Dr. Rosaire Ifedi

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 professional lives of those who educate them. She is author of African-born women faculty in the United States: Lives in contradiction (Edwin Mellen Press, New York, 2008). Dr. Ifedi teaches graduate program courses in curriculum, qualitative inquiry, education of ELL’s, and global perspectives in education. The latter involves an optional study away of London - 2014 UK. schools.

Prior to her current position, Dr. Ifedi joined the Ashland University community as a principal licensure student (1999), an adjunct instructor (2004) and a graduate of Ashland University’s doctoral program in educational leadership (2007). Her teaching and administrative experiences include work at Ohio’s historically-Black colleges, Central State University and Wilberforce University; Columbus Public Schools, Ohio Correctional Education System, and high schools and colleges in Nigeria. She has written and presented locally, nationally, and internationally.

Judy Alston

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 affect leaders; tempered radicals; servant leadership; and black LGBT issues in educational leadership. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Education in Educational Administration and a Master of Education in Secondary Education both from the University of South Carolina and Bachelor of Arts in English from Winthrop College. She is a prolific writer and author, and she is an active member of the American Educational Research Association.

Linda Joyce Brown

Linda Joyce Brown

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 from its beginnings to the present; literary and social constructions of gender, race, and class; the modern novel; African American literature; the myth of the American West; gothic literature; and composition. Brown's first book, published by Routledge in 2004, focused on constructions of racial difference in literature about the American immigrant experience. She has also published or presented papers on nineteenth-century constructions of gender, American Indian autobiography, contemporary media representations of race, African American women writers, narrative structure, stereoscopic photography, and the American myth of self-making. Her ongoing interests are American literature and culture, gender studies, and critical race and ethnicity studies.

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