Faculty & Staff Directory

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Dr. Bob Thiede
Chair, Assistant Professor
149, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Robert Thiede, assistant professor, joined Ashland University in 2007. He received his PhD from the University of Toledo and Master of Education and Bachelor of Science from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Thiede spent 25 years as a school superintendent in Ohio, serving four different school districts. In 1998, he received the Outstanding Superintendent of the Year award from the Ohio PTA.

Dr. James VanKeuren
Dean, Professor
214, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. James Van Keuren is presently the Dean and Professor in the Dwight Schar College of Education. Dr. Van Keuren has written numerous articles on school finance and authored a book on web-based instruction through Rowman & Littlefield Publishing, Inc. He was a school superintendent in several school districts in Ohio and worked for the Ohio Department of Education for sixteen years where he was the Director of... Read More

Connie S. VanSwearingen
Administrative Assistant
Suite 154, Stark Center
Dr. Donna Villareal
Assistant Professor
200 D, Columbus Center
Dr. Donna Villareal, Assistant Professor, joined Ashland University in 2008. She was an Intervention Specialist and English as a Second Language teacher before that, working at the Columbus City Schools' Spanish Immersion Academy and the Dresden International School, Germany. She obtained a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish from Catholic University of America, a Master of Arts degree in Multicultural Education from... Read More

Dr. Gabriela Walker
Assistant Professor
238, Dwight Schar College of Education
Gabriela Walker, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the Ashland University in the Department of Inclusive Services and Exceptional Learners. Dr. Walker obtained her degrees from the University of Bucharest, Romania; the University of Georgia, U.S.; and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S. Dr. Walker teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of disability studies. Her dissertation title... Read More

Dr. Carl Walley
218, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Carl Walley joined the faculty of Ashland University in 1989.  He has earned degrees at Ashland College (1968), The University of Vermont (1974) and Kent State University (1989).  He teaches graduate courses related to curriculum theory and undergraduate classes on educational psychology and middle grades education.  Before coming to Ashland University he was an elementary grades teacher, school principal,... Read More

Dr. Howard Walters
123, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Howard Walters, Professor, is the author or co-author of 36 scholarly, peer-reviewed research studies and 44 national or international peer-reviewed conference presentations. He has been first author and Principal Investigator of 65 federally funded research proposals over the last 17 years. His research focus has addressed the K-12 teacher education pipeline to include post-licensure continuing professional... Read More

Ana Webb
Administrative Assistant, Admissions
Admissions Office, Columbus Center
Ana Webb works as an Administrative Assistant in the Admissions office at Ashland University- Columbus Center.  Prior to joining Ashland University in 2006, she worked for Cooperative Business International, DuPont De Nemours, the US Department of Agriculture, and taught Spanish at Jackson Elementary for The Ohio State University Alumni Association of Circleville, OH. Ana is married with two sons and resides in... Read More

Dr. Harold Wilson
129, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Rachel Wlodarsky
Associate Professor
225, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Rachel Wlodarsky is an Associate Professor in the Foundations, Inquiry and Community Education Department.  Her primary teaching and research interests are in Educational Psychology, Adult Education, and Reflective Practice, as well as in the foundations of educational thought and inquiry.  Wlodarsky is the author of one book, several book chapters, and a number of published research papers. She also serves as a... Read More

Dr. Jackie Wood-Morton
105K, Elyria Center UC
Dr. Wood-Morton, Professor, has been with Ashland University for 20 years.  She began as Director of Undergraduate Education in the Elyria Center. In 2000, she moved to a full-time faculty position. Her primary responsibility is teaching literacy courses at the Elyria Center. Dr. Morton has a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Georgetown College with a major in Elementary Education. She also has Master of Science... Read More

Marcie Zeldin
Administrative Assistant - COE
Reception, Columbus Center
Marcie Zeldin has been the receptionist and administrative assistant for Ashland University's Columbus Center College of Education since 2004. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences from Ohio University. Marcie lives in Gahanna.