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Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science

Dr. David Foster, associate professor of political science and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science, joined Ashland University in 1998. He teaches courses in political philosophy and international relations and, in the masters of American history and government program, courses... read more

Associate Professor and Director of Dietetics

Dr. Vanata is the director, didactic program in Dietetics, and an associate professor in the family and consumer sciences department, foods and nutrition. He obtained his Ph.D. in human nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a M.S. in human nutrition from the Florida State... read more

Professor of Political Science

Peter W. Schramm is Professor of Political Science, Director of the Ashbrook Scholar Program, and Senior Fellow at the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs. Prior to his work at Ashland, he served in the Reagan Administration as the director of the Center for International Education in the... read more

Professor of English

A former journalist with a B.A. from Cleveland State University, M.A. from University of Central Oklahoma, MFA in fiction writing from Bowling Green State University and Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Joe Mackall is director of the Creative Writing program and instructor of... read more

Professor of Political Science

Dr. Jeffrey Sikkenga is professor of political science at Ashland University, adjunct fellow of 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... read more

Assistant Professor of History

Dr. Michael Schwarz, assistant professor of history, joined Ashland University in 2008. He teaches courses on American History. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Vincent College, a Master of Arts from Ohio University, and a PhD in history from the University of Kentucky. Courses Taught:

Professor of History

Dr. John Moser is professor of history at Ashland University, where he teaches courses on modern European, American, and East Asian history. He did his undergraduate work at Ohio University, and has an MA and PhD in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published... read more

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion

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. degree in the History of Religions: Early... read more

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Michael Barrett was a police officer with the Cleveland Police Department for 20 years. He is currently a field agent, an academy commander and trainer and part of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. He has been a professor at Ashland University's department of criminal justice and... read more

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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

Professor of Biology

Dr. Soren Brauner, professor of biology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1986. He received a bachelor of arts in environmental biology and 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... read more

Associate Professor of Geology

Dr. Nigel Brush, associate 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... read more

Associate Professor of Political Science

Dr. Christopher Burkett, assistant 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

Associate Professor of Music

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

Professor of Biology and Toxicology

Douglas A. Dawson, a professor of biology and toxicology, has been at Ashland University since 1993. He holds a B.A. in biology from Transylvania University, as well as an M.S. and Ph.D. in zoology from Oklahoma State University. He currently teaches courses in anatomy and physiology, advanced... read more

Associate Professor of Religion

Dr. Sue Dickson teaches primarily in the area of practical theology. She is an ordained Presbyterian minister. After earning her B.A., she lived in El Salvador where she worked as a film producer. When she returned to the states, she served the Presbytery of Winnebago as Hunger Action Enabler,... read more

Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Andrew V. Greene, associate professor of biology, joined Ashland University in 2006. His areas of expertise include chronobiology, molecular biology, and fungal biology. He received his Ph.D. in microbiology from Texas A&M University and his B.S. in microbiology from The Ohio State... read more

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Mark Hamilton is associate professor of philosophy and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, where he has taught full time since 1985. Dr. Hamilton began as an adjunct in philosophy and as assistant baseball coach in 1981. He previously served as chair... read more

Professor of English

Stephen Haven is the author of The Last Sacred Place in North America, selected by T.R. Hummer as winner of the 2010 New American Press Poetry Prize. He has published two previous collections of poetry, Dust and Bread (Turning Point, 2008), for which he was named 2009 Ohio Poet of the Year, and... read more

Associate Professor of Religion

Dr. Craig Hovey teaches courses in Christian theology and ethics. He is a Southern California native and a sub-four hour marathoner. Dr. Hovey received his Ph.D. in theology from the University of Cambridge in 2006 where, under the supervision of Dr. Janet Soskice, he wrote a dissertation on... read more

Associate Professor of Geology

Dr. Michael R. Hudson, associate professor of geology, began teaching at Ashland University in 1982. He has a Ph.D. from Miami University (Ohio), a Masters from Indiana University and Bachelors from St. Lawrence University (New York), all with majors in geology. He is the advisor to the Geology... read more

Associate Professor of Psychology

Dr. Curt Ickes, associate professor of psychology, joined Ashland University in 1987. He earned a B.A. in psychology from Ashland College; an M.A. from the University of Akron; and his Ph. D. from Kent State University. In addition to teaching general psychology, he teaches abnormal psychology,... read more

Professor of History

Dr. Duncan Jamieson, professor of history, came to Ashland University in 1978. His areas of expertise are in American History, Ashland University Eagles, Bicycling: Present and Past, American History: 19th & 20th Century, Racism in America, Africa: Sub-Sahara, History of American Medicine, Gay... read more

Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology

Dr. Mitchell Metzger is a full professor, where he has served as the psychology department chair since 2007. He earned a B.S. (1992) in Psychology from Bowling Green State University, and an M.A. (1994) and Ph.D. (1997) in Experimental Psychology from Kent State University. Prior to coming to... read more

Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology and Toxicology

Dr. Mason Posner has students use molecular biology techniques to understand how eye lens proteins adapt to changes in environmental temperature. We are currently investigating the evolution and biological role of lens proteins called crystallins. These proteins are responsible for making the lens... read more

Associate Professor of Religion

Peter Slade teaches courses in the history of Christianity and Christian Thought. His scholarship and teaching is grounded in his work and life in the Church. He worked for several years as a community development worker for the Church of England in Blackburn and Aylesbury and served as a preacher... read more

Associate Professor of Social Work

Professor Udolph has been a faculty member since 1988. She received her MSSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Illinois. Prior to teaching, she was a clinical social worker and still maintains a small counseling practice. She... read more

Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Jeffrey Weidenhamer has been a member of the chemistry faculty since 1989. He teaches general chemistry, courses in analytical chemistry, and core science courses including science as a cultural force and lead & civilization. He previously served as core curriculum director.

Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Iyad Ajwa earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan; a master of science degree in mathematics and a master of science degree in computer science from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and doctor of philosophy degree in computer... read more

Professor of Chemistry

Matthew L. Arthur, Ph.D., is professor of chemistry (B.S. University of New Mexico 1976; Ph.D. New Mexico State University 1984). He teaches courses in general and inorganic chemistry and has delivered inservice programs and intensive (15-30 hours) workshops in science education for K-12 teachers.... read more

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Robert Bergosh, associateprofessor of chemistry, joined Ashland University in 2005. His area of expertise is in organic chemistry. He obtained a bachelor of science degree with a double major in chemistry and biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College and a Ph.D. in organic / materials chemistry... read more

Professor and Director of Choral Activities

Rowland (“Ron”) Blackley is professor of music and director of choral activities at Ashland University, where he conducts the University Choir, Chamber Singers, and Ashland Area Chorus. He supervises all aspects of the choral program and teaches in the areas of conducting and music education. While... read more

Associate Professor of English

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

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Paul Cao earned his bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from Nanjing University of Science and Technology from China in 2001, and his MS and doctor degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Duke University, Durham NC in 2003 and 2006, respectively. He joined Ashland... read more

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Perry Corbin, associate professor of chemistry, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2001. He received his B.S. degree 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... read more

Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry, Geology, and Physics

Dr. Rebecca Corbin, professor of chemistry, 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. Dr. Corbin chairs the Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee. She has a... read more

Associate Professor of Foreign Languages

Dr. William R. Cummins, associate professor of foreign languages, joined Ashland University in 1994. He specializes in Spanish Golden Age literature. In his research, he studies the sacramental plays of the 17th century Spanish playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca. He advises the Gamma Tau chapter... read more

Professor of Art

Keith Dull, Professor of Art, is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana. 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. He worked as adjunct faculty and print shop technician... read more

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of English

Hilary Teynor Donatini is a native of Bucyrus, Ohio. After earning a B.A. at The College of Wooster in 1998, she went on to The University of Wisconsin-Madison, finishing a Ph.D. in 2006 and teaching at both UW-Madison and a UW branch campus before joining Ashland's English department. She is the... read more

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre

Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames joined the Ashland University faculty in 2000 and is currently an associate professor of theatre, taking over the position of chair in May 2008. She teaches courses in theatre history, script analysis, and musical theatre. Teresa earned a bachelor of science degree from John... read more

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Journalism and Digital Media

Dr. Gretchen Dworznik, associate professor in journalism & digital media, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2006. Before entering higher education, she spent eight years as a television reporter and anchor, working at TV-68 in Mansfield, Ohio, NBC24 in Toledo, Ohio, and WYTV in... read more

Professor of English

Editor of the Ashland Poetry Press, Deborah Fleming, professor of English, received her PhD from Ohio State University. Her books include Without Leave, a novel published by Black Mountain Press; Morning, Winter Solstice, a collection of poetry published by Vineyard Press; "A man who does not... read more

Associate Professor of English

A former high school teacher with a B.A. from Xavier University and M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University, David Fitzsimmons directs the integrated language arts program. He also specializes in narrative theory, American literature, modernism and the works of William Faulkner. In addition, he... read more

Associate Professor of History

Edith Foster holds a BA and an MA from the University of Toronto, and a PhD from the University of Chicago. She is presently an assistant professor of ancient history at Ashland University and an affiliated scholar at Kenyon College. She has published on Thucydides and Lucretius in the American... read more

Professor of Music

Christina Fuhrmann received her BA in music from Marlboro College in Vermont and her PhD in musicology from Washington University in St. Louis. She teaches the music history sequence, basic musicianship, and several music appreciation core courses, including love songs, music and drama across... read more

Professor of Music

Dr. Scott Garlock has taught at Newton Falls Schools, Cuyahoga Falls Schools, Mount Union College, and Knox College, and at Ashland University. Scott served as director of bands at Knox College for 13 years, overseeing a program that included a concert band, a big band, six combos, including a... read more

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Dr. Kerkez earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Analysis and a Master of Science degree in Mathematics and Statistics from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio; and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Computer Science from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Kerkez joined Ashland University... read more

Professor of English

Dr. Daniel W. Lehman is trustees’ distinguished professor of English. He is author of John Reed and the Writing of Revolution (Ohio University Press) and Matters of Fact: Reading Nonfiction over the Edge (Ohio State University Press); co-editor of The River Teeth Reader (University of Nebraska... read more

Associate Professor of English

Gary Levine is an associate professor of English and directs Ashland University's first-year composition program. A revised version of his University of Iowa Ph.D. dissertation, The Merchant of Modernism: The Economic Jew in Anglo-American Literature 1864-1939, was published in January 2003 by... read more

Associate Professor of Political Science

Dr. Justin D. Lyons, associate professor of political science, joined Ashland University in 2004. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Politics from the Institute of Philosophic Studies, University of Dallas as well as an M.A. from The Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.

Associate Professor or Art

Jessica Wascak grew up in Cleveland, OH. She lived in Euclid until moving to Bowling Green, OH in 1996 to attend Bowling Green State University. There she received a BFA in Photography with a minor in Digital Art. In 2001, Jessica was accepted into the graduate program in Digital Art at Bowling... read more

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Louis A. Mancha, Jr. is an associate professor of Philosophy, specializing in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy, and Philosophy of Religion. He received his B.A. from Rice University, and his M.A. and PhD. from Purdue University. Dr. Mancha has delivered papers at several national and... read more

Professional Instructor of Digitial Media

Timothy S. McCarty, professional instructor of digital media production in journalism & digital media, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2009. His areas of expertise include single and multiple camera production, field and studio lighting, Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop,... read more

Associate Professor of Physics

Dr. Rodney Michael, associate professor of physics, has been at Ashland University since 1997. He received his Ph.D. From Ohio University in Medium Energy Nuclear Physics and his bachelor's degree in Applied Physics from Xavier University. He has done research in the fields of neutrino physics,... read more

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Brian K. Mohney, associate professor of chemistry, joined the faculty in 1999. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Eastern Nazarene College. His current research interest is in the area of in situ... read more

Associate Professor of Fashion Merchandising

Dr. Nancy Morris, Associate Professor of Fashion Merchandising, joined Ashland University in 1993. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University, a Master of Science degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Textiles and Clothing from The Ohio State University. She supervises... read more

Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Dan O'Rourke is an associate professor of communication studies who joined the Ashland University faculty in 1994. His research interests include the rhetoric of popular culture and the rhetoric of sport. In 2003, Dr. O’Rourke co-edited “Case Studies in Sport Communication” with Dr. Robert Brown.... read more

Associate Professor of Theatre

Fabio Polanco directed the Midwest premiere of Elizabeth Swados’ Missionaries for which he was a finalist for Northern Ohio Live! Magazine’s Award of Achievement in Theatre in 2004. Other directing credits include: Dead Man Walking, Anyone Can Whistle; Cloud Tectonics; True West; Jesus Christ... read more

Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, associate professor of speech in the Department of Communication Studies, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1994. Her areas of expertise include interpersonal communication, conversational analysis, family communication, performance studies and storytelling.... read more

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages

Jennifer Rathbun has a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in contemporary Latin American literature and is currently an associate professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages at Ashland University. The Bitter Oleander Press published her translation of the poetry... read more

Professor and Chair of the Department of Music

Dr. Thomas Reed is a professor of music and Chair of the Department of Music at Ashland University where he has taught in a number of areas including applied woodwinds, music theory, and jazz studies. He joined the faculty in 1986. He is a member of the Akron Symphony (bass clarinet), Ashland... read more

Professor Emeritus of Religion

Professor Rinehart taught courses in biblical studies, practical ministry and Christian education for 37 years. Though retired he continues to direct the Germany study abroad program and teach occasional courses in the department. Professor Rinehart is an ordained minister in the Brethren Church.

Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Dr. Rodgrigues began his graduate studies in the U.S in 1991. He received a M.A. in mass communication and a Ph. D. in interpersonal and public communication from Bowling Green State University. His research and writing focuses on intercultural communication, rhetoric, popular culture, and Asian... read more

Associate Professor of Art

Professor Priscella Roggenkamp is an associate professor of art at Ashland University. Born in Bangor, Maine, Priscilla has lived in Maine, Ohio, Virginia and Arkansas.  She has resided in Alliance, Ohio since 1990, teaching and making art.    

Assistant Professor of Music

Alexander Sanchez-Behar received his B.A. in music from the University of California, Berkeley, a M.M. in music theory from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in music theory from Florida State University. He teaches the advanced musicianship sequence and music composition. Prior to his arrival... read more

Professor of English

After completing her B.A. at University of Michigan and M.A. and Ph.D. at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Naomi Saslaw studied at Harvard as a postdoctoral visiting fellow. She also studied at Oxford and Columbia Universities. In addition to her work in Anglo-Saxon, Chaucer and Shakespeare,... read more

Associate Professor of Biology and Chair of the Department of Environmental Science

Dr. Patricia A. Saunders, associate professor of biology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2002 and is the Director of the University's Environmental Science Program. For several years she has been advisor to Beta Beta Beta, the biology honorary. Her area of expertise is aquatic ecology.... read more

Associate Professor of Art

Dr. Wendy Schaller, associate professor of art, has been a member of the Ashland University faculty since 2002. A specialist in Baroque art, she received both her Ph.D. and her M.A.in art history from the Ohio State University. She also received a B.A. in art history from The University of... read more

Professor of Foreign Languages

Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart earned a B.A. in Spanish and membership in Phi Beta Kappa at Ohio University, a M.Ed. from Ashland University, and a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education from the Ohio State University. She was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate Student in Education at AU when she... read more

Professor of Music

Stephanie Sikora, soprano, has been sharing her musical talents with audiences throughout Ohio and the Midwest for numerous years. As professor of music, she is currently in her 19th year as Head of the Voice Area in the Department of Music at Ashland University where she teaches Applied Voice,... read more

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Sociology

Dr. Jeffrey Spelman, associate professor and chair of the criminal justice and sociology programs, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1999. He received his Ph.D. at the Union Institute & University, his M.S. in corrections at Xavier University, and his B.S. in criminal justice at Kent... read more

Professor of Health Sciences

Dr. Deborah Sullivan, professor of health sciences, joined Ashland University in 1983. She earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Ashland University, a master of education degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a doctor of philosophy degree from The Ohio State University.... read more

Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Gordon Swain, professor of mathematics, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1994. In addition to teaching a large variety of mathematics courses, including statistics, calculus, linear and abstract algebra, he is active in College and University governance. He served as chair of the... read more

Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Christopher N. Swanson, professor of mathematics and director of the Honors Program, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1999. He is the developer of Ashland University's actuarial science major, advisor to Ashland University's Ohio Rho chapter of the national mathematics honorary Pi Mu... read more

Assistant Professor of Biology and Toxicology

Dr. Andrew Trimble is an assistant professor of biology and toxicology. He joined the Ashland University faculty 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... read more

Associate Professor of Journalism

Matt Tullis, associate professor of journalism & digital media, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2008. He is also the advisor to The Collegian, Ashland University's student newspaper. Tullis has 10 years experience as a newspaper reporter, most recently at the Columbus Dispatch, where... read more

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Jeffrey Tiel is an associate professor of philosophy at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. Additionally, he served as the Director of the Ashland University Honors Program from 2002-2007. He hastaught at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, as well as Vanderbilt University in... read more

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Vickie Van Dresar earned a bachelor of science in mathematics from Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia; a master of science in mathematics from the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio; and a doctor of philosophy degree in educational mathematics from University of Northern Colorado,... read more

Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy

William Vaughan received his B.A. and M.A. in english at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, and his MA and Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is professor of philosophy and has chaired the department at Ashland University since 2001. He has also... read more

Associate Professor of English

Jayne E. Waterman specializes in nineteenth-century, twentieth-century, and contemporary American Literature and Culture with an emphasis on Modernism. She has taught "American Literature III: Realism to Modernism," "American Literature IV: 1945 to the Present," "The American Literary Experience... read more

Professor of English

Dr. Russell Weaver, Professor of English, joined the faculty in 1986. He teaches courses in Romantic and Victorian British literature; Greek literature; 19th century Russian Novel (War and Peace and The Brothers Karamazov); tragedy; and he offers a rotating set of major writers seminars on... read more

Professor and Chair of the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science

Dr. Darren D. Wick received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from Purdue University; a master of science degree in mathematics from Utah State University; and a doctor of philosophy degree in mathematics from the University of Oregon. Dr. Wick came to Ashland University in 2000... read more

Associate Professor of Accounting

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

Professional Instructer of Finance

Prior to joining Ashland University, professor Chuck Bryant spent 15 years in the industry working and consulting with leading multinational corporations. His areas of expertise in the industry included corporate finance, strategic planning and corporate valuation. Chuck received his Masters of... read more

Assistant Professor of Management

Dr. Michael Colburn, assistant professor of management, joined Ashland University 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 the Ohio State University. Dr. Colburn teaches strategic... read more

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Marketing, Hospitality Management, and Fashion Merchandising

Daniel E. Fox currently serves as the chair of the marketing, hospitality management, and fashion merchandising department. Dr. Fox is an associate professor of law, teaching both undergraduate and graduate business courses. He is an Ohio Licensed Attorney and Certified Public Accountant. Dr. Fox... read more

Professional Instructer of Management

Dr Jack D. Harpool, professional instructor of management joined the Ashland University in 2008. He is an accomplished author in the area of information systems and design, having written numerous college level textbooks used nationally and internationally. He has served as a consultant both to the... read more

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Professor Kristen B. Hovsepian joined Ashland College in 1980 as a part-time instructor. She became full-time in 1981, teaching primarily marketing and management courses. She was granted Assistant Professorship, in 1983, and tenure, in 1987. She created the Ashland University Business internship... read more

Professor of Management and Associate Dean of the College of Business and Economics

Dr. Raymond Jacobs, associate dean and professor of management in the Dauch College of Business and Economics, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1990. Dr. Jacobs previously served as Chair of the MBA program, and is currently Assessment Coordinator for the college. He has published articles... read more

Professional Instructor of Management

Joan Berry Kalamas, SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources), has joined the Ashland University faculty as a professional instructor in business management. She has spent 25 years serving as a senior Human Resources professional in the childcare, telecommunications, long term care, educational... read more

Associate Professor of Accounting

Dr. Victoria Kaskey, assistant professor of accounting, joined Ashland University 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. Dr. Kaskey received a Bachelor of Arts degree... read more

Professor of Information Systems

Dr. J. David Lifer, professor of accounting and information systems, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1983. He holds degrees from Ashland University (B.S. and MBA) and The Ohio State University (A.A.S and Ph.D.) Dr. Lifer’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of... read more

Professor of Information Systems

Dr. Gary Margot, professor of accounting and information systems, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1984. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in CIS from Ohio State University, his Master's Degree in Business from Central Michigan University, and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University.... read more

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Professor Diane Moretz, Assistant Professor of Marketing and Hospitality Management, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1988. She received a Masters of Business Administration degree from Ashland University with specialization in Executive Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in... read more

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics and Finance

Dr. Mark A. Nadler is the A.L. Garber Family chair in economics and chair of the department of economics and finance in the Dauch College of Business and Economics at Ashland University. He has an undergraduate degree in accounting and a Ph.D. in economics. Dr. Nadler has many publications in the... read more

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems

Dr. Kristine Parsons currently serves as the chair of the Accounting and Information Systems Department. Dr. Parsons is an associate professor of accounting in the Dauch College of Business & Economics. She holds a Ph.D. in accounting from Kent State University. Dr. Parsons’ current research... read more

Associate Professor of Marketing

Dr. Ronald Paugh, associate professor of marketing, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1986. His areas of expertise include marketing management, services marketing, and advertising and promotion strategy. He earned his Ph. D. in mass communication and marketing from Michigan State... read more

Associate Professor of Accounting

Professor Beverly J. Piper, associate professor of accounting and information systems, joined Ashland University in 1979. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with an active license to practice accounting from the State of Ohio. In addition, she holds a Certified Management Accountant (CMA... read more

Professor of Management

Dr. Khushwant Pittenger, professor of business management, joined Ashland University in 1987. She earned her B.A. (honors) and Post Graduate Diploma in International Trade from Punjab University India ; MBA (Management) from Miami University, and Ph.D. in Business Administration from... read more

Professor and Chair of the Department of Business Management, International Business, Entrepreneurship, and Supply Chain Management

Dr. Steven Pool is a professor of management at Ashland University since 1986. He teaches in the graduate and undergraduate programs specializing in strategic planning, labor relations, and organizational behavior studies. He has published numerous articles in Management Journals and currently is... read more

Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management

Professor René Rawraway CEC, CCE, assistant professor of hospitality management, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1986. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, New York. In 2003 chef Rawraway was named the ACF Northeast Region Chef Professionalism Award winner. He also... read more

Assistant Professor of Finance

Professor Terry Rumker, assistant professor of finance, joined the faculty in 1989. He is a CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) and earned a Masters of Business Administration from Ashland University. Teaching areas include personal finance, investments, and corporate finance. In addition, he is... read more

Assistant Professor of Economics and Dean of the College of Business and Economics

Dr. Russell joined Ashland University's Dauch College of Business and Economics faculty in 2000. He accepted the position of Dean of the Dauch College in 2010. Dr. Russell has taught courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, game theory, and money and banking. Research interests include teaching... read more

Associate Professor of Management

Dr. Constance Savage, associate professor of management, joined Ashland University in 2001. Her areas of expertise include organizational development, organizational behavior, management and leadership development which she teaches at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. She currently... read more

Professor of Accounting

Dr. Paul Schloemer is a professor of accounting and information systems in the Dauch College of Business and Economics at Ashland University. He earned his doctorate at Virginia Tech in 1991 and is a CPA in the State of Ohio. He specializes in the area of taxation and has published numerous... read more

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

Dr. Dan Sullivan comes to Ashland University with a diversified business and academic background. Dan began his business career with General Motors as an hourly employee at the Fisher Body Pittsburgh Plant in 1976. After working jobs in material handling, maintenance, and production he joined the... read more

Professor of International Business

Dr. Venkataramany joined Ashland University in 1999. He received his MBA, MS and Ph.D. from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. His teaching specializations involve courses in international business, international finance and emerging markets. His research focuses on foreign direct... read more

Associate Professor of Finance

Dr. Hongxia Wang, an associate professor of finance, joined Ashland University in 2009. Her areas of expertise include corporate finance, corporate governance, CEO turnover, succession, and compensation. She earned her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Assistant Professor of Economics

Professor Wendy Wasnich, assistant professor of economics, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1985. She received a master of arts in economics with a specialization in money and banking from The Ohio State University and a bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Toledo. Her areas... read more

Associate Professor of Management

Dr. Debra Westerfelt is an associate professor of business management in the Dauch College of Business and Economics. Dr. Westerfelt earned a bachelor of science in business education from Ashland University in 1975, a master of arts (1981) and a Ph.D. in business education from The Ohio State... read more

Associate Professor of Inclusive Services & Exceptional Learners

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

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

Professor and Chair of the Department of Leadership Studies

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

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 of Early Childhood Education

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

Associate Professor of Educational Foundations

Dr. Cathryn Chappell, Associate Professor, joined Ashland University in 2004. Her areas of expertise include assessment, multicultural education, peace education, and social justice issues. Her primary areas of scholarship include post-secondary prison education and libraries as community centers.... read more

Assistant Professor of Inclusive Services and Exceptional Learners

Dr. James Chapple, Assistant Professor, joined Ashland University in 2003. He was a recipient of an Academic Mentor Award in 2009. His areas of expertise include disabilities, working with children with disabilities and including children with disabilities in the general education classroom.... read more

Assistant Professor of Inclusive Services and Exceptional Learners

Dr. Stephen Denney, Assistant Professor, joined Ashland University in 2007. His areas of expertise include transition and self-determination for students with disabilities. He earned his B.A.in History from the University of Colorado and his M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Special Education from Kent State... read more

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Inclusive Services and Exceptional Learners

Dr. Allison Dickey, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Inclusive Services and Exceptional Learners, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2003. Her areas of expertise include disabilities, special education and teacher preparation. She holds a bachelor of science degree in... read more

Associate Professor of Educational Administration

Dr. Carol Engler, associate professor of Educational Administration, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2002. She is a 30-year veteran of the Akron Ohio Public Schools where she served as a high school administrator, counselor and teacher. She is founder and former Executive Director of... read more

Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Jason Brent Ellis, Associate Professor, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2007. A native of Canada, 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... read more

Professional Instructor of Inclusive Services and Exceptional Learners

Connie Ericson, Professional Instructor, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2007. Her background includes 25 years as a preschool, regular and special educator, 5 years as a consultant and associate director of North Central Ohio Special Education Regional Resource Center and 5 years as the... read more

Associate Professor of Health Sciences

Dr. Glen Fincher II, associate professor of sport sciences, joined Ashland University in 1990. His areas of expertise include biostatistics and applied physiology, with an emphasis on physical fitness, strength training, and wellness. Dr. Fincher is faculty advisor to the Powerlifting club and a... read more

Professional Instructor of Educational Foundations

Karen Ford is a Professional instructor of educational foundations, especially statistics and research methods; and Director Ashland University off campus site. Areas of expertise include accountancy/finance, quantitative & qualitative research methods, federal government/military logistics,... read more

Professor, Director, and Chair of the Department of Health Sciences

Dr. Randy Gearhart, chair and associate professor of sport sciences, joined Ashland University in 2003. His areas of expertise include exercise and sports. He holds a B.S. in natural science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a M.S. and Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of... read more

Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Athletic Training

Dennis Gruber is currently the athletic training program director at Ashland University. He is in his seventh year at Ashland University. Prior to his arrival at Ashland University, he was the assistant athletic director for sports medicine at Georgia Southern University from 1992 - 2003. While at... read more

Associate Professor of Educational Foundations

Dr. Rosaire Ifedi, assistant professor of foundations, inquiry and community education,joined the Ashland University 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... read more

Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education

Dr. Crystal Kaiser, Associate Professor, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2009. Her expertise and interests are in training graduate and undergraduate students to provide best practice, evidence-based, developmental and family support to infants and young children with a wide range of... read more

Associate Professor of Sports Management

Dr. Lance Kaltenbaugh, associate professor of sport management, joined Ashland University in 2000. His areas of expertise include campus recreation and therapeutic recreation. He received the Academic Mentor Award in 2006 and has been nominated as the Outstanding Male Faculty Member in 2007. Dr.... read more

Associate Professor of Educational Administration

Dr. Janet E. Kearney-Gissendaner, associate professor, joined Ashland University faculty in 2003. Her areas of expertise include development of minority teacher recruitment and retention models for school districts, and preparation of school personnel management in their respective roles. She has... read more

School Safety & Security Expert; Associate Professor of Educational Administration

.Dr. Amy Klinger is an Assistant Professor of Educational Administration at Ashland University and is the Director of Programs for the Educators' School Safety Network, a non-profit training organization. Her past experience includes 26 years of service as a teacher, central office administrator,... read more

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sport Management

Dr. Paul R. Milton is currently an associate professor, chair of the Department of Sport Management and coordinator of the MBA concentration in sport management in the College of Business & Economics at Ashland University. Entering his eighth year on the faculty, Dr. Milton teaches the business... read more

Associate Professor of Educational Foundations

Dr. Nate Myers is an Associate Professor of Educational Foundations where he teaches courses in the History and Philosophy of Education and Research Methodology. Nate is interested in the intersection of faith, politics and education in public life, and has published in that area. Nate also has an... read more

Assistant Professor of Sport Management

Dr. Jennifer Parsons, assistant professor of sport management, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2009. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wittenberg University, double majoring in biology and physical education; a Master of Science degree from Arizona State University, with a... read more

Associate Professor of Health Sciences; Physical Education Coordinator

Dr. Beth Patton, associate professor of exercise science and physical education, joined Ashland University in 1998. Her area of expertise includes fitness assessment and exercise prescription, group exercise instruction, tests and measurements in physical education, and supervision. Dr. Patton... read more

Trustees' Distinguished Professor of Inclusive Services and Exceptional Learners

Dr. Jane Piirto, Trustees' Distinguished Professor, has been at Ashland University since 1988. She teaches in the Department of Inclusive Services & Exceptional Learners and the Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies. She is Director of Talent Development Education. In 1998 she was appointed... read more

Professional Instructor of Early Childhood Education

Janet Rinehart joined the Ashland University College of Education in 2000 as a Professional Instructor. Mrs. Rinehart's areas of expertise include state-based early childhood curriculum and methods, classroom management and ELL instruction in Early Childhood classrooms. Additionally she co-... read more

Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Deanna Romano, Associate Professor, joined Ashland University in 2000. Her areas of expertise include educational technology, distance education and instructional design. Dr. Romano serves as a faculty senator and faculty senate representative to the University Curriculum Committee. She has a... read more

Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education

Dr. Brenda Rosler, Associate Professor, began teaching at Ashland University in 2007. She was an elementary school teacher before she started teaching at the college level. Her research interests include development in urban schools, content area literacy and process drama. She regularly teaches... read more

Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Jim Rycik, Professor, was a middle grades reading specialist and language arts teacher in the Cleveland area for 20 years. He holds a BSEd. degree from Ohio University and MEd. and Ph.D. degrees from Kent State University. His particular research interests are inquiry learning and adolescent... read more

Professor and Chair of the Department of Early Childhood Education

Dr. Mary Rycik, Associate Professor, came to Ashland University in 1995 after twenty 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... read more

Professor of Early Childhood Education

Dr. Maria Sargent teaches Early Childhood undergraduate and graduate courses in behavior intervention and biomedical issues. Dr. Sargent is a nationally recognized expert in early childhood and early intervention. Recently, Dr. Sargent has been asked to write a series of books and a nationwide... read more

Professional Instructor of Early Childhood Education

Tanzeah Sharpe, Professional Instructor, joined Ashland University in 2006 after having taught as an adjunct instructor for four years. Mrs. Sharpe has a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Walsh University, Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction in Early Childhood Education from... read more

Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Administration

Dr. Robert Thiede, assistant professor, joined Ashland University in 2007. He received his PhD from the University of Toledo and Master of Education and Bachelor of Science from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Thiede spent 25 years as a school superintendent in Ohio, serving four different... read more

Professor of Educational Foundations

Dr. Carl Walley joined the faculty of Ashland University in 1989. He has earned degrees at Ashland College (1968), The University of Vermont (1974) and Kent State University (1989). He teaches graduate courses related to curriculum theory and undergraduate classes on educational psychology and... read more

Professor of Educational Foundations

Dr. Howard Walters, Professor, is the author or co-author of 36 scholarly, peer-reviewed research studies and 44 national or international peer-reviewed conference presentations. He has been first author and Principal Investigator of 65 federally funded research proposals over the last 17 years.... read more

Professor of Leadership Studies

Professor of Educational Foundations

Dr. Rachel Wlodarsky is an Associate Professor in the Foundations, Inquiry and Community Education Department. 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.... read more

Professor of Early Childhood Education

Dr. Wood-Morton, Professor, has been with Ashland University for 20 years. She began as Director of Undergraduate Education in the Elyria Center. In 2000, she moved to a full-time faculty position. Her primary responsibility is teaching literacy courses at the Elyria Center. Dr. Morton has a... read more

Professor and Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. David Kommer, Professor, came to Ashland University in the fall of 1995 from the Los Angeles area where he was a middle school principal. Since 1975 he has served as a classroom teacher, instructional consultant, and school administrator in both middle school and high school. His teaching area... read more

Assistant Professor of Information Systems

Dr. Nitin Walia, assistant professor in accounting/information systems, joined Ashland University in 2010 after completing his Ph.D. in information systems from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He also holds M.S. degrees from Oakland University, MI and Pune University, India. Previously, he... read more

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Nick Regan, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of chemistry and joined Ashland University in 2011 as an adjunct professor. He received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Ohio University in 2006 and a Ph.D. in pharmacy with a specialization in medicinal chemistry from The Ohio State University in... read more

Assistant Professor of Communications

Dr. Dariela Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies with a specialization in Sport Communication. Dr. Rodriguez received both her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Public Relations and her Master of Arts degree in Communication from the University... read more

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Maduka Rupasinghe joined Ashland University as an assistant professor of mathematics in August 2012. He received his B.S. degree in business, finance and computational mathematics from University of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He went on to graduate school at the Missouri University of Science and... read more

Professional Instructor of Digitial Media

"Steve Suess, Professional Instructor of Journalism and Digital Media, received both his B.S. in Mass Media and M.S. in Communication from Illinois State University. In addition to his teaching role at Ashland, Suess is also the Faculty Advisor of 88.9 WRDL, a student-run radio station located in... read more

Associate Professor of Management

Dr. Bob Stoll joined Ashland University in 2012. He earned both B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from the Rochester Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western University, and a Ph.D. from Cleveland State University in Operations and Supply Chain Management. Stoll has nearly... read more

Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Joan Knickerbocker, Professor, joined Ashland University faculty in 1984. She teaches courses in literacy instruction and literature for young adults. Currently, her research focuses on literature for young adults, particularly how changes in contemporary literature and changes in today's... read more

Assistant Professor of Journalism and Digital Media

Dr. David McCoy, assistant professor of journalism and digital media, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2011. He taught journalism, film, digital media production and education courses for more than 25 years, including his specialty areas which are new media aesthetics, scriptwriting and... read more

Professor and Chair of Department of Communication Studies

Dr. Theodore A. Avtgis is a professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies. Professor Avtgis’ research includes organizational communication, medical communication, risk and crisis communication and aggressive communication. He received his Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1999... read more

Professional Instructor of Nursing, Family Health Track; Director of the Nursing Simulation Lab

Lisa Young is a professional instructor of nursing. She received her MS in nursing from the Ohio State University, and her BS in nursing from Pensacola Christian College. She has a certification in CNS, and her specialty practice is in cardiovascular. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau... read more

Instructor of Foreign Languages

Dr. Mary Ball holds a Ph.D. in foreign/second language education from the Ohio State University, an M.A. in French literature from Kent State University, an M.A.T. from the School for International Training in French and English as a second language, and a B.A. in French Literature from Heidelberg... read more

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Dr. Justin N. Young earned a bachelor of arts in physics and bachelor of science in mathematics from the University of Kentucky, and a PhD in mathematics from The Ohio State University. Dr. Young was awarded an NSF VIGRE Fellowship at The Ohio State University from 2003-2008. His research interests... read more

Assistant Professor of Sport Management

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

Assistant Professor of Inclusive Services and Exceptional Learners

Dr. Donna Villareal, Assistant Professor, joined Ashland University in 2008. She was an Intervention Specialist and English as a Second Language teacher before that, working at the Columbus City Schools' Spanish Immersion Academy and the Dresden International School, Germany. She obtained a... read more

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Patrick Campbell, assistant professor of political science, joined Ashland University in 2010. Professor Campbell teaches courses in American political thought and institutions. Prior to joining the Ashland community, he served in the United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC, where he... read more

Professional Instructor of Biology

Merrill Tawse, recently joined Ashland University from the MedCentral College of Nursing science department, he is currently teaching human anatomy and physiology to nursing students. Previous experiences include over 30 years in outdoor education and research at the Gorman Nature Center. His areas... read more

Professional Instructor of Nursing, Community and Global Health Track

Patricia Clayburn is a professional instructor of nursing. She received her MS in nursing from Walden University, her BS in nursing from MedCentral College of Nursing, and her A.S. in nursing from Atlantic Union College. Clayburn’s speciality practice is in psych/mental health nursing, and she has... read more

Professional Instructor of Nursing, Community and Global Health Track

Melessa Starnes-Damoff is a professional instructor of nursing. She received her MS in nursing education from Walden University, her BS in nursing from Ashland University, and her AD in nursing from North Central Technical College. Her specialty practice is in psychiatric/mental health in nursing,... read more

Professional Instructor of Early Childhood Education

Diane E. Craig, Professional Instructor, joined Ashland University in 2008. Mrs. Craig has a Bachelors of Bcience in Elementary Education from The University of Akron, a MEd. In Early Ehildhood Education from Kent State University and is completing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Kent... read more

Professional Instructor of Nursing, Foundations of Health Track

Education MS in nursing, Ball State University; BS in nursing, Ball State University; A.D. in nursing, North Central State College; LPN, Mid-Ohio Practical Nurse Program. Certifications Oncology Nursing Certification. Specialty Practice Hospice; Oncology. Research Interest Palliative Care; Oncology... read more

Professional Instructor of Nursing, Family Health Track; Director of Gereotology Nursing

Karen Estridge is a professional instructor of nursing. She received her MS in nursing from Otterbein College, her BS in nursing from Capital University, and was a DNP student at Case Western Reserve University. She has a certification in wound/ostomy care. Her specialty practice includes medical-... read more

Professional Instructor of Nursing, Family Health Track

Jodie Flynn is a professional instructor of nursing. She was a PhD student at Duquesne University, and received her MS in forensic nursing at Duquesne University, and her BS in nursing from the University of Akron. She is a diplomat at the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators, and has... read more

Professional Insturctor of Nursing, Family Health Track

Laura Gilmore is a professional instructor of nursing. She received her MS in nursing from Walden University, and her BS in nursing from the University of Toledo. Her specialty practices are medical-surgical, and oncology. She is a member of the Ohio League of Nursing, and the National League of... read more

Assistant Professor of English

Dr. Maura Grady’s scholarly work includes Film and Television Studies, Fan Culture, Gender Studies, Popular Culture Studies, and Composition and Pedagogy. Her current research is focused on the intersection between Fan Culture and Film-Induced Tourism. In collaboration with Dr. Richard “Robby”... read more

Professional Instructor of Nursing, Community and Global Health Track

Sharon See is a professional instructor of nursing. She received her MS in nursing from Otterbein University, her BS in nursing from MedCentral College of Nursing, and her AD in nursing from North Central State College. She has a certification in inpatient obstetrics, her specialty practice include... read more

Dean and Administrative Officer of the College of Nursing

Faye Grund is the dean and administrative officer of the College of Nursing. She was a PhD student as Duquesne University, and received her post master’s certificate from the University of Akron, her MS in nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University, and two bachelor’s degrees in biology and... read more

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Family Health Track

Carol Reece is a assistant professor of nursing. She received her MS from Ohio State University, her APN from the University of Cincinnati, her BSN from Ashland University, and her AD from North Central State College. She is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. Her specialty practice is... read more

Assistant Professor of Inclusive Services and Exceptional Learners

Dr. Sarah Hall, Assistant Professor at the Columbus Center, joined Ashland University in 2010. She earned her M.A. in Special Education and Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Higher Education from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Her research... read more

Assistant Professor of Political Science

René Paddags, assistant professor of political science, joined Ashland University in 2010. Professor Paddags teaches courses in international relations, comparative politics, and regional studies. Prior to joining Ashland University he had taught courses in political science and philosophy at the... read more

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Foundations of Health Track; Director of RN to BSN Nursing

Jacqueline Owens, PhD, RN, COHN-S is an assistant professor of Nursing and director of the RN to BSN Track at Ashland University; Ashland, OH. She is associate editor for OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. She received a diploma in nursing from Trumbull Memorial Hospital School of... read more

Assistant Professor of History

Emily Hess joined Ashland University in 2007. She teaches American history with fields of expertise in 19th and 20th century African-American history, specifically the Reconstruction era and the Civil Rights movement. She has been nominated for Outstanding Female Faculty Member of the Year and... read more

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education

Dr. Brandi Noll, Assistant Professor, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2011. Her prior experiences in the field of education include teaching at both private and public schools, and serving in such roles as teacher, reading tutor, reading specialist, literacy coach and as a professional... read more

Professional Instructor of Health Sciences/Lifetime Wellness Coordinater

Laura Kruger, Professional Instructor of Sport Sciences/Lifetime Wellness Coordinator, joined Ashland University in 2011. Her area of expertise includes all areas of health education and wellness. Mrs. Kruger has worked with all age groups as a health educator in the school and community setting.... read more

Professional Instructor of Nursing, Family Health Track

Valerie Kuenkele is a professional instructor of nursing. She has received her BSN from the Ohio State University, her MSN in maternal/child nursing focus women’s health nurse practitioner from Kent State University, and some DNP work completed at Case Western Reserve University. She is a trained... read more

Professioal Instructor of Nursing, Family Health Track

Billie Maglott is a professional instructor of nursing. She received her MS in nursing from Walden University, and her BS in nursing from MedCentral College of Nursing. Her specialty practice are pediatrics and neonatal ICU. Her research interest include childhood obesity and DM.

Assistant Professor of English

Sharleen Mondal is Assistant Professor of English at Ashland University. She 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... read more

Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Marian Maxfield, Assistant Professor, joined Ashland University faculty, specifically the Curriculum and Instruction department and Educational Technology team in 2011. She has taught in public and charter schools in face-to-face and fully online and designed online curriculum for K-20 learning... read more

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Community and Global Health Track

Wanda Franklin is a assistant professor of nursing. She has received her PhD from the University of Akron, and her MSN and BSN from Wright State University. Her specialty practice includes community and public health nursing, cultural dimensions and competency in nursing, nursing policy, and... read more

Assistant Professor of Theatre

Sarah Russell received a Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Bowling Green State University. She came to Ashland University from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania where she taught courses in Introduction to... read more

Assistant Professor of Economics

Dr. Ali Hashemi joined Ashland University in 2012. He earned a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the Isfahan University of Technology, a M.A. in Information Technology Management from Allame Tabatabaei University, and both a M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Virginia Polytechnic University. His... read more

Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management

Dr. Bo Li, assistant professor of supply chain management, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2012. His teaching specializations involve courses in supply chain management, operations management and decision sciences. He received his B.S. from the South China University of Technology and his... read more

Associate Professor of Accounting

Dr. Kris Neslund, associate professor of accounting, joined Ashland University in 2011. He earned a BSBA from Bowling Green State University, a J.D. from Lewis & Clark College, a master of laws in taxation from New York University, and a DBA in decision science and economics from Kent State... read more

Professional Instructor of Nursing, Family Health Track

Nancy thorne is proud to be a 1995 alumnus of Ashland University in the RN to BSN program. After experiencing the individual attention and uncompromising professionalism of AU’s program, she had the incentive to join the faculty and be a part of Ashland University where the focus is on the... read more

Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages

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

Professor of New Testament

Dr. John Byron is a professor of New Testament at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Byron has a desire to serve both the church and the academy, and, for him, Ashland Theological Seminary has been a wonderful joining of those two institutions. ATS is a place where freedom of thought... read more

Professor of New Testament; Director of Black Church Studies Program

William H. Myers, Ph.D. is a professor of New Testament at the Ashland University Theological Seminary, as well as the director of the black church studies program. After receiving his B.B.A., Myers received his M.B.A. from Cleveland State University, his M.A., D.Min., and M.Div., from the Ashland... read more

Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages

Dr. Paul Overland is a professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Overland's gentle spirit and incredible kindness are the first thing one notices upon meeting him, and a certain depth marks his interactions with others. He has a love for... read more

Professor of Historical Theology & Wesleyan Studies

Dr. Paul W. Chilcote is a professor of Historical Theology & Weseleyan Studies at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Chilcote is a gifted and gentle teacher, and the classroom has always been his most passionate context. He is a pastor at heart, listening to others, caring for... read more

Professor of Practical Theology; Director of the Institute of Formational Counseling

Dr. Terry Wardle is a professor of Practical Theology at the Ashland University Theological Seminary, as well as the Director of the Institute of Formational Counseling. Dr. Wardle is a well-respected teacher and author, both locally and globally. His humility, conviction, and wisdom are a natural... read more

Professor of Counseling

Dr. Lee Wetherbee is a professor of counseling at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. The ongoing gift of mentoring and training Clinical Counseling students is something Dr. Wetherbee counts among his most fulfilling achievements in life. He is the type of professor whose students... read more

Trustees’ Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Greek

Dr. David A. deSilva is a trustee's distinguished professor of New Testament and Greek at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. deSilva is a brilliant professor who leads his students into challenging and rewarding topics, not just for the sake of learning but also for the sake of... read more

Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Origins

Dr. Mitzi J. Smith is a associate professor of New Testament and Early Christian Origins at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Smith views teaching at Ashland Theological Seminary as a rewarding challenge, and she works hard to meet the needs of students with excellence and integrity... read more

Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew

Dr. L. Daniel Hawk is a professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. When it comes to Old Testament scholarship and theology, Dr. Hawk is a brilliant expert. He is also an excellent communicator, able to make complex issues of theology accessible to those in... read more

Associate Professor of New Testament and Greek

Dr. Terrence C. Mournet is an associate professor of New Testament and Greek at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Mournet sees his position at the seminary as a life-giving cycle of service. Students and colleagues form a supportive, diverse, and vibrant community, which enables Dr... read more

Professor of Histoical Theology

Dr. Dale R. Stoffer is a professor of Historical Theology at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. When it comes to church history, Dr. Stoffer is a walking encyclopedia. In particular, his expertise on the Brethren Church is astounding, and he has published multiple works on the subject,... read more

Professor of Biblical Interpretation and Theology

Dr. Brenda B. Colijn is a professor of Biblical Interpretation and Theology at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. From the time she first stepped on campus as a student, Dr. Colijn has felt that being at Ashland Theological Seminary is like "coming home." The atmosphere of ATS has... read more

Professor of Christian Theology and Spiritual Formation

Dr. JoAnn Ford Watson is a professor of Christian Theology and Spiritual Formation at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Watson was drawn to Ashland Theological Seminary because of her great interest in training students for ministry. In the classroom, she is a constant source of... read more

Professor of Ethics and Theology

Dr. Wyndy Corbin-Reuschling is a professor of Ethics and Theology at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Corbin Reuschling fosters a true sense of collaborative learning in the classroom. She is dedicated to making sure that theology is not merely an academic exercise but takes into... read more

Associate Professor of Counseling

Dr. Tony Donofrio is an associate professor of counseling at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. As a 1999 graduate of Ashland Theological Seminary, Dr. Donofrio was a beneficiary of the seminary's academic excellence, emphasis on God's word, and rich sense of Christian community.... read more

Assistant Director of Detroit Center Education; Director of Detroit Counseling

Dr. Jerrolynn Johnson is the Assistant Director of Detroit Center Education, as well as the Director of Detroit Counseling with the Ashland University Theological Seminary, Detroit branch. Dr. Johnson's hunger to know God and how to better minister to His people was what led her to Ashland... read more

Associate Professor of Counseling; Practicum Coordinator

Dr. Claudia Sadler-Gerhardt is an associate professor of Counseling, as well as the practicum coordinator at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Sadler-Gerhardt is an alumna of the Ashland Theological Seminary, so she was familiar with the program even before coming on staff. In every... read more

Professor of Counseling; Director of Counseling

Dr. David P. Mann is an associate professor of Counseling, as well as the director of Counseling at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. When Dr. Mann was a student at Ashland Theological Seminary, he experienced a time of deep personal growth through classes, chapels, and his cohort small... read more

Professor of Counseling

Dr. Mike Reuschling is a professor of Counseling at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Reuschling's time at Ashland Theological Seminary has vitalized his spiritual walk and given him an outlet for one of his great loves: teaching. He is respected both in and outside his department... read more

The Harlan and Wilma Hollewell Professor of Evangelism and World Missions

Dr. William P. Payne is the The Harlan and Wilma Hollewell Professor of Evangelism and World Missions at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Payne is a natural evangelist and a gifted pastor who loves to pray with and over people. Due to the learning disabilities and speech problems... read more

Director of Excellence in Leadership; Assistant Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Matthew A. Lewis is an assistant professor of practical theology, as well as the director of excellence in leadership at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. God profoundly met Dr. Lewis through his participation in Ashland's Pastors of Excellence program, which is what led him to help... read more

Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Michael B. Thompson is a professor of Practical Theology at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Thompson has a passionate and honest heart for the work that the Holy Spirit is doing in and through the faculty, staff and students at Ashland Theological Seminary. His work as a... read more

Director of Assessment; Assistant Professor of Christian Formation and Leadership

Dr. Dawn Morton is an assistant professor of Christian Formation and Leadership, as well as the director of Assessment at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Dawn, as she prefers to be called, is intentional about blessing students, constantly looking for new ways to serve, encourage... read more

Associate Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. J. Robert Douglass is an associate professor of Practical Theology at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Douglass had such a positive experience as a student at Ashland Theological Seminary that he was excited to return as a faculty member. He had experienced some significant... read more

Associate Professor of Biology

My research centers on bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacteria. Myoviridae bacteriophages (phage), a group of phages that includes T4 phage, are among the most structurally complex viruses with fairly large genomes. This genetic and structural complexity allows them to display a variety of... read more

Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management

Dr. Richard (Robby) Roberson is an associate professor teaching classes primarily for the Hospitality Management program. He holds a PhD in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Purdue University. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Roberson worked extensively in the hospitality industry. He has... read more

Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work

Dr. Michael Vimont is Director of the social work department. He has been a practicing social worker since 1981. His diverse practice has taken him to Texas, California and Ohio working in the areas of child welfare, school social work, community development, home health care, domestic violence... read more

Assistant Professor of Educational Administration

Dr. Leone joined the EDAD faculty in August 2010 as an assistant professor, after working five years as an Ashland University adjunct instructor at the Columbus Program Center. Since 1980, Dr. Leone has served administratively in Ohio as a pre-school director, a junior high principal, an assistant... read more

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education

Dr. Susan Stewart, Assistant Professor, became a full-time faculty member in 2011 but has been a long-time adjunct for Ashland University and was named a Professional Fellow. She is a former elementary teacher, principal and curriculum consultant.

Associate Professor of Educational Foundations

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

Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies

Dr. James L. Olive, Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership Studies, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2010. Prior to joining Ashland’s faculty, Dr. Olive served on the University of Dayton’s Steering Committee for its successful reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission... read more

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Christopher Chartier earned a B.S. in Psychology from Indiana University (2007), and an M.A. (2009) and Ph.D. (2013) in Social Psychology from Miami University. His research interests include tacit coordination and prosocial behavior. He is currently studying how shared knowledge of group... read more

Assistant Professor of Theatre

Jason Coale received a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Production from Bradley University. He has been a freelance designer since 2008 for theatres across the country. Outside of the theatre, his... read more

Technical Director for Theatre Department

Before joining Ashland University, Mr. J. Michael Desper spent the previous 11 years as Technical Director and Resident Scene Designer at Sunset Playhouse near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he worked on nearly 90 productions. Previously, Mr. Desper freelanced in Chicago for such companies as Circle... read more

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Dr. Kimberly Field-Springer is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies. She graduated with her Ph.D. in 2013 from the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University with an emphasis on health communication and received a secondary certificate in women’s and gender... read more

Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages

Richard J. Gray II is assistant professor of French at Ashland University in Ohio. His fields of study include interdisciplinary approaches to French literary studies, Post-colonial studies, and Francophone studies. His current project is a monograph entitled Francophone African Poetic Literature:... read more

Assistant Professor of Theatre

Scott is a member of New York City’s LAByrinth Theatre Company and collaborates on new works with fellow members such as Lynn Nottage, Eric Bogosian, and Sam Rockwell. He originated the role of Gail in Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Our Lady of 121st Street, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and recently... read more

Associate Professor and Chair of Department of Art

Originally from Boise, Idaho, Dan McDonald received both his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture and his Bachelor of Arts in French Literature from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, and his Masters of Fine Arts degree from Clemson University in South Carolina. He has exhibited his works... read more

Assistant Professor of Finance

Dr. James Falter teaches Investments, Business Finance, Security Analysis, Portfolio Management and Managerial (MBA) Finance and is the Advisor to the Eagle Investment Group. He holds two finance industry designations, the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA... read more

Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Narveen Jandu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology/Toxicology at Ashland University.  She teaches course in Cell Biology, Human Biology and Microbiology.  Her research focuses on defining the pathogenic mechanisms of gastrointestinal pathogens and the survival of these... read more

Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and Toxicology

Dr. Kristin Simokat is joining the Department of Biology and Toxicology as a Visiting Assistant Professor.  She will be teaching courses in human anatomy & physiology.  She received her BA in Biology from Wesleyan University and her PhD in Cellular & Molecular Biology with a concentration... read more

Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Geology, and Physics

Dr. John Meyers is joining the Department of Chemistry, Geology, and Physics as a Visiting Assistant Professor.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Delaware in 2008 and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Kansas in 2013.  His doctoral... read more

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Darrell Johnson is one of the newest additions to the Ashland Theological Seminary faculty. He is anxiously anticipating the opportunity to make a lasting Kingdom impact alongside the faculty, staff, and students associated with ATS, specifically in the Mental Health Counseling program. Ashland... read more

Professional Instructor of Management

Rebecca Schmeller enjoyed 12 years of sales management with Procter and Gamble’s California and Arizona markets and P&Gs Wal-Mart Global Customer Team. She led many and various initiatives in team management, resource allocation, third party contract negotiations, operations management and... read more

Assistant Professor of Inclusive Services and Exceptional Learners

Gabriela Walker, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Ashland University in the Department of Inclusive Services and Exceptional Learners. Dr. Walker obtained her degrees from the University of Bucharest, Romania; the University of Georgia, U.S.; and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign... read more

Professional Instructor of Dietetics

Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing

Bold change: Resetting a University’s Pricing and Financial Aid Model

Professional Intructor of Chemistry

Trina Mohney received her B.A. in biology from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA (1991). She obtained her M.Ed. with a specialization in science education from the University of Pittsburgh (1998) where she also carried out research in the department of human genetics. Professor Mohney... read more

Director of Professional Development Services

Renee Yoder-Elias comes to Ashland University after working for NASA for the past 17 years in several different capacities. Most recently, she managed the NASA CORE business office, which serves as a non-profit, world-wide distribution center for NASA’s educational materials. In this role, she... read more

Professional Instructor of ACCESS

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

Director of Graduate Education at the Ashland Center

Steve Brown is the Director of Graduate Education at the Ashland Center, a position that he has held since January 2008. He is currently responsible for the M.Ed. and Bachelors Plus programs. Prior to coming to Ashland University, Steve spent over 33 years in public school education as a teacher,... read more

Director of ACCESS Program

Shane Carter has been the Director of the ACCESS Program since June of 2012. Shane has a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from Ohio University. Shane has lived extensively overseas, where he taught English as a Second Language in Korea, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Japan... read more

Graduate Programs Coordinator

Georgine Collette is the Coordinator of Graduate Programs for Ashland University Columbus Center. She provides program support for all aspects of graduate programming including B+, M.Ed., and Professional Development Services at the Columbus Center. Prior to serving in this role, she served 35... read more

Professional Instructor of Educational Foundations

Tom Eibel is a Part-time Instructor for the Dwight Schar College of Education at Ashland University from 1997 to the present. He teaches the Intro to Education course for Undergraduates, and the Intro course for Bachelor Plus students. He also has supervised student teachers for many years. He... read more

Professional Instructor of ACCESS

Jacqueline Fries-Gomez, a Professional Instructor in Ashland University's ACCESS intensive English program, joined the department in January of 2013. She received her M.A. in TESOL with an additional K-12 endorsement from the University of Findlay in 2013. She also graduated with the honor of... read more

Professor of Educational Administration

Dr. Greg Gerrick is a Professor of Educational Administration in the College of Education. His professional career has included service as a teacher and secondary school administrator in the public schools, and as faculty member, Director of Doctoral Studies, and Dean of the Graduate School at... read more

Professional Instructor of Curriculum and Instruction

Janet Goodwin, Instructor, joined Ashland University in 2012 after serving as an adjunct for several years. Mrs. Goodwin has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Otterbein University and a M.A. in Teaching from The Ohio State University. Her background is in teaching middle and elementary school... read more

Professional Instructor of ACCESS

Ms. Jenni Guegold, Professional Instructor in the ACCESS department, holds an M.S. in Biblical Counseling and a B.S. in English Education. In addition, she will complete her M.S. in Teaching English as a Second Language in the summer of 2014. Ten of her fifteen years of teaching experience were... read more

Instructor and Curriculum Coordinator for ACCESS

David Karl, an instructor and Curriculum Coordinator for Ashland University's ACCESS intensive English program, has an MA in Applied Linguistics/TESOL from Ohio University, as well as a BA in History, a BS in Communications, and other grad work in history and journalism. Having spent nearly eleven... read more

Program Coordinator for ACCESS

Julie Lanz, ACCESS Program Coordinator, joined Ashland University in 2012. She holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Arizona State University. Ms. Lanz developed an interest in international education during her undergraduate studies and pursued that interest in graduate school.

Professional Instructor of ACCESS

Jessica Lyons earned her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Bowling Green State University in 2007. Following her graduation, Jessica taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Japan. After returning to the United States, she studied TESOL from the University of Findlay and... read more

Ashland University Center Director, Elyria and Cleveland

Adam Sikula, Director of M.Ed./Bachelor's Plus for Stark, Cleveland and Elyria, joined Ashland University in the summer of 2011. Currently, he is responsible for running the graduate programs in northeast Ohio. Prior to coming to AU, he spent 12 years at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV... read more

Professional Instructor of Early Childhood Education

Terri Jewett, Professional Instructor, began teaching as an adjunct professor in 2007 and joined the faculty full time in 2014. Currently she teaches a variety of literacy courses. Her background in education includes teaching in both public and private schools and serving as a K-12 curriculum... read more

Associate Professor of Nursing; Chair of Community & Global Health and Foundations of Health

Jaunita Reese Kline is an associate professor of nursing, as well as the chairs for community & global health, and foundations of health. She received her BSN and MSN from the Ohio State University, and her Ph.D. from Kennedy-Western University. Her research interest includes academic... read more

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing, Family Health Track

Cherilyn Sudar is a clinical assistant professor of nursing, teaching in the family health track. She received a diploma from the Fairview Hospital School of Nursing, her BSN from the University of Akron, and her MSN from Ursuline College. She currently teaches global chanllenges in public health,... read more

Professional Instructor of Nursing, Department of Foundations of Health

Jada Craze is a professional instructor of nursing in the department of Foundations of Health. She received her BSN in nursing from the MedCentral College of Nursing, and her MSN in nursing education from Walden University. She currently teaches in the classroom setting, as well as the lab and... read more

Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Crawford, assistant professor of biology, is interested in questions related to animal ecology. Research conducted by the Crawford lab aims to advance the study of interactions between species’ distributions and environmental variation, and to examine factors that influence genetic variation.... read more

Professional Instructor of Education

Susan Franz has been a Professional Instructor at Ashland University since 2014. She was awarded a Bachelors Degree from Kent State University in Special Education and Elementary Education and Masters from Ashland University in Curriculum Instruction. She taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th grades as well as... read more

Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies

Sunny L. Munn, PhD, earned her PhD in Workforce Development and Education from The Ohio State University. She joined Ashland University in 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies in the College of Education. She previously served as a Postdoctoral Associate and the Project Manager for... read more

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science

Dr. David Foster, associate professor of political science and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science, joined Ashland University in 1998. He teaches courses in political philosophy and international relations and, in the masters of American history and government program, courses... read more

Associate Professor and Director of Dietetics

Dr. Vanata is the director, didactic program in Dietetics, and an associate professor in the family and consumer sciences department, foods and nutrition. He obtained his Ph.D. in human nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a M.S. in human nutrition from the Florida State... read more

Professor of Political Science

Peter W. Schramm is Professor of Political Science, Director of the Ashbrook Scholar Program, and Senior Fellow at the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs. Prior to his work at Ashland, he served in the Reagan Administration as the director of the Center for International Education in the... read more

Professor of English

A former journalist with a B.A. from Cleveland State University, M.A. from University of Central Oklahoma, MFA in fiction writing from Bowling Green State University and Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Joe Mackall is director of the Creative Writing program and instructor of... read more

Professor of Political Science

Dr. Jeffrey Sikkenga is professor of political science at Ashland University, adjunct fellow of 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... read more

Assistant Professor of History

Dr. Michael Schwarz, assistant professor of history, joined Ashland University in 2008. He teaches courses on American History. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Vincent College, a Master of Arts from Ohio University, and a PhD in history from the University of Kentucky. Courses Taught:

Professor of History

Dr. John Moser is professor of history at Ashland University, where he teaches courses on modern European, American, and East Asian history. He did his undergraduate work at Ohio University, and has an MA and PhD in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published... read more

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion

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. degree in the History of Religions: Early... read more

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Michael Barrett was a police officer with the Cleveland Police Department for 20 years. He is currently a field agent, an academy commander and trainer and part of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. He has been a professor at Ashland University's department of criminal justice and... read more

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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

Professor of Biology

Dr. Soren Brauner, professor of biology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1986. He received a bachelor of arts in environmental biology and 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... read more

Associate Professor of Geology

Dr. Nigel Brush, associate 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... read more

Associate Professor of Political Science

Dr. Christopher Burkett, assistant 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

Associate Professor of Music

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

Professor of Biology and Toxicology

Douglas A. Dawson, a professor of biology and toxicology, has been at Ashland University since 1993. He holds a B.A. in biology from Transylvania University, as well as an M.S. and Ph.D. in zoology from Oklahoma State University. He currently teaches courses in anatomy and physiology, advanced... read more

Associate Professor of Religion

Dr. Sue Dickson teaches primarily in the area of practical theology. She is an ordained Presbyterian minister. After earning her B.A., she lived in El Salvador where she worked as a film producer. When she returned to the states, she served the Presbytery of Winnebago as Hunger Action Enabler,... read more

Associate Professor of Biology

Dr. Andrew V. Greene, associate professor of biology, joined Ashland University in 2006. His areas of expertise include chronobiology, molecular biology, and fungal biology. He received his Ph.D. in microbiology from Texas A&M University and his B.S. in microbiology from The Ohio State... read more

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Mark Hamilton is associate professor of philosophy and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, where he has taught full time since 1985. Dr. Hamilton began as an adjunct in philosophy and as assistant baseball coach in 1981. He previously served as chair... read more

Professor of English

Stephen Haven is the author of The Last Sacred Place in North America, selected by T.R. Hummer as winner of the 2010 New American Press Poetry Prize. He has published two previous collections of poetry, Dust and Bread (Turning Point, 2008), for which he was named 2009 Ohio Poet of the Year, and... read more

Associate Professor of Religion

Dr. Craig Hovey teaches courses in Christian theology and ethics. He is a Southern California native and a sub-four hour marathoner. Dr. Hovey received his Ph.D. in theology from the University of Cambridge in 2006 where, under the supervision of Dr. Janet Soskice, he wrote a dissertation on... read more

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