Faculty & Staff Directory

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Dr. Daniel Rickett Dr. Daniel Rickett

Brenda Rodeback, Administrative Assistant Brenda Rodeback
Administrative Assistant
221 , Kettering Science Building
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

cara rogers Dr. Cara Rogers
Assistant Professor
123, Andrews Hall
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... Read More

Priscilla Roggenkamp Priscilla Roggenkamp
Associate Professor of Art
346A , Center for the Arts
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... Read More

Sandra Ross Sandra Ross
Adjunct Instructor, Voice, Opera Scenes Director
205, Center for the Arts
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

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

DrMarkRubin Dr. Mark Rubin
Director of the Online Criminal Justice Program, Professional Instructor of Criminal Justice
156, Dwight Schar College of Education
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

Matthew Salesses, Ashland MFA Fiction Matthew Salesses

Matthew Salesses is the author of the novel The Hundred-Year Flood (Little A/Amazon Publishing), an Amazon Bestseller, Best Book of September, and Kindle First pick; an Adoptive Families Best Book of 2015; a Millions Most Anticipated of 2015; a Thought Catalog Essential Contemporary Book by an Asian American Writer; and a Best Book of the season at Buzzfeed, Refinery29, and Gawker, among others. Forthcoming are a ... Read More

Leonard Salvo Leonard Salvo
Professor Emeritus, Director of Ashland Area Community Concert Band
, Center for the Arts
Leonard Salvo served as director of bands at Ashland University from 1988 to spring of 2014 when he retired. He remains involved with AU Music as the director of the Ashland Area Community Concert Band. During his full-time tenure at Ashland, he took an active role in campus life and was recognized as the Outstanding Advisor for Student Organizations at Ashland University for his work with the Kappa Kappa Psi... Read More

Dr. Naomi Saslaw Dr. Naomi Saslaw
Professor of English
314, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
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... Read More

Dr. Patricia Saunders, Associate Professor Dr. Patricia Saunders
Associate Professor of Biology, Director of the Environmental Science Program
324 , Kettering Science Building
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

Dr. Wendy Schaller Dr. Wendy Schaller
Associate Professor of Art
233 , Center for the Arts
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

Dr. Steven Scheirer Dr. Steven Scheirer
Visiting Assistant Professor
213, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
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.  

Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart, Professor Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart
Professor of Foreign Languages
214 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
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... Read More

Dr. Jeff Sikkenga, Professor of Political Science Dr. Jeffrey Sikkenga
Interim Executive Director of the Ashbrook Center, Professor of Political Science
, Ashbrook Center
Joined Ashland University faculty in 1997 and serves as professor of political science Has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and a distinguished visiting professor at the School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University. Teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in political thought, the American Founding and American constitutional law, including courses in Understanding Politics,... Read More

Robin Sikut, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology/Toxicology Robin Sikut
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology/Toxicology
130, Kettering Science Building
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... Read More

Dr. Cole Simmons
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science
120, Andrews Hall
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 (... Read More

Dr. Kristin Simokat, Assistant Professor Dr. Kristin Simokat
Assistant Professor of Biology/Toxicology
215, Kettering Science Building
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... Read More

Sandra Simonds, Ashland MFA Poetry Sandra Simonds

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... Read More

John Skrada John Skrada
Director of Broadcasting and Operations
126, Center for the Arts
John Skrada was the operations manager for 88.9 WRDL-FM and TV-20 in the journalism and digital media department of Ashland University from 2010-2017.  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... Read More