Dr. Jeffrey Russell
Associate Professor of Economics
201, Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics
419.289.5212 / jrussell@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2000 and teaches undergraduate and grade level courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, Game Theory and money and banking

  • Research interests include teaching with simulations, Game Theory and behavioral economics, as well as economic development in areas with a manufacturing tradition

  • Worked for 12 years in commercial banking for a variety of banks in Chicago, Sacramento and South Bend, Ind.


  • University of Oregon, Ph.D. in Economics
  • Northwestern University, MBA with concentrations in Finance and Accounting
  • University of California at Davis, B.S. in Economics and International Relations
Dr. Rebecca Schmeller
Assistant Professor of Management
239, Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics
419.207.5699 / rschmell@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2013 and teaches undergraduate and graduate level strategic planning/policy and organizational development course
  • Enjoyed 12 years of management with Procter and Gamble’s California and Arizona markets and P&G's Wal-Mart Global Customer Team. Led initiatives in team management, resource allocation, third party contracts, operations management, organization redesign, training and development, university recruiting and HR policy
  • Community service includes leadership on non-profit boards in Los Angeles, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Cincinnati and Medina, Ohio
  • Formerly taught at University of Arkansas and Xavier University


  • Indiana State University, Ph.D.
  • Pepperdine University, MBA
  • Louisiana State University, B.A. in Journalism
Dr. Robert Stoll
Associate Professor of Operations & Supply Chain Management, Chair, Department of Management, International Business,, Supply Chain Management and Entrepreneurship
241, Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics
419.289.5905 / rstoll2@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2012 and teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in operations and supply chain management

  • Research has focused on supply chain management and blockchain

  • Extensive industrial experience as an engineer, plant manager, general manager and technical director

  • President of the APICS Cleveland Chapter


  • Cleveland State University, Ph.D. in Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Case Western Reserve University, M.S. in Mechanical Engineering
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, MBA and B.S.M.E.
Dr. Daniel Sullivan
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship
217 , Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics
419.207.5567 / dsulliv1@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2010 and teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses 

  • Began his business career with General Motors as an hourly employee at the Fisher Body Pittsburgh Plant in 1976. After working jobs in material handling, maintenance and production, he joined the salaried ranks in September 1977 as a financial analyst

  • Transferred to the Mansfield Stamping Plant in Ohio as a general supervisor of finance in 1982

  • Left the financial arena in 1987 and worked as a senior industrial engineer, reliability engineer, production superintendent, quality manager and shift superintendent

  • Joined General Motors' Worldwide Facilities Group in 2004 as a facility area manager, specializing in the management of large capital projects


  • Ashland University, Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership
  • University of Akron School of Law, Juris Doctorate
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, MBA
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A. in Economics
Dr. Sivakumar Venkataramany
Professor of International Business, Burton D. Morgan Chair in Business Enterprise
228, Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics
419.289.5956 / svenkata@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 1999 and teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level

  • Teaching specializations involve courses in international business, international finance, multinational strategy and emerging markets

  • Research focuses on foreign direct investment in developing economies, international banking and micro-finance

  • Received the Faculty Mentor Award during the 2004-05 academic year


  • University of Miami, Ph.D., MBA and M.S.
Dr. Nitin Walia
Dr. Nitin Walia
Associate Professor of Management Information Systems
224, Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics
419.289.5746 / nwalia@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2010 and areas of teaching include business intelligence, data and text analytics, data visualization, database management and e-business

  • Research interests include healthcare delivery systems, virtual worlds, online marketplaces, web-design interface issues and open-source software adoption and development

  • Works on issues related to delivering medical services through virtual worlds, funded by Southeastern Wisconsin Clinical and Translational Science Institute

  • Work has been presented and published in several national and international journals, such as Journal of Management Information Systems, IEEE, Electronic Commerce Research and others

  • Previously worked as an IT analyst at 3M, USA and BayTalkitec in India


  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Ph.D. in Management Science with a concentration in Management Information System
  • Oakland University, M.S.I.T.
  • University of Pune, India, M.C.M.
  • Panjab University, India, B.C.
Wendy Wasnich
Assistant Professor of Economics
237, Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics
419.289.5735 / wwasnich@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 1985 and teaches undergraduate courses in economics

  • Areas of expertise include economic education and introductory economics  


  • Ohio State University, M.A. in Economics with specialization in money and banking
  • University of Toledo, B.A. in Economics
Dr. Debra Westerfelt
Associate Professor of Management
206, Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics
419.289.5692 / dwesterf@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2007

  • Lead professor for Organizational Design, Development and Change Management in the International MBA and Online MBA Programs and Business Communications in the BSBA Program

  • Presenter at numerous conferences, including the Lilly Conference on College Teaching at Miami University, the OBTC Conference at Babson College, Midwest Decisions Institute Regional Conferences, and the Economics and Political Science Conference at Ashland University

  • Published author in the Organizational Leadership and Management Journal, the Business Education Innovation Journal and the College & University Journal

  • Freelance textbook contributor, textbook reviewer, and peer reviewer for various textbook and journal publications.


  • The Ohio State University, Ph.D., M.A.
  • Ashland University, B.S.
Dr. Dennis Witherspoon
Dr. Dennis Witherspoon
Assistant Professor of Finance
242, Richard E. and Sandra J. Dauch College of Business and Economics
419.207.6344 / dwither4@ashland.edu
  • Has almost 20 years of experience teaching banking and finance courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Also has 30 years of business experience in bank and credit union leadership, lending, operations and business development
  • Research interests include financial stress, financial literacy, consumer risk management and the baby boomer retirement impact on the housing market
  • Graduate of the Robert M. Perry School of Banking at Central Michigan University and most recently received his Ph.D. in personal financial planning from Kansas State University and earned his CFP® designation


  • Kansas State University, Ph.D. in Personal Financial Planning
  • Central Michigan University, M.B.A. in Business Administration
  • Saginaw Valley State University, B.B.A. in Marketing with minors in Finance and Management