Faculty & Staff Directory

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Schmidt-Rinehart Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart
Professor
214 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5131
bschmidt@ashland.edu
Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart earned a B.A. in Spanish and membership in Phi Beta Kappa at Ohio University, a M.Ed. from Ashland University, and a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education from the Ohio State University.    She was recognized as the Outstanding Graduate Student in Education at AU when she received her M.Ed., was one of the first two recipients of the Taylor Teaching Award in 1987, and received the Ed Allen... Read More

adam Schulte Adam Schulte
Biology Laboratory Technician
Rm. 215, Kettering Science Building
419.207.6311
aschult3@ashland.edu
Adam Schulte joined the department during the fall semester of 2013 as a laboratory technician. He graduated from Kent State University in 2011 with a bachelor of science in biotechnology. Adam spent the last 2 years as a microbiologist in the pharmaceutical industry, working with chemotherapy and other parenteral drugs. Former student research includes maturation of the mouse oocyte and the insertion pressure of... Read More

Dr. Jeff Sikkenga Dr. Jeff Sikkenga
Professor of Political Science
118, Andrews Hall
419.289.5625
jsikkeng@ashland.edu
Jeffrey Sikkenga is professor of political science at Ashland University, adjunct fellow of the John M. Ashbrook Center and senior fellow in the Program on Constitutionalism and Democracy at the University of Virginia. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in political thought, the American Founding and American constitutional law. He is deeply interested in the relationship between politics and religion... Read More

http://personal.ashland.edu/~jsikkeng/
Stephanie Sikora Stephanie Sikora
Professor of Voice/Opera
205, Center for the Arts
419.289.5128
ssikora@ashland.edu
Stephanie Sikora, soprano, has been sharing her musical talents with audiences throughout Ohio and the Midwest for numerous years. As professor of music, she is currently in her 22nd year as head of the voice area in the department of music at Ashland University where she teaches Applied Voice, Diction for Singers and Opera Workshop. She has sung over 100 performances with Cleveland Opera on Tour, as well as... Read More

Dr. Kristin Simokat Dr. Kristin Simokat
Assistant Professor
215, Kettering Science Building
419.289.5615
ksimokat@ashland.edu
Dr. Kristin Simokat joined the department of biology and toxicology as an assistant professor.  She is teaching courses in human anatomy and physiology.  Dr. Simokat received her B.A. in biology from Wesleyan University and her Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology with a concentration in developmental biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She comes most recently from the Palouse region (University... Read More

John Skrada John Skrada
Operations Manager
126, Center for the Arts
419.289.5311
jskrada@ashland.edu
John Skrada is the operations manager for 88.9 WRDL-FM and TV-20 in the journalism and digital media department of Ashland University.  He received a bachelor’s degree in communication from Cleveland State University.  Before coming to Ashland University in 2011, John has worked as a freelance videographer and tape operator for major sports and entertainment networks for the past 18 years.  In addition to sports,... Read More

Dr. Peter Slade Dr. Peter Slade
Co-chair, Departments of Religion and Foreign Languages, Chair, Faculty Welfare Committee
15, Rinehart Center for Religious Studies
419.289.5237
pslade@ashland.edu
Peter Slade teaches courses in the history of Christianity and Christian thought. His scholarship and teaching is grounded in his work and life in the Church. He worked for several years as a community development worker for the Church of England in Blackburn and Aylesbury and served as a preacher for a small chapel in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Interested in the lived ecclesiologies of Christian communities,... Read More

http://singingchurch.blogspot.com/
Jason Stevens Jason Stevens
Visiting Assistant Professor
115, Andrews Hall
419.289.4933
jsteven2@ashland.edu
Jason Stevens, Visiting Assistant Professor, joined Ashland University in 2011. Previously, he served as an adjunct instructor at the University of Akron – Wayne College, North Central State College, and the University of Dallas. He teaches political thought and history courses with fields of expertise in the American Founding, Abraham Lincoln, and political philosophy. He received his B.A. from Ashland University... Read More

Dr. Gordon Swain Dr. Gordon Swain
Professor
208, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.289.5263
gswain@ashland.edu
Dr. Gordon Swain, professor of mathematics, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1994. In addition to teaching a large variety of mathematics courses, including statistics, calculus, linear and abstract algebra, he is active in college and university governance. He served as chair of the department of mathematics and computer science from 2001-2007, and was also the 2001 recipient of the Taylor Excellence in... Read More

Dr. Christopher Swanson Dr. Christopher Swanson
Professor
209, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.289.5264
cswanson@ashland.edu
Dr. Christopher N. Swanson, professor of mathematics and director of the Honors Program, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1999. He is the developer of Ashland University's actuarial science major, advisor to Ashland University's Ohio Rho chapter of the national mathematics honorary Pi Mu Epsilon, advisor to Ashland University's team for the national William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition and... Read More

http://personal.ashland.edu/cswanson/
Merrill Tawse Merrill Tawse
Professional Instructor
323, Kettering Science Building
419.207.6310
mtawse@ashland.edu
Merrill Tawse joined the Biology/Toxicology Department in 2010. His work with students in field research focuses on polyploidy in Ambystomid salamanders and projects via radio-telemetry in territoriality and site affinity of the secretive marsh birds, the Virginia Rails. Other student projects have included foraging and roosting behaviors of insectivorous bats in the Mohican Forest. He has conducted numerous Indiana... Read More

Dr. Jeffrey Tiel Dr. Jeffrey Tiel
Associate Professor
204, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5154
jtiel@ashland.edu
Jeffrey Tiel is an associate professor of philosophy at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio. Additionally, he served as the director of the Ashland University Honors Program from 2002-2007. He has taught at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, as well as Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. His academic interests include philosophy of human nature, metaphysics, the history of modern philosophy... Read More

Dr. Andrew Trimble Dr. Andrew Trimble
Associate Professor
326, Kettering Science Building
419.289.5267
atrimble@ashland.edu
Dr. Andrew Trimble is an assistant professor of biology and toxicology. He joined the Ashland University faculty in 2009. His research interests include the effects of pesticide contaminant mixtures to freshwater aquatic organisms in the environment, as well as the effects of physical and chemical stress to the toxicity of organic sediment-based contaminants. Dr. Trimble has previously been the recipient of a U.S.... Read More

Tricia Trimble Tricia Trimble
Laboratory Supervisor
313, Kettering Science Building
419.289.5612
ttrimbl1@ashland.edu
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

Matthew Tullis Matthew Tullis
Assistant Professor, The Collegian Advisor
215 F, Center for the Arts
419.289.5355
mtullis@ashland.edu
Matt Tullis, assistant professor of journalism and digital media, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2008. He is also the advisor to The Collegian, Ashland University's student newspaper. Tullis has 10 years experience as a newspaper reporter, most recently at the Columbus Dispatch, where he worked on the city desk covering everything from crime to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. He later moved to features,... Read More

Nancy Udolph Professor Nancy Udolph
Associate Professor, Field Director
248, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5372
nudolph@ashland.edu
Professor Udolph has been a faculty member since 1988. She received her MSSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Illinois. Prior to teaching, she was a clinical social worker and still maintains a small counseling practice. She specializes in micro-practice courses and international social work. She has spoken at state, national and international... Read More

http://personal.ashland.edu/nudolph/
William Vaughan core director philosophy academic excellence logic Dr. William Vaughan
Professor
208, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5654
wvaughan@ashland.edu
William Vaughan received his B.A. and M.A. in English at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is professor of philosophy, and chaired the department at Ashland University from 2001-2014. He has also served as university core director since 2009. His main area of research is in post-Kantian Continental philosophy. Dr... Read More

Dr. Michael Vimont Dr. Michael Vimont
Program Director
249, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.207.6364
mvimont@ashland.edu
Dr. Vimont is Director of the social work department.  He has been a practicing social worker since 1981. His 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. Beginning in 1993, Dr. Vimont augmented his practice with teaching social work and sociology courses as an... Read More

Dr. Jayne Waterman Dr. Jayne Waterman
Associate Professor
114 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5284
jwaterma@ashland.edu
Jayne E. Waterman specializes in nineteenth-century, twentieth-century and contemporary American literature and culture with an emphasis on modernism. She has taught American Literature III: Realism to Modernism, American Literature IV: 1945 to the Present, The American Literary Experience, The Modern Novel and  The Modern Drama. Waterman has also taught the Contemporary American Studies Seminar. Additional teaching... Read More

Dr. Russell Weaver Dr. Russell Weaver
Professor
310 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5117
rweaver3@ashland.edu
Dr. Russell Weaver, professor of English, joined the faculty in 1986. He teaches courses in Romantic and Victorian British literature; Greek literature; 19th century Russian Novel (War and Peace and The Brothers Karamazov);  and he offers a rotating set of major writers seminars on Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Melville/Conrad, Austen and Hemingway. Dr. Weaver has published Questioning Keats: An Introduction to Applied... Read More

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