Faculty & Staff Directory

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Dr. Paul Cao

205, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
Dr. Paul Cao earned his Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Nanjing University of Science and Technology from China in 2001, and his M.S. and doctor degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Duke University, Durham, NC in 2003 and 2006, respectively. He joined Ashland University in Fall 2008 following a year in Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH and a year in North Carolina Central University,... Read More

Dr. Christopher Chartier

156, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Christopher Chartier earned a B.S. in psychology from Indiana University (2007) and an M.A. (2009) and Ph.D. (2013) in social psychology from Miami University.  His research interests include tacit coordination and prosocial behavior.  He is currently studying how shared knowledge of group member traits influences the ease and efficiency with which small groups align their decisions and behaviors for maximal... Read More

Mike Clement
Laboratory Manager
405, Kettering Science Building
Michael Clement is the laboratory manager for the chemistry department. He has been with Ashland University since 1996. Michael has a B.S. in chemistry from Marquette University. His duties include maintenance and operation of laboratory instrumentation, maintenance of chemical inventory and preparation and set-up of laboratory experiments.

Jason Coale
Assistant Professor of Theatre, Resident Scenic/Lighting Designer
240, Center for the Arts
Jason received a Master of Fine Arts in theatre design and technology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Bachelor of Science in theatre production from Bradley University.  He has been a freelance designer since 2008 for theatres across the country.  Outside of the theatre, his work can be seen in various themed attractions at Busch Gardens Tampa, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Sea World San Diego and... Read More

Dr. Rebecca Corbin
416 , Kettering Science Building
Dr. Rebecca Corbin, associate professor of chemistry, joined Ashland University in 2001. She was named Outstanding Female Faculty Member of the Year in 2003 and received a national undergraduate teaching award from Iota Sigma Pi in 2007. She has a Bachelor of Science from Alderson-Broaddus College and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign.

Dr. Perry Corbin

415 , Kettering Science Building
Dr. Perry Corbin, associate professor of chemistry, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2001. He received his B.S. in chemistry from Kentucky Wesleyan College, a Ph.D. in chemistry with a specialization in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he carried out post-doctoral research at the University of Virginia. At Ashland University, Dr. Corbin enjoys teaching a variety of... Read More

Dr. Russell Craig

103, Claremont Building
Dr. Russell Craig, professor of criminal justice, came to Ashland University in 1985 for the purpose of creating a program and major in criminal justice and served as program director and department chair for the past 24 years. He recently left the administrative areas of the program to teach full-time and continues to supervise the department’s internships. He earned an M. A. in sociology, specializing in criminal... Read More

Dr. William Cummins

216 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Dr. William R. Cummins, associate professor of foreign languages, joined Ashland University in 1994. He specializes in Spanish Golden Age literature. In his research, he studies the sacramental plays of the 17th century Spanish playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca. He advises the Gamma Tau chapter of Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society and Spanish Club. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish... Read More

Dr. Doug Dawson

318 , Kettering Science Building
Douglas A. Dawson, a professor of biology and toxicology, has been at Ashland University since 1993. He holds a B.A. in biology from Transylvania University, as well as an M.S. and Ph.D. in zoology from Oklahoma State University. He currently teaches courses in anatomy and physiology, advanced human physiology, pharmacology and toxicology, and also conducts research in toxicology.

Dr. Tom Dence

216, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
Dr. Thomas Dence earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio; a master of art degree in mathematics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado; and doctor of philosophy degree in mathematics from Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, Colorado. Dr. Dence joined Ashland University in 1984. He was the chairman of the department of mathematics and... Read More

Michael Desper
Technical Director
154, Center for the Arts
Before joining Ashland University, Mr. J. Michael Desper spent the previous 11 years as technical director and resident scene designer at Sunset Playhouse near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he worked on nearly 90 productions. Previously, Mr. Desper freelanced in Chicago for such companies as Circle Theatre of Forest Park, Pendulum Theatre and Bowen Park Theatre and Opera, as well as working as guest artist and... Read More

Dr. Sue Dickson

12, Rinehart Center for Religious Studies
Sue Dickson teaches primarily in the area of practical theology. She is an ordained Presbyterian minister. After earning her B.A., she lived in El Salvador where she worked as a film producer. When she returned to the states, she served the Presbytery of Winnebago as a hunger action enabler, worked as a translator (Spanish/English) and taught English to immigrants. From 1986-1992, Dr. Dickson served as pastor in... 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

Keith Dull

343A, Center for the Arts
Keith Dull, associate professor of art, is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He received a BFA in printmaking and painting from Indiana University, Herron School of Art in 1992 and a MFA in printmaking from the University of South Dakota in 1995.  He worked as adjunct faculty and print shop technician for Herron School of Art from 1998 to 1999, and, in 1999, accepted a teaching position at Ashland University,... Read More

Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames
234, Center for the Arts
Teresa joined the Ashland University faculty in 2000 and is currently associate professor of theatre, taking over the position of chair in May 2008. She teaches courses in theatre history, script analysis and musical theatre. Teresa earned a Bachelor of Science degree from John Carroll University (in chemistry no less!) and an M.A. and Ph. D. in theatre from Bowling Green State University. Prior to her Ph.D. work,... Read More

Dr. Gretchen Dworznik
122, Center for the Arts
Dr. Gretchen Dworznik, assistant professor in journalism and digital media, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2006. Before entering higher education, she spent eight years as a television reporter and anchor, working at TV-68 in Mansfield, Ohio, NBC24 in Toledo, Ohio and WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio. Her primary research area is the effects of trauma on journalists, and her teaching areas include broadcast... Read More

Dr. Kimberly Field-Springer
Assistant Professor
331, Center for the Arts
Dr. Kimberly Field-Springer is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies. She graduated with her Ph.D. in 2013 from the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University with an emphasis on health communication and received a secondary certificate in women’s and gender studies. Prior to continuing her education at Ohio University, Dr. Field-Springer worked as a public relations and marketing... 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. Edith Foster
Assistant Professor of History
116, Andrews Hall
Edith Foster holds a B.A. and a M.A. from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She is presently an assistant professor of ancient history at Ashland University and an affiliated scholar at Kenyon College. She has published on Thucydides and Lucretius in the American Journal of Philology and in an edited volume (A Sea of Languages: Rethinking the History of Western Translation, Brill... Read More