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Dr. Donna Breault
Dean of the Dwight Schar College of Education
Dean's Suite, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5377 / coe-dean@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University in 2016 and teaches undergraduate and graduate education courses

  • Research interests include John Dewey’s theory of inquiry and how it relates to curriculum theorizing, teacher education, and the nature and purpose of educational research

  • Recent publications include Curriculum as Spaces: Aesthetics, Community, and the Politics of Place (2014, Peter Lang, co-authors David M. Callejo-Perez & William L. White), Experiencing Dewey: Insights for Today’s Classroom (2014, Routledge, co-editor, Rick Breault), The Red Light in the Ivory Tower: Contexts and Implications of Entrepreneurial Education (2012, Peter Lang, co-author David M. Callejo-Perez), and Professional Development Schools: Researching Lessons from the Field (2012, Rowman & Littlefield, Co-author Rick Breault)

  • Published in The Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Teacher Education and Practice, Teaching and Teacher Education, International Journal of Leadership in Education, Planning and Change: An Educational Policy Journal, Journal of Thought, Educational Forum, and Educational Studies

  • Much of past experience in higher education includes redesigning and developing graduate programs in leadership and working with doctoral students in educational leadership, curriculum studies, and higher education administration

Education

  • Georgia State University, Ph.D.
  • Oglethorpe University M.A., B.A.
Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis, Associate Professor
Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis
Professor of Education, CEC Faculty Advisor
162, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5392 / cellis1@ashland.edu
Department of Teacher Education
  • Joined Ashland University in 2007 and teaches undergraduate and graduate education courses

  • Research interests include College students with disabilities, technology and disabilities, access to education and retention of college students, Universal Design, and diversity

  • Authored or co-authored articles in the following journals: Journal of Developmental Education, Brock Education Journal, Journal of College Orientation and Transition, and Journal of Teaching and Learning

  • Co-authored a book chapter, The digital divide in disability and education. In C. Vrasidas, M. Zembylas, & G. V. Glass (Eds.), ICT for Education, Development, and Social Justice. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing Inc

  • Serves as member of the NAMI Richland County Board and a board member of the Country School Association of America (CSAA)

Education

  • Bowling Green State University, Ph.D. Higher Education Administration
  • Bowling Green State University, M.Ed. Special Education
  • Specialist Degree Education and Human Development
  • University of Toronto, B.Sc. in Psychology
Dr. Judy Alston, Chair, Professor, Dept. of Leadership Studies , & Educational Administration
Dr. Judy Alston
Professor of Education
127, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.207.4983 / jalston@ashland.edu
Department of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs
  • Joined Ashland University in 2007 and teaches graduate education courses

  • Research foci include Black female school superintendents; the exploration of how the intersections of class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual diversity and ability affect leaders; tempered radicals; servant leadership; and black LGBT issues in educational leadership.

  • Is a prolific writer and author, and she is an active member of the American Educational Research Association

Education

  • Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Educational Administration
  • University of South Carolina, M.Ed. in Educational Administration; M.Ed. in Secondary Education
  • Winthrop College, B.A. in English
  • Methodist Theological School in Ohio, M. Div in Theology
Dr. Penny Arnold, Associate Professor
Dr. Penny Arnold
Associate Professor of Education
226, Dwight Schar College of Education
330.837.5244 / parnold2@ashland.edu
Department of Teacher Education
  • Joined Ashland University in 1996 and is a multi-year recipient of the Academic Mentor Award

  • Areas of expertise include the effectiveness of proficiency test and board certified teachers

  • Was one of the first teachers in the country to earn National Board Certification

  • Has 30 years’ experience as a middle school teacher and two years’ experience teaching in the Philippines

  • Has served on the Social Studies committee for the OGT since its inception

Education

  • University of Akron, Ph.D. in Elementary Education
  • University of Akron, M.Ed. in Elementary Education; B.S. in Education
Dr. Frederick Burton
Dr. Frederick Burton
Associate Professor of Education
230C, Columbus Center
614.794.0803 / fburton@ashland.edu
Department of Teacher Education
  • Joined Ashland University in 2008 and teaches graduate education courses

  • With extensive experience as an elementary school teacher and principal, he brings a practical perspective that is informed by his theoretical and philosophical roots in child-centered, progressive education  

  • Areas of expertise include early and middle childhood education, Reggio-Emilia inspired teaching and integrated curriculum planning, as well as innovative approaches to teacher and student evaluation

Education

  • Ohio State University, Ph.D. Literacy, Curriculum and Qualitative Research
  • Ohio State University, M.A. and B.S.
Dr. Cathryn Chappell, Associate Professor
Dr. Cathryn Chappell
Associate Professor of Education
220D, Columbus Center
614.794.0803 / cchappel@ashland.edu
Department of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs
  • Joined Ashland University in 2004 and teaches graduate education courses

  • Areas of expertise include assessment, multicultural education, peace education, and social justice issues. Her primary areas of scholarship include post-secondary prison education and libraries as community centers

Education

  • University of Cincinnati, Ed.D. Social and Psychological Foundations of Education
  • University of Cincinnati, M.Ed. Social and Psychological Foundations of Education
  • University of Cincinnati, B.A. in Psychology
Dr. James Chapple, Professional Instructor
Dr. James Chapple
Professional Instructor of Education
UC108A, Elyria Center UC
440.366.4080 / jchapple@ashland.edu
Department of Teacher Education
  • Joined Ashland University in 2003 and was recipient of an Academic Mentor Award in 2009

  • Areas of expertise include disabilities, working with children with disabilities and including children with disabilities in the general education classroom

  • Primary areas of scholarship include post-secondary prison education and libraries as community centers

Education

  • Ashland University, Ed.D. in Leadership Studies
  • Bowling Green State University, M.S.
  • Miami University, B.S.
Dr. Robert Cyders, Professional Instructor
Dr. Robert Cyders
Co-Chair of Teacher Education, Professional Instructor
257, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5282 / rcyders@ashland.edu
Department of Teacher Education
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2016 after serving eight years with the Ohio Department of Education as a member of the School Improvement Diagnostic Review team

  • Previously served as a curriculum consultant and team leader with the Mid-Ohio Education Service Center, in the central office and as an elementary principal in the Dalton Local School District, as the Curriculum Coordinator for the Ohio Tech Prep initiative and 22 years as a middle and high school mathematics teacher

  • Has extensive experience in staff development design and implementation – having been a trainer for the Ohio Mathematics Academy Program, the Lenses on Learning program sponsored by the Ohio Principal's Leadership Academy, and  the national Mathematics Achievement through Problem Solving initiative

  • Was instrumental in the organizational and curriculum design of College-NOW, one of the state models for dual enrollment-dual credit programs

Education

  • Ohio University, Ph.D.
  • Ashland University, M.Ed. in Special Education
  • Marshall University, Master of Science
  • College of Wooster, Bachelor of Arts
Dr. Stephen Denney, Assistant Professor
Dr. Stephen Denney
Co-Chair of Teacher Education, Assistant Professor of, Education
UC105I, Elyria Center UC
440.366.4825 / sdenney@ashland.edu
Department of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2007

  • Areas of expertise include transition and self-determination for students with disabilities

Education

  • Kent State University, Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Special Education
  • University of Colorado, B.A. in History
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Dr. Jason Brent Ellis
Professor of Education , Program Coordinator , M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Educational Technology
164, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5299 / jbellis@ashland.edu
Department of Teacher Education
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2007 and serves as program coordinator for the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: Educational Technology Program

  • Research focuses on historical representations and artifacts of technology, disability and inclusion in the 19th and 20th centuries, instructional design in teletandem models of language acquisition, pedagogy and didactics, both modern and historical

  • Currently his research focuses on the curriculum and instructional methods of 19th century one-room country schoolhouses in North America, as he is owner/schoolmaster of the Anderson Schoolhouse, a one-room schoolhouse that offers immersive living history experiences for elementary grade students, in Ashland, Ohio

  • He has been licensed to practice mental health counseling nationally in Canada and as a Registered Clinical Counselor in the province of British Columbia. He has had the privilege of working in the field of education, studying and living in Canada, Brazil and the United States of America

Education

  • University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Ph.D. in Educational Studies
  • Bowling Green State University, M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling
  • Specialist Degree Education and Human Development, Universidade Estacio da Sa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • University of Toronto, Mississauga, ON, B.S. in Psychology
Jennifer Groman
Dr. Jennifer Groman
Assistant Professor, Talent Development Program
257, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5192 / jgroman@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University in 2017 after being a K-8 teacher and working over a 30-year span as a general education teacher, Title I reading and math and Gifted Interventional Specialist in Ohio, Georgia, Florida and Caithness, Scotland

  • Her areas of research include Gifted and Teacher Education, Creativity, Arts-Infused Practice and Transpersonal Psychology

  • She has experience working in Arts Administration in Ashland and Mansfield, and working as a Gifted Consultant for the Ohio Department of Education for four years as part of the I-GET-GTEd Ohio Javits Grant project

  • was the Assistant Director of the Ashland University Summer Honors Institute for the Gifted (formerly the Governor’s Institute) for 12 years. She was an adjunct for the College of Education from 2000 and was twice awarded as a Professional Fellow. She is a singer/songwriter with 4 self-published CDs of original songs

Education

  • University of Akron, Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Ashland University, M.Ed. in Supervision
  • Sofia University, M.A., in Transpersonal Psychology
Dr. Rosaire Ifedi, Associate Professor
Dr. Rosaire Ifedi
Associate Professor of Education
200D, Dwight Schar College of Education
614.794.0803 / rifedi@ashland.edu
Department of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2008 and teaches graduate program courses in curriculum, qualitative inquiry, education of ELL’s and global perspectives in education. The latter involves an optional study away of London - 2014 UK schools

  • Prior to her current position, Dr. Ifedi joined the Ashland University community as a principal licensure student (1999), an adjunct instructor (2004) and a graduate of Ashland University’s doctoral program in educational leadership (2007)

  • Research includes examining the intersections of race, identity, gender and achievement in the lives of immigrant, transnational and second language learners as well as in the professional lives of those who educate them

  • She is author of African-born women faculty in the United States: Lives in contradiction (Edwin Mellen Press, New York, 2008)

  • Her teaching and administrative experiences include work at Ohio’s historically Black colleges, Central State University and Wilberforce University, Columbus Public Schools, Ohio Correctional Education System and high schools and colleges in Nigeria. She has written and presented locally, nationally and internationally

Education

  • Ashland University, Ed.D. in Leadership Studies
  • University of Nigeria Nsukka, M.A., B.A.
Terri Jewett, Professional Instructor
Terri Jewett
Professional Instructor, OSEA Faculty Advisor
162, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.4939 / tjewett@ashland.edu
Department of Teacher Education
  • Joined Ashland University in 2007 as adjunct instructor and joined the faculty full time in 2014

  • Teaches a variety of literacy courses

  • Background in education includes teaching in both public and private schools and serving as a K-12 curriculum director for public schools

  • Serves as education consultant and enjoys planning and implementing professional development and mentoring

Education

  • Ashland University, M.Ed.
  • Ohio State University, B. S. In Education
Dr. David Karl
David Karl
Professional Instructor of Education
224, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5786 / dkarl2@ashland.edu
Department of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs
  • Joined the ACCESS Program at Ashland University in 2012
  • Joined the Dwight Schar College of Education in 2018 as TESOL coordinator
  • Served as member of the INTERLINK Language Center at Indiana State University from 2007-2012
  • Taught English in Japan for eleven years

Education

  • Ohio University, BS in Communications
  • Ohio University, BA in History
  • Ohio University, MS in Journalism (ABT)
  • Ohio University, MA in History (ABT)
  • Ohio University, MA in Applied Linguistics/TESOL
Dr. Amy Klinger, Associate Professor
Dr. Amy Klinger
Associate Professor, Director of Educational Leadership Program
223, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5314 / aklinger@ashland.edu
Department of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2008 and teaches graduate courses in educational leadership areas such as organizational management, instructional leadership, policy development, human behavior, resource management, and community relations
  • Her past experience includes 28 years as a teacher, central office administrator, building principal and college professor
  • One of the foremost experts in School Safety and Security in the country and serves as Director of Programs for the Educator’s School Safety Network, a national non-profit organization that specializes in education-based training and resources for violence prevention and crisis response in schools
  • Certified Department of Homeland Security Instructor and course developer, authoring courses such as Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents for Key Decision Makers
  • Has conducted extensive research in the area of school safety and crisis planning and has developed lockdown enhancement, threat assessment, and parent reunification courses for school administrators, school staff members, and law enforcement officials
  • Keeping Students Safe Every Day, published by ASCD, along with other articles on school safety featured in national publications
  • Presented at regional and national education and law enforcement conferences on school safety issues

Education

  • University of Toledo, Ed.D., M.Ed., B.A.
Dr. Joan Knickerbocker
Dr. Joan Knickerbocker
Professor of Education
254, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5361 / jknicker@ashland.edu
Department of Teacher Education
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 1984 and teaches courses in literacy instruction and literature for young adults

  • Research focuses on literature in young adults, particularly how changes in contemporary literature and changes in today’s adolescent readers impact instruction

Education

  • University of Illinois, Ph.D.
  • University of Wisconsin, M.S. and B.S.
Dr. James L Olive
Dr. James L. Olive
Co-Chair of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs, Associate Professor of Education
130, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.207.6643 / jolive@ashland.edu
Department of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2010

  • Research foci include diversity issues in higher education, exploring the ways in which social class, gender, race, sexuality and ability shape the human experience (intersectionality) and the intellectual and identity development of postsecondary students

  • Published articles in College & University; the Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research; the Journal of LGBT Youth; and Forum: Qualitative Social Research

  • Authored two book chapters and is the co-editor of Intersectionality in Educational Research, by Stylus Publishing.  He currently serves on the editorial board for the American Secondary Education Journal

  • Prior to joining AU faculty, he served on University of Dayton’s Steering Committee for its reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission in 2007. learning Research interests include College students with disabilities, technology and disabilities, access to education and retention of college students, Universal Design, and diversity  

Education

  • University of Dayton, Ph.D. in Educational Leadership
  • University of Dayton, M.S. in Educational Administration
  • Ohio State University, B.S. in Education
Dr. Maria Sargent, Professor
Dr. Maria Sargent
Professor of Education
165, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5375 / msargent@ashland.edu
Department of Teacher Education
  • Joined Ashland University in 1995 and teaches Early Childhood undergraduate and graduate courses in behavior intervention and biomedical issues

  • Nationally recognized expert in early childhood and early intervention

  • Has been asked to write a series of books and a nationwide curriculum on the topic of early childhood and early intervention and to develop a line of toys with a neurological base

Education

  • Kent State University, Ph.D., M.Ed., B.S.
Tanzeah Sharpe, Assistant Professor
Dr. Tanzeah Sharpe
Assistant Professor of Education , COE Living-Learning Community Faculty Advisor, Kappa Delta Pi Faculty Advisor
163, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5152 / tsharpe@ashland.edu
Department of Teacher Education
  • Joined Ashland University in 2006 after having taught as an adjunct instructor for four years

  • Has taught a variety of courses for both preschool through primary grade education, and is currently teaching education classes for assessment and evaluation of young children with special needs, early intervention and integration for young children with special needs

  • Serves as director of the workshop in teaching and intervention

Education

  • Ashland University, Completing Ed.D. in Leadership Studies
  • Ashland University, M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction
  • Walsh University, B.S. Psychology
Dr. Bob Thiede
Dr. Bob Thiede
Assistant Professor of Education
149, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5258 / rthiede@ashland.edu
Department of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs
  • Joined Ashland University in 2007 and teaches undergraduate and graduate education courses

  • Spent 25 years as a school superintendent in Ohio, serving four different school districts

  • In 1998, received the Outstanding Superintendent of the Year award from the Ohio PTA

  • Research interests include College students with disabilities, technology and disabilities, access to education and retention of college students, Universal Design, and diversity

Education

  • University of Toledo, Ph.D.
  • Bowling Green State University, M.Ed.
  • Bowling Green State University, B.S.

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