Department of English

Contact Us

Administrative Assistant

Lindsay Brandon-Smith
Administrative Assistant
203, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5110
lbrando2@ashland.edu

Department Contact

au-english@ashland.edu

Programs

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Fostering Your Imagination

Are you an enthusiastic writer thinking about turning your passion into a career? Develop your voice in Ashland University’s Creative Writing program.

A degree in Creative Writing is an asset to nearly any career you pursue because it helps you develop critical thinking and...

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Join Us on a Literary Journey

Are you passionate about literature and language ? Join the English Department at Ashland University to start your literary journey across centuries and around the globe.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Passing Your Love of Language On

Do you have a love of language and literature and want to teach? Bring your passion to life for the next generation of high school students in the Integrated Language Arts program at Ashland University.

This program prepares you for teacher licensure in...

Graduate
Degree Type: MFA

Expand your writing practice and refine your craft within the supportive community of Ashland University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.

Curriculum

Brochures, Course Rotations & Four-Year Guides

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Current Academic Year

English Department Master Syllabi

Department Course Rotations

Current Academic Year
Creative Writing
Creative Writing, B.A. Four-Year Guide
English
English, B.A. Four-Year Guide
English, B.A. Three-Year Guide
Integrated Language Arts (Grades 7-12)
Integrated Language Arts, B.S. Four-Year Guide

Faculty & Staff

Hilary Donatini
Dr. Hilary Donatini
Chair, English Department, Associate Professor of English
306, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5224 / hdonatin@ashland.edu
Department of English
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Deborah Fleming
Professor of English, Editor and Director of Ashland Poetry Press
308 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5789 / dfleming@ashland.edu
Department of English
Dr. Maura Grady
Dr. Maura Grady
Associate Professor of English, Director of English Composition Program
316, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5670 / mgrady3@ashland.edu
Department of English
Christian Kiefer, Ashland MFA Director
Dr. Christian Kiefer
Director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
101, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
/ ckiefer2@ashland.edu
Department of English
Dan Lehman
Dan Lehman
Trustee's Professor Emeritus

/ dlehman@ashland.edu
Department of English
Dr. Joe Mackall
Dr. Joe Mackall
Retired Professor of English
Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
/
Department of English
Dr. Sharleen Mondal
Dr. Sharleen Mondal
Associate Professor of English
302, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5393 / smondal@ashland.edu
Department of English
Dr. Naomi Saslaw
Dr. Naomi Saslaw
Professor of English
314, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5198 / nsaslaw@ashland.edu
Department of English
Dr. Kelly Sundberg, Assistant Professor of English
Dr. Kelly Sundberg
Assistant Professor of English
314, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5199 / ksundber@ashland.edu
Department of English
Dr. Jayne Waterman
Dr. Jayne Waterman
Associate Professor of English
312, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5284 / jwaterma@ashland.edu
Department of English
Dr. Russell Weaver
Dr. Russell Weaver
Professor of English
310 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5117 / rweaver3@ashland.edu
Department of English

Department News

Student Reaction to Poet Maggie Smith Reading at Ashland University (10/23/19)



Student Reaction to Poet Maggie Smith Reading at Ashland University (10/23/19)

By Melan White

Poems packed with grace, pain, power, and nostalgia stuck with audience members long after they were read aloud on a Wednesday afternoon. On October 23, 2019 English department students, university professors, staff, and community members gathered to hear Maggie Smith read her work. Smith’s poems carry us from the corn fields of Ohio to the depths of the blue skies, and are packed with universal truths and the thoughts of a young Midwesterner. Smith writes from her own lived experience-- she writes as a mother, as an Ohian, and tries not to write as an editor (even though she is one). Smith is well known for her poem “Good Bones,” but it is just a sampling of the breadth of her work. The final lines of Smith’s poems leave readers in awe, wonderment, and a simultaneous deep understanding and deep questioning of the world around us.

As a junior, a Creative Writing and Mathematics double major, and a student athlete, it can be hard to find time to attend events on campus like this one. I was grateful to be able to attend, I felt both honored and inspired to listen to Maggie Smith read her work. Towards the end of the reading when Smith was reading her poem “Let’s Not Begin,” I had this moment of deja vu. I focused in on Smith’s words and realized that I had heard her work before. I was a member of a writing community in my hometown and we would open our writing time with Smith’s poems. It was such a great moment to be able to put a face to the words that had moved me so many times before.


...Read more

What Can You Do With an English Major?

...Read more

Alumni Update: Alyssa Ferrell (2019)

Alumni Update! 
Alyssa Ferrell, a 2019 graduate of Ashland University, has shared what she has been up to since graduation! "Since graduation, I've made quite a few big leaps into adulthood. I moved to Ashland permanently, renovated my first home, got a teaching job at a great district, and I am preparing to get married on September 21st! It's been a busy summer! I am now working as an 11th and 12th grade English teacher at Crestview High School. I did my student teaching through Ashland University at Crestview in the spring, so I really owe my job to AU! I love teaching American and British literature to these kids, but my favorite subject that I teach is Journalism. We only have four kids in the class, but they are all excited to make their voices heard through school publications. I'm really looking forward to getting to know all of my students and creating an engaging Literature program with some of my favorite texts. Teaching my students how to close read is a large part of my curriculum, and I owe my own abilities with close reading to my professors at AU. I hope we can have stimulating discussions in my class like we did during my time at AU!"
- Alyssa Ferrell




Pictured: Alyssa [standing, second from the right] at the Crestview High School's first football game of the season...Read more

Dr. Kelly Sundberg's new publications

Dr. Kelly Sundberg, Asst. Prof. of English has several new publications this month. Dr. Sundberg has published a memoir from Harper Collins, Goodbye, Sweet Girl, numerous essays and other works. These articles are in popular media publications because, as Dr. Sundberg tells us, "I try to keep one foot in the commercial publishing world" as well as continuing to do more academic creative writing work. The first is an interview with The Healthy, which is part of the Reader's Digest family: https://www.thehealthy.com/family/relationships/survivors-stories-domestic-violence/.f
The second is one that she is very excited about. The Stylist, which is the UKs leading women's magazine had their 10 year anniversary this year, and to celebrate, they had 10 issues guest edited by 10 women. The current guest editor is Roxane Gay (the last editors were Chelsea and Hillary Clinton), and Roxane Gay asked Sundberg to write the column for the issue. The first link describes the issue (which Sundberg comments "is amazing and features Elizabeth Warren"), and the second link is Dr. Sundberg's piece.https://www.stylist.co.uk/people/roxane-gay-stylist-guest-editor-takeover-10th-anniversary/320116
https://www.stylist.co.uk/people/kelly-sundberg-healing-power-of-storytelling-trauma-domestic-abuse/320108
Congratulations to Dr. Sundberg on the publication of these pieces!

...Read more

Contact Us

Administrative Assistant

Lindsay Brandon-Smith
Administrative Assistant
203, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5110
lbrando2@ashland.edu

Department Contact

au-english@ashland.edu

Programs

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Fostering Your Imagination

Are you an enthusiastic writer thinking about turning your passion into a career? Develop your voice in Ashland University’s Creative Writing program.

A degree in Creative Writing is an asset to nearly any career you pursue because it helps you develop critical thinking and...

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Join Us on a Literary Journey

Are you passionate about literature and language ? Join the English Department at Ashland University to start your literary journey across centuries and around the globe.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BA
Passing Your Love of Language On

Do you have a love of language and literature and want to teach? Bring your passion to life for the next generation of high school students in the Integrated Language Arts program at Ashland University.

This program prepares you for teacher licensure in...

Graduate
Degree Type: MFA

Expand your writing practice and refine your craft within the supportive community of Ashland University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.

Curriculum

Brochures, Course Rotations & Four-Year Guides

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Current Academic Year

English Department Master Syllabi

Department Course Rotations

Current Academic Year
Creative Writing
Creative Writing, B.A. Four-Year Guide
English
English, B.A. Four-Year Guide
English, B.A. Three-Year Guide
Integrated Language Arts (Grades 7-12)
Integrated Language Arts, B.S. Four-Year Guide

Faculty & Staff

Hilary Donatini
Dr. Hilary Donatini
Chair, English Department, Associate Professor of English
306, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5224 / hdonatin@ashland.edu
Department of English
fleming deb
Deborah Fleming
Professor of English, Editor and Director of Ashland Poetry Press
308 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5789 / dfleming@ashland.edu
Department of English
Dr. Maura Grady
Dr. Maura Grady
Associate Professor of English, Director of English Composition Program
316, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5670 / mgrady3@ashland.edu
Department of English
Christian Kiefer, Ashland MFA Director
Dr. Christian Kiefer
Director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
101, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
/ ckiefer2@ashland.edu
Department of English
Dan Lehman
Dan Lehman
Trustee's Professor Emeritus

/ dlehman@ashland.edu
Department of English
Dr. Joe Mackall
Dr. Joe Mackall
Retired Professor of English
Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
/
Department of English
Dr. Sharleen Mondal
Dr. Sharleen Mondal
Associate Professor of English
302, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5393 / smondal@ashland.edu
Department of English
Dr. Naomi Saslaw
Dr. Naomi Saslaw
Professor of English
314, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5198 / nsaslaw@ashland.edu
Department of English
Dr. Kelly Sundberg, Assistant Professor of English
Dr. Kelly Sundberg
Assistant Professor of English
314, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5199 / ksundber@ashland.edu
Department of English
Dr. Jayne Waterman
Dr. Jayne Waterman
Associate Professor of English
312, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5284 / jwaterma@ashland.edu
Department of English
Dr. Russell Weaver
Dr. Russell Weaver
Professor of English
310 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5117 / rweaver3@ashland.edu
Department of English

Department News

Student Reaction to Poet Maggie Smith Reading at Ashland University (10/23/19)



Student Reaction to Poet Maggie Smith Reading at Ashland University (10/23/19)

By Melan White

Poems packed with grace, pain, power, and nostalgia stuck with audience members long after they were read aloud on a Wednesday afternoon. On October 23, 2019 English department students, university professors, staff, and community members gathered to hear Maggie Smith read her work. Smith’s poems carry us from the corn fields of Ohio to the depths of the blue skies, and are packed with universal truths and the thoughts of a young Midwesterner. Smith writes from her own lived experience-- she writes as a mother, as an Ohian, and tries not to write as an editor (even though she is one). Smith is well known for her poem “Good Bones,” but it is just a sampling of the breadth of her work. The final lines of Smith’s poems leave readers in awe, wonderment, and a simultaneous deep understanding and deep questioning of the world around us.

As a junior, a Creative Writing and Mathematics double major, and a student athlete, it can be hard to find time to attend events on campus like this one. I was grateful to be able to attend, I felt both honored and inspired to listen to Maggie Smith read her work. Towards the end of the reading when Smith was reading her poem “Let’s Not Begin,” I had this moment of deja vu. I focused in on Smith’s words and realized that I had heard her work before. I was a member of a writing community in my hometown and we would open our writing time with Smith’s poems. It was such a great moment to be able to put a face to the words that had moved me so many times before.


...Read more

What Can You Do With an English Major?

...Read more

Alumni Update: Alyssa Ferrell (2019)

Alumni Update! 
Alyssa Ferrell, a 2019 graduate of Ashland University, has shared what she has been up to since graduation! "Since graduation, I've made quite a few big leaps into adulthood. I moved to Ashland permanently, renovated my first home, got a teaching job at a great district, and I am preparing to get married on September 21st! It's been a busy summer! I am now working as an 11th and 12th grade English teacher at Crestview High School. I did my student teaching through Ashland University at Crestview in the spring, so I really owe my job to AU! I love teaching American and British literature to these kids, but my favorite subject that I teach is Journalism. We only have four kids in the class, but they are all excited to make their voices heard through school publications. I'm really looking forward to getting to know all of my students and creating an engaging Literature program with some of my favorite texts. Teaching my students how to close read is a large part of my curriculum, and I owe my own abilities with close reading to my professors at AU. I hope we can have stimulating discussions in my class like we did during my time at AU!"
- Alyssa Ferrell




Pictured: Alyssa [standing, second from the right] at the Crestview High School's first football game of the season...Read more

Dr. Kelly Sundberg's new publications

Dr. Kelly Sundberg, Asst. Prof. of English has several new publications this month. Dr. Sundberg has published a memoir from Harper Collins, Goodbye, Sweet Girl, numerous essays and other works. These articles are in popular media publications because, as Dr. Sundberg tells us, "I try to keep one foot in the commercial publishing world" as well as continuing to do more academic creative writing work. The first is an interview with The Healthy, which is part of the Reader's Digest family: https://www.thehealthy.com/family/relationships/survivors-stories-domestic-violence/.f
The second is one that she is very excited about. The Stylist, which is the UKs leading women's magazine had their 10 year anniversary this year, and to celebrate, they had 10 issues guest edited by 10 women. The current guest editor is Roxane Gay (the last editors were Chelsea and Hillary Clinton), and Roxane Gay asked Sundberg to write the column for the issue. The first link describes the issue (which Sundberg comments "is amazing and features Elizabeth Warren"), and the second link is Dr. Sundberg's piece.https://www.stylist.co.uk/people/roxane-gay-stylist-guest-editor-takeover-10th-anniversary/320116
https://www.stylist.co.uk/people/kelly-sundberg-healing-power-of-storytelling-trauma-domestic-abuse/320108
Congratulations to Dr. Sundberg on the publication of these pieces!

...Read more

A THRIVING COMMUNITY OF READERS AND WRITERS

Join the English Department at Ashland University and learn how stories have the power to change the world. From the classics to the contemporary literary scene, our flexible curriculum allows you to customize your education based on your interests. In the English Department’s three majors—English, Creative Writing, and Integrated Language Arts Education (Grades 7-12) you will find yourself surrounded by a thriving community of readers and writers.

Why Choose a Major in the English Department?

As a student in the English Department, you will:

  • Receive personal attention with small class sizes at all course levels.

  • Have the oppurtunity to double major in both Creative Writing and English, or pair an English program with a major in Communication Studies, Foreign Languages, History, Journalism, Digital Media Marketing, Philosophy, Religion, or Theatre.

  • Learn from expert faculty comprised of published authors and working editors who bring their expertise to the classroom.

  • Collaborate with faculty on research projects and publishing opportunities, with the chance to present your findings at professional conferences.

  • Get paid experience by working as a writing tutor in the University Writing Center and in internships with the Ashland Poetry Press and the AU Master of Fine Arts Program.

  • Join the editorial team of the Black Fork Review, a literary journal run by students and featuring student writing.

  • Be prepared to extend your education by pursuing graduate school. Previous majors are proven to have excelled in top graduate programs in their chosen field.

Graduates of our English Department work as arts administrators, attorneys, digital marketing strategists, editors, higher education administrators, journalists, librarians, professors, technical writers, and more.

Integrated Language Arts Education graduates hold positions throughout Ohio, across the United States, and in other countries. 

Find your voice by exploring the programs within the English Department.

Honor Society 

Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Beta Phi Chapter

Sigma Tau Delta is a National English Honor Society. In addition to conferring distinction for high achievement in English language and literature, the Society’s Articles of Incorporation call for “service to society by fostering literacy.” Ashland University’s chapter strives to build student-professor relationships outside of the classroom, serve as leaders in the English department and foster literacy in the Ashland community.

Qualifications for Membership

To apply to Sigma Tau Delta, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Sophomore standing or higher
  2. 3.0 minimum GPA in at least TWO English classes beyond English 102
  • You DO NOT need to have an English major or minor to be a member of Sigma Tau Delta. We welcome all who love literature and writing to join.

Application for Membership

Please contact Dr. Hilary Donatini for an application (hdonatin@ashland.edu).

http://www.english.org/sigmatd/

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