Education and Social Sciences Faculty


Angela Adkins

Angela M. Adkins

Title: Assistant Professor of Sociology
Department: Education and Social Sciences
Office: E230
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 5255

  • Sociology
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Society and Technology
  • Social Structure and the Individual
  • Applied Sociological Methods
  • Master of arts degree, sociology, The University of Akron
  • Bachelor of arts degree, sociology and interdisciplinary anthropology, summa cum laude, university honors scholar, The University of Akron
  • President, Stark AAUP chapter of the American Association of University Professors
  • Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society
  • American Sociological Association
  • Midwest Sociological Society
  • North Central Sociological Association
  • 2009 Adkins, Angela M. “Dr. Dana.” Pp. 531-535 in Stepping Stones: A Guided Approach to Writing Sentences and Paragraphs, edited by Chris Juzwiak. Boston: Bedford St. Martin’s.
  • 2018 Adkins, Angela M. “Gendering Occupations: An Introductory Exercise for Teaching Reproduction of the Binary Gender System.” Teaching Sociology, Volume 46, Issue 4. (in press)

Prior to coming to Stark State College, Angela taught at The University of Akron as well as in a community learning center for adults seeking high school completion. Her research interests include social psychology, scholarship of teaching and learning, emotions, inequalities and computer-mediated interaction. Her achievements include a 2017 Assessment Council Classroom Development mini-grant from SSC’s Completion by Design partnership, being named commencement speaker at Stark State’s fall 2015 graduation as the College’s 2014-2015 Distinguished Teacher of the Year, and a nomination for the 2014-2015 Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges’ Teacher of the Year.  She also received a 2010 Patricia Conley Peer Mentor Award, Alpha Kappa Delta, Mu Chapter. She currently is working on a study of classroom active-learning strategies to foster empathy and empowerment in civic participation. She is a doctoral candidate in sociology as part of The University of Akron/Kent State University joint Ph.D. program.

Nicole Cleland

Nicole R. Cleland

Title: Assistant Professor/Coordinator, Psychology
Department: Education and Social Sciences
Office: E208L
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 4623

  • General Psychology
  • Human Growth & Development
  • Social Psychology
  • Bachelor of arts degree, psychology, University of Mount Union
  • Master of arts degree, marriage and family counseling/therapy
  • Doctorate in counselor education and supervision, marriage and family therapy, The University of Akron
  • Licensed and practiced as both a marriage and family therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor/supervisor (LPCC-S)
  • Currently maintains license to practice in the State of Ohio as an LPCC-S
  • Has counseled individuals, couples, families, and groups in schools, community mental health centers and in private practice.
  • Has taught psychology courses as an adjunct instructor at Mount Union and taught graduate-level counseling courses as an adjunct at Walsh University.

Nicole is a professor who brings years of education and professional experience into the classroom. She enjoys working with the diverse population at Stark State College and considers herself to be a student-focused professor.

April Cunion

April L. Cunion

Title: Instructor
Department: Education and Social Sciences
Office: B216a
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 4665

  • general psychology
  • human growth and development
  • social psychology
  • Doctorate in clinical psychology
  • Master’s degree in clinical psychology
  • Bachelor’s degree in applied psychology
  • Licensed clinical psychologist in Ohio
  • Member of American Psychological Association
  • Member of Christian Association for Psychological Studies
  • Jones, C.E., & Cunion, A.L. (2012). Loco parentis: Strengths, weaknesses, and future directions. Invited chapter for The Christian College Phenomenon: An Empirical Study. Samuel Joeckel and Thomas Chesnes (Eds.). Abilene, TX: Abilene Christian University Press.
  • Ripley, J.S., Cunion, A.L., & Noble, N.D. (2006). Alcohol abuse in marriage and family contexts: Relational pathways to recovery. Invited article for Alcohol Treatment Quarterly, 24 (1/2), 171-184.

I am a graduate of Regent University where I received both my M.A. and my Psy.D. in clinical psychology. I received my bachelor’s degree from Cedarville University, majoring in applied psychology. My research interests have largely surrounded marriage and the family, with particular interests in one’s understanding of marriage and mothering. My current research surrounds emotional experiences of mothers (with a specific focus on the emotions of shame and guilt in mothers) and assessing couples for experiences of intimate partner violence. I also have research interests in rural psychology and in the application of technological advances to better reach and serve rural populations clinically. I am a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Ohio. In clinical work, I enjoy working with adults, adolescents and children presenting with mood and anxiety disorders, as well as performing psychological assessment.

Bryan Gerber

Dr. Bryan S. Gerber

Title: Assistant Professor of Psychology
Department: Education and Social Sciences
Office: E217
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 4033

  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychological Aspects of Therapy
  • Psychological Methods
  • Bachelor of arts degree, psychology, University of Akron
  • Master of science degree, psychology, California Coast University
  • Master of science degree, educational psychology,  Capella University
  • Doctor of psychology degree, psychology, California Coast University
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology
  • Association for Experiential Education
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Dr. Gerber came to higher education in 2004 following a 25-year career in applied fields, including private practice and program development. He is very active in the field of psychology on both the local and national level, serving on several committees and boards. He currently is vice president of the board of trustees for the Crisis Intervention and Recovery Center of Stark County, vice president of the Psi Beta Psychology Honor Society National Council and advisor for the Stark State chapter of Psi Beta honor society. Dr. Gerber fosters an active classroom where students not only learn the required material, but have an opportunity to absorb it. He enjoys not only teaching material, but inspiring and motivating students to achieve at a higher level than they imagined was possible.

Marie Glossen

Marie F. Glossen

Title: Assistant Professor of Education
Department: Education and Social Sciences
Office: T110b
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 4984

  • Curriculum Design & Instruction
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Introduction to the Teaching Profession
  • Introduction to Child Development
  • Community & Family Based Programs
  • Early Childhood Education Practicum
  • Children with Socio-emotional Exceptionalities
  • Student Success Seminar
  • Bachelor of arts degree, elementary education, The University of Akron
  • Master of arts degree, early childhood special education, Malone University
  • Massillon City Schools; 16 years teaching as an intervention specialist in preschool, first and fourth grades
  • Stark State College; instructor in education, Kappa Delta Pi honor society in education club advisor, academic advisor for new and returning students
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Early Childhood Resource Center
  • Education Students National Honor Society
  • National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs

Marie Glossen is an enthusiastic and engaging instructor who enjoys teaching both children and adults. Student success is her highest priority with lessons that incorporate peer learning and projects having real-life applications. Throughout her career in education, she has guided students as they explore, question and apply concepts related to the teaching profession. Ms. Glossen’s academic specialty is early childhood education with a strong emphasis on developmentally appropriate practices in the classroom.

Marc Hostetler

Marc W. Hostetler

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Education and Social Sciences
Office: E251
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 4520

  • General Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Human Development
  • Psychological Aspects of Therapy
  • Doctor of chiropractic, Logan College of Chiropractic
  • Master’s degree in counseling and human development, Walsh University.
  • Bachelor’s degree in human biology, Logan College of Chiropractic

Dr. Hostetler has taught courses in biology and psychology at Stark State College since 1994. His background experience includes practice as a chiropractic physician for more than 20 years, serving as a human development consultant to area businesses and organizations, and teaching in the social science departments at Kent State University, Trumbull Campus and at Mount Union University. He is recognized nationally as a reality therapist. Dr. Hostetler received the 2003-2004 Stark State Distinguished Teacher Award, the 2004 American Technical Education Association (ATEA) Great Lakes Region Outstanding Technical Teacher Award, and the 2004 Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education Award for Teaching Excellence. He also was nominated for the Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges Outstanding Teacher Award and was one of eight finalists for the national ATEA Outstanding Technical Teacher of the Year Award.

Daysha Lawrence

Daysha R. Lawrence

Title: Coordinator, Sociology and Gerontology
Department: Education and Social Sciences
Office: K101
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 5328

  • Sociology
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Dynamics of the Family
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Corrections
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Master of arts in sociology/criminology, The University of Akron
  • Bachelor of arts in sociology, The University of Akron
  • Oriana House
  • Ohio Department of Youth Services: Indian River Juvenile Correctional Facility
  • City of Akron: Akron Police Department Juvenile Diversion Unit
  • Walsh University
  • Stark State College: Honors Program academic advisor, instructor, Sociology Association advisor
  • American Sociological Association
  • American Corrections Association
  • American Criminology Society
  • Association of Black Sociologists
  • Reviewer, OpenStax College, Introduction to Sociology 2e. OpenStax College. 24 April 2015.

Daysha Lawrence is a lifetime Northeast Ohio resident who takes a student-centered approach in the classroom with a focus on making sure students “get it.” Throughout her career in corrections, she pushed the inmates to think critically and to explore new topics, the same goal she brings currently into the classroom. Ms. Lawrence’s academic specialty is juvenile delinquency with a strong emphasis on social inequality and family influence.

Danette Lund

Danette Lund

Title: Assistant Professor and Department Chair
Department: Education and Social Sciences
Office: E257
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 4501

  • Educational Psychology
  • Observation, Assessment and Group Management
  • Community and Family-based Programs
  • Health and Nutrition
  • ECE Administrator Practicum/Seminar
  • Master of arts degree in education: curriculum, instruction and professional development, Malone University
  • Bachelor of science degree in human ecology: child development, The Ohio State University
  • Former adjunct instructor, University of Cincinnati
  • Former director of programs & services, Early Childhood Resource Center
  • Member, National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • T.E.A.C.H. Ohio® articulation committee
  • 20th Class, Leadership Stark County graduate

Danette Lund is an assistant professor and department chair of education and social sciences at Stark State College. She earned a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree from Malone University, and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toledo. With more than 20 years teaching experience, Danette has worked in pre-K classrooms, community-based professional development programs and higher education. She teaches both face-to-face and online courses while overseeing programs such as early childhood education, education, psychology, applied sociology and American Sign Language. Danette has served on many local committees related to education and leadership as well as statewide committee, including the early childhood professional development committee, infant-toddler guidelines writing team, T.E.A.C.H. advisory committee, and T.E.A.C.H. articulation project team. Her committee experience at the college includes the curriculum committee, adjunct instructor of the year committee and President’s Cabinet.

Lori Miller

Lori A. Miller

Title: Assistant Professor of Psychology
Department: Education and Social Sciences
Office: E230
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 5220

  • General Psychology
  • Psychological Aspects of Therapy
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Psychology of Adjustment
  • Master’s degree in community counseling
  • Bachelor’s degree in family and child development
  • Associate degree in community services technology
  • Licensed professional clinical counselor and social worker through the State of Ohio Counselor and Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board
  • Private counseling practice
  • Counselor at a child behavioral health care service
  • Mental health counseling
  • Chemical dependency counselor
  • Instructor for county board of developmental disabilities employees
  • Habilitation manger and case manager in the developmental disabilities system
  • Case worker in the mental health field
  • Social service director for nursing home
  • Program director/probation officer for juvenile/probate court
  • Guardianship and adoption investigator for court system

I have worked as a social service worker/counselor since 1980 in various settings. I worked with the elderly in a long-term care facility as a social service director, a habilitation manager and case manager for a county board program for the developmentally disabled and a probation officer/program director for a juvenile court. I also served as a guardianship investigator and an adoption assessor for the court. As a clinical counselor, I worked with clientele ages 3-90 in both school settings and mental health agencies. I’ve worked with children and trauma, adults with alcohol and drug addictions, as well as marital and group counseling.

Martina Sharp-Grier

Martina L. Sharp-Grier

Title: Assistant Professor of Sociology and Gerontology
Department: Education and Social Sciences
Office: E241
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 4502

  • Sociology (F2F and W3)
  • Social Problems
  • The African American Experience
  • Cultural Diversity (F2F and W3)
  • Psychosocial Aspects of Aging (W3)
  • Criminal Justice
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Master of arts degree in sociology, The University of Akron/Kent State University Joint Program
  • Bachelor of science degree in criminal justice/pre-law, The University of Dayton
  • National consultant, National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Equity trainer/consultant; Akron, Canton and Alliance city school districts
  • Vice president, Stark County Treatment Alternatives for a Safer Community
  • Executive board member, Akron Area National Organization for Women
  • Member/discussant of the National Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
  • Honorable discharge, United States Army Reserve
  • Facilitator, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Completion by Design
  • LSW, 2007
  • CDCA, 2006

Refereed Articles
Martin, J. L., Sharp-Grier, M. L. & Smith, J. B. (in press, 2016). Alternate realities:
Racially disparate discipline in classrooms and schools and its effects on black and
brown students. OCPEA Journal.
Sharp-Grier, M. L., & Martin, J. L. (2016). Broken windows, broken promises:
Grief, privilege, and hope in the mythical post racial. A call and response. Qualitative
Inquiry, 22 (7) 561-567.

Sharp-Grier, M. L. (2007). “Sugar and spice and everything nice?”: The influence of
religion in identity formulation and instances of domestic violence. Master’s Thesis.

Edited Volumes
Martin, J. L., Nickels, A. E., & Sharp-Grier, M. L. (Eds.). (in press, 2017). Feminist
Pedagogy, Practice, and Activism: Improving the Lives of Girls and Women. London, UK:
Routledge Press.

Book Chapters
Sharp-Grier, M. L. (2015). “She was more intelligent than I thought she’d be!”:
Status, stigma, and microaggressions in the academy. In Jennifer Martin
(Ed), Racial Battle Fatigue: Insights from the Front Lines of Social Justice Advocacy.
Westport, CT: Praeger.

Martina L. Sharp-Grier is an assistant professor and department coordinator of sociology and gerontology, and a national consultant for NAPE. She has a long history of public service, working as a probation officer for the Montgomery County Ohio Adult Probation Department and as a parole officer for the State of Ohio Adult Parole Authority. She has also maintained professional positions in victim advocacy and forensic social work. As an educator, she has designed and taught courses in sociology, social problems, and racial and ethnic relations. Her research is interdisciplinary, and utilizes qualitative inquiry through autoethnography, indigenous cultural research methods and critical performance pedagogy. Sharp-Grier’s areas of research include racial and gender identity, inequalities within the social structure related to race, sex, and sexuality, microaggressions in higher education, feminist pedagogy, domestic violence/intimate partner violence, sexual harassment – virtual and traditional, and bullying in the workplace as correlated with minority status.

Tom Shearer

Tom Shearer

Title: Associate Professor of Social Sciences
Department: Education and Social Sciences
Office: E219
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 4894

  • gerontology
  • sociology
  • Bachelor’s degree in sociology, La Salle University
  • Master’s degree in applied sociology, Kent State University
  • Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC/R)
  • Association for Gerontology in Higher Education

After becoming interested in the fields of disabilities and aging as a volunteer while in college, Shearer spent his career working as a rehabilitation counselor, program administrator, nursing home administrator and developmental disabilities program superintendent. His licenses and certifications during his career have included licensed nursing home administrator, licensed professional counselor, developmental disabilities superintendent, adult services director, case management supervision and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC/R). In addition to Stark State, he has taught at Kent State University as a teaching fellow and as an adjunct faculty member at Cuyahoga Community College. Shearer authored numerous articles in area newspapers on disability issues during his years in the developmental disabilities field and received a special award from the Northeast Ohio Deaf Development Organization for his work in creating opportunities for persons who were deaf. He also has done doctoral work as part of the joint doctoral program in sociology with Kent State and The University of Akron.

Natashia Willmott

Natashia Willmott

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Education and Social Sciences
Office: E208L
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 5293

  • Sociology
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Dynamics of the Family
  • Bachelors of arts degree, sociology and psychology, The University of Akron
  • Master of arts degree, sociology, Cleveland State University
  • Master of arts degree, urban studies, The University of Akron
  • Previous work as a forensic interviewer and protective child services worker

Natashia Willmott is a lifelong learner, who believes that the best is yet to come. A first-generation college student herself, she truly desires students to be successful. She strives to open students’ sociological imagination through the hands-on approach of “doing sociology” – not just reading about it, but immersing students into this field of study. She encourages students to step outside of themselves and think critically about their social worlds. Outside of Stark State College, Natashia is active in her community through service in The St. Vincent de Paul Society, which assists individuals in the community with food, shelter and basic needs.

Karen Young

Karen Young

Title: Assistant Professor and Education Coordinator
Department: Education and Social Sciences
Office: K209
Phone: 330-494-6170, ext. 4795

  • Child Development
  • Exceptional Child
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Language Arts
  • Phonics
  • Infant and Toddler classes
  • coordinate student teaching placements
  • Master’s degree in education, The University of Akron
  • Ohio Early Childhood Education Coalition
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Ohio Department of Education Tag Review Committee
  • Stark County Community Action Agency Governing and Executive Board
  • Stark County Head Start Parent Policy Board and Advisory Board

Karen Young is an assistant professor and coordinator in Stark State’s education department. She taught for 30 years in public education, and began teaching at Stark State in 2004 as an adjunct, becoming full time in 2008. In addition to teaching various courses and handling coordinating duties, developing new courses and mentoring staff, she is very active in the community, serving on boards and making community connections with childcare centers/schools and our students. Karen has served on curriculum, academic policies and procedures, institutional effectiveness, advancement in rank and diversity committees.