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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

Professor of New Testament; Director of Black Church Studies Program

Topic(s): New Testament, Paul and the Synoptics, Hermeneutical Studies, Afrocentric, Womanist, post-colonial studies, Cultural Black Church Studies
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
Dr. Mark Nadler

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics and Finance

Topic(s): economics, 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 of Communication Studies

Topic(s): communication, liberal arts, speech communication, public speaking
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

Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies

Topic(s): leadership studies, issues related to diversity
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

Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages

Topic(s): Meaning in Hebrew poetry of the Bible, Wisdom literature; particularly Proverbs, The Art of persuasion in Hebrew poetry
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

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

Topic(s): health literacy, online course design and delivery, nursing recruitment
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
René Paddags

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Topic(s): international relations, comparative politics, regional studies, political science, philosophy
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 Sport Management

Topic(s): exercise science, wellness, health promotion
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

Topic(s): fitness assessment and exercise prescription, group exercise instruction, tests and measurements in physical education, supervision, physical fitness, sex, sports, women in sports, anorexia nervosa, birth control, bulimia nervosa, drugs and narcotics, eating disorders, exercise, nutrition, mental health
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

The Harlan and Wilma Hollewell Professor of Evangelism and World Missions

Topic(s): Wesleyan Evangelistic practices, missional church, evangelism, chaplaincy
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

Trustees' Distinguished Professor of Inclusive Services and Exceptional Learners

Topic(s): writing novels and poems, educational administration, gifted and talented, talent development, program evaluation, creativity
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
Beverly Piper

Associate Professor of Accounting

Topic(s): cost and managerial accounting, finance, economics, information systems, business policy
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

Topic(s): issues relating to management
Dr. Khushwant Pittenger, professor of business management, joined Ashland University in 1987. She earned her Bachelor of Arts (honors) and Post-Graduate Diploma in international trade from Punjab University, India, her MBA in business management from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and Ph.D. in... read more

Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology and Toxicology

Topic(s): evolution-development and biochemistry of the eye, causes of lens cataract, cataracts, environment, fishes, marine biology, nature
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 and Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages

Topic(s): US-Mexico border literature
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
Rene Rawraway

Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management

Topic(s): chef, food and nutrition, hotel and restaurant management, multiple myeloma, Anti-Semitism
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
Carol Reece

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Family Health Track

Topic(s): empowerment, special needs children, medical home, pediatrics
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

Professor and Chair of the Department of Music

Topic(s): music theory, jazz studies, applied woodwinds, saxophone, clarinet
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

Professional Instructor of Dietetics

Topic(s): clinical dietetics, nutrition
Denise is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Dietetics. She has been faculty within the Ashland University Dietetics program since 2010, but joined Ashland University full-time in 2013. Her background and expertise is in clinical dietetics, working many years as a critical care dietitian and... read more

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