Faculty & Staff Directory

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Dr. Dawn Weber, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences Dr. Dawn Weber
Dean, College of Arts & Sciences
202, Center for the Arts
Dr. Iyad Ajwa Dr. Iyad Ajwa
Chair, Professor
203, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
Dr. Iyad Ajwa earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan; a Master of Science in mathematics and a Master of Science in computer science from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and Doctor of Philosophy in computer science from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. Dr. Ajwa joined Ashland University in 1997. He has taught a variety of computer science courses... Read More

Tricia Applegate Tricia Applegate
Coordinator, CAS Communications/Performing Arts
149, Center for the Arts
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

Dr. David Aune, Associate Professor Dr. David Aune
Associate Professor
10, Rinehart Center for Religious Studies
David Aune came to Ashland University in the fall of 1996. Before Ashland, he taught part-time at a number of colleges in New England, including Providence College, Wesleyan University and Eastern Connecticut State University. Dr. Aune holds the Ph.D. in the history of religions: early Christianity from Brown University, a Th.M. in New Testament from Regent Collge (affiliated with the University of British Columbia... Read More

benway Chuck Benway

207, Kettering Science Building

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
422 , Kettering Science Building
Dr. Robert Bergosh, associate professor of chemistry, joined Ashland University in 2005. His area of expertise is in organic chemistry. He obtained a Bachelor of Science with a double major in chemistry and biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College and a Ph.D. in organic/materials chemistry from the University of Kentucky.

Michael Bird Michael Bird
Professional Instructor
236, Center for the Arts
Michael Bird received an MFA at the University of Kansas, a BFA at Emporia State University and has worked for 25 years in various capacities as graphic designer and digital fine artist.fine art website:http://michael-bird.comgraphic design website:http://graffikworx.com

Dr. Rowland Blackley Dr. Rowland Blackley
Director of Choral Activities, Professor of Music
208, Center for the Arts
Rowland (“Ron”) Blackley is a professor of music and director of choral activities at Ashland University, where he conducts the University Choir and Chamber Singers.  He also founded the Ashland Area Chorus. He supervises all aspects of the choral program and teaches in the areas of conducting and music education. While he deals primarily with choral groups now, Dr. Blackley has conducted numerous orchestras and... Read More

Dr. Diane Bonfiglio Dr. Diane Bonfiglio
Associate Professor
145, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Bonfiglio earned a B.S. in psychology from Ashland University, an M.A. in psychology from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Ohio State University. She 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. She is currently working on... Read More

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
Dr. Steven Boyer is a visiting assistant professor of chemistry and joined Ashland University in 2017.  He has a B.S. in chemistry from Elizabethtown College and earned a Ph.D. from Binghamton University with a focus on inorganic chemistry.  His current research interest is developing new catalysts to degrade organic pollutants.

Lindsay Brandon-Smith
Administrative Assistant
203, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
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
322 , Kettering Science Building
Dr. Soren Brauner, professor of biology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1986. He received a Bachelor of Arts in environmental biology, a Master of Arts in botany from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. in genetics from the University of California at Davis. His area of expertise is in plant genetics and evolution.

Cassy Brown Cassandra Brown
Administrative Director
105, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
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
Dr. Nigel Brush, Professor of Geology Dr. Nigel Brush
421 , Kettering Science Building
Dr. Nigel Brush, professor of geology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2000. His areas of research include geoarchaeology, dendrochronology and millennial-scale climate change events. He is a co-director of the Ashland/Wooster/Columbus Archaeological & Geological Consortium and former curator and co-founder of the Killbuck Valley Natural History Museum. Dr. Brush has a B.S. in English Bible from the... Read More

Christopher Burkett Dr. Christopher Burkett
Associate Professor of Political Science, Co-Chair, Master of Arts in American History and Government
129, Andrews Hall
Christopher Burkett, associate professor of political science, joined Ashland University in 2005. He teaches American political thought and institutions courses, and his fields of expertise include the American founding, American foreign policy, and political philosophy. He serves as faculty advisor to Student Senate, and was named Outstanding Male Faculty Member of the Year in 2008. He received his Bachelor of Arts... Read More

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

Dr. Christopher Chartier, Assistant Professor Dr. Christopher Chartier
Assistant Professor
146, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Christopher Chartier earned a B.S. in psychology from Indiana University (2007) and an M.A. (2009) and Ph.D. (2013) in social psychology from Miami University.  His research interests include tacit coordination and prosocial behavior.  He is 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... Read More

Kim Chartier, Assistant Director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence Kim Chartier
Assistant Director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence