Meet the Teacher-Scholar Mentors


Center for Medical Education

Dr. Bartholomew (Bart) Pederson

Dr. Bartholomew (Bart) Pederson

Department: Center for Medical Education
Research Area: Glycogen metabolism in genetically modified mouse models.


College of Architecture and Planning

Dr. Sarah Angne Alfaro

Dr. Sarah Angne Alfaro

Department: Construction Management and Interior Design
Research Area: Local Community. Exploring human and environmental dimensions of wellbeing in built environments through design, sociology, and religious studies.

Dr. Sherif Attallah

Dr. Sherif Attallah

Department: Construction Management and Interior Design
Research Area: Energy Efficiency in Built Environment

Dr. Kristin Barry

Dr. Kristin Barry

Department: Architecture
Research Area: Heritage Interpretation

Dr. Shireen Kanakri

Dr. Shireen Kanakri

Department: Construction Management and Interior Design
Research Area: Autism, behaviors and environmental factors

Dr. Mohsen Goodarzi

Dr. Mohsen Goodarzi

Department: Construction Management and Interior Design
Research Area: Green building and community, Post Occupancy Evaluation, Energy efficiency

Dr. Juntae Jake Son

Dr. Juntae Jake Son

Department: Construction Management and Interior Design
Research Area: Biomimicry ideas to save building energy consumption

Ms. Ann Hildner

Ms. Ann Hildner

Department: Landscape Architecture
Research Area: Re-engagement with our wooded natural heritage.


College of Communication, Information and Media

Dr. Robin Blom

Dr. Robin Blom

Department: School of Journalism and Strategic Communication
Research Area: Eyewitness misidentification and avoiding misinformation and wrongful convictions.

Dr. Sungwon Chung

Dr. Sungwon Chung

Department: School of Journalism and Strategic Communication
Research Area: Motivated cognitive and psychological processing of strategic communication messages (e.g., for advertising, public relations, computer-based learning, public health and environmental campaigns) in traditional and emerging media.

Dr. Katherine (Kathy) Denker

Dr. Katherine (Kathy) Denker

Department: Communication Studies
Research Area: College Students and Work-Life Balance issues

Dr. Michael Lee

Dr. Michael Lee

Department: Media
Research Area: Video game research, - Video game effect and E sports

Dr. Maria Williams-Hawkins

Dr. Maria Williams-Hawkins

Department: Media
Research Area: Media and telecommunication-based issues examining marginalized ethnic, gender and age groups' uses, challenges and portrayals.


College of Fine Arts

Dr. Stephen Campbell

Dr. Stephen Campbell

Department: Music
Research Area: Unpublished Music

Dr. Noelle Giuffrida

Dr. Noelle Giuffrida

Department: School of Art and David Owsley Museum of Art
Research Area: Arts of Asia

Dr. Sally Kang

Dr. Sally Kang

Department: School of Music
Research Area: Teacher Concerns, Teacher Development and Growth, Equity in Education, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, Cultural Competence

Dr. Natalie Phillips

Dr. Natalie Phillips

Department: School of Art
Research Area:The art of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Mr. Jon Rees

Mr. Jon Rees

Department: School of Art
Research Area: Exploration of the language of architecture (Form, Space and Light) as it relates to glass sculpture, while also investigating the link between digital technology and traditional analog processes.

Dr. Andrew Waldron

Dr. Andrew Waldron

Department: Theatre and Dance
Research Area: LGBTQ+ Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences, Queer Representation and Pedagogy.

Ms. Christie Zimmerman

Ms. Christie Zimmerman

Department: Theatre and Dance
Research Area: Pre-production research and creating choreography for the Nashville Repertory Theatre's production of Elf The Musical


Governmental Relations


College of Health

Dr. Lynn Bielski

Dr. Lynn Bielski

Department: Speech Pathology and Audiology
Research Area: Counseling Strategies for Person-Centered Care

Dr. Christina Jones

Dr. Christina Jones

Department: Nutrition and Health Science
Research Area: Nutrition and Health Education for under-served audiences, specifically those who rely on food pantries to meet their everyday food needs.

Dr. Lawrence Judge

Dr. Lawrence Judge

Department: Biology
Research Area: Athlete health, well-being, and performance

Dr. Jayanthi Kandiah

Dr. Jayanthi Kandiah

Department: Nutrition and Health Science
Research Area: Research focuses on various aspects of nutrition and health.

Dr. Jerome Kotecki

Dr. Jerome Kotecki

Department: Nutrition and Health Science
Research Area: Diet quality screening in the community and clinical settings

Dr. Jean-Charles Lebeau

Dr. Jean-Charles Lebeau

Department: School of Kinesiology
Research Area: Effects of exercise on cognition, exercise motivation

Dr. Dane Minnick

Dr. Dane Minnick

Department: Social Work
Research Area: Substance Use and Social Work Education

Dr. Matt Moore

Dr. Matt Moore

Department: Social Work
Research Area: Sport social work

Dr. Jean Marie Place

Dr. Jean Marie Place

Department: Nutrition and Health Science
Research Area: Maternal and Child Health, Substance Use Disorder

Dr. Shannon Powers

Dr. Shannon Powers

Department: School of Kinesiology
Research Area: Physical Fitness and Wellness

Dr. Jerry Reynolds

Dr. Jerry Reynolds

Department: Social Work
Research Area: Family dynamics in youth sports, mainly examining the programmatic dimensions and parent behaviors in youth sports.

Dr. Glenn Stone

Dr. Glenn Stone

Department: Social Work
Research Area: Research focus is on males and their ability to identify emotions

Dr. Yihsin Tai

Dr. Yihsin Tai

Department: Speech Pathology & Audiology
Research Area: Pediatric tinnitus and hearing loss and their relation to noise exposure

Dr. Alexander Tatum

Dr. Alexander Tatum

Department: Counseling Psychology, Social Psychology, and Counseling
Research Area: Human sexuality and sexual health, LGBTQ+ mental health, romantic relationships and consensual non-monogamy, kink/BDSM

Dr. Kristin Trainor

Dr. Kristin Trainor

Department: Social Work
Research Area: Maternal and Infant Health, Substance Use Disorder, Stigma and Bias, Healthcare Access and Health Literacy, Community Based Research


College of Sciences and Humanities

Dr. Ben Bascom

Dr. Ben Bascom

Department: English
Research Area: Masculinity and queerness in early and nineteenth-century American literature and culture

Dr. Douglas Bernstein

Dr. Douglas Bernstein

Department: Biology
Research Area: Micro and Molecular Biology

Dr. David Bwambok

Dr. David Bwambok

Department: Chemistry
Research Area: Applications of task-specific ionic liquids and development of paper-based microfluidic devices

Dr. Nicole Christofield

Dr. Nicole Christofield

Department: Chemistry
Research Area: First semester chemistry students can be nervous about identifying and handling lab equipment. I’m interested in developing learning activities to help these students better prepare for their lab experience.

Dr. Sara Collas

Dr. Sara Collas

Department: Sociology
Research Area: Lesbian studies, qualitative research methods, gender studies, LGBTQ community, feminist research

Dr. Jennifer DeSilva

Dr. Jennifer DeSilva

Department: History
Research Area: Gas Boom Muncie, The Notable Women of Muncie & Delaware County Project (1870-1920 CE). The history of vice activity (e.g., sex work, alcohol consumption, gambling, violence). Italy (1400-1700 CE), Renaissance Rome and the Papacy.

Dr. Bryan Essien

Dr. Bryan Essien

Department: Biology
Research Area: Studying and mitigating the progression of Colitis in mouse models

Dr. Molly Ferguson

Dr. Molly Ferguson

Department: English
Research Area: Contemporary Irish literature

Dr. Kathleen Foster

Dr. Kathleen Foster

Department: Biology
Research Area: Biomechanical and physiological mechanisms underlying animal locomotion, with the goal of understanding what processes govern the interaction between animals and their environment.

Dr. Jordan Froese

Dr. Jordan Froese

Department: Chemistry
Research Area: Engineering enzymes as green chemical catalysts. We apply the technologies of synthetic biology and directed evolution to make targeted changes to existing natural enzymes to develop catalysts with new or improved reactivity.

Dr. Mark Groover

Dr. Mark Groover

Department: Anthropology
Research Area: Historical archeology of the eastern US, Midwest and Southeast from 1700s to early 1900s.

Dr. Bangshuai Han

Dr. Bangshuai Han

Department: Environment, Geology and Natural Resources
Research Area: Hydrology, water resources, natural resources, water quality, geography, GIS, climate change

Dr. Robert Haney

Dr. Robert Haney

Department: Biology
Research Area: The application of genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic data to diverse biological questions such as how spider venoms attain their diverse composition and toxicity or what molecular features contribute to the toughness of spider silk, how DNA secondary structures influence gene expression or which mutations contribute to human metabolic disease.

Dr. Mark Hill

Dr. Mark Hill

Department: Anthropology
Research Area: Prehistoric archaeology of the North American midcontinent, with a particular focus on acquisition, trade, exchange and production of copper materials

Dr. Thomas Holtgraves

Dr. Thomas Holtgraves

Department: Psychological Science
Research Area: My research investigates some of the social, cognitive, and neural processes involved in (mis)communication in digital contexts.

Dr. Kamal Islam

Dr. Kamal Islam

Department: Biology
Research Area: Ornithology, Wildlife Biology and Management, Conservation Biology

Dr. Darolyn "Lyn" Jones

Dr. Darolyn "Lyn" Jones

Department: English
Research Area: Recomposing tough talk into poetry, a screen play, a spoken word script, or a creative narrative nonfiction.

Dr. Mary Konkle

Dr. Mary Konkle

Department: Chemistry
Research Area: Structure and function of the protein mitoNEET, a protein implicated in type-2 diabetes, Parkinson's, and breast cancer.

Dr. Zhihai Li

Dr. Zhihai Li

Department: Chemistry
Research Area: Synthesis of semiconductor materials and their applications in energy conversion (photovoltaic or solar cells) and environmental remediation, as well as electrochemical scanning probe microscopy studies of surface, molecules, and materials.

Ms. Lauren Mathieu-Frasier

Ms. Lauren Mathieu-Frasier

Department: Psychological Sciences
Research Area: Scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education

Dr. Tom McConnell

Dr. Tom McConnell

Department: Biology
Research Area: Science Education

Dr. Ronald Morris

Dr. Ronald Morris

Department: History
Research Area: Indiana Artist biographies, Pioneer iron industry, Pioneer taverns, and Indiana pioneers

Dr. Cailín Murray

Dr. Cailín Murray

Department: Chemistry
Research Area: Cultural Anthropology, Irish American ethnohistorical research, Irish Famine History, Intergenerational Grief

Dr. Daniele (Dan) Nardi

Dr. Daniele (Dan) Nardi

Department: Psychological Science
Research Area: Human perception, memory, and behavior in spatial tasks

Dr. Robert Phillips

Dr. Robert Phillips

Department: Anthropology
Research Area: Investigating Relationships between marginalized communities and the ways in which they use entheogenic plants and fungi in the healing of trauma

Dr. Caitlyn Placek

Dr. Caitlyn Placek

Department: Anthropology
Research Area: Medical anthropology and women's health

Dr. Sundeep Rayat

Dr. Sundeep Rayat

Department: Chemistry
Research Area: Organic Chemistry/Physical organic chemistry/Bioorganic Chemistry

Dr. Jason Ribblett

Dr. Jason Ribblett

Department: Chemistry
Research Area: First semester chemistry students can lack experience with laboratory techniques and proper use of equipment. I am interested in developing videos to help these students better prepare for their lab experience.

Dr. Rona Robinson-Hill

Dr. Rona Robinson-Hill

Department: Biology
Research Area: Science Education

Dr. Greg Rocheleau

Dr. Greg Rocheleau

Department: Criminal Justice & Criminology
Research Area: Criminological theory; juvenile delinquency; bullying.

Dr. Douglas Roossien

Dr. Douglas Roossien

Department: Biology
Research Area: Our lab studies the cellular mechanisms underlying the development of neurons in the brain. We use the powerful genetic tools available in the fruit fly model organism to manipulate the serotonin system and ask how that changes intracellular processes, anatomical structures, and behavioral outcomes in the animal.

Dr. Sergiy Rosokha

Dr. Sergiy Rosokha

Department: Chemistry
Research Area: Intermolecular Interactions

Dr. Eric Rubenstein

Dr. Eric Rubenstein

Department: Biology
Research Area: Our research lab studies how cells recognize and destroy dysfunctional protein molecules before these proteins cause harm.

Ms. Hannah Ryker

Ms. Hannah Ryker

Department: Applied Anthropology Laboratories
Research Area: Archaeology, Collections Management, Artifacts

Dr. Robert Sammelson

Dr. Robert Sammelson

Department: Chemistry
Research Area: Organic Chemistry for reaction methods development (organic synthesis) and molecules with potential biological activity (medicinal chemistry).  Specific projects have focused on the formation of carbon-carbon bonds and the synthesis of heterocycles.

Dr. Emilie Schiess

Dr. Emilie Schiess

Department: English
Research Area: Sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, composition theory, writing process, antiracist pedagogy, and TESOL/writing assessment.

Dr. Jorn Seemann

Dr. Jorn Seemann

Department: Geography
Research Area: Relations between history and geography of Peace Corps volunteers in Latin America

Dr. Bikram Sharma

Dr. Bikram Sharma

Department: Biology
Research Area: Understanding the cellular and molecular underpinnings of cardiovascular development and regeneration.

Dr. Wei Shi

Dr. Wei Shi

Department: Chemistry
Research Area: Utilize medicinal and organic chemistry to understand biological systems

Dr. Philip Smaldino

Dr. Philip Smaldino

Department: Biology
Research Area: G-quadruplex nucleic acid structures and the cellular enzymes that unwind them with relevance to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), dementia, and cancer.

Dr. Wendy Soltz

Dr. Wendy Soltz

Department: History
Research Area: The Indiana Synagogue Mapping Project (ISMP) is a survey of all the built-to-be synagogues across the State of Indiana. Archival documents need to be found to supplement the survey data

Dr. Dorothy Stegman

Dr. Dorothy Stegman

Department: Modern Languages and Classics
Research Area: The 16th century French writer, Michel de Montaigne and his discourse on memory

Dr. Mahamud Subir

Dr. Mahamud Subir

Department: Chemistry
Research Area: Environmental Physical Chemistry and Surface Science

Dr. Fu-Shing Sun

Dr. Fu-Shing Sun

Department: Computer Science
Research Area: Data Analytics, Data Mining, and Machine Learning

Dr. Xin Sun

Dr. Xin Sun

Department: Computer Science
Research Area: Internet security & privacy issues, networked applications, and emerging technologies

Dr. Michael Tagler

Dr. Michael Tagler

Department: Psychological Science
Research Area: Understanding and predicting sleep habits using methods from Health Psychology and Applied Social Psychology. Recent work has focused on how attitudes, social pressure, and control beliefs predict college student sleep habits (e.g., Tagler, Stanko, & Forbey, 2017, available upon request).

Mr. Vinayak Tanksale

Mr. Vinayak Tanksale

Department: Computer Science
Research Area: Cybersecurity

Ms. Christine Thompson

Ms. Christine Thompson

Department: Applied Anthropology Laboratories (AAL)
Research Area: Various Archaeology and Anthropology grant-funded research projects

Dr. Ellen Thorington

Dr. Ellen Thorington

Department: Modern Languages and Classics
Research Area: Medieval French literature, medieval women writers.

Dr. Mary Lou Vercellotti

Dr. Mary Lou Vercellotti

Department: English
Research Area: Language learning, Coding data, Linguistics

Dr. Anthony Vito

Dr. Anthony Vito

Department: Criminal Justice & Criminology
Research Area: Policing, Death Penalty, Drug Use, and Criminological Theory

Dr. Jess Ward

Dr. Jess Ward

Department: Biology
Research Area: Animal behavior, embryonic learning, social communication, and effects of anthropogenic environmental change on behavior

Dr. Kevin Wyatt

Dr. Kevin Wyatt

Department: Biology
Research Area: Microbial Ecology

Dr. Bowen Zhang

Dr. Bowen Zhang

Department: Environment, Geology, and Natural Resources
Research Area: Understanding of the biogeochemical and hydrological cycle with in the terrestrial ecosystem, and the exchange of greenhouse gases across the land-atmosphere interface and riverine fluxes across land-ocean interface


Miller College of Business

Dr. Ben Angelo

Dr. Ben Angelo

Department: Accounting
Research Area: Qualitative Disclosures, Textual Analysis, Informational Efficiency

Dr. Kwang-Ho Lee

Dr. Kwang-Ho Lee

Department: Applied Business Studies
Research Area: 1) Marketing and consumer behaviors in the realms of hospitality and tourism and (2) applications of psychological measurement techniques in business areas.

Dr. Mark Mayer

Dr. Mark Mayer

Department: Marketing
Research Area: Vaping Reduction Targeted Advertising Development

Dr. Erik Nesson

Dr. Erik Nesson

Department: Economics
Research Area: Health Economics, Analyzing public policies using secondary data

Dr. Diana Saiki

Dr. Diana Saiki

Department: Applied Business Studies
Research Area: Social and historical aspects of dress and appearance.
Areas of interest: fashion theory, fashion history, and appearance management.

Dr. Craig Webster

Dr. Craig Webster

Department: Applied Business Studies
Research Area: Robots and AI in service industries and the policies for the regulation of robots/AI in industry.

Dr. Emily Wornell

Dr. Emily Wornell

Department: Center for Local and State Policy
Research Area: My research examines how low-income households make ends meet (livelihood strategies), and the impact of community-level attributes to facilitate or inhibit those strategies.

Dr. Alan Yen

Dr. Alan Yen

Department: Applied Business Studies
Research Area: Human resource management issues in the hospitality industry


Teachers College

Dr. John Anderson

Dr. John Anderson

Teachers College Deans Office
Research Area: Using adult education theories to advance college student development in co-curricular programs

Dr. Jerrell Cassady

Dr. Jerrell Cassady

Department: Educational Psychology
Research Area: Promoting learning outcomes through the application of psychological principles in traditional and non-traditional learning contexts

Dr. Penny Craig

Dr. Penny Craig

Department: Special Education
Research Area: Updated resources, new technologies, documenting lived, personal experiences of those with disabilities

Dr. Scott Dueker

Dr. Scott Dueker

Department: Special Education
Research Area: Training Classroom Personnel To Implement Video Modeling To Teach Missing Prerequisite Mathematics Skills

Dr. Kathryn Fletcher

Dr. Kathryn Fletcher

Department: Educational Psychology
Research Area: How do parents help children navigate challenging online learning tasks?

Rachel Geesa

Rachel Geesa

Department: Educational Leadership
Research Area: Exploring academic, professional, and personal development and support systems for educational leaders in national and international settings.

Dr. Andrew (Andy) Markelz

Dr. Andrew (Andy) Markelz

Department: Special Education
Research Area: Expediting the novice-to-expert teaching curve in proactive classroom management strategies and issues related to special education law.

Dr. Gerardo Ramirez

Dr. Gerardo Ramirez

Department: Teachers College
Research Area: Socio-emotional interventions for helping students to deal with anxiety, failure and enhance academic achievement.

Dr. Cathy Siebert

Dr. Cathy Siebert

Department: Educational Studies
Research Area: To identify better ways to support preservice teacher development

Dr. Evette Simmons-Reed

Dr. Evette Simmons-Reed

Department: Special Education
Research Area: Developing flexible programming supports that higher education institutions can implement to improve access, participation, and graduation of autistic college students

Dr. Matthew Stuve

Dr. Matthew Stuve

Department: Educational Psychology; Research Design Studio (RDS)
Research Area: Classroom Assessment; Instructional Design; Learning Technologies; Design Thinking; Teacher Development; UX/UI/QA

Dr. Jackie Sydnor

Dr. Jackie Sydnor

Department: Elementary Education
Research Area: Novice teacher induction and mentoring


Honors College

Dr. Obed Frausto Gatica

Dr. Obed Frausto Gatica

Department: Honors College
Research Area: Biopolitics, Necropolitics, Neoliberalism, and Decoloniality

Dr. Alexander Kaufman

Dr. Alexander Kaufman

Department: Honors College
Research Area: Literature and cultural studies of the medieval period (broadly) and specifically of Robin Hood studies, outlawry, Arthurian studies, Chaucer, chronicles and historical literature, medievalism, and neomedievalism