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Teaching excellence and student success is at the heart of all that we do at Muskingum University.

For over 175 years, students have come to the university's beautiful campus set amongst the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio, received a brilliant education from our student-centered faculty, and then gone on to do extraordinary things. Central to successful teaching is - first and foremost - a genuine dedication to student success. Equally important for student success and teaching excellence is up-to-date proficiency in one's discipline.

From Art to History, Psychology, the Sciences and much more, Muskingum University faculty not only remain engaged in their disciplines, but frequently are at the cutting edge, creating knowledge, insight and understanding that not only advances their disciplines, but - just as importantly - is brought into the classroom for the benefit of our students.

Students at Muskingum University not only benefit from the research conducted by our faculty, but - increasingly - conduct research alongside their faculty. This co-research results in co-authored books, journal articles and even presentations at regional, national and international professional conferences.

Here, below, we have collected the research and creative work carried-out recently by Muskingum University faculty, along with notes spotlighting accomplishments characteristic of the regularly-outstanding work that our faculty do day-in and day-out. The output is as diverse and voluminous as the interests and expertise of our faculty, and only partially reflects our faculty's constant search for knowledge and for enhanced ways of serving our students and the many communities that Muskingum University serves.

For more information about our distinguished faculty - or to book a speaker - we invite you to visit the academic department websites or call the Academics Affairs office. 

Special Mention

Abeyaratne, Harsha (Music)
Dr. Abeyaratne was one of only thirteen university faculty from around the world selected to teach piano and to perform at the Interharmony International Music Festival this past July, in Arcidosso, Italy, located near Siena. Currently in its fifteen year, the Interharmony festival – sponsored by the European Union and the Italian government - is the largest music festival in Europe. His participation in this prestigious event was made possible through a Faculty Development grant from the Office of Academic Affairs.

Arnold, Richard (Political Science)
Dr. Arnold was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor article "What do the SPLC's [Southern Poverty Law Center] post-election hate incidents reports mean?" 12/1/2016. www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2016/1201/What-do-the-SPLC-s-post-election-hate-incident-reports-mean

Conroy, Melissa (Religion)
Dr. Conroy was selected in February as one of only twenty-five scholars, nation-wide, for participation in the Council of Independent Colleges’ (CIC) seminar on Teaching Interfaith Understanding that will be held in June at DePaul University in Chicago.

Zebulon Highben (Music)
Dr. Zebulon M. Highben, Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Muskingum, was named the 2015 winner of The American Prize in Conducting in the College/University Chorus Division. Additionally, Dr. Highben was selected to teach and perform in South Korea as a 2016 Conducting Fellow in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) competitive International Conductors Exchange Program. As a composer, Dr. Highben has received awards from ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and was a Finalist for the 2014 American Prize in Choral Composition.

Laura Hilton (History)
Dr. Hilton was named by The Holocaust Education Foundation (housed at Northwestern University) as a Fellow for their 21st Annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization, which was held from 19 June – 1 July, 2016. Only about twenty-five Fellows are selected annually. This is the second time that Dr. Hilton has been recognized by the Foundation.
In August 2013, Laura Hilton, Professor of History, was one of only eleven invited participants, nationally, to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. for a two-week, research workshop entitled “Landscapes of the Uprooted: Refugees and Exiles in Postwar Europe.” Dr. Hilton presented her work on stateless “Displaced Persons in Germany following the Second World War” and was one of the featured main speakers for the public presentation held on August 23.

William Kerrigan (History)
Dr. Kerrigans’ recent book, Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard: A Cultural History (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) was given a highly-favorable review by the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Michael Kammen of Cornell University. The review appears in the September, 2013 issue of the prestigious New England Quarterly published by MIT. Dr. Kammen notes that: “Kerrigan, the Cole Distinguished Professor of American History at Ohio’s Muskingum University, delivers a succinct, meticulous, and fascinating triple biography of the man, the myth, and the American apple—a fine contribution to cultural and horticultural history.” The complete review may be accessed from this link.

Lekan, Todd (Philosophy)
Dr. Lekan’s paper, entitled "Who Are Moral Philosophers? Ethics James Style," was recently awarded the prestigious Joseph L. Blau Prize by the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy. The Blau Prize is awarded annually at the society’s conference to the author of the paper that “makes the most significant contribution to the history of American Philosophy from colonial times to the recent present.” The paper was presented at the conference in March (2017) and will be published in an upcoming issue of the Pluralist. This is the second time that Dr. Lekan has received the Blau prize.

Rick Nutt (Religion)
Dr. Nutt’s recent book, An Historical Study of United States Religious Responses to the Vietnam War, was given a featured review by Peter Steinfels of Fordham University in the October, 2012 issue of America: The National Catholic Review. Dr. Steinfels is the co-director of the Fordham Center for Religion and Culture, religion correspondent to the New York Times, and a former editor of Commonweal.

Sharp, Rob (Philosophy)
Dr. Sharp has been selected to participate in a special seminar on Meta-ethics taking place in May at Oberlin College. This invitational event brings about twenty scholars together each year to focus upon a particular area of philosophy. Participants this year come from universities such as Cornell, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, and the University of Michigan.

Dr. Sharp has also been chosen as one of only twenty-one scholars, nation-wide, to participate in the Council of Independent Colleges’ (CIC) seminar on the “The Verbal Art of Plato” to be held in July on the campus of the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.

Varley, Jane (English)
A poem written by Dr. Varley was featured recently as the “Poem of the Day” on the website of The Poetry Foundation, a major independent literary organization whose website boasts a large readership from throughout the nation and beyond. The featured poem, Packing the Car for Our Western Camping Trip, originally appeared in the literary magazine Poems and Plays. The poem may be read online at the Poetry Foundation's website.

Wynne, Meghan (English)
Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in Fiction and Non-Fiction, Columbus, Ohio, Spring 2016. The Ohio Arts Council’s Individual Excellence Awards are “peer recognition of creative artists for the exceptional merit of a body of their work that advances or exemplifies the discipline and the larger artistic community.” The awards support artists' growth and development and specifically recognize their work in Ohio and beyond.

Books, Journals and Creative Works

Adams, Amanda (English)
Adams, Amanda (2014). Performing Authorship in the Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Lecture Tour. Burlington, VT: Ashgate (Series in Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Studies).

Alzate, Sandra (Spanish)
Alzate, Sandra (2016). “Una reflexión semiótica sobre los espacios presentes en la novela `En diciembre llegaban las brisas’ de Marvel Moreno." L’Érudit franco-espagnol. Volume 8, Fall 2015, 26-40.

Amstutz-Szalay, Shelly (Health Sciences)
Amstutz-Szalay, S. (2016). “Physician Knowledge of Chagas Disease in Appalachian Ohio Hispanic Immigrants.” Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. DOI: 10.1007/s40615-016-0254-8.

Arnold, Richard (Political Science)
Arnold, R. and A. Umland (2017). “The Radical Right in Post-Soviet Russia” in Rydgren, J. (ed.), The Oxford Handbook on the Radical Right.  New York: Oxford University Press.
Arnold, R. (2016).  Russian Nationalism and Ethnic Violence: Symbolic Violence, Lynching, Pogrom, and Massacre.  Routledge, New York.
Arnold, R. (2015).  “Hate Crimes in Russia: Varieties, Cause, and Interconnections,” in Theoretical Criminology (19, 2: 239-256).
Arnold, R. (2015). “Alexei Navalny and the Russian Opposition,” in Heaney, D., ed., Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia 2015.  New York: Routledge (Europa Regional Surveys of the World Series).
Arnold. R. and A. Foxall (2014).  “Lord of the (Five) Rings: Issues at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games” in Problems of Post Communism (61:1, January-February).
Arnold. R. and A. Foxall (2014). “Lord of the (Five) Rings: Issues at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games,” in Problems of Post Communism 61, 1: 3-13.
Arnold, R. (2013). “Alexei Navalny and the Russian Opposition,” in D. Heaney, ed., Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia 2014 (Europa Regional Surveys of the World Series), New York, Routledge.

Baker, Hallie (Psychology)
Baker, H. and Brown, P. (2015).  “Teaching Retirement Financial Literacy in an Undergraduate Gerontology Classroom: Broadening the Concept of the Tripod or Three-Legged Stool of Retirement Income Utilizing Active Learning.” Gerontology & Geriatrics Education 364, 416-424.
Baker, H. and Cole, K.* (2015).  “Not another Google reference!  Embedded Librarian Improves Online Student References.” In Clay, M.N. and Stone, J. (eds.).  Distance Learning Administration Annual & Conference Proceedings 2015; Carrollton, University of West Georgia.  (*Kristin Cole, Muskingum University Reference-Instruction Librarian.)
Baker, H. (2012) Aging with a Disability Versus Disability with Age.  New York: LAP Lambert Academic Publishing.

Butler, Beth (Spanish)
Butler, B. A. (2016).  “Interrogation: Fernando Lalana.”  In Rolls, A. and R. Franks (editors.), Crime Uncovered: Private Investigator (153-157).  Intellect, Ltd, Bristol, United Kingdom.
Butler, B.A. (2015).  “La anorexia como crisis de identidad en la narrativa española.”  In A. Mateos-Aparicio Martín-Albo and Ángel y de Gregorio-Godeo, E. (eds.), Identidades en contexto y cultura posmoderna: Ensayos críticos (139-145). Oviedo, Spain.  KRK Ediciones.
Butler, B.A. (2013). “Investigando momentos históricos en `El silencio de los claustros y El manuscrito de piedra’: Acercamientos distintos, logros afines.”  In J. Sánchez Zapatero & A. Martín Escribá (Eds.), Historia, memoria y sociedad en el Género Negro: Literatura, cine, televisión y cómic. (pp. 17-24). Santiago de Campostela, Spain: Andavira.

Cowdery, Joy (Education)
Cowdery, J. (2013).  “Way Down Yonder in the Paw Paw Patch: Poverty in Appalachia.” The Poverty and Education Reader: A Call for Equity in Many Voices by Paul C. Gorski and Julie Landsman (November, 2013) Stylus Publishing.
Cowdery, J. (2013).  “Living on the Fringe: Immigrants in Appalachia.” Cross-Cultural Considerations in the Education of Young Immigrant Learners by Jared Keengwe.  Hershey, PA: IGI Global Publishers.

Davis, Matt (Mathematics)
Davis, M. (2015).  “Quadrant Marked Mesh Patters and the r-Stirling Numbers.” Journal of Integer Sequences, Vol. 18, Article 15.10.1.

Decuir, Andrea (English)
DeCuir, A. (2015).  “Visions of Lowell, Light and Dark in Our Mutual Friend”.  In D. C. Archibald and Brattin, J. J. (eds.), Dickens and Massachusetts: The Lasting Legacy of the Commonwealth Visits (113-122).  Amherst & Boston, MA:  University of Massachusetts Press.

Dooley, James (Biology)
Ingold, D.J. and J.L. Dooley (2013). “Nesting success of grassland and shrub-nesting birds on the Wilds, an Ohio reclaimed surface mine.”  Ohio Journal of Science 111:37-41.
Long, Julie and Danny Ingold (2013). “Evaluating impacts of vernal pools on the abundance and diversity of amphibian species on a reclaimed surface mine.”  Ohio Journal of Science 113:22-23.
Ingold, D.J. and J.L. Dooley (2013). “Nest success of grassland birds on a reclaimed surface mine (the Wilds).”  Ohio Journal of Science 113:7.

Dunak, Karen (History)
Dunak, Karen.  "First Ladies Historic Site and Saxton McKinley House,” Journal of American History 101 (June 2014), 213-17.
Dunak, K. (2013). As Long as We Both Shall Love: The White Wedding in Postwar America, New York University Press.
Dunak, K. “‘Heed your creed, fall in love and get married’: New Left Ideology and Romantic Relationships,” Journal of American Culture (March, 2013), 25-31.
Dunak, K. “Teaching the Many Americas of the 1950s,” The OAH Magazine of History (October, 2012), 13-16.

Gosnell, Peter (Religion)
Gosnell, Peter W. (2014).  The Ethical Vision of the Bible.  Learning Good from Knowing God.  Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic.

Highben, Zebulon (Music)
Highben, Zebulon M., ed. (2013).  The Augsburg Motet Book.  Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress Publishers.

Compositions and Arrangements
Highben, Z. M. (2014).  Conventional Wisdom.  Indianapolis: Colla Voce Music.
Highben, Z. M. (2014).  God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending.  St. Louis: MorningStar Music Publishers.
Highben, Z. M. (2014).  “God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending.”  In Within the Seasons of Our Lives: Congregational Hymns and Songs.  St. Louis: MorningStar Music Publishers, 31.
Highben, Z. M. (2013). A Prayer for the Church. Chicago, IL: GIA Publications, Inc.
Highben, Z. M. (2013). In a Lowly Manger Born. St. Louis, MO: MorningStar Music Publishers.
Highben, Z. M. (2013). In the Breaking of the Bread. St. Louis, MO: MorningStar Music Publishers.
Highben, Z. M. (2013). My Hope Is Built. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress Publishers.
Highben, Z. M. (2013). O God of Light. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress Publishers.
Highben, Z. M. (2013).  Christ, Mighty Savior.  St. Louis, MO: MorningStar Music Publishers.
Highben, Z. M. (2013).  Vide Cantas Credas.  St. Louis, MO: MorningStar Music Publishers.
Highben, Z. M. (2013).  When We Are Tempted to Deny Your Son.  St. Louis, MO: MorningStar Music Publishers.
Highben, Z. M. (2012).  Christ Is Alive! Let Christians Sing. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Fortress Publishers.

Highben, Z. M. (2014).  “In Memoriam: Ronald A. Nelson,” Choral Journal 55 (1), 49.
Highben, Z. M. (2014).  “Ronald A. Nelson: An Appreciation,” The Chorister 66 (2), 7.

Laura Hilton (History)
Hilton, L. (2015).  “The Experiences and Impact of the Stateless in the Postwar Period,” Jahrbuch des International Tracing Service, Volume 4: Freilegungen – Spiegelungen des NS-Verfolgung und ihrer Konsequenzen, June 2015: 157-172.

Huber, Walter (Political Science)
Weng, Yifei; Huber, Walter; Wei Xinxin; Zhang, Ruizhen and Xiaoxuan Zhang (2016). “Improving China’s Environment: Increasing Adoption Rates of Energy Efficient Household Appliances,” in Journal of US-China Public Administration, Vol. 13, No. 2: 71-81.
Huber, W. and H. Zhou (2013). “China’s Higher Education System: A Case for Cautious Optimism,” in Journal of US-China Public Administration (Vol. 10, No. 6: 531-543).

Ingold, Danny (Biology)
Ingold, D.J. and J.L. Dooley (2013). “Nesting success of grassland and shrub-nesting birds on the Wilds, an Ohio reclaimed surface mine.”  Ohio Journal of Science 111:37- 41.
Long, Julie and Danny Ingold (2013).  “Evaluating impacts of vernal pools on the abundance and diversity of amphibian species on a reclaimed surface mine.” Ohio Journal of Science 113:22-23.”
Ingold, D.J. and J.L. Dooley (2013).  “Nest success of grassland birds on a reclaimed surface mine (the Wilds).” Ohio Journal of Science 113:7.

Kehrberg, Ana M. H. (Psychology)
Kehrberg, A. M. H. (2016).  “Halloween as an Opportunity for Teaching Biological Psychology.”  In Altman, W., Stein, L., and J. E. Westfall (editors), Essays from E-xcellence in Teaching, 15: 17-21.

Kehrberg, Jason (History)
Kehrberg, J. and A. M. Butz (2016). “Estimating Anti-Immigrant Sentiment for the American States Using Multi-Level Modeling and Poststratification, 2004-2008.”  Research & Politics, 3(2): 1-7.

Kerrigan, William (History)
Kerrigan, William (2012).  Johnny Appleseed and the American Orchard: A Cultural History.  Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.
Kerrigan, William (2012).  "The Invention of Johnny Appleseed" Antioch Review. 70, 4, 608-625.

Lekan, Todd (Philosophy)
Lekan, T. (2012), "A Reconstruction of James' Normative Ethics," William James Studies, Vol. 9, pp. 144-168.

McGuire, Steven (Sociology)
McGuire, Steven (2014). Chroma Sol.  Video.  Columbus International Film and Video Festival.
McGuire, Steven (2014).  Kaleido Brujas.  Video.  Minneapolis Underground Film Festival.
McGuire, Steven (2014).  Kaleido Brujas.  Video. Philadelphia Independent Film Festival.
McGuire, Steven J. (Director and Producer). “A Day in the Life.” Shown and discussed at the Ohio Independent Film Festival. Euclid, Ohio November 7, 2013.

Nutt, Rick (Religion)
Nutt, R. (2014).  "Presbyterian Lessons from the Vietnam War," in Presbyterian Outlook 196 (August 18, 2014): 16-19.
Nutt, R.  "Louisville Seminary: A Family Affair."  Mosaic 18 (Fall, 2013): 6-9.

Rodland, David (Geology)
Rodland, David L. (2014).  “Some like it hot: Strategies for survival in equatorial Greenhouse seas of the early Triassic.” GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 46.
Rodland, D.L., Simões, M.G., Krause, R. K. Jr., and M. Kowalewski (2014).  “Stowing away on ships that pass in the night: sclerobiont assemblages on individually dated bivalve and brachiopod shells from a subtropical shelf.”  PALAIOS, 29:170-183
Rodland, David L. (2013).  “What do lingulid brachiopods tell us about paleotemperature and paleoenvironmental conditions in the early Triassic?”  GSA Abstracts with Programs, v. 45.

Santas, Amy (Biology)
Amy J. Santas, Tyler Persaud, Barbara A. Wolfe, and Jenise M. Bauman (2013) "Noninvasive Method for a Statewide Survey of Eastern Hellbenders Cryptobranchus alleganiensis Using Environmental DNA," International Journal of Zoology, vol. 2013, Article ID 174056, 6 pages. doi:10.1155/2013/174056.

Schumann, Laura (Music)
Various / Laura E. Schumann, (N.D.). Devil Went Down to Georgia. Alliance Publications, Inc.

Sharp, Robert (Philosophy)
Sharp, R. (2013), “Could Superman Have Joined the Third Reich?” In M. White (ed.), Superman and Philosophy: What Would the Man of Steel Do? (pp. 37-45). Hoboken, Wiley-Blackwell.

Soto-Caban, Sandra (Engineering Science)
Soto-Cabán, S. and E. Law (2013). “Using Resistivity Measurements to Determine Anisotropy in Soil and Weathered Rock,” Engineering, Technology & Applied Science Research, 3 (4), 483-487.
Soto-Cabán, S., Selvi, E., and E. Law (2013).  “Multidisciplinary Projects to Enhance Undergraduate Student’s Research Opportunities at a Liberal Arts Institution.”  Proceedings of the ASEE North Central Conference, Columbus, OH
Soto-Cabán, S. (2012).  “A Simple Coaxial Waveguide Fixture Designed for the Measurement of Dielectric Properties of Contaminated Soil.” International Journal of Engineering Research and Development, 4(3), 40-45.

Stambush, Mark (Psychology)
Stambush, M. A., Hill-Mercer, A. E., and B.A. Mattingly (2016).  “Residual fat stigma: The mediating role of perceived effort.” Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, 21: 188-201.

Stevenson, Colleen (Psychology)
DeMarie, D., McLain, J., Mockensturm, L. and Stevenson, C. (2015).  “Children's Interviews, Photographs, and Picture Selections from Two Different Contexts.”  In Robson, S. and S. Flannery Quinn (eds.), The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children’s Thinking, 476-490.  Guilford Press.

Tabachnick, David (Sociology)
Tabachnick, David (2016).  "Two Models of Ownership: How Commons Has Co-Existed with Private Property." American Journal of Economics and Sociology, 75, 2: 488-563.

Turrill, David (Music)
Turrill, David (2014).  “Do You Hear What I Hear: Developing Aural Skills in Beginning Brass Students.”  TRIAD, LXXXI (3), 64-65.

Varley, Jane (English)
Varley, J. (2016). “Choice.” Midwestern Gothic. 22 (Summer 2016): 121.
Varley, J. (2016). “Lesson.” The Main Street Rag. 21.3 (2016): 85.
Varley, J. (2016). “Your Father of Brooklyn.” Slippery Elm 23 June 2016.
Varley, Jane (2014).  “A New Kind of Luck” and “Transition.”  Kestrel, 32 (Spring), 34-35.
Varley, Jane. (2013, April).  "Four Poems and an Interview: The Sea of Nectar, Montana 1990, Richmond, and Moonlanding."  Ed. John Hoppenthaler.  Connotation Press.  http://connotationpress.com

Wagner, Vivian (English)
Wagner, V. (2016). “Splitsville: On the Rise of Divorce Memoirs.” Creative Nonfiction 59 (Spring 2016). 10-13.
Wagner, V. (2016). “Strata.” Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America. Taylor Brorby and Stefanie Brook Trout, eds. Ice Cube Press, 303-308.
Wagner, V. (2016). “Egypt Valley.” Eyedrum Periodically 11 (Summer 2016).
Wagner, V. (2016). “Coal” and “Flint.” Allegro Poetry Magazine 9 (June 2016).
Wagner, Vivian. (2014, August 1).  “Littering and Following the Crowd.”  The Atlantic. Retrieved from http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/08/littering-and-followi…
Wagner, Vivian. (2014).  “Concealed Carry.”  Silk Road: A Literary Crossroads, 12.

Wehage, Franz-Joseph (German)
Wehage, F.-J. (2017). Sammelsurium: A Reader and Workbook for Intermediate German.  Indianapolis: Hacket Publishing Company.
Commissioned Epilogue.  Das Nationalbolschewistische Manifest von Karl O. Paetel.  Hanau: Haag + Herchen, 2012.

Wells, Jane (English)
Wells, J.  (2015).  The Merry Wives of Windsor (The New Kittredge Shakespeare), Boston: Hackett Publishing.  Editor and Introduction.
Wells, J. (2015).  King John and King Henry VIII (The New Kittredge Shakespeare), Boston: Hackett Publishing.  Editor and Introduction with James Lake and Courtney Lehman.

Wilson, William R. (Physics)
Wilson, W. R. (2013). “Using the Chernobyl Incident to Teach Engineering Ethics,” Science and Engineering Ethics, Vol. 19 (2), 625-640.

Zook-Gerdau, Lois (Chemistry)
Knoche, K., Hettige, C., Zook-Gerdau, L. and J. Leddy (2016).  “Film Permeation by Rotating Disk Voltammetry at Electrodes Modified with Electrochemically Inert Layers and Heterogeneous Composites.”  Journal of the Electrochemical Society, 163 (4), H3173-H3181.


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