Faculty & Staff Directory

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Dawn Weber Headshot 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... Read More

Dr. Iyad Ajwa Dr. Iyad Ajwa
Professor of Computer Science, Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science Department
203, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.289.5798
iajwa@ashland.edu
Joined Ashland University in 1997 Teaches a variety of computer science courses including Java Programming, Mobile Applications Development, Discrete Mathematics, Data Structures, Linux, Principles of Operating Systems, Web Design and Programming, Theory of Computation, Computer Algorithms, Fundamentals of Computer Security, and Cyber Ethics Serves on university, college and department committees Research interests... Read More

Tricia Applegate Tricia Applegate
Coordinator, CAS Communications/Performing Arts
149, Center for the Arts
419.289.5950
tapplega@ashland.edu
Tricia Applegate has over 30 years of arts administration experience.  She was the founder and former executive director of the Ashland Community Arts Center, and held positions at other organizations such as the McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ), Renaissance Theatre (Mansfield, OH), Ashland Symphony Orchestra, Ashland Chautauqua and the City of Ashland's Guy C. Myers Memorial Band Shell. She holds a B.A. in business... Read More

Chris Feliciano Arnold, Ashland MFA Creative Nonfiction faculty Chris Feliciano Arnold
MFA Faculty in Creative Nonfiction


Chris Feliciano Arnold has written essays and journalism for The Atlantic, Harper's, Foreign Policy, Outside, Vice News, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Folha de S. Paulo, Salon, McSweeney's, The Millions and more. His fiction has been published in Playboy, The Kenyon Review, Ecotone and other magazines. His work has been noted in The... Read More

Dr. David Aune, Associate Professor Dr. David Aune
Associate Professor of Religion
10, Rinehart Center for Religious Studies
419.289.5238
daune@ashland.edu
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... Read More

benway Chuck Benway

207, Kettering Science Building

cbenway@ashland.edu
Chuck Benway teaches AP Chemistry and Physics at Ashland High School, and has been teaching for 24 years. He teaches Molecular Architecture and Physics I Laboratory for Ashland University as an adjunct instructor.  Chuck is co-founder of AHS’s Lunch Bunch, which focuses on teaching students about making connections and developing a positive school culture.  He has been married for 25 years and has two children, both... Read More

Dr. Robert Bergosh, Associate Professor Dr. Robert Bergosh
Associate Professor of Chemistry
422 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5871
rbergosh@ashland.edu
Joined Ashland University in 2005 and area of expertise is organic chemistry Teaches courses and labs in general chemistry, molecular architecture and organic chemistry

http://personal.ashland.edu/rbergosh/rbergosh/Home.html
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
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

Michael Bird Michael Bird
Professional Instructor of Digital Art and Graphic Design
236, Center for the Arts
419.289.5153
mbird2@ashland.edu
Joined Ashland University in 2015 teaches courses in Digital Art and Graphic Design 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, the health consequences of psychosocial stress and healthy aging Research interests include parallelism in symbolic mathematical... Read More

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
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,... Read More

Dr. Diane Bonfiglio Dr. Diane Bonfiglio
Associate Professor of Psychology
145, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5859
dbonfigl@ashland.edu
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

Dexter L. Booth 2017 Visiting Writer Dexter L. Booth



Dexter L. Booth is the author of Scratching the Ghost (Graywolf Press, 2013). His poems have been included in the anthology The Best American Poetry 2015 (edited by Sherman Alexie), as well as Blackbird, The Southeast Review, Ostrich Review, Grist, Willow Springs, Bat City Review, Virginia Quarterly, and other publications. Booth is currently a Contributing Editor for Waxwing, and a Ph.D. candidate and Provost... Read More

headshot.jpg Dr. Steven Boyer
Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry
130, Kettering Science Building
419.289.5497
sboyer5@ashland.edu
Joined Ashland University in 2017    Current research interest is developing new catalysts to degrade organic pollutants

Lindsay Brandon-Smith
Administrative Assistant
203, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
574.289.5110
lbrando2@ashland.edu
Lindsay Brandon-Smith joined Ashland University in 2018 as the administrative assistant for English, Foreign Language, Philosophy and Religion departments. She lives in Ashland with her husband and daughter.

Dr. Soren Brauner, Professor Dr. Soren Brauner
Professor of Biology
322 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5275
sbrauner@ashland.edu
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... Read More

http://personal.ashland.edu/sbrauner/
Cassy Brown Cassandra Brown
Administrative Director
105, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5098
cbrown44@ashland.edu
Cassandra (Cassy) Brown is the administrative director and former administrative assistant to Ashland University's Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.  She also serves as managing editor to River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative and The Ashland Poetry Press.  Cassy first joined the university in 2013 as administrative assistant to the departments of Art and Mathematics & Computer Science.  ... Read More

P Brown Patti Brown
Administrative Assistant to the Dean
201, Center for the Arts
419.289.5106
pbrown2@ashland.edu
Dr. Nigel Brush, Professor of Geology Dr. Nigel Brush
Professor of Geology
421 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5271
nbrush@ashland.edu
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

Christopher Burkett Dr. Christopher Burkett
Associate Professor of Political Science, Co-Chair, Master of Arts in American History and Government
129, Andrews Hall
419.289.5686
cburket1@ashland.edu
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  

http://personal.ashland.edu/cburket1/
Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Ashland MFA Poetry Faculty Marcelo Hernandez Castillo



Marcelo Hernandez Castillo is a poet, essayist, and translator born in Zacatecas, Mexico. He is the author of Cenzontle, winner of the A. Poulin, Jr. Prize (BOA Editions, 2018), Dulce, winner of the sixth annual Drinking Gourd Prize (Northwestern University press, 2017), and Children of the Land: a Hybrid Memoir (Harper Collins, forthcoming). He is a Canto Mundo Fellow and was the first undocumented student to... Read More

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