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Dr. K. Christine Pae joined the faculty at the Department of Religion in Fall 2008. Since then, she has taught religious ethics, Christian social ethics, and transnational feminist ethics for both the Department of Religion and the Women’s Studies Program. As a Christian feminist ethicist, Christine’s academic interests include feminist peacemaking and interfaith spiritual activism, transnationalized militarism with focus on intersection between gender and race, transnational feminist ethics, and Asian/Asian-American perspectives on post-colonial racial relations. Currently Christine is working on her manuscript, Sex and War: A Christian Feminist Ethic of War and Peace. She has published and presented several essays concerning war, women, Asian American Christianity, and religious ethics. As a co-convener, she serves the Asian American Ethics Working Group at the Society of Christian Ethics (2011-2013).
- 2011-Present: Convener, Asian and Asian American Working Group, Society of Christian Ethics
- 2009-Present: Denison University Diversity Advisory Committee
- Hosted a teaching workshop for the junior faculty of color.
- 2009-Present: Denison Museum Board
- 2008-Present: Women’s Studies Committee, and Queer Studies Committee, Denison University
- Hosted two campus-wide public events on religion and sexuality.
- 2009: Women of Color Leadership Project National Women’s Studies Association
- 2009-2010: Program Committee, Peace for Life: World without Empire International Conference in New York City
- Minjung Theology and Transnational Militarism.” Ahn Byung-Mu and Minjung (eds.), Theology in the 21st Century. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2012. (Forthcoming)
- “Asian Ethics.” Edited by Miguel De La Torre (ed.), Ethics: A Liberative Approach. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress, 2012 (Forthcoming).
- “Will to Power, Divided Self: Valerie Saiving and Reinhold Niebuhr on Sin.” Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, 2012 (Forthcoming).
- “Making an Asian American Christian Public Ethic: Unavoidable Burden of Race.” Journal of Society of Christian Ethics, Spring 2012 (Forthcoming).
- “Korean American Churches’ Negotiating Spaces in Flushing, the Queens of New York City.” Nadia Mian, Richard Cimino, and Wei-Shan Huang (eds.), Religions and New York City: An Ecological Frame. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2011 (Forthcoming).
- “A Solidary-Talk among Women of Color: Creating the “We” Category.” Keeping the Light: Faith, Feminism, and Scholarship. Kate Ott and Melanie Harris (eds.). New York: Palgrave McMillan, 2011.
- “Feminist Theo-Ethical Reflection on War: In Remembrance of ‘Comfort Women.’” Yale University Divinity School. Reflections.
- “Western Princesses—a Missing Story: in the Borderlands: A Christian Feminist Ethical Analysis of U.S. Military Prostitution in South Korea.” Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 29, no.2 (2009), 121-39.
- “Negotiated or Negotiating Spaces: Korean Churches in Flushing, Queens of New York City.” Cross Currents: Religious Communities and Global Cities 58, no. 4 (2008), 456-74.
- “We Are Asian and Asian-American Women—Generation X: A Post- Colonial Feminist Liturgy in North America.” New and Borrowed Rites: Liturgy 23,no. 1(2007).
- “Allergy: Killing the Other vs. God: Liberating the Other—A Theological Reflection toward Liberation of the Korean Military Wives” Doing Theology from Korean Women’s Perspectives: Ewha Journal of Feminist Theology 4 (2006).
Gregg Parini has been the head men’s and women’s swimming coach at Denison since the fall of 1987. Since taking over both Denison programs, Parini has gone on to build one of the most consistently successful programs in the history of Division III athletics. Under Parini’s watch his teams have captured three national championships, 13 national runner-up finishes in addition to Denison’s current streak of 52 consecutive top-10 national finishes.
A nine-time NCAA National Coach of the Year, Parini's men's swimming & diving team won its second-consecutive Division III national championship in 2012, outdistancing second-place Kenyon by 81 points. Over the course of the four-day meet, Denison's men set six NCAA Division III records.
In 2011 the men's team shocked the swimming & diving world when they snapped Kenyon College’s 31-year streak of national championships. The Big Red ended the streak by rallying from 36 points down on the final day only to win by one point, which was the closest finish in the history of the NCAA swimming & diving championship.
The national championship was the second of Parini’s career. The first came in 2001 when his women’s squad snapped Kenyon’s streak of 17-consecutive national titles in Buffalo, N.Y. In addition to his success in the coaching ranks, Parini’s career as an educator and Associate Professor at Denison has been equally impressive. In May of 2011 he was honored by the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America as the recipient of the National Collegiate and Scholastic Trophy which is the highest award bestowed by the CSCAA. In 2007 he was awarded the Charles A. Brickman Teaching Excellence Award which is given annually to one faculty member who has demonstrated a vibrant interest in the learning process, as well as an understanding of teaching as a continuously evolving art form: someone who embraces the teaching and mentoring of students, not just as a profession, but as a calling.
Parini began his coaching career in 1984 as a volunteer assistant women's coach at Michigan State University where he earned his master’s in counseling psychology. Since then he has held coaching positions for the Upper Arlington Swim Club, Mount Union College and East Lansing High School.
He is a 1982 graduate of Kenyon College where he was a member of Jim Steen’s first national championship team in 1979. A tri-captain for the 1981-82 season, he led the team to its third NCAA crown in as many years. Parini was an 18-time All-American, a seven-time Division III National Champion, and left Kenyon with five national records. He was voted the team’s most valuable swimmer in 1981 and Senior Athlete of the Year in 1982 by the Lords athletic department. In 2002 he was inducted into Kenyon College’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
In addition to his coaching efforts, Parini has also made an impact in the community of Granville. He is the founder, owner and director of The Swimming Clinic, a clinic for age-group swimmers. He is a volunteer Youth Baseball and Hockey coach for both the Granville Recreation Commission and the Newark Ice Hockey Association. He has served as a Youth Group Leader for the Trinity Episcopal Church. Also in Granville, he is the co-founder and co-director of the Red, White and Hoops Basketball Tournament for the Granville Recreation Commission.
Parini is currently a member of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, the American Swimming Coaches Association, United States Swimming and the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association.
Dr. Emily Patronik studied bassoon performance at The Ohio State University where her primary teachers were Karen Pierson and Christopher Weait.
Currently, she performs as principal bassoonist with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and Opera Project Columbus and in the bassoon section of the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra. In addition, she has performed with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in North Carolina, Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Festival Orchestra, Westerville Symphony Orchestra, Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra, Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and Mansfield Symphony Orchestra. As an active chamber musician, she is a member of the Columbus based ensembles OBOHIO, a double reed consort, Rococoa Winds, Tour d’Anches Trio, and the Siren Reed Trio.
While attending Ohio State, she was the winner of the D.M.A. concerto competition and performed Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s bassoon concerto with the Ohio State Symphony Orchestra. This concerto became the concentration of her research for her D.M.A. document, Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Background, Analysis, and Performance Application.
Dr. Patronik also teaches at Ohio Wesleyan University and Mount Vernon Nazarene University along with maintaining a private studio in the Central Ohio area.
Dr Jim Pletcher joined the faculty 1983 after earning his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At Denison he has served in a variety of faculty governance rules including coordinating the Early Career mentoring Program and the Preparing Future Faculty Program. He currently serves as the University's Director of Fellowships. He is also the Executive director of the Africa Network, a consortium of liberal arts colleges and professors teaching about Africa at the undergraduate level. Jim also currently holds the Charles and Nancy Brickman distinguished Service chair.
Dr Pletcher's research focuses on the politics and institutions of agricultural production and marketing in the developing world. Most of his research has been done in Africa, though he has worked in Malaysia as well. Jim's current project explores the dynamics of small holder production and marketing of agricultural exports in Uganda. I am also looking at the effect of import standards and global trade negotiations on Ugandan exports.
- Denison University Research Foundation Grant and a Global Partners East Africa Gravel Grant, 2004 for research to study agricultural export standards in Uganda.
- Mellon Faculty Career Enhancement Program Grant and a Robert C. Good Fellowship, Denison University, for Spring 2005 for research on agricultural export standards in Uganda.
- Global Partners East Africa Travel Grant, 2003 for research to study farmers' organizations in Eastern Uganda.
- Robert C. Good Fellowship, Denison University, for Spring 1998 for research on "Farmers' Associations, Civil Society, and Reform in Zambia."
- Denison University Research Foundation Grant, 1997, for research on farmers' groups in the process of political and economic liberalization in Zambia, in Lusaka, Zambia.
- Denison University Research Foundation Grant, 1995, for research on agricultural market liberalization, and The Historical Dictionary of Zambia in Lusaka, Zambia.
- Program for the Institutional Collaboration in Area Studies (PICAS), University of Michigan, Fall 1992 for research on the state and agricultural development in Indonesia, Thailand and Indonesia.
- Robert C. Good Fellowship, Denison University, Spring 1992 for research on "The Politics of Agricultural Reform in Africa."
- American Political Science Association Research Grant, 1987 for research on "Public Interventions in Agricultural Markets in Malaysia."
- Denison University Research Foundation Grant, 1987, for research on "Public Interventions in Agricultural Markets in Malaysia."
- National Science Foundation graduate fellow, 1976-1979.
- James R. Pletcher. “The Politics of Liberalizing Zambia's Maize Markets.” World Development. January 2000. v. 28 no. 1 p. 129-42
- James R. Pletcher. “Agriculture and the Dual Transition in Zambia.” Journal of Developing Areas. Winter 1999. v. 33 no. 2 p. 199-222
- James R. Pletcher with Brian Siegel and John Grotpeter. The Historical Dictionary of Zambia, 2nd Edition. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press. 1998.
- James R. Pletcher. “Ecological Deterioration and Agricultural Stagnation in Eastern Province, Zambia,” Centennial Review. Spring 1991. v. 35 no. 2 p. 369-88
- James R. Pletcher. “Regulation With Growth: The Political Economy of Palm Oil in Malaysia,” World Development. June 1991. v. 19 no. 6 p. 623-36
- James R. Pletcher. “Public Interventions in Agricultural Markets in Malaysia: Rice and Palm Oil,” Modern Asian Studies. May 1990. v. 24 no. 2 p. 323-40
- James R. Pletcher. “Rice and Padi Market Management in West Malaysia, 1957-86,” The Journal of Developing Areas. April 1989. v. 23 p. 363-84
- James R. Pletcher. “The Political Uses of Agricultural Markets in Zambia,” Journal of Modern African Studies. December 1986. v. 24 no. 4 p. 603-17
- James R. Pletcher. “The National, Regional and Household Contexts of Agricultural Production in Eastern Province, Zambia,” Proceedings of the African Agricultural Development Conference. Pomona: California State Polytechnic University, 1985.
- Review of African Economies and the Politics of Permanent Crisis, 1979-1999 by Nicolas van de Walle in The Journal of Modern African Studies 41,3 (2003): 502-03.
- Review of Africa's Quest for Economic Development: Uganda's Experience by Jossy R. Bibangambah in The Journal of Modern African Studies 41,2 (2003): 323-24.
- Review of Structural Adjustment: Theory, Practice and Impacts by Giles Mohan, Ed Brown, Bob Milward, and Alfred B. Zack-Williams in The Journal of Modern African Studies 39,2 (2001): 373-74.
- Review of Government and Society in Malaysia by Harold Crouch in Crossroads: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Southeast Asian Studies 12,1 (1998): 213 -15.
- Review of Cutting Down Trees by Henrietta Moore and Megan Vaugh in The Journal of Modern African Studies 34,4 (1996): 728-30.
- Review of No Shortcuts to Progress: African Development Management in Perspective by Goran Hyden in The Political Science Quarterly, 99 (Fall, 1984): 578-79.
- Review of Underdevelopment and the Transition to Socialism: Mozambique and Tanzania by James Mittelman in The Political Science Quarterly, 98 (Spring, 1982): 171- 72.
Conference Papers and Lectures
- “Export Standards and Development in Uganda,” International Studies Association conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, 4 March 2005.
- “Organizing Coffee Farmers and Markets in Uganda,” International Studies Association-Midwest, St. Louis, 7 November 2003.
- “Agricultural Markets and Liberalization in Zambia,” Invited lecture, Center for African Studies, University of Copenhagen, 22 April 2002.
- “Rent-Seeking, Redistribution, and Repression: The Politics of Liberalizing Agricultural Markets in Zambia,” International Studies Association conference, Washington, D.C., 17 February 1999.
- “Zambia's Agricultural Liberalization in Comparative Perspective,” African Studies Association conference, Chicago, IL, 29 October - 1 November 1998.
- “Succession and Political Institutionalization,” African Studies Association conference, San Francisco, CA, 23-26 November 1996.
- “Political Institutionalization and Succession,” African Studies Association conference, Seattle, WA, 20-23 November 1992.
- “The State and Class Formation in the West Malaysian Palm Oil Industry, 1960-1985,” Asian Studies Association conference, Washington, D.C., 2-5 April 1992.
- “Political Succession in Africa, 1960-1990: Zambia,” African Studies Association conference, St. Louis, MO, 23-26 November 1991.
- “Ecological Deterioration and Agricultural Stagnation in Eastern Province, Zambia,” Conference on Environment and Development in Africa and Latin America, East Lansing, MI, September 28-30,1990.
- “Public Interventions in Agricultural Markets in Malaysia: Rice and Palm Oil,” International Seminar on Malaysian Agricultural Policy: Issues and Directions, June, 1988, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia.
- “The Agricultural Crisis and Politics in Zambia,” African Studies Association, annual conference, New Orleans, 1985.
- “The National, Regional and Household Contexts of Agricultural Production in Eastern Province, Zambia,” Conference on African Agricultural Development: Technology, Ecology and Society, Pomona, CA, May 28 - June 1, 1985.
- “Agricultural Change in Eastern Province, Zambia,” African Studies Association, annual conference, Los Angeles, 1979.
I have led a peripatetic life. I grew up in Oklahoma, went to school in New Mexico and Maryland, then moved to New Jersey and New York, then moved to Seattle, Washington, to attend graduate school at the University of Washington. The Midwest is one of the few locales I have had little experience with, so I’m looking forward to exploring this corner of the world.
In addition to spending lots of time in different places, I have also held a variety of jobs. From joining the Oklahoma Air National Guard as a senior in high school to spending a summer as a packer for a moving company to deciding it would be great fun to be a over-the-road truck driver (it wasn’t fun for very long) to working briefly for Martha Stewart’s media corporation, I’ve had enough jobs to know that being a professor is just about the best job there is. In addition to reading foundational works of historic significance as a political theorist, I have the opportunity to interact with students whose creativity, character, and persistence inspire me to work ever harder to be a better teacher. A job at a school like Denison – where pedagogy is a common point of conversation among the faculty, but where research is given space and support – is exactly what I hoped for when I started graduate school.
In addition to summer research and teaching during the school year, I enjoy a range of outdoor activities, particularly hiking and camping. My goal is always to find a way to spend a week each year in Washington and a week in New Mexico; sadly, I fail at this regularly. My partner of 14 years, Lisa Clarke, is currently in Washington, DC, where she serves as a Teacher Ambassador Fellow at the US Department of Education.
Using the resources of critical and normative political theory, sociolegal scholarship, race and gender scholarship, and American political development, my research focuses on how ideas, events, and institutions shape political identities.
My dissertation, completed in 2011, focused on moments when the deaths of everyday citizens led to some kind of political change. An article taken from my dissertation appeared in Polity in 2012 as “The Politics of Mourning: The Triangle Fire and the Consolidation of Political Identity.” In that article, I examine the Triangle Fire of 1911 as an example of how mourning the loss of everyday citizens can become an effective means of calling for political change, with a particular focus on how the racial identities of the victims shaped the conversation. Another article, drawn from my dissertation, is forthcoming in 2014 in Law, Culture and the Humanities; “Mourning Emmett Till” considers the role of Emmett Till’s 1955 murder in the new interest of Northern whites in civil rights struggles in the South. I am in the process of revising my dissertation into a monograph, which I intend to get under contract by the end of the summer 2014.
Additionally, a forthcoming article on pedagogy, co-authored with Allison Rank, is forthcoming in 2014 in PS: Political Science & Politics and it titled “Writing Better Writing Assignments.” Both Allison and I were directors of a social science Writing Center at a major R1 university, and found that a considerable challenge faced by student writers was confusingly written paper assignments. So we joined forces to think about how to write clear prompts that accomplish specific tasks.
Fred Porcheddu-Engel teaches courses on medieval and Early Modern British and European literature, as well as on the history of the English Language and the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. He has published essays and reviews on textual criticism, medieval manuscript collecting, and literary history in Art Documentation, The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, Manuscripta, Medium Ævum, Philological Quarterly, and Speculum, and, with Dr. Patrick J. Murphy of Miami University, essays on the Edwardian medievalist and ghost story writer M.R. James in English Literature in Transition, Notes and Queries, Philological Quarterly, Review of English Studies, and Studies in Medievalism.
I am a quantitative sociologist with research concentrations in social psychology, educational achievement and health disparities. I value a mixed methods approach, as ethnographies uniquely reveal the nuanced experiences within a population. My work stems from the desire to understand the processes through which social constructs such as race, ethnicity, social class, gender, and sexuality help to shape human experiences. My teaching professional and personal background experience in Jamaica, West Indies allows me to investigate these issues within a United States and Caribbean context.
My dissertation research explores several contextual and social psychological factors related to achievement among middle class high school students. I examine student perceptions of active academic stereotypes and their impact on self concept, attitudes and behavior. The research provides a unique insight into psychological and educational consequences of school based inequality. It also reveals interesting relationships between student motivation, coping mechanisms, and other factors which promote academic and personal resilience.
I have also done research to understand the ways that social background factors can shape health service experiences and contribute to health disparities. Much of this work involves examining the dynamics of communication between patients and health providers. In a recent study I investigated the relationship between patient assessments of physician trustworthiness, and patterns of follow up care after a health service visit. Based upon my research and experience as a health equity consultant I have published recommendations aimed at improving physician cultural competency through education.
Currently, I am involved in two research projects. The first is a quantitative analysis of the role that trusting the physician plays in promoting patient adherence and positive health behaviors. The second is a mixed methods study investigating diverse LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) individuals’ health related attitudes, behaviors and experiences with providers. This work will be useful for improving education and training for health providers, and enable more effective advocacy for traditionally under-served populations.
- Improving cultural competence education: the utility of an intersectional framework. Powell Sears, Karen. Medical Education vol. 46 issue 6 June 2012. p. 545-551
- The Impact of Different Types of Intimate Partner Violence on the Mental and Physical Health of Women in Different Ethnic Groups. Lacey, Krim K.; McPherson, Melnee Dilworth; Samuel, Preethy S.; Powell Sears, Karen; Head, Doreen. Journal of Interpersonal Violence vol. 28 issue 2 January 2013. p. 359-385
Deborah Price, violist, is on the faculties of Denison University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Connection, Inc. and served as principal viola of the Columbus Bach Ensemble for five years. She performs frequently with faculty members from Colleges and Universities on collaborative recitals and has performed several times as a guest violist with members of the renowned Cavani String Quartet. In recognition of her work as the Founder & Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Connection (CMC) she was named the Columbus Symphony Orchestra Community Music Educator of the year (2004). She has also received commendations from the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate for excellence in teaching (2004).
Debbie, an advocate for chamber music education, is a frequent guest artist for chamber music clinics and orchestra festivals and has presented sessions in several state and national music conferences including ASTA and MTNA National Conferences, Ohio Music Educators Association, Ohio Orchestra & String Teachers Association, Michigan MENC; and New York ASTA. She is co-conductor of the Cleveland Institute of Music Youth Camerata Strings and conducted Women-In-Music String Sinfonia for 10 years. She serves on the board of Chamber Music Columbus as co-chair of Outreach & Education and founded the OhioOSTA Biennial Chamber Music Competition. She has coordinated and helped prepare multiple ensembles to compete in the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals of the junior division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition as well as in the finals of the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition where quartets she has coached have won Gold (2008) and Bronze (2007) medals. She has been featured on WOSU public radio, in recognition of her work at CMC, and received acknowledgment for working with featured ensemble, opus. (string quartet) from her chamber music program, on the inaugural season of the television series “From The Top”. Articles in regard to her teaching have been published in national journals including American String Teacher, where she served on the Editorial Committee for ten years, American Music Teacher, and Keyboard Companion Magazine. Debbie is also a contributing committee member (viola) for the 2003 ASTA String Syllabus.
Frank “Trey” Proctor teaches courses in the history of Latin America and the Atlantic World. His research and teaching interests focus on Mexico, colonial Latin America, and Comparative Slavery.
Proctor’s research focuses on the lived experience of slaves of African descent and master-slave relations in Spanish America. His first book, “Damned Notions of Liberty”: Slavery, Culture, and Power in Colonial Mexico, 1640-1769 (University of New Mexico Press, 2010) explores those issues in Mexico. His next book project will explore similar questions from the perspective of the Spanish Empire in an attempt to move away from “national” histories. His work has appeared in the Hispanic American Historical Review and The Americas and he has contributed chapters to the edited volumes Black Mexico (University of New Mexico, 2009) and Africans to Spanish America (University of Illinois Press, forthcoming).
In 2005, Proctor joined the Denison faculty after teaching at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA for two years. Professor Proctor earned his BA from University of California at Davis, his MA from the University of Arizona, and his PhD from Emory University.
Dr. Przybyla is a social-personality psychologist specializing in the study of human sexual behavior. His research interests in this area include interpersonal attraction, the consequences of physical attractiveness, and contraceptive education. Dr. Przybyla has been at Denison since 1985, and teaches a range of courses including social psychology, human sexuality, and industrial/organizational psychology. Dr. Przybyla also is the Director of Denison's Organizational Studies Program.
My major research program is in morphological characteristics and their consequences in the area of interpersonal attraction. Broadly speaking, morphological characteristics may be conceptualized as physical attractiveness cues -- facial and otherwise. A current primary focus of my work is cranial hair loss in men. I am interested in continuing my work in this area and would be particularly interested in working with students who have expertise with Photoshop. Research projects into other physical attractiveness cues are also of interest.
A second area of interest is that of gender and sexuality. I am interested in comparing the experiences of men and women in areas ranging from contraception and abortion, to pregnancy and childbirth, to erotica and coercion, to sexual dysfunction. I would be interested in research extending either of the preceding content areas into the field of organizational behavior (e.g., romantic attraction in the workplace).