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David Staley is Director of the Humanities Institute and Director of the Center for the Humanities in Practice (CHiP).  He is an associate professor in the Department of History--where he teaches courses in digital history and historical methods--and holds courtesy appointments in the departments of Design--where he has taught courses in Design History and Design Futures--and Educational Studies, where he leads the "Forum on the University."  His research interests include digital history, the philosophy of history, historical methodology, and the history and future of higher education. He has published widely (in print and electronically) on the intersection of technology and higher education, and is the author of Brain, Mind and Internet: A Deep History and Future (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)Computers, Visualization and History, 2nded. (Routledge, 2014) and History and Future: Using Historical Thinking to Imagine the Future (Lexington Books, 2007)Among his recent publications, he is author of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) reports "Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians: Higher Education in 2025," and "Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians: Scenarios for the Future of the Book," "Futuring, Strategic Planning and Shared Awareness: An Ohio University Libraries' Case Studyin The Journal of Academic Librarianship, and "The Future of the University: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education," which appeared in Educause Review. In addition to his written work, he has designed and curated both online and physical exhibitions and has published numerous visual compositions in digital media. From 2003-2008, Staley was the Executive Director of the American Association for History and Computing (AAHC).

Rick Livingston is Associate Director of the Humanities Institute, and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Studies.  He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University, and was affiliated with the Center for Literary and Cultural Change at the University of Virginia (1990-1993) before moving to Ohio State University.  He has research interests in environmental humanities and citizenship, literary and cultural theory, postcolonial literature and 20C European literature.  He is a member of the Executive Committee for InFACT (the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation), one of OSU's University Discovery Themes.  He served two terms on the Board of Ohio Humanities (2008-16) and is part of the Advisory Group for STEP (the Second Year Transformational Experience Program), where he has been a mentor since 2012.  A member of the Columbus Art of Hosting Conversations That Matter community of practice, Rick has facilitated strategic planning sessions for departments and groups on and off-campus.

Nick Spitulski is the Administrative Manager for the Humanities Institute.

Cassie Patterson is the Assistant Director of the Center for Folklore Studies and the Director of the Folklore Archives.

Lori Botnick Fireman works with the director and Jewish studies faculty to develop, plan and implement Melton Center programs, concerts, lectures, exhibits, and conferences on and off campus from inception to completion. Lori is in charge of marketing and public relations strategies, edits all Melton Center publications, writes grants proposals, and manages the Melton Center's website. She also works with students to create programs for the student community, develops outreach programs to increase interest in the Center's work and programs, and forges partnerships with community leaders and organizations on special projects and programs. Other responsibilties include fundraising and recruitment.