Faculty & Staff Directory

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Libby Slade Libby Slade
Director of Ashland Area Chorus, Adjunct Instructor, Music Fundamentals

419.289.5100
eslade@ashland.edu
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

dsouder@ashland.edu
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
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

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

tstumpf@ashland.edu
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. 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 the advisor for the mathematics honorary. 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, Professor 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/
Rachel Swartz Rachel Swartz
Biology Lab Technician
Rm. 215, Kettering Science Building
419.207.6311
rswartz3@ashland.edu
Rachel Swartz joined the department spring of 2017 as a laboratory technician. She graduated from Ashland University in 2016 with a bachelors of science in biology and environmental science.

Merrill Tawse, Professional Instructor 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

jeff_taylor_picture_081116.jpg Jeff Taylor

, Kettering Science Building

jtaylo36@ashland.edu
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

Dr. Andrew Trimble, Associate Professor 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

Professor 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, Associate Professor
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
312, 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, Professor 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

Dr. Jeffrey Weidenhamer, Professor Dr. Jeffrey Weidenhamer
Professor
419 , Kettering Science Building
419.289.5281
jweiden@ashland.edu
Jeff Weidenhamer has been a member of the chemistry faculty since 1989. He teaches General Chemistry, courses in analytical chemistry and core science courses including Science as a Cultural Force and Lead and Civilization. He previously served as core curriculum director. Weidenhamer’s research interests include the development of methods for analysis of plant root exudates in soil, and the contamination of... Read More

http://personal.ashland.edu/jweiden/
david west Dr. David T. West
Assistant Professor
117, Andrews Hall
419.289.5709
dwest6@ashland.edu
David T. West is Assistant Professor of History and Political Science starting in Fall 2018. He holds degrees in Classics, Humanities, and Political Science. He teaches courses in Latin and in the history, political thought, and literature of the Greek, Roman, and medieval worlds. Students with a special interest in the ancient world or in the influence of the Classics on the American political tradition are... Read More

Dr. Darren Wick, Professor Dr. Darren Wick
Professor
216, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
419.289.5795
dwick@ashland.edu
Dr. Darren Wick is a professor of mathematics who joined the Ashland University faculty in 2000. He has taught a wide variety of mathematics courses in his career, most recently Discrete Mathematics, Analysis, History of Mathematics, and Elementary Statistics. He served as chair of the department from 2007-14. He received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from Purdue University, a master of... Read More

http://personal.ashland.edu/dwick/

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