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Human Sciences Chairs and Staff

Erik Porfeli

Erik Porfeli
Chair of Human Sciences

Erik Porfeli, professor of human development and family science, focuses his career on promoting positive human health and development and strengthening the fabric of our communities. He specializes in harmonizing and aligning resources and partnerships around a common mission. As one example, in his prior role as associate dean of community engagement and admissions for the Northeast Ohio Medical University, he headed an Ohio alliance of scientific, education, workforce and community partners. Under his leadership, they increased the number of underrepresented youth and young adults who pursued health professions education at the alliance's universities. His research focuses on lifespan career development, and he has had more than $9 million in extramural funding.



  • Karmella Spears, Fiscal Officer

Human Resources

  • Ciji Lawrence, Human Resources Generalist

Program Areas

  • Zach Jeffers, Sport, Fitness, and Health, Program Assistant
  • Rachel Dickson, Kinesiology, Program Assistant
  • Darlene Oglesby, Human Sciences Administrative Shared Services, Administrative Associate
  • Jessie Hanz, Human Sciences Administrative Shared Services, Program Assistant
  • June Sprowls, Human Sciences Administrative Shared Services, Program Assistant