- 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
Cara Rogers is an assistant professor of history at Ashland University, where she teaches courses on the Age of Enlightenment, American history from the colonial era until the Civil War, and Thomas Jefferson. Previously, she taught at Collin College in Dallas and at Rice University. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and has a master’s degree in history from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Ph.D. from Rice University. Her dissertation, under revision for future publication, examines the ways in which Jefferson's book Notes on the State of Virginia influenced debates over race and slavery. Her other areas of interest include the Atlantic World, 19th century intellectual history, and World history.
- Ph.D. in History, Rice University
- M.A. in History, University of Texas at Dallas
- B.A. in English, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
- Joined Ashland University faculty in 2005 and serves as associate professor of art
- Works in two-dimensional media as well as textile-related sculpture
- Interested in inspiring and mentoring exemplary art educators who will then be prepared to inspire and mentor tomorrow’s creative young people
- Has conducted art education workshops in Florida, Ohio and Maine and has co-authored several publications related to art and interdisciplinary curriculum
- Received Best of show 2018 New Masters Exhibition for mixed media textile piece, "Secrets" Ursaline College; First prize 2017 Fresh Exhibition for installation piece, "Refugee" Summit Art Space, Akron; 2015 residency Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; and awarded Ohio Arts Council 2018 Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant to study Appalachian Weaving
- Recent fiber sculpture and panels are exhibited widely and her current digital photo/mixed media pieces will have their first showing in Israel in 2013
- 2018: Ohio Art Education Conference Presenter, Reflections from The Front International Exhibition and implications for Ohio art educators
- Kent State University, M.F.A.
- University of Arkansas, M.Ed.
- Heidelberg College, B.A.
- Joined Ashland University faculty in 2017 and serves as director of the Online Criminal Justice program as well as professional instructor in the program
- With nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience, Dr. Rubin specializes in policing, homeland security, criminology, and cybercrime and human trafficking
- Capella University, Ph.D.
- Western Governors University, M.Ed.
- University of Houston, B.S.
- Joined Ashland University faculty in 1969 and serves as professor of English
- In recent years she has pursued an interest in modern Jewish literature
- In addition to her work in Anglo-Saxon, Chaucer and Shakespeare, she earned a J.D. at Cleveland Marshall College of Law where she served on Law Review and began work on biomedical ethics
- A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities provided an opportunity to participate in a year-long program in biomedical humanities run jointly by Hiram College and North East Ohio University College of Medicine
- Putting theory into practice, she has served on the Medical Ethics Committee at Med-Central Hospital in Mansfield, Ohio
- Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D.
- Case Western Reserve University, Ph.D.
- Case Western Reserve University, M.A.
- University of Michigan, B.A.
- Joined Ashland University faculty in 2002
- Area of expertise is aquatic ecology
- Teaches courses in biology, ecology and environmental science
- Since joining AU, has directed many students doing independent research projects related to the ecology of a local lake and ponds at the Black Fork Wetlands Preserve
- University of Georgia, Ph.D. in Ecology
- Indiana University, M.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
- Oberlin College, B.A. in Biology
- Joined Ashland University faculty in 2002 and serves as associate professor of art
- A specialist in Baroque art
- Major area of interest is seventeenth-century Dutch art
- Research is focused primarily on portraits of children and the subject of death, grief and consolation in the Netherlands
- Ohio State University, Ph.D. in Art History
- Ohio State University, M.A. in Art History
- University of Tennessee, B.A. in Art History
- Joined Ashland University faculty in 2018 and serves as Visiting Assistant Professor
- Main research interest is algebraic topology, specifically interested in topological robotics, which aims to view problems that arise in robotics through an abstract mathematical point of view
- Courses taught include Math 205, 206, 208, 450, 610 and 650.
- Lehigh University, Ph.D. and M.S. in mathematics
- Moravian College, B.S. in mathematics
- Joined Ashland University faculty in 1987 and is professor of foreign languages teaching courses in Intermediate Spanish, Civilization of Spain, Spanish Phonetics and Foreign Language Education methods classes
- Recognized nationally as an authority on the impact of home stays and host family interactions on language learning and currently involved in sociolinguistic research on the forms of address in Costa Rican Spanish
- Besides her work in language teaching, she established and has led for more than 20 years AU’s summer Spanish program abroad, first in Mexico and more recently in Costa Rica, where she now serves as coordinator and instructor of record for the “AU in Costa Rica” program
- Chaired the Foreign Languages Department for 13 years.
- established the Ashland Foreign Language Alliance for high school language teachers in the area and was a member of the Academic Programs Committee of the College Consortium for International Studies for many years
- In 2016, received the Anthony J. Papalia Award for 2015 outstanding research article by the New York State Association for Foreign Language Teachers; recognized as the Outstanding Graduate Student in Education at AU when she received her M.Ed.; was one of the first two recipients of the Taylor Teaching Award in 1987; and received the Ed Allen Award for Outstanding College Foreign Language Instructor from the Ohio Foreign Language Association in 1988
- Ohio State University, Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education
- Ashland University, M.Ed.
- B.A. in Spanish and membership in Phi Beta Kappa at Ohio University
- Joined Ashland University faculty in 1997 and serves as Executive Director of the Ashbrook Program and professor of political science.
- Has been a senior fellow in the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy at the University of Virginia, a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and the William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. He has lectured across the country on religious liberty, American politics, and the Supreme Court.
- Teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in political thought, the American Founding and American constitutional law, including courses in Understanding Politics, Democracy in America, Constitutional Powers, Constitutional Rights, Politics and Religion, The American Revolution, The American Founding, The Supreme Court, Sources of the American Regime
- Published articles and reviews in journals such as American Journal of Political Science, Perspectives on Politics, Political Theory, History of Political Thought, Journal of Politics, Political Science Quarterly, Journal of Markets and Morality and Religion and Liberty
- Co-edited History of American Political Thought (Lexington Press, 2019, second edition), edited Transforming American Welfare (1999) and co-wrote The Free Person and the Free Economy (2002)
- University of Toronto, Ph.D.
- University of Toronto, M.A.
- University of Virginia, B.A.
- Joined Ashland University faculty in 2019
- Teaches courses in human biology, molecular & cellular basis of life, nursing microbiology and anatomy & physiology
- Performed graduate research with anaerobic bacteria within the Bacteroides fragilis group with capsules using scanning electron microscopy at the University of Akron
- Previously taught human biology, anatomy & physiology, microbiology, and medical terminology at Kent State University
- Worked on the bench in bacteriology/ pathology department labs at the Cleveland Clinic, Marymount and Richmond Heights hospitals
- Trained clinical medical technologists, microbiologists and supervisors, in the U.S. Italy, and Canada, on blood culture techniques, equipment, and software
- Also worked in quality control/ technical support and immunoproduction at ICN/ MP Biomedicals
- The University of Akron, M.S. Education (Biology); Specialization: Microbiology
- Walsh University, B.S. Biology
- Joined Ashland in 2019 and serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of history and politics.
- Prior to teaching at Ashland he served as the Full-time Temporary Lecturer in political science at Baylor University, as well as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Dallas. Teaches classes on Western history, American political theory, and political theory.
- Wrote the Locke chapter in Trump and Political Philosophy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). He is a former Donald Rumsfeld Fellow.
- University of Dallas, Ph.D., M.A.
- St. John’s College, B.A.
- Joined Ashland University faculty in 2013 and serves as visiting Assistant Professor of Biology/Toxicology
- Teaches courses in human anatomy and physiology
- Current research interests include the integration of writing-to-learn strategies and technology to promote learning and understanding of science
- Comes most recently from the Palouse region (University of Idaho and Washington State University) where she taught developmental biology, mammalian physiology, human anatomy & physiology, genetics, cell biology and introductory biology
- Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D. in Cellular & Molecular Biology
- Wesleyan University, B.A., in Biology
Sandra Simonds is the author of six books of poetry: Orlando (Wave Books, 2018), Further Problems with Pleasure, winner of the 2015 Akron Poetry Prize, Steal It Back (Saturnalia Books, 2015), The Sonnets (Bloof Books, 2014), Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012), and Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2009). Her poems have been included in Best American Poetry in 2014 and 2015 and have appeared in many literary journals, including Poetry magazine, the American Poetry Review, the Chicago Review, Granta, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Fence, Court Green, and Lana Turner. In 2013, she won a Readers’ Choice Award for her sonnet “Red Wand,” which was published on the Academy of American Poets website. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida, and is an associate professor of English and Humanities at Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia.
- Ph.D. English/Creative Writing, Florida State University
- MFA Creative Writing, University of Montana
- Joined Ashland University faculty in 2006 and serves as chair of the Religion Department
- Teaches courses in the history of Christianity and Christian thought, including Exploring the Bible, History of Early to Reformation Christianity, History of Modern Christianity, History of Religions in America, History of Christian Worship, Religion and the Civil Rights Movement in America, Theologies of Resistance and Reconciliation, and Religion Thesis Seminar
- Scholarship and teaching is grounded in his work and life in the Church. He worked for several years as a community development worker for the Church of England in Blackburn and Aylesbury and served as a preacher for a small chapel in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains
- Interested in the lived ecclesiologies of Christian communities, his first book, Open Friendship in a Closed Society; Mission Mississippi and a Theology of Friendship (OUP, 2009), is an interdisciplinary study of an ecumenical racial reconciliation initiative in Mississippi
- Consultant to the Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia, Slade is co-editor and contributor to two volumes connected with the project: Mobilizing for the Common Good: The Lived Theology of John M. Perkins (University Press of Mississippi, 2013) and Lived Theology: New Perspectives on Method, Style and Pedagogy (OUP, 2016). He contributed a chapter to the project’s Can I Get a Witness? Thirteen Peacemakers, Community Builders, and Agitators for Faith and Justice (Eerdman's 2019).
- Current research is into race, religion, and civil rights in the American South; in particular, the life and work of Howard Kester. Also justice, reconciliation and the practices of congregational singing: the ways that singing shapes–and is shaped by–the lived ecclesiologies of different congregations and communities.
- University of Virginia, Ph.D.
- University of Virginia, M.A.
- University of Mississippi, M.A.
- University of St. Andrews, B.D.
- Has over 30 years of professional experience as a Technical Director in the entertainment industry and education.
- A lifelong love of learning and building has propelled him to transform vision into reality for a wide variety of client’s time and time again.
- Some of his professional credits include Tony Award winning theaters and national tour, dance, opera, theme parks, corporate meetings, product launches, and displays, national and international credits include touring acts, conventions, trade-shows, and church conferences.
- Some of his educational credits include being the Technical Director and an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky and Technical Director for the Opera Program at the University of Illinois.
- Holds a BFA from Otterbein University (1993) and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Champaign – Urbana (2005). Also is a journeyman member with IATSE Local 346.
- Otterbein University, BFA
- University of Illinois at Champaign – Urbana, MFA
- Joined Ashland University faculty in 2011 and serves as visiting assistant professor of history and political science
- Teaches courses on political thought and history with fields of expertise in the American Founding, Abraham Lincoln, and political philosophy
- Previously served as adjunct instructor at the University of Akron – Wayne College, North Central State College, and the University of Dallas
- University of Dallas, Institute of Philosophic Studies, Ph.D. in Politics
- University of Dallas, Institute of Philosophic Studies, M.A.
- Ashland University, B.A.
- Joined the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Ashland as an adjunct in 2010 and as a visiting assistant professor in 2019.
- Research interests include bioinformatics, machine learning and computer graphics
- Courses taught include CS 101, CS 121, CS 122, CS 235, CS 302, CS 304, CS 320, MIS 475, Math 100, Math 208 and NUHS 509.
- Kent State University, Ph.D. in computer science
- Ashland University, B.S. in computer science and biology