Dr. Penny Arnold, associate professor of educational foundations, 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 certification. She is a multi-year recipient of the Academic Mentor Award. She holds a Ph.D. in elementary education, a master of elementary education degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in education, all from the University of Akron.