Faculty & Staff Directory

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Dr. Daniel Rickett Dr. Daniel Rickett



drickett@ashland.edu
Brenda Rodeback, Administrative Assistant Brenda Rodeback
Administrative Assistant
221 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5261
brodebac@ashland.edu
Mrs. Brenda Rodeback joined Ashland University as the administrative assistant to the departments of biology/toxicology/environmental science and chemistry/geology/physics in September 1999. She is currently the administrative assistant for the departments of biology/toxicology/environmental science, chemistry/geology/physics, psychology, criminal justice, sociology and social work. She has an associate’s degree in... Read More

cara rogers Dr. Cara Rogers
Visiting Assistant Professor
123, Andrews Hall
419.289.5338
croger17@ashland.edu
Cara Rogers is a visiting assistant professor of history at Ashland University, where she teaches courses on the Age of Enlightenment, American history from the colonial era until the Civil War, and Thomas Jefferson. Previously, she taught at Collin College in Dallas and at Rice University. She did her undergraduate work at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and has a master’s degree in history from the... Read More

Priscilla Roggenkamp Priscilla Roggenkamp
Associate Professor of Art
346A , Center for the Arts
419.289.5194
proggenk@ashland.edu
Born in Bangor, Maine, Priscilla has lived in Maine, Ohio, Virginia and Arkansas. She has resided in Alliance, Ohio since 1990, teaching and making art. Priscilla has taught at The College of Wooster, Mount Union College, Canton Country Day School, Blue Ridge Community College, James Madison University and the University of Arkansas. She has conducted art education workshops in Florida, Ohio and Maine and has co-... Read More

http://www.studio-twofourteen.com/
Sandra Ross Sandra Ross
Adjunct Instructor, Voice, Opera Scenes Director
205, Center for the Arts
419.289.5128
sross11@ashland.edu
Equally at home on both operatic and musical theater stages, Ms. Ross has performed with Cincinnati Opera, Cleveland Opera, Central City Opera, Lyric Opera Cleveland, Opera North, Sorg Opera and nine seasons with the Ohio Light Opera. Some of her favorite roles have been Orlovsky, Carmen and Cherubino. In Hamburg, Germany Ms. Ross appeared for 2 years as Madame Giry in Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera... Read More

Bonnie J. Rough Bonnie J. Rough



brough@ashland.edu
Bonnie J. Rough is the author of The Girls, Alone (Kindle Singles 2015) and of the memoir, Carrier: Untangling the Danger in My DNA (Counterpoint) which won a 2011 Minnesota Book Award. Her next book is forthcoming from Seal Press in 2018. Her writing has appeared in anthologies such as The Best American Science and Nature Writing and The Best Creative Nonfiction, and periodicals including The New York Times,... Read More

http://www.bonniejrough.com/
Cathy Rowland Cathy Rowland
Administrative Assistant
204, Center for the Arts
419.289.5100
crowlan1@ashland.edu
Ms. Cathy Rowland joined Ashland University as the administrative assistant to the department of music in August 1999. She is currently the administrative assistant for the departments of music, art and theatre. She also serves as organist and choir accompanist for her church, Jeromesville United Methodist. Ms. Rowland lives in Jeromesville with daughters, Anna and Josie.  

DrMarkRubin Dr. Mark Rubin
Director, Online Criminal Justice
156, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5657
mrubin3@ashland.edu
Dr. Mark Rubin is the Director of the Online Criminal Justice program.  He joined Ashland University in the Spring of 2017.  Dr. Rubin received his Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Houston, a Master of Education from Western Governors University, and a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Capella University.  With nearly 30 years of law enforcement experience, Dr. Rubin specializes in policing,... Read More

Matthew Salesses, Ashland MFA Fiction Matthew Salesses



Matthew Salesses is the author of the novel The Hundred-Year Flood (Little A/Amazon Publishing), an Amazon Bestseller, Best Book of September, and Kindle First pick; an Adoptive Families Best Book of 2015; a Millions Most Anticipated of 2015; a Thought Catalog Essential Contemporary Book by an Asian American Writer; and a Best Book of the season at Buzzfeed, Refinery29, and Gawker, among others. Forthcoming are a ... Read More

https://matthewsalesses.com/
Leonard Salvo Leonard Salvo
Professor Emeritus, Director of Ashland Area Community Concert Band
, Center for the Arts
419.289.5100
lsalvo@ashland.edu
Leonard Salvo served as director of bands at Ashland University from 1988 to spring of 2014 when he retired. He remains involved with AU Music as the director of the Ashland Area Community Concert Band. During his full-time tenure at Ashland, he took an active role in campus life and was recognized as the Outstanding Advisor for Student Organizations at Ashland University for his work with the Kappa Kappa Psi... Read More

Saslaw Dr. Naomi Saslaw
Professor
314, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
419.289.5198
nsaslaw@ashland.edu
After completing her B.A. at University of Michigan and M.A. and Ph.D. at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Naomi Saslaw studied at Harvard as a postdoctoral visiting fellow.  She also studied at Oxford and Columbia Universities.  In addition to her work in Anglo-Saxon, Chaucer and Shakespeare, she earned a J.D. at Cleveland Marshall College of Law where she served on Law Review and began work on biomedical... Read More

Dr. Patricia Saunders, Associate Professor Dr. Patricia Saunders
Associate Professor
324 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5252
psaunder@ashland.edu
Dr. Patricia A. Saunders, associate professor of biology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2002 and is the director of the University's Environmental Science Program. Her area of expertise is aquatic ecology, and she teaches courses in biology, ecology, and environmental science. Since joining Ashland University she has directed many students doing independent research projects related to the ecology of a... Read More

http://personal.ashland.edu/psaunder/
Dr. Wendy Schaller Dr. Wendy Schaller
Associate Professor of Art
233 , Center for the Arts
419.289.5955
wschalle@ashland.edu
Dr. Wendy Schaller, associate professor of art, has been a member of the Ashland University faculty since 2002. A specialist in Baroque art, she received both her Ph.D. and her M.A.in art history from the Ohio State University. She also received a B.A. in art history from The University of Tennessee. Dr. Schaller's major area of interest is seventeenth-century Dutch art, and her research is focused primarily on... Read More

Dr. Steven Scheirer Dr. Steven Scheirer
Visiting Assistant Professor
213, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.289.6759
sscheire@ashland.edu
Dr. Steven Scheirer, Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics, joined the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at Ashland in 2018.  Dr. Scheirer earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, and a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in mathematics from Lehigh University, also in Bethlehem, PA.  His main research interest is algebraic topology.  Specifically, he... Read More

Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart, Professor 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

Dr. Jeff Sikkenga, Professor of Political Science Dr. Jeffrey Sikkenga
Professor of Political Science
118, Andrews Hall
419.289.5625
jsikkeng@ashland.edu
Jeffrey Sikkenga is professor of political science and co-director of the Ashbrook Scholar Program 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 teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in political thought, the American Founding and American constitutional law. He has published articles and... Read More

http://personal.ashland.edu/~jsikkeng/
Dr. Kristin Simokat, Assistant Professor 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

Sandra Simonds, Ashland MFA Poetry Sandra Simonds



Sandra Simonds is the author of six books of poetry: Orlando (Wave Books, forthcoming in 2018), Further Problems with Pleasure, winner of the 2015 Akron Poetry Prize, Steal It Back (Saturnalia Books, 2015), The Sonnets (Bloof Books, 2014), Mother Was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012), and Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2009). Her poems have been included in Best American Poetry in 2014 and... Read More

http://www.sandrasimondspoet.com/
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

Peter Slade Dr. Peter Slade
Chair, Department of Religion, 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

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