3/11/15 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 2015-2016 academic year.
Those promoted to associate professor at the University and receiving tenure are Diane Bonfiglio, Michael Colburn, Jackie Owens, Alex Sanchez-Behar, Michael Schwarz and Andrew Trimble. James Olive also was promoted to associate professor.
Dr. Marla Butke is being promoted to full professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ department of music. Butke serves as the coordinator of music education. She received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Miami University, a master’s degree in music education from Wright State University and a doctorate in music education from Ohio State University. Dr. Butke has taught general and choral music in public and private schools in Dayton. She is a frequent clinician throughout the United States in “Dalcroze Eurhythmics.”
Dr. Nigel Brush is being promoted to full professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ department of chemistry, geology and physics. He joined the AU faculty in 2000. He is co-director of the Ashland/Wooster/Columbus Archaeological & Geologic Consortium. He has a B.S. in English Bible from the Cincinnati Bible College, a B.A. in anthropology from The Ohio State University, an M.A. in archaeological method and theory from University of Southampton, and a Ph.D. in anthropology from University of California at Los Angeles.
Dr. Perry Corbin is being promoted to full professor in the College of Arts and Sciences’ department of chemistry, geology and physics. He joined the AU faculty in 2001. He received his B.S. in chemistry from Kentucky Wesleyan College, a Ph.D. in chemistry with a specialization in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he carried out post-doctoral research at the University of Virginia. At AU, he enjoys teaching a variety of courses as well as working with students on research projects in organic and polymer synthesis.
Dr. Diane Bonfiglio is being promoted to associate professor as well as receiving tenure in the College of Arts and Sciences’ department of psychology. She earned a B.S. in psychology from Ashland University, an M.A. in psychology from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Ohio State University. She specializes in health psychology. Her particular areas of interest include the relationship between social support and health, the health consequences of psychosocial stress and healthy aging.
Dr. Michael Colburn is being promoted to associate professor as well as receiving tenure in the Dauch College of Business and Economics’ department of business management. He joined AU in 2006. He earned a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering, a Master of Science in industrial and systems engineering and a Ph.D. in adult education, all from Ohio State University. He teaches strategic management in AU’s Master of Business Administration program.
Dr. James Olive was promoted to associate professor in the Schar College of Education’s department of leadership studies. He joined AU’s faculty in 2010. Dr. Olive has authored two book chapters and is currently co-editor of a book on intersectionality in educational research, which is due out this year. He currently serves on the editorial board for the American Secondary Education Journal. Dr. Olive earned his Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership and Master of Science in educational administration from University of Dayton and his Bachelor of Science in education from Ohio State University.
Dr. Jackie Owens was promoted to associate professor as well as receiving tenure in the Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences’ nursing department where she serves as director of the RN-BSN program. Her nursing background includes critical care, occupational health and disaster response. She has worked for “OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing” since 2003 in several capacities – as the editorial assistant, the associate editor, and currently as the editor-in-chief.
Dr. Alex Sanchez-Behar was promoted to associate professor as well as receiving tenure in the College of Arts and Sciences’ department of music. He received his B.A. in music from the University of California, Berkeley; an M.M. in music theory from Northwestern University; and a Ph.D. in music theory from Florida State University. He teaches the music theory and aural skills sequence and music composition, and taught courses on musicianship, harmony and form at Phoenix College, Florida State and Northwestern prior to joining AU.
Dr. Michael Schwarz was promoted to associate professor as well as receiving tenure in the College of Arts and Sciences’ history and political science department. He joined AU in 2009 and serves as a member of the graduate faculty in the Master of Arts in American History and Government program, as a fellow of the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs, and as associate director of the Ashbrook Scholar Program. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Vincent College, a Master of Arts from Ohio University and a Ph.D. in history from University of Kentucky.
Dr. Andrew Trimble was promoted to associate professor as well as receiving tenure in the College of Arts and Sciences’ biology and toxicology department. He joined AU in 2009. His research interests include the effects of pesticide contaminant mixtures to freshwater aquatic organisms in the environment, as well as the effects of physical and chemical stress to the toxicity of organic sediment-based contaminants. He received his B.S. degree in chemistry and a Ph.D. in zoology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Dr. Craig Hovey, associate professor of religion, is receiving tenure. He received his Ph.D. in theology from the University of Cambridge in 2006 and joined the AU faculty in 2009. Dr. Hovey's scholarship is in the areas of political theology, philosophical theology and theological ethics though he calls himself a "generalist in theology with a wide variety of interests." Dr. Hovey is the author of numerous books and serves as the executive director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence.
Dr. Paul Hyman, associate professor of biology, is receiving tenure. His research in the field consists of the evolution of bacteriophages, which are viruses that infect bacteria. He works with AU students to isolate new bacteriophages and study how they adapt to new host 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 and worked in both government and private laboratories before coming to AU.
Dr. Terence Mournet is receiving tenure at Ashland Theological Seminary, where he serves as associate professor of New Testament and Greek. A member of the United Methodist denomination, Mournet received a Ph.D. in New Testament from the University of Durham; M.T.S. from Palmer Theological Seminary; and B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Sioux Falls. His current classes are Engaging Texts & Contexts, Introduction to the New Testament, Gospel of Luke and Exegesis of Luke.
Dr. Kristofer Neslund, associate professor of accounting, is receiving tenure. He joined AU in 2011 and holds the degrees of B.S. in business administration from Bowling Green State University, Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark College, Master of Laws in taxation from New York University and Doctor of Business Administration from Kent State University. He is an Ohio CPA and a member of the Oregon State Bar. He has numerous publications and presentations addressing issues related to taxation and the accounting profession. He is currently a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Iceland.
Dr. Claudia Sadler-Gerhardt is receiving tenure at Ashland Theological Seminary, where she serves as associate professor of counseling, practicum coordinator, for the clinical mental health counseling department. Dr. Sadler-Gerhardt received her B.S.N. from the University of Cincinnati, an M.A. in clinical pastoral counseling from ATS and a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from the University of Akron. She serves as chapter faculty adviser for the Alpha Tau Sigma chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, international counseling honor society at ATS.
Dr. Hongxia Wang, associate professor of finance, is receiving tenure. Wang joined Ashland University in 2009. Her teaching interests are corporate finance and financial institutions, and her current research interests include corporate finance, corporate governance, CEO succession, executive compensation, corporate social responsibility and financial institutions. Wang received her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Ashland University 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. ###