College of Arts and Science, Miami University
Alumni Update
March 2022
27 CAS faculty awards promotions and/or tenure
27 CAS faculty members (including 3 not pictured) were among the 56 total awarded tenure and/or promotion by the Miami University Board of Trustees. Their new positions will begin on July 1.
Chris Makaroff
From Dean Chris Makaroff
Dear Alumni and Friends:
First off, it is my pleasure to offer congratulations to the 27 CAS faculty members (24 pictured above) who have been awarded promotion and/or tenure beginning July 1. These are key milestones for those moving through the ranks of academia. Our faculty have always shown incredible dedication for their students' education and are wonderful mentors, so this news is particularly welcome after their hard work and persistence throughout the difficulties of teaching during this pandemic. I wish all of them the best of luck.
We are currently in the middle of our most active recruiting period of the year. Our in-person Make it Miami events are currently going strong, and Miami's Center for Career Exploration and Success has introduced a new opportunity for employer recruiting this spring.
CAS and the Department of Global & Intercultural Studies are sponsoring an April 4 viewing of the independent film "A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps." The 7:30 p.m. screening will be preceded by a special faculty and alumni panel and take place at the Armstrong Student Center's Wilks Theater.
In other news, Intel Corp has recently announced plans to invest $20 billion in Ohio by opening two semiconductor fabrication plants in our state. Part of the company's commitment includes a $100 million partnership with Ohio universities and colleges to establish a pipeline for new high-paying jobs and research programs.
CAS sees this investment by Intel as an incredible opportunity for all our students. We provide the largest cohort of Miami graduates each and every year, and with the vast and diverse assortment of majors that we offer, their possibilities are truly endless. We are excited to monitor the progress of this new venture and will be sure to provide updates.
I also wish to note that our new 27-month Physician Associate (PA) program has just launched its website as it prepares for its first cohort of students for next spring. Stay tuned for more developments about this exciting new graduate program.
Finally, I'm proud to announce that Matt Sause will be the CAS alumni speaker for our annual Recognition Ceremony on May 14. Matt is a Microbiology grad and president and CEO of Roche Diagnostics Corporation North America. Based in Switzerland, Roche is the world’s largest biotech company, and they've played an essential role in diagnostic testing during the COVID-19 pandemic. We're very grateful to have Matt join us, and we'll have more information about him in our next newsletter.
Love and Honor,

CAS Top Stories

Model Arab League team wins seven regional awards
On Feb 18-19, the Miami University Model Arab League team competed at the Ohio Valley Regional Model Arab League at Shawnee State University.
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Associate Professor of Media and Communication Mack Hagood uses his podcast to take listeners on a sonic journey through the arts and humanities, diving deep into the world of sound to ask provocative questions that resonate across the human experience.
Rodney Coates emphasizes the importance of representation in critical race theory educational policy
Coates, recipient of the College of Arts and Science’s 2022 Distinguished Educator award, presented his lecture, “Critical Race Theory and the Search for Truth.

CAS Student News and Spotlights

CAS student and alumni Fulbright semifinalists
Nine CAS students and alumni are semifinalists in the 2022-2023 Fulbright U.S. Student competition. Nationwide, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program received over 9,000 applications for the 2022-2023 grant cycle.

More CAS student news

    Brendan Morrison
    Navkiran Chima
    Victoria Lopez Rangel
    Camaryn Bennett, Joseph Corbett, and Denali Selent
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    • Brendan Morrison has been named a finalist in the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) competition. Miami's other three semifinalists, Navkiran Chima, Victoria Lopez Rangel, and Liam Martin, have all been named alternates in the intensive overseas summer language and cultural immersion program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.
    • LSAMP Scholars Camaryn Bennett (Chemistry), Joseph Corbett (Anthropology), and Denali Selent (Environmental Engineering & Environmental Science co-major) presented their STEM-based research and participated in workshops for the 2022 Ohio Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Conference last month.
    • SPOTLIGHT: Senior Sarah Noonan is a double major in American Studies and Political Science and co-captain of Miami's RedHawks Women's Synchronized Skating Team.
    • SPOTLIGHT: First-year student Katheryn Antonowich is a Geography & Sustainable Development major and swims for the Miami RedHawks Swimming and Diving Team.

    CAS Alumni News and Spotlights

    Shea Hendry '15 (History and Classics), currently a graduate student in the History and Library and Information Science dual-masters program at Simmons University, was recently named a recipient of the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, considered by most as second only to the Rhodes Scholarship. She is Miami's first-ever winner of this award.
    "If you are interested in something, if you want something, or if you’re passionate about something, you should never self-reject," Shea says. "You should never be the one to say no to yourself."
    Miami University’s Office of the President and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion are proud to introduce the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Miami Online coursecompletely free to alumni, faculty, and staff.
    This series has been specifically designed to support mid- and senior-level leaders in incorporating critical DEI skills and strategies in their workplaces and communities. 
    The in-depth, 45-minute modules, developed and led by distinguished Miami faculty and staff experts, will tackle 10 essential topics, including: 
    • bias, stereotypes, and microaggressions
    • cultural intelligence; race and anti-racism
    • ableism
    • strategies for workplace inclusiveness
    As you know, we all benefit from advancements in DEI, and workplaces actively seek out candidates with skills and knowledge in DEI. In our globalized world, the way to thrive is to be diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
    Course registration is open until March 14. After you register, you can complete the course at your own pace March 14 - May 31. Check out our brief promo video of this exciting new initiative.
    Register for the DEI Miami Online Course
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    von der Sitt
    Carol Anderson '81
    Elizabeth Pierce '93
    Carmin Gade '97
    Damon A. Williams, PhD '94, '96

    CAS Faculty News and Spotlights

    Stephen Norris Hannah Chapman Scott Kenworthy
    Ask the Experts about Russia and Ukraine: Walter E. Havighurst Professor of Russian History and Director of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies Stephen Norris, Assistant Professor of Political Science Hannah Chapman, and Associate Professor of Comparative Religion Scott Kenworthy answer questions about the recent developments on Russia's invasion of Ukraine, including history and religion of the region and Putin's motivations.
    Beth Rimer
    Matthew Crain
    Michael Vanni
    Tereza Jezkova
    Ellen Yezierski
    Stacey Lowery Bretz
    Daisy Hernández
    Paul Mitchell
    In Memoriam
    Paul Mitchell passed away on Dec. 3, 2021. He taught Russian language, literature, and film at Miami University from 1973 until his retirement in 2008.
    Testimonials from some of Paul's Miami colleagues include:
    "Paul was totally dedicated to Russian studies, to teaching, scholarship and to the department and his students. He embodied the teacher-scholar model and put it to practice throughout his career. - Robert Di Donato - Professor Emeritus of German, former Chair
    "I have fond memories of the conversations I had with Paul, our many interactions on the Russian Program." - Audrone Willeke - Professor Emerita of Russian, former Chair
    "Paul was devoted to his students and a stalwart colleague. He was continually supportive to the Russian program and its endeavors. - Margaret Ziolkowski - Professor Emerita of Russian, former Chair
    "Paul was a devoted teacher with a wide range of scholarly interests.  He was one of the people who made me feel at home when I moved to Oxford." - Benjamin Sutcliffe - Professor of Russian
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