Kathleen Allen, Ph.D.

Department Chair and Associate Professor Music, Voice | Performing Arts

Kathleen Allen, soprano and chair of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Central State University, has been singing and teaching professionally throughout the United States for over 30 years, in opera, operetta, recital and musical theater, and in concert, chamber, and choral music. She specializes in new music and French mélodie, as well as Baroque and traditional operatic perform...[Read more]



Carlos B. Brown, Ph.D.

Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music, Voice | Performing Arts

Dr. Carlos B. Brown is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Benedict College in 2009. While at Benedict, he was awarded the prestigious Call Me Mister and Concert Choir scholarships for Excellence in Music and served as Student Conductor for the Benedict College Concert Choir. He also participated in several academic and professional solo voice recit...[Read more]



Jim Champion

Associate Professor of Art, Ceramics | Fine Arts

Jim Champion holds a MFA in Visual Art from the University of North Dakota with an emphasis in Ceramics. His BFA undergraduate degree is an emphasis in Sculpture from the University of Mississippi. Additional degrees include an MA in Art Therapy from the University of Louisville and a Graduate Certificate in Ceramics from Hood College. Champion's work covers a wide range that...[Read more]



Ronald Claxton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Art, Art History and Art Education | Fine Arts

Ronald Claxton is an associate professor of art education at Central State University. He graduated from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green with a B. A. in Art Education (1982). He received his Master of Arts in Education degree from Western Kentucky in 1984. Dr. Claxton previously taught art education and art appreciation at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro from 1985...[Read more]



Jennifer Cruz, Ph.D.

Professor of Music, Piano and Music Theory | Performing Arts

Dr. Jennifer Cruz is an Associate Professor of Piano and the Program Director of the Music Mentors program at Central State University, a historically black university in Wilberforce, OH.  With roots on the island of Guam, she was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She began her piano studies at the age of four with Suzanne Lent.  After being discovered by Alexander Toradze at a master class i...[Read more]



Anthony Dallas

Adjunct Instructor | Performing Arts

Mr. Dallas holds a master’s degree in Play Writing from Brandeis University and an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from University Without Walls. He has worked in the theatre—as a director, actor, and playwright—for over thirty years. He was a founding member of the Human Race Theatre Company in Dayton, Ohio. He has taught Dramatic Literature classes at Central State for many yea...[Read more]



Dwayne Daniel

Professor of Art, Studio Art and Graphic Design | Fine Arts

Dwayne Daniel is an assistant professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Central State University. He holds an M.F.A. from Miami University and a BA from Central State University, both with an infuse on Graphic Design and Illustration. Dwayne is a two-dimensional artist with a range of expertise from drawing to graphic design.

His work has won top awards in several ...[Read more]



William Denza, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Music, Music Theory and Clarinet | Performing Arts

William M. Denza, Jr. is an associate professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Dr. Denza teaches music theory courses at CSU and he performs as the bass clarinetist of the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Denza also has performed and recorded with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. He recei...[Read more]



Mitchell Eismont

Associate Professor of Art, Graphic Design | Fine Arts

Mitchell Eismont is an assistant professor of graphic design at Central State University. He graduated from Edinboro University with a B. F. A. in Multi Media Art (2003). He received his Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Marywood University in (2009). Professor Eismont has 15 years work experience in the field of graphic design. He has been an art director and developed identitie...[Read more]



John Fleming

Adjunct Instructor | Performing Arts

As a director, choreographer, performer and teacher, John Fleming’s career spans over thirty years of artistic activity in the theater. Since 2010, he has been an adjunct instructor in theater at Central State University. As Founder and Artistic Director of the YS Kids Playhouse, an interdisciplinary theater for youth, he received numerous awards from the Nation...[Read more]


Blake Gaines

Director of Bands / Assistant Professor of Music | Fine & Performing Arts

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Don Johnson

Adjunct Professor | College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Don Johnson is the adjunct professor of trumpet at Central State University and is a freelance musician in the Cincinnati area. He has performed with numerous ensembles across the U.S. including the Acadiana Symphony, the Dallas Winds, the Dayton Philharmonic Concert Band, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, the New Life Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of New Spain,...[Read more]



Mervyn R. Joseph, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Music, Music Education and Music History | Performing Arts

Dr. Mervyn R. Joseph is an associate professor of Music Education at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. He teaches music education classes, supervises pre-service teachers in the area K-12 public schools, and is a State of Ohio & Pearson certified Praxis and edTPA assessor/scorer for First-Year Teachers.

Dr. Joseph received his BME and MA degrees in music from Andrews Uni...[Read more]



Brian Jump

Assistant Professor of Commercial Music and Technology | Performing Arts

Brian Jump is a guitarist, teacher, and audio engineer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He earned a bachelor’s degree in guitar performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in music technology from Duquesne University. In January of 2020, Jump became the Assistant Professor of Commercial Music and Technology at Central State University. He is currently developing ...[Read more]



Hal Melia

Associate Professor of Music, Jazz Studies and Woodwinds | Performing Arts

The energy and personality Hal Melia brings to both his teaching and his performing are contagious. Those who have experienced his workshops, classes, and performances never forget the tireless effort and positive aura he exudes in any setting. He is the epitome of the multi-instrumentalist – he plays soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, flute, piccolo, clarinets (Bb, Eb Soprano, and...[Read more]



Nanyi Qiang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Music, Collaborative Piano | Fine & Performing Arts

Pianist Nanyi Qiang has established a wide-ranging career spanning chamber musician, soloist, and pedagogue. He is in much demand as a concert artist in solo & chamber recitals and new music concerts throughout the US, Canada, and China. Dr. Qiang has appeared to public acclaim in venues including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (NY), Hahn Hall (Santa Barbara, CA), MacMillan Theater (To...[Read more]



Erin Smith-Glenn

Associate Professor of Art, Studio Art | Fine Arts

Erin Smith-Glenn is an art instructor at Central State University and the primary advisor of the Visual Arts Club at Central State University. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Cincinnati and a B.A. from Central State University, with 2 dimensional studio art as her concentration from both institutions. Her experience and understanding of 2D studio art includes the media of colored pen...[Read more]