Faculty Research & Publication News

This page spotlights news and information on groundbreaking research & findings, faculty publications, and other scholarly initiatives currently being undertaken by Ohio State faculty on the Marion campus. 

Click the active links below for more detailed information on the ongoing research being conducted by our Ohio State Marion faculty members.


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Faculty Research & Publication News

Ohio State Marion Associate Professor of Psychology, Dr. Tracy Tylka was featured in the May 16, 2014 edition of NY Magazine.  The article focused on Dr. Tylka’s research regarding intuitive eating.

Tracy Tylka, Associate Professor of Psychology

A Non-Diet Diet: The Case for Eating Whatever You Want
By Melissa Dahl

Eat like a caveman. Never mind — actually, don’t eat animal products at all. Or, okay, eat them, but only fish, and only sometimes.

But don’t eat anything for two whole days out of the week. No, you know what? Bananas. Just bananas. These are only a handful of the recent diets that celebrity authors and nutrition bloggers have told us hold the one true key to achieving a healthy weight. But what if it were a lot simpler than that?

READ THE FULL STORY >>> http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2014/05/non-diet-diet.html


>>> Daddis contributes chapter to new book on parenting and teen drug use

Christopher Daddis, Associate Professor of Psychology

Ohio State Associate Professor of Psychology, Dr. Christopher Daddis was one of a number of expert contributors to the recently released book, Parenting and Teen Drug Use: The Most Recent Findings from Research, Prevention, and Treatment, edited by Lawrence M. Scheier and William B. Hansen, and published by Oxford University Press, 2014.

Parenting and Teen Drug Use examines the causes and consequences of drug use, the myriad ways to prevent it, and the latest findings from the prevention research community regarding what works, with a specific emphasis on parenting techniques that have shown the most promise for reducing or preventing drug use in teens.


>>> Teaching English in a digital age

Catherine Braun, Associate Professor of English

Ohio State professor’s new book offers a unique framework upon which productive conversations about the future English and digital instruction can be built.

Ohio State English professor Catherine Braun recently published a new book entitled, Cultivating Ecologies for Digital Media Work: The Case of English Studies.

This 240 page paperback, published December 2013 by Southern Illinois University Press, looks at the onslaught of the digital age and how it has rapidly redefined the parameters of virtually every aspect of daily life, including the world of academic scholarship.  Braun’s in-depth study documents English professors and the challenges they face in both career and classroom as they attempt to gain appropriate value for digital teaching and creation within their field, departments, and institutions.  In Cultivating Ecologies for Digital Media Work, Braun calls for a shift in thinking about the professional methods and digital goals of the English studies discipline and its central texts.


>>> Motivation and engagement affect student success

Mary Jo Fresch, Professor of Education

Dr. Mary Jo Fresch recently authored a new education instructional book entitled, Engaging Minds in English Language Arts Classrooms:  The Surprising Power of Joy, edited by Michael F. Opitz & Michael P. Ford.

Released in February 2014 and published by the Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD), this 56 page paperback book shows how you can use the joyful learning framework introduced in Engaging Minds in the Classroom to better engage students in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and other elements of language arts learning.  Fresch’s book provides innovative instructional approaches for diverse students at all grade levels, linking the strategies to the research that demonstrates the effects of motivation and engagement on student success.


>>> Ohio State Marion lecturer awarded prestigious Fulbright Scholar grant 
>>> OSUM art lecturer receives Fulbright grant

Carol Boram-Hays, History of Art Lecturer

Boram-Hays was one of nine Ohio State faculty members to receive a Fulbright Scholar grant for her research of African art in South Africa.  The award is a prestigious fellowship through the Fulbright Scholar Program, an annual grant competition for U.S. faculty and professionals.


>>> Healthy Eating in Schools
>>> International body image and eating behavior research informs
Ohio State Marion professor's teaching

Tracy Tylka, Assistant Professor of Psychology

In light of the prevalence of media attention and school concern over both childhood obesity and eating disorders, Ohio State Marion associate professor Dr. Tracy Tylka recently co-authored a book on the subject entitled, Healthy Eating in Schools: Evidence-Based Interventions to Help Kids Thrive.


>>> Spiders on Display

Richard Bradley, Associate Professor of EEOB

Spring semester Thompson Library exhibit about Spiders features work and research of Marion campus professor, Dr. Richard Bradley.


>>> It is how you say it

Ben McCorkle, Associate Professor of English

An Ohio State professor’s research on the clash of digital technology and human interaction has real world applications in the classroom and in business, while helping prepare students to work in a digital age.

With an alphabet soup of text talk, multiple social networking sites, a myriad of fonts, colors, and design elements, digital photography, smart phones, blog sites, and e-readers, we are all just a few clicks away from instantaneously communicating to millions of digital message consumers.  The basic way we communicate is in mass transition.  According to Ohio State Marion Associate Professor of English, Ben McCorkle, this is just the latest evolution in human interaction where communication and technology have clashed to create a new hybrid form of rhetorical delivery, reviving the old adage, “it’s not what you say, but how you say it.”

McCorkle’s research into the history of human interaction and its relationship to communication technologies is the centerpiece for his new book “Rhetorical Delivery as Technological Discourse:  A Cross-Historical Study,” published this winter 2013. 


Other Recent Faculty Research & Publication News

>>> Growing Up Without Sibs Doesn't Hurt Social Skills
Donna Bobbitt-Zeher, Assistant Professor of Sociology

>>> Untangling the Web
Richard Bradley, Associate Professor of EEOB

>>> Inside Out Prison Exchange Program
Brenda Chaney, Senior Lecturer, Sociology

>>> Teens Use Peers as Gauge in Search for Autonomy
Christopher Daddis, Assistant Professor of Psychology

>>> Individual Time Discounting and Risky Health Behaviors
Marianna Klochko, Associate Professor of Sociology

>>> College Women Can Have Positive Body Image
Tracy Tylka, Assistant Professor of Psychology