BW Welcomes 2014 New Full-time Faculty to Campus

August 1, 2014
Duane Battle

Duane Battle
Assistant Professor, Video Production

Master of Education, Career‐Technical Teacher Education, Kent State
University; Bachelor of Arts, Communication, Cleveland State University; Associate of Arts, Communication, Lorain County Community College.

Academic/Discipline Interests: Television and Film Production; Studio Operations, Robotic Camera Systems, Control Room Operations, Electronic News Gathering.

Prior to this Position: He held the position of media productions teacher at Elyria High School. He also spent 12 years at WJW‐FOX 8 as a technician in the engineering department.

Sarah Binkley

Sarah Binkley

Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Doctor of Philosophy, Chemistry, University of Akron (in progress); Bachelor of Science, Biology, Walsh University; Bachelor of Science, Integrated Science for AYA Education, Walsh University.

Academic/Discipline Interests: Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry.

Prior to this Position: Last year she served as an adjunct professor at BW. Prior, she served in similar adjunct positions at Ohio universities. She began her career as a high school chemistry teacher.
 Brendan Caldwell

Brendan Caldwell
Director of Wind Ensembles, Conservatory of Music

Doctorate of Musical Arts, Conducting, University of Minnesota;
Master of Music, Wind Band Conducting, University of Colorado; Bachelor of Music Education, Louisiana State University.

Academic/Discipline Interests: Wind Conducting, Instrumental Conducting, Instrumental Methods.

Prior to this Position: He served as director of bands and associate professor of conducting at the University of Wisconsin. He has engaged in conducting projects throughout North America with world-renowned artists.

  Greg Harrell

Greg Harrell

Assistant Professor, Applied Voice, Conservatory of Music

Post Graduate, Professional Musical Theatre Program, Manhattan School of Music; Master of Music, Vocal Performance, University of Idaho; Bachelor of Music, Vocal Performance, University of Idaho.

Academic/Discipline Interests: Music Theatre, Classical, Pop/Rock, Jazz

Prior to this Position: He taught in the music theatre program at Western Michigan University School of Music. He has professional experience as a singer in music theatre, classical and operatic roles. He worked for Nickelodeon, Nick@Nite, and TV Land.

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson

Assistant Professor, Nursing

Master of Science, Nursing, Michigan State University; Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Marshall University.

Academic/Discipline Interests: Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Life Support.

Prior to this Position: She has been employed as charge nurse or instructor in various health care facilities and learning institutions, including the Summa Health System, Akron City Hospital and Grand Valley State University.



Chad Malcolm

Assistant Professor, Education

Educational Doctorate, Teacher Leadership, Walden University; Master of Education, Alternative Education, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania; Bachelor of Science, Early Childhood Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana.

Academic/Discipline Interests: Early Childhood Education, Children’s Literature, Classroom Management, Exceptional Learners, Curriculum and Program Planning.

Prior to this Position: He was an assistant professor at St. Catharine College (Ky.). Prior, he taught kindergarten and first and third grades. He also worked in Head Start programs.

Octavio Mas‐Arocas 

Octavio Más-Arocas

Director of Orchestral Studies, Conservatory of Music

D.M.A., Orchestra Conducting, Bowling Green State University (in progress); M.F.A., Orchestra Conducting, Bard College; A.D., Orchestra Conducting, Accademia Musicale Pescarese, Pescara, Italy; M.M., Conservatorio Superior de Música, Valencia, Spain; B.M., Conservatorio Superior de Música, Valencia, Spain.

Academic/Discipline Interests: Symphony, Chamber and Opera Orchestra.

Prior to this Position: He was director of orchestras studies and opera conductor at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music (Wis.). Before that position, he spent four years at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Clare Mathes 

Clare Mathes

Assistant Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience

Doctorate in Psychobiology, University of Florida; Master of Science, Psychology, University of Florida; Bachelor in Psychology, Western Michigan University.

Academic/Discipline Interests: Behavioral Pharmacology, Endocrinology, Neurochemistry of Taste Behavior and Food Intake.

Prior to this Position: Since 2008, she has been a postdoctoral associate at Florida State University.

Maria Mathews 

Maria Mathews

Assistant Professor and Developmental Mathematics Coordinator, Mathematics and Computer Science

Master of Arts, Mathematics, The Ohio State University; Bachelor of Science, Mathematics, BaldwinWallace College (now University); Liberal Arts, Cuyahoga Community College.

Academic/Discipline Interests: Developmental Mathematics.

Prior to this Position: Since 2004, she served as ALEKS placement administrator at BW. Prior, she taught at North Royalton High School. She also has taught evening sections of mathematics at BW.

David Pepin 

David Pepin
Music Theatre Director, Conservatory of Music

Bachelor of Music, Ithaca College.

Academic/Discipline Interests: Music Director/Conductor, Pianist, Vocal Coach, Finale Music Preparation, Keyboard Programming.

Prior to this Position: An accomplished Broadway music director, his resume includes developing "Bring It On: The Musical." Other recent Broadway credits include "The Book of Mormon," "The Addams Family," "Shrek: The Musical," and "Rent."

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Jordan Saul

Associate Director of Choral Studies, Conservatory of Music

Doctor of Philosophy, Music Education, Florida State University (in
progress); Master of Music, Choral Conducting, Westminster Choir College; Bachelor of Fine Arts, Music Education, University of Arizona.

Academic/Discipline Interests: Vocal Pedagogy, Music Perception and Cognition, Cognitive Learning Theories, Classroom Management.

Prior to this Position: She served as graduate teaching assistant at Florida State University and graduate assistant at Westminster Choir College. Prior, she worked at a high school in Arizona.

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Chisomo Selemani

Assistant Professor, Communication Disorders

Master of Arts, Communication Sciences, Case Western Reserve
University; Bachelor of Arts, Communication Disorders, Baldwin‐Wallace College (now University); Lorain County Community College.

Academic/Discipline Interests: Literacy Acquisition, Early Intervention in Speech‐Language Pathology, Cultural‐linguistic Diversity and Speech Language Therapy Service Delivery in the U.S.

Prior to this Position: Her most recent work experiences have been in Africa at the University Teaching Hospital Department of Pediatrics and Child Health.

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Peggy Slavik

Assistant Professor & Core Mathematics Coordinator, Mathematics and Computer Science

Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction–Mathematics
Education, Kent State University (in progress); Master of Education, Secondary Mathematics, Miami University; Bachelor of Science, Education, Miami University.

Academic/Discipline Interests: Biostatistics, Statistics, Modeling and Quantitative Analysis, Algebra, and Pre‐calculus.

Prior to this Position: For nearly 15 years, she was an adjunct professor at BW.

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Andrew Watkins

Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Doctor of Philosophy, Computer Science, University of Kent, U.K.;
Masters of Science, Computer Science, and Master of Arts, English, Mississippi State University; Bachelor of Arts, English, Mississippi State University.

Academic/Discipline Interests: Undergraduate Computer Science Education, Artificial Intelligence, Biologically‐inspired Computation, Parallel and Distributed Computing.

Prior to this Position: He was director of undergraduate studies/instructor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Mississippi State University.

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Megan Williamson

Assistant Professor, Health, Physical Education and Sport Science

Doctor of Philosophy, Exercise Physiology, Kent State University; Master of Arts, Exercise Physiology, Kent State University; Bachelor of Arts, Physical Education/Exercise Science, John Carroll University.

Academic/Discipline Interests: Anatomy and Physiology, Biomechanics, Physiology of Exercise, Exercise Leadership for the Older Adult, Exercise and Weight Control, Jogging.

Prior to this Position: She was active in the Department of Exercise Physiology at Kent State University.

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Gina Yi

Assistant Professor, Music Education, Conservatory of Music

Doctor of Philosophy, Music Education, Michigan State University; Master of Music Education, Ewha Womans’ University; Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance, The Julliard School.

Academic/Discipline Interests: Piano, Early Childhood and General Music Education, Music Education for Special Needs.

Prior to this Position: She was visiting instructor and director of music education at Indiana University‐Purdue University. She also taught at Michigan State University Community Music School and abroad in South Korea.