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Ashland University Students Honor Their Mentors

Ashland University Students Honor Their Mentors

Eight Ashland University faculty and staff members were honored during the University’s 30th annual Academic Mentor Awards recognition ceremony held Jan. 28. The program recognizes faculty or staff whose academic leadership with regard to students extends beyond the classroom. The mentors, each nominated by an Ashland student were presented an engraved silver plate at the event held in John C. Myers Convocation Center.

This year’s Mentor Award recipients are Professor Kathleen Brenan, associate professor of accounting; Dr. David Kommer, professor of education; Jud Logan, AU’s head coach for men and women’s track and field; Rebecca Parillo, AU’s director of Global Education; Dr. Thomas Reed, chair and professor of music; Dr. Dariela Rodriguez, associate professor of communication studies; Suzanne Salvo, AU’s director of disability services; and the late Dr. Peter Schramm, professor of political science.

Ashland University Names New Provost

Ashland University Names New Provost

Ashland University President Dr. Carlos Campo has announced that Dr. Eun-Woo Chang has been hired as the new provost at Ashland University. He will start in his new role in mid-April.

“We conducted a thorough, national search for our next academic leader and we are very excited to be able to announce that Dr. Eun-Woo Chang has been selected to serve as the next provost of Ashland University,” Dr. Campo said. “Dr. Chang has considerable experience in higher education, including serving as the academic leader at Mercer County Community College in New Jersey since 2014.”

Ashland University’s Dr. Joe Hendershott Wins National Award

Ashland University’s Dr. Joe Hendershott Wins National Award

Dr. Joe Hendershott, executive director of Field Experiences and Internships in the Schar College of Education at Ashland University, was selected as a 2015 recipient of the Crystal Star Award of Excellence in Dropout Recovery, Intervention and Prevention by the National Dropout Prevention Center. He was one of two selected nationally for the Individual Award.

“It is an honor to be recognized by an organization like the National Dropout Prevention Network, which has shown such great dedication towards reaching our wounded youth,” Hendershott said. Hendershott received his award at the General Session of the 2015 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference in San Antonio, Texas, on Oct. 26.

Group Gathers on AU Campus to Discuss Grant and Rio de Janeiro Trip

Group Gathers on Ashland University Campus to Discuss Grant and Rio de Janeiro Trip

Eight Ashland University undergraduate students as well as eight full-time teachers in the humanities and social sciences around the state of Ohio gathered at Ashland University on Oct. 23 to discuss their trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during July of 2016 to study accessibility and inclusion within a Brazilian context.

The trip was made possible when Ashland University was awarded funding for a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) grant titled “Accessing Carioca Culture through the Lens of Disability.” AU Dwight Schar College of Education associate professors Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis and Dr. Jason Brent Ellis received the award from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of International and Foreign Language Education.

Ashland University Executive Director Becoming Known as National Expert

Ashland University Executive Director Becoming Known as National Expert

Dr. Joe Hendershott, executive director of Field Experiences and Internships in the Schar College of Education at Ashland University, is quickly becoming known as a national expert in the field of reaching “wounded” students, which are children beyond at-risk.

Hendershott, who has just written a second book titled “7 Ways to Transform the Lives of Wounded Students,” has recorded a special webcast presentation titled “Reaching the Wounded Student” that will air on Sept. 8 in collaboration with the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network as part of its Solutions to the Dropout Crisis event.

Ashland University Chapter of the Collegiate Middle Level Association Awarded Chapter Grant

Ashland University Chapter of the Collegiate Middle Level Association Awarded Chapter Grant

Ashland University’s Chapter of the Collegiate Middle Level Association has been awarded a chapter grant, which means its students will have the opportunity to present at the Association of Middle Level Educators (AMLE) National Conference in October.

During the spring of 2015, three AU students who are members of the Collegiate Middle Level Association (CLMA) -- Morgan Wiles, Kali Bolen and Ashleigh Persinger – and faculty advisor Dr. Jason Brent Ellis applied for the Collegiate Middle Level Association Chapter Grant through the Association of Middle Level Educators.

Ashland University College of Education Professor Publishes Book

Ashland University College of Education Professor Publishes Book

Dr. Marian Maxfield, assistant professor of educational technology in the Ashland University Schar College of Education, has edited and published a new book titled “Advancing Higher Education with Mobile Learning Technologies: Cases, Trends, and Inquiry-Based Methods.”

Maxfield worked with J. Keengwe, associate professor at the University of North Dakota, in compiling the book, which was printed earlier this year by IGI Global.

Ashland University Education Professor Co-Edits Book on Intersectionality in Educational Research

Ashland University Education Professor Co-Edits Book on Intersectionality in Educational Research

Dr. James Olive, associate professor in the Department of Leadership Studies at Ashland University, is co-editor of a new book that is titled “Intersectionality in Educational Research (Engaged Research and Practice for Social Justice in Education).”

According to Olive, the purpose of the book is to advance understanding of intersectional theory and its application to research in education.

“The use of intersectionality in research and education is increasing as its framework provides a means through which to analyze students’ experiences across multiple dimensions of identity,” Olive said. “In essence, intersectionality promotes critical complex thinking regarding the intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation and other identity dimensions, as well as their outcomes.”

Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Opens On Campus

Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Opens On Campus

The ribbon was cut on Tuesday, Aug. 18, signifying the opening of Ashland University's new Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) that will cultivate the growth and learning of faculty on campus. The ribbon cutting was performed by Dr. Carl Walley, chairperson of the Faculty Development Committee, and Dr. Doug Fiore, AU interim provost, and followed statements of appreciation for the center by both Walley and Fiore.

The CTE was established earlier this year through the joint efforts of the Faculty Senate Faculty Development Committee and the Office of the Provost, with support from numerous individuals across the Ashland University community. The CTE is housed in Rooms 205-206 of AU’s Kates Center, which is located beside the Kettering Science Center.

Ashland University Education Professors Awarded Fulbright-Hays Grant

Ashland University Education Professors Awarded Fulbright-Hays Grant

Two associate professors of education in the Dwight Schar College of Education at Ashland University have been awarded funding for a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) grant titled “Accessing Carioca Culture through the Lens of Disability.”

Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis and Dr. Jason Brent Ellis received the award from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of International and Foreign Language Education. The award, in the value of $67,575, will fund six undergraduate students, two current school administrators and seven full-time teachers in the humanities and social sciences to travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, during July of 2016 to study accessibility and inclusion within a Brazilian context.

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