Faculty & Staff Directory

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Peter Slade Dr. Peter Slade
Professor of Religion, Co-Chair of the Departments of Religion and Foreign Language, Chair, Faculty Welfare Committee
119, Rinehart Center for Religious Studies
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2006 and serves as co-chair of the Departments of Religion and Foreign Languages Teaches courses in the history of Christianity and Christian thought, including Exploring the Bible, History of Early to Reformation Christianity, History of Modern Christianity, History of Religions in America, History of Christian Worship, Religion and the Civil Rights Movement in America,... Read More

Libby Slade Libby Slade
Director of Ashland Area Chorus, Adjunct Instructor, Music Fundamentals

Elizabeth Slade holds a B.A. in Music and French from the University of Virginia and an M.Ed. from Harvard University where she studied choral conducting with Constance Defotis and served as Choral Administrator for the Harvard Choirs under the direction of Jameson Marvin. During her time at Harvard, Slade was a member of the professional Choir of the Church of the Advent in Boston and a soprano soloist in and... Read More

Dwight Souder Dwight Souder

207, Kettering Science Building

Dwight Souder joins the Department of Chemistry, Geology, and Physics as an adjunct professor where he will be instructing some of the Physics and Chemistry labs.  Dwight Souder has been a teacher at Crestview High School for over 20 years where he as been teaching Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, and a STEM course of RC Aeronautics.  He has also taught 3D Graphic Design (Rhino3D) for the students at the Hong... Read More

Katherine Standefer, Ashland MFA CNF Faculty Katherine Standefer

Katherine E. Standefer’s debut book Lightning Flowers (Little, Brown & Company) was shortlisted for the 2018 J. Anthony Lukas Works-in-Progress Prize from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation at Harvard. Her work won the 2015 Iowa Review Award in Nonfiction and appears in The Best American Essays 2016, as well as the anthologies Beautiful Flesh: A Body of Essays and How We Speak to... Read More

Jason Stevens Dr. Jason Stevens
Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Political Scienc
115, Andrews Hall
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

todd stumpf Todd Stumpf
Adjunct Professor
331, Center for the Arts

Todd Stumpf is an adjunct instructor in the Communication Studies Department.  During the 2017-18 academic year, he served as a Visiting Instructor of Sport Communication, teaching several classes in the discipline, working with internship students and being co-advisor of the Sport Communication Club. Todd has taught at the college level for 10 years, including four at The University of Akron, where he taught... Read More

Dr. Kelly Sundberg, Assistant Professor of English Dr. Kelly Sundberg
Assistant Professor of English
304, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Kelly Sundberg's memoir Goodbye, Sweet Girl: A Story of Domestic Violence and Survival was released by HarperCollins in June of 2018 and in paperback in June of 2019. Her essay "It Will Look Like a Sunset" was anthologized in Best American Essays 2015 and other essays have been listed as "notables" in Best American Essays 2013, 2016, and 2018. Her essays are published or forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review,... Read More

Dr. Gordon Swain Dr. Gordon Swain
Professor of Mathematics
208, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
Joined Ashland University faculty in 1994 and areas of mathematical interest include abstract algebra (noncommutative rings), mathematical analysis of games, and undergraduate mathematics in general In addition to teaching a large variety of mathematics courses, including statistics, calculus, linear and abstract algebra, serves as advisor for the mathematics honorary Served as chair of the department of mathematics... Read More

Dr. Christopher Swanson, Professor Dr. Christopher Swanson
Professor of Mathematics, Char of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
209, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
Joined Ashland University faculty in 1999 and serves as professor of Mathematics and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. Research interest are combinatorics and probability. Developer of Ashland University's actuarial science major, advisor to Ashland University's team for the national william Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition and organizer of Ashland Univerisy's Problem Solving Group.... Read More

Stefan Swanson Dr. Stefan Swanson
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music
207, Center for the Arts
Previously taught film scoring, composition, theory, and songwriting at New York University, California State University, Rutgers University, and the College of Staten Island (CUNY) Film and concert composer who has scored nearly 50 films including Gun Hill Road, and his music has been heard on HBO, Cinemax, NBC, and BET, as well the Sundance, Tribeca, and Cannes film festivals Has written over 60 compositions for... Read More

Merrill Tawse, Professional Instructor Merrill Tawse
Professional Instructor of Biology
323, Kettering Science Building
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2010 and serves as professional instructor of biology teaching Ecology and the Human Environment; Organisms, Adaptations and Physiology; Labs in Costa Rica; Entomology; Human Anatomy & Physiology for Nursing Students; and Environmental Science Seminar Work with students in field research focuses on polyploidy in Ambystomid salamanders and projects via radio-telemetry in... Read More

jeff_taylor_picture_081116.jpg Jeff Taylor

, Kettering Science Building

Jeff Taylor is joining the Department of Biology and Toxicology as an Adjunct Instructor.  He will be teaching courses in human anatomy and physiology.  In addition to his adjunct teaching at Ashland University, he is also a full-time faculty member and the biology department program coordinator at North Central State College in Mansfield, Ohio and has taught anatomy and physiology previously at Columbus State... Read More

Tyler Theaker Tyler Theaker
Biology Lab Technician
215, Kettering Science Building
Tyler Theaker joined the department at the beginning of the summer of 2019 as a laboratory technician. He graduated from Ashland University in May 2019 with a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science and Biology.

Dr. Andrew Trimble, Associate Professor Dr. Andrew Trimble
Associate Professor of Biology/Toxicology
326, Kettering Science Building
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2009 and serves as associate professor of Biology/Toxicology Teaches courses such as Drugs, Poisons, Pollutants and the Human Perception of Risk;  Principles of Toxicology; and Methods in Toxicology Research interests include examining the effects of pesticide contaminant mixtures and saline deicing agents to freshwater aquatic organisms in the environment Has previously been the... Read More

Tricia Trimble Tricia Trimble
Laboratory Supervisor
313, Kettering Science Building
Tricia Trimble moved to the Ashland area in 2009.  Prior to this, she attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology in 2004 and a Master of Science degree in Zoology with an emphasis in Environmental and Aquatic Toxicology in 2007.  After receiving her degrees, Tricia worked as a toxicology researcher at the Fisheries and Illinois Aquaculture Center and... Read More

Professor Nancy Udolph Professor Nancy Udolph
Associate Professor of Social Work, Field Director of Social Work
248, Dwight Schar College of Education
Joined Ashland University faculty in 1988 and serves as Field Director and Associate Professor of Social Work specializing in micro-practice courses and international social work Prior to teaching, she was a clinical social worker in the mental health field and still maintains a small counseling practice Has spoken at state, national and international conferences on a variety of topics including cultural competence... Read More

William Vaughan core director philosophy academic excellence logic Dr. William Vaughan
Professor of Philosophy
208, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Joined Ashland University faculty in 1995 and serves as professor of Philosophy. Chaired the department at Ashland University from 2001-2014 and also served as university core director from 2009-2016. Main area of research is in post-Kantian Continental philosophy Has presented over 40 professional papers at conferences such as the American Philosophical Association, the Ohio Philosophical Association, the West... Read More

Dr. Michael Vimont Dr. Michael Vimont
Associate Professor of Social Work, Director of Social Work and Family Studies
249, Dwight Schar College of Education
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2010 and serves as associate professor of Social Work and as the Program Director for the Department of Social Work Diverse practice has taken him to Texas, California and Ohio working in the areas of child welfare, school social work, community development, home health care, domestic violence and substance use Primary research interest involves concepts related to developmental... Read More

Dr. Jayne Waterman Dr. Jayne Waterman
Associate Professor of English
312, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2006 and specializes in nineteenth-century, twentieth-century and contemporary American literature and culture with an emphasis on modernism Teaches courses such as American Literature III: Realism to Modernism; American Literature IV: 1945 to the Present; The American Literary Experience; The Modern Novel; The Modern Drama; the Contemporary American Studies Seminar; Honors... Read More

Dr. Russell Weaver, Professor Dr. Russell Weaver
Professor of English
310 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Joined Ashland University faculty in 1986 and teaches courses in Romantic and Victorian British literature; Greek literature; 19th century Russian Novel (War and Peace and The Brothers Karamazov) Offers a rotating set of major writers seminars on Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Melville/Conrad, Austen and Hemingway Has published Questioning Keats: An Introduction to Applied Hermeneutics in 2006, The Moral World of Billy... Read More