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Leslie Goldman Maaser, D.M.A. is the Affiliate Studio Instructor of Flute at Denison University as well as the Director of the Denison University Flute Ensemble. She is the Principal Flutist of the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra, where she also serves as Chairperson of the Orchestra Committee and Education Director. In January 2008, she was a featured soloist with the orchestra.
Dr. Maaser is a founding member of the Columbus Camerata Woodwind Quintet, and flutist/piccoloist with Ohio Capital Winds. In 2007, the Columbus Camerata was featured at the Ohio Music Education Association Convention for their clinic/performance on new woodwind quintet literature, and as guest artists at a featured recital at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.
Leslie has been a member of the Columbus Bach Ensemble, the Welsh Hills Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Opera Columbus’ Light Opera Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony. She has also performed with the Opera Theatre of Rochester (NY), Madison (WI) Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Rome Festival Orchestra, and the East Lansing Opera Company. She has performed as a soloist and served as a clinician throughout the midwest, including as a featured soloist with the Welsh Hills Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Bach Ensemble, Wright State University Chamber Orchestra, Wright State University Wind Ensemble, Greece Symphony Orchestra (NY), as well as at the Ohio Music Education Association Conference, Ohio Wesleyan University, the Chamber Music Connection, Denison University’s Contemporary Music Festival, Central Ohio’s Contemporary Music Festival, the University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Schoolcraft College, State University of New York at Brockport, and Indiana State University.
As a research competition winner of the National Flute Association, Dr. Maaser was selected to present and perform excerpts of her doctoral thesis at the 2002 National Flute Convention in Washington, D.C., and was selected for publication in the 2002 summer issue of the Flutist Quarterly. She performed the U.S. premiers of Elizabeth Raum’s Aegean Perspective at the 2000 National Flute Convention in Columbus, Ohio. Leslie also performed as a competition winner with the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir at the National Flute Convention
Leslie’s major teachers are Katherine Borst Jones, Ervin Monroe, Robert Cole, and Israel Borouchoff. In addition, she has studied with prominent artists such as Peter Lloyd, former Principal Flutist of the London Symphony, and Walfrid Kujala, Professor of Flute at Northwestern University and Piccolo Emeritus of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Leslie has performed in master classes of flute icons such as Jean-Pierre Rampal and Jeanne Baxtresser. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in flute performance from The Ohio State University. As a fellowship recipient, she earned her Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and her Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University. Leslie Maaser was formerly on the music faculties of Wright State University, Mt. Vernon Nazarene College, Valparaiso University, Luther College, and has taught at The Ohio State University both as a graduate assistant as well as a sabbatical replacement for Professor Katherine Borst Jones.
Robert Mack is currently concluding his PhD in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Rhetoric & Language at the University of Texas at Austin. He is generally interested in studying the text-audience interface in U.S. American popular culture, and he draws widely on rhetorical, reception, critical, and psychoanalytic approaches in order to analyze this relationship. His research and teaching in communication contemplate the role of audience subjectivity and agency in an increasingly mediated social landscape.
Robert's research focuses on topics like authorship, fandom, scandal, and the relationship between the individual and the cultural imaginary. His dissertation sketches the contours of a "rhetoric of projective identification" and considers how this rhetorical mode operates within the context of television reception. Other recent projects have analyzed peculiar patterns in contemporary media (including images of maternal torment and narratives of terminally ill artistic geniuses) for the ways in which these patterns crystalize widespread social anxieties. A special subset of his work revisits notable media phenomena from the past (the original broadcast of The Twilight Zone, the 1992 premiere of The Crying Game, the break of the 1950s quiz show scandals) in order to reevaluate related texts from new perspectives.
Robert is also co-author of Critical Media Studies (2nd ed). At Denison he teaches Public Address and Argumentation.
Aimee serves as the Associate Director of Campus Leadership & Involvement (CLIC) and is the newest team member beginning in July 2011. She is responsible for the oversight of Fraternity and Sorority Life (F/SL). Aimee serves as the faculty advisor to the Interfraternity Council (IFC), National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), Panhellenic Council (PHC), and the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC).
Prior to Denison, Aimee worked at The University of Texas at El Paso as Coordinator within the Student Development Center. She has experience in fraternity/sorority life, student organization development, leadership initiatives, women’s resource center, LGBT programming and support, and campus programming boards. Aimee received her Master of Arts in Education, Higher Education Administration from the University of Akron and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science/Criminal Justice at Akron as well. During her time at Akron, Aimee was awarded an internship in Washington, DC with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) through the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics.
She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta International Women’s Fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega National Service Fraternity, College Student Educators International (ACPA), the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Association for Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA), as well as the Ohio College Personnel Association (OCPA). She is the recipient of UTEP’s Rainbow Graduation Ally of the Year Award in 2010.
Diana Adesola Mafe teaches postcolonial literatures with an emphasis on contemporary Anglophone African literatures. She also teaches African American literatures and courses in Women’s Studies. Her work tracks the literary and cinematic roles of and for women of color in African and American discourses. She has published articles in Research in African Literatures, American Drama, English Academy Review, Frontiers, Safundi, Camera Obscura, and African Women Writing Resistance. Her book, Mixed Race Stereotypes in South African and American Literature: Coloring Outside the (Black and White) Lines (Palgrave Macmillan 2013), examines the literary stereotype of the “tragic mulatto” from a transnational perspective.
Regina Martin earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Florida (2010). Her research focuses on 19th- and 20th-century British literature, the history and theory of the novel, and critical and literary theory. She is currently working on a book manuscript that examines British modernism as a historical moment of financial crisis very much like our own. Her scholarly work has appeared in The Eighteenth-Century Novel, Twentieth-Century Literature, and Criticism.
Assistant Professor Jonathan Maskit joined the faculty at Denison in 1996. He earned an A.B. from Vassar College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.
Jonathan Maskit teaches courses in aesthetics, continental philosophy, environmental philosophy, the history of philosophy, and others. His research focuses on the relationship between culture, nature, and art drawing particularly on the work of Kant, Heidegger, and Deleuze and Guattari. He is currently working on a book on this theme and has published articles and reviews in Research in Philosophy and Technology, Philosophy & Geography, Ethics, and Canadian Philosophical Reviews. He has also contributed to a number of edited volumes and has seen some of his work anthologized. He has been a visiting scholar at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and the University of Potsdam (Germany) and has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Belgian-American Educational Foundation, and The Global Partners Project. He serves as the Reviews Editor for Ethics, Place, & Environment.
Sandra Mathern-Smith has been dancing and choreographing for thirty-years and is committed to working collaboratively with improvisation as a performance form. She has had the pleasure of performing and collaborating with veteran improvisers such as Peter Bingham, Karen Nelson, K. J. Holmes, Chris Aiken, and David Beadle, as well as Butoh artist Katsura Kan. Her study of improvisation, including the forms Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement, and Ensemble Thinking, has been with artist/teachers Danny Lepkoff, Nancy Stark Smith, Julyen Hamilton, Andrew Harwood, Nina Martin, Deborah Hay, and Barbara Dilley. Her work, focusing on collaboration, improvisation, and interdisciplinary projects, has incorporated video-projected backdrops, live music, poetic text, set designs, while working with artists of many disciplines. Contained, an installation piece created for solo performer involving 4 large moving screens with projected imagery and a voice activated environment, was presented at Dartington College, England (2006).
Artist Residencies at the Camac Centre D’Art, France (2012), and at the Atlantic Center for the Arts under Wally Cardona (2010), contributed to the development of her recent works Swimming in Green and I am Relative to You. She was awarded an artist Fellow at the Hambidge Center for the Arts (GA) and was a semi-finalist for the Headlands Center for the Arts residency program (CA). Recently, her work was presented at the Conduit Dance Guest Series (OR), the Texas Dance Improvisation Festival, the RAD Festival (MI), and at the Nomad Express International Multi-Arts Festival in Burkina Faso, West Africa (2014), where she was featured as a Guest Artist, Teacher, and Mentor.
Sandra received an Individual Excellence Award in Choreography from the Ohio Arts Council (2010), has twice received an Ohio Individual Artist Fellowship in Choreography (1993, 1996), and has been awarded over 25-grants for her work from the Ohio Arts Council, Arts Midwest, Target Foundation, Greater Columbus Arts Council (OH), Wisconsin Arts Board, and the Portland Metropolitan Arts Commission (OR), among others. She is a Professor at Denison University, Department of Dance, Granville, OH, where since 1988 she has taught courses in modern/postmodern technique, improvisation, performance, choreography, production, and collaborative art courses employing technology (Isadora, video, and sound). She received her BA from Portland State University and MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Following a 25-year career in office administration with MetLife Insurance, Jeanne transitioned into higher education, first as administrative assistant in the University Learning Center, a division of student affairs at the University of North Dakota, and then as Tutor Program coordinator in the same department. In 2000, she joined Denison as an administrative secretary in the Office of Alumni Relations, and in 2003, assumed the role of alumni coordinator. She oversees the class and affinity reunion programs, assists with updating DenisonEverywhere.com, and supervises a staff of eight to ten student workers.
Dr. Matthews joined the faculty at Denison in 2001 after completing a four-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Center for Neurobiology & Behavior at Columbia University. He teaches Sensation & Perception, Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, Research Methods, and Introduction to Psychology. Seminars he has offered include “Perceptual Learning and Brain Plasticity”, “The Cognitive Neuroscience of Music”, “Ruining Humor with Science”, “Neuroscience and the Liberal Arts”, and “NERDs Without Borders”. His research addresses issues in human vision and audition, with an emphasis on how these sensory systems improve with training.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles With Denison Student Co-Authors
9. Matthews N, Welch, L., Festa, E.K., & Clement, A. (2013). Remapping Time Across Space. Journal of Vision. 13(8):2, 1-15. [PubMed]
8. Matthews N, Vawter, M, & Kelly, J, 2012. Right Hemifield Deficits in Judging Simultaneity: A Perceptual Learning Study. Journal of Vision. 12(2):1, 1-14. [PubMed]
7. Kelly J, & Matthews N, 2011. Attentional Oblique Effect When Judging Simultaneity. Journal of Vision. 11(6):10, 1-15. [PubMed]
6. Reardon K, Kelly J, & Matthews N, 2009. Bilateral Attentional Advantage on Elementary Visual Tasks. Vision Research. 49(7), 692-702. [PubMed]
5. Strong K, Kurosawa K, & Matthews N, 2006. Hastening Orientation Sensitivity. Journal of Vision. 6(5), 661-670. [PubMed]
4. Matthews N, Rojewski A, & Cox J, 2006. The time course of the oblique effect in orientation judgments. Journal of Vision. 5(3), 202-214. [PubMed]
3. Matthews N, & Allen J, 2005. The role of speed lines in subtle direction judgments. Vision Research. 45(12), 1629-1640. [PubMed]
2. Saffell T, & Matthews N, 2003. Task-specific perceptual learning on speed and direction discrimination. Vision Research. 43(12), 1365-1374. [PubMed]
1. Stanley R, & Matthews N, 2003. Invalid cues impair auditory motion sensitivity. Perception. 32(6), 731-740. [PubMed]
I'm a plant evolutionary ecologist with special interests in pollination biology and plant-herbivore interactions. I also am interested in how insect phenology is affected by climate change. I am a big fan of field work and have study sites in Ohio, Arizona, and California. During the Ohio winters, I use manipulative experiments in the greenhouse to answer some of my questions (especially # 2 below).
My current research questions are:
- Does variability in herbivore pressure over time affect the evolution of induced resistance in wild radish?
- How and why do florivores (things that eat flowers) choose what flowers to eat?
- How does florivory affect pollination and fitness in sacred Datura, Datura wrightii, in Arizona?
- What factors are affecting butterfly species richness and diversity in Northern California?
- McCall, A.C., J.A. Fordyce. 2010. Can optimal defense theory be used to predict the distribution of plant chemical defenses? Journal of Ecology 98: 985-992.
- McCall, A.C. 2010. Does dose-dependent petal damage affect pollen limitation in a California annual plant? Botany 88: 601-606.
- Forister, M.L., A.C. McCall, N. J. Sanders, J. A. Fordyce, J.H. Thorne, J. O’Brien, D.P. Waetjen, and A.M. Shapiro. 2010. Thirty years of climate change and habitat alteration shift patterns of butterfly diversity. Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, USA 107: 2088-2092.
- McCall, A.C. 2008. Florivory affects pollinator visitation and female fitness in Nemophila menziesii. Oecologia 155: 729-737.
- Past and current lab members (Senior theses titles are given when appropriate):
- Monique Brown, 2009, worked on how and if past herbivory affects resistance in wild radish
- Josh Drizin, 2009, worked on pollination biology in Echinacea angustifolia
- Stephen Murphy, 2009, Thesis: “The effects of induction on petal palatability in radish”
- Jameson Pfeil, 2009, worked on pollination and seed predation in Echinacea angustifolia
- Colin Venner, 2009, Thesis: “How does pollinator activity affect fitness in Echinacea angustifolia?
- Heather Robertson, 2010, Thesis: “Does petal color affect florivores in wild radish?”
- Caitlin Splawski, 2010, Thesis: “Plant recruitment in a restored prairie in Ohio”
- Luke Avery, 2011, working on why butterfly communities change over time in California
- Grant Adams, 2011, Thesis: “Does variation in herbivore pressure affect the evolution of inducible resistance in wild radish?”
- Kelsy Espy, 2011, Thesis: “Does leaf damage induce resistance in wild radish flowers?”
- Brian Jackson, 2011, Thesis: “How do abiotic factors affect succession on Mt. St. Helens?”
- Eric Thomson, 2011, Thesis: “Floral visitors and florivory in Datura wrightii”
Steve McCarthy has been the assistant men’s soccer coach at Denison since 2012. McCarthy came to Denison after serving as a graduate assistant at Southern Polytechnic State University where he earned his master’s degree in Business Administration. During his tenure at SPSU, the Hornets captured the 2011 Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament title and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament. Last year, the Hornets finished with a 17-3-2 record and ranked sixth in the nation.
McCarthy earned a bachelor’s degree in management and leadership from Capital University in 2010. He was a four-year starter and two year captain for the Crusaders. McCarthy helped Capital win two Ohio Athletic Conference regular season titles, one OAC Tournament crown, and earn a berth in the 2009 NCAA Division III Tournament. The two-time All-American still holds the OAC and school record for career goals (69).
Lisa McDonnell teaches courses in Renaissance literature (especially Shakespeare and Renaissance drama) and modern and contemporary drama. Her publications and conference presentations have been primarily in these fields and in feminist pedagogy; her current research focuses on shrew taming in Early Modern England. She is also completing work on interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Tony Kushner, and noted British and American playwrights, Arnold Wesker and Jeffrey Hatcher. Recently, she has served as Denison University's Exchange Fellow with Advanced Studies in England, affiliated with University College, Oxford.
While in England, she conducted research on shrew taming and taught a seminar on the drama of Shakespeare and Webster in three interesting venues: Hall's Croft (Shakespeare's daughter's house), Stratford-upon-Avon; Lord Nelson's house, Bath; and University College, Oxford. She has won a number of awards, including the Folger Institute Fellowship (she was one of five scholars chosen from the United States to study with members of England's Royal Shakespeare Company), a National Endowment for the Humanities Research Grant, a Mellon Foundation Grant for Teaching with Technology, and the Earl Hartsell Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Dr. McFarren holds an M.F.A. in acting from the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, as well as a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She specializes in the teaching of acting, with an emphasis on teaching the performance of heightened language. She is a member of Actors Equity Association, and has worked professionally since the age of 18. Recent years have seen her perform with the Berkeley and Colorado Shakespeare Festivals, the Denver Center Theatre Company, Germinal Stage (Denver), the Commonweal Theatre Company (Lanesboro, MN), the Creede Repertory Theatre (Creede, CO), and the Bread Loaf Acting Ensemble (Ripton, VT).
She lives in Granville with her husband, artist Mathew McFarren, son, and two impudent dogs.
Courses normally taught: Accounting Survey
Outside Interests: Controller for the Energy Cooperative
Makiva earned a B.A. in sociology/anthropology from Denison University in 2002. She worked in the field of community organizing for five years, where she developed professional skills in areas of fundraising, volunteer recruitment and management, public relations, and grant writing. She returned to Denison in 2008 as assistant director for Reunion and Leadership Programs within the Annual Fund Office and was promoted to director of the Annual Fund in 2010. In her current role, Makiva maintains oversight of all fundraising programs and staff within the Office of the Annual Fund.
Sonya L. McKay, a biophysical organic chemist, is interested in research using NMR and nonnatural amino acids to understand how the molecular level interactions dictated by the primary structure of peptides and proteins influence secondary and tertiary structures and protein folding. She is also investigating the synthesis of a chemically acylated collagen protein for its use as a drug delivery vehicle.
Field of Interest: Investigation of biologically important molecules including peptides and collagen using solid phase peptide synthesis and NMR.
Delta Mu Delta; Gamma Delta Chapter; MVNU
Alpha Chi; National College Honor Scholarship Society; Ohio Delta Chapter; MVNU
May Mei joined the Denison faculty in 2013 after completing her PhD in mathematics at the University of California, Irvine. In addition to teaching a wide variety of courses, Dr. Mei is the faculty advisor for Pi Mu Epsilon, the math honor society. Also, Dr. Mei relishes conversations with aspiring young mathematicians and encourages her students and other math majors to visit her office.
Selected student research projects:
- Asymptotic Spectral Properties of the Schrodinger Operator with Thue-Morse Potential, William Clark (Ohio University), Rachael Kline (St. John Fisher College), Michaela Stone (Louisiana State University), Summer 2013
- On the Spectrum of the Penrose Laplacian, Michael Dairyko (Iowa State University), Christine Hoffman (Smith College), Julie Pattyson (University of St Joseph), Hailee Peck (Millikin University), Summer 2013
- Asymptotic Analysis of the Spectrum of the Discrete Hamiltonian with Period Doubling Potential, Meg Fields (University of North Carolina at Asheville), Tara Hudson (University at Buffalo), Maria Markovich (Shippensburg University), Summer 2013
- Using the Ammann-Beenker Tiling to Model Quasicrystals, Brittany Livsey (Georgetown College), Jason Mifsud (Binghamton University), Francesca Romano (Siena College), Summer 2013
My research interests involve the application of dynamical systems (uniformly hyperbolic, partially hyperbolic, symbolic) to mathematical physics. Specifically, I use dynamical techniques to investigate spectral properties of operators involved in the study of quasicrystals.
I'm also interested in conducting numerical experiments related to mathematical models that describe how an electron passes through quasicrystalline material. This is an area with many possibilities for undergraduate research.
- Tridiagonal substitution Hamiltonians, I. Spectral analysis (with W. Yessen), submitted.
- Spectra of Discrete Schrödinger Operators with Primitive Invertible Substitution Potentials, submitted.
Joyce Merrilees received a Bachelor of Science in Textiles and Clothing from The Ohio State University and has been in charge of costume realization for Denison's Theatre Department since fall of 2001. As Supervisor of the Costume Shop, Joyce guides the student staff to become proficient in the craft of sewing and makes the designs of the staff or visiting costume designer a reality on stage. She also maintains a custom sewing and tailoring business in Granville.
Instructor Alan D. Miller joined the faculty at Denison in 1999. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Ohio University and teaches courses in journalism. He also advises the student newspaper, The Denisonian. Outside Denison, Miller is Managing Editor for News for The Columbus Dispatch, president-elect of the Associated Press Society of Ohio and a member of the professional advisory board at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.