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Dr. Linda Joyce Brown
Associate Professor
304, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Linda Joyce Brown joined the English faculty at Ashland in 2006 after teaching in Connecticut for four years. She has also taught at the University of Oregon, where she received her M.A., and the University of New Mexico, where she earned her Ph.D.  Brown has taught courses in American literature from its beginnings to the present; literary and social constructions of gender, race and class; the modern novel;... Read More

Dr. Hilary Donatini
Chair, Associate Professor of English
117, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
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... Read More

Dr. David Fitzsimmons
Associate Professor
302, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
A former high school teacher with a B.A. from Xavier University and M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University, David Fitzsimmons directs the integrated language arts program. He also specializes in narrative theory, American literature, modernism and the works of William Faulkner. In addition, he researches and produces visual texts, working as a freelance writer and photographer. One of six Sigma Pro Photographers... Read More

Deborah Fleming
308 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Editor of the Ashland Poetry Press, Deborah Fleming, professor of English, received her PhD from Ohio State University.  Her books include Without Leave, a novel published by Black Mountain Press; Morning, Winter Solstice, a collection of poetry published by Vineyard Press; "A man who does not exist":  The Irish Peasant in the Work of W. B. Yeats and J. M. Synge (University of Michigan Press); and Towers Beyond... Read More

Dr. Maura Grady
Assistant Professor
113 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Dr. Grady’s scholarly work includes Film and Television Studies, Fan Culture, Gender Studies, Popular Culture Studies, and Composition and Pedagogy. Her current research is focused on the intersection between Fan Culture and Film-Induced Tourism. In collaboration with Dr. Richard “Robby” Roberson (Ashland University COBE), she is studying fans’ responses to local film tourism sites, such as “The Shawshank Trail” in... Read More

Sue Guiher
Director, Writing Center
102, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
After teaching as an adjunct for English, Sue joined the faculty in 1988 as coordinator of Writing Center programs. She formerly taught in the Madison School District, Mansfield. Sue attended Central Florida College, transferring to Bowling Green State University where she completed a B.A. in English and philosophy, and was nominated to the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship in graduate studies; she also holds an M.Ed. from... Read More

Stephen Haven
MFA Director
101 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Stephen Haven is the author of The Last Sacred Place in North America, selected by T.R. Hummer as winner of the 2010 New American Press Poetry Prize.  He has published two previous collections of poetry, Dust and Bread (Turning Point, 2008), for which he was named 2009 Ohio Poet of the Year and The Long Silence of the Mohawk Carpet Smokestacks(University of New Mexico/West End Press, 2004).  He is also the author of... Read More

Dan Lehman
Trustee's Professor, Professor
312 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Daniel W. Lehman is trustees’ distinguished professor of English. He is author of John Reed and the Writing of Revolution (Ohio University Press) and Matters of Fact: Reading Nonfiction over the Edge (Ohio State University Press); co-editor of The River Teeth Reader (University of Nebraska Press) and River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative; and series co-editor of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book... Read More

Dr. Gary Levine
Associate Professor
316 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Gary Levine is an associate professor of English and directs Ashland University's first-year composition program. A revised version of his University of Iowa Ph.D. dissertation, The Merchant of Modernism: The Economic Jew in Anglo-American Literature 1864-1939, was published in January 2003 by Routledge. He has presented scholarship on topics as diverse as medieval British literature and the post-colonial Filipino... Read More
Dr. Joe Mackall
306, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
A former journalist with a B.A. from Cleveland State University, M.A. from University of Central Oklahoma, MFA in fiction writing from Bowling Green State University and Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Joe Mackall is director of the creative writing program and instructor of nonfiction writing for the Ashland University MFA program. He is co-founder of River Teeth:  A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative... Read More
Dr. Sharleen Mondal
Assistant Professor
115, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
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 class shaped narratives of national identity and political engagement for both British and Indian subjects who were... Read More

Dr. Naomi Saslaw
314, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
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, she earned a J.D. at Cleveland Marshall College of Law where she served on Law Review and began work on biomedical... Read More

Dr. Jayne Waterman
Associate Professor
114 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
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, The Modern Novel and  The Modern Drama. Waterman has also taught the Contemporary American Studies Seminar. Additional teaching... Read More

Dr. Russell Weaver
310 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
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 Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Melville/Conrad and Austen. Dr. Weaver published “Questioning Keats: An Introduction to Applied... Read More