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Dr. Allyson Drinkard, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice/Sociololgy
Dr. Allyson Drinkard
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice/Sociology
147, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5879 / adrinkar@ashland.edu
Criminal Justice and Sociology Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2017 and teaches courses in criminology and sociology.
  • Research interests include adolescent development, prosocial behavior and juvenile delinquency.
  • Prior to becoming a professor, worked for 10 years at a research institute, evaluating social service programs for juvenile delinquents.

Education

  • Kent State University, Ph.D. in Sociology; and M.A., B.A.
Keith Dull, Associate Professor of Art
Keith Dull
Professor of Art
343A, Center for the Arts
419.289.5981 / kdull@ashland.edu
Art + Design Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 1999
  • Teaches courses in printmaking, painting, drawing, illustration, and 2D design.
  • Prints incorporate a wide range of techniques that include color reduction relief, intaglio, lithography and mixed media.
  • In 1998, developed the Encaustic Intaglio printing process, and his imagery reflects an interest in history and historical uses of prints, as guides, manuals and magic talismans.

Education

  • University of South Dakota, M.F.A. in Printmaking
  • Indiana University Herron School of Art, B.F.A. in Printmaking and Painting
Teresa Durbin-Ames
Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames
Artistic Director of Theatre, Associate Professor of Theatre
235, Center for the Arts
419.289.5821 / tdurbin@ashland.edu
Theatre Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2000 and serves as the artistic director of theatre
  • Teaches courses in theatre history, script analysis and musical theatre
  • Has directed "Dancing at Lughnasa," "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," "Saint Joan," "Leveling Up," "The Autumn Garden," “Three Tall Women” and "Into the Woods" at Ashland University and "The Sound of Music” and “Gypsy" for Ashland Summer Theatre Festival.
  • Served as director of theatre at Waynesburg College in Pennsylvania where she directed "Barnum,” “Quilters," "Tally’s Folly," "Antigone," "Love Letters" and "I Hate Hamlet"
  • Spent several summers at the Huron Playhouse where she served as the box office manager and business manager, and had the pleasure to direct "The Secret Garden," "The King & I," "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" and "The Pajama Game"
  • Member of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and a respondent for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Education

  • Bowling Green State University, Ph. D. and M.A. in Theatre
  • John Carroll University, B.S. in Chemistry
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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
English Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 1993 and serves as editor and director of Ashland Poetry Press
  • Teaches courses in Creative Writing, Literature and Composition
  • Research interests are W. B. Yeats, Robinson Jeffers, Anglo-Irish literature, modern poetry and environmentalist literature
  • Author of “Into a New Country,” a 2016 collection of free verse and formalist poems published by Cherry Grove Collections; “Without Leave,” a novel published by Black Mountain Press; “Morning, Winter Solstice,” a collection of poetry published by Vineyard Press; “Migrations,” a collection of poetry published by Finishing Line Press; "A man who does not exist: The Irish Peasant in the Work of W. B. Yeats and J. M. Synge,” published by University of Michigan Press; and “Towers of Myth and Stone: Yeats's Influence on Robinson Jeffers,” published by University of South Carolina Press
  • Her collection of essays titled “Waiting for the Foal,” is due to be published in 2019 by Kent State University Press  
  • Received the Asheville Award in the Novel, the Vandewater Poetry Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities  
  • Served as keynote speaker at the W. B. Yeats Society of New York and the Tor House Foundation Fall Festival

Education

  • The Ohio State University, Ph.D., M.A., B.A.
David Foster
Dr. David Foster
Professor of Political Science
122 , Andrews Hall
419.289.5626 / dfoster2@ashland.edu
History & Political Science Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 1998 and serves as chair of the Department of History and Political Science
  • Teaches courses in political philosophy and international relations and, in the Masters of American History and Government program, courses on Alexis de Tocqueville, the political thought of Mark Twain and the Federalist Papers.
  • Published on John Locke, liberal education and Mark Twain.

Education

  • University of Toronto, Ph.D. and M.A.
  • McMaster University, B.A.
Scott Garlock
Dr. Scott Garlock
Professor of Music
104, Center for the Arts
419.289.5134 / sgarlock@ashland.edu
Music Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2003 and conducts the Ashland University Jazz Orchestra (which has performed overseas four times) and combos, teaches the low brass studio, music history and music education courses
  • Given numerous clinics on the recruitment and retention of low brass students, jazz pedagogy at state and national music conventions
  • Served as president for the Ohio Chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators and the Jazz Education Connection of Ohio (which he co-created) and was a consultant for a recent edition of Jazz Styles and Analysis. Is currently the Managing Director of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra
  • As performer, been featured with Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, Diane Schuur, Carl Fontana, Paquito D’Rivera, Louie Bellson and others in addition to recording over 100 commercials and albums, including the Surprise of Being with Joe Lovano (recorded live at Birdland in NYC).
  • Performed in the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, the Quad City Symphony, the Peoria Symphony, the Ashland Symphony Orchestra, Firelands Symphony Orchestra and is the lead trombonist in The Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, The Cleveland Pops Orchestra
  • During its more than 40-year tradition, the Ashland University Jazz Orchestra (AUJO) has enjoyed working with many outstanding nationally recognized jazz figures. The orchestra regularly performs works from the entire history of big band music. In a given year, the ensemble may perform swing dances, Dixie-influenced tunes or more avant garde selections. In addition to hosting internationally recognized jazz artisans (including Wycliffe Gordon, The Matt Wilson Quartet, Chip Stephens, Mike Lee, Mike Pagan, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Jane Monheith, Doug Beach, Mark Colby, The Tony Monaco Trio, Pat Harbison and Curtis Hasselbring) in an entertaining and educational event at the Maplerock Jazz Festival in March, the group regularly tours, with four European treks in the last twelve years. AUJO has been featured in recent years headlining at the East Coast Jazz Festival, the Williamstown Jazz Festival , the Villanova Jazz Festival, the University of Louisville Jazz Festival, the University of Missouri-St. Louis Jazz Festival, the Ohio Jazz Summit and the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival

Education

  • University of Iowa, D.M.A.
  • University of Akron, M.M. (music performance and music history)
  • Kent State University, B.S.Ed.
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
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2011 and serves as assistant professor of English as well as director of English Composition Program
  • Teaches courses in American Literature, Composition, Global Film, Writer's Workshop: Screenwriting, Writer's Laboratory, Literature and Film, Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar: Film Tourism, and Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar: History and Film 
  • Fields of study include Composition Pedagogy and Film and Television Studies while research interests are film history, fandom and tourism
  • Has written extensively on the film The Shawshank Redemption, which was filmed in and around Ashland County, and is a member of the board of directors for the Mansfield Reformatory Preservation Society, which is dedicated to the restoration of the historic prison where Shawshank Redemption was filmed
  • Recent publications include “Fan Pilgrimage and Student Service Learning.” Fandom as Classroom Practice: A Teaching Guide. Ed. Katherine Howell. University of Iowa Press, 2018; The Shawshank Experience: Tracking the History of the World’s Favorite Movie. Palgrave/Macmillan, 2016; “Story and Structure in Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood Operas.” Revisiting Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Essays on Lessons of Self and Community. Eds. Kathy Merlock Jackson and Stephen M. Emmanuel. McFarland Press, 2016. “The Shawshank Trail: A Cross Disciplinary Study in Film Induced Tourism and Fan Culture.” Almatourism: Journal of Tourism, Culture and Territorial Development. Vol. 6, No. 4 (2015); “From Work to Text: Reading The Raven Waits as Beowulf Fan Fiction.” Popular Culture Review Vol. 25, Issue 2, Summer 2014; “The Maternal Hero in Tarantino’s Kill Bill.” Heroines in Television and Film: Portrayals in Popular Culture. Eds. Norma Jones, Maja Bajac-Carter, and Bob Batchelor. Rowman and Littlefield, 2014; “Nostalgia for Empire 1963-1974.” Doctor Who in Time and Space: Essays on Themes, Characters, History and Fandom, 1963-2012. Ed. Gillian Leitch. Series Title: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Series Editor: Donald E. Palumbo. McFarland Press, 2013; and “The Fall of the Organization Man: Loyalty and Conflict in the First Season.” Analyzing Mad Men: A Critical Anthology. Ed. Scott Stoddart. McFarland Press, 2011. 

Education

  • University of California Davis, Ph.D. in English
  • University of California Davis, M.A., in English
  • Ashland University, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction
  • University of Vermont, B.A. in English and German
Dr. Richard Gray, Assistant Professor
Dr. Richard Gray
Chair, Department of Foreign Languages, Associate Professor of French
210, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5792 / rgray6@ashland.edu
Foreign Language Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2013 and serves as chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and director of the AU in France program
  • Fields of study include interdisciplinary approaches to French literary studies, post-colonial studies, and Francophone studies
  • Translator of Zombies: An Anthropological Investigation of the Living Dead (2017). Author of Francophone African Poetry and Drama: A Cultural History since the 1960s (2014). Also editor of The Performance Identities of Lady Gaga: Critical Essays (2012) and co-editor (with Betty Kaklamanidou) of The 21st Century Superhero: Essays on Gender, Genre and Globalization in Film (2011)

Education

  • University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D.
  • Purdue University, M.A.
  • Eastern Michigan University, B.A.
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Dr. David Hadley
Visiting Assistant Professor of History
128, Andrews Hall
419.207.4934 / dhadley@ashland.edu
History & Political Science Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2018 and serves as Visting Assistant Professor of History
  • Previously served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Gettysburg College, and as an instructor at Towson University and George Mason University
  • Field of expertise is modern U.S. history, with a specific focus on the history of U.S. diplomacy and the history of intelligence and espionage in the Cold War era
  • First book, an examination of the relationships that developed between the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and the American press in the early Cold War, is due to be published by the University Press of Kentucky in summer 2019

 

Education

  • The Ohio State University, Ph.D. in History
  • The Ohio State University, M.A. in History
  • Gettysburg College, B.A. in History
Dr. Mark Hamilton
Dr. Mark Hamilton
Associate Professor of Philosophy, NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative
206, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5135 / mhamilto@ashland.edu
Philosophy Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 1985 and teaches courses on Sports Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, Bioethics, Ethics, Christian Thought, Human Nature and C.S. Lewis, about whom he has also published
  • Published numerous articles and chapters on sports ethics in books such as Baseball and Philosophy; The Image of God in the Human Body; Basketball and Philosophy; Football and Philosophy; Theology, Ethics and Transcendence; Poker and Philosophy; Ethics in Coaching Sports and his article on the morality of surgical enhancement for athletic performance has been widely disseminated and quoted
  • Presented papers at numerous International Conferences on Sports Ethics along with related journal articles
  • Active in the International Association of Philosophy of Sport, and in 2012 was the guest editor of the Journal of Philosophy of Sport and has been named to the editorial board of this journal
  • Published a book: “A Primer in Biblical Ethics” in 2014.
  • Became the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative in 1998.

Education

  • Ashland Theological Seminary, D.Min.,
  • Ashland Theological Seminary, M.A. in Philosophy, Religion, Counseling
  • Cleveland State University, M.A. in Philosophy
  • Wittenberg University, B.A. in Philosophy and Religion
Susan Harrington
Assistant Professor

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Biology and Toxicology Department

Education

  • B.S., The University of Pittsburgh
  • M.P.H., The Johns Hopkins University
  • Ph.D., The University of Maryland, Baltimore
Marc Hedrick, Professional Instructor
Dr. Marc Hedrick
Professional Instructor in Criminal Justice
157, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5348 / mhedric2@ashland.edu
Criminal Justice and Sociology Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2015 after teaching criminal justice for more than nine years, including as assistant professor and program coordinator of Criminal Justice College of the Albemarle and associate professor of criminal justice and pre-law at Taylor University
  •  Has experience in the justice system, both as an attorney and as a police officer
  • Practiced civil and criminal law for eight years in Mansfield, Ohio
  • Was both a military and civilian police officer, serving as a police officer for the city of Marion, Ohio, and in the U.S. Air Force as a Security Police Officer

Education

  • Regent University School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, M.S. Ed. in Administration of Justice & Higher Education
  • Administration of Justice, B.S.
Cory Hillman
Dr. Cory Hillman
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
335, Center for the Arts
419.289.5748 / chillman@ashland.edu
Communication Studies Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2018 after spending the last six years as a faculty member at Central Michigan University
  • Research addresses how the commercialization of sports is impacting the relationship between fans and sports, the daily fantasy sports industry and its impact on sporting culture, as well as sports video games
  • Work has appeared in the Communication and Sport Journal, various edited sports anthologies, and his book American Sports in an Age of Consumption: How Commercialization Has Changed the Game was published in 2016
  • Played baseball for four years at Saginaw Valley State University, and worked as a Scout.com writer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as training camp security for the Detroit Lions

Education

  • Bowling Green State University, Ph.D. in Media & Communication Studies
  • Grand Valley State University, M.A. in Communication
  • Saginaw Valley State University, B.A. in English
Dr. Craig Hovey, Associate Professor, Director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence
Dr. Craig Hovey
Professor of Religion, Director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence
11, Rinehart Center for Religious Studies
419.289.5208 / chovey@ashland.edu
Religion Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2009 and teaches courses in Christian theology and ethics, including religion courses Exploring the Bible, Exploring Christian Ethics, Faith and Society, Exploring Christian Theology, Taking Human Life, Political Theology, and Seminar in Christian Theology
  • Serves as director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence
  • Hobbies include travel and running

Education

  • University of Cambridge, Ph.D.
  • Fuller Theological Seminary, M.A., Th.M.
  • University of California, San Diego, B.S.
Gwen Hullman
Dr. Gwen Hullman
Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Chair, Department of Communication Studies
326, Center for the Arts
419.289.5298 / ghullman@ashland.edu
Communication Studies Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2018 and serves as chair of the Department of Communication Studies
  • Research encompasses interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, health communication, and message design
  • Served as associate dean for Liberal Arts at the Metropolitan campus of Cuyahoga Community College
  • Was tenured associate professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, and served as chair of the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Nevada for seven years. Also volunteered for eight years as a mediator in the local Reno community and court system
  • Recognized by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Nevada with the Dean’s Special Award for Extraordinary Service in relation to the departmental growth and student-centered activities, and she has received multiple teaching awards and nominations from the National Communication Association, the University of Nevada, Case Western Reserve University and Kent State University

Education

  • Kent State University, Ph.D. in Communication Studies
  • Cleveland State University, M.A. in Com Theory & Methodology
  • Ohio State University, B.A. in Communication
Dr. Paul Hyman, Associate Professor
Dr. Paul Hyman
Associate Professor of Biology, Chair, Department of Biology and Toxicology
319 , Kettering Science Building
419.207.6309 / phyman@ashland.edu
Biology and Toxicology Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2010 and serves as chair of the Department of Biology and Toxicology
  • Teaches courses in Human Biology, Molecular and Cellular Basis of Life, Nursing Microbiology, Genetics, Journal Club, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Evolution and Emerging Pathogens
  • Research centers on bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacteria. Bacteriophages are found wherever bacteria are found: essentially anywhere there are living organisms. Dr. Hyman’s research focuses on two areas: the ecology of bacteriophages living in soil, and the isolation of bacteriophages especially those useful for phage therapy.  Phage therapy is the use of bacteriophages, which kill bacteria, as antibiotic-substitutes. Both areas have in common the problem of matching bacteriophages to the correct host.  In soil, where there are many species of bacteria, how do bacteriophages find susceptible hosts? For phage therapy, how can isolation methods be changed to maximize the chance of finding useful bacteriophages?
  • Taught at MedCentral College of Nursing (now the AU Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences), and Ohio State University; and did research at the Arizona Cancer Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Tufts University and NanoFrames, a biotechnology startup

Education

  • University of Arizona, Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Northwestern University, B.A. in Biochemistry
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Dr. Curt Ickes
Associate Professor of Psychology
149, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5374 / cickes@ashland.edu
Psychology Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 1987 and teaches General Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Personality, Tests and Measurements, and Child Psychopathology
  • Areas of interest include psychological diagnosis and testing as well as sport psychology
  • Licensed psychologist and maintains a limited private practice and also works with collegiate and professional baseball and softball teams
  • Author of the book – “Mental Toughness: Getting the Edge”

Education

  • Kent State University, Ph. D.
  • University of Akron, M.A.
  • Ashland College, B.A. in Psychology
Dr. Duncan Jamieson, Professor of History
Dr. Duncan Jamieson
Professor of History
113, Andrews Hall
419.289.5895 / djamieso@ashland.edu
History & Political Science Department

• Joined Ashland University in 1978 and courses taught include U.S. History to 1877, U.S. History since 1877, Women in American History, History of Ohio and American Social History
• Areas of expertise include American history, Ashland University Eagles, bicycling: present and past, American history: 19th & 20th century, racism in america, Africa: sub-sahara, history of American medicine, gay marriage, AIDS, American presidency, democrats, liberalism, environmentalism: Earth Day, sport literature, exercise, history, immigrants, Kennedy, J.F., liberal arts, Revolutionary War, urban studies and the Vietnam War
• Areas of research interest are in American intellectual history. His dissertation is a biography of John H. Griscom (1809-1874), a leading New York City public health reformer and sanitarian. More recently, his research interests have focused on the significance and role of the Case Implement eagles on Ashland University’s campus.
• Currently his research is focused on late nineteenth century, long distance bicycle touring and his book, “The Self-Propelled Voyager,” was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2015.

Education

  • Michigan State University, Ph.D.
  • The University of Toledo, M.A.
  • Defiance College, B.A.,
Dr. Nicholas Johnson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Nicholas Johnson
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
416, Kettering Science Building
419.207.4552 / njohnso9@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2015 and his area of expertise includes the synthesis of novel inorganic compounds as well as multinuclear NMR techniques
  • Currently, he and his students’ research is focused on the synthesis of inorganic compounds for biomedical applications.   

Education

  • University of Akron, Ph.D.
  • Skidmore College, B.A.
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
  • Joined Ashland University as the new director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in January 2017
  • He is the author of The Infinite Tides (Bloomsbury), The Animals (W.W. Norton), One Day Soon Time Will Have No Place Left to Hide  (Nouvella Books), Kingdom of Wolves (Liveright / W.W. Norton), and Phantoms: A Novel (Liveright/W.W. Norton), in addition to other works in poetry, fiction, and drama
  • Kiefer's scholarly publications focus on American literature
  • As a professional musician, has released a number of albums primarily in the folk rock and avant garde traditions
  • Came to Ashland from American River College in Sacramento, California, and has taught fiction in the Sierra Nevada College low-residency MFA

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