2015-2016 Provost Scholars Mentors

Portrait of Mark Chupp

Mark G. Chupp, PhD, MSW, is an Assistant Professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). He teaches community development and directs the East Cleveland Partnership, a multi-institutional initiative to support the revitalization of East Cleveland. Dr. Chupp is also an international consultant and trainer and has worked in Northern Ireland, Egypt, Columbia, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and El Salvador. He provided leadership in the establishment of the Culture of Peace Program as part of an effort to create a UN Local Zone of Peace in post-war El Salvador. Dr. Chupp completed his bachelor’s degree at Goshen College, his master’s degree in social work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his doctoral degree in social welfare at Case Western Reserve University.

Portrait of Gilbert Doho

Gilbert Doho, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, as well as the Academic Representative in French. He obtained his Ph.D. (1992) from the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III. His areas of specialization are Twentieth Century French Drama, Francophone Studies, African Performing Arts, and Cinema. He has contributed in writing chapters in The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre Volume 3: Africa (Routledge, 1997), and Le Dictionnaire des ouvres litéraires d'Afrique francophone (Bethesda, ISP, 1996). He is currently working on the censured version of his Au-dela du lac de nénuphars (Beyond the Lily Lake) and on urban theater as a powerful tool of minority empowerment in the U.S.

Portrait of Scott Fine

Scott Fine, MBA, BA, is an Assistant Professor in Banking and Finance at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. He teaches courses in financial strategy, corporate finance, financial decision making, mergers and acquisitions, valuation and   private equity and value creation. Before joining the Weatherhead School, he was a professional strategic consultant, investment banker, public company Chief Finance Officer and private equity business owner. He is an active member of his community, and devotes his time to programs with missions that address sustainability and viability. At the University level, he has been nominated for the J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring, the Carl F. Wittke Award for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence and was awarded the USG Undergraduate Teaching Award. Fine has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, NY, and a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University, CA.

Portrait of Shannon French

Shannon E. French, PhD, BA, is the Director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, and a tenured member of the Philosophy Department with a secondary appointment in the law school at Case Western Reserve University. She is also a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC. Dr. French received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Brown University in 1997. Prior to starting at CWRU in 2008, she taught for eleven years as an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the United States Naval Academy and served as Associate Chair of the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law.

Portrait of Jonathan Gordon

Mr. Jonathan Gordon, JD, BA, works as a Professor in Lawyerings Skills at Case’s School of Law. Before joining Case Law School in 1989, he spent a year in private practice in Cleveland and three years as a trial attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Mr. Gordon received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science (and International Affairs) from Columbia College in New York and his law degree from Columbia University School of Law. Professor Gordon also teaches in CWRU's Law School International LL.M. Program.

Portrait of Dennis Harris

Dennis Harris, BS, is the National Youth Sports Program Project (NYSP) Administrator and State Coordinator at CWRU. He assumed leadership of the NYSP program in 1996. After his appointment, Coach Harris introduced an academic component to the program, including mathematics, chemistry and biology. In addition, he incorporated the “P.R.I.C.E” (Prevention, Research, Intervention, Compassion and Education) model to ensure the success and growth of the youth and the program. Coach Harris also serves as the NYSP state coordinator for Ohio, working with the programs at the University of Toledo, the University of Akron and Cleveland State University. He earned his undergraduate degree in history from The Ohio State University.

Portrait of James Lalumandier

James Lalumandier, MPH, DDS, BA, is Chair and Professor in the Department of Community Dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine. His specialty is dental public health and he is a diplomat of the American Board of Dental Public Health. Dr. Lalumandier is involved in several large-scale outreach programs providing care to several thousand underserved individuals annually, and primarily to school children. His research centers on preventing dental disease and oral health disparities. Dr. Lalumandier has published widely in both the dental and medical literature. He received his bachelor’s degree from Saint Anselm Center in Manchester, NH, his DDS degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and his MPH from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Portrait of Sana Loue

Sana Loue, PhD, JD, MSSA, MA, is a Professor in the Department of Bioethics and serves as the Vice Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity in the School of Medicine. She has secondary appointments in the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Psychiatry, Global Health, and at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Dr. Loue holds graduate degrees in law (J.D.), epidemiology (Ph.D.), medical anthropology (Ph.D.), social work (M.S.S.A.) and secondary education (M.A.). She is also ordained as an interfaith minister. Dr. Loue’s primary research focus is on HIV risk and prevention and family violence in marginalized communities. She has authored and edited over 70 peer-reviewed articles, 58 book chapters and 27 books. 

Portrait of Patricia McDonald

Patricia McDonald, PhD, RN, is an associate professor in the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Her primary research interests include the prevention and treatment of diabetes, chronic illness and health promotion. She was also the principal investigator for the “Teaching Acceptance to Chronically Ill Older Adults,” “The Beauty for Ashes” projects, and co-investigator for the Parent Grant program with Dr. Jaclene Zauzniewski. Dr. McDonald earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing from The Ohio State University, and her doctorate in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Henry Ford Health Systems in Detroit, Michigan. 

Portrait of Rolfe Petschek

Rolfe Petschek, Ph.D., is a theoretical physicist and an associate professor in the Physics Department at CWRU. Dr. Petschek is interested in light and heat, and how light can be controlled for practical devices. He thinks mostly about “soft condensed matter.” A prime example of soft condensed matter he has chosen to research is the liquid crystals that are changed by electric fields to make flat panel displays work. Two of his patents are in these displays. He has also expressed interest in pure and applied science – both by understanding how things tick and how we can make practical devices from them. Outside of science, he enjoys languages, food, particularly exploring new ethnic cuisines, and outdoor activities like hiking and picking and eating wild mushrooms with his wife and daughter. Dr. Petschek received his S.B. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his doctoral degree from Harvard University.

Portrait of Dennis Rupert

Dennis Rupert, is the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs for Operations and Planning. He is an experienced student affairs professional providing visionary leadership for over 20 years in small and medium, public and private, liberal arts and comprehensive research educational settings. He has a proven history of success in facilities management, financial oversight, student and staff development and supervision. Over the course of his career, he has led strategic planning and assessment projectes and gained significant experience in grant development and oversight, fundraising, and policy and process.

Portrait of Ruth Siegel

Ruth Siegel, PhD, is a primary faculty member in the Department of Pharmacology at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Her research seeks to understand events that regulate the postnatal differentiation of the rat cerebellum. Unlike most of the brain, this region differentiates extensively during the first three weeks of life. Dr. Siegel is also the Director of the Pharmacological Sciences Consortium Core Image Analysis Facility at CWRU.

Portrait of Lee Thompson

Lee Thompson, PhD, MA, is the Chair of the Psychological Sciences department and a Professor at Case Western Reserve University. Her research has explored the development of cognitive skills, temperament, and language from infancy through childhood using siblings, twins, and genetic techniques. She is particularly interested in how the genetic code is translated into complex behavior at the level of brain function. Dr. Thompson has also been the recipient of the McGraw-Hill Excellence in Teaching First-Year Seminars Award and a co-creator of the Seminar Approach to General Education and Scholarship (SAGES) program at Case. Dr. Thompson received her bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and her master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

Portrait of Elizabeth Tracy

Elizabeth Tracy, PhD, MSW, BA, is the Grace Longwell Coyle Professor in Social Work at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. She teaches courses in direct social work practice theory and methods in the master level program and a seminar in social work education and teaching in the doctoral program. She has also directed the school social work program that leads to licensure through the Ohio Department of Education for master level and post master level students. Reflecting her interest in schools and families, she has served on the advisory board to the Center for Math and Science Education, UCITE. Dr. Tracy received her doctoral degree and masters in social work from the University of Washington, and her bachelor’s degree from Radcliffe College.

Portrait of Robert Walser

Robert Walser, PhD, MA, earned doctoral degrees in both musical performance and musicology, and has since acquired certification as a Pro Tools Operator and an Apple Certified Macintosh Technician. He has published extensively on jazz and other popular music. His books Running with the Devil: Power, Gender, and Madness in Heavy Metal Music, and Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History are examples of his scholarship writings. He is currently working on projects concerning contemporary music production technology and the implications for humanists of recent research in neuroscience. Professor Walser has received NEH and ACLS fellowships and has twice won the Irving Lowens Award for Distinguished Scholarship in American Music.

Portrait of Joseph T. Williams

 Joseph T. Williams, MPA, is the Director of Multicultural Programs at Case Western Reserve University's Medical School. He is responsible for recruiting underrepresented minority medical and graduate students. Mr. Williams is also the Director of the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Summer Research Program. Previously, he worked for the Urban League of Greater Cleveland as a project director for The Rising Tide Initiative and vice president of health and education. He has also worked for the Ohio Governor's Office in Washington, D.C., as the Assistant Director for human services, health, education and housing issues. Mr. Williams received his master's in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts), and his bachelor's degree in English from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.  

Portrait of Scott Wilkes

Scott Wilkes, PhD, JD, MSW, BSW, is currently the Director of Field Education at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS). He joined the Field Education Department in the fall of 2007 as a Field Faculty Advisor and assumed leadership for the department in 2011. Prior to joining MSASS, he served as the Director of a 5.6 million dollar managed care pilot project with Beech Brook and the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services. He also held the position as Vice President of Outpatient Services at Beech Brook. Dr. Wilkes received his bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the City University of New York, Lehman College and his master’s degree in social work from Columbia University. He is also a graduate of the CWRU, School of Law, and received his PhD from the CWRU, School of Graduate Studies.