Featured Faculty of the Month

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New Featured Faculty: Wendy Tietz, Zhiqiang (Molly) Wang, and Nicole Willey

WENDY TIETZ, CPA, CMA, PH.D. | Kent State UniversityWendy Tietz, Ph.D. 

Professor | Department of Accounting | Kent Campus

Dr. Wendy Tietz is being recognized for her innovative teaching in accounting.  She is a leader in Hy-Flex instruction, recognized both here at Kent State and externally.  In addition, she was an early adopter of the Teams Full Experience for Academics.  Among many other awards, Dr. Tietz has received the Michael and Mary Ann Cook/Deloitte Foundation Prize for Innovation in Undergraduate Teaching, awarded by the American Accounting Association, among many other highly prestigious teaching awards.  She has disseminated her educational innovations through publishing in Issues in Accounting Education and in Accounting Education: An International Journal and regularly presents at regional and national meetings. Tietz is also a co-author of an accounting textbook, Managerial Accounting, by Braun & Tietz, 6th edition, Pearson Publishing, 2020, and Financial Accounting, by Thomas, Tietz & Harrison, 13th edition, Pearson Publishing, 2021.

Kent State Geauga and Twinsburg Academic Center Professor Dr. Molly Wang  Receives Fellowship to Attend Conference | Kent State UniversityZhiqiang (Molly) Wang, Ph.D. 

Professor | Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry | Geauga Campus

Dr. Zhiqiang (Molly) Wang is currently serving as a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Teaching and learning where she is studying Critical Thinking as an essential skill in the STEM disciplines.  Dr. Wang has received numerous awards for her scholarship, and is recognized for her excellence in teaching as the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2017.  Dr. Wang has fifty publications in high caliber scholarly journals and is a co-author of a book chapter of “The Encyclopedia of Biological Chemistry”. In addition, she actively engages in local community service as a science fair judge, Science Olympiad coach, Keynote speaker and organizer of “Women in STEM” and Honors Symposium presenter.

Dr. Nicole L. Willey | Kent State University Nicole Willey, Ph.D.

Professor | Department of English | Tuscarawas Campus

Dr. Nicole Willey is being recognized for her leadership in faculty development.  Dr. Willey serves as the Mentoring Program Coordinator at the Tuscarawas Campus where she coordinates professional development programming for faculty in all streams and stages. Recently, while serving as Faculty Fellow in the Center for Teaching and Learning, Dr. Willey created a mid-career faculty development program for regional campus faculty.  Dr. Willey’s research interests include mothering, masculinities, memoir, pedagogy, nineteenth-century American literature, and slave narratives. She is the author of Creating a New Ideal of Masculinity for American Men: The Achievement of Sentimental Women Writers in the Mid-Nineteenth Century and co-edited the collections Motherhood Memoirs: Mothers Creating/Writing Lives and Feminist Fathering/Fathering Feminists: New Definitions and Directions.


Past Featured Faculty

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 SmithAssociate 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 HustonProfessor, Health Sciences  | Kent Campus

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