Your Faculty

Jamie White, Director of Retention & Student Success Initiatives
and Associated Faculty Member


Jamie received a Master’s Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Ohio University. She currently serves as the Director of Retention & Student Success Initiatives and oversees many of the learning communities on campus. She is proud to be a first generation college student. In addition to her role as director, Jamie also teaches Leadership and Community Service at Ohio State Newark and has been involved with the SAGE learning community since it began. She is passionate about individually helping students create a plan for success that works best for them!  You can reach Jamie at:
Office: Founders Hall 1034
Phone: 740-755-7881


Tiyi Morris, Ph.D., Associate Professor, African American & African Studies

Tiyi M. Morris is Associate Professor of African American and African Studies and affiliated faculty in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She received her B.A. in African & African American Studies and Liberal Studies from Emory University and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Purdue University. Dr. Morris has an interdisciplinary research and teaching focus that combines the fields of American History, Black Studies, and Women’s Studies and is the author of Womanpower Unlimited and the Black Freedom Struggle in Mississippi. Her work has also appeared in Southern Black Women in the Civil Rights Era (1954-1974): A State by State Study; Comrades: A Local History of the Black Panther Party; and Groundwork: Local Black Freedom Struggles in America. In addition to her teaching and research, Dr. Morris is a board member of Women Have Options, Ohio’s statewide abortion fund.


Kenneth Madsen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Geography

Kenneth D. Madsen is Associate Professor of Geography. He was a first generation low-income college student and graduated with his Bachelor’s from Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa. He also holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in geography from Arizona State University. Dr. Madsen’s research focuses on the interaction between local communities and border security / border law enforcement activities, especially surrounding the construction of border barriers. Much of his work considers the specific circumstances of Tohono O’odham of southern Arizona and northern Sonora. He is also interested in dynamics of indigenous-academic interactions and insights from fiction on geographic processes.


Lucy Murphy, Ph.D., Professor, History