Presenter Biographies

Ola Ahlqvist is Associate Professor in Geography and part-time Director for the Office of Service-Learning at Ohio State. He has worked professionally with local and regional environmental planning in Finland and Sweden in the early 1990’s. After completing a PhD in Geography at Stockholm University in 2001 followed by post-doctoral training at Penn State University he joined the Geography Department at The Ohio State University in 2005. His research interest span three broad areas: 1) semantic uncertainty and formal ontology in analysis of geographic information, 2) how online maps, social media, and games combine to offer novel forms of social-environmental simulation, and decision making. 3) the scholarship of engagement in GIS and experiential learning.

Carol M. Anelli is Professor and Associate Chair of Entomology (MS, PhD, University of Illinois).  She arrived at OSU in 2013 from Washington State University, where she served as Thesis Director and Associate Dean of the Honors College, and as Faculty Fellow in the Office of Assessment of Teaching & Learning.  Her research interests include the history of entomology and evolutionary thought, and classroom pedagogy and assessment.  She teaches courses in the OSU general education curriculum (ENTMLGY 1101, ENTMLGY 2400H), and special topics courses at the graduate level.

Lisa Cravens-Brown is a triple alumna of The Ohio State University, with a bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. in clinical child psychology. She started teaching at OSU as a graduate student and was hooked from the start. She was a 2014 recipient of the Provost’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by a Lecturer, and also has won the psychology department’s distinguished teaching award. She was named by the Princeton Review as one of the Top 300 Professors in the U.S. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the department of psychology, where she teaches several large undergraduate courses and coordinates two department-wide courses. She also gives numerous talks on campus each year. In her limited spare time, she participates in community theater productions as an actor, singer, dancer, and director.

Ethan Doetsch, Ph.D. has been a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at the Ohio State University since 2012.  He earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Utah.  He has taught a wide range of economics courses at the Ohio State University, Westminster College, and the University of Utah.  His current interests are early 20th American economic history and labor markets.

Tammy Eckard, M.Ed., CI, CT, is a Senior Lecturer for the American Sign Language Program at the Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures. She is a nationally certified sign language interpreter and has taught ASL at secondary and post-secondary levels in central Ohio. She received her Master’s in Deaf Education at The Ohio State University. Tammy is the recipient of the Local Lecturer Support Grant and the Mid-Career and Senior Faculty Learning Community Grant.  She thrives on good professional development, using technology to create authentic materials for ASL students to use beyond the classroom, coffee, and adventure.

Beth Fines serves as an Associate Director of Residence Life within the Office of Student Life.  She earned a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at the University of Michigan.  In addition to her work with the Second-year Transformational Experience Program, she provides leadership for the development and support of residential learning communities, faculty engagement in the residence halls and second-year support initiatives within Residence Life.

Richard J. Freuler is the Director for the Fundamentals of Engineering for Honors (FEH) Program in the OSU Department of Engineering Education. He teaches the two-semester FEH engineering course sequence and is active in engineering education research. He is also a Professor of Practice in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and conducts scale model investigations of gas turbine installations for jet engine test cells and for marine and industrial applications of gas turbines at the Aerospace Research Center at Ohio State. Dr. Freuler earned his Bachelor of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (1974), his B.S. in Computer and Information Science (1974), his M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering (1974), and his Ph.D. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering (1991) all from The Ohio State University.

Kathleen A. Harper is a senior lecturer in the Department of Engineering Education at The Ohio State University. She received her M. S. in physics and B. S. in electrical engineering and applied physics from Case Western Reserve University, and her Ph. D. in physics from The Ohio State University. She has been on the staff of Ohio State’s University Center for the Advancement of Teaching, in addition to teaching in both the physics department and college of engineering. Her research interests address a broad spectrum of educational topics, including teamwork and how people learn problem solving skills.

Cindy Xinquan Jiang, Ph.D. is the Senior Research Associate at the Office of International Affairs. Her focus area is research and assessment related to international education programs and learning outcomes. She is currently involved in research on international student experience, international student program evaluation and assessment of student global learning outcomes. She earned a doctorate in Higher Education from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan.

Subbu Kumarappan, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Ohio State University – Agricultural Technical Institute. He teaches courses in applied economics and business. He works on research questions related to the economics of organic agriculture, renewable energy, business entrepreneurship, and using technology for (online) classroom pedagogy. He has a PhD degree in Agricultural Business and Strategy from Michigan State University. He also has attended Iowa State University in the US, and Punjab Agricultural University and Annamalai University in India.

Cynthia Lin is a doctoral candidate of Foreign, Second and Multilingual Language Education at the School of Teaching and Learning. Her dissertation focuses on second language writers’ learning experiences in the First-Year Writing class. The research project is intended to provide insights in curriculum designs of writing programs. Cynthia is working as a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) consultant at the Center of Study and Teaching for Writing. She with other three WAC consultants design workshops or webinars to support instructors arose the campus to teaching writing in their classrooms.

Rick Livingston is Associate Director of the Humanities Institute and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Studies. He holds a Ph.D in Comparative Literature from Yale University, and taught at the University of Virginia before coming to OSU in 1993. He has particular interests in postcolonial literature and in environmental citizenship and sustainability. He served on the committee that designed the STEP program, and has been a faculty mentor in STEP since it began.

Timothy Lombardo is an Instructional Designer and Quality Matters Coordinator in the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) at The Ohio State University. Timothy has been with OSU since July of 2013. As an Instructional Designer Timothy consult with Faculty on course design and assist on the production of their online courses for programs developed by the Office of Distance Education and eLearning. As the Quality Matters Coordinator, Timothy promote QM and serve as the Quality Matters expert at OSU. Timothy holds various roles with Quality Matters. Timothy am a Peer Reviewer, Master Reviewer, Online APPQMR Facilitator, Face-to-Face APPQMR Facilitator, Course Review Manager and Quality Matters Coordinator. Timothy am also teaching ESEPSY 1159. The course is a 2-credit, 7-week online course devoted to exploring how to use the web for a successful college experience.   Prior to working at ODEE, Timothy worked as an Instructional Designer / Content Developer at Ashland University for 5 years, Timothy worked as an Instructional Designer for a small print to digital company in Northeast Pennsylvania creating self-paced computer training materials and the Help Desk Coordinator / PC Support Assistant for Penn State University’s Hazleton Campus for 5 years as well. Timothy has a Master of Science in Instructional Technology, with a specialization in Instructional Technology Specialist from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences and Technology from The Pennsylvania State University.

Chris Manion is the coordinator of the Writing Across the Curriculum program at the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing. He also coordinates the Writing Associate program, which embeds undergraduate writing tutors in writing intensive classes to help instructors more effectively use writing in their teaching and to support their students as they experiment with new approaches to writing instruction. Currently, he is researching how writing is taught in second-level writing courses and collaborating with departments offering the course to develop cross-departmental training opportunities for instructors teaching the course. He is also examining how instructors working with Writing Associates perceive and leverage the tutors, and in what ways these instructors change how they teach writing as a result.

Laurie Maynell is in her tenth year at the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching at Ohio State, where she serves as Assistant Director and Coordinator of UCAT’s International Initiatives and Programming. Her current research interests are on international student development, both   undergraduate and graduate, and internationalization of the curriculum.

Jen Michaels is a PhD student in the English department and a graduate associate with Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing Associates programs at CSTW.

Margaret Murphy works at the College of Public Health, managing the instructional design and development services for academic and workforce development projects and programs. She works with subject matter experts and project managers to plan, design, and develop teaching/learning online, hybrid and web-based learning experiences. She provides consultation and training to faculty and staff on adult pedagogy and best practices in instructional design. She maintains the online learning management systems and provides technical assistance to the college. Before coming to The Ohio State in June of 2015, she worked at Ohio School for the Deaf, Center for Outreach Services as their educational interpreter consultant and online learning coordinator. She also worked as a nationally certified sign language interpreter for 18 years. Margaret is originally from Rochester, NY. She holds an A.A.S in American Sign Language Interpretation, a B.S. in Speech Pathology from SUNY Fredonia (NY), and an M.Ed. in Adult and Organizational Learning from Northeastern University.

Caroline Omolesky is the Program Officer for Sponsored Programs & Academic Liaison at the Office of International Affairs. As academic liaison she coordinates academic support for international students, developing specialized academic programming, working with students who are struggling academically and/or charged with academic misconduct, and serving as a resource for academic advisors. Caroline also serves as the liaison for sponsored international students and their funding organizations, and overseas non-degree exchange programs. Caroline has her Master’s degree in French Literature from the University of Virginia, and has taught French and English as a Second Language.

Jeanne Osborne is the Assistant Director, Academic Affairs at Ohio State ATI on the Wooster campus. Ohio State ATI, an academic unit within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, provides access to higher education for a broad demographic of students who are interested in advanced education and career tracks in agriculture, horticulture, environmental sciences, business, and engineering technology. Jeanne oversees the curriculum and assessment for 12 Associate of Applied Science and 13 Associate of Science degree programs, as well as the student support services available to students. In addition to the focus of her position, Jeanne is interested in enhancing the persistence to degree, particularly focusing on the large proportion of first generation students at Ohio State ATI.

Vicki Pitstick serves as a key member of the Leadership Team for the Second-Year Transformational Experience Program (STEP) through the Office of Academic Affairs.  She provides vision and direction for all parts of STEP, but her main responsibility includes providing resources and training and development opportunities for the STEP Faculty Mentors. She earned a master’s degree in Higher Education & Student Affairs at the Ohio State University and will begin a PhD program at Ohio State in the same field in the summer of 2016. Her professional passions include student development theory, service learning, and female rights and empowerment.  In her personal time she enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 daughters, scrapbooking, movies, reading, and building relationships with wonderful people.

Melinda Rhodes-DiSalvo, Ph.D., directs the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Office of Teaching and Learning where she is currently supporting a curriculum mapping initiative and learning management system transition. Her office promotes faculty adoption of and engagement with new instructional technologies, as well as research-based teaching strategies and SoTL. Prior to coming to OSU, she directed the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning at the University of Cincinnati, and taught education, journalism, and English courses online and face-to-face at UC, Ohio Wesleyan University and Cottey College, as well as on the community college level. She designed a student leadership program and its curriculum for Cottey College, where she also served as assistant dean of the faculty. She earned her doctorate in Higher Education Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Tim Rhodus, Professor in Horticulture & Crop Science and Assessment Coordinator for H&CS whose research goals focus on designing and developing: ePortfolio and ePoster Technologies, Digital Badging Systems and Digital Evaluator Apps. His teaching efforts include two undergraduate courses: Managing a Virtual Portfolio and Creating a Virtual Perspective. He currently Chairs the University Senate’s Council on Distance Education, Libraries and Information Technology and serves as Editor, Digital Information Resources and Project Leader for Horticulture Instructional Materials (HortIM) for the American Society for Horticultural Science.

Jasmine Roberts is a strategic communication lecturer at the School of Communication. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Spanish at the University of Michigan and her master’s degree in Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has previous experience as a marketing/public relations professional for non profit, travel and banking industries in the United States and Spain. Roberts recently received a $7,500 grant from the Ohio State Office of Education and eLearning that focuses on designing and implementing open, free and low-cost alternatives to conventional textbooks that also works toward the university’s affordable learning initiative. Her current pedagogical interests include education abroad and project-based learning, assisting undergraduate students in applying theories and skills to real world projects and problems.

Lauren Sanders, MA, CI, CT, is a Senior Lecturer for the American Sign Language Program at the Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures. She is a nationally certified sign language interpreter and has taught ASL in New Jersey, New York, and Ohio at secondary and post-secondary levels. She earned her Master’s in ASL from Columbia University. Lauren is the recipient of the Design Learning Community Grant and the Library Course Enhancement Grant.  She thrives on student energy, creativity, collaborating with colleagues, yoga, and dark chocolate.

Kristin Saxon, M.Ed., is a Senior Lecturer for the American Sign Language Program at the Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Her career includes educating deaf and hard of hearing high school students and teaching American Sign Language via interactive video distance learning to high schools throughout Ohio.  Kristin earned her Master’s in Deaf Education at The Ohio State University. She received the Office of Disability Services Excellence in Access Award, the Arts & Sciences Diversity Grant, Library Course Enhancement Grant, Service-Learning Initiative Grant, and the Lecturer Learning Community Grant. Kristin thrives on new opportunities, service and outreach to the community, fitness, and pizza.

Dr. Matthew W. Stoltzfus, or “Dr. Fus” to his students, is a senior lecturer in the department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. In 2013, he was an inaugural recipient of the Provost’s Award for Teaching by a Lecturer, which earned him membership into The Academy of Teaching at The Ohio State University. He is experimenting with the “flipping the classroom” lecture approach, which has been featured on ESPN an NPR, mainly due to his iTunesU course, which has an enrollment of over 175,000 students. In addition, he is a contributing author on the 13th Edition of “Chemistry the Central Science,” and is an Apple Distinguished Educator. His current interest involves providing an alert to students who enter CHEM 1210 unprepared, provide a remediation plan to the students who need it, and to motivate them to complete the remediation assignments.

Evan Thomas is a PhD candidate in English and tutor and researcher at the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing at the Ohio State University. His dissertation is on Renaissance paratexts and his other research addresses narrative theory and the long history of pop culture. He has taught first and second-level composition and introductory courses on poetry, Shakespeare, and the Bible. His pedagogical research has focused on paratexts, digital editions of canonical texts, and shared inquiry. His ongoing interests are in the tutoring of dissertation-level ELL writers.