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School Safety & Security Expert; Associate Professor of Educational Administration

Topic(s): school safety and security issues, crisis planning, school violence, issues pertaining to the principalship, discipline, educational program evaluation and assessment, The gifted, instructional methods, school business management, behavior management
.Dr. Amy Klinger is an Associate 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
Dr. Joan Knickerbocker

Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

Topic(s): literature for young adults
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

Director of Excellence in Leadership; Assistant Professor of Practical Theology

Topic(s): leadership, practical theology, adult discipleship, small group ministry, pastoral care, fundamentals of coaching
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 Information Systems

Topic(s): technologically mediated social networks, online learning environments, curriculum development
Dr. J. David Lifer, professor of 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 technologically mediated... read more
Justin Lyons

Associate Professor of Political Science

Topic(s): politics
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.

Professional Instructor of ACCESS

Topic(s): early childhood education
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

Professor of English

Topic(s): the Amish-English, editing, writing, journalism, literature, the press, students, Vietnam War film literature, creative nonfiction
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

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Topic(s): medieval and early modern philosophy, philosophy of religion, abortion, birth control, Catholicism
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

Professor of Counseling; Director of Counseling

Topic(s): counseling, Group Dynamics
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

Assistant Professor of Journalism and Digital Media

Topic(s): the impact of social media technologies on learning, global impact on social media, video/audio aesthetics, digital media technologies
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

Associate Professor and Chair of Department of Art

Topic(s): sculpting
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

Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology

Topic(s): biopsychology, memory modulation, factors involved in forgetting, experimental 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

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

Topic(s): Isocyanoarenes in organometallic crystal engineering and new azulene-based organometallics
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

Associate Professor of Physics

Topic(s): neutrino physics, nuclear and particle astrophysics, acoustics, astronomy, atomic bomb, cosmology, educational tools, energy, freedom, graduate studies
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

Topic(s): 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

Professional Intructor of Chemistry

Topic(s): 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

Assistant Professor of English

Topic(s): Post-colonial Literature and Theory, 18th and 19th century British Literature, composition, gender and sexuality studies, post-colonial studies, women's literature
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 Marketing and Hospitality Management

Topic(s): principles of marketing, hospitality marketing, hotel front office operations, hotel and restaurant management, careers, communication
Professor Diane Moretz, assistant professor of marketing and hospitality management, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1988. She received a Master of Business Administration degree from Ashland University with specialization in executive management and a Bachelor of Science degree in... read more

Director of Assessment; Assistant Professor of Christian Formation and Leadership

Topic(s): 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

Professor of History

Topic(s): Modern European/ American and East Asian history, democrats, Great Britain, the great depression, independents, presidential election, republicans, World War I, World War II, American politics
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

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