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Art Human Performance and Sport Business
Biology Mathematics
Chemistry and Biochemistry Music
Communication Nursing
Computer Science Philosophy and Religious Studies
Economics, Accounting and Business Administration Physical Therapy
Education Physician Assistant Studies
Engineering Political Science
English Psychology
World Languages and Cultures Sociology and Criminal Justice
Geology

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Art

 

Margo Miller
Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art
Email: millerm@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-2086

Academic Degrees
B.F.A., University of Akron
M.F.A., Kent State University

Fields of expertise: Painting, drawing, design, color theory, digital media, graphic design

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Biology

 
 LaScola

Phillip LaScola
Instructor of Biology
Email: lascolpv@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-8160

Academic Degrees
B.S., Exercise Science, Mount Union College
M.S., Education of Exercise of Physiology, University of Akron
A.B.D., Exercise Physiology, Kent State University

Fields of Expertise: cardiovascular physiology, cardiac rehabilitation, electocardiography.

 Mav

Spiro Mavroidis
Assistant Professor of Biology
Email: mavrois@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-3649

Academic Degrees
B.S., Biology, Cleveland State University
M.S., Biology, Cleveland State University
Ph.D., Regulatory Biology, Cleveland State University

Fields of Expertise: animal physiology, herpatology (reptiles and amphibians, especially in Ohio), evolution, ecological physiology (the interaction between an animal's physiology and its environment), animal adaptation, biology in general (at the organismal level)

 McEl

Amy McElhinney
Assistant Professor of Biology
Email: mcelhial@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-8742

Academic Degrees
B.A., Biology, Wartburg College
M.S., Biology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Ph.D., Biology (molecular, cellular and developmental biology), Indiana University

Fields of Expertise: molecular biology, developmental biology, marine biology, invertebrate biology, general biology

 McClau

Chuck McClaugherty
Professor of Biology, Co-Director of Environmental Science and Director of the John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center
Email: mcclauca@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-3655, Fax: (330) 823-8531

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Forest Ecology, University of Wisconsin
M.S., Environmental Science, University of Virginia
B.S., Cornell University

Fields of Expertise: ecology, environmental science, sustainability

 Risley

Kim Risley
Associate Professor of Biology, Department Chair of Biology
Email: risleykm@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-3656

Academic Degrees
B.S., Microbiology, North Dakota State University
Ph.D., Microbiology and Immunology, East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine

Fields of Expertise: biofilms, microorganisms, molecular biology, immunology

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Chemistry and Biochemistry

 

Buth

Jeffrey Buth
Assistant Professor
Email: buthjm@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-4130

Academic Degrees
B.A., Chemistry, Augustana College
Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, University of Minnesota

Fields of Expertise: analytical chemistry, aquatic environmental chemistry
 Miller, Keith

Keith Miller
Assistant professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry
Email: millerkr@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-6153

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., University of North Carolina
B.S., University of Mount Union

Fields of Expertise: biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, immunotherapy, antibiotics, vaccines, immunology

Carolyn Reid

Carolyn Reid
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Email: reidcs@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-3680

Academic Degrees:
Ph.D., Organic Chemistry, Tulane University
B.S. Chemistry, University of West Indies, Jamaica

Fields of Expertise: synthetic organic chemistry and Green chemistry

 Woodward

Robert Woodward
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Email: woodwarl@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-3768

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., synthetic organic chemistry, The Ohio State University
B.A. and B.S., The Ohio State University

Fields of Expertise: organic chemistry, carbohydrates and their chemistry, antibiotics, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, virulence of bacteria

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Communication

 
Capuzza

Jamie Capuzza
Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication
Email: capuzzja@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-3862, Fax: (330) 829-6806

Academic Degrees
Ph.D, Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, Ohio State University
M.A., Rhetorical Theory and Criticism, Ohio State University
B.A., Communication, Mount Union College

Fields of Expertise: women’s rights; feminism; masculinities; media; minorities; transgender identities and expression

Cooper

Len Cooper
Associate Professor of Communication
Email: cooperlj@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-2143

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Journalism and Communication, The Ohio State University
M.A., Mass Communication, University of Akron
B.A., Public Relations, University of Akron

Fields of Expertise: social media, multimedia storytelling (shooting, editing and producing video for the web)

Andrea Ferraro 

Andrea Ferraro
Assistant Professor of Communication
Email: ferraran@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-6803

Academic Degrees:
Ph.D., Urban Policy and Public Affairs, The University of Akron
B.A., M.A., Communication, The University of Akron

Fields of Expertise: public relations, integrated marketing communications, strategic issues management, crisis communication, differences between the public and private sectors, leadership, shopping center industry

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Computer Science

 

Blase Cindric
Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Computer Science
Email: cindricbb@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-6649

Academic Degrees
M.S., Computer Science, Pennsylvania State University
B.S., Computer Science and Accounting, Westminster College

Fields of Expertise: relational database technology, computer programming languages, computer graphics, web design

Kenneth Weber
Professor of Computer Science
Email: weberk@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-8703

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Computer Science, Kent State University
M.A., Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.S., Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S., Mathematics, Kent State University

Fields of Expertise: parallel/GPU computing

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Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration

 
 

Mark W. McConnell
Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration
Email: mcconnmw@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-3173, Cell: (330) 565-3602

Academic Degrees
M.B.A, Business Administration (focus: marketing), Tulane University
B.S., Marketing, Youngstown State University

Fields of Expertise: advertising; corporate social responsibility; marketing strategy; hospitality marketing

 Bill Schweizer

Bill Schweizer
Assistant Professor and Professional in Residence, Management
Email: schweiwp@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-5984

Academic Degrees:
M.B.A., Management, The University of Akron
A.B., Chemistry, Saint Louis University

Fields of Expertise: operations management, energy technology, health care, leadership development

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Education

 
 

Melissa Askren Edgehouse
Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Education
Email: askrenma@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-3280, Cell: (330) 268-3632

Academic Degrees
Ed.D., Leadership Studies, Bowling Green State University
M.Ed., Administration and Supervision, Ashland University
B.A., Elementary Education, University of Mount Union

Fields of Expertise: educational technology, assessment, evaluation and data, leadership in education, professional development, educational policy, accreditation

 

Mandy Capel
Associate Professor of Education, Director of the MAEL Program
Email: capelml@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-8159

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Kent State University
M.A., General Education, Marygrove College
B.A., Elementary Education, Mount Union

Fields of Expertise: leadership, curriculum design, creativity, communication

 

Jennifer Martin
Assistant Professor
Email: martinjl@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-3196

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Educational Leadership, Oakland University
M.A., English Literature, Eastern Michigan University

M.L.S., Women’s Studies, Eastern Michigan University
Ed.S., Administration and Leadership, Oakland University

B.A., English, Philosophy and Education, University of Michigan-Dearborn


Fields of Expertise: curriculum and instruction, culturally responsive pedagogy, sexual harassment, Title IX, women and leadership, service learning, at-risk students, English education/literacy

Ernest Oluwole Pratt
Associate Professor of Education
Email: pratteo@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-2753, Fax: (330) 823-3363

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Mathematics Education, University of Tennessee
M.Ed., Mathematics Education, University of North Texas
BS, Chemistry, University of Sierra Leone

Fields of Expertise: techniques in instruction and classroom management; making mathematics accessible to all students; using manipulatives to help struggling students learn mathematics; using technology, including the internet and ilearnohio as platforms for teaching mathematics; multicultural education; understanding diversity (race, culture, language, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status) and how it impacts education; equity in education and making education accessible to all students regardless of background

 

Peter Schneller
Professor of Education
Email: schnelpl@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-8223

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Teacher Education, University of Idaho
M.S., Reading Specialist, University of Akron
B.A., English and Speech, Wittenberg University
B.S., Elementary Education, Kent State University

Fields of Expertise: creativity, comparative education, middle school pedagogy, integrated curriculum, adolescent development (cognitive, social, moral, physical, emotional and psychological)

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 Engineering

 
Chad Korach

Chad Korach
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Email: korachcs@mountunion.edu

Academic Degrees:

Ph.D., Northwestern University
B.S., M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology

Fields of Expertise: engineering materials, tribology, composites, suface coatings and wear

 

Hans Tritico
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
Email: tritichm@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-4132

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., University of Michigan
M.S., Washington State University
B.S., University of Michigan

Fields of Expertise: water resources engineering

 

Osama Jadaan
Professor and Chair of Department of Engineering
Email: jadaanos@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-5989

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., The Pennsyvania State University
M.S., Pennsylvania State University
B.S., Pennsylvania State University

Fields of Expertise: finite element analysis, probabilistic design and reliability, desgn against mechanical failure (fatigue, creep, wear, fast fracture), fast fracture and time-dependent probabilistic analysis and design of ceramic materials, structural mechanics

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English

 
 

Michelle Collins-Sibley
Professor of English
Email: sibleymg@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-3259, Fax: (330) 823-3363

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Binghamton University
M.A., Intercultural Communications/Translation, Monterey Institute of International Studies
A.B., Comparative Literature, Stanford University

Fields of Expertise: African-American, African, American (Early and 19th Century) and post-colonial literatures, literary and critical theory, slavery and the Atlantic slave trade, underground railroad, black Diaspora culture, black women writers, womanist theory, translation (French and Portuguese to English)

 

Danielle Cordaro
Associate Professor of English, Director of the Digital, Written and Oral Communication Studio
Email: cordarda@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-4893

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., English, Purdue University
M.A., English, Western Michigan University
B.A., English, Western Michigan University

Fields of Expertise: teaching writing, administering a writing center

 

Rodney Dick
Director of the Integrative Core
Email: dickrf@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-4792

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Rhetoric and Composition, University of Louisville
M.A., English, University of Louisville
B.A., English and History, Gonzaga University

Fields of Expertise: writing, professional writing, writing for businesses, technical writing, rhetoric, the history of writing, publishing and editing, visual rhetoric, document design

 

Gwen G. Schwartz
Associate Professor of English 
Email: schwargg@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-3188, Fax: (330) 823-3363

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Rhetoric, Composition and the Teaching of English, University of Arizona
M.A., English, Morehead State University
A.B., English and Comparative Literary Studies, Occidental College

Fields of Expertise: second language writing, first-year composition, teaching writing, rhetorical analysis, writing across the curriculum, writing in the disciplines, basic writing, writing program administration, grammar, science writing, creative writing, multilingual writers, Vietnamese writers, research in writing, ethnographic research, large-scale writing and speaking assessment, professional development workshops on teaching with writing, fake news

 

Michael Olin-Hitt
Professor of English
Email: olinhimr@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-3192

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
M.A., The Ohio State University
B.A., Otterbein University

Fields of Expertise: fiction reading of original novel or short stories, the elements of story, how to write a short story, the story as a means to structure a novel, getting published in fiction, Native American Creation Stories, wisdom literature and parallel sayings from wisdom teachers

 

Frank Tascone
Assistant Professor of English
Email: tasconf@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-8216

Academic Degrees
M.A., Bowling Green State University
M.F.A., University of North Carolina-Wilmington
B.A., Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Fields of Expertise: approach to and appreciation for creative writing, Western Reserve history, culture and literature

 

David Thiele
Assistant Professor of English
Email: thieleds@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-3780

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., English, Boston College
M.A., English, Boston College
B.A., English, Kenyon College

Fields of Expertise: the novel Dracula, liberal education, Victorian Britain

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World Languages and Cultures

 

Mark Himmelein
Professor of German
Email: himmelm@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-8704

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Foreign Language Education, University of Akron
M.A., German and Educational Administration, University of Pittsburgh
B.A., German and Business Administration, Baldwin-Wallace College

Fields of Expertise: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, German politics, German economic issues, German-American relations

Bertrand Landry
Associate Professor of French
Email: landrybd@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-3215

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., French Language and Literature, Boston University
M.A., French Literature, Miami University, Ohio
Maîtrise
, English Literature, Université de Bourgogne, France

Fields of Expertise: French culture, 17th century French literature, pedagogy, French cuisine, French colonialism, WWII in France, French language

Litong Chen

Litong Chen
Assistant Professor of Chinese
Email: chenli@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-3179

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Chinese Linguistics, The Ohio State University
M.A., Chinese Linguistics, The Ohio State University
B.A., Chinese Linguistics, Renmin University of China

Fields of Expertise: Chinese dialectology, contact linguistics, language documentation, Chinese language pedagogy

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Geology

 
 

Lee Gray
Professor Emeritus of Geology
Email: graylm@mountunion.edu


Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Paleontology, University of Rochester
M.S., Paleontology, University of Rochester
B.A., Colgate University

Fields of Expertise: geology; paleontology; earth history

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History

 

Theresa Davis
Instructor of History
Email: davistm@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-3153, Fax: (330) 823-3363

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., History, University of Akron
M.A., History, University of Akron
B.A., History and Religion, Mount Union College

Fields of Expertise: American, women’s and African American history

Louis Rees
Associate Professor of History
Email: reeshl@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-3257

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
M.A., The Ohio State University
B.A., The Ohio State University

Fields of Expertise: history of Eastern and Central Europe, history of Russia and the Soviet Union, early modern Europe, 19th
century Europe, contemporary Europe (20th and early 21st centuries)

Liangwu Yin
Associate Professor of History
Email: yinli@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-2236

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., History, Washington University
M.A., Asian History, Washington University
M.A., American History, University of Missouri

Fields of Expertise: China, U.S. relations with China and East Asia

 
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Human Performance and Sport Business

 

Morgan Bagley
Professor, Human Performance and Sport Business, Clinical Education Coordinator
Email: bagleymc@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-8962

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, Kent State University
M.A., Exercise Physiology, Kent State University
B.S., Athletic Training, Mount Union College

Fields of Expertise: Anterior Cruciate Ligament Return to Play Research, Common athletic injuries, environmental health concerns, athletic training profession in general

Beth Canfield-Simbro
Associate Professor of Human Performance & Sport Business
Email: canfieba@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-4667

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Public Health, The Ohio State University
M.P.H., Public Health, The Ohio State University
B.S., Biology, Wright State University

Fields of Expertise: public health, health behavior, sexuality, school health

Jim Kadlecek 

Jim Kadlecek
Associate Professor of Sport Business, Director of the Sport Sales Workshop and Job Fair
Email: kadlecjc@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-4054; Cell: (330) 428-0457

Academic Degrees:
Ed.D., Sport Administration, University of Northern Colorado
M.A., Sport Administration, University of Northern Colorado
B.S., Business Administration, University of Northern Colorado

Fields of Expertise: sport industry ticket sales and service, corporate sponsorship, analytics/business intelligence

Lonnie Lowery
Associate Professor, RD, LD
Email: lowerylm@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-4129

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, Kent State University
M.A., Exercise Physiology, Kent State University
M.S., Nutrition and Dietetics, Kent State University
B.S., Fitness Specialist, Kent State University

Fields of Expertise: nutrition, resistance training, weight control/fat loss, dietary supplements

 

Ron Mendel
Professor of Exercise Science, Program Director -Exercise Science
Email: mendelrw@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-4765, Fax: (928) 962-7007, Cell: (330) 962-7007

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Exercise Physiology, Kent State University
M.A., Education, Walsh University
B.S., Biology, Walsh University
Fields of Expertise: exercise; sport performance training; sports nutrition

Bruce Pietz
Assistant Professor of Human Performance and Sport Business
Email: pietzba@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-4746

Academic Degrees
Ed.D., Education, St. Mary’s University of Minnesota
M.A., Physical Education, Minnesota State University
B.S., Physical Education, Minnesota State University

Fields of Expertise: K-12 physical education, importance of physical activity on physical, social and emotional well-being, how to structure before and after-school physical activity programs, impact regular physical activity has on cognitive development and test scores, various physical education teaching strategies for all grades, importance of assessment in K-12 physical education, how to structure various assessment strategies in K-12 physical education

Nathan Saunders 

Nathan W. Saunders
Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
Email: saundenw@mountunion.edu

Academic Degrees:
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
M.A., The Ohio State University
B.S., University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Fields of Expertise: Functional fitness testing for older adults, fall risk assessment, fall prevention programs, body composition assessment, weight management

Kelsey Scanlon
Instructor, exercise science, and Healthy Campus Coordinator
Email: scanlokf@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-4127



Fields of Expertise: exercise performance, basic nutrition, stress tests, blood pressure and wellness

James Thoma
Director of Sport Business
Email: thomaje@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-4772
Cell: (330) 614-8848

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
M.S., The Ohio State University
B.S., Grove City College

Fields of Expertise: international sport, Olympics

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Mathematics

 
Mike Zwilling

Michael Zwilling
Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics
Email: zwilliml@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-3648

Academic Degrees:
Ph.D., Biostatistics, Case Western Reserve University
M.S., Statistics, University of Illinois
M.A., Mathematics, Eastern Illinois University
B.S., Mathematics, Eastern Illinois University

Fields of Expertise: statistics, public opinion polls, clinical trials

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Music

 
 

Elaine Anderson
Professor and Chair of the Department of Music
Email: andersem@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-2147

Academic Degrees
D.M.A., Cello Performance, University of Alabama
M.M., Cello Performance and Music Theory, Manhattan School of Music
B.M., Public School Strings, Concordia College

Fields of Expertise: cello, classical music, orchestral music, conducting; strings, music theory

Patricia Boehm
Professor of Music
Email: boehmp@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-6641

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Music Education, Kent State University
M.M., Opera Production, Florida State University
B.M., Voice and Opera, Jacksonville University

Fields of Expertise: music education in America, the classical singer’s voice and literature

Maira I. Liliestedt
Professor of Music
Email: liliesmi@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-2195, Fax: (330) 823-2144

Academic Degrees
D.M.A., Piano, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
M.M., Piano, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
B.M., Piano Performance, Bowling Green State University

Fields of Expertise: piano; piano technique; piano pedagogy; piano repertoire; music history; teaching piano; differences and similarities between the educational approaches in Eastern Europe and the U.S.

 

Jerome Miskell
Professor of Music
Email: miskeljp@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-6658

Academic Degrees
D.M.A., Music Composition, University of South Carolina
M.M., Music Composition, University of Akron
B.M., Music Performance (Viola), University of Akron
B.M., Music Composition/Theory, University of Akron

Fields of Expertise: music technology, online education, Irish fiddle music, music of Gustav Mahler, orchestral management

James Perone
Associate Dean of the Faculty and Margaret Morgan Ramsey Professor in Music
Email: peroneje@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-2128, Fax: (330) 823-2144

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Music Theory, State University of New York at Buffalo
M.A., Music Theory, State University of New York at Buffalo
M.F.A., Clarinet Performance, State University of New York at Buffalo
B.M., Music Education, Capital University

Fields of Expertise: music theory, clarinet, woodwind music, American music, popular music, development of rock music, protest music

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Nursing

 

Nezam Al-Nsair
Associate Professor, Director of Nursing, and Department Chair
Email: alnsaine@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-4141

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Nursing, University of Cincinnati
M.S.N., Nursing, Villanova University
B.S.N., Nursing, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan

Fields of Expertise: Nursing practice and curriculum; healthcare; student learning assessment and program assessments; online learning; curriculum mapping and development; institutional accreditation; international and cultural issues (in particular, Middle East culture, language, politics, religion)

 
   
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Philosophy and Religious Studies

 

Scott Gravlee
Associate Professor of Philosophy & Religious Studies
Email: gravlegs@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-2490

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Philosophy and Humanities, Stanford University
B.A., Philosophy, University of Washington

Fields of Expertise: biomedical ethics, ethical theory, history of philosophy, applied ethics

 

Susan Haddox
Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Email: haddoxse@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-2768

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Hebrew Bible, Emory University
M.Div., Pacific School of Religion
M.S., Biological Sciences, Stanford University
B.A., Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Gustavus Adolphus College

Fields of Expertise: the Bible, gender and religion, religious music

Nicole Johnson
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Email: johnsonl@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-6808

Academic Degrees
Th.D., Practical Theology, Boston University School of Theology
M.A., Applied Theology, Wheeling Jesuit University
B.A., Religion and Political Science, Westminster College

Fields of Expertise: Christianity (history, theology, ethics); peace and social justice; religious conflict and peacebuilding

 

Ivory L. Lyons
Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Email: lyonsil@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-2469, Fax: (330) 829-8178

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Religion, Claremont Graduate University
M.A., Religion, Claremont Graduate University
M.Div., Bethel Theological Seminary
B.S., Interdisciplinary, Morehouse College
B.S., Manufacturing Engineering, Boston University

Fields of Expertise: world religions; African Americans religious traditions; Native American religious traditions; theology; African American studies

 

Paul Tidman
Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Faculty Director of the First Year Experience
Email: tidmanpa@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-2489

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
B.A., University of Delaware

Fields of Expertise: epistemology (theory of knowledge), philosophy of religion, contemporary metaphysics and logic

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Physician Assistant Studies

 
Ryan Adler

Ryan Adler
Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies
Email: adlerry@mountunion.edu
Office: (3300 829-8959

Academic Degrees:
M.S. Physician Assistant Studies, University of Mount Union
B.S. Athletic Training, University of Toledo

Fields of Expertise: NSCA Certified strength and conditioning specialist, certified athletic trainer, critical care medicine, ulcerative colitis, Crohns disease, pouchitis, pancreatitis

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Physical Therapy

 
Salvatore

 

Megan Salvatore
Director of Clinical Education
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Email: salvatmd@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-2538

Academic Degrees
DPT, Physical Therapy, Wheeling Jesuit University
M.S., Physical Therapy, Wheeling Jesuit University
B.S., Biology, Wheeling Jesuit University

Fields of Expertise:
Certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation.  Neurology, geriatrics, amputee rehab, balance, fall risk reduction, safe patient handling.

Volansky

 

Matt Volansky
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Email: volansmt@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-4159  

Academic Degrees
DPT, Physical Therapy, Northeastern University
M.B.A., Healthcare, Baldwin-Wallace University
B.S., Physical Therapy, Medical College of Ohio | University of Toledo

Fields of Expertise:
Orthopedics, translational bioinformatics, clinical decision support, electronic health record systems, telehealth, interdisciplinary team development, entrepreneurial vision, patient centered care.

 

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Political Science

 

Michael Grossman
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies
Email: grossmmo@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-8740, Fax: (330) 823-2397

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., International Studies, University of South Carolina
M.A., Political Science, Northeastern University
B.A., International Relations, George Washington University

Fields of Expertise: Foreign affairs; U.S. foreign policy; international politics; Russian politics; Ukranian politics

Lori Kumler
Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies
Email: kumlerlm@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-4133

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Natural Resource Policy and Behavior, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment
M.S., Resource Policy and Planning, University of Michigan
M.A.T., Secondary Social Studies Teaching, Tufts University
A.B., Public Policy, Educational Studies, Brown University

Fields of Expertise: youth civic engagement, Brazil's water policy; environmental education, teaching civic engagement, sustainability, role of social science and natural science in addressing environmental issues, climate policy/climate adaptation

Francis Schortgen
Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Studies
Email: schortf@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-3271, Fax: (330) 823-3363

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Political Science (Comparative Politics/International Relations, with Asia focus), Miami University
M.B.A., Business Administration (focus: international business and corporate strategy), National University of Singapore
M.A., Asian Studies, University of San Francisco
B.A., Political Science and History, Miami University

Fields of Expertise: politics and political economy of East Asia; U.S.-China relations; China and democratization; energy politics (focus: China and Russia); globalization of Chinese enterprises; Chinese political economy; emerging market dynamics; global trade and investment; global competition; emerging markets, China-North Korea relations, Northeast Asian security issues

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Psychology

 

Tamara Daily
Lewis Miller Professor of Psychology
Email: dailyta@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-2457, Fax: (330) 829-8108

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.A., Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.A., Psychology, Ohio Wesleyan University

Fields of Expertise: social psychology

Michael Knepp
Associate Professor
Email: kneppm@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-6645

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Developmental and Biological Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
M.S., Developmental and Biological Psychology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
B.S., Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh

Fields of Expertise: anxiety and worry, temperament, stress, cardiovascular system research, neuroscience/biological psychology, neuropsychological testing, autonomic nervous system, informed consent

Kevin Meyer
Associate Professor of Psychology
Email: meyerkj@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-8114

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Human Development and Family Science: Marriage and Family Therapy, The Ohio State University
M.S., Human Development and Family Science: Early Childhood Development, The Ohio
State University
B.A., Psychology, The Ohio State University

Fields of Expertise: marriage and family therapy, humor, child development, child psychopathology, general mental illness, diagnosis and treatment

Melissa Muller
Associate Professor of Psychology
Email: mullermd@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-2873

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., Biopsychology, Kent State University
M.A., Biopsychology, Kent State University
B.S., Psychology, California Lutheran University

Fields of Expertise: animal cognition and behavior, learning and conditioning

Kristine Turko
Associate Professor of Psychology
Email: turkoks@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-2557

Academic Degrees
Ph.D., cognitive psychology, Lehigh University
M.S., Cognitive Psychology, Lehigh University
B.S., Psychology, Drexel University


Fields of Expertise: cognitive psychology: attention, memory and language, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), Autism: training of behavior specialists

 

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Sociology and Criminal Justice 

 

 
Andy Bain 

Andy Bain
Director of Criminal Justice Studies
Email: bainaj@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-2477

Academic Degrees:
Ph.D. Criminal Justice, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
MSc., Criminal Justice, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Pg. Diploma, Psychology, The Open University, United Kingdom
Pg. Certificate Training and Learning in Higher Education, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
B.Sc. Sociology and Psychology, University of Southamption, United Kingdom

Fields of Expertise: crime and behavior, gangs and organized crime, crime signs, policing and communication, community policing, road traffic behavior, punishment and offenders, corrections and community

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Student Accessibility Services

 

Karen Saracusa
Director of Student Accessibility Services
Email: saracuka@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-7372, Fax: (330) 829-8737

Academic Degrees
M.Ed., Rehabilitation Counseling Education, Kent State University
B.A., Individual and Family Studies, Kent State University
A.A., Liberal Arts, Cuyahoga Community College

Fields of Expertise: disability, disabilities and the transition to college, disabilities act, physical accessibility, disability etiquette

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Theatre

 

Kevin P. Kern
Assistant Professor
Email: kernkp@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 823-3875

Academic Degrees
M.F.A., Acting, Brandeis University
B.A., Drama, California Lutheran University

Fields of Expertise: Shakespeare, acting in and the production of live theatre, film, television

   
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