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Dan Lehman
Dan Lehman
Trustee's Professor Emeritus

/ dlehman@ashland.edu
English Department

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
Music Department
  • 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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English Department
  • 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

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Psychology Department
  • 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
Philosophy Department
  • 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, Director of the Political Economy Program
125, Andrews Hall
419.289.5380 / gmcbraye@ashland.edu
History & Political Science Department
  • 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.
Dr. David McCoy
Dr. David McCoy
Chair of the Department of Journalism and Digital Media, Associate Professor of Journalism and Digital Media
121, Center for the Arts
419.289.5167 / dmccoy2@ashland.edu
Journalism and Digital Media Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2011 and serves as chair of the Department of Journalism and Digital Media
  • Primary research area is the impact of social media technologies on learning, and his teaching areas include video/audio aesthetics, the global impact of social media, media writing and digital media technologies
  • Taught journalism, film, digital media production and education courses for more than 25 years, including his specialty areas which are new media aesthetics, scriptwriting, historical documentary and multimedia production
  • Created numerous award-winning documentaries and public affairs programs for Western Reserve Public Media/WNEO and WEAO PBS Channels 45 & 49
  • Contributing author to the book, “Sound and Look Professional on Television and the Internet” and the book, "Social Media and Politics: A New Way to Participate in the Political Process" 

Education

  • Kent State University, Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education
  • Kent State University, M.Ed. in Educational Technology
  • Kent State University, B.A. in Telecommunications
Daniel McDonald, Chair, Associate Professor of Art
Daniel McDonald
Chair of the Department of Art, Associate Professor of Art
227, Center for the Arts
419.289.5130 / dmcdona1@ashland.edu
Art + Design Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2006 and servers as associate professor of art and chair of the Department of Art
  • Has exhibited his works regionally and nationally with work represented in public and private collections in Utah, Idaho, South Dakota, South Carolina and Ohio
  • Works in bronze, steel, plastics, video and any other material or media necessary to create narratives that display the complexities of paradox and the irresponsibility of manipulation
  • Coupled with his fine art works, he acts as a consultant and designer for Rain Drop Products, Inc. of Ashland, OH, helping with the sculptural aspects of water park features
  • Bases many of his pieces on themes surrounding his familial, religious and cultural upbringing

Education

  • Clemson University, MFA in Fine Arts
  • Brigham Young University, BFA in Sculpture
  • Brigham Young University,B.A. in French Literature
Dr. Mitchell Metzger, Professor, Chair
Dr. Mitchell Metzger
Professor of Psychology, Chair of the Departments of Psychology, Criminal Justice and Social Work
155, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5008 / mmetzger@ashland.edu
Psychology Department , Criminal Justice and Sociology Department , Social Work & Family Studies Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2003. Has served as chair for the Department of Psychology since 2007 and has served as chair of Criminal Justice and Social Work since 2016
  • Teaches General Psychology I, Introduction to Research Methods, Advanced Research in Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Theories and Principles of Learning, Physiological Psychology and Neuropsychology
  • Graduate training was in biopsychology, where he researched animal models of memory function, specifically investigating processes involved in retrograde amnesia. Current research is in the area of memory modulation, and factors involved in forgetting
  • Has published more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles in such outlets as Psychobiology, Physiology & Behavior, Neurobiology of Learning & Memory and Perceptual & Motor Skills and serves as a manuscript reviewer for a number of journals and publishers
  • Earned Ashland University’s Mentor Award twice (2006 & 2010), the Outstanding Male Faculty Award (2010), the National Society of Leadership and Success' Excellence in Teaching Award (2010), the Ohio Magazine Excellence in Education Award (2011) and has twice been nominated for the Taylor Teaching Award

Education

  • Kent State University, Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology
  • Kent State University, M.A. in Experimental Psychology
  • Bowling Green State University, B.S. in Psychology
Dr. Rodney Michael, Associate Professor
Dr. Rodney Michael
Associate Professor of Physics
206 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5272 / rmichael@ashland.edu
Chemistry, Geology and Physics Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 1997
  • Has done research in the fields of neutrino physics, nuclear and particle astrophysics and acoustics
  • Serves on the board of governors for the Discovery school and takes a strong interest in gifted education

Education

  • Ohio University, Ph.D. in Medium Energy Nuclear Physics
  • Xavier University, B.S. in Applied Physics
Dr. Brian Mohney, Professor
Dr. Brian Mohney
Professor of Chemistry
417 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5962 / bmohney@ashland.edu
Chemistry, Geology and Physics Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 1999 and serves as professor of Chemistry
  • Current research interest is in the area of in situ measurement of phytotoxic chemicals, the diffusion of these chemicals in soil and their interactions on plant roots

 

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry
  • Eastern Nazarene College, Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry
Trina Mohney, Professional Instructor
Trina Mohney
Professional Instructor
415 , Kettering Science Building
419.207.4526 / tmohney@ashland.edu
Chemistry, Geology and Physics Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2011 and serves as professional instructor
  • Previously performed research in the department of molecular neurogenetics at Massachusetts General Hospital

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh, M. Ed. in Science Education
  • Eastern Nazarene College, B.A. in Biology
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
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2011
  • Teaches courses involving themes of race, gender, class, and sexuality in literature and film
  • Currently writing a novel focusing on South Asian immigrant experiences in the United States
  • Interdisciplinary scholar of race, gender, sexuality, and empire, focusing on Victorian and South Asian literature
  • Director of the Ashland University Research and Writing Community which teaches faculty and students empirically-proven techniques to increase research and writing productivity and improve work/life balance
  • Master Coach for the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, where she assists faculty across the country in the Center's Faculty Success Program and Post-Tenure Pathfinders Program

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Mondal, Sharleen. “Hindu Widows as Religious Subjects: The Politics of Christian Conversion and Revival in Colonial India.” Journal of Women’s History (2017) 29.3, 110-136.

Mondal, Sharleen.  “Whiteness, Miscegenation, and Anti-Colonial Rebellion in Rudyard Kipling’s  The Man Who Would Be King .”   Victorian Literature and Culture  (2014) 42.4, 733-751.

Belanger, Jackie, Rebecca Bliquez, and Sharleen Mondal. “Developing a Collaborative Faculty-Librarian Information Literacy Project.” Library Review 61.2 (2012): 68-91. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=17021093&ini=aob

Mondal, Sharleen. “Reading The Namesake: The Politics of Community Dialogue.” Awaaz: The Voice of South Asia (2011): 31-36. http://issuu.com/cuawaaz/docs/awaaz

Mondal, Sharleen. “Racing Desire and the New Man of the House in Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone.” Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 5.1 (2009). http://www.ncgsjournal.com/issue51/mondal.htm

Education

  • University of Washington, Ph.D. in English Literature, Graduate Certificate in Women Studies
  • University of Washington, M.A. in English Literature
  • Texas A & M, B.A. in English Literature with Minor in Women's Studies
john moser
Dr. John Moser
Professor of History, Chair, Master of American History and Government
119, Andrews Hall
419.289.5231 / jmoser1@ashland.edu
History & Political Science Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2001 and serves as chair of the Master of American History and Government Program
  • Teaches courses on modern European, American and East Asian history, including Western Civilization to 1500, Western Civilization since 1500, Renaissance and Reformation, Age of Revolution and Reaction, 20th Century Europe, Modern East Asia, and World War II
  • Has published numerous works on subjects ranging from comic books to Japanese foreign policy.
  • Author of four books, the most recent of which is The Global Great Depression and the Coming of World War II, which was published by Routledge in 2015
  • Received AU’s Taylor Teaching Award in 2016.

Education

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D., History
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.A., History
  • Ohio University, B.A.
Dan O'Rourke, Faculty, Department of Communication Studies, Ashland University
Dr. Dan O'Rourke
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
328, Center for the Arts
419.289.5141 / dorourke@ashland.edu
Communication Studies Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 1994
  • Primary teaching areas include: Introduction to Human Communication, Argumentation and Public Speaking
  • Research interests include the rhetoric of popular culture and the rhetoric of sport
  • Co-edited “Case Studies in Sport Communication” with Dr. Robert Brown
  • Written on subjects as diverse as "Spider-Man," “Theodore Roosevelt" and "Irony after 9/11”

Education

  • Purdue University, Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Public Address
  • Bowling Green State University, M.A. in Rhetoric & Public Add
  • Youngstown State University, B.A. in Speech Communication
Dr. Rene Paddags
Dr. René Paddags
Associate Professor of Political Science
124, Andrews Hall
419.289.5335 / rpaddags@ashland.edu
History & Political Science Department

• Joined Ashland University faculty in 2010 and serves as co-chair of the Master of American History and Government Program
• Teaches courses in international relations, comparative politics and regional studies
• Prior to joining AU, taught courses in political science and philosophy at the University of Maryland and at Loyola University, Baltimore

Education

  • University of Maryland, Ph.D. in Political Science
  • Johns Hopkins University, M.A. in International Relations
  • U. of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, M.A. in Political Science
Robert Sean Parker
Robert Sean Parker
Assistant Professor of Theatre
240, Center for the Arts
419.289.5655 / rparker6@ashland.edu
Theatre Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2016
  • Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) and Screen Actors’ Guild - American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (SAG-AFTRA)
  • Some of his professional credits include:  Off-Broadway, Chicago Theatre (American Theatre Company, Provision Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, Bohemian Theatre Ensemble), Pioneer Playhouse, Idaho Repertory Theatre, Riverside Shakespeare Festival, Flat Rock Playhouse, Opera House Theatre Company, Naples Dinner Theatre, and National Touring
  • Film credits include: The River Murders starring Ray Liotta; Chasing Robert with Len Austrevich, Paul Provenza, Dan Castellaneta, Andy Dick, Richard Jeni, and Larry Miller; Revengends (A Shakespearean Remix Film); and Don Walker in The Memoirs of Don Walker
  • Before joining the Ashland University faculty, taught at Morehead State University in Kentucky

Education

  • University of Idaho, MFA in Acting
  • Western Carolina University, BFA in Acting
Cynthia Petry
Cynthia Petry
Director, Coburn Art Gallery , Professional Instructor
Gallery, Center for the Arts
419.289.5652 / cpetry@ashland.edu
Art + Design Department

Cynthia C. Petry is director of the Coburn Gallery at Ashland University as well as a professional instructor for the Art Department. She received her bachelor’s degree in studio art from Morehead State University and a Master of Fine Arts with a emphasize in printmaking from Ohio University. Cynthia Petry has taught classes for Ashland University the last 17 years in the art foundations area as well as teaching digital art, art theory and criticism, senior seminar and art and ideas courses. Cynthia was appointed the director of the Coburn Gallery in 2009. Regionally, her artwork has been exhibited  at The Mansfield Art Center, Dairy Barn Arts Center , Studio 214, 78th Street Studios, Lingg Gallery, Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Schnormeier Gallery and Ohio State at Mansfield Pearl Conard Gallery. Nationally, she has exhibited her artworks in numerous juried exhibitions. Cynthia also serves as the director of the Art Saturdays program offering educational and creative experience for children in the greater Ashland Community.

Education

  • B.A., Studio Art, Morehead State University
  • MFA, Printmaking, Ohio University
Dr. Mason Posner, Professor, Chair
Dr. Mason Posner
Professor of Biology
320, Kettering Science Building
419.289.5691 / mposner@ashland.edu
Biology and Toxicology Department , Environmental Science Program
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 1999 and teaches courses in Human Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Zoology, Evolution, Marine Biology, and Molecular Biology
  • Involves students in research in his labs using molecular biology techniques to understand how eye lens proteins adapt to changes in environmental temperature
  • Students currently investigating the evolution and biological role of lens proteins called crystallins. These proteins are responsible for making the lens transparent and refracting light so that focused images fall on the retina. Amazingly, one family of crystallins, the alpha crystallins, also protect other proteins from the harmful effects of aging that can lead to lens cataracts, one of the leading causes of blindness in humans. Alpha crystallins are also involved in the original development of the lens in vertebrate embryos, and they have been linked to many diseases of the nervous system, heart, skeletal muscle, and are now known to be involved in many cancers
  • Most research into alpha crystallins is done with mammals. However, by studying how this protein has evolved in a number of fish species that live at different environmental temperatures, from the antarctic toothfish to the tropical zebrafish, they are discovering small evolutionary changes in the protein that alter its function. This helps them understand how alpha cystallins evolve, and gives us insights into how these proteins could be engineered to prevent disease
  • In more recent projects his students and him are using the zebrafish as a model organism to study the role of alpha crystallins in the development of the lens. They also use zebrafish to study the toxic effects of pesticides.

Education

  • University of Southern California, Ph.D. in Biology
  • University of Virginia, B.A. in Biology
Deleasa Randall-Griffiths
Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths
Associate Professor of Communication, Director of the Online Communication Studies Program
329, Center for the Arts
419.289.5143 / drandall@ashland.edu
Communication Studies Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 1994 and serves as Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Director of the Online Communication Studies Program
  • Teaches a wide range of communication courses, including Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, Family Communication, and Health Communication
  • Research interests include health narratives, gender and women’s studies
  • Engages in community service by chairing the Ashland Chautauqua Planning Committee, which brings history alive through performance
  • Winner of the 2012 Ohio Communication Association’s Innovative Teacher Award

Education

  • Southern Illinois University, Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication
  • Southern Illinois University, M.S. in Performance Studies
  • Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, B.A. in Theatre, Oral Interpretation

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