Expert sources for journalists

The University of Akron has many faculty who are nationally recognized experts in their fields.

They can provide journalists with insight and analysis on a wide range of topics — from the science of polymers to workplace issues, constitutional law, airline security, health care, politics and the economy.

Listed below are just some of our areas of expertise. To arrange interviews on these or other topics, please contact the assigned PR representative. To call the rep, dial 330-972 and the extension listed below. 

Arts and Humanities
Art and Art History Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Art Education Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
  Interpersonal and Organizational Communication Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Mass Media Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
WZIP-FM Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Z-TV Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Business Management / Economy
Banking/Finance Regulation Dan Minnich ext. 6476
Entrepreneurship Dan Minnich ext. 6476
Local and state economy Dan Minnich ext. 6476
Marketing/Direct marketing/Market research Dan Minnich ext. 6476
U.S./World economy Dan Minnich ext. 6476
Education
Early childhood education Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Exercise science/Sports studies Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Literacy Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Longer school year in K-12 Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Special education Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Teacher licensure in Ohio Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Engineering and Hard Sciences
Biology Denise Henry ext. 6477
Biomedical engineering/1-76 biomedical
corridor in Akron area
Denise Henry ext. 6477
Chemical and biomolecular engineering Denise Henry ext. 6477
Chemical sciences Denise Henry ext. 6477
Civil engineering Denise Henry ext. 6477
Computer science/Technology Denise Henry ext. 6477
Geology/Environmental science Denise Henry ext. 6477
Liquid Crystal technology Denise Henry ext. 6477
Mechanical engineering Denise Henry ext. 6477
Physics/space/applied mathematics Denise Henry ext. 6477
Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
  • Akron Polymer Training
  • National Polymer Innovation Center
  • World-class polymer research
Denise Henry ext. 6477
General University  
Honors College Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Student Activities/Student Life Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Health Care
Austen BioInnovation Institute Dan Minnich ext. 6476
Biomedical/I-76 Biomedical Corridor in Akron Dan Minnich ext. 6476
Ethics Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Exercise Science Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Gerontology/Adult care Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Health care policy/Reform, U.S. Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Nursing shortage/nursing faculty shortage Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Nutrition Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Law  
Constitutional Law
  • Ohio/U.S.
Dan Minnich ext. 6476
Civil/Criminal Justice Dan Minnich ext. 6476
Criminal profiling Dan Minnich ext. 6476
Criminal Law/trials Dan Minnich ext. 6476
Ethics Dan Minnich ext. 6476
Intellectual property and technology Dan Minnich ext. 6476
Judiciary/Courts
  • Federal
  • State
Dan Minnich ext. 6476
Scientific evidence Dan Minnich ext. 6476
Trusts and estate law Dan Minnich ext. 6476
Women and the law Dan Minnich ext. 6476
Politics
Air travel/Airline security Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Campaign finance law Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Health care reform Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Homeland security Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Local and state politics
  • Akron/Summit County/Northeast Ohio
  • State of Ohio
Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Presidential politics Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Race and politics Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Religion and politics Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
U.S. war on terror Sarah Cupples ext. 7429
Summit College
Allied Health Technology Denise Henry ext. 6477
Criminal Justice Technology/Criminal Profiling Denise Henry ext. 6477
Engineering & Science Technology Denise Henry ext. 6477
Hospitality Management Denise Henry ext. 6477
Police Academy Denise Henry ext. 6477
Workforce Development/Continuing Education Denise Henry ext. 6477
University of Akron Administration
Board of Trustees Dan Minnich ext. 6476
Campus safety Dan Minnich ext. 6476
Diversity/Inclusive Excellence Dan Minnich ext. 6476
Financial Aid Dan Minnich ext. 6476
President Dan Minnich ext. 6476
Provost Dan Minnich ext. 6476
Student Affairs Dan Minnich ext. 6476