Criminal Justice and Sociology Faculty & Staff

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Dr. Russell Craig Dr. Russell Craig
Professor of Criminal Justice
224, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Russell Craig, professor of criminal justice, came to Ashland University in 1985 for the purpose of creating a program and major in criminal justice and served as program director and department chair for the past 24 years. He recently left the administrative areas of the program to teach full-time and continues to supervise the department’s internships. He earned an M. A. in sociology, specializing in criminal... Read More

Matthew Fisher Matthew Fisher
Criminal Justice Online Adjunct Instructor
Mr. Matthew Fisher is Chief of Police in Wooster, Ohio, and has 15 years of Law Enforcement experience.  Mr. Fisher has a Master’s degree in criminal justice administration and is an Adjunct Professor in the Criminal Justice Program at Ashland University.

Dr. Marc Hedrick Marc Hedrick
Professional Instructor
157, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Marc Hedrick, Professional Instructor of Criminal Justice, joined the Ashland faculty, in 2015. He has experience in the justice system, both as an attorney and as a police officer. Attorney Hedrick practiced civil and criminal law for eight years, in Mansfield, Ohio. Prior to becoming an attorney he was both a military and civilian police officer. He served as a police officer for the city of Marion, Ohio and... Read More

Dr. Mitchell Metzger Dr. Mitchell Metzger
Professor, Chair
155, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Mitchell Metzger is a professor and has served as the psychology department chair since 2007. He earned a B.S. (1992) in psychology from Bowling Green State University, and a M.A. (1994) and Ph.D. (1997) in experimental psychology from Kent State University. Prior to coming to Ashland University, Dr. Metzger worked for six years as an assistant professor at Penn State, Shenango. He has earned Ashland University’... Read More
Rick Minerd Rick Minerd
Criminal Justice Online Adjunct Instructor
Rick Minerd has worked in law enforcement for 24 years.  He has held supervisory roles in Corrections, Communications, Patrol, Investigations, Narcotics/Vice, and SWAT.  Rick currently serves in the rank of Chief Deputy, in Franklin County, Ohio.  He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Management, as well as a Master’s... Read More

Brenda Rodeback Brenda Rodeback
Administrative Assistant
221 , Kettering Science Building
Mrs. Brenda Rodeback joined Ashland University as the administrative assistant to the departments of biology/toxicology/environmental science and chemistry/geology/physics in September 1999. She is currently the administrative assistant for the departments of biology/toxicology/environmental science, chemistry/geology/physics, psychology, criminal justice, sociology and social work. She has an associate’s degree in... Read More

Ramona Rogers Dr. Ramona Rogers
Criminal Justice Adjunct Instructor
, Dwight Schar College of Education
Ramona Rogers, who serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Criminal Justice department, is a licensed attorney in Ohio, admitted to practice law before the Ohio Supreme Court, Federal Court and the United States Supreme Court. Dr. Rogers retired as Ashland County Prosecuting Attorney in December of 2013. Before retiring, Professor Rogers, who was elected Ohio's 2013 Prosecuting Attorney of the Year by the Ohio... Read More

James Roland James Roland
Criminal Justice Online Adjunct Instructor
James Roland has over thirty years experience in the criminal justice and corrections field. He served as the Deputy Superintendent of two facilities for seven years before his retirement from the Department of Youth Services, State of Ohio in 2007. He also served for four years as a Compliance Reviewer with The Nakamoto Group, Inc., being deployed to the Seneca County Jail in Tiffin Ohio from October 2008 through... Read More

Lee Sampson Lee Sampson
Criminal Justice Adjunct Instructor
Mr. Lee Sampson has 34 years of experience in adult probation and parole.  Mr. Sampson has held numerous positions with the Adult Parole Authority of Ohio including Deputy Superintendent, Regional Administrator, and Parole Program Specialist.  He is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice and has taught at Ashland University for 21 years.