Susan Harrington
Dr. Susan Harrington
Assistant Professor

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Department of Biology & Toxicology

Education

  • B.S., The University of Pittsburgh
  • M.P.H., The Johns Hopkins University
  • Ph.D., The University of Maryland, Baltimore
Marc Hedrick, Professional Instructor
Dr. Marc Hedrick
Professional Instructor in Criminal Justice
240, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5348 / mhedric2@ashland.edu
Criminal Justice and Sociology Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2015 after teaching criminal justice for more than nine years, including as assistant professor and program coordinator of Criminal Justice College of the Albemarle and associate professor of criminal justice and pre-law at Taylor University
  •  Has experience in the justice system, both as an attorney and as a police officer
  • Practiced civil and criminal law for eight years in Mansfield, Ohio
  • Was both a military and civilian police officer, serving as a police officer for the city of Marion, Ohio, and in the U.S. Air Force as a Security Police Officer

Education

  • Regent University School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, M.S. Ed. in Administration of Justice & Higher Education
  • Administration of Justice, B.S.
Cory Hillman
Dr. Cory Hillman
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
335, Center for the Arts
419.289.5748 / chillman@ashland.edu
Department of Communication Studies
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2018 after spending the last six years as a faculty member at Central Michigan University
  • Research addresses how the commercialization of sports is impacting the relationship between fans and sports, the daily fantasy sports industry and its impact on sporting culture, as well as sports video games
  • Work has appeared in the Communication and Sport Journal, various edited sports anthologies, and his book American Sports in an Age of Consumption: How Commercialization Has Changed the Game was published in 2016
  • Played baseball for four years at Saginaw Valley State University, and worked as a Scout.com writer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as training camp security for the Detroit Lions

Education

  • Bowling Green State University, Ph.D. in Media & Communication Studies
  • Grand Valley State University, M.A. in Communication
  • Saginaw Valley State University, B.A. in English
Dr. Craig Hovey, Associate Professor, Director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence
Dr. Craig Hovey
Professor of Religion, Department Coordinator of Online and Corrections Courses
11, Rinehart Center for Religious Studies
419.289.5208 / chovey@ashland.edu
Department of Religion
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2009 and teaches courses in Christian theology and ethics, including religion courses Exploring the Bible, Exploring Christian Ethics, Faith and Society, Exploring Christian Theology, Taking Human Life, Political Theology, and Seminar in Christian Theology
  • Serves as Department Coordinator of Online and Corrections Courses
  • Hobbies include travel and running

Education

  • University of Cambridge, Ph.D.
  • Fuller Theological Seminary, M.A., Th.M.
  • University of California, San Diego, B.S.
Dr. Paul Hyman, Professor of Biology
Dr. Paul Hyman
Professor of Biology, Chair, Department of Biology and Toxicology
319 , Kettering Science Center
419.207.6309 / phyman@ashland.edu
Department of Biology & Toxicology
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2010 and serves as chair of the Department of Biology and Toxicology
  • Teaches courses in Human Biology, Molecular and Cellular Basis of Life, Nursing Microbiology, Genetics, Journal Club, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Evolution and Emerging Pathogens
  • Research centers on bacteriophages, viruses that infect bacteria. Bacteriophages are found wherever bacteria are found: essentially anywhere there are living organisms. Dr. Hyman’s research focuses on two areas: the ecology of bacteriophages living in soil, and the isolation of bacteriophages especially those useful for phage therapy.  Phage therapy is the use of bacteriophages, which kill bacteria, as antibiotic-substitutes. Both areas have in common the problem of matching bacteriophages to the correct host.  In soil, where there are many species of bacteria, how do bacteriophages find susceptible hosts? For phage therapy, how can isolation methods be changed to maximize the chance of finding useful bacteriophages?
  • Taught at MedCentral College of Nursing (now the AU Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences), and Ohio State University; and did research at the Arizona Cancer Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Tufts University and NanoFrames, a biotechnology startup

Education

  • University of Arizona, Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Northwestern University, B.A. in Biochemistry
Dr. Duncan Jamieson, Professor of History
Dr. Duncan Jamieson
Professor of History
113, Andrews Hall
419.289.5895 / djamieso@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science

• Joined Ashland University in 1978 and courses taught include U.S. History to 1877, U.S. History since 1877, Women in American History, History of Ohio and American Social History
• Areas of expertise include American history, Ashland University Eagles, bicycling: present and past, American history: 19th & 20th century, racism in america, Africa: sub-sahara, history of American medicine, gay marriage, AIDS, American presidency, democrats, liberalism, environmentalism: Earth Day, sport literature, exercise, history, immigrants, Kennedy, J.F., liberal arts, Revolutionary War, urban studies and the Vietnam War
• Areas of research interest are in American intellectual history. His dissertation is a biography of John H. Griscom (1809-1874), a leading New York City public health reformer and sanitarian. More recently, his research interests have focused on the significance and role of the Case Implement eagles on Ashland University’s campus.
• Currently his research is focused on late nineteenth century, long distance bicycle touring and his book, “The Self-Propelled Voyager,” was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2015.

Education

  • Michigan State University, Ph.D.
  • The University of Toledo, M.A.
  • Defiance College, B.A.,
Dr. Nicholas Johnson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Nicholas Johnson
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
416, Kettering Science Center
419.207.4552 / njohnso9@ashland.edu
Department of Chemistry, Geology and Physics
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2015 and his area of expertise includes the synthesis of novel inorganic compounds as well as multinuclear NMR techniques
  • Currently, he and his students’ research is focused on the synthesis of inorganic compounds for biomedical applications.   

Education

  • University of Akron, Ph.D.
  • Skidmore College, B.A.
Christian Kiefer, Ashland MFA Director
Dr. Christian Kiefer
Director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
101, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
/ ckiefer2@ashland.edu
Department of Languages and Literatures
  • Joined Ashland University as the new director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in January 2017
  • He is the author of The Infinite Tides (Bloomsbury), The Animals (W.W. Norton), One Day Soon Time Will Have No Place Left to Hide  (Nouvella Books), Kingdom of Wolves (Liveright / W.W. Norton), and Phantoms: A Novel (Liveright/W.W. Norton), in addition to other works in poetry, fiction, and drama
  • Kiefer's scholarly publications focus on American literature
  • As a professional musician, has released a number of albums primarily in the folk rock and avant garde traditions
  • Came to Ashland from American River College in Sacramento, California, and has taught fiction in the Sierra Nevada College low-residency MFA
Dr. Selvanayaki Kolandapalayam Shanmugam
Dr. Selvanayaki Kolandapalayam Shanmugam
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
213, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.207.6759 / skolanda@ashland.edu
Department of Mathematics & Computer Science
  • Joined the Ashland University faculty in 2021 and teaches courses in Computer Science.
  • Prior to joining AU, served as Associate Professor for Computer Science in Concordia University (2018 – 2021) and various teaching positions in academic institutions from 2002. She is a dedicated professional with a proven ability to teach, motivate and direct students to maximum learning performance by encouraging a positive and energetic classroom environment.
  • Research interest include Image Processing, Video Processing, Machine Learning with applications to Surveillance Systems, Data Analytics, Applications of Computing and Information Technologies to Societal benefits problems. Her focus on machine learning algorithms and visualization techniques guides her interests in interpretable machine learning models of Covid-19 Datasets.
  • She received Young Investigator Award in the International Conference on Emerging Trends in Engineering and Techno Sciences by IRNET.
  • She serves as reviewer in Springer, Elsevier and other reputed journals and member of Technical Committees in International Conferences.

Education

  • Anna University, Ph.D. in Computer Science
  • Bharathidasan University, M.Phil. in Computer Science
  • Bharathiar University, M.C.A in Computer Applications
  • Bharathiar University, B.S. in Mathematics
Emma Kulbis
Emma Kulbis
Assistant Professor
Gerber Hall
419.289.5109 / ekulbis@ashland.edu
  • Teaches courses in Addictions Counseling, Addictions Treatment Planning and Counseling, and Addictions Psychopharmacology
  • IBH Addiction Recovery Center- Clinician
  • Oriana House- Clinical Administrator, Clinician
  • Ashland Co Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse- Director, Clinician

Education

  • Masters of Science in Community Counseling
  • Bachelors of Science in Education
Dan Lehman
Dan Lehman
Trustee's Professor Emeritus

/ dlehman@ashland.edu
Department of Languages and Literatures

Daniel W. Lehman is trustees’ distinguished professor Emeritus of English. He is author of John Reed and the Writing of Revolution (Ohio University Press) and Matters of Fact: Reading Nonfiction over the Edge (Ohio State University Press); co-editor of The River Teeth Reader (University of Nebraska Press) and River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative; and series co-editor of the River Teeth Literary Nonfiction Book Prize series (University of Nebraska Press). In 2004-2005, Lehman was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Stellenbosch University near Cape Town, South Africa, and three years later led a joint Ohio State University/Ashland University study tour to Cape Town. He is working on books about South African nonfiction and film and about the artistic and ethical implications of character formation in nonfiction narratives. A former journalist, Lehman has written for newspapers and magazines in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville, Va. He has a Ph.D. in English from The Ohio State University, an M.A. in English from Georgetown University and a B.A. in English from Eastern Mennonite University.

MFA Seminars and Readings by Dan Lehman

Education

  • B.A. in English, Eastern Mennonite University
  • M.A. in English, Georgetown University
  • Ph.D. in English, The Ohio State University
Joseph Lewis Jr
Joseph Lewis, Jr.
Director of Bands
106, Center for the Arts
419.289.5132 / jlewisjr@ashland.edu
Department of Music
  • Director of Bands at Ashland University where he directs the Ashland University Eagle Marching Band and conducts the Ashland University Symphonic Band.
  • Prior experience includes playing bass trombone with The O’Jays, The Temptations, The Toledo Jazz Orchestra, The Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra, The Rick Brunetto Big Band, and The Joey Thomas Big Band.
  • Chief Warrant Officer in the Ohio Army National Guard (since 2000) and the Commander of the 122nd Ohio Army National Guard Band in Columbus, Ohio.

Education

  • The Ohio State University, Bachelor’s Degrees in Music Education and Music Performance (Bass Trombone)
  • Bowling Green State University, Master’s Degree in Music Education
Dr. Joe Mackall
Dr. Joe Mackall
Retired Professor of English
Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
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Department of Languages and Literatures
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 1996 and serves as director of the creative writing program
  • Co-founder of River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative and co-editor of the River Teeth, Literary Nonfiction Book Prize Series in partnership with the University of New Mexico Press
  • Author of The Last Street Before Cleveland: An Accidental Pilgrimage (University of Nebraska Press, 2006); Plain Secrets: An Outsider Among the Amish (Beacon Press, 2007); and The Last Street Before Cleveland: An Accidental Pilgrimage was recently released in paperback in 2015
  • Has published in a number of newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, Washington Post, Cleveland Magazine and Cleveland Plain Dealer, and an interview with him aired on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition”

Education

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D.
  • University of Central Oklahoma, MA
  • Bowling Green State University, MFA
  • Cleveland State University, B.A.
Dr. Mancha
Dr. Louis Mancha
Chair, Department of Philosophy, Associate Professor of Philosophy
202, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5894 / lmancha@ashland.edu
Department of Philosophy
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2003 and serves as chair of the Department of Philosophy
  • Has taught 13 different courses, four of which have variable preparations (Phil 208, Phil 204, Phil 350 (Science as a Cultural Force, an interdisciplinary course which is team taught with a member of the science faculty) and Phil 450: Great Philosophers)
  • Specializes in medieval and early modern philosophy and philosophy of religion
  • Has delivered papers at several national and state conferences, including meetings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Maritain Society, the Midwest Conference in Medieval Philosophy and the Ohio Philosophical Association

Education

  • Purdue University, Ph.D.
  • Purdue University, M.A.
  • Rice University, B.A.
greg mcbrayer
Dr. Gregory McBrayer
Director, Core Curriculum, Assistant Professor of Political Science
125, Andrews Hall
419.289.5380 / gmcbraye@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2017 and serves as director of Core Curriculum
  • Teaches courses in political philosophy and international relations
  • Prior to coming to Ashland, he was an assistant professor at Morehead State University, a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University, and a visiting assistant professor at Gettysburg College
  • Has published articles in Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy and Kentron: Revue Pluridisciplinaire du Monde Antique, as well as reviews in Interpretation, The Journal for Hellenic Studies, The American Journal of Islamic Social Science, and Political Science Quarterly
  • author (with Mary Nichols and Denise Schaeffer) of Plato’s Euthydemus (Focus, 2011) and is the editor of Xenophon: The Shorter Writings (Cornell, forthcoming)

Education

  • University of Maryland, Ph.D.
  • University of Georgia, M.A.
  • Emory University, B.A.
Dr. David McCoy
Dr. David McCoy
Chair of the Department of Journalism and Digital Media, Associate Professor of Journalism and Digital Media
121, Center for the Arts
419.289.5167 / dmccoy2@ashland.edu
Department of Journalism & Digital Media
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2011 and serves as chair of the Department of Journalism and Digital Media
  • Primary research area is the impact of social media technologies on learning, and his teaching areas include video/audio aesthetics, the global impact of social media, media writing and digital media technologies
  • Taught journalism, film, digital media production and education courses for more than 25 years, including his specialty areas which are new media aesthetics, scriptwriting, historical documentary and multimedia production
  • Created numerous award-winning documentaries and public affairs programs for Western Reserve Public Media/WNEO and WEAO PBS Channels 45 & 49
  • Contributing author to the book, “Sound and Look Professional on Television and the Internet” and the book, "Social Media and Politics: A New Way to Participate in the Political Process" 

Education

  • Kent State University, Ph.D. in Cultural Foundations of Education
  • Kent State University, M.Ed. in Educational Technology
  • Kent State University, B.A. in Telecommunications
Daniel McDonald, Chair, Associate Professor of Art
Daniel McDonald
Chair of the Department of Art, Associate Professor of Art
227, Center for the Arts
419.289.5130 / dmcdona1@ashland.edu
Department of Art + Design
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2006 and servers as associate professor of art and chair of the Department of Art
  • Has exhibited his works regionally and nationally with work represented in public and private collections in Utah, Idaho, South Dakota, South Carolina and Ohio
  • Works in bronze, steel, plastics, video and any other material or media necessary to create narratives that display the complexities of paradox and the irresponsibility of manipulation
  • Coupled with his fine art works, he acts as a consultant and designer for Rain Drop Products, Inc. of Ashland, OH, helping with the sculptural aspects of water park features
  • Bases many of his pieces on themes surrounding his familial, religious and cultural upbringing

Education

  • Clemson University, MFA in Fine Arts
  • Brigham Young University, BFA in Sculpture
  • Brigham Young University,B.A. in French Literature
Dr. Mitchell Metzger
Dr. Mitchell Metzger
Professor of Psychology
243, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5008 / mmetzger@ashland.edu
Department of Psychology
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2003. Has served as chair for the Department of Psychology since 2007 and has served as chair of Criminal Justice and Social Work since 2016
  • Teaches General Psychology I, Introduction to Research Methods, Advanced Research in Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Theories and Principles of Learning, Physiological Psychology and Neuropsychology
  • Graduate training was in biopsychology, where he researched animal models of memory function, specifically investigating processes involved in retrograde amnesia. Current research is in the area of memory modulation, and factors involved in forgetting
  • Has published more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles in such outlets as Psychobiology, Physiology & Behavior, Neurobiology of Learning & Memory and Perceptual & Motor Skills and serves as a manuscript reviewer for a number of journals and publishers
  • Earned Ashland University’s Mentor Award twice (2006 & 2010), the Outstanding Male Faculty Award (2010), the National Society of Leadership and Success' Excellence in Teaching Award (2010), the Ohio Magazine Excellence in Education Award (2011) and has twice been nominated for the Taylor Teaching Award

Education

  • Kent State University, Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology
  • Kent State University, M.A. in Experimental Psychology
  • Bowling Green State University, B.S. in Psychology
Dr. Rodney Michael, Associate Professor
Dr. Rodney Michael
Associate Professor of Physics
206 , Kettering Science Center
419.289.5272 / rmichael@ashland.edu
Department of Chemistry, Geology and Physics
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 1997
  • Has done research in the fields of neutrino physics, nuclear and particle astrophysics and acoustics
  • Serves on the board of governors for the Discovery school and takes a strong interest in gifted education

Education

  • Ohio University, Ph.D. in Medium Energy Nuclear Physics
  • Xavier University, B.S. in Applied Physics
Dr. Brian Mohney, Professor
Dr. Brian Mohney
Professor of Chemistry
417 , Kettering Science Center
419.289.5962 / bmohney@ashland.edu
Department of Chemistry, Geology and Physics
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 1999 and serves as professor of Chemistry
  • Current research interest is in the area of in situ measurement of phytotoxic chemicals, the diffusion of these chemicals in soil and their interactions on plant roots

 

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry
  • Eastern Nazarene College, Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry

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