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Angela Morales, Ashland MFA Creative Nonfiction Faculty Angela Morales

Angela Morales, a graduate of the University of Iowa's nonfiction writing program, is the author of The Girls in My Town, a collection of personal essays. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays 2013, Harvard Review, The Southern Review, The Southwest Review, The Los Angeles Review, Arts and Letters, The Baltimore Review, The Pinch, Hobart, River Teeth, Under the Sun, Puerto del Sol, and The Indianola Review. ... Read More

Cindy Moseman Dr. Cindy Moseman
Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
210 C, Center for the Arts
Dr. Cindy Moseman joined the University in 1988 as a faculty member teaching courses for the Child and Family Studies major. She served as chairperson of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department for 9 years. Dr. Moseman was twice selected by students as Outstanding Female Faculty of the Year and has received the Academic Mentor Award.  Since 2006 Dr. Moseman has been a campus leader in assessment.  She became... Read More

Cindy Moseman Dr. Cindy Moseman
Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Studies Program
210B, Center for the Arts
Dr. Cindy Moseman joined the Family and Consumer Sciences Department in 1988 to teach courses in Child and Family Studies.  She served as department chair for the last 9 years and played an active role in the development and implementation of the Gerontology certificate and minor.  She completed two terms as a Faculty Senator.  Cindy was twice selected by students as Outstanding Female Faculty of the Year and has... Read More

Dr. John Moser Dr. John Moser
Professor of History, Interim Director of the Graduate School, Co-Chair, Master of American History and Government
119, Andrews Hall
John Moser is professor of history at Ashland University, where he teaches courses on modern European, American and East Asian history. He did his undergraduate work at Ohio University, and has an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has published numerous works on subjects ranging from comic books to Japanese foreign policy. He is author of three books, the most recent... Read More

Nayomi Munaweera Nayomi Munaweera

Nayomi Munaweera's debut novel, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, won the Commonwealth Prize for Asia. It was long listed for the Dublin IMPAC Prize and the Man Asia Prize. The novel was also short listed for the Northern California Book Prize and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and was a Target Book Club selection in January 2016. Her second novel What Lies Between Us was hailed as one of the most exciting... Read More

Mark Neely Mark Neely

Mark Neely is the author of Dirty Bomb (FIELD Poetry Series, Oberlin College Press, 2015), Beasts of the Hill (Oberlin College Press, 2012), winner of the FIELD Poetry Prize, and Four of a Kind (Concrete Wolf, 2010), winner of the Concrete Wolf chapbook prize. His poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Barrow Street, Third Coast, Cimarron Review, Boulevard, and other journals. He is an Associate... Read More

Celeste Ng Ashland University MFA Fiction Faculty Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng is the author of the novel Everything I Never Told You (Penguin, 2014). Her stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, One Story, Five Chapters, Gulf Coast, the Bellevue Literary Review, The Millions, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere.  She has been awarded the Pushcart Prize, the Hopwood Award, and a Bread Loaf Writers Conference scholarship. She has an MFA from the University of Michigan... Read More

Dan O'Rourke, Faculty, Department of Communication Studies, Ashland University Dr. Dan O'Rourke
Associate Professor
328, Center for the Arts
Dan O'Rourke is an associate professor who joined the Ashland University faculty in 1994. His research interests include the rhetoric of popular culture and the rhetoric of sport. In 2003, Dr. O’Rourke co-edited “Case Studies in Sport Communication” with Dr. Robert Brown. He has also written on subjects as diverse as "Spider-Man," “Theodore Roosevelt" and "Irony after 9/11." His primary teaching areas include:... Read More

shawn orr Shawn Orr
Interim Department Chairperson for Communication Studies;, Director of the Center for Innovation & Teaching Excellence
326, Center for the Arts
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
Associate Professor of Political Science
124, Andrews Hall
René Paddags, associate 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

Derek Palacio, Ashland MFA Fiction Faculty Derek Palacio

Derek Palacio is the author of the novella How to Shake the Other Man and the novel The Mortifications. With Claire Vaye Watkins, he co-directs the Mojave School, a free creative writing camp for teenagers in rural Nevada. He lives in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Robert Sean Parker Robert Sean Parker
Assistant Professor of Theatre
240, Center for the Arts
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
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

Leila Philip Leila Philip

Leila Philip, creative nonfiction, is the author of four books, including The Road Through Miyama, (Random House 1989, Vintage 1991) for which she received the 1990 / PEN Martha Albrand Special Citation for Nonfiction, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family (Viking 2001, Vintage 2002, SUNY 2009), and the award-winning memoir,  A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm. Philip has received numerous awards for her writing... Read More

Dr. Mason Posner, Professor, Chair Dr. Mason Posner
Professor, Chair
320, Kettering Science Building
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

Lynn Powell Lynn Powell

Lynn Powell is the author of two books of poetry,Old & New Testaments and The Zones of Paradise, and a book of nonfiction, Framing Innocence: A Mother’s Photographs, A Prosecutor’s Zeal, and a Small Town’s Response. Old & New Testamentswon The Brittingham Prize in Poetry and The New Writers Award of the Great Lakes Colleges Association. Framing Innocence will be published in September 2010 by The New Press,... Read More

Dr. Richard Rader Dr. Richard Rader

V. Sue Ralph, Administrative Assistant V. Sue Ralph
Administrative Assistant
202, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
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