Faculty & Staff Directory

Name & Contact Bio & Website
schillinger Daniel Schillinger
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science
128, Andrews Hall
Daniel Schillinger joined Ashland University in the fall of 2017 as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science. His teaching and research focus on the history of political thought, especially Greek, early modern, and American political thought. Also in the fall of 2017 Daniel will defend his dissertation at the University of Toronto, where he has held the Connaught International Doctoral Scholarship. His... Read More

Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart, Professor Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart
214 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
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

Susan Schoeffler Susan Schoeffler
Adjunct Instructor, Piano
208, Center for the Arts
Susan received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with Vitya Vronsky-Babin and Sergei Babayan and was the recipient of the Sadie Zellen Prize in Piano. She has performed in numerous masterclasses, including those at the 1993 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. For the last decade she has collaborated frequently with... Read More

Ruth Schwartz, Ashland MFA Faculty Poetry Ruth L. Schwartz

Ruth L. Schwartz, poetry, is the author of five books of poems: Miraculum (Autumn House Press, 2012); Dear Good Naked Morning (Autumn House Press, 2005), selected by Alicia Ostriker for the 2004 Autumn House Poetry Prize; Edgewater (HarperCollins, 2002), a National Poetry Series winner chosen by Jane Hirshfield; Singular Bodies (Anhinga Press, 2001), recipient of the 2000 Anhinga Prize for Poetry; and Accordion... Read More

Porter Shreve Ashland University MFA Fiction Faculty Porter Shreve

Porter Shreve is the author of four novels. The Obituary Writer (2000) was a New York Times Notable Book. Drives Like a Dream (2005) and When the White House Was Ours (2008) were Chicago Tribune Books of the Year.  The End of the Book (2014) was a San Francisco Chronicle Editor’s Choice. The Washington Post called The End of the Book “excellent... entertaining, insightful fiction.” He has co-edited six anthologies... Read More

Dr. Jeff Sikkenga, Professor of Political Science Dr. Jeffrey Sikkenga
Professor of Political Science
118, Andrews Hall
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

Dr. Kristin Simokat, Assistant Professor Dr. Kristin Simokat
Assistant Professor
215, Kettering Science Building
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

John Skrada John Skrada
Operations Manager
126, Center for the Arts
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
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

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

Carmen Gimenez Smith Carmen Gimenez Smith

Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of a memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds (University of Arizona, 2010), four poetry collections—Milk and Filth (University of Arizona, 2013), Goodbye, Flicker (University of Massachusetts, 2012), The City She Was (Center for Literary Publishing, 2011) and Odalisque in Pieces (University of Arizona, 2009)—and three poetry chapbooks—Reason's Monsters (Dusie Kollectiv, 2011), Can We... 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

Jason Stevens Dr. Jason Stevens
Visiting Assistant Professor
115, Andrews Hall
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
Professional Instructor of Sport Communication
335, Center for the Arts
Todd Stumpf is a Visiting Instructor of Sport Communication. He will teach several classes in the discipline as well as working with internship students and being co-advisor of the Sport Communication Club. Toddhas taught at the college level for nine years, including the last four at The University of Akron, where he taught English composition. An award-winning writer, Todd has spent more than 25 years in the... Read More

Dr. Gordon Swain Dr. Gordon Swain
208, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
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, Professor Dr. Christopher Swanson
209, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
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

Rachel Swartz Rachel Swartz
Biology Lab Technician
Rm. 215, Kettering Science Building
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
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

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