Faculty & Staff Directory

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Dr. Dawn Weber
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
202, Center for the Arts
Dr. Iyad Ajwa

203, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
Dr. Iyad Ajwa earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan; a Master of Science in mathematics and a Master of Science in computer science from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and Doctor of Philosophy in computer science from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. Dr. Ajwa joined Ashland University in 1997. He has taught a variety of computer science courses... Read More

Tricia Applegate
Coordinator, CAS/Performing Arts Publicity & Events
149 CFA, Center for the Arts
Tricia Applegate has over 25 years of arts administration experience.  She was the founder and former executive director of the Ashland Community Arts Center, and held positions at other organizations such as the McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ), Renaissance Theatre (Mansfield, OH), Ashland Symphony Orchestra, Ashland Chautauqua and the City of Ashland's Guy C. Myers Memorial Band Shell. She holds a B.A. in business... Read More

Dr. Matt Arthur

419 , Kettering Science Building
Matthew L. Arthur, Ph.D., is a professor of chemistry. He earned his B.S. from University of New Mexico in 1976 and Ph.D. from New Mexico State University in 1984. He teaches courses in general and inorganic chemistry and has delivered inservice programs and intensive (15-30 hours) workshops in science education for K-12 teachers. In addition, he has directed Chemistry Can Be Fun Camp, a science camp for middle-... Read More

Dr. David Aune
10, Rinehart Center for Religious Studies
David Aune came to Ashland University in the fall of 1996. Before Ashland, he taught part-time at a number of colleges in New England, including Providence College, Wesleyan University and Eastern Connecticut State University. Dr. Aune holds the Ph.D. in the history of religions: early Christianity from Brown University, a Th.M. in New Testament from Regent Collge (affiliated with the University of British Columbia... Read More

Dr. Theodore Avtgis
Chair, Professor
333, Center for the Arts
Dr. Theodore A. Avtgis is a professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies. Professor Avtgis’ research includes organizational communication, medical communication, risk and crisis communication and aggressive communication. He received his Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1999 and has served on the faculty of St. John’s University, West Virginia University and University of Akron. Dr. Avtgis... Read More

Dr. Mary Ball

213 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Dr. Mary Ball holds a Ph.D. in foreign/second language education from the Ohio State University, an M.A. in French literature from Kent State University, an M.A.T. from the School for International Training in French and English as a second language and a B.A. in French literature from Heidelberg College. She has taught language courses in English as a second language and French and courses in teacher education. Her... Read More

Michael Barrett

114 , Claremont Building
Michael Barrett was a police officer with the Cleveland Police Department for 20 years. He is currently a field agent, an academy commander and trainer and part of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. He has been a professor at Ashland University's department of criminal justice and sociology for 16 years.

Dr. Robert Bergosh

422 , Kettering Science Building
Dr. Robert Bergosh, associate professor of chemistry, joined Ashland University in 2005. His area of expertise is in organic chemistry. He obtained a Bachelor of Science with a double major in chemistry and biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College and a Ph.D. in organic/materials chemistry from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Rowland Blackley

208, Center for the Arts
Rowland (“Ron”) Blackley is a professor of music and director of choral activities at Ashland University, where he conducts the university choir, chamber singers and Ashland-area chorus. He supervises all aspects of the choral program and teaches in the areas of conducting and music education. While he deals primarily with choral groups now, Dr. Blackley has conducted numerous orchestras and bands throughout his... Read More

Dr. Diane Bonfiglio

145, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Bonfiglio earned a B.S. in psychology from Ashland University, an M.A. in psychology from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Ohio State University. She specializes in health psychology. Her particular areas of interest include the relationship between social support and health, the health consequences of psychosocial stress and healthy aging. She is currently working on... Read More

Dr. Soren Brauner

322 , Kettering Science Building
Dr. Soren Brauner, professor of biology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1986. He received a Bachelor of Arts in environmental biology, a Master of Arts in botany from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California at Davis. His area of expertise is in plant genetics and evolution.

Cassandra Brown
Administrative Assistant

Cassandra (Cassy) Brown is the administrative assistant to the departments of art and mathematics & computer sciences. She is an Ashland-area native with a bachelor's degree in agricultural communications and master's of science in horticulture and crop sciences from The Ohio State Univeristy. Cassy lives in the Miffin area with her husband and two middle school children. Cassy's favorite activity is spending... Read More

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

Patti Brown
Administrative Assistant to the Dean
201, Center for the Arts
Dr. Nigel Brush

421 , Kettering Science Building
Dr. Nigel Brush, associate professor of geology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2000. His areas of research include geoarchaeology, dendrochronology and millennial-scale climate change events. He is a co-director of the Ashland/Wooster/Columbus Archaeological & Geological Consortium and former curator and co-founder of the Killbuck Valley Natural History Museum. Dr. Brush has a B.S. in English Bible... Read More

Dr. Christopher Burkett
Associate Professor of Political Science, Co-Chair, Master of Arts in American History and Government
129, Andrews Hall
Christopher Burkett, associate professor of political science, joined Ashland University in 2005. He teaches American political thought and institutions courses, and his fields of expertise include the American founding, American foreign policy, and political philosophy. He serves as faculty advisor to Student Senate, and was named Outstanding Male Faculty Member of the Year in 2008. He received his Bachelor of Arts... Read More

Dr. Marla Butke

103, Center for the Arts
Dr. Marla Butke is associate professor of music at Ashland University and serves as the coordinator of music education. She received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Miami University, a master’s degree in music education from Wright State University and a doctorate in music education from The Ohio State University. Dr. Butke has taught general and choral music in public and private schools in Dayton and... Read More

Charles Caldemeyer

236, Center for the Arts
Charles Caldemeyer, professor of art, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1990. He received a B.A. in painting from the University of South Florida in 1986 and an MFA. from Washington University in St. Louis in 1990. His teaching assignments include all levels of painting, as well as color theory and drawing. Caldemeyer's studio work has evolved in two major directions since graduate school. The Grids series... Read More

Dr. Patrick Campbell
Assistant Professor of Political Science
120, Andrews Hall
Patrick Campbell, assistant professor of political science, joined Ashland University in 2010. Professor Campbell teaches courses in American political thought and institutions. Prior to joining the Ashland community, he served in the United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC, where he worked in the Bureau of Justice Statistics as special assistant; in the Office of the Assistant Attorney General (OJP);... Read More