Faculty & Staff Directory

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Dr. Rene Paddags Dr. Rene Paddags
Associate Professor of Political Science
124, Andrews Hall
419.289.5335
rpaddags@ashland.edu
René Paddags, associate professor of political science, joined Ashland University in 2010. Professor Paddags teaches courses in international relations, comparative politics and regional studies. Prior to joining Ashland University, he had taught courses in political science and philosophy at the University of Maryland and at Loyola University, Baltimore. Dr. Paddags received his Ph.D. in political science from the... Read More

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.

http://derekpalacio.com/
Robert Sean Parker Robert Sean Parker
Assistant Professor of Theatre
240, Center for the Arts
419.289.5655
rparker6@ashland.edu
Sean holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Idaho and a BFA in Acting from Western Carolina University. Before joining the Ashland University faculty, he taught at Morehead State University in Kentucky.  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... Read More

Elizabeth Pastor Elizabeth Pastor
Professor Emeritus, Trustees Professor of Music


Elizabeth Pastor is an outstanding pianist, educator and community leader with a distinguished history at Ashland University and in the music community. Elizabeth received her artist’s diploma at the age of eighteen from Boston’s Longy School of Music. She studied piano with Boris Goldovsky, Carl Frieberg, Beryl Rubinstein and Arthur Loesser. She made her debut at Town Hall, New York and has made solo appearances... Read More

Cynthia Petry Cynthia Petry
Director, Coburn Art Gallery , Professional Instructor
Gallery, Center for the Arts
419.289.5652
cpetry@ashland.edu
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
320, Kettering Science Building
419.289.5691
mposner@ashland.edu
Students in his lab use molecular biology techniques to understand how eye lens proteins adapt to changes in environmental temperature. They are 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... Read More

http://www.masonposner.com/
Dr. Richard Rader Dr. Richard Rader



rrader1@ashland.edu
V. Sue Ralph, Administrative Assistant V. Sue Ralph
Administrative Assistant
202, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.289.5790
vralph@ashland.edu
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, Director of the Online Communication Studies Program
329, Center for the Arts
419.289.5143
drandall@ashland.edu
Dr. Randall-Griffiths is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Director of the Online Communication Studies Program at Ashland University. She teaches the introductory communication course, along with courses in interpersonal communication, and health communication. Her research interests include health narratives, gender, and women’s studies. She engages in community service by... Read More

Dr. Jennifer Rathbun Dr. Jennifer Rathbun
Chair
217, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5353
jrathbun@ashland.edu
Jennifer Rathbun has a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in contemporary Latin American literature and is currently an associate professor of Spanish and chair of the department of foreign languages at Ashland University in Ohio. The Bitter Oleander Press published her translation of the poetry collection "Afterglow/Tras el rayo" by world renowned Mexican author Alberto Blanco in June 2011. In 2009, she published... Read More

Dr. Tom Reed, Chair, Music and Theatre, Professor of Music Dr. Tom Reed
Chair, Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
206, Center for the Arts
419.289.5158
treed@ashland.edu
Dr. Thomas Reed is professor of music and chair of the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre at Ashland University He joined the faculty in 1986, and teaches courses in woodwinds, music theory, aural skills and jazz. He is a 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... Read More

Jane Reed Jane Reed
Adjunct Instructor, Music Fundamentals, Strings

419.289.5100
jreed@ashland.edu
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
419.289.5916
wreintha@ashland.edu
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

Dr. Daniel Rickett Dr. Daniel Rickett



drickett@ashland.edu
Brenda Rodeback, Administrative Assistant Brenda Rodeback
Administrative Assistant
221 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5261
brodebac@ashland.edu
Mrs. Brenda Rodeback joined Ashland University as the administrative assistant to the departments of biology/toxicology/environmental science and chemistry/geology/physics in September 1999. She is currently the administrative assistant for the departments of biology/toxicology/environmental science, chemistry/geology/physics, psychology, criminal justice, sociology and social work. She has an associate’s degree in... Read More

Dariela Rodriguez, Sport Communication, Health Communication, Risk Communication, Ashland University, Communication Studies Dr. Dariela Rodriguez
Adjunct Faculty Member


drodrig2@ashland.edu
Dr. Dariela Rodriguez was an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies with a specialization in sport communication until the summer of 2017 and now works with the Department as an adjunct faculty member. Dr. Rodriguez received both her bachelor of arts degree in communication and public relations and her master of arts degree in communication from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She... Read More

Priscilla Roggenkamp Priscilla Roggenkamp
Associate Professor of Art
346A , Center for the Arts
419.289.5194
proggenk@ashland.edu
Born in Bangor, Maine, Priscilla has lived in Maine, Ohio, Virginia and Arkansas. She has resided in Alliance, Ohio since 1990, teaching and making art. Priscilla has taught at The College of Wooster, Mount Union College, Canton Country Day School, Blue Ridge Community College, James Madison University and the University of Arkansas. She has conducted art education workshops in Florida, Ohio and Maine and has co-... Read More

http://www.studio-twofourteen.com/
Sandra Ross Sandra Ross
Adjunct Instructor, Voice, Opera Scenes Director
205, Center for the Arts
419.289.5128
sross11@ashland.edu
Equally at home on both operatic and musical theater stages, Ms. Ross has performed with Cincinnati Opera, Cleveland Opera, Central City Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Opera North, Sorg Opera and nine seasons with the Ohio Light Opera. Some of her favorite roles have been Orlovsky, Carmen and Cherubino. In Hamburg, Germany Ms. Ross appeared for 2 years as Madame Giry in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera... Read More

Bonnie J. Rough Bonnie J. Rough



brough@ashland.edu
Bonnie J. Rough is the author of The Girls, Alone (Kindle Singles 2015) and of the memoir, Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA (Counterpoint) which won a 2011 Minnesota Book Award. Her next book is forthcoming from Seal Press in 2018. Her writing has appeared in anthologies such as The Best American Science and Nature Writing and The Best Creative Nonfiction, and periodicals including The New York Times,... Read More

http://www.bonniejrough.com/
Cathy Rowland Cathy Rowland
Administrative Assistant
204, Center for the Arts
419.289.5100
crowlan1@ashland.edu
Ms. Cathy Rowland joined Ashland University as the administrative assistant to the department of music in August 1999. She is currently the administrative assistant for the departments of music, art and theatre. She also serves as organist and choir accompanist for her church, Jeromesville United Methodist. Ms. Rowland lives in Jeromesville with daughters, Anna and Josie.  

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