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Keeping Up With CLASS - Fall 2021

Fall 2021 Full-time Faculty Highlights

Baskind.jpgSamantha Baskind; Professor, Department of Art & Design


Films and Public programs:

Dr. Baskind also just finished a year-long Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2020-21).

MarkCole.jpgMark Cole; College Associate Lecturer, Department of History

Mark B. Cole has recently become the Executive Director of the Ohio Council on Holocaust and Genocide Education which is now housed at CSU. For more info on this organization, see His article "Neukoscher, was ist das? German-Jewish Food Transgressions and Identity in the Third Reich" will appear shortly in Johns Hopkins' Journal of Jewish Identities.

BrookeConti.jpgBrooke Conti; Associate Professor, Department of English


Studies in Philology, one of the oldest (founded in 1903) and most prestigious journals of literary studies in English.


Patricia Stoddard Dare; Professor, School of Social Work


Patricia Stoddard Dare is one of three faculty in the U.S. invited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) to present best practices for teaching substance use disorder counseling at the CSWE's Annual Program Meeting in November. This presentation summarizes two years' worth of work via a SAMHSA-funded grant to the Council on Social Work Education.

MichaelGeither.pngMichael Geither; Professor, Department of English

Mike Geither's solo performance, Heirloom, was released as a radio play by Playwrights Local.

Heirloom was also released as a film for this year's BorderLight Festival.

GuoweiJian.jpgGuowei Jian; Professor, School of Communication


Human Relations is ranked #2 in the category of interdisciplinary social sciences with 110 journals, according to the 2021 journal citation reports. 

YuchenLiu.jpgYuchen Liu; Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Communication 

Yuchen Liu was elected as the Best of Digital Chair for the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Communication Technology Division. Liu will be heading up the AEJMC Best of Web/Best of Digital 2022 Competition. 


Perloff.jpgRichard M. Perloff; Professor, School of Communication

Professor Perloff shepherded and advised a group of communication undergraduates as they presented results of a content analysis of masking and vaccination public service announcements at the Ohio Communication Association Convention on October 2, 2021.

Rick also received a first-place award in 2021 for the best feature in Freelance Digital Media for a May 4, 2020 opinion piece in The New York Times entitled "Four Students Were Killed in Ohio. America Was Never the Same." This article was part of the 50th anniversary of the May 4, 1970 Kent State shootings series.


HilaryPlum.pngHilary Plum; Assistant Professor, Department of English and Interim Director, CSU Poetry Center

Hilary Plum has been a guest writer giving in-person and virtual readings at a number of universities, including Eastern Michigan University, the Chautauqua Institute, Miami University of Ohio, and the University of Virginia's College at Wise.

MarcusSchultzBergin.jpgMarcus Schultz-Bergin; Assistant College Lecturer, Department of Philosophy & Comparative Religion


An open-access textbook for engineering and technology ethics published as part of a CSU Textbook Affordability Grant.

CigdemSlankardCigdem Slankard; Interim Director and Assistant Professor, School of Film & Media Arts

Breaking Bread (2020), a virtual reality documentary produced and directed by Cigdem Slankard, is an official selection at FIVARS, the Festival of International Virtual and Augmented Reality Stories. The festival focuses on curating the best immersive story-driven content from around the world with the aim of exploring and nurturing this platform for new narrative forms.

Additional information and screening record for Breaking Bread is available at this link:

MarkSoutherJ. Mark Souther; Professor, Department of History and Director, Center for Public History + Digital Humanities


Mark also served as a humanities consultant in summer 2021 for the Shaker Historical Society's Ohio Humanities grant-funded project "Shaker Oral History Program." 

QingshanTan.jpgQingshan Tan; Professor, Department of Political Science


KuzeyYilmaz.jpgKuzey Yilmaz; Professor, Department of Economics

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Fall 2021 Full-time Staff Highlights

MaryMcDonald.jpgMary McDonald; Director, Writing Center, Department of English


  • McDonald, Mary. "Renewal in Learning and Writing Center Leadership: Advice from Coaching Expert Richard Boyatzis." The Learning Assistance Review 26 (2021): 163-179.


Fall 2021 CLASS Events