English Department

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 clear expression.

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 Integrated Language Arts (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) for grades 7-12.

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
English Department
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
English Department
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
English Department
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
English Department
Dan Lehman
Dan Lehman
Trustee's Professor Emeritus

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

Department News

Dr. Kelly Sundberg's new publications

Dr. Kelly Sundberg publishes new work.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

Alumni Update: Creative Writing major Garrison Stima (2018)


Alumni Update-- Creative Writing major Garrison Stima (2018)


Since graduating from AU in 2018, Garrison Stima (Creative Writing major) has been busy! He and his wife Jamie moved to Mansfield and he has been working with writing in some capacity ever since graduation.

Garrison worked at McGraw Hill Education in Ashland for several months and then started working on Fiverr.com as a ghostwriter and is always on the lookout for new writing opportunities. Other than that, he says he’s trying to get a book series off the ground. His wife, Jamie, is a teacher in Crestline and Mansfield at two different Catholic schools. “Altogether, we’re well, just really busy!"

He gave us a short description of his book, The Lost Voices:

“It’s a steampunk, fantasy adventure that follows four different perspectives during a swelling conflict. Each perspective has their own stake in what’s happening, but also has their own reasons to want the conflict’s conclusion. As the story unfolds, the concepts of loss, purpose, friendship, nationalism, and war-time morality are brought up time and time again.

The story is understandably geared toward anyone eighteen and older.”

A summary of the book is below:

“Malien Kinray has lived a quiet life in the corner of his home country: Terrarin. However, with the recent passing of his father, Malien's old life is uprooted and the political arguments against magic have reached critical mass. With the changing era, a terrorist organization threatens to dismantle his society with bullets and blood.

Soon, a grieving machine-smith, an immigrant to Terrarin with burning memories, a man who knows everyone's secrets but his own, and a foreign agent seeking answers to the mysterious Old World, will intertwine in a conflict beyond them. The world of Regelia is swelling with fear and, as wonder meets peril, no one...Read more

Middle Grades Major on Theater Opening Night Performance

Dr. Sharleen Mondal Attends Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference As Contributor in Fiction




Dr. Mondal with her workshop groupThe annual Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Ripton, VT is the oldest writers’ conference in the United States. Its faculty over the past 94 years have included Robert Frost, Toni Morrison, George R.R. Martin, and Anne Sexton. The conference hosts writers from across the country in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry workshops over a period of ten days. Dr. Mondal had this to share about her experience as a Contributor in Fiction at this year’s conference from August 14-24.

What prompted you to apply to Bread Loaf?

I recently made a switch from publishing literary criticism to writing fiction as my primary work. In the fall of 2017, I did a program through the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity called Post-Tenure Pathfinders, which helps tenured faculty determine their post-tenure focus, rather than simply being reactive to whatever they are asked to do without a clear sense of purpose. Dr. Dawn Weber, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, sponsored my participation in this life-changing program. I was able to make a realistic plan for working on my novel. I reached out to writers who are doing what I wanted to do--write fiction without having earned an M.F.A.--and they helped shepherd me through the steps I would need to take, including finding writers’ conferences that were a good fit for me, which for me meant well-established conferences that had a reputation for either supporting writers of color or making significant efforts to welcome writers of color. I applied to VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation), Kundiman (for Asian American writers) and Bread Loaf. I did not get into VONA or Kundiman but got into Bread Loaf, much to my gratitude and delight, since the acceptance rate...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 clear expression.

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 Integrated Language Arts (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) for grades 7-12.

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
English Department
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
English Department
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
English Department
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
English Department
Dan Lehman
Dan Lehman
Trustee's Professor Emeritus

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

Department News

Dr. Kelly Sundberg's new publications

Dr. Kelly Sundberg publishes new work.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

Alumni Update: Creative Writing major Garrison Stima (2018)


Alumni Update-- Creative Writing major Garrison Stima (2018)


Since graduating from AU in 2018, Garrison Stima (Creative Writing major) has been busy! He and his wife Jamie moved to Mansfield and he has been working with writing in some capacity ever since graduation.

Garrison worked at McGraw Hill Education in Ashland for several months and then started working on Fiverr.com as a ghostwriter and is always on the lookout for new writing opportunities. Other than that, he says he’s trying to get a book series off the ground. His wife, Jamie, is a teacher in Crestline and Mansfield at two different Catholic schools. “Altogether, we’re well, just really busy!"

He gave us a short description of his book, The Lost Voices:

“It’s a steampunk, fantasy adventure that follows four different perspectives during a swelling conflict. Each perspective has their own stake in what’s happening, but also has their own reasons to want the conflict’s conclusion. As the story unfolds, the concepts of loss, purpose, friendship, nationalism, and war-time morality are brought up time and time again.

The story is understandably geared toward anyone eighteen and older.”

A summary of the book is below:

“Malien Kinray has lived a quiet life in the corner of his home country: Terrarin. However, with the recent passing of his father, Malien's old life is uprooted and the political arguments against magic have reached critical mass. With the changing era, a terrorist organization threatens to dismantle his society with bullets and blood.

Soon, a grieving machine-smith, an immigrant to Terrarin with burning memories, a man who knows everyone's secrets but his own, and a foreign agent seeking answers to the mysterious Old World, will intertwine in a conflict beyond them. The world of Regelia is swelling with fear and, as wonder meets peril, no one...Read more

Middle Grades Major on Theater Opening Night Performance

Dr. Sharleen Mondal Attends Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference As Contributor in Fiction




Dr. Mondal with her workshop groupThe annual Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Ripton, VT is the oldest writers’ conference in the United States. Its faculty over the past 94 years have included Robert Frost, Toni Morrison, George R.R. Martin, and Anne Sexton. The conference hosts writers from across the country in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry workshops over a period of ten days. Dr. Mondal had this to share about her experience as a Contributor in Fiction at this year’s conference from August 14-24.

What prompted you to apply to Bread Loaf?

I recently made a switch from publishing literary criticism to writing fiction as my primary work. In the fall of 2017, I did a program through the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity called Post-Tenure Pathfinders, which helps tenured faculty determine their post-tenure focus, rather than simply being reactive to whatever they are asked to do without a clear sense of purpose. Dr. Dawn Weber, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, sponsored my participation in this life-changing program. I was able to make a realistic plan for working on my novel. I reached out to writers who are doing what I wanted to do--write fiction without having earned an M.F.A.--and they helped shepherd me through the steps I would need to take, including finding writers’ conferences that were a good fit for me, which for me meant well-established conferences that had a reputation for either supporting writers of color or making significant efforts to welcome writers of color. I applied to VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation), Kundiman (for Asian American writers) and Bread Loaf. I did not get into VONA or Kundiman but got into Bread Loaf, much to my gratitude and delight, since the acceptance rate...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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