2/10/14 ASHLAND, Ohio - A number of Ashland University and Ashland Theological Seminary faculty members received promotions and/or tenure following the action of the Ashland University Board of Trustees. The promotions are effective at the beginning of the institution’s 2014-2015 academic year.
Those promoted to the rank of full professor at the University are Rebecca Corbin, Keith Dull, Mary Rycik, Jeff Sikkenga and Rachel Wlodarsky. Those promoted to associate professor at the University are Paul Hyman, Rosaire Ifedi, Victoria Kaskey, Amy Klinger, Melissa Snyder and Matthew Tullis. Those receiving tenure are Fred Burton, Rosaire Ifedi, Victoria Kaskey, Amy Klinger and Matthew Tullis at the University, and John Byron at the Seminary.
Dr. Rebecca Corbin is being promoted to full professor in the department of Chemistry, Geology and Physics. Corbin joined Ashland University in 2001. She was named Outstanding Female Faculty Member of the Year in 2003 and received a national undergraduate teaching award from Iota Sigma Pi in 2007. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Alderson-Broaddus College and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Keith Dull is being promoted to full professor in the department of Art. He received a BFA in printmaking and painting from Indiana University, Herron School of Art in 1992 and a MFA in printmaking from the University of South Dakota in 1995. His prints incorporate a wide range of techniques that include color reduction relief, intaglio, lithography and mixed media. In 1998, he developed the Encaustic Intaglio printing process, and his imagery reflects an interest in history and historical uses of prints, as guides, manuals and magic talismans.
Dr. Mary Rycik is being promoted to full professor in the department of Early Childhood Education. Rycik came to AU in 1995 after 20 years as a classroom teacher and reading specialist in elementary schools. She teaches literacy courses and children’s literature on the undergraduate and graduate levels and supervises field experience students in Mansfield City Schools. Rycik holds a master’s degree from John Carroll University and a Ph.D. from the University of Akron.
Dr. Jeff Sikkenga, who is being promoted to full professor in the department of History and Political Science, also serves as adjunct fellow in the John M. Ashbrook Center and senior fellow in the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy at the University of Virginia. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in political thought, the American Founding and American constitutional law. He has published articles and reviews in journals such as Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Journal of Politics, Journal of Markets and Morality and Religion and Liberty.
Dr. Rachel Wlodarsky is being promoted to full professor in the department of Foundations, Inquiry and Community Education. Her primary teaching and research interests are in Educational Psychology, Adult Education and Reflective Practice, as well as in the foundations of educational thought and inquiry. Wlodarsky is the author of one book, several book chapters, and a number of published research papers. She also serves as a research fellow in the Center for Educational Development and Research.
Dr. Paul Hyman is being promoted to associate professor in the department of Biology and Toxicology. His research in the field consists of bacteriophages, which are viruses that infect bacteria. He received his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Northwestern University and his Ph.D. in molecular biology and genetics from the University of Arizona. He currently teaches courses in human biology, molecular and cellular basis of life, nursing microbiology, evolution, and emerging pathogens.
Dr. Rosaire Ifedi is being promoted to associate professor as well as receiving tenure in the department of Foundations, Inquiry and Community Education. She joined the AU faculty in 2008. She examines the intersections of race, identity, gender, and achievement in the lives of immigrant, transnational, and second language learners as well as in the professional lives of those who educate them. Ifedi teaches graduate program courses in curriculum, qualitative inquiry, education of ELL’s, and global perspectives in education.
Dr. Victoria Kaskey is being promoted to associate professor as well as receiving tenure in the department of Accounting and Information Systems. She joined AU in 2008 after 17 years in corporate accounting. She is active in online learning methods and deliveries and has published and presented articles extensively in this area. She is a certified public accountant and certified fraud examiner and teaches classes in both the undergraduate and graduate programs in managerial accounting, fraud accounting and auditing.
Dr. Amy Klinger is being promoted to associate professor as well as receiving tenure in the department of Educational Administration. She also serves as director of programs for the Educators' School Safety Network. She conducts school and law enforcement based trainings in crisis management through ESSN as well as through the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium, FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. She authored the book, “In Search of Safer Schools,” published in 2009, and has presented on school safety and security issues at regional, national and international education and law enforcement conferences.
Dr. Melissa Snyder is being promoted to associate professor in the department of Health Sciences. She also serves as the serves as the clinical coordinator of athletic training and is a certified athletic trainer and a NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist. She has a B.S. in athletic training from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, a M.S. in exercise and sports science with a concentration in exercise physiology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Ph.D. in kinesiology with an emphasis on athletic training education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Matthew Tullis is being promoted to associate professor as well as receiving tenure in the department of Journalism and Digital Media. He joined the AU faculty in 2008. He is also the adviser to The Collegian, AU’s student newspaper. Tullis has 10 years’ experience as a newspaper reporter, most recently at the Columbus Dispatch. Tullis has a B.A. in journalism/English from AU and an MFA in creative writing, with a focus on creative nonfiction, from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He is also published regularly in Cleveland Magazine and Inside Business magazine.
Dr. Frederick Burton is receiving tenure in the department of Early Childhood Education. He joined the AU faculty in 2008. With extensive experience as an elementary school teacher and principal, he brings a practical perspective that is informed by his theoretical and philosophical roots in child-centered, progressive education. His areas of expertise include early and middle childhood education, Reggio-Emilia inspired teaching and integrated curriculum planning, as well as innovative approaches to teacher and student evaluation. He received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Literacy, Curriculum and Qualitative Research from Ohio State University.
Dr. John Byron is professor of New Testament at the Seminary and enjoys teaching and researching a variety of topics in Early Judaism and Christianity. Dr. Byron is an experienced traveler and participates in the Seminary’s Tel-Gezer project, through which groups from ATS tour Israel and excavate ancient sites. He has published a number of books, including “Cain and Abel in Text and Tradition: Jewish and Christian Interpretations of the First Sibling Rivalry,” “Recent Research on Paul and Slavery,” and “Slavery Metaphors in Early Judaism & Pauline Christianity: A Traditio-Historical & Exegetical Examination.”
Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) 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. ###