Faculty & Staff Directory

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis
Associate Professor
258, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5392
cellis1@ashland.edu
Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis, Associate Professor, holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Abreu-Ellis teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Dwight Schar College of Education at Ashland University. Her research interests include College students with disabilities, technology and disabilities, access to education and retention of college students, Universal... Read More

Dr. Bonnie Adams
Associate Professor
255, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5349
badams@ashland.edu
Dr. Bonnie Adams, Associate Professor, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1989. Her areas of expertise include storytelling, child abuse and learning disabilities. She received her Ph.D. in special education, evaluation and measurement from Kent State University; master's degree in special education from Kent State University; master of science degree in psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University; and a... Read More

Dr. Judy Alston
Chair, Professor, Department of Leadership Studies
127, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.207.4983
jalston@ashland.edu
Dr. Judy A. Alston, Professor and Chair of the Department of Leadership Studies, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2007. Her research foci include Black female school superintendents; the exploration of how the intersections of class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual diversity and ability affect leaders; tempered radicals; servant leadership; and black LGBT issues in educational leadership. She received her... Read More

Dr. Penny Arnold
Associate Professor
2800 Richville Dr., Stark Center
330.837.5244
parnold2@ashland.edu
Dr. Penny Arnold, Associate Professor, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1996. Her areas of expertise include the effectiveness of proficiency test and board certified teachers. She was one of the first teachers in the country to earn National Board Certification. She is a multi-year recipient of the Academic Mentor Award.  She has 30 years experience as a middle school teacher and two years experience... Read More

Mohsine Bensaid
Professional Instructor
318, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.289.5149
mbensaid@ashland.edu
Mohsine Bensaid, Professional Instructor, joined the ACCESS program in the fall of 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Linguistics and Literature from Ibn Tofail University, Morocco, another Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Denison University, Granville, Ohio, and a Master of Arts degree in TESL from Kent State University where he is currently pursuing a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with... Read More

Dr. Linda Billman
Associate Professor
211, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5369
lbillman@ashland.edu
Dr. Linda Billman, Associate Professor, has been a member of the Ashland University faculty since 1997. She has served as chair of the Department of Early Childhood and the associate dean of the College of Education. Dr. Billman earned her Ph.D. from the University of Akron. She teaches in the areas of educational foundations and literacy.  Dr. Billman has extensive leadership experiences within both state and... Read More

Dr. Amy Brady
Assistant Professor
UC108, Elyria Center UC
440.366.7543
abrady@ashland.edu
Dr. Amy Brady, Assistant Professor, joined Ashland University in 2008. Her area of expertise is how teachers professionally and emotionally deal with the effects of standardized testing. She received her Ph.D. in urban education from Cleveland State University, her master of education degree in literacy from Ashland University and her bachelor of science in education from Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Herb Broda
Professor
253, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5332
hbroda@ashland.edu
Dr. Herbert Broda, Professor, joined Ashland University in 1998. His areas of expertise include outdoor education, the school yard as a teaching tool and middle grade education. He received the Taylor Teaching Award in 2007 and was named Outstanding Male Faculty Member of the Year in 2009. Dr. Broda serves as the university's Coordinator of First Year Experiences. He has a bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees... Read More

Steve Brown
Director of Graduate Education at the Ashland Center
117, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5367
sbrown11@ashland.edu
Steve Brown is the Director of Graduate Education at the Ashland Center, a position that he has held since January 2008. He is currently responsible for the M.Ed. and Bachelors Plus programs. Prior to coming to Ashland University, Steve spent over 33 years in public school education as a teacher, principal and curriculum director. He earned his Bachelors in Music Education in 1974 and his Masters in Educational... Read More

Dr. Frederick Burton
Associate Professor
230C, Columbus Center
614.794.0803
fburton@ashland.edu
Dr. Fred Burton, Associate Professor, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2008.  With extensive experience as an elementary school teacher and principal, he brings a practical perspective that is informed by his theoretical and philosophical roots in child-centered, progressive education.  His areas of expertise include early and middle childhood education, Reggio-Emilia inspired teaching and integrated... Read More

Shane Carter
Director, ACCESS Program
317, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.289.5123
scarter4@ashland.edu
Shane Carter has been the Director of the ACCESS Program since June of 2012.   Shane has a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from Ohio University.  Shane has lived extensively overseas, where he taught English as a Second Language in Korea, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, and Japan before returning to the United States in 2007.

Dr. Cathryn Chappell
Associate Professor
220D, Columbus Center
614.794.0803
cchappel@ashland.edu
Dr. Cathryn Chappell, Associate Professor, joined Ashland University in 2004. Her areas of expertise include assessment, multicultural education, peace education, and social justice issues. Her primary areas of scholarship include post-secondary prison education and libraries as community centers. She earned her B.A. in psychology and M.Ed., and Ed.D. in the social and psychological foundations of education at the... Read More

Dr. James Chapple
Assistant Professor
UC108A, Elyria Center UC
440.366.4080
jchapple@ashland.edu
Dr. James Chapple, Assistant Professor, joined Ashland University in 2003. He was a recipient of an Academic Mentor Award in 2009. His areas of expertise include disabilities, working with children with disabilities and including children with disabilities in the general education classroom. Chapple holds a master of science degree from Bowling Green State University, a bachelor of science degree from Miami... Read More

Esther Coley
Administrative Assistant
Fields/Student Teaching, Columbus Center
614.794.0803
ecoley@ashland.edu
Esther Coley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrated Social Studies from The Ohio State University. She completed the Bachelor’s Plus Program with Ashland University Columbus Center and obtained her teaching license for 7 – 12 Social Studies. As a student, she was a graduate assistant in the Instructional Resource Center. In 2012, Esther became the part-time administrative assistant for Fields/Student Teaching... Read More

Diane Craig
Professional Instructor
157, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.207.4938
dcraig2@ashland.edu
Diane E. Craig, Professional Instructor, joined Ashland University in 2008. Mrs. Craig has a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from The University of Akron, a M.Ed. In Early Childhood Education from Kent State University and is completing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Kent State University. She has taught a variety of courses for both preschool through primary grade education, and is... Read More

Dr. Stephen Denney
Assistant Professor
UC105I, Elyria Center UC
440.366.4825
sdenney@ashland.edu
Dr. Stephen Denney, Assistant Professor, joined Ashland University in 2007. His areas of expertise include transition and self-determination for students with disabilities. He earned his B.A.in History from the University of Colorado and his M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Special Education from Kent State University.

Dr. Allison Dickey
Chair, Associate Professor
220D, Columbus Center
614.794.0803
adickey@ashland.edu
Dr. Allison Dickey, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Inclusive Services and Exceptional Learners, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2003. Her areas of expertise include disabilities, special education and teacher preparation. She holds a bachelor of science degree in specific learning disabilities, a master of education degree in varying exceptionalities and a doctor of education degree in... Read More

Dr. Carla Edlefson
Professor
128, Dwight Schar College of Education
614.329.5380
cedlefso@ashland.edu
Dr. Carla Edlefson, professor of leadership studies, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1995. She is assigned full time to the doctoral program in leadership studies, and she has chaired or co-chaired 29 doctoral dissertations to completion. Her areas of expertise are educational policy and finance. She has experience in public school teaching, state government, and non-profit organization management. She... Read More

Tom Eibel
Professional Instructor
206, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.4941
teibel@ashland.edu
Tom is a Part-time Instructor for the Dwight Schar College of Education at Ashland University from 1997 to the present.  He teaches the Intro to Education course for Undergraduates, and the Intro course for Bachelor Plus students.  He also has supervised student teachers for many years.  He received his M.Ed. at Kent State University and his B.A. from Oho Wesleyan University.

Dr. Jason Brent Ellis
Associate Professor
252, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5299
jbellis@ashland.edu
Dr. Jason Brent Ellis, Associate Professor, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2007. A native of Canada, his research focuses on technology use by students with disabilities in K-16 education, ways of leveling the digital divide through policy and pedagogical interventions, ways of providing access to under-represented and non-traditional students, the creation of sustainable models of education in emerging... Read More

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