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Associate Professor of Inclusive Services & Exceptional Learners

Topic(s): college students with disabilities, technology and disabilities, access to education and retention of college students, universal design, diversity, special education
Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis, associate professor, holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Abreu-Ellis teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Dwight Schar College of Education at Ashland University. Her research interests include College... read more

Associate Professor of Inclusive Services and Exceptional Learners

Topic(s): storytelling, child abuse, learning disabilities
Dr. Bonnie Adams, Associate Professor, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1989. Her areas of expertise include storytelling, child abuse and learning disabilities. She received her Ph.D. in special education, evaluation and measurement from Kent State University; master's degree in special... read more
Dr. Iyad Ajwa

Professor of Computer Science and Chair of the Department of Math and Computer Science

Topic(s): parallelism in symbolic mathematical computations, computer algebra, the Grobner Bases Algorithm, Characteristics Sets method
Dr. Iyad Ajwa earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan; a Master of Science in mathematics and a Master of Science in computer science from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and Doctor of Philosophy in computer science from Kent State... read more

Professor and Chair of the Department of Leadership Studies

Topic(s): black female school superintendents, the exploration of how the intersections of class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual diversity, education leaders, tempered radicals, servant leadership, black global issues in educational leadership
Dr. Judy A. Alston, Professor and Chair of the Department of Leadership Studies, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2007. Her research foci include Black female school superintendents; the exploration of how the intersections of class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual diversity and ability... read more

Associate Professor of Educational Foundations

Topic(s): effectiveness of proficiency tests, board certified teachers
Dr. Penny Arnold, Associate Professor, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1996. Her areas of expertise include the effectiveness of proficiency test and board certified teachers. She was one of the first teachers in the country to earn National Board Certification. She is a multi-year... read more

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion

Topic(s): Biblical studies, history of early Christianity, world religions, New Testament, religious issues, Christian-Muslim Relations, contemporary Christian issues, graduate studies, interreligious dialogue, non-violent solutions
Dr. David Aune came to Ashland University in the fall of 1996. Before Ashland, he taught part-time at a number of colleges in New England, including Providence College, Wesleyan University and Eastern Connecticut State University. Dr. Aune holds the Ph.D. in the history of religions: early... read more

Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages

Topic(s): Semitic languages and linguistics, Exegesis of the Pentateuch and the Minor Prophets, Ancient Near Eastern backgrounds of the Old Testament, Pedagogical methodology, leadership
Dr. David Baker is a professor of Old Testament and Semitric Languages at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Baker is a brilliant professor, whose classes are stretching and informative. He is the author of a long list of works and is recognized as an international Old Testament... read more

Professional Instructor of ACCESS

Topic(s): english linguitics and literature, writing strategies, writing proficiency
Mohsine Bensaid, Professional Instructor, joined the ACCESS program in the fall of 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Linguistics and Literature from Ibn Tofail University, Morocco, another Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Denison University, Granville, Ohio, and a Master of... read more

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Topic(s): organic chemistry
Dr. Robert Bergosh, associate professor of chemistry, joined Ashland University in 2005. His area of expertise is in organic chemistry. He obtained a Bachelor of Science with a double major in chemistry and biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College and a Ph.D. in organic/materials chemistry from the... read more

Associate Professor of Educational Foundations

Topic(s): education
Dr. Linda Billman, Associate Professor, has been a member of the Ashland University faculty since 1997. She has served as chair of the Department of Early Childhood and the associate dean of the College of Education. Dr. Billman earned her Ph.D. from the University of Akron. She teaches in the... read more

Professor and Director of Choral Activities

Topic(s): conducting choral studies
Rowland (“Ron”) Blackley is a professor of music and director of choral activities at Ashland University, where he conducts the University Choir and Chamber Singers. He also founded the Ashland Area Chorus. He supervises all aspects of the choral program and teaches in the areas of conducting and... read more
Dr. Diane Bonfiglio

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Topic(s): health psychology, the relationship between social support and health, the health consequences of psychosocial stress, healthy aging
Dr. Diane Bonfiglio earned a B.S. in psychology from Ashland University, an M.A. in psychology from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Ohio State University. She specializes in health psychology. Her particular areas of interest include the relationship between... read more
Dr. Soren Brauner

Professor of Biology

Topic(s): plant genetics and evolution
Dr. Soren Brauner, professor of biology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1986. He received a Bachelor of Arts in environmental biology, a Master of Arts in botany from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California at Davis. His area... read more
Kathleen Brenan

Associate Professor of Accounting

Topic(s): financial and managerial accounting, business spreadsheets
Professor Kathleen Brenan, associate professor of accounting and information systems, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1984. She received a master of accountancy degree with specialization in MIS at Bowling Green State University and a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Miami... read more
Linda Joyce Brown

Associate Professor of English

Topic(s): 19th and 20th century American literature, gender, critical race and ethnicity studies
Linda Joyce Brown joined the English faculty at Ashland in 2006 after teaching in Connecticut for four years. She has also taught at the University of Oregon, where she received her M.A., and the University of New Mexico, where she earned her Ph.D. Brown has taught courses in American literature... read more

Assistant Professor of Sport Management

Topic(s): sports education, sports sciences
Dr. Ken Brubaker, originally from Buffalo, New York, joined Ashland University in 2003 as a graduate assistant and adjunct instructor for the sport sciences department. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Canisius College, a M.Ed. in sport education from Ashland University and an Ed.D. in... read more

Associate Professor of Geology

Topic(s): geoarchaeology, Dendrochronology, millennial-scale climate change events, astronomy, acid rain
Dr. Nigel Brush, professor of geology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2000. His areas of research include geoarchaeology, dendrochronology and millennial-scale climate change events. He is a co-director of the Ashland/Wooster/Columbus Archaeological & Geological Consortium and former... read more

Associate Professor of Political Science

Topic(s): American founding, American foreign policy, political philosophy, freedom, graduate studies, home schooling, just war, liberalism, liberal education, nature of democracy, political science, religion, republicans, separation of church and state, terrorism, American history, Biblical studies, Catholicism, conservatism
Dr. Christopher Burkett, associate professor of political science, joined Ashland University in 2005. He teaches American political thought and institutions courses, and his fields of expertise include the American founding, American foreign policy, and political philosophy. He serves as faculty... read more
Dr. Fred Burton

Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education

Topic(s): early childhood education, middle childhood education, Reggio-Emilia inspired teaching, integrated curriculum planning, innovative approaches to teacher and student
Dr. Fred Burton, Associate Professor, joined the Ashland University 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... read more
Dr. Marla Butke

Associate Professor of Music

Topic(s): reflective practice, movement-based education, philosophy of education, motivation, teacher preparations, theatre, travel, worship
Dr. Marla Butke is associate professor of music at Ashland University and 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... read more

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