Faculty & Staff Directory

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Dr. Wendy Schaller Dr. Wendy Schaller
Associate Professor of Art
233 , Center for the Arts
419.289.5955
wschalle@ashland.edu
Dr. Wendy Schaller, associate professor of art, has been a member of the Ashland University faculty since 2002. A specialist in Baroque art, she received both her Ph.D. and her M.A.in art history from the Ohio State University. She also received a B.A. in art history from The University of Tennessee. Dr. Schaller's major area of interest is seventeenth-century Dutch art, and her research is focused primarily on... Read More

schillinger Daniel Schillinger
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science
128, Andrews Hall
419.207.4934
dschilli@ashland.edu
Daniel Schillinger joined Ashland University in the fall of 2017 as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science. His teaching and research focus on the history of political thought, especially Greek, early modern, and American political thought. Also in the fall of 2017 Daniel will defend his dissertation at the University of Toronto, where he has held the Connaught International Doctoral Scholarship. His... Read More

Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart, Professor Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart
Professor
214 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5131
bschmidt@ashland.edu
Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart earned a B.A. in Spanish and membership in Phi Beta Kappa at Ohio University, a M.Ed. from Ashland University, and a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education from the Ohio State University.    She was 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... Read More

Susan Schoeffler Susan Schoeffler
Adjunct Instructor, Piano
208, Center for the Arts
419.289.5100
sschoeff@ashland.edu
Susan received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Vitya Vronsky-Babin and Sergei Babayan and was the recipient of the Sadie Zellen Prize in Piano. She has performed in numerous masterclasses, including those at the 1993 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. For the last decade she has collaborated frequently with... Read More

Dr. Jeff Sikkenga, Professor of Political Science Dr. Jeffrey Sikkenga
Professor of Political Science
118, Andrews Hall
419.289.5625
jsikkeng@ashland.edu
Jeffrey Sikkenga is professor of political science and co-director of the Ashbrook Scholar Program at Ashland University, adjunct fellow of the John M. Ashbrook Center and senior fellow in the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy at the University of Virginia. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in political thought, the American Founding and American constitutional law. He has published articles and... Read More

http://personal.ashland.edu/~jsikkeng/
Dr. Kristin Simokat, Assistant Professor Dr. Kristin Simokat
Assistant Professor
215, Kettering Science Building
419.289.5615
ksimokat@ashland.edu
Dr. Kristin Simokat joined the department of biology and toxicology as an assistant professor.  She is teaching courses in human anatomy and physiology.  Dr. Simokat received her B.A. in biology from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology with a concentration in developmental biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She comes most recently from the Palouse region (University... Read More

Sandra Simonds, Ashland MFA Poetry Sandra Simonds



Sandra Simonds is the author of six books of poetry: Orlando (Wave Books, forthcoming in 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... Read More

http://www.sandrasimondspoet.com/
John Skrada John Skrada
Operations Manager
126, Center for the Arts
419.289.5311
jskrada@ashland.edu
John Skrada is the operations manager for 88.9 WRDL-FM and TV-20 in the journalism and digital media department of Ashland University.  He received a bachelor’s degree in communication from Cleveland State University.  Before coming to Ashland University in 2011, John has worked as a freelance videographer and tape operator for major sports and entertainment networks for the past 18 years.  In addition to sports,... Read More

Peter Slade Dr. Peter Slade
Chair, Department of Religion, Chair, Faculty Welfare Committee
15, Rinehart Center for Religious Studies
419.289.5237
pslade@ashland.edu
Peter Slade teaches courses in the history of Christianity and Christian thought. His 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,... Read More

http://singingchurch.blogspot.com/
Libby Slade Libby Slade
Director of Ashland Area Chorus, Adjunct Instructor, Music Fundamentals

419.289.5100
eslade@ashland.edu
Elizabeth Slade holds a B.A. in Music and French from the University of Virginia and an M.Ed. from Harvard University where she studied choral conducting with Constance Defotis and served as Choral Administrator for the Harvard Choirs under the direction of Jameson Marvin. During her time at Harvard, Slade was a member of the professional Choir of the Church of the Advent in Boston and a soprano soloist in and... Read More

Dwight Souder Dwight Souder

207, Kettering Science Building

dsouder@ashland.edu
Dwight Souder joins the Department of Chemistry, Geology, and Physics as an adjunct professor where he will be instructing some of the Physics and Chemistry labs.  Dwight Souder has been a teacher at Crestview High School for over 20 years where he as been teaching Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, and a STEM course of RC Aeronautics.  He has also taught 3D Graphic Design (Rhino3D) for the students at the Hong... Read More

Jason Stevens Dr. Jason Stevens
Visiting Assistant Professor
115, Andrews Hall
419.289.4933
jsteven2@ashland.edu
Jason Stevens, Visiting Assistant Professor, joined Ashland University in 2011. Previously, he served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Akron – Wayne College, North Central State College, and the University of Dallas. He teaches political thought and history courses with fields of expertise in the American Founding, Abraham Lincoln, and political philosophy. He received his B.A. from Ashland University... Read More

todd stumpf Todd Stumpf
Professional Instructor of Sport Communication
335, Center for the Arts
419.289.5748
tstumpf@ashland.edu
Todd Stumpf is a Visiting Instructor of Sport Communication. He will teach several classes in the discipline as well as working with internship students and being co-advisor of the Sport Communication Club. Toddhas taught at the college level for nine years, including the last four at The University of Akron, where he taught English composition. An award-winning writer, Todd has spent more than 25 years in the... Read More

Dr. Gordon Swain Dr. Gordon Swain
Professor
208, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.289.5263
gswain@ashland.edu
Dr. Gordon Swain, professor of mathematics, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1994. In addition to teaching a large variety of mathematics courses, including statistics, calculus, linear and abstract algebra, he is active in college and university governance. He served as chair of the department of mathematics and computer science from 2001-2007, and was also the 2001 recipient of the Taylor Excellence in... Read More

Dr. Christopher Swanson, Professor Dr. Christopher Swanson
Professor
209, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.289.5264
cswanson@ashland.edu
Dr. Christopher N. Swanson, professor of mathematics and director of the Honors Program, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1999. He is the developer of Ashland University's actuarial science major, advisor to Ashland University's Ohio Rho chapter of the national mathematics honorary Pi Mu Epsilon, advisor to Ashland University's team for the national William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition and... Read More

http://personal.ashland.edu/cswanson/
Rachel Swartz Rachel Swartz
Biology Lab Technician
Rm. 215, Kettering Science Building
419.207.6311
rswartz3@ashland.edu
Rachel Swartz joined the department spring of 2017 as a laboratory technician. She graduated from Ashland University in 2016 with a bachelors of science in biology and environmental science.

Merrill Tawse, Professional Instructor Merrill Tawse
Professional Instructor
323, Kettering Science Building
419.207.6310
mtawse@ashland.edu
Merrill Tawse joined the Biology/Toxicology Department in 2010. His work with students in field research focuses on polyploidy in Ambystomid salamanders and projects via radio-telemetry in territoriality and site affinity of the secretive marsh birds, the Virginia Rails. Other student projects have included foraging and roosting behaviors of insectivorous bats in the Mohican Forest. He has conducted numerous Indiana... Read More

jeff_taylor_picture_081116.jpg Jeff Taylor

, Kettering Science Building

jtaylo36@ashland.edu
Jeff Taylor is joining the Department of Biology and Toxicology as an Adjunct Instructor.  He will be teaching courses in human anatomy and physiology.  In addition to his adjunct teaching at Ashland University, he is also a full-time faculty member and the biology department program coordinator at North Central State College in Mansfield, Ohio and has taught anatomy and physiology previously at Columbus State... Read More

Dr. Andrew Trimble, Associate Professor Dr. Andrew Trimble
Associate Professor
326, Kettering Science Building
419.289.5267
atrimble@ashland.edu
Dr. Andrew Trimble is an assistant professor of biology and toxicology. He joined the Ashland University faculty in 2009. His research interests include the effects of pesticide contaminant mixtures to freshwater aquatic organisms in the environment, as well as the effects of physical and chemical stress to the toxicity of organic sediment-based contaminants. Dr. Trimble has previously been the recipient of a U.S.... Read More

Tricia Trimble Tricia Trimble
Laboratory Supervisor
313, Kettering Science Building
419.289.5612
ttrimbl1@ashland.edu
Tricia Trimble moved to the Ashland area in 2009.  Prior to this, she attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology in 2004 and a Master of Science degree in Zoology with an emphasis in Environmental and Aquatic Toxicology in 2007.  After receiving her degrees, Tricia worked as a toxicology researcher at the Fisheries and Illinois Aquaculture Center and... Read More

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