We have outstanding faculty at the Southern campus. You will find our faculty to be engaged in their academic areas. They are instructors, researchers and authors who publish and present nationally and internationally. They engage students and give them opportunities to present their work at the national level. Our faculty enrich the lives of students in the way they teach and leave impressions that last a lifetime. They are accomplished professionals in their fields who bring valuable experience to the classroom.
Mikiko Crawford, Ph.D., Professor of Communication Studies, has gained national/global recognition as a researcher on Japanese War Brides. She co-authored, Japanese War Brides in America: An Oral History, which features the stories of 19 Japanese war brides who came to the united states after WWII.
Deborah Marinski, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, authored a book examining the life and presidency of William McKinley, as well as his role as the first modern President. Deborah recently presented at the National Phi Alpha Theta Biennial History Conference and the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference.
Hayley Haugen, Ph.D., holds a Doctorate in twentieth-century American literature and an MFA in poetry. She teaches American Literature and creative writing as an Assistant Professor of English. Her recent critical essays appear in On the Literary Nonfiction of Nancy Mairs and The Body of Medical Culture. Her poetry can be found in Cimarron, Columbia Magazine, The Charlotte Review, and Wordwrights.
Charles W. Jarrett, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology, continues to publish papers at professional conferences on the Gullah/Geechees, the descendants of formerly enslaved Africans living along the coastal regions of South Carolina, Georgia and northern Florida. He has authored two books, Journey to Wholeness and the novel, Passage of Faith.
David Lucas, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication Studies, includes undergraduate students in his research using Folknography, where unwritten history is rediscovered by word of mouth from generation to generation. He is co-coordinator of the Lawrence County Health and Wellness Initiative.
Nicole Pennington, D.N.P., Dean of Ohio University Southern and an Associate Professor of Nursing, focuses her scholarly endeavors in the area of improving adolescent health outcomes. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, and she has presented at multiple national nursing conferences. Dr. Pennington was recently named Regional Outstanding Faculty Member by her Ohio University peers.
Robert Culp, Ph.D., Instructor of Chemistry and Petroleum Engineer, is conducting research with undergraduate students in "alternative energy production" at the Ohio Horse Park. They have successfully produced alcohol from NNIPS and produces methane from horse manure. He is currently working on projects in the production of algae, using manure as a nutrient to make diesel fuel. Dr. Culp and his students are also working on projects involved in solar and wind energy.
Oriana Carter, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, is conducting environmental research and field studies with undergraduate students to investigate (1) developmental defects in amphibians due to herbicide exposure and (2) microprogation of endangered species. Dr. Carter has published articles on science education, including "Fueling a Future Beyond the Coal Mines" and "Advancing Science Education on a Rural Campus" as well as developed a new laboratory exercise "Encephalogram (EEG) Using a Negative Ionizer to Record Alteration in Brain Wave Activity" for iWorx Physiology. Currently, the OU-Southern biology department is constructing hydro-geologic interactive map for Lawrence County, which can be used for future environmental and water quality awareness studies.
Yehong Shao-Lucas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mathematics, is conducting research in the use of SmartPens, Graph Theory, Matroids and Combinatorics. Her research has been published in Discrete Applied Mathematics, Journal of Combinatorial Theory Series B, and the European Journal of Combinatorics.