Ohio Wesleyan University hired four adjunct professors this fall who continue the faculty’s work to “teach students the skills they need to be fully equipped 21st century global strategists,” Vice President Karlyn Crowley said. , Ph.D.
“These educators continue to focus on the flexibility, interdisciplinarity, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) of Ohio Wesleyan,” said Crowley, who oversees the Ohio Wesleyan Academic Experience. . “They help us advance the strategic direction of OWU and higher education itself by attracting and shaping students ready to solve the world’s toughest problems.”
Crowley defines “flexibility” as the ability to teach in a variety of ways to successfully reach students; “interdisciplinarity”, i.e. the ability to draw on multiple fields of study within the framework of their own courses and to work with other professors to provide teaching that is both broad and thorough; and “DEI” as an essential component of teaching and mentoring “because our diverse and global world depends on inclusive excellence”.
The new Ohio Wesleyan Assistant Professors, along with their departments and backgrounds are:
Mathematics and computer science
Hanliang “Han” Guo, Ph.D., has a broad interest in applied mathematics, particularly biological fluid mechanics and scientific computing. Much of his research focuses on mathematical modeling of eyelashes and ciliary flows. He is also interested in data-driven approaches applied to fluid mechanics problems, such as the design of micro-robots in complex fluids. Guo is OWU’s first faculty-industry liaison and will strive to connect math/computer science students with internship and career opportunities as Columbus, Ohio becomes the “Silicon Midwest.” He received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Southern California.
Matthew McCurdy, Ph.D., focuses his current research on how groundwater and surface water interact, and how heat can impact these interactions. McCurdy received his Ph.D. from Florida State University, focusing on applied and computational mathematics with an emphasis on fluid dynamics.
physics and astronomy
Yunhua Ding, Ph.D., focuses his research on theoretical studies of spacetime symmetries, the foundation of Einstein’s general relativity. Ding received his doctorate in physics from Indiana University in Bloomington and worked as a visiting assistant professor at several liberal arts colleges.
Krystal Cashen, Ph.D., focuses her research on LGBTQ+ parents and adoptive families, examining how experiences unique to these families (such as stigma and community ties) shape outcomes, including identity development and close relationships in adulthood emerge. Cashen received her doctorate in developmental sciences from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
New Ohio Wesleyan faculty joins a university where all OWU faculty are classroom teachers, instructing, counseling and mentoring students to help them succeed and thrive while pursuing their undergraduate and planning their path in life. This is the university’s second cohort, and Ohio Wesleyan is currently recruiting for tenure-track positions for 2023 using the cohort model.
Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan scholars at www.owu.edu/academics.
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