institute’s visual collections housed at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. The collection is based on the work of Dr. Alfred Kinsey who changed perceptions about human sexuality. Her expertise has been sought out and she is currently working on an essay for a British publisher regarding this rare archive. She also presented “Disturbing Female Sexuality: From Kinsey to the 21st Century” at the Popular Culture Association in Indianapolis in 2018. Professor Yamashiro’s knowledge, expertise, and professionalism weave into the pedagogy for all the courses she teaches at Miami and serves as an inspiration for our students. ConclusionProfessor Yamashiro is a valued member of the Miami community and has proven her continued commitment and excellence in Service. It is without reservation and with enthusiasm that I extend my support for Dr. Jennifer Yamashiro for the Faculty Achievement in Service Award.

Mia Hubbard
Mia Hubbard
Instructor of Communication at Sinclair Community College

She is highly effective in both face-to-face and online modalities. She understands the importance of the teacher-student relationship and works hard to ensure that students find her approachable as well as knowledgeable. Actively involved in helping students on our Costa Rica trip understood awareness and respect of other cultures. She has developed numerous assignments with related assessment rubrics that challenge and advance student learning related to the development of verbal, non-verbal and listening skills.

Dr. Yvonne Sun, Ph.D.
Dr. Yvonne Sun, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology at University of Dayton

Dr. Sun is nominated for her excellent record in the classroom, her dedication to her students, and her passionate pursuit of student learning.She engages her students and colleagues with commendable effort to enhance student learning and create the best possible learning environment. Dr. Sun goes above and beyond her duty for student learning and fully deserves this recognition.

Shana Loveless
Shana Loveless
Administrative Director of Academic Affairs at Urbana University

Shana Loveless has demonstrated excellence in student success and service by initiating and implementing dynamic strategies that support student goals for active engagement in the community and workforce.She took on additional responsibilities by assisting with the facilitation of Careers Services and by developing an infrastructure/database for internships and job opportunities for students and alumni. In support of our HR office, Shana established an On-Campus “Work Study” Job Fair to strategically promote on campus job opportunities, and helped to create a template for on campus roles using the True Colors proformas for jobs. This template has been employed by HR to classify all jobs based on MBTI strengths and preferences. This categorization will aid students in considering job opportunities based on either their strengths or the level of perceived challenge for them. She piloted the Creek Technology Summer Co-operative Program. The co-op is designed to integrate Urbana’s curriculum requirements with real-world experience, allowing students to graduate with relevant, meaningful skills upon entering the workforce. In creating the pilot, Shana assisted with the marketing of the program, pay model negotiation, and in establishing scholarships for the summer pilot with CreekTech.Shana has a talent for community outreach and for recognizing and capitalizing on partnership opportunities. She developed relationships with nearly 60 companies and organizations to provide paid work-based experiences for students. She established and hosted company information sessions on campus for students and alumni; held office hours to review and assist students and alumni with resume writing; and provided strategic resume guidelines, tips & tools; including follow-up strategy for individual students who sought her assistance. In making greater connections to the community, Shana initiated and led an effort with Berry Digital Solutions to implement an effective content strategy for the current screen displays on campus and for screens that are now in area businesses and schools. These screens display the University’s workforce development content that would be relevant to those respective audiences, promote university activities and events, and can be used for crisis communications.

Patti Kinsinger
Patti Kinsinger
Retired Head Reference Librarian of the Watson Library at Wilmington College

Patti has provided more than 20 years of excellent service to Wilmington College and it’s students. Patti has assisted so many students over the years by helping them with extensive research projects. She has been a constant positive influence for so many students. Patti is incredibly knowledgeable and is the corner stone of the Wilmington College Watson Library.

Jon Duraj
Jon Duraj
Sr. Associate Dean of Students, Student Development and COMPASS: Sweet Success Center at Wittenberg University

Jon’s contribution to the betterment of the student experience is remarkable and unparalleled by most at Wittenberg University. Students, faculty and staff across campus view Jon as a resource on the student experience and student success. It is a testament to his knowledge and expertise how much he is relied upon by all. He delivers real-time solutions that are creative and grounded in what Wittenberg students may need at any given moment. He is a living embodiment of the Wittenberg mission when he represents the University with both internal stakeholders and external stakeholders. He takes great pride advancing the mission of Wittenberg in his daily work and encounters with others. Jon is a tremendous colleague. It is an honor to work with someone with as much passion and pride for Wittenberg as he has.


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