Faculty and Staff

Betsy_Hedler small Project Co-Director: Dr. Betsy Hedler, Creative Learning Engineer, Creative Learning Factory at the Ohio History Connection

Dr. Betsy has a wealth of experience working with K-12 Social Studies teachers providing practical, hands-on classroom applications for history content using primary source materials and interdisciplinary methods. She has served as the Project Coordinator for eight Teaching American History Grants and as Project Director for three previous NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops. Dr. Hedler holds a Ph.D. in Canadian-American History from the University of Maine.

Contact Dr. Betsy at ehedler@ohiohistory.org or 614-297-2538

Project Co-Director: Dr. Bradley T. Lepper, Curator of Archaeology, Ohio History Connection

Dr. Lepper earned his B.A. degree from the University of New Mexico and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Ohio State University. His primary areas of interest include the Ice Age peoples of North America, Ohio’s magnificent mounds and earthworks, and the history of North American archaeology. Dr. Lepper has written extensively on these subjects for both technical journals and magazines intended for a general audience. He is the author of the book, Ohio Archaeology: an Illustrated Chronicle of Ohio’s Ancient American Indian Cultures, published in 2005 by Orange Frazer Press. He also writes a bi-weekly column on archaeology for the Columbus Dispatch. Especially noteworthy research includes the excavation of the Burning Tree mastodon in December of 1989 (named one of the top 50 science discoveries of 1990 by Discover magazine) and the discovery of the Great Hopewell Road, first reported in 1995 (see Archaeology magazine, November/December 1995). Dr. Lepper’s research on the Great Hopewell Road was featured in the public television documentary Searching for the Great Hopewell Road first broadcast in April of 1998. Dr. Lepper is an occasional visiting professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Denison University in Granville.

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 watkins-joe Visiting Faculty: Dr. Joe Watkins, Supervisory Anthropologist/Chief, Tribal Relations and American Cultures Program, National Park Service

Dr. Joe Watkins is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and has been involved in anthropology for more than forty-five years. His book Indigenous Archaeology: American Indian Values and Scientific Practice (2000) is in its second printing, and his book Reclaiming Physical Heritage: Repatriation and Sacred Sites (2005) is aimed toward creating an awareness of Native American issues among high school students. He also appeared in both seasons of the Oregon Public Broadcasting archaeology series Time Team America in 2009 and 2014.

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Visiting Faculty: Dr. Christine Ballengee Morris, Professor, Arts Administration, Education and Policy Department and American Indian Studies Coordinator, The Ohio State University
Dr. Christine Ballengee Morris has served as editor for Art Education and several editorial boards. She teaches art education classes that specialize in diversity explorations. Her research interests include self-determination, identity development, Indigenous arts, integrated curricula, service-learning, visual culture, and arts-based research.Dr. Ballangee Morris Contact Information
 chaatsmith-1 Visiting Faculty: Marti Chaatsmith, Associate Director of the Newark Earthworks Center at The Ohio State University at Newark

Marti Chaatsmith is of Comanche/Choctaw heritage. Marti has thirty years of experience working on issues relating American Indians in educational institutions and public educational initiatives. Her current initiatives include consulting with Ohio’s Historic American Indian Tribes to develop sustainable relationships with tribal governments removed from Ohio on issues relating to their Midwest histories, tribal representation in the state, and the protection of indigenous historic and ancient places.

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Barnhart Visiting Faculty: Dr. Terry Barnhart, Professor of History, Eastern Illinois University

Dr. Barnhart currently teaches within the History Department’s M.A. in Historical Administration Program, and also teaches 19th-Century U.S. social and cultural history, archival methods, research methods and historical interpretation, and the honors sections of the U.S. history survey. His principle research fields are United States intellectual and cultural history, the history and culture of the American Midwest, and the history of American archaeology.

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Chief-Glenna.JPG-191x300 Visiting Faculty: Chief Glenna J. Wallace, Chief of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma

Chief Glenna Wallance was elected to the office of Chief in 2006 and is the first woman to serve as Chief. She has 38 years of experience as an educator at Crowder College in Missouri teaching a variety of courses and serving as Interim Academic Dean, Division Chair of Communications in Fine Arts/Design, Department Chair of Communications, Instructor of Communications, Title III Director, and Director of Adult Basic Education (GED). She is committed to reclaiming the history of her community and equipping both Oklahoma and Ohio teachers with the tools and information to teach that history.

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 warren-1_0 Visiting Faculty: Dr. Steven Warren, Associate Professor of History, University of Iowa

Dr. Warren works closely with the Shawnee, Eastern Shawnee, and Absentee Shawnee. Author of the book The Shawnees and Their Neighbors, 1795-1870, Warren has also published a number of articles on American Indians in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He has consulted on numerous projects and exhibitions including PBS’s We Shall Remain. He is also a historical consultant with the Miami and Absentee Shawnee tribes.

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 riordan-2012 Visiting Faculty: Dr. Robert Riordan, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Wright State University

Dr. Riordan was educated at Colgate University and Southern Illinois University Carbondale, from which he received the Ph.D. degree in anthropology. At Wright State, he chaired the Department of Sociology and Anthropology for a total of 21 years. He has spent several decades in seeking to understand the earthwork enclosures of the Hopewell culture of southern Ohio, having conducted major archaeological excavation programs at the Pollock Works in Greene County and, since 2006, at the Moorehead Circle complex inside the Fort Ancient earthworks.

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Bret Ruby Visiting Faculty: Dr. Bret J. Ruby, Archaeologist and Chief of Resource Management, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

Dr. Ruby has more than 20 years’ experience directing archaeological fieldwork in the North American Midwest, Southwest and Pacific Northwest, with a particular focus on Woodland and Late Prehistoric period sites in Indiana and Ohio. Dr. Ruby has more than 15 years’ experience as a federal cultural resource manager, consulting with state and tribal governments. Dr. Ruby maintains long-standing research interests in Hopewell archaeology, and has published widely on Hopewellian community organization, earthwork construction, and inter-regional interaction.

 susan Visiting Faculty: Susan Knisley, Education Technician, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park

Knisley holds a B. S. in Middle Childhood Education and a B. A. in Anthropology. During her 14 years with the Hopewell Culture National Historical Park she has created a variety of curriculum materials for the Park and supervised the Park’s first Teacher-Ranger-Teacher program.

Linda-small Visiting Faculty: Linda Pansing, Curator of Archaeology, Ohio History Connection

Pansing is responsible for the creation and upkeep of department databases and records, performs cataloging and other collection care and research duties. In the course of her work she has had the opportunity to conduct investigations at several Society holdings including Pickawillany; Fort Ancient; U.S. Grant Boyhood Home, School House and Birthplace; John Rankin House; Miamisburg Mound; Fort Meigs; Flint Ridge; Newark Earthworks; Leo Petroglyph; Harrison Tomb; Quaker Meeting House; Zoar; Paul Laurence Dunbar House; and the Ohio River Museum. She is a founding member of the Maritime Archaeological Survey Team (MAST), a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the documentation of Ohio’s underwater cultural resources, otherwise known as shipwrecks.

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 mary-borgia-at-stonehenge Visiting Faculty: Mary Borgia, Newark City Schools

Mary Borgia is a 5th-grade teacher at William H. McGuffey in Newark, Ohio. During the 2005-06 school year, she and a fellow teacher, along with about 100 students from Miller Elementary in Newark, successfully lobbied to get the Newark Earthworks named as the official Prehistoric Monument for the State of Ohio. In the fall of 2006 Mary participated in a Fulbright Teacher Exchange and taught at Greentrees Primary in Salisbury, England, where she worked with archaeologists in both Ohio and England on a project that examined the remarkable similarities between Stonehenge and the Newark Earthworks.

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dick Visiting Faculty: Dr. Richard Shiels, Emeritus Professor, The Ohio State University

Dr. Shiels is the founding Director of Ohio State University’s Newark Earthworks Center. He retired from the Ohio State history faculty and took the title Emeritus in May, 2013. He continues as Director of the NEC which works to promote and study and teach about Ohio earthworks. The current projects of the NEC include the creation of the Ancient Ohio Trail, a massive website intended to draw cultural tourists to Ohio and teach them about the earthworks (www.ancientohiotrail.org); a Tribal Outreach Project reaching out to American Indian tribes and nations, bringing them to Ohio and working with them to create materials about the earthworks; and working with the United States Department of the Interior and partners across the state of Ohio to nominate three major earthworks sites for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Dr. Shiels has a Ph.D. from Boston University, a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale University and a B.A. from Hope College.