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Dr. Donna Breault
Dean's Suite, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5377 /

Dr. Donna Breault received her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Supervision from Georgia State University.  Her 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. She has also studied school and university partnerships and trends in program development in higher education. Her 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). In addition, Dr. Breault has 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 Dr. Breault’s past experience in higher education included redesigning and developing graduate programs in leadership and working with doctoral students in educational leadership, curriculum studies, and higher education administration. Before entering the academy, Dr. Breault was an elementary and middle school teacher and administrator. 

Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis, Associate Professor
Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis
Professor, CEC Faculty Advisor
162, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5392 /
Department of Teacher Education

Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis, Professor, holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Abreu-Ellis teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Dwight Schar College of Education at Ashland University. Her research interests include College students with disabilities, technology and disabilities, access to education and retention of college students, Universal Design, and diversity. She has 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. She 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. Dr. Abreu-Ellis is a member of the NAMI Richland County Board and a board member of the Country School Association of America (CSAA). 


  • Ph.D. Higher Education Administration. BGSU
  • M.Ed. Special Education. BGSU
  • Specialist Degree Education and Human Development
  • B.Sc. Psychology. University of Toronto
Dr. Judy Alston, Chair, Professor, Dept. of Leadership Studies , & Educational Administration
Dr. Judy Alston
127, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.207.4983 /
Department of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs

Dr. Judy A. Alston joined the Ashland University faculty in 2007. Her 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. She received her Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration from The Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Education in Educational Administration and a Master of Education in Secondary Education both from the University of South Carolina and Bachelor of Arts in English from Winthrop College. She is a prolific writer and author, and she is an active member of the American Educational Research Association.

Dr. Penny Arnold, Associate Professor
Dr. Penny Arnold
Associate Professor
226, Dwight Schar College of Education
330.837.5244 /
Department of Teacher Education

Dr. Penny Arnold, Associate Professor, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1996. Her areas of expertise include the effectiveness of proficiency test and board certified teachers. She was one of the first teachers in the country to earn National Board Certification. She is a multi-year recipient of the Academic Mentor Award.  She has 30 years experience as a middle school teacher and two years experience teaching in the Philippines.  She has served on the Social Studies committee for the OGT since its inception.  She holds a Ph.D. in elementary education, a Master of elementary education degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in education, all from the University of Akron.

Dr. Herb Broda
Dr. Herb Broda
Emeritus Faculty
217, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5332 /

Retired Emeritus faculty. Dr. Herbert Broda, Professor, joined Ashland University in 1998. His areas of expertise include outdoor education, the school yard as a teaching tool and middle grade education. He received the Taylor Teaching Award in 2007 and was named Outstanding Male Faculty Member of the Year in 2009. Dr. Broda serves as the university's Coordinator of First Year Experiences. He has a bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in economics from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in education from Kent State University.

Dr. Frederick Burton
Dr. Frederick Burton
Associate Professor
230C, Columbus Center
614.794.0803 /
Department of Teacher Education

Dr. Fred Burton, Associate Professor, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2008.  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.  His 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.  He received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Literacy, Curriculum and Qualitative Research from Ohio State University.

Dr. Cathryn Chappell, Associate Professor
Dr. Cathryn Chappell
Associate Professor
220D, Columbus Center
614.794.0803 /
Department of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs

Dr. Cathryn Chappell, Associate Professor, joined Ashland University in 2004. Her 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. She earned her B.A. in psychology and M.Ed., and Ed.D. in the social and psychological foundations of education at the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. James Chapple, Professional Instructor
Dr. James Chapple
Professional Instructor, Field Experience and Internship Placement Coordinator, Faculty Mentor
UC108A, Elyria Center UC
440.366.4080 /
Department of Teacher Education

Dr. James Chapple, Professional Instructor, joined Ashland University in 2003. He was a recipient of an Academic Mentor Award in 2009. His areas of expertise include disabilities, working with children with disabilities and including children with disabilities in the general education classroom. Chapple holds a master of science degree from Bowling Green State University, a bachelor of science degree from Miami University and an Ed.D. degree from Ashland University.

Dr. Robert Cyders, Professional Instructor
Dr. Robert Cyders
Professional Instructor
257, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5282 /
Department of Teacher Education

Dr. Bob Cyders continues his long professional association with the university, serving as a Professional Instructor.  Dr. Cyders comes to AU fulltime faculty after serving 8 years with the Ohio Department of Education as a member of the School Improvement Diagnostic Review team  Previously, he 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. 

Dr. Cyders has extensive experience in staff development design and implementation.  He has been a trainer for the 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 Soliving initiative.  In addition Dr. Cyders  was instrumental in the organizational and curriculum design of College-NOW, one of the state models for dual enrollment-dual credit programs. 

Dr. Cyders received his Ph.D. from the Ohio University, a Master of Education from Ashland University, a Master of Science from Marshall University and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Wooster.

Dr. Stephen Denney, Assistant Professor
Dr. Stephen Denney
Assistant Professor
UC105I, Elyria Center UC
440.366.4825 /
Department of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs

Dr. Stephen Denney, Assistant Professor, joined Ashland University in 2007. His areas of expertise include transition and self-determination for students with disabilities. He earned his History from the University of Colorado and his M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Special Education from Kent State University.

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Dr. Jason Brent Ellis
Professor, Program Coordinator, M.Ed. in C&I: Educational Technology
164, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5299 /
Department of Teacher Education

Born and raised in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada, Dr. Jason Brent Ellis, Professor of Educational Technology, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2007. ALD induction ceremony 2015.His 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 received his Doctor of Philosophy in Education from the University of Windsor, his Master of Education in guidance and counseling from Bowling Green State University, his Specialist degree in education and human growth and development from Universidade Estácio de Sá in Rio de Janeiro, and his Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Toronto.  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.

Dr. Ellis teaching at the Anderson School.

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Louise Conn Fleming-Dufala, Ph.D.
Emeritus Faculty
227, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5347 /

Retired Emeritus faculty. Louise Conn Fleming-Dufala, Ph.D., has been a Professor of Education at Ashland University in Ashland Ohio for 23 years. She is the Chairperson of the Department of Foundations, Inquiry, and Community Education. She teaches Democracy in Education, Social and Professional Issues, and Outdoor Education. For years, she has researched, presented, and published on democracy in education and in the community. She is actively involved in volunteer work in the local community and is dedicated to the idea of citizens as actors and problem solvers. She established the Center for Civic Life at Ashland University in February 2012. In her role as director, she has led public forums and community conversations on topics as diverse as the national debt and prescription drug abuse. She has also led follow-up community groups, in which citizens work on an issue. She has used deliberative forums with her students and offers a certificate program in forum facilitation.

Jennifer Groman
Jennifer Groman
Assistant Professor, Talent Development Program
257, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5192 /

Jennifer Groman, holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Akron (2015), with a specialization and MA in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia University (2015). In addition, she holds an MEd in Supervision from Ashland University (2000) and received her Gifted endorsement from Ashland. She 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.

Jennifer was a K-8 teacher working over a 30 year span as a general education teacher, Title I Reading and Math, and Gifted Intervention Specialist in Ohio, Georgia, Florida and Caithness, Scotland. 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. She is a singer/songwriter with 4 self-published CDs of original songs. She lives in Wooster.

Jennifer Groman and Tuffy

Dr. Rosaire Ifedi, Associate Professor
Dr. Rosaire Ifedi
Associate Professor
200D, Columbus Center
614.794.0803 /
Department of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs

Dr. Rosaire Ifedi, associate professor, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2008.

She examines 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). Dr. Ifedi 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). 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.

Terri Jewett, Professional Instructor
Terri Jewett
Professional Instructor, OSEA Faculty Advisor
162, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.4939 /
Department of Teacher Education

Terri Jewett, Professional Instructor, began teaching as an adjunct professor in 2007 and joined the faculty full time in 2014. Currently she teaches a variety of literacy courses. Her background in education includes teaching in both public and private schools and serving as a K-12 curriculum director for the public schools. Terri is also an educational consultant and enjoys planning and implementing professional development and mentoring. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from The Ohio State University and her Master of Education from Ashland University.

Dr. Amy Klinger, Associate Professor
Dr. Amy Klinger
Associate Professor, Director of Educational Leadership Program

419.289.5314 /
Department of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs

Dr. Amy Klinger is an Associate Professor and Director of the Educational Leadership program. She has been a member of Ashland University faculty since 2008. Her past experience includes 28 years of service as a teacher, central office administrator, building principal, and college professor. Dr. Klinger is also the 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. She is a certified Department of Homeland Security Instructor and course developer, authoring courses such as Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents for Key Decision Makers.

Dr. Klinger 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. She authored the book In Search of Safer Schools,published in 2009, along with other articles on school safety featured in national publications. She has presented at regional and national education and law enforcement conferences on school safety issues. Dr. Klinger teaches graduate courses at in educational leadership areas such as organizational management, instructional leadership, policy development, human behavior, resource management, and community relations.

Dr. Joan Knickerbocker
Dr. Joan Knickerbocker
254, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5361 /
Department of Teacher Education

Dr. Joan Knickerbocker, Professor, joined Ashland University faculty in 1984. She teaches courses in literacy instruction and literature for young adults. Currently, her research focuses on literature for young adults, particularly how changes in contemporary literature and changes in today's adolescent readers impact on instruction.

Dr. James L Olive
Dr. James L. Olive
Co-Chair of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs, Associate Professor
130, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.207.6643 /
Department of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs

Dr. James L. Olive, associate professor and Co-chair of the Department of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2010. Prior to joining Ashland’s faculty, Dr. Olive served on the University of Dayton’s Steering Committee for its successful reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission in 2007 and as the Curriculum, Assessment & Technology Coordinator for UD’s School of Education and Allied Professions.

Dr. Olive’s 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. He has published articles in College & University; the Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research; the Journal of LGBT Youth; and Forum: Qualitative Social Research. Dr. Olive has also 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.

Dr. Olive earned his Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership and Master of Science in educational administration from the University of Dayton and his Bachelor of Science in education from The Ohio State University.

Dr. Jane Piirto, Trustee Distinguished Professor
Dr. Jane Piirto
Emeritus Faculty
247, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5379 /
Department of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs

Retired Emeritus faculty, Dr. Jane Piirto, joined Ashland University in 1988.  She served as the Director of Talent Development Education. In 1998 she was appointed Trustees' Distinguished Professor. She has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mensa Research and Education Foundation, and an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Northern Michigan University. She is the author of many books, articles, poems, studies, and an award-winning novel.

Dr. Maria Sargent, Professor
Dr. Maria Sargent
165, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5375 /
Department of Teacher Education

Dr. Maria Sargent teaches Early Childhood undergraduate and graduate courses in behavior intervention and biomedical issues. Dr. Sargent is a nationally recognized expert in early childhood and early intervention. Recently, Dr. Sargent has been asked to write a series of books and a nationwide curriculum on this topic and to develop a line of toys with a neurological base.