Historic Preservation Faculty and Visiting Experts
Ursuline's Historic Preservation Faculty includes dynamic specialists in the field who are actively working in the profession and who bring a wide variety of skills and perspectives as well as connections to the community and ongoing projects.
Full-time FacultyBari Oyler Stith, Ph.D., Director of the Graduate and Undergraduate Programs in Historic Preservation
internships, and individual program coordination
Foundations of/Introduction to Preserving Cultural Memory
Issues/Ethics in Preserving Cultural MemoryTeam teaches:
Research Methods in History and Historic Preservation
Western Reserve History Through PlaceBari Oyler Stith, Ph.D., is Director of Historic Preservation and holds a joint appointment in Ursuline Studies. She earned a Ph. D. in American Studies and M.A. in American Studies and Museum Studies, from Case Western Reserve University, leading to specialties, presentation, and publication in 19th century American women, family, community, and education. In addition to her activity in historic preservation and heritage interpretation, Dr. Stith has worked actively in archival preservation, oral history, and exhibit development since beginning her public history career at Western Reserve Historical Society while she was a graduate student at CWRU. Her current research projects focus on the intersections between community identity, heritage, and preservation in frontier and rural communities with special emphasis on women’s experience and the importance of place in personal and community identity.
Laura Hammel, Ph.D., APR, Director of Public Relations and Marketing Communications Degree Program
Teaches: Grant Writing
Laura Hammel, PhD, APR, is Director and Associate Professor of the Public Relations and Marketing Communications degree program. For 26 years, she worked in nonprofit and corporate marketing, public relations, development and communications positions at major arts and nonprofit organizations, the utility and banking industries, in healthcare and in higher education in northeast Ohio. A 2013 recipient of the Davis Young Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the Public Relations Society of America, Dr. Hammel’s area of research interests are the impact of electronic media on relationally aggressive behaviors of adolescent girls and moral reasoning in decision making in business students and professionals. Her published work can be found in a variety of educational and professional journals.
Pamela McVay, Ph.D., Department of HistoryTeam teaches: Research Methods in History and Historic Preservation
Adjunct FacultyKeevin Berman, Attorney at Law
Teaches: Preservation LawJohn Burnell, Architectural Conservator, Mason's Mark LLC
John Burnell is proprietor of
Mason’s Mark, a Kent-based firm whose focus is the restoration and conservation
of historic masonry. His firm has completed projects for museums,
churches, educational institutions and private residences throughout Northeast
Ohio. He is a member of the Building Limes Forum (U.K.) and serves on the
advisory board of The Stone Foundation. Mr. Burnell holds a B.A. (German)
from Kent State University. His company website is www.masonsmark.com.
Nicholas Fagan, M. Arch. and M.L.I.S.
Team Teaches: Western Reserve
History Through Place
Nick Fagan holds a Masters of
Architecture and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Kent State
University. He joined Ursuline’s Adjunct Faculty in 2009 where he teaches
American Architecture and Architecture History. He also co-teaches with
Western Reserve Through Place with Dr. Bari Stith. His public and
academic presentations include diverse topics including local architecture,
information resource management for designers, and graphic novels. His
research interests include twentieth century architecture and everyday built
environments. Outside of Ursuline, he is Head of Adult Services at the
Architecture and Planning
Designer, Westlake Reed
and Recording Historic Properties
Dr. Theodore Sande, AIA Emeritus, Historic
Lifetime Achievement Award in Preservation