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Historic Preservation Faculty

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 Faculty

Bari Oyler Stith, Ph.D., 
Director, Historic Preservation
Advises: Master's theses, internships and individual program coordination
Teaches:    Foundations of/Introduction to Preserving Cultural Memory                           
                Issues/Ethics in Preserving Cultural Memory
Team teaches: Research Methods in History and Historic Preservation                                     
Western Reserve History Through Place

A native Buckeye, Dr. Stith enjoys living on an 1847 farm in Geauga County and investigating the built environment and natural landscapes of 19th century Ohio.  When on break she explores the American West with her sister in a Jeep Wrangler, absorbing inspiration and trying to decide upon her favorite place:  Hole-In-The-Wall, Wyoming?  Monument Valley, Utah/Arizona? Deadwood, South Dakota?   Although both Buffalo and Sundance were so charming with their folk tales and statuary and eclectic architecture….

She earned her Ph. D. in American Studies, as well as her 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.

And a word of warning – Dr. Stith believes that all of her students are as fascinated by history as she is because who doesn’t love detective work and storytelling???!!!

Pamela McVay, Ph.D., Department of History
Teach teaches:  Research Methods in History and Historic Preservation

Adjunct Faculty

Keevin Berman, J.D., Attorney at Law
Teaches:          Preservation Law

John Burnell, Architectural Conservator, Mason's Mark LLC
         Conservation Studio

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.
             American Architecture
Architectural History
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 Middlefield Library.

Westleigh Harper
Co-Founder, MAKER, Architecture and Planning
Designer, Westlake Reed Leskosky
Teaches:           Documenting and Recording Historic Properties

Dr. Theodore Sande, AIA Emeritus, Historic Preservation Consultant,
Lifetime Achievement Award in Preservation

Teaches:          Adaptive Reuse
      Preservation Planning
      Documenting/Recording Historic Properties