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December 12, 2012 : Adjunct Instructors Bring Real-World Experience to the Classroom
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager

Lancaster- The Ohio University Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center are bringing more real-world experience into the classroom this spring with new adjunct instructors and new class offerings.


A new Law Enforcement Technology course is being offered called Criminalist and Forensic Science. It's being taught by Ohio Division of State Fire Marshal Forensic Laboratory Chief Chad Wissinger.


"The class is both a lecture and a lab that provides the students with hands on activities relating to crime scene documentation, latent fingerprints, shoe and tire impressions, and firearms evidence comparisons," said Wissinger. "We also discuss the latest procedures for analyzing evidence and have a few guest lectures about fire/arson investigations, explosive canine demos, meth lab guest lectures, and a crime scene agent will also come in."


Under Wissinger's direction, the Ohio Division of State Fire Marshal Forensic Lab conducts scientific examinations of ignitable liquids, fire debris, explosives, latent prints, video/audio evidence, and general physical/chemical examinations on physical evidence involved from fires, explosions, hazardous incidents, and other criminal activity.


Wissinger holds a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Chemistry from Ohio University and a Master's of Business Administration from Capital University. In 2001, Wissinger began his career as a chemist with the State Fire Marshal Forensic Laboratory conducting evidence examinations on arson, explosive, and fingerprint cases. From 2004 – 2009, Wissinger worked at Battelle Memorial Institute conducting analyses on samples containing chemical warfare agents and explosives. During this time, he also continued to work at the SFM lab as a contractor conducting examinations on evidence from explosive incidents until he took over as Chief in 2009.


Another new instructor to the Lancaster Campus this year is Emily Davis. Davis is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Theatre at Ohio State University. She holds a Master of Arts from Ohio Dominican University and a Bachelor's degree from Shawnee State University. Her area of specialization is twentieth-century American theatre. She directs plays for Evolution Theatre in Columbus, Ohio.


Davis is teaching Theatre History I at the Lancaster Campus and Pickerington Center in the spring.


"The course covers Greek, Roman, Medieval, Elizabethan, Restoration, French Renaissance, Italian Renaissance, Spanish Golden Age, and early world theatres, up through the 18th century," said Davis.


Joseph Van Hassel is also bringing his knowledge and talents to the Lancaster Campus. As a percussionist, Van Hassel has a significant amount of performance experience in the musical traditions of West Africa, Brazil, the Middle East, Cuba, and the Caribbean. He currently a doctoral candidate in percussion and music history at The Hartt School, and received his Master of Music in percussion from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and his Bachelor of Music in percussion from Ohio University.


In the spring, Van Hassel is teaching Introduction to Music Theory and Introduction to World Music on the Lancaster Campus. The world music course explores musical characteristics of cultures from around the world.


"An important component of the course will be developing listening skills, along with discussing how the music being covered intersects and relates to the student's everyday lives," said Van Hassel."Opportunities will be presented to learn basic performance techniques/styles on Cuban, Middle Eastern, and Brazilian percussion instruments."


Van Hassel will also be performing on the Wagner Theatre stage during spring semester. The January 24 show will consist of music for solo percussion instruments. Van Hassel will be performing pieces that were written for him using vibraphone, snare drum with electronic accompaniment, orchestra bells with spoken text, and bass drum. The music is a mix of "modern" sounding pieces and music that is more immediately accessible. Van Hassel will talk about each piece, giving an introduction that will serve to explain some of the more "out there" concepts that occur in a portion of the works.


A complete listing of new adjunct instructors on the Lancaster Campus this year is available here.