professional development

Terri Jewett

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 director for the public schools. Terri is also an educational consultant and enjoys planning and implementing professional development and mentoring. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from The Ohio State University and her Master of Education from Ashland University.

Dr. Howard Walters

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. His research focus has addressed the K-12 teacher education pipeline to include post-licensure continuing professional development, particularly in the arena of science and technology education, and informal education in zoos, aquariums, museums and science centers. He has authored one book on professional development for science teachers (2008).

Dr. Walters has served as internal or external evaluator for a series of regional and national science education and teacher education programs for agencies including the National Science Foundation, NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Ocean Partnership Program. These projects have included Operation Pathfinder, Global Environmental Education (NSF Teacher Enhancement projects), GLOBE (the NOAA funded components), and the southeastern regional National Sea Grant systemic initiative projects for marine invasive species for Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas Sea Grant programs. He has served as the external evaluator for the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE) and its National Ocean Sciences Bowl since 1998, and a variety of other K-12 student and teacher education initiatives for National Geographic Education, the National Estuarine Research Reserves, NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration, and 14 of the country’s State Sea Grant College Programs. He served as the external evaluator for the projects which resulted in NOAA’s Ocean Literacy Standards working with National Geographic and not-for-profit The College of Exploration, and is currently external evaluator for NSF’s Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence Great Lakes and Coastal Trends programs.

Dr. James Chapple

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. Chapple holds a master of science degree from Bowling Green State University, a bachelor of science degree from Miami University and an Ed.D. degree from Ashland University.
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Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart

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 received her M.Ed., was one of the first two recipients of the Taylor Teaching Award in 1987, and received the Ed Allen Award for Outstanding College Foreign Language Instructor from the Ohio Foreign Language Association in 1988. She teaches courses in Spanish and in language teaching methods and chaired the Foreign Languages Department for 13 years. Barb’s service to AU in the area of international education has been noteworthy. Besides her work in language teaching, she established and has led for more than 20 years AU’s summer Spanish program abroad, first in Mexico and more recently in Costa Rica. She has served numerous years on AU’s International Programs Committee. She established the Ashland Foreign Language Alliance for high school language teachers in the area and was a member of the Academic Programs Committee of the College Consortium for International Studies for many years. She is recognized nationally as an authority on the impact of home stays and host family interactions on language learning.

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