OHIO faculty is recognized for the ongoing sharing of expertise and research through their work with media

Each year, Ohio University faculty members contribute their extensive knowledge and research to the media, act as sources for stories, share their discoveries, and are featured for their work both within the university and in the community.

In calendar year 2021, 221 faculty members from all colleges and regional campuses were featured in 2,300 media reports from around the world. Some faculty members have been featured in media such as The New York Times, Washington Post, Smithsonian Online, BBC and many others. They spoke on topics ranging from the discovery of fossil footprints believed to be a bear that is actually human to the challenges of middle school, especially amid the pandemic. Not only have they been featured in media around the world, but they have also developed strong relationships with local and regional media and are focal points for issues affecting the region.

“The appointment as Faculty Newsmaker is an incredible recognition because it not only recognizes the work and achievements of our faculty, but also helps build Ohio University’s reputation as an educational institution with world-class educators and researchers,” said Vice President and Provost Elizabeth says Sayrs. “Every day in the classroom, in their communities, and in the media, Ohio University faculty demonstrate how their expertise, hard work, and dedication can make an impact around the world from here in Athens, Ohio, and our region. It is an honor to work with these extremely knowledgeable and generous educators and I am grateful that these are the leaders we teach our students.”

University Communications and Marketing (UCM) works with faculty members and researchers across the university who are committed to sharing OHIO’s stories through collaboration with media outlets across the country and around the world.

At UCM, these individuals are known as OHIO Faculty Newsmakers and are defined as employees who, regardless of title or classification, teach at Ohio University and have been included in media placements maintained by Cision, a monitoring service used by UCM to track the University is used, media rankings were tracked. Faculty newsmakers may include staff and part-time faculty, as well as administrators who serve as educators in OHIO’s classrooms.

Many OHIO faculty newsmakers participate in The Ohio University Experts Directory, a searchable database that makes it easy for media representatives to find and connect with Ohio University expert sources on a wide range of topics.

As the world and media platforms keep changing, UCM has also adapted the newsmaker tributes. Rather than naming the top 10 newsmakers for the calendar year, this year and in the future we are highlighting our top five newsmakers by interviewing each of them so the OHIO community and the media can learn more about their work and research about how they got interested in their field of study and what plans they have for the future.

The following OHIO faculty newsmakers were named among OHIO’s top five newsmakers for most media placements in calendar year 2021:

  1. Ellison McNuttAssistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, was mentioned 396 times in the media in 2021. 2021 was her freshman year at Ohio University and her first recognition as a faculty news anchor. Her expertise lies in human evolution, biological anthropology, paleoanthropology, hominins and biomechanics. Most of her media mentions came from a study she published in Nature on the fossil footprints found in Tanzania in 1978 and initially dismissed as a bear. However, she recently re-excavated this site and through detailed analysis determined that the footprints are from an early human. she The research focuses on understanding the origin and evolution of the human lineage and uses multiple research approaches including comparative anatomical dissection, functional morphology, biomechanics, bone biology and fossils to understand and reconstruct locomotor behavior in extinct great apes and human ancestors. Her field research takes place mainly in southern and eastern Africa. Some of her media mentions include: Smithsonian Online, CBS News, The New York Times, Associated Press, NPR and Science Magazine.
  2. David RidpathAssociate Professor of Sports Management at the College of Business, was mentioned 314 times in the media in 2021. Many of his mentions come from quotes in which he discussed coach salaries, college athletes fighting for their rights, how a new hire from Michigan went astray outside the NCAA rule book, and how race and politics can divide Americans over sports issues . He has been ranked among the top 10 newsmakers every year since its inception and was named top newsmaker in 2019 and 2016. Ridpath is an expert in intercollegiate athletics, intercollegiate athletics governance, sports law, sports administration and governance reform, among other things. He has also appeared before congressional committees and served as witness on numerous cases involving intercollegiate athletics and collegiate athletes’ rights. Ridpath has published several articles in publications such as the Journal of Law and Sports, the Entertainment and Sports Law Journal, and the Journal of Intercollegiate Athletics. Some of his mentions in the media were: abc news, ESPN Online, US News and World Reportand sports illustrated.
  3. Katherine JellisonHistory Professor at the College of Arts and Scienceswas mentioned 270 times in the media in 2021. She has been a newsmaker every year since its inception, making the top 10 list six times and being named top newsmaker in 2020, 2018 and 2017. Many of their mentions in the media came from a quote about Doug Emhoff, America’s First Second Gentleman, and Jill Biden’s influence as First Lady on America She is an expert on gender in politics, women’s history, contemporary US politics, marriage and nuptial customs, and first ladies. She has authored numerous magazine articles, book chapters, and books, and is currently working on a book about Old Order Amish women in the 1930s and 1940s. Some of her media mentions include: The hill, Business Insider, The Washington Post, The New York Times, NPRand The Vancouver Sun.
  4. Robert FoehlExecutive-in-Residence for Business Law and Ethics at the College of Business, was mentioned 124 times in the media in 2021. He has been a newsmaker for five years and has made the top 10 for the last three years in a row. The majority of his mentions in the media came from quotes in which he spoke about the National Association of Realtors’ ban on hate speech. Föehl’s expertise lies in the areas of business ethics, business law, ethical leadership and corporate social responsibility. Prior to OHIO, Föehl was Target’s first director of corporate compliance and ethics, practiced in-house as an attorney for multinational corporations, was a compliance expert for one of the country’s largest financial institutions, and served as a federal regulator. Some of his media mentions include: beard, World Magazine Onlineand USSA News.
  5. Lisa HarrisonProfessor of Teacher Education and Associate Dean at Patton College of Education, was mentioned 74 times in the media in 2021. This is the first year she has been named Top Newsmaker, and three years prior to that she was the faculty news anchor. The majority of their mentions were from being presented for receiving the National Award for Middle Level Education as well as for speaking why middle school is so hard and how the pandemic has made it worse. Her expertise and research interests include black youth identity construction, preparation for teacher training, and teaching for social justice. Harrison has a BS in Mathematics from Spelman College and an MST in Secondary Teaching from Pace University. She also has a Ph.D. in middle school education from the University of Georgia. She teaches courses in middle childhood pedagogy and teacher action research. She also acts as the coordinator of the Middle Childhood Education program. Some of her media mentions include: The Washington Post, The Hechinger Report, Journal for Blacks in Higher Educationand the Associated Press.