Faculty and Staff

Name & Contact Bio & Website
sara garska Sara Garska
Administrative Assistant
134 Andrews, 120 Center for the Arts, Andrews Hall
Sara Garska joined Ashland University in 2012 as the assistant director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence.  She is currently the administrative assistant to the communication studies, journalism & digital media and history & political science departments and to the Master of Arts in Corporate and Strategic Communication (MACSC) program.  She graduated magna cum laude from Ashland University with a... Read More

Cory Hillman Dr. Cory Hillman
Assistant Professor
, Center for the Arts

Dr. Cory Hillman (Ph.D, Media and Communication Studies, Bowling Green State University) joins the Ashland University Communication Studies Department as an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies after spending the last six years as a faculty member at Central Michigan University. His research addresses how the commercialization of sports is impacting the relationship between fans and sports, the daily fantasy... Read More

Gwen Hullman Dr. Gwen Hullman
Associate Professor, Department Chair
, Center for the Arts

Dr. Gwen Hullman joins Ashland University as an Associate Professor and Chair of the Communication Studies Department. Before coming to AU, she served as the Associate Dean for Liberal Arts at the Metropolitan campus of Cuyahoga Community College. Prior to that, she was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. Gwen served as the chair of the Department of Communication Studies at the... Read More

Dan O'Rourke, Faculty, Department of Communication Studies, Ashland University Dr. Dan O'Rourke
Associate Professor
328, Center for the Arts
Dan O'Rourke is an associate professor who joined the Ashland University faculty in 1994. His research interests include the rhetoric of popular culture and the rhetoric of sport. In 2003, Dr. O’Rourke co-edited “Case Studies in Sport Communication” with Dr. Robert Brown. He has also written on subjects as diverse as "Spider-Man," “Theodore Roosevelt" and "Irony after 9/11." His primary teaching areas include:... Read More

shawn orr Shawn Orr
Interim Department Chairperson for Communication Studies;, Director of the Center for Innovation & Teaching Excellence
326, Center for the Arts
Shawn Orr is the interim Department Chairperson for Communication Studies and Director of the Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence at Ashland University. Shawn received both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal Communication and Public Communication and a Master of Arts degree in Communication from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She joined Ashland University as the Director of Faculty... Read More

Deleasa Randall-Griffiths Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths
Associate Professor, Director of the Online Communication Studies Program
329, Center for the Arts
Dr. Randall-Griffiths is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Director of the Online Communication Studies Program at Ashland University. She teaches the introductory communication course, along with courses in interpersonal communication, and health communication. Her research interests include health narratives, gender, and women’s studies. She engages in community service by... Read More