Featured Educators of the Month

April Featured Educators:

Sheren Farag and Beverly Reed


Sheren Farag, Ph.D.

Academic Program Director & Assistant Professor |  Horticulture Technology | Salem Campus

Sheren Farag

Dr. Farag is being nominated for her innovative student-centered pedagogy, emphasizing active learning that fosters critical thinking and problem-solving skills through strategies like collaborative, project-based, and experiential learning. Given the hands-on nature of the horticulture field, which requires students to actively engage with concepts, Dr. Farag is dedicated to ensuring that they participate in the learning process by applying real-world contexts to enhance retention. Her main goal is to prepare students to perform as highly skilled professionals in horticulture. She implements various collaborative, project-based, and experiential learning strategies in her classes.  To learn more about Dr. Farag’s projects, please visit Dr. Sheren Farag Laying Groundwork to Grow Program, Green Industry Leaders | Kent State University or email sfaragmo@kent.edu



Beverly Reed, Ph.D.

Professor | Mathematical Sciences | Kent Campus

Bev Reed

Bev is committed to promoting self-efficacy and belonging within each of her courses and is constantly innovating in mathematics instruction. Through her leadership in the College Teaching in Mathematics course, Bev encourages new graduate student educators to value the impact that instructors can have in building a positive and supportive classroom environment. Her mentorship within her department is training the next generation of math educators.

Past Featured Faculty

Tony Dallacheisa: Lecturer, Department of English | Tuscarawas Campus

Tuyet Pham: Senior Lecturer, Mathematical Sciences | Kent Campus

Felix Kumah-Abiwu: Associate Professor, Africana Studies | Kent Campus

Danielle French: Ph.D. Candidate, English & Honors College | Kent Campus

Ann Martinez: Associate Professor, Department of English | Stark Campus

Danielle Gruhler: Professor, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies | Kent Campus

Ana Wetzl: Assistant Professor, English | Trumbull Campus

Patrick Dillon: Associate Professor, Communication Studies | Stark Campus

Ambre Emory-Maier: Assistant Professor, Theatre and Dance | Kent Campus

Hayley Arnold: Associate Professor, Health Sciences | Kent Campus

LaToya Littles: Lecturer, Information Technology/Cybersecurity | Salem Campus

Jeremy Foust: Graduate Student, Psychology | Kent Campus

Scott Tobias: Assistant Professor, Lifespan Dev & Educational Sciences | Stark Campus

Rebecca Frazier: Lecturer, Nursing | Twinsburg, Geauga, Kent Campuses

Ikram Toumi: Assistant Professor, School of Communication Studies | Kent Campus

John Dunlosky: Professor, Psychological Sciences, Director of SOLE Center | Kent Campus

Jessica Leveto: Associate Professor, Sociology & Criminology, College of Arts & Sciences | Ashtabula Campus

Syed A. M. Shihab: Assitant Professor, College of Aeronautics and Engineering | Kent Campus

Elizabeth "Liz" Wagoner: Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences | Kent Campus

Jennifer Mapes:  Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences | Kent Campus

Vicumpriya "Vic" Perera:  Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences | Trumbull Campus

Sarah Andreas: Assistant Professor, Business Management Technology | Tuscarawas Campus

Gina Zavota: Professor, Philosophy | Kent Campus

Kathleen Dwinnells: Associate Professor, College of Nursing | Trumbull Campus

Adam Lockwood:  Assistant Professor, Lifespan Development & Educational Sciences | Kent Campus

Ryan Ballestero: Assistant Professor, Department of Accounting | Kent Campus

Jasmine Hines:  Assistant Professor, Music Education | Kent Campus

Adrienne Erby:   Assistant Professor, School of Lifespan, Development and Educational Sciences | Kent Campus

Eric Taylor:  Associate Professor, Earth Sciences | Stark Campus

Sorina Ailiesei:  Assistant Professor, English | Geauga Campus

David Hacker: Professor,  Geology | Trumbull Campus

Jamie McCartney: Associate Professor, Lifespan Development and Education Sciences | Kent Campus

Donald Gerbig:  Associate Professor, Biological Sciences | Tuscarawas Campus

Catrina Palmer Johnson: Assistant Professor,  Department of Management | Kent Campus

Joshua Stacher: Associate Professor, International Relations | Kent Campus

Serena Loftus:  Assistant Professor, Accounting | Kent Campus

Shelley Marshall: Associate Lecturer,  Information Technology | Ashtabula Campus

Jeremy Williams: Assistant Professor, Department of Geology | Kent Campus

Vaneet Kaur:  Assistant Professor, Department of Management | Stark Campus

Linda Piccirillo-Smith: Senior Lecturer,  Africana Studies | Kent Campus

John-Michael Warner: Assistant Professor, Art History | Kent Campus

Christie Bartholomew:  Assistant Professor, Psychology | Trumbull Campus

Loubna Bilali: Assistant Professor,  Modern and Classical Language Studies | Kent Campus

James Seelye: Associate Professor, Department of History | Stark Campus

Daniel Dankovich:  Lecturer, Biological Sciences | East Liverpool Campus

Uma Krishnan:  Professor, Department of English | Kent Campus

R.Z. Zhang: Assistant Professor, Department of Accounting | Kent Campus

Amy Damrow:  Assistant Professor, Foundations, Leadership and Administration | Stark Campus

Rekha Sharma:  Associate Professor, Communication Studies | Kent Campus

Greg Tinkler: Associate Professor, Biological Sciences | Kent Campus

Jean Engohang-Ndong:  Associate Professor, Biological Sciences | Tuscarawas Campus

Ruth Leslie:  Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry | Kent Campus

Karen Mascolo: Associate Professor, College of Nursing | Kent Campus

Marie Gasper-Hulvat:  Associate Professor, Art | Stark Campus

Chi-hua Chiu-Groff:  Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences | Kent Campus

Helen Piontkivska: Associate Professor, Biological Sciences | Kent Campus

Tina Bhargava:  Associate Professor, College of Public Health | Kent Campus

Sharon Sciartelli:  Professor, Psychology | Kent Campus

Robin Joynes: Professor, Psychology | Kent Campus

Andrew Barnes:  Associate Professor, Department of Political Science | Kent Campus

Jennifer Black: Assistant Professor of Dance | Kent Campus

Tamara Honesty: Assistant Professor of Scenic Design | Kent Campus

Joe Ortiz : Professor, Department of Geology  Kent Campus

Jakyung C.  Seo: Associate Professor of Lighting Design | Kent Campus

Stephanie Smith: Associate Professor,  Media and Journalism, Communication Studies  | Kent Campus

Richard Ferdig Professor, Research Center for Educational Technology, Education, Health and Human Services | Kent Campus

Enrico Gandolfi: Associate Professor,  Research Center for Educational Technology, Education, Health and Human Services | Kent Campus

Rachael Blasiman: Associate Professor,  Department of Psychology | Salem Campus

Jeff Huston: Professor, Health Sciences  | Kent Campus

Jill Kawalec: Professor and Division Head, Preclinical Sciences and Director of Research, Education, College of Podiatric Medicine | Kent Campus

Wendy Tietz: Professor, Accounting | Kent Campus

Zhiqiang (Molly) Wang: Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry  | Geauga Campus

Nicole Willey: Professor, English | Tuscarawas Campus

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