Scholar of the Month

Jacob Barkley (left), associate professor of exercise science in Kent State’s College of Education, Health and Human Services, oversees research activities with several students in a classroom in the MAC Center Annex. Kent State University’s Scholar of the Month for December would prefer that you read this standing up, or even doing some calisthenics. Go on, get moving. Jacob Barkley, Ph.D., is an associate professor of exercise science in Kent State’s College of Education, Health and Human Services. During his 10 years with Kent State, he has earned a name...

Jessica Barness (right), assistant professor of visual communication design at Kent State, reviews a student’s work in the Art Building. Scholar of the Month Jessica Barness Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design College of Communication and Information 2012-present The word “communication” likely makes you think of language, but November’s Scholar of the Month has spent her entire career researching design as a language of its own. Across various media, Jessica...

Jon Yoder, Ph.D., associate professor of architecture at Kent State, teaches a seminar in the new Center for Architecture and Environmental Design. Scholar of the Month Jon Yoder Associate Professor of Architecture College of Architecture and Environmental Design 2013-present Paul DiCorleto, Kent State University’s vice president for research and sponsored programs, likes to say that “innovation occurs where fields collide,” and October’s Scholar of the Month is certainly a testament...

Dr. Brian Castellani Scholar of the Month Brian Castellani Professor of Sociology Kent State University at Ashtabula 2002-present The Kent Campus is big, but still not big enough to fit all the great scholars who are part of the Kent State University family. So much of Kent State’s great research is happening at its Regional Campuses, and Sociology Professor Brian...

James Tyner, Ph.D., professor in Kent State’s Department of Geography, discusses his research in his office. Scholar of the Month James Tyner Professor College of Arts and Sciences 1997-present Selecting a single renowned scholar from Kent State University’s largest college is not an easy undertaking, but the work of Geography Professor James Tyner, Ph.D., over the past year made the decision a little bit easier for the College of Arts and Sciences...

Michael Fisch (center), assistant professor in Kent State’s College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology, works with students in an X-ray lab in the Science Research Building. Scholar of the Month Michael Fisch Assistant Professor College of Applied Engineering, Sustainability and Technology 1999-present With faculty like Michael Fisch, Ph.D., on hand, it is no wonder that Kent State University identified materials science as an area of research focus. Nor is it hard to see why Fisch, an assistant professor in the...

Dr. Lawrence Osher (far left), professor of podiatric medicine, reviews X-rays with some first-year students in the Amerigel Radiology Lab on the Kent State College of Podiatric Medicine campus. Scholar of the Month Lawrence Osher Professor College of Podiatric Medicine 1982-present An accomplished doctor and academic, a highly regarded colleague and educator, the June 2016 Scholar of the Month is Dr. Lawrence Osher of Kent State University’s College of Podiatric Medicine, a decision made unanimously among the college’s leadership. ...

Terri Kent (center), professor of theatre in Kent State’s College of the Arts, goes over a stage plan with students in the scene shop. Scholar of the Month Terri Kent Professor College of the Arts 1991-present An accomplished director, actor and educator, Terri Kent is a professor in the School of Theatre and Dance at the College of the Arts. She is the coordinator of the musical theatre program and is the producing artistic director of Porthouse Theatre, Kent State...

Cynthia Roller speaks during the Kent State College of Nursing’s Spring 2014 Graduate Convocation Ceremony held in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Cynthia Roller, Ph.D., R.N., CNP, CNM, was a passionate nurse practitioner and researcher who passed away suddenly on Feb. 28, 2016, after a tragic accident. Earlier this year, she was selected by Kent State University’s College of Nursing as our Scholar of the Month for April. As a way to honor her and her research, the college and her family...

Xiaoling Pu, associate professor of finance in Kent State’s College of Business Administration, works with a student in the Business Administration Building. Scholar of the Month Xiaoling Pu Associate Professor of Finance College of Business Administration 2008-present Xiaoling Pu is an associate professor in the Department of Finance at the College of Business Administration. She holds the Olga A. Mural Risk Management Fund Associate Professorship. Pu’s current research interests include credit...