In addition to her role with the UGRP, Jennifer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication. She earned her Ph.D. from Purdue University where she developed her research interests in interpersonal communication, especially the delivery and reception of social support. McCullough arrived at SVSU in 2009 and has since taught classes in family communication, conflict, social support, and research methods where she has been committed to introducing her students to the process of conducting research. McCullough has co-authored and presented multiple papers with her students at national and regional conferences, including: the National Communication Association (NCA) conference and Central States Communication Association (CSCA) conference. Her UGRP responsibilities include oversight of the UGRP faculty-led, student-led, and student-travel grants; implementation of faculty and student professional development workshops and organization of the Spring Research Symposium.
Dr. Ode is the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Saginaw Valley State University. As the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, he is responsible for the coordination of special programs on campus such as community engagement, integrated learning, service learning and experiential learning, and serves as the Carnegie Engagement liaison. A graduate of SVSU, Central Michigan University, and Michigan State University (Ph.D., Kinesiology), Dr. Ode joined the SVSU faculty in 2006 as an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology. He has published over 50 peer reviewed papers and abstracts on exercise, health, and community engagement. Dr. Ode has led research projects and authored technical reports on community-wide health and safety. Promoted to full professor in 2015, his innovative teaching and undergraduate research mentorship were recognized with the House Family Award for Teacher Impact and the Franc A. Landee Award for Excellence in Teaching.