Faculty & Staff Directory

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Weber Dr. Dawn Weber
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
202, Center for the Arts
Dr. Iyad Ajwa Dr. Iyad Ajwa
Chair, Professor
203, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
Dr. Iyad Ajwa earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan; a Master of Science in mathematics and a Master of Science in computer science from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and Doctor of Philosophy in computer science from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. Dr. Ajwa joined Ashland University in 1997. He has taught a variety of computer science courses... Read More

Tricia Applegate Tricia Applegate
Communications Coord., CAS/Performing Arts Events
149 & 210a, Center for the Arts
Tricia Applegate has over 25 years of arts administration experience.  She was the founder and former executive director of the Ashland Community Arts Center, and held positions at other organizations such as the McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ), Renaissance Theatre (Mansfield, OH), Ashland Symphony Orchestra, Ashland Chautauqua and the City of Ashland's Guy C. Myers Memorial Band Shell. She holds a B.A. in business... Read More

Dr. Matt Arthur Dr. Matt Arthur
419 , Kettering Science Building
Matthew L. Arthur, Ph.D., is a professor of chemistry. He earned his B.S. from University of New Mexico in 1976 and Ph.D. from New Mexico State University in 1984. He teaches courses in general and inorganic chemistry and has delivered inservice programs and intensive (15-30 hours) workshops in science education for K-12 teachers. In addition, he has directed Chemistry Can Be Fun Camp, a science camp for middle-... Read More

Dr. David Aune Dr. David Aune
Associate Professor
10, Rinehart Center for Religious Studies
David Aune came to Ashland University in the fall of 1996. Before Ashland, he taught part-time at a number of colleges in New England, including Providence College, Wesleyan University and Eastern Connecticut State University. Dr. Aune holds the Ph.D. in the history of religions: early Christianity from Brown University, a Th.M. in New Testament from Regent Collge (affiliated with the University of British Columbia... Read More

Theodore Avtgis, Ashland University, Communication Studies, Faculty, Chair, Program Director Master of Arts Health and Risk Communication Dr. Theodore Avtgis
Chair, Professor
333, Center for the Arts
Dr. Theodore A. Avtgis is a professor and chair of the Department of Communication Studies. Professor Avtgis’ research includes organizational communication, medical communication, risk and crisis communication and aggressive communication. He received his Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1999 and has served on the faculty of St. John’s University, West Virginia University and University of Akron. Dr. Avtgis... Read More

Dr. Robert Berhosh Dr. Robert Bergosh
Associate Professor
422 , Kettering Science Building
Dr. Robert Bergosh, associate professor of chemistry, joined Ashland University in 2005. His area of expertise is in organic chemistry. He obtained a Bachelor of Science with a double major in chemistry and biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College and a Ph.D. in organic/materials chemistry from the University of Kentucky.

Michael Bird Michael Bird
Assistant Professor
236, Center for the Arts
Michael Bird received an MFA at the University of Kansas, a BFA at Emporia State University and has worked for 25 years in various capacities as graphic designer and digital fine artist.fine art website:http://michael-bird.comgraphic design website:http://graffikworx.com

Dr. Rowland Blackley Dr. Rowland Blackley
Director of Choral Activities, Professor of Music
208, Center for the Arts
Rowland (“Ron”) Blackley is a professor of music and director of choral activities at Ashland University, where he conducts the University Choir and Chamber Singers.  He also founded the Ashland Area Chorus. He supervises all aspects of the choral program and teaches in the areas of conducting and music education. While he deals primarily with choral groups now, Dr. Blackley has conducted numerous orchestras and... Read More

Dr. Diane Bonfiglio Dr. Diane Bonfiglio
Associate Professor
145, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Bonfiglio earned a B.S. in psychology from Ashland University, an M.A. in psychology from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Ohio State University. She specializes in health psychology. Her particular areas of interest include the relationship between social support and health, the health consequences of psychosocial stress and healthy aging. She is currently working on... Read More

Dr. Soren Brauner Dr. Soren Brauner
322 , Kettering Science Building
Dr. Soren Brauner, professor of biology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1986. He received a Bachelor of Arts in environmental biology, a Master of Arts in botany from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California at Davis. His area of expertise is in plant genetics and evolution.

Cassy Brown Cassandra Brown
Administrative Director
105, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Cassandra (Cassy) Brown is the administrative director and former administrative assistant to Ashland University's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.  She also serves as managing editor to River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative and The Ashland Poetry Press.  Cassy first joined the university in 2013 as administrative assistant to the departments of Art and Mathematics & Computer Science.  ... Read More

Linda Joyce Brown Dr. Linda Joyce Brown
Associate Professor
304, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Linda Joyce Brown joined the English faculty at Ashland in 2006 after teaching in Connecticut for four years. She has also taught at the University of Oregon, where she received her M.A., and the University of New Mexico, where she earned her Ph.D.  Brown has taught courses in American literature from its beginnings to the present; literary and social constructions of gender, race and class; the modern novel;... Read More

P Brown Patti Brown
Administrative Assistant to the Dean
201, Center for the Arts
Dr. Nigel Brush Dr. Nigel Brush
421 , Kettering Science Building
Dr. Nigel Brush, professor of geology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2000. His areas of research include geoarchaeology, dendrochronology and millennial-scale climate change events. He is a co-director of the Ashland/Wooster/Columbus Archaeological & Geological Consortium and former curator and co-founder of the Killbuck Valley Natural History Museum. Dr. Brush has a B.S. in English Bible from the... Read More

Christopher Burkett Dr. Christopher Burkett
Associate Professor of Political Science, Co-Chair, Master of Arts in American History and Government
129, Andrews Hall
Christopher Burkett, associate professor of political science, joined Ashland University in 2005. He teaches American political thought and institutions courses, and his fields of expertise include the American founding, American foreign policy, and political philosophy. He serves as faculty advisor to Student Senate, and was named Outstanding Male Faculty Member of the Year in 2008. He received his Bachelor of Arts... Read More

Dr. Marla Butke Dr. Marla Butke
Professor of Music
103, Center for the Arts
Dr. Marla Butke is professor of music at Ashland University and serves as the coordinator of music education. She received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Miami University, a master’s degree in music education from Wright State University and a doctorate in music education from The Ohio State University. Dr. Butke has taught general and choral music in public and private schools in Dayton and served as... Read More

Dr. Paul Cao Dr. Paul Cao
Associate Professor
205, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
Dr. Paul Cao earned his Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering from Nanjing University of Science and Technology from China in 2001, and his M.S. and doctor degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Duke University, Durham, NC in 2003 and 2006, respectively. He joined Ashland University in Fall 2008 following a year in Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH and a year in North Carolina Central University,... Read More

picture Dr. Christopher Chartier
Assistant Professor
156, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Christopher Chartier earned a B.S. in psychology from Indiana University (2007) and an M.A. (2009) and Ph.D. (2013) in social psychology from Miami University.  His research interests include tacit coordination and prosocial behavior.  He is currently studying how shared knowledge of group member traits influences the ease and efficiency with which small groups align their decisions and behaviors for maximal... Read More

Mike Clement Mike Clement
Laboratory Manager
405, Kettering Science Building
Michael Clement is the laboratory manager for the chemistry department. He has been with Ashland University since 1996. Michael has a B.S. in chemistry from Marquette University. His duties include maintenance and operation of laboratory instrumentation, maintenance of chemical inventory and preparation and set-up of laboratory experiments.