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Professional Instructor of Management

Topic(s): team management, resource allocation, third party contract negotiations, operations management, process improvement, organization redesign, training and development, university recruiting, human resource policy improvement
Rebecca Schmeller enjoyed 12 years of sales management with Procter and Gamble’s California and Arizona markets and P&Gs Wal-Mart Global Customer Team. She led many and various initiatives in team management, resource allocation, third party contract negotiations, operations management and... read more

Professor of Foreign Languages

Topic(s): home stay component of study abroad, professional development, students studying abroad in Latin America, Mexican culture
Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart earned a B.A. in Spanish and membership in Phi Beta Kappa at Ohio University, a M.Ed. from Ashland University, and a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education from the Ohio State University. She was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate Student in Education at AU when she... read more

Professional Instructor of Nursing, Community and Global Health Track

Topic(s): poverty, vulnerable populations, community health, obstetrics
Sharon See is a professional instructor of nursing. She received her MS in nursing from Otterbein University, her BS in nursing from MedCentral College of Nursing, and her AD in nursing from North Central State College. She has a certification in inpatient obstetrics, her specialty practice include... read more

Professional Instructor of Early Childhood Education

Topic(s): education curriculum and instruction for early childhood education, inclusion (educational context), mentoring, parenting, special education, storytelling, study skills, time management, adult-child relationships, at-risk youth, attention deficit disorder, autism, behavior disorders, behavior management, child development, children, choosing a college, discipline, diversity, emotional disturbance in children, environment, family
Tanzeah Sharpe, Professional Instructor, joined Ashland University in 2006 after having taught as an adjunct instructor for four years. Mrs. Sharpe has a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Walsh University, Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction in Early Childhood Education from... read more

Professor of Political Science

Topic(s): the foundations and political implications of religious liberty as a human right, American politics, constitutional law, presidential election, religion and politics, terror war, United States Supreme Court
Dr. Jeffrey Sikkenga is professor of political science at Ashland University, adjunct fellow of the John M. Ashbrook Center, and senior fellow in the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy at the University of Virginia. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in political thought, the... read more

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and Toxicology

Topic(s): Integration of writing-to-learn strategies and technology to promote learning and understanding of science
Dr. Kristin Simokat joined the Department of Biology and Toxicology as an Assistant Professor.  She is teaching courses in human anatomy & physiology.  Dr. Simokat received her BA in Biology from Wesleyan University and her PhD in Cellular & Molecular Biology with a concentration in... read more

Associate Professor of Religion

Topic(s): religion in America particularly the southern United States, religion and the Civil Rights movement, theologies of reconciliation, the history of Christian worship, African American religion, the black church, contemporary Christian issues, Great Britain, history of Christian worship, Mississippi, religious issues
Peter Slade teaches courses in the history of Christianity and Christian Thought. His scholarship and teaching is grounded in his work and life in the Church. He worked for several years as a community development worker for the Church of England in Blackburn and Aylesbury and served as a preacher... read more

Associate Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Origins

Topic(s): Greco-Roman slavery, Literary analysis of biblical texts, Christology, Womanist biblical hermeneuticsm, feminist biblical hermeneuticsm, African American biblical hermeneuticsm
Dr. Mitzi J. Smith is a associate professor of New Testament and Early Christian Origins at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Smith views teaching at Ashland Theological Seminary as a rewarding challenge, and she works hard to meet the needs of students with excellence and integrity... read more

Professor of Histoical Theology

Topic(s): Historical Theology, Anabaptism, The Brethern Church
Dr. Dale R. Stoffer is a professor of Historical Theology at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. When it comes to church history, Dr. Stoffer is a walking encyclopedia. In particular, his expertise on the Brethren Church is astounding, and he has published multiple works on the subject,... read more

Chair and Assistant Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management

Topic(s): collaborative planning forecasting and replenishment (CPFR) and lean, green supply chains
Dr. Robert Stoll is the chair of the Department of Management, International Business, Supply Chain Management and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Stoll is an assistant professor of operations and supply chain management. He earned both Bachelor of Science and MBA degrees from the Rochester Institute of... read more
Tom Sudow is the director of Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Ashland University

Director of Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Ashland University

Topic(s): marketing, branding strategies, customer service, economic development, entrepreneurship, new company creation, venture funding, funding for start up and growing businesses, technology transfer, biomedical innovations, incubators and accelerators, from idea to company, international business, international innovations, building and sustaining business, networking, sales and sales strategies, Regional Economic Development, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, sustainable innovation
Thomas Sudow is the director of Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Ashland University. He has spent more than 20 years working with entrepreneurial businesses and start-ups and as part of the entrepreneurial infrastructure in Ohio. As Business Development Director for the Global... read more
Dr. Deborah Sullivan

Director of Campus Wellness

Topic(s): wellness, health, budgeting
Dr. Deborah Sullivan, Director of Campus Wellness, joined Ashland University in 1983. She earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Ashland University, a master of education degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a doctor of philosophy degree from The Ohio State University. .

Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

Topic(s): financial analysis
Dr. Dan Sullivan comes to Ashland University with a diversified business and academic background. Dan began his business career with General Motors as an hourly employee at the Fisher Body Pittsburgh Plant in 1976. After working jobs in material handling, maintenance, and production he joined the... read more
Dr. Gordon Swain

Professor of Mathematics

Topic(s): undergraduate mathematics, Christianity, abstract algebra
Dr. Gordon Swain, professor of mathematics, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1994. In addition to teaching a large variety of mathematics courses, including statistics, calculus, linear and abstract algebra, he is active in College and University governance. He served as chair of the... read more

Professor of Mathematics

Topic(s): combinatorics, probability, number theory, actuarial science
Dr. Christopher N. Swanson, professor of mathematics and director of the Honors Program, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1999. He is the developer of Ashland University's actuarial science major, advisor to Ashland University's Ohio Rho chapter of the national mathematics honorary Pi Mu... read more

Professional Instructor of Biology

Topic(s): human anatomy and physiology, outdoor education and research, ecology and the human environment
Merrill Tawse, recently joined Ashland University from the MedCentral College of Nursing science department, he is currently teaching human anatomy and physiology to nursing students. Previous experiences include over 30 years in outdoor education and research at the Gorman Nature Center. His areas... read more
Dr. Robert Thiede

Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Administration

Topic(s): educational administration, decision making, educational program evaluation and assessment, school business management, school finance, team building
Dr. Robert Thiede, assistant professor, joined Ashland University in 2007. He received his PhD from the University of Toledo and Master of Education and Bachelor of Science from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Thiede spent 25 years as a school superintendent in Ohio, serving four different... read more

Professor of Practical Theology

Topic(s): practical theology, preaching, forming the people of god
Dr. Michael B. Thompson is a professor of Practical Theology at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Thompson has a passionate and honest heart for the work that the Holy Spirit is doing in and through the faculty, staff and students at Ashland Theological Seminary. His work as a... read more

Assistant Professor of Biology and Toxicology

Topic(s): the effects of pesticide contaminant mixtures to freshwater aquatic organisms in the environment, the effects of physical and chemical stress to the toxicity of organic sediment-based contaminants, meteorology, pesticides, toxicology
Dr. Andrew Trimble is an assistant professor of biology and toxicology. He joined the Ashland University faculty in 2009. His research interests include the effects of pesticide contaminant mixtures to freshwater aquatic organisms in the environment, as well as the effects of physical and chemical... read more
Nancy Udolph

Associate Professor of Social Work

Topic(s): micro practice, international social work, social work issues, abortion, adolescence, aging and the aged, child abuse, children, contemporary issues, counseling, eating disorders, elder abuse, human relations, international social services, mental health, rape, stereotyping, stress, teenagers, women's issues
Professor Udolph has been a faculty member since 1988. She received her MSSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Illinois. Prior to teaching, she was a clinical social worker and still maintains a small counseling practice. She... read more