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Jennifer Marcinkiewicz, Ph.D., Center for Teaching and Learning, Kent State University

Dr. Jennifer Marcinkiewicz is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Kent State University, with nearly 25 years of experience in research and teaching. Her commitment to science teaching and outreach is evident through her prior service as co-director of the university’s Upward Bound Math-Science Program, coordinator of the BS/MD program, instruction of over 5,000 students in biology and service on more than 70 graduate student committees, including 10 as mentor. She has served as Change Leader for two NSF-IDEAL grants supporting the advancement of women in STEM.  Her experiences as a Teaching Scholar and Faculty Fellow within the Center for Teaching and Learning led to her appointment as its Director in July, 2017.  The Center for Teaching and Learning provides opportunities, leadership and support for all faculty to grow in their professional endeavors, especially in their vital role in making the university a vibrant learning environment.  In her role, Dr. Marcinkiewicz facilitates many opportunities for faculty development such as the Teaching Scholars Faculty Learning Community, an inter-disciplinary group of faculty members conducting Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Projects.
Karen Mascolo, DNP, RN, Nursing, Kent State University

Karen Mascolo, DNP, RN has been a nurse for over thirty years.  Before coming to Kent State University as a professor of nursing in 2011, she worked in surgery, owned a temporary nursing staffing business, and then developed and directed the School Health Program for Akron Children’s Hospital providing medical care to children in several school districts in Summit County. She has also served as the Director of Staff Development, Research and Magnet at a large community hospital in Summit County.  Since coming to Kent State as a Non-Tenure Track professor, she has focused her attention on developing teaching strategies that engage the Millennial Generation student.  Her current line of inquiry and practice is developing strategies that will address and mitigate incivility in the healthcare sector, particularly with nursing students and licensed nurses in the clinical setting.
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Eric Taylor, Ph.D., Geology, Kent State University at Stark

Eric is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Geology and has been teaching at the Stark campus since 2012. He has served on the Faculty Council for the Stark campus in recent years and has been teaching undergraduate Kent CORE as well as major-specific courses in physical and historical geology, scientific methods, natural hazards and disasters, and earth materials.  Eric received his Master’s and doctoral degrees from The Ohio State University and investigated the interface between biology and geology on the microscale level in the hopes of answering the questions “How can bacteria cause acid mine drainage?” and “Why is asbestos so potent a carcinogen?”  Eric loves being outdoors and often drags his wife and children along with him to field sites and other places of geological significance. Non-academic interests or hobbies include music, jogging (especially on trails) and religion. His interests in teaching and learning deal mostly with online and outdoor education as suitable alternatives and or supplemental strengths to traditional teaching. In 2016, he participated in the Teaching Scholars program to begin his long-term pursuits of the science of teaching and learning in traditional and online geology education.  In 2017, he completed the Faculty Fellows program on the current state of online science laboratories at Kent State University and investigated and summarized implementation strategies for faculty to integrate online laboratory learning in their curriculum. 
Rachael Blasiman, Ph.D., Psychological Studies, Kent State University at Salem

Rachael is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Kent Salem campus, where she has taught since 2010.  She received her B.S. in Biology from Mount Union and her M.A. and PhD. in Experimental Psychology from Case Western Reserve University.  As a cognitive psychologist, her primary areas of research are memory and learning, as well as applying principles of learning to her own classes.  Rachael teaches a variety of undergraduate courses in psychology, mentors undergraduate student researchers, and collaborates on interdisciplinary SoTL research with faculty across the Kent system.
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