Big Ten Academic Alliance ALP Fellows

Tamara S. Davis, Ph.D., MSSW, is Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University. Dr. Davis received her Ph.D. in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. She has a Master of Science in Social Work and Bachelor’s in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Louisville. Dr. Davis focuses her teaching and scholarship on examining inequities in care for diverse and underserved populations and working with community organizations to develop culturally responsive health and mental health services and policies. Her current research focuses on integrating behavioral health services into primary care settings. She has published on integrated care, cultural competence assessment, mental health service disparities and well-being among diverse populations, caregiver involvement in children’s mental health, diversity in social work curricula, and research methodology. Dr. Davis previously practiced social work and social administration in private and public human services focused in the areas of child and youth mental health, child welfare, juvenile diversion, family-based services, and community-based planning and evaluation.

Wondwossen A. Gebreyes, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVPM, is Executive Director of Global One Health Initiative at The Ohio State University and Hazel C. Youngberg Distinguished Professor of Molecular Epidemiology at the College of Veterinary Medicine.   He grew up in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, completed his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at Addis Ababa University and his PhD at North Carolina State University. Dr. Gebreyes is the principal investigator of two major global initiatives including the National Institute of Health (NIH) Fogarty International Center, Global Infectious Diseases, research and training program on Molecular epidemiology of Foodborne pathogens for eastern Africa and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Global Health Security Partnership Engagement. He co-founded and currently serves as President of International Congress on Pathogens at the Human Animal Interface (ICOPHAI). Dr Gebreyes is engaged in global capacity building efforts including training on on Molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases to U.S. and international trainees. This course has been offered in the U.S., Brazil, Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mexico, Sudan, Tanzania and Thailand. The One Health consortium and capacity building activities he leads received several honors and awards including the Universitas 21 international award (2016); APLU International Leadership Award (2015); Andrew Heiskell Award (honorable mention) by the Institute of International Education (IIE) (2015); Emerging International Engagement award (2015); Battelle Endowment for Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA) (2012 and 2014); American Society of Microbiology (ASM) International professorship award (2012) and Pfizer Award for Veterinary Research Excellence (2011).

Valerie Kinloch, Ph.D., is Professor of Literacy Studies in the Department of Teaching and Learning as well as the newly appointed Associate Dean of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement in the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State University. As Associate Dean, she is responsible for facilitating initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion in education, international educational partnerships, and school and community engagement. Her research examines the literacies and community engagements of young people and adults inside and outside schools. She is author of publications on race, place, literacy, and diversity. One of her books titled, Harlem On Our Minds: Place, Race, and the Literacies of Urban Youth, received the 2011 Exemplary Research Award from Division K of the American Educational Research Association, and the 2011 Honorary Mention for Outstanding Contribution to Research from AERA’s Division B. In 2012, Harlem On Our Minds received the Outstanding Book of the Year Award from the American Educational Research Association. One of her other books titled, Crossing Boundaries: Teaching and Learning with Urban Youth, was a staff pick for professional development books by the Teaching Tolerance Education Magazine.

Her latest co-edited book titled, Service-Learning in Literacy Education: Possibilities for Teaching and Learning, is the first volume that describes service-learning programs and courses designed as part of teacher education programs in the fields of literacy education, secondary English education, elementary language arts education, and the humanities. Additionally, Valerie is the recipient of the 2010 AERA Scholars of Color Early Career Award, the 2015 Diversity Enhancement Award from the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State University, and the 2015 University Distinguished Diversity Award from Ohio State. In 2015, Valerie received the Rewey Belle Inglis Award for Outstanding Women in English Education from the National Council of Teachers of English, and in 2016, she was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Advising Award from the Council of Graduate Students at Ohio State. She has received grants from the Spencer Foundation, National Council of Teachers of English, Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Battelle Endowment for Technology. With colleagues, she participated in a Fulbright-Hayes project to Sierra Leone, West Africa to examine connections among language, culture, and history in Sierra Leone and the U.S. Gullah Islands. Currently, she is working on literacy, justice, and community engaged projects.

Bernadette Minton, Ph.D., was appointed Chair of the Department of Finance at The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business in 2016.  She also holds the Arthur E. Shepard Endowed Professorship in Insurance.

Prior to her appointment as chair, Professor Minton was selected to serve as the inaugural Academic Director of The Risk Institute since its inception in October 2013, as well as its Interim Executive Director. During her tenure, she oversaw growth in The Risk Institute’s profile and its corporate participation. She worked closely with the Institute’s advisory board in coordinating and leading The Risk Institute’s outreach, research and curriculum activities.

Professor Minton’s research spans a variety of areas within corporate finance, with particular emphasis on risk management, corporate governance and financial institutions.  Her research has been published and highly cited in leading financial economics journals such as the Journal of FinanceJournal of Financial Economics and Review of Financial Studies, as well as the financial press.  As a leader in her area of scholarship, Dr. Minton has been recognized for both her research output and her impact in the classroom teaching.  She is a recipient of the Pace Setters Faculty Research Award and Pace Setters Undergraduate Teaching Award, and is a Charles A. Dice Center for Research in Financial Economics Research Fellow. 

During her time at Ohio State Professor Minton has developed a number of successful courses in the Undergraduate program.  She currently teaches risk management to Fisher undergraduate students and works with future finance thought leaders in the Department of Finance’s PhD program. 

Tatiana M. Oberyszyn, Ph.D., is a Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs in the Department of Pathology at The Ohio State University. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in 1990. After several postdoctoral fellowships she accepted a position in the Department of Pathology at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH in 2001 where she currently holds the Jack C. Geer MD, Endowed Professorship in Pathology. Dr. Oberyszyn has been funded by NIH/NCI since 1997 and has been funded by the American Cancer Society and has collaborated with several pharmaceutical companies. She has served as a mentor/advisor for many undergraduate, medical students and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty, and her trainees have received various local and national awards. She has served as a full member of the NIH/NCI Cancer Etiology study section and as a reviewer for the FDA, NCCAM, NIEHS and VA study sections as well as for numerous scientific journals. Her research has been published in many journals including Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Cancer Research and American Journal of Pathology.