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Charles O'Keefe O'Keefe, Charles O'Keefe

Charles O'Keefe
Professor Emeritus
Emeriti Faculty  |  French, Modern Languages
B.A. from St. Peter's College Ph.D. from Duke University

I went to graduate school in French just to get a better grip on French and French literature, discovered much to my surprise that I really enjoyed teaching, and haven’t stepped away from the classroom since. During my 35 plus years at Denison, I was fortunate enough to teach courses I really wanted to teach across the French curriculum, as well as in the Honors and First Year Seminar programs. In the process I was privileged to receive the Distinguished Teaching Award. 

I’ve also been encouraged to pursue a fairly idiosyncratic research agenda by the intellectual freedom fostered by Denison as a liberal arts college.  What that has meant for me is that, since we teachers require students to take courses ranging over different disciplines, I've felt it appropriate for my interests as a French teacher/scholar to range over my field’s writers and centuries in a variety of ways. So my research has led to books and articles in French and Francophone literature from the 17th to the 21st century using a variety of critical approaches, some of them that try to stretch disciplinary boundaries. For example, my current research is producing a manuscript offering a comparative study of the bronze-age Greek epic poem The Odyssey and a 1968 “postmodern” French novel, Patrick Modiano’s La place de l’étoile

Although I’ve been Chair and Associate Chair of Modern Languages on three occasions, and at various times a member of a wide variety of committees and task forces, the highlights of my extracurricular involvement at Denison have been working with students, for instance as part of the Denison Service Orientation in Washington DC (“DSO is an intense direct-service experience designed to help incoming students adjust to college, build strong friendships, and realize the possibilities available to them at Denison”), and Denison’s Sophomore Quest (“Working with older students, staff, and a motivational speaker, QUEST encourages participants to think creatively about their personal, professional and civic lives”).

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Oak Ridge Science Semester

Oak Ridge Science Semester

The Oak Ridge Science Semester enables students to join ongoing investigations at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee in research areas as diverse as astrophysics, cell biology, DNA sequencing, genetic mutagenesis, parallel computing, robotics, toxicology, and much more.

Off-Campus Study

Off-Campus Study

Fellows 212

Off-campus study opportunities act as a catalyst in a Denison education. They are situated learning that amplifies campus-based classroom learning by extending it into socio-cultural contexts that help foster integration of the habits of consideration, engagement, and intentionality. This, in turn, engenders the practice of informed and empathetic judgment that is the hallmark of a liberally educated person.

Joshua Offenberger Offenberger, Joshua Offenberger

Joshua Offenberger
Network Engineer I
Staff  |  Information Technology Services
Fellows Hall
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Office Services

Office & Mail Services

P.O. Box 810, Granville, OH 43023 (USPS Only)
Doane 001

Office Services and Mail Services is the place to go for fax services, UPS shipping, business cards, specialty outside printing, large format posters and plotter printing, graphic design services and ordering office supplies.

Lisa Oliver Oliver, Lisa Oliver

Lisa Oliver
Records Analyst
Staff  |  Advancement Services
Burton D. Morgan Center

Lisa began her career at Denison in 2007 as a part-time administrative assistant in the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation. In May 2012, Lisa joined the Annual Fund team full-time, supporting the four assistant directors with daily operations and the special events of their respective philanthropic programs. In August of 2014, she became a Records Analyst in Advancement Services utilizing her experience to assist in maintaining a comprehensive alumni and development database which includes alumni, parents, friends, corporations and foundations.

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Steven Olmschenk dr. Olmschenk, Steven M. Olmschenk

Steven Olmschenk
Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Astronomy, Physics
F.W. Olin Science Hall
B.S., B.A., University of Chicago; M.Sc., M.S.E., Ph.D. University of Michigan

I arrived at Denison University in 2012, following postdoctoral research in the Laser Cooling group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  Currently, I am doing experimental research in atomic physics and quantum information.  Over the last several years, advances in laser cooling, trapping, and optical/rf manipulation of atoms has given us unprecedented control over the quantum states of these systems.  One of the most intriguing applications of this work is in quantum information, where we want to utilize quantum physics to tackle otherwise intractable computational problems.  This is being pursued at Denison using cold, trapped atomic ions, which have been recognized as a promising candidate for quantum bit (qubit) implementation due to their long trapping times, excellent coherence properties, and the exquisite control that can be achieved over both internal and external degrees of freedom.

Here at Denison I am teaching a variety of courses on all aspects of physics.  Some of the things I am particularly excited about is adding versatile microcontrollers and FPGAs to the curriculum of the electronics course, and having the opportunity to introduce additional contemporary topics in physics to the classroom.

Research Keywords: 
Atomic/Molecular/Optical (AMO) Physics
Research Overview: 
Experimental research on atomic ion laser cooling and trapping, quantum optics, and quantum information.


  • S. Olmschenk, R. Chicireanu, K. D. Nelson, and J. V. Porto, “Randomized benchmarking of atomic qubits in an optical lattice,” New J. Phys. 12, 113007 (2010)
  • S. Olmschenk, D. N. Matsukevich, P. Maunz, D. Hayes, L.-M. Duan, and C. Monroe, “Quantum Teleportation Between Distant Matter Qubits,” Science 323, 486 (2009)
  • S. Olmschenk, K. C. Younge, D. L. Moehring, D. Matsukevich, P. Maunz, and C. Monroe, “Manipulation and Detection of a Trapped Yb+ Hyperfine Qubit,” Phys. Rev. A 76, 052314 (2007)
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Lisa Olmstead Olmstead, Lisa M. Olmstead

Lisa Olmstead
General Merchandise Division Supervisor
Staff  |  Bookstore
Slayter Hall Student Union
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Carrie Olson Olson, Carrie Edith Olson

Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Studio Art
Bryant Arts Center
B.F.A., Massachusetts College of Art; M.F.A., University of Colorado, Boulder

Professor Olson arrived at Denison in the Fall of 2004. She has shown her work in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the US and internationally. Her research and teaching interests include ceramic history, ornament, installation and particularly, material culture and its role in the construction of collective identity and individual persona.

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Organizational Studies

Organizational Studies

P.O. Box 810, Granville, OH 43023-0810 (USPS Only)
Blair Knapp 404

Students involved in the Organizational Studies program study the theoretical basis for organizational participation, leadership, and human interaction. Guiding the program is the premise that organizations need persons capable of examining problems with a critical and imaginative eye and of responding with policies, actions and decisions derived from a broad knowledge base.


Orientation Programs

Denison offers several orientation programs, which provide incoming first-year and transfer students a unique, challenging, and enjoyable transition to life at Denison.

Mark R. Orten rev. Orten, Mark R. R. Orten

Rev.Orten, Mark R. R. Orten
Director of Religious & Spiritual Life, University Chaplain
Staff  |  Religious & Spiritual Life
The Open House (Center for Religious & Spiritual Life)
B.A., University of North Carolina; Assoc. B.S., Montreat-Anderson College; M.Div., Princeton Theological Seminary

Mark is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Psychology. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1992 and served for eleven years as Presbyterian Campus Minister to Princeton University. Mark came to Denison in 2003 as the Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and University Chaplain. He lives in Granville with his wife Jenny and their four daughters, Rebecca, Margaret, Eleanor and Louisa.

Academic Positions

  • Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and University Chaplain at Denison University, 2003 - Present
  • Presbyterian Campus Minister, Religious Life at Princeton University, 1992-2003
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William Osborne Osborne, William Osborne

Professor Emeritus
Emeriti Faculty  |  Music
B.Mus., University of Michigan; M.Mus., University of Michigan; D. Musical Arts, University of Michigan
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John Osburn Osburn, John M. Osburn

John Osburn
Resident Musician
Staff  |  Dance

A Texas native, John Osburn was enthralled by the sound of drums back when he watched his father play in a country-rock band as a child in numerous venues around Austin, Texas. After going through his secondary school training in percussion, he studied music at Texas Woman's University in the small town of Denton. He was eventually lured into the TWU Department of Dance, where he became a musician for dance technique classes and improvisation jams. While at TWU, he established many creative relationships with local visual artists both inside and outside of the University.

After playing for the American Dance Festival in 2010, Osburn took a brief hiatus from dance accompaniment to conduct his graduate studies in Belfast, Northern Ireland at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, housed by Queen's University. While at SARC, his focus steered away from percussion and more into electronic music composition, sound design, interaction design for new musical instruments and art installations, and spatial audio research.

Upon returning to the States, Osburn was asked by members of the TWU faculty to return as one of three facilitators for the Dance Department's weekly contact improvisation jams.

As a composer/sound designer, his works have been performed in various venues around Texas, Northern Ireland, and in South Korea.

Currently, Osburn acts as the Resident Musician for Denison University's Department of Dance and focuses his time researching and practicing new and innovative ways to accompany dance classes and jams with both acoustic and electronic instruments.

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Rafael Osuna-Montanez Osuna-Montanez, Rafael Osuna-Montanez

Rafael Osuna-Montanez
Visiting Assistant Professor
Faculty  |  Modern Languages, Spanish
Fellows Hall
B.A., University of Córdoba, Spain; M.A., Ph.D., University of Connecticut
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Tiffany Ozbun Ozbun, Tiffany Ozbun

Tiffany Ozbun
Assistant Professor, Head Softball Coach
Faculty, Staff  |  Athletic Training, Physical Education, Big Red Athletics
Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center
B.S., Manchester College; M.S., University of Louisville

Tiffany Ozbun has served as the head softball coach at Denison since the fall of 2007. Already a multi-time North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Ozbun has made quite a splash in her first six seasons at the helm of the Big Red softball program. 

Prior to her arrival at Denison, Ozbun spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Manchester University where she was responsible for pitcher/catcher development and the team's strength and conditioning program. She aided in the development of numerous all-conference and all-region athletes and in the fall of 2005 stepped in as the interim head coach/senior women's administrator at Manchester. Ozbun also served as an instructor in the Exercise and Sport Science department.

Prior to returning to Manchester, Ozbun spend three seasons at the University of Louisville where she earned a master of science in sport administration. While at Louisville, Ozbun worked primarily with catchers and defense while assisting in the development of numerous all-region and all-conference players, including the Cardinals' first All-American. In 2004, Louisville earned the program's first NCAA Tournament bid. That year, the Cardinals also set a Conference USA record for wins in a season (41).

As a player, Ozbun was a four-year letter winner and three-year co-captain for the Spartans. She led Manchester to the 2001 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and was named the team's most valuable player. She was the recipient of Manchester's Betty Clark Memorial award for her outstanding scholarship, athletic achievement, leadership and service and was a member of the Manchester Directors Council and the Manchester Faculty Athletic Committee.

Since 2002 Ozbun has served as the director of the University of Louisville Softball Camps and has spent her summers working various national camps and clinics. A member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) since 2003, Ozbun is also active in the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association (OHSFSCA).

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