Faculty & Staff Directory

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Dolly Crawford Dr. Dolly Crawford
Assistant Professor
226, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5942
dcrawfo9@ashland.edu
Members of the Crawford Lab explore a variety of questions related to wildlife ecology and animal physiology. Research conducted in our lab is suited to student researchers that are pursuing careers in wildlife sciences, veterinary practice, or human medicine.  We test hypotheses using the latest technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS) to map wild animal populations, GoPro video camera... Read More

Dr. William Cummins Dr. William Cummins
Associate Professor
216 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5122
wcummins@ashland.edu
Dr. William R. Cummins, associate professor of foreign languages, joined Ashland University in 1994. He specializes in Spanish Golden Age literature. In his research, he studies the sacramental plays of the 17th century Spanish playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca. He advises the Gamma Tau chapter of Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society and Spanish Club. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish... Read More

Dr. Doug Dawson Dr. Doug Dawson
Professor
318 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5277
ddawson2@ashland.edu
Douglas A. Dawson, a professor of biology and toxicology, has been at Ashland University since 1993. He holds a B.A. in biology from Transylvania University, as well as an M.S. and Ph.D. in zoology from Oklahoma State University. He currently teaches courses in anatomy and physiology, advanced human physiology, pharmacology and toxicology, and also conducts research in toxicology.

J Michael Desper J. Michael Desper
Technical Director
154, Center for the Arts
419.289.5890
mdesper@ashland.edu
Before joining Ashland University, Mr. J. Michael Desper spent the previous 11 years as technical director and resident scene designer at Sunset Playhouse near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he worked on nearly 90 productions. Previously, Mr. Desper freelanced in Chicago for such companies as Circle Theatre of Forest Park, Pendulum Theatre and Bowen Park Theatre and Opera, as well as working as guest artist and... Read More

Dr. Sue Dickson Dr. Sue Dickson
Associate Professor
12, Rinehart Center for Religious Studies
419.289.5561
sdickso2@ashland.edu
Sue Dickson teaches primarily in the area of practical theology. She is an ordained Presbyterian minister. After earning her B.A., she lived in El Salvador where she worked as a film producer. When she returned to the states, she served the Presbytery of Winnebago as a hunger action enabler, worked as a translator (Spanish/English) and taught English to immigrants. From 1986-1992, Dr. Dickson served as pastor in... Read More

Dr. Hilary Donatini Dr. Hilary Donatini
Chair, Associate Professor of English
117, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5224
hdonatin@ashland.edu
Hilary Teynor Donatini is a native of Bucyrus, Ohio. After earning a B.A. at The College of Wooster in 1998, she went on to The University of Wisconsin-Madison, finishing a Ph.D. in 2006 and teaching at both UW-Madison and a UW branch campus before joining Ashland's English department. She is the chair of the English department and the faculty advisor for Ashland University’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta English honor... Read More

Keith Dull Keith Dull
Associate Professor of Art
343A, Center for the Arts
419.289.5981
kdull@ashland.edu
Keith Dull, associate professor of art, is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana.  He received a BFA in printmaking and painting from Indiana University, Herron School of Art in 1992 and a MFA in printmaking from the University of South Dakota in 1995.  He worked as adjunct faculty and print shop technician for Herron School of Art from 1998 to 1999, and, in 1999, accepted a teaching position at Ashland University,... Read More

Teresa Durbin-Ames Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames
Artistic Director of Theatre, Associate Professor of Theatre
234, Center for the Arts
419.289.5821
tdurbin@ashland.edu
Teresa joined the Ashland University faculty in 2000 and is currently the artistic director of theatre and associate professor of theatre. She teaches courses in theatre history, script analysis and musical theatre. Teresa earned a Bachelor of Science degree from John Carroll University (in chemistry no less!) and an M.A. and Ph. D. in theatre from Bowling Green State University. Prior to her Ph.D. work, Teresa was... Read More

Deborah Fleming Deborah Fleming
Professor
308 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5789
dfleming@ashland.edu
Editor of the Ashland Poetry Press, Deborah Fleming, professor of English, received her PhD from Ohio State University.  Her books include Without Leave, a novel published by Black Mountain Press; Morning, Winter Solstice, a collection of poetry published by Vineyard Press; "A man who does not exist":  The Irish Peasant in the Work of W. B. Yeats and J. M. Synge (University of Michigan Press); and Towers of Myth and... Read More

David Foster Dr. David Foster
Chair, Associate Professor of Political Science
122 , Andrews Hall
419.289.5626
dfoster2@ashland.edu
David Foster, associate professor of political science and chair of the department of history and political science, joined Ashland University in 1998. He teaches courses in political philosophy and international relations and, in the Masters of American History and Government program, courses on Alexis de Tocqueville, the political thought of Mark Twain and the Federalist Papers. He has published on John Locke,... Read More

Dr. Christina Fuhrmann Dr. Christina Fuhrmann
Professor of Music
207, Center for the Arts
419.289.5648
cfuhrman@ashland.edu
Christina Fuhrmann received her B.A. in music from Marlboro College in Vermont and her Ph.D. in musicology from Washington University in St. Louis. She teaches the music history sequence, basic musicianship and several music appreciation core courses, including Love Songs, Music and Drama Across Cultures and Music in World Cultures. She is the 2015 recipient of the Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award. Her research... Read More

Scott Garlock Dr. Scott Garlock
Professor of Music
104, Center for the Arts
419.289.5134
sgarlock@ashland.edu
Dr. Scott Garlock has taught at Newton Falls Schools, Cuyahoga Falls Schools, Mount Union College and Knox College, and now at Ashland University. Scott served as director of bands at Knox College for 13 years, overseeing a program that included a concert band, a big band, six combos and a Latin Jazz Conjunto. Though only a school of 1100, the Knox Jazz Ensemble won collegiate jazz festivals at Western Illinois... Read More

Sara Garska Sara Garska
Administrative Assistant
134 Andrews, 120 Center for the Arts, Andrews Hall
419.289.5139
sgarska@ashland.edu
Sara Garska joined Ashland University in 2012 as the assistant director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence.  She is currently the administrative assistant to the communication studies, journalism & digital media and history & political science departments and to the Master of Arts in Health and Risk Communiction (MAHRC) program.  She graduated magna cum laude from Ashland University with a Bachelor of... Read More

Dr. Maura Grady Dr. Maura Grady
Director of Composition and the University Writing Center
113 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5670
mgrady3@ashland.edu
Dr. Grady’s scholarly work includes Composition and Pedagogy and Film and Television Studies. She is the Director of the Composition Program and also Directs the University Writing Center. RECENT PUBLICATIONS Grady, Maura and Tony Magistrale. Contributions by Richard Roberson, Jr. The Shawshank Experience: Tracking the History of the World’s Favorite Movie. Under contract at Palgrave/Macmillan. In press. 2016 Grady... Read More

Richard Gray Dr. Richard Gray
Assistant Professor
210, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5792
rgray6@ashland.edu
Richard J. Gray II, assistant professor of French, joined Ashland University in 2013. His fields of study include interdisciplinary approaches to French literary studies, post-colonial studies, and Francophone studies. He is the author of Francophone African Poetry and Drama: A Cultural History since the 1960s (2014). He is also editor of The Performance Identities of Lady Gaga: Critical Essays (2012) and co-editor... Read More

Dr. Mark Hamilton Headshot Dr. Mark Hamilton
Associate Professor
206, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5135
mhamilto@ashland.edu
Mark Hamilton is associate professor of philosophy and NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, where he has taught full time since 1985.  Dr. Hamilton began as an adjunct in philosophy and as assistant baseball coach in 1981.  He previously served as chair of the philosophy department for six years.  He has published numerous articles and chapters on sports ethics in books such... Read More

Stephen Haven Stephen Haven
MFA Director
101 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5979
shaven@ashland.edu
Stephen Haven is the author of The Last Sacred Place in North America, selected by T.R. Hummer as winner of the 2010 New American Press Poetry Prize.  He has published two previous collections of poetry, Dust and Bread (Turning Point, 2008), for which he was named 2009 Ohio Poet of the Year and The Long Silence of the Mohawk Carpet Smokestacks(University of New Mexico/West End Press, 2004).  He is also the author of... Read More

Dr. Marc Hedrick Marc Hedrick
Professional Instructor
157, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5348
mhedric2@ashland.edu
Dr. Marc Hedrick, Professional Instructor of Criminal Justice, joined the Ashland faculty, in 2015. He has experience in the justice system, both as an attorney and as a police officer. Attorney Hedrick practiced civil and criminal law for eight years, in Mansfield, Ohio. Prior to becoming an attorney he was both a military and civilian police officer. He served as a police officer for the city of Marion, Ohio and... Read More

Dr. Emily Hess Dr. Emily Hess
Visiting Assistant Professor of History
123 , Andrews Hall
419.289.5338
ehess@ashland.edu
Emily Hess joined Ashland University in 2007. She teaches American history with fields of expertise in 19th and 20th century African-American history, specifically the Reconstruction era and the Civil Rights movement. She was selected as Ashland's Outstanding Female Faculty Member of the Year for 2014 and received Ashland University's Mentor Award in January 2012. She received her B.A. in American history at Malone... Read More

Craig Hovey Dr. Craig Hovey
Associate Professor
11, Rinehart Center for Religious Studies
419.289.5208
chovey@ashland.edu
Craig Hovey teaches courses in Christian theology and ethics. He is a Southern California native and a sub-four hour marathoner. Dr. Hovey received his Ph.D. in theology from the University of Cambridge in 2006 where, under the supervision of Dr. Janet Soskice, he wrote a dissertation on knowledge, witness and truth-telling that looks to thinkers like Michel Foucault and Karl Barth to show how Christian witness and... Read More

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