Featured Faculty of the Month

December Featured Faculty: Sarah Andreas and Gina Zavota

Sarah Andreas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Business Management and Related Technologies (BMRT) | Tuscarawas Campus

Sarah Andreas
Dr. Andreas is recognized for her outstanding efforts in ungrading and active teaching.

Hours of effort have gone into Dr. Andreas' courses to build and promote more equitable learning options for her students. From reframing her courses through an ungraded lens with her 'Pathways to Success' to her unyielding endeavors in the classroom by building inclusion through active learning methods, she ensures every student feels a sense of belonging and understands that their learning matters. Dr. Andreas has been a vibrant faculty member of the Early Career Teaching Program, the Faculty Reading Group, and even found time to redesign her course grading, apply evidence-based teaching strategies, and practice highly reflective engagement with best teaching practices. We recognize and express gratitude for all her accomplishments this semester.


Gina Zavota, Ph.D., Professor

Philosophy | College of Arts & Sciences| Kent Campus

Gina Zavota
Dr. Zavota is being recognized for her innovative approach to teaching philosophy using embodied pedagogy.  Embodied pedagogy intentionally recognizes that the body and mind are intertwined and supports this interconnection in the learning process.  Dr. Zavota is a past recipient of the University Teaching Council Summer Teaching Development grant which supported this work.

Past Featured Faculty

Kathleen Dwinnells:   Associate Professor & BSN Coordinator, College of Nursing | Trumbull Campus

Adam Lockwood:  Assistant Professor, Lifespan Development & Educational Sciences | Kent Campus

Ryan Ballestero:   Assistant Professor, Department of Accounting | Kent Campus

Jasmine Hines:  Assistant Professor, Music Education | Kent Campus

Adrienne Erby:   Assistant Professor, School of Lifespan, Development and Educational Sciences | Kent Campus

Eric Taylor:  Associate Professor, Earth Sciences | Stark Campus

Sorina Ailiesei:  Assistant Professor, English | Geauga Campus

David Hacker: Professor,  Geology | Trumbull Campus

Jamie McCartney: Associate Professor, Lifespan Development and Education Sciences | Kent Campus

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

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