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Sam Cowling joined the Philosophy Department at Denison University in 2013. He received his B.A. from the University of Victoria (2004), his M.A. from the University of Manitoba (2005), and his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2011). Prior to moving to Denison, Dr. Cowling was Visiting Assistant Professor at Western Michigan University.
Dr. Cowling's research focuses on metaphysics, philosophy of science, and philosophy of language. He has published articles in Analysis, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Erkenntnis, Philosophical Studies, Philosophical Quarterly, and Synthese. His current projects include papers on the metaphysics of time, modality, causation, and ontology as well as a book on abstract entities like numbers, possibilities, and properties. In addition to his areas of research, Dr. Cowling has taught courses on American Philosophy, Biomedical Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Nietzsche, and the History of Analytic Philosophy.
Steve earned a B.A. in public relations from Capital University and an M.A. in higher education and student affairs from Ohio State University. He provides oversight for regional-clubs programming, reunions and Alumni Council. Steve has more than 20 years experience in various aspects of higher education, including undergraduate admissions and first-year experience/orientation programs. In 2005, he joined the staff in Alumni Relations at Denison after working at Capital, Ohio State and Texas Christian University.
Michael Croley was born in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Corbin, Kentucky. A graduate of the creative writing programs at Florida State and the University of Memphis, his work has won awards from the Kentucky Arts Council, the Key West Literary Seminars and the Sewanee Writers' Conference. His stories have regularly appeared in Narrative where he was named to their list of "Best New Writers" in 2011. His other fiction and criticism has been published in The Paris Review Daily, Blackbird, The Louisville Review, The Southern Review, Fourth Genre, and the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.
I joined the faculty at Denison in 2007 holding a doctorate in political science from Loyola University Chicago. My current research interests focus on post-conflict peacebuilding and statebuilding, transitional justice, international organizations, human rights, and German foreign and security policy. I serve as the faculty advisor to several student organizations, including the Denison Democrats, Denison’s Model United Nations Club and Denison University’s UNICEF Chapter.
- Comparing Democratic States and Societies (POSC 120)
- Introduction to International Politics (POSC 122)
- Selected Topics in International Politics (POSC 141)
- Transitions to Democracy (POSC 330)
- The United Nations and World Problems (POSC 344)
- Human Rights in Global Perspective (POSC 345)
- European Union (POSC 346)
- Foreign and Security Policy in Western Europe (POSC 348)
- The Iraq War (POSC 402)
Every other fall I supervise the preparation of students to participate in the American Model United Nations (AMUN) simulation. Attendance at this simulation is part of my course, POSC 344, the United Nations and World Problems. The simulation gives students the opportunity to apply what they learn in the course over several days. Over the past few years Denison students have represented Lithuania, Zimbabwe, Malaysia, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Spain, Tunisia, and Colombia. Students have won numerous awards at the conference recognizing their excellence in representing these various countries. Over 1500 university students from the U.S and abroad attended the AMUN conference, representing approximately 100 UN Member States.
I have also supervised several senior and summer research projects, including: "The Czech Presidency of the European Union and the Lisbon Treaty: Critical Junctures and the Challenge of Leadership," Michelle Tverdosi ’10; "Recognition as Intervention in Civil Conflict: The Case Studies of Kosovo and East Timor," Leslie Marshall ’10; “The Responsibility to Protect and US Foreign Policy Decision-Making,” Evan Johnson ’11; “The Role of Artists in Political Change in Northern Ireland During the Troubles,” Erin Saul ’11; “Processes of Democratization, Peacebuilding, and Transitional Justice in Guatemala,” Sydni Franks ’13 [in collaboration with Dr. Gladys Mitchell-Walthour], “Breaking Borders: Computer Mediated Communication and Transnational Activism” Brenda Falkenstein ‘14.
Chris Crume has served as Denison's Director of Aquatics since the fall of 2012. Crume came to Denison after spending five years as the Assistant Director of Aquatics at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. While at Purdue, Crume managed a large staff of facility managers, lifeguards, swimming instructors and coordinators while maintaining both operating budgets and student-wage budgets. Crume taught American Red Cross lifeguard training classes and implemented new emergency action plans for the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.
Crume was heavily involved in all intercollegiate and private events that took place at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. At those events he managed the Daktronics timing system, meet manager software and video display board. During his time at Purdue he served as a volunteer coordinator for the 2009 Men's Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championship, the 2010 Women's Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championship, and the 2010 Women's NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championship.
Prior to his appointment at Purdue, Crume spent two years as a Graduate Assistant at Indiana University in Aquatics. A 2005 graduate of Ball State University, Crume received his bachelor of science, cum laude, in exercise science and aquatics. While serving as a graduate assistant in Bloomington, Ind., Crume earned a master of science in recreational sport administration in 2007.
Amanda Daniels enters her first season as the head women's lacrosse coach at Denison in 2014. Daniels comes to Denison after five seasons as the head women’s lacrosse coach at Morrisville State College (N.Y.).
At Morrisville State, Daniels posted a 41-41 record while leading the Mustangs to the program’s first North Eastern Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championship in 2012. That season she was named the NEAC Coach of the Year after her squad posted a program-best 13-6 record after going 9-0 in conference play.
Prior to her head coaching stint at Morrisville State, Daniels spent one year as the assistant women’s lacrosse coach and assistant women’s soccer coach at Hamilton College (N.Y.). While at Hamilton, Daniels helped guide the women’s lacrosse team to a 21-1 record and the program’s first NCAA Division III Championship in 2008. As a member of the women’s soccer coach staff at Hamilton in 2007 that team would go on to post a 16-2-2 record while advancing to the NCAA Division III Tournament quarterfinals.
A 2003 graduate of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., Daniels was a four-time first-team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference selection in women’s lacrosse. She was a part of two MAAC Tournament championship teams and two NCAA Division I Tournament teams in in 2002 and 2003. She served as a team captain in 2003 and left Le Moyne with 190 career points. Daniels was also a four-year member of the women’s soccer team at Le Moyne where she led the Dolphins in scoring as a senior.
After graduating Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts in English and communication, Daniels would go on to receive a masters’ degree in New Media from Syracuse University’s esteemed SI Newhouse School of Communications in 2004. While attending graduate school, Daniels spent one season as a part-time assistant coach at Le Moyne.
Following graduate school, Daniels would spend one year as the head lacrosse coach at Uppingham School in Rutland, England. After returning to the United States in the fall of 2005, Daniels accepted a position with Windstar Studios as an account executive, video editor and script writer. In 2007 Daniels would make her return to coaching at Hamilton.
Denison women’s lacrosse boasts one of the top winning percentages of any NCAA Division III program at 372-169-4 (.686). Daniels is the 10th head coach in the program’s 38-year history.
Adam Davis, currently Chair of Denison’s History Department, is a historian of medieval Europe with interests in medieval church reform and religious life, preaching, medieval universities, and the history of charity. He teaches survey courses on late antiquity and medieval Europe, as well as upper-level courses on religion and society in medieval Europe; the Crusades; Jews and Christians in the Middle Ages; the Renaissance/Reformation of the twelfth century; the history of the university; and Renaissance Italy.
Dr. Davis's research explores the interplay between medieval ideas and institutions, social values and practices. His first book, The Holy Bureaucrat: Eudes Rigaud and Religious Reform in Thirteenth-Century Normandy (Cornell University Press, 2006), explored the impact of a learned elite on the daily life of the medieval church. The book brought together the intellectual and theological world of the University of Paris with the administrative and moral challenges a Franciscan archbishop faced while trying to reform the French clergy and laity. Dr. Davis is currently working on a book on the rise of the hospital and the formation of a charitable society in 12th and 13th-century Champagne. He has received a year-long Fellowship (2014-15) from the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete this book. His recent publications include an essay on the economic power of a 13th-century hospital, in Center and Periphery: Studies on Power in the Medieval World in Honor of William Chester Jordan (Brill, 2013); a special issue of French Historical Studies he co-edited (with Bertrand Taithe), “Towards a French History of Universal Values: Charity, Human Rights and Humanitarianism” (2011); and an article in the Journal of Medieval History on “Preaching in Thirteenth-Century Hospitals” (2010). He recently completed a cultural history of medieval compassion, forthcoming in an edited collection on The Medieval Culture of Compassion and Its Demise. Dr. Davis has been the recipient of a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, a Bourse Chateaubriand (given by the French Embassy), a Robert C. Good Fellowship, as well as grants from the Mellon Foundation and the Lilly Endowment.
Adam Davis received his B.A. from Yale University (1995) and his Ph.D. (2001) from Princeton University. Prior to coming to Denison in 2003, he taught as a Lecturer in the History Department at Yale.
James Davis has been teaching at Denison since 1985. The author of An Experimental Reading of Wordsworth's Prelude: The Poetics of Bimodal Consciousness (1995) and The Rowman & Littlefield Guide to Writing With Sources (fourth edition, 2011). He has published essays in Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, The Journal of Popular Culture, The Colby Quarterly, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, and The Journal of American & Comparative Cultures.
With a Ph.D. in 19th-Century British literature from the University of Illinois, he teaches courses in British literature, Romantic poetry and prose, British and American fiction, 20th-century literature, Gothic literature, popular culture, film, and both advanced and beginning workshops in writing nonfiction.
Assistant Professor John Davis joined the faculty at Denison in the fall of 2011. Prof. Davis is a socio-cultural anthropologist whose work explores the "social life" of rights by critically analyzing the processes by which transnational discourses and practices of human rights intersect with specific national and cultural contexts to shape everyday life. Prof. Davis's dissertation used ethnographic modes of inquiry to illuminate the cultural politics of human rights in Japan through an exploration of how the burakumin minority operationalized the idea of human rights within their movement for social change.
Prof. Davis is currently completing a book manuscript titled "Animating Rights in Japan: The Politics of Buraku Liberation". Prof. Davis has two new research projects underway. The first utilizes the case of burakumin as an opportunity to reconsider theories of race and minority subjectivity. It is at once an attempt to account for the wide-ranging and often conflicting narratives he encountered in Japan about what it meant to be "burakumin" and how his own positionality as an African American in Japan shaped his perspective on the topic. More often than not Prof. Davis became part of the focus of conversations with people as they invoked his status as a kokujin ("Black person") to illustrate points of difference or similarity "the nature of the comparison varied with the speaker" between racial minorities and burakumin. Prof. Davis's second line of research compares how concepts of race and ethnicity factor into genetics research in Japan and the United States respectively.
Mike Deegan has served as the head baseball coach at Denison since 2013. Prior to coming to Denison, Deegan spent nine seasons on the Marietta coaching staff, helping guide the Pioneers to three NCAA Division III national championships (2006, 2011, 2012), six NCAA regional berths, and four Division III championship appearances. In nine seasons with Deegan on staff, Marietta won 30 or more games eight times, and they posted an overall record of 326-111 (.745).
Deegan served as the recruiting coordinator at Marietta and was the team's hitting instructor. In 2012 the Pioneers hit .331 as a team with a .414 on-base percentage. Marietta outscored its opponents 419-152 last season. In addition to his responsibilities with the baseball program, he served as a special assistant to the athletics director and was the Marietta Student-Athlete Advisory Committee advisor. Deegan spent 2007 serving as the head coach of the Southern Ohio Copperheads of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. That season Deegan led the Copperheads to the most wins in franchise history (25), and the best postseason finish in franchise history. He was named the GLSCL Manager of the Year at the conclusion of the season.
A 2001 graduate of Marietta, Deegan was a two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference first-team selection in 1999 and 2001. He was a major contributor on four OAC Championship teams, two NCAA Mideast Regional championships and two NCAA Division III Championship appearances. In his senior season, he started all 58 games, hit .393 with 46 RBI, seven home runs and a team-high 17 doubles. That season the Pioneers advanced to the national championship game. Prior to his graduation he was awarded the Way-Weigelt Award which goes to the top senior male student-athlete at Marietta. The award is based on scholarship, leadership, character and sportsmanship. Deegan received his bachelor's in management, and in 2006 he earned his master's degree in education from Marietta.
"My areas of specialization in anthropology include classical and contemporary theory, art and society, gender, political economy and Sub-Saharan Africa. My doctoral dissertation was an historical examination of gender among the Kedjom of the Republic of Cameroon, between female economic contributions and cultural ideologies which demeaned them. More recently, I have done research on the history of European alcohol in West Africa and the impact of transnational brewing corporations on the national and local economies of Cameroon. I am particularly interested in the relationship between rural communities and the African State. Presently, I am exploring indigenous knowledge around agricultural production and the religious significance of twinship in Sub-Saharan Africa."
I teach all levels of German language, German,Swiss and Austrian literature and culture. In my teaching I make use of newest technologies to enhance not only student learning in regards to all things German, but also for my students to learn skills in intercultural competencies and global learning. For example, I am globally networked with a German colleague at the American University in Bulgaria with a team-taught course in German studies. I am also very dedicated to CLAC (Cultures and Languages across the Curriculum) pedagogy and team-teaching as a pedagogical approach to higher learning. My scholarly interests are increasingly vested in how these technologies shape how we learn and teach now and in the near future. My more traditional scholarship is in the area of German Romanticism and psychoanalytic theory, specifically suicide studies. Last year, I was awarded the Julian H. Robertson Jr. Endowed Chair for my work in teaching, service, and scholarship.
Catherine Dollard is a historian of modern Europe with particular interest in the history of Imperial Germany. She teaches courses on modern Europe, modern Germany, gender history, World War I, Eastern Europe, and Myth & Personality in 19th-century Europe. Professor Dollard’s research engages historical questions related to gender, social movements, cultural identity, and the impact of war upon society. Her first book, The Surplus Woman: Unmarried in Imperial Germany, 1871-1918 (Berghahn, 2009), examines the ways in which anxiety over female marital status served as a central leitmotif in the culture and society of the Kaiserreich.
Dr. Dollard has published articles in German Studies Review, Women's History Review, and Women in Germany.She is currently working on a comparative analysis of the World War I correspondence of German and American soldiers. Dr. Dollard has been the recipient of a Chancellor’s Fellowship and a Renewal Grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, a Robert C. Good Fellowship, a Lilly Faculty Foundation Fellowship, and a Mellon Faculty Career Enhancement Grant.
Steven Doty is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Denison University. He teaches courses at all levels of physics and astronomy. His research centers on understanding the processes and environments of stellar birth and death. He also does work on understanding everyday phenomena.
Dr. Doty conducts research involving undergraduate students in a number of areas, including:
- Star and planet formation
- Stellar old-age and death
- Mathematical physics and ordering
- Everyday phenomena
- “Chemistry as a probe of the structures and evolution of massive star-forming regions”, S. D. Doty, F. S. van der Tak, E. F. van Dishoeck, & A. M. S. Boonman, 2002, A&A, 389, 446-463
- “Constraining the Structure of the L1544 Star-Forming Region”, S. D. Doty, S. E. Everett*, N. J. Evans II., Y. L. Shirley, & M. L. Palotti*, 2005, MNRAS, 362, 737
- “Multidimensional chemical modeling of young stellar objects, II. Irradiated outflow walls in a high mass star forming region”, S. Bruderer, A. O. Benz, S. D. Doty, E. F. van Dishoeck, & T. L. Bourke, 2009, ApJ, 700, 872
- “Herschel-HIFI detections of hydrides towards AFGL 2591: envelope emission vs. tenuous cloud absorption”, S. Bruderer, A. O. Benz, E. F. van Dishoeck, M. Melchior, S. D. Doty, F. F. S. van der Tak, P. Staueber, S. F. Wampfler, C. Dedes, U. A. Yildiz, and 59 coauthors, 2010, A&AL, 521, 44.
- “Water in low-mass star-forming regions with Herschel: HIFI spectroscopy of NGC1333”, L.E. Kristensen, R. Visser, E.F. van Dishoeck, U.A. Yıldız, S.D. Doty, G.J. Herczeg, F.-C. Liu, B. Parise, J.K. Jørgensen, T.A. van Kempen, C. Brinch, S.F. Wampfler, S. Bruderer, A.O. Benz, M.R. Hogerheijde, E. Deul; and 51 coauthors, 2010, A&AL, 521, 30.
Jane Dougan earned an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences from Columbus State Community College. She started at Denison in 2001 in the Dance Department as an Academic and Production Assistant. In 2003 she moved to the President’s Office supporting Institutional Research and the Affirmative Action/Diversity Programs area. After a restructuring of the Diversity area, she moved to the Provost’s area supporting the Associate Provosts of Diversity and Faculty Development.
Dr. Dow is interested in various aspects of children's social cognitive development and functioning, particularly symbolic representation, memory, and literacy. Joining the faculty in 1993, she teaches courses in introductory psychology, child development, and adolescence.
My main area of interest is cognitive development, and in particularly memory and representational abilities. I am currently engaged in several projects exploring how a number of factors affect event memory in young children, including the structure of the to-be-remembered event, as well as the effect of delays, verbal reminders, and narrative experience. I am also interested in continuing to explore whether so-called “interactive” educational media (e.g., “Blues Clues”) really facilitates concept learning in preschoolers.
Nancy earned her B.A. in history with honors from The College of Wooster. Nancy has 24 years’ experience in higher education and non-profit institutional fund raising, working most recently at the Columbus Museum of Art and Kenyon College on capital campaigns. She joined the Denison staff in 2010 as a Development Officer. When not on campus, she spends time with alumni and parents in the New York City, Philadelphia and Boston areas along with greater New England and Northeastern Ohio.
Courses normally taught: Introduction to & Intermediate Macroeconomics, Introductory Microeconomics, Economic Development, Economic Growth & Environmental Sustainability
Research Interests: Culture, Development, and Economic Growth; the Determinants of Environmental Sustainability; Evolutionary Economics
Research Interests: Culture, Development, and Economic Growth; the Determinants of Environmental Sustainability; Evolutionary Economics
The research questions I am interested in focus on the molecular level details of surfaces and thin films in nature. As boundaries between two phases, surfaces and thin films provide unique environments for chemical reactions and molecular transport. The current focus of my research is water movement in very hydrophobic films, or model wax films that mimic the waxy outer layer of the plant cuticle. We use attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy to determine the hydrogen bonding environment of water molecules adsorbed into thin films. Our time-dependent measurements of the rate of water penetration allow us to further explore different molecular level mechanisms for water transport through the wax portion of the plant cuticle.
(Publications under Annabel H. Muenter.)
- Muenter, A.H., Hentschel, J., Borner, H. Brezesinski, G. 2008. Characterization of peptide-guided polymer assembly at the air/water interface. Langmuir. v. 24 no. 7 p. 3306-3316
- Olak, C., Muenter, A.H., Andra, J., Brezesinski, G. 2008. Interfacial properties and structural analysis of the antimicrobial peptide NK-2. Journal of Peptide Science. v. 14 no. 4 p. 510-517
- Muenter, A.H.; DeZwaan, J.L.; Nathanson, G.M. 2007. Interfacial interactions of DCl with salty glycerol solutions of KI, NaI, LiI, and NaBr. Journal of Physical Chemistry C . v. 111 no. 41 p. 15043-15052
- Lepere, M.; Muenter, A.H.; Chevallard, C.; Guenoun, P.; Brezesinski, G. 2007. Comparative IR and X-ray studies of natural and model amyloid peptides at the air/water interface. Colloids and Surfaces A. v. 303 no. 1-2 p. 3-78
- Muenter, A.H.; DeZwaan, J.L.; Nathanson, G.M. . 2006. Collisions of DCl with Liquid Glycerol: Evidence for Rapid, Near-Interfacial D → H Exchange and Desorption . Journal of Physical Chemistry B. v. 110 no. 10 p. 4881-4891
- Ringeisen, B.R.; Muenter, A.H.; Nathanson, G.M.. 2002. Collisions of HCl, DCl, and HBr with Liquid Glycerol: Gas Uptake, D → H Exchange, and Solution Thermodynamics . Journal of Physical Chemistry B. v. 106 no. 19 p. 4999-5010
- Ringeisen, B.R.; Muenter, A.H.; Nathanson, G.M.. 2002. Collisions of HCl, DCl, and HBr with Liquid Glycerol: Gas Uptake, D → H Exchange, and Solution Thermodynamics . Journal of Physical Chemistry B. v. 106 no. 19 p. 4988-4998
- Muenter, A.H.; Koehler, B.G.. 2000. Adsorption of Ammonia on Soot at Low Temperatures. Journal of Physical Chemistry A . v. 104 no. 37 p. 8527-8534
- Edwards, A.M. . 2009. Attenuated total reflection infrared spectroscopy studies of water transport in films inspired by plant cuticles. Poster Presentation at 13th IACIS International Conference on Surface and Colloid Science and the 83rd ACS Colloid & Surface Science Symposium. New York City, NY
Dr. Jacqueline Bretz Eichhorn is currently affiliate instructor of clarinet at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, adjunct instructor of clarinet and saxophone at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and a woodwind and piano instructor at Music Royale in Powell, Ohio. She received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Eastern Illinois University where she studied with Richard Barta and Dr. Magie Smith, and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance from The Ohio State University where she studied with James Pyne and Dr. Caroline Hartig. Dr. Eichhorn is an active chamber musician, performing in a reed trio and woodwind quintet that has played at colleges and universities throughout Ohio, and opened for such prestigious ensembles as the New York Woodwind Quintet and Eighth Blackbird. She also regularly performs with ensembles throughout the Columbus area, including the Central Ohio Symphony.