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2/21/20 Gen Z Goes to College: Strategies for Teaching a New Generation 

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 PaprockiAngela Paprocki, PhD Assistant Provost for Curriculum and Development

Dr. Paprocki has worked in higher education for over 15 years, starting as an adjunct  faculty member at Michiana College in South Bend, IN where she went on to be Academic   Dean and Chief Academic Officer. After relocating back to Northwest Ohio, she accepted  a position with The University of Toledo in 2006. Since joining UToledo, she has held  various leadership positions that span both Academic and Student Affairs. Her experience  includes serving as Assistant Provost for Student Success where she provided the mission and vision for 14 academic support and student services offices while also serving as the institutions ADA Compliance Officer. Currently Dr. Paprocki serves as the Assistant  Provost for Curriculum and Instruction with oversight of the University Teaching Center  and responsibility for various state curricular initiatives. In this capacity, Paprocki works closely with faculty on course design assisting them with developing courses designed to meet the needs of today's learners. She is also responsible for curricular compliance with the Ohio Department of Higher Education. She has dedicated her career to leading strategic initiatives focused on inclusivity, transparency, and institutional                  effectiveness to improve student outcomes.               

Paprocki has served on numerous institutional committees including chairing various  search committees and has been instrumental in process improvement and policy development.  She currently serves as an Executive Board Member of the American Council of Education  Women's Network of Ohio. Paprocki holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration     (2015), a Master of Education (2001), and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (1993),  all from The University of Toledo.

1/31/20      Creating and Supporting Community Engaged Learning

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Community Engaged Learning is the practice of connecting student and faculty with activities that address community-identified needs in a mutually beneficial partnership that deepens students' academic and civic learning. Hear from faculty who are currently active in this practice and learn about how to get a course designated as service learning.


Todd Crail, PhD, is a Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo.  He is an ecologist and naturalist covering broad topics from non-game fish and mussels to landscape management and orchid reintroduction. His focus is fostering undergraduate student engagement through field experiences both on campus and with the local conservation community to solve local environmental issues. He works to employ inquiry and project-based learning through informal classroom environments to maximize the student's experience.


Mohamed Samir Hefzy served as the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research Administration of the College of Engineering (COE) at The University of Toledo (UT) for 14 years from 2004 until January 2018. He is a tenured Professor of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (MIME) and served as Graduate Program Director of the MIME department from August 2018 and from 2000 to 2007, and also was the first to hold that position during the 1994-95 academic year. Additionally, he serves as the Director of the COE Biomechanics and Assistive Technology Laboratory at UT. He has been on the faculty of The UT since 1987. He graduated from Cairo University, Egypt, with a B.E. (Honors) in Civil Engineering in 1972, and a B.Sc. in Mathematics from Ain-Shams University in 1974. He earned his M.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 1977 and his Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics in 1981, both from The University of Cincinnati. He then received training as a Postdoctoral Research Associate for two years in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at The University of Cincinnati's College of Medicine. In 1983, Dr. Hefzy joined the faculty of Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan as their first engineering faculty. He then returned to the University of Cincinnati as a Research Assistant Professor in 1985.

In December 2003, Dr. Hefzy was elevated to the Grade of American Society of Mechanical Engineers

(ASME) Fellow in recognition of his outstanding contributions to research and development, to education and leadership in the Engineering Profession. Dr. Hefzy has published with his students more than 40 peer reviewed journal papers and 100 peer reviewed national and international conference papers, and coauthored more than 19 book chapters in his research areas: Orthopedic Biomechanics and Assistive

Technology. Dr. Hefzy has secured more than $5 million in funding as a PI, CO-PI, and CI to support his research program, with sponsors including the OBOR, the NSF and the NIH. He has supervised two postdoctoral fellows and has served as primary graduate advisor to more than 30 masters and doctoral students. In addition, he has supervised more than 130 undergraduate senior design projects at UT as part of his community engagement and service learning activities..

Dr. Hefzy is the recipient of many awards, including the 2011 Distinguished Service Award from the ASME, the Edith Rathbun Award for Excellence in Outreach and Engagement from The University of Toledo in 2006, the University of Toledo Outstanding Faculty Research Award in 2004 and the College of Engineering's Outstanding Teacher Award and the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award in 1999 and 2001, respectively. His engineering experience and familiarity with recent educational practices led to his selection by the ASME as a Mechanical Engineering Evaluator for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). At UT, he continues to serve on many committees, including the Graduate Council. He has served on the Research Council and on many other committees including the University Committee for Academic Personnel whose duties include reviewing all UT tenure and promotion applications. He has also served on the faculty senate (as well as the senate's executive committee), the MIME Department Personnel Committee, and the College of Engineering Constitution and By-Laws Committee. On a national level, Dr. Hefzy has served two consecutive three-year terms as the Treasurer and member the ASME's Executive Committee of the Bioengineering Division (BED) (2010-2013 and 2007-2010). He has also served as a member at large on the ASME's Executive Committee of the BED from 1999 to 2002 and as Chair of the BioSolids Technical Committee of the BED from 2004-2007. He has also served a two-year term on the basic Engineering Group Operating Board (BEGOB) as a representative to the Committee on Administration and Finance of the ASME (2011-2013) and a two-year term (2013-2015) on BEGOB as a rep. to the strategic planning committee. He has also served as a judge for the ASME Scholarship Program's University applications since March from 2016 to 2018.


11/15/19 Telling Your Story with Publication Metrics  

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LeeWade M. Lee-Smith

Wade M. Lee-Smith is the Research Engagement Librarian and an Associate Professor  in the University Libraries.  His research and teaching interests include the changing ways in which scholars can document and interpret the effect their research has on  the scholarly publication ecosystem.  As a Science Librarian, he also has nearly 25  years of experience training researchers in the efficient and effective use of tools  to perform literature-based research, especially in STEM fields. 

10/18/19        Effective Mentorship for Peers and Students 

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HopkinsMargaret M. Hopkins, PH.D.

Dr. Margaret M. (Miggy) Hopkins is a Professor of Management in the College of Business and Innovation at the University of Toledo, teaching leadership and management at the Executive M.B.A., M.B.A., and upper-undergraduate levels.  Her research expertise is in the field of leadership, covering leadership development, gender and leadership, executive coaching, and emotional intelligence. 

She has received numerous awards for teaching and research including The University of Toledo Outstanding Teacher Award, the COBI Graduate Faculty Teaching Award, the COBI Outstanding Researcher Award, as well as several Best Paper international research awards.  Dr. Hopkins is a Board Certified Executive Coach working with senior leaders in the service, manufacturing, education, health care, government and non-profit sectors for over 20 years. 

Prior to joining academia, she held a number of managerial and leadership roles in the public sector including Chair of the Board of Education for the Cleveland, Ohio Municipal School District, Co-Director of the Mayor’s Office of Competitiveness in Cleveland, Ohio, and Deputy Director of the Governor’s Office for Northeast Ohio.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Boston College, and her masters’ and doctoral degrees in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University. 

MooreheadDaryl Moorehead, PH.D.

Daryl Moorehead is a Professor of Biology (Ecology) in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Toledo.  He teaches ecology and environmental sciences ranging from introductory non-major classes through advanced graduate courses, in both traditional and distance-learning formats. His primary service commitment is as the graduate program director of his department and as a Provost Fellow, seeking to improve graduate student mentoring across the university.

He received a B.S. in Botany and Zoology from the Ohio State University in 1978, a M.S. in Biology from Texas A&M University in 1981, and PhD in Ecology from the University of Tennessee in 1985. Moorehead had postdoctoral positions with New Mexico State University and San Diego State University between 1985-1990 and was an Associate Professor of Biology at Texas Tech University (1990-1999) before moving to the University of Toledo in 1999.


Rapid Response Training: Being Prepared to Respond to Students in Crisis 

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NottkeKatrina Nottke

Katrina Nottke is the Assistant Director for Title IX and Compliance.  Ms. Nottke has been employed at The University of Toledo since February 2012 and has held positions in Finance,  Audit and Compliance, and Residence Life.  Ms. Nottke has 15+ years of experience  in Internal Audit and Compliance functions, both in the private and public sectors.  Ms. Nottke has received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from the University of Findlay, as well as a Master's Degree in Business Administration, Organizational  Leadership from the University of Findlay.               

KovachLisa Pescara-Kovach, M.A., Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach is an associate professor of educational psychology at The  University of Toledo where she serves as the Director for the Center for Education   in Targeted Violence and Suicide and Chair of The University of Toledo Mass Violence Collaborative. In addition, she is an advisory board member for the National Behavioral  Intervention Team Association (NaBITA) and mass violence-related content creator for  the ALICE Training Institute.               

Within the community, she has served as the region's Crisis Intervention Team "Fundamentals  of Mental Illness" trainer since 2014 and is the co-founder and lead member of the  Northwestern Ohio Critical Incident Stress Management team that assists survivors of, and first responders to, critical incidents toward preventing stress- and trauma-related   outcomes. She is also on the advisory board of the Lucas County Suicide Prevention  Coalition. She has created and teaches master and doctoral level seminars on: school  violence: theories, causes, prevention, and intervention; threat assessment and case  management of rampage shootings and suicides; applied child and adolescent development;  prevention through recovery for K-12, campus, and workplace interpersonal and intrapersonal violence               

Some of her recent publications include "The Contagion Effect as it Relates to Public  Mass Shootings and Suicides" in the Journal of Behavioral Intervention Teams as well as a co-authored publication with Dr. Brian Van Brunt titled, "Debunking  the Myths: Mental Illness and Mass Shootings" in Violence and Gender. Lisa's work was recently featured on and on the topics of media contagion and female mass killers, respectively.               

She was a featured speaker at the 2018 NaBITA annual conference, where she presented "Clearing Up the Confusion: Mental Health and Mass Shootings". She also conducted a presentation on the reality of female mass shooters. Other recent peer-reviewed  conference presentations include, but are not limited to, terrorist recruitment of  youth, a comprehensive approach to planning for a mass shooting, conducting a behavioral   threat assessment, the myth of mental illness and mass shooters, bullying and its link to suicides and homicides, mental health and the student-athlete, recognizing   at-risk students, de-escalation with mentally ill students and patients, and PTSD in emergency response personnel.               

RominskiDanielle Rominski

Danielle M. Rominski is the Assistant Director of the Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness, a position she has held for the past year.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Communications and Video Production with a specialization in Journalism from Ohio University.  Ms. Rominski has worked in non-profits for more than 20 years;  she spent 11 years working in the field of sexual violence in San Antonio and Galveston, Texas.  Ms. Rominski specializes in training professionals about working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and facilitating programming on campus.  Ms. Rominski is currently working on her Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling.               

SpannSammy J. Spann, Ph.D.

Sammy Spann has worked in higher education for over eighteen years. Currently, he is the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at The University of Toledo. He oversees the Office of Student Conduct, the University Counseling Center, Office of Student Advocacy and Office of Student Involvement and Leadership. He is also the   Director of Camp Adventure™, a program integrating learning and service; students  serve children of military families overseas. Dr. Spann works closely with several  multicultural student organizations on campus as well as mentoring minority students. He holds a Ph.D. in Special Education/Curriculum and Instruction from The University  of Toledo, an M. A. in Special Education, Severe Behaviors and Autism from the University of Northern Iowa, and a B. A. in Infant and Child Development from Fort Valley State University. Dr. Spann's publications appeared on Liberian Studies Journal and Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Spann has traveled to over 60 countries around the globe. Most recently, he was awarded a 2015-2016 Fulbright International Education Administrators grant to Japan.               

SullivanLaTasha Sullivan

La Tasha Sullivan, Ph.D. is currently serving as Interim Associate Director at the UT Counseling Center promoting student wellness. Dr. Sullivan is a recent University of Toledo graduate who completed her doctoral degree in the Counselor Education and Supervision program. Dr. Sullivan has experience in providing mental health counseling  and consultation in community and college environments. She is a licensed professional  clinical counselor in the state of Ohio and enjoys working with individuals representing  various diversity identities.


Making textbooks student-centered

Tuesday, April 9th   |  12:30 - 2:00 p.m.  |  HHS 1711  |  Main Campus

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  • Identify methods for making textbook or course readings into an active learning experience.
  •  Measure student reading rates using multiple digital tools.

Measuring student engagement and learning outside of the classroom can be difficult, especially with textbooks and course readings. The relevance of textbooks is a common discussion topic, with concerns including the wordy and static nature, availability of solutions manuals, or high and rising cost. A brief literature review identifying data related to undergraduate students’ textbook reading rates frames recent findings. Textbooks are experiencing a 21st century makeover to leverage technology; two case studies will be presented. First, a web-based platform called Perusall allows students to collectively annotate traditional textbooks and journal papers – covering content of any type from fully text to graphics, figures, or equations. Students’ questions, comments, and ideas are scored by a machine learning algorithm. Second, interactive, web-native textbooks from zyBooks will be highlighted. In addition to a lower cost than traditional textbooks, several unique features include interactive question sets, animations, and auto-graded, personalized challenge activities. Copious data, including student reading and usage rates, will be presented to prove or disprove the hypothesis that students read the textbook. The forum will be active with interactive surveys, thought questions, and discussion periods. Print flyer.


LiberatoreMatthew Liberatore, Professor of Chemical Engineering, is in his fourth year at The University of Toledo and fourteenth as faculty member. He has won numerous awards for teaching and education scholarship, completed funded research in chemical engineering and engineering education, and published over 80 papers. Details are available at:




Empathy and Diversity in Professional Education: The Fight Against Social Separation and Implicit Bias 

Wednesday, March 20th   |  10:00 A.M.  - 12 noon  |  CL 1005  |  Main Campus  

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Transparent learning is an approach to course and assignment design that emphasizes how and why students are asked to learn course content in particular ways. This approach, because it articulates the literal process whereby success is achieved, is particularly beneficial for students who are unfamiliar with best-practices in college courses. Print event flyer. 

SloneHeather Sloane Ph.D., MSW, LISW Dr. Sloane is an Assistant Professor in the Social Work Program at the University of Toledo. Her teaching emphasis is in ethics, macro practice, policy, and field education. Dr. Sloane is a faculty member of the interprofessional education team at the University of Toledo. Her research looks carefully at how understandings of poverty develop and how professional education cultures influence that understanding. Dr. Sloane coordinates social work student involvement at the Community Care Clinic in Toledo and facilitates an interprofessional creative-writing mentoring group at Rogers High School.


Can I Meet With You?:  Web-based, Student Self-Scheduling of Office Hours

Wednesday, February 27th   |  2:00 - 4:00 p.m.  |  CL 1005  |  Main Campus

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The proposed session would address a gap in practice and skill.  It is well-documented that increased interaction with faculty increases student outcomes, yet students rarely take full advantage of office hours.  Student and faculty perceptions of office hours influence actual student usage.  Two key perceptions are that office hours are not accessible or worth the effort; however, direct face-to-face interaction is positively correlated with student success.  Therefore, it is the faculty's responsibility to improve student perceptions of the usefulness of office hours and to make office hours more accessible.  Yet, many faculty feel defeated due to the poor attendance during office hours.  So many students; so few appointments!   So many missed student opportunities to be encouraged, corrected, and mentored. To remedy this gap, faculty need to evaluate and redesign the scheduling methodologies used for office hour appointments.  First, faculty must speak of the importance and benefit on student success through attending office hours.  Second, students must be provided the opportunity to self-schedule office hours within the parameters of the faculty availability.  Changing the perceptions and usage of office hours happens when faculty speak and act with consistency and compassion. Print event flyer.

OberlanderJames F. Oberlander, MSN, RN, Instructor As a practitioner for over fifteen years, I have fulfilled diverse roles including staff nursing, home health, adjunct clinical instructor, and full-time faculty at my alma mater – the University of Toledo.  Currently, my primary role is within the undergraduate BSN and RN-BSN programs.  Moreover, I serve with ATI as a NCLEX-Reviewer and Test-taking Specialist.  Beyond my work environment, I fill my spare time with family and completing my PhD in Nursing Education through the University of Northern Colorado.  As a result of my dedication to the success of others, I have received multiple teaching excellence awards. Areas of research interest include diversity, interprofessional education, the influence of proper and problematic usage of technology, civility, the clinical teaching environment, flipped classroom strategies, and healthy student-instructor relationships.

Walk before you run: how transparent assignment descriptions can foster greater growth in students

Wednesday, February 13th  |  9 - 11 a.m.  |  CL 1005  |  Main Campus

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Transparent learning is an approach to course and assignment design that emphasizes how and why students are asked to learn course content in particular ways. This approach, because it articulates the literal process whereby success is achieved, is particularly beneficial for students who are unfamiliar with best-practices in college courses. Print flyer.

MartinChristopher Martin, Visiting Associate Professor Christopher Martin, who started at UT this Fall, is a Visiting Associate Professor in Philosophy & Religious Studies. Before UT, Christopher taught at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Christopher has a long history working within different teaching and learning student success initiatives. At UW-Green Bay he was a Diversity Fellow, a Teaching Scholar, and a representative for UW-Green Bay in the UW-System Teaching Fellows Program. He participated in a Learning Community on Sustainability and has taught first-year seminars for the last six years. In three of those years his seminar was part of an intensive first-year experience program targeting underrepresented students. Christopher's scholarship in Philosophy focuses on early-modern rationalism, particularly as regards the reality and structure of Being, Causality, and Personal Identity. He much enjoys helping students advance and sharpen their own rational capacities.

Developing your Emotional Intelligence

Held: Wednesday, December 5th  |  12:00 (noon) - 2:00 p.m.  |  CL 1005  |  Main Campus

Great leaders move us by tapping into a basic human characteristic—our emotions. Research has shown that exceptional leaders and managers are not just smart or lucky, but more frequently rely on their emotional intelligence. This session will introduce the essence of emotional intelligence and research on the efficacy of emotional intelligence.  A model of specific emotional intelligence competencies and a framework for developing emotional intelligence will be presented.  In addition, applications of emotional intelligence to the workplace will be discussed through video cases. (Print an event flyer here.)

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HopkinsDr. Margaret M. (Miggy) Hopkins Dr. Hopkins is a Professor of Management in the College of Business and Innovation at the University of Toledo, teaching leadership and management to Executive MBA, MBA, and upper-level undergraduate students.  Her area of expertise is leadership and leadership development, including emotional intelligence, gender and leadership, and executive coaching.  She has published in a wide range of journals, and serves as an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Organizational Psychology and on the Career Development International editorial board.  She earned her masters’ and doctoral degrees in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University and her undergraduate degree from Boston College.



Measuring and Communicating Your Research Impact

Held: Tuesday, November 27th  | 9:00-11:00 a.m. | HHS 1711 | Main Campus

This session will discuss measuring and communicating research impact as it relates to journal impact, author impact, and article impact. A demonstration on how to secure such measures and contextualize them in a promotion/tenure dossier will be provided. (Print an event flyer here.)

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CaseDr. Beau Case
Dr. Case is Dean of University Libraries and Director of the University of Toledo Press. He has over thirty years of experience working in libraries and museums. Previously,  he held library positions at UCLA, Indiana University, Ohio State University, and the University of Michigan, as well as museum positions in California and in Michigan. His undergraduate work was in comparative literature and his graduate work in information  science and in education.     



IngersolDr. Christopher D. Ingersol
Dr. Ingersoll is the Vice Provost for Health Science Affairs and  Dean of the College of Health & Human Services at The University of Toledo and a licensed and certified athletic trainer. He earned his BS in Sports medicine from Marietta College (OH),  his MA in Athletic Training at Indiana State University, and his PhD in Biomechanics at The University of Toledo. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Athletic Trainers' Association and the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions. Ingersoll previously served as  Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Athletic Training and the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation and served as the 3rd President of the NATA Research & Education Foundation. He has authored or coauthored over 165 peer-reviewed publications, 300+ presentations at scientific meetings, and more than 85 invited presentations or symposia in the areas of Sports Medicine, Athletic Training and Neuroscience.


The Future of Online and Blended Learning

Held:  Wednesday, October 31st |  8:30-10:30 A.M.  |  HHS 1711  |  Main Campus 
This session will discuss using innovation and technology to deliver online and blended courses. Special emphasis will be placed on the use of immersive technology and Quality Matters standards. (Print an event flyer here.)

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SturveDr. Claire Stuve Dr. Stuve is the Curriculum Developer & Technology Researcher for University College. Her responsibilities include developing research-based curriculum that incorporates emerging technologies and evaluating data on newly created and redeveloped courses. Claire’s research interests include using technology to foster engagement and applying the principles of quality course design. She is a campus liaison for New Media Consortium and a Quality Matters Certified Master Reviewer. She is an adjunct instructor in University College and The Department of Mathematics & Statistics.

KucharewskiDr. Ruthie Kucharewski 

Dr. Kucharewski has an extensive background in Recreation and Recreation Therapy. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Kent State University in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation and received educational certification in grades K-12.  Dr. Kucharewski received a Masters of Education degree from the University of Toledo in Leisure Studies and was awarded a doctorate degree from Bowling Green State University in Communication.  Professor Kucharewski has received numerous awards for Outstanding Woman, Outstanding Teacher, Recreation Educator of the Year and in January 2016 she was presented with the DiAnne Masztak Award for supporting online learning in a distinguished fashion and for her commitment to online teaching.  In late Spring 2016, Dr. Kucharewski became one of only three individuals at the University of Toledo to earn the online Master Teacher certification. 

Dr. Kucharewski previously served as Chair of the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services and is a Professor at the University of Toledo.  She is the Director of the Recreation and Recreation Therapy programs, and the Project Administrator of the two-time award winning National Youth Sports Program at the University of Toledo.   Dr. Kucharewski became the Chair of the newly created School of Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences in the new College of Health and Human Services in 2016.

Dr. Kucharewski is also an online course Reviewer for Quality Matters, an independent company that reviews online courses based on a series of quality indicators and provides feedback to colleges and universities.  In 2017 Dr. Kucharewski became a Quality Matters Master Reviewer for online learning courses.


Are You Student Ready? Crisis Training to Assist Students

Held: Friday, Sept. 28th |  8:00-10:00 a.m.   |  HHS, Room 1711 A & B  |  Main Campus 
This training will review signs that indicate that a student is in distress, provide resources that you can use to address student issues, increase familiarity with services available to students on campus and review reporting requirements and procedures.

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ScheramicDr. Mychail Scheramic
"Counseling Center Resources"

Dr. Mychail Scheramic is the Director of the University of Toledo Counseling Center located in the University Health Center.  Dr. Scheramic is a licensed psychologist since 1991. He has over 20 years of experience that includes planning, management and supervision of both inpatient and outpatient care, as well as providing accreditation surveys for national compliance organizations. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Scheramic was CEO of Northwest Ohio Psychiatric Hospital.

Dr. Scheramic has a doctoral degree and master's degree in clinical psychology from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology.  He completed a residency in Clinical Neuropsychology at Detroit Medical Center, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. He also attained a master's of business administration from The University of Toledo and bachelor's degrees from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Scheramic has authored numerous articles, posters and presentations in the areas of clinical neuropsychology, application of psychology in business / organizations, and professional development.

LevineDr. Jason C. Levine
"Role plays on how to help and refer students"

Dr. Jason C. Levine is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Director of the Psychology Clinic in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toledo. He is a Licensed Psychologist in Ohio and specializes in clinical health psychology. Dr. Levine has published numerous scientific papers and book chapters in the areas of anxiety, psychotherapy processes and outcomes, smartphone use and psychopathology, and health psychology. Dr. Levine has worked in federally qualified health centers, academic medical centers, outpatient psychiatry settings, psychology training clinics, and a local psychiatric crisis center. He is dedicated to training future psychologists in science-based procedures and interventions, and improving the mental health service delivery model within the broader healthcare system. Dr. Levine received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee; internship in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health; fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology from the Medical College of Wisconsin. 



KovachDr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach
"How to assess at-risk students"

Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at The University of Toledo where she serves as Director for the Center for Education in Targeted Violence and Suicide. In addition, she is an advisory board member for the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA) and an expert content creator for the ALICE Training Institute.

Dr. Pescara-Kovach began working in the field of school violence immediately after Columbine. She has conducted post-incident analyses on dozens of school, campus, and workplace shootings. She has served as Northwest Ohio's Crisis Intervention Team's 'Fundamentals of Mental Illness' trainer since 2014 and recently created the Northwest Ohio Critical Incident Stress Management team to assist survivors of, and first responders to, critical incidents toward preventing stress- and trauma-related outcomes.

In addition to being an educator and researcher, she works as a mental health and safety consultant in several school districts. She has given presentations on the topic of bullying and its link to suicides and homicides, mental health and the student-athlete, public mass shooter traits, PTSD in emergency response personnel, and threat assessment at the state, national, and international levels.

Last Updated: 6/27/22