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Associate Professor of Philosophy

Topic(s): medieval and early modern philosophy, philosophy of religion, abortion, birth control, Catholicism
Dr. Louis A. Mancha, Jr. is an associate professor of Philosophy, specializing in Medieval and Early Modern Philosophy, and Philosophy of Religion. He received his B.A. from Rice University, and his M.A. and PhD. from Purdue University. Dr. Mancha has delivered papers at several national and... read more

Professor of Counseling; Director of Counseling

Topic(s): counseling, Group Dynamics
Dr. David P. Mann is an associate professor of Counseling, as well as the director of Counseling at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. When Dr. Mann was a student at Ashland Theological Seminary, he experienced a time of deep personal growth through classes, chapels, and his cohort small... read more

Assistant Professor of Journalism and Digital Media

Topic(s): the impact of social media technologies on learning, global impact on social media, video/audio aesthetics, digital media technologies
Dr. David McCoy, assistant professor of journalism and digital media, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2011. He taught journalism, film, digital media production and education courses for more than 25 years, including his specialty areas which are new media aesthetics, scriptwriting and... read more

Associate Professor and Chair of Department of Art

Topic(s): sculpting
Originally from Boise, Idaho, Dan McDonald received both his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture and his Bachelor of Arts in French Literature from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, and his Masters of Fine Arts degree from Clemson University in South Carolina. He has exhibited his works... read more

Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology

Topic(s): biopsychology, memory modulation, factors involved in forgetting, experimental psychology
Dr. Mitchell Metzger is a full professor, where he has served as the psychology department chair since 2007. He earned a B.S. (1992) in Psychology from Bowling Green State University, and an M.A. (1994) and Ph.D. (1997) in Experimental Psychology from Kent State University. Prior to coming to... read more

Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Geology, and Physics

Topic(s): Isocyanoarenes in organometallic crystal engineering and new azulene-based organometallics
Dr. John Meyers is joining the Department of Chemistry, Geology, and Physics as a Visiting Assistant Professor.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Delaware in 2008 and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Kansas in 2013.  His doctoral... read more

Associate Professor of Physics

Topic(s): neutrino physics, nuclear and particle astrophysics, acoustics, astronomy, atomic bomb, cosmology, educational tools, energy, freedom, graduate studies
Dr. Rodney Michael, associate professor of physics, has been at Ashland University since 1997. He received his Ph.D. From Ohio University in Medium Energy Nuclear Physics and his bachelor's degree in Applied Physics from Xavier University. He has done research in the fields of neutrino physics,... read more

Associate Professor of Chemistry

Topic(s): chemistry
Brian K. Mohney, associate professor of chemistry, joined the faculty in 1999. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Eastern Nazarene College. His current research interest is in the area of in situ... read more

Professional Intructor of Chemistry

Topic(s): chemistry
Trina Mohney received her B.A. in biology from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, MA (1991). She obtained her M.Ed. with a specialization in science education from the University of Pittsburgh (1998) where she also carried out research in the department of human genetics. Professor Mohney... read more

Assistant Professor of English

Topic(s): Post-colonial Literature and Theory, 18th and 19th century British Literature, composition, gender and sexuality studies, post-colonial studies, women's literature
Sharleen Mondal is Assistant Professor of English at Ashland University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar of gender and sexuality in Victorian Britain and colonial South Asia. Drawing on transnational and postcolonial feminist theory, her research explores how race, gender, sexuality, caste, and... read more

Assistant Professor of Marketing and Hospitality Management

Topic(s): principles of marketing, hospitality marketing, hotel front office operations, hotel and restaurant management, careers, communication
Professor Diane Moretz, assistant professor of marketing and hospitality management, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1988. She received a Master of Business Administration degree from Ashland University with specialization in executive management and a Bachelor of Science degree in... read more

Director of Assessment; Assistant Professor of Christian Formation and Leadership

Topic(s): christian formation and leadership
Dr. Dawn Morton is an assistant professor of Christian Formation and Leadership, as well as the director of Assessment at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Dawn, as she prefers to be called, is intentional about blessing students, constantly looking for new ways to serve, encourage... read more

Professor of History

Topic(s): Modern European/ American and East Asian history, democrats, Great Britain, the great depression, independents, presidential election, republicans, World War I, World War II, American politics
Dr. John Moser is professor of history at Ashland University, where he teaches courses on modern European, American, and East Asian history. He did his undergraduate work at Ohio University, and has an MA and PhD in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published... read more

Professor of New Testament; Director of Black Church Studies Program

Topic(s): New Testament, Paul and the Synoptics, Hermeneutical Studies, Afrocentric, Womanist, post-colonial studies, Cultural Black Church Studies
William H. Myers, Ph.D. is a professor of New Testament at the Ashland University Theological Seminary, as well as the director of the black church studies program. After receiving his B.B.A., Myers received his M.B.A. from Cleveland State University, his M.A., D.Min., and M.Div., from the Ashland... read more
Dr. Mark Nadler

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics and Finance

Topic(s): economics, finance
Dr. Mark A. Nadler is the A.L. Garber Family chair in economics and chair of the department of economics and finance in the Dauch College of Business and Economics at Ashland University. He has an undergraduate degree in accounting and a Ph.D. in economics. Dr. Nadler has many publications in the... read more

Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Topic(s): communication, liberal arts, speech communication, public speaking
Dan O'Rourke is an associate professor of communication studies who joined the Ashland University faculty in 1994. His research interests include the rhetoric of popular culture and the rhetoric of sport. In 2003, Dr. O’Rourke co-edited “Case Studies in Sport Communication” with Dr. Robert Brown.... read more

Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies

Topic(s): leadership studies, issues related to diversity
Dr. James L. Olive, Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership Studies, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2010. Prior to joining Ashland’s faculty, Dr. Olive served on the University of Dayton’s Steering Committee for its successful reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission... read more

Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages

Topic(s): Meaning in Hebrew poetry of the Bible, Wisdom literature; particularly Proverbs, The Art of persuasion in Hebrew poetry
Dr. Paul Overland is a professor of Old Testament and Semitic languages at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Overland's gentle spirit and incredible kindness are the first thing one notices upon meeting him, and a certain depth marks his interactions with others. He has a love for... read more

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Foundations of Health Track; Director of RN to BSN Nursing

Topic(s): health literacy, online course design and delivery, nursing recruitment
Jacqueline Owens, PhD, RN, COHN-S is an assistant professor of Nursing and director of the RN to BSN Track at Ashland University; Ashland, OH. She is associate editor for OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. She received a diploma in nursing from Trumbull Memorial Hospital School of... read more
René Paddags

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Topic(s): international relations, comparative politics, regional studies, political science, philosophy
René Paddags, assistant professor of political science, joined Ashland University in 2010. Professor Paddags teaches courses in international relations, comparative politics, and regional studies. Prior to joining Ashland University he had taught courses in political science and philosophy at the... read more


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