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Faculty Mentor List

Meet EKU's finest mentors!

Mentees please browse the mentors to find a match for your interests. Faculty members are listed by Department, with their specific interests in parentheses.

Faculty, if you are not on the list and want to be included please feel free to contact Michael Lane at



Carla Hagan

Barbara Jones

Stephen Richter

John Settimi


Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work

James Maples

Ben Freed (physical anthropology, primatology, conservation)


Applied Engineering and Technology

Vigs Chandra


Applied Human Sciences

Meg Gravil

Mary Sciaraffa (Early childhood, family stress)

Lisa Gannoe

Susan Kipp


Art, Communication, Music and Design

Isaac Powell

Melissa Vandenberg



Kenneth Blank (medical entomology, insect pathology) 

Amy Braccia (aquatic biology, stream ecology, aquatic entomology) 

David Brown (wildlife conservation, migratory bird ecology)

Lindsey Cormier (pharmacology,blood pressure regulation, breast cancer)  

Patrick Calie (phylogenetics and species biology) 

Luke Dodd (conservation biology, forest entomology, wildlife ecology and management)  

Charles Elliott (wildlife-habitat relationships)  

Malcolm Frisbie (physiological ecology of insects and amphibians) 

David Hayes (conservation biology, DNA-based biomonitoring, invertebrates) 

Jennifer Koslow (plant evolutionary ecology, ecology and evolution of infectious disease, rare plant conservation) 

Oliver Oakley (reproductive immunology, viral immunology) 

Marcia Pierce (Microbiology)  

Stephen Richter (ecology, conservation, herpetology), lab page:

Bill Staddon (microbial ecology, antibiotics resistance, pedagogy) 

Stephen Sumithran (conservation biology, international conservation) 

Andrew Wigginton (aquatic biology, aquatic toxicology, environmental ecotoxicology) -



Jamie Fredericks (Forensic science)


College of Business

Jim Blair (Consumer Behavior)

Zek Eaer (Finance)

Tahsin Huq (Corporate Finance)

Ki-Jung Kim (Human Resoruce Management)

James Kirby Easterling (Supply Chain)

Amir Naderpour (Operations and Supply Chain Management)

Qian Xiao (Stategic Management)

Mengjie Xu (Unethical Leadership)

Juan Zhang (Property/Casualty/Life Insurance)

Yi Zheng (Sales Management and Interfirm Relationships)


Counseling and Educational Psychology

Angela Spiers (Counseling education)


Criminal Justice Studies

James Wells (research and evaluation)

John Brent (Crime and Punishment)

Scott Hunt (Criminal Justice)



Dominic Ashby

Lisa Day (feminism, rape culture, 19th-21st century literature)

Charlotte Rich


Environmental Health Sciences

Gary Brown (occupational health, industrial hygiene)

Ashlee Davis 

Jason Marion (waterborne diseases, epidemiology, environmental public health)


Exercise & Sport Science

Michael Lane (exercise & performance, supplementation, body composition)

Matthew Sabin (Concussion)



Steven Barracca (comparative politics, political philosophy, American politics)



David Coleman (Medieval/early Modern European history, Honors theses)

Carolyn Dupont

Todd Hartch (Latin America, Christianity, church and state)

Timothy Smit (History)

Bradford Wood (Colonial/Revolutionary America, slavery)


Languages, Culture, and Humanities

Allison Buck (Gender and Sexuality)

Amanda Green (Cultural Anthropology)

Erik Liddell (interdisciplinary humanities and aesthetics)

Abbey Poffenberger (gender studies, Latin American studies, Mexican indigenous culture, US immigration policy)

Sara Rico-Godoy (migration, transborder identiy, Latinidad, Hispanics in the U.S.)


Physics, Geosciences, and Astronomy

Walter S. Borowski (Geology)

Jason Fry (Nuclear, Particle, and Computational Physics)

Thomas Jarvis

Kelly Watson (remote sensing, GIS, and landscape ecology)

John White (Geology)

David Zurick


Math & Statistics

Shawn Clift

Samuel Kakraba (machine learning, data science, mathematical modeling)



Bernando Scarambone (Music)


Occupational Therapy

Julie Baltisberger (school-based practice, oncology, mixed methods research)

Marcia Pierce (streptococcus, antibiotic resistance, molecular biology)

Jennifer Hight (Pediatrics)


Philosophy & Religion

Laura Newhart



Jonathan Gore (self-concept, motivation, culture)

Sara Incera (language, cognition)

Adam Lawson (neuroscience)

D. Alex Varakin (visual cognition, attention, memory, time perception)

Matthew Winslow (empathy, stereotypes)


School of Engineering, Aviation, Construction and Technology

Ni Wang (Engineering Design, Computer Aided Design, Robotics)


Spanish and Latinx Studies

Jose Juan Gomez-Becerra (Spanish in the US through Culture and Literature) 

Sara Ricogodoy (Latin American Society and Politics)


Special Education

Sue Mahanna-Boden (speech/language/hearing disorders, spiritual aspects of professional practice), professional issues)


Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership

Jiyeon Park (Instructional and Assistive Technologies) 

Gergory Smith (Learning and Memory)

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