Expert sources for journalists

As the public research university for Northern Ohio, 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 Lane ext. 7429
Art Education Sarah Lane ext. 7429
  Interpersonal and Organizational Communication Sarah Lane ext. 7429
Mass Media Sarah Lane ext. 7429
WZIP-FM Sarah Lane ext. 7429
Z-TV Sarah Lane ext. 7429
Business Management / Economy
Banking/Finance Regulation Laura Massie ext. 6476
Entrepreneurship Laura Massie ext. 6476
Local and state economy Laura Massie ext. 6476
Marketing/Direct marketing/Market research Laura Massie ext. 6476
U.S./World economy Laura Massie ext. 6476
Education
Early childhood education Sarah Lane ext. 7429
Exercise science/Sports studies Sarah Lane ext. 7429
Literacy Sarah Lane ext. 7429
Longer school year in K-12 Sarah Lane ext. 7429
Special education Sarah Lane ext. 7429
Teacher licensure in Ohio Sarah Lane 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 Lane ext. 7429
Student Activities/Student Life Sarah Lane ext. 7429
University College Sarah Lane ext. 7429
Health Care
Austen BioInnovation Institute Laura Massie ext. 6476
Biomedical/I-76 Biomedical Corridor in Akron Laura Massie ext. 6476
Ethics Sarah Lane ext. 7429
Exercise Science Sarah Lane ext. 7429
Gerontology/Adult care Sarah Lane ext. 7429
Health care policy/Reform, U.S. Sarah Lane ext. 7429
Nursing shortage/nursing faculty shortage Sarah Lane ext. 7429
Nutrition Sarah Lane ext. 7429
Law  
Constitutional Law
  • Ohio/U.S.
Laura Massie ext. 6476
Civil/Criminal Justice Laura Massie ext. 6476
Criminal profiling Laura Massie ext. 6476
Criminal Law/trials Laura Massie ext. 6476
Ethics Laura Massie ext. 6476
Intellectual property and technology Laura Massie ext. 6476
Judiciary/Courts
  • Federal
  • State
Laura Massie ext. 6476
Scientific evidence Laura Massie ext. 6476
Trusts and estate law Laura Massie ext. 6476
Women and the law Laura Massie ext. 6476
Politics
Air travel/Airline security Sarah Lane ext. 7429
Campaign finance law Sarah Lane ext. 7429
Health care reform Sarah Lane ext. 7429
Homeland security Sarah Lane ext. 7429
Local and state politics
  • Akron/Summit County/Northeast Ohio
  • State of Ohio
Sarah Lane ext. 7429
Presidential politics Sarah Lane ext. 7429
Race and politics Sarah Lane ext. 7429
Religion and politics Sarah Lane ext. 7429
U.S. war on terror Sarah Lane 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 Laura Massie ext. 6476
Campus safety Laura Massie ext. 6476
Diversity/Inclusive Excellence Laura Massie ext. 6476
Financial Aid Laura Massie ext. 6476
President Laura Massie ext. 6476
Provost Laura Massie ext. 6476
Student Affairs Laura Massie ext. 6476