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Appova, Aina
Assistant Professor of Education
Morrill Hall, Room 237A

Dr. Appova's dissertation and research program is focused on the learning, professional development and continuum of PK-12 pre-service and in-service mathematics teachers. She also is the co-principle investigator of the recently co-piloted cross-site study that examines the work, knowledge and practices of mathematics teacher educators. Appova received her Ph.D. in mathematics education from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her master’s degree in mathematics from Central Michigan University.

Barker, Joel
Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences
Morrill Hall, Room 384B

My research focuses on the biogeochemistry of alpine and polar regions but my teaching interests span a wide range of topics in the Earth Sciences. I currently teach introductory earth sciences classes at Ohio State Marion that encompass topics ranging from geologic time and the rock cycle to climate change to glacier and groundwater hydrology.

Bobbitt-Zeher, Donna
Associate Professor of Sociology
Morrill Hall, Room 211A

My research agenda primarily concerns gender and inequality, how gender inequality changes over time, and the consequences of these changes. I use both quantitative and qualitative methods in my work, and draw on a race/class/gender perspective as well.

Boyer, Elisebeth
Assistant Professor of Education
Morrill Hall, Room 237C

Teaching: Early and Middle Childhood Science Methods; Learner Centered Classroom Assessment.

My research investigates the development of teaching pedagogies that support children’s participation in scientific discourse and practices specifically how teachers and students use the language of science to construct their understanding of the natural world though the formation of evidence-based arguments.

Braun, Catherine
Associate Professor of English
Morrill Hall, Room 118

Catherine C. Braun (Katie) is an Associate Professor of English at The Ohio State University at Marion, where she teaches first-year writing, professional writing, digital media, literacy studies, and film courses. Her research interests fall at the intersection of Rhetoric/Composition & Literacy Studies and Digital Media Studies. She has published a book, Cultivating Ecologies for Digital Media Work: The Case of English Studies, with Southern Illinois University Press, as well as articles and digital scholarship in a variety of venues, including Computers and Composition Online and Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.

Camacho-Platero, Luzmila
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Morrill Hall, Room 373

Luzmila Camacho-Platero has taught as Associate Professor in small liberal arts colleges (Utica College and Saint Mary’s College) and has broad experience teaching a variety of courses ranging from language at all levels to literature and culture from Golden Age to 20th century. Her main research explores Golden Age Theater and more specifically the topic of la mujer varonil. Her other research and teaching interests include contemporary Spanish film and minority cultures. Currently, she is working on an anthology of Medieval and Golden Age Spanish women writers.

Crosby, Sara
Assistant Professor of English
Morrill Hall, Room 120

Areas of Study: American literature to 1900, environmental literature, animal studies, popular culture and gender

Daddis, Chris
Associate Professor of Psychology
Morrill Hall, Room 170N

Areas of Study: adolescent development, moral development, childhood psychology, educational psychology

Friesen, Chris
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Morrill Hall, Room 114

Chris Friesen earned his Ph.D. from Brown University in 1989. His areas of expertise include Algebraic & Computational Number Theory: Continued Fractions; and Class Groups in Quadratic Function Fields. His current focus is on the development of MULCH; a software system to create, distribute, and grade homework.

Genova, James
Professor of History
Morrill Hall, Room 112

Professor Genova publishes on African cinema, development, globalization, and identity construction. Dr. Genova currently teaches courses on African, World, French, and Islamic History in addition to classes on globalization, genocide, war and revolution, and African cinema.

Gershman, Susan
Assistant Professor of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
Morrill Hall, Room 390C

Areas of Interest: behavioral ecology and evolutionary biology

My research focuses on the evolution of animal behavior. I am most interested in sexual selection, differences in reproduction caused by heritable differences in the ability to reproduce. I use insects, including crickets and flies, as my study subjects.

Hagge, Julia
Assistant Professor of Reading Education
Morrill Hall, Room 237D

Dr. Hagge’s research focuses on inclusive literacy practices for diverse learners. She is interested in the ways potentially marginalized students are afforded increased access to meaning-making via new media literacies. She has published in PDS Partners and has an article under review at Gifted Child Today. Currently, she is researching how early adolescent students use programming to design digital media and how literacy practices are supported in an online programming community.

Hsieh, Meiyu
Assistant Professor of History
Morrill Hall, Room 113

Meiyu Hsieh offers courses on pre-modern Chinese and East Asian history, world history, and the Silk Roads at Marion campus. Her research specializations are early China, steppe empires, and comparative ancient history with an emphasis on empire building and interconnections between China, steppe polities, and oasis-states in Central Asia. More broadly, she is interested in theories of state formation, pre-modern communication networks, and historical archaeology.

Huang, Russ
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Morrill Hall, Room 148

Areas of Expertise: Differential Equations; Optimal Control; PhD: Ohio University (1989)

Kaplan, Scot
Associate Professor of Art
Morrill Hall, Room 270

Klips, Robert
Associate Professor of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
Morrill Hall, 390B

Research: Flowering plant breeding systems, bryophyte ecology. Current foci are: (1) assessing the effects of population structure and pollinator visitations rates on self and outcross pollination in prairie milkweeds, (2) assessing the importance and prevalence of bryophytes in the early establishment of restored wet prairies. Overall research goals are to better understand the forces influencing plant distribution and plant evolution, and to accomplish environmental enhancement through more effective grassland restoration.

Klochko, Marianna
Associate Professor of Sociology
Morrill Hall, Room 211B

Marianna Klochko (Ph.D. Cornell, 2004; BA/MA Kharkiv National University, Ukraine, 1996) is an associate professor of sociology at The Ohio State University (Marion Campus).
Her research interests include Economic Sociology, Rational Choice, Social Networks, Criminology, Game Theory and Collective Action. She is currently working on a project examining pathways to prison among female inmates in Ukraine.

Lang, Jan
Professor of Mathematics
Morrill Hall, Room 144

The main field of my research is in analysis and focused on the following areas: approximation theory and s-numbers; and Eigenvalues for non-linear systems and Special trigonometric Functions

Lishan, Stuart
Associate Professor of English
Morrill Hall, Room 122

Dr. Stuart Lishan primarily teaches courses in creative writing and poetry (with an occasional British Lit. survey, honors first year writing, English 3398, or Jewish American Lit. course thrown in, as well). He writes and publishes poetry, essays about poetry, and fiction.

Maharry, John
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Morrill Hall, Room 116

Area of Research: Structural graph theory, including graph decompositions, tree-structures, surface embeddings and minor-and topological-inclusions of graphs.

McCorkle, Ben
Associate Professor of English
Morrill Hall, Room 117

Ben McCorkle teaches courses in composition, rhetoric, literary publishing, and digital media studies primarily on The Ohio State University’s Marion campus. He is the author of the book Rhetorical Delivery as Technological Discourse: A Cross-Historical Study, as well as several articles in publications including Computers and Composition Online, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and Composition Studies. He also serves as the co-director of the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (DALN).

McNiven, Timothy
Associate Professor of Art History/Classics
Morrill Hall, Room 297

Professor McNiven's primary areas of expertise are in the fields of Greek and Roman Art, with special emphases on the history of ceramics and gender issues in Greek art. His primary research interest focuses on the images of ancient Greek pottery and the use and meaning of gestures.

Mirzaei, Golrokh
Clinical Assistant Professor of Computer Science Engineering
Morrill Hall, Room 362

Teaching Courses: Software Component I (CSE 2221); Software Component II (CSE 2231); C++ Programming for Engineers (CSE 1222); Databases and spreadsheets (CSE 1222); Fundamentals of Engineering (ENGR 1181)

Research Interests: Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, Image/Signal processing, Biomedical Imaging/Neuroscience

Orban, Chris
Assistant Professor of Physics
Morrill Hall, Room 372

Dr. Orban obtained his PhD in physics at Ohio State University in early 2011, studying computational astrophysics and N-body simulations under David Weinberg (Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Physical Sciences, OSU Astronomy Department) and supported by OSU's Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics.

Ozturk, Omer
Professor of Statistics
Morrill Hall, Room 146

Pandey, Bishun
Professor of Mathematics
Maynard Hall, Room 240B

Parsons, Linda
Associate Professor of Education
Morrill Hall, Room 237B

Research Interests: Middle Childhood Literacy; Children's/Young Adult Literature; Reader Response Her research interests include the content analysis of children's and young adult literature, both single titles and sets of books, to better understand the messages conveyed to young readers. She has also explored and documented children's engagement with and response to literature. The unique challenges involved in reading and responding to multimodal texts are also an area of interest. Her research and teaching pedagogy are situated primarily within the traditions of reader response, feminist, poststructural, and social-constructivist theories.

Patson, Nikole
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Morrill Hall, Room 170D

Dr. Patson's research focuses on adult language comprehension and the conceptual representation of plurals.

Petreaca, Ruben C.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Morrill Hall, Room 373

Dr. Petreaca's research aims to understand how DNA damage is repaired in eukaryotic cells. Loss of efficient DNA damage repair causes accumulation of mutations which is a hallmark of cancer cells. He uses yeast for these studies which is a great eukaryotic model system.

Rose, Gregory
Associate Professor of Geography
Maynard Hall, Room 240A

Dr. Rose's research focuses on the origins of various 19th century populations in the Midwest. He is currently working on a book manuscript on the sources of immigrants to Michigan by 1850 and is researching the origins and distribution of African Americans in the old Northwest in 1850.

Sawicki, Vanessa
Assistant Pofessor of Psychology
Morrill Hall, Room 170G

Dr. Sawicki's research interests are attitudes and attitude strength as predictors of thoughts and behavior. She is particularly interested in the ways individuals will attempt to strengthen their attitudes by reducing conflicted feelings or resolving uncertainty. Specifically, she examines attitudes in the context of information seeking behavior, initial attraction to (dis)agreeing others, close relationship outcomes, and group dynamics. To learn more about her published work, see the listed publications.

Stan, Aurel
Associate Professor of Mathematics
Morrill Hall, Room 119

Sumner, Margaret
Associate Professor of History
Morrill Hall, Room 110

Professor Sumner specializes in the history of the early American Republic with a research focus on topics of intellectual and cultural history. She teaches courses on Revolutionary history, the early nation, a broad range of 19th century topics, and the history of American women.

Tahmina, Qudsia
Assistant Professor of Practice in Electrical and Computer Engineering
Morrill Hall, Room 367

Tylka, Tracy
Professor of Psychology
Morrill Hall, Room 170L

Within the field of counseling psychology, Dr. Tylka holds particular interest in body image and eating behavior. She conceptualizes both body image and eating behavior along a spectrum from positive (adaptive) to negative (maladaptive) and studies women and men along this spectrum. She examines multidimensional social influence models of body image and eating behavior among women and men. She is particularly interested in intuitive eating, an adaptive style of eating characterized by attending to physiological hunger/satiety cues rather than emotional and/or situational cues.

Wallace, Nathan
Assistant Professor of English
Morrill Hall, Room 121

Willow, Anna
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Morrill Hall, Room 111

As an environmental anthropologist, Dr. Anna Willow studies cultural responses to anthropogenic environmental change and the diversity of human-environment relationships. She has worked with Anishinaabe people fighting clearcutting and mercury contamination in their northwestern Ontario homeland, Ohioans concerned about shale energy development in their communities, and northeastern British Columbia residents facing the cumulative impacts of oil and gas extraction, coal mining, and hydroelectric dams. To learn more about Dr. Willow's research, see h...

Yoder, Ryan
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Morrill Hall, 384C

Dr. Yoder's current research involves the use of molecular modeling experiments to solve critical issues that threaten the health of populations around the globe. Specifically, combatting the effects of toxic organophosphorus nerve agents, such as the sarin gas used in the 2013 attack in Syria. Dr. Yoder is also interested in chemical education research exploring different educational environments.