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NKU would like to express its gratitude for the invaluable contribution that the following faculty have made to this university. We wish to congratulate them on their retirement!
College of Arts and Sciences

Bill Attenweiler

Department of Psychological Science

Emeritus Professor Dr. Bill Attenweiler is an industrial/organizational psychologist who served NKU for two decades. Many may recall that Bill served as Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. For the Department of Psychological Science, his legacy of starting the Master's in Industrial and Organizational Psychology program is evidence that he was both a wonderful professor and an academic leader who was committed to the success of our students.


Steven Finke

School of the Arts

Visual Arts Program

After 33 years of service to our students and campus in sculpture, Steven Finke, is retiring this spring. Through Stephen’s dedication over the last three decades students have benefited from his ability to teach ideas and craft in sculpture, and his transformation of the sculpture area into an active, expansive studio helped countless students gain the confidence to use tools, create meaningful artworks and to think beyond their first ideas. Steven’s lifelong creative work surrounding themes of mortality and reflection on impermanence and nature showcase, a dedication to craft and ideas that were passed on to his students in the classroom. 


Lisa Jameson

School of the Arts

Visual Arts Program

After 25 years of service to our students and campus in Art Education, Lisa Jameson, is retiring. Lisa has received multiple awards for her teaching and art practice including Kentucky Art Educator of the Year Award, several Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Grants and Higher Education Art Teacher of the Year. Lisa combined a passion for creating art with her passion for creating teachers to light the spark for art and creativity in her students who in turn carried that spark out into their classrooms to create the next generation of creatives.


Scott Lang

School of the Arts

Music Program

After 22 years of service to NKU Music, Scott Lang, Senior Lecturer of Percussion and Percussion Area Coordinator, retired this past summer. On campus, he taught a variety of courses including Applied Percussion, Percussion Methods, and Percussion Ensemble. Off campus, he served as Principal Timpanist/Percussionist with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, performed 37 Broadway tours, and recorded 21 albums with Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras.


John Metz

Department of History and Geography

Students and faculty know John Metz as a professor and mentor who generously shares his time helping others. His work in Nepal and, later, with local farmers markets, allowed him to channel his energies into making the world a better place.


Terry Powell

School of the Arts

Theatre and Dance Program

During his time at NKU, Terry served as an Associate Professor and the resident Lighting and Sound Designer of the Theatre & Dance Program. Mr. Powell's professional design work has taken him from the Arlington Opera, Fort Worth Ballet, Fort Worth Opera, and Disney World to local organizations such as The Newport Aquarium and The Northern Kentucky Symphony.
College of Education

Ellen Maddin

Teacher Education and School Leadership

Dr. Ellen Maddin joined NKU’s College of Education in 2009 as an Assistant Professor in Educational Technology and was awarded tenure and promotion to Associate Professor in 2015; her scholarship has centered on technology leadership, digital resources, and online instruction. As Co-Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at NKU from 2019 – 2021, Dr. Maddin also supported the university’s transition to online learning, providing critical resources and professional development for faculty and staff.
College of Health and Human Services

Karen Leek

School of Allied Health

Karen Leek has been an invaluable part of the radiologic science program for many years, and her kindness and optimism are unmatched.  As clinical coordinator, her management of and contributions to clinical education for hundreds of students will have lasting positive impact on the local medical imaging community as well as their patients.


Carrie McCoy

School of Nursing

Dr. Carrie McCoy has been in the School of Nursing, for almost four decades achieving full professor, serving as faculty, Chair of the Nursing Department, Director of the Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing Program and at the University level, served on the faculty senate and faculty regent on the Board of Regents at NKU.  The number of nurses and clients that Dr. McCoy has impacted in the health care professions has been significant through her work as an expert reviewer for grant submission, key writer for Emergency Nursing Journal, teaching trauma courses for local hospitals, and serving on research councils for medical centers. 
College of Informatics

Gary Ozanich

Business Informatics

Dr. Gary Ozanich joined the College of Informatics on the day of its inauguration in 2006 and served as the college’s associate dean before moving on to be the founding director of the health informatics programs. Gary has been the principal investigator on several federal and state funded research grants and contracts and has served on many national and regional committees and advisory boards. In the classroom, he brought applied knowledge and current research to the curriculum and mentored many successful alumni.
W. Frank Steely Library

Allen Ellis

Library Services

Professor Allen Ellis embarked on his outstanding career here at NKU in 1985. He progressed from reference librarian, to head of reference, to myLIBRARIAN, and to research tutoring. He taught POP 205, Introduction to Popular Culture from 1997 – 2019, plus other courses in the English and History Departments. He has a noteworthy scholarly record which includes articles in Serials Review, International Journal of Comic Art, Journal of East Tennessee History, Popular Culture in Libraries, and Teaching History: A Journal of Methods. He has a forthcoming book on Daniel Ellis. He has a long standing record of service with the Popular Culture Association. The Association honored Mr. Ellis by renaming their research award to Allen Ellis Digital Research Award in Popular Culture.


Threasa Wesley

Library Services

Threasa was a librarian at NKU for more than 35 years where she provided leadership in Steely Library, overseeing the growth of various units and programs, including the development and implementation of the Bachelors of Science in Library Informatics. She made numerous contributions within the library and the profession, authoring articles and book chapters examining reference service management and information literacy curriculum. Threasa’s dedication to information literacy and academic librarianship left an impact on all those who worked with her.


Perry Bratcher

Library Services

Perry Bratcher is a librarian in Steely Library’s Collections and Discovery Services department. His areas of research concentration are technology and management in libraries. Perry also teaches technology courses in NKU’s Bachelors of Science in Library Informatics program and for the American Library Association's Library Support Staff Certification Program.