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Art

  • Joel Collins
    Professor of Art
    Email: collinjr@mountunion.edu
    Work: (330) 823-2083

    Academic Degrees:
    B.A., Alderson-Broaddus College
    M.F.A., West Virginia University

    Fields of Expertise: art appreciation for the "lay person," general photography tips
  • Margo Miller
    Associate Professor of Art, Director of Crandall Art Gallery
    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

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Jeffrey Draves
    Professor of Chemistry
    Email: dravesja@mountunion.edu
    Work: (330) 829-6180

    Academic Degrees
    Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, University of Illinois
    B.A., Chemistry, Monmouth College

    Fields of Expertise: spectroscopy, laser spectroscopy, chemistry in general, atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric aerosols, climate change

  • Patricia Draves
    Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the University and Professor of Chemistry
    Email: dravesph@mountunion.edu
    Work: (330) 823-2690, Fax: (330) 829-2811

    Academic Degrees
    Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Illinois
    B.A., Chemistry, Mount Holyoke College

    Fields of Expertise: biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, chemotherapy drugs, higher education, national issues in higher education

  • 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

  • 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

  • Mark. A. Bergmann
    Manager of WRMU 91.1 FM
    Email: bergmama@mountunion.edu
    Work: (330) 823-3777, Fax: (330) 829-4913

    Academic Degrees
    M.A., Kent State University
    B.A., Communication, Mount Union College

    Fields of Expertise: broadcasting; audio and video production; broadcast news
  • Jamie Capuzza
    Professor 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
  • Fendrich Clark
    Assistant Professor of Communication and Africana Studies
    Email: clarkfr@mountunion.edu
    Work: (330) 823-2571

    Academic Degrees
    Ph.D., Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Duquesne University
    M.A., Communication Studies, University of Akron
    B.A., Accounting/Communication, Mount Union

    Fields of Expertise: public address, corporate communication, conflict management and negotiation, event planning

  • Len Cooper
    Assistant 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)

  • Harry Paidas
    Associate Professor in Residence of Communication, Department Chair of Communication; Interim Director of Center for Public Service
    Email: paidashp@mountunion.edu
    Work: (330) 823-6058

    Academic Degrees
    M.S.J., Journalism, Northwestern University
    B.A., English and Education, Mount Union

    Fields of Expertise: future of newspapers, never too old to run a marathon, Greek customs and traditions

  • Govind Shanadi
    Assistant Professor of Communication
    Email: shanadg@mountunion.edu
    Work: (330) 829-8215

    Academic Degrees
    Ph.D., Communication and Society, University of Oregon
    M.A., Mass Communication, University of Florida
    B.A., English, University of Georgia

    Fields of Expertise: mass media and society, Hollywood and the film industry, global mass media, media and politics

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Computer Science and Information Systems

  • Blase Cindric
    Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems
    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 and Information Systems, Department Chair of Computer Science and Information Systems
    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

  • Xiaoshu “Catherine” Han
    Assistant Professor of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration
    Email: hanx@mountunion.edu
    Work: (330) 823-7367, Fax: (330) 823-3248

    Academic Degrees
    Ph.D., Economics, University of Texas at Austin
    M.A., Economics, State University of New York at Binghamton
    B.A., English and International Business, Bejing Foreign Studies University

    Fields of Expertise: economics; health economics
  • Patricia Matthews
    Professor of Finance and Health Care Management, Division Dean of Professional Studies
    Email: matthepc@mountunion.edu
    Work: (330) 823-3275

    Academic Degrees
    D.B.A., Economics and Finance, Kent State University
    M.A., Economics, Kent State University
    B.S., Mathematics/French, Mount Union

    Fields of Expertise: finance, the use of financial derivatives for risk management, investment protection

  • Mark W. McConnell
    Assistant Professor 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
  • Raymond L. Posey
    Associate Professor of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration
    Email: poseyra@mountunion.edu
    Work: (330) 823-7362, Fax: (330) 823-3363

    Academic Degrees
    D.B.A., Business Administration, Cleveland State University
    M.B.A, Business Administration, Case Western Reserve University
    A.B., Materials Engineering, Brown University

    Fields of Expertise: finance: (banking, small business, farm debt and venture capital); econometrics; strategy

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Education

  • Melissa Askren Edgehouse
    Assistant Professor of Education
    Email: askrenma@mountunion.edu
    Work: (330) 823-3280, Fax: (330) 823-3363, 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, high quality professional development, educational policy
  • Mandy Capel
    Assistant Professor of Education
    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

  • Helen Muga
    Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
    Email: mugahe@mountunion.edu
    Work: (330) 823-5988

    Academic Degrees
    Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Michigan Technological University
    M.S., Chemical Engineering, Curtin University of Technology, Australia
    M.S., Environmental Engineering, Michigan Technological University
    B.S., Chemistry, University of Papua New Guinea, Papua New Guinea

    Fields of Expertise: sustainability, engineering sustainability, international development work, water and wastewater design and treatment, diffusion and adoption, engineering, energy systems (biodigesters)
  • Hans Tritico
    Assistant 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
    Assistant Professor of English, Director of the Writing Center
    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
    Associate Professor of English
    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
    Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing Across the Curriculum
    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
  • 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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Foreign 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
    Assistant 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

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Geology

  • Lee Gray
    Professor of Geology
    Email: graylm@mountunion.edu
    Work: (330) 823-3605, Fax: (330) 823-8531

    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
    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)

  • Santosh C. Saha
    Professor of History
    Email: sahasc@mountunion.edu
    Work: (330) 823-2482, Fax: (330) 823-3248

    Academic Degrees
    Ph.D., African History, Kent State University
    M.A., History (focus: modern Europe and world history), Calcutta University
    B.A., History (focus: European political thought, Asian, U.S. and European history), The University of London
    B.A., History (focus: Asian history, European history, western civilization), Calcutta University
    LL.B., English Law, Calcutta University
    A.C.P., Educational Psychology, Psychology, Methodology, The College of Preceptors

    Fields of Expertise: ethnicity; nation-building; human development and problems of developing nations; communal conflicts
  • Liangwu Yin
    Associate Professor of History, Director of Asian Studies Program
    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
    Instructor, Human Performance and Sport Business, Director of Athletic Training Education
    Email: bagleymc@mountunion.edu
    Work: (330) 829-8962

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

    Fields of Expertise: common athletic injuries, environmental health concerns i.e. heat illness, 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

  • Lonnie Lowery
    Assistant Professor
    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
    Assistant Professor of Human Performance and Sport Business
    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

  • 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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Music

  • Elaine Anderson
    Professor of Music, Coordinator of New Faculty Symposium
    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, Department Chair of Music; Interim Department Chair of Theatre
    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
    Associate 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
    Professor of 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 in America; development of British Invasion rock and roll; popular music and the Vietnam Conflict; music theory; the life and music of Louis Moreau Gottschalk; the life and music of Alliance-area composer D.W. Crist
  • Jonathon Willis
    Director of Bands, Music
    Email: willisje@mountunion.edu
    Work: (330) 823-2187

    Academic Degrees
    M.M., Performance (Trombone), Youngstown State University
    B.M., Performance (Trombone), Youngstown State University

    Fields of Expertise: administrating a band program, conducting, trombone, music composition and arrangement, computer languages

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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 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 and Chair of the Department 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 Program

  • Sharon Luke
    Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies Program, Department Chair and Program Director, Physician Assistant Studies Program
    Email: lukesl@mountunion.edu
    Work: (330) 823-4685

    Academic Degrees
    Ed.D., Higher Education and Adult Learning, Walden University
    M.S., Health Sciences, Cleveland State University
    A.A.S., Physician Assistant Program (Primary Care), Cuyahoga Community College
    B.S., Natural Sciences (Biology), University of Akron
    Department of Biology Graduate Program, Microbiology/Molecular Biology, University of Akron

    Fields of Expertise: physician assistant programs, physician assistant curriculum

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Political Science

  • William Cunion
    Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Studies
    Email: cunionwe@mountunion.edu
    Work: (330) 823-2450, Fax: (330) 823-3363

    Academic Degrees
    Ph.D., Political Science, University of Illinois
    M.A., Political Science, Ohio University
    B.A., Political Science, Xavier University

    Fields of Expertise: American government and politics: (presidency, presidential elections, public opinion, state and local politics, current issues)
  • 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
    Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies
    Email: schortg@mountunion.edu
    Work: (330) 823-3271, Fax: (330) 823-3363

    Academic Degrees
    Ph.D., Political Science, 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

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Psychology

  • Michael Knepp
    Assistant 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
    Assistant 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

  • Tamara Daily
    Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
    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
  • 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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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

  • Deborah J. Lotsof
    Professor of Theatre, Co-Coordinator of the LS 100 Program and Director of First Year Experience
    Email: lotsofdj@mountunion.edu
    Work: (330) 823-3886, Fax: (330) 823-8620

    Academic Degrees
    M.F.A., Costume Design, University of Illinois
    B.A., Theatre, Grinnell College

    Fields of Expertise: costume design; costume history; fashion; stage makeup; musical theatre; Gilbert and Sullivan

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