Michael Barnhart serves as Professor of Music and Media in the Fine, Digital, and Performing Arts department of Shawnee State University. He offers courses in music, songwriting, and Sound Design with a focus on project based learning and creativity. He holds a doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he studied composition and electronic music with Brad Garton, Mara Helmuth and Allen Otte.

Andrew Feight is an American historian, professor, and photographer. A native of Sandy Springs, Georgia, he completed his graduate studies in history at the University of Kentucky, receiving his Ph.D. in 2001. Andrew is the Developer and Editor of Scioto Historical, a digital history project for documenting and touring the history of southern Ohio. He is a Professor of American History in the Social Science Department of Shawnee State University, where he also serves as the Coordinator of the History Major.

Janet Feight is a native of southern Ohio and an Associate Professor of English at Shawnee State University.  She completed her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees at Ohio University and received her Doctorate in English with concentrations in American literature, critical theory, and American Studies from the Pennsylvania State University in 2004. She has been teaching courses in American literature, critical theory, and American Studies at SSU for the past 10 years. Her published work has appeared in recent years in American Studies and the Journal of Appalachian Studies.

Whitney Folsom-Lecouffe is an AoD counselor, photographer, and amateur taxidermist.  Born and raised in West Portsmouth, Ohio, Whitney is finishing her graduate studies in mental health counseling.  Her photography reflects the isolation effect of Appalachia, finding beauty in the forgotten, but works against the usual Appalachian current of regional social constructs, religious and gender expectations.  Whitney has exhibited her work with the Women of Appalachia Project for the last two years.

Mich Yonah Nyawalo is an Associate Professor of World Literature. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in English (with specializations in literature, sociolinguistics and cultural studies) at West University and Gothenburg University (respectively) in Sweden. He completed his second Master’s as well as a Ph.D. in comparative literature with a focus on media and globalization studies at the Pennsylvania State University. He is fluent in French, English, Swedish, Swahili and Luo. His forthcoming article, “Syllabusing: Mapping Appalachian Texts onto a World Literature Curriculum,” situates Appalachian writings within comparative and global perspectives.

Thomas Bunting is an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Social Sciences Department at Shawnee State University. He completed his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, earning his Ph.D. in political science while studying political theory and American politics. His research and teaching interests include ancient political thought, continental philosophy, democratic theory, agonistic theory, and the intersection between sport and politics. He has published work on Tocqueville and Xenophon and serves as the Coordinator of the Political Science major.