You are hereMcDonough Administrative/Faculty Team

McDonough Administrative/Faculty Team



Christy Hockenberry

Christy Hockenberry

Administrative Coordinator

Dept: McDonough Leadership Program


Office: MCDH


Year appointed: 2002

Ms. Hockenberry, who has more than 16 years of customer service experience, is the Administrative Coordinator and Building Manager for the McDonough Center. She joined the McDonough team in June 2006.

Before joining the McDonough Center, Ms. Hockenberry was the Administrative Assistant to the Major and Planned Giving Departments at Marietta College for more than four years.

Prior to joining Marietta College, she worked for more than 10 years at Washington Electric Cooperative. She started at WEC as a part-time entry clerk and progressed to the full-time position of Head Billing Clerk, being responsible for the management of more than 10,000 accounts.



Tanya Judd Pucella

Tanya Judd Pucella

Title: Associate Professor

Department: Education, McDonough Center for Leadership and Business

Education: Ph.D. in Public Affairs, University of Central Florida, 2007; Master of Arts in Social Science Education, University of Florida, 1996; Bachelor of Arts in History, University of Florida, 1995

Research Interests: Teacher leadership; educator burnout; undergraduate leadership education; the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards; nonprofit organizational capacity.

Recent Publications: Not Too Young to Lead. Jan/Feb, 2014. The Clearing House, 87(1), pgs. 15-20. The Impact of NBPTS Certification on Educator Burnout. Jan/Feb, 2014. The Clearing House, 84(1), pgs. 52-58.

Courses (Fall 2014): From Teacher to Leader, General Methods, Social Studies Methods, Student Teaching Seminar, Culture and Gender Issues

Courses (Spring 2015): Initial Field Experience, Principles of Education, Student Teaching Seminar, supervision of student teachers in field

Phone: (740) 376-4490


What excites you about teaching at Marietta College?

I enjoy the small college atmosphere at Marietta. I attended a large institution for each of my degrees and did not get to know as many faculty and staff. At Marietta College there is an opportunity to develop deep and lasting relationships between students and faculty that enrich the learning process in many ways.

When you aren’t teaching, what other activities do you enjoy?

Anything a 6 year old enjoys! I have a very active young son, so I typically spend my time riding bikes or chauffeuring him to play dates and sports activities. I love to read, and am a sports fan — particularly football and baseball.

Do you prefer flipping through the pages of a book or an e-book?

I love a traditional book, but have been turning to e-books more and more. It is great to do some light reading on my phone when I have a few free minutes and not have to lug my book along.

What is your favorite location on campus and why?

Marietta has such a beautiful campus it is really hard to choose. When the weather is nice the Kremer Amphitheatre is great. I enjoy the resources of Legacy Library as well.

What is your favorite Marietta College event?

I am partial to the EXCEL workshop (Experiencing Civic Engagement and Leadership), a five-day event that our incoming McDonough Scholars participate in. It is an event that is run by the upperclassmen in the McDonough program, and they do such an amazing job. It is fascinating to watch all of their hard work come to fruition. I also love participating in the many service events we have on campus, such as Make a Difference Day and Community Service Day.



Robert McManus

Robert McManus

McCoy Associate Professor

Dept: McDonough Leadership



Degrees: Ph.D. in Communication Studies (Regent University); Master of Business Administration (Olivet Nazarene University); Bachelor of Arts in Communication/Speech Theatre (Judson College)

Year appointed: 2005

Robert M. McManus, Ph.D. is the McCoy Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Communication at the McDonough Center for Leadership and Business at Marietta College. He is the co-author of Understanding Leadership: An Arts and Humanities Perspective (Routledge, 2015). His work has appeared in the Journal of Leadership Studies and he recently served as a section editor for the book Leading in Complex Worlds published by Jossey-Bass.

McManus has served as the Chair of the Leadership Education Member Interest Group of the International Leadership Association. He has travelled globally speaking and teaching on the subject of leadership. McManus is an award-winning educator, and regularly offers courses on foundations of leadership, organizational leadership, theories and models of leadership, and global leadership. He holds a Ph.D. in communication studies, as well as a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies.



Gamaliel Perruci

Gamaliel Perruci

Dean of McDonough Center and McCoy Professor of Leadership Studies

Dept: McDonough Leadership Program


Office: MCDH 108

Degrees: Ph.D. in Political Science (University of Florida), 1991; Master's in International Journalism (Baylor University), 1986; Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Journalism (Baylor University)

Year appointed: 2011

Dr. Gama Perruci is the Dean of the McDonough Leadership Center and McCoy Professor of Leadership Studies at Marietta College. He also serves as a session facilitator for the Rockefeller Global Leadership Program (RGLP) and the Management and Leadership Development Program (MLDP) at Dartmouth College’s Rockefeller Center for Public Policy. He is the co-author of Understanding Leadership: An Arts and Humanities Perspective (Routledge, 2015).

Aside from his teaching, research and administrative duties, Dr. Perruci also serves as a consultant for The New York Times, focusing on the newspaper’s educational programming for leadership students. In that role, he writes a weekly column (“Connecting Theory to Practice”) for the newspaper’s leadership website ( Other recent consulting assignments include a review of the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law (LEL) at the United States Naval Academy (Annapolis, Maryland) and an evaluation of the leadership program at Zayed University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Dr. Perruci is a member of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library’s Academic Advisory Council. He is also the Past Chair of the International Leadership Association, Inc. (ILA) Board of Directors – a global nonprofit organization focused on the study and practice of leadership. He has been a frequent guest analyst for the London-based BBC World Service and Paris-based Radio France International broadcast to Brazil. He served as a member of the National Selection Committee (America’s Best Leaders Project, Top American Leaders Project) convened by Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership in collaboration with the weekly magazine, U.S. News & World Report (2009-2010), and The Washington Post (2011).

A native of Brazil, Dr. Perruci has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida and a master’s in international journalism (M.I.J.) from Baylor University in Texas.



Maribeth Saleem-Tanner

Maribeth Saleem-Tanner

Director of Civic Engagement

Dept: McDonough Leadership Program


Office: McDonough 204

Degrees:Master of Arts in Conflict Transformation (Eastern Mennonite University) (2009), Bachelor of Arts in English (Pomona College) (2002)

Year appointed: 2013

Maribeth Saleem-Tanner grew up in the Adirondack region of New York. She holds an MA in conflict transformation with a concentration in peacebuilding and development from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, as well as a BA in English and creative writing from Pomona College. Her research at EMU focused on understanding differing perspectives on community development in Pocahontas County, West Virginia, where she lived and worked for over ten years.

Prior to coming to Marietta College, Saleem-Tanner worked at High Rocks, an award-winning youth leadership development program, where she held a variety of roles from VISTA volunteer to Co-Director. She also worked with nonprofits throughout the Allegheny Mountain region to support AmeriCorps VISTA capacity building projects through the Pocahontas Communications Cooperative, taught English and Management courses through New River Community College, and supported community life and student leaders as a Resident Director at EMU.

Saleem-Tanner oversees the Office of Civic Engagement and teaches courses within the action component in the McDonough Leadership Program.




McDonough Affiliated Faculty & Staff

Aside from its core administrative/faculty team, the Center also has 24 affiliated faculty and staff. While they hold their appointments from academic departments and administrative offices throughout campus, they are formally affiliated with the Center and participate actively in the life of McDonough. They represent a wide variety of fields and interests:


William M. Bauer
McCoy Associate Professor of Education
B.S., M.S., Ohio University; M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University


David Brown
Associate Professor of Biology
B.S., M.S., Ohio University; Ph.D., Duke University


Christy Burke
Director of International Programs
B.A., Miami University; M.A., School for International Training


Richard Danford
Vice President for Student Life; Associate Professor of Spanish
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., The Ohio State University


Greg Delemeester
McCoy Professor, Milton Friedman Professor of Economics
B.S., Michigan State University; Ph.D., Texas A&M University


Ben Ebenhack
Associate Professor of Petroleum Engineering; Coordinator, Engineering Leadership Certificate Program
B.S., Marietta College; M.S., University of Wyoming


Eric J. Fitch
Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Leadership
B.S., St. Meinrad College; M.En., Miami University; Ph.D., Michigan State University


Hilles Hughes
Director of Career Services
B.A., College of Wooster; M.A., John Caroll University


Chris Kline
McCoy Associate Professor of Psychology
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Alabama


Jackie Khorassani
Professor of Economics; Director of Entrepreneurship Program
B.A., College of Mass Communication, Tehran, Iran; M.S., University of Oregon; Ph.D., West Virginia University


Kathryn McDaniel
Associate Professor of History
B.A., Davidson College; M.A., Ph.D., Vanderbilt University


David G. McShaffrey
Associate Professor of Biology
B.S., M.S., University of Akron; Ph.D., Purdue University


Scott McVicar
Associate Director of Admission
B.A., M.A.Ed., Marietta College


Jolene Powell
McCoy Associate Professor of Art
B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College; M.A., West Carolina University; M.F.A., Boston University


Janie Rees-Miller
Professor of Language and Linguistics, Director of English as a Second Language
B.A., Oberlin College; M.A., American University of Beirut; M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook


Mark Schaefer
McCoy Associate Professor of Political Science
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., West Virginia University


Mark E. Sibicky
McCoy Professor of Psychology, Director of the M.A.P. Program
B.A., University of Connecticut; M.A., Colgate University; Ph.D., University of Arkansas


Xiaoxiong Yi
Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of China Institute
B.A., Beijing Normal University (China); M.A., Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., American University


Matthew Young
McCoy Associate Professor of History
B.A., Kenyon College; M.A., Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Apply Promo

Tower Notes

Read the latest issue of Tower Notes