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
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

Deborah Fleming wins prestigious PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel award for the "Art of the Essay" category

Deborah Fleming wins prestigious PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel award for the "Art of the Essay" category

Dr. Fleming, Professor of English at Ashland University, was awarded the highly prestigious prize in New York City earlier this week. Her book Resurrection of the Wild: Meditations on Ohio's Natural Landscape was chosen from an impressive list of finalists.


Previous winners of this award include such literary giants as: Ursula K. Le Guin, James Wolcott, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Marilynne Robinson. 

Read more about the award here:https://pen.org/literary-award/pendiamonstein-spielvogel-award-for-the-art-of-the-essay-10000/


Congratulations to Dr. Fleming on this fantastic recognition for her work!


Read more about the praise this book has garnered here: http://www.kentstateuniversitypress.com/2020/we-have-a-winner-resurrection-of-the-wild-wins-2020-pendiamonstein-spielvogel-award-for-the-art-of-the-essay/
Purchase Dr. Fleming's book at your local bookstore or here: https://www.amazon.com/Resurrection-Wild-Meditations-Natural-Landscape/dp/1606353756...Read more

Ashland English Department Events Spring 2020

Spring 2020: Important Dates in the English Department

March 4, 4:00 p.m., Career Services Careers Workshop for Eng. Dept. Majors
(advice and support for Creative Writing, English, and ILA!)

March 17, 7 p.m. AMuLit Center/Lounge English Assessment Portfolio Workshop
Spring 2020 graduating seniors in ALL three majors (Creative Writing, English, and ILA) are required to assemble a portfolio and attend this workshop or find a time to meet Dr. Grady. If you are graduating in the spring and have not been contacted by Dr. Grady, please reach out to her.

March 19, 4:30 p.m., Ronk Lecture Hall Hanif Abdurraqib Reading

March 31, 7:00 pm, Eagles Landing ENG majors/minors open mic

April 7, 4:00, Heritage Room Celebration of Dr. Naomi Saslaw’s 50th Year Teaching at AU
Upper Convo

April 15, all day, Upper Convo URCA

April 16, Redwood Hall Birthday Bash for the Bard (Shakespeare)

April 28, 7:00 pm, Eagles Landing Last ENG majors open mic night of the year/Senior Reading

...Read more

Professor Deborah Fleming Event at Troutman Winery 3/20

Professor Deborah Fleming Event at Troutman Winery 
Fri, March 20, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Buckeye Book Fair’s "Authors on the Vine" speaker series at Troutman Vineyards is partnering with “Wine & Wilderness” to bring you author programs that promote nature discovery.
Author and equestrian DEBORAH FLEMING lives in rural Ashland, Ohio. Having cared for Ohio land for decades, Deborah has written about and will discuss her ecological perspective of this region.

Deborah's discussion will cover topics like fox hunting, the impacts of the mining and drilling industries, Ohio’s Amish community, and life on her farm.

Deborah Fleming's new book is RESURRECTION OF THE WILD: MEDITATIONS ON OHIO'S NATURAL LANDSCAPE, a collection of fourteen interrelated essays nominated. It is one of ten books long-listed for this year's PEN Art of the Essay Award.

$12 ticket includes your first glass of wine. Books will be available for purchase and signing following the program. Carry in food is permitted.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ohios-natural-landscape-with-deborah-fleming-tickets-90390956785

Troutman Vineyards and Winery4243 Columbus RdWooster, OH 44691

...Read more

Writer Hanif Abdurraqib to give reading 3/19 in Schar College of Education


Author, poet, and spoken word artist Hanif Abdurraqib will read at Ashland University in the Ronk Lecture Hall of the Schar College of Education (Main Campus) on 3/19 at 4:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public.


A dynamic and enthralling poet to hear live, you can see a sample of Hanif's performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZxsRiKJje8


...Read more

Contact Us

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

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

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

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

Department News

Deborah Fleming wins prestigious PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel award for the "Art of the Essay" category

Deborah Fleming wins prestigious PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel award for the "Art of the Essay" category

Dr. Fleming, Professor of English at Ashland University, was awarded the highly prestigious prize in New York City earlier this week. Her book Resurrection of the Wild: Meditations on Ohio's Natural Landscape was chosen from an impressive list of finalists.


Previous winners of this award include such literary giants as: Ursula K. Le Guin, James Wolcott, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Marilynne Robinson. 

Read more about the award here:https://pen.org/literary-award/pendiamonstein-spielvogel-award-for-the-art-of-the-essay-10000/


Congratulations to Dr. Fleming on this fantastic recognition for her work!


Read more about the praise this book has garnered here: http://www.kentstateuniversitypress.com/2020/we-have-a-winner-resurrection-of-the-wild-wins-2020-pendiamonstein-spielvogel-award-for-the-art-of-the-essay/
Purchase Dr. Fleming's book at your local bookstore or here: https://www.amazon.com/Resurrection-Wild-Meditations-Natural-Landscape/dp/1606353756...Read more

Ashland English Department Events Spring 2020

Spring 2020: Important Dates in the English Department

March 4, 4:00 p.m., Career Services Careers Workshop for Eng. Dept. Majors
(advice and support for Creative Writing, English, and ILA!)

March 17, 7 p.m. AMuLit Center/Lounge English Assessment Portfolio Workshop
Spring 2020 graduating seniors in ALL three majors (Creative Writing, English, and ILA) are required to assemble a portfolio and attend this workshop or find a time to meet Dr. Grady. If you are graduating in the spring and have not been contacted by Dr. Grady, please reach out to her.

March 19, 4:30 p.m., Ronk Lecture Hall Hanif Abdurraqib Reading

March 31, 7:00 pm, Eagles Landing ENG majors/minors open mic

April 7, 4:00, Heritage Room Celebration of Dr. Naomi Saslaw’s 50th Year Teaching at AU
Upper Convo

April 15, all day, Upper Convo URCA

April 16, Redwood Hall Birthday Bash for the Bard (Shakespeare)

April 28, 7:00 pm, Eagles Landing Last ENG majors open mic night of the year/Senior Reading

...Read more

Professor Deborah Fleming Event at Troutman Winery 3/20

Professor Deborah Fleming Event at Troutman Winery 
Fri, March 20, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
Buckeye Book Fair’s "Authors on the Vine" speaker series at Troutman Vineyards is partnering with “Wine & Wilderness” to bring you author programs that promote nature discovery.
Author and equestrian DEBORAH FLEMING lives in rural Ashland, Ohio. Having cared for Ohio land for decades, Deborah has written about and will discuss her ecological perspective of this region.

Deborah's discussion will cover topics like fox hunting, the impacts of the mining and drilling industries, Ohio’s Amish community, and life on her farm.

Deborah Fleming's new book is RESURRECTION OF THE WILD: MEDITATIONS ON OHIO'S NATURAL LANDSCAPE, a collection of fourteen interrelated essays nominated. It is one of ten books long-listed for this year's PEN Art of the Essay Award.

$12 ticket includes your first glass of wine. Books will be available for purchase and signing following the program. Carry in food is permitted.https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ohios-natural-landscape-with-deborah-fleming-tickets-90390956785

Troutman Vineyards and Winery4243 Columbus RdWooster, OH 44691

...Read more

Writer Hanif Abdurraqib to give reading 3/19 in Schar College of Education


Author, poet, and spoken word artist Hanif Abdurraqib will read at Ashland University in the Ronk Lecture Hall of the Schar College of Education (Main Campus) on 3/19 at 4:30 PM. The event is free and open to the public.


A dynamic and enthralling poet to hear live, you can see a sample of Hanif's performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZxsRiKJje8


...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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