Faculty & Staff Directory

Name & Contact Bio & Website
DrMarkRubin Dr. Mark Rubin
Director, Online Criminal Justice
156, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5657
mrubin3@ashland.edu
Dr. Mark Rubin is the Director of the Online Criminal Justice program.  He joined Ashland University in the Spring of 2017.  Dr. Rubin received his Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Houston, a Master of Education from Western Governors University, and a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Capella University.  With nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience, Dr. Rubin specializes in policing,... Read More

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

https://matthewsalesses.com/
Leonard Salvo Leonard Salvo
Professor Emeritus, Director of Ashland Area Community Concert Band
, Center for the Arts
419.289.5100
lsalvo@ashland.edu
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

Saslaw Dr. Naomi Saslaw
Professor
314, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5198
nsaslaw@ashland.edu
After completing her B.A. at University of Michigan and M.A. and Ph.D. at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Naomi Saslaw studied at Harvard as a postdoctoral visiting fellow.  She also studied at Oxford and Columbia Universities.  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... Read More

Dr. Patricia Saunders, Associate Professor Dr. Patricia Saunders
Associate Professor
324 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5252
psaunder@ashland.edu
Dr. Patricia A. Saunders, associate professor of biology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2002 and is the director of the University's Environmental Science Program. Her area of expertise is aquatic ecology, and she teaches courses in biology, ecology, and environmental science. Since joining Ashland University she has directed many students doing independent research projects related to the ecology of a... Read More

http://personal.ashland.edu/psaunder/
Scott Saunders Scott Saunders
Adjunct Faculty Member
123, Center for the Arts

ssaunde3@ashland.edu
Scott Saunders, Adjunct Professor in the JDM program, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2015.  He teaches Basic and Advanced Audio Production.  He is also General Manager of WVMC Radio in Mansfield, where he also teaches radio as an elective at Mansfield Christian School, the owners of WVMC.  He also records afternoon drive shows for WLOH in Lancaster, Ohio. Scott’s career has spanned over 30 years and began... Read More

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
Adjunct Professor
331, Center for the Arts

tstumpf@ashland.edu
Todd Stumpf is an adjunct in the Communication Studies Department.  During the 2017-18 academic year, he served as a Visiting Instructor of Sport Communication, teaching several classes in the discipline, working with internship students and being co-advisor of the Sport Communication Club. Todd has taught at the college level for nine years, including the last four at The University of Akron, where he taught... 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

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