Tristin Tokos ‘15

Tristin Tokos ‘15

Major: Financial Mathematics
Hometown:Paris, Ohio

I think Mount Union is different because of the relationship between the students and the faculty. I feel very comfortable asking any professor for help and it is especially nice when a professor, outside of class, calls me by my name.

Experts Guide

Art History
Biology Human Performance and Sport Business
Chemistry and Biochemistry Music
Communication Nursing
Computer Science and Information Systems Philosophy and Religious Studies
Economics, Accounting and Business Administration Physician Assistant Studies
Education Political Science
Engineering Psychology
English Student Accessibility Services
Foreign Languages and Cultures Theatre
Geology  

Art

 
Collins

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

 
 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
 Draves, Jeff

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

 Draves, Patricia

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

 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

 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

 
Bergmann

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

Capuzza

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

Cooper

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)

Paidas

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

Shanadi

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 Center for Writing and Oral Communication
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

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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)

 

Timothy Beitzel
Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing
Email: beitzetg@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-4146

Academic Degrees:
M.S.N., Nursing, South University; Savannah, GA
B.S.N., South University; Savannah, GA
Diploma-RN, Nursing, Aultman Hospital School of Nursing; Canton, OH

Fields of Expertise:
Nursing education and curriculum development; trauma and emergency nursing; cardiovascular nursing; healthcare and integration of technology/simulation into nursing education.

 

Samantha Naug, MBA, BScN, RN
Director of Nursing Laboratory and Clinical Experiences/Instructor
Email: naugsm@mountunion.edu
Work: (330) 829-4144

Academic Degrees
M.B.A., Management, Walsh University
BScN, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Laurentian University, Canada

Fields of Expertise: Cardiac care, critical care and medical and surgical nursing

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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

 

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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