New leaders announced for college
The College of Education and Human Ecology has the honor of a strong reputation that attracts and retains some of the best and brightest in the nation.
Our latest leadership updates include two people new to our college and four who have changed positions within the college.
Arpana Govindan Inman
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
Professor, Human Development and Family Science
Research Interests: South Asian diasporic identity; multicultural and social justice issues in mentoring, training and supervision; international issues in psychology; and women of color in leadership
Inman is a highly respected and accomplished professor who brings to the college years of academic leadership experience and vision. She joins us from Lehigh University, where she was associate dean for graduate studies. During her distinguished career, she has served in multiple administrative roles, including program chair, department chair, chair of a department chairs committee and provost faculty fellow. She is a licensed psychologist and a nationally certified counselor.
Her scholarship has earned Inman numerous accolades, including the Janet E. Helms Award for Mentorship and Scholarship from Teachers College of Columbia University, the Distinguished Contributions Award from the Asian American Psychological Association. While at Lehigh, she was the Iacocca Endowed Chair.
Inman recently served as president of the Society of Counseling Psychology with the American Psychological Association and is a fellow of the society and four other divisions in the association.
Inman has produced 107 publications and training videos, which include serving as series co-editor of the American Psychological Association's Clinical Supervision Essentials Series and co-host of the video series by the same name. She has delivered over 160 presentation at international, national and regional conferences.
Inman earned a doctorate from Temple University in counseling psychology and two master's degrees, one in guidance and counseling, the other in psychology.
Interim Chair, Teaching and Learning
Casto Professor of Interprofessional Education
Research Interests: Training education personnel to engage in culturally responsive practices, implementing evidenced-based interventions that are effective and efficient, especially in urban schools, championing system change to close the achievement gap
Miranda joined the college in 1988 and was most recently associate chair of the Department of Educational Studies. As a professor, she designed the urban and social justice focus in the college’s School Psychology program. It is one of the few programs in the country with this emphasis.
Miranda has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, books and other academic publications/presentations focused on cultural competency, social justice, racial identity and consultation services in urban settings. She has numerous awards, including the Trainers of School Psychologists’ Outstanding Trainer Award and the Clyde V. Bartlett Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio School Psychology Association.
During her tenure at Ohio State, Miranda has collaborated with many school districts in central Ohio, providing diversity training to educators and training schools in Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. Her 28-year partnership with the Child Development Council‘s Head Start evolved from a Personnel Preparation Training Grant in which school psychology students are hired as mental health consultants to assist in classrooms around school readiness and social and emotional learning.
Miranda earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and her MEd and PhD in school psychology from the University of Cincinnati. She was elected to the State Board of Education in November 2016 and is eligible for re-election November 2020.
Associate Chair, Educational Studies
Professor and Program Chair, Counselor Education
Research Interests: Social justice and social justice supervision in counseling, school counseling, leadership and professional counselor identity development, all through a qualitative lens
Dollarhide moves into the role of associate chair of her department, having been program chair of the Counselor Education program. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor with supervisor endorsement in Ohio and is a nationally Approved Clinical Supervisor. She never forgets her privilege and works to be a lifelong learner about whiteness, social justice, privilege, oppression and psychological and systemic liberation. She strives every day to be a co-conspirator, disrupter and servant leader.
During her 25 years in her field, Dollarhide’s multiple publications, including two textbooks, examine social justice in school counseling, leadership and professional identity. She has worked extensively with school counselors-in-training, placing and supervising them in local public schools for their practicum experiences. She mentors diverse doctoral students and leadership interns as they seek their doctoral degrees at various institutions around the country.
For her research, Dollarhide received the prestigious Research Award from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision in 2015. She holds leadership positions in the counseling profession, including president of Counselors for Social Justice (2020-2021) and serving on the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Committee for the American School Counselor Association. She has been editor of the Journal of Humanistic Counseling and served on the editorial boards of three other leading journals in the field.
She earned her EdD from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Director, Data Analysis and Access Core
Interim Director, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
Professor, Human Development and Family Science
Research Interests: Culturally appropriate measurement, scale development and validation;race and gender identity development and multicultural theory, most notably on Black racial identity
As one of the most prominent scholars in her field, Vandiver arrives from the Department of Counselor Psychology and Counselor Education at Western Michigan University. Prior to that, she was an associate professor of education specializing in counseling and school psychology at The Pennsylvania State University. While there, she also directed the Africana Research Center.
She is currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of Black Psychology and holds fellow status in three divisions of the American Psychological Association: the Society for Counseling Psychology; Quantitative and Qualitative Methods; and the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race. The latter gave her its 2017 Distinguished Career-Contributions to Research Award.
Vandiver also has chaired the association’s Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment and served as itsl iaison to the official U.S. source for evaluation standards, the Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation.
Vandiver has published and presented widely. She is the lead author and developer of the Cross Racial Identity Scale, identified as a best practice in scale development. Recently, as a Buros-Spencer Scholar with the Buros Center for Testing, she consulted in creating its online Socio-Emotional Learning Assessment Technical Guidebook for selecting assessments for K-12 students.
She has served on editorial boards for numerous journals, most recently the Journal of Counseling and Development. Her PhD is from Ball State University.
Assistant Dean, Academic Affairs
As assistant dean, Paulette G. Curtis collaborates with Associate Dean Arpana Inman to provide leadership and oversight of some subsidiary administrative units and staff in the Office of Academic Affairs.
Curtis oversees operations for Scholarships and Honors; and Data Evaluation programs. She manages the implementation of the Pipeline for Early Childhood Educators (PEACE) program and the Virtual Lab School, both serving nontraditional students. In addition, she provides oversight for special initiatives related to career development and other support services for underserved communities.
Prior to becoming assistant dean in the Office of Academic Affairs, Curtis was the college’s chief of staff and director of strategic operations, and simultaneously served as interim assistant dean in Academic Affairs. Curtis joined the college in March 2019 from the University of Notre Dame. There, she was an assistant dean in the College of Arts and Letters, lecturer in the Anthropology Department and faculty director of the Office of Pre-College Programs and the AnBryce Scholars Initiative. She taught courses on U.S. war culture, commemoration and science fiction. Prior to Notre Dame, she was resident dean of Dunster House and a lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard, where she earned her BA and PhD in anthropology.
Assistant Chair, Enrollment Management
Marc P. Johnston-Guerrero serves as assistant chair for enrollment management in the department of educational studies at The Ohio State University. He is also an associate professor in the higher education and student affairs program and affiliated faculty with the Asian American Studies program. He completed a PhD in education (with an emphasis in higher education and organizational change) from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he did assessment work for UCLA’s Office of Residential Life and served as a graduate fellow in UCLA’s Institute for Society and Genetics. These experiences integrated his background in human biology (BS, Michigan State University) and student affairs administration (MA, Michigan State University). Johnston-Guerrero has worked in multicultural affairs units across several institutions, including the University of Arizona and New York University. His research interests focus on diversity and social justice issues in higher education and student affairs, with specific attention to college students making meaning of race and racism and multiracial/mixed race issues. He serves the field of higher education through his involvement in the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Governing Board as member-at-large, faculty, and as an associate editor of the Journal of Higher Education.