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NEOMED Faculty Recognition Awards
2021 Junior Faculty Award
2021 Outstanding Faculty
Research Award
Erin Reed-Geaghan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of  Pharmaceutical Sciences
Alexander Galazyuk, Ph.D.
Professor of Neurobiology
Honoring a junior faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary performance and made noteworthy contributions to the NEOMED community.
Honoring a faculty member who is an outstanding researcher in his/her field with nationally and internationally recognized excellence and productivity.
2021 Liebelt-Wheeler Award for Faculty Excellence
Mary Petrea Cober, Pharm.D.
Professor of Pharmacy Practice
Angelo DeLucia, Ph.D.
Professor of Integrative Medical Sciences
Honoring a faculty member who has demonstrated exemplary performance in the areas of teaching, service, professional standing, or patient care.
Special Recognition
35 years of continuous service to NEOMED
Check out the latest edition of Car Convos with Amy Lee, M.D., and Nate Flath, C.A.A, associate professor in the College of Graduate Studies, and program director, Master of Medical Science in Anesthesia Program!
Click below to read the monthly update from the leadership of the University Faculty Council! This update follows the April 5th meeting of the Council.
UFC Chair's Update
From the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs
Please Welcome Our New
OVPAA Team Members!
Lori M. Michael, MSKM
Database and Faculty Appointment Specialist
Lori Michael joined the OVPAA last fall as the database and faculty appointment specialist. Lori’s duties involve processes for faculty appointments, promotions, and reappointments and maintenance of faculty records in Banner. She provides administrative support to college non-tenure track appointments and promotions committees and responds to data requests for internal and external reporting on faculty.

Prior to NEOMED, Lori served as the honors thesis coordinator and special assistant to the dean at Kent State University’s Honors College. In 2018, she earned a Master of Science in Knowledge Management degree at Kent.

Lori and her family live on a 100-acre farm and raise beef cattle. She and her akita, Turbo, clock multiple steps each morning by feeding the cows before she arrives to the office.  

Lori is in room A-123. She can be reached by email at or campus phone at 330.325.6721.
Andrea Coard
Academic Affairs Specialist
Andrea Coard joined the OVPAA in March as the academic affairs specialist. Andrea will provide significant support and project management to multiple standing committees of the university including University Faculty Council (UFC) and related task forces and groups, the University Nominating and Membership Committee, the University Bylaws Committee, and all college Committees on Academic and Professional Progress (CAPP). Andrea also orchestrates academic policy development and approval as well as mandatory state reporting and special initiatives in the OVPAA. With Janel Koellner, director, faculty development,  Andrea coordinates the production of the Faculty Newsletter. Working with UFC leadership, she will also soon reconvene the faculty Exceptional Experience Group (EEG).

Andrea brings a rich background of administrative experience in higher education institutions from Northern Ireland and from the University of Akron (UA) where she worked with various academic programs and services. Andrea joined NEOMED’s Office of the President in 2020 serving as the primary point of contact for President Langell and provided project support for multiple university initiatives and councils.
Andrea is in Room A41-A, inside the Academic Services suite. She may be reached at or, if you would like to hear a lovely Irish accent, you can talk with her by phone at 330.325.6398.
From Faculty Enrichment
and Engagement
The Office of Faculty Enrichment & Engagement and the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs remind research faculty and staff of the Research Grant Review Program to support faculty submitting proposals for extramural funding. Funds are available to have a research proposal reviewed by an external evaluator. For more information, please visit
Reaffirmation of University Accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission

NEOMED is preparing for its 10-year Comprehensive Evaluation and Site Visit by its institutional accreditor, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC evaluates the quality of NEOMED’s operations, educational programs, resources, and planning as a university based on the HLC Criteria for Accreditation.

Since last Fall, approximately 70 faculty, staff, and a student trustee have been involved in drafting NEOMED’s Assurance Argument and Evidence File, a type of self-study narrative with supporting documentation. The effort is being led by NEOMED’s HLC Steering Committee, chaired by Jeff Wenstrup, Ph.D., professor of anatomy and neurobiology, and the offices of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Institutional Research.

To gather student input on the quality of NEOMED’s programs and services, the HLC conducted a Student Opinion Survey of all NEOMED students in April and will share survey findings with HLC’s reviewers and NEOMED ahead of the site visit in late summer.

On September 12 – 13, a team of HLC Peer Reviewers (i.e., volunteer faculty and administrators from institutions accredited by the HLC) will be on campus to conduct interviews with various leaders and groups to verify the claims made in the Assurance Argument and evaluate NEOMED’s compliance with the Criteria for Accreditation.

All faculty are asked to become familiar with NEOMED’s preparations for the reaffirmation of accreditation by the HLC. Please visit NEOMED’s website on the Higher Learning Commission’s 2022 Site Visit or contact Deborah Loyet, NEOMED’s HLC accreditation liaison officer, at
From the College of Pharmacy

NEOMED faculty, staff, students and colleagues are invited to attend the 2022 College of Pharmacy Scholarship Day!

2022 Scholarship Day will offer presentations focusing on the principals of scholarship, peer review and qualitative research.

Joining us for the event will be guest presenters Stuart T. Haines, Pharm.D., BCPS, BCACP, and Caroline Sanner, Ph.D.

Please see the 2022 Scholarship Day flyer for more details and to register!

Please reach out to Dr. Patrick Gallegos at with any questions.

From the College of Medicine

The College of Medicine Office of Medical Education welcomes two visiting presenters for the Spring 2022 CELEBRATION OF MEDICAL EDUCATION. Larry Hurtubise, MA, Ph.D. (ABD), a curriculum and instruction specialist from The Ohio State University, and Gustavo Patino, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor from Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, will join NEOMED faculty presenters for an afternoon of learning!

Please visit the event flyer to learn more and register to attend!


Faculty are invited to apply for any of these openings. All candidates must have a current and primary NEOMED faculty appointment.

Guiding Principles for Faculty Nominations:

  • Membership terms are three years unless otherwise specified.
  • All COM faculty members with a current faculty appointment may put forth a nomination.
  • All nominations are self- nominations. This includes faculty who wish to continue their service on a committee for an additional term.


To be considered for a committee opening, we ask that the nominee fill out the attached form or fill out the web version of the form using the link below.  Please for those using the hard copy form, please send to:

Jennifer Lint, M.Ed., M.P.A.

College of Medicine Dean’s Office

Web nomination form:

Openings are available on the following committees designated by either clinical, non-Rootstown based faculty openings or Basic Science/Rootstown faculty openings:

  • Admissions: 5 Clinical/non-Rootstown and 3 Basic Science/Rootstown
  • CAPP: 1 Clinical/non-Rootstown
  • Executive CAPP: 1 Clinical/non-Rootstown and 3 Basic Science/Rootstown
  • Curriculum: 1 position, non-specified
  • Non-Tenure Faculty Appointment and Promotion:  1 Clinical/non-Rootstown and 1 Basic Science/Rootstown; Must be Associate Professor rank or higher
  • Nominating and Membership- 1 Clinical/non-Rootstown and 1 Basic Science/Rootstown

The due date for nominations is Monday, May 31, 2022, at 5 p.m.   Submissions received after this deadline will not be considered.

Please direct any questions to Rebecca German, Chair, Nominating and Membership Committee-

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