Featured Faculty of the Month

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April Featured Faculty: Sorina Ailiesei, David Hacker and Jamie McCartney

Sorina Ailiesei, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

English | College of Arts and Sciences | Geauga Campus

Sorina Ailiesei

Dr. Ailiesei is being recognized for her inclusionary practices of thematic approaches promoting diversity, multicultural awareness, and a strong sense of belonging for her students as they improve their compositional strategies and critical thinking skills. 


David Hacker, Ph.D., Professor

Geology | Department of Arts and Sciences | Trumbull Campus

David Hacker
Dr. Hacker is being recognized for his work engaging students in undergraduate research.  He has mentored over 40 undergraduate independent studies and honors students, in addition to directing KSU’s Geology Summer Field camp where students travel to South Dakota, Wyoming and Idaho for a six-credit experiential learning course.  His dedication for engaging students in research is also evident in his collaboration with students in submissions and presentations at conferences, journal articles, geologic maps and book chapters.  Dr. Hacker has also received the President’s Faculty Excellence Award in 2017,  and the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2015, in addition to other awards outside of Kent State.  

Jamie McCartney, Ph.D., Associate Professor

ASL/English Interpreting Program | School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences | Kent Campus

Jamie McCartney
Dr. McCartney teaches in the American Sign Language/English Interpreting program, where she also functions as the Program Coordinator.  Dr. McCartney is being recognized for her ability to promote meaningful connection-making in her courses.  In her courses, Jamie supports students in learning professional skills in interpreting and in understanding Deaf Culture as a linguistic minority.  She fosters a learning environment where students feel supported in navigating difficult topics.  Through connecting with professional goals and personal experiences, each element of her courses is designed to directly engage students in their own learning.

Past Featured Faculty

Donald Gerbig:  Associate Professor, Biological Sciences | Tuscarawas Campus

Catrina Palmer Johnson: Assistant Professor,  Management and Information Systems | 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, Management & Information Studies | 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 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

Wendy Tietz: Professor, Accounting | Kent Campus

Zhiqiang (Molly) WangProfessor, Chemistry and Biochemistry  | Geauga Campus

Nicole WilleyProfessor, English | Tuscarawas Campus