Faculty & Staff Directory

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Kirstin Chen, Ashland MFA Fiction Faculty Kirstin Chen

Kirstin Chen‘s new novel, Bury What We Cannot Take, has been named a Most Anticipated Upcoming Book by Electric Literature, The Millions, The Rumpus, Harper’s Bazaar, and InStyle, among others. She is also the author of Soy Sauce for Beginners. She was the fall 2017 NTU-NAC National Writer in Residence in Singapore, and has received awards from the Steinbeck Fellows Program, Sewanee, Hedgebrook, and the Napa Valley... Read More

Maggie Cogar Maggie Cogar
Professional Instructor of Journalism and Digital Media
138, Center for the Arts
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... Read More

Garrard Conley, creative non-fiction Garrard Conley

Garrard Conley is the author of the New York Times Best Selling memoir Boy Erased (Penguin 2016), now a major motion picture. Boy Erased was nominated for a Lamdba Literary Award and was featured as a top 2016 nonfiction book by O Magazine, Buzzfeed Books, and Shelf Awareness, among others. It has now been translated in over a dozen languages. A survivor of conversion therapy, Conley is an activist and speaker for... Read More

Brian Conn, fiction author Brian Conn

Brian Conn is the author of The Fixed Stars: Thirty-Seven Emblems for the Perilous Season, which won the Bard Fiction Prize and appeared on Amazon.com’s list of the top ten science fiction and fantasy books of the year. His short fiction has appeared in The Year's Best Weird Fiction, Conjunctions, Unstuck, The Cincinnati Review, and Greatest Uncommon Denominator, among other journals. He co-founded, and for seven... Read More

Dr. Perry Corbin, Professor of Chemistry Dr. Perry Corbin
Professor of Chemistry
420 , Kettering Science Building
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... Read More

Dr. Rebecca Corbin Dr. Rebecca Corbin
Professor of Chemistry, Chair, Chemistry, Geology and Physics Department
423 , Kettering Science Building
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

Dr. Russell Craig Dr. Russell Craig
Professor of Criminal Justice
224, Dwight Schar College of Education
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

Dolly Crawford Dr. Dolly Crawford
Assistant Professor of Biology
325, Kettering Science Building
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... Read More

Gary Davis Gary Davis
Adjunct Instructor, Trumpet

Gary Davis is principal trumpet with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, principal trumpet with the Erie Philharmonic and a member of the Akron Symphony Orchestra trumpet section. He has also performed and recorded with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony/Pops. Other performance opportunities have been with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Blossom Festival Band, and the Wheeling Symphony. He also... Read More

Teresa Davis Teresa Davis

, Claremont Building

Professor Teresa Davis has been an adjunct faculty member of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department, now Social Work & Family Studies, at Ashland University since 2009, teaching Marriage and Family Relationships. She has been an adjunct faculty member of the Midwest Counseling Program of Ashland Seminary since 1999, teaching Marriage and Family Counseling, Counseling Techniques, Differential Diagnosis, and... Read More

Dr. Doug Dawson Dr. Doug Dawson
Professor of Biology/Toxicology
318 , Kettering Science Building
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

Dr. Sue Dickson Dr. Sue Dickson
Associate Professor of Religion
12, Rinehart Center for Religious Studies
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... Read More

Hilary Donatini Dr. Hilary Donatini
Chair, English Department, Associate Professor of English
306, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
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... Read More

Dr. Allyson Drinkard, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice/Sociololgy Dr. Allyson Drinkard
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice/Sociology
147, Dwight Schar College of Education
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2017 and teaches courses in criminology and sociology. Research interests include adolescent development, prosocial behavior and juvenile delinquency. Prior to becoming a professor, worked for 10 years at a research institute, evaluating social service programs for juvenile delinquents.

Keith Dull, Associate Professor of Art Keith Dull
Professor of Art
343A, Center for the Arts
Joined Ashland University faculty in 1999 Teaches courses in printmaking, painting, drawing, illustration, and 2D design. Prints incorporate a wide range of techniques that include color reduction relief, intaglio, lithography and mixed media. In 1998, developed the Encaustic Intaglio printing process, and his imagery reflects an interest in history and historical uses of prints, as guides, manuals and magic... Read More

Teresa Durbin-Ames Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames
Artistic Director of Theatre, Associate Professor of Theatre
235, Center for the Arts
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2000 and serves as the artistic director of theatre Teaches courses in theatre history, script analysis and musical theatre Has directed "Dancing at Lughnasa," "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," "Saint Joan," "Leveling Up," "The Autumn Garden," “Three Tall Women” and "Into the Woods" at Ashland University and "The Sound of Music” and “Gypsy" for Ashland Summer Theatre Festival. Served... Read More

Christy Ellis-Trolian Dr. Christy Ellis-Trolian
Director, Center for Addictions
144, Dwight Schar College of Education
Joined Ashland University in 2018 as the founding Director of The Center for Addictions Teaches courses in addictions psychology and conducts professional development seminars for licensed counselors and social workers to continue their professional development Has more than 20 years of experience in mental health and addictions counseling, supervision, and administration Is a Licensed Professional Clinical... Read More

Dr. Deborah Fleming Deborah Fleming
Professor of English, Editor and Director of Ashland Poetry Press
308 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Joined Ashland University faculty in 1993 and serves as editor and director of Ashland Poetry Press Teaches courses in Creative Writing, Literature and Composition Research interests are W. B. Yeats, Robinson Jeffers, Anglo-Irish literature, modern poetry and environmentalist literature Author of “Into a New Country,” a 2016 collection of free verse and formalist poems published by Cherry Grove Collections; “Without... Read More

Terry Foss Terry Foss
Adjunct Faculty Member
123, Center for the Arts

Terry Foss, adjunct instructor of journalism and digital media, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2015 teaching JDM 133 Video/Audio Aesthetics and, in 2016, JDM 103 Introduction to Journalism/Mass Communication. She previously taught as a Limited Term Lecturer for nine years in the Communication Department at Indiana University/Purdue University, Fort Wayne, Indiana. She holds a B.A. in Radio and Television... Read More

David Foster Dr. David Foster
Professor of Political Science
122 , Andrews Hall
Joined Ashland University faculty in 1998 and serves as chair of the Department of History and Political Science 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. Published on John Locke, liberal education and Mark Twain.