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Associate Professor of Inclusive Services & Exceptional Learners

Topic(s): college students with disabilities, technology and disabilities, access to education and retention of college students, universal design, diversity, special education
Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis, associate professor, holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Abreu-Ellis teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Dwight Schar College of Education at Ashland University. Her research interests include College... read more

Professor and Chair of the Department of Leadership Studies

Topic(s): black female school superintendents, the exploration of how the intersections of class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual diversity, education leaders, tempered radicals, servant leadership, black global issues in educational leadership
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... read more

Associate Professor of Educational Foundations

Topic(s): effectiveness of proficiency tests, board certified teachers
Dr. Penny Arnold, Associate Professor, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1996. Her areas of expertise include the effectiveness of proficiency test and board certified teachers. She was one of the first teachers in the country to earn National Board Certification. She is a multi-year... read more

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion

Topic(s): Biblical studies, history of early Christianity, world religions, New Testament, religious issues, Christian-Muslim Relations, contemporary Christian issues, graduate studies, interreligious dialogue, non-violent solutions
Dr. David Aune came to Ashland University in the fall of 1996. Before Ashland, he taught part-time at a number of colleges in New England, including Providence College, Wesleyan University and Eastern Connecticut State University. Dr. Aune holds the Ph.D. in the history of religions: early... read more

Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages

Topic(s): Semitic languages and linguistics, Exegesis of the Pentateuch and the Minor Prophets, Ancient Near Eastern backgrounds of the Old Testament, Pedagogical methodology, leadership
Dr. David Baker is a professor of Old Testament and Semitric Languages at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Baker is a brilliant professor, whose classes are stretching and informative. He is the author of a long list of works and is recognized as an international Old Testament... read more

Professional Instructor of ACCESS

Topic(s): english linguitics and literature, writing strategies, writing proficiency
Mohsine Bensaid, Professional Instructor, joined the ACCESS program in the fall of 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Linguistics and Literature from Ibn Tofail University, Morocco, another Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Denison University, Granville, Ohio, and a Master of... read more

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Topic(s): organic chemistry
Dr. Robert Bergosh, associate professor of chemistry, joined Ashland University in 2005. His area of expertise is in organic chemistry. He obtained a Bachelor of Science with a double major in chemistry and biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College and a Ph.D. in organic/materials chemistry from the... read more

Professor and Director of Choral Activities

Topic(s): conducting choral studies
Rowland (“Ron”) Blackley is a professor of music and director of choral activities at Ashland University, where he conducts the University Choir and Chamber Singers. He also founded the Ashland Area Chorus. He supervises all aspects of the choral program and teaches in the areas of conducting and... read more
Dr. Diane Bonfiglio

Associate Professor of Psychology

Topic(s): health psychology, the relationship between social support and health, the health consequences of psychosocial stress, healthy aging
Dr. Diane Bonfiglio earned a B.S. in psychology from Ashland University, an M.A. in psychology from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Ohio State University. She specializes in health psychology. Her particular areas of interest include the relationship between... read more
Dr. Soren Brauner

Professor of Biology

Topic(s): plant genetics and evolution
Dr. Soren Brauner, professor of biology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1986. He received a Bachelor of Arts in environmental biology, a Master of Arts in botany from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California at Davis. His area... read more
Dr. Donna Adair Breault

Dean of the Dwight Shar College of Education

Topic(s): John Dewey, Inquiry and education, Teacher education, Curriculum theory, educational leadership, Qualitative research, Organizational theory, Trends in higher education
Donna Adair Breault is the Dean of the Dwight Shar College of Education. She has thirty years of experience in education including work as an elementary and middle school teacher and administrator. Since entering higher education in 2000, she has served five other universities teaching in the areas... read more
Linda Joyce Brown

Associate Professor of English

Topic(s): 19th and 20th century American literature, gender, critical race and ethnicity studies
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... read more

Assistant Professor of Sport Management

Topic(s): sports education, sports sciences
Dr. Ken Brubaker, originally from Buffalo, New York, joined Ashland University in 2003 as a graduate assistant and adjunct instructor for the sport sciences department. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Canisius College, a M.Ed. in sport education from Ashland University and an Ed.D. in... read more

Associate Professor of Geology

Topic(s): geoarchaeology, Dendrochronology, millennial-scale climate change events, astronomy, acid rain
Dr. Nigel Brush, professor of geology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2000. His areas of research include geoarchaeology, dendrochronology and millennial-scale climate change events. He is a co-director of the Ashland/Wooster/Columbus Archaeological & Geological Consortium and former... read more

Associate Professor of Political Science

Topic(s): American founding, American foreign policy, political philosophy, freedom, graduate studies, home schooling, just war, liberalism, liberal education, nature of democracy, political science, religion, republicans, separation of church and state, terrorism, American history, Biblical studies, Catholicism, conservatism
Dr. Christopher Burkett, associate professor of political science, joined Ashland University in 2005. He teaches American political thought and institutions courses, and his fields of expertise include the American founding, American foreign policy, and political philosophy. He serves as faculty... read more
Dr. Fred Burton

Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education

Topic(s): early childhood education, middle childhood education, Reggio-Emilia inspired teaching, integrated curriculum planning, innovative approaches to teacher and student
Dr. Fred Burton, Associate Professor, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2008. With extensive experience as an elementary school teacher and principal, he brings a practical perspective that is informed by his theoretical and philosophical roots in child-centered, progressive education. His... read more

Professor of New Testament

Topic(s): New Testament and Christian origins, Pauline epistles, History and literature of Early Judaism, Slavery in late antiquity, Archaeology and historical geography of Syro-Palestine
Dr. John Byron is a professor of New Testament at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Byron has a desire to serve both the church and the academy, and, for him, Ashland Theological Seminary has been a wonderful joining of those two institutions. ATS is a place where freedom of thought... read more
Dr. Carlos Campo, Ashland University President

Ashland University President

Topic(s): Hispanic Evangelicals and the 2016 election, 20th C American Drama, Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Education Reform, Online Education, Demographic Change and its Impact on Higher Education, The History of Higher Education in America, Hispanic Evangelicalism
Click on this link to access the Appearances and Speaking Engagements Form for AU President Dr. Carlos Campo --https://www.ashland.edu/administration/content/presidents-appearance-req... Dr. Carlos Campo began his term as the 30th president of Ashland University on June 1, 2015, and brings a wealth... read more

Director of ACCESS Program

Topic(s): Applied Linguistics
Shane Carter has been the Director of the ACCESS Program since June of 2012. Shane has a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from Ohio University. Shane has lived extensively overseas, where he taught English as a Second Language in Korea, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Japan... read more

Associate Professor of Educational Foundations

Topic(s): education, peace and social issues, assessment, criminal justice, diversity, education and business involvement, finance of education, history of education, home schooling, no child left behind, performance evaluation, poverty, racism in America, school finance, teacher preparations, teaching standards
Dr. Cathryn Chappell, Associate Professor, joined Ashland University in 2004. Her areas of expertise include assessment, multicultural education, peace education, and social justice issues. Her primary areas of scholarship include post-secondary prison education and libraries as community centers.... read more