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Excellence and Expertise Campus Announcements

Promotion and tenure granted to 56

Miami University's board of trustees approved the promotion and/or tenure of 55 faculty members and one librarian at its Feb. 25 meeting. The actions take effect July 1, 2022.

Excellence and Expertise Campus Announcements

Promotion and tenure granted to 56

“I am immensely proud of the accomplishments of these exceptional teacher-scholars and grateful that they have chosen to be part of our faculty,” said Miami University Provost Jason Osborne. “The number of faculty members who have achieved tenure and promotions during and despite a global pandemic is noteworthy. This speaks to their unwavering commitment to the advancement of their disciplines and the success of Miami University and our students.”

The faculty granted tenure and promotions are: 

For promotion to full professor

Katherine (Katy) Abbott, Elisa Abes, Brian Danoff, Darrel Davis, Louis DeBiasio, Stefanie Dunning, Thomas Fisher, Paul Flaspohler, Brooke Flinders, Thomas Garcia, Dmitriy Garmatyuk, Timothy Holcomb, John Humphries, Anthony James, Jeremy Jones, Scott Kenworthy, Dominik Konkolewicz, Anita Mannur, Daniel Prior, Donna Scarborough, Haifei Shi, Yelizaveta (Liza) Skryzhevska, L. James Smart, Paul Urayama, and Peng Wang

For tenure and promotion to associate professor

Joseph Bates, Kimberly Berg, Durell Callier, Arthur Carvalho, Jennifer Cohen, Matthew Crain, Katie Day Good, Annie Dell'Aria, Michele Frank, Kazue Harada, Carolyn Hardin, Vrinda Kalia, Callie Maddox, Camilla McMahon, Thembinkosi Mkhatshwa, John Ni, Anna Radke, Ganiva Reyes, Ebrahim Sarabi, Mark Scott, Alim Sukhtayev, Jonathon Vivoda, Ann Marie Wainscott, Hui Wang, Jessie Wang, and Zhijang (Justin) Ye

For tenure and promotion to full professor

Karen Davis and John Femiani

For tenure

Eyad Musallam and Vaskar Raychoudhury

For promotion to principal librarian

Jessica Long

For promotion to full professor:

Katherine Abbott is a professor of gerontology in the Department of Sociology and Gerontology. She teaches courses in Qualitative Research Methods, Social Network Analysis, and Social Policies and Programs in Gerontology. She has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications focusing on improving the quality of care and quality of life of older adults receiving long-term services and support. She has been awarded over $2.7 million in external funding since joining the faculty at Miami University and in 2020, received the Researcher of the Year Award from the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education.

Elisa Abes is an associate professor and the director of graduate studies in the department of Educational Leadership. In her research, Abes uses critical theories to study the experiences and identities of college students with disabilities, emphasizing that it is not the disabled students who are the problems to be fixed, but instead, it is ableism in higher education that needs to be dismantled. Abes is the co-editor of Rethinking College Student Development Theory Using Critical Frameworks, editor of Critical Perspectives on Student Development Theory; and co-author of Identity Development of College Students: Advancing Frameworks for Multiple Dimensions of Identity.

Brian Danoff is an associate professor and director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science. His research and writing focus on modern political theory, American political thought, and politics and literature. He is the author of Why Moralize upon It? Democratic Education through American Literature and Film and Educating Democracy: Alexis de Tocqueville and Leadership in America. He is also co-editor of Alexis de Tocqueville and the Art of Democratic Statesmanship. His articles have appeared in journals such as The Review of Politics, American Political Thought, Perspectives on Political Science, and Presidential Studies Quarterly.

Darrel Davis is an associate professor, assistant chair, and Educational Psychology Program coordinator in the Department of Educational Psychology. His research focuses on issues at the intersection of play, technology, and human development and learning. He also researches online teaching and learning, and the use of technology in diverse educational settings. His research has been published in academic journals including the American Journal of Play and the Journal of Interactive Online Learning. He currently serves as associate co-editor of the Journal of Research in Childhood Education.

Louis DeBiasio is an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics. He studies abstract networks (i.e. graph theory) using tools from extremal and probabilistic combinatorics. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Simons Foundation. He teaches courses across the mathematics curriculum, from Calculus to Geometry to Graph Theory, with the philosophy that the only way to learn is to do. As a first-generation college student who has personally witnessed the transformative power of doing mathematics, he is especially proud of the papers he has written with undergraduate and master's students who were able to share in this experience for the first time themselves.

Stefanie Dunning is an associate professor in the Department of English. Her teaching and research interests include African American literature, film and visual culture, and nature writing and discourses. She has numerous published articles, essays, and reviews including two books: Queer in Black and White: Interraciality, Same-Sex Desire, and Contemporary African American Culture; and Black to Nature: Pastoral Return and African American Culture. She has been published in notable journals such as the African American Review, MELUS,  and Studies in the Fantastic. Her podcast, Black to Nature: the podcast, is available on all major platforms.

Thomas Fisher is an associate professor and chief departmental advisor in the Department of Statistics. Fisher’s research interests include time series, multivariate analysis, and statistical applications to ecology and biology. With over 30 publications, Fisher’s work is published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Computational Statistics and Data Analysis, and the American Statistician. Fisher teaches courses in probability and statistical inference, time series analysis and forecasting, and statistical programming.

Paul Flaspohler is an associate professor of Clinical Psychology, assistant director for student learning for the Global Health Studies program, and a founding member of the Global Health Research Innovation Center. In addition to applied participatory research in community development and program evaluation, Flaspohler assists schools and organizations with identifying needs and developing solutions for community problems. Flaspohler has obtained over $2.5 million in extramural funding and teaches courses in clinical and community psychology, consultation, program evaluation, research methods and statistics.

Brooke Flinders is chair of the Department of Nursing. Over the past 15 years, she has dedicated her time to serving as a nurse educator and nurse leader. Flinders was the primary author and co-principal investigator of a $2.1 million Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2010-15), which served over 1,600 teens across southwestern Ohio using an innovative service-learning model. Her most recent research and publications are on the topics of the TPP program, fidelity in evidence-based program replication, and high-impact collaborative teaching-learning structures.

Thomas Garcia is an associate professor of ethnomusicology in the Department of Music. His publications include the history of guitar and Brazilian music in the Luso-Brazilian Review, Veduta (Portugal), and the Journal of Popular Culture. He’s written numerous encyclopedia articles and book chapters, most recently on Brazilian musician Jacob do Bandolim in the prize-winning book Mazel Tov, Amigos!: Jews and Popular Music in the Americas. He is the editor of Global Popular Music, The Works of Villa-Lobos, and The Rowman & Littlefield Handbook of Folk and Popular Music of Brazil, scheduled for publication in 2023.

Dmitriy Garmatyuk is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He conducts research on joint sensing and communications, application of machine learning techniques to radar, and radar scene identification/recognition. He has received over $925K in external funding and developed an electromagnetics curriculum for the electrical and computer engineering department. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2014 C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teacher Award and Miami’s CEC Arthur Olson Generational Teaching Excellence Award.

Timothy Holcomb is chair of the Department of Entrepreneurship, director of the John W. Altman Institute for Entrepreneurship, and a Farmer School Endres Associate Professor Fellow. Holcomb has 100 refereed publications in management and entrepreneurship, including eight articles that appear on the Financial Times 50 list and more than 50 refereed presentations and conference proceedings. Holcomb received the Miami President’s Medallion for leading the entrepreneurship program to its 13th consecutive Top 10 ranking for undergraduate entrepreneurship studies among public universities. He also earned the Richard K. Smucker Outstanding Professor Award for Teaching Excellence.

John Humphries is an associate professor in the Department of Architecture and Interior Design, whose scholarship has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Exhibitions include Drawn from the Winter at the Clifton Cultural Arts Center in Ohio, Living Stone at the Galerie Ladislava Sutnara in Plzeň, Czech Republic, and Myths and Memories at The Morris Graves Museum in California. Humphries has received several awards and is a fellow of the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts, St. James Cavalier in Valletta, Malta; The Tyrone Guthrie Centre of Annaghmakerrig, Ireland; and The Virginia Center for Creative Arts.

Anthony James is an Associate professor in the Department of Family Science and Social Work. His research interests include positive youth development, religion and spirituality, diverse family systems, and program evaluation. His works have appeared in publications such as Diverse Issues in Higher Education, TIME, and numerous peer-reviewed journals. He has served as interim vice president for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Miami, section chair for the National Council on Family Relations, board member for several organizations, and is the editor-in-chief of Marriage & Family Review.

Jeremy Jones is an associate professor, associate department chair, and Fisher-Holoviak Endowed Professor in the Department of Music. His research and scholarship focus includes tenor-bass choral music, specifically with the Miami University Men’s Glee Club. Under his leadership, the Glee Club has performed nationally and internationally and won several awards. Jones’ published recordings include, most recently, We Are, a recording that brings messages of social conscience, equality, peace, and freedom to the forefront. He is a contributing author of Conducting Men’s Choirs in GIA Publications and frequently appears as a guest conductor of honor choirs from around the country. 

Scott Kenworthy is an associate professor in the Department of Comparative Religion, an associate in the Russia, East European and Eurasian Studies Program, and an affiliate in the history department. His first book, The Heart of Russia: Trinity-Sergius, Monasticism and Society after 1825, won the Brewer Prize from the American Society of Church History. He has over 30 published articles and book chapters and was a senior Fulbright Scholar to Romania. He has received numerous fellowships including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Dominik Konkolewicz is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. His research team’s interests are in the design of soft materials with potential applications from enhanced recyclability and robotics, to materials that disrupt the viral particles such as SARS-CoV-2. His team’s research has led to over 75 publications and has been funded by agencies including the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. Konkolewicz’s teaching covers the fundamentals of organic chemistry, as well as the development of complex molecules and materials.

Anita Mannur is an associate professor of English and Asian/Asian American Studies in the Department of English. Her research areas include Asian American literary and cultural studies, queer theory, food studies, and South Asian diasporas. She is the author of Culinary Fictions: Food in South Asian Diasporic Culture and Intimate Eating: Racialized Spaces and Radical Futures. She is published in several journals and edited collections. She previously served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Asian American Studies and is the 2019 recipient of the Excellence in Mentoring Award from the Association for Asian American Studies.

Daniel Prior is an associate professor in the Department of History. His research interests are inner Asian history, nomadic culture, and oral heroic poetry. Prior's awards and fellowships include the American Council of Learned Societies International and Area Studies Fellowship, Individual Advanced Research Opportunities grant from the International Research and Exchanges Board, First Annual Indo-Eurasian Paper Prize from the International Association for Comparative Mythology, and a fellowship with the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has also been researching the Kirghiz epic tradition for more than twenty years.

Donna Scarborough is an associate professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. Her clinical and research focus is on pediatric feeding and swallowing. She uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine clinical questions related to pediatric patients with feeding/swallowing problems and holds two patents related to improving patient care. She is the director of graduate studies and was the co-continuing education chair of the American Board of Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders for six years. Scarborough and her team developed a sponsored 8.5-hour virtual workshop, It's Hard to Swallow: Managing Patients with Dysphagia during the Pandemic, with more than 1,200 professionals accessing this resource.

Haifei Shi is an associate professor of biology. Her research interest includes investigating sex differences in neuroendocrine regulation of energy metabolism and related metabolic diseases. She is involved in the local chapter of the Society for Neuroscience and committed to promoting public awareness about neuroscience discovery and science outreach with K-12 students. Shi has received research funding from the NIH and the American Heart Association. She has organized regional and international research symposia and is a reviewer and academic editor for several scientific journals. She also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for grant agencies.

Yelizaveta (Liza) Skryzhevska is an associate professor of geography in the Department of Geography and the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She also serves as an associate dean for Academic Affairs at Miami Regionals. She is a human geographer who studies various aspects of spatial phenomena with an emphasis on spatial inequalities in regional development and climate change adaptation in the post-Soviet countries such as Ukraine and Russia, and pedagogical aspects of teaching geography and Geographic Information Systems. She has been involved in collaborative research projects at the international level and published in the flagship national and international journals.

L. James (Jay) Smart is an associate professor and chief department advisor for the Department of Psychology. His research involves examining how perceptual information is used to support one’s behavior. The Smart Postural Control and Coordination lab has discovered that postural sway can be used to predict motion sickness in real-time, allowing for interventions prior to the onset of symptoms. Smart teaches courses in cognition, research methods and design, and human factors. His research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals including Cognition and Emotion, Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, and Frontiers in Psychology.

Paul Urayama is the chair and an associate professor in the Department of Physics. His research area is experimental biological physics. His research to develop optics-based metabolic and bioanalytical sensing with applications in high-pressure biotechnology and biomedicine has been funded by Research Corporation and the NSF. He is active with national fellowships advising and consults on a foundation-initiated program working directly with HBCU, HSI, and community colleges to encourage diversity among prestigious fellowships nominees. Urayama’s student co-authored papers have appeared in Analytical Chemistry, Journal of Biophotonics, and RSC Advances.

Peng Wang is an associate professor of management at the Farmer School of Business. Her research focuses on leadership effectiveness, work-family balance, creativity, and cross-cultural management. Her work has appeared in journals including Human Relations, Personnel Psychology, and the International Journal of Stress Management. Her publication in Human Resource Management was featured on news websites including Forbes, Yahoo! News, Bloomberg, and Businessweek. She was the track chair of the Western Decision Science Institute Annual Conference. She also served on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Organizational Behavior and currently the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies.

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Joseph Bates is an assistant professor of creative writing in the Department of English. His research interests include narratology, creative writing pedagogy, Southern literature, and film studies. Bates has nearly 20 publications and is the author of Tomorrowland: Stories and The Nighttime Novelist, and Writing Your Novel from Start to Finish. His short fiction has appeared in journals such as The Rumpus, New Ohio Review, Identity Theory, South Carolina Review, Fresh Boiled Peanuts, and InDigest Magazine.

Kimberly Berg is an assistant professor of economics. Prior to joining the Department of Economics in 2016, she worked in the International Economic Analysis Department at the Bank of Canada. Her research and teaching interests are in the fields of macroeconomics, international macroeconomics, and international finance. Berg’s research has been included in several publications such as the Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of International Money and Finance, and Journal of Empirical Finance.

Durell Callier is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership. He documents, analyze, and examines Black queer youth’s lived experiences and utilizes performance-based methodologies to theorize systemic violence against Black and queer youth. He is an interdisciplinary scholar who is also interested in the educative and political usages of narrative and art within, by and for marginalized communities. His work is published in peer-reviewed journals such as Qualitative Inquiry, Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research and Text, and Performance Quarterly.

Arthur Carvalho is the Dinesh and Ila Paliwal Innovation Chair and an assistant professor of information systems and analytics at Farmer School of Business. His research interests include artificial intelligence, information systems, and decision analysis. Carvalho works on the development and deployment of artificial intelligence techniques and statistical methods along with blockchain-based systems aiming to improve business processes and decision-making. His views have been featured in publications such as Inside Higher EdPoets & Quants, and Bloomberg. Carvalho also received the Richard K. Smucker Teaching Excellence Award at Farmer School of Business.

Jennifer Cohen is an assistant professor in the Department of Global and Intercultural Studies She has conducted extensive fieldwork with nurses employed in the public healthcare system in Johannesburg and with women economists in the United States. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on paid work and unpaid labor among women of color who are healthcare workers and among women in the economics discipline. During the Covid-19 pandemic, she published health economics research in Preventive Medicine, AIDS, Global Public Health, Public Health Ethics, PLOS One, and Gender, Work and Organization.

Matthew Crain is an assistant professor of media and communication in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film. His research focuses on the political economy of media and communications and the development of digital advertising and consumer surveillance. He is the author of Profit Over Privacy: How Surveillance Advertising Conquered the Internet and has published articles in academic journals including New Media & Society and the International Journal of Communication. He teaches courses in communication technology, media industries, and advertising.

Katie Day Good is an assistant professor of strategic communication in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film. Her research focuses on the historical and contemporary development of emerging technologies in intercultural education, civic engagement, and everyday life. She is the author of Bring the World to the Child: Technologies of Global Citizenship in American Education and a recipient of the 2020 Covert Award in Mass Communication History from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She teaches courses in intercultural communication, media and social advocacy, and communication technology.

Annie Dell'Aria is an assistant professor of art history in the Department of Art. Her current research interests include other forms of connection between public art and screen media, such as the use of public art within television narratives and the allusion to cinematic montage in contemporary war memorials. Her writings have appeared in numerous scholarly journals and edited volumes in art history and film and media studies. She is the author of The Moving Image as Public Art: Sidewalk Spectators and Modes of Enchantment and the recipient of the 2020 Affordable Education Leader Award at Miami.

Michele Frank is an assistant professor of accountancy in the Farmer School of Business. Her research focuses on understanding factors that influence the way auditors, managers, investors, and jurors interpret and use accounting information. Her work is published in notable accounting journals including The Accounting Review, Contemporary Research in Accounting, and Accounting, Organizations and Society. Frank was awarded the 2018 McLaughlin Prize for Research in Accounting and Ethics and the Richard T. Smucker Teaching Award.

Kazue Harada is an assistant professor of Japanese in the Department of German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures. Her research focus is contemporary Japanese speculative and science fiction with an emphasis on the exploration of gender and sexuality. She is the author of Sexuality, Maternity, and (Re)productive Futures: Women’s Speculative Fiction in Contemporary Japan. She is currently researching environmental activism in Japan and East Asia in contemporary media. Her articles have appeared in US-Japan Women’s Journal, Japanese Language and Literature, and Japanese Studies.

Carolyn Hardin is an assistant professor of media and communication and American studies in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film. She researches intersections of culture, economy, and technology. She is currently researching the way fans navigate culture war issues in supposed “safe” spaces online and at fan conventions. Her work has been published in the Journal of Cultural Economy, American Quarterly, and Cultural Studies. Hardin’s book, Capturing Finance: Arbitrage and Social Domination, was published by Duke University Press in 2021. She is the recipient of the 2021 Miami University Junior Faculty Scholar Award and is co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cultural Economy.

Vrinda Kalia is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. She is principal investigator of the Thought, Language and Culture Lab. Her research is interdisciplinary, intersecting educational psychology, cultural psychology, and cognitive psychology. She studies goal-directed behavior and the contextual forces (i.e. family, culture, language environment, stress) that shape the development of cognitive and emotional processes that enable goal achievement. Kalia’s work is included in publications such as Frontiers in Psychology - Cognition, the Journal of Cognitive Psychology, and Behavior Research Methods.

Callie Maddox is an assistant professor in the Department of Sport Leadership and Management. Her research and teaching focus on the socio-cultural study of sport, physical activity, leisure, and embodiment. She is the co-founder of the Miami Women’s Baseball Club and contributes to the team as a faculty advisor and coach. She serves on the board of directors for Play Global, a non-profit organization using baseball to promote gender equality and reconciliation in areas of conflict, and volunteers with the International Women's Baseball Center. Her research has been featured in publications including the Journal of Sport History, and the Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change.

Camilla McMahon is a developmental psychologist in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and faculty director of the Autism Research Lab. Her program of research focuses on knowledge of autism in the general population and peer receptivity and openness toward autistic individuals. Her research has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Disability & Society.

Thembinkosi (Peter) Mkhatshwa is an assistant professor of mathematics in the Department of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Mkhatshwa’s research focuses on the fundamental ideas in calculus. He provides academic support by tutoring mathematics and statistics courses taught at Miami Regionals. He has been published in numerous scholarly journals and has presented his works locally, nationally, and internationally. He was recently awarded the Outstanding Colleges and Universities Educator Award by Cincy Magazine.

John Ni is an associate professor of supply chain management in the Department of Management at the Farmer School of Business. His primary research interests are in the area of strategic supply chain with a focus on supply chain risk and disruption, quality management, and the adoption of management standards in supply chain. Ni's work has been published in several journals including the Quality Management Journal, European Journal of Operational Research, and International Journal of Operations & Production Management. He currently serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Supply Chain Management.

Anna Radke is an assistant professor of psychology. Her research focuses on motivational brain systems. Radke’s research in behavioral neuroscience uses mouse models of behavior to study motivational states, specifically as they relate to psychiatric disorders and addiction. Her research team is currently working on NIH-funded projects investigating the neural mechanisms by which biological sex and stress increase vulnerability for alcohol drinking behaviors. Radke’s work has been published in several scholarly journals including Neuropharmacology, Alcoholism: Clinical and  Experimental Research, and Addiction Biology.

Ganiva Reyes is an assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education. Her research interests include feminist of color theorizing, Latinx curriculum, and gender and sexuality studies in education. Her work has contributed to the critical understanding of how curriculum is constructed, produced, and embodied through pedagogical interactions among students and educators. Reyes’ work has been published in several journals, books, and encyclopedia pieces. She is part of the Professors of Curriculum and was awarded the Early Career Scholar Award from the Critical Issues in Curriculum and Cultural Studies SIG of the American Educational Research Association.

Ebrahim Sarabi is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. His research interests include variational analysis and its applications in numerical algorithms for solving optimization problems. Using the modern theory of generalized differentiation, he pursues to understand the behavior of problems when their data are changing. Sarabi's work has been included in over 20 publications including the SIAM Journal on Optimization and the Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications.

Mark Scott is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, advisor for Miami’s Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers branch, and department’s outreach program leader. His research aims to improve reliability and power density in power conversion hardware. Scott has authored or co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed papers and is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He received the 2014 National Science Foundation’s East Asian and Pacific Summer Institute Fellowship - China and participated in Air Force Research Laboratory Summer Faculty Fellowship Program for three consecutive years.

Alim Sukhtayev is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics. Sukhtayev’s research interests include applied analysis and operator theory and partial differential equations. Sukhtayevs work has been published in over 20 publications including the Journal of Differential Equations, Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications, and Mathematical Modelling of Natural Phenomena.

Jonathon Vivoda is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Gerontology. His research is broadly focused on aging, health, and well-being, with a particular emphasis on driving and transportation issues among older adults. His work assesses the factors that play a role when older adults reduce or discontinue driving, and how that affects their subsequent quality of life. Vivoda teaches an introductory gerontology course, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in research methods and applied statistics.

Ann Marie Wainscott is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. Her work analyzes how Arab states respond to the War on Terror. She is the author of Bureaucratizing Islam: Morocco and the War on Terror. Wainscott is a Smith Richardson Foundation Strategy and Policy Fellow. She also served as the American Academy of Religion Luce Fellow in Religion and International Affairs at the United States Institute of Peace leading to her report, Engaging the Post-ISIS Iraqi Religious Landscape for Peace and Reconciliation. Her work has also appeared in Politics and Religion and the Journal of North African Studies.

Hui Wang is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering. His research interests include optical imaging, laser-tissue interaction, and imaging processing with artificial intelligence. Wang also collaborates with clinicians to translate the technology into clinics, including early cancer diagnosis and surgery guidance. His research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and he holds three patents: Surgical Laser Tool, Surgical laser treatment temperature monitoring, and Cauterization Devices, Methods, and Systems.

Jessie Wang is an assistant professor of marketing at the Farmer School of Business. Her research focus includes cross-cultural consumer behavior, consumers' response to coupons and discounts, the various factors that influence consumers’ brand preferences, and pro-social consumption. She has been published in publications such as the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, and Psychology and Marketing. Her co-authored paper, How Do Consumers' Cultural Backgrounds and Values Influence Their Coupon Proneness?: A Multi-Method Investigation, was identified as a "must-read" article by the Marketing Science Institute.

Zhijang (Justin) Ye is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. His research focuses on applying multiscale simulations, data-driven modeling, and experiments to understand the fundamental mechanisms underlying interfacial phenomena at the nanoscale, with particular emphasis on nanotribology, nano-mechanics, and advanced materials. His work is published in peer-reviewed journals such as Physical Review Letters, Nano Letters, and Materials Horizons. His contributions and commitment to his field have led to many university, national, and global recognitions.

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Karen Davis is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. Her research interests include data modeling, query optimization, and computing education. She has over 100 refereed publications in conference proceedings, journals, and book chapters and more than 30 years of teaching experience. She was a recipient of the 2016 ASEE Sharon Keillor Award for Women in Engineering Education and Miami’s 2021 MAC Outstanding Faculty Award for Student Success. 

John Femiani is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. His research interests include computer vision and computer graphics, segmentation/classification of raster/vector imagery, and feature extraction and reverse engineering. He has produced 12 journals, 20 peer-reviewed conference publications, and received best paper awards including the Late Sydney R. Parker Best Paper Award in the area of Signal Processing and M. N. S. Swamy Best Paper Award. He was a recipient of AzTE’s “Innovator of the Year” award and holds a patent on modeling handwriting in document images.

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Eyad Musallam is an associate professor in the Department of Nursing. For nearly 20 years, He has committed to serving his patients, colleagues, and students. Musallam's research interests include outcomes research, accreditation outcomes, nursing care quality, and academic-practice partnerships outcomes. In his recent publications, he investigated the impact of implementing innovative teaching strategies (game-based learning and dedicated education unit model) on nursing students’ outcomes.

Vaskar Raychoudhury is an associate professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering. He is interested in ensuring that the benefits of technological developments reach the underserved portion of society. Raychoudhury has developed several healthcare solutions for remote health monitoring for elderly individuals and has developed several traffic management solutions with an emphasis on reducing environmental impacts. He recently received a federal research grant worth $600,000 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

For promotion to principal librarian

Jessie Long is the outreach and instruction librarian on Miami’s Middletown campus. She serves as co-chair for the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Distance Learning Interest Group for the Academic Library Association of Ohio. Long’s research focus includes online learning courses and tools, gamification and game-based learning, fake news, and makerspaces. She has presented at state, regional, and international conferences. She is the author and co-author of two book chapters and most recently co-edited Makerspaces for Adults: Best practices and great projects.

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