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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
Dr. David Vanata

Associate Professor and Director of Dietetics

Topic(s): nutrition and cognition, community nutrition interventions, nutrition and athletic performance, food and nutrition, physical fitness, weight loss, adolescent nutrition, bulimia nervosa, exercise
Dr. Vanata is the director, didactic program in Dietetics, and an associate professor in the family and consumer sciences department, foods and nutrition. He obtained his Ph.D. in human nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a M.S. in human nutrition from the Florida State... read more

Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy

Topic(s): Post-Kantian Continental philosophy, German, Holocaust studies
William Vaughan received his B.A. and M.A. in english at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, and his MA and Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is professor of philosophy and has chaired the department at Ashland University since 2001. He has also... read more

Professor of International Business

Topic(s): international business, international finance and emerging makets, foreign direct investment in developing economics, international banking and micro-finance, Indians-Asians
Dr. Venkataramany joined Ashland University in 1999. He received his MBA, MS and Ph.D. from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida. His teaching specializations involve courses in international business, international finance and emerging markets. His research focuses on foreign direct... read more

Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work

Topic(s): social policy development, history of social welfare, child welfare issues
Dr. Michael Vimont is Director of the social work department. He has been a practicing social worker since 1981. His diverse practice has taken him to Texas, California and Ohio working in the areas of child welfare, school social work, community development, home health care, domestic violence... read more
Dr. Nitin Walia

Assistant Professor of Information Systems

Topic(s): healthcare delivery systems, virtual worlds, online marketplaces, web-design interface issues, open source software
Dr. Nitin Walia, assistant professor in information systems, joined Ashland University in 2010 after completing his Ph.D. in information systems from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He also holds M.S. degrees from Oakland University, MI and Pune University, India. Previously, he has worked... read more

Professor of Educational Foundations

Topic(s): curriculum and instruction, evaluation of writing, folktales, integrating reading/writing, children's literature, poetry, process writing, reading, skiing, contemporary issues, creative writing, education in Israel and Italy
Dr. Carl Walley joined the faculty of Ashland University in 1989. He has earned degrees at Ashland College (1968), The University of Vermont (1974) and Kent State University (1989). He teaches graduate courses related to curriculum theory and undergraduate classes on educational psychology and... read more

Professor of Educational Foundations

Topic(s): K-12 teacher education pipeline including post-licensure continuing professional development, aquariums, museums and science centers, environment, online learning, philosophy of education, professional development, strategic planning, teacher preparations, adult-child relationships, child development, college planning, continuing education
Dr. Howard Walters, Professor, 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.... read more
Dr. Hongxia Wang

Associate Professor of Finance

Topic(s): corporate finance, corporate governance, CEO turnover, succession, compensation, high frequency stock training
Dr. Hongxia Wang, associate professor of finance, joined Ashland University in 2009. Her teaching interests are corporate finance and financial institutions. Her current research interests include corporate finance, corporate governance, CEO succession, executive compensation, corporate social... read more

Professor of Practical Theology; Director of the Institute of Formational Counseling

Topic(s): Spiritual Formation, Relationship between spiritual formation and church planting/renewal, Developing workable strategies for church renewal, inner healing prayer, Formational Counseling
Dr. Terry Wardle is a professor of Practical Theology at the Ashland University Theological Seminary, as well as the Director of the Institute of Formational Counseling. Dr. Wardle is a well-respected teacher and author, both locally and globally. His humility, conviction, and wisdom are a natural... read more

Assistant Professor of Economics

Topic(s): money and banking, economic education, introductory economics
Professor Wendy Wasnich, assistant professor of economics, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1985. She received a Master of Arts in economics with a specialization in money and banking from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the University of Toledo. Her areas... read more
Jayne Waterman

Associate Professor of English

Topic(s): 18th and 19th century American literature and culture, the cultural capital of modernism and the middlebrow, regionalism, gender and culture
Jayne E. Waterman specializes in nineteenth-century, twentieth-century, and contemporary American Literature and Culture with an emphasis on Modernism. She has taught "American Literature III: Realism to Modernism," "American Literature IV: 1945 to the Present," "The American Literary Experience... read more

Professor of Christian Theology and Spiritual Formation

Topic(s): Christian Theology, Spiritual Formation, Formational Guidance, Spirituality of Henri Nouwen
Dr. JoAnn Ford Watson is a professor of Christian Theology and Spiritual Formation at the Ashland University Theological Seminary. Dr. Watson was drawn to Ashland Theological Seminary because of her great interest in training students for ministry. In the classroom, she is a constant source of... read more

Professor of English

Topic(s): Romantic and Victorian British literature, Greek literature, 19th century Russian novels, Nietzsche, tragedy, Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Melville/Conrad, Austen
Dr. Russell Weaver, Professor of English, joined the faculty in 1986. He teaches courses in Romantic and Victorian British literature; Greek literature; 19th century Russian Novel (War and Peace and The Brothers Karamazov); tragedy; and he offers a rotating set of major writers seminars on... read more


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