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Dr. Joe Urgo

Interim Executive Vice President/Provost

Dr. Joe Urgo, Interim Executive Vice President and Provost at The University of Akron

Dr. Joe Urgo

Dr. Joe Urgo is interim executive vice president and provost. His appointment began Nov. 4, 2019, and will continue until June 30, 2020. Urgo will not be a candidate for the permanent EVP/provost position.

“We are fortunate that Dr. Joe Urgo has agreed to step into the EVP/provost role on an interim basis," said President Gary L. Miller. "Dr. Urgo and I worked together as department chairs at the University of Mississippi, leading the two largest departments at the time, and we have continued our professional relationship ever since. He has served in several academic and administrative leadership positions, including as provost and as president, and he also is an accomplished scholar.”

Urgo has had extensive experience creating programs, attracting financial support from foundations and individuals, and reallocating internal budget priorities to better align with institutional goals and ambitions. At two institutions he created systems of faculty allocation to implement thoughtful re-deployment of academic resources to meet institutional needs. Urgo has also led mediation exercises among administrators and faculty members where relations had been strained by prolonged professional misalignment and an absence of empathetic insight.

Having earned leadership positions at a private regional university, a public R-1 flagship institution, as well as private and public liberal arts colleges, Urgo is able to introduce multiple models of successful intervention to challenges that inevitably occur on campuses.

Urgo has a B.A. in political science from Haverford College, an M.A. in liberal studies from Wesleyan University (CT), and an M.A. and Ph.D. in American civilization from Brown University. A literary scholar, he has written five books, edited nine, and published dozens of essays on topics in American literature, culture, and higher education.

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Dr. Rex Ramsier

Executive Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer

Rex Ramsier, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Dr. Rex Ramsier

Ramsier previously served as interim senior vice president and provost, in addition to his roles as senior vice provost and Higher Learning Commission (HLC) liaison. He is also a professor of physics.

Throughout his UA career, Ramsier has served in a number of positions, including vice provost for academic programs and operations; associate provost for academic policies, procedures and reviews; director of the Institute for Teaching and Learning; associate professor of physics, chemistry, and chemical engineering; and assistant professor of physics. After earning his Ph.D., Ramsier was a senior scientist in stress corrosion cracking and advanced energy conversion at Westinghouse Electric Corporation's Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory.

Ramsier graduated summa cum laude from The University of Akron with a B.S. in physics. He earned an M.S. in physics from UA and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Deans

Dr. Aimée L. deChambeau

Dean, University Libraries
Associate Professor of Bibliography

deChambeau-Aimee-headshotDr. Aimée L. deChambeau was appointed on June 14, 2017, as the dean of University Libraries after serving for a year as interim dean. Previously, she was associate dean.

As associate dean, deChambeau’s responsibilities included responding to changes in higher education, the academic environment and the library profession, and ensuring that the organization, management and skill levels of all library personnel evolved to meet new challenges.

A tenured associate professor of bibliography, deChambeau joined the University as head of electronic services in April 2011. Prior posts include serving as an associate librarian at the Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y., and director of the Schmidt Family Information & Technology Center at The Knox School in St. James, N.Y. From 1997-2004 she also served as engineering librarian here at The University of Akron.

deChambeau holds a Ph.D. in Sustainability Education from Prescott College and an MLS from the University of Pittsburgh. She has extensive experience in managing library services and systems in higher education as well as K-12. Her research focuses on sustainable education and student success at the intersection of technology, communities of practice, and collaboration. deChambeau has additional research interests in the area of feminist pedagogy and collaboration.

Her service on campus includes membership on the Williams Honors College Advisory Council since 2015, the Diversity Council since 2013, and the University Council Information Technology Committee since 2011. More.


Dr. Ali Dhinojwala

Interim Dean, College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
H.A. Morton Professor of Polymer Science

Dr. Ali Dhinojwala was named interim dean of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering, effective May 1.

He joined UA in 1997 and has held several leadership positions in the college, including serving as interim chair, and chair, of the Department of Polymer Science between 2008 and 2012.

Over the course of his career, Dhinojwala has been awarded millions in grants from such sources as the National Science Foundation, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army Research Office and many corporations, including Librizol, Kimberly-Clark, Goodyear, Exxon Mobil and Parker Hannifin.

His research interests include spectroscopic techniques to study structure and dynamics at surfaces and interfaces; relationship between adhesion, adhesion hysterisis and friction; structure and dynamics of molecules in confined geometry; surface melting and surface freezing; developing synthetic adhesives using aligned carbon nanotubes inspired by Gecko foot hairs; and electrical and optical applications of aligned carbon nanotubes.

Early in 2018, Dhinojwala and researchers in California and Delaware received $7.5 million in federal funds to study how the arrangement of melanin particles in bird feathers creates a spectrum of colors. Ultimately, they want to mimic those patterns to create synthetic colors.

He was named outstanding researcher by the University in 2010, one of several research and teaching honors he holds. Other honors include the I.N.S.P.I.R.E. Award, given by UA in 2016, and the Whitby Award for Outstanding Teaching and Research, given by the American Chemical Society Rubber Division in 2012.

Dhinojwala earned a Ph.D. at Northwestern University.


Dr. Susan Hanlon

Interim Dean, College of Business Administration
Associate Professor of Management
Fitzgerald Institute Fellow of Entrepreneurship 

Hanlon-Susan-headshotDr. Susan Hanlon was appointed interim dean of the college, effective July 1, 2019. She served most recently as associate dean and interim department chair of the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy.

Hanlon, who joined The University of Akron's College of Business Administration in 1990, has long balanced classroom teaching with administrative roles. It was on July 1, 2016, that she became associate dean. From Oct. 1, 2009, to June 30, 2016, she was an assistant dean in the college.

Over the years, she has taught Management Principles, Selection and Staffing, Organization Transformation, CBA Student Success and the CBA Honors Integrated Business Forum. Hanlon's research interests focus on psychological capital, management development, nontraditional rewards and collaborative processes.

Hanlon is overseeing a college that offers undergraduate degree programs in accounting, e-marketing and advertising, finance, management, marketing, sales and international business. The CBA and its undergraduate and graduate programs have been ranked nationally by BusinessWeek, the Princeton Review, U.S. News World Report, the Public Accounting Report, and others. In addition, the CBA and separately, the George W. Daverio School of Accountancy, have received the highest level of accreditation by the selective Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, a distinction held by less than five percent of all business schools.

Hanlon earned a B.A. at Grove City College, an MBA at Kent State University and a DBA at the University of Memphis.


Dr. Michael Johanyak

Acting Dean, College of Applied Science and Technology
Professor of Technical Writing and Composition

Johanyak-Michael-2020-high-res-headshotDr. Michael Johanyak has been appointed acting dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology. Most recently, he has been serving as interim associate dean of CAST, and acting chair of the Department of Applied General and Technical Studies. He is a professor of technical writing and composition.

Other departments in the College of Applied Science and Technology are the Department of Business and Information Technology, Department of Disaster Science and Emergency Services, and the Department of Engineering and Science Technology.

Johanyak, who joined UA in 1995, holds a Ph.D. in English and a B.S. in Journalism/Advertising, both earned at Kent State University. He also earned an M.A. in Composition at The University of Akron.


Dr. Timothy McCarragher

Acting Dean, College of Health Professions
Associate Professor of Social Work

McCarragher-Tim-2020-high-res-headshotDr. Timothy McCarragher has been appointed acting dean of the College of Health Professions.

The College of Health Professions is home to the School of Allied Health Technology, School of Counseling, School of Nursing, School of Nutrition and Dietetics, School of Social Work, School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and the School of Sport Science and Wellness Education. 

Since joining UA in 2000, McCarragher, an associate professor of social work, has handled a several administrative roles, in addition to teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. He has been director of the School of Social Work and Master of Social Work coordinator since 2008. McCarragher also has been serving as associate dean of strategic operations and graduate studies.

McCarragher, who is licensed as an independent social worker in Ohio, earned a B.A. in English, magna cum laude, in 1986 at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus. He went on to earn a graduate degree in theology, cum laude, at Pontificia Universitas Gregoriana in Rome, Italy, in 1989, followed by a postgraduate degree in spiritual theology, magna cum laude in 1991 at Pontificia Universitas Gregoriana in Rome, Italy. McCarragher earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Cleveland State University in 1994, and a Ph.D. in Social Welfare at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in 2002.

With many publications and presentations to his credit, McCarragher also is active in a number of professional organizations, including the Stark State Human Services Advisory Board since 2008, the Council on Social Work Education since 2012 and the National Association of Social Workers since 1995. More.


Dr. Craig Menzemer

Interim Dean, College of Engineering
Professor of Civil Engineering

Menzemer-Craig-2018-headshotDr. Craig Menzemer was appointed interim dean of the College of Engineering by The University of Akron Board of Trustees in October 2018. He is responsible for the day to day functions of the college, including curriculum development, student assessment, recruitment and budget. He most recently served as acting dean and as associate dean for graduate studies in the college.

Menzemer joined UA in 1996 after serving more than a decade as a product design and senior technical specialist with Alcoa. Previously, Menzemer was a construction management field engineer for United States Steel Corp.

He earned his bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. degrees, all in civil engineering, at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. His professional affiliations include the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Welding Society and Sigma Xi. More.


Christopher C.J. Peters

Dean, School of Law

Peters-CJ-headshotChristopher C.J. Peters joined the School of Law as its dean on June 15, 2017. He most recently served as the associate dean for faculty scholarship and a professor of law at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Founded in 1921, The University of Akron School of Law has been accredited by the American Bar Association since 1961, and it is a member of the American Association of Law Schools.

Peters has a wealth of teaching experience at law schools, including Chicago, Loyola Los Angeles, Toledo and Wayne State. He has been teaching at Baltimore Law since 2009, and in 2015, he was appointed to the associate dean post.

He graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where Peters was associate editor of the Michigan Law Review his final year. He earned his B.A. summa cum laude in history from Amherst College.

Peters has been published widely. He is the author of “A Matter of Dispute: Morality, Democracy, and Law” (Oxford University Press, 2011). His writings have been featured in law reviews at such schools as Harvard, Columbia, Yale, UCLA, Oklahoma, BYU and Northwestern. More.


Dr. D. Dane Quinn

Acting Dean, Williams Honors College
Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Quinn-Dane-headshotDr. D. Dane Quinn, who is serving as the acting dean of the Drs. Gary B. and Pamela S. Williams Honors College, also serves as the associate dean for undergraduate research for the college.

A professor of mechanical engineering, he joined the University in 1995. His research interests lie in the area of applied dynamical systems and mechanics. Specifically, he has considered the effects of resonances in nonlinear systems with applications to rotordynamics, spacecraft dynamics, and the mechanisms by which energy is transferred through mechanical systems, including applications in energy harvesting.

Quinn earned a B.M.E. with highest honor at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1991, and a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in 1995 at Cornell UniversityMore.


Dr. Marnie M. Saunders

Acting Dean, Graduate School
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Quinn-Dane-headshotDr. Marnie Saunders has been appointed acting dean of the Graduate School. Since August 2017, she has served as the associate dean.

In her role as associate dean, Saunders has collaborated on strategic initiatives related to graduate assistantship allocation; conducted oversight of graduate students and graduate student events; assisted the dean with programmatic issues and policies; and worked to enhance graduate student recruitment and retention efforts as well as improve and streamline the admissions to graduation process.

Saunders is a three-time graduate of The University of Akron. After earning a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at UA in 1991, Saunders earned an M.S. in Engineering with studies in both biomedical and mechanical engineering. She was awarded a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in 1998. Saunders was then a postdoctoral fellow in the Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.

In 2010, Saunders joined the College of Engineering at her alma mater in 2010 as an associate professor of biomedical engineering. She also has a joint appointment with the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Her research interests include orthopaedic biomechanics, bone biomechanics, bone cell mechanobiology, lab-on-a-chip and organ-on-a-chip platforms. More.


Dr. Linda Subich

Interim Dean, College of Buchtel Arts and Sciences
Distinguished Professor of Psychology

SubichDr. Linda Subich was named interim dean of the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences on May 9, 2018. Since 2011, Subich has served as associate dean of undergraduate studies in the dean’s office.

Subich joined UA in 1981, the same year she earned a doctorate in counseling psychology at The Ohio State University. Her research interests include vocational and counseling research, with special emphasis on issues relevant to women and members of underrepresented groups. In addition to her role in the Dean’s Office, Subich has served as the University’s liaison with the state for transfer and articulation matters.

A prolific author, Subich’s publications have appeared in the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Career Assessment and Career Development Quarterly. She is a Fellow of Divisions 17 and 45 of the American Psychological Association. In 2000, Subich received the John Holland Award for outstanding achievement in career or personality research. More.


Dr. Jarrod Tudor

Dean, Wayne College
Acting Dean of the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education

Tudor-Jarrod-headshotDr. Jarrod Tudor became dean of Wayne College in July 2016.

Wayne College, located in Orrville, is a regional branch of The University of Akron offering the first two years of general bachelor’s degree classes for students who plan to continue at the Akron campus. The college also offers certificate programs and associate degrees in numerous areas, as well as bachelor’s degrees in organizational supervision and social work that can be earned entirely on the Orrville campus.

Tudor was dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State University at Geauga and the Twinsburg Regional Academic Center, where he was responsible for the oversight and management of a $15 million budget, 70 full-time personnel and 2,600 students across two campus locations.

Over 20 years at Kent State, Tudor served in several capacities and taught law and social science courses in the fields of political science, history, business administration, higher education administration, journalism, criminal justice and paralegal studies.

Tudor has earned nine degrees: a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Kent State; a master of laws degree in intellectual property law from UA; a master of public administration in labor-management relations from Kent; a master of law degree in international and comparative law from Cleveland State; an MBA from Kent; a J.D. and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Toledo; and, a bachelor’s degree in political science and industrial relations from Ohio State University.