Faculty & Staff Experts

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Advancement

John T. Short
University Advancement
jtshort@frostburg.edu
301.687.4161

Animals

Dr. Daniel Moorehead
Sociology
dlmoorehead@frostburg.edu
301.687.7965

  • Animals and Society

Appalachia

Dr. Kara Rogers Thomas
Sociology
krogersthomas@frostburg.edu
301.687.3124

  • Appalachia and environmental justice movements
  • Appalachian folklore and folklife
  • Music and community in Appalachia
  • Music in the mountains

Astronomy

Dr. Jason C. Speights
Physics and Engineering
jcspeights@frostburg.edu
301.687.4339

Atmospheric dynamics

Dr. Tianna A. Bogart
Geography
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

  • Principles of atmospheric dynamics

Brain development

Dr. Jamelyn C. Tobery-Nystrom
Educational Professions
jctoberynystrom@frostburg.edu
240.527.2735

Branding

Dr. Carol Gaumer
Marketing and Finance
cjaumer@frostburg.edu
301.687.4052

  • The branding process
  • Mapping out a re-brand

Broadband and home network technologies

Dr. John Lombardi
Mass Communication
jlombardi@frostburg.edu
301.687.4146

  • Net neutrality

Business

Dr. Martha Mattare
Management
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

  • Assistance with business startups
  • Entrepreneurship

Dr. Shakil M. Rahman
Management
srahman@frostburg.edu
301.687.4189

  • Crisis preparedness (how to enhance resilience during the strategic planning process
  • Business operational improvement and management
  • Business productivity analysis and improvement
  • Inventory planning and management
  • Quality management with a customer focus
  • Resource optimization and business decisions)

Dr. Sandy Mehalko
Small Business Development Center
smmehalko@frostburg.edu
301.687.1080

  • Evidence-based management
  • Regional innovation clusters
  • Small business/entrepreneurship

Chemistry

Dr. Benjamin Norris
Chemistry
bnnorris@frostburg.edu
301.687.4157

  • Biorenewable chemistry
  • Biorenewable solvents
  • Conducting polymers
  • Conjugated polymers
  • Deep eutectic solvents
  • Green chemistry
  • NMR spectroscopy
  • Organic chemistry
  • Organic photovoltaics (solar cells)
  • Organic synthesis
  • Organometallic chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry (plastics)
  • Polymers for energy applications
  • Sustainable chemistry

Climate modeling

Dr. Tianna A. Bogart
Geography
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

Climatology

Dr. Tianna A. Bogart
Geography
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

  • Physical climatology
  • Synoptic climatology

China

Haiyun Ma
History
hma@frostburg.edu
301.687.4163

Dr. Sally Stephenson
Educational Professions
sstephenson@frostburg.edu
301.687.4094

  • The arts and culture of China

Civil War

Dr. Mary Anne Lutz
English
mlutz@frostburg.edu
301.687.4237

  • Women in the Civil War

Comics

Andy Duncan
English
arduncan@frostburg.edu
301.687.4241

  • Comics, their history and aesthetics

Communications

Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski
Communication Studies
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

  • Organizational narratives

Community

Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski
Communication Studies
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

  • Community dialogue
  • Community mediation supported by Community Mediation Maryland and the Maryland Judiciary's Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office

Dr. Kathleen H. Powell
Social Work
kpowell@frostburg.edu
301.687.4695

  • Community organizing
  • Neighborhood relations in college towns
  • University-community relations in campus-adjacent neighborhoods
  • Universities as anchor institutions in communities

 

Composition

Dr. John F. Raucci Jr.
English
jfraucci@frostburg.edu

  • Composition studies

Dr. Rochelle Smith
English
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

  • Freshman composition

Computer science and information technology

Dr. Xunyu Pan
Computer Science and Information Technologies
xpan@frostburg.edu

  • Communication networks
  • Computer vision
  • Machine learning

Conflict management

Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski
Communication Studies
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

Convention circuit

Andy Duncan
English
arduncan@frostburg.edu
301.687.4241

Counseling

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Zirlott
Philosophy; Student Services – Religious Life on Campus
c.zirlott@frostburg.edu
301.687.7490

  • Marriage and family counseling
  • Spiritual direction and spiritual counseling

Course redesign

Dr. Benjamin Norris
Chemistry
bnnorris@frostburg.edu
301.687.4157

  • Redesigning introductory courses to increase student engagement and success

Cross-curricular assignments between geography (sciences) and English

Dr. Phil Allen
Geography
ppallen@frostburg.edu
301.687.4891

Dr. Sydney Duncan
English
sduncan@frostburg.edu
301-687-4225

Customer relationship management

Dr. Carol Gaumer
Marketing and Finance
cgaumer@frostburg.edu
301.687.4052

  • Client-based projects
  • Managing customer relationships
  • Students as business consultants

Depression

Dr. Michael Murtagh
Psychology
mpmurtagh@frostburg.edu
301.687.4446

  • Causes, effects and treatments

Descartes, René

Dr. Shoshana Brassfield
Philosophy
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

Developmental students

Dr. Jill Morris
English
jamorris@frostburg.edu
301.687.4238

  • Working with developmental students

Disease

Dr. Rebekah Taylor
Biology
rtaylor@frostburg.edu
301.687.4355

  • Infectious disease and the immune response to infection, host-pathogen interactions
  • Lyme Disease and its prevalence in wildlife in Western Maryland

Domestic violence

Dr. Michael Murtagh
Psychology
mpmurtagh@frostburg.edu
301.687.4446

Economics

Dr. Gerald Venezia
Marketing and Finance
gvenezia@frostburg.edu
301.687.4010

  • East Asian economy, Asian regional integration
  • Globalization
  • RCEP and TPP

Entrepreneurship

Dr. Martha Mattare
Management
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

Estate Planning

John T. Short
University Advancement
jtshort@frostburg.edu
301.687.4161

Ethics

Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski
Communication Studies
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

Experiential learning

Dr. John F. Raucci Jr.
English
jfraucci@frostburg.edu

Dr. Benjamin Norris
Chemistry
bnnorris@frostburg.edu
301.687.4157

  • Incorporating undergraduate research and experiential learning into the curriculum

Fiction markets

Fiction writing

Andy Duncan
English
arduncan@frostburg.edu
301.687.4241

  • Short fiction
  • The teaching of fiction writing

Film

Dr. John F. Raucci Jr.
English
jfraucci@frostburg.edu

  • Horror film genre

First Amendment issues

Andy Duncan
English
arduncan@frostburg.edu
301.687.4241

Forensic psychology

Dr. Michael Murtagh
Psychology
mpmurtagh@frostburg.edu
301.687.4446

Fundraising

John T. Short
University Advancement
jtshort@frostburg.edu
301.687.4161

Gaming studies

Dr. Jill Morris
English
jamorris@frostburg.edu
301.687.4238

Geography

Dr. Phil Allen
Geography
ppallen@frostburg.edu
301.687.4891

  • Cross-curricular assignments between geography (sciences) and English

Dr. Sydney Duncan
English
sduncan@frostburg.edu
301-687-4225

Dr. Tianna A. Bogart
Geography
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

  • Physical geography

Graphic design, illustration

Susan E. Dodge
sedodge@frostburg.edu
301.687.4173

Imaging technology

Dr. Xunyu Pan
Computer Science and Information Technologies
xpan@frostburg.edu

  • Image analysis
  • Medical imaging

Immune system

Dr. Rebekah Taylor
Biology
rtaylor@frostburg.edu
301.687.4355

  • The immune system of the gut – probiotics, the microbiome, the commensal bacteria living in our intestines

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski
Communication Studies
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

  • Gender order
  • Hybridized organizing rehtoric
  • Organizational narrative

International education experiences

Dr. Sally Stephenson
Educational Professions
sstephenson@frostburg.edu
301.687.4433

Inventory management/policy

Dr. Shakil M. Rahman
Management
srahman@frostburg.edu
301.687.4189

The Islamic world

Haiyun Ma
History
hma@frostburg.edu
301.687.4163

Journalism

Andy Duncan
English
arduncan@frostburg.edu
301.687.4241

  • Business Magazines
  • Editing
  • The journalism classroom
  • Law and ethics
  • Newspapers
  • Reporting
  • Student Media

Land-atmosphere interactions

Dr. Tianna A. Bogart
Geography
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

Law and ethics

Andy Duncan
English
arduncan@frostburg.edu
301.687.4241

Leadership

Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski
Communication Studies
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

  • Women’s leadership development and its integration into higher education

Learning

Dr. Jamelyn C. Tobery-Nystrom
Educational Professions
jctoberynystrom@frostburg.edu
240.527.2735

  • Universal design for learning

Literature

Dr. Amy C. Branam Armiento
English
abranam@frostburg.edu
301.687.4293

  • African-American literature
  • African-American women’s literature
  • Antebellum American drama
  • Gothic (American South and European)
  • Literature as motive for murder
  • Nineteenth-century American and English literatures
  • Poe, Edgar Allan
  • Romanticism
  • Sexuality and pornography in literature
  • Women’s literature

Dr. Mary Anne Lutz
English
mlutz@frostburg.edu
301.687.4237

  • Behn, Aphra
  • Irving, Washington
  • Scott, Sir Walter
  • Transatlantic 19th-century literature
  • Wollstonecraft, Mary
  • Women science fiction writers

Dr. Rochelle Smith
English
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

  • Literature of the 16th century
  • Literature of the 17th century
  • Shakespeare

Andy Duncan
English
arduncan@frostburg.edu
301.687.4241

  • Science fiction and fantasy

Dr. Sydney Duncan
English
sduncan@frostburg.edu
301-687-4225

Management

Dr. Shakil M. Rahman
Management
srahman@frostburg.edu
301.687.4189

  • Business operations management
  • Inventory management/policy
  • Quality control and management

Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski
Communication Studies
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

  • Change management

Marriage, family

Dr. Robert Moore
Sociology
rmoore@frostburg.edu
301.687.4995

  • Interracial dating and marriage on college campuses

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Zirlott
Philosophy; Student Services – Religious Life on Campus
c.zirlott@frostburg.edu
301.687.7490

  • Marriage and family counseling

Media

Dr. John Lombardi
Mass Communication
jlombardi@frostburg.edu
301.687.4146

  • "Effects" of media on individuals

Meteorology

Dr. Tianna A. Bogart
Geography
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

  • Descriptive meterology

Microscopy

Dr. Rebekah Taylor
Biology
rtaylor@frostburg.edu
301.687.4355

  • Fluorescent microscopy
  • Producing images of the “MicroCosmos” and biological specimens
  • Scanning electron microscopy
  • Sharing and teaching children about microscopes and how they work
  • The use of advanced microscopes

Multimedia issues

Dr. Xunyu Pan
Computer Science and Information Technologies
xpan@frostburg.edu

  • Multimedia security

Beth Kenney
Director of Technology Services
bkenney@frostburg.edu
301.687.4244

  • Multimedia technology tools

Music

Dr. James H. Lyons
Music Education; WFWM Radio
jhlyons@frostburg.edu
301.687.4143

  • Community music education and schools of the arts
  • Educational outreach and use of the media for music and arts
  • Music education – elementary general and choral
  • Philosophy of music

Dr. Michael Murtagh
Psychology
mpmurtagh@frostburg.edu
301.687.4446

  • Use of music in teaching

Dr. Mary Anne Lutz
English
mlutz@frostburg.edu
301.687.4237

  • Women protest singers

National Security

Dr. Stephen Twing
Political Science
stwing@frostburg.edu
301.687.3097

  • American political culture on U.S. Cold War national security policy
  • Intelligence failures
  • National security policy
  • National security strategy and decision making
  • Terrorism and counterterrorism

Natural hazards in the physical environment

Dr. Tianna A. Bogart
Geography
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

Online education

Beth Kenney
Director of Technology Services
bkenney@frostburg.edu
301.687.4244

  • Design for online courses

Organizational narratives

Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski
Communication Studies
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

Phenomena

Andy Duncan
English
arduncan@frostburg.edu
301.687.4241

  • Anomalous
  • Fortean
  • Paranormal
  • Weird

Photography

Robert Hein
Visual Arts
rmhein@frostburg.edu
301.687.4354

  • Alternative process
  • Archival practices with media
  • Digital
  • Film
  • Fine art
  • Image editing
  • Photographic history
  • Portrait
  • Studio
  • Traditional B&W and color

Physics

Dr. Jason C. Speights
Physics and Engineering
jcspeights@frostburg.edu
301.687.4339

  • Astrophysics

Poe, Edgar Allan

Dr. Amy C. Branam Armiento
English
abranam@frostburg.edu
301.687.4293

Pseudoscience

Andy Duncan
English
arduncan@frostburg.edu
301.687.4241

Psychology

Dr. Michael Murtagh
Psychology
mpmurtagh@frostburg.edu
301.687.4446

  • Alcohol and other drug use and prevention
  • College student mental health
  • Depression: causes, effects and treatments
  • Forensic psychology
  • Psychological treatment and testing
  • Sexual abuse: effects of, treatment for survivors, treatment of perpetrators

Race Relations

Dr. Robert Moore
Sociology
rmoore@frostburg.edu
301.687.4995

  • The future of race relations
  • Interracial dating and marriage on college campuses
  • Race and ethnic relations in the United States
  • Race relations on college campuses

Reacting to the Past teaching technique

Dr. Shoshana Brassfield
Philosophy
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

Renewables

Dr. Benjamin Norris
Chemistry
bnnorris@frostburg.edu
301.687.4157

  • Fluorescent sensors
  • Materials for energy applications (including light-emitting diodes and solar cells)
  • Renewable fuels and solvents

Research

Dr. Jamelyn C. Tobery-Nystrom
Educational Professions
jctoberynystrom@frostburg.edu
240.527.2735

  • Action research
  • Self-study research

Rhetoric

Dr. John F. Raucci Jr.
English
jfraucci@frostburg.edu

  • Classical rhetoric
  • John Quincy Adams' civic rhetoric
  • Nineteenth-century U.S. rhetoric

Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski
Communication Studies
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

  • Hybridized organizing rhetoric of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Dr. Amy C. Branam Armiento
English
abranam@frostburg.edu
301.687.4293

  • Rhetoric and composition

Dr. Jill Morris
English
jamorris@frostburg.edu
301.687.4238

Sales Promotions

Dr. Carol Gaumer
Marketing and Finance
cjaumer@frostburg.edu
301.687.4052

  • Couponing dos and don'ts (do sales promotions work and when)

Science fiction and fantasy

Andy Duncan
English
arduncan@frostburg.edu
301.687.4241

  • Awards
  • Convention circuit
  • Markets
  • Short fiction
  • Secularism/skepticism

Self-efficacy

Dr. Jamelyn C. Tobery-Nystrom
Educational Professions
jctoberynystrom@frostburg.edu
240.527.2735

Sexual Abuse

Dr. Michael Murtagh
Psychology
mpmurtagh@frostburg.edu
301.687.4446

  • Effects of, treatment for survivors, treatment of perpetrators

Sexuality

Dr. Amy C. Branam Armiento
English
abranam@frostburg.edu
301.687.4293

  • Sexuality and pornography in literature

Social welfare

Dr. Kathleen H. Powell
Social Work
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Social welfare policy

Southern culture

Andy Duncan
English
arduncan@frostburg.edu
301.687.4241

Special education

Dr. Jamelyn C. Tobery-Nystrom
Educational Professions
jctoberynystrom@frostburg.edu
240.527.2735

Spirituality

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Zirlott
Philosophy; Student Services – Religious Life on Campus
c.zirlott@frostburg.edu
301.687.7490

  • Pastoral ministry and church leadership
  • Spiritual direction and spiritual counseling

STEM

Dr. Benjamin Norris
Chemistry
bnnorris@frostburg.edu
301.687.4157

  • Increasing STEM freshmen engagement through residential programming

Student media

Andy Duncan
English
arduncan@frostburg.edu
301.687.4241

Sustainability

Dr. Sydney Duncan
English
sduncan@frostburg.edu
301-687-4225

  • Teaching sustainability in the humanities

Teaching

Dr. Jamelyn C. Tobery-Nystrom
Educational Professions
jctoberynystrom@frostburg.edu
240.527.2735

  • Action research
  • Self-study methodology
  • Teacher self-efficacy
  • Universal design for learning

Dr. Shoshana Brassfield
Philosophy
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

  • Innovative teaching strategies/Reacting to the Past

Dr. Sydney Duncan
English
sduncan@frostburg.edu
301-687-4225

  • Teaching sustainability in the humanities

Dr. Michael Murtagh
Psychology
mpmurtagh@frostburg.edu
301.687.4446

  • Use of music in teaching

Terrorism

Dr. Stephen Twing
Political Science
stwing@frostburg.edu
301.687.3097

  • Terrorism and counterterrorism

University-community relations in campus-adjacent neighborhoods

Dr. Kathleen H. Powell
Social Work
kpowell@frostburg.edu
301.687.4695

Video projects

Dr. John Lombardi
Mass Communication
jlombardi@frostburg.edu
301.687.4146

  • Techniques and processes

Violence

Dr. Michael Murtagh
Psychology
mpmurtagh@frostburg.edu
301.687.4446

  • Domestic violence

Visual arts

Susan E. Dodge
sedodge@frostburg.edu
301.687.4173

  • Foundations-level instruction

Women's issues

Dr. Mary Anne Lutz
English
mlutz@frostburg.edu
301.687.4237

  • Women in the Civil War

Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski
Communication Studies
news@frostburg.edu
301.687.4751

  • Women’s leadership development and its integration into higher education

Workplace issues

Dr. Rebecca M. Chory
Management
rmchory@frostburg.edu
301.687.4278

  • Antisocial behavior (e.g., aggression, deception) in the workplace and classrooms
  • Fairness in the workplace and classrooms
  • Workplace friendships
  • Workplace romance

Writing

Andy Duncan
English
arduncan@frostburg.edu
301.687.4241

  • Fiction writing
  • Science fiction and fantasy writing
  • Short fiction
  • The teaching of fiction writing

Dr. Jill Morris
English
jamorris@frostburg.edu
301.687.4238

  • First-year writing
  • Multimedia writing
  • Website writing
  • Writing centers
  • Writing with databases

Dr. John F. Raucci Jr.
English
jfraucci@frostburg.edu

  • First-year writing pedagogy
  • Public/community writing
  • Writing program administration