Foreign Languages Faculty and Staff

Name & Contact Bio & Website
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. Richard Gray, Assistant Professor Dr. Richard Gray
Chair, Department of Foreign Languages, Associate Professor of French
210, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2013 and serves as chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and director of the AU in France program Fields of study include interdisciplinary approaches to French literary studies, post-colonial studies, and Francophone studies Translator of Zombies: An Anthropological Investigation of the Living Dead (2017). Author of Francophone African Poetry and Drama: A Cultural History... Read More

Jennifer Rathbun Dr. Jennifer Rathbun
Professor of Foreign Language
217, Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Contemporary Latin American Literature and is currently Professor of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages Has translated and published complete poetic works by Mexican authors Alberto Blanco, Minerva Margarita Villarreal, Juan Armando Rojas Joo and Ivan Vergara In 2018, Artepoética Press published her translation of La llama inclinada/The Inclined Flame ... Read More

Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart, Professor Dr. Barbara Schmidt-Rinehart
Professor of Foreign Languages
214 , Center for the Humanities of Bixler Hall
Joined Ashland University faculty in 1987 and is professor of foreign languages teaching courses in Intermediate Spanish, Civilization of Spain, Spanish Phonetics and Foreign Language Education methods classes Recognized nationally as an authority on the impact of home stays and host family interactions on language learning and currently involved in sociolinguistic research on the forms of address in Costa Rican... Read More