Faculty & Staff Directory

Name & Contact Bio & Website
Terri Jewett Terri Jewett
Professional Instructor
162, Dwight Schar College of 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... Read More

Dr. Crystal Kaiser Dr. Crystal Kaiser
Associate Professor
230C, Columbus Center
Dr. Crystal Kaiser, Associate Professor, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2009. Her expertise and interests are in training graduate and undergraduate students to provide best practice, evidence-based, developmental and family support to infants and young children with a wide range of disabilities and severity levels. Dr. Kaiser is a national Past President of the Council for Exceptional Children's Division... Read More

Dr. Amy Klinger Dr. Amy Klinger
Associate Professor
105D, Elyria Center IRC
Dr. Amy Klinger is an Associate Professor of Educational Administration at Ashland University and is the Director of Programs for the Educators' School Safety Network, a non-profit training organization. Her past experience includes 26 years of service as a teacher, central office administrator, building principal, and college professor. Dr. Klinger is a certified Department of Homeland Security Instructor, as well... Read More

Dr. Joan Knickerbocker Dr. Joan Knickerbocker
254, Dwight Schar College of 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. Dave Kommer Dr. Dave Kommer
256, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. David Kommer, Professor, came to Ashland University in the fall of 1995 from the Los Angeles area where he was a middle school principal. Since 1975 he has served as a classroom teacher, instructional consultant, and school administrator in both middle school and high school. His teaching area is history. In 1991 he received his Doctor of Education degree from Pepperdine University in Institutional Management.

Image of Dr. Lifer James Lifer
Emeritus Faculty
223, Dwight Schar College of Education
Retired Emeritus faculty.

Dr. Marian Maxfield Dr. Marian Maxfield
Assistant Professor
257, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Marian Maxfield, Assistant Professor, joined Ashland University faculty, specifically the Curriculum and Instruction department and Educational Technology team in 2011. She has taught in public and charter schools in face-to-face and fully online and designed online curriculum for K-20 learning environments. She designed and taught English and Math curriculum for 8-12 grade online students and multiple online... Read More

Nancy McGraw Nancy McGraw
Administrative Assistant
160, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Sunny L. Munn Dr. Sunny L. Munn
Assistant Professor
128, Dwight Schar College of Education
Sunny L. Munn, PhD, earned her PhD in Workforce Development and Education from The Ohio State University. She joined Ashland University in 2014 as an Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies in the College of Education. She previously served as a Postdoctoral Associate and the Project Manager for the Ohio Education Research Center where she worked closely with state and university partners to maximize collaboration... Read More

Dr. James L. Olive Dr. James L. Olive
Associate Professor
130, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. James L. Olive, associate professor in the Department of Leadership Studies, 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... Read More

Pam Pelasky Pam Pelasky
Administrative Assistant to the Dean
214, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Jane Piirto Dr. Jane Piirto
Trustee Distinguished Professor
247, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Jane Piirto, Trustees' Distinguished Professor, has been at Ashland University since 1988. She teaches in the Department of Inclusive Services & Exceptional Learners and the Doctoral Program in  Leadership Studies. She is 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... Read More

Dr. Deanna Romano Dr. Deanna Romano
Chair, Associate Professor, , Dept. of Educational Foundations and Instruction
250, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Deanna Romano, Associate Professor, joined Ashland University in 2000. Her areas of expertise include educational technology, distance education and instructional design. Dr. Romano serves as a faculty senator and faculty senate representative to the University Curriculum Committee. She has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Education from Cleveland State University and an Ed.D. in... Read More

Dr. Brenda Rosler Dr. Brenda Rosler
Associate Professor
166, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Brenda Rosler, Associate Professor, began teaching at Ashland University in 2007. She was an elementary school teacher before she started teaching at the college level. Her research interests include development in urban schools, content area literacy and process drama. She regularly teaches Foundations of Literacy and Assessment and Intervention in Language Arts. She received her B.A. and her Ph.D. from Kent... Read More

Dr. Mary Rycik Dr. Mary Rycik
Professor , Chair
164, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Mary Rycik, Associate Professor, came to Ashland University in 1995 after twenty years as a classroom teacher and reading specialist in elementary schools. She teaches literacy courses and children's literature on the undergraduate and graduate levels and supervises field experience students in Mansfield City Schools. Dr. Rycik organized a series of Guest Children's Author visits here at Ashland University and... Read More

Dr. James Rycik Dr. James Rycik
251, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Jim Rycik, Professor, was a middle grades reading specialist and language arts teacher in the Cleveland area for 20 years. He holds a BSEd. degree from Ohio University and MEd. and Ph.D. degrees from Kent State University. His particular research interests are inquiry learning and adolescent literacy. He served for five years on the Commission on Adolescent Literacy of the International Reading Association and... Read More

Dr. Maria Sargent Dr. Maria Sargent
165, Dwight Schar College of 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.

Tanzeah Sharpe Tanzeah Sharpe
Professional Instructor
163, Dwight Schar College of Education
Tanzeah Sharpe, Professional Instructor, joined Ashland University in 2006 after having taught as an adjunct instructor for four years. Mrs. Sharpe has a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Walsh University, Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction in Early Childhood Education from Ashland University and is completing her Ed.D. in Leadership Studies at Ashland University. She has taught a variety of... Read More

Image of Dr. Shelly Dr. Ann Converse Shelly
Emeritus Faculty
205, Dwight Schar College of Education
Retired Emeritus faculty. Dr. Ann Converse Shelly, professor of educational foundations, joined the Ashland University faculty in 1996. She has served as chair of teacher education, associate dean and interim dean in the College of Education and is currently Assessment Coordinator for the Schar College of Education. Her areas of expertise include curriculum theory and application, instructional theory and... Read More

Dr. Susan Stewart Dr. Susan Stewart
Assistant Professor
161, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Susan Stewart, Assistant Professor, became a full-time faculty member in 2011 but has been a long-time adjunct for Ashland University and was named a Professional Fellow. She is a former elementary teacher, principal and curriculum consultant.