Faculty and Staff Bios
Lauren Onkey is Dean and Chair of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center. From 2008-2015, Onkey served as Vice President of Education and Public Programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, where she oversaw the Museum’s award-winning education and community outreach programs. Prior to that, she was Associate Professor of English at Ball State University, where she taught cultural studies and postcolonial literature and served as Director of Graduate Programs in English. She received her MA and PhD in English from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and holds a BA in English and Government from the College of William and Mary. She is the author of Blackness and Transatlantic Irish Identity: Celtic Soul Brothers (Routledge, 2009) and numerous essays on popular music, postcolonial studies, women’s studies, and cultural studies.
Mary Hovanec, Associate Professor of History serves as the Faculty Chair of the Scholars Program for the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Scholars Academy. Recognized for her commitment to students, Hovanec was a recipient of Ralph M. Besse Award for Teaching Excellence and currently serves as advisor to the award-winning Phi Theta Kappa Chi Omega chapter, a position she has held since 2000. She received her MA in History at the University of Chicago and holds a BA in History from Case Western Reserve University. Her teaching load includes courses in the History of Civilization, Russia and the Soviet Union and honors courses. A highly visible leader in the college community, she serves as the Chairperson of the Joint Faculty Senate. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Toledo.