Innovative educators |  Ohio Wesleyan University

Innovative educators | Ohio Wesleyan University

Innovative educators

Ohio Wesleyan Adds Group of Four Professors for the 2022-2023 School Year

Written by Cole Hatcher

Delaware, Ohio — Ohio Wesleyan University appointed four assistant professors this fall who will continue the college’s work “to teach students the skills they need to be fully-equipped global strategists in the 21st century,” says Provost Carlin Crowley, Ph.D.

“These educators continue Ohio Wesleyan’s focus on resilience, interdisciplinary, diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI),” said Crowley, who oversees Academic Experience at Ohio Wesleyan. “They help us advance the strategic direction of OWU and higher education itself by attracting and shaping students who are willing to solve the world’s most sinister problems.”

Crowley defines “flexibility” as the ability to teach in a variety of ways to reach students successfully. ‘Interdisciplinary’ such as being able to draw on multiple fields of study within their own courses and work with other faculty to deliver a broad and in-depth education; and “DEI” as a vital component of education and guidance “because our diverse and global world depends on inclusive excellence.”

The most recent associate professors at Ohio Wesleyan, their departments, and their backgrounds are:

Mathematics and Computer Science

Hanliang “Han” Guo, Ph.D., is widely interested in applied mathematics, particularly biological fluid mechanics and scientific computing. Much of his research revolves around the mathematical modeling of cilia and ciliary flows. He is also interested in data-driven approaches applied to problems of fluid mechanics, such as the design of micro-robots in complex fluids. Guo is OWU’s first faculty liaison and will work to connect math/computer science students with internships and job opportunities as Columbus, Ohio, has become the “Silicon of the Midwest.” He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Matthew McCurdy, Ph.D., his current research focuses on how groundwater and surface water interact, and how heat can affect these interactions. McCurdy earned his Ph.D. from Florida State University, focusing on applied and computational mathematics with a focus on fluid dynamics.

Physics and Astronomy

Yunhwa Ding, Ph.D., focuses his research on theoretical studies of spacetime symmetries, which are the basis of Einstein’s general relativity. Ding received his Ph.D. in Physics from Indiana University Bloomington and served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at several liberal arts colleges.


Crystal Cashin, Ph.D., focuses her research on LGBTQ+ parents and adoptive families, and examines how these families’ unique experiences (such as stigma and societal connections) shape outcomes including identity development and close relationships in emerging adulthood. Kashin received her Ph.D. in developmental sciences from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

New Ohio Wesleyan faculty join a university where all of Washington DC’s professors are classroom teachers, giving instructions, advising, and mentoring students to help them succeed and thrive as they pursue their bachelor’s degree and plan their paths in life. They are the university’s second cohort, and Ohio Wesleyans are currently recruiting for positions on their 2023 career path using this innovative cohort model.

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Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the top liberal arts universities in the country. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers over 70 Undergraduate majors He competes in 24 NCAA Division III squash sports. Through its signature software, the OWU Connection, Ohio Wesleyan, teaches students to integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan has been featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and has been included in the US News & World Report and Princeton Review “Best Colleges” lists. Connect with OWU Expert Interview Sources at Or learn more at

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