Defiance College Welcomes New Faculty

June 5, 2014


DEFIANCE, Ohio – Defiance College has announced the appointment of four new tenure-track faculty members. All bring extensive academic expertise and hands-on experience in their respective disciplines together with degrees from a wide variety of institutions such as, for example, the University of Michigan, University of Pittsburgh, The Ohio State University, and the University of Science and Technology in China (a national research university under the leadership of the Chinese Academy of Sciences).

“I am thrilled that we have been able to attract to Defiance College such a wonderful group of new faculty members,” said DC President Mark C. Gordon. “Each brings significant expertise, impressive teaching skills, and the clear commitment to helping our students succeed which is one of the hallmarks of our DC faculty.”

Mia Cinelli is joining the faculty as Assistant Professor of Art and Design in August. Cinelli has a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic communication from Northern Michigan University and master of fine arts degree in art and design from the University of Michigan. She has served as head costume designer at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, rapid prototyping consultant at the UM 3D Lab, and as a freelance graphic designer. She will be very involved in strengthening DC’s recently updated design major, with a special focus on customized product design using two and three-dimensional media.

Jia Luo is joining the faculty as Assistant Professor of Chemistry in August. Luo received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Science and Technology of China and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. He has been a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, Medical Technology, and Physics at Monmouth University.

Sheldon Goodrum is joining the faculty as Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in August. Goodrum has a master of science degree in criminal justice with a concentration in homeland security from Tiffin University and bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Toledo. He is completing his doctorate in public safety with a concentration in criminal justice and was an Ohio State Trooper for 25 years when he retired from the force last fall. He has also been an adjunct at Tiffin University and ITT Technical Institute for the past seven years.

Dr. Patricia Galdeen is joining the faculty as Assistant Professor of Business. Galdeen has a doctorate of management and organizational leadership from the University of Phoenix, master of organizational leadership from Lourdes University, and bachelor of individualized studies from Lourdes. She served in several leadership positions at Maritz Marketing Research, Inc. over a period of 15 years and has been an adjunct instructor in the College of Business and Leadership at Lourdes for eight years.

Defiance College, chartered in 1850, is an independent, liberal arts institution in Northwest Ohio offering more than 40 undergraduate programs of study as well as graduate programs in education and business. Defiance College has received national recognition for its educational experience of service and engagement. The college website is