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Karl Sandin is an urbanist and urban/architectural historian teaching in Denison's Art History Program. His courses include surveys of classical, Medieval, and Renaissance/Baroque art, architecture and planning. Recent seminars include 'Cities Ancient and Modern', 'Sustainable Urban Landscape', and First-Year seminars on housing and homelessness. He links courses and research engagement with Denison's Environmental Studies Program and John W. Alford Center for Service-Learning. His research concerns the nature of neighborhoods and public spaces in urban settings, and in particular on issues of landscape, equity and diversity, and 'mat urbanism'.
Most recently he has engaged in community-based design facilitation with the City of Newark, Ohio. Students in several courses have been involved. These efforts include the 2007 Newark Charrette and the current East Main Street redesign project, undertaken with Newark city officials, local designers/planners, and Columbus, Ohio's Neighborhood Design Center, affiliated with the Knowlton School of Architecture and Planning, The Ohio State University. He received his Ph.D from Rutgers¾The State University of New Jersey in Art/Architectural History, and has been at Denison since 1989.
Ronald E. Santoni is the Maria Theresa Barney Chair Emeritus of Philosophy at Denison University in Ohio and is a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. He received his B.A. degree from Bishop’s University in Canada, his M.A. from Brown University and his Ph.D. from Boston University. He has been a Visiting Scholar (1986, 1990, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008) and a Visiting Lecturer (1990) in The Faculty of Philosophy at University of Cambridge, England; a member of the High Table at King’s College, Cambridge (1999); a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, Cambridge (1986); a Royal Society of Canada Overseas Fellow at the University of Paris (Sorbonne); and, on five occasions, either a Research Fellow, Visiting Fellow, or Visiting Scholar at Yale University. He continues as an Associate Fellow of Berkeley College, Yale University.
In addition to his more recently published book on Sartre, entitled Sartre on Violence – Curiously Ambivalent (Penn State University Press, 2003, 2004), he is author of Bad Faith, Good Faith, and Authenticity in Sartre’s Early Philosophy (Temple University Press, 1995), co-editor of the Doubleday Anchor book, Social and Political Philosophy, editor of Religious Language and The Problem of Religious Knowledge, and is contributing author to eighteen books, including Current Issues in Philosophy; Towards the Understanding and Prevention of Genocide; Nuclear War: Philosophical Perspectives; Genocide: A Critical Bibliographic Review; The Institution of War; Just War, Nonviolence, and Nuclear Deterrence; Violence and Human Co-existence; Hiroshima’s Shadows; Jean-Paul Sartre – Das Sein und Das Nichts (which constitutes a detailed analysis of each part of Being and Nothingness by a group of 13 international scholars); Über Sartre: Perspektiven und Kritiken (2005); Sartre Today: A Centenary Celebration (2006); Sartre: Le Philosophe, l’intellectuel, et la politique (2006), Pourquoi Sartre? (2005) and Lebendiger Sartre (2009) (in which he offers tributes to Sartre), and Revolutionary Hope (2013). He is also contributor to the forthcoming book, L’Actualité de Jean-Paul Sartre: philosophie, littérature, politique.
A scholar of the philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre, Santoni has also published over 165 articles, commentaries and reviews in diverse professional philosophical journals and national magazines. His articles have appeared in journals in Russia, Germany, Poland, Sarajevo and France, as well as in North America. In addition, he has presented numerous papers and commentaries on Sartre and other philosophical topics at national and international meetings of professional philosophical societies. In June 2004, he presented a paper at The University of Paris (Sorbonne) following the “presentation” of his new book, Sartre on Violence – Curiously Ambivalent, by Michel Rybalka. In May 2005, he was one of the two invited American scholars to speak at an International Conference at Université D’Amiens/Picardie in France, honoring the centenary of Jean-Paul Sartre’s birth. In March 2011, he was one of the six invited international scholars – and one of two North American philosophers – to present a paper at a special two-day roundtable colloquium focusing on Sartre’s philosophy, held at the University of Lucerne in Switzerland (Universität Luzern), of which he was guest for three days. The papers of the international colloquium – titled “Zur Aktualität Jean-Paul Sartre: Philosophie, Literatur, Politik” – are expected to appear in book form in 2014 (titled “L’Actualité de la ‘mauvaise foi’ dans l’oeuvre de Sartre – et son influence rétentissante” (“The Pervasiveness of ‘Bad Faith’ in Sartre’s Oeuvre – and the Continuing Impact of It”).
Committed to the integration of scholarship with social concern, he has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences dealing with the morality of violence, war, human co-existence, and nuclear deterrence. He has been past President of both Concerned Philosophers for Peace and International Philosophers for the Prevention of Nuclear Omnicide (IPPNO) (now called International Philosophers for Peace), as well as Vice-president of American and Japanese Professionals Against Nuclear Omnicide (American Division). In 2006, he rejoined the membership of the National Executive Committee of Promoting Enduring Peace, a committee on which he had previously served for more than a decade. In Spring 1964, he was hanged in effigy at the entrance to Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana (an honor for which he is proud) for questioning and standing up against the professional anti-communist agitator and American folk hero, Herbert Philbrick, of the television series and book “I Led Three Lives” fame.
A member of the Executive Committee of The North American Sartre Society and coordinator of the Sartre Circle, he has also been on the Executive Committee of the Institut für Axiologische Forschungen, and a member of the International Advisory Council of the Institute of the Holocaust and Genocide in Jerusalem. Further, he has been a member of the Board of Editors of the Journal for Peace and Justice Studies and a consulting referee for other professional journals and presses.
His biography has been included in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Directory of American Scholars, Contemporary Authors, among other national and international biographical reference books.
Ron is married to Marguerite Kiene Santoni, an exemplary, exceptionally caring, wife and life partner, with whom he has had six loving children who, taken together, have produced for them a creative yield of thirteen inquiring and affectionate grandchildren.
Up until 2013, Sawyer was Denison’s last all-male traditional residence hall. Ironically, it is located on what was known as the Women’s Quad until the mid-1960s, when the men moved in.
Larry Scheiderer has been at Denison since 1992, first as the Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation for 20 years and most recently as the Director of Athletic Operations.
During Scheiderer’s time as director of athletics, Denison has won 11 North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports Championship, which is a league record. In addition, Denison has finished in the top-three of the NCAC All-Sports standings for 14 consecutive years. Under Scheiderer’s direction, DU captured 86 conference team championships, and two NCAA Division III national championships.
The 2010-11 season culminated in Denison’s 12th NCAC All-Sports Championship following seven conference championships in men’s and women’s swimming & diving, women’s basketball, softball, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse and women’s tennis. Women’s soccer and women’s tennis would both advance to the NCAA Division III national quarterfinals (Elite 8) and the men’s swimming & diving team won the national championship in dramatic fashion.
During his final 12 years Denison posted five top-20 finishes in the annual Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, an honor that recognizes success in NCAA postseason competition. In 2005-06, Denison peaked with a 16th place finish in the Directors’ Cup race and the college has never placed lower than 45th out of more than 400 NCAA Division III institutions.
A native of Marysville, Ohio, Scheiderer is a 1977 graduate of Ohio University with a B.S. in education. He completed his master’s degree at Central Michigan University, and holds a Ph.D. from Ohio University.
Sally joined the Department of Communication August 2007. She has been at Denison for 17 years working in the Department of Art, Geology and Geography, Environmental Studies and Women's Studies. She has helped out in the International Studies Department, Dance Department and the History Department. From 1996 through January 2000, she was a part-time employee of the American Economic Association in Nashville, TN. Sally served as assistant to the chair, Dr. Robin Bartlett, for the Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession. She concurrently served as the administrative assistant to CCOFFE (Creating Career Opportunities For Female Economists). She also assisted Robin Bartlett with IAFFE (International Association For Feminist Economics).
Sally has a B.S.Ed from Ohio University. Her husband, Larry, is now Director of Athletic Facilities, after serving for twenty years as Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Director at Denison University. They have two grown sons, Jason (wife Amanda) and Jared. She also has one grandson, Graham.
Jesse Schlotterbeck, Assistant Professor of Cinema, received his Ph.D. in Film Studies from the University of Iowa, where he wrote a dissertation which critically surveys the musical biopic from the 1960s to present. In addition to work on American cinema and film genre, he studies documentary and the relationship between film and other media.
Recent publications include entries in Movies in American History: An Encyclopedia, a piece on film collecting in the internet age in In Media Res, and an entry in World Film Locations: Los Angeles. Jesse’s work also appears in Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies, M/C – A Journal of Media and Culture, the Encyclopedia of Documentary Film, and The Journal of Popular Film and Television.
Jesse continues to study the treatment of musical stars in film biographies and is also engaged in research which explores the relationship between radio dramas and feature films in the classical era and the use of sound in documentary filmmaking. He is currently teaching Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis and an upper-level Seminar: Genre, Authors, and Stars.
- Professor of Biology, Department of Biology at Denison University, 2000 - present
- Chair, Department of Biology at Denison University, 1998-2001
- Director, Denison University Biological Reserve, 1994-2003
- Visiting Lecturer, Department of Biology at Yale University, 1988-1990
- Post-doctoral Research Associate, Department of Zoology at Arizona State University, 1985-1987
- Lecturer, Department of Zoology at The University of Texas at Austin, 1983-1984
Communication signals have both content, information intended to change the behavior of a receiver, and structural properties that determine how the information is transmitted from sender to receiver. My research concerns how the structural properties of visual signals evolve and are shaped by the ecology and environment of animals, whether they are detected by mates, rivals, or predators.
The males of many animals exhibit conspicuous colors that attract mates, advertise fitness, and mitigate conflict between rivals. However, visual signals may be intercepted inadvertently by other species and intentionally by predators. Color patterns evolve in response to some or all of these selection pressures within the limits of an animal's ability to see and produce color. Damselflies are an excellent group of organisms for studying these tensions, as they are highly visual, sexually dimorphic, and vulnerable to visual predators. Some species exhibit courtship displays, territorial behavior, or occur in assemblages of closely related species where signals may be confused. The learning and behavioral repertoires of damselflies are limited and their visual environments are relatively simple to characterize. These qualities make it possible to focus on the properties of color signals that make them more or less easy to detect, and their role in transmitting information.
I am also especially interested in the function of structural colors in insects, which have unique optical properties that may be tuned to certain viewing conditions. Insects produce structural colors through ultrastructural modifications of their exoskeleton. In combination with pigments, structural colors have the capacity to produce a wide variety of adaptive color patterns ranging from the flashing iridescence of some damselflies to the camouflage of tiger beetles.
* Student co-authors
- Schultz,T.D. & O. M. Fincke. 2009. Structural colors create a flashing cue for sexual recognition and mate quality in a Neotropical giant damselfly . Functional Ecology. v. 23 p. 724-732
- Seago, A., Brady, P., Vigneron, J-P. & Schultz, T.D.. 2009. Gold bugs and beyond: A review of iridescence and structural color mechanisms in beetles (Coleoptera) . Journal of the Royal Society Interface. v. 6 p. S165-S184
- Schultz, T.D.. 2009. Diversity and habitats of a prairie assemblage of Odonata at Lostwood National Wildlife Refuge, North Dakota. Journal of Kansas Entomological Society. v. 82 p. 91-102
- Schultz, T.D., C.N. Anderson*, & L. B. Symes*. 2008. The conspicuousness of colour cues in male pond damselflies depends on ambient light and visual system. Animal Behaviour. v. 76 p. 1357-1364
- Fincke, O.M., A. Fargevielle, & T. D. Schultz. 2007. Lack of innate preference for morph and species identity in mate-searching Enallagma damselflies. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. v. 61 p. 1121-1131
- Fincke, O.M., R. Jodicke, D. Paulson, & T. D. Schultz. 2005. The frequency of female-specific color polymorphisms in Holarctic Odonata: why are male-like females typically the minority? . International Journal of Odonatology. v. 8 p. 183-212
- Schultz, T. D. 2001. Tiger beetle defenses revisited: alternative defense strategies and colorations in two neotropical tiger beetles, Odontocheila nicaraguensis and Pseudoxycheila tarsalis (Carabidae: Cicindelinae). Coleopterists Bulletin. v. 55 p. 153-163
- Schultz, T. D. & J. Puchalski *. 2001. Chemical Defenses in the Tiger Beetle Pseudoxycheila tarsalis Bates (Carabidae: Cicindelinae). Coleopterists Bulletin. v. 55 p. 164-166
- Kirkton, S. D.* & T. D. Schultz. 2001. Age-specific behavior and habitat selection of adult male damselflies, Calopteryx maculata (Odonata: Calopterygidae). Journal of Insect Behavior. v. 14 no. 4 p. 545-556
- Schultz, T. D. 1998. The utilization of patchy thermal microhabitats by the ectothermic insect predator, Cicindela sexguttata. Ecological Entomology. v. 23 p. 444-450
- Knisley, C. B. & T. D. Schultz. 1997. The Biology of Tiger Beetles and a Guide to the Species of the South Atlantic States. Virginia Museum of Natural History, Martinsville, VA. p. 236 pp
- Schultz, T. D., M. Quinlan & N. F. Hadley. 1992. Preferred body temperature, metabolic physiology, and water balance of adult Cicindela longilabris: a comparison of populations from boreal habitats and climatic refugia. Physiological Zoology. v. 65 p. 226-242
- Hadley, N. F., A. Savill, & T. D. Schultz. 1992. Coloration and its thermal consequences in the New Zealand tiger beetle Neocicindela perhispida. J. Thermal Biology. v. 17 p. 55-61
- Schultz, T. D. 1991. Tiger Hunt. Natural History. p. 38-44
- Schultz, T. D.& G. Bernard. 1990. Pointillistic mixing of interference colors in cryptic tiger beetles. Nature. v. 337 p. 72-73
- Hadley, N. F., T. D. Schultz, & A. C. Savill. 1988. Spectral reflectances of three subspecies of the tiger beetle Neocicindela perhispida: correlations with their respective habitat substrates. New Zealand J. of Zoology. v. 15 p. 343-346
- Schultz, T. D. & N. F. Hadley. 1987. Microhabitat segregation and physiological differences in co-occurring tiger beetle species, Cicindela oregona and Cicindela tranquebarica. Oecologia. v. 73 p. 363-370
- Schultz, T. D. & N. F. Hadley. 1987. Structural colors of tiger beetles and their role in heat transfer through the integument. Physiological Zoology. v. 60 p. 737-745
- Schultz, T. D. 1986. The role of structural colors in predator avoidance by tiger beetles of the genus Cicindela. Bulletin of the Entomological Society of America. v. 32 p. 142-146
- Schultz, T. D. & M. A. Rankin. 1985. The ultrastructure of epicuticular interference reflectors of tiger beetles (Cicindela). J. Experimental Biology. v. 117 p. 88-110
- Schultz, T. D. & M. A. Rankin. 1985. Developmental changes in the interference reflectors and colorations of tiger beetles (Cicindela). J. Experimental Biology. v. 117 p. 111-118
I find it very satisfying and fun to explore the natural world, but my real passion is for the learning process. The challenge of being exposed to a new idea, questioning it, evaluating it, and even testing it, is very fulfilling for me. I especially enjoy making connections between seemingly disparate ideas or concepts in different disciplines (an important ability in a time when boundaries between scientific disciplines are becoming blurred). The courses I teach all involve integrating different approaches and levels of organization. Sometimes I think I have the perfect job in that I am paid to learn new things and share them with students, and to help them to develop a "Swiss Army Knife" of critical thinking skills. With these skills, they can become good leaders and thoughtful citizens in any field, and better able to face the uncertainty of the future.
- First Year Studies: Animal Talk
- Introduction to the Science of Biology
- Ecology & Evolution
- Biology of Insects
- Animal Behavior
- Senior Research
One of the best aspects of being at a small college is the opportunity for close faculty-student collaboration on independent research. I have had the pleasure of advising a number of undergraduate students who have conducted a variety of outstanding research projects, many of which have been presented at national scientific meetings. As a research advisor, I involve students in my studies of insect behavioral ecology or enlist students interested in conservation biology in conducting inventories and monitoring studies at the Bio Reserve and other sites in Licking County. In almost all cases, these projects require a summer of field work prior to the senior year. In the past, my summer research students have been supported with Anderson Research Fellowships or stipends provided through the Denison University Research Foundation.
Research Projects Supervised
- Brindle, A. 2008. Differing social environments between primate populations may generate false positive evidence of cultural variation. *
- Gorsich, E. 2008. Ommochrome signaling in male Enallagma damselflies: can long wavelength coloration be correlated with territorial behavior? *
- Bring, B. 2007. A study of odonate community development, habitat preferences, and colonization among ponds and artificial wetlands at Dawes Arboretum.
- Horn, J. 2007. Suburban habitat fragmentation: effects on migratory and residential songbirds in Central Ohio. *
- Symes, L. 2007. Polychromatism and sex identity signals in the damselfly genus Enallagma. *
- Symes, L. 2006. Polychromatism in the damselfly Enallagma civile and an assessment of the Male-Mimicry Hypothesis. (Poster presented at 2006 Meeting of the Ecological Society of America).
- Hughes, D. 2005. The interspecific roosting behaviors of the Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) and Black Vulture (Corapgys atratus).
- Dunlevy, J. 2003. Investigations of summer bird residents at five sites within Licking County.
- Anderson, C. 2002. Enallagma damselfly colors as visual signals in relation to ambient light and visual backgrounds. * (Poster presented at 2002 Meeting of the Ecological Society of America).
- Bucci, L. 2002. Effects of vegetation and landscape on butterfly diversity and abundance. *
- Clark, E. 2002. Corellations of odonate diversity with lotic habitat characteristics.
- Menninger, H. 2000. Examining the ecology of an indicator taxon: damselfly species diversity and the role of habitat heterogeneity. * (Paper presented at 2000 Meeting of Ohio Odonata Society).
- Hauck, A. 1999. Correlation between male damselfly colorations and the light environments of courtship arenas. *
- Menninger, H. 1999. Initiation of a long-term monitoring program for Odonata at the Denison University Biological Reserve. (Poster presented at 1999 Meeting of the Entomological Society of America).
- Kirkton, S. 1997. Babes in the woods: age-specific dispersal in the territorial damselfly, Calopteryx maculata. * (Paper presented at 1997 Meeting of the Ecological Society of America).
- Scheub, C. 1997. Diversity and abundance of the Papilionoidea at the Denison University Biological Reserve.* (Poster presented at 1996 Meeting of the Entomological Society of America).
- Kirkton, S. 1996. Why do male ebony jeweling damselflies (Calopteryx maculata) aggregate far from territorial breeding sites? (Poster presented at 1996 Meeting of the Entomological Society of America).
- Casey, J. 1996. The significance of interference colors and visual communication in Phidippus audax, the daring jumping spider. *
- Godfrey, P. 1996. Optimal site choice and foraging posture of the ambush predator Phymata fasciatus. *
- Forbes, B. 1995. Substrate matching and cryptic defenses in the toad bug Gelastocoris oculatus. *
- Stocker, E. 1995. Spectral sensitivity of the visual system in the praying mantis, Sphrodomantis lineola. (Paper presented at the 1994 Meeting of the Entomological Society of America).
- Angalich, L. 1994. Correlation between conspicuousness and escape flight behavior among species of tiger beetles. * (Poster presented at the 1993 Meeting of the Entomological Society of America).
- Gallo, T. 1994. A review of the history and efficacy of the Endangered Species Act and prospect for its renewal. *
- Price, C. 1994. A comparative study of insect colonization and decomposition of pig carrion in central Ohio. * (Paper presented at the 1994 Meeting of the Ohio Academy of Science).
- Puchalski, J. 1994. Comparative chemical analysis of the defensive secretions of tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and leave beetles (Chrysomelidae). *
- Van Antwerp, A. 1994. Light gap utilization and behavioral thermoregulation by the green forest tiger beetle, Cicindela sexguttata. * (Poster presented at the 1993 Meeting of the Entomological Society of America).
* denotes Honors Project
- Animal Behavior Society
- Coleopterist's Society
- Dragonfly Society of America
- Ecological Society of America
- International Society of Behavioral Ecology
- Ohio Odonata Society
- Society for the Study of Evolution
Senior Associate Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Lynn Schweizer brings 40 years of experience in athletics to Denison University. As part of her athletic administrative role, Schweizer serves as the North Coast Athletic Conference administrative liaison to the both the Swimming and Diving Committee, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
In addition to assisting with the intercollegiate athletics program, Schweizer also serves as Denison’s Director of Club Sports and Intramurals. One of the model recreation programs in Division III, approximately 700 students participate in Denison’s offering of 32 club sports. Additionally, over 30 percent of the student body competes annually in Denison’s extensive intramural sports program.
Schweizer has been honored frequently throughout her distinguished career but in 2004 she was selected as one of 20 Sports Ethics Fellows by the Institute for International Sports. The Sports Ethics Fellows were chosen for ability to inspire and motivate others to make sports a positive, character building experience for every athlete.
Prior to moving into an administrative role, Schweizer spent over 15 years as a coach in the Denison athletic department. She began her coaching career in 1973 as the head women's basketball coach, a position she held until 1980. From 1974 through 1985 she served as the head women's swimimng coach and from 1974-86 she held the title of head women’s diving coach. Denison has grown into one of the top swimming and diving programs in the nation and Schweizer played a large role in the development of the men’s and women’s program’s in the 70s and 80s.
In 1983 Schweizer coached a record six Denison athletes to the Division III national championship meet in Canton, Ohio. That year Nancy Dunn became Denison's first national champion (in any sport) when she won the 50-yard butterfly. In 1986 Schweizer was named the NCAA Women’s National Diving Coach of the Year after coaching Natalie Gibbs and Tiffany Jeisel to a pair of All-American performances at the Division III Championship. Schweizer also coached the men’s diving team from 1984-86 and at the 1986 national championship, Rob Burnett became the first male All-American diver in school history. Additionally, Schweizer coached Denison's synchronized swimming teams from 1974-79. In the fall of 2010, Schweizer was inducted into the Denison Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame.
Schweizer was instrumental in the development of the Physical Education program at Denison, serving as the department chair for 19 years from 1985 through 2004. Part of Schweizer's administrative role has included serving on many committees to further develop and improve not only the athletics program but the educational aspect, as well. During her tenure, she has served on over 40 campus committees and currently serves on the Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics (CIA); Eating Disorder Intervention Team (EDIT); CARE Advocate; Denison Student-Athlete Advisory Council (DSAAC); Varsity D Association Athletic Hall of Fame; APER Facilities Committee; and the University Signage Committee.
In addition to her work on various campus committees, Schweizer is active in the local community and has been the chair of the American Red Cross Water Safety board for Licking County for over 20 years. In 2002, she was awarded the Licking County Red Cross Outstanding Community Achievement Award for her 35 plus years as a volunteer for the Red Cross.
Schweizer earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Ohio University in 1971, and went on to receiver her master’s in physical education from The Ohio State University in 1980.
Mark Seamon (Assistant Professor) holds his B.A. in Communication and Theatre from the University of Notre Dame, M.A. in Theatre from Miami University (Ohio), and Ph.D. in Theatre from The Ohio State University. Mark's research interests include acting and directing, contemporary American drama, solo performance, theatre for young audiences, musical theatre, and race and gender studies. Mark is a director, stage manager, and active member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), the American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), and the Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC). He teaches acting and directing at Denison.
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Created especially for sophomores and juniors, Denison Seminars exemplify the best of the liberal arts, transcending the traditional boundaries of academic departments, programs and divisions.
Maureen earned a B.S. in business administration from Ohio Dominican University. She joined the Denison staff in 2008. She facilitates relationships between donors and students through maintained scholarships. Maureen has worked in stewardship and volunteer-coordination roles for the last 10 years, after working in the telecommunications field with network design and major account management roles.
Ashley Shaffer has been employed as the Denison track & field assistant coach since the fall of 2011. The Lancaster, Ohio native served as the 2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field intern for the championship meet hosted by her alma mater Ohio Wesleyan University. Her duties included helping with meet set-up and management, and organizing meet workers. Shaffer also completed, organized and filed all purchase orders.
Prior to her NCAA internship, she earned her master’s degree at Muskingum University in 2010. While serving as a graduate assistant for the Muskies, Shaffer coached a four-time national qualifier in the triple jump. She also assisted in the training of cross country athletes.
Shaffer earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2008. The product of Lancaster High School was a five-time national qualifier, and earned All-American honors in the Heptathlon in 2007. She was a 31-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection, a 13-time conference champion, and was named NCAC Indoor Sprint/Hurdle MVP in 2005 and 2006.
Ginny earned a B.A. in geology from Denison and worked in banking for several years. She returned to her alma mater in 2007, after more than 15 years of extensive volunteer work, including fundraising, event planning and public relations. In her role as media relations manager, Ginny handles the college's news and events releases, contributes content to TheDEN website, answers inquiries from and pitches story ideas to the media, and works in cooperation with departments across campus to help publicize their activities and events.
Assistant Professor of Sociology/Anthropology K. Russell Shekha joined the faculty in 2012. He received his B.A. in Anthropology with magna cum laude honors from Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Shekha earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the Florida State University. His advanced training and specializations include the Sociology of Human Rights, the Welfare State, Collective Behavior and Social Movements, Political Sociology and Public Policy, Latin America, and Quantitative, Qualitative and Comparative-Historical Methodologies.
"At Denison University I focus specifically on providing engaged and active learning experiences to our students in the use of survey research methods to analyze social patterns and problems, the impacts of universal human rights and global/transnational social movements on society and culture, and the development of socio-political forces in Latin American societies. I work to generate excitement and understanding of American and global society and culture more broadly in our introductory course.
I extend teaching beyond the classroom to mentor our students throughout their academic careers. For example, I offer office hours on a regular basis, advise students on academic course and discipline selections, and provide tools and resources to balance academic, extracurricular, and social life. Just as importantly, I mentor seniors and summer scholars students as they develop their own independent interests culminating in top quality research projects that help prepare them for the variety of work that our majors do after they leave Denison.
My research interests are fueled by a desire to understand how universal human rights, global/transnational social movements, democratization, and globalization impact poverty/inequality, access to quality public health and educations, improvements in social welfare systems, and social equality for groups such as migrant workers, children, women, and racial/ethnic minorities. I also do research on public attitudes towards the welfare state and human rights which complement my larger interests above. I do all of this primarily using quantitative, sociological methods and blend and integrate sociological, anthropological, political economy, and international theoretical perspectives. My geographic interests are primarily in Latin America and other democratizing and developing regions, but also in the United States and Western Europe."
Jack Shuler is associate professor of English and teaches courses in early American literature and Black Studies. He earned his Ph.D. in English from the Graduate Center – CUNY in 2007. His book Calling Out Liberty: The Stono Slave Rebellion and the Universal Struggle for Human Rights (Mississippi University Press, 2009) explores the development of human rights in early America repositioning the often-assumed sources of these important and often challenged ideals.
His second book, Blood and Bone: Truth and Reconciliation in a Southern Town (University of South Carolina Press, February 2012), examines the 1968 Orangeburg Massacre, the killing of three black students at a historically black college in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Shuler’s hometown. Part memoir, part history, the book explores how the community has and has not changed since 1968 in an effort to understand the challenges of racial reconciliation in the 21st century. Shuler’s criticism, interviews, reviews, and poems have appeared in the Columbia Journal of American Studies, Southern Studies, South Carolina Review, Fast Capitalism, Reconstructions: Studies in Contemporary Culture, Hanging Loose, The Brooklyn Review, Big City Lit, and Failbetter.
Before teaching at Denison, Shuler taught at Brooklyn College and worked as a project and development director for the Brooklyn College Community Partnership, an organization working to expose youth in under-served communities to the college experience.
Shuler teaches ENG 230 (American Literature before 1900), FYS 101 (Writing and Human Rights), and special topics courses on American literature and slavery.
Diane earned her bachelor’s degree in consumer relations from The Ohio State University. After working several accounting and office management positions in the for-profit arena, Diane joined the Denison development office in 1998. During the last 15 years, she has worked as the planned giving program assistant and as one of the coordinators of the 50th reunion program.