2/7/17 ASHLAND, Ohio - A number of Ashland University faculty members received promotions and/or tenure following the action of the Ashland University Board of Trustees at its winter meeting. The promotions are effective at the beginning of the institution’s 2017-2018 academic year.
Those promoted to the rank of full professor at the University are Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis in Initial Programs in the Schar College of Education; Dr. Jason Brent Ellis in the Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs in the Schar College of Education; and Dr. David Foster in the History and Political Science Department in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Those promoted to associate professor at the University and receiving tenure status are Dr. David McCoy in the Journalism & Digital Media Department in the College of Arts and Sciences and Dr. Sharleen Mondal in the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Christopher Chartier in the Psychology Department in the College of Arts and Sciences was promoted to associate professor.
Also, Dr. Juanita Reese-Kline, associate professor of Nursing in the Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences, received tenure status.
Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis, who joined the AU faculty in 2007, holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Master of Education in Special Education, both from Bowling Green State University, and her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Toronto. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Dwight Schar College of Education and her research interests include college students with disabilities, technology and disabilities, access to education and retention of college students, Universal Design, and diversity. She has authored or co-authored articles in a variety of journals and she is a member of the NAMI Richland County Board.
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Jason Brent Ellis joined the AU faculty in 2007. His research focuses on technology use by students with disabilities in K-16 education, ways of leveling the digital divide through policy and pedagogical interventions, ways of providing access to under-represented and non-traditional students, instructional design in teletandem models of language acquisition, and scaffolding in online delivery models. He received his Doctor of Philosophy in Education from the University of Windsor, his Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Bowling Green State University, his Specialist degree in education and human growth and development from Universidade Estácio de Sá in Rio de Janeiro, and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Toronto.
Dr. David Foster, who joined AU in 1998, chairs the Department of History and Political Science. He teaches undergraduate courses in political philosophy and graduate courses on Alexis de Tocqueville, the political thought of Mark Twain and the Federalist Papers in the Masters of American History and Government program. He has published on John Locke, liberal education, Plato and Mark Twain. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from McMaster University and a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto.
Dr. David McCoy joined the AU faculty in 2011 and he has taught journalism, film, digital media production and education courses for more than 25 years, including his specialty areas of new media aesthetics, scriptwriting and historical documentary. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications, a M.Ed. in Educational Technology and a Ph.D. in the cultural foundations of education from Kent State University. McCoy has created numerous award-winning documentaries and public affairs programs for Western Reserve Public Media/WNEO and WEAO PBS Channels 45 and 49. His primary research area is the impact of social media technologies on learning, and his teaching areas include video/audio aesthetics, the global impact of social media, media writing and digital media technologies. He has authored articles in a variety of journals and written chapters for two books.
Dr. Sharleen Mondal, who joined the AU faculty in 2011, is an interdisciplinary scholar of gender and sexuality in Victorian Britain and colonial South Asia. Drawing on transnational and postcolonial feminist theory, her research explores how race, gender, sexuality, caste and class shaped narratives of national identity and political engagement for both British and Indian subjects who were socially marginalized—including, for instance, Hindu widows, people of mixed or ambiguous racial identity, non-heterosexuals, and religious converts. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M as well as a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the University of Washington. Mondal’s current research includes two book projects.
Dr. Christopher R. Chartier, a social psychologist, joined the AU faculty in 2013. His research interests include tacit coordination and prosocial behavior. He is also devoted to collaborative meta-scientific projects that seek to improve the openness and reproducibility of scientific research and is a member of the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science. Chartier teaches General Psychology, Introductory and Advanced Research Methods in Psychology, Social Psychology, and Senior Seminar in Psychology. He and his undergraduate research assistants have had their work published in journals such as Science, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Review, and Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research.
Juanita Reese Kline, PhD, RN, CNS, joined the AU faculty in 2010 and is associate professor and chair in the Nursing Department and director of the Traditional Nursing Program in the Shar College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Her research focuses on areas surrounding academic misconduct and she teaches Pathophysiology/Pharmacology I and Pathophysiology/Pharmacology II. She received her Ph.D. from Kennedy-Western University, her Master of Science in Nursing from Ohio State University and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ohio State University.
Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) deeply 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. ###