Ohio Dominican University’s History Major seeks to develop in its students a knowledge and understanding of the past, for its own sake, and as an intelligent means of navigating the present and looking ahead to the future.
Students receive individualized attention from their professors. Professors in ODU's History program have a wealth of experience in personalizing programs that can prepare a student for graduate school, such as Honors courses, independent study and directed reading options and the production of a senior seminar paper.
Dr. Kathleen Riley is a published author and serves as a member of the Canonization Cause for Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, Diocese of Peoria, Ill. She also served as the higher education consultant for the U.S. Department of Education through the Teaching American History grant, and worked with the Ohio Historical Society from 2007 to 2012.
Dr. Matthew Ponesse has received ODU’s Conley Award for Outstanding Teaching, which is presented to a professor in recognition of his or her outstanding teaching abilities and dedication. Dr. Ponesse has authored numerous articles published in professional journals, including Journal of Medieval Latin, Early Medieval Europe and Revue Benedictine. He’s also contributed to the international After Augustine Project and collaborated in an edition and translation of the Chronica Richardi Pictauiensis, a research project supported by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Dr. Kathleen Riley and Dr. Matthew Ponesse are Dominican Associates who work with the founding Congregation and the Dominican Sisters of Peace/St. Mary of the Springs in support of Ohio Dominican's mission and values.