New Faculty Join UC Clermont, Offer Fresh Perspectives for Students

UC Clermont College welcomes four new faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year, each bringing a wealth of expertise, experience and passion to the classroom.

Date: 9/19/2014 2:00:00 PM
By: Mae Hanna
Phone: (513) 732-5332
UC Clermont College welcomes four new faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year, each bringing a wealth of expertise, experience and passion to the classroom.

A Practiced Hand

David Blevins

David Blevins joins UC Clermont as instructor educator of surgical technology in the Science and Health Department. Blevins graduated from UC’s surgical technology program in 2005, surgical assisting program in 2009, and will complete his bachelor’s degree in health science from Northern Kentucky University in early 2015.

A former surgical assistant with West Chester Hospital, Blevins brings practical experience and passion to the classroom — since graduation, he’s maintained a professional relationship with UC’s Surgical Technology program by serving as a preceptor and mentor to students in the operating room. “I have always enjoyed teaching in the OR, and I am ready to share that knowledge in the classroom and lab,” Blevins says. “My interest is in educating the surgical staff of tomorrow.”


Back to Business

With years of professional and academic experience under his belt, Prince Ellis, who joins the college as an assistant professor of economics and finance, is ready to share his business know-how with students; in fact, the seeds for his love of teaching were planted long ago, when he became a tutor while earning his bachelor’s degree at Northern Kentucky University. “I greatly admired my professors’ ability to combine full-time teaching, academic research, and consultation,” Ellis says. “My interactions with such accomplished individuals have profoundly shaped my career goals and aspirations.”

Prince Ellis

Prior to coming to UC Clermont, Ellis served as program chair/director at Brown Mackie College, where he oversaw the IT, architectural design and drafting, computer networking, and biomedical equipment programs and taught IT and business courses. Ellis also served as an adjunct faculty member for ITT Tech in business and information technology for five years. In addition, he has previously held positions with Fidelity Investments, Fifth Third Bank, Northern Kentucky University, Kroger, and PERN Consulting (his own firm). He earned his bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s in information systems from NKU before completing his doctorate in business administration from Argosy University in 2013, including a dissertation that investigated the impact of eLearning on corporate employees.

Global Lessons

Abel Gyan

Bringing an international perspective to the college, Abel Gyan joins UC Clermont as assistant professor-educator of health information systems. Gyan is currently completing his doctorate in health sciences with an emphasis on global health from Nova Southeastern University. He also holds a master’s degree in health informatics from Northern Kentucky University, an MBA from the University of Leicester and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana.

Gyan says he was attracted to UC Clermont’s online health information systems program, started by Professor Karen Lankisch. “After teaching as an adjunct instructor for one year, I concluded that UC Clermont is the right place for me,” says Gyan. “With a strong team and well-focused strategy led by Professor Lankisch, I would not be surprised to see the health information systems program expand to have at least 400 students enrolled each semester. I wanted to be a part of a team that can impact society with quality education.” Adds Gyan, “I also enjoy sharing with my students how I never gave up despite the difficult academic situations in Africa.”


Teaching Teachers

For Sherry Long, joining UC Clermont as assistant professor of education fulfills a lifelong pursuit of helping students — and teachers — find success. Long previously served as associate professor and education department chair at Alice Lloyd College and as an adjunct instructor for Concordia University Online and Muskingum College. Prior to her career in higher education, Long worked first as a teacher, then as district coordinator of data and assessment for West Muskingum Schools in Zanesville, Ohio, most recently serving the district as coordinator of gifted services. She earned a EdD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Phoenix in 2009 and also holds master’s degrees in gifted education from Muskingum College and administration from Salem University, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University.

Sherry Long

Long’s research focuses particularly on gifted education and teacher development. “UC Clermont provides a supportive atmosphere to pursue research endeavors while also emphasizing teaching and learning,” Long says. “I am most excited to share my passion for teaching with students at UCC.”

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