Four Youngstown State University faculty members were featured in Ohio Magazine’s annual “Excellence in Education” issue, which recognizes outstanding professors at colleges and universities around the state.
YSU honorees were: Samuel Adu-Poku, associate professor, Art; Molly Jameson Cox, assistant professor, Psychology; Karin Petruska, associate professor, Accounting and Finance; and Ruigang Wang, assistant professor, Chemistry.
The Excellence in Education section honors college and university faculty members who have demonstrated teaching excellence, participation in professional development activities, interest in students outside the classroom or laboratory and distinction as members of the academic community.
Samuel Adu-Poku is coordinator of undergraduate and graduate Art Education programs in YSU’s Department of Art. His research includes curriculum development, teacher education, gender studies, Africentric studies and critical multiculturalism. Adu-Poku earned PhD and MEd degrees in Curriculum Studies (Art Education) from the University of British Columbia and the University of New Brunswick, Canada, respectively, and holds a bachelor’s degree in teacher education from the University of Science and Technology in Ghana.
Molly Jameson Cox teaches courses in psychology of education, psychology of learning and education, research methods and statistics, cognition/cognition laboratory, and psychological measurement in YSU’s Psychology Department. Her research is focused on math anxiety in children and assessment techniques and methods in K-16 classrooms. She holds a PhD in educational psychology from Ball State University.
Karin Petruska teaches in the Lariccia School of Accounting and Finance, part of YSU’s Williamson College of Business Administration. She is also a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. Petruska earned a PhD in Accounting from Kent State University and holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, both from YSU. Her research interests include financial accounting and reporting, international accounting, earnings quality and disclosure, analyst following, and forensic accounting.
Ruigang Wang, who teaches Materials Chemistry in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, was awarded a $200,640 National Science Foundation grant this fall to continue his research into improving catalytic conversion systems in automobiles. Wang, who joined the YSU faculty in 2010, has a PhD from Arizona State University and completed post-doctorate studies in the Materials Sciences Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.