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Faculty (alphabetical listing)
The following is an alphabetical listing of full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty at Ohio State Marion. For a complete listing of faculty and staff on campus visit:

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

Research Interests:
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.


Barker, Joel
Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences
Science & Engineering Building, Room 210G

Research Interests:
Dr. Barker's research focuses on the biogeochemistry of alpine and polar regions but my teaching interests span a wide range of topics in the Earth Sciences. He currently teaches introductory earth sciences courses 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 384C

Research Interests:
Dr. Bobbitt-Zeher's agenda primarily concerns gender and inequality, how gender inequality changes over time, and the consequences of these changes. Using both quantitative and qualitative methods in her work, and drawing on a race/class/gender perspective as well.


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

Research Interests:
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.

Braun, Catherine C. Cultivating Ecologies for Digital Media Work: The Case of English Studies. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois UP, 2013.


Calede, Jonathan
Assistant Professor of Plant Biology
Science & Engineering Building, Room 110C

Research Interests:
My research integrates comparative anatomy, morphometrics, phylogenetics, and biostatistics to reconstruct the ecology and evolution of fossil mammals. I focus on the study of mammals that lived 30 to 5 million years ago. These mammals have living relatives so I often study the morphology of modern mammals to understand the taxonomic affinities and phylogenetic relationships of fossil mammals and help resolve patterns of diversity through time. I also use comparative anatomy and morphometrics to infer the ecology (such as diet, locomotion, and body mass) of fossils mammals.


Camacho-Platero, Luzmila
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Morrill Hall, Room 390C

Research Interests:
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.


Chrisman, Micah
Assistant Professor of Math
Morrill Hall, Room 350F

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

Courses Taught:
"Blood and Oil" (ENG 4583), "Bad Women" (ENG 4592), "Fandom!" (ENG 2264), "Aliens in America" (2290), "American Environmental Writing" (2367.02), "Animal Minds" (ENG 3597.03)

Research Interests:
Intersection of environment and literature, early and antebellum American literature especially crime writing, popular culture, gender, south Louisiana, horror

Poisonous Muse: The Female Poisoner and the Framing of Popular Authorship in Jacksonian America. University of Iowa Press, 2016.
“Beyond Ecophilia: Edgar Allan Poe and the American Tradition of Ecohorror,” Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, 21.3 (Summer 2014): 513-25.


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

Research Interests:
Adolescent development, moral development, childhood psychology, and educational psychology.

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

Research Interests:
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

Research Interests:
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.


Gibbons, Eric
Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics
Morrill Hall, Room 390B

Gershman, Susan
Associate Professor of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
Science & Engineering Building, Room 110E (Research Lab 110F)

Research Interests:
Focus on the evolution of animal behavior. Interested in sexual selection, differences in reproduction caused by heritable differences in the ability to reproduce. Using insects, including crickets and flies, as her study subjects.


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

Research Interests:
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

Research Interests:
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

Research Interests:
Differential Equations; Optimal Control; PhD: Ohio University (1989)


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

Klochko, Marianna
Associate Professor of Sociology
Morrill Hall, Room 384B

Research Interests:
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

Research Interests:
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

Research Interests:
He writes essays having to do with the pedagogy of creative writing, which have appeared in venues such as the International Handbook of Research in Arts Education and CREDO: An Anthology of Manifestos and Sourcebook for Creative Writing. He has received fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the California Arts Council, as well as grants for his work to promote service-learning. His teaching interests include creative writing and poetry, for which he has been awarded the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award from OSU.

S.D. Lishan is the author of three novels, most recently, Miss Emily’s Book of Spells (Book of the First Part: Where I Escape From Slavery, and Encounter Many and Sundry Adventures as I travel North and Come to Meet Miss Emily Dickinson at Last) by Hechizar Spelwomnn. His other novels include Between Us & Spiritland and Lightseeder. He is also the author of a book of poems, Body Tapestries, published by Dream Horse Press, a winner of its Orphic Prize for poetry. His fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry have been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, such as the Kenyon Review; New England Review; Arts & Letters; Creative Nonfiction, Brevity; The Literati Quarterly; and Literature, the Human Experience.

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

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

Maharry, John; Robertson, Neil; Slilaty, Daniel; Sivaraman, Vaidy; Flexibility of projective planar embeddings, J. Combin. Theory, Ser. B 122 (2017) 241-–300.
Maharry, John; Robertson, Neil; The structure of graphs not topologically containing the Wagner graph, J. Combin. Theory Ser. B. 121 (2016), 398–420. Special Edition by invitation - "Fifty years of The Journal of Combinatorial Theory"


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

Courses Taught:
Arts of Persuasion (ENGL 2276); Introduction to Literary Publishing (ENGL 3662); Digital Media and English Studies (ENGL 4569).

Research Interests:
Rhetorical theory and history; rhetorics of the body; technologies of communication; digital media studies.

McCorkle, Ben. Rhetorical Delivery as Technological Discourse: A Cross-historical Study. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2012. Print.
McCorkle, Ben and Jason Palmeri. “Lessons from History: Teaching With Technology in 100 Years of English Journal.” English Journal 105.6 (2016): 18–24. Print.
McCorkle, Ben, Kay Halasek, Kaitlin Clinnin, and Cynthia L. Selfe. “Negotiating World Englishes in a Writing-Based MOOC.” Composition Studies 44.1 (2016): 53–71. Print.

Website: & Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives

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

Research Interests:
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
Assistant Professor of Practice in Computer Science Engineering
Science & Engineering Building, Room 210E

Courses Taught:
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
Science & Engineering Building, Room 210N (Research Lab 210P)

Courses Taught:
Physics 1250, Physics 1251, Astro 1142

Research Interests:
Computational Physics, Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas, Physics Education research

Publications: Orban et al., "A Game-Centered Interactive Approach for Using Programming Exercises in Introductory Physics" (2017); Ngirmang & Orban et al. "Three dimensional particle-in-cell simulations of electron beams created via reflection of intense laser light from a water jet target" (2016); Bailey et al. "A higher-than-predicted measurement of iron opacity at solar interior conditions" (2015).


Ozturk, Omer
Professor of Statistics
Morrill Hall, Room 350H

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. 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. Has 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. Research and teaching pedagogy are situated primarily within the traditions of reader response, feminist, poststructural, and social-constructivist theories.

Parsons, L. T. (2016). Fat female protagonists in young adult literature and in the classroom: Constructing and contesting the female body. In J. A. Hayn, J. S. Kaplan, & K. R. Clemmons, (Eds). Teaching young adult literature today: Insights, considerations, and perspectives for the classroom teacher (2nd Ed.) (pp. 191-207) Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Parsons, L. T., & Bandré, P. E. (2016). Knowing readers and knowing books: Using text complexity measures to select texts and motivate adolescent readers. In J. A. Hayn & A. L. Nolen (Eds.), Teaching young adult literature: Integrating, implementing and re-imagining the common core (pp. 35 – 50). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Parsons, L. T. (2016). Storytelling in global children’s literature: Its role in the lives of displaced child characters. Journal of Children’s Literature, 42(2), 19-27
Parsons, L. T. (2016). The (re)presentation of fat female protagonists and food addiction in young adult literature. Study & Scrutiny: Research on Young Adult Literature, 1(2), 1-30.


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

Research Interests:
Focus on adult language comprehension and the conceptual representation of plurals.


Petreaca, Ruben C.
Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics
Science & Engineering Building, Room 110A (Research Lab 110B)

Research Interests:
Understanding 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 is uses yeast for these studies which is a great eukaryotic model system.

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

Research Interests:
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

Research Interests:
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 146

Sivakoff, Frances
Assistant Professor of Biology
Science & Engineering Building, Room 110G

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

Research Interests:
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
Science & Engineering Building, Room 210D

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

Courses Taught:
Abnormal Psychology (Psych 3331), Positive Psychology (Psych 2303), Personality (Psych 3530), Psychology of Gender (Psych 4543), Counseling Psychology (Psych 4540), Introduction to Psychology (Psych 1100).

Research Interests:
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.

Karazsia, B. T., Murnen, S. K., & Tylka, T. L. (in press). Is body dissatisfaction changing across time? A cross-temporal meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin.
Tylka, T. L., & Iannantuono, A. C. (2016). Perceiving beauty in all women: Psychometric evaluation of the Broad Conceptualization of Beauty Scale. Body Image, 17, 67-81.
Tylka, T. L., Calogero, R. M., & Daníelsdóttir, S. (2015). Is intuitive eating the same as flexible dietary control? Their links to each other and well-being could provide an answer. Appetite, 95, 166-175.
Tylka, T. L., & Wood-Barcalow, N. L. (2015). What is and what is not positive body image? Conceptual foundations and construct definition [Special issue]. Body Image, 14, 118-129.
Tylka, T. L. & Wood-Barcalow, N. L. (2015). The Body Appreciation Scale-2: Item refinement and psychometric evaluation. Body Image, 12, 53-67.


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

Willow, Anna
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Morrill Hall, Room 350B

Courses Taught:
Peoples and Cultures: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Anthropology 2202); Indians of North America (Anthropology 3420); History of Anthropological Theory (Anthropology 3525); Environmental Anthropology (Anthropology 5623); Anthropology of Food: Culture, Society, and Eating (Anthropology 5624); Anthropology of Religion (Anthropology 5625)

Research Interests:
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.

Jalbert, Kirk; Willow, Anna; Casagrande, David; and Paladino, Stephanie (2017). 'ExtrACTION: Impacts, Engagements, and Alternative Futures.' London: Routledge Press.
Willow, Anna. (2012). 'Strong Hearts, Native Lands: The Cultural and Poli= tical Landscape of Anishinaabe Anti-Clearcutting Activism'. Albany: State University of New York Press.


Xu, Murong
Assistant Professor of Math
Morrill Hall, Room 350D

Yoder, Ryan
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Science & Engineering Building, Room 110N (Research Lab 110P)

Research Interests:
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, combating 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.