Ashland University Faculty Members Receive Promotions, Tenure

2/9/12 ASHLAND, OH -- A number of Ashland University faculty members have received promotions and/or tenure following the action of the Ashland University Board of Trustees. The promotions are to take effect on July 1, the beginning of the institution’s 2012-2013 academic year.

Those promoted to the rank of full professor are Dr. John Moser, history, and Dr. Randy Gearhart, sport sciences. Gaining promotion to associate professor are Dr. Fred Burton, education; Dr. Dan Fox, law; Dr. Chris Burkett, political science; Dr. Edith Foster, history; Dr. Andrew Greene, biology; Dan McDonald, art; Dr. Jayne Waterman, English; and Dr. Louis Mancha, philosophy. Tenure was granted to Burkett, Foster, Greene, McDonald and Waterman as well as Dr. Deanna Romano, education; Dr. Robert Bergosh, chemistry; and Dr. Peter Slade, religion.

Moser joined Ashland University in 2001 and teaches courses on modern European, American and East Asian history. He did his undergraduate work at Ohio University, and has an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published numerous works on subjects ranging from comic books to Japanese foreign policy. He is author of three books, the most recent of which is “Right Turn: John T. Flynn and the Transformation of American Liberalism,” which was published by New York University Press in 2005.

Gearhart, who serves as chair of sport sciences and will serve as the chair of the new Health Sciences Department in the fall, joined Ashland University in 2003. His areas of expertise include exercise and sports. He holds a B.S. in natural science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a M.S. and Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Burton joined the Ashland University faculty in 2008 following extensive experience as an elementary school teacher and principal and a practical perspective informed by his theoretical and philosophical roots in child-centered, progressive education. His areas of expertise include early and middle childhood education, Reggio-Emilia inspired teaching and integrated curriculum planning, as well as innovative approaches to teacher and student evaluation. He received his Ph.D. in literacy, curriculum, and qualitative research from Ohio State University.

Fox, who joined Ashland University in 2004, serves as chair of the accounting and IS department and teaches both undergraduate and graduate business courses. He is an Ohio licensed attorney and certified public accountant. He received the degree of jurist doctor from the Ohio Northern School of Law and his bachelor of arts degree in accounting and political science from Ohio Northern University. He continues to consult with startup and entrepreneurial companies providing legal, accounting, and operational advice.

Burkett, who joined Ashland University in 2005, holds a bachelor of arts degree from Ashland University, and a master of arts degree and Ph.D. in politics from the University of Dallas. He teaches courses on political philosophy and American political thought, and has written and lectured on topics ranging from American Westerns to American foreign policy. He has served as faculty adviser to Student Senate since 2006, and received the Edward and Louaine Taylor Excellence in Teaching award in 2011. 

Foster holds a BA and an MA from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She is the author of a book called “Thucydides, Pericles, and Periclean Imperialism” (2010), published by Cambridge University Press, and has published academic articles, translations, and numerous book reviews in a variety of periodicals in the fields of classics and ancient history. She is co-editor of an edited volume, “Thucydides and Herodotus,” which will appear with Oxford University Press in April.

Greene, who is a 1993 graduate of Mansfield Senior High School, joined Ashland University in 2006. His areas of expertise include chronobiology, molecular biology and fungal biology. He also serves as the Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity in the College of Arts and Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in microbiology from Texas A&M University and his bachelor of science in microbiology from The Ohio State University.

McDonald joined Ashland University in 2006. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in French literature and sculpture from Brigham Young University and a master of fine arts degree from Clemson University, where he previously worked as an instructor of sculpture.

Waterman joined Ashland University in 2006. Her area of expertise and teaching includes 20th Century American Literature, particularly modernism, with research interests focused on regionalism in relation to gender and race, culture and place. Waterman has published on Paul Laurence Dunbar, Edith Wharton, and Louis Bromfield, among others. She was awarded her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Leeds, England, with a semester as an Erasmus scholar at the John F. Kennedy Institute, Freie Universität, Berlin. Waterman serves as a faculty senator and senate representative for the Faculty Development Committee.

Mancha has been at Ashland University since 2003. He specializes in medieval and early modern philosophy, and philosophy of religion. He is the adviser for both the Philosophy Club and the Ohio Mu chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, the national Philosophy honorary. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Rice University, and both his master of arts degree and Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Romano, associate professor of education, joined Ashland University in 2000. Her areas of expertise include educational technology, distance education and instructional design. She serves as a faculty senator and faculty senate representative to the University Curriculum Committee. She has a bachelor of science and master of science degrees in education from Cleveland State University and an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education from Nova Southeastern University.

Bergosh, assistant professor of chemistry, joined Ashland University in 2005. His area of expertise is in organic chemistry. He obtained a bachelor of science degree with a double major in chemistry and biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College and a Ph.D. in organic / materials chemistry from the University of Kentucky.

Slade, associate professor in the religion department, joined Ashland in 2006. He has degrees from St. Andrews University, Scotland (B.D.); The University of Mississippi (MA); and The University of Virginia (MA, PhD). Interested in the lived theology of Christian communities, his first book, “Open Friendship in a Closed Society; Mission Mississippi and a Theology of Friendship” (OUP, 2009), is an interdisciplinary study of an ecumenical racial reconciliation initiative in Mississippi.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.