Your Faculty

Karess Gilcrease, Academic Success Coach, Retention & Student Success Initiatives
and Instructor


Karess Gilcrease received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Pan African Studies from Kent State University. She currently serves as an Academic Success Coach in the office of Retention & Student Success Initiatives and oversees many of the learning communities on campus. Karess has a background in higher education, multicultural engagement, and social justice. She brings theoretical understanding and practical experience to diversity programming. Karess has also held positions at Denison University, where she served as the Program Coordinator in the office of Multicultural Student Affairs, and within the I Know I Can program, where she served the students  of Columbus City Schools. Karess is dedicated to student engagement and success.


You can reach Karess at:
Office: Founders Hall 2081
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.