Faculty & Staff Directory

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Dr. Rene Paddags
Assistant Professor of Political Science
124, Andrews Hall
René Paddags, assistant professor of political science, joined Ashland University in 2010. Professor Paddags teaches courses in international relations, comparative politics and regional studies. Prior to joining Ashland University, he had taught courses in political science and philosophy at the University of Maryland and at Loyola University, Baltimore. Dr. Paddags received his Ph.D. in political science from the... Read More

Elizabeth Pastor

209, Center for the Arts
Elizabeth Pastor is an outstanding pianist, educator and community leader with a distinguished history at Ashland University and in the music community. Elizabeth received her artist’s diploma at the age of eighteen from Boston’s Longy School of Music. She studied piano with Boris Goldovsky, Carl Frieberg, Beryl Rubinstein and Arthur Loesser. She made her debut at Town Hall, New York and has made solo appearances... Read More

Dr. Kathleen Petrill

155, Dwight Schar College of Education
Kathleen Petrill, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychology. She earned her R.N. from St. Vincent Charity Hospital School of Nursing, B.A. from Ashland University, M.A. from University of Akron and Ph.D. from University of Akron. Her research interests include gender role expectations, self perceptions, self-concept and life-span development.

Cynthia Petry
Director, Coburn Art Gallery
Gallery, Center for the Arts
Cynthia C. Petry is director of the Coburn Gallery at Ashland University as well as an adjunct professor. She received her bachelor’s degree in studio art from Morehead State University and a Master of Fine Arts with a emphasize in printmaking from Ohio University. Cynthia Petry has taught classes for Ashland University the last 17 years in the art foundations area as well as teaching digital art, art theory and... Read More

Fabio Polanco
Associate Professor of Theatre
235, Center for the Arts
In 2004, Fabio directed the Midwest premiere of Elizabeth Swados’ "Missionaries" for which he was a finalist for Northern Ohio Live! Magazine’s Award of Achievement in Theatre. Other directing credits include: "Dead Man Walking"; "Anyone Can Whistle"; "Cloud Tectonics"; "True West"; "Jesus Christ Superstar"; "All in the Timing"; "I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change"; "Sweeney Todd"; and "Waiting for Lefty" at... Read More

Dr. Mason Posner
320, Kettering Science Building
Students in his lab use molecular biology techniques to understand how eye lens proteins adapt to changes in environmental temperature. They are currently investigating the evolution and biological role of lens proteins called crystallins. These proteins are responsible for making the lens transparent and refracting light so that focused images fall on the retina. Amazingly, one family of crystallins, the alpha... Read More

Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths
Associate Professor
329 , Center for the Arts
Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths, associate professor of speech in the department of communication studies, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1994. Her areas of expertise include interpersonal communication, conversational analysis, family communication, performance studies and storytelling. She works with the Ashland Chautauqua as a member of the planning committee and as a writer/director of local history... Read More

Dr. Jennifer Rathbun
212, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Jennifer Rathbun has a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in contemporary Latin American literature and is currently an associate professor of Spanish and chair of the department of foreign languages at Ashland University in Ohio. The Bitter Oleander Press published her translation of the poetry collection "Afterglow/Tras el rayo" by world renowned Mexican author Alberto Blanco in June 2011. In 2009, she published... Read More

Dr. Tom Reed
206, Center for the Arts
Dr. Thomas Reed is professor of music and chair of the department of music at Ashland University where he has taught in a number of areas including applied woodwinds, music theory and jazz studies. He joined the faculty in 1986. He is a member of the Akron Symphony (bass clarinet) and Ashland Symphony (principal clarinet), was a long-time member of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra (saxophone), and has performed on... Read More

Breanna Reffel
Communications Coordinator, College of Arts & Sciences
210A, Center for the Arts
Dr. Nicholas Regan
Assistant Professor
120D , Jacobs Hall
Dr. Nick Regan, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of chemistry and joined Ashland University in 2011. He received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Ohio University in 2006 and a Ph.D. in pharmacy with a specialization in medicinal chemistry from the Ohio State University in 2011. Dr. Regan’s research focuses in on the synthesis and optimization of small molecule protein activators and inhibitors for the development... Read More

Kari Repuyan
Administrative Assistant, Department of English &, Master of Fine Arts program
105 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Ms. Kari Repuyan joined Ashland University in 2010 as the administrative assistant for the department of English and the Master of Fine Arts program. Ms. Repuyan also provides support for River Teeth and Ashland Poetry Press. She received a B.S. in education from Miami University and has held various administrative roles at several Fortune 500 companies such as Pfizer, Verso Paper and United Agri Products.  She... Read More

Brenda Rodeback
Administrative Assistant
221 , Kettering Science Building
Mrs. Brenda Rodeback joined Ashland University as the administrative assistant to the departments of biology/toxicology and chemistry/geology/physics in September 1999. She is currently the administrative assistant for the departments of biology/toxicology, chemistry/geology/physics and psychology. She has an associate’s degree in office administration from NCSC. Brenda lives in West Salem with her husband, Ron, and... Read More

Dr. Pravin Rodrigues
Associate Professor
326, Center for the Arts
Dr. Rodgrigues began his graduate studies in the U.S in 1991. He received a M.A. in mass communication and a Ph. D. in interpersonal and public vommunication from Bowling Green State University. His research and writing focuses on intercultural communication, rhetoric, popular culture and Asian-Indian identity. Five years working in the advertising industry in India convinced Dr. Rodrigues that there was much to... Read More

Dr. Dariela Rodriguez
Assistant Professor
335 , Center for the Arts
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... Read More

Priscilla Roggenkamp
Assistant Professor
346A , Center for the Arts
Born in Bangor, Maine, Priscilla has lived in Maine, Ohio, Virginia and Arkansas. She has resided in Alliance, Ohio since 1990, teaching and making art. Priscilla has taught at The College of Wooster, Mount Union College, Canton Country Day School, Blue Ridge Community College, James Madison University and the University of Arkansas. She has conducted art education workshops in Florida, Ohio and Maine and has co-... Read More

Cathy Rowland
Administrative Assistant
204, Center for the Arts
Ms. Cathy Rowland joined Ashland University as the administrative assistant to the department of music in August 1999. She is currently the administrative assistant for the departments of music, art and theatre. She also serves as organist and choir accompanist for her church, Jeromesville United Methodist. Ms. Rowland lives in Jeromesville with daughters, Anna and Josie.  

Dr. Maduka Rupasinghe

213, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
Dr. Maduka Rupasinghe is an assistant professor of mathematics.  He received a B.S. degree in business, finance and computational mathematics from the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka.  Dr. Rupasinghe went on to graduate school at Missouri University of Science and Technology where he recently obtained a Ph.D. in mathematics with a statistics emphasis.  His research interests lie in the areas of statistics,... Read More

Sarah Russell
Assistant Professor of Theatre, Resident Costume Designer
150, Center for the Arts
Sarah Russell received a Master of Fine Arts in costume design from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Music in music education from Bowling Green State University. She came to Ashland University from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania where she taught courses including Introduction to Costume Design, Stage Makeup, Costume Crafts, Costume Rendering Techniques and Introduction to Sewing. She is a... Read More

Leonard Salvo

106, Center for the Arts
Leonard Salvo has served as director of bands at Ashland University since 1988. In addition to his work with the University concert band, wind ensemble, community concert band and marching band, he teaches courses in conducting and music education. Before coming to Ashland, he held positions at Indiana State University as assistant director of bands and as assistant band director for the University of Toledo. Mr.... Read More