Teaching Scholars

Teaching Scholars

The Teaching Scholars Program promotes shared scholarly inquiry into teaching and learning. Those interested in conducting scholarly examinations of strategies designed to enhance student learning are encouraged to apply. This program continues to be built around collaborative relationships with interdisciplinary faculty colleagues engaging in the scholarly examination of learning. The primary goal of this program is to support faculty in the design, implementation, and assessment of scholarly projects that identify and create significant learning environments.

The broad aims of the program include:

  • Assessing, developing, and enhancing student learning
  • Building an interdisciplinary community of scholars around learning and teaching
  • Building strategies for the scholarly study of student learning
  • Identifying, through research, elements of significant learning environments

The benefits of the program for participants include:

  • Participating in a year-long program that focuses on the scholarship of learning and teaching
  • The development of collegial relationships across disciplines
  • Participation at one funded conference on learning, teaching, and SoTL
  • Unit will receive $3,000.00 to cover costs associated with workload reallocation.
  • Developing methods for studying, documenting, and assessing learning and teaching.
Application questions of no more than 200 - 400 words each include:
  • Briefly state your philosophy regarding teaching and student learning
  • What experiences, interest, knowledge, and skills might you contribute to colleagues in this learning community

Community is a key element in the Teaching Scholars Program.  Our goal is to foster a learning community where scholars support one another in the design, implementation, and assessment of scholarly projects that examine student learning.

  • Describe innovative teaching activities in which you have been involved that have made a difference in your students' learning

e.g., efforts to improve teaching, development of curricular materials, etc.

  • Indicate how your participation in this program will contribute to our professional goals
  • At this time, what are the research question(s) that you are proposing for your project (no more than 400 -600 words)

Each Teaching Scholar will be expected to develop a scholarly examination into one or more areas of student learning.  In particular, scholars will examine how particular teaching strategies influence student learning.  These projects might be linked with a specific course or process designed to improve student learning (such as cooperative learning, active learning, technology implementation)

Applications will be accepted from all full-time Tenure Track and full-time Non-Tenure Track faculty members.


2019-2020 Teaching Scholars

Lilly Conference

Kiwon Lee

Foundations, Leadership & Administration

Joanne is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University. She taught high school and middle school mathematics in Ohio before earning her doctorate in mathematics education from Kent State University. Upon receiving her doctorate, she taught mathematics education at Eastern Michigan for 14 years.  Her research interests center upon strategies that increase access to mathematics for diverse learners. She regularly presents and publishes on these important topics, and some of her work has appeared in the Mathematics Teacher, Teaching Mathematics in the Middle School, and School Science and Mathematics.  She has been fortunate to work with many school districts through the Ohio Board of Higher Education’s Improving Teacher Quality Program.  She has received numerous National Science Foundation and United States Department of Education grants to broaden opportunities for underrepresented individuals.  At Kent State, she very much enjoys teaching mathematics methods for pre-service undergraduate and MAT pre-service teachers as well as graduate courses in mathematics education.

Jean Engohang-Ndong

Biological Sciences

Dr. Valerie Cubon-Bell is an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Kent State University at Trumbull.  She has taught Fundamentals of Chemistry, Introduction to Organic Chemistry, Molecules of Life, and General Chemistry with lab.  She received Kent State University’s Outstanding Teaching Award in 2016 and KSU’s Undeniably Accessible Award in 2017.  In addition, she was an honored nominee for the 2017 Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges Teacher of the Year Award.  

Dr. Cubon-Bell earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Chemistry from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. During this time, she interned at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.  Dr. Cubon-Bell also received a Master of Arts in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Chemistry and Neuroscience from Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey for her work related to Autism Spectrum Disorder. Before coming to Kent State, she was a researcher at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute where she utilized advanced neuroimaging techniques to investigate traumatic brain injury and sports-related concussion.

Dr. Cubon-Bell has presented her concussion research at numerous national and international conferences.  She continues to collaborate on MRI studies examining the neural and structural effects of sports-related concussion using non-invasive functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) in combination with neuropsychological testing.  Dr. Cubon-Bell’s research also extends into the military domain with an interest in the effects of repetitive low-level blast exposure on the brain.  

Dr. Cubon-Bell is actively engaged in the community.  As Director of the Girls in STEM TC conference and summer camp at Kent State Trumbull, she educates and encourages local high school girls to pursue STEM degrees.  She also volunteers to host chemistry demonstrations and hands-on activities for local community youth organizations with the hope of sparking excitement in chemistry!

Qunxing Ding

Biological Sciences

Dr. Knight has more than 15 years of experience in the field of public health, having worked in academic, community-based and governmental sectors. Most recently, she was the Director of Community Initiatives and Assistant Program Director for the Master of Public Health Program at Case Western Reserve University where she also held an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Kristina has served as a lead trainer for the Cuyahoga County Youth Work Institute and the national training cadre of National Health Promotion Associates where she has provided training and technical assistance to national prevention and youth development organizations. Prior to this time, she worked as a Project Director in a local health department to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of community-based substance use prevention programming. Her areas of interest in both education and research include: community-based and participatory approaches; social determinants and health disparities; health and learning; adolescent health; and, youth development. Dr. Knight is an avid Cleveland sports fan, ceramic artist, and lifelong traveler. 

Rekha Sharma

School of Communication Studies

Sara Koopman joined the Kent State University’s new School of Peace and Conflict Studies faculty in 2017, having previously taught at York University in Toronto, Canada and done a postdoc in Finland. She is a feminist political geographer interested in the socio-spatial aspects of peace, and the ways that both peacebuilding and international solidarity can fall into colonial patterns. She is particularly interested in how grassroots groups build alternative securities through solidarity, a process she has framed as doing alter-geopolitics.  Much of her research has been on international protective accompaniment, sometimes called civilian peacekeeping. She has also focused of late on the women’s movement in Colombia and its role in pushing for and implementing the gender-sensitive and differential approaches in the Colombian peace accords. 

Debra Clark

Foundations, Leadership and Administration

Seonjeong Ally Lee is an Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management in the College of EHHS (Education, Health, and Human Services) at Kent State University.  Her research interests are consumer well-being, consumer experience, and persuasion strategies in the service industry context.  She is an active researcher and her work appears in such journals as Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Research, International Journal of Hospitality Management, International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, and Cornell Hospitality Quarterly.  In addition to her research, her teaching interests lie on students’ learning engagement and students’ happiness.  She teaches such classes as Hospitality Cost Control, Strategic Lodging Management, and Hospitality Marketing.  Professor Seonjeong Ally Lee is interested in understanding how to promote students’ learning engagement to prolong their learning activities in their lives beyond college graduation.

Thomas Sahajdack


Bridget is an associate professor in the School of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies.  She received a master’s degree in geological sciences from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education from the University of Virginia.  She teaches courses in science education and early childhood education.  She also taught preschool-16 science for 11 years in formal and informal settings. Her teaching and research focus on teachers and students doing science inquiry and understanding characteristics of scientific knowledge and inquiry to improve access to science learning and careers for underrepresented groups, with a focus on minority, female, and special education teachers and students. Her experiences as a female undergraduate and graduate student in the sciences inform her advocacy work for students from groups underrepresented in the sciences.

Karen Mascolo


Dr. Elena Novak is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at Kent State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies from Florida State University in 2012. Her research has been recognized with two international awards sponsored by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT). Dr. Novak is a managing editor of Technology, Instruction, Cognition, and Learning (TICL), a Past Chair of the TICL Special Interest Group at the American Educational Research Association, and a consulting editor of Educational Technology Research & Development.

Dr. Novak has a B.A. with a double major in Computer Science & Economics and a Master’s in Economics. Her multidisciplinary academic background has contributed to the development of an innovative research program that combines the implications of theoretical, practical, and technological approaches that help learners at different cognitive, knowledge, and motivational readiness levels to both excel in and enjoy their learning. Dr. Novak is interested in how video games and game-like learning environments foster cognitive and motivational processes that improve human performance and learning. She develops mathematical models that explain theoretical prepositions and serve as research and policy tools supporting more effective learning and instruction. In addition, her research examines integration of innovative technologies in pre- and in-service teacher education. Dr. Novak’s work aims to provide educators with research-informed guidelines on how to integrate technology in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education. Her research has been published in leading peer-reviewed international journals, such as Computers in Human Behavior, Educational Technology Research & Development, Computers & Education, British Journal of Educational Technology, Interacting with Computers, Learning and Individual Differences, Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, and Interactive Learning Environments.

Jill Kawalec

Podiatric Medicine

Brian H. Yim is an Assistant Professor of Sport Administration in the School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration at Kent State University, Kent Ohio. He received his PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Georgia, Athens Georgia. His overarching research interest lies in customer relationship marketing with a particular focus on sport fan emotions. He teaches Introduction to Sport Administration, Sport Marketing, and Sales Management in Sport Entertainment. When teaching, he believes student engagement through experiential learning can help the students to learn more so in his Introduction to Sport Administration class student have to participate many volunteer works and get sport industry experience for the class credits and in his Sport Marketing class students have to conduct a market research project as a group of 4-5. For his Sales Management in Sport Entertainment class, he developed a sales project partnership with Cleveland Indians. It now became a University-wide annual event called “Kent State Night at the Cleveland Indians.” The students experience real-world sport industry practices and developed their promotion, marketing, and sales skills. Several students earned the opportunity to present in front of Cleveland Indians’ sales executives and secured internship and full time positions with the organization. Through the Teaching Scholar Program, he wants to learn about teaching from his learning community (all CTL and teaching scholars) and new peer groups (teaching scholars 2018-2019) and encourage each other to become better teachers.

Younghun Chae 

Computer Science

Chance York (Ph.D., Louisiana State University) is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University.  Dr. York specializes in quantitative, social scientific research focusing on the origins or “etiology” of media and communication behavior in genetic traits and parent-child socialization patterns.  In particular, he is interested in knowing how genes and parent socialization of media behaviors in childhood influence our long-term news and political communication habits as well as attendant perceptual, attitudinal, and behavioral effects. On this topic and related topics, Dr. York has published peer-reviewed research in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Communication Research Reports, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, PS: Political Science & Politics, Electronic News, and Computers in Human Behavior.  His teaching interests include political communication, research methods, public opinion, and communication theory.

Amy Damrow 

Foundations, Leadership & Administration 

Dr. Zourrig, is assistant professor in the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship at Kent State University at Stark. Prior to joining Kent State University, Dr. Zourrig has been teaching marketing at the University of Regina in Canada and IESEG Business School (Paris campus) in France. Currently, he is appointed as a visiting professor at the University of International Business and Economics, In Beijing China.

His research interests include consumer behavior and cross-cultural studies.  His research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including, Journal of Business Research and Journal of Service Management, International Journal of Consumer Studies, and Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services.

He has received many teaching and Best Paper awards including the AxcessCapon Teaching Innovation Competition Award, the McGraw-Hill Education Distinguished Award discerned by the Federation of Business Disciplines (FBD), and Best Paper Award from the Society for Marketing Advances (SMA).


2018-2019 Teaching Scholars

  • Joanne Caniglia, School of Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus
  • Valerie Cubon-Bell, Chemistry, Trumbell Campus
  • Kristina Knight, Social and Behavioral Science, Kent Campus 
  • Sara Kooperman, School of Peace and Conflict Studies, Kent Campus
  • Seonjeong Ally Lee, College of Education, Health, and Human services, Kent Campus
  • Bridget Mulvey, School of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies 
  • Elena Novak, Educational Technology, Kent Campus
  • Brian Yim, School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration, Kent Campus
  • Chance York, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Kent Campus
  • Haithem Zourrig, Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Stark Campus

2017-2018 Teaching Scholars

  • Rebecca Chism, Modern and Classical Language Studies, Kent Campus
  • Dawn Ensminger-Stokes, College of Nursing Technology, Twinsburg Campus
  • Karen Lowry Gordon, Nutrition, Kent Campus
  • Pamela Takayoshi, English, Kent Campus
  • Kimberly Talentino, Modern and Classical Languages, Kent Campus
  • Derek Van Ittersum, English, Kent Campus
  • Cindy Widuck, College of Public Health, Kent Campus
  • Jeremy Williams, Geology, Kent Campus

2016-2017 Teaching Scholars

  • Peña L. Bedesem, School of Lifespan Development and Education Sciences, Kent Campus
  • Edward Dauterich, English, Kent Campus
  • Marie Gasper-Hulvat, Art, Stark Campus
  • Insook Kim, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus
  • Rui Liu, Architecture & Environmental Design, Kent Campus
  • Ellen Mulqueeny, Mathematical Science, Kent Campus
  • Joan Meggitt, Theatre, Kent Campus
  • Jennifer Metheney, College of Nursing, Kent Campus
  • Gabriella Paar-Jakli, Political Science, Kent Campus
  • Ashley Reed, Health Science, Kent Campus
  • Eric Taylor, Geology, Stark Campus

2015-2016 Teaching Scholars

  • Brian Barber, School of Lifespan Development and Education Sciences, Kent Campus
  • Rachel Blasiman, Psychology, Salem Campus
  • Tatyana Bystrova-McIntyre, Modern Classical Languages, Kent Campus
  • Shawn Golden, Computer Technology, East Liverpool Campus
  • Karl Kosko, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus
  • Margaret (Ruth) Leslie, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Kent Campus
  • Lawrence (Larry) Nehring, Modern and Classical Languages, Kent Campus
  • Takahiro Sato, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus

2014-2015 Teaching Scholars

  • Sue Clement, Geology, Geauga Campus and Regional Academic Center
  • Aroon Manoharan, Political Science, Kent Campus
  • Jennifer Mapes, Geography, Kent Campus
  • Carol Robinson, English, Trumbull Campus
  • Mariana Romero, Modern and Classical Languages , Kent Campus
  • James (Jim) Seelye, History, Stark Campus
  • Gregory Tinkler, Biological Science, Kent Campus
  • Maria E. Zaldivar, Modern and Classical Languages, Kent Campus

2013-2014 Teaching Scholars

  • Tina Bhargava, Social and Behavioral Science, Kent Campus
  • Belinda Boon, Library and Information Science, Kent Campus
  • Daniel Castaneda, Modern and Classical Languages, Stark Campus
  • Ji Young Cho, Architecture and Environmental Design, Kent Campus
  • Patrick Gallagher, Modern and Classical Languages, Kent Campus
  • Michele Heron, Teaching Leadership and Curriculum Studies, Stark Campus

2012-2013 Teaching Scholars

  • Wendy Bedrosian, Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus
  • Diana Stewart, Nursing Technology, East Liverpool Campus 
  • Jakyung Seo, Theatre, Kent Campus
  • Jennifer Marcinkiewicz, Biological Sciences, Kent Campus
  • Moon-Heum Cho, Educational Foundations and Special Services, Stark Campus
  • Jeanne Smith, English, Kent Campus
  • Becky Parylak, Geography, Kent Campus

2011-2012 Teaching Scholars

  • Wendy Bedrosian, Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies
  • James Bolchalk, Economics, Geauga Campus
  • Keiran Dunne, Modern and Classical Languages, Kent Campus
  • Jeffery Huston, Health Sciences, Kent Campus
  • Uma Krishnan, English, Kent Campus
  • Mary Parr, Foundation, Leadership, and Administration, Kent Campus
  • Sandra Pech, Early Childhood Education, Tuscarawas Campus
  • Dirk Remley, English, Kent Campus
  • Theresa Repicky, Political Science, Kent Campus
  • Lydia Rose, Sociology, East Liverpool Campus
  • Scott Tobias, Family and Consumer Studies, Stark Campus

2010-2011 Teaching Scholars

  • Madhav Bhatta, Public Health, Kent Campus
  • Sloane Burgess, Special Education, Kent Campus
  • Pratim Datta, Management and Information Systems, Kent Campus
  • Debarchana Ghosh, Geography, Kent Campus
  • Sanna Harjusola-Webb, Lifespan Development and Education Sciences, Kent Campus
  • Dandan Liu, Economics, Kent Campus
  • Jung-Yeup Kim, Philosophy, Kent Campus 
  • Manacy Pai, Sociology, Kent Campus
  • Xiaoling Pu, Finance, Kent Campus
  • John Staley, Health Policy Management, Kent Campus
  • Joanna Trzeciak, Modern and Classical Language Studies, Kent Campus

2008–2009 Teaching Scholars

  • David Purcell, Sociology, Kent Campus
  • E. Owen Carew, Mathematical Science, Kent Campus
  • Helen Piontkivska, Biology, Kent Campus
  • Hyangsook Lee, Journalism and Mass Communication, Kent Campus
  • Jeffrey T. Child, School of Communication Studies, Kent Campus
  • Karen Kritzer, Educational Foundation and Social Services, Kent Campus
  • Ramona Freeman, Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus
  • Steve L. Turner, Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus
  • Susan Iverson, Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus
  • Wei Li, Accounting, Kent Campus
  • Mary Louise Holly, Faculty Professional Development Center - Facilitator

2007–2008 Teaching Scholars

  • Hanbin Mao, Chemistry, Kent Campus
  • Robert Logan, College of Technology, Kent Campus
  • Patti Kameya, History, Kent Campus
  • Martha Lash, Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus
  • Karl Idsvoog, Journalism and Mass Communication, Kent Campus
  • Clare Stacey, Sociology, Kent Campus
  • Linda Hoeptner-Poling, Art, Kent Campus

2006–2007 Teaching Scholars

  • Beth Butler, College of Communication and Information, Kent Campus
  • Mary Ann Devine, School of Exercise, Leisure, and Sport, Kent Campus
  • Chere Doiron, Interior Design, Kent Campus
  • Vickie Ellison, Modern and Classical Language Studies, Kent Campus
  • Michele Ewing, Journalism and Mass Communication, Kent Campus
  • Athena Salaba, Library and Information Science, Kent Campus
  • David Smeltzer, Journalism and Mass Communication, Kent Campus
  • Mousa Traore, School of Fashion Design and Merchandising, Kent Campus
  • Anita Varrati, Teaching, Leadership, and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus
  • E Sue Wamsley, History, Kent Campus
  • Christopher Was, Education Foundations and Special Services, Kent Campus

2005–2006 Teaching Scholars

  • David Dees, Education Foundations and Special Services, Salem Campus
  • Susan Emens, Technology, Kent Campus
  • Meghan Harper, Library and Information Science, Kent Campus
  • Gro Hovhannisyan, Mathematical Sciences, Kent Campus
  • Koon Hwee Kan, Art, Kent Campus
  • Tricia Niesz, Foundation, Leadership and Administration, Kent Campus
  • Tsunghui Tu, Teaching Leadership and Current Studies, Kent Campus
  • Dwayne Wasson, Music, Kent Campus
  • Gina Zavota, Philosophy, Kent Campus

2004–2005 Teaching Scholars

  • David Brenner, Modern and Classical Language Studies, Kent Campus
  • David Bruce, Teaching, Leadership and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus
  • Mary Ann Devine, Foundation, Leadership and Administration, Kent Campus
  • Alison Fletcher, History, Kent Campus
  • George Haber, Adult Counseling, Kent Campus
  • Clauda Khourey-Bowers, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies, Stark Campus
  • Janice Kroeger, Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus 
  • Jaclyn LaPlaca, History, Kent Campus
  • Mei-Chen Lin, Communication Studies, Kent Campus
  • Cary McDougall, Art, Stark Campus   
  • Molly Merryman, Justice Studies, Kent Campus
  • Eric Mintz, Biological Sciences, Kent Campus
  • Ronica Rooks, Finance, Kent Campus
  • Xinlei Zhao, Finance, Kent Campus

2003–2004 Teaching Scholars

  • Ginny Horvath, Regional Campuses
  • Alison Bianchi, Sociology, Kent Campus
  • Violet Dutcher, English, Stark Campus
  • Tina Kandakai, Adult Counseling, Health, and Vocational Education, Kent Campus
  • Molly Lindner, Art, Stark Campus
  • Laurie Moses Hines, Educational Foundation & Special Services, Trumbull Campus
  • Kimberly Peer, Exercise, Leisure, and Sport, Kent Campus
  • Steven Riechman, Exercise, Leisure, and Sport, Kent Campus
  • David Tuthill, Biological Sciences, Kent Campus
  • Sarah Wilcox, Sociology, Kent Campus
  • Esook Yoon, Political Science, Kent Campus

2002–2003 Teaching Scholars

  • Shawn Banasick, Geography, Kent Campus
  • Andrew Barnes, Political Science, Kent Campus
  • Jane Beckett-Camaratta, Political Science, Kent Campus
  • Jonathan Paul Fleming, Architecture, Kent Campus
  • Yuko Kurahashi, Theatre, Kent Campus
  • Argyrios K. Pisiotis, History, Kent Campus
  • Scott A. Sherer, Art, Kent Campus
  • Jay D. Sloan, English, Stark Campus
  • Mathew Weinstein, Teaching, Leadership,and Curriculum Studies, Kent Campus
  • Don A. Wicks, Library and Information Science, Kent Campus
  • Kathleen O. Williams, Adult Nursing, Kent Campus

2001–2002 Teaching Scholars

  • Marty Jencius, Adult Counseling, Health and Vocational Education, Kent Campus
  • Ralph Lorenz, School of Music, Kent Campus
  • William Frank Robinson, History, Stark Campus
  • Alexander J. Seed, Chemistry, Kent Campus
  • Scott Sheridan, Geography, Kent Campus
  • Ferenc de Szalay, Biological Sciences, Kent Campus
  • Yin Zhang, Library and Information Science, Kent Campus

2000–2001 Teaching Scholars

  • Alison Butler, Economics, Kent Campus
  • Jessie Carduner, Modern and Classical Languages, Kent Campus
  • Mark Cassell, Political Science, Kent Campus
  • Mary Ann Devine, Exercise, Leisure and Sport, Kent Campus
  • G. Leticia Gonzalez, Exercise, Leisure and Sport, Kent Campus
  • Lisa Holland, Chemistry, Kent Campus
  • Lynn Koch, Educational Foundations and Special Services, Kent Campus
  • Pam Lieske, English, Trumbull Campus
  • Mandy J. Munro-Stasiuk, Geography, Kent Campus
  • Vic Perera, Mathematics, Trumbull Campus
  • Daniel Price, Justice Studies, Trumbull Campus
  • Min Qi, Economics, Kent Campus
  • Jeanette Riley, English, Stark Campus
  • Kathryn Wilson, Economics, Kent Campus

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