Meet the School of Arts and Sciences Faculty
|Dr. Joyce Hall-Yates, J.D.
Dean, School of Arts & Sciences
Assistant Professor of Paralegal Studies
Title IX Investigator
B.A., Asbury College
J.D., Ohio Northern University
Dr. Hall-Yates holds an undergraduate degree from Asbury College and a Juris Doctorate from Ohio Northern University, and did post graduate work in law at Capital University. She practiced law in both civil and criminal cases. Many of her cases dealt with contract negotiations, IRS representation and estate planning. While practicing law, she managed the human resources role in law firms and trained personnel to fulfill the role of a paralegal within the legal services profession. She was also responsible for the management of computer technology and legal software for the law firms. Prior to coming to Tiffin University, she directed and taught classes in a paralegal education program in a two-year degree program.
She had taught both undergraduate and graduate law courses for many years as an adjunct instructor. Hancock County Chamber of Commerce presented her an Outstanding Educator award for the 2003-2004 academic year. She has presented many public educational seminars to explain difficult legal issues. She was a Research Contributor to Education Management Corporation Employee Retirement Answers for the January 2007 issue.
She is a volunteer with Bridge Home Health and Hospice. She participates in walks to raise funds for various organizations, including the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Steps for Sarcoma Walk, March of Dimes Walk, and the Children’s Miracle Network Walk.
|Dr. Dan Bell, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.A., Earlham College
M.A., University of Colorado at Boulder
Ph.D., American University
Dr. Bell began his teaching career at community and four-year colleges in Massachusetts, including a long stint at Springfield Technical Community College. After two years as a materials handler in a plastic bottle factory, he returned to school for a degree in Mathematics Education, focusing on how to help students learn mathematics at the college level. His specific interest is in geometrical and graphical methods of teaching mathematics.
Dr. Bell is a member of the Mathematics Association of America, the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
|Ms. Jeannette Berry
Director of Commerical Music - Vocal
B.M., The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
No additional information is available.
|Dr. Bruce Bowlus, Ph.D
Professor of History
B.A., Wittenberg University
M.A., Bowling Green State University
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
Prior to coming to Tiffin University in 1994, Dr. Bowlus served as managing editor of the Hayes Historical Journal published by the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. He holds an Undergraduate Degree from Wittenberg University and a Doctorate Degree from Bowling Green State University. His dissertation investigated navigational changes on the Great Lakes in the nineteenth century, prompted by the nation’s accelerating demand for Lake Superior iron ore, and his work has contributed greatly to expanding our knowledge of the subject through numerous scholarly papers and articles.
While at Tiffin University, Dr. Bowlus has instructed a variety of courses, including U.S. Military History, the Italian Renaissance, the 1960’s, and World War II, and he has also been an enthusiastic supporter and frequent participant in the School’s Arts and Angles Program. In addition, Dr. Bowlus coordinates Tiffin University’s Study Abroad Program, assisting our students wishing to spend a semester studying at one of our affiliate campuses in Europe.
Off campus, Dr. Bowlus has been active in community affairs, contributing programs to ElderHostel, local service clubs, and local Great Decisions forums. He is currently Vice-President of Tiffin Historic Trust which is an organization working to preserve the city’s architectural heritage.
|Dr. Aaron Burton, Ph.D
Chair, Humanities Programs
Assistant Professor of Communication
B.S., Ohio University
M.A., University of Findlay
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
Dr. Aaron Burton, Assistant Professor of Communications, earned a Ph.D. in Communication Studies, Foci: Rhetoric & Religion from Bowling Green State University. He earned a Master of Arts in Education from University of Findlay, a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Ohio University, and an Associate of Arts with concentration in Social Sciences also from Ohio University.
|Professor Dalva Church
Instructor of English
Associate, Secondary Education, Bowling Green State University
Bachelor, History, Thomas Edison College
M.Hum., Tiffin University
Dalva has an Associate’s degree in Secondary Education from Bowling Green State University, and did student teaching in Norwalk Public Schools. Her Bachelor’s degree in History was attained at Thomas Edison College. She Holds a Masters of Humanities from Tiffin University. Dalva began her collegiate teaching career at Heidelberg University in the communications department. Ms. Church has been teaching at Tiffin University since 2009.
Dalva is a professional artist, displaying her works at MacWorthington Gallery in Columbus Ohio, and at other local venues including the Red Raven Gallery in Tiffin. She has been creating and selling art since high school. Other jobs she held before returning to college after her children were older are Newspaper Reporter, Administrative Assistant and writing and editing newsletters.
In addition to participating in various community theatre groups, including The Ritz Players, Dalva has taken a Master’s acting class at Heidelberg with Leslie Sword and a Master Acting Class in Musical Theatre/British Acting Methods: CAA, London, 2010. Dalva also has worked in Summer stock theatre, and has choreographed and directed many theatre productions. Other hobbies include singing, hiking and archery.
|Professor Brandon Clay, M.A.
Instructor of English and American Literature
B.A., Hiram College
M.A., Miami University
Professor Clay joined the faculty of Tiffin University in 2012 and is currently working on completing his Ph.D. in American Literature at Miami University, where he completed his M.A. He is a graduate of Hiram College, where he earned a B.A. in English and played varsity soccer and tennis. Prior to coming to TU, Professor Clay held teaching positions at Miami University and Ohio University. He also taught high school English for several years. He has presented papers at national and international conferences, and his current research focuses on antebellum African American literature.
|Dr. Teresa (Terry) Collins, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Education
B.Mus., Georgia State University
M. Mus., Georgia State University
B.A., University of Findlay
M.A., Morehead State University
Ph.D., New York University
A native of Findlay, Dr. Terry Collins joined the Tiffin University faculty in 2005. For twenty-five years prior to that, she served as a U.S. Army bandsman at installations throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She also has the distinction of being the first woman to integrate the Military Band Program. For the past several years she has worked as a classroom teacher in both music K-12, English 6-12, and as an adjunct lecturer at the University of Maryland, Central Texas College, Tabernacle Baptist Bible College & Seminary, and Old Dominion University.
|Dr. Maria Gabriella De Oliveria, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
B.S., Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
M.S., Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro
Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Dr. Maria Gabriella deOliveira holds a Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina. She developed research as a Postdoctoral Fellow/Visiting Research Scientist at the Brazilian Navy and as a Research Assistant Professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo in the areas of Marine Chemical Ecology and Ecology of Coral Reefs, respectively. She has12 years of experience teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the areas of Marine Science, General Biology, Medical Terminology, Human Anatomy & Physiology.
Dr. deOliveira served as an Emergency Department volunteer for 4 years and later as a Board Member of the Quality Improvement Council at a rural hospital in Washington State for one and a half years. She currently holds a STNA license from Ohio State.
|Professor Robin Dunlap
Instructor of Mathematics
A.A.P., Terra State Community College
B.S., California University of Pennsylvania
M.S., Marshall University
M.A., Winebrenner Theological Seminary
No additional information is available.
|Professor Miriam Fankhauser
Emeritus Associate Professor of English & Humanities
B.A., Heidelberg College
M.Ed., University of Toledo
M.A., University of Toledo
Born in Sandusky County and growing up in Seneca County, Miriam Fankhauser earned her B.A. in Secondary Education with a double major in English and Music from Heidelberg College. She taught in junior and senior high English Programs in both Seneca and Sandusky Counties. Miriam joined the Tiffin University faculty as a part-time instructor in 1982. In 1984, she became full-time faculty and in 1986 was named Department Chair for English/Communications Arts--a position she held until 1999 when she became Humanities Department Chair. In 1988, she was promoted to Assistant Professor of English, and in 1995, Associate Professor of English. As the university continued to grow, Miriam was named Associate Professor of English and Humanities in 2003.
During her tenure at Tiffin University, TU’s Student Government has named Miriam Fankhauser as Faculty Member of the Year in 1996 and 1998. She has also been extremely active in working with freshmen as both an advisor and faculty member of the school’s Freshman Institute. Miriam has also served in the role as School Dean.
From the 1980’s to the present, she has been involved in developing new curriculum for TU, and was instrumental in helping to create the liberal arts major in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. In 1996, she was recognized for her “commitment and service to Tiffin University’s Co-Curricular Requirement Program” at the Northwest Ohio Philanthropy luncheon. Miriam has also been a member of the National Council of Teachers of English throughout her career.
Among her other interests is dream analysis and interpretation, and since 1991, she has coordinated a dream workshop/interpretation group and led workshops for students, faculty and the general public. Until recently, she has conducted an ongoing dream support group for adult women.
Miriam has a strong interest in Native American studies and research, in particular the “Trail of Tears” and the North American mound builder cultures, and has both presented lectures and conducted interactive discussions on the subjects, as well as having written articles for regional publications. She was a member of the former Blanchard Indian Pow Wow Club and joined two delegations to the Pine Ridge Lakota Indian Reservation in South Dakota, helping to deliver food and clothing to reservation schools. Miriam returned to visit this area of South Dakota with an Honors Class in May 2006.
Mother of two daughters and she has three grandchildren. Miriam Fankhauser is a published author with both scholarly, creative work, and several genealogical collections to her credit. She has also focused special interest on women writers, including Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, as well as local writer Sherwood Anderson. Presently, Miriam concentrates interests on Native American and black writers.
In service to the community, she has been a member of the Pleasant Union Cemetery Board of Trustees since 1990 and is responsible for Memorial Day Services at that site. Miriam has assisted in the selection of the outstanding teacher for Tiffin Public Schools, and has been a judge for various writing and talent competitions.
|Professor Ana Paula Fantini
Instructor of Exercise Science & Biology
B.S., Union College
B.S., Union College
M.A., Union College
Professor Fantini obtained double major in Physical Education and Sports Management, minors in Health and General Business, and a master's degree in Health and Physical Education from Union College. Currently she is pursuing her Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology at Kent State University. She started her teaching career in 2007 as an adjunct instructor for the Health, Kinesiology, and Physical Education Department at Lincoln Memorial University. In 2010 her teaching career continued at Tiffin University. She taught classes for the School of Business in Sports Management as she developed the major in Exercise Science for Tiffin University. Currently, Professor Fantini oversees and teaches the major in Exercise Science for the School of Arts & Sciences.
|Professor Lee Fearnside
Curator Diane Kidd Gallery
Associate Professor of Art
B.A., Smith College
M.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design
M.S., Drexel University
Before coming to Tiffin, Professor Fearnside was an adjunct instructor at several colleges in New England, including College of the Holy Cross, Rhode Island College and Greenfield Community College, teaching classes in photography, video and art history. In her own work, she creates projects using photography and video to explore issues of body image, sexuality, gentrification, and the creation of history. Her photographic work has been exhibited in galleries in New England and in national juried shows. Her videos have been screened at film festivals in Boston, Oregon, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco and most recently on Rhode Island PBS. Her most recent projects include photographic work on scars and houses under construction, and a video about archaeology.
|Professor Rebecca Fox
Associate Professor of Mathematics
B.A., Kent State University
M.A., Heidelberg College
Professor Fox completed her Bachelor’s Degree in the area of Education with a specialist degree in mathematics education. She spent twelve years teaching in the Ohio Public School System in the areas of elementary mathematics, junior high special reading, and middle school science programs. After joining Tiffin University faculty as a mathematics adjunct lecturer in 1986, she designed the MAT100 and MAT173 courses, developed a mathematics tutoring program, and designed the Mathematics Placement Program. In 1991, Professor Fox received her Master’s Degree in education. Her research is in the area of Developmental Mathematics and freshman studies and retention. She has served on several committees and worked with programs dealing with the freshman students such as LEAP Program, Freshman Studies Coordinator, Academic Alert Program, freshman advisor, and the Student Development Committee. Professor Fox designed and coordinated the Peer Leader Program. She has presented at the First Year Conference for the past five years. Professor Fox has also designed and coordinates the Supplemental Instructor Program.
|Dr. Sushmita Ghosh, Ph.D.
Professor of Science
B.Sc., Brabourne College, Calcutta, India
M.Sc., Calcutta University, Calcutta, India
M.S., Baylor University, Texas
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois
Dr. Ghosh joined Tiffin University in the fall of 2008 as Associate Professor of Science, after beginning her teaching career in India. Dr. Ghosh taught courses in physiology and electron microscopy at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Later she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois working in toxicology at the Veterinary School of Medicine and a Postdoctoral Research associate at Tulane University Medical Center, where she worked in the area of prostate cancer and lung cancer. Dr. Ghosh has presented her research at various scientific meetings and has published over 12 papers in reputed scientific journals.
Since 2001, Dr. Ghosh has taught in area colleges and universities in Ohio teaching a variety of courses at Terra Community College in Fremont, The University of Findlay, both Heidelberg College and Tiffin University in Tiffin. She has also developed and taught a number of seated and online classes. While teaching at Tiffin University, her courses include Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Science, and Oceanography at the undergraduate level and The History and Philosophy of Scientific Exploration at the graduate level.
In 2006 and 2008, Dr. Ghosh assisted with the organization and implementation of the highly successful India Study Abroad Program conducted by Tiffin University and The University of Findlay respectively. She has also served as a judge at various science fairs in Illinois and Ohio.
|Professor Tiffanie Goff
Instructor of English
M.A., New Mexico State University
B.S., Valdosta State University
Drawing on over seventeen years of experience in teaching English at various levels, Tiffanie Goff is the current director of the American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) at Tiffin University. Passionate about the English language and its possibilities for bringing different cultures together, Tiffanie Goff has spent her time at TU working with the international students to ensure their successful transition into their chosen degree programs while advancing towards a doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from University of Toledo. Possessing both a bachelors and master’s degree in Education with a concentration in English, her past experience includes teaching and supervisory assignments within school districts in six different states from the elementary to the post-secondary level.
|Dr. Mary Grennen, Ph.D.
Director of Theatre Arts
Associate Professor of English
B.A., Fordham University at Lincoln Center
M.A., Washington College
Ph.D., Union Institute & University
Dr. Grennen has taught a wide variety of English courses, including all levels of writing, various literature surveys, and oral communications. With a Ph.D. in Dramatic Literature, Theory, and Criticism, she has taught various courses in dramatic literature, acting, and directing. Her doctoral dissertation, "The Nature/Nurture Dichotomy of Tragic Figures in Western Dramatic Literature," was nominated for UIU's 2005 Sussman Award.
Dr. Grennen has a long list of accomplishments in theatre. She has appeared in two off-Broadway productions, and as a musician she has sat in the orchestra pit for productions of Annie, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Robber Bridegroom. As a director, her productions include The Dixie Swim Club, Blithe Spirit, Rumors, Bathroom Humor, The Money in Uncle George's Suitcase, A Trip to Czardis, Everybody's Doing It, and To Bobolink, for Her Spirit. Her acting experience at Fordham University at Lincoln Center includes A Midsummer Night's Dream, Jack or The Submission, Fashion, The Three Sisters, The Beggar's Opera, The Children's Hour, Icarus' Mother, A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot, Not Enough Rope, Postcards, Electra, Why Hanna's Skirt Won't Stay Down, and Action. Her community involvement includes roles in Shenandoah, Hello Dolly, The Boys Next Door, Tea and Sympathy, Dial 'M' for Murder, Angel Street, I Hate Hamlet, Two by Two, and How the Other Half Loves.
|Professor Michael Herdlick
Dean of Students
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
B.A., Malone College
M.S., New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Michael joined the Tiffin University full-time faculty this year as a math professor , after previously being an adjunct professor for Tiffin University for several years as well as an adjunct professor in Math/Science over the past seventeen years for New Mexico Tech., Owens State College, Terra Community College, and Heidelberg College. Also during this time, Michael worked in industry as a Quality Assurance Manager and Vice President for a large environmental testing laboratory. He has presented over sixty papers in the areas of statistics, quality control, and lab management at state, national, and international conferences. Michael has held appointments on various Boards of Directorships including the United States EPA Environmental Laboratory Advisory Board and has recently completed a six year term as Chairman of the Ohio American Water Works Association Research Committee.
Michael resides in the Tiffin area with his wife and two children.
|Dr. Victoria Ingalls, Ed.D.
Chair, Formal & Natural Science Programs
Associate Professor of Mathematics and Sciences
B.S., Bowling Green State University
M.A., Heidelberg College
Ed.D., Ashland University
Upon completion of her undergraduate degree in Mathematics education at BGSU, Vicki began teaching at a local high school while earning her Masters of Education Degree from Heidelberg College. She launched her collegiate career by lecturing as an adjunct instructor at a variety of local colleges and began teaching full-time at Tiffin University in the mathematics department in 2007. Dr. Ingalls completed her doctoral education from Ashland University in the fall of 2008. She lives in Tiffin with her husband and five daughters.
|Professor Michael Kidd
Chair, Bachelor of Sciences - IT Program
Assistant Professor of Information Technology
M.S. in Technology Studies/Information Assurance, Eastern Michigan University
B.S. in Information Assurance/Network Security, Eastern Michigan University
A.A.S. in Network Administration, Washtenaw Community College
After high school, Michael spent 4 years in the U.S. Army Signal Corp as a Network Analysis/Administrator. After leaving the Army Michael spent the next 10 years working as a Computer Network Administrator and Penetration Tester for companies in industries such as Law, Health Care, Industrial, Service, and small business environments. Along with his education and experience, Michael currently holds certifications in IT that include CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, Microsoft SQL, and CISSP.
|Dr. Zhaolu Lu, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy
B.A., Beijing Normal University, China
Ph.D., University of Western Ontario, Canada
Dr. Lu earned his B.A. in 1982 and taught philosophy at Beijing Normal University before moving to Canada in 1986. Prior to joining Tiffin University in 2000, he held positions of assistant Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University in Canada and Hampshire College in Massachusetts. Dr. Lu has teaching and research interest in interdisciplinary and cross-culture studies, with the emphasis on philosophy of cognitive science and Chinese philosophy. He is doing research in both western and Chinese philosophies and undertaking comparative projects. Dr. Lu has published eleven articles in peer reviewed journals and anthologies, five professional encyclopedia entries, five essays in major newspapers, and nineteen presentations at regional, national, and international conferences.
Dr. Lu is instrumental in developing China Programs at Tiffin University. These include three partnership programs between Tiffin University and Beijing Normal University - two to allow their students to enroll in TU courses and one that is a resident scholar program to bring BNU faculty members to Tiffin for a year of research. In addition and most recently, Dr. Lu has collaborated with Chinese recruiting agencies and high schools in developing two programs to recruit new Tiffin University students from China.
|Professor Jamie Marinis
Coordinator of International Student Programs
M.Ed., Kent State University
B.S., Kent State University
Jamie Marinis joined the Tiffin University family in 2005 and is currently completing her Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) graduate certificate from Bowling Green State University. In her dual role as instructor of English as a Second Language (ESL) and coordinator of International Student Programs, Jamie interacts with international students both in and out of the classroom. She coordinates cultural events across campus including the annual International Flag Ceremony and International Dinner, which often draw hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members to campus in celebration of our globally diverse student body.
She earned her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel and her B.S. in Community Health Education from Kent State University where she was a varsity cheerleader. Jamie spent her first nine years at Tiffin University working in Enrollment Management and Student Affairs before moving to academics. She also previously served as the Head Cheerleading Coach at Tiffin University for eight years.
Born in Oregon, Ohio, Jamie currently resides in Tiffin with her husband and two children.
|Professor Michelle Maus
Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems & Healthcare Administration
Chair, Healthcare Administration Program
BS in Acute Care Administration
Professor Maus has taught in higher education, both in an online and seated environment. Her career in higher education originated as an adjunct instructor in 2005. Her full-time position at Tiffin University began in 2010. She teaches business and healthcare administration courses. She developed the Associates Degree in Business with a specialization in Healthcare Administration, the Bachelors Degree in Business with a specialization in Healthcare Administration, and is currently constructing the Bachelor's of Science Degree of Healthcare Administration for Tiffin University. She has had the opportunity to work in the healthcare industry since 1991 in a variety of different capacities within hospitals, a non-profit organization, in the medical employment industry, and for a highly specialized laboratory testing facility. During her tenure at On Assignment, Inc., she received the prestigious honor of President's Club affiliation twice for outstanding marketing and sales performance. Professor Maus has acted as a reviewer for a health insurance textbook published in 2014, a peer reviewer for the annual American Public Health Association conference, and recently presented at an international conference concerning the use of supplemental instruction within an online learning environment in Orlando, FL.
|Professor Natalie McClain
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
B.S., Middle Childhood Education, Bowling Green State University
M.A., Education, Heidelberg College
Natalie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Childhood Education from Bowling Green State University in 2003. Upon graduating, she taught for 7 years in a local public school while earning her Master of Arts in Education degree from Heidelberg College in 2008. Natalie joined Tiffin University in the fall of 2011 as an adjunct instructor before being hired as a fulltime math instructor in 2012. Natalie lives in Tiffin with her husband.
|Professor Sami Mejri
Program Chair, General Education
Assistant Professor of Science
B.S. in Chemistry, Bowling Green State University
M. Ed (Science-Ed), University of Toledo
Ph.D. (Int. Education), North Central University (in progress)
Professor Mejri has been facilitating developmental mathematics and science courses since 2008. Prior to his experience in higher education, he worked in the electroplating and finishing process for the automotive industry. Professor Mejri also joined Maumee Research & Engineering as a chemist analyzing Coal Driven Liquids. While teaching at the community college and other technical schools, he was awarded educator of the year in 2009 from the Ohio Association of Career Colleges and Schools. Currently, he serves as Program Chair for the BA-Professional Studies in the School of Graduate and Distance Education, and he also teaches undergraduate science and foreign language courses. His career goals include the completion of an online doctoral program in Higher Education.
|Dr. Vincent Moore, Ph.D.
Professor of English
B.A., Oberlin College
M.A., Miami University
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi
Dr. Vincent Moore has worked in a number of non-academic fields and has lived in eleven states while pursuing his educational and career goals. Growing up in Oberlin, OH, he earned his B.A. in Psychology at Oberlin College (1985). He studied for an M.S. in Exercise Physiology, but instead earned an M.A. in Creative Writing at Miami University (1992). In 1998 he earned his doctorate in English (main focus: Writing; secondary areas are 20th Century American Literature, Film, and Post Human Literary Theory) at the University of Southern Mississippi. Since 1992 he has been teaching at the college level, first as an adjunct, then full time at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and later at St. Paul’s College in Virginia before coming to Tiffin University.
Dr. Moore has been at Tiffin University since fall, 2002. A fourth degree black belt, he also leads the Tiffin University Martial Arts Club. His teaching interests are Composition, Creative Writing, Modern and Postmodern Literature, and Film. Three of his novels are available on Amazon.com.
|Dr. Krista Petrosino
Assistant Professor of English
Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing, Bowling Green State University
M.A. in English, John Carroll University
B.A. in English, Silver Lake College
Dr. Krista Petrosino joined the faculty of Tiffin University in 2012 as an Assistant Professor of English, and teaches a variety of writing and literature courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Prior to becoming a member of the TU faculty, she taught First Year Composition and foundational writing courses at Terra State Community College from 2007-2012, and served as a Graduate Assistant--Teaching at Bowling Green State University during her Ph.D. program, from 2008-2012. Dr. Petrosino's research interests include transdisciplinary collaboration, collaboration-as-performance, intersections of music and writing, composition pedagogy, and 19th century American literature.
|Professor Bradley Rees
Music Department Director
Assistant Professor of Music
B.A., George Mason University
B.Mus., George Mason University
M.Mus., University of Northern Colorado
Brad Rees serves as Director of the Tiffin University Music Department, where he coordinates TU's new ProMusic degree program, and also directs the award-winning a cappella ensemble Up in the Air, conducts University Choirs, and teaches voice, music theory, and music production & engineering. A leader in contemporary a cappella and vocal jazz education for two decades, Brad has served as the Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado, on the faculty at Iowa's School for Music Vocations, and on the jazz faculty at Bowling Green State University.
A frequent clinician at vocal music festivals across the US and Canada, he is a regular judge for ICCA, ICHSA and show choir competitions throughout the Midwest, and has served on the faculty of Halewyn Jazz Workshop in Belgium and many other summer workshops and camps. His ensembles have appeared across the United States and Canada, at the Salzburg Music Festival in Austria, at the United Nations in New York and Geneva, and on tour in the Republic of China, Germany, the Czech Republic, and South Africa. His choirs have also performed on several national TV broadcasts.
His own performing credits include appearances with Ben Folds, Bobby McFerrin’s Voicestra, Joe Williams, George Shearing, African gospel artist Rebecca Malope, and others. He sang with the Grammy-nominated vocal jazz quintet, The Axidentals, with Phil Mattson’s Voices, and in residence at the Smithsonian Institution.
Brad is currently completing a DMA from Boston University, received a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Northern Colorado, and holds degrees in music and public relations from George Mason University in Virginia. He has served in leadership positions for the Ohio chapters of IAJE and ACDA, and his compositions and arrangements are available through UNC Jazz Press.
|Dr. James Rovira, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
B.A., Rollins College
M.Phil., Drew University
Ph.D., Drew University
Dr. James Rovira comes to Tiffin University from Rollins College in Florida. He currently teaches English courses in the fields of British Literature, British History, History of the English Language, American Poetry, Creative Writing, Poetry and Writing. Dr. James Rovira’s most recent publications include “Wings of Fire: Exhibition at Muhlenberg College 19 March to 19 April 2008” for Blake: An Illustrated Quarterly; “Receiving Austen and Scott” for College Literature; “Milton’s Ontology of Books and Areopagitica” for the anthology Milton in France (2008, ed. Christoph Tornu); and a review of The Smorgasbord of Postmodernity: Literature and the Christian Critic, ed. Deborah Bowen, for Christianity and Literature. His current projects include editing his monograph Kierkegaardian Anxiety and Creation Anxiety in William Blake’s Early Illuminated Books for publication, a review of Blake’s Poetry and Designs for College Literature, and annotations for the Routledge Annotated Bibliography of English Studies. Dr. Rovira has recently been named managing editor of The Voegelin View, an online journal dedicated to the works of political philosopher Eric Voegelin. From 2007-09 he presented papers at national conferences for the Modern Language Association, the College English Association, the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, the International Conference on Romanticism, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and the Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery.
Dr. Rovira serves as the Chair of English and Humanities for the School of Arts and Sciences.
He currently resides in the Tiffin, Ohio area with his wife and children.
|Dr. Mark Sabo, Ph.D.
Professor of Forensic Science and Chemistry
B.S., University of South Florida
Ph.D., Michigan State University
Dr. Sabo enjoys teaching at the college level and has over 20 years of experience in teaching traditional chemistry courses as well as non-traditional multidisciplinary courses such as Forensic Science, Caveman Chemistry, Consumer Applications of Chemistry, Marine Science, and Food Science. He is very excited to be at Tiffin University and hopes his experience below will help students be empowered to value their education and become lifelong-learners, develop their maximum potential, and reach their career goals “ for productive and satisfying lives of excellence, leadership and service” (Tiffin University Mission).
Dr. Sabo joined Tiffin University in August of 2014. He holds a B.A. degree in Chemistry from the University of South Florida and a Ph. D. degree in Analytical Chemistry from Michigan State University. For sixteen years before coming to Tiffin University, Dr. Sabo was at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC where he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry, the Swink Professor for Outstanding Classroom Teaching, and Director of the Catawba Analytical Research Laboratory (CARL). While at Catawba, Dr. Sabo spent many summers as a Visiting Scientist in the Counterterrorism and Forensic Science Research Unit at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, VA. He helped develop and improve instrumental techniques used by the FBI and teach courses for domestic and international crime lab personnel. From 1994 – 1998, Dr. Sabo served Assistant to the Director of the Center for Chemistry Education and Visiting Associate Professor at Miami University where he was responsible for faculty enhancement, curriculum and materials development, student enrichment programs, networking, and program evaluation in the area of chemical technology. From 1990 – 1994 he worked at Quantum Chemical Corporation to develop new analytical methodologies to solve a variety of industrial problems. During his time at Quantum Chemical, he served as industrial mentor and instructor for Miami University’s Partners for Terrific Science industrial/academic program.
|Dr. Jan H. Samoriski, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication
B.S., Radford University
M.S., Radford University
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
A.S.N., Excelsior College
Dr. Jan Samoriski joined the Tiffin University faculty in 2006 after ten years at the University of Michigan – Dearborn where he taught electronic media and served as Communications Chair and Director of the Communications Program. At Tiffin University Samoriski has held appointments as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Dean of Graduate Studies.
Samoriski earned his undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism from Radford University and worked as a television producer and director at NBC-TV affiliates in Virginia and Massachusetts. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Corporate and Professional Communication (Radford University) and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication with an emphasis in telecommunications law and technology (Bowling Green State University).
Samoriski teaches across the communications curriculum in several areas, including speech, organizational, mass communication, electronic media, media production and cyberspace law. He is author of numerous academic peer reviewed publications dealing with Internet issues pertaining to unsolicited commercial e-mail, electronic privacy, encryption, broadcast regulation and Internet indecency and obscenity. He is also author of one of the first communication textbooks to focus on cyberlaw, "Issues in cyberspace: Communication, Technology, Law and Society on the Internet Frontier," published by Allyn and Bacon.
In addition to his academic background, Samoriski is a Registered Nurse (RN), a National Registry Paramedic, Level II Firefighter, Master Scuba Diver and General Class Amateur Radio Operator. He has training and experience in emergency services and response, bioterrorism and hazardous materials and is active as a volunteer in local Fire and EMS.
Samoriski is a perpetual student. As part of his interests in the economics of healthcare and communication, he is currently pursuing an MBA in Healthcare Administration.
|Professor Nathan Santos
Instructor of Music
Director of Commercial Music - Instrumental
B.M., Wilkes University
M.M., University of Miami
Professor Santos is the Director of Instrumental Commercial Music at Tiffin University in Ohio. Awarded the 2013-14 “Faculty Member of the Year”, he directs the touring group, DFX, which has visited areas throughout PA, Ohio, New York and North Carolina. He also has assembled the TU Big Dragon Band, directs the Concert Choir, and teaches various courses including Advanced Musicianship, Analysis of Music, Rhythm Section Methods, Pedagogy, Music Appreciation, and an interdisciplinary cultures course focused on the Canadian progressive rock band, Rush. He also teaches bass, guitar, and jazz piano, and is a primary piano accompanist for ensembles and students.
Mr. Santos is originally from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He received his B.M. from Wilkes University (1992) as a music performance major, with an emphasis in bass and voice. He received his M.M. in Studio Jazz Performance from the University of Miami, Florida (1994) where he also studied with Dr. Lucas Drew. He has previously served on the faculties of Indiana University of PA, St. Francis University, Penn State University, Main Campus and the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown.
He has actively participated in PMEA events including guest conductor for District Jazz Choirs in Districts 6, 8, and 9. He was a guest clinician in the PMEA State Conference in Hershey, PA, collaborating with respected vocal educator, Elizabeth Good, in a seminar entitled, “Cooking Up Some Vocal Jazz: Appetizers to a Full Course Meal,” and also in the State Conference in Pittsburgh, PA demonstrating the versatility of the bass.
As a 20-year former resident of Johnstown, he served as Principal Bass of the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, regularly performed with Jazz In Your Face Big Band, Acousticity, Soy Bomb, Brex, and White Noise. He served as Co-Director of Music Ministry at Westmont Presbyterian Church from 1999-2012. He has shared the stage with such notable performers as Bernadette Peters, Ben Folds, Joe Morello, Olivia Newton-John, Sherryl Milnes, Lou Christie, John Blake, Jr., George Young, Marvin Stamm, Scott Lavender, Mike Tomaro, Andy Narell, Dave Samuels, Five By Design, River City Brass, Steve Fidyk, Ed Soph, Jonathan Kreisberg, Carrie Tillis, and many others. He has been a pit musician in many musical theater productions for organizations including the Mountain Playhouse (Jennerstown, PA), and various high schools throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio. He has appeared on several recordings including Family Arts Theatre, Terminal Degree, Stanley Chepaitis, Mark Weakland and Rachel Allen, which can be found on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby.
|Dr. John Schupp
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
B.S., Cleveland State University
Ph.D., Chemistry, Cleveland State University
Dr. Schupp has twenty-five years experience in the synthetic crystal industry, from 1980 to 2005. In which time he received four patents in the area being granted in 2002.
|Professor Robert Stover
M.Ed., University of Pittsburgh
B.A., Capital University
Professor Robert Stover earned a B.A. in Math Education form Capital University and a M.Ed. from the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently the Teacher Education Coordinator for Tiffin University and also teaches in the education program.
Professor Stover is professionally affiliated with NCTM, OCTM, PCTM, and PADI. He has much experience in both teaching and administration at the K-12 educational level and has presented at the OCTM Fall conference in both 2013 and 2014.
His hobbies include scuba diving, white water rafting, solving math problems, and enjoying life as a grandfather.
|Dr. Colleen Vallo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication
B.A., Wright State University
M.A., Ohio State University
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
Dr. Colleen Vallo has been a member of the faculty at Tiffin University since 2006. She teaches courses in communication and journalism at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Vallo is also adviser of the campus newspaper. Before joining our faculty, Dr. Vallo taught at the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University. She previously worked in journalism reporting for weekly and daily newspapers, serving as a state-house correspondent in Columbus and working in public relations for public schools. Her teaching specialties include mass communication law, critical analysis of the media, and intercultural communication.
|Professor Joseph Van Kerkhove
Assistant Professor of Art
B.F.A., Columbus College of Art and Design
M.F.A., Indiana University
Professor Van Kerkhove holds a M.F.A. in Printmaking from Indiana University and a B.F.A. from The Columbus College of Art and Design. He has taught fine art courses at Tiffin University since 2011. He is a printmaking and ceramic artist that responds to personal experiences through imagery and process. His artworks have been exhibited in a variety of venues nationally and internationally. Galleries in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio currently represent his art. Joseph participated in the Summer Print Program at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia, Italy. Joseph is currently a member of The National Art Education Association that advances visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding for visual art educators.
Visit Joseph Van Kerkhove’s Personal Website www.joevankerkhove.com