The Black Faculty Association is comprised of over 90 faculty members from each of UC's 13 academic colleges. Click a college below to learn more about each of the members.

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Dana Michelle Harley

Associate Professor, CAHS School of Social Work

167 HSB


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Willie Elliott

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Francoise Alisha Knox Kazimierczuk

Assistant Professor, CAHS Rehab, Exercise & Nutrition Science

254 HSB


Dr. Knox-Kazimierczuk, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation, Exercise, & Nutrition Science at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Knox-Kazimierczuk is a Registered Dietitian (RD) and Certifed Athletic Trainer (ATC). Prior to her work in academia, Dr. Knox-Kazimierczuk worked in clinical and community dietetics for over fifteen years focusing on behavioral health nutrition and obesity, and worked in athletic training at the university and clinic setting for ten years. Dr. Knox-Kazimirczuk’s research is centered in racial/ethnic health disparities, with an emphasis on birthing and breastfeeding disparities as well as cardiometabolic disease.  Drawing on knowledge and experience from her interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Health Promotion with an emphasis in cultural studies from Miami University, Dr. Knox-Kazimierczuk works to address disparities through engaging and cultivating community assets to shift narratives, policies, and resources. This paradigm shift requires a thorough examination of societal structures which perpetuates power imbalances and scarcity in low resourced neighborhoods. Dr. Knox-Kazimierczuk has used her experience as an Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC) Facilitator for Racial Justice and trained Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Competence Development Inventory (IDI) along with her twelve years of experience facilitating Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DE&I) workshops to address inequities through educating other dietitians and healthcare providers and by working with policy makers for change.

Dr. Knox-Kazimierczuk has deep community ties and integrates her service, teaching, and scholarship through her engagement as a volunteer and board member of several organizations. She is a member of the Green Umbrella Regional Food Policy Council and serves on one of its Impact Teams focused on Healthy Eating ( Dr. Knox-Kazimierczuk is a long-time volunteer with The Hive (, a contemplative practice, art, an action center in her neighborhood, where she has offered a community yoga class focusing on engaging those that might not have access to spaces/resources to manage stress.  Recently, Dr. Knox-Kazimierczuk was invited to serve on a Healthy Foods Steering Community for the American Heart Association and Cradle Cincinnati’s Research & Evaluation Advisory Board due to her work locally in underserved communities and research with and for Black women. Additionally, Dr. Knox-Kazimierczuk serves as a board member for The Well, a women’s wellness center in Kettering, Oh.
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Victoria M. N. Wangia-Anderson

Professor; Program Director - Health Informatics, CAHS Clinical & Health Info Sciences

143 HSB


  • Launched New Master of Health Informatics Program
  • Launched New Certificate in Health Information Security
  • Launched BSIT + MHI accelerated program
  • Launched HIM + MHI accelerated program
  • Design and revise curriculum
  • Develop Graduate-level courses for the Master of Health Informatics program
  • Teach Graduate-level courses in the Master of  Health Informatics program
  • Manage student recuritment, application, admission,  orientation and advising process
  • Hire, appoint and mentor program faculty and staff
  • Advise prorgram students
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Karla N Washington

Associate Professor and Director PedLLS Lab, CAHS Communication Sciences & Disorders

392D HSB


Karla Washington is an Associate Professor and licensed speech-language pathologist with certification/licensure in Canada, Jamaica, and the United States. She studies speech and language development and disorders across a linguistic spectrum using various technologies (e.g., acoustic analysis and neuroimaging) and applies the lens of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health - Children and Youth (ICF-CY; WHO, 2007). Her research with monolingual English speaking children aims to understand variation in response interventions with known efficacy. Her population of focus is children diagnosed with developmental language disorders and those who are typically developing. Her research with bilingual children aims to characterize typical versus disordered profiles in speech sound production and expressive language. She has uses Jamaican Creole and English-speaking children as a model system to achieve this characterization. She has active programs of clinical research in each area of focus and leads an interdisciplinary and international team of researchers that is improving our understanding of the developing child.

Karla Washington is published in journals such as American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology; Child Care Health and Development; Child Language Teaching and Therapy, International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology; Journal of Communication Disorders; and Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. Her research has been funded by entities such as the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, University of Cincinnati Office of Research, and an Endowment to the Jamaican Creole Language Project.
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Anjanette A. Wells

Associate Professor, CAHS School of Social Work

165 HSB


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Carol L Wheeler-Strother

Assistant Professor-Educator

168 HSB


I have worked in both private and public Adoption, foster care, child welfare, and administration. Foster care and adoption are my fields of expertise and interest. I have had the opportunity to work with child welfare adoptions, domestic infant adoptions and international adoptions. I believe that "Children Grow Best in Families" and there is a family out there for every waiting child. Our charge is to find the best family for each child. As a recruitment manager for adoption and foster care, I developed an ecosystem model as a child centered tool for identifying and recruiting adoptive.families.

My research concentration is on all aspects of adoption including the family's motivation, the lifeling effects on the adoption triad and the process of emotions for the child and the families involved. My dissertation outcome found that private agency families may be interested in child welfare agency children, if give the opportunity to get to know the children.
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Omotayo O Banjo

Associate Professor, A&S Communication



Omotayo Banjo, PhD (Penn State University, 2009) focuses on representation and audience responses to racial and cultural media. Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals including Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Communication Theory, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Media and Religion, and Race and Social Problems. She has also presented her research at regional, national and international conferences which include the International Communication Association, National Communication Association, Association for Education  in Journalism & Mass Communication, and the Collegium for African-American Research.  Dr. Banjo teaches courses related to media theory, identity, and race. She is also an affiliate faculty of Africana Studies, Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, and Journalism.
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Littisha Bates

Associate Professor (PhD, Arizona State University), A&S College of Arts and Sciences



Sociology of Education; Early Childhood Education; Racial and Ethnic Stratification; Demography; Quantitative Research Methods; Immigration

Littisha Bates CV
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Brandi Lynette Blessett

Brandi Blessett, Ph.D. is an associate professor and Director of the Master of Public Administration program at the University of Cincinnati. She is a native of Detroit, Michigan where she spent most of her life. For many reasons, Detroit remains close to her heart and will forever be home! 

Dr. Blessett earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Wayne State University in Detroit. After teaching as a high school health and life skills teacher at Highland Park Community High School, she decided to purse her doctorate at Old Dominion University. Her dissertation was titled “Dispersion or Re-segregation: A Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Public Policies and their Impact on Urban African American Mobility.” This work serves as the foundation for her research interests which includes, but is not limited to: administrative responsibility, social equity, community development, and voter disenfranchisement. 

Dr. Blessett’s research seeks to contribute to the iknowledge production in the field of urban policy and public administration through the lens of social justice. Her research seeks to offer insightful perspectives regarding the effects of systemic injustice through an examination of public policies and administrative actions, which perpetuate inequity for people of color and their respective communities. Ultimately, she hopes her research will help public administrators move toward more thoughtful consideration and engagement of all groups in society, particularly historically marginalized groups.

Dr. Blessett has published in peer-reviewed periodicals such as Public Integrity, Administration and Society, Administrative Theory & Praxis, Public Administration Quarterly, and the Journal of Health and Human Services Administration. She has also contributed book chapters to Prison Privatization: The Many Facets of a Controversial Industry and Contemporary Perspectives on Affirmative Action. Currently, she serves on the editorial boards for Public Integrity and the Administrative Theory & Praxis. 
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Derrick R Brooms

Dr. Brooms serves as faculty in sociology and Africana studies and serves as a youth worker as well. ​Dr. Brooms specializes in the sociology of African Americans in urban environments, particularly Black males, with research and activism that focus on educational equity, race and racism, diversity and inequality, and identity. His education research primarily centers on Black male schooling experiences in both secondary and postsecondary institutions. At the secondary level, his work examines the impact of school culture on academic aspirations, resilience, motivation, and sense of self. At the collegiate levels, he investigates the impact of campus climate, mentoring, and involvement on the academic performances and educational experiences of African American men. Additionally, his education research examines Black males' identity development and expression. Dr. Brooms is the author of Being Black, Being Male on Campus: Understanding and Confronting Black Male Collegiate Experiences (SUNY Press, 2017).

Dr. Brooms’ research interests also investigate representations of African American identity and culture within the media. Much of this research focuses on museums and explores contemporary exhibits about African American history and culture. In his museum research, he explores issues of racial representation, collective memory, and collective identity; additionally, he investigates the role museum sites and exhibits play in creating and maintaining narratives  of people, places, and events—and counter-narratives as well. He developed his museum work with the guidance of Dr. Ayana Karanja (Loyola Univ Chicago).
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Alfred J. Cotton III

Assistant Professor, A&S Journalism



Dr. Cotton is an Assistant Professor in the Journalism Department.  A critical media scholar, his research focuses broadly on ethics in mass communication both through practice and theory.  He has published and presented research exploring race and representation in news media, media framing, and organizational crisis communication.  He has taught courses on diversity in the media, journalism and media ethics, media literacy, social media, popular culture, and interpersonal communication.
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Tia Sheree Gaynor

Founding Director, Center for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation & Associate Professor of Political Science

Tia Sherèe Gaynor, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) is founding director for the Center for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation and an associate professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research focuses on issues related to social (in)justice, cultural competency, and social equity within a U.S. and global context, particularly as it relates to underrepresented and marginalized populations. Specifically, her work explores intersectionality in public management and policy.
Dr. Gaynor’s research examining the perceptions people of color who identify as lesbian, gay and transgender hold of the New Orleans Police Department is currently supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. Under the W.E.B. DuBois Program of Research on Race and Crime, Dr. Gaynor (along with research colleague Brandi Blessett, Ph.D.) was awarded $150,000 for her project titled “Intersectional Subjection and Law Enforcement: Examining Perceptions Held by LGBTQ People of Color in New Orleans, LA”. This research project tests the theory of intersectional subjection and empirically evaluates how policing has been used to ostracize and subjugate individuals with intersecting identities in New Orleans.
As an inaugural recipient of the Social Equity Fellowship offered by the American Society for Public Administration’s Center for Accountability and Performance and the National Academy of Public Administration’s (NAPA) Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance, Dr. Gaynor was charged with developing strategies to measure and advance the performance measurement of social equity. The CAP Fellowship was designed to provide a balance between academic and practitioner perspectives by drawing from academic literature and empirical operational experiences. Dr. Gaynor’s work, ultimately, offers the field of public administration strategies to meaningfully develop and implement social social equity performance measures.
Dr. Gaynor recognizes that the scholarship and practice of public administrators can either serve as promoters of equity and justice or facilitators of injustice for underrepresented and marginalized populations. Her work is committed to not only recognizing this juxtaposition but offering strategies to foster justice and equity in the field.

She holds a Ph.D. and MPA from the School of Public Affairs and Administration, at Rutgers University – Newark.  She received her BA in Psychology from Rutgers University – New Brunswick.  Additionally, Dr. Gaynor holds a Diversity Management Certification from the University of Houston’s International Institute for Diversity.
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Ronald L Jackson II

Professor of Communication, A&S Communication



Dr. Ronald L. Jackson II was awarded the 2020 Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communication Association in November 2020, a prestigious lifetime research achievement award.  He is Past President of the National Communication Association, Dean Emeritus of the College of Arts & Sciences at University of Cincinnati, Past Co-editor (with Kent Ono) of Critical Studies in Media Communication, and previous winner of the coveted Comic-Con International's Will Eisner Award for Best Academic Scholarly Work. His research explores empirical, conceptual, and critical approaches to the study of race, masculinity, identity negotiation, whiteness, and Afrocentricity. He is author of 17 books, including his most recent book (with Amber Johnson, Michael Hecht, and Sidney Ribeau) entitled African American Communication, and the well-received anthology Gladiators in Suits: Race, Gender, and Politics of Representation in Scandal, with Simone Adams and Kimberly Moffitt.  He also is co-writing (with Tina Harris) a public speaking book to be published by Oxford University Press.  The book will likely debut in 2021.
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Shawna N Jacob

Asst Professor - Adj, A&S Psychology Adjuncts

EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center


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Billi J. Johnson


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Charles E. Jones


Professor, Charles E. Jones, is an architect in the field of African-American studies. At Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va., Jones’s first job, he built a minor program in black studies and headed the Institute for the Study of Minority Issues. Then he went on to Georgia State where he built an undergraduate program and then a master’s program. Dr. Jones is a board member of the National Council of Black Studies (NCBS), the leading professional organization for those in the field of African-American studies. Jones has spent a career grooming the future of Africana studies—from building programs to doing original research to encouraging students in the classroom. Now he is looking forward to completing his “marathon,” as he refers to his career, at UC. He is currently teaching Black Politics and Intro to Africana Studies.
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Cassandra L Jones

Assistant Professor, A&S Africana Studies

3623 French Hall


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John K. Kalubi

Associate Teaching Professor, A&S Africana Studies

3622 French Hall


K. John Kalubi PhD is Field Service Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora literatures. He teaches various courses in African and African American intellectual ideas, literature and history. Dr. Kalubi received his MA and PhD from the University of Cincinnati and a Magistere from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in French and Francophone cultures and literatures. He has teaching and research interests in the post-colonial African intellectual ideas and African Diaspora contemporary literary perspectives.
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Koffi N. Maglo

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Koffi N. Maglo received his BA degree from the University of Lomé in Togo. After obtaining MA and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Burgundy in France, he did postdoctoral studies at Virginia Tech in the US. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, (2003-5). His interests include philosophy of biology and biomedicine, ethics and population health, philosophy of science, history of 17thand 18thcentury physics, African philosophy.
In the area of philosophy of biology and biomedicine, his work focuses on the ontological and epistemic status of population stratification concepts in genomics and evidence-based medicine, and on theoretical and ethical issues in personalized medicine. He currently leads collaborative interdisciplinary research projects on ethics and obesity research, and on race-based therapy.  He has previously organized in April 2007 an interdisciplinary symposium at the University of Cincinnati on “Race in the Age of Genomic Medicine: The Science and its Applications.”
Koffi Maglo published also on the structure and developments of Newtonian mechanics and its reception across European scientific institutions. His publications include essays in recent French philosophy of science and on the French Enlightenment. At a more theoretical level, his research in the history of physics and in the philosophy of biology deals with questions about the reality, validity and utility of scientific notions.

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Ervin (Maliq) R Matthew

Assistant Professor (PhD, The Ohio State University)

Social Stratification; Education; Urban Sociology; Race, Class and Gender; Social Mobility; Social Psychology

Ervin (Maliq) Matthew CV
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Holly Y McGee

Assistant Professor, A&S Africana Studies



Hailing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Holly Y. McGee specializes in U.S. History and African American History, with an emphasis on black women’s activist and intellectual history, comparative political activism in the United States and South Africa, and popular culture in the twentieth century.  Secondary specialties include local histories of the American South, South African women’s history, and oral histories.  Currently, Dr. McGee teaches undergraduate courses in black history and film, culture and counterculture, and African American history in early and colonial America.

Presently, Dr. McGee is conducting research for her book, a biographical oral history of South African activist Elizabeth Mafeking.  Mafeking was one of four women featured in Dr. McGee's dissertation, “When the Window Closed: Gender, Race, and (Inter)Nationalism, the United States and South Africa, 1920s-1960s,” which put into conversation existent and new scholarship regarding black radical women of the Left in the United States and South Africa during the twentieth century and was primarily concerned with the evolution of women’s protest from localized issues of race-based discrimination to international, anti-colonial protests of the era. 

Dr. McGee’s most recent publication credit, “‘It was the wrong time and they just weren’t ready’: Direct-action protest at Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical & Normal College (AM&N),” appeared as a reprint in Arsnick: The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Arkansas, an edited collection on SNCC’s pivotal role in transforming the status of racial discrimination in Arkansas in the 1960s.  Additionally, she has forthcoming articles in the fields of local Arkansas history, and South African women's history.
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LaSharon Mosley

Undergraduate Director, A&S Biological Sciences

603A Rieveschl Hall


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Furaha D Norton

Assistant Professor

Furaha Norton specializes in twentieth century African American literature and how black writers define and represent the self in the context of contemporary affect theory, postcolonial theory, and moral theory. She is a recipient of a Ford Foundation Fellowship, and has written on Toni Morrison, Toni Cade Bambara, George Eliot, and Eavan Boland, among others. Before returning to academia in the Spring of 2010, Dr. Norton worked for nearly a decade as an editor at Oxford University Press, Vintage/Anchor Books, and The New Press. While at Oxford Dr. Norton assisted in the publication of many acclaimed works of history, including three New York Times bestsellers and a Pulitzer Prize winner, and she acquired two award-winning books, Scott Nelson's Steel Drivin' Man: John Henry, the Untold Story of an American Legend (2006) and Paul Collier's The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It (2007).
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Carolette R. Norwood

Associate Professor, Assistant Head of

Carolette Norwood is Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and affiliate faculty in Sociology at the University of Cincinnati. She earned a PhD in Sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and was an Andrew W Mellon Fellow at the Université de Montréal in African Demography. Dr. Norwood’s research and teaching epitomizes Africana. She has done work on African women and economic development which explores the limitations and possibilities of microcredit as a development strategy for women in Ghana and in Cameroon. Additionally, Dr. Norwood researches sexual health disparities for African American women in urban environments. With the generous support of University of California San Francisco, Center of AIDS Prevention Studies, Dr. Norwood is currently undertaking a study that explores the ways in which Black women navigate gender, race, place and space in high HIV prevalence neighborhoods. Lastly, Dr. Norwood is enagaged in two other innovative bodies of work: one she calls “interracial fertility” which empirically challenges the longstanding assumptions of Status Exchange theory and the other is something she terms Africana Feminism which examines the commonalities in Africana women’s lived experience under colonialism and slavery. Dr. Norwood’s publications appears in Development in Practice, the Journal of Asian and African Studies, Gender and Society, Journal of Black Psychology, the American Journal of Health Studies, Journal of International Women's Studies, Sociology Compass, etc.
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Bridgette J Peteet

Assistant Professor

Bridgette Peteet’s research interests include substance abuse and education disparities with an emphasis on mental health outcomes within ethnic minority populations.
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James Timothy Roane

J.T. Roane is assistant professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. He is also part of the University’s urban futures initiative. Roane is broadly concerned about matters of geography, sexuality, and religion in relation to Black communities. He is at work on a manuscript, Dark Agoras: Insurgent Black Social Life and the Politics of Place in Philadelphia, which historicizes multiple modes of insurgent spatial assemblage Black communities articulated in Philadelphia in the second half of the twentieth. 
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Sunnie Rucker-Chang

Slavic and East European Studies Program Director, UC STARTALK Workforce Media Development and Year-Long Russian Immersion Programs

Sunnie Rucker-Chang
PhD, Ohio State University, 2010 (Slavic Languages and Literatures)
Dr. Sunnie Rucker-Chang's primary interests lie in contemporary cultural movements and identity formation in Central and Southeast Europe. She writes primarily on racial and cultural formations, minority-majority and minority-minority relations in Southeast Europe. She is co-editor and contributor to Cultures of Mobility and Alterity: Crossing the Balkans and Beyond (with Yana Hashamova and Oana Popescu-Sandu) (forthcoming, University of Liverpool Pres, 2022), co-author of Roma Rights and Civil Rights: A Transatlantic Comparison (Cambridge, 2020), and co-editor of and contributor to Chinese Migrants in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe (Routledge, 2011). Her work has appeared in Critical Romani StudiesEuropeNow! - A Journal of Research and Art, Interventions: Journal of Post-Colonial Studies, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Journal of Transatlantic Studies, Slavic and East European Journal, and Slavic Review. She is currently finishing a monograph focusing on the politics of Blackness in former Yugoslav states that challenges conventional ideas of race and racialization in the Balkans and connects the region to broad trends in European Studies.

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Laverne Summerlin

Professor, A&S English



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Joseph Takougang

Professor, Department Head, A&S Africana Studies

3428C French Hall


Dr. Joseph Takougang is Professor of African history and Department Head in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati. He is also an affiliate faculty in the Department of History. Dr.Takougang obtained a BA in history from the University of Yaounde, Cameroon, and an MA and PhD in African history from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He researches and writes on colonial and post-colonial Africa, with a focus on Cameroon. A secondary interest focuses on contemporary African migration, particularly to the United States.
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Edward V Wallace

Associate Professor , A&S Africana Studies

3609 French Hall


Edward. V. Wallace, specializes in the area of Community Health where he addresses health disparities in vulnerable populations.  His research area of focus is in three distinct areas: Racial and Ethnic Health Inequality, Health Policy, and Minority Health.  He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana Studies, the director and creator of the Minority Health Certificate, and an Affiliate faculty member with the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Wallace has received the Spirit of Excellence Award and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles while at the University of Cincinnati. Most recently in (2018) he published Passing the Healthcare Bill from Obama to Trump: More Confusion, More Health Disparities. Journal of Race and Policy. 13 (1), 45 – 49. Dr. Wallace received his training from The State University of New York College at Cortland, The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, School of Public Health, and University of Alabama, School of Public Health.  
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Guy-Lucien Whembolua

Associate Professor, A&S Africana Studies

3605 French Hall


Dr. Whembolua is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management in the department of Africana studies and an affiliate faculty in the College of Medicine. As a behavioral scientist, his research explores the socio-cultural determinants of health among African populations (global health) and their diasporas (health disparities). He is the founding director of the Global Health Studies certificate.
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Earl Wright II


Earl Wright II is a Professor in the Department of Sociology. He is the author of multiple peer reviewed publications and books including W. E. B. Du Bois and the Atlanta Sociological Laboratory: The First American School of Sociology (Routledge / Ashgate), What to Expect and How to Respond: Distress and Success in Academia (Rowman and Littlefield), The Ashgate Research Companion to Black Sociology (Ashgate), and Re-Positioning Race: Prophetic Research in a Post-Racial Obama Age (SUNY Press).

Earl Wright II CV
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Raqule Whited Crawley

Assoc Professor - Educator, LCB Accounting



As a graduate of the Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS program, Raqule earned her BBA and MS in accounting from UC. Raqule joined the faculty in 2015 after a career in public accounting and industry. Her work experience includes Audit Senior at Deloitte and various roles, including acquisition and divestiture consultation and external cash flows, at Procter & Gamble. She currently serves as the Interim Director of Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS and Assistant Professor – Educator of Accounting.
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Sherae Daniel

Assoc Professor, LCB Opers, Bus Analy, and Infor Systems



Sherae L. Daniel is an Assistant Professor of Operations, Business Analytics and Information Systems in the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati. She earned her Ph.D. in Information Systems from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. Sherae’s research seeks to reveal how to best manage collaboration challenges in nontraditional work environments. In particular, she seeks to uncover the keys that will unlock doors to future success for OSS collaborators. Sherae’s research has been published or is forthcoming in premier outlets such as Information Systems Research, MIS Quarterly, and the Journal of Association for Information Systems. She is a member of the Association for Information Systems.
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Aaron D Pennington

Assoc Professor - Educator, LCB Accounting



I have eight years experience teaching in higher education. During this time I have taught at a large public institution, a small liberal arts institution and a Historically Black College. Prior to my time in higher education I spent a brief time in the practice of law and several years in public accounting. In public accounting I was able to experience working at a big four firm and a smaller regional firm. I have been admitted to the bar in Georgia and Tennessee, also I am a Georgia Certified Public Accountant.
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Mari L Robertson

Mari is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at the Carl H. Lindner College of Business.
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Craig Bailey

Associate Professor of Music in Jazz Saxophone, CCM Ensembles & Conducting

1410 Corbett Cntr Perform Arts


Craig Bailey’s interest in music began at the age of 8 when he learned how to play the recorder with a small group of classmates. Following that, he became a part of the All City Boys Choir in his hometown of Cincinnati. He enrolled in the beginning band program in junior high and took up the clarinet, saxophone and flute, perfecting his skills in playing all three instruments in high school and college.

Bailey earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Miami (FL), then headed to New York City in 1985. As a young artist in New York, he worked with drummer Charli Persip’s Superband. During this time, Bailey made many musical contacts and heard some of the jazz world’s finest veterans and young lions. After he joined the world-renowned group of Panama Francis and his Savoy Sultans, Bailey learned more about traditional swing music. With Francis’ group, he traveled to Europe for the first time.

After playing with the Savoy Sultans for two years, Bailey landed an audition with Ray Charles and became the music legend’s lead alto saxophonist from 1988-2004. While working with Charles, Bailey also collaborated with other artists including the TanaReid Quintet, Bobby Watson’s Tailor Made Big Band and the Tom Harrell Big Band. Bailey developed his small group writing and playing style during this time, drawing upon the wealth of experiences from having played with some of the world’s greatest composers and arrangers. Performing great works of music has led Bailey to his own arranging and composing.

Bailey’s debut album, A New Journey, was met with critical acclaim and is referenced in The Encyclopedia of Jazz. His second release, Brooklyn, was met with a favorable review in JazzTimes magazine, with critic Ron Wynn observing, “This band has played these songs long enough to have a polish and precision, which is refreshing. The group also brings a sense of purpose to Bailey’s compositions … and his impact is sizable on Brooklyn.”
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Awadagin K.A. Pratt

Professor of Piano and Artist-in-Residence, CCM Keyboard Studies

Emery Hall


Born in Pittsburgh, Awadagin Pratt began studying piano at the age of six. Three years later, having moved to Normal, Illinois with his family, he also began studying violin. At the age of 16 he entered the University of Illinois where he studied piano, violin and conducting. He subsequently enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory of Music where he became the first student in the school's history to receive diplomas in three performance areas – piano, violin and conducting. In recognition of this achievement and for his work in the field of classical music, Pratt recently received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Johns Hopkins.

In 1992 Pratt won the Naumburg International Piano Competition and two years later was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Since then, he has played numerous recitals throughout the US including performances at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles and Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. His many orchestral performances include appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra and the Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Baltimore, St. Louis, National, Detroit and New Jersey symphonies among many others. Summer festival engagements include Ravinia, Blossom, Wolftrap, Caramoor and Aspen, the Hollywood Bowl and the Mostly Mozart Festival in Tokyo.

As a conductor, Pratt participated in the American Symphony Orchestra League and Conductor's Guild workshops and the National Conducting Institute, where he worked closely with Leonard Slatkin and conducted the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. He has also conducted the Toledo, New Mexico, Vancouver WA, Winston-Salem, Santa Fe and Prince George County symphonies, the Northwest Sinfonietta, the Concertante di Chicago and several orchestras in Japan.

A great favorite on college and university performing arts series and a strong advocate of music education, Pratt participates in numerous residency and outreach activities wherever he appears; these activities may include master classes, children's recitals, play/talk demonstrations and question/answer sessions for students of all ages.

Pratt has been the subject of numerous articles in the national press, including Newsweek, People Magazine and New York Newsday. He was named one of the 50 Leaders of Tomorrow in Ebony Magazine's special 50th anniversary issue and has been featured on National Public Radio's Performance Today, St. Paul Sunday Morning and Weekend Edition. On television, Pratt has performed on the Today Show, Good Morning America and Sesame Street, been profiled on CBS Sunday Morning and was one of the featured soloists on PBS's Live from the Kennedy Center - A Salute to Slava. In November 2009, Pratt was one of four artists selected to perform at a White House classical music event that included student workshops hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and performed in concert for guests including President Obama. He has performed two other times at the White House, both at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton.

Pratt’s recordings for Angel/EMI include A Long Way From Normal, an all Beethoven Sonata CD, Live From South Africa, Transformations and an all Bach disc with the St. Lawrence String Quartet. His most recent recordings are the Brahms Sonatas for Cello and Piano with Zuill Bailey for Telarc and a recording of the music of Judith Lang Zaimont with the Harlem Quartet for Navona Records.

Pratt is currently Professor of Piano and Artist in Residence at CCM. He was recently named the Artistic Director of the Cincinnati World Piano Competition and is also the Artistic Director of the Art of the Piano Festival at CCM.
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Sandra M. Rivers

Professor of Collaborative Piano, CCM Keyboard Studies

222 Memorial Hall


Sandra Rivers has concertized throughout the world, including Great Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Portugal, Russia, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea and extensively across the United States.

Rivers has appeared at the Mostly Mozart Festival, Tanglewood, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, Aspen, the Kennedy Center and on the Great Performers Series at Lincoln Center. She has worked with such noted conductors as Arthur Fiedler, Anshel Brushilow, Jean Morel, Isaiah Jackson, Michael Morgan and Keith Lockhart. In addition to her solo career, Rivers has become widely known for her concert partnerships with many of the world’s leading soloists including Itzhak Perlman, Kathleen Battle, Kyung-Wha Chung, Anne Akiko Meyers, Elmar Oliveira, Cho-Liang Lin, Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg among others. Her collaborations with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and with Sarah Chang have twice taken her onto the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and with Jay Leno.

Rivers is a Steinway Artist and has recorded for EMI/Angel, CBS Masterworks, RCA Victor Red Seal, Teldec, Pony Canyon, Musical Heritage and Zafiro.
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Charles Edward Appeadu

Associate Professor Educator, LCB Finance



Professor Appeadu joined the Lindner Finance faculty in January 2016. Prior to his current position, Charles worked for CFA Institute, the Global Investment Professional Membership Organization, as the Head of University Relations. In that role, he led the team that set the Strategic direction of CFA Institute in the company’s relationship with the global academic community. Charles also held the role of Director of Examination Development at CFA Institute. Earlier in his career, Charles worked as Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and Georgia State University, Atlanta. He also worked in the Investment Industry as a Research Analyst and Portfolio Manager at Parametric Portfolio Associates in Seattle. Dr. Appeadu has research publications in the Journal of Portfolio Management, Journal of Performance Measurement and the Transportation Planning and Technology Journal. Charles holds a B.Sc. (First Class Honors) degree in Civil Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana; M.Sc. degree in Transportation Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; and Ph.D. degree in Finance from the University of Washington, Seattle. Additionally, Charles holds the following professional designations: Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA); FRM (Financial Risk Manager) and CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) designations.
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Renee Seward

Associate Professor, Communication Design Coordinator, DAAP School of Design

6438 Aronoff Center


Renee Seward is an Endowed Associate Professor of Communication Design in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. Reneé teaches a range of courses but primarily teaches typography. Her current research involves designing digital tools and multi-sensory typography to help young children learn to read. She is the principal investigator of the See Word Reading Project and is the creator of the See Word Reading tool, which teaches children sound/symbol correspondence.
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Stephen Michael Slaughter

Assistant Professor Educator

After graduating with a Masters of Architecture from The Ohio State University, and initiating his career in Thom Mayne’s studio, Morphosis, Slaughter's work for and with a number of highly respected and influential architects and practices throughout the world. As a professional with nearly twenty years in practice, Asst. Prof. Slaughter’s experience spans from presiding over the rollout of retail boutiques, and designing restaurants and residences, to working on and managing large-scale projects such as libraries, academic institutions, corporate headquarters and medical facilities. Concurrently, PHAT, a four-person, multi-disciplinary design collaborative, founded out of the desire to pursue an experimental practice that employs new techniques in architectural representation to interrogate enduring short comings in architectural discourse, became a vehicle for the production of work for exhibition, and has shown in venues throughout the world including the Studio Museum in Harlem, the National Gallery of Victoria, and ArchiLab in Orléans. Most recently, and prior to teaching at University of Cincinnati, the focus of Slaughter’s production was as designer, project manager and inaugural board member for the Watts House Project, a not-for-profit, art-based neighborhood redevelopment organization, that leverages arts programming and architectural rehabilitation for the purpose of creative place making. 

Since being hired by University of Cincinnati as an Adjunct Instructor in 2011, Asst. Prof. Slaughter has taught two interiors and eleven architectural design studios in addition to four elective seminars in the School of Architecture and Interior Design. Slaughter has also been privileged to teach two first year planning graphic courses in the School of Planning, and one foundation design studio in the School of Design. As well, he has been sought out by  students for three independent studies and was requested as Second Chair for a graduate student’s architecture thesis committee. Of the eleven architecture studios Slaughter taught or co-taught, two senior capstone courses were each honored by either an award recognizing outstanding individual achievement, Mark Pothier, DAAP Works 2011 Directors Choice Award, or group performance, HYLAND Magazine 2014 International Contemporary Furniture Fair Award for Excellence in Design for Good Works & Charity. And the sole outstanding interiors course he co-taught with Kimberley Burke, a second year “Workplace of The Future” design competition studio, four students, Matthew Ford, Mina Lee, Angie Tjisnoyo and Sara Willhoite were awarded with Metropolis Magazine’s Honorable Mention for their submission “Nexus: The Locomotion Of Business”. 

The threads that knit Slaughter diverse experiences has been his tacit focus on public interest design, cultural production and computer-aided design and fabrication. It is these foci, collectively, that constitutes his project, and through the academy, this project which propels him to work in the service of fulfilling the University’s obligation to the ideals of cultural and racial diversity, progress research in advanced computation and fabrication and through teaching, curate an experience that provides opportunities to synthesize technical expertise with a research agenda pursuant of innovative and unconventional solutions to real world problems facing the underserved by design.
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William D Williams

Associate Professor, DAAP School of Arch & Interior Design

DAA Addition


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Vanessa Allen-Brown

Associate Professor, CECH Educational Studies

638J Teachers College


Vanessa Allen-Brown is an Associate Professor of Educational Studies, whose areas of expertise include liberation theology, culturally responsive pedagogy, African American feminist theory, oral history, and international education.
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Taheera N Blount

Assistant Professor Counseling

Dr. Blount received her Ph.D in Counselor Education from North Carolina State University in 2017. For the past eight years, Dr. Blount has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families as a school counselor and community-based therapist. Dr. Blount research interest focuses on dropout prevention strategies for school counselors, the use of spirituality and religion to overcome addiction and recovery, and the educational resiliency factors of African American students whose parents are suffering from substance use. Dr. Blount was recently selected as an Emerging Leader for the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling.
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Daniele D. Bond

Field Service Assistant Professor, CECH Early Childhood Education

2150M EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center


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Sandra L. Browning

Associate Professor, CECH Criminal Justice

650E Teachers College


Professor Browning received her doctorate in sociology at the University of Cincinnati. She previously was on the faculty of Eastern Kentucky University. She is an American Sociological Association Minority Fellow, as well as an American Society of Criminology Minority Fellow. Within the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, she has served numerous times as chairperson of the Affirmative Action Committee. She is also an active member in the Southern Sociological Society, serving as a member of the Black Caucus and as a member of the Association of Black Sociologists. At the University of Cincinnati, she is also an affiliate of the Department of Women's Studies. She has published on the impact of race on attitudes toward crime and justice. Her current research interests are in the areas of crime and the underclass, the institutionalization of black males, and the role of race in shaping views of the criminal justice system. She teaches Law and Social Control, Race, Class and Crime, Women and Crime, and Teaching Practicum.
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Christina A. Campbell

Assoc Professor, CECH Criminal Justice

660MC Teachers College


Dr. Christina Alicia Campbell is a tenured Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Campbell earned a B.A. from San Diego State University in 2006 and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Michigan State University in 2012. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Prevention and Community Research at Yale University in 2014. Her passion for research was cultivated as a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and National Institutes of Health, Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Scholar.

Dr. Campbell's primary research interests include delinquency prevention, risk assessment, juvenile justice, child welfare policy, and reducing racial disparities in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Dr. Campbell has over 35 research publications. Her research has been published in various peer-reviewed academic journals, including Criminology Public Policy, Criminal Justice and Behavior, Child and Youth Services Review, Crime and Delinquency, Journal of Traumatic Stress, and Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice.

Dr. Campbell has received funding support for her research from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Justice, and the National Science Foundation. Funded by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), her last grant addressed race and sentencing disparities for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Dr. Campbell is an NIJ W.E.B. Dubois research fellow and a member of the American Psychological Association, Society for Community Research and Action, American Society of Criminology, and the Racial Democracy, Crime & Justice Network. Dr. Campbell teaches juvenile justice, criminal justice, corrections, and psychology courses.

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Tai A Collins

Associate Professor and Coordinator
School Psychology
, CECH Human Services

450B Teachers College


Tai A. Collins received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 2013. Dr. Collins is primarily interested in the development of time- and resource-efficient behavioral interventions to support Black students in urban schools with limited resources.  Dr. Collins has focused on developing peer-mediated interventions to improve the academic, behavioral, social, and emotional functioning of students within multi-tiered systems of support.  Dr. Collins is also interested in applications of a social justice framework in school psychology research, practice, and training. He currently teaches graduate courses including the Applied Behavior Analysis sequence, Advanced Behavioral Research Methods, and Working with Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Schools. 
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Marcus L Johnson

Co-Director, Coordinator, and Associate Professor, Developmental & Learning Sciences Research Laboratory

Dr. Marcus Johnson is the Graduate Coordinator of the Developmental and Learning Sciences (DLS), Co-Director of the DLS Research Laboratory, and Associate Professor of Educational Studies at the University of Cincinnati. He is also the proud recipient of the 2019 UC Faculty Exemplary Service Award, in recognition of his service and leadership on the Faculty Senate committees for Research & Scholarship and Human Relations, Faculty Enrichment Center, and the School of Education’s PhD Council. 

Nationally, Dr. Johnson has held leadership roles in the American Psychological Association’s Division [15] for Educational Psychology, and the American Educational Research Association’s Division [C] for Learning and Instruction and “Motivation in Education” group; most recently as Division 15's representative on APA's Council of Representatives.

Dr. Johnson’s research/scholarship concerning “motivation in education,” has included investigations of traditional and nontraditional college students’ motivations, the use of motivational strategies that enhance cognitive engagement and learning, the effect of policies and practices on both student and faculty motivation, and identifying motivating factors that contribute to students’ school-life balance and achievement. His work assessing underrepresented high school students’ motivations for STEM related college majors and careers, has been supported by the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Johnson earned his PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and for over a decade he has enjoyed teaching various courses in higher education, from Human Development to Human Learning, and from Educational Assessment to Research Methods. Prior to his work in higher education, Dr. Johnson had taught high school science in diverse settings. Outside of academia, Dr. Johnson is a proud father and husband, foodie, and Olympic sports fanatic.
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Adeoye Oyedokun Oyeniyi

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Yvette McDaniel-Pennington

Assistant Professor Educator, CECH Special Education

Teachers College


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Ebony L. Ruhland

Dr. Ebony Ruhland received her Ph.D. from the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on how criminal justice policies and practices impact individuals, families, and communities. Dr. Ruhland is currently working on research projects in four areas: 1) examining factors that lead to probation revocations, including the use probation conditions, specifically supervision fees; 2) exploring factors parole members consider to determine readiness for release; 3) identifying ways to bridge police and community relationships; and 4) examining the impacts of parental incarceration on children.
Through her research, Dr. Ruhland hopes to find ways to improve criminal justice and corrections policies to reduce mass incarceration, racial disparities, and collateral consequences while at the same time maintaining public safety.
Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Ruhland was the research director at the Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at the University of Minnesota Law School. Her work has been published in Criminology, Family Court Review, and Children and Youth Services Review.
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Everrett A Smith

Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator, CECH Educational Leadership (EDLD)

610P Teachers College


Dr. Everrett A. Smith serves as an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Program Coordinator of Educational Leadership in the School of Education at the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Smith’s research contributes to the understanding of the factors that influence financial and governance decisions in higher education. This includes exploring trustee, faculty, and student involvement in the governance process, as well the policy, financial, and political decision-making at institutional and state levels. Most recently, his research has focused on the community college and the financial and governance elements of these institutions as they provide access to postsecondary education.

Previously, Smith served as Director of Assessment for the Division of Student Affairs at the University of Arkansas and worked in student affairs and enrollment management at Christian Brothers University. He also served as a public school Spanish teacher in the Memphis City School system. He was a Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Award recipient and completed his interdisciplinary doctoral studies in public policy specializing in higher education policy at the University of Arkansas. He is a native of Memphis, Tennessee.
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Susan Watts Taffe

Associate Professor, CECH Literacy & Second Language Studies

615J Teachers College


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Antar Akari Tichavakunda

Antar A. Tichavakunda received his Ph.D. in Urban Education Policy from the University of Southern California. Born and raised in Washington, DC, Tichavakunda is a product of DC Public School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education Studies from Brown University. Prior to his doctoral studies, Tichavakunda worked as an 11th grade English teacher in DC Public Schools. Using qualitative inquiry, Tichavakunda has engaged in research on college readiness, Black students’ experiences at predominantly White institutions, and more broadly the sociology of race and higher education. His published work can be found in The Educational ForumThe Journal of Negro Education, and Education and Urban Society. He has also signed an advance book contract with SUNY Press based on his research concerning Black students’ campus lives. Tichavakunda enjoys military pressing, incline bench pressing, and avoiding leg-day at all costs. A walking contradiction, he identifies with Sith ideology in Star Wars but would probably be a member of the Hufflepuff house in Harry Potter.
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Michael J Alexander-Ramos

Assistant Professor, CEAS - Mechanical Eng

688 Rhodes Hall


Research Interests:
Multidisciplinary design modeling and optimization; decomposition-based system design optimization; surrogate modeling/metamodeling in engineering analysis and design; automotive systems design; electric/hybrid-electric vehicle design; dynamic systems modeling; structural design
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Moise Ali Cummings

Assistant Professor - Practice, CEAS - Mechanical Eng Tech

Baldwin Hall


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Whitney B. Gaskins

Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor- Office of Inclusive Excellence & Community Engagement , CEAS - Incl Excellence & Comm Engagmnt

610D Old Chemistry Building


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Jude Iroh

Professor, CEAS - Materials Science & Engineering

489 Rhodes Hall


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Cedrick A.K. Kwuimy

Assistant Professor Educator, CEAS - Engineering & Computing Education

620W Old Chemistry Building


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George O. Okere

Asst Dept Head, Associate Professor Educator, Heavy Civil Chair (Endowed Position) , CEAS - Civil Eng

821C Old Chemistry Building


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Kenyatta L Hurd

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Verna Williams

Dean and Nippert Professor of Law

Dean Verna Williams joined the College of Law in 2001 after practicing many years in the areas of civil and women’s rights.  Prior to her appointment as Dean, she taught in the areas of family law, gender discrimination, and constitutional law. In addition, she co-directed the College’s Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice with Professors Kristin Kalsem and Emily Houh.  

Before joining the College of Law, Dean Williams was Vice President and Director of Educational Opportunities at the National Women’s Law Center, where she focused on issues of gender equity in education.  During her time at the Center, Dean Williams was lead counsel and successfully argued before the United States Supreme Court Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, which established that educational institutions have a duty to respond to and address complaints of student-to-student sexual harassment.  

Dean Williams also clerked for the Hon. David S. Nelson, U.S. District Judge for the District of Massachusetts.  After the clerkship, she practiced law at the Washington, D.C., office of Sidley & Austin and at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Dean Williams’s research examines the intersection of race, gender, and class in law and policy.  She has presented papers at such venues as the Latina/o Critical Race Theory Conference and meetings of the Association of Law, Culture and the Humanities. Dean Williams also has served as a consultant for the Ford Foundation; in that capacity, she chaired the convening of a national conference at UC entitled Women Coming Together:  Claiming the Law for Social Change.  Dean Williams received the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 2004 and 2011.  

Dean Williams is a cum laudegraduate of Harvard Law School and Georgetown University.  
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Christopher T. Lewis

Professor of Clinical Family and Community Medicine; Vice Provost for Academic Programs, Acad Aff Academic Affairs

210B Van Wormer Hall


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LaTrice Montgomery

Research Associate Professor, COM Psychiatry Addiction Research

Health UC - Georgetown


LaTrice Montgomery is an Assistant Professor and licensed Clinical Psychologist in the Addiction Sciences Division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She received her B.A. degree in Psychology from Berea College and both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Cincinnati. She completed her National Institute on Drug Abuse sponsored clinical internship at the Yale University School of Medicine in the Division of Substance Abuse. Dr. Montgomery’s clinical and research interests have focused on improving prevention and treatment interventions for African American adolescent and adult substance users. Her work primarily focuses on the co-use of marijuana and tobacco, especially via blunts. LaTrice has presented her award-winning work at several regional and national conferences. In addition, LaTrice’s work has been published in top-tier journals, including Drug and Alcohol Dependence and the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. She recently received a career development award (K23) from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to develop and evaluate a Twitter-based intervention for young adult blunt smokers.
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Matia B Solomon

Assoc Professor - Adj Research, A&S Psychology Adjuncts

4150 EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center


The Solomon laboratory overall research efforts are directed towards understanding sex differences in the neurobiology of stress related disorders including depression. We are also interested in understanding sex differences in the pathophysiology of Alzheimer's disease.  For more information about our laboratory please visit:
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Adebola Olamide Adegboyega

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Jean E.S. Anthony

Associate Professor, CON Grad Prog & Admin Srvcs

Dr. Anthony is an educator and a nurse researcher.  Her teaching has focused in the areas of health policy and mental health nursing. Her research interests lie in the areas of health disparities, psychiatric mental health and health care decision-making and pediatric autism.  She is the author of numerous articles on mental health and health disparities. She is a 2015 recipient of the Nefertiti Award. In 2016 she was selected as a Transcultural Nursing Scholar. She collaborated with an interdisciplinary team to develop an on-line depression training program for African Americans.
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Trudy R Gaillard

I have over 20 years of experience in recruiting African Americans into clinical trials.  From past experience as a certified diabetes educator (CDE) and working on multiple, multicenter clinical trials at Ohio State University such as Osteoarthritis initiative (OAI), Women Health Initiative (WHI) and Program Director of the Prevention of Diabetes in African Americans Program (PRE-DAAM), which was a 5 year NIH funded research study, that recruited and maintained over 200 African Americans over a 5 year study period.  I have extensive expertise in assisting underserved and minority persons with diabetes to manage their disease. I have worked directly in developing, implemented and executing diabetes self management education and support programs in hospital and community settings.
My research has focused on the metabolic characterization of African Americans  and (blacks) with family history of type 2 diabetes and the ethnic differences in insulin secretion,  insulin sensitivity (SI) and glucose-dependent glucose disposal (SG). I am also interested in studying the metabolic correlates and nontraditional metabolic risk factors that lead to the development of type 2 diabetes, prediabetes and cardiovascular disease in African-American women. Specifically, I am interested in studying the effect of lifestyle intervention (aerobic exercise and diet-induced weight loss) on lowering risk factors for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cognitive impairment. 
My current research focus is a natural progression of my interest in risk factors for type 2 diabetes. It extends my compassion for understanding the risk factors for type 2 diabetes and examining nonpharmacological interventions to prevent them.  My current research, focuses on the relationship between cognitive funciton and prediabetes.  In a pilot study, I found that older adults with prediabetes had lower cognitive functing scores when compared to those with normal glucose tolerance.  In addition, African Americans had higher hemoglobin A1cand lower cognitive function scores when compare to Whites,   These may all contribute to higher prevalence of cognitive dysfunction and type 2 diabetes in this population.  Thus, in a new proposal I will to examine the benifits of a lifestyle intervention program, specially tailored to older adults with mild cognitive impairment  on hemoglobin A1c and cognitive function.  I hope to demonstrate that lifestyle (increase in physical actiivity, healthy die) can possible help to improve cognitve fucntion as well as glucose tolerance. We will also explore changes in depressive symptoms and health related quality of life indicators that have also been associated with mild cognitive
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Adelaide Harris

Assistant Professor of Clinical, CON Undergrad Prog & Admin Srvcs

224S Procter Hall


Dr. Adelaide N. Harris is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing. She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and dual degrees from Xavier University, a Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Education. Her nursing career spans more than thirty years serving diverse populations in hospitals and communities through exemplary health care, administration, research, and education.
In addition to supervising clinical teaching and practice of undergraduate and accelerated nursing students, Adelaide provides health education to at-risk populations of women. Her African background and travels abroad have reflected well on the College of Nursing. Professor Harris has been an excellent role model, and her actions exemplify genuine concern for students' success.
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Valorie Ann Grant

Assistant Professor, CON Adjunct Faculty

Procter Hall


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My research interests are sickle cell disease (SCD) pharmacogenetics and implementation science. Currently, I am pursuing two related SCD research initiatives. Firstly, my recent tours (2014-2015) in providing clinical care to Ebola patients in Sierra Leone during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa created opportunities for a health systems strengthening SCD initiative. My principal partners in our SCD Project are Jericho Road Community Health Center (New York); Augusta University, Georgia); The Sierra Leone Sickle Cell Society (England); and the Sickle Cell Carers Awareness Network (Sierra Leone). The SCD project will establish patient cohorts in Cincinnati, Augusta, and Sierra Leone and will develop research initiatives to investigate the natural history of SCD in the patient cohorts. Currently, we have a registry of 150 pediatric patients and 38 adults with SCD. Funds from my faculty start-up package currently underwrites this project.

As an early-stage research scientist, my current research program also explores the role of drug metabolizing enzymes and transporter to identify at-risk SCD patients for analgesic drugs failure. Enabling this goal was the award of a K01 mentored research grant from the National Institutes for Health/National Institute for Nursing Research. We are currently building a robust pharmacogenetic research program centered on the clinical translation of inherited genetic correlates that would foster the development of algorithms for personalized selection of analgesics and psycho pharmacotherapy for the individual SCD patient. To date, we have genotype and determine the frequencies of 36 drug metabolizing enzymes (including the CYP2C8, CYP2C9, and CYP2C19) and transporters involved in differential variation in drug metabolism in sickle cell disease patient cohorts. My long-term research goal is to combine elements of pharmacogenetics, proteomic, and metabolomics for integrative “personalomics” profiling of SCD patients for individualized pain management and implementation research
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Holly Janell Jones

Dr. Jones' research interests include: Perceived Stress, Women's Health, Midlife Women's Issues, Stress-Reduction, Aging, Symptom Experience, and Long-Term Health Outcomes. Her research uses mixed-methods to understand the unique stressors affecting midlife women and the effects of chronic stress on long-term health outcomes and aging. Dr. Jones is interested in the clinical expression of stress as demonstrated by physiological and biological biomarkers and symptom experience. 
Her clinical experience, expertise, and interests include: Primary Care, Health Promotion, Community Health, and Vulnerable Populations. Dr. Jones graduated with her Bachelor's degree in nursing in 1991, Master's degree in nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner certification in 2000, and PhD in Nursing Science with a focus on symptoms managment in 2015. Throughout her career she has been focused on providing quality healthcare in a variety of patient settings. She feels very fortunate to have an opportunity to combine her research and clinical interests in her role at the University of Cincinnati. 
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Rosalind Moore

Asst Professor - Clin, CON Undergrad Prog & Admin Srvcs

275.02 Procter Hall


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Donna Zell shambley-ebron

Associate Professor Director, PhD Program, CON Adjunct Faculty

Donna Z. Shambley-Ebron, RN, PhD
Associate Professor
Director, PhD Program
CON Research 0038

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Vernita Asenath Smith

I received my master's degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing in Adult Mental Health Nursing.  I began my long career in teaching and clinical practice at Mercy Hospital Western Hills where I served as nurse manager and later as Director of the Geri-Psychiatric unit.  Many changes and new evidence-based research are expanding understanding of mental disorders and improving therapeutic outcomes.  Keeping up-to-date is ever challenging for both teaching and clinical practice, but it serves as my motivation and passion.
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Cassie E Wardlaw

An educator, clinician, and researcher with a focus on mental health and total wellbeing across the lifespan.  Contributes to the development of future psychiatric nurses as a clinical faculty member at the University of Cincinnati.  Practices clinically as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center since 2014 with responsibilities that include the treatment of psychiatric illness, prescribing medication, and providing leadership through education and consultation.  Conducts research related to improving health outcomes of vulnerable populations.
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Mwangi Chege

Associate Professor, UCBA English



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Jordan J Crabbe

Assoc Professor, UCBA Math/Physics/Computer Science



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Helene A. Harte

Professor, UCBA Behavioral Sciences



Helene Arbouet Harte is a professor of education at The University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash College. She has worked in the community as a classroom teacher, center director, coach, content expert and consultant.

Her research interests include family engagement, engagement of young children in inclusive settings,  the engagement of students in the college classroom, and equity in early childhood education. 

Dr. Harte has served as a reviewer for manuscripts for several journals including Children, Youth and Environments; Children’s Geographies, Educational Studies  and The Action Research Journal. She has served as reviewer of submissions for the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting from 2013-2022.

Dr. Harte  has authored or co-authored over twenty- five articles. She is also a co-author of several programs to engage families entering kindergarten including bornlearning Academy, A Taste of Learning and bornlearning communities.
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Bradford P. Mallory

Asst Dean, UCBA Multicultural Affairs



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Lizzie Ngwenya-Scoburgh

Associate Professor, UCBA Business & Economics



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Tamika C. Odum

Assoc Professor, UCBA Behavioral Sciences



Tamika C. Odum PhD, is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati. Her research examines women’s experiences with and access to abortion care with a specific interest in studying Black women’s experiences with care. In addition to understanding abortion care, she is interested in how Black women navigate and understand reproductive health and agency including aspects of contraception use and motherhood across the life course. Dr. Odum is currently leading a project examining how racism and systematic barriers inform Black women’s experiences with reproductive care. In this project, understanding how medical mistrust impacts Black women’s understanding of and access to abortion care is a central focus. Dr. Odum is a qualitative researcher specializing in community-engaged research and identifies as a public sociologist committed to disseminating knowledge within and beyond the academy.
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Christine Awuor Ouma

Assistant Professor, UCBA Math/Physics/Computer Science



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Nzingha Dalila

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Prince F Ellis

Assoc Professor, CC Economics

250.06 CC West Woods Acad Cntr


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Habtu Ghebre-Ab

Professor, CC HIST/PS/PHIL

261 CC West Woods Acad Cntr


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Ronald P Leslie

Professor, CC Psychology

289 CC West Woods Acad Cntr


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Tiffany J Grant, PhD

Assistant Director for Research and Informatics , UCL Research & Data Services, Data Scien

Medical Sciences Building


Tiffany coordinates the strategic direction of the UC Libraries Research and Data Services Team at the Health Sciences Library and within the University of Cincinnati Libraries. She manages the Health Sciences Library Informatics Lab, and works to facilitate education around bioinformatics tools and databases. She works with researchers and graduate students providing data management assistance for basic science and clinical research. Tiffany earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds a PhD in Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine from the University of Cincinnati, and a graduate certificates in Clinical and Translational Research and Healthcare Administration also from the University of Cincinnati. Tiffany has been extensively trained by the National Institutes of Health and the National Library of Medicine in biomedical informatics and NCBI databases. Tiffany’s expertise includes:
  • Biomedical Database Navigation and Information Gathering (NCBI and Ensembl)
  • Research Data Management (Spanning the lifecycle research cycle)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap)
  • Bioinformatics
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Don Jason

Assoc Sr Librarian, UCL Research & Data Services, Data Scien

E005N Medical Sciences Building


Don Jason, MLIS, MS serves as the Clinical Informationist for the University of Cincinnati (UC) Health Sciences Library. In this position, Mr. Jason utilizes his strong background in informatics to deliver services and resources to the UC Academic Health Center. Mr. Jason’s unique role, allows him to develop resources and services that focus on informatics, patient care and clinical research. Immediately preceding his appointment at UC, Mr. Jason completed the National Library of Medicine’s Associate Fellowship Program. This early career success was made possible by a strong academic foundation. Mr. Jason earned two graduate degrees from Kent State University. These degrees include a MLIS and an MS in Information Architecture Knowledge Management, with a focus in Health Informatics. Mr. Jason, also holds a BS in Journalism from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University. During his academic career, Mr. Jason successfully completed two Association of Research Libraries diversity programs: the Career Enhancement Program and the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce. He is also a proud recipient of an American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship.
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Nicole Avant

Nicole Avant, Pharm.D., BCACP is a clinical assistant professor and chief diversity officer for the University of Cincinnati College of Pharmacy. 
Dr. Avant earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance with Honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001 and her Doctor of Pharmacy Magna Cum Laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012. She completed Community PGY1 and Ambulatory Care PGY2 residencies from the University of Oklahoma.
She has several years of experience teaching pre-kindergartners through professional students. She has enriched those experiences with obtaining foundational and advanced teaching certificates from the University of Oklahoma where she earned 4.8/5 on student evaluations for didactic lectures. She also has preceptor experience managing many disease states in an ambulatory care setting. 
She has acquired varied clinical experiences in different models of care. She plans to become a certified diabetes educator.  In addition to her clinical experiences, she possesses leadership experience. The most recent roles involve sitting on ASHP’s Commission on Affiliate Relations, APhA’s Preceptor SIG Coordinator-Elect, and PQA’s Measure Development Team. 
In addition to teaching, leadership, and clinical accomplishments, Dr. Avant has research experience in hypertension adherence and medication non-adherence. Her additional research interests include diversity in health, preceptor development, scholarly teaching, underserved communities, cultural competency, diabetes mellitus, inter-professionalism, active learning strategies, and anti-coagulation.  She recently had a paper delivering effective presentations published in AJHP and is currently writing a paper on a tool that community pharmacists could use to develop and maintain pharmacy services.   
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Willie D Clark

Associate Professor Educator, CCPS College of Coop Ed/Prof Studies

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