Faculty & Staff Directory

Name & Contact Bio & Website
The AU Seal Elizabeth Kathleen Guion
Administrative Assistant, Leadership Studies Program
133, Dwight Schar College of Education
At Ashland University since 2016. Administrative assistant for the Leadership Studies program.

Dr. Sarah Hall, Associate Professor Dr. Sarah Hall
Associate Professor
200D, Columbus Center
Sarah Hall, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs at Ashland University.  She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in transition, collaboration and consultation, classroom and behavior management, assessment, and educational intervention.  Her research interests include the social inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and... Read More

Dr. Rosaire Ifedi, Associate Professor Dr. Rosaire Ifedi
Associate Professor
200D, Columbus Center
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... Read More

Terri Jewett, Professional Instructor Terri Jewett
Professional Instructor, OSEA Faculty Advisor
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

Photo of Dr. Klinger. Dr. Amy Klinger
Associate Professor

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... 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.

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

Nancy McGraw Nancy McGraw
Administrative Assistant
160, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. James L. Olive Dr. James L. Olive
Co-Chair of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs, Associate Professor
130, Dwight Schar College of Education
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... Read More

Pam Pelasky Pam Pelasky
Administrative Assistant to the Dean
214, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Jane Piirto, Trustee Distinguished Professor 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, Chair, Associate Professor, , Dept. of Educational Dr. Deanna Romano
Co-chair of the Department of Teacher Education, Associate Professor
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. James Rycik Dr. James Rycik
Editor of American Secondary Education Journal
229, 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, Professor 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, Assistant Professor Tanzeah Sharpe
Assistant Professor, COE Living-Learning Community Faculty Advisor, Kappa Delta Pi Faculty Advisor
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. Bob Thiede Dr. Bob Thiede
Assistant Professor
149, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Robert Thiede, assistant professor, joined Ashland University in 2007. He received his PhD from the University of Toledo and Master of Education and Bachelor of Science from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Thiede spent 25 years as a school superintendent in Ohio, serving four different school districts. In 1998, he received the Outstanding Superintendent of the Year award from the Ohio PTA.

Dr. Carl Walley Dr. Carl Walley
218, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Carl Walley joined the faculty of Ashland University in 1989.  He has earned degrees at Ashland College (1968), The University of Vermont (1974) and Kent State University (1989).  He teaches graduate courses related to curriculum theory and undergraduate classes on educational psychology and middle grades education.  Before coming to Ashland University he was an elementary grades teacher, school principal,... Read More

Dr. Howard Walters Dr. Howard Walters
123, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Howard Walters, Professor, is the author or co-author of 36 scholarly, peer-reviewed research studies and 44 national or international peer-reviewed conference presentations. He has been first author and Principal Investigator of 65 federally funded research proposals over the last 17 years. His research focus has addressed the K-12 teacher education pipeline to include post-licensure continuing professional... Read More