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Committee

Michael Bailey-Van Kuren, Assoc. Professor, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

Michael Bailey-Van Kuren received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a PhD. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Miami University where he Is also an affiliate faculty member of Miami’s Interactive Media Studies Program and directs the Rapid Prototyping and Fabrication Lab. Michael utilizes his background in robotics and controls to design new mechatronic interfaces and devices for pediatric assistive technology. Current projects seek to design an immersive environment that will engage and motivate developmentally delayed children to perform routine therapy.

Susan Ewing, Distinguished Professor, Art

Susan EwingSusan Ewing earned her MFA with Distinction from Indiana University. She received her BA from Indiana and AA from Stephens College in 1975. She has headed the undergraduate and graduate Metals program since 1981. From 1997-99, Ewing was a Senior Fulbright Lecturing Scholar, teaching metalsmithing at the Academy of Art, Architecture, and Design in Prague, Czech Republic. In 1999, she was a guest professor teaching an International Masterclass at the Royal College of Art, London, England. In 1996, Ewing was awarded Miami University’s highest faculty honor, the Benjamin Harrison Medallion, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Ohio Designer Craftsmen. In 1993, President Clinton honored Ewing as one of eighty artists selected for the White House Collection of American Craft, and her work is now part of the National Archives/Clinton Presidential Library permanent collection. She has received five Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships since 1987 and was one of four Ohio artists selected for the 1996 Ohio Arts Council/Soros Center for Contemporary Art’s Czech and Ohio Visual Artist Exchange Project. Ewing’s collaborations with Czech sculptor Vratislav K. Novák have resulted in two major public art commissions, including Konvergence (2003) for the Aronoff Center for the Arts, and the Crystalline Tower (2001/2005) for the Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park, both in Cincinnati. In 2005, Ewing was commissioned to create StarLIne, a 22-foot by 30-foot stainless steel sculpture, for the new Veterans Memorial Plaza at the Voice of America Centre, West Chester, Ohio. Miami University named Susan Ewing a Distinguished Scholar in 2002 and a Distinguished Professor of Art in 2005.

Peg Faimon, Director, MDC & Professor, Graphic Design

Peg FaimonPeg Faimon received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Indiana University and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University, earning the Norman Ives Memorial Award. She is currently Director of the Miami Design Collaborative, Co-Director of the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies, and Professor of Graphic Design. She Is also an affiliate faculty member of Miami’s Department of Architecture and Interior Design. She was named the Miami University School of Fine Arts Crossan Hayes Curry Distinguished Educator in 2000 and the Naus Family Faculty Scholar in 2008. In addition to teaching, Ms Faimon maintains a design consultancy and she has received national and international recognition for her design work. Peg Faimon is also the author and designer of Design Alliance: Uniting Print and Web Design to Create a Total Brand Presence, and the co-author, with John Weigand, of The Nature of Design: How the Principles of Design Shape Our World – from Graphics and Architecture to Interiors and Products, both published in 2003 by HOW Design Books. Her third book, entitled The Designer’s Guide to Business and Careers: How to Succeed on the Job or on Your Own, was published in 2009 by HOW Design Books, with the Kindle version released in 2011.

Scott Johnston, Assoc. Professor, Architecture & Interior Design

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James Lentini, Dean, School of Fine Arts

James Lentini is an American composer and guitarist recognized for performances of his compositions worldwide. His works have been performed by distinguished solo artists such as guitarist William Kanengiser and by international ensembles including the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland) and the Bohuslav Martinu Orchestra (Czech Republic). In addition to many commissions, his honors include first prize in the 2004 Choral Composition Contest at Bluffton College, the 2002 Segovia International Composition Prize, the Atwater-Kent Composition Award (first Prize), the McHugh Composition Prize, a grant from “Meet the Composer,” and several awards from ASCAP. In 2003, Dr. Lentini participated as a juror in the Segovia International Guitar Competition in La Herradura, Spain. He has been a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, and his work has been featured in new music festivals throughout Europe and the United States. In 2007, Dr. Lentini accepted the appointment of Dean of the School of Fine Arts at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, overseeing the Departments of Music, Art, Theatre, and Architecture/Interior Design.

From 2003-2007, Dr. Lentini served as the founding Dean of the School of Art, Media, and Music at The College of New Jersey. Previously, Dr. Lentini held the position of Professor of Composition at Wayne State University from 1988-2003, where he also served as Acting Chair and Associate Chair of the Department of Music.

Glenn Platt, Professor, Marketing & Director, AIMS

Glenn PlattGlenn Platt received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of Florida and his MS and PhD in Economics and in Political Economy from Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently a Professor of Marketing and has been Director of the Interactive Media Studies Program since 2000. In 2008 he was named an Armstrong Chair. Glenn, along with his colleague Prof. Lage, coined the phrase “inverted classroom” with a 2000 seminal work outlining the benefits of using technology to move active learning into the classroom and lecture outside of class. He has won the School of Business Teaching Effectiveness Award, the Associated Student Government Efffective Educator Award, and the University’s Knox Award for Teaching. Glenn is President of the Interational Digital Media and Arts Association. He consults in areas of Internet Marketing and eCommerce. Glenn’s research eclectically stretches across the boundaries of Political Science, Geography, Urban Economics, Pedagogy, and eCommerce.

Tammy Schwartz, Director, Urban Teaching Cohort

Dr. Schwartz’s research interests include critical literacy, identity and social justice. She has a special interest in doing participatory action research with Appalachian and urban Appalachian students.

Bob Setlock, Clinical Faculty, Engineering

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David Shrider, Assoc. Professor, Finance

David Shrider joined the Department of Finance in 2004 as Assistant Professor. In addition to his undergraduate degree in finance and economics from Miami University, Dr. Shrider holds a Ph.D. in finance from the University of South Carolina. His professional experience includes positions with Merrill Lynch and with John Nuveen/Flagship in Dayton, Ohio.

Dr. Shrider’s research interests include mutual funds, corporate finance, and event study methodology. His most recent publication appears in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.

L. James Smart (Jay), Assistant Professor, Psychology

L. James Smart (Jay)L. James Smart (Jay) is an assistant professor of psychology at Miami University. He received his B.S. from Trinity College (Hartford, CT) in 1992, his M.S. from the University of Louisiana at Monroe (Monroe, LA) in 1995, and his Ph.D. for the University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH) in 2000, all in experimental psychology. His research examines the link between perception and action (behavior). In particular, he is interested in how people coordinate their movements (posture) in order to successfully complete their goals in the face of everyday and novel (e.g., virtual environments) perceptual and environmental constraints as well as the consequences of not being able to do so (e.g., motion sickness). He is also interested in determining how to use technology effectively to support cognition and action in the workplace. Dr. Smart teaches courses in cognition, perception, research methods, human factors, and the psychology of virtual environments.

Brett Smith, Assoc. Professor & Director, Entrepreneurship

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Ann Taulbee, Gallery Director, School of Fine Arts

Ann Taulbee’s training as an artist allowed her to develop an eye for exhibitions that many other curators lack. After receiving her B.F.A. in printmaking and painting from Miami University, she went on to University of Massachusetts-Amherst to focus on an M.F.A. in printmaking. Since then Ann has served as a director and exhibition curator in galleries throughout the country, curating and installing over 250 exhibitions throughout her career. Most notably, she has been the director of Merwin and Wakeley Galleries at Illinois Wesleyan University, the director of “Network,” at the Cranbrook Art Museum, and she currently serves as the director of Hiestand Galleries at Miami University. Ann’s main projects at Hiestand Galleries consist of the annual Miami University Young Painters Competition and Young Sculptors Competition. These national competitions attract emerging artists throughout the nation and engage renowned artists and critics to juror the competitions. Ann’s artistic scholarship goes beyond the scope of the gallery as she has worked as an associate professor at Illinois Wesleyan University and is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of the Professional Practices/Capstone course for the Department of Art at Miami University. Ann has served as a juror for exhibitions throughout the nation, and has acquired visiting artist grants on an international scope. Her works reside in numerous private and public collections, including Harvard University and the Nelson Atkins Museum. Her commission for Imagery Estate Winery, Sonoma Valley, is included in the 2006 book, IMAGERY: Art for Wine, by Bob Nugent with a foreward by Donald Kuspit.

John Weigand, Professor & Chair, Architecture & Interior Design

John WeigandJohn Weigand is Professor and Chair in the Department of Architecture and Interior Design at Miami University. He earned architectural degrees at Miami and at the University of Illinois (M.Arch), and worked professionally in Chicago from 1980 to 1991, prior to teaching. At Miami, Weigand developed and directed the BFA in Interior Design (1995-2006) and continues involvement in national interior architecture initiatives. He is a current member of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) Board of Directors and an editorial reviewer for the Journal of Interior Design. He has served on the national IIDA Strategic Planning Committee, co-chaired the 2003 Body of Knowledge Conference in Washington DC, and has participated in numerous national programs addressing collaborative design education and practice. Weigand chaired the 2006 Interior Design Educator Council (IDEC) white paper committee on Graduate Education (Journal of Interior Design, 2007). He is author of The Nature of Design, an interdisciplinary text on design fundamentals, which received the AIGA Award of Merit in 2004, and is a contributor to Schools that Learn (Senge, 2000). In 2001, he was awarded the NCARB Prize for creative integration of practice and education in the academy, for his work with collaborative, internet-based design. Weigand is also the 1999 winner of Miami’s Crossan Hayes Curry “Effective Educator Award.”