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 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 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.
- 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
Kelly Sundberg's memoir Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival was released by HarperCollins in June of 2018 and in paperback in June of 2019. Her essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset" was anthologized in Best American Essays 2015 and other essays have been listed as "notables" in Best American Essays 2013, 2016, and 2018. Her essays are published or forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Denver Quarterly, Guernica, The Los Angeles Review, Gulf Coast, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, and elsewhere. Other work and commentary has appeared at Good Housekeeping, Glamour, and Psychology Today, among others. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from West Virginia University, a PhD in Creative Writing and English Studies from Ohio University and has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, A Room of Her Own Foundation, Dickinson House, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
- Ohio University, Ph.D., Creative Nonfiction
- West Virginia University, MFA, Creative Writing
- Joined Ashland University faculty in 1994 and areas of mathematical interest include abstract algebra (noncommutative rings), mathematical analysis of games, and undergraduate mathematics in general
- In addition to teaching a large variety of mathematics courses, including statistics, calculus, linear and abstract algebra, serves as advisor for the mathematics honorary
- Served as chair of the department of mathematics and computer science from 2001-2007, was the 2001 recipient of the Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award, and the 2019 recipient of the MAA Ohio Section Teaching Award
- Has served the college and university on many committees, including as Faculty Senate vice president, president and past-president.
- University of Massachusetts, Ph.D. in Mathematics
- University of Vermont, M.S. in Mathematics
- Eastern Nazarene College, B.S. in Physics and Mathematics
- Joined Ashland University faculty in 1999 and serves as professor of Mathematics and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.
- Research interests are combinatorics and probability.
- Developer of Ashland University's actuarial science major, advisor to Ashland University's team for the national William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition and organizer of Ashland University's Problem Solving Group.
- Recipient of Ohio Section of the Mathematical Association of America's Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics and national Mathematical Association of America's Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching by Beginning College or University Mathematics Faculty Member.
- University of Michigan, Ph.D. in Mathematics
- University of Michigan, M.S. in Mathematics
- Denison University, B.S. in Mathematics
- Joined Ashland University faculty in 2009 and serves as associate professor of Biology/Toxicology
- Teaches courses such as Drugs, Poisons, Pollutants and the Human Perception of Risk; Principles of Toxicology; and Methods in Toxicology
- Research interests include examining the effects of pesticide contaminant mixtures and saline deicing agents to freshwater aquatic organisms in the environment
- Has previously been the recipient of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Greater Research Opportunity fellowship and has published his research in a number of peer-reviewed journals
- Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Ph.D. in Zoology
- Southern Illinois University Carbondale, B.S. in Chemistry
- Joined Ashland University faculty in 1995 and serves as professor of Philosophy. Chaired the department at Ashland University from 2001-2014 and also served as university core director from 2009-2016.
- Main area of research is in post-Kantian Continental philosophy
- Has presented over 40 professional papers at conferences such as the American Philosophical Association, the Ohio Philosophical Association, the West Virginia Philosophical Association, the Great Lakes Philosophy Consortium, the Western Michigan University Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, the Society for the Philosophical Study of Genocide and the Holocaust and the American Simone Weil Society
- Has 20 professional publications, book chapters and prefaces, in European Philosophy. His books are Meridian of Thinking: Essays in European Philosophy, published in 2002 by Mellen Press, and Detours in Philosophy in 2007 from Peter Lang in Europe
- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D. in Philosophy
- Case Western Reserve University, M.A. in English
- Case Western Reserve University, B.A. in English
- Joined Ashland University faculty in 2010 and serves as associate professor of Social Work and as the Program Director for the Department of Social Work
- Diverse practice has taken him to Texas, California and Ohio working in the areas of child welfare, school social work, community development, home health care, domestic violence and substance use
- Primary research interest involves concepts related to developmental youth assets and how communities can help foster them. Other areas of research and teaching interests include social policy development, history of social welfare, child welfare issues and domestic poverty programming
- Active member of the National Association of Social Work and has been a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers since 1992. Currently serves as a data analysis consultant for Wayne County’s Family and Children First Council
- Case Western Reserve University, Ph.D.
- University of Texas, M.S.S.W.
- University of Texas, B.S.W.
- Joined Ashland University faculty in 2006 and specializes in nineteenth-century, twentieth-century and contemporary American literature and culture with an emphasis on modernism
- Teaches courses such as American Literature III: Realism to Modernism; American Literature IV: 1945 to the Present; The American Literary Experience; The Modern Novel; The Modern Drama; the Contemporary American Studies Seminar; Honors course on The Short Story; Great Books; and Composition I & II
- Research is focused on regionalism, particularly in relation to race and gender, culture and place and additional research interests include the cultural capital of Modernism and the Middlebrow
- Sits on the James Thurber House Literary Committee in Columbus and the Middlebrow Research Network, an Arts and Humanities Research Council (U.K.), and executive officer for the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature
- Currently writing a monograph about the literary career of Louis Bromfield, the twentieth-century Ohio author. In 2009, edited and introduced Bromfield's recently reprinted novels Awake and Rehearse: Selected Short Stories by Louis Bromfield and has written the introductions for two of Bromfield's recently reprinted novels The Rains Came (2007) and The Strange Case of Miss Annie Spragg (2006)
- Has done work on Paul Laurence Dunbar - "With Myriad Subtleties': Paul Laurence Dunbar's Construction of Social Identity in The Sport of the Gods," in We Wear the Mask: Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Politics of Representative Reality
- Has published several articles and presented several national and international conference papers on this topic. A current work in progress includes an essay - "From the Midwest, to New York, Paris, and Back: "Placing" the Middlebrow in Louis Bromfield's Texts"
- University of Leeds, England, Ph.D.
- University of Leeds, England, M.A.
- University of East Anglia, B.A.
- Joined Ashland University faculty in 1986 and teaches courses in Romantic and Victorian British literature; Greek literature; 19th century Russian Novel (War and Peace and The Brothers Karamazov)
- Offers a rotating set of major writers seminars on Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Melville/Conrad, Austen and Hemingway
- Has published Questioning Keats: An Introduction to Applied Hermeneutics in 2006, The Moral World of Billy Budd in 2014, and Teaching English at Ridgeview in 2015, all with Peter Lang Publishing
- Has directed the Ashland University Philosophy Reading Group for over 30 years
- University of Chicago, Ph.D. and M.A.
- Tulane University, B.A.