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The Harlan and Wilma Hollewell Professor of Evangelism and World Missions

Topic(s): Wesleyan Evangelistic practices, missional church, evangelism, chaplaincy
Dr. William P. Payne is the The Harlan and Wilma Hollewell Professor of Evangelism and World Missions at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Payne is a natural evangelist and a gifted pastor who loves to pray with and over people. Due to the learning disabilities and speech problems... read more

Trustees' Distinguished Professor of Inclusive Services and Exceptional Learners

Topic(s): writing novels and poems, educational administration, gifted and talented, talent development, program evaluation, creativity
Dr. Jane Piirto, Trustees' Distinguished Professor, has been at Ashland University since 1988. She teaches in the Department of Inclusive Services & Exceptional Learners and the Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies. She is Director of Talent Development Education. In 1998 she was appointed... read more

Professor of Management

Topic(s): issues relating to management
Dr. Khushwant Pittenger, professor of business management, joined Ashland University in 1987. She earned her Bachelor of Arts (honors) and Post-Graduate Diploma in international trade from Punjab University, India, her MBA in business management from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and Ph.D. in... read more

Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology and Toxicology

Topic(s): evolution-development and biochemistry of the eye, causes of lens cataract, cataracts, environment, fishes, marine biology, nature
Dr. Mason Posner has students use molecular biology techniques to understand how eye lens proteins adapt to changes in environmental temperature. We are currently investigating the evolution and biological role of lens proteins called crystallins. These proteins are responsible for making the lens... read more

Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages

Topic(s): US-Mexico border literature
Jennifer Rathbun has a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in contemporary Latin American literature and is currently an associate professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages at Ashland University. The Bitter Oleander Press published her translation of the poetry... read more
Rene Rawraway

Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management

Topic(s): chef, food and nutrition, hotel and restaurant management, multiple myeloma, Anti-Semitism
Professor René Rawraway CEC, CCE, assistant professor of hospitality management, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1986. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, New York. In 2003 chef Rawraway was named the ACF Northeast Region Chef Professionalism Award winner. He also... read more
Carol Reece

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Family Health Track

Topic(s): empowerment, special needs children, medical home, pediatrics
Carol Reece is a assistant professor of nursing. She received her MS from Ohio State University, her APN from the University of Cincinnati, her BSN from Ashland University, and her AD from North Central State College. She is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. Her specialty practice is... read more

Professional Instructor of Dietetics

Topic(s): clinical dietetics, nutrition
Denise is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Dietetics. She has been faculty within the Ashland University Dietetics program since 2010, but joined Ashland University full-time in 2013. Her background and expertise is in clinical dietetics, working many years as a critical care dietitian and... read more

Professor and Chair of the Department of Music

Topic(s): music theory, jazz studies, applied woodwinds, saxophone, clarinet
Dr. Thomas Reed is a professor of music and Chair of the Department of Music at Ashland University where he has taught in a number of areas including applied woodwinds, music theory, and jazz studies. He joined the faculty in 1986. He is a member of the Akron Symphony (bass clarinet), Ashland... read more

Professor of Counseling

Topic(s): counseling, differential diagnosis, theology of scripture in ministry
Dr. Mike Reuschling is a professor of Counseling at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Reuschling's time at Ashland Theological Seminary has vitalized his spiritual walk and given him an outlet for one of his great loves: teaching. He is respected both in and outside his department... read more
Priscella Roggenkamp

Associate Professor of Art

Topic(s): fine arts
Professor Priscella Roggenkamp is an associate professor of art at Ashland University. Born in Bangor, Maine, Priscilla has lived in Maine, Ohio, Virginia and Arkansas.  She has resided in Alliance, Ohio since 1990, teaching and making art.    
Dr. Brenda Rosler

Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education

Topic(s): development in urban schools, content area literacy, process drama
Dr. Brenda Rosler, Associate Professor, began teaching at Ashland University in 2007. She was an elementary school teacher before she started teaching at the college level. Her research interests include development in urban schools, content area literacy and process drama. She regularly teaches... read more

Assistant Professor of Finance

Topic(s): personal finance, investments, corporate finance, hiking, hotel and restaurant management, mutual funds, nature, recreation, sailing, correctional facilities
Professor Terry Rumker, assistant professor of finance, joined the faculty in 1989. He is a CFP® (Certified Financial Planner) and earned a Masters of Business Administration from Ashland University. Teaching areas include personal finance, investments, and corporate finance. In addition, he is... read more
Dr. Jeffrey Russell

Associate Professor of Economics

Topic(s): teaching with simulations, game theory and behavioral economics, rural economic development, fed, job market, commercial real estate, economy, economics, employment
Dr. Russell joined Ashland University's Dauch College of Business and Economics faculty in 2000. Dr. Russell has taught courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, game theory, and money and banking. Research interests include teaching with simulations, game theory and behavioral economics, as well... read more

Associate Professor of Counseling; Practicum Coordinator

Topic(s): clinical counseling, counseling theories, practicum
Dr. Claudia Sadler-Gerhardt is an associate professor of Counseling, as well as the practicum coordinator at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Sadler-Gerhardt is an alumna of the Ashland Theological Seminary, so she was familiar with the program even before coming on staff. In every... read more

Professor of Early Childhood Education

Topic(s): general and special educatioin curriculum design, behavior intervention, brain research related to the education process, parenting, special education, abortion, developmentally handicapped, disabilities
Dr. Maria Sargent teaches Early Childhood undergraduate and graduate courses in behavior intervention and biomedical issues. Dr. Sargent is a nationally recognized expert in early childhood and early intervention. Recently, Dr. Sargent has been asked to write a series of books and a nationwide... read more
Naomi Saslaw

Professor of English

Topic(s): English
After completing her B.A. at University of Michigan and M.A. and Ph.D. at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Naomi Saslaw studied at Harvard as a postdoctoral visiting fellow. She also studied at Oxford and Columbia Universities. In addition to her work in Anglo-Saxon, Chaucer and Shakespeare,... read more

Associate Professor of Biology and Chair of the Department of Environmental Science

Topic(s): aquatic ecology
Dr. Patricia A. Saunders, associate professor of biology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2002 and is the Director of the University's Environmental Science Program. For several years she has been advisor to Beta Beta Beta, the biology honorary. Her area of expertise is aquatic ecology.... read more
Dr. Wendy Schaller

Associate Professor of Art

Topic(s): Baroque art, 17th century Dutch art, portraits of children, the subject of death, grief and consolation in the Netherlands
Dr. Wendy Schaller, associate professor of art, has been a member of the Ashland University faculty since 2002. A specialist in Baroque art, she received both her Ph.D. and her M.A.in art history from the Ohio State University. She also received a B.A. in art history from The University of... read more
Dr. Paul Schloemer

Professor of Accounting

Topic(s): taxation, pastoral tax authority
Dr. Paul Schloemer is a professor of accounting in the Dauch College of Business and Economics at Ashland University. He earned his doctorate at Virginia Tech in 1991 and is a CPA in the State of Ohio. He specializes in the area of taxation and has published numerous articles in journals such as... read more