Faculty & Staff Directory

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Dr. Alex Sanchez-Behar

105, Center for the Arts
Alexander Sanchez-Behar received his B.A. in music from the University of California, Berkeley, M.M. in music theory from Northwestern University, and Ph.D. in music theory from Florida State University. He teaches the music theory and aural skills sequence and music composition. Prior to his arrival at Ashland University, Dr. Sanchez-Behar taught courses on musicianship, harmony and form at Phoenix College, Florida... 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. Patricia Saunders

324 , Kettering Science Building
Dr. Patricia A. Saunders, associate professor of biology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2002 and is the director of the University's Environmental Science Program. For several years, she has been advisor to Beta Beta Beta, the biology honorary. Her area of expertise is aquatic ecology. Since joining Ashland University she has directed many students doing independent research projects related to the... Read More

Dr. Wendy Schaller
Associate Professor
233 , Center for the Arts
Dr. Wendy Schaller, associate professor of art, has been a member of the Ashland University faculty since 2002. A specialist in Baroque art, she received both her Ph.D. and her M.A.in art history from the Ohio State University. She also received a B.A. in art history from The University of Tennessee. Dr. Schaller's major area of interest is seventeenth-century Dutch art, and her research is focused primarily on... Read More

Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart
214 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
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 received her M.Ed., was one of the first two recipients of the Taylor Teaching Award in 1987, and received the Ed Allen... Read More

Dr. Peter Schramm
Professor of Political Science, Director, Ashbrook Scholar Program
810, Ashbrook Center
Peter W. Schramm is Professor of Political Science, Director of the Ashbrook Scholar Program, and Senior Fellow at the John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs. Prior to his work at Ashland, he served in the Reagan Administration as the director of the Center for International Education in the United States Department of Education. Before entering government service, Dr. Schramm was the president of the Claremont... Read More

Adam Schulte
Biology Laboratory Technician
Rm. 215, Kettering Science Building
Adam Schulte joined the department during the fall semester of 2013 as a laboratory technician. He graduated from Kent State University in 2011 with a bachelor of science in biotechnology. Adam spent the last 2 years as a microbiologist in the pharmaceutical industry, working with chemotherapy and other parenteral drugs. Former student research includes maturation of the mouse oocyte and the insertion pressure of... Read More

Dr. Michael Schwarz
Assistant Professor of History
121, Andrews Hall
Dr. Michael Schwarz, assistant professor of history, joined Ashland University in 2008. He teaches courses on American history. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Vincent College, a Master of Arts from Ohio University and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Jeff Sikkenga
Associate Professor of Political Science
118, Andrews Hall
Jeffrey Sikkenga is associate 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 American Founding and American constitutional law. He is deeply interested in the relationship between politics and... Read More

Stephanie Sikora

205, Center for the Arts
Stephanie Sikora, soprano, has been sharing her musical talents with audiences throughout Ohio and the Midwest for numerous years. As professor of music, she is currently in her 19th year as head of the voice area in the department of music at Ashland University where she teaches Applied Voice, Diction for Singers, Opera Workshop and directs the Women’s Chorus. She has sung over 100 performances with Cleveland Opera... Read More

Dr. Kristin Simokat

215, Kettering Science Building
Dr. Kristin Simokat is joining the department of biology and toxicology as a visiting assistant professor.  She will be teaching courses in human anatomy and physiology.  She received her B.A. in biology from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology with a concentration in developmental biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Dr. Simokat comes most recently from the Palouse... Read More

John Skrada
Operations Manager
126, Center for the Arts
John Skrada is the operations manager for 88.9 WRDL-FM and TV-20 in the journalism and digital media department of Ashland University.  He received a bachelor’s degree in communication from Cleveland State University.  Before coming to Ashland University in 2011, John has worked as a freelance videographer and tape operator for major sports and entertainment networks for the past 18 years.  In addition to sports,... Read More

Dr. Peter Slade

15, Rinehart Center for Religious Studies
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 for a small chapel in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Interested in the lived ecclesiologies of Christian communities,... Read More

Dr. Jeffrey Spelman

111, Claremont Building
Dr. Jeffrey Spelman, associate professor, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1999. He received his Ph.D. at the Union Institute & University, his M.S. in corrections at Xavier University and his B.S. in criminal justice at Kent State University. Dr. Spelman is a member in the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (NIJ) Consulting Database and enjoys conducting and presenting research on... Read More

Dr. Dick Stoffer

323 , Kettering Science Building
Dr. Richard L. Stoffer, professor of biology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1980. He is a member of the Environmental Science program and the Ashland University Preserve Manager.  He teaches courses including general zoology, ecology, ecology of the Great Smoky Mountains, field zoology, ethology and forensic science. His research interests included Ohio prairies and prairie reconstruction, systematics of... Read More

Dr. John Stratton
Executive Director, Ashland Center for Nonviolence
112, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Steve Suess
Professional Instructor, WRDL 88.9FM Advisor
215 G, Center for the Arts
Professor Steve Suess joins Ashland University’s journalism and digital media department as a professional instructor and the new faculty advisor of WRDL.  He earned both a B.S. in mass media with a minor in writing and a M.S. in communication from Illinois State University, where he taught both speech and radio courses as a graduate student.  In addition to his studies at Illinois State, Professor Suess spent six... Read More

Dr. Gordon Swain

208, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
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 department of mathematics and computer science from 2001-2007, and was also the 2001 recipient of the Taylor Excellence in... Read More

Dr. Christopher Swanson

209, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
Dr. Christopher N. Swanson, associate 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 Epsilon, advisor to Ashland University's team for the national William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition... Read More

Merrill Tawse

228 , Dwight Schar College of Education
Recently joining Ashland University from the MedCentral College of Nursing science department, Merrill Tawse 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 of expertise includes the distribution and foraging behaviors of the insectivorous bats found within the four-state region... Read More