Ohio Dominican University Welcomes New Faculty Members



Columbus, OH – Ohio Dominican University is excited to welcome the following new faculty members to help kick-off the 2012 – 2013 academic year: 

Dr. Michael L. Fagge, Assistant Professor of Theology earned his Ph.D. at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  His classes will include several courses in Systematic Theology. 

Erin Fenzel, MSPAS, PA-C, Assistant Clinical Professor and Clinical Coordinator with the Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Mississippi in University, Mississippi and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Science – Physician Assistant Studies from the former Medical College of Ohio (Toledo). 

Fenzel will teach clinical medicine and physical diagnosis courses. She is also the clinical coordinator for the clinical phase of the (PA) program, including clinical curriculum development, site visits, and the didactic portion of the clinical curriculum, which includes a board review course. 

Dr. Finley Freibert , Assistant Professor of Mathematics earned his Ph.D. in Applied and Industrial Mathematics from the University of Louisville and his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana. 

Dr. Freibert will teach Abstract Algebra, Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematics, Statistics, and general education mathematics courses in the fall. His areas of scholarship include coding theory, discrete and applied mathematics. 

Chenelle A. Jones, Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice will earn her Ph.D. in Administration of Justice in August, 2012 from Texas Southern University in Houston.   

Jones will teach Juvenile Delinquency; Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice; Punishment, Sentencing, and the Death Penalty; Race and Ethnicity in Criminal Justice; and Police and Modern Society. 

Dr. Blake Mathys, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Division of Mathematics, Computer and Natural Sciences earned his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. 

Dr. Mathys will teach General Biology: Botany, Zoology and Environmental Science; Ecology; Introduction to Environmental Science; and other Environmental courses.  

Dr. W. Brad Nelson, Assistant Professor of Anatomy & Physiology earned his Ph.D. at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.  He completed both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Physical Education and Exercise Physiology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  Dr. Nelson was raised near Seattle, WA.  He has 14 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 20 published abstracts. 

Dr. Nelson will teach General Biology – Anatomy and Physiology; Human Anatomy; Human Physiology; Exercise Physiology; Exercise Testing and Prescription; Pathophysiology; Pharmacology; Motor Development; and Biomechanics. 

Dr. Nicole Damico Powell, Assistant Clinical Professor with the Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics, from The Ohio State University, in March 2006.   She holds a master’s degree in Biology from Youngstown State and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio. 

She will collect data and analysis for the (PA) Studies program, act as a liaison to the undergraduate pre-PA students, and teach Pathophysiology, Microbiology and Immunology, Medical Genetics, sections of Pharmacology, and coordinate other basic science courses. Additionally, she will assist students interested in research.  

Shonna Riedlinger, M.S. P.A.S. is the Assistant Clinical Professor and the Academic Coordinator with the Physician Assistant Studies.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. 

Riedlinger will teach clinical medicine, physical diagnosis and nutrition courses. She is also the academic coordinator for the didactic phase of the program, including didactic clinical curriculum development and supervision of all the practitioners/specialists who will teach in the program.  

Dr. Kelsey Squire, Assistant Professor of English earned her Ph.D. from Marquette University in Milwaukee. 

She will teach several sections of Composition, Introduction to Literature and Survey of American Literature.  

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private liberal arts institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The University has approximately 2,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 42 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.