CECH welcomes 11 newly appointed faculty members for 2014-2015 academic year


School of Education


Christopher Atchison

Assistant Professor
Curriculum & Instruction

Dr. Chris Atchison earned his Ph.D. in Science Education from The Ohio State University. He is an Assistant Professor of Science Education in the School of Education and holds affiliate faculty status in the Department of Geology. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Atchison served as faculty in the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Atchison’s research focuses on enhancing access and inclusion in the Earth sciences through experiential learning opportunities for students with sensory and orthopedic disabilities. Relatedly, he is the Founder, and Executive Director, of the International Association for Geoscience Diversity (www.TheIAGD.org), an organization charged with advocating for students and geoscientists with disabilities, while identifying and developing current instructional opportunities and resources that promote full access and inclusion in the geosciences.

Gita Taasoobshirazi

Associate Professor
Educational Studies


Gita Taasoobshirazi is an Associate Professor and her areas of research include multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, instrument design and validation, secondary data analysis, and math and science education.

Anna DeJarnette

Assistant Professor
Curriculum & Instruction

Anna Fricano DeJarnette is an assistant professor in the department of curriculum and instruction. She earned her Masters degree in mathematics and her Ph.D. In mathematics education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is interested in how students’ use of technology shapes their mathematical learning. Her primary research interests are how students understand and talk about mathematics with one another when they use computer programming environments for doing mathematics. She is also interested in the ways that students position themselves towards one another and how this interpersonal aspect of students’ work at the computer is related to their mathematical reasoning. Anna teaches mathematics methods courses for pre-service teachers in the middle childhood program.

 


School of Criminal Justice


J.C. Barnes

Associate Professor
Criminal Justice

Professor Barnes received his doctorate in 2010 from the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University. Dr. Barnes is a biosocial criminologist whose research seeks to understand how genetic and environmental factors combine to impact criminological phenomena.  He is a co-author of Criminology Theory: A Brief Introduction (4th Edition) published by Prentice Hall and was a co-editor of The Nurture versus Biosocial Debate in Criminology: On the Origins of Criminal Behavior and Criminality (Sage). Dr. Barnes has published more than 70 scholarly papers in outlets such as Behavior Genetics, Criminology, Developmental Psychology, Intelligence, and PLoS ONE.

 


School of Human Services


Jeromy Alt

Clinical Coordinator
Athletic Training

Jeromy Alt is returning to the role of Clinical Coordinator in the Athletic Training Program he held from 2006 to 2011 before spending the past two years in an adjunct role.  He is responsible for teaching core classes and overseeing the Clinical Education component in the Athletic Training Program as well as serve as Program Coordinator for the School of Human Services. His previous experience includes serving as the Clinical Coordinator from 2002-2006 and Assistant Football Athletic Trainer from 1997-2002 at West Virginia University. He received a MS in Athletic Training from WVU in 1997 and BS in Athletic Training/Physical Education from Eastern Illinois University in 1995.

Amanda Lynch

Assistant Professor
Health Promotion & Education

Amanda Lynch, originally from La Rue, Ohio, is a Field Service Assistant Professor in the Health Promotion and Education program. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Human Development and Family Studies and a master’s degree in Health Promotion and Education from UC. In between her academic pursuits, Amanda spent time working in substance abuse prevention in Salem, Oregon.  She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and an Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist.  Amanda’s interest areas include substance abuse prevention, women’s health, sexual health, and body acceptance.

Michael Odio

Assistant Professor
Sport Administration

Michael Odio is an Assistant Professor of Sport Administration at the University of Cincinnati and holds a Ph.D. in Sport Management from the University of Florida. His scholarly interests include organizational behavior and human resource issues in sport as well as career and learning outcomes for nontraditional employees (e.g., temporary, seasonal, part-time) and internships.

Natalie Stipanovic

Assistant Professor
Counseling

Natalie Stipanovic is currently an assistant professor in the Counseling program where she teaches and engages in research on school counseling issues and coordinates the school counseling program. She has worked as a school psychologist and counselor in the K-12 school system as well as in clinical settings. Her research and service interests include school counselor effectiveness, the role of counselors in providing career guidance services in career and technical education programs, and the career development and academic adjustment of immigrant and refugee students.  

 

Robert Arkeilpane

Assistant Professor
Sport Administration

Bob Arkeilpane joins the faculty in Sports Administration after spending over 25 years in intercollegiate athletics as a participant, coach and athletic administrator – all at the Division I level.  Most recently, Arkeilpane served as the Deputy Director of Athletics at UC from the end of 2005 through June 2014.  Immediately before that he served as an Associate VP of Development at the UC Foundation from 2003 -2005. Previously, Arkeilpane served as the Director of Athletics at the University at Buffalo from 1999-2003, where he helped guide the program through reclassification from Division I-AA to Division I-A.  Arkeilpane has an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University where he was a four-year letter winner in football and a master’s degree from Ohio University in Sports Administration.

Ashley Merianos

Assistant Professor
Health Promotion & Education

Dr. Ashley Merianos joins the Health Promotion and Education program at the University of Cincinnati as a new faculty member. She recently received her Ph.D. in Health Education with a cognate emphasis in Child and Adolescent Health and Psychology. Dr. Merianos' primary research and teaching emphases include child and adolescent health promotion, school health education, substance abuse prevention, violence prevention, and mental health promotion. She is interested cultivating positive child and adolescent development by strengthening family, school, and community partnerships, thus increasing youth engagement in healthy behaviors. Dr. Merianos also strives to increase the utilization of community and clinic-based health education programming for underserved youth populations. She teaches Introduction to Epidemiology this Fall Semester.

Jason Simmons

Assistant Professor
Sport Administration

Jason Simmons is an Assistant Professor of Sport Administration at the University of Cincinnati. He teaches Sport Marketing and Sport Public Relations. His research focuses on the intersection of sport and family, specifically inter role conflict between sport and family roles, as well as sport consumer behavior.