- 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”
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- Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D.
- University of Central Oklahoma, MA
- Bowling Green State University, MFA
- Cleveland State University, B.A.
- 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.
- 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
- Purdue University, Ph.D.
- Purdue University, M.A.
- Rice University, B.A.
- 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)
- University of Maryland, Ph.D.
- University of Georgia, M.A.
- Emory University, B.A.
- 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"
- 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
- 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
- Clemson University, MFA in Fine Arts
- Brigham Young University, BFA in Sculpture
- Brigham Young University,B.A. in French Literature
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- 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
- Kent State University, Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology
- Kent State University, M.A. in Experimental Psychology
- Bowling Green State University, B.S. in Psychology
- 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
- Ohio University, Ph.D. in Medium Energy Nuclear Physics
- Xavier University, B.S. in Applied Physics
- 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
- University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry
- Eastern Nazarene College, Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry
- Joined Ashland University faculty in 2011 and serves as professional instructor
- Previously performed research in the department of molecular neurogenetics at Massachusetts General Hospital
- University of Pittsburgh, M. Ed. in Science Education
- Eastern Nazarene College, B.A. in Biology
- 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
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
- 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
- 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.
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D., History
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.A., History
- Ohio University, B.A.
- 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”
- 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
- Serves as director for the Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence and a professional instructor in communication studies at Ashland University.
- Areas of specialization include public relations, strategic communication, interpersonal communication, small group communication, and public speaking and her research interests include communication technology, cognition and emotion.
- Has more than 25 years of higher education teaching and administration experience, a focus on innovative technology and active learning strategies in the classroom, and a unique practitioner’s perspective into the field of communication studies.
- Has won several teaching awards including the prestigious 2011 Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year Distinguished Teaching Award by the North Central Business Education Association (8 State Region).
- Has developed and taught more than 20 different courses in a variety of modalities including face-to-face, blended/flipped, and online. Her education, training and teaching is rooted in a social scientific view of communication and much of her career has focused on being a practitioner in the field of communication including developing and delivering more than 200 presentations for college, conference and keynote addresses.
- M.A., Communication, BGSU
- B.A., Interpersonal & Public Communication, BGSU
• Joined Ashland University faculty in 2010
• 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
- 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
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.
- B.A., Studio Art, Morehead State University
- MFA, Printmaking, Ohio University
- 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.
- University of Southern California, Ph.D. in Biology
- University of Virginia, B.A. in Biology
- 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
- 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
- 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 by Colombian author Carlos Satizábal
- Coeditor of the anthologies of poetry Sangre mía / Blood of Mine: Poetry of Border Violence, Gender and Identity in Ciudad Juárez (2013) and Canto a una ciudad en el desierto (2004)
- Her poetry, translations and articles on Contemporary Latin American Literature appear in numerous international reviews and journals
- University of Arizona, Ph.D. in contemporary Latin American literature
- Wichita State University, B.A. and M.A.
- 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 Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Blossom Festival Orchestra, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Youngstown Symphony, Blossom Festival Band and the Jazz Unit
- Has been soloist with the Akron, Mansfield, Clarence and Ashland Symphonies and performs on CDs from the Akron Symphony, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz Unit and the Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra
- Clarinet CD “Mutually Inclusive” was released in 2008 on Capstone Records
- Founding member of Iron Toys, a woodwind quartet that performs original repertoire for saxophones, clarinets and flutes. Iron Toys released their CD in 2015
- The Ohio State University, DMA in Clarinet Performance
- The University of Akron, M.M. in Saxophone Performance
- The University of Michigan, B.M. in Music Education