Scott Garlock
Dr. Scott Garlock
Professor of Music
104, Center for the Arts
419.289.5134 / sgarlock@ashland.edu
Department of Music
  • 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
Department of Languages and Literatures
  • Joined Ashland University in 2011
  • Teaches courses in Film, Literature, and Writing
  • Director of the Composition Program, former Writing Center Director
  • Has published on The Shawshank Redemption, Mad Men, Doctor Who, and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood 
  • Research interests include gender, popular culture, fandom studies
  • Has taught in the AU in Germany program in 2014 and 2019

Education

  • University of California Davis, Ph.D. in Literature with Designated Emphasis in Gender Theory
  • University of California Davis, M.A., in Literature
  • 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
Assistant Chair, Department of Languages and Literatures, Associate Professor of French
210, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5792 / rgray6@ashland.edu
Department of Foreign Languages , Department of Languages and Literatures
  • 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.
Susan Harrington
Dr. Susan Harrington
Assistant Professor

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Department of Biology & Toxicology

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
155, 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
Department of Communication Studies
  • 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, Department Coordinator of Online and Corrections Courses
11, Rinehart Center for Religious Studies
419.289.5208 / chovey@ashland.edu
Department of Religion
  • 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 Department Coordinator of Online and Corrections Courses
  • 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.
Dr. 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
Department of Communication Studies
  • 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, Professor of Biology
Dr. Paul Hyman
Professor of Biology, Chair, Department of Biology and Toxicology
319 , Kettering Science Center
419.207.6309 / phyman@ashland.edu
Department of Biology & Toxicology
  • 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
Dr. Duncan Jamieson, Professor of History
Dr. Duncan Jamieson
Professor of History
113, Andrews Hall
419.289.5895 / djamieso@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science

• 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 Center
419.207.4552 / njohnso9@ashland.edu
Department of Chemistry, Geology and Physics
  • 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
Department of Languages and Literatures
  • 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
Dr. Selvanayaki Kolandapalayam Shanmugam
Dr. Selvanayaki Kolandapalayam Shanmugam
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
213, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.207.6759 / skolanda@ashland.edu
Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
  • Joined the Ashland University faculty in 2021 and teaches courses in Computer Science.
  • Prior to joining AU, served as Associate Professor for Computer Science in Concordia University (2018 – 2021) and various teaching positions in academic institutions from 2002. She is a dedicated professional with a proven ability to teach, motivate and direct students to maximum learning performance by encouraging a positive and energetic classroom environment.
  • Research interest include Image Processing, Video Processing, Machine Learning with applications to Surveillance Systems, Data Analytics, Applications of Computing and Information Technologies to Societal benefits problems. Her focus on machine learning algorithms and visualization techniques guides her interests in interpretable machine learning models of Covid-19 Datasets.
  • She received Young Investigator Award in the International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engineering and Techno Sciences by IRNET.
  • She serves as reviewer in Springer, Elsevier and other reputed journals and member of Technical Committees in International Conferences.

Education

  • Anna University, Ph.D. in Computer Science
  • Bharathidasan University, M.Phil. in Computer Science
  • Bharathiar University, M.C.A in Computer Applications
  • Bharathiar University, B.S. in Mathematics
Emma Kulbis
Emma Kulbis
Assistant Professor
161, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5109 / ekulbis@ashland.edu
  • Teaches courses in Addictions Counseling, Addictions Treatment Planning and Counseling, and Addictions Psychopharmacology
  • IBH Addiction Recovery Center- Clinician
  • Oriana House- Clinical Administrator, Clinician
  • Ashland Co Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse- Director, Clinician

Education

  • Masters of Science in Community Counseling
  • Bachelors of Science in Education
Dan Lehman
Dan Lehman
Trustee's Professor Emeritus

/ dlehman@ashland.edu
Department of Languages and Literatures

Daniel W. Lehman is trustees’ distinguished professor Emeritus of English. He is author of John Reed and the Writing of Revolution (Ohio University Press) and Matters of Fact: Reading Nonfiction over the Edge (Ohio State University Press); co-editor of The River Teeth Reader (University of Nebraska Press) and River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative; and series co-editor of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize series (University of Nebraska Press). In 2004-2005, Lehman was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Stellenbosch University near Cape Town, South Africa, and three years later led a joint Ohio State University/Ashland University study tour to Cape Town. He is working on books about South African nonfiction and film and about the artistic and ethical implications of character formation in nonfiction narratives. A former journalist, Lehman has written for newspapers and magazines in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville, Va. He has a Ph.D. in English from The Ohio State University, an M.A. in English from Georgetown University and a B.A. in English from Eastern Mennonite University.

MFA Seminars and Readings by Dan Lehman

Education

  • B.A. in English, Eastern Mennonite University
  • M.A. in English, Georgetown University
  • Ph.D. in English, The Ohio State University
Joseph Lewis Jr
Joseph Lewis, Jr.
Director of Bands
106, Center for the Arts
419.289.5132 / jlewisjr@ashland.edu
Department of Music
  • Director of Bands at Ashland University where he directs the Ashland University Eagle Marching Band and conducts the Ashland University Symphonic Band.
  • Prior experience includes playing bass trombone with The O’Jays, The Temptations, The Toledo Jazz Orchestra, The Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra, The Rick Brunetto Big Band, and The Joey Thomas Big Band.
  • Chief Warrant Officer in the Ohio Army National Guard (since 2000) and the Commander of the 122nd Ohio Army National Guard Band in Columbus, Ohio.

Education

  • The Ohio State University, Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Education and Music Performance (Bass Trombone)
  • Bowling Green State University, Master’s Degree in Music Education
Dr. Joe Mackall
Dr. Joe Mackall
Retired Professor of English
Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
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Department of Languages and Literatures
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 1996 and serves as director of the creative writing program
  • Co-founder of River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative and co-editor of the River Teeth, Literary Nonfiction Book Prize Series in partnership with the University of New Mexico Press
  • Author of The Last Street Before Cleveland: An Accidental Pilgrimage (University of Nebraska Press, 2006); Plain Secrets: An Outsider Among the Amish (Beacon Press, 2007); and The Last Street Before Cleveland: An Accidental Pilgrimage was recently released in paperback in 2015
  • Has published in a number of newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Washington Post, Cleveland Magazine and Cleveland Plain Dealer, and an interview with him aired on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition”

Education

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D.
  • University of Central Oklahoma, MA
  • Bowling Green State University, MFA
  • Cleveland State University, B.A.
Dr. Peter Mallick
Dr. Peter Mallik
Assistant Professor of Psychology
148, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5340 / pmallik@ashland.edu
Department of Psychology
  • Joined Ashland University as a faculty member in 2018
  • Teaches a variety of developmental psychology courses (at the undergraduate level and graduate level) as well as other psychology courses.
  • Research mainly focusses on cognition, cognitive development across the lifespan, cognitive optimization, and individual differences.
Dr. Mancha
Dr. Louis Mancha
Chair, Department of Philosophy, Associate Professor of Philosophy
202, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5894 / lmancha@ashland.edu
Department of Philosophy
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2003 and serves as chair of the Department of Philosophy
  • Has taught 13 different courses, four of which have variable preparations (Phil 208, Phil 204, Phil 350 (Science as a Cultural Force, an interdisciplinary course which is team taught with a member of the science faculty) and Phil 450: Great Philosophers)
  • Specializes in medieval and early modern philosophy and philosophy of religion
  • Has delivered papers at several national and state conferences, including meetings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Maritain Society, the Midwest Conference in Medieval Philosophy and the Ohio Philosophical Association

Education

  • Purdue University, Ph.D.
  • Purdue University, M.A.
  • Rice University, B.A.
greg mcbrayer
Dr. Gregory McBrayer
Director, Core Curriculum, Assistant Professor of Political Science
125, Andrews Hall
419.289.5380 / gmcbraye@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2017 and serves as director of Core Curriculum
  • Teaches courses in political philosophy and international relations
  • Prior to coming to Ashland, he was an assistant professor at Morehead State University, a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University, and a visiting assistant professor at Gettysburg College
  • Has published articles in Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy and Kentron: Revue Pluridisciplinaire du Monde Antique, as well as reviews in Interpretation, The Journal for Hellenic Studies, The American Journal of Islamic Social Science, and Political Science Quarterly
  • author (with Mary Nichols and Denise Schaeffer) of Plato’s Euthydemus (Focus, 2011) and is the editor of Xenophon: The Shorter Writings (Cornell, forthcoming)

Education

  • University of Maryland, Ph.D.
  • University of Georgia, M.A.
  • Emory University, B.A.

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