Faculty & Staff Directory

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Shawn Orr Shawn Orr
Interim Department Chairperson for Communication Studies;, Director of the Center for Innovation & Teaching Excellence
326, Center for the Arts
429.207.6929
sorr3@ashland.edu
Shawn Orr is the interim Department Chairperson for Communication Studies and Director of the Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence at Ashland University. Shawn received both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal Communication and Public Communication and a Master of Arts degree in Communication from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She joined Ashland University as the Director of Faculty... Read More

Dr. Rene Paddags Dr. Rene Paddags
Assistant Professor of Political Science
124, Andrews Hall
419.289.5335
rpaddags@ashland.edu
René Paddags, assistant 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

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, Chair
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/
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

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
Associate Professor
335 , Center for the Arts
419.289.5748
drodrig2@ashland.edu
Dr. Dariela Rodriguez is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies with a specialization in sport communication. 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 recently was awarded the Ph.D. in communication from the University of Oklahoma. She joined... 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/
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.  

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

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/
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

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