Jack Colclough is a professor in performance studies. Jack received his MFA from the prestigious, Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington in 1986, and a BS from the University of Idaho in 1983. As a professional actor, Jack has worked extensively on the New York City stages, as well as in many of our countries finest regional theatres. Since joining the faculty at Marshall University in the spring of 1998, Jack has been involved in many departmental productions both as a director and as a performer. Most notable performances have been: “Prospero” in The Tempest, “Donny” in American Buffalo, “The Stage Manager” in Our Town, and “Heisenberg” in Copenhagen. As a director, Jack has cultivated an eclectic portfolio, with an acknowledged nod to the “classics”, among his directorial efforts include: The Glass Menagerie, Hair, The Seagull, Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, Terra Nova and To Kill a Mockingbird. For the last 25 years, Jack worked a great deal as a fight choreographer and has taught stage combat at numerous theatres and education institutions. He is the founding artistic director of New Works, a not for profit organization that provides a forum for the development and exploration of new and exciting theatrical storytelling. Jack is a proud member of both Actor’s Equity Association and The Screen Actor’s Guild.
School of Music
German pianist and WVMTA Teacher of the Year 2017 Henning Vauth serves as Associate Professor of Piano, Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, Co-Director of the Center for Wellness in the Arts, and Program Director of the School of Music (Interim, 2018/19) at Marshall University in West Virginia. He is President-Elect of the West Virginia Music Teachers Association and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda (U.S. National Music Honor Society).
A laureate at international competitions in Italy and Norway (IBLA and Grieg), Henning Vauth has performed in North and South America, Europe, and Asia. The Chicago Tribune entitled a review of his solo recital in September 2018: “Pianist delights audience with playing, charm and wit.” Vauth’s further professional engagements in 2018 included the National Taiwan University of the Arts in Taiwan, the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, the International Summer Academy of Music “Lüneburger Heide” in Germany, the Global Summer Institute of Music in Richmond, Virginia, the Festival of the American Liszt Society in Greenville, South Carolina, and competition adjudication for the Music Teachers National Association (Eastern and Southern Division). In 2019, he will travel to Italy and Colombia to perform and teach at International Music Festivals.
Henning Vauth holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester, USA), in addition to further degrees and certificates in piano performance and pedagogy from the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien (Hannover, Germany), the Ecole Normale de Musique “Alfred Cortot” (Paris, France), and Western Michigan University. He studied piano under Nelita True, Einar Steen-Nøkleberg, and Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri, and harpsichord under William Porter. Master classes with Philippe Entremont.
School of Kinesiology
Mark Timmons, Ph.D., ATC, is an assistant professor of athletic training within the Marshall University College of Health Professions. Prior to his position at Marshall, Professor Timmons worked as an athletic trainer for the University of Chicago (1988-1999) before attending University of Michigan to receive his master’s in kinesiology (2001). He also served as faculty at University of Toledo where he received his Ph.D. in exercise science (2007). Professor Timmons conducted his postdoctoral research at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. (2009-2012) where he explored shoulder pain biomechanics. Fully aware of the opportunities the field of sports medicine has to offer, he hopes to bring an equal balance of academic and clinical experience to the Center for Wellness in the Arts.
Sarah Clemins M.S., CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor and the current Director of Clinical Education in the Communication Disorders Department at Marshall University. Professor Clemins received her M.S. in Communication Disorders from Marshall in 2012, and prior to joining the department she worked as a speech language pathologist in skilled nursing and home health settings. In addition to organizing on and off campus clinical experiences at Marshall, she also teaches undergraduate classes and supervises students within the clinic. In 2018, she founded the Marshall University Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic and currently serves as the clinical coordinator and speech language pathologist. Her clinical interests include voice and swallowing with a special interest in vocal cord dysfunction. Professor Clemins is a board member of the West Virginia Speech-Language-Hearing Association (WVSHA), faculty advisor for the Center for Wellness in the Arts, and previous receipt of the Picken’s Queen Teaching Award. She has presented her research at several regional and national academic conferences, and she is the recipient of a “SPEAK Out” grant from the Parkinson Voice project. In her spare time, Professor Clemins can be found chasing her two toddlers, Cameron and Nora, or reading and serving at church.
Faculty, Staff and Assistants
School of Kinesiology
Gary McIlvain, EdD, LAT/ATC, serves as the College of Health Professions Associate Dean of Student Affairs, School of Kinesiology Department Chair and Associate Professor at Marshall University. He received his Bachelors of Science from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, Masters of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University and completed his Doctorate in Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky. He started at Marshall in the fall of 1999 and has taught in the CAATE accredited athletic training education program serving as clinical coordinator and program director. Dr. Mcilvain’s research interests are in injury prevention, specifically in regard to athletic injury prevention.
Elizabeth Pacioles, Ph.D., is the program director of the Department of Health Sciences within Marshall University’s College of Health Professions. Since 2014, Dr. Casey has served as an assistant professor within the college and taught undergraduate health professions courses. Prior to her position at Marshall, Casey taught a variety of courses in psychology, including sports psychology and research methods at Onondaga Community College and Cazenovia College in Syracuse, NY. She also served as the assistant women’s basketball coach for Onondaga Community College. In addition to her work experience, Dr. Casey completed a full-time internship in Rehabilitation Psychology at the VA Medical Center in Syracuse and conducted research studies in cardiac rehabilitation programs on the relationship between depression and cardiovascular disease. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology and her M.A. in Psychology from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio and her B.A. in Psychology from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. Dr. Casey said she enjoys mentoring students as they seek out healthcare careers that match their interests and helping them develop the skills needed to be successful healthcare professionals.
Kelli Williams, PhD, RD, LD, is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Dietetics at Marshall University. She received her doctorate degree from The Ohio State University and has worked in various settings as a dietitian. Her primary interests are in health promotion/disease prevention and obesity. She has conducted research on food availability for rural elderly, perceptions of healthy diet and weight among Appalachian adolescents and the impact of nutrition education in schools. Dr. Williams is involved with Marshall’s Nutrition Education Program and serves as the grant’s principal investigator.
Dean, College of Health Professions
Michael Prewitt, PhD, RRT, has a doctorate degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is also a Fellow in the American College of Chest Physicians. Currently, Dr. Prewitt serves as Dean of the College of Health Professions at Marshall University. He served as Associate Vice Provost, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies, and Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs in the School of Health Professions at the University of Missouri-Columbia. As Associate Dean, he coordinated student support services, developed and implemented strategic enrollment plans, facilitated academic program planning and development, faculty development, program assessment, and monitored distance education. In addition he was Chair of the Department of Cardiopulmonary and Diagnostic Sciences and was instrumental in developing the Missouri Mobile Health project. He was the principal investigator of a grant entitled “Innovative Curriculum Design in Allied Health Education” funded by Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions. He was co-principal investigator of a Rural Community Asthma-Environmental Control Training Project funded by the Missouri Foundation for Health-Services Improvement Initiative. He has conducted numerous workshops and community training events on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma education for public school teachers. He served as President of the Missouri Rural Health Association.