Affiliated Faculty

Affiliated Faculty

David Border is Associate Professor of Technology Systems. His research interests include digital communication and networking, and intelligent networked devices, and he is currently working on wireless sensor networks
  
Nancy Brendlinger is Associate Professor in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations in the School of Media and Communication. Dr. Brendlinger teaches journalism classes and international studies classes in which she regularly includes environmental issues. She has worked for Peace Corps (Chad, Senegal), for USAID (Indonesia and Croatia) and as a Fulbright Scholar (Indonesia, Slovakia), as well as an exchange teacher in Xi’an,China. She now participates in an environmental communication/cultural exchange project with schools in Tunisia and Algeria.
  
Catherine Cassara-Jemai is an associate professor of Journalism and Media & Communication. She teaches courses in public affairs reporting, international press issues, and media history. She directs a grant program on environmental journalism that brings North African students & faculty to Northwest Ohio and takes American students and faculty to Algeria and Tunisia. The exchange program is funded in part by a three-year, $388,800 grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Dept. of State pursuant to the Fulbright-Hayes Act, as amended in 1961.   
  
Bruce Edwards is Professor of English and Africana Studies, and has served as a faculty member and administrator at BGSU since 1981. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been a Fulbright Fellow to Kenya (1999-2000), and explores the role of higher education in addressing the sustainability issues of East Africa.
  
Jim Evans is a Professor in the Department of Geology. His areas of active research include: (1) the impacts and safety of dams and other hydraulic structures, (2) river restoration through removals of dams, (3) contaminated sediment management, (4) historical changes in rivers, (5) coastal erosion along the Ohio shoreline of Lake Erie, (6) geological impacts of climate change and paleoclimate records, (6) the bedrock geology of Ohio and natural resources, and (7) geological hazards mitigation. He also has an active engagement in public policy issues, which has included working as a legislative assistant to a U.S. Congressman, serving as a Congressional Science Fellow, and serving as a Congressional Liaison to a National Academy of Sciences panel.
  
Jodi Haney is a professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Environmental Sustainability and the School of Teaching and Learning. Her interests include the development of science and sustainability education in both formal and informal settings. Haney's research explores the relationship between motivation, engagement, and success for both educators and K-16 students. Accordingly, she believes sustainability education offers a superb motivating, engaging, and integrative context for learning.
  
  
Sudershan Jetley is an associate professor at College of Technology in Bowling Green State University. He has taught and supervised graduate and undergraduate students in the areas of statics, materi¬als, automation, quality, GD & T, research methods, and manufacturing processes. He is the coordinator of “Green Energy” curriculum in the department and is teaching a “Green Energy “seminar course. He is also serving on graduate thesis committees on rain water harvesting and properties of environmentally friendly polymers.
  
Hailu Kassa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public and Allied Health and is the Coordinator of the Certificate Program in International Health at the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health. His main focus of research is investigating waterborne and foodborne infectious diseases and developing educational and environmental remediation programs for the prevention of childhood lead poisoning in Northwest Ohio. He is affiliated as an adjunct professor with the Environmental Health Program of Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia and is interested in developing teaching and research collaboration with universities in East Africa.
  
Sri Kolla is Professor of Electronics and Computer Technology. His principle interests include electric power and energy systems, control systems, and digital communication systems. His current work involves application of networked control systems and artificial intelligence techniques, and smart grid technologies.
  
 Brian McCullough is an Assistant Professor in the Sport Management, Recreation and Tourism Division in the School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies.  He teaches classes in sport history and sport finance. His research examines the environmental impact and management of sport organizations.  Dr. McCullough's current research included how sport organization transition from environmentally degrading business practices to incorporate environmental initiatives and environmental behaviors or sport spectators.
  
 W. Robert Midden is an associate professor of chemistry and director of the Northwest Ohio Center for Excellence in STEM Education. He is pursuing the scientific investigation of the impact of human activity on water quality with the aim of providing reliable information to guide use of our precious water resources at the same time that we optimize outcomes for other aspects of human welfare. He is currently studying the Portage River watershed as a model for western Lake Erie tributaries addressing especially the issue of nutrient overload focusing at this time on assessing agricultural factors and strategies for minimizing adverse environmental impact of food production.
  
Shannon Orr works in the area of environmental policy with particular attention to the tension among competing interests in the environmental policy formation process. Her research includes the areas of national parks policy and climate change negotiations at the United Nations. She has published research in Policy Studies Journal, PS: Political Science and Politics, State and Local Government Review, American Review of Politics, International Journal of Politics and Ethics and State Politics and Policy Quarterly.
  
 Dan Pavuk is an Instructor and an Ecologist in the Department of Biological Sciences.  He teaches Environment of Life and several courses that focus on the biology and natural history of various groups of animals, including insects, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals. Dan’s research interests include biodiversity of insects, effects of invasive species on ecosystems, sustainable agriculture, and agricultural ecology.
  
 Joy Potthoff, Associate Professor,  is a National Interior Design Qualifying (NCIDQ) certified Interior designer and a researcher in the field of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and the professional accreditation process. She has a doctorate in Art Education and teaches Interior Design in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences (SFCS) at BGSU. In all her interior design courses she incorporates sustainable/green philosophy as part of the course requirement. Her other research interests include: Universal Design and housing through life-span, particularly senior housing; Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) of health-care, library and classroom facilities: and the teaching and profession of Interior Design.
  
  Katerina Rüedi Ray is the Director of the School of Art. As co-chair of the Art in Public Places committee of the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo, she is researching and, with colleagues at and beyond BGSU, is pursuing the realization of public artworks that raise awareness of environmental sustainability as well as public art infrastructures that integrate sustainable technologies (solar, wind and water power) and landscapes.
  
Sheila Roberts is an associate professor in the Department of Geology. Her research interests are in the field of environmental geochemistry, including assessing contamination in surface water and groundwater, contamination of river and reservoir sediments, and soil contamination.
  
 Sara Shipley Hiles is an instructor in the Department of Journalism and PR and a longtime environmental reporter. She teaches environmental reporting, writing for the media, basic reporting and journalism law. Sara has worked as a staff writer at four newspapers, including The Times-Picayune in New Orleans and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She wrote a story on a polluting lead smelter in Peru for Mother Jones magazine and co-authored a book about Hurricane Katrina, "City Adrift: New Orleans Before and After Katrina." She is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists. Sara is interested in environmental issues ranging from air pollution to zebra mussels. She welcomes your tips and story ideas at shiles@bgsu.edu.
  
  
Wayne Unsell is a professor in the Department of Construction Management and has educational and professional experience in geoenvironmental engineering. His interests have focused on the legal, ethical, and economic drivers of environmental action and the impact of these drivers related to environmental site assessments, groundwater quality, and hazardous waste disposal.