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Associate Professor of Religion

Topic(s): religion in America particularly the southern United States, religion and the Civil Rights movement, theologies of reconciliation, the history of Christian worship, African American religion, the black church, contemporary Christian issues, Great Britain, history of Christian worship, Mississippi, religious issues
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 New Testament and Early Christian Origins

Topic(s): Greco-Roman slavery, Literary analysis of biblical texts, Christology, Womanist biblical hermeneuticsm, feminist biblical hermeneuticsm, African American biblical hermeneuticsm
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 Histoical Theology

Topic(s): Historical Theology, Anabaptism, The Brethern Church
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

Chair and Assistant Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management

Topic(s): collaborative planning forecasting and replenishment (CPFR) and lean, green supply chains
Dr. Robert Stoll is the chair of the Department of Management, International Business, Supply Chain Management and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Stoll is an assistant professor of operations and supply chain management. He earned both Bachelor of Science and MBA degrees from the Rochester Institute of... read more
Tom Sudow is the director of Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Ashland University

Director of Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Ashland University

Topic(s): marketing, branding strategies, customer service, economic development, entrepreneurship, new company creation, venture funding, funding for start up and growing businesses, technology transfer, biomedical innovations, incubators and accelerators, from idea to company, international business, international innovations, building and sustaining business, networking, sales and sales strategies, Regional Economic Development, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, sustainable innovation
Thomas Sudow is the director of Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Ashland University. He has spent more than 20 years working with entrepreneurial businesses and start-ups and as part of the entrepreneurial infrastructure in Ohio. As Business Development Director for the Global... read more

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

Topic(s): financial analysis
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
Dr. Deborah Sullivan

Director of Campus Wellness

Topic(s): wellness, health, budgeting
Dr. Deborah Sullivan, Director of Campus Wellness, 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. .
Dr. Gordon Swain

Professor of Mathematics

Topic(s): undergraduate mathematics, Christianity, abstract algebra
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

Topic(s): combinatorics, probability, number theory, actuarial science
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

Professional Instructor of Biology

Topic(s): human anatomy and physiology, outdoor education and research, ecology and the human environment
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
Dr. Robert Thiede

Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Administration

Topic(s): educational administration, decision making, educational program evaluation and assessment, school business management, school finance, team building
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 Practical Theology

Topic(s): practical theology, preaching, forming the people of god
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

Assistant Professor of Biology and Toxicology

Topic(s): the effects of pesticide contaminant mixtures to freshwater aquatic organisms in the environment, the effects of physical and chemical stress to the toxicity of organic sediment-based contaminants, meteorology, pesticides, 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
Nancy Udolph

Associate Professor of Social Work

Topic(s): micro practice, international social work, social work issues, abortion, adolescence, aging and the aged, child abuse, children, contemporary issues, counseling, eating disorders, elder abuse, human relations, international social services, mental health, rape, stereotyping, stress, teenagers, women's issues
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
Dr. David Vanata

Associate Professor and Director of Dietetics

Topic(s): nutrition and cognition, community nutrition interventions, nutrition and athletic performance, food and nutrition, physical fitness, weight loss, adolescent nutrition, bulimia nervosa, exercise
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 and Chair of the Department of Philosophy

Topic(s): Post-Kantian Continental philosophy, German, Holocaust studies
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

Professor of International Business

Topic(s): international business, international finance and emerging makets, foreign direct investment in developing economics, international banking and micro-finance, Indians-Asians
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

Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work

Topic(s): social policy development, history of social welfare, child welfare issues
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
Dr. Nitin Walia

Assistant Professor of Information Systems

Topic(s): healthcare delivery systems, virtual worlds, online marketplaces, web-design interface issues, open source software
Dr. Nitin Walia, assistant professor in 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 has worked... read more

Professor of Educational Foundations

Topic(s): curriculum and instruction, evaluation of writing, folktales, integrating reading/writing, children's literature, poetry, process writing, reading, skiing, contemporary issues, creative writing, education in Israel and Italy
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

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