The Ohio State University at Lima

Office of the Dean and Director

Welcome to the Office of the Dean and Director.

Dr. Joseph Brandesky, the Martha W. Farmer Endowed Professor of Theatre and department chair at Ohio State Lima since 1988 is serving the campus as interim dean and director.

"It will be an exciting year at Ohio State Lima with construction of the new student center, building enrollments, and searching for a new dean for the campus," Dr. Brandesky said. "I look forward to facing these opportunities with our talented faculty and staff."

Interim Dean Joseph Brandesky

Interim Dean Joseph Brandesky

Interim Dean Joseph Brandesky

Interim Dean Joseph Brandesky

Interim Dean Joseph Brandesky

From 2012 to 2016, Dr. Brandesky held a dual appointment with Ohio State Lima and Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures at the Columbus campus. He served as the director of the Center for Slavic and East European Studies from 2015-2016.

As a specialist in Russian and Czech theatre, Brandesky has traveled to St. Petersburg, Moscow and Prague to study and conduct research in his field. Brandesky has curated and co-curated multiple theatre design exhibits, including Jaroslav Malina: Paintings and Designs, Metaphor and Irony 2: Frantisek Troster and Contemporary Czech Theatre Design, Metaphor and Irony: Czech Scenic and Costume Design 1920-1999, Spectacular St. Petersburg: 100 Years of Russian Stage Design, and Boris Anisfeld and the Stage. A book project, 20th Century Czech Theatre Design: Metaphor and Irony Revisited, was published by the University of Iowa Press as part of its Studies in Theatre History and Culture series in April 2007. In 2013 he served as guest curator for a Strings Attached: Czech Puppets at the Columbus Museum of Art (CMA). Brandesky’s most recent project with CMA, Shakespeare in Prague—Imagining the Bard in the Heart of Europe, opened at the museum this spring.

Brandesky has organized nine study tours to the Czech Republic. The next Czech theatre study tour will travel to Prague in December 2017. He has made numerous scholarly presentations at state, regional and national conferences and has published articles in Theatre Design and Technology, Slavic and East European Performance and the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. In 2003 he received two awards, one for scholarship and one for teaching. His essay “Spectacular St. Petersburg: 100 Years of Russian Theatre Design” was named the Herbert D. Greggs Outstanding Article by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and he received the Ohio State University Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching. In spring 2008 Brandesky received the Outstanding Faculty Scholar Award at the Ohio State University at Lima.

Since joining the faculty at Ohio State Lima in 1988, Brandesky has produced, directed and co-directed more than 50 productions. He co-created a devised production with Czech designer Petr Matasek for a performance in April 2013 entitled aPOEtheosis for the Ohio State Department of Theatre in Columbus. This production coincided with the exhibit Strings Attached: Czech Puppets and featured current Czech puppet/object/alternative theatre principles.

Interim Dean and Director

Joseph Brandesky
Interim Dean and Director

Senior Leadership Team

Fábio Leite
Associate Dean

Bryan Albright
Assistant Dean

Devon Phelps
Special Assistant to the Dean

Lesley Fry
Director of Advancement

Kristina Healy
Director of Enrollment

Shane McCrory
Director of Student Life

Ron Kaufman
Facilities Superintendent

Melissa Coldiron
Human Resources Manager

Mark Kleffner

Temple Patton
Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Administrative Team

Robin Pohl
Executive Assistant to the Dean and Director

Julie Klingler
Administrative Assistant to Associate Dean