Trina Mohney, Professional Instructor
Trina Mohney
Professional Instructor
415 , Kettering Science Center
419.207.4526 / tmohney@ashland.edu
Department of Chemistry, Geology and Physics
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2011 and serves as professional instructor
  • Previously performed research in the department of molecular neurogenetics at Massachusetts General Hospital

Education

  • University of Pittsburgh, M. Ed. in Science Education
  • Eastern Nazarene College, B.A. in Biology
Dr. Olga Monacell
Dr. Olga Monacell
Assistant Professor
328, Center for the Arts
419.289.5141 / omonacel@ashland.edu
  • Taught key public relations and communication courses, conducted social science and community-based research studies and coordinated internships in the Department of Communication at Applachian State University in North Carolina.
  • Managed public relations and marketing communications for the Alzheimer's Association in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.
  • Advised government press offices, trained elected officials and civic leaders in media relations and ran public outreach campaigns as a consultant with international development assistance projects in Afganistan, Iraq and Moldova.
  • Handled marketing communications in the private sector in both the United States and Moldova.
  • Research articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals including Corporate Reputation Review, Journal of Nonprofit and Public Sector Marketing, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, and Public Relations Review.
  • Authored a chapter in a textbook on international public relations.
  • Co-authored a chapter in an edited volume on nation building and public diplomacy.
  • Is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Education

  • Syracuse University, Ph.D. in Mass Communications
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette, M.A. in Communication
  • State University of Moldova, B.A. in French
Dr. Sharleen Mondal
Dr. Sharleen Mondal
Associate Professor of English
302, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5393 / smondal@ashland.edu
Department of Languages and Literatures
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2011
  • Teaches courses involving themes of race, gender, class, and sexuality in literature and film
  • Currently writing a novel focusing on South Asian immigrant experiences in the United States
  • Interdisciplinary scholar of race, gender, sexuality, and empire, focusing on Victorian and South Asian literature
  • Director of the Ashland University Research and Writing Community which teaches faculty and students empirically-proven techniques to increase research and writing productivity and improve work/life balance
  • Master Coach for the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, where she assists faculty across the country in the Center's Faculty Success Program and Post-Tenure Pathfinders Program

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Mondal, Sharleen. “Hindu Widows as Religious Subjects: The Politics of Christian Conversion and Revival in Colonial India.” Journal of Women’s History (2017) 29.3, 110-136.

Mondal, Sharleen.  “Whiteness, Miscegenation, and Anti-Colonial Rebellion in Rudyard Kipling’s  The Man Who Would Be King .”   Victorian Literature and Culture  (2014) 42.4, 733-751.

Belanger, Jackie, Rebecca Bliquez, and Sharleen Mondal. “Developing a Collaborative Faculty-Librarian Information Literacy Project.” Library Review 61.2 (2012): 68-91. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=17021093&ini=aob

Mondal, Sharleen. “Reading The Namesake: The Politics of Community Dialogue.” Awaaz: The Voice of South Asia (2011): 31-36. http://issuu.com/cuawaaz/docs/awaaz

Mondal, Sharleen. “Racing Desire and the New Man of the House in Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone.” Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies 5.1 (2009). http://www.ncgsjournal.com/issue51/mondal.htm

Education

  • University of Washington, Ph.D. in English Literature, Graduate Certificate in Women Studies
  • University of Washington, M.A. in English Literature
  • Texas A & M, B.A. in English Literature with Minor in Women's Studies
john moser
Dr. John Moser
Chair of the Department of History and Political Science, Professor of History
119, Andrews Hall
419.289.5231 / jmoser1@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2001 and serves as chair of the Master of American History and Government Program
  • Teaches courses on modern European, American and East Asian history, including Western Civilization to 1500, Western Civilization since 1500, Renaissance and Reformation, Age of Revolution and Reaction, 20th Century Europe, Modern East Asia, and World War II
  • Has published numerous works on subjects ranging from comic books to Japanese foreign policy.
  • Author of four books, the most recent of which is The Global Great Depression and the Coming of World War II, which was published by Routledge in 2015
  • Received AU’s Taylor Teaching Award in 2016.

Education

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D., History
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, M.A., History
  • Ohio University, B.A.
Shawn Orr
Shawn Orr
Director of the Center for Innovation & Teaching Excellence;, Professional Instructor of Communication Studies
333, Center for the Arts
419.289.5733 / sorr3@ashland.edu
Department of Communication Studies
  • Serves as director for the Center for Innovation and Teaching Excellence and a professional instructor in communication studies at Ashland University.
  • Areas of specialization include public relations, strategic communication, interpersonal communication, small group communication, and public speaking and her research interests include communication technology, cognition and emotion.
  • Has more than 25 years of higher education teaching and administration experience, a focus on innovative technology and active learning strategies in the classroom, and a unique practitioner’s perspective into the field of communication studies.
  • Has won several teaching awards including the prestigious 2011 Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year Distinguished Teaching Award by the North Central Business Education Association (8 State Region). 
  • Has developed and taught more than 20 different courses in a variety of modalities including face-to-face, blended/flipped, and online. Her education, training and teaching is rooted in a social scientific view of communication and much of her career has focused on being a practitioner in the field of communication including developing and delivering more than 200 presentations for college, conference and keynote addresses.

Education

  • M.A., Communication, BGSU
  • B.A., Interpersonal & Public Communication, BGSU
Dr. Rene Paddags
Dr. René Paddags
Associate Professor of Political Science
124, Andrews Hall
419.289.5335 / rpaddags@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science

• Joined Ashland University faculty in 2010
• Teaches courses in international relations, comparative politics and regional studies
• Prior to joining AU, taught courses in political science and philosophy at the University of Maryland and at Loyola University, Baltimore

Education

  • University of Maryland, Ph.D. in Political Science
  • Johns Hopkins University, M.A. in International Relations
  • U. of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, M.A. in Political Science
Cynthia Petry
Cynthia Petry
Director, Coburn Art Gallery , Professional Instructor
Gallery, Center for the Arts
419.289.5652 / cpetry@ashland.edu
Department of Art + Design

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 digital art, art theory and criticism, senior seminar and art and ideas courses. Cynthia was appointed the director of the Coburn Gallery in 2009. Regionally, her artwork has been exhibited  at The Mansfield Art Center, Dairy Barn Arts Center , Studio 214, 78th Street Studios, Lingg Gallery, Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Schnormeier Gallery and Ohio State at Mansfield Pearl Conard Gallery. Nationally, she has exhibited her artworks in numerous juried exhibitions. Cynthia also serves as the director of the Art Saturdays program offering educational and creative experience for children in the greater Ashland Community.

Education

  • B.A., Studio Art, Morehead State University
  • MFA, Printmaking, Ohio University
Dr. Mason Posner, Professor, Chair
Dr. Mason Posner
Professor of Biology
320, Kettering Science Center
419.289.5691 / mposner@ashland.edu
Department of Biology & Toxicology , Environmental Science Program
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 1999 and teaches courses in Human Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Zoology, Evolution, Marine Biology, and Molecular Biology
  • Involves students in research in his labs using molecular biology techniques to understand how eye lens proteins adapt to changes in environmental temperature
  • Students 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 crystallins, also protect other proteins from the harmful effects of aging that can lead to lens cataracts, one of the leading causes of blindness in humans. Alpha crystallins are also involved in the original development of the lens in vertebrate embryos, and they have been linked to many diseases of the nervous system, heart, skeletal muscle, and are now known to be involved in many cancers
  • Most research into alpha crystallins is done with mammals. However, by studying how this protein has evolved in a number of fish species that live at different environmental temperatures, from the antarctic toothfish to the tropical zebrafish, they are discovering small evolutionary changes in the protein that alter its function. This helps them understand how alpha cystallins evolve, and gives us insights into how these proteins could be engineered to prevent disease
  • In more recent projects his students and him are using the zebrafish as a model organism to study the role of alpha crystallins in the development of the lens. They also use zebrafish to study the toxic effects of pesticides.

Education

  • University of Southern California, Ph.D. in Biology
  • University of Virginia, B.A. in Biology
Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths
Dr. Deleasa Randall-Griffiths
Professor of Communication, Director of the Online Applied Communication Program
329, Center for the Arts
419.289.5143 / drandall@ashland.edu
Department of Communication Studies
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 1994 and serves as Professor and Director of the Online Applied Communication Program in the Department of Communication Studies
  • Teaches courses in Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, Family Communication, Conflict Communication and Health Communication
  • Research interests include narrative-based methodologies, medical humanities, family communication, and historical performance
  • Engages in community service by co-chairing the Ashland Chautauqua Planning Committee, which brings history alive through performance
  • Winner of the 2020 Taylor Teaching Award at Ashland University and the 2012 Ohio Communication Association’s Innovative Teacher Award

Education

  • Southern Illinois University, Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication
  • Southern Illinois University, M.S. in Performance Studies
  • Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, B.A. in Theatre, Oral Interpretation
Dr. Tom Reed, Chair, Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
Dr. Tom Reed
Professor of Music
206, Center for the Arts
419.289.5158 / treed@ashland.edu
Department of Music
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 1986
  • Teaches courses in woodwinds, music theory, aural skills and jazz
  • 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 clarinet or saxophone with the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra, Blossom Festival Orchestra, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Youngstown Symphony, Blossom Festival Band and the Jazz Unit
  • Has been soloist with the Akron, Mansfield, Clarence and Ashland Symphonies and performs on CDs from the Akron Symphony, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz Unit and the Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra
  • Clarinet CD “Mutually Inclusive” was released in 2008 on Capstone Records
  • Founding member of Iron Toys, a woodwind quartet that performs original repertoire for saxophones, clarinets and flutes.  Iron Toys released their CD in 2015

Education

  • The Ohio State University, DMA in Clarinet Performance
  • The University of Akron, M.M. in Saxophone Performance
  • The University of Michigan, B.M. in Music Education
Dr. William Reinthal
Dr. William Reinthal

421, Kettering Science Center
/ wreintha@ashland.edu
Department of Chemistry, Geology and Physics
  • Joined Ashland University in 2018.
  • Teaches a wide range of courses, from introductory classes to advanced offerings.
  • Interests in geology include mineralogy and structural geology, to low and high temperature geochemistry. He uses Google Earth extensively in most classes, and has written a small textbook of hands-on projects that utilize its photo-realistic imagery to connect abstract concepts with real world settings, intended for students at all levels.

Education

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D. in Geology (concentrating in natural resources)
  • College of Wooster, B.A. in Geology
Dr. Cara Rogers
Dr. Cara Rogers
Assistant Professor
123, Andrews Hall
419.289.5338 / croger17@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science

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.

Education

  • 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
Priscilla Roggenkamp
Priscilla Roggenkamp
Associate Professor of Art
346A , Center for the Arts
419.289.5194 / proggenk@ashland.edu
Department of Art + Design
  • 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

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Education

  • Kent State University, M.F.A.
  • University of Arkansas, M.Ed.
  • Heidelberg College, B.A.
Yolonda Sanders
Yolonda Sanders
Director of Org. Leadership and Training & Development

419.289.5351 / ysander2@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland in 2021 as director of the organizational leadership and training and development programs
  • Collegiate teaching since 2010
  • Traditionally- and self-published author
  • Owner of an editing and publishing company
  • Co-Founder of the Faith and Fellowship Book Festival
  • Member of the International Leadership Association
  • Research interests include followership, deviance, religion, socialization, and women and leadership

Education

  • Indiana Wesleyan University, Ph.D. (in progress) in Organizational Leadership
  • The Ohio State University, M.A. in Sociology
  • Capital University, B.A. in Criminology
  • Capital University, B.A. in Political Science
Dr. Patricia Saunders, Associate Professor
Dr. Patricia Saunders
Associate Professor of Biology, Director of the Environmental Science Program
324 , Kettering Science Center
419.289.5252 / psaunder@ashland.edu
Department of Biology & Toxicology , Environmental Science Program
  • 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

Education

  • University of Georgia, Ph.D. in Ecology
  • Indiana University, M.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Oberlin College, B.A. in Biology
Dr. Wendy Schaller
Dr. Wendy Schaller
Associate Professor of Art
233 , Center for the Arts
419.289.5955 / wschalle@ashland.edu
Department of Art + Design
  • 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

Education

  • Ohio State University, Ph.D. in Art History
  • Ohio State University, M.A. in Art History
  • University of Tennessee, B.A. in Art History
Dr. Jeff Sikkenga, Professor of Political Science
Dr. Jeffrey Sikkenga
Executive Director of the Ashbrook Center, Professor of Political Science
Ashbrook Center
419.289.5625 / jsikkeng@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
  • 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)

Education

  • University of Toronto, Ph.D.
  • University of Toronto, M.A.
  • University of Virginia, B.A.
Robin Sikut, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology/Toxicology
Robin Sikut
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology/Toxicology
323, Kettering Science Center
419.207.6215 / rsikut@ashland.edu
Department of Biology & Toxicology
  • 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

Education

  • The University of Akron, M.S. Education (Biology); Specialization: Microbiology
  • Walsh University, B.S. Biology
Peter Slade
Dr. Peter Slade
Department Chair, Professor of Religion
119, Rinehart Center for Religious Studies
419.289.5231 / pslade@ashland.edu
Department of Religion

Education

  • University of Virginia, Ph.D.
  • University of Virginia, M.A.
  • University of Mississippi, M.A.
  • University of St. Andrews, B.D.
Jason Stevens
Dr. Jason Stevens
Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Political Science
115, Andrews Hall
419.207.4933 / jsteven2@ashland.edu
Department of History & Political Science
  • 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

Education

  • University of Dallas, Institute of Philosophic Studies, Ph.D. in Politics
  • University of Dallas, Institute of Philosophic Studies, M.A.
  • Ashland University, B.A.

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