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

Poet Paige Webb to give reading at AU on Feb. 6

Poet Paige Webb to give reading at AU on Feb. 6
4 p.m. in Ronk (SCOE)
- Paige Webb, administrative director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program and managing editor of publications at Ashland University, will give a poetry reading Thursday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. in Ronk Lecture Hall inside the Schar College of Education. The event is free and open to the public.Webb’s work has appeared in Blackbird, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Indiana Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry Northwest, Portland Review, Vinyl and on the Academy of American Poets website. Her chapbook, Tussle, was recently released by dancing girl press.
Webb’s work has received an Academy of American Poets Award, the Howard Nemerov Award in Poetry, and a Pushcart Prize nomination. A graduate of the Washington University in St. Louis MFA program, she also co-curates the reading series Paging Columbus at Two Dollar Radio HQ in Columbus.
...Read more

Alumni Spotlight: Daniel O' Brien

By Daniel O'Brien, class of 2009, Integrated Language Arts major
O'Brien and wife KristinAs I round the corner onto Bank Street, passing under my neighbor’s friendly old maple tree, I squint ahead to the crest of the hill as hints of frost sparkle over the pavement. The morning sun climbs the horizon at my back, painting the morning sky with fresh scarlet, rich aubergine, and searing orange.

It’s quiet during these walks to work.

Passing through neighborhoods, I mostly manage to miss kids being hauled to school and the rush of others to their workplaces. Although, the rush in a small town like Ashland is something which I am still settling back into. I wasn’t planning to return to Ohio. I’ve been fortunate enough to see the sun crest over mountains in Japan while I taught on mission with the Wakakusa English Program, over bustling cities with their blaring traffic while backpacking in Thailand, and most recently, on the heels of a move from Raleigh, North Carolina, back to my home state.

I first came to Ashland as an undergrad to pursue a degree in English education. While it took me a long time to find my footing in the realm of education, I was always at home in the English department here. My professors intentionally connected with us in memorable ways. Whether it was Dr. Brown tacking my “Transcedental-palooza!” sketch from the top of my old test outside her office door, Dr. Weaver inviting us in groups to his home to discuss papers from our Major Writers: Dostoevsky class, or Dr. Donatini working tirelessly to induct us into Sigma Tau Delta, our professors made sure we were known and valued. These experiences transcended the classroom. Dr. John Stratton somehow managed to make a Grammar and Usage...Read more

Miller's An Enemy of the People

Throwback to Sigma Tau Delta attending the production on campus of Arthur Miller's An Enemy of the People in October 2019. 
Students and faculty met for pizza in Bixler for some socializing prior to curtain up.The play was staged as part of the 13th International Arthur Miller Society's conference at Ashland University (October 18-20th, 2019). The conference brought prominent international scholars of Arthur Miller's work to Ashland University to present new research on this award-winning American Playwright. 

Arthur Miller (1915–2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include The Man Who Had All the Luck (1944), All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge and A Memory of Two Mondays (1955), After the Fall (1964), Incident at Vichy (1964), The Price (1968), The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972), The Archbishop’s Ceiling (1977), The American Clock (1980) and Playing for Time (1980). Later plays include The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991), The Last Yankee (1993), Broken Glass (1994), Mr. Peters’ Connections (1998) and Resurrection Blues (2002). Among his other works are Situation Normal (1944), the novel Focus (1945), screenplay The Misfits (1960), and texts for In Russia (1969), In the Country (1977), and Chinese Encounters (1979), three books in collaboration with his wife, photographer Inge Morath. Memoirs include ‘Salesman’ in Beijing (1984), and Timebends, an autobiography (1987). Short fiction includes the collection I Don’t Need You Any More (1967), the novella Homely Girl, a Life (1995) and Presence: Stories (2007). Essay collections published in his lifetime include The Theater Essays of Arthur Miller (1978) and Echoes Down the Corridor: Collected Essays 1944–2000, as well as individually published volumes ‘The Crucible’ in History (2000) and On Politics and the Art of Acting (2001). He was awarded the Avery Hopwood Award for Playwriting at University of Michigan in 1936. He twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, received two Emmy Awards and three Tony Awards for his plays, as well as a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was named Jefferson Lecturer for the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2001. Among other honors, he received...Read more

Graduating Senior Spotlight Part 4: Sarah Toki

Graduating Senior Spotlight Part 4: Sarah Toki

The department wishes its graduating seniors the best as they apply for jobs and begin the exciting transition to the next chapter of their lives! This post is the fourth and final installment in a series to spotlight these seniors, who generously shared their favorite memory of being a major in the English Department and their post-graduation plans



Sarah TokiI'm an English major with minor in Psychology.

I have so many great memories involving the English department but some of best involve my classes with Dr. Sharleen Mondal and now-Professor Emeritus Joe Mackall, reading and analyzing different texts such as The Rape of The Locke, Americanah, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Native Son, and the final paper I turned in for The Poem with professor Jay Robinson.

After graduation I plan on taking a semester off just where I will continue to drink ridiculous amounts of coffee, work through my every growing reading list before coming back for the Bachelor's Plus program to obtain my teaching license

...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

Poet Paige Webb to give reading at AU on Feb. 6

Poet Paige Webb to give reading at AU on Feb. 6
4 p.m. in Ronk (SCOE)
- Paige Webb, administrative director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program and managing editor of publications at Ashland University, will give a poetry reading Thursday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. in Ronk Lecture Hall inside the Schar College of Education. The event is free and open to the public.Webb’s work has appeared in Blackbird, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Indiana Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry Northwest, Portland Review, Vinyl and on the Academy of American Poets website. Her chapbook, Tussle, was recently released by dancing girl press.
Webb’s work has received an Academy of American Poets Award, the Howard Nemerov Award in Poetry, and a Pushcart Prize nomination. A graduate of the Washington University in St. Louis MFA program, she also co-curates the reading series Paging Columbus at Two Dollar Radio HQ in Columbus.
...Read more

Alumni Spotlight: Daniel O' Brien

By Daniel O'Brien, class of 2009, Integrated Language Arts major
O'Brien and wife KristinAs I round the corner onto Bank Street, passing under my neighbor’s friendly old maple tree, I squint ahead to the crest of the hill as hints of frost sparkle over the pavement. The morning sun climbs the horizon at my back, painting the morning sky with fresh scarlet, rich aubergine, and searing orange.

It’s quiet during these walks to work.

Passing through neighborhoods, I mostly manage to miss kids being hauled to school and the rush of others to their workplaces. Although, the rush in a small town like Ashland is something which I am still settling back into. I wasn’t planning to return to Ohio. I’ve been fortunate enough to see the sun crest over mountains in Japan while I taught on mission with the Wakakusa English Program, over bustling cities with their blaring traffic while backpacking in Thailand, and most recently, on the heels of a move from Raleigh, North Carolina, back to my home state.

I first came to Ashland as an undergrad to pursue a degree in English education. While it took me a long time to find my footing in the realm of education, I was always at home in the English department here. My professors intentionally connected with us in memorable ways. Whether it was Dr. Brown tacking my “Transcedental-palooza!” sketch from the top of my old test outside her office door, Dr. Weaver inviting us in groups to his home to discuss papers from our Major Writers: Dostoevsky class, or Dr. Donatini working tirelessly to induct us into Sigma Tau Delta, our professors made sure we were known and valued. These experiences transcended the classroom. Dr. John Stratton somehow managed to make a Grammar and Usage...Read more

Miller's An Enemy of the People

Throwback to Sigma Tau Delta attending the production on campus of Arthur Miller's An Enemy of the People in October 2019. 
Students and faculty met for pizza in Bixler for some socializing prior to curtain up.The play was staged as part of the 13th International Arthur Miller Society's conference at Ashland University (October 18-20th, 2019). The conference brought prominent international scholars of Arthur Miller's work to Ashland University to present new research on this award-winning American Playwright. 

Arthur Miller (1915–2005) was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. His plays include The Man Who Had All the Luck (1944), All My Sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953), A View from the Bridge and A Memory of Two Mondays (1955), After the Fall (1964), Incident at Vichy (1964), The Price (1968), The Creation of the World and Other Business (1972), The Archbishop’s Ceiling (1977), The American Clock (1980) and Playing for Time (1980). Later plays include The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (1991), The Last Yankee (1993), Broken Glass (1994), Mr. Peters’ Connections (1998) and Resurrection Blues (2002). Among his other works are Situation Normal (1944), the novel Focus (1945), screenplay The Misfits (1960), and texts for In Russia (1969), In the Country (1977), and Chinese Encounters (1979), three books in collaboration with his wife, photographer Inge Morath. Memoirs include ‘Salesman’ in Beijing (1984), and Timebends, an autobiography (1987). Short fiction includes the collection I Don’t Need You Any More (1967), the novella Homely Girl, a Life (1995) and Presence: Stories (2007). Essay collections published in his lifetime include The Theater Essays of Arthur Miller (1978) and Echoes Down the Corridor: Collected Essays 1944–2000, as well as individually published volumes ‘The Crucible’ in History (2000) and On Politics and the Art of Acting (2001). He was awarded the Avery Hopwood Award for Playwriting at University of Michigan in 1936. He twice won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, received two Emmy Awards and three Tony Awards for his plays, as well as a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was named Jefferson Lecturer for the National Endowment for the Humanities in 2001. Among other honors, he received...Read more

Graduating Senior Spotlight Part 4: Sarah Toki

Graduating Senior Spotlight Part 4: Sarah Toki

The department wishes its graduating seniors the best as they apply for jobs and begin the exciting transition to the next chapter of their lives! This post is the fourth and final installment in a series to spotlight these seniors, who generously shared their favorite memory of being a major in the English Department and their post-graduation plans



Sarah TokiI'm an English major with minor in Psychology.

I have so many great memories involving the English department but some of best involve my classes with Dr. Sharleen Mondal and now-Professor Emeritus Joe Mackall, reading and analyzing different texts such as The Rape of The Locke, Americanah, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Native Son, and the final paper I turned in for The Poem with professor Jay Robinson.

After graduation I plan on taking a semester off just where I will continue to drink ridiculous amounts of coffee, work through my every growing reading list before coming back for the Bachelor's Plus program to obtain my teaching license

...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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