Faculty & Staff Directory

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Dr. Sharleen Mondal Dr. Sharleen Mondal
Associate Professor of English
302, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
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... Read More

Sarah Monette, Ashland MFA fiction faculty Sarah Monette

Sarah Monette was born and raised in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, one of the three secret cities of the Manhattan Project. She got her B.A. summa cum laude from Case Western Reserve University, majoring in Literature and Classics, with a minor in Women's Studies, her M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She wrote her dissertation on ghosts in early modern revenge tragedy.She has... Read More

Angela Morales, Ashland MFA Creative Nonfiction Faculty Angela Morales

Angela Morales, a graduate of the University of Iowa's nonfiction writing program, is the author of The Girls in My Town, a collection of personal essays. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays 2013, Harvard Review, The Southern Review, The Southwest Review, The Los Angeles Review, Arts and Letters, The Baltimore Review, The Pinch, Hobart, River Teeth, Under the Sun, Puerto del Sol, and The Indianola Review. ... Read More

Cindy Moseman Dr. Cindy Moseman
Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Studies Program
210B, Center for the Arts
Dr. Cindy Moseman joined the Family and Consumer Sciences Department in 1988 to teach courses in Child and Family Studies.  She served as department chair for the last 9 years and played an active role in the development and implementation of the Gerontology certificate and minor.  She completed two terms as a Faculty Senator.  Cindy was twice selected by students as Outstanding Female Faculty of the Year and has... Read More

john moser Dr. John Moser
Professor of History, Chair, Master of American History and Government
119, Andrews Hall
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... Read More

Nayomi Munaweera Nayomi Munaweera

Nayomi Munaweera's debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, won the Commonwealth Prize for Asia. It was long listed for the Dublin IMPAC Prize and the Man Asia Prize. The novel was also short listed for the Northern California Book Prize and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and was a Target Book Club selection in January 2016. Her second novel What Lies Between Us was hailed as one of the most exciting... Read More

Dan O'Rourke, Faculty, Department of Communication Studies, Ashland University Dr. Dan O'Rourke
Associate Professor of Communication Studies
328, Center for the Arts
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”

shawn orr Shawn Orr
Director of the Center for Innovation & Teaching Excellence;, Professional Instructor of Communication Studies
333, Center for the Arts
Shawn Orr is the Director for the Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence and a professional instructor in communication studies at Ashland University. Shawn received both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal Communication and Public Communication and a Master of Arts degree in Communication from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Shawn has more than 25 years of higher education teaching and... Read More

Dr. Rene Paddags Dr. Rene Paddags
Associate Professor of Political Science
124, Andrews Hall
• 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

Derek Palacio, Ashland MFA Fiction Faculty Derek Palacio

Derek Palacio is the author of the novella How to Shake the Other Man and the novel The Mortifications. With Claire Vaye Watkins, he co-directs the Mojave School, a free creative writing camp for teenagers in rural Nevada. He lives in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Robert Sean Parker Robert Sean Parker
Assistant Professor of Theatre
240, Center for the Arts
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,... Read More

Cynthia Petry Cynthia Petry
Director, Coburn Art Gallery , Professional Instructor
Gallery, Center for the Arts
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... Read More

Dr. Mason Posner, Professor, Chair Dr. Mason Posner
Professor of Biology
320, Kettering Science Building
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... Read More

Dr. Richard Rader Dr. Richard Rader

V. Sue Ralph, Administrative Assistant V. Sue Ralph
Administrative Assistant
202, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
Mrs. V. Sue Ralph returned to Ashland University as the administrative assistant to the Math and Computer Science Department in August 2014. She has a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from Ashland University and earned an elementary education K-8 teaching licensure from Ashland University. Mrs. Ralph lives in Ontario with her husband, Jay. They have two children, Jessica and Michael. Jessica is a RN at the Cleveland... Read More

Deleasa Randall-Griffiths Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths
Associate Professor of Communication, Director of the Online Communication Studies Program
329, Center for the Arts
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... Read More

Jennifer Rathbun Dr. Jennifer Rathbun
Professor of Foreign Language
217, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Contemporary Latin American Literature and is currently Professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages Has translated and published complete poetic works by Mexican authors Alberto Blanco, Minerva Margarita Villarreal, Juan Armando Rojas Joo and Ivan Vergara In 2018, Artepoética Press published her translation of La llama inclinada/The Inclined Flame ... Read More

Dr. Tom Reed, Chair, Music and Theatre, Professor of Music Dr. Tom Reed
Chair, Department of Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
206, Center for the Arts
Joined Ashland University faculty in 1986 and serves as professor of music and chair of the Department of Music and Theatre Teaches courses in woodwinds, music theory, aural skills and jazz Member of the Akron Symphony (bass clarinet) and Ashland Symphony (principal clarinet), was a long-time member of the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra (saxophone), and has performed on clarinet or saxophone with the Cleveland Chamber... Read More

Jane Reed Jane Reed
Adjunct Instructor, Music Fundamentals, Strings

Jane Reed has a BM in music education from the University of Iowa and an MM in violin performance from the University of Akron. In addition, she studied string pedagogy with Mimi Zweig, and has certification in Suzuki violin and Orff. She taught in the public schools for 6 years, and currently has a private studio. Jane also works with the Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra, and gives educational concerts for the... Read More

Dr. Bill Reinthal, Adjunct Professor of Geology Dr. Bill Reinthal
Adjunct Professor of Geology
207, Kettering Science Building
Bill Reinthal graduated from the College of Wooster with a degree in geology, and went on to complete his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in economic geology.  He has worked in both the oil and minerals industries, but his dissertation research was centered on the geochemical constraints on precious metal accumulations in supracrustal environments. Teaching geology, he takes a holistic approach to... Read More