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Nineteen Arts and Sciences instructors appointed to clinical/teaching/practice track

The College of Arts and Sciences congratulates 19 new assistant and associate clinical/teaching/practice professors appointed in 12 departments and schools across the college.

The clinical/teaching/practice track was approved for the college in 2020 and provides career paths for distinguished Arts and Sciences instructors. The track aims to improve the quality of teaching in the college, allows the college to recruit and retain talented educators and enables units to provide long-term career paths for non-tenure track teaching and clinical faculty and faculty of practice who are dedicated to a career in education.

Christopher Taylor of Ohio State Newark, an assistant professor of teaching in the Department of Art, teaches drawing, 2D and 3D art, painting, color studies and art history. He makes hard-edge, abstract paintings that explore complex figure/ground and image/object relationships. He has exhibited his artwork locally, nationally and internationally, and he has published essays on contemporary art practices and theory. Taylor earned his MFA in painting from Ohio State.

April Weintritt, an assistant professor of teaching in the Department of French and Italian and assistant director of the Italian Language Program, specializes in Italian renaissance comedy, food culture, language pedagogy and intercultural competence. She teaches Italian language and culture, and she earned her PhD in Italian from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Daniel Marcus, an assistant professor of practice in the Department of History of Art, examines the dynamics of art and social histories, emphasizing politics of gender, sexuality, race and class. Also an associate curator at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Marcus’ teaching touches on the modern/contemporary divide, and he earned his PhD in art history from the University of California, Berkeley.

C. Andrew Blosser, an assistant professor of practice in the School of Music, is an expert on voice, voice pedagogy, diction and 20th-century British song. He has performed roles in opera and musical theater and has presented master classes and recitals around the world. He teaches applied voice, voice literature, opera history and diction, and he earned his DMA in voice and a Master of Music in voice performance from Ohio State.

Miriam Burns, an assistant professor of practice in the School of Music, is an internationally renowned conductor and music director who has conducted some of the top orchestras around the world, including the Bournemouth Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Magdeburg Philharmonic and numerous orchestras in the U.S., and was on the conducting staff of the New York Philharmonic. Recent past music directorships include the Tysons McLean Orchestra, Tallahassee Symphony, Kenosha Symphony and the Lawton Philharmonic. The School of Music’s director of orchestras and pedagogue of orchestral conducting, Burns earned BM and MM degrees in violin performance, professional studies and a master’s degree in orchestra conducting from the Mannes College of Music and an Artist Diploma in conducting from the Yale School of Music. 

Lynn Singleton, an assistant professor of practice in the School of Music, is an expert in keyboard harmony and musician wellness who works with musicians to increase body awareness and develop healthy movement habits. She is a member of the Performing Arts Medical Association and serves on the board of the Ohio Music Teachers Association. She earned her Master of Music in performance from Bowling Green State University.

Sterling Tanner, an assistant professor of practice in the School of Music, is an expert in trombone, chamber music and brass pedagogy. A distinguished and accomplished soloist who has performed in the U.S. and abroad, Tanner serves as faculty advisor for the Buckeye Trombone Association and was recently appointed principal trombonist of Project Opera Columbus. Tanner earned his MM and DMA degrees in trombone performance from the University of Texas at Austin.

Michael Rene Torres, an assistant professor of practice in the School of Music, is an accomplished musician. As a saxophonist, he has presented recitals, clinics and masterclasses at conferences and universities throughout the nation, and as a composer he is a past winner of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award and the Greater Columbus Arts Council Composition Fellowship. An arts leader in central Ohio, Michael is artistic director of the Columbus Ohio Discovery Ensemble and program director of the Johnstone Fund for New Music. He earned his DMA in saxophone and MM in composition from Ohio State and an MM in saxophone from Northwestern University.

Karen Mozingo, an assistant professor of teaching in the Department of Theatre, Film and Media Arts, is an expert in the areas of feminist theory, performance studies and dance theater. Her courses focus on performance studies, theater and dance, and she has performed and presented her choreography nationally and internationally. Her professional experience also encompasses curriculum development, program administration and arts advocacy. Mozingo earned her PhD in theatre from Ohio State.

Helen Myers, an assistant professor of teaching in the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, examines 19th- to 21st-century Russian literature and culture, Russian film and media, gender studies and Russian linguistics. She teaches Russian language, film and culture, and she earned her PhD in Slavic literature and culture from Ohio State.

Victor Ferdinand, an assistant professor of teaching practice in the Department of Mathematics, specializes in math education and teaches early childhood mathematical pedagogy courses. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy from Ohio State.

Nela Lakos, an assistant professor of teaching practice in the Department of Mathematics, is an expert in the areas of analysis and partial differential equations (PDEs) who teaches courses on concepts such as linear algebra, differential equations and calculus. Lakos earned a PhD in mathematics from the University of Utah.

Daniel Poole, an assistant professor of teaching practice in the Department of Mathematics, studies connections between probability and combinatorics, with a focus on random graphs. He teaches and designs courses in actuarial science and financial mathematics, and he provides service for the Master of Actuarial and Quantitative Risk Management program. Poole earned a PhD in mathematics from Ohio State.

Bobby Ramsey, an assistant professor of teaching practice in the Department of Mathematics, specializes in calculus education, geometric group theory and coarse geometry. He primarily teaches calculus, algebra and analytic geometry, and he earned a PhD in mathematics from Purdue University.

Thomas Metzger, an assistant professor of teaching practice in the Department of Statistics, is an expert in the areas of Bayesian statistics, model selection and statistical education. Specifically, he examines the case where levels of a categorical predictor fall into latent groups. He earned a Master of Education in secondary education from Ohio State, and master’s and doctoral degrees in statistics from Virginia Tech.

Evelyn Hoglund, an assistant professor of teaching in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science, is an expert in psychoacoustics and researches hearing, especially in the context of environmental sounds. She teaches courses on speech-language communication across the lifespan and language disorders, as well as disability studies.  She received an MA in speech-language pathology from the University of Kansas and her PhD at Ohio State. She maintains her licensure as a practicing speech-language pathologist.

Mary Sterenberg, an assistant professor of practice in the School of Communication, is an expert in the area of public relations who worked in health care public relations and journalism before joining Ohio State. She co-advises the Ohio State chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and its student-run public relations firm, The PRactice. Sterenberg earned an MS in journalism from Ohio University.

Marie-Thérèse Labaki, an associate professor of teaching in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, has extensive experience in teaching Arabic as a foreign language, as well as training, mentoring and coordinating at distinguished international universities. Labaki has contributed to the success of the Arabic Language Program as its coordinator, and she has learner-centered approach to teaching modern standard Arabic and colloquial Arabic to students of various proficiency levels. She earned her Master of Education with a concentration in international teaching from Framingham State University.

Steven Brown, an associate professor of teaching in the Department of Philosophy, is an expert in the areas of normative ethics, metaethics and philosophy of religion, and he explores ways to close the gap between education and action on the issue of global wealth inequality. He earned his PhD in philosophy from Ohio State.

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