Your Faculty

Coryn Gonzales, Academic Success Coach

Coryn received her Bachelor of Arts with Research Distinction in Psychology from The Ohio State University, and is a Newark Campus Alumni. During her undergraduate career, Coryn was a student in the Buckeye Generation Learning Community her freshman year, and then continued for 3 years being an Academic Peer Coach for the program until she graduated. Coryn currently serves as Academic Success Coach for the Office of Retention & Student Success Initiatives and oversees the Buckeye Generation Learning Community. She is also working on getting her Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University in Higher Education. She is very proud to be the first in her family to earn her degree, and is passionate about helping others do the same. In her spare time, Coryn likes to dabble in photography, and you will frequently see her at learning community events behind the camera. Coryn will be the instructor for your University Survey (EXP course) and co-instructor for your Buckeye Generation Learning Community Lab (ASC) course. You can reach Coryn at:
Office: Founders Hall 2012
Phone: 740-755-7101



Dr. Brad Okdie is your Psychology Professor. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama, a Master’s degree from The University of Northern Iowa and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo. He is a social psychologist who studies how media affect individuals. He has recently published academic papers on the topics of Facebook, Blogging, and Instant messaging. Dr. Okdie has a 4 year old son named Wyatt, a wife named Amanda, and a Labrador retriever named Lucy. He is passionate about teaching and learning. He believes that every student can achieve their goals in this class and in life. His door is always open; stop in and let him know how he can help you achieve your goals.

Learn more about Dr. Okdie at his personal web site or at his laboratory web site


Dr. Ann Burkhart will be your Art Education instructor. Dr. Burkhart earned a Ph.D. and Master’s degree from Ohio State University in Art Education, and studied drawing and painting for her B.F.A from Ohio State. Her recent publications reflect her interest in material culture and design — especially how the objects and environments we live through encourage specific behaviors, ideas, and values, as well her interest in the study of artists’ books – works of art that are designed to be held and experienced personally. Dr. Burkhart enjoys engaging students in exploring many facets of art and music, especially as they connect with important ideas about life. She makes artists’ books, and is an avid runner who also enjoys leisurely bicycle rides and good coffee. She is looking forward to working with each of you – and encourages you to talk with her anytime.


Scott Aubry is a lecturer of anthropology. For the past couple of years he has become increasingly involved in programs and issues associated with first generation students. He was a first generation student himself who started at a community college and later received an M.A. from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. His research focuses on morphological variation in human dentition, with a focus on developmental genetics and population genetics. His main focus has been to investigation human migration in the past by analyzing human skeletal material from archaeological collections. He has worked throughout Latin America since the mid-1990s, and he has been working on skeletal populations from the Midwest in the United States since 2010.