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Kim Coplin ’85 Coplin, Kim A. Coplin ’85

Kim Coplin '85
Provost and Associate Professor
Faculty, Senior Administration  |  Provost's Office, Astronomy, Physics
Doane Administration
B.A., Denison University; M.A., Johns Hopkins University; Ph.D., Ohio State University

Kim Coplin has done research in experimental condensed matter physics, especially concentrating on conducting polymers, and in the biophysics of human movement. She most recently taught Introductory Physics, Modern Physics, and 'Physics and the Sound of Music'. Kim served as an Associate Provost from 2006 to 2013, and as Provost since 2013.

Research Keywords: 
Condensed Matter
Research Overview: 
Experimental research on conductive polymers and soliton formation.

Selected Publications

  • R”, S. Quillard, G. Louarn, K. Berrada, S. Lefrant, K.A. Coplin, S.W. Jessen, and A.J. Epstein. 1995. Resonance Raman Scattering and Photoinduced Infrared Absorption in Different Forms of Polyanilines and Substituted Polyanilines .Nonlinear Optics. v. 10 p. 253
  • A.J. Epstein, J.W. Blatchford, K. Kim, L.-B. Lin, T.L. Gustafson, K.A.Coplin, and A.G. MacDiarmid. 1994. Long Lived Neutral Solitons in Pernigraniline Base. Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals. v. 256 p. 399
  • K.A. Coplin, S. Jasty, S.M. Long, S.K. Manohar, Y. Sun, A.G. MacDiarmid, and A.J. Epstein. 1994. Neutral Soliton Formation and Disorder in Pernigraniline Base. Physical Review Letters. v. 72 p. 3206
  • K.A. Coplin, J.M. Leng, R.P. McCall, A.J. Epstein, S.K. Manohar, Y. Sun, and A.G. MacDiarmid. 1993. Photoexcitation Spectroscopy: Solitons in Pernigraniline Base. Synthetic Metals. v. 55 p. 7
  • R.P. McCall, J.M. Ginder, J.M. Leng, K.A. Coplin, H.J. Ye, A.J. Epstein, G.E. Asturias, S.K. Manohar, J.G. Masters, E.M. Scherr, and A.G. MacDiarmid. 1991. Photoinduced Absorption and Erasable Optical Information Storage in Polyanilines.Synthetic Metals. v. 41 p. 1329
  • T.E. Skinner, M. T. DeLand, G.E. Ballester, K.A. Coplin, P.D. Feldman, and H.W. Moos, J. Geophys. 1988. Temporal Variation of the Jovian H I Lyman Alpha Emission. Res.. v. 93 p. 29
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Jane Dougan Dougan, Jane M. Dougan

Jane Dougan
Assistant to Associate Provost
Staff  |  Provost's Office
Doane Administration
A.A.S., Columbus State Community College

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.

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Susan Garcia dr. Garcia, Susan Paun de Garcia

Susan Garcia
Professor and Associate Provost
Faculty  |  Provost's Office
Doane Administration
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan
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Susan S. Kosling Kosling, Susan S. S. Kosling

Susan S. Kosling
Executive Assistant to the Provost
Staff  |  Provost's Office
Doane Dance Building
B.A., Wittenberg

Susan Kosling joined the Provost's Office in January 2014. She came from the Denison University Department of Dance which she joined in March 2007. Susan comes from a background in public relations and marketing. She holds a B.A. in English from Wittenberg University where she attended a semester at the University of Exeter, U.K. studying English literature. She has done graduate work in publishing at the University of Denver. She has received many awards in her past employment including “Employee of the Year” from Wendy's International, Inc.

Susan currently serves as Vice President for DOWS (Denison Operating Working Staff), Academic Support representative for the Human Resources Advisory Group and is a co-advisor for the DCGA Yoga and Wellness Club.

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Jim Pletcher dr. Pletcher, James R. Pletcher

Jim Pletcher
Associate Provost and Associate Professor
Faculty  |  Provost's Office, Political Science, Lugar Program in Politics and Public Service
Doane Administration
B.A., University of Michigan; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin

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.

Research Keywords: 
African politics and agriculture
Grants & Funding: 
  • 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.

Book Reviews

  • 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.
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Cathy Van Sickle Van Sickle, Cathy Van Sickle

Cathy Van Sickle
Assistant to Associate Provost
Staff  |  Provost's Office
Doane Administration
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