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College of Arts and Sciences introduces five new chairs and directors

ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 2, 2006) -- This academic year, the College of Arts and Sciences welcomes five new chairs and directors: Timothy Anderson, chair of the Department of Geography; Tadeusz Malinski, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Catherine Marshall, interim director of the Office of Education Abroad; Michele Morrone, director of Environmental Studies; and Susan Sarnoff, chair of the Department of Social Work.

Since joining the Department of Geography in 1996, Timothy Anderson has taught several courses on the historical, ethnic and religious geography of the United States. He earned his doctorate from Texas A&M University. His research focuses on the historical settlement geography of the United States and world systems theory.

?I?m flattered to have been chosen by my colleagues to chair the Department of Geography. With 154 undergraduate majors, we are a vibrant and growing program, with a teaching and research focus in environmental geography,? Anderson said. ?My immediate goals for the department are to facilitate the upgrading and standardization of classroom IT hardware and software, reinvigorate the department?s colloquium series, strengthen links with alumni and encourage and facilitate external research funding by our faculty.?

Anderson takes over for Ronald H. Isaac, former chair of Geography and Ohio University faculty member for more than 30 years. Tadeusz Malinski joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in 2000 as the Marvin and Ann Dilley White Professor of Chemistry. He received his doctorate from the University of Poznan, Poland, and carries out research in the area of nanomedicine and the development of nanosensors for medical applications. 

?The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is one of the largest departments of its kind in the country, in terms of undergraduate enrollment,? Malinski said. ?That has a lot to do with our strong forensic chemistry program, which is very unique, and becoming very fashionable now.? 

As department chair, Malinski hopes to stabilize this high enrollment by providing first-rate teaching and focused research opportunities. ?We have recently lost some faculty members, so my first challenge is to hire excellent faculty. The other task is to enhance our research in the biotechnology and biomedical field, including programs like the Nanobiotechnology Initiative.?

Malinski replaces former chair Professor Kenneth Brown, who will continue on in the department. Catherine Marshall earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in German at the University of Cincinnati. She taught German as a professor at Arizona State University before moving to the University of Iowa to work as a study abroad program coordinator. In 2001, she joined Ohio University?s Office of Education Abroad.

?I really fell in love with work I did in study abroad,? Marshall said. ?I could keep all of the things I loved about being a professor: interacting with students, advising and working through problems. I felt like I had found my niche in opening up the world to students.? 

As director of Ohio University?s Office of Education Abroad, Marshall plans to enhance the university?s tradition of providing outstanding education abroad service to students and faculty through superior outreach, preparation and advising. She also hopes to expand the already vast range of programming. Marshall steps in after the retirement of Connie Perdreau. 

Michele Morrone will be splitting her time between directing Environmental Studies and coordinating the Environmental Health Program in the College of Health and Human Services, a position she has held since 1998. She earned her doctorate at Ohio State University. Her research covers various issues of environmental health policy and education. 

?I look forward to working with faculty across campus who share a common goal of interdisciplinary environmental studies,? Morrone said. ?I hope to continue to enhance the Environmental Studies program at Ohio University with additional curricula and research opportunities.? Morrone replaces Gene Mapes, who retired this year.

Susan Sarnoff, former chair of the Master?s of Social Work program, led the department through the master?s degree accreditation. In her new role as department chair, Sarnoff looks forward to expanding undergraduate recruiting through programs with regional campuses and local community colleges, and by moving electives online. 

?I also plan to use the Web to connect students, faculty and alumni across campuses and beyond, and to enhance faculty development and mentoring,? she said. ?Finally, I plan to further enhance our evaluation of learning outcomes, and share our experience with assessing learning outcomes with the university.? 

Sarnoff earned her doctor of social welfare degree from Adelphi University and her research interests include the intersection of law and social work, social work technology, social work education, junk social science and public benefit systems. 

Sarnoff takes over from Richard Greenlee, who has moved into a new role as the university?s first associate provost for Appalachian scholarship and outreach.

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Media Contact: Anita Martin- College of Arts and Sciences, (740) 593-2893 or martina@ohio.edu

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