The Ohio State University at Marion

Faculty Accomplishments 2015-16



Prof. Nathan Wallace
Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of English, Nathan Wallace recently published his 296 page hard cover book, Reconciliation in Ireland from Yeats to Field Day, by Cork University Press (Ireland).

(Description of the book from
This book is a genealogy of reconciliation in modern Ireland. As Seamus Deane has written, reconciliation stands at a nexus between politics and aesthetics in Irish writing, and has therefore often been a vehicle of colonial ideology. This book shows that the term often fits into a pattern that the author calls the "iconography of reconciliation".

This iconography began in the 1810s when Samuel Taylor Coleridge synthesized Edmund Burke’s thoughts about Ciceronian conciliatio and Aristotelian ethos with Schlegelian literary organicism. That is, Coleridge identified what Aristotle called "ethical music" with the "balanced" personality of Romantic literary genius itself. Wallace then shows that Matthew Arnold and Edward Dowden adopted this Coleridgean synthesis and used it to make their writings about Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Sophocles (now icons of reconciliation) chime with their writings in favor of the Anglo-Irish Union.

Moving on to the twentieth century, Wallace shows first that Yeats and Joyce contested the Unionist icons and, later, that Conor Cruise O’Brien revived them in his writings about Northern Ireland. Wallace finishes by arguing that Field Day countered O’Brien’s "Sophoclean" reading of the Troubles with their own, more ethically responsive icons of Sophoclean reconciliation between 1980 and 1990.

Prof. Donna Bobbitt-Zeher

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees officially approved the promotion of Ohio State Marion's Dr. Donna Bobbitt-Zeher to associate professor with tenure during the June 2015 Board meeting. Dr. Bobbitt-Zeher has taught sociology courses at Ohio State Marion since October 2008.

Prof. Anna Willow

The Ohio State University Board of Trustees officially approved the promotion of Ohio State Marion's Dr. Anna Willow to associate professor with tenure during their June 2015 Board meeting. Dr. Willow has taught anthropology courses at Ohio State Marion since September 2009.


Long-serving associated English faculty, Pete Dully and Sue Oakes, were among the 40 nominees university wide for the 2015 Provost's Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer. The Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer annually recognizes a maximum of three lecturers, senior lecturers, or other auxiliary faculty members for their teaching excellence. Students, faculty, and alumni may put forward nominees, and a committee of students, other award winning faculty, and alumni will choose the recipients.

Prof. Tracy Tylka -Ohio State Marion Professor of Psychology, Tracy Tylka edited a 6-article special issue, entitled "Positive Body Image: Avenues for Assessment, Application, and Advancement," that will appear in the June 2015 issue of Body Image: An International Journal of Research. Within the issue, Tylka also authored two articles, "What is and what is not positive body image?" and "Assessing positive body image: Contemporary approaches and future directions."

Prof. Linda Parsons - Ohio State Marion Associate Professor of Teaching and Learning, says of the modern version of Cinderella. In “Voices: It’s time for a modern Cinderella,” USA Today, March 15, 2015, she explains that the studio borrowed from a French version that was less progressive and feminist than the Grimm fairytale.

“What [Disney] kept alive is the Perrault version of Cinderella … you have other versions like the Grimm version which are actually much more progressive and much more feminist, if you will, than the version Disney has kept alive,” says Ohio State University professor Linda Parsons.

Prof. Elisabeth Boyer - Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of Education, Elisabeth Boyer, Ph.D. was recently interviewed for a news segment on standardized testing in schools by Columbus, ABC 6, specifically the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test (PARCC).

"Overwhelmingly they're saying that's not an accurate evaluation of their ability to teach," said Elisabeth Boyer, an OSU professor who provides advanced education to teachers.

She worries that teachers are "teaching to the test," spending too much class time teaching what kids will be tested on and not focusing on other subjects. Boyer urged teachers to talk to their unions -- and urged parents to support teachers.

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Prof. Joel Barker - Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of Earth Sciences, Joel D. Barker, Ph.D. was recently interviewed by the Columbus Dispatch in an article entitled, “2014 sets record as Earth keeps heating up,” and published Saturday, January 17, 2015.

Prof. Sara Crosby - Ohio State Marion Associate Professor of English, Sara Crosby is featured in the critically acclaimed, award winning documentary film, Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. Crosby was featured because of her research work referenced in "The Cruelest Season: Female Heroes Snapped into Sacrificial Heroines." In Action Chicks: New Images of Tough Women in Popular Culture . Edited by Inness, Sherrie. 153-178. New York: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2004.

WONDER WOMEN! THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICAN SUPERHEROINES traces the fascinating evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman. From the birth of the comic book superheroine in the 1940s to the blockbusters of today, Wonder Women! looks at how popular representations of powerful women often reflect society's anxieties about women's liberation. WONDER WOMEN! goes behind the scenes with Lynda Carter, Lindsay Wagner, comic writers and artists, and real life superheroines such as Gloria Steinem, Shelby Knox and others who offer an enlightening and entertaining counterpoint to the male dominated superhero genre.

Prof. Chris Orban - Ohio State Marion Assistant Professor of Physics, Chris Orban, Ph.D. contributed to a highly-awaited scientific study on stellar plasmas entitled “A higher-than-predicted measurement of iron opacity at solar interior temperatures” that was recently published in the journal Nature. The study was led by staff scientist Dr. Jim Bailey of Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The study is available from the journal Nature (please visit OSU Marion library for access to Nature articles)