2017 Faculty Excellence Award Winners
Air Force Institute of Technology
Anthony L. Franz
Assistant Professor of Physics, Department of Engineering Physics
Lt Col Franz is dedicated to teaching. His course pre-flights provided student feedback to address sources of confusion. He provided 27 in-class demonstrations and ten hands-on activities that explored topics in optics and lasers, which engaged students and led to a student preparedness rate of 97%. His technical writing lessons resulted in a 10% improvement of laboratory report quality. His methods are the role model for new instructors and demonstrate his value to graduate education.
Carl R. Hartsfield
Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Dr. Hartsfield receives 4.80+ scores for enthusiasm and expertise in his rocket propulsion course, and 4.60 in his first time teaching our spacecraft design course. Across the board, students have rated Dr. Hartsfield highly (4.60) in improving their ability to think critically. He emphasizes not only the engineering science but the applications and system implications of the material. Dr. Hartsfield’s classes also cover how the current material fits with the larger fabric of aerospace engineering.
Dr. Douglas D. Hodson
Associate Professor of Computer Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Hodson is a popular teacher in his software engineering and experimental design courses. He is also an accomplished researcher. In the past academic year, he published eight journal articles and three conference articles and received almost $200K in funding. In service, he is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation and was a Special Issue Guest Editor. He is also AFIT/ENG’s High Performance Computing Representative. I can summarize all of this by stating that Doug Hodson is excellent because he excels in teaching, research, and service.
Dr. Brian J. Lunday
Associate Professor, Department of Operational Sciences
Since 2013, Brian taught nearly 2 graduate courses/quarter, receiving an average 4.91/5.00 evaluation for instruction quality. He developed research-tailored offerings in game theory, bilevel programming, and location theory. Garnering $327,875 of funding, Brian co-authored 12 peer-reviewed journal publications, 3 peer-reviewed conference proceedings, and 14 conference presentations, most of which included some of the 1 PhD and 11 MS students he advised through graduation. Currently advising 3 PhD & 4 MS students with 7 articles under review.
Dr. Michael Miller
Associate Professor of Systems Integration, Department of Systems Engineering & Management
In the past year, Dr. Miller has shown he is an immensely creative, and productive professor and researcher. His work garnered Best Human Factors paper at a national conference, he advised or was a committee member for 14 M.S. students and is currently advising 3 doctoral dissertations. He coauthored 4 refereed conference papers, 3 publications in print and 3 more which are pending. Most notably, Dr. Miller’s novel work resulted in a new patent in digital radar displays.
Jonah A. Reeger
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Mathematics and Statistics
Dr. Reeger has had seven research articles accepted or appear in refereed journals. He uses his research expertise and his penchant for careful analysis to present numerical methods in a clear, concise, and precise manner. His lessons are meticulously planned and executed so that the student gets the maximum use of his/her time in class. He gives weekly quizzes to encourage students to stay current on the homework and their understanding of the course material.
Cooperative Education Instructor, Cooperative Education
Beth Bridgeman's service to the college is hard to categorize. She has created new courses that speak to student passions and interests; written grants that enrich the cultural life of the college and community; and assisted student leaders on Community Council in cultivating literal and figurative spaces for students empowerment at Antioch College. Her classes often create celebratory communal moments that help faculty, staff, and students feel a sense of belonging within the Antioch community; an important component of retaining both faculty and students in these challenging times.
Cooperative Education Instructor, Cooperative Education
Brooke Bryan has made extraordinary contributions to Antioch College, and her work to support the communications efforts of students, the co-op department, and the college, is nothing short of visionary. Brooke is dedicated and strategic in her approach to realizing visionary ideas. The committee wants to recognize, especially, Brooke's work on: the Antioch Engaged website, which effectively highlights great work from all over the college; her support and mentorship of student writers for The Record; and co-founding the Mellon Foundation-funded Oral History for the Liberal Arts, which has supported many Antioch College students to do extraordinary and wide-ranging research projects.
Assistant Professor of Media Arts, Arts
Kelly Gallagher's politically charged, animated documentaries have had remarkable success this year, no doubt because they resonate with the political urgency of our current moment. The committee especially wants to recognize that their successes are not limited to film festivals and art venues; a short film of hers has also been featured on the website of The Nation. Furthermore, Kelly continues to make extraordinary solo works, while she also contributes to prestigious, artful, and politically relevant feature documentaries. Kelly's long list of recent and upcoming artist talks including a commission from Adobe to lead an online workshop for politically-engaged youth demonstrates the importance and timeliness of her work.
Associate Professor of Biology & Environmental Science, Sciences
Kim Landsbergen exemplifies the collaborative, experiential, and interdisciplinary spirit of Antioch College. She immerses her students in primary and secondary scientific literature to help them understand the state of cutting edge science while also offering diverse opportunities for hands-on work. She nurtures partnerships across the disciplines, perhaps most notably fostering collaborations between the arts and sciences. Kim is a dedicated mentor, making ample time for students, helping them secure internship and co-op placements, and supporting them in their post-graduate endeavors.
Assistant Professor of Political Economy, Social Sciences
Sean Payne puts student agency, application of knowledge, and democratic process at the forefront of his teaching. He makes skilled use of experiential, applied, and simulation activities, helping students understand concepts in a way that transcends lectures. He has designed classes that respond to institutional challenges, allowing students to apply their learning to campus issues such as shared governance and student space. The theoretical tools, coupled with critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, prepare students to analyze and creatively address problems in the wider world.
Assistant Professor of Mathematic & Statistics, Sciences
Flavia Sancier's research in mathematics demonstrates a keen interest in working within the field on a wide range of contemporary topics including predictive analytics for emergency response and board games. She has also collaborated with a colleague in social sciences and co-authored a paper with her student on end of life health management. She views problem-solving as a central approach for her research, exemplifying Antiochian values of praxis and service. Flavia incorporates her research in her teaching, and creates exciting collegial connections for Math to come alive in our curriculum and beyond.
Antioch University Midwest
Chair, Undergraduate Studies
Sonya Fultz has demonstrated outstanding service to the university through her dedication to serving the needs of students through partnerships with local community colleges and a critical redevelopment of the Undergraduate programs at Antioch University Midwest. Sonya puts students center and has developed advising protocols and orientation processes that have increased enrollment and retention.
Chair, Education and Interdisciplinary Studies
Hays Moulton serves as Chair of Education Advanced Programs and Interdisciplinary Studies. Prior to higher education Hays was a middle school principal and educator. Hays has translated his administrative skills to leading programs that are both low-residency and campus-based and he is dedicated to teaching. AUM students benefit from his many years of experience in the education field, his gentle humor, and his commitment to challenging them to examine issues of equity and social justice.
Chair, Education - Special Education
As a Program Chair Dr. Nobel is dedicated to preparing effective new teachers in the areas of special education. Michele focuses her teaching on the professional standards and encourages students to reflect upon their own practice and beliefs. She is always available to talk to students and personally advises her cohorts. Michele understands the responsibility of educators and ensures that her students know to build inclusive classrooms in all grades and across disabilities.
Chair, Management - Graduate
Dr. Oliver is the Chair of Management programs at the graduate level and also teaches across the academic division. Rand has a thorough knowledge of business theory and has extensive life and work experience. He is dedicated to the process of learning, both in and outside of the classroom. Rand is able to translate that passion to his students and they appreciate his challenging and creative approach to teaching.
Clinical Faculty, Education
Dr. Sharp serves as Clinical Faculty in the Antioch University Midwest Department of Education. Denise is a recent member of the faculty but has already demonstrated a dedication to collaboration and a commitment to service. She serves on the Campus Curriculum Committee, Vice Chair of the Faculty Assembly, and coordinates the year-long clinical experience for all students. In addition, Dr. Sharp works closely with an educational foundation in South Africa to provide access and technology to students in remote locations.
Core Faculty, Library Director - Library
Dr. Shaw is the Director of the Antioch University Midwest McGregor Library. Steve is passionate about the library being a student hub on campus and has made it a space filled with coffee, witty conversation, and research. The McGregor Library also houses the Dizney Writing Center that supports students in scholarly writing. Steve is Chair of the Curriculum Committee, serves on taskforces and search committees and is the liaison with Ohiolink and other professional associations.
Dr. Melissa Burns
Assistant Professor of Biology, Science and Mathematics
Dr. Burns teaches large enrollment anatomy and physiology courses with individualized attention to help all learners succeed. She strives to get to know each student, providing focused attention both in lab and office hours. Dr. Burns uses her medical experience to advise many pre-med students in professional development and career plans.
Associate Professor of Information Technology Management, School of Business Administration
Dr. Delano is the master at innovation in the classroom; he is constantly introducing new hands-on experiences to help the students relate to the topic. For example, in the freshman introductory business class he created a website with a fictional company that would allow the students to create their own products with a 3D printer and "sell" the product online. This enabled the students to see how each business discipline fit into the picture.
John R. Gilhooly
Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Theology; Director of the Honors Program, School of Biblical and Theological Studies
Dr. Gilhooly is an excellent teacher that is sought out by students from all majors. His Socratic teaching style engages students in critical thinking and in collaborative learning. He also advises dozens of students through their honors' curriculum.
Distinguished Professor of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
Tim has served at the School level on our ABET Assessment Committee, Student Scholarship Committee, Tenure Committee, and Faculty Research and Scholarship Committee. He has served the University on the Graduate Programs Committee, Ed Policies Committee, Graduate School Policies Committee, and Faculty Academic Advisory Committee. Tim received the Faculty Teaching Effectiveness award from our Academic Vice President in 2008. Tim has published 16 refereed articles and presented 34 papers at conferences since coming to Cedarville in 2003. He received the Faculty Scholar of the Year award in 2009.
Professor of German and Linguistics, English, Literature, and Modern Languages
Dr. Shaver spearheaded our linguistics major about 5 years ago; it's now the largest major in our department. She maintains our TESOL endorsement and has proposed a Master's in TESOL, which is currently under consideration. She has more advisees than any other faculty member in our department and serves as the advisor for German Club.
Denise Simpson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences
Dr. Simpson was one of the founding advisors for SNAPhA, a professional pharmacy organization. The Cedarville University School of Pharmacy (SOP) Chapter has already garnered national attention as a result of their activities.
Dr. Simpson has an active research agenda which was in part supported by a competitive New Investigator's Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. This research has resulted in the publication of one manuscript earlier this year and a second manuscript has just been accepted for publication. Additionally, she has been granted three patents, the most recent of which was in May, 2017.
Central State University
Dr. Kathleen Allen
Assistant Professor of Voice, Fine and Performing Arts
Dr.Kathleen Allen has transformed the voice studio here at Central State University with her superb command of vocal pedagogy, technical skill and total musicianship. Since her arrival her students have gone on to win and place in the top three positions at the National Association of Teachers of Singers (NATS). As director of the opera workshop she has developed engaging student performances that showcase her excellent teaching.
Associate Professor, Business Administration
Dr. Bashir has demonstrated excellence in research and service. To date, she has published 5 peer-reviewed journal articles, 2 peer-reviewed conference proceedings, 24 conference presentations, and 1 book review. She has co-authored several grants with a total ask value of about $1m. Prof. Bashir serves as the adviser of the Business Honor society and on several committees in the College of Business and University. I am delighted to nominate Dr. Saima Bashir for this award.
Assistant Professor, Business Administration
Dr. Kitenge has published a 3 peer-reviewed journal articles, another 7 articles in various stages of review/rewrite/resubmit process. He has also co-authored research grants with an ask value of about $700,000. A recent graduate with only 2 semesters under his belt, Dr. Kitenge has demonstrated excellence in research and teaching.
Dr. Arunasalam Rahunanthan
Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
Dr. Rahunanthan has been serving as Program Coordinator of the Depart. of Mathematics & Computer Science since Spring 2016. He also has been representing Central State University in State of Ohio Math Initiative. He has been an excellent teacher, and he stands out in his way of teaching and connecting with students. He has received the NSF's Research Initiation Award of $300K for "Uncertainty Quantification of Multi-Phase Porous Media Flows on GPU's" for three years.
Assistant Professor, Business Administration
Prof. Berry-West's service to our College and University demonstrates excellence. She is committed to our students and the mission of our school. She constantly volunteers for assignments and then performs them with excellence. She serves on our Business Advisory Council as the faculty representative.
Cincinnati State Technical & Community College
College Credit Plus Teacher, Mathematics
Despite teaching math for over 30 years, Mike has never settled into routine. He is continually looking for new ways to improve his classes and motivate his students. Mike is energetic and has an infectious enthusiasm for the subjects he teaches. His classes are never boring, and are full of lively exchanges between him and his students on whatever he is teaching that day.
Professor Johns developed BIO 100, a course which prepares students to take our Anatomy and Physiology courses, but more than that, prepares them for their Health and Public Safety Major. Professor Johns assists students to successfully study, take tests, critically think and more are part of this course. The course has resulted in better prepared students for the Health and Public Safety programs. She has used the BIO 100 course as the cornerstone of a pathway into health careers for the students in local high schools who take College Credit Plus courses through the college. She has spent hours of her own time describing the program and assisting it's adoption in schools as well as training high school educators to deliver the course and serving as a resource for these individuals while they are teaching for the college.
Dr. Sara Shierling
Dr. Shierling takes the time to get to know her students and is able to keep students involved the entire semester. She relates projects, assignments, etc. to the student's major, going out of her way to set up outside experiences to reflect "real world" applications. In teaching Management courses, Dr. Shierling goes out of her way to break down information so that students can apply concepts to their job/career.
Paula Kirch Smith
Program Chair, Business Management/Marketing/Hospitality
Paula is active in external professional organizations and has volunteered for several internal committees, many times taking leadership roles. When Paula steps up to help out, she walks up a ten foot ladder. She quickly learns new roles and consistently looks for process improvements. Paula applies theory with practice in her classes so that students can see the value in what they are learning and how it will affect them in their professional careers.
Cooperative Education Coordinator, Cooperative Education - Middletown
As a Co-op Coordinator, Tanya works with students with a variety of academic disciplines and backgrounds helping them connect with Middletown employers and the surrounding area. She takes a very individualized approach to working with each student. It starts with understanding their career motivations, working on their professional resume, and connecting them to employers. When the student is working with their Co-op Employer, Tanya monitors the student's professional growth through guided reflection and conducts a site visit to discuss their progress with the student's supervisor. Tanya takes her work very seriously trying to be the best resource for her Co-op students as she connects them to the local economy. Her role is to help the student take the education from the classroom along with their career aspirations and help make that a reality. Tanya is also in a unique position working with a variety of academic programs and employer bases connected to those academic programs. She is a true professional who cares about her work and cares about the students. She is an asset not only to Cincinnati State but she is an asset to students helping them get their start in the professional world.
Professor, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Received the College's House-Bruckmann award for Teaching Excellence in 2017, Faculty advisor to Society for Women Engineering (SWE) club, Community involvement includes: Girls Scout's Invent IT/Build It, Girl's STEAM Academy, runs First LEGO League at Cincinnati State, and she Chairs College's Academic Policies and Curriculum Committee.
Clark State Community College
Dr. Melinda Mohler
Associate Professor, History
Dr. Mohler is an excellent professor of history, engaging students in meaningful experiences in the classroom. She has a passion for her students and provides a fun way to learn history. She has developed open educational resources to reduce the cost of history courses for students, and as Faculty Senate President and co-director of the Honors Program, Dr. Mohler is active in the college community. She is a great asset to the college.
Instructor of Anatomy and Physiology, Biology
Elisa Ratliff is an excellent instructor who engages students in their learning. She has made numerous enhancements in the instructional and evaluation activities in both the traditional and online/hybrid formats of the Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiology courses. Elisa also orients, mentors, and performs classroom observations of all adjunct faculty teaching these courses, including classes offered via College Credit Plus. She is an excellent mentor who provides constructive feedback for improvement in a way that it is always welcomed by her colleagues. Students seek out course sections in which she is assigned to teach.
Associate Professor Computer Software, Business and Applied Technology
Diane is an active faculty member, she has served as co-chair on the Completion Committee and Assessment Committee as well as several sub-committees. Diane serves as a mentor and has done a tremendous job of designing and teaching the Adjunct and Full time Orientation Courses.
Diane is a dedicated hard working, caring faculty member. She always makes herself available to her students and is always willing to help any situation. Diane is an asset to the college and to this division. The college is very lucky to have her as a faculty member.
Edison State Community College
Assistant Professor of Allied Health, Allied Health
Vickie Kirk is an excellent faculty who is held in great regard by her students and fellow faculty. She has participated in a number of service activities including serving as Academic Senate Secretary and Edison State Education Association Treasurer, enrollment events for STEM fields and high school outreach programs. Vickie successfully submitted a grant that allowed her to purchase new laboratory equipment and she continues to enhance the Phlebotomy program in order to maintain a 100% certification student pass rate. Vickie is truly an outstanding member of the Edison State faculty.
Dr. T.R. Ruddick
Professor of Communication and Humanities, Communication
T R Ruddick is an outstanding faculty whose extensive knowledge leads to greater success for his students and is a continual source of information for his fellow coworkers. He has presented and chaired discussion panels at the Humanities Education and Research Association Annual Conference. Furthermore, he has participated in a significant number of service activities at Edison State including: admissions, scholarships, and SSLI committees, AQIP systems portfolio generation, and mentoring numerous College Credit Plus high school instructors, among other activities. T R is an indispensable asset to Edison State, and we appreciate all that he does.
Associate Professor College & Medical Libraries, Library
In her librarian role she has always been a tireless investigator of the newest information resources for faculty and students, attending numerous conferences and forging relationships with vendors to get Kettering the best possible deals on products. She is constantly on the lookout for resources that will make student and faculty jobs easier. Her dedication to our students has spanned the decades and her love for them doesn't end at graduation. She continues to demonstrate her dedication through her alumni responsibilities, and fosters connections with not only current and former students, but also with the community at large. Teresa embodies all that is great about Kettering College and radiates KC pride with her unbridled enthusiasm. Teresa has had significant involvement with the local community in her role as the alumni director. Her passion is contagious and cherished.
Miami University Regionals
Dr. David J. Berg
Professor, Biological Sciences
Dr. Dave Berg is a nationally renowned scholar in invertebrate zoology. He has a stellar publication record, with 49 articles in prestigious peer-reviewed journals, as well as 57 conference presentations (including 22 invited presentations). Many of his articles and presentations include undergraduate students as co-authors. Perhaps Dave's most admirable quality is that he wants everyone to be as successful as he is; his mentoring of students and junior colleagues is simply nonpareil.
Assistant Professor, Social & Behavioral Sciences and Geography
Dr. Jiang uses numerous innovative approaches in her teaching including online video tutorials, course portfolios, group presentations, and scaffolded writing assignments. Graduating seniors have recognized Dr. Jiang's impact on them in the graduation survey, and she uses multiple forms of student feedback to improve her teaching. She has incorporated service learning components into her geographic information systems course, thereby giving students the opportunity to use real-world problem solving skills through engagement with the local community.
Dr. Wenxi Liu
Associate Professor, History and Humanities and Creative Arts
Professor Liu is a strong advocate for his students, and he uses feedback from multiple types of teaching assessments to continually update his course materials and delivery to reflect contemporary issues in history and globalization. He has gone above and beyond his regular responsibilities in order to work with and support our Chinese English language learners on our Middletown campus.
Adjunct Instructor, Humanities & Creative Arts and Music
Jim McCutcheon has been teaching music since the late 1970s. He has taught at seven different institutions in the region, and he has authored five books, one guitar series, 10 articles, an arrangement, and six recordings. He has been recognized with at least 17 awards for his achievements as an artist, as an educator, and as a volunteer. Jim brings all this expertise and experience to the classroom, where students acknowledge his enthusiasm, passion, and kindness.
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Stephanie Nicely is an innovative and inspiring teacher who implements engaging teaching strategies that foster positive student relationships. She is passionate about service-learning and works tirelessly on partnering with over a dozen community agencies, so that each student is immersed in an outcome based project that benefits the community. Consistent with her own reflective nature as a teacher, she creates opportunities for students to reflect upon these experiences to significantly impact their learning.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences
For several years now, Gina has played a central role in diversity programming at Miami University's Middletown Campus. She has worked intensely to provide experiences for our students that improve their intercultural awareness. These experiences include programs such as an "Ask a Muslim" panel; events featuring women refugees from southwest Ohio; talks on diversity in STEM disciplines; women's health programming; and book discussions.
Sinclair Community College
Assistant Professor, Medical Assistant Technology
Dr. Atkinson uses multiple learning resources to engage students in challenging and demanding courses. Dr. Atkinson serves as Program Director and enthusiastically mentors her co-workers and demonstrates her willingness to give back.
Sarah EW Finch
Assistant Professor, Biology
Dr. Finch is devoted to improving instruction and student success by learning and implementing new pedagogy, developing curriculum, and using innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
Assistant Professor, Humanities, Government and Modern Languages
Dr. Hayden developed a multi-faceted approach to teaching and learning that incorporates experiential learning. She uses a variety of assessment methods to accommodate different ways of accessing learning. Committed to student development and community service.
Richard Kyle Jones
Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems
Dr. Jones maintains multiple certifications in computer security serves as a textbook reviewer for multiple works and has designed curriculum for over a dozen classes. Dr. Jones has been regularly featured in the news and on social media for cybersecurity tips.
Professor, English & Literature
Sinclair awarded Professor Tyler with the Faculty Scholar of the Year award for her publications and scholarship.
Southern State Community College
Assistant Professor, Business/Accounting
Travis is an exceptional faculty leader. He engages with his students and frequently steps up to assist the institution in various committees and capacities. He is a member of the SSLI team and is fully committed to student success, retention, and completion.
Toni is a leader within her department and a champion for students. She has been instrumental in piloting new initiatives and leading important discussions related to placement and developmental education.
Union Institute and University
Dr. Linwood Rumney
Professor, General Education - Literature
Dr. Rumney has made a big difference at our university in a very short time. He has completely revamped the "international Crime Fiction" course to include more technology and more student interaction. In addition, he has served on two very important curriculum committees; he as recently appointed Chair of thr Undergraduate Curriculum Review Committee. Most recently, he was asked to serve on the University Strategic Planning and on the Cincinnati Enrollment committee.
University of Dayton
Anne Crecelius, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Health & Sport Science
Dr. Crecelius teaches two of the most challenging courses in the undergraduate Exercise Physiology and Pre-Physical Therapy programs, Physiology and Research Methods. She has published a total of ten published articles since starting her tenure track position at UD. Several of these journal articles were published in high impact journals: Exercise and Sport Science Reviews, Journal of Physiology, and American Journal of Physiology. Dr. Crecelius is an active member of university, unit, department, community, and professional association committees.
Dr. Kenya Crosson
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Dr. Kenya Crosson 2017 has been a pillar in the UD School of Engineering Community since she started here at UD. Although she has been actively engaged in service to both her profession and to the university, she is being nominated primarily for her service that has contributed to creating inclusive excellence at UD.
Dr. Crosson serves as a mentor for many Minority Engineering students supports the Diversity in Engineering Center in whatever capacity that is asked. Dr. Crosson is one of the most reliable faculty members in the School of Engineering when it comes to supporting, providing mentorship, being present, and being a role model for prospective, current, and alumni female and minority engineering students.
Recently, Dr. Crosson has taken on the additional responsibility of being the LTC Fellow for faculty development in Diversity and Inclusion.
Professor, Religious Studies
A prolific author -- 4 monographs, 38 peer-reviewed articles, 15 book chapters, and dozens of reviews -- Dennis has been an intellectual leader in ecclesiology in the contemporary period. He is an expert on the Catholic Church after Vatican II, a frequent guest professor at several universities (including University of Regensburg and the University of Augsberg in Germany), and an internationally recognized scholar.
Associate Dean for Collections and Operations, University Libraries
With bachelor's and master's degrees in classics, a doctorate in classical philology, and a master's in library science, Fred Jenkins was destined for research excellence. His most recent book, Ammianus Marcellinus: An Annotated Bibliography, 1474 to the Present, has been called an indispensable reference tool. A previous book won a national award. He has written dozens more chapters and articles in the fields of classics and librarianship, often collaborating with junior faculty.
Dr. Charles Russo
Professor, Ph.D. Program Director, and Panzer Chair at UD, Educational Administration
Dr. Russo is an internationally known speaker and author in the area of school law. He has traveled the globe extensively, lecturing in Australia, China, South Africa, and Egypt just to name a few. He has several books to his credit and is probably the most prolific author of journal publications at the UD. Dr. Russo is an outstanding teacher, always earning high praise from students. Finally, he is tireless in encouraging others to publish. He is a credit to the academy.
Andy, who is chair of the English Department, has been a leader on campus and in the Dayton community with important service contributions. He has been important to many initiatives at UD, such as the Presidential Visioning Group and the Sexual Misconduct Education Working Group Implementation Team. In Dayton, he is an Associate Board Member at the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, where he plays a major role in organizing events surrounding the Dayton Peace Prize.
Professor of Mathematics, Math
Bill has been on the faculty at Wilmington College since 1969. He is a wonderful professor and mentor to students. He goes the extra mile to make sure they can all be successful at whatever level they are at. He co-directs the Math Center as well.
Jeff has taught a wide variety of courses including, Statistics, Personality, Community Psychology, Testing, Psychological Research, providing engaging courses for psychology majors and for our general education program. Most recently, he developed a WittSem entitled "Why People Believe Weird Things" that has been well received. Students benefit from Jeff's classroom dynamics and his willingness to engage with them, addressing their questions and facilitating understanding and application of psychological concepts. Jeff has been a very productive scholar with over 60 publications and almost 90 conference presentations, involving collaborations with students and colleagues at Wittenberg, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and the University of Arkansas. His research has wide scope, exploring psychology of battered women, job and student burnout, vocational interests, timesharing or, multitasking, eating disorders and road rage. Jeff blends his teaching and his research, offering the students opportunities to apply their course work and to develop their skills in research.
Scott has blended his artistic talent and excellence in teaching to engage and involve students in creating their own art and in service to the community. He is engaging and accessible in the classroom, teaching the students not only the basics of art, but also to strive for excellence. He ties this commitment to service in the community, coordinating an ever-growing Empty Bowls event each year. His artwork has been displayed world-wide, including galleries in Europe, Asia and Africa in addition to North America. He is continually engaged in learning and developing, most recently exploring surface decoration and design in ceramics.
Beth Sorensen, Ph.D., RN
Director of Nursing, Nursing
Dr. Sorensen has researched needs to improve BSN program access in the community; has served our student body, Clark State Community College, and Springfield by forging forward with a successful Nursing Pathway program where students begin year 1 of a baccalaureate degree at Wittenberg University, obtain their Associate Degree in Nursing during years 2 and 3, and return to Wittenberg to finish their bachelor's degree in year 4 which she teaches with expert enthusiasm.
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Nancy is an organized and engaging teacher, instilling in her students a love of psychology. She continually strives to meet the students where they are and help them to develop toward excellence in the material, all while fostering their interest in psychology and in learning. Nancy works closely with students in the classroom and in the laboratory, involving her students in her own research and using these opportunities to continually foster excellence and stimulate the students to achieve their goals.
Wright State University
Dr. Pola Gupta
Professor, Raj Soin College of Business, Dept. of Marketing
Has been Raj Soin College of Business Outstanding Marketing Professor for 8 of the past 10 years. Overwhelming positive evaluations from the students. He provides real world, hands on experience for his students. He is highly respected by his past and current students. Many of his past students wrote letters to express how impactful and important he has been to their success in college and in their career. Directed two undergraduate Summer Research Projects in which students were awarded highly competitive scholarships. Generated over 25-30 student internship opportunities. Co-authored academic papers with undergraduate students. Authored scholarly publications in teaching. He demonstrates outstanding skills as a teacher and adviser. Was awarded the Robert J. Kegerreis Distinguished Professor of Teaching Award 2016-2017.
Joe Tritschler, Ph.D.
Lecturer, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Dept. of Biomedical, Industrial and Human Factors Engineering
He has been recognized by his students with college level teaching awards as a graduate students and GTA. He won the Presidents Award for Faculty Excellent 2014-15 and the SOCHE award 2014-2015. He won the Presidents award for Outstanding NTE Faculty: Teaching 2016-17. He demonstrates leadership inside and outside the classroom. He is responsible for 200 undergraduate students per semester and still funds time for significant service to the university. He is one of the most highly regarded teachers in the College of Engineering Computer Science. He is accessible to all his students and goes above and beyond to help with their understanding of the material.
University of Dayton
Patty Alvarez, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Students and the Director of Multicultural Affairs for Student Development
Dr. Alvarez’s assiduous work and collaboration in the crucial area of multicultural affairs resulted in the development and implementation of the Division of Student Development’s Diversity Strategic Plan; an increase in student and staff multicultural knowledge, awareness and skills; the development of a multicultural framework and reflection and planning tool; increased intercultural engagement and learning opportunities using intergroup dialogue; critical programming involving Students of Color and Public Safety officers; establishment of a comprehensive student life experience at UD’s China Institute; and the creation of innovative programs and resources to assist underrepresented populations be more successful in college.
Wright State University
Assistant Director of Bolinga Black Cultural Resource Center Programs at Wright State University
Youth Services Librarian for the Greene County Public Library (Formally Director of First-Year Programs at Wright State University)
Coordinator of First-Year Programs at Wright State University
The Tunnel of Oppression, Wright State University
The Tunnel of Oppression at Wright State University was recently reorganized by Nycia, Catherine, and Kim. The Tunnel of Oppression provides an opportunity for first-‐year students to share a profound active learning experience about diversity and oppression reduction. Many students remember their fall semester Tunnel “aha” moments as a critically important part of their first year at WSU. Sometimes students are unaware that one or more of the following even exist, until they participate in the tunnel: ableism, religious discrimination, sexism, lookism, racism, classism, mental health stigma, veteran status, homophobia, transphobia, cis-‐genderism, and genocide. The final room of the tunnel, “How to be an ally,” helps students begin to envision themselves as advocates, active bystanders, or allies.