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Jarrod Tudor Named Interim Dean of Kent State University at Geauga and the Regional Academic Center

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Jarrod Tudor, Ph.D., has been named
interim dean and chief administrative
officer of Kent State University at Geauga
and the Kent State University Regional
Academic Center in Twinsburg, effective
July 1.

Kent State University has named Jarrod Tudor, Ph.D., interim dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State University at Geauga, located in Burton, Ohio, and the Kent State University Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg. Todd Diacon, Kent State’s senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, made the announcement.

Tudor, an associate professor, currently serves as the 2013-2014 Provost’s Fellow and the director of Paralegal Studies. His one-year appointment begins July 1. He succeeds David Mohan, Ph.D., who is completing nearly 40 years of service to the university on June 30.

“We are very fortunate to have Jarrod at Kent State and now to have him as our interim dean of Kent State Geauga,” Diacon says. “Jarrod combines nearly two decades of experience on our Stark and Kent campuses, and has also taught on our Salem and Tuscarawas campuses. In short, few people understand the Kent State University system as well as Jarrod does, and he will provide effective and meaningful leadership for Kent State Geauga.”

Tudor has been teaching courses at Kent State in the departments of Paralegal Studies, Higher Education Administration, Justice Studies, Political Science, Finance, History and Journalism for 18 years. He has been a member of the Faculty Senate and served on the executive committee for three years. Tudor also has served several years as grievance chair of the full-time, nontenure track chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP-KSU).

He holds Master of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Toledo, and Master of Law degrees from both Cleveland State University and the University of Akron. In addition, Tudor received a Master of Public Administration, a Master of Business Administration and a Ph.D. from Kent State.

Tudor resides in Akron, Ohio.

For more information about Kent State Geauga, visit

For more information about the Kent State Regional Academic Center, visit

Posted April 14, 2014 | Bob Burford

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College of Podiatric Medicine Faculty Member Named 2014 Doctor of the Year at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

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Michael Canales, D.P.M. (left), adjunct
faculty member at Kent State University's
College of Podiatric Medicine, is pictured
with David Perse, M.D., president and CEO
of St. Vincent Charity Medical Center.

Michael Canales, D.P.M., adjunct faculty member at Kent State University’s College of Podiatric Medicine and 2004 graduate of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, was honored as the 2014 Doctor of the Year at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. This is the first time a podiatrist has earned the distinction in the nearly 150-year history of the hospital.

“The laurel is not my own, but rather the mirror image of the brilliant folks I surround myself with,” Canales says. “The diligence of my family, friends, nurses, medical assistants, administrators and resolute residents allows me to shine.  I look ahead to experiencing more of the innumerable rewards of treating the sick and injured.”

Bryan Caldwell, D.P.M., interim dean of Kent State’s College of Podiatric Medicine, says “The students at Kent State University's College of Podiatric Medicine are fortunate to have clinical training from podiatric physicians such as Dr. Canales. He is certainly an example of excellence in action.”

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center is located in Cleveland and was founded in 1865.

Posted April 14, 2014

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Candidates for Dean of Kent State University at Tuscarawas Announced

Dear Colleagues:

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James E. Payne, Ph.D.

On April 1, I announced that three candidates for dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State University at Tuscarawas would visit campus over the next several weeks. One of the candidates, Dr. Karla Leeper, has accepted another position and has withdrawn from the search.

I invite and encourage you to attend the public presentations of Dr. Payne and Dr. Bielski and provide your input through the online candidate evaluation forms. The location of both presentations has been moved to the Founders Hall Auditorium to accommodate a larger audience. 

James E. Payne, Ph.D.
Provost and Bank One Professor in Business
University of New Orleans

Public Presentation
Monday, April 14
10 - 11 a.m.
Founders Hall Auditorium
Kent State Tuscarawas

Candidate Evaluation Form

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Bradley A. Bielski, Ph.D. 

Bradley A. Bielski, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean
Thomas More College
Public Presentation
Monday, April 21
10 - 11 a.m.
Founders Hall Auditorium
Kent State Tuscarawas
Candidate Evaluation Form
Additional information on the search for the Kent State Tuscarawas dean and chief administrative officer, including curriculum vitae for each of the candidates, is available on the Tuscarawas Dean Search website.

Todd A. Diacon, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

Posted April 14, 2014

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2014-2015 Faculty/Staff Online Parking Permit Renewals

Online faculty/staff parking permit renewals begin April 14 through May 16. After May 16, permits can be purchased in person at the Parking Services office located in Room 123, Schwartz Center. For permit renewal assistance or for additional information, contact Parking Services by email at or call 330-672-4432.

Renew your faculty/staff parking permit here.

Posted April 14, 2014

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Kent State Verizon Discount Requires Employment Verification

Kent State University faculty and staff who have a personal Verizon wireless account should be aware that Verizon has implemented a new employment verification process for the Kent State discount.

Verizon currently offers active Kent State employees a 15 percent discount off eligible services on their personal accounts. The discount does not apply to retirees or former employees. In the past, Verizon used a email address to confirm eligibility; but since retirees, alumni and students can also have a email address, this will no longer be accepted as a form of verification.

The new employment verification method requires Verizon customers to submit a current Kent State pay stub. Verizon will contact Kent State employees who have the discount with instructions on when and how to submit the pay stub. No action is required from employees until they receive notification from Verizon. 

When asked to submit a pay stub, please remember to mark out any sensitive information, and to make sure that the name and address of the employer and employee, along with the pay date, are legible. 

Problems in submitting the pay stub should be directed to Verizon. Questions about the employee discount should be directed to the Kent State Procurement office at 330-672-2276.

Posted April 14, 2014 | Carla Wyckoff

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Expert on Obesity Predicts Better Weight Loss and Maintenance Therapies at Kent State Neuroscience Symposium

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At the poster session of Neuroscience of Obesity were
(left to right) Grant McGimpsey, Ph.D., vice president
for research at Kent State; Heather Caldwell, Ph.D.,
associate professor of biological sciences at Kent State
and symposium chair; and Michael Rosenbaum, M.D.,
keynote speaker.

“Weight loss is hard, but keeping it off is harder,” was the message of keynote speaker Michael Rosenbaum, M.D., at the second annual Neuroscience Symposium at Kent State University, “The Neuroscience of Obesity” held April 3-4 at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center.

Rosenbaum, professor of clinical pediatrics and medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and an expert on obesity, said 75 to 85 percent of those who lose weight will regain it within two years.

However, poor willpower and metabolism are not to blame he says. “Obesity is a biological disease.” As the body sheds weight, the message delivered to the brain is to eat more, perhaps driven by the evolutionary advantage of being able to store food as fat.

“Your body is fighting against you,” he says. In his studies of weight loss, funded by the National Institutes of Health, Rosenbaum and colleagues found that the hormone leptin can have potent effects on stimulating appetite when its level drops with weight loss and damping appetite when leptin levels are high.

Sustaining weight loss requires permanent, significant changes in lifestyle, including reduced food intake even after the weight is lost and increased physical activity, he says.

Within 10 years, we should have better drugs for weight maintenance and better weight loss and maintenance therapies, made possible by personalized medicine, he predicts.

Next year’s Neuroscience Symposium, “The Neuroscience of Aging,” will be held April 9-10, and will feature keynote speaker Mark Mattson, chief and senior investigator, Laboratory of Neurosciences, National Institute of Aging.

Posted April 14, 2014

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Teaching Scholars 2014-2015 Application

Applications for the Teaching Scholars Program are open now through April 25 at 5 p.m. to all full-time faculty members of any rank. Preference will be given to faculty members who hold the terminal degree in their discipline.

The primary goal of this program is to support faculty in the design, implementation and assessment of scholarly projects that identify and create significant learning environments. Selection is made by the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching Committee of the Faculty Professional Development Center.

Criteria for selection include:

  • Commitment to quality teaching
  • Commitment to a scholarly examination of student learning
  • Level of interest in the program and potential for contributions to the program
  • Plans for use during and after the award

For more information or to discuss your application, contact David Dees, Ph.D., at or contact the Faculty Professional Development Center at 330-672-2992 or

To apply, complete the application at and click Submit at the end of the form. After you have submitted your completed form, you will receive an email from asking you to send a brief letter of support from your unit administrator along with your current vita. 

Posted April 14, 2014

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