You may have met Hiram College’s school directors around campus or even in the classroom, but what does being a school director entail? From helping you discover and declare your major to guiding faculty to be the best mentors they can for students, school directors are here to help both students and faculty succeed at Hiram. 

This semester has brought new and returning faces to the director positions in Hiram’s four schools. Learn more about your school director, their advice for students searching for a major, and how they can help you succeed at Hiram. 


Andrew White

Scarborough School of Business and Communication

Andrew White, Ph.D. 

Majors: Accounting and Financial Management, Communication, Digital Marketing, ESports and Gaming Administration, Management, Marketing, Sport Management, Supply Chain Management.  

Courses he is teaching this semester

Intro to Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Research Design and Analysis, and a couple of tutorials for other courses (History and Philosophy of Sport in the US and Careers in Psychology). 

I’m a first-year student interested in majors in the Scarborough School, do you have advice for me?

White placed emphasis on the interconnectivity of the majors within the Scarborough School, and how students can connect different pairings of majors and minors to meet their interests. “Students interested in a career in sport should consider our sport management program and those interested in how our media consumption impacts individual behavior and societies at large would benefit from checking out the communication program,” White said. “The interesting thing about a lot of academic programs at Hiram is how well they can connect with one another; just in the examples I provided, there are several careers connected to the social media presence of sport franchises (at a minimum, that would include sport management, communication, and marketing as well as creative writing and psychology!).” 

What resources on campus do you wish students were more aware of? 

“I’m actually going to point out a resource students are aware of but is wildly under-utilized and that is our faculty. We are here to help and would love to serve as a resource in helping you on your way to graduating and going on to do great things after Hiram,” White said. When looking at future careers for students, White also pointed to the Career Development office as a great resource students should utilize in deciding the types of careers they may want. 


Ella Kirk

School of Arts, Humanities and Politics

Ella KirkPh.D. 

Majors: Art and Design, Creative Writing, English, History, International Studies, Performing Arts, Political Science. 

Courses she is teaching this semester

French and an Urgent Challenge Seminar, “Stranger in a strange land: What is the Immigrant Experience?” 

I’m a first-year student interested in a major in the School of Arts, Humanities and Politics, do you have advice for me? 

When asked this, Kirk’s first response was that the school of Arts, Humanities, and Politics is for any student interested in expressing their creativity. “We are truly a School that focuses on the human experience and the ways in which our we express ourselves and view others,” Kirk said. Whether a student has interest in classic majors such as English or history, is interested in philosophy and public policy, or are looking for a unique minor that can complement any major, the school of Arts, Humanities, and Politics is the place to search. 

What resources on campus do you wish students were more aware of? 

Did you know that Hiram has a Writing Center available to all students? “Really, we do have an impressive variety of ways to get help with written assignments for all courses,” Kirk said. Kirk highlighted that the Writing Center aims to help students with their writing no matter their class year or major, making it an impressive resource for all students. 


Nicholas Hirsch

School of Science and Technology

Nick Hirsch, Ph.D.

Majors: Applied Computer Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Neuroscience, Physics. 

Courses he is teaching this semester

Molecular and Cellular Biology and Introduction to Public Health 

I’m a first-year student interested in a major in the School of Science and Technology, do you have advice for me? 

The School of Science and Technology is full of majors focused on research, innovation, and discovery. “The School of Science and Technology is the place to go if you are interested in things that think, things that go ‘bang!,’ or things that walk, crawl, or swim,” Hirsch said. 

What resources on campus do you wish students were more aware of? 

Each school hosts networking events throughout the academic year for students to meet alumni and leaders in their fields of interest. “Our networking events are very valuable,” Hirsch said. “Many students are not aware of them. Each school has them, so keep your eye on the Hiram Highlights to find out where and when they are being held.” 


Kelly NewVine, Ph.D.

School of Health, Education, Sustainability and Society

Kelly Newvine, Ph.D. 

Majors: Biomedical Humanities, Criminal Justice, Education Teacher Licensure, Educational Studies, Environmental Studies, Integrative Exercise Science, Nursing, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology, Social Sciences. 

Courses she is teaching this semester

General methods (education licensure), Integrated Social Studies Seminar, Pedagogy and Instruction, and Making Educational Studies Work 4 You. 

I’m a first-year student interested in a major in the School of Health, Education, Sustainability and Society, do you have advice for me? 

“Students should look at majors within our school if they are interested in helping professions and working with people in some way.  From pre-med to physical therapy to teaching to counseling to social work and a wide range of careers in between, HESS offers many options for those who wish to work with people of all ages,” Newvine said. 

What resources on campus do you wish students were more aware of? 

“The library,” Newvine said. “There are so many resources housed in that space, and there are so many areas to study or just relax.  There are activities for students like games and puzzles as well as the sensory room.” 

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By Taylor Cook