Ashland University English Professor to Discuss His Recently Published Book

Ashland University English Professor to Discuss His Recently Published Book

9/25/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Russell Weaver, professor of English at Ashland University, will discuss his recently published book, titled “Teaching Literature at Ridgeview,” on Monday, Oct. 5, at 4 p.m. in the Ronk Lecture Hall of AU’s Schar College of Education. The event is free and open to the public.

In the book title, the Ridgeview refers to Ridgeview Classical School in Fort Collins, Colo.

According to Weaver, the connection is that the school, which is one of the top-ranked charter schools in the country, has adopted his approach to teaching. Weaver said this has occurred through the offices of Florian Hild, who is a former student of Dr. Weaver's and was a founding teacher at Ridgeview and is now the school’s second principal.

The book consists of essays by five men and women who either taught at or studied at Ridgeview and two essays by former students of Dr. Weaver who have adapted his approach for venues as different as a small-town Ohio high school and Stanford University.

The book also contains an essay by Dr. Weaver detailing the origins of his approach to teaching. One of Dr. Weaver's former students, Seth Snow who teaches in Danville, Ohio, and who contributed an essay to the book, also will be present to discuss his experiences with teaching.

The essays are autobiographical rather than theoretical in nature, describing both how each person came to their current practices of teaching and something of what they do in the classroom.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.                                                                                ###

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