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Dr. Dawn Weber
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
202, Center for the Arts
419.289.5107 / dweber1@ashland.edu
  • In her 11th year as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences where she oversees undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine and performing arts, humanities, social sciences and STEM fields
  • Also housed within the college are the Center for Addictions, Center for Community Research and Evaluation Services, Center for International Collaborative Research, Center for Nonviolence, the Coburn Gallery, the Core Curriculum, five environmental preserves, the Hugo Young Theatre, AUTV 20, WRDL, the Ashland Poetry Press, and the Writing Center 
  • Prior to joining AU, served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Marymount Manhattan College (2002-2008) and Associate Dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts at Central Michigan University (1997-2002)

Education

  • Bowling Green State University, Ph.D. in Communication
  • Central Michigan University, M.A. and B.S. in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication
Dr. David Aune, Associate Professor
Dr. David Aune
Associate Professor of Religion
10, Rinehart Center for Religious Studies
419.289.5238 / daune@ashland.edu
Religion Department
  • Joined Ashland University in 1996 and teaches courses such as Exploring the Bible, Exploring World Religions, Life and Letters of Paul, Understanding Islam, Advanced New Testament (The Gospels), Christian Literature, Footsteps of Paul in Greece (taught in Greece), The Legacy of Paul and Peter in Italy (taught in Italy), and Luther & the German Reformation (taught in Germany)
  • Research interests include nonviolence in early Christian literature and inter-religious dialogue
  • Ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and has served as pastor for UCC and Lutheran churches in Florida, Rhode Island and Ohio
  • Before coming to Ashland, taught part time at a number of colleges in New England, including Providence College, Wesleyan University and Eastern Connecticut State University.

Education

  • Brown University, Ph.D. in the History of Religions: early Christianity
  • Regent College, Th.M. in New Testament
  • Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, M.Div.
  • University of Vermont, B.A. in English Literature
Dr. Robert Bergosh, Associate Professor
Dr. Robert Bergosh
Associate Professor of Chemistry
422 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5871 / rbergosh@ashland.edu
Chemistry, Geology and Physics Department
  • Joined Ashland University in 2005 and area of expertise is organic chemistry
  • Teaches courses and labs in general chemistry, molecular architecture and organic chemistry



Education

  • University of Kentucky, Ph.D. in Organic/Materials Chemistry
  • Kentucky Wesleyan College, B.S. in Chemistry and Biology
Michael Bird
Michael Bird
Professional Instructor of Digital Art and Graphic Design
236, Center for the Arts
419.289.5153 / mbird2@ashland.edu
Art + Design Department
  • Joined Ashland University in 2015 and teaches courses in Digital Art and Graphic Design


fine art website:
http://michael-bird.com

graphic design website:
http://graffikworx.com

Education

  • University of Kansas, MFA
  • Emporia State University, BFA
Dr. Rowland Blackley
Dr. Rowland Blackley
Director of Choral Activities, Professor of Music, Coordinator of Music Education
209, Center for the Arts
419.289.5114 / rblackle@ashland.edu
Music Department
  • Joined Ashland University in 1997; supervises all aspects of the choral program and teaches in the areas of conducting and music education
  • Conducts the University Choir and Chamber Singers and also founded the Ashland Area Chorus
  • Has served as conductor and music director for several Ashland University theatrical productions
  • Taught and conducted at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Lindsey Wilson College, Kent State University and high schools in Ohio and Colorado
  • Organized and led choirs on several domestic and international tours
  • Serves as Music Director at Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ashland and is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists
  • Member of the National Association for Music Education, Dalcroze Society of America, and a life member of the American Choral Directors Association
  • Popular clinician and adjudicator (vocal, choral, piano). Has over 30 choral compositions published with Southern Music Company and RBC Music

Education

  • University of Colorado, D.M.A in Literature and Performance of Choral Music
  • Kent State University, Master of Music
  • Concordia College, B.S.
Dr. Diane Bonfiglio
Dr. Diane Bonfiglio
Associate Professor of Psychology
145, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5859 / dbonfigl@ashland.edu
Psychology Department
  • Joined Ashland University in 2009
  • Teaches courses in introductory psychology, adolescence and health psychology
  • Specializes in health psychology. Her particular areas of interest include the relationship between social support and health; psychological factors in solid organ transplantation; and flow

Education

  • The Ohio State University, Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
  • The Ohio State University, M.A. in Psychology
  • Ashland University, B.S. in Psychology
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Dr. Steven Boyer
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
130, Kettering Science Building
419.289.5497 / sboyer5@ashland.edu
Chemistry, Geology and Physics Department
  • Joined Ashland University in 2017   
  • Current research interest is developing new catalysts to degrade organic pollutants

Education

  • State University of New York at Binghamton, Ph.D.
  • Elizabethtown College, B.S. in Chemistry
Dr. Soren Brauner, Professor
Dr. Soren Brauner
Professor of Biology
322 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5275 / sbrauner@ashland.edu
Biology and Toxicology Department , Environmental Science Program
  • Joined Ashland University in 1986 and teaches courses in plants and civilization, molecular and cellular basis of life, general botany, genetics, advanced genetics, environmental science seminar and issues in environmental science
  • Area of expertise is in plant genetics and evolution and recent work has involved the use of DNA markers as tools for genetic analysis in wild plants and in garden pea
  • Current research that involves students is examining genetic variation in populations of invasive reed canary grass in our 300-acre Black Fork Wetland Preserve



Education

  • University of California at Davis, Ph.D. in Genetics
  • University of California at Santa Barbara, M.A. in Botany and B.A. in Environmental Biology
Dr. Nigel Brush, Professor of Geology
Dr. Nigel Brush
Professor of Geology
421 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5271 / nbrush@ashland.edu
Chemistry, Geology and Physics Department , Environmental Science Program
  • Joined Ashland University in 2000
  • Areas of research include geoarchaeology, dendrochronology and millennial-scale climate change events
  • Co-director of the Ashland/Wooster/Columbus Archaeological & Geological Consortium and former curator and co-founder of the Killbuck Valley Natural History Museum

Education

  • UCLA, Ph.D. in Anthropology
  • University of Southampton, M.A. in Archaeological Methods and Theory
  • Ohio State University, B.A. in Anthropology
  • Ph.D., Anthropology, UCLA
  • Cincinnati Bible College, B.S. in English Bible
  • Ohio State University and Akron University, Post-doctoral work in Geology
Christopher Burkett
Dr. Christopher Burkett
Acting Chair, Department of History & Political Science, Associate Professor of Political Science, Co-Chair, Master of Arts in American History and Government
129, Andrews Hall
419.289.5686 / cburket1@ashland.edu
History & Political Science Department
  • Joined Ashland University in 2005 and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in American political thought and institutions
  • Fields of expertise include the American founding, American foreign policy and political philosophy
  • Co-director of the Ashbrook Scholar Program
  • Named Outstanding Male Faculty Member of the Year in 2008
  • Received the Edward and Louaine Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award in 2011

 

Education

  • University of Dallas, Ph.D. in Politics, M.A. in Politics
  • Ashland University, B.A
Dr. Christopher Chartier, Assistant Professor
Dr. Christopher Chartier
Associate Professor of Psychology, Founder/Director of the Psychological Science Accelerator
146, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5342 / cchartie@ashland.edu
Psychology Department
  • Joined Ashland University in 2013
  • Teaches courses in General Psychology I, Research Methods, Advanced Research Methods, and Social Psychology
  • Founder and Director of the Psychological Science Accelerator
  • Publishes research journals such as Science, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science
  • Research interests include tacit coordination and pro-social behavior. 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 collective benefit

Education

  • Miami University, Ph.D. in Social Psychology
  • Miami University, M.A.
  • Indiana University, B.S. in Psychology
Maggie Cogar
Maggie Cogar
Professional Instructor of Journalism and Digital Media
138, Center for the Arts
419.289.5355 / mcogar@ashland.edu
Journalism and Digital Media Department
  • Joined Ashland University in 2016
  • Research areas of interest include scholastic media, censorship and journalistic pedagogy, while teaching areas include media writing, media law and ethics, media effects and mass communication theory
  • Active in the world of scholastic journalism and serves as an executive board member for the Ohio Scholastic Media Association and state director for the national Journalism Education Association
  • Taught high school journalism and advised an award-winning student newspaper, both in print and online, for five years
  • Experience as a freelance journalist in writing, photography and design

Education

  • Kent State University, PhD (ip), Communication & Information: Mass Media focus
  • Kent State University, MA, Journalism Education: Reporting and Editing
  • Kent State University, BA in Integrated Language Arts Education
Dr. Perry Corbin, Professor of Chemistry
Dr. Perry Corbin
Professor of Chemistry
420 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5269 / pcorbin@ashland.edu
Chemistry, Geology and Physics Department
  • Joined Ashland University in 2001
  • Enjoys teaching a variety of courses – including general chemistry, molecular architecture, and organic chemistry -- as well as working with undergraduate students on research projects in the general areas of organic and polymer chemistry
  • Current research projects involving his students include the chemical synthesis and study of polymers that have potential for use in biomedical applications
  • Dr. Corbin was the recipient of the 2011-2012 Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award at Ashland University and a 2013-2014 recipient of an Ashland University academic mentor award

Education

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D. in Chemistry
  • Kentucky Wesleyan College, B.S. in Chemistry
  • University of Virginia, Post-doctoral Research
Dr. Rebecca Corbin
Dr. Rebecca Corbin
Professor of Chemistry, Chair, Chemistry, Geology and Physics Department
423 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5268 / rcorbin@ashland.edu
Chemistry, Geology and Physics Department
  • Joined Ashland University in 2001
  • Named Outstanding Female Faculty Member of the Year in 2003
  • Received a national undergraduate teaching award from Iota Sigma Pi in 2007
  • Teaches analytical chemistry, biochemistry, and Natural Science Core courses.
  • Expertise includes mass spectrometry and chromatography


Education

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D.
  • Alderson-Broaddus College , B.S.
Dr. Russell Craig
Dr. Russell Craig
Professor of Criminal Justice
224, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5340 / rcraig1@ashland.edu
Criminal Justice and Sociology Department
  • Joined Ashland University in 1985
  • Created the program and major in criminal justice and served as program director and department chair for 24 years
  • Area of expertise are corrections, correctional counseling and criminology
  • Serves as a consultant for various regional criminal justice agencies and is co-editor of the Journal of Correctional Education

Education

  • University of South Dakota, Ed. D.
  • University of South Dakota, M.A. in Sociology
Dolly Crawford
Dr. Dolly Crawford
Assistant Professor of Biology
325, Kettering Science Building
419.289.5942 / dcrawfo9@ashland.edu
Biology and Toxicology Department , Environmental Science Program
  • Joined Ashland University in 2014 and teaches courses in anatomy and physiology, general biology, field zoology, geographical information systems and vertebrate biology
  • Students in the Crawford Lab explore a variety of questions related to wildlife ecology and animal physiology with the ultimate goal of research being to present and publish scientific studies that help “move the needle” on our understanding of animal ecology and physiology
  • Research conducted in lab is suited to student researchers that are pursuing careers in wildlife sciences, veterinary practice or human medicine -- testing hypotheses using the latest technologies, including geographical information systems (GIS) to map wild animal populations, GoPro video camera technology to record animal behavior and metabolic chambers to measure respiratory dynamics

Education

  • University of New Mexico, Ph.D. in Biology
  • University of Colorado – Boulder, M.S. in Museum & Field Studies
  • Mansfield University of Pa., B.A. in Biology
Dr. Doug Dawson
Dr. Doug Dawson
Professor of Biology/Toxicology
318 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5277 / ddawson2@ashland.edu
Biology and Toxicology Department , Environmental Science Program
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 1993
  • Currently teaches courses in anatomy and physiology, advanced human physiology, pharmacology and toxicology
  • Conducts research with students in area of toxicology

Education

  • Oklahoma State University, Ph.D. in Zoology, and M.S.
  • Transylvania University, B.A. in Biology
Dr. Sue Dickson
Dr. Sue Dickson
Associate Professor of Religion
12, Rinehart Center for Religious Studies
419.289.5561 / sdickso2@ashland.edu
Religion Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2007 and teaches primarily in the area of Practical Theology, including courses such as Exploring the Bible, Exploring World Religions, Short Term Missions, Advanced Old Testament, World Christianity, Christian Formation, and Christian Literature
  • Areas of academic emphasis: Missions, Social Justice, Short-term Missions, World Christianity, Gospel and Culture
  • Ordained Presbyterian minister; from 1986-2007 served as pastor in churches in the Midwest, Southwest, and Ohio
  • Taught religious studies from 1992-2004 at the University of Texas, El Paso
  • Has served the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) at the local, regional, and national levels as Hunger Action Enabler, translator (Spanish/English), TESOL, immigrant ministries, and in Social Witness Policy development
  • Continues to serve as a mission co-worker in Short-term Missions internationally (East Africa, Latin America, Asia)

 

Education

  • Columbia Theological Seminary, D. Min.
  • University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, M. Div.
  • Indiana University, B.A.
Dr. Jenna Dolhi, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Jenna Dolhi Binder
Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
130, Kettering Science Building
419.207.6215 / jdolhi@ashland.edu
Environmental Science Program
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2016
  • Teaches in the area of biology, including Microbiology, Nursing Microbiology and Cell Biology
  • Dissertation research was on cold adaptation of photosynthetic green algae in permanently ice-covered Antarctic lakes
  • Current research is in microbial diversity and interactions between microorganisms within aquatic systems

Education

  • Miami University, Ph.D. in Microbiology
  • Shippensburg University, B.S. Biology with concentration in Ecology and Environmental Biology
Hilary Donatini
Dr. Hilary Donatini
Chair, English Department, Associate Professor of English
306, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5224 / hdonatin@ashland.edu
English Department
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2007
  • Teaches courses such as history of English language, 18th-Century English literature, 17th-Century English literature, themes and topics in literature, studies in Shakespeare, The Poem, British Literature and Composition I and II
  • Research areas include British Literature 1660-1800, Historical and philosophical contexts for literature, Genre and form, and Histories and theories of satire and humor
  • Currently writing a book on the justices of the peace in 18th-century British literature. Other publications include: "'Something for an Executive': Satire in Terry Gilliam's Brazil." Quarterly Review of Film and Video 35.2 (2018): 119-36; "Smollett's Justices." The Age of Johnson: A Scholarly Annual 23 (2015): 273-300; “The Holy House of Loreto: Politics and Idolatry in the Long Eighteenth Century.” 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era 21 (2014): 207-27; "Spotless Minds and Cultural Memory: Teaching Future Teachers in the United States." Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe and His Contemporaries 5.1 (2013); “Moral and Medical Diagnosis in Maria Edgeworth’s Belinda.” The Eighteenth-Century Novel 8 (October 2011): 247-69; “A Partridge in the Family Tree: Fixity, Mobility, and Community in Tom Jones.” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 17.3 (April 2005): 349-72.
  • Taught at both UW-Madison and a UW branch campus before joining AU

Education

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ph.D. and M.A.
  • The College of Wooster, B.A.

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