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Ashland University Professor to Serve as Keynote Speaker at Worldwide Forum in Rome

Ashland University Professor to Serve as Keynote Speaker at Worldwide Forum in Rome

Dr. Howard Walters, professor of education at Ashland University, will be the keynote speaker for the 13th Annual Worldwide Forum on Education and Culture to be held Dec. 4 and 5 in Rome, Italy. His topic will be “From Here to There and Back Again: Global identity and culture through the bars (and barriers) of the zoological park.”

An Ashland resident, Walters 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).

Ashland University Alumna Named Top Teacher

Ashland University Alumna Named Top Teacher

Stacie Starr, an alumna of Ashland University’s Elyria Center, was named the top teacher as part of the “Top Teacher Search” on the TV show “LIVE with Kelly and Michael.”

Starr had been selected as one of five national finalists for the “Top Teacher Search” and the final voting took place this past week with the announcement of the winner being made on today’s (May 20) show. Starr received a 2015 Ford Escape as the grand prize award.

Ashland University Alumna One of Five National Finalists

Ashland University Alumna One of Five National Finalists

Stacie Starr, an alumna of Ashland University’s Elyria Center, is one of five national finalists selected for the “Top Teacher Search” on the TV show “LIVE with Kelly and Michael.”

While at Ashland University, Starr was an elementary education/education of the handicapped major through the Schar College of Education. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Ashland University in the summer of 2002. Currently, she is employed as an intervention specialist at Elyria High School.

Ashland University Professor Schedules School Safety Conference in Columbus

Ashland University Professor Schedules School Safety Conference in Columbus

An Educator’s School Safety Conference that will feature practical, hands-on strategies to effectively implement safety procedures and initiatives in schools will be held in September by Dr. Amy Klinger, assistant professor of educational administration at Ashland University.

Klinger, who is a well-known national school safety expert, also heads up the Educator’s School Safety Network, a non-profit organization based in Ohio. The network will host this event Sept. 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the DoubleTree Worthington in Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University credit is available for those attending the conference.

AU Faculty and Students Attend Conference

AU Faculty and Students Attend Conference

Ashland University education faculty members and students recently attended the Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion, and Disability Annual Conference held in Columbus, Ohio.

Nineteen Ashland University students enrolled in EDIS 245 International Perspectives on Disability and members of the student organization the Council for Exceptional Children attended the event. These students were Melisa Strausbaugh, Emily Tice, Jessica Brown, Madeline Garnica, Alyssa Angie, Sara McCune, Alison Green, Ariana Ortiz, Savannah Moore, Brittany Hennes, Emily Harrington, Ahmed Aldarei, Lauren Doyle, Karley Hogan, Jill Holland, Crystal Wise, Alexis Thomas, and Sydney Adkins.

Ashland University Hires New Dean of Schar College of Education

Ashland University Hires New Dean of Schar College of Education

Dr. Douglas Fiore has been hired as the new dean of the Dwight Schar College of Education at Ashland University and he will begin his tenure as dean on June 1. Fiore replaces Dr. James Van Keuren, who will be retiring in May.

In announcing the appointment, AU Provost Dr. Frank Pettigrew said, “We are extremely pleased to be able to get a dynamic person like Dr. Fiore to lead our Schar College of Education. He has a strong academic administration background and he truly impressed everyone who met with him here at AU.”

Ashland University Master’s Program Receives Recognition

Ashland University Master’s Program Receives Recognition

Ashland University’s master of education program in applied exercise science has been accepted into the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Education Recognition Program (ERP). The recognition is valid for a three-year period ending Dec. 31, 2016.

“This news means that our program is recognized by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as meeting all of the NSCA requirements in strength and conditioning,” said Dr. Randy Gearhart, chair and professor of health sciences at Ashland University.

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 28th annual Academic Mentor Awards recognition ceremony held Jan. 31. The program recognizes faculty and 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 Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts, publicity and events; Dr. Marla Butke, associate professor of music; Dr. Perry Corbin, associate professor of chemistry; Dr. Carla Edlefson, professor of leadership studies; Dr. David Kommer, chair and professor of curriculm and instruction; Dr. Dan Lehman, trustees’ distinguished professor of English; Dr. Sharleen Mondal, assistant professor of English; and Amy Pettigrew, academic advising.

Ashland University’s ACCESS Program Receives Accreditation

Ashland University’s ACCESS Program Receives Accreditation

ACCESS, the Intensive English Program at Ashland University, has been awarded professional accreditation by the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA).

​The ACCESS Program was accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period of five years, which is the longest accreditation period allowable for initial accreditation. The ACCESS Program agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. The CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency.

Ashland University Students Head for Warmer Climate for Student Teaching Semester

Ashland University Students Head for Warmer Climate for Student Teaching Semester

Approximately 30 Ashland University students gathered in the Schar College of Education building on Wednesday, Jan. 15, prior to leaving campus for their student teaching semester.

Most of these students are headed for warmer weather and more sunshine in school districts in various parts of South Carolina and Florida as part of Ashland University’s Southern Internship Exchange Program. Several of the students are traveling overseas to Australia, South Africa and New Zealand as part of the Consortium of Overseas Teaching (COST) program.

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