Introduction

The YSU Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies offers a wealth of productive studies for life and technical knowledge for career opportunities. Selected subjects can make an excellent minor complementing any career, and the major in philosophy or religious studies can be a sound preparation for a wide range of graduate programs. The department offers degrees in Philosophy, Religious Studies, Pre-Counseling (with either a Philosophy or a Religious Studies focus) as well as a number of minors. 

Welcome to Philosophy and Religious Studies

Welcome to Youngstown State University and the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies! Our department has a lot to offer on matters of central importance to the lives of our students and the mission of YSU. In addition to providing our wonderful course offerings, we have a vibrant student organization, organize a speakers series with world-class scholars, and are home to both the James Dale Ethics Center and the Center for Islamic Studies. I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about the offerings of the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department at Youngstown State University!

     -Alan Tomhave, Chair, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Contact Information

Alan Tomhave, Chair - aetomhave@ysu.edu - (330) 94-3447

For more information, call (330) 941-3448 or visit the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.

We are located in 401 DeBartolo Hall.

Specialized Centers

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies houses The Dr. James Dale Ethics Center and the Center for Islamic Studies.

The Dr. James Dale Ethics Center

The Dr. James Dale Ethics Center was founded in 1993 to support the study and teaching of ethics and to promote moral reflection and conduct in personal and professional life. Its activities are guided by the conviction that institutions of higher education play a crucially important role in creating and sustaining a democratic people, concerned not only with private but also common purposes. To accomplish its mission, the Center:

  •  Sponsors ethics seminars, workshops, and conferences for regional professionals;
  •  Offers lectures to the University and general community;
  •  Provides ethics consultation for regional organizations;
  •  Promotes the scholarship of teaching and learning of ethics

The director of the Ethics Center is Dr. Mark Vopat, Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.

The Center for Islamic Studies

The Center for Islamic Studies is devoted to the scholarly study of Islam and to educating the community about Islamic religion, history, and culture. It was created through an agreement between the Youngstown Muslim community and Youngstown State University. To accomplish its mission, the Center:

  •  Offers lectures to the University and general community;
  •  Co-publishes (with the Iqbal Academy Pakistan) the Iqbal Quarterly, which aims to introduce the works of the South Asian poet-thinker Muhammad Iqbal to general readers in the English-speaking world;
  •  Participates in The Pluralism Project of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, which publishes E Pluribus, a newsletter devoted to interfaith activities in the Mahoning Valley and to events of general interest in the field of religious pluralism.

The director of the Center for Islamic Studies is Dr. Mustansir Mir, University Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Philosophy Circle

The Philosophy Circle is a group of more than 140 faculty, alumni, and friends whose donations support special departmental activities, including awards for outstanding student papers and funding for the Dr. Thomas and Albert Shipka Speakers Series. The Shipka Speakers Series has sponsored over 40 lectures by outstanding scholars, on topics related to philosophy and religious studies that are of wide interest to both the university and the larger  community. For videos of recent talks, see the Shipka Speakers Series page.

Departmental Scholarships

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies offers the following scholarships. Please contact the department office for more information.

  •  Evangelos Michelakis Meshel Scholarship in Philosophy
  •  Robert G. & S. Ann Berich Meigetter Scholarships in Philosophy
  •  Dr. Earl Eugene Eminhizer Scholarship in Religious Studies
  •  Sister Jean Gillespie Memorial Award in Religious Studies
  •  Bevan-Dillingham Scholarship in Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Helen Pavlov Memorial Scholarship in Philosophy and Religious Studies

Philosophy and Religious Studies Club

The Philosophy and Religious Studies Club is a student-run group open to all persons interested in philosophy and religious studies. The club hosts an annual educational fundraiser that  showcases the interests of a department faculty member. Topics vary for this popular evening complete with music, food, and wine tasting. The students also organize bi-monthly "Eat Drink Think" events (EDT), which are social events focused on classic and modern texts held over food and drinks. EDT events provide a nice forum for majors, non-majors, and community members to delve deeply into persistent questions in philosophy and religion and their relation to public policy, national and global events, and academics. For more information, please visit Philosophy and Religious Studies website and join our Facebook group, "YSU Philosophy and Religious Studies Club," for updates about upcoming events.

Learning Objectives

The student learning objectives for the major in philosophy & religious studies are as follows:

Religious Studies Objectives

  •  Students will understand the various approaches to the study of religion under the field that is called Religious Studies. This is accomplished through enrollment in the two core course, “Introduction to Religious Studies,” and “Methods and the Study of Religion."
  •  Students will develop an appreciation of two discrete religious systems to allow for healthy comparisons. This is accomplished by fulfilling the requirement of taking one course from “Class A,” which addresses Christian and Jewish traditions, and “Class B,” which covers Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and African-American traditions.
  • Students will accumulate two different methods to study religion. This is accomplished through the enrolment of one course from at least two different analytic groups: anthropology, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Philosophy Objectives

  •  Demonstrated reasoning ability (competently utilize principles of critical thinking, including assessment of definitions, recognition of fallacies, and application of the principles of good inductive and deductive reasoning).
  •  Demonstrated ability to articulate philosophical ideas and arguments (clarity, nuance, and sophistication of content) and knowledge of seminal figures in history who espouse them.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in charitable reading (willingness to consider alternative and plausible interpretations of an author’s work) and to consider arguments from the standpoint and experience of others (suspend one’s personal views).
  • Master the basics of theoretical writing, including the development of precise definitions, effective analysis of texts, traditions, and theoretical positions, and effective development, defense, and critique of arguments.
  • Demonstrated ability to revise beliefs, ideas, and arguments when presented with new sources, criticism, and evidence or to withhold judgment in the absence of reasons (reasonable disagreement and intellectual humility).

Pre-Counseling Objectives

  •  The student will competently analyze and critically evaluate his/her own beliefs and the beliefs and traditions of others. 
  •  The student will master the basics of theoretical writing, including the development of precise definitions, effective analysis of texts, traditions, and theoretical positions, and effective development, defense, and critique of arguments.
  • The student will exhibit knowledge of religious traditions and rituals, as well as cultural practices, beliefs, and values that guide behavior, decision-making, and social policy, and will demonstrate understanding of this diversity and skill in using this knowledge as a reference for understanding others.
  •  The student will exhibit a detailed understanding of personal yet timeless questions about spirituality, life after death, ethics, personal relationships, and well-being, and will competently use this knowledge to help others address similar questions and concerns.

Dr. Martin A. Abraham
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Civil/Environmental and Chemical Engineering
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1982
Ph.D., University of Delaware, 1987

Dr. Samuel Adu-Poku
Professor of Art
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., University of Science and Technology (Ghana), 1987
Dip. Ed., University of Science and Technology (Ghana), 1988
M.Ed., University of New Brunswick (Canada), 1995
Ph.D., University of British Columbia (Canada), 2002

Dr. Mari L. Alschuler
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Brown University, 1980
M.Ed., Teachers College of Columbia University, 1987
M.S.W., Fordham University, 1990
Ph.D., Barry University, 2012

Dr. Isam E. Amin
Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., University of Khartoum, 1977
M.S., New Mexico Inst. of Mining and Technology, 1983
Ph.D., University of Nevada-Reno, 1987

Dr. Tiffany M.B. Anderson
Assistant Professor of English
B.A., Southern Methodist University, 2004
M.A., Southern Methodist University, 2006
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2012

Dr. Corey E. Andrews
Professor of English
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Miami University, Ohio, 1992
M.A., Ohio University, 1995
Ph.D., Ohio University, 2000

Dr. James Andrews
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Bucknell University, 1979
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1982
B.S., Cleveland State University, 1989
M.S., Case Western Reserve University, 1992
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1995

Dr. Felicia P. Armstrong
Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., University of Dayton, 1987
M.S., Alabama AM University, 1996
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 2003

Dr. Abdurrahman Arslanyilmaz
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems
Graduate Faculty Member
B.E., Gazi University (Turkey), 1998
Certificate, Intensive English School, Middle East Technical University (Turkey), 2000
M.Ed., University of Missouri-Columbia, 2002
Ph.D., Texas AM University, 2007

Dr. David K. Asch
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1981
M.S., Creighton University, 1983
Ph.D., University of Kansas Medical Center, 1991

Dr. Kathleen Aspiranti
Assistant Professor of Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Wright State University, 2004
M.S., University of Tennessee, 2009
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 2011

Dr. Diana Awad-Scrocco
Assistant Professor of English
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Youngstown State University, 2006
M.A., Kent State University, 2008
Ph.D., Kent State University, 2012

Dr. Daniel Ayana
Professor of History
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Addis Ababa University, 1980
M.A., Addis Ababa University, 1984
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1995

Dr. Rebecca Lee Badawy
Assistant Professor of Management
B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2008
M.A., West Chester University of Pennsylvania, 2010
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2014

Dr. Mona Bahl
Assistant Professor of Management
Graduate Faculty Member
Bachelor of Commerce, Panjab University, 1995
Masters of Commerce, Panjab University, 1997
M.B.A., Mumbai University, 2004
Ph.D., Purdue University, 2013

Dr. Snjezana Balaz
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Northland College, 2001
M.S., University of Nebraska, 2005
Ph.D., University of Nebraska, 2007

Dr. Ganesaratnam K. Balendiran
Professor of Chemistry
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., University of Sri Lanka, 1985
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1991

Dr. Kevin E. Ball
Associate Provost and Professor of English
B.A., Truman State University, 1992
M.A., Truman State University, 1994
Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2000

Dr. Diane Barnes
Professor of History
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Fairmont State College, 1987
M.A., West Virginia University, 1995
Ph.D., West Virginia University, 2000

Dr. Rebecca A. Barnhouse
Professor of English
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Florida State University, 1983
M.A., University of North Carolina, 1986
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1994

Dr. Andrea Barrick
Assistant Professor of Social Work
B.S.W., Barton College, 2001
M.P.A., West Virginia University, 2008
M.S.W., West Virginia University, 2008
M.A., West Virginia University, 2012
Ph.D., West Virginia University, 2015

Christopher Barzak
Professor of English
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Youngstown State University, 1998
M.A., Youngstown State University, 2003
M.F.A., Chatham University, 2010

Dr. Patrick J. Bateman
Associate Professor of Management
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Rutgers University, School of Business, 1995
M.S., Temple University, Fox School of Business, 2002
M.F.A., Chatham University, 2010
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2008

Dr. Laura L. Beadling
Assistant Professor of English
Graduate Faculty Member
B.F.A., Bowling Green State University, 1995
M.A., Purdue University, 2001
Ph.D., Purdue University, 2007

Dr. Jane Beese
Associate Professor of Educational Foundations, Research, Technology, and Leadership
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., University of Akron, 1987
M.A., Case Western Reserve University, 1991
Ed.D., University of Akron, 2008

Dr. Jennifer Behney
Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Capital University, 1995
M.A., University of Findlay, 1997
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2011

Dr. Raymond E. Beiersdorfer
Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences
B.A., Queens College, City University of New York, 1979
M.S., University of California at Davis, 1982
Ph.D., University of California at Davis, 1992

Dr. Christopher M. Bellas
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 1997
A.S., Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 1998
M.S., Youngstown State University, 2001
Ph.D., Kent State University, 2010

James A. Benedict
Instructor of Physical Therapy
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., The Ohio State University, 1982
M.Ed., Kent State University, 1989

Dr. Terry Benton
Assistant Professor of English
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Youngstown State University, 1999
M.A., Youngstown State University, 2001
Ph.D., Kent State University, 2015

Dr. Deborah Fairchild Benyo
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
B.S., University of New Hampshire, 1985
M.S., The Ohio State University, 1987
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1991

Claudia A. Berlinski
Assistant Professor of Art
B.F.A., Buffalo State College, 1986
M.F.A., The Ohio State University, 1991

Dr. Kristine Blair
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Professor of English
B.A., California State University, 1986
M.A., California State University, 1988
Ph.D., Purdue University, 1994

Sheila M. Blank
Clinical Instructor of Nursing
B.S.N., Youngstown State University, 2001
School Nurse License, Youngstown State University, 2005
M.S.N., Youngstown State University, 2007

Dr. Shelley Blundell
Assistant Professor of Communication
B.A., Kent State University, 2006
B.S., Kent State University, 2007
M.L.S., Kent State University, 2009
Ph.D., Kent State University, 2015

Dr. Ewelina Boczkowska
Associate Professor of Music
Graduate Faculty Member
D.E.C., Jean-de-Brebeuf College and Vincent-d'Indy School of Music, 2000
B. M., McGill University, 2002
Ph.D., University of California, 2009

Dr. Brian Bonhomme
Professor of History
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., City College of the City University of New York, 1993
M.A., City College of the City University of New York, 1996
Ph.D., The City University of New York Graduate Center, 2000

Dr. Theodore R. Bosela
Professor of Engineering Technology
B.E., Youngstown State University, 1981
M.S., University of Akron, 1985
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1993

Dr. Frank J. Bosso
Professor of Human Performance and Exercise Science
B.S., Slippery Rock University, 1978
M.S., West Virginia University, 1979
Ph.D., NEOUCOM / Kent State University, 1990

Dr. Philip Sean Brady
Professor of English
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Bucknell University, 1977
M.A., University of Delaware, 1979
M.A., San Francisco State University, 1986
Ph.D., State University of New York, 1990

Dr. Margaret L. Briley
Assistant Professor of Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology
B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1976
M.Ed., Georgia State University, 1981
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1999

Dr. S. Cory Brozina
Assistant Professor and Director of First-Year Engineering
B.S., Virginia Tech, 2005
M.S., Virginia Tech, 2007
Ph.D., Virginia Tech, 2015

Dr. Kristin L. Bruns
Assistant Professor of Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology
B.S., University of South Dakota, 2006
M.A., University of South Dakota, 2008
Ph.D., Kent State University, 2014

Dr. Jeffrey M. Buchanan
Professor of English
Graduate Faculty Member
A.B., University of Michigan, 1990
M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1997
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2002

Dr. William R. Buckler
Associate Professor of Geography
B.A., Wayne State University, 1969
M.A., Michigan State University, 1973
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1981

Dr. Annette M. Burden
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Youngstown State University, 1976
M.S., Youngstown State University, 1980
Ph.D., Union Institute and University, 2002

Dr. Michael Butcher
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Christopher Newport University, 1996
M.S., Wake Forest University, 2000
Ph.D., University of Calgary, 2006

Dr. Jonathan J. Caguiat
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., University of Michigan, 1988
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1995

Dr. Martin Cala
Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Duke University, 1978
M.S., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1987
Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1991

Laura Calcagni
Clinical Instructor of Nursing
B.S.N., Youngstown State University, 1999
M.S.N., Youngstown State University, 2013

Dr. Craig S. Campbell
Professor of Geography
B.A., Indiana University (Purdue University at Indianapolis), 1984
M.A., University of Kentucky, 1987
Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1993

Lori A. Carlson
Instructor of Mathematics and Statistics
B.S., Youngstown State University, 1988
M.S., Youngstown State University, 1997

Cara A. Carramusa
Instructor of Physical Therapy
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., D'Youville College, 2000
M.S., D'Youville College, 2000

Dr. Dawna Lynn Cerney
Associate Professor of Geography
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., University of Lethbridge (Canada), 1994
M.E.Des., University of Calgary (Canada), 2000
Ph.D., Texas State University, 2006

Stephen Chalmers
Associate Professor of Art
B.A., Allen R. Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville, 1993
B.S., University of Louisville, 1993
M.F.A., Southern Illinois University, 1999

Dr. Guang-Hwa (Andy) Chang
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Nat'l. Taiwan Col of Marine Sc. and Tech., (China), 1981
M.S., Texas Tech University, 1987
Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 1993

Dr. Huaiyu (Peter) Chen
Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Wuhan University, (China), 1997
M.B.A., Clarkson University, 1999
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2003

Dr. Kyosung Choo
Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Handong Global University, 2005
M.S., Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 2011
Ph.D., Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 2011

Dr. Ronald K. Chordas
Assistant Professor of Health Professions
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Youngstown State University, 1970
M.S., Youngstown State University, 1977
Ph.D., Kent State University, 1996

Joy Christiansen Erb
Associate Professor of Art
Graduate Faculty Member
B.F.A., Miami University, 2001
M.F.A., Texas Woman's University, 2005

Kelly Clark
Clinical Instructor of Nursing
B.S.N., Youngstown State University, 2007
M.S.N., Walden University, 2012

Susan Ann Clutter
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Clark University, 1995
M.F.S., The George Washington University, 2002

Christine Cobb
Professor of Theater and Dance
B.S., Illinois State University, 1976
M.A., The Ohio State University, 1989

Dr. Terri L. Coffee
Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S.N., Youngstown State University, 1995
M.S.N., Youngstown State University, 2008
D.N.P., Chatham University, 2011

Dr. Jeffrey T. Coldren
Professor of Psychology
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Albright College, 1983
M.A., University of Kansas, 1988
Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1992

Kelly Colwell
Assistant Professor of Health Professions
B.S.A.S., Youngstown State University, 1999
M.R.C., Youngstown State University, 2013

Dr. Eleanor A. Congdon
Associate Professor of History
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Williams College, 1988
M.A., University of Minnesota, 1993
Ph.D., University of Cambridge - Gonville and Caius College, 1997

Dr. Brett P. Conner
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., University of Missouri, 1998
M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2002

Dr. Chester R. Cooper
Professor of Biological Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., University of Pittsburgh, 1979
M.A., University of Texas, 1983
Ph.D., University of Texas, 1989

Dr. Pedro Cortes
Associate Professor of Civil/Environmental and Chemical Engineering
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Inst. Tecnologico de Celaya (Mexico), 1997
M.S., Inst. Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico), 2001
Ph.D., University of Liverpool (UK), 2005

Michael D. Costarell
Associate Professor of Engineering Technology
B.S.M.E., Youngstown State University, 1989
M.S.M.E., Carnegie Mellon University, 1999

Daniel P. Coyne
Instructor of Engineering Technology
B.A., Youngstown State University, 1980

Dr. Amy Graban Crawford
Associate Professor of Communication
B.S., Miami University, 1991
M.A., Indiana State University, 1995
Ph.D., Florida State University, 2002

Dr. Michael J. Crescimanno
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Princeton, 1985
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1991

Dr. M. Kathleen L. Cripe
Associate Professor of Teacher Education
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Youngstown State University, 1986
M.S., Youngstown State University, 1998
Ph.D., University of Akron, 2009

Dragana Crnjak
Associate Professor of Art
Graduate Faculty Member
B.F.A., University of Akron, 2002
M.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2004

Dr. Lauren Cummins
Professor of Teacher Education
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Dyke College, 1978
M.Ed., Kent State University, 1982
Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2000

Dr. Rebecca M. L. Curnalia
Associate Professor of Communication
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Olivet College, 2001
M.A., Northern Illinois University, 2003
Ph.D., Kent State University, 2007

Dr. Larry S. Curtin
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Northern Illinois University, 1985
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1986
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990

Joseph D'Uva
Associate Professor of Art
B.F.A., The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1996
M.A., University of Iowa, 2000
M.F.A., University of Iowa, 2000

Dr. Ramesh Dangol
Assistant Professor of Management
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Middlebury College, 1997
M.B.A., Ball State University, 2002
Ph.D., Purdue University, 2012

Cynthia Daniels
Clinical Instructor of Nursing
Diploma, Sharon General Hospital - School of Nursing, 1988
B.S.N., Youngstown State University, 1996
M.S.N., Youngstown State University, 2001

Dr. Dana Davis
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., University of Maryland, 1992
M.S.W., University of Pittsburgh, 1998
Ph.D., Widener University, 2013

David Davis
Journalism Fellow, Communications
B.A., The Colorado College, 1983
M.S., Columbia University, 1985

Dr. Donna M. DeBlasio
Professor of History
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Youngstown State University, 1974
M.A., Youngstown State University, 1976
Ph.D., Kent State University, 1980

Dr. C. Susan deBlois
Associate Professor of Educational Foundations, Research, Technology, and Leadership
B.A., St. Joseph College, 1967
M.A., The University of Iowa, 1974
M.S.W., The University of Iowa, 1975
Ph.D., The University of Iowa, 1984

Dr. Maria E. Delost
Assistant Professor of Health Professions
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Youngstown State University, 1979
M.S., University of Akron, 1985
Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2005

Laura J. Dewberry
Instructor of Marketing
B.S., John Carroll University, 2003
M.B.A., Cleveland State University, 2006

Dr. Suzanne Diamond
Professor of English
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Rutgers University, 1986
Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1996

Dr. Jeffrey C. Dick
Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Kent State University, 1980
M.S., Kent State University, 1982
Ph.D., Kent State University, 1992

Dr. Thomas P. Diggins
Professor of Biological Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Kent State University, 1986
M.S., State University of New York, 1991
Ph.D., State University of New York, 1997

Dr. Mary Lou DiPillo
Associate Dean and Professor of Teacher Education
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Mercyhurst College, 1971
M.S., Youngstown State University, 1988
Ph.D., University of Akron, 1994

Dr. James Dombrosky
Assistant Professor of Human Ecology
B.S., Slippery Rock University, 1978
M.B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1995
Ph.D., Iowa State University, 2011

Dr. Theresa Duncko
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Youngstown State University, 1978
M.L.S., Kent State University, 1995
Ph.D., Kent State University, 2006

Dr. Patrick R. Durrell
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
B.S., University of Victoria (Canada), 1990
M.S., McMaster University (Canada), 1992
Ph.D., McMaster University (Canada), 1996

Dr. Adam C. Earnheardt
Associate Professor of Communication
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 1995
M.S., Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 1999
Ph.D., Kent State University, 2007

Dr. Mary Beth Earnheardt
Associate Professor of Communication
B.A./B.S., Clarion University, 1997
M.S., Clarion University, 1999
Ph.D., Kent State University, 2006

Dr. Kent J. Engelhardt
Professor of Music
Graduate Faculty Member
B.M., Youngstown State University, 1986
M.M., Youngstown State University, 1993
M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1999
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2001

Dr. Rangamohan V. Eunni
Professor of Management
Graduate Faculty Member
M.S., University of Bath (UK), 1997
D.B.A., Boston University, 2003

Dr. Diana L. Fagan
Professor of Biological Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, 1976
Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, 1986

Dr. Jaelyn Farris
Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.S., Allegheny College, 1998
M.S.Ed., Youngstown State University, 2000
M.A., Notre Dame, 2005
Ph.D., Notre Dame, 2007

Dr. Amanda Fehlbaum
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology
B.A., University of Texas, 2007
M.A., University of Texas, 2009
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 2014

Dr. John J. Feldmeier
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy
B.A. and B.S., University of Texas, 1994
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2000

Amy Flick
Instructor of English
B.A., Youngstown State University, 2003
M.A., Youngstown State University, 2005

Dr. Stephen R. Flora
Professor of Psychology
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., University of North Carolina, 1985
M.S., University of Georgia, 1987
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1990

Dr. Neil Flowers
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Michigan State University, 1986
M.A., Temple University, 1988
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1996

Dr. Francois P. Fowler
Associate Professor of Music
Graduate Faculty Member
B.M., University of Ottawa, 1996
M.M., Florida State University, 1998
D.M., Florida State University, 2002

Dr. Kendra Fowler
Associate Professor of Marketing
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Kent State University, 1993
M.B.A., Kent State University, 1995
Ph.D., Kent State University, 2011

Dr. Timothy Francisco
Professor of English
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Western Connecticut State University, 1987
M.A., Western Connecticut State University, 1993
Ph.D., University of Alabama, 2001

Dr. Gordon G. Frissora
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Mercyhurst College, 1975
M.S., Youngstown State University, 1990
Ph.D., Kent State University, 1996

Dr. Adam L. Fuller
Assistant Professor of Politics and International Relations
B.A., San Diego State University, 1999
M.A., University of British Columbia (Canada), 2001
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University, 2009

Lori Ann Fusco
Clinical Instructor of Nursing
B.S.N., Youngstown State University, 1997
M.S.N., Youngstown State University, 2013

Ida Fusillo
Assistant Professor of Health Professions
A.A.S., Youngstown State University, 1996
B.S.A.S., Youngstown State University, 1997
M.P.H., Youngstown State University / NEOMED, 2007

Dr. Stephen L. Gage
Professor of Music
Graduate Faculty Member
B.M., State University of New York at Fredonia, 1978
M.M., Eastman School of Music, 1983
Ed.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1994

Katherine N. Garlick
Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance
B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2004
M.F.A., Indiana University Bloomington, 2007

Dr. Jeanette M. Garr
Professor of Civil/Environmental and Chemical Engineering
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1978
M.A., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1984
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1989

Dr. Weiqing Ge
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Tianjin University (China), 1987
M.S., Xi' An Medical University, Xi' An (China), 1992
Ph.D., Peking Union Med. Coll. Chinese Acad. Of Med Sc. (China), 1996

Dr. Douglas T. Genna
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Haverford College, 2006
M.A., The John Hopkins University, 2008
Ph.D., The John Hopkins University, 2011

Dr. Julia M. Gergits
Professor of English
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., DePaul University, 1978
M.A., Penn State University, 1980
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1987

Dr. Jill M. Gifford
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Arizona State University, 1996
Ph.D., Kent State University, 2001

Robert Gilliland
Instructor of Computer Science and Information Systems
B.S., Youngstown State University, 1998
M.C.I.S., Youngstown State University, 2008

Dr. Karen Giorgetti
Associate Professor of Psychology
B.S., Sweet Briar College, 1995
M.S., Purdue University, 1997
Ph.D., Purdue University, 2004

Dr. Priscilla N. Gitimu
Associate Professor of Human Ecology
B.S., Moi University (Kenya), 1996
M.S.Ed., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1999
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 2005

Dr. Randall E. Goldberg
Associate Professor of Music
Graduate Faculty Member
B.M., University of Texas, 1996
M.M., New England Conservatory of Music, 1998
Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington, 2011

Dr. Richard G. Goldthwait
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Carnegie Mellon University, 1976
M.S., University of Pittsburgh, 1981
Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, 1988

Dr. Paul B. Gordiejew
Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology
B.A., Southern Connecticut State College, 1977
M.S., Southern Connecticut State College, 1980
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1993

Dr. Jay L. Gordon
Associate Professor of English
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Brandeis University, 1991
M.A., Carnegie Mellon University, 1995
Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University, 2001

Dr. Stacy Graber
Assistant Professor of English
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., University of Michigan, 1989
M.A., Wayne State University,1993
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2011

Betty L. Greene
Instructor of Teacher Education
B.S., Miami University, 1974
M.Ed., Miami University, 1983

Dr. David William Griswold
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Muskingum College, 2005
D.P.T., Youngstown State University, 2008

Daryl D. Gross
Instructor of Engineering Technology
A.A.S., Youngstown State University, 1973
B.S.A.S., Youngstown State University, 1975
M.B.A., Youngstown State University, 1983
M.S.E., Youngstown State University, 2001

Dr. Max V. Grubb
Assistant Professor of Communication
B.S.C., Ohio University, 1979
M.A., Kent State University, 1994
Ph.D., Ohio University, 1999

Dr. Guohong (Helen) Han-Haas
Associate Professor of Management
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Shandong Normal University (China), 1991
M.A., Shandong University (China), 1994
M.A., University of Minnesota, 2002
Ph.D., University of Illinois, 2007

Dr. Lucas D. Hardy
Assistant Professor of English
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., University of Maine, 2003
M.A., University of Maine, 2005
Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany, 2012

Dr. John M. Hazy
Professor of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Youngstown State University, 1988
M.A., Kent State University, 1990
Ph.D., Kent State University, 1995

Richard Helfrich
Assistant Professor of Art
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., La Roche College, 1996
M.F.A., Savannah College of Art and Design, 2008

Dr. Jolien A. Helsel
Assistant Professor of Economics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Youngstown State University, 1992
M.A., Youngstown State University, 1995
Ph.D. Kent State University, 2008

Dr. Christopher Austin Hill
Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance
B.A., University of Utah, 2008
M.A., The Ohio State University, 2010
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2013

Tami W. Holcomb-Hathy
Instructor of Social Work
B.A., Ursuline College
M.S.S.A., Case Western Reserve University, 2002

Dr. Charles Howell
Dean of the Beeghly College of Education and Professor of Educational Foundations, Research, Technology, and Leadership
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Georgia State University, 1973
M.F.A., University of Iowa, 1985
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2000

Dr. Patricia L. Hoyson
Professor of Nursing
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S.N., Pennsylvania State University, 1986
M.S.N., Kent State University, 1991
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2001

Dr. Ou Hu
Professor of Economics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Beijing Inst. of Business, 1997
M.A., West Virginia University, 2001
Ph.D., West Virginia University, 2004

Dr. Marsha M. Huber
Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Ohio University, 1981
M.B.A., Miami University, 1983
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2003

Dr. Tiffany F. Hughes
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Allegheny College, 2001
M.P.H., University of South Florida, 2008
Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2008
Postdoctoral Scholar, University of Pittsburgh, 2012

Dr. Allen D. Hunter
Professor of Chemistry
B.S., University of British Columbia (Canada), 1981
Ph.D., University of British Columbia (Canada), 1985

Dr. Shakir Husain
Professor of Civil/Environmental and Chemical Engineering
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., The Aligarh Muslim University (India), 1974
M.S., University of Mississippi, 1984
Ph.D., University of Mississippi, 1987

Dr. AKM Anwarul Islam
Professor of Civil/Environmental and Chemical Engineering
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology, 1992
M.S., Florida State University, 2000
Ph.D., Florida State University, 2005

Dr. Carrie R. Jackson
Assistant Professor of Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., California University of Pennsylvania, 2000
M.A., California University of Pennsylvania, 2001
D.Ed., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2013

Jaietta Jackson
Instructor of Communication
B.F.P.A., Kent State University, 1993
M.A., New York University, 1998

Dr. John A. Jackson
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., University of Minnesota, 1982
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1990

Dr. Cryshanna A. Jackson Leftwich
Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations
B.S., Miami University, 2001
M.S., West Virginia University, 2002
Ph.D., University of Akron, 2006

Dr. Alan M. Jacobs
Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
A.B., The City University of New York, 1963
A.M., Indiana University Bloomington, 1965
Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington, 1967

Dr. Jalal Jalali
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1979
M.S., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1980
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1984

Dr. Jozsi Z. Jalics
Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., John Carroll University, 1996
M.S., The Ohio State University, 1999
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2002

Dr. Charles Jeffords
Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations, Research, Technology, and Leadership
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Grove City College, 1962
M.S., Edinboro University, 1969
Ed.D., Youngstown State University, 2008

Sarah E. Jenyk
Instructor of Economics
B.A., Youngstown State University, 2006
M.A., Youngstown State University, 2007

Dr. Michael K. Jerryson
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies
B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1996
T.E.F.L., U.S. Peace Corps, Mongolia, 1997
M.A., University of Wisconsin, 2000
Ph.D., University of California, 2008

Dr. Qi Jiang
Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology
B.A., Second Beijing Inst. of Foreign Languages (China), 1972
Diploma in English Literature, Carleton University (Canada), 1977
M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1986
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1994

Dr. Carl G. Johnston
Professor of Biological Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., University of Manitoba, 1981
M.S., University of Alaska, 1986
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 1992

Ellen E. Jones
Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance
B.A., University of Tennessee, 1979
B.A., University of Tennessee, 1981
M.F.A., Indiana University, 1984

Dr. James Juergensen
Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.A., Youngstown State University, 2009
M.A., Case Western Reserve University, 2012
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, 2014

Dr. Jai K. Jung
Assistant Professor of Civil/Environmental and Chemical Engineering
B.S., Han Yang University, 2006
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2011

Dr. Debbie Juruaz
Professor of Health Professions
B.S., The Ohio State University, 1975
D.D.S., The Ohio State University, 1983

Julia Kalina-Hammond
Instructor of Social Work
B.A., The Ohio State University, 1992
M.S.S.A., Case Western Reserve University, 2000

Dr. Diane P. Kandray
Professor of Health Professions
B.S. Ed., The Ohio State University, 1984
R.D.H., The Ohio State University, 1984
M.Ed., Kent State University, 1989
Ed.D., Youngstown State University, 2016

Dr. Birsen Karpak
Professor of Management
Graduate Faculty Member
D.B.A., University of Istanbul (Turkey), 1974

Dr. Maria Paulina Kassawat
Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance
B.S., University of Guanajuato, 2006
M.S., West Virginia University, 2008
M.B.A., West Virginia University, 2009
Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2015

Susan E. Kearns
Assistant Professor of Health Professions
A.D.N., Kent State University, 1995
B.S.N., Kent State University, 2000
M.S.N., University of South Alabama, 2008

Dr. Bruce Keillor
Professor of Marketing
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., University of Minnesota, 1987
M.B.A., Minnesota State University, 1989
Ph.D., University of Memphis, 1994

Nicole Kent-Strollo
Clinical Instructor of Nursing
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S.N., Youngstown State University, 1994
M.S.N., Kent State University, 2002

Dr. Daniel Keown
Assistant Professor of Music
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., University of Wisconsin, 2001
M.M., Indiana State University, 2004
Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2013

Dr. G. Jay Kerns
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Glenville State College, 1999
M.A., Bowling Green State University, 2000
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 2004

Dr. Lucy Xiaojing Kerns
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Hangzhou University, 1994
M.S., Bowling Green State University, 2002
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 2006

Dr. Jane Kestner
Associate Dean and Professor of Psychology
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Ball State University, 1973
M.A., University of Notre Dame, 1975
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1978

Dr. Peter Kimosop
Assistant Professor of Geography
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., University of Nairobi (Kenya), 2000
M.A., Western Michigan University, 2005
Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 2011

Dr. Tammy A. King
Associate Dean and Professor of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
B.S., Youngstown State University, 1987
M.S., Youngstown State University, 1990
Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1996

Dr. Alena Kirova
Assistant Professor of English and Foreign Languages and Literatures
B.A., Yakutsk State University, 2003
M.A., Florida State University, 2011
Ph.D., Rutgers University, 2016

Dr. Brian D. Kiser
Associate Professor of Music
B.M.E., University of Northern Iowa, 1998
M.M., University of Illinois, 2000
D.M.A., Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, 2007

Robert J. Korenic
Associate Professor of Engineering Technology
B.E.C.E., Youngstown State University, 1997
M.S.E., Youngstown State University, 1999

Dr. Anthony J. Kos
Professor of Management
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S.B.A., Youngstown State University, 1983
M.B.A., Youngstown State University, 1987
Ph.D., Kent State University, 1997

Dr. Robert W. Kramer
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems
B.S., Youngstown State University, 1987
M.S., University of Pittsburgh, 1991
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1998

Dr. Victoria E. White Kress
Professor of Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology
Graduate Faculty Member
M.A. Ed., University of Akron, 1995
Ph.D., University of Akron, 1999

Joseph Kromholz
Instructor of Music
B.M., Cleveland Institute of Music, 2007
M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music, 2008

Dr. Johanna Krontiris-Litowitz
Professor of Biological Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Case Western Reserve University, 1974
M.S., Case Western Reserve University, 1977
Ph.D., Cleveland State University, 1984

Dr. Christopher Krummel
Professor of Music
Graduate Faculty Member
B.M., Miami University, 1985
M.M., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1992
D.M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997

Dr. Yongung Kwon
Assistant Professor of Human Performance and Exercise Science
B.S., Yeungnam University, 2006
M.S., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2010
Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2015

Carol M. Lamb
Associate Professor of Engineering Technology
B.S., Youngstown State University, 2001
M.S.E., Youngstown State University, 2005

Dr. Nancy Crum Landgraff
Professor of Physical Therapy
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., University of Pittsburgh, 1982
M.H.S., University of Florida, 1988
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2004

Dr. Karen H. Larwin
Associate Professor of Educational Foundations, Research, Technology, and Leadership
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Kent State University, 2003
M.A., Kent State University, 2004
Ph.D., Kent State University, 2007

Dr. Mary E. LaVine
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., North Central College, 1978
M.S., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1990
Ph.D., Kent State University, 1998

Dr. David B. Law
Professor of Accounting and Finance
B.A., Youngstown State University, 1975
M.B.A., Youngstown State University, 1985
Ph.D., Cleveland State University, 1995

Dr. Alina Lazar
Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Western University of Timisoara (Romania), 1995
Ph.D., Wayne State University, 2002

Dr. Kenneth Learman
Professor of Physical Therapy
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S.P.T., State University of New York at Buffalo, 1989
M.E.H.E., Pennsylvania State University, 1993
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2007

Dr. Thomas E. Leary
Associate Professor of History
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., John Fisher College, 1969
Ph.D., Brown University, 1985

Dr. Loren R. Lease
Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology
B.A., Kenyon College, 1994
M.A., The Ohio State University, 1996
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2003

Dr. Hae-Jong Lee
Associate Professor of Music
Graduate Faculty Member
B.M., Seoul National University, 1989
M.M., Westminster Choir College, 1995
D.M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003

Dr. Sung Hee Lee
Assistant Professor of Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Hongik University, 1999
M.Ed., Dankook University, 2002
M.A., University of Iowa, 2006
Ph.D., University of Washington, 2011

Dr. Scott A. Leonard
Professor of English
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Humboldt State University, 1987
M.A., Humboldt State University, 1987
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1992

Dr. Keith J. Lepak
Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations
B.A., Carroll College, 1976
M.A., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1980
Ph.D., University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1986

Dr. Brian D. Leskiw
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Niagara University, 1998
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2003

Dr. Lillian L. Lewis
Assistant Professor of Art
B.S., Howard Payne University, 1999
M.A., University of North Texas, 2008
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2015

Dr. Frank Xiying Li
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S.E.E., The Ohio State University, 1996
M.S.E.E., Youngstown State University, 1999
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, 2005

Dr. Betty Jo Licata
Dean of the Williamson College of Business Administration and Professor of Management
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., State University of New York at Geneseo, 1978
M.B.A., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1981
Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1982

Dr. Matthew Lindberg
Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.A., University of Florida, 2002
B.S., University of Florida, 2002
M.S., Ohio University, 2007
Ph.D., Ohio University, 2010

Dr. Clovis Linkous
Professor of Chemistry
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Purdue University, 1976
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1983

Dr. Susan A. Lisko
Associate Professor of Nursing
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S.N., Youngstown State University, 1984
M.S.N., Gannon University, 1992
D.N.P., Case Western Reserve University, 2009

Dr. Megan List
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Roberts Wesleyan College, 2001
M.E., Roberts Wesleyan College, 2005
Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 2012

Dr. Heather E. Lorimer
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
A.B., University of Chicago, 1982
M.A., Columbia University, 1988
M.Phil., Columbia University, 1989
Ph.D., Columbia University, 1992

Dr. J. Paul Louth
Associate Professor of Music
Graduate Faculty Member
B.M., University of Toronto, 1995
B.E., University of Toronto, 1997
M.M., University of Western Ontario, 2004
Ph.D., University of Western Ontario, 2008

Dr. Sherri R. Lovelace-Cameron
Professor of Chemistry
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Drexel University, 1986
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1992

Dr. Joseph P. Lyons
Associate Professor of Health Professions
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Bloomsburg University, 1971
Sc.D., John Hopkins University, 1975

Dr. Eric MacDonald
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Phyllis Friedman Chair in Engineering
B.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1993
M.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1997
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2002

Dr. Thomas L. Madsen
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., University of Aarhus (Denmark), 2004
M.S., University of Aarhus (Denmark), 2007
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 2014

Dr. Hazel Marie
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S.M.E., University of Texas at Austin, 1984
M.S.E., Youngstown State University, 1998
Ph.D., University of Akron, 2005

Dr. Don Martin
Professor of Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Roanoke College, 1974
M.S., Radford University, 1976
Ph.D., North Texas State, 1981

Dr. Holly J. Martin
Assistant Professor of Civil/Environmental and Chemical Engineering
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Mississippi State University, 2002
Ph.D., Mississippi State University, 2006

John D. Martin
Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology
B.E., Youngstown State University, 2006
M.S., Youngstown State University, 2010

Dr. Ndinzi Masagara
Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures
M.A., University of Southern California, 1986
Ph.D., University of Southern California, 1991

Dr. Marcia Matanin
Professor of Teacher Education
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Youngstown State University, 1987
M.E., Kent State University, 1990
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1993

Dr. Walter T. Mathews
Associate Professor of Communication
A.B., Oberlin College, 1974
M.S., Case Western Reserve University, 1977
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1987

Matthew Mazuroski
Associate Professor of Theater and Dance
B.A., Emporia State University, 2002
M.F.A., Northwestern University, 2006

Dr. George E. McCloud
Professor of Communication
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Eastern Michigan University, 1967
M.A., University of Michigan, 1968
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1975

Missy McCormick
Assistant Professor of Art
Graduate Faculty Member
B.F.A., Georgia Southern University, 1994
M.F.A., University of Florida, 2001

Christine E. McCullough
Professor of Art
Graduate Faculty Member
B.F.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1978
M.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art, 1993

Dr. Jill B. McCullough
Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance
B.B.A., Ohio University, 1978
M.B.A., Youngstown State University, 1985
D.M., Case Western Reserve University, 2010

Dr. Colleen McLean
Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Youngstown State University, 1997
M.S., Kent State University, 2002
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2011

Dr. Hojjat Mehri
Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
B.S., Abadan Institute of Technology, 1968
M.S., Illinois Institute of Technology, 1973
Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology, 1981

Dorian Mermer
Instructor of Communication
B.A., Hiram College, 1987
M.A., Kent State University, 1989

Dr. Monica Merrill
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
B.A., Kent State University, 2006
M.A., University of Akron, 2011
Ph.D., University of Akron, 2014

Dr. Sara Michaliszyn
Assistant Professor of Human Performance and Exercise Science
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S.A.S., Youngstown State University, 2000
M.S., University of Pittsburgh, 2003
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2006

Dr. Stacie Renee Mickens
Assistant Professor of Music
B.A., Luther College, 2002
M.M., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
D.M.A., University of Michigan, 2012

Dr. Kenneth L. Miller
Professor of Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Purdue University, 1979
M.S., Purdue University Calumet, 1985
Ph.D., Purdue University, 1990

Dr. Xiangjia Min
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Laiyang Agricultural College (China), 1984
M.S., Beijing Agricultural University, 1987
Ph.D., University of Hawaii, 1995
M.S., University of British Columbia, 2002

Dr. Jeanine L. Mincher
Associate Professor of Human Ecology
B.S., Youngstown State University, 1985
M.S., Youngstown State University, 1989
Ph.D., Kent State University, 2010

Dr. Mustansir Mir
Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies
B.A., Government College, Punjab University (Pakistan), 1967
M.A., Government College, Punjab University (Pakistan), 1969
M.A., University of Michigan, 1980
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1983

Joseph J. Mistovich
Professor of Health Professions
A.A.S., Youngstown State University, 1982
B.S., Youngstown State University, 1985
M.Ed., Kent State University, 1988

Dr. Stefan Moldovan
Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., The Polytechnic University of Bucharest, 2004
M.S., The Polytechnic University of Bucharest, 2005
Ph.D., University of Akron, 2013

Dr. Dennis Morawski
Associate Professor of Social Work
B.S., Lake Superior State College, 1978
M.S.W., Wayne State University, 1980
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 1990

Dr. David S. Morgan
Professor of Music
Graduate Faculty Member
B.M., University of Texas, 1990
M.M., University of Texas, 1993
D.M.A., University of Texas, 1996

Greg Moring
Professor of Art
Graduate Faculty Member
B.F.A., State University of New York at New Paltz, 1973
M.F.A., Rinehart School of Sculpture, Maryland Institute College of Art, 1975

Dr. Joseph L. Mosca
Dean of the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services and Professor of Social Work
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S.W., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1980
M.S.W., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1981
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1992

Dr. Allan Mosher
Professor of Music
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., San Francisco State University, 1974
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1977
M.M., Eastman School of Music, 1978
D.M.A., University of Cincinnati, 1986

Dr. Faramarz Doc Mossayebi
Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Graduate Faculty Member
B.E., Youngstown State University, 1981
M.S., Youngstown State University, 1987
M.S., Youngstown State University, 1990
Ph.D., University of Akron, 1994

Kin Ping Moy
Professor of Engineering Technology
B.E., Youngstown State University, 1971
M.S., Youngstown State University, 1973

Dr. Nicole Mullins
Professor of Human Performance and Exercise Science
B.S., University of New Hampshire, 1994
M.A., Kent State University, 1997
Ph.D., Kent State University, 2002

Kathleen E. Mumaw
Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance
B.S., Youngstown State University, 1978
M.B.A., Youngstown State University, 1981

Dr. Philip C. Munro
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
B.S.E.E., Washington University, 1960
M.S., Washington University, 1964
Ph.D., Purdue University, 1973

Dr. Nathan Myers
Associate Professor and Associate Provost for International and Global Initiatives
B.A., Mount Vernon Nazarene College, 1999
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2005

Dr. Denise A. Narcisse
Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology
B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1977
M.P.A., Roosevelt University, 1980
M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1997
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2006

Michelle Nelson
Professor of Art
B.F.A., Herron School of Art, 1993
M.F.A., Indiana University, 1998

Dr. Nguyet Thi Nguyen
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Hanoi National University of Education, 1998
M.S., Hanoi National University of Education, 2002
M.S., Florida State University, 2011
Ph.D., Florida State University, 2014

Dr. Peter Norris
Professor of Chemistry
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., The University of Salford (England), 1986
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1992

Dr. Valerie Marie O'Dell
Associate Professor of Nursing
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S.N., Youngstown State University, 1985
M.S.N., Kent State University, 1993
D.N.P., Case Western Reserve University, 2009

Dr. Patrick O'Leary
Assistant Professor of Human Ecology
B.S., Bowling Green State University, 2005
M.S., Purdue University, 2007
Ph.D., Purdue University, 2010

Dr. Matt O'Mansky
Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology
B.A., Indiana University, 1991
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2007

Dr. Anita C. O'Mellan
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, 1987
M.S., Texas AM University, 1988
Ph.D., Memphis State University, 1993

Dr. Daniel J. O'Neill
Professor of Communication
B.A., Wayne State University, 1961
M.A., Bowling Green State University, 1962
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1969

Dr. Tom Nelson Oder
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Makerer University (Uganda), 1984
M.S., University of St. Andrews (UK), 1986
Ph.D., Auburn University, 1999

Dr. Caroline Oltmanns
Professor of Music
Graduate Faculty Member
Diploma, Greiburg, Germany, 1989
M.M., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1991
D.M.A., University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1995

Dr. Christian C. Onwudiwe
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Southern University and AM College, 1986
M.A., Southern University and AM College, 1988
Ph.D., Howard University, 1995

Dr. Tomi P. Ovaska
Associate Professor of Economics
M.A., University of Jyvaskyla (Finland), 1997
M.A., West Virginia University, 2001
Ph.D., West Virginia University, 2003

Dr. Alfred W. Owens
Professor of Communication
B.A., Baldwin Wallace College, 1969
M.A., Kent State University, 1971
Ph.D., Kent State University, 1983

Dr. Diana Q. Palardy
Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures
B.A., Reed College, 1997
M.A., University of Colorado, 2004
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2008

Dr. Joseph Palardy
Professor of Economics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Frostburg State University, 1997
Ph.D., West Virginia University, 2002

Ruth Palich
Assistant Professor of Health Professions
A.A.S., Youngstown State University, 1994
B.S.A.S., Youngstown State University, 2005
M.H.H.S., Youngstown State University, 2008

Dr. Martha Pallante
Professor of History
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Youngstown State University, 1977
M.A., College of William and Mary, 1982
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1988

Dr. Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez
Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies
B.S., Florida International University, 1977
M.A., West Georgia College, 1978
M.T.S., Harvard University, 1981
A.M., Harvard University, 1988
Ph.D., Harvard University, 1992

Cathy Bieber Parrott
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S.P.T., University of Texas Medical Branch, 1984
M.S., University of Pittsburgh, 1994

Dr. Phyllis Paul
Dean of the College of Creative Arts and Communication and Professor of Music
B.M., Lenoir-Rhyne University, 1983
M.M., Florida State University, 1989
Ph.D., Florida State University, 2003

Dr. Matthew Paylo
Associate Professor of Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Grove City College, 2000
M.A., Slippery Rock University, 2004
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2007

Dr. Brandt Payne
Associate Professor of Music
B.M., University of Iowa, 2001
M.M., Arizona State University, 2004
D.M.A., Arizona State University, 2010

Dr. Gang Peng
Associate Professor of Management
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Shandong University (China), 1992
M.B.A., Southeastern Louisiana University, 1999
Ph.D., University of Washington, 2006

Dr. Dennis A. Petruska
Professor of Economics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1973
M.A., The Ohio State University, 1975
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1984

Dr. Karin A. Petruska
Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Youngstown State University, 1989
M.B.A., Youngstown State University, 1993
Ph.D., Kent State University, 2008

Dr. Jennifer Pintar
Professor of Human Performance and Exercise Science
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Washington and Jefferson College, 1994
M.S., University of Pittsburgh, 1995
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2001
M.P.H., University of Pittsburgh, 2004

Kimberly Pleva
Instructor of Management
B.S.B.A., Youngstown State University, 2000
M.B.A., Youngstown State University, 2005

Dr. Rachael J. Pohle-Krauza
Associate Professor of Human Ecology
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., D'Youville College, 2001
M.S., D'Youville College, 2001
Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo, 2007

Dr. David H. Pollack
Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
B.S., University of Illinois, 1976
M.S., University of Illinois, 1982
Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1989

Michael Pontikos
Instructor of Marketing
B.S., Bowling Green State University, 1991
M.B.A., Youngstown State University, 1995

Dr. David S. Porter
Professor of Politics and International Relations
B.S., Grand Valley State College, 1975
M.P.A., Grand Valley State College, 1981
M.A., Michigan State University, 1984
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1987

Dr. Tod Porter
Professor of Economics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Syracuse University, 1978
M.A., Syracuse University, 1981
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1984

Dr. Douglas M. Price
Associate Professor of Civil/Environmental and Chemical Engineering
B.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1984
M.S., University of Notre Dame, 1986
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1988

Dr. Alicia Prieto Langarica
Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
B.S., University of Texas at Dallas, 2008
Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington, 2012

Dr. Donald Priour
Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Rice University, 1995
M.A., Princeton, 1997
Ph.D., Princeton, 2000

Dr. Jake J. Protivnak
Associate Professor of Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Andres University, 1998
M.Ed., Kent State University, 2002
Ph.D., Ohio University, 2005

Dr. Lashale Diane Pugh
Assistant Professor of Geography
B.A., Youngstown State University, 2000
B.S., Youngstown State University, 2000
M.S., Youngstown State University, 2002
Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2009

Amy Raabe
Instructor of Human Ecology
B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2010
M.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2013

Dr. Jill E. Rankin
Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S.N., Youngstown State University, 2003
M.S.N., Youngstown State University, 2008
D.N.P, Carlow University, 2013

Dr. Crystal L. Ratican
Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Edinboro University, 2002
M.Ed., Walden University, 2006
Ph.D., Walden University, 2011

Dr. Michael Raulin
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1972
M.S., University of Wisconsin, 1975
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1977

Dr. Steven M. Reale
Associate Professor of Music
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Indiana University, 2001
M.A., University of Michigan, 2003
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2009

Dr. Peter A. Reday
Associate Professor of Marketing
B.A., Oakland University, 1971
M.I.M., American Graduate School of International Management, 1977
Ph.D., Nanyang Technological University (Singapore), 2002

Dr. Steven Reese
Professor of English
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Bucknell University, 1981
M.A., University of Delaware, 1983
Ph.D., University of Delaware, 1988

Sueann Rendano
Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
A.A.S., Youngstown State University, 1976
B.S.N., Youngstown State University, 1978
M.S.N., University of Akron, 1986

Dr. Ian J. Renne
Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Syracuse University, 1992
M.S., Clemson University, 1996
Ph.D., Clemson University, 2001

Dr. Stephanie Lyu Rhee
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Seoul Women's University, 1984
M.A., Korea University, 1988
M.A., Case Western Reserve University, 1997
M.S.S.A., Case Western Reserve University, 1999
Ph.D., University of Kentucky, 2013

Dr. Keisha T. Robinson
Associate Professor of Health Professions
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Xavier University of Louisiana, 1999
M.P.H., St. Louis University, 2002
Dr.P.H., University of Pittsburgh, 2007

Amanda Roby
Assistant Professor of Health Professions
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S.R.C., Youngstown State University, 2000
M.H.H.S., Youngstown State University, 2011

Molly Roche
Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
A.A.S., Youngstown State University, 1978
B.S.N., Kent State University, 1979
M.S.N., Kent State University, 1987

Dr. Gregory C. Rocheleau
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology
B.A., University of Michigan, 2003
M.A., Eastern Michigan University, 2008
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 2012

Dr. Stephen Rodabaugh
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1970
M.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1971
Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1974

Dr. Richard Lee Rogers
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1983
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1996

Dr. Jena Root
Associate Professor of Music
Graduate Faculty Member
B.M., Shenandoah Conservatory, 1993
M.M., Syracuse University, 1996
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2000

John Rossi
Instructor of Marketing
B.S.B.A., The Ohio State University, 1981
M.B.A., Youngstown State University, 1996

Dr. Zara C. Rowlands
Associate Professor of Human Ecology
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Howard University, 1991
M.S., Howard University, 1995
Ph.D., Florida International University, 2003

Dr. Jae Joong Ryu
Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Iowa State University, 2003
M.S., Iowa State University, 2005
Ph.D., Iowa State University, 2009

Dr. Christina Saenger
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., University of Akron, 2003
M.B.A., University of Akron, 2005
Ph.D., Kent State University, 2012

Dr. Salvatore Sanders
Dean of the Graduate College and Professor of Health Professions
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S.A.S., Youngstown State University, 1985
M.S., University of Akron, 1988
Ph.D., University of Akron, 2006

Joseph S. Sanson
Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology
B.E., Youngstown State University, 1993
M.S., Youngstown State University, 2013

Dr. John E. Sarkissian
Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures
B.A., Michigan State University, 1971
Ph.D., Duke University, 1977

Dr. Gail Saunders-Smith
Associate Professor of Teacher Education
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Kent State University, 1974
M.A., Kent State University, 1977
M.S., Youngstown State University, 1980
Ph.D., University of Akron, 1994

Dr. Glenn Schaft
Professor of Music
Graduate Faculty Member
B.M., Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music, 1982
M.A., Eastern Illinois, 1983
D.M.A., University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, 1993

Dr. Kriss A. Schueller
Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems
B.A., Youngstown State University, 1981
M.S., Youngstown State University, 1982
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 1987

Dr. Pamela A. Schuster
Professor of Nursing
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S.N., The Ohio State University, 1975
M.S.N., Kent State University, 1982
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1990

Dr. Jeremy T. Schwartz
Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance
Graduate Faculty Member
B.B.A., Kent State University, 1993
M.S., Kent State University, 1994
M.A., Indiana University, 1998
Ph.D., Indiana University, 2003

Dr. Michael A. Serra
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Adrian College, 1984
B.A., Adrian College, 1984
Ph.D., Iowa State University, 1990

Dr. Kimberly A. Serroka
Professor of Nursing
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S.N., Youngstown State University, 1987
M.S.N., Kent State University, 1989
D.N.P., Case Western Reserve University, 2009

Swati Sethi
Instructor of Psychology
B.A., Youngstown State University, 2010
M.A., Cleveland State University, 2012

Dr. Raymond J. Shaffer
Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Grove City College, 1974
M.B.A., Youngstown State University, 1985
D.B.A., University of Kentucky, 1990

Dr. Ronald V. Shaklee
Professor of Geography
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., University of Kansas, 1975
M.A., University of Kansas, 1979
Ph.D., University of Kansas, 1983

Dr. Bonita Sharif
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Cyprus College (Cyprus), 1997
M.S., Kent State University, 2003
Ph.D., Kent State University, 2010

Dr. Suresh Sharma
Assistant Professor of Civil/Environmental and Chemical Engineering
Graduate Faculty Member
B.E., Tribhuvan University (Nepal), 2000
M.Sc., Tribhuvan University (Nepal), 2005
Ph.D., Auburn University, 2012

Guy Shebat
Instructor of English
B.A., Boston College, 1979
M.A., Boston College, 1986

Dr. Bradley A. Shellito
Professor of Geography
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Youngstown State University, 1994
M.A., The Ohio State Univesity, 1996
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2001

Cynthia M. Shields
Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S.N., Bowling Green State University, 1984
M.S.N., Idaho State University, 1992
D.N.P., Case Western Reserve University, 2016

Dr. Elvin B. Shields
Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Graduate Faculty Member
B.E.M.E., Youngstown State University, 1974
M.S.M.E., University of Akron, 1979
Ph.D., University of Akron, 1991

Dr. Mary P. Shortreed
Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
B.S.N., University of Akron, 1982
M.S.N., Kent State University, 1991
D.N.P., Case Western Reserve University, 2015

Dr. Thelma Silver
Professor of Social Work
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., McGill University, 1969
M.S.W., McGill University, 1971
Ph.D., Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, 1995

Dr. Josef B. Simeonsson
Professor of Chemistry
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1986
Ph.D., University of Florida, 1990

Dr. David A. Simonelli
Professor of History
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., University of Connecticut, 1988
M.A., Tulane University, 1991
Ph.D., Tulane University, 2001

Dr. Carla Anne Simonini
Associate Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures
B.A., Amherst College, 1987
M.A., University of Rhode Island, 1994
Ph.D., Brown University, 2006

Dr. Dolores V. Sisco
Assistant Professor of English
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., University of Baltimore, 1995
M.A., Central Michigan University, 1998
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2005

Dr. Stephanie Smith
Professor of Art
B.A., Washington and Lee University, 1989
M.A., Rutgers University, 1998
Ph.D., Rutgers University, 2000

Suzanne Smith
Assistant Professor of Health Professions
A.A.S., Youngstown State University, 1988
B.S.A.S., Youngstown State University, 1991
M.Ed., Kent State University, 2006

Dr. Thomas Smotzer
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.M., Baldwin Wallace, 1988
M.S., Indiana University Bloomington, 1991
Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington, 1995

Frank G. Sole
Assistant Professor of Management
B.A., Youngstown State University, 1976
M.B.A., Youngstown State University, 1989

Dr. Virgil C. Solomon
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Graduate Faculty Member
Engineer's Diploma (equiv. BS/M.Sc.), Gheorghe Asachi Polytechnic Institute, (Romania), 1990
Ph.D., Kumamoto University, 2002

Dr. Doori Song
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Dankook University, 2007
M.A., Michigan State University, 2009
Ph.D., University of Florida, 2013

Dr. Angela Spalsbury
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Kent State University, 1989
M.A., Kent State University, 1991
M.Sc., University of Pretoria (South Africa), 1992
Ph.D., Kent State University, 1996

Dr. Patrick T. Spearman
Associate Professor of Educational Foundations, Research, Technology, and Leadership
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., University of Cincinnati, 1992
M.Ed., University of Cincinnati, 2000
Ph.D., Temple University, 2005

Jonathan Dana Sperry
Associate Professor of Art
Graduate Faculty Member
B.F.A., Southern Methodist University, 1995
M.F.A., Indiana University, 2001

Dr. Paul A. Sracic
Professor of Politics and International Relations
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Albright College, 1984
M.A., Rutgers University, 1990
Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1993

Dr. Wim F.A. Steelant
Dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and Professor of Chemistry
B.S., St. Lieven College (Belgium), 1992
M.S., West-Brabant College (The Netherlands), 1993
Ph.D., University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), 2000
Post-Doctoral, University of Washington, 2000-2002

Dr. Silvia Stefan
Assistant Professor of Health Professions
A.A.S., Youngstown State University, 1994
B.S.A.S., Youngstown State University, 2001
M.H.H.S., Youngstown State University, 2003
Ed.D., Youngstown State University, 2016

Dr. Nina V. Stourman
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Moscow State University (Russia), 1984
M.S., Moscow State University (Russia), 1984
Ph.D., Moscow State University (Russia), 1992

Dr. David E. Stout
Professor and John S. and Doris M. Andrews Chair in Accounting
Graduate Faculty Member
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1982

Dr. Sharon A. Stringer
Professor of Psychology
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Georgetown University, 1977
M.S., University of Miami, 1980
Ph.D., University of Miami, 1982

Dr. Linda J. Strom
Associate Professor of English
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Portland State University, 1983
M.A., Portland State University, 1986
Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1992

Dr. William Gregg Sturrus
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
B.S., Hope College, 1983
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1989

Dr. John R. Sullins
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1983
M.S., University of Rochester, 1985
Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1990

Dr. Albert J. Sumell
Associate Professor of Economics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Salisbury State University, 1999
M.A., Georgia State University, 2003
Ph.D., Georgia State University, 2006

Dr. Lin Sun
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Tsinghua University, 2001
M.S., Tsinghua University, 2004
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010

Dr. Ying Joy Tang
Assistant Professor of Psychology
B.A., Wesleyan College, 2009
M.S., Syracuse University, 2012, 2014
Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2015

Dr. Jamal K. Tartir
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Hiram College, 1991
M.A., Miami University, 1993
Ph.D., Ohio University, 1998

Dr. Padraic ("Paddy") W. Taylor
Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., McDaniel College (fka Western Maryland College), 1999
M.S., North Carolina State University, 2003
Ph.D., North Carolina State University, 2006

Bonnie L. Thompson
Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing
R.N., Sharon Regional Hospital School of Nursing, 1982
B.S.N., Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, 1989
M.S.N., Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 2007

Robert J. Thompson
Assistant Professor of Art
B.S., California University of Pennsylvania, 2007
M.F.A., Savannah College of Art and Design, 2011

Dr. Stephanie A. Tingley
Professor of English
B.A., Wittenberg University, 1980
M.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1981
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1987

Dr. Alan E. Tomhave
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies
B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1996
M.A., St. John's College-Santa Fe, 1997
M.A., University of Missouri, 2007
Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2008

James P. Tressel
President of the University and Professor of Teacher Education
B.A., Baldwin Wallace College, 1975
M.A., University of Akron, 1977

Dr. Tacibaht Turel
Associate Professor of Human Ecology
B.S., Ege University (Turkey), 1997
M.S., Auburn University, 2002
Ph.D., Auburn University, 2008

Robert Twomey
Assistant Professor of Art
B.S., Yale University, 2001
M.F.A., University of California, 2007

Dr. Jeffrey L. Tyus
Associate Professor of Communication
B.S.C., Ohio University, 1993
M.A., Ohio University, 1995
Ph.D., Ohio University, 1999

Dr. Emre Ulusoy
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Istanbul Bilgi University, 2004
M.A., University of Portsmouth (UK), 2005
M.A., Galatasaray University (Turkey), 2008
Ph.D., The University of Texas-Pan American, 2013

Dr. James C. Umble
Professor of Music
Graduate Faculty Member
B.M., Susquehanna University, 1978
M.M., Bowling Green State University, 1984
D.M.A., University of Michigan, 1995

Dr. Kathryn T. Umble
Associate Professor of Music
Graduate Faculty Member
B.M., University of Michigan, 1983
M.M., Bowling Green State University, 1985
B.S., Youngstown State University, 1989
D.M.A., Michigan State University, 1998

Dr. Yogesh Uppal
Associate Professor of Economics
B.A., University of Delhi, 1998
M.A., Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi, 2000
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2006

Dr. Ebenge E. Usip
Professor of Economics
B.S., State University of New York at Albany, 1974
M.A., State University of New York at Albany, 1976
Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 1984

Dr. Daniel J. Van Dussen
Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Mount Union College, 1997
M.A., University of Akron, 2001
Ph.D., University of Maryland-Baltimore, 2005

Dr. Richard W. VanVoorhis
Associate Professor of Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Ohio University, 1990
M.A., The Ohio State University, 1992
D.Ed., Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2003

Jennifer Vaschak
Instructor of Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Ohio University, 1992
M.S., Youngstown State University, 2004

Dr. William G. Vendemia
Professor of Management
B.S.B.A., The Ohio State University, 1980
M.B.A., Kent State University, 1981
Ph.D., Kent State University, 1991

Dr. Anthony S. Vercellino
Assistant Professor of Civil/Environmental and Chemical Engineering
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, 2007
M.S., Texas Tech University, 2010
Ph.D., Texas Tech University, 2012

Dr. Charles B. Vergon
Professor of Educational Foundations, Research, Technology, and Leadership
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Denison University, 1968
J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1971

Dr. Fred W. Viehe
Professor of History
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Lewis and Clark College, 1971
M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1974
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1983

Cynthia Vigliotti
Assistant Professor of English
B.A., Youngstown State University, 1998
M.A., Youngstown State University, 2001

Dr. Gina Villamizar
Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures
B.A., Universidad del Atlantico, 2004
M.A., University of Arkansas, 2007
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2013

Anthony Viviano
Instructor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
B.E., Youngstown State University, 1995
M.S., Youngstown State University, 1998

Dr. Mark C. Vopat
Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies
B.A., Cleveland State University, 1994
M.A., Cleveland State University, 1996
Ph.D., University of Western Ontario, 2003

Brian D. Vuksanovich
Associate Professor of Engineering Technology
B.E.M.E., Youngstown State University, 1992
M.S.M.E., Youngstown State University, 1996

Dr. Nancy Wagner
Professor of Nursing
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S.N., University of Cincinnati, 1977
M.S.N., Indiana University, 1983
D.N.P., Case Western Reserve University, 2009

Atty. Patricia Bergum Wagner
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
B.A., University of Texas, 1979
M.A., University of Texas, 1982
J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1985

Dr. Timothy R. Wagner
Professor of Chemistry
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., University of Wisconsin, 1981
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 1986

Dr. Abel Waithaka
Assistant Professor of Human Ecology
B.S., Moi University Eldoret (Kenya), 1996
M.Ed., Youngstown State University, 2009
E.D.S., Liberty University at Lynchburg, 2012
Ph.D., Liberty University at Lynchburg, 2014

Dr. Thomas P. Wakefield
Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Youngstown State University, 2002
B.A., Youngstown State University, 2002
M.A., Kent State University, 2004
Ph.D., Kent State University, 2008

Dr. Gary R. Walker
Professor of Biological Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., University of Colorado, 1977
Ph.D., Wayne State University, 1984

Dr. Darrell R. Wallace
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
B.S.M.E., The Ohio State University, 1995
M.S.M.E., The Ohio State University, 1998
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2006

Dr. Jessica Wallace
Assistant Professor of Human Performance and Exercise Science
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., University of Miami, 2006
M.A., University of Central Florida, 2008
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2015

Dr. Bruce N. Waller
Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies
B.A., Louisiana Tech, 1968
M.A., University of North Carolina, 1975
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1979

Donna Walsh
Instructor of Marketing
B.S., University of Akron, 1985
M.B.A., Youngstown State University, 2008

Dr. Alice M. Wang
Associate Professor of Music
B.M., University of Southern California, 1998
M.M., Royal Conservatory of Music in Antwerpe (Belgium), 2000
D.M.A, University of Texas at Austin, 2007

Dr. Yaqin Wang
Professor of Economics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Beijing Tech and Business University, 1997
Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2002

Dr. Ying Wang
Associate Professor of Marketing
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., People's University of China, 1993
M.A., Kent State University, 1998
Ph.D., Kent State University, 2006

Robert E. Wardle
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Youngstown State University, 1998
M.S., Youngstown State University, 2007
M.S., University of Florida, 2010

Dr. Amy Weaver
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S.N., West Liberty University, 1994
M.S.N., Youngstown State University, 2006
Ph.D., Villanova University, 2013

Dr. Cary Wecht
Associate Dean and Professor of Communication
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Youngstown State University, 1989
M.A., Kent State University, 1993
Ph.D., Kent State University, 1999

Dr. Jane Wetzel
Associate Professor of Physical Therapy
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, 1975
Certificate, University of Pittsburgh, 1976
M.S., University of Southern California, 1987
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2001

Dr. Amy E. Williams
Assistant Professor of Counseling, Special Education, and School Psychology
B.S.E., Lock Haven University, 2002
M.S., University of Scranton, 2006
M.Ed., College of William and Mary, 2013
Ph.D., College of William and Mary, 2016

Dr. Eric J. Wingler
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Eastern Illinois University, 1974
M.A., Eastern Illinois University, 1975
Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1982

Dr. Fran Marie Wolf
Professor of Accounting and Finance
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1974
M.B.A., Youngstown State University, 1988
Ph.D., Kent State University, 1994

Dr. Nancy Andersen Wolfgang
Assistant Professor of Theater and Dance
Graduate Faculty Member
B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1990
M.A., California State University, Fresno, 1992
M.M., Boston Conservatory, 1996
Ph.D., Kent State University, 2015

Dr. Mark D. Womble
Professor of Biological Sciences
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Texas Christian University, 1975
M.S., University of Kentucky, 1978
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1983

Dr. Peter Woodlock
Professor of Accounting and Finance
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S.B.A., Youngstown State University, 1979
M.S., The Ohio State University, 1990
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1990

Karla A. Wyant
Instructor of Social Work
B.A., Youngstown State University, 1998
M.S., Case Western Reserve University, 2001

Mary Yacovone
Associate Professor of Health Professions
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Youngstown State University, 1982
M.Ed., Kent State University, 1990

Dr. Xiaolou Yang
Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance
B.A., Jilin University (China), 1996
M.S., University of Texas at Austin, 2003
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2006

Dr. George Yates
Professor of Mathematics and Statistics
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Purdue University, 1971
M.S., California Institute of Technology, 1972
Ph.D., California Institute of Technology, 1977

Dennis Yommer
Instructor of English
B.A., Youngstown State University, 2009
M.A., Youngstown State University, 2011

Dr. Feng Yu
Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems
Graduate Faculty Member
B.S., Northeastern University, 2005
M.S., Shandong University (China), 2008
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, 2013

Dr. Cicilia Yudha
Assistant Professor of Music
Graduate Faculty Member
B.M., Cleveland Institute, 2002
M.M., New England Conservatory of Music, 2006
D.M.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2012

Dr. Misook Yun
Professor of Music
Graduate Faculty Member
B.M., Han-Yang University (Korea), 1986
M.M., Han-Yang University (Korea), 1989
M.M., University of Oregon, 1995
D.M.A., University of Oregon, 1999

Jason Zapka
Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology
B.E., Youngstown State University, 1998
M.S., Youngstown State University, 2010

Mark Zetts
Instructor of Human Ecology
B.A., Mercyhurst College, 1980
M.B.A., Youngstown State University, 1993

Dr. Yong Zhang
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems
B.S., Ocean University of QingDao (China), 1986
M.S., Ocean University of QingDao (China), 1989
M.S., University of South Florida, 2001
Ph.D., University of South Florida, 2005

Philosophy

PHIL 1560    Introduction to Philosophy    3 s.h.

The nature of philosophy and its relation to science, religion, and art; study of the philosophical approach and attitude, the basic problem areas in philosophy, and some typical philosophical viewpoints.
Gen Ed: Arts and Humanities.

PHIL 1561    Technology and Human Values    3 s.h.

An examination of the impact of technology and science on contemporary human values and investigations of social and political perspectives on modern technocracy, based on case studies in science, medicine, and engineering.
Gen Ed: Arts and Humanities.

PHIL 1565    Critical Thinking    3 s.h.

An examination of the logical skills needed for critical thinking in practical situations. Topics include procedures and guidelines for identifying and evaluating arguments, recognizing and eliminating informal fallacies, and writing and critiquing argumentative essays.
Gen Ed: Arts and Humanities.

PHIL 2608    The Examined Life    3 s.h.

Considers the nature of happiness and well-being and their relation to social institutions. Addresses the roles that civic and personal relations, morality, aesthetics, education, and religion play in providing happiness, purpose, and meaning in one's life. Cross listed as REL 2608.
Gen Ed: Arts and Humanities.

PHIL 2610    Global Ethics    3 s.h.

Examination of morality and justice from a global perspective, including such topics as war, terrorism, and states; poverty and the global economy; religion, gender, and identity; globalization and the environment; and markets and intellectual property. Cross-listed as REL 2610.
Gen Ed: Arts and Humanities.

PHIL 2612    Ancient & Medieval Philosophy    3 s.h.

An examination of philosophers and philosophical systems in Western civilization from the pre-Socratics until the Renaissance.

PHIL 2619    Introduction to Logic    3 s.h.

Introduction to syllogistic or classical logic, symbolic and inductive logic. Emphasis on the rules of syllogism, immediate inferences, propositional functions, classes, truth tables, Venn diagrams; the use of analogy, generalization, the verification of hypotheses, and scientific method.
Prereq.: MATH 1501 or at least Level 20 on the Mathematics Placement Test.
Gen Ed: Math Substitute.

PHIL 2625    Introduction to Professional Ethics    3 s.h.

An examination of the ideals and virtues central to professionalism; study of selected codes of professional ethics and their roots in classical ethical traditions; and analysis of selected ethical issues and problems in a variety of professions.
Gen Ed: Arts and Humanities.

PHIL 2626    Engineering Ethics    3 s.h.

An examination of ethical problems in the major fields of engineering and an explanation of the methodology needed to address them; an analysis of the rights and duties of engineers in their relations to clients, employers, the public, and the engineering profession.
Prereq.: One 2600-level PHIL course, or PHIL 1560 or ENTC 1505 or ENGR 1550.
Gen Ed: Arts and Humanities.

PHIL 2627    Law and Criminal Justice Ethics    3 s.h.

Examination of major theories in philosophy of law and justice, and the study of ethical issues and professional standards in criminal justice practice.
Prereq.: Any 2600-level PHIL course or PHIL 1560 or CJFS 2601, CJFS 2602 or CJFS 2603.
Gen Ed: Arts and Humanities.

PHIL 2628    Business Ethics    3 s.h.

Examines ethical problems in business, ethical responsibilities of business professional, and business as a global institution. Topics include the corporation, at-will employment, unions, technology, privacy, advertising, whistle-blowing, globalization, environmental impact, human rights, just distribution, affirmative action and cultural diversity.
Gen Ed: Arts and Humanities.

PHIL 2631    Environmental Ethics    3 s.h.

Application of ethical theories in evaluating human interaction with the natural environment, analysis of rights and duties regarding other species and future generations, the ethics of environmental activism, and philosophical and religious perspectives on environmental issues.
Gen Ed: Environmental Sustainability, Social and Personal Awareness.

PHIL 2635    Ethics of War and Peace    3 s.h.

Examines reasons for making war, for restraint on the conduct of war, and for rejecting war as an instrument of national policy as understood within a variety of moral traditions, both secular and religious.
Gen Ed: Arts and Humanities.

PHIL 2698    Introductory Individual Study in Philosophy    1 s.h.

Introductory study of a philosophical problem, movement, thinker, or the relationship of philosophy to problems in other disciplines. Intended to be an independent study course with subject matter dependent upon approval of the faculty member and student. May be repeated up to 3 s.h.

PHIL 3702    History of Modern Philosophy    3 s.h.

Study of major Western philosophical figures and movements from the Renaissance through the 19th century.
Prereq.: One 2600-level PHIL course or PHIL 1560.

PHIL 3708    Social and Political Philosophy    3 s.h.

A study of the philosophical foundations of democracy, dictatorship, and communism, especially their views of reality, knowledge, human nature, and morality, with attention to rights, duties, freedom, authority, dissent, censorship, crime and punishment, and religion.
Prereq.: PHIL 1560.

PHIL 3711    General Ethics    3 s.h.

Examination and evaluation of the major ethical theories in classical, dialectic, pragmatic and naturalistic, analytic and positivist, and existentialist thought.
Prereq.: PHIL 1560.
Gen Ed: Arts and Humanities.

PHIL 3712    Philosophy of Religion    3 s.h.

The philosophical investigation of religious questions such as existence and nature of the divine, the problem of evil, death and immortality, religion and science, and religious experience.
Prereq.: PHIL 1560 or REL 2601.
Cross listed with REL 3712.

PHIL 3713    Philosophy of the Family    3 s.h.

Examines the family from philosophical, political, and historical perspectives and considers issues of justice in familial relationships. Explores the relationship among parents, children, and the state, and reviews the evolving conceptions of childhood, child well-being, and children's rights.
Prereq.: ENGL 1551.

PHIL 3714    Language and Mind    3 s.h.

Introduction to the study of traditional philosophical problems in the analysis of linguistic structures and functions and of their implications for the nature of mind, including meaning, mental representation and causation, information processing, and psychological explanation.
Prereq.: One 2600-level PHIL course or PHIL 1560.

PHIL 3715    Philosophy of Science    3 s.h.

A philosophical consideration of some of the fundamental concepts and assumptions of the sciences: the nature of scientific knowledge; the relation of scientific to other kinds of knowledge and experience.
Prereq.: PHIL 1560.

PHIL 3719    Symbolic Logic    3 s.h.

The structure and properties of axiomatic systems; the theory of propositional and relational logic; the algebra of classes; related topics.
Prereq.: PHIL 2619.

PHIL 3723    Philosophy of Law    3 s.h.

Examination of the nature and limits of law, the justification of the legal system, the relationship between law and morality, state punishment of individuals, the justification for punishment, citizens' rights and issues of privacy, liberty, discrimination, and civil disobedience.
Prereq.: One 2600-level PHIL course or PHIL 1560.

PHIL 3725    Biomedical Ethics    3 s.h.

An examination of ethical issues posed by biomedical research and technology, including issues of informed consent, patients' rights, experimentation, genetic research and intervention, death and dying, and the allocation of scarce resources.
Prereq.: One 2600-level PHIL course or SOC 3703 or SOC 3745 or PSYC 3780 or admission to the NEOMED-YSU program or the BS in Nursing program.

PHIL 3735    Ethics and Scientific Research    3 s.h.

Definition and examination of the ethical basis of scientific conduct in reporting experimental results, using human and animal subjects, adopting protocols, and pursuing research with broad impact on human rights and social welfare.
Prereq.: PHIL 1560 or PHIL 2625.

PHIL 3740    Muslim Thinkers and Thinkers    3 s.h.

Examination of the theological, philosophical, legal, and political writings and ideas of major Muslim thinkers and mystics from the classical through the modern period, covering the continuities and differences.
Prereq.: any 2600-level REL course or PHIL 1560.
Cross listed with REL 3740.

PHIL 3798    Intensive Individual Study of Philosophy    1 s.h.

Intensive study of a philosophical problem, movement, thinker, or the relationship of philosophy to problems in other disciplines. Intended to be an independent study course with subject matter dependent upon approval of the faculty member and student. May be repeated up to 3 s.h.
Prereq.: One 3700-level PHIL course.

PHIL 4805    Direct Readings in Philosophy    3 s.h.

Independent study course with subject matter dependent upon approval of the faculty member in consultation with student.
Prereq.: Any 3700 level PHIL course.

PHIL 4820    Seminar in Philosophy    3 s.h.

Study in depth of a particular philosopher, topic, or area in philosophy, as determined by the instructor; may be repeated once with different course content.
Prereq.: One 3700-level PHIL course.

PHIL 4859    Capstone Cooperative Seminar    1 s.h.

The course aids capstone students in developing and following a schedule for timely completion of a major research project, provides general direction on effective methods for working on such a project, and encourages and facilitates cooperative work among advanced students by providing peers with whom to discuss their ideas, exchange drafts, and provide constructive comments on ongoing written work. Must be taken concurrently with PHIL 4861.

PHIL 4861    Senior Capstone Project    3 s.h.

Research and writing of a paper, or other committee approved project, on a philosophical topic, under the supervision of a full-time faculty member and in consultation with a committee of at least two other members of the department.
Prereq.: Philosophy major with senior standing and completion of at least 21 s.h. of PHIL courses.

PHIL 4870    Internship in Ethical Practice    1-3 s.h.

Students work with professionals in a local organization, thereby gaining direct access to the ethical issues involved in such an environment. Students will be supervised by an appropriate working professional and either a faculty member of the Dr. James Dale Ethics Center or another faculty member in the department selected for this purpose. The course grade shall be assigned by the YSU supervisor, based on the project journal, an evaluation of the student's on-site work by the participating professional and the YSU supervisor, and a final project paper. Registration by permit only. 1 s.h., repeatable to a total of.
Prereq.: One 3700-level PHIL or REL course.

Religious Studies

REL 2601    Introduction to World Religions    3 s.h.

A survey of the major world religions exploring their distinctive features and common threads. A study of their founders, systems of thought, symbols, and sacred literatures.
Gen Ed: Arts and Humanities, International Perspectives, Social and Personal Awareness.

REL 2602    Introduction to Religious Studies    3 s.h.

Examines the religious features of doctrines, myths or practices and surveys various methods by which religion is explored and scrutinized.

REL 2605    Myth, Symbol, and Ritual    3 s.h.

An introduction to the nature and function of myth, symbol, and ritual. Myth interpretation, the relationship between societies and their myths, and the cultural use of myths, symbols, and rituals in religious and spiritual contexts.
Gen Ed: Arts and Humanities.

REL 2608    The Examined Life    3 s.h.

Considers the nature of happiness and well-being, their relation to social institutions, and the roles that civic and personal relations, morality, aesthetics, education, and religion play in providing happiness, purpose, and meaning in one's life. Cross listed as PHIL 2608.

REL 2610    Global Ethics    3 s.h.

Examination of morality and justice from a global perspective, including such topics as war, terrorism, and states; poverty and the global economy; religion, gender, and identity; globalization and the environment; and markets and intellectual property. Cross-listed as PHIL 2610.
Gen Ed: Arts and Humanities.

REL 2611    Judaism Christianity and Islam    3 s.h.

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Examines the origins, foundational texts, beliefs and practices, intellectual and spiritual dimensions, and cultural norms and values of each religion, as well as the structures of authority in the community founded by each religion and the factors that have promoted the survival of each.

REL 2617    Introduction to Asian Religions    3 s.h.

A survey of the religions of India, China, and Japan, their systems of thought, moral values, and methods of personal transformation.
Gen Ed: Arts and Humanities, International Perspectives, Social and Personal Awareness.

REL 2621    Religion and Moral Issues    3 s.h.

The relation of specific religious and moral issues to questions of personal conduct and social policy.
Gen Ed: Arts and Humanities.

REL 2621H    Honors Religion and Moral Issues    3 s.h.

The relation of specific religious and moral issues to questions of personal conduct and social policy.
Gen Ed: Arts and Humanities.

REL 2631    Religion and the Earth    3 s.h.

A cross-cultural survey of the religious beliefs and values that have shaped our thinking about the earth. An exploration of the shifts in religious thought called for by the ecological crisis of sustainability.
Gen Ed: Arts and Humanities, Environmental Sustainability, Social and Personal Awareness.

REL 2699    Introductory Individual Study in Religious Studies    1 s.h.

Introductory study of a religious studies problem, movement, thinker, or the relationship of religious studies to problems in other disciplines. Intended to be an independent study course with subject matter dependent upon approval of the faculty member and student. May be repeated up to 3 s.h.

REL 3708    African-American Religion    3 s.h.

Development of African-American religion and theology from the days of slavery to the present.
Prereq.: One 2600-level REL or AFST course.

REL 3710    African and Neo-African Religion    3 s.h.

A study of African religious traditions and their pivotal role in the formation of African civilizations and communities in the African diaspora, including their adaptations of Islam and Christianity.
Prereq.: REL 2601 or PHIL 1560 or AFST 2600.

REL 3712    Philosophy of Religion    3 s.h.

The philosophical investigation of religious questions such as existence and nature of the divine, the problem of evil, death and immortality, religion and science, and religious experience.
Prereq.: PHIL 1560 or REL 2601.
Cross listed with PHIL 3712.

REL 3720    The World of Islam    3 s.h.

The study of the origins and development of classical and modern Islam, including the Prophet Muhammad, the Quran, and Muslims in America.
Prereq.: REL 2601.

REL 3722    Popes Saints and Rebels    3 s.h.

The origin and development of Christianity; examination of the life and teachings of Jesus; Christian theology, liturgy, and symbolism; and divisions of contemporary Christianity.
Prereq.: Sophomore standing.

REL 3726    Buddhist Beliefs Practices and Debate    3 s.h.

An Introduction to Buddhist traditions, their historical development in countries like India, China, Tibet and Thailand, and Buddhist positions on contemporary issues. Special attention to practices, beliefs, and ethics.
Prereq.: REL 2601 or REL 2617.

REL 3728    Hindu Traditions    3 s.h.

Examines Yoga, meditation, karma, reincarnation, and major devotional and ceremonial traditions that have developed around Shiva, Vishnu, and the Goddess. A central part of the course is the study of the dynamics between popular worship and the contemplative traditions of Hindu culture.
Prereq.: REL 2601, REL 2617 recommended.

REL 3731    Hebrew Scriptures    3 s.h.

A critical analysis of the Hebrew scriptures in terms of historical background, textual development, and religious and ethical themes.
Prereq.: One 2600-level REL course or JUDC 1500.

REL 3732    Jesus and the Gospels    3 s.h.

The life and teachings of Jesus in their historical context. Examination of the ways in which Jesus is interpreted within the synoptic gospels. Prereq.: One 2600-level REL or PHIL course 3740. Muslim Thinkers. Examination of the theological, philosophical, legal, and political writings and ideas of major Muslim thinkers from the classical through the modern period, covering the continuities and differences.
Prereq.: any 2600-level REL course or PHIL 1560.
Cross listed with REL 3740.

REL 3733    Women And the Bible    3 s.h.

A study of Biblical interpretation utilizing narratives that portray women in Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. Students will learn analytical skills required for narrative interpretation and exegetical analysis.
Prereq.: One 2600-level REL course.

REL 3740    Muslim Thinkers and Mystics    3 s.h.

Examination of the theological, philosophical, legal, and political writings and ideas of major Muslim thinkers and mystics from the classical through the modern period, covering the continuities and differences.
Prereq.: any 2600-level REL course or PHIL 1560.
Cross listed with PHIL 3740.

REL 3743    Reform, Revolt, or Revolution in Islam    3 s.h.

Critical examination of the movements of change in Islam intended to (1) reassert the primacy of Islamic religious norms in society (reform); (2) challenge the dominant political structures (revolt); or (3) bring about a radical societal change (revolution). The course examines in depth the use of Islamic motifs and symbols in all these movements.
Prereq.: REL 2601 or POL 1550 or permission of instructor.

REL 3744    Islamic Culture and Literature    3 s.h.

Introduction to the diversity of Muslim culture and literature across the world. Emphasis on classical and premodern literature, art and architecture.
Prereq.: any 2600-level REL course.

REL 3748    Islam and the West    3 s.h.

Examination of the historical relationship between the and Islamic and Western worlds, as well as their interaction in modern contexts.
Prereq.: any 2600-level REL course.

REL 3750    Religion and Race    3 s.h.

Examines race theory and its relation to religious studies through consideration of immigration patterns and the ways in which religion has been affixed to markers of identity over the last two hundred years.
Prereq.: REL 2601 or SOC 1500 or ANTH 1500.
Cross-listed: SOC 3750 and ANTH 3750.

REL 3751    Liberation Theologies and Revolutionary Change    3 s.h.

Study of liberation theologies in the Third World and in minority communities in the West, in relation to questions of underdevelopment, poverty, and oppression.
Prereq.: REL 2601.

REL 3753    Religion and Violence    3 s.h.

Examines the various approaches to explaining religiously justified violence, focusing on examples from the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. A central element of the course explores the gap between religious ideals and practices and the importance of recognizing that distinction.
Prereq.: REL 2601 or POL 1550.

REL 3754    Feminism, Ecology and Religion    3 s.h.

Investigation of religious perspectives related to women and nature, the relationship of the sacred to the natural world, scriptural and theological influences, and deep ecology and other environmental movements from a feminist perspective.
Prereq.: REL 2601 or REL 2631 or WMST 2601.

REL 3756    Psychology of Religion    3 s.h.

Survey of developments in depth psychology that have shaped our understanding of religious experience and spirituality.
Prereq.: PSYC 1560 or one 2600-level REL course.

REL 3799    Intensive Individual Study in Religious Studies    1 s.h.

Intensive study of a religious studies problem, movement, thinker, or the relationship of religious studies to problems in other disciplines. Intended to be an independent study course with subject matter dependent upon approval of the faculty member and student. May be repeated up to 3 s.h.
Prereq.: One 3700 level REL course.

REL 4810    Directed Readings in Religious Studies    3 s.h.

Independent study course with subject matter dependent upon approval of the faculty member in consultation with student.
Prereq.: Any 3700 level REL course.

REL 4825    Methods and Study of Religion    3 s.h.

This course explores the principal methodological issues in the scholarly study of religion and enables students to expand and synthesize disciplinary knowledge.
Prereq.: REL 2601.

REL 4850    Seminar in Religious Studies    3 s.h.

Study in depth of a particular figure, topic or area in religious studies, as determined by the instructor; may be repeated once with different course content.
Prereq.: One 3700-level REL course.

REL 4860    On-Site Studies in Religion    3-9 s.h.

An on-site investigation of the beliefs and practices of a particular religion or sect through readings, lectures, interviews, and travel to locations vital to its origin or development.
Prereq.: Two 3700-level REL courses.

REL 4869    Capstone Cooperative Seminar    1 s.h.

The course aids capstone students in developing and following a schedule for timely completion of a major research project, provides general direction on effective methods for working on such a project, and encourages and facilitates cooperative work among advanced students by providing peers with whom to discuss their ideas, exchange drafts, and provide constructive comments on ongoing written work. Must be taken concurrently with REL 4871.

REL 4871    Senior Capstone Project    3 s.h.

Research and writing of a paper, or other committee approved project, on a topic in religious studies, under the supervision of a full-time faculty member and in consultation with a committee of at least two other members of the department.
Prereq.: Religious Studies major with senior standing and completion of at least 21 s.h. of REL courses.