Dr. Dariela Rodriguez

Dr. Dariela Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies with a specialization in Sport Communication. Dr. Rodriguez received both her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Public Relations and her Master of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She recently was awarded the Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Oklahoma. She joined the Department of Communication Studies at Ashland University in Fall of 2012. Dr. Rodriguez brings a wealth of experience in teaching and coaching at all levels of education which includes teaching debate and English to high school students, coaching debate and various athletic sports teams, as well as teaching undergraduate students at several institutions.

Dr. Rodriguez’s research interest are varied with her main focus being on the interpersonal and team dynamics in sport which include coaching effectiveness based on generational differences and how these generational differences set the expectations for both the coach and athlete. She has also worked with some of the top scholars on interpersonal deception and communication in palliative care. This work has garnered several publications in top peer reviewed journals and numerous conference papers. Dr. Rodriguez’s latest project is writing a book entitled “Sport Communication: An Interpersonal Perspective” which will be published by Kendall-Hunt Publishing Company. This book will be the first to focus exclusively on the interpersonal dynamics that occur between and among members of various sport entities.

Dr. Rodriguez serves as the Coordinator for the Sport Communication program and teaches several courses such as Sport and Culture, Foundations of Sport Communication, Seminar in Sport Communication, Sport Public Relations among others. She is also heavily involved in the transformation of the department as the development a revised Sport Communication Curriculum and the development of new undergraduate and graduate programs in Health and Risk Communication which we expect to be offered in the Fall of 2013 and the Spring of 2014 respectively. Dr. Rodriguez says “I am excited about the changes that are happening in the Sport Communication program. We are working within the department to help develop our students into contenders for graduate study by creating a program based on scholarship. The department is expanding our reaches in the field of Communication through revamping of the Sport Communication program and development of the Health and Risk Communication program. These programs are more research based and the students are already excited about the new opportunities that the Department of Communication Studies will provide.

Dr. Rodriguez loves the students her at Ashland stating “The students are very hard working, and interested in helping the Department of Communication Studies grow. They are working hard on research, conference participation, and the growth of the various Department clubs here at the University. They are a fun group to teach, and have formed strong peer bonds that have fostered a mentor-like feel that is great for new students to the Department.

Dr. Lance Kaltenbaugh

Dr. Lance Kaltenbaugh, associate professor of sport management, joined Ashland University in 2000. His areas of expertise include campus recreation and therapeutic recreation. He received the Academic Mentor Award in 2006 and has been nominated as the Outstanding Male Faculty Member in 2007. Dr. Kaltenbaugh serves as the internship coordinator for the sport management and exercise sciences majors. He has a Bachelor of Education and Master of Education degrees in therapeutic recreation and recreation management from The University of Toledo and a Ed.D. in educational leadership from The University of Akron.

Hilary Teynor Donatini

Hilary Teynor Donatini

Hilary Teynor Donatini is a native of Bucyrus, Ohio. After earning a B.A. at The College of Wooster in 1998, she went on to The University of Wisconsin-Madison, finishing a Ph.D. in 2006 and teaching at both UW-Madison and a UW branch campus before joining Ashland's English department. She is the chair of the English department and the faculty advisor for Ashland University’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta English honor society. Donatini led a study tour to London in May 2009 and plans to do so again.


"Spotless Minds and Cultural Memory: Teaching Future Teachers in the United States." Forthcoming in Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe and His Contemporaries.

“The Holy House of Loreto: Politics and Idolatry in the Long Eighteenth Century.” Forthcoming in 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era.

“Moral and Medical Diagnosis in Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda.” The Eighteenth-Century Novel 8 (October 2011): 247-69.

“A Partridge in the Family Tree: Fixity, Mobility, and Community in Tom Jones.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 17.3 (April 2005): 349-72.

Professor Donatini’s long-term project is a book on the concept of English liberty in the works of Tobias Smollett, and she is currently revising an article manuscript related to that project for submission to a journal. She has written reviews for The Eighteenth Century Current Bibliography.

Research Areas
British Literature 1660-1800
Eighteenth-century novels

Genre and form
Intersections of religion and politics
Historical and philosophical contexts for literature

Histories and theories of satire and humor
B.A., The College of Wooster
Ph.D., The University of Wisconsin-Madison
Courses Taught
English 418: A History of the English Language

English 408: Eighteenth-Century English Literature

English 406: Seventeenth-Century English Literature

English 338: Great Ideas (Satire)

English 317: Studies in Shakespeare
English 308: The Poem

English 217: British Literature

English 102: Composition II and English 101: Composition

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