Faculty & Staff Directory

Name & Contact Bio & Website
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

Judi Kastelic Judi Kastelic
Administrative Assistant
UC 105, Elyria Center UC
Judi Kastelic received an Associate of Arts degree from Ashland University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Cleveland State University as part of the LCCC/AU University Partnership. Judi has worked at Ashland University since 1986; first as the Transcript Clerk in the Registrar's Office, then transitioning to the Office of Teacher Licensure. In 1994 she moved to the Elyria Center as Adminstrative... Read More

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

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.

Kaelin Lee Kaelin Lee
Academic Advisor
258, Dwight Schar College of Education
As one of the Professional Advisors in the Dwight Schar College of Education, I work to ensure each student is successful in his or her academic program at Ashland University. I oversee registration of new and current students, coordination of retention strategies and activities, and advise students in their academic program. My goal is to maintain an advising and coaching relationship with students to promote high... Read More

Nancy McGraw Nancy McGraw
Administrative Assistant
225, 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
Pam has been with Ashland University since 2006.

Dr. Jane Piirto, Trustee Distinguished Professor Dr. Jane Piirto
Emeritus Faculty
247, Dwight Schar College of Education
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... Read More

Melinda Rubin Melinda Rubin
Administrative Assistant: Advising and File Audit
238, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Melinda Rubin received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Violin Performance from The University of South Carolina, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from Manhattan School of Music, and she has over 20 years' teaching experience, spanning from Pre-K through college. Melinda is a Fulbright scholar and recipient of the Roth-Thomsom Endowment Achievement for Women. Dr Rubin has performed with some of the finest... 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.

Amy Schmeider Amy Schmeider
Coordinator TERC
IL135, Elyria Center IRC/TERC
Amy Schmeider joined Ashland University in 2015 as Coordinator of the Teacher Education Resource Center. She earned her B.S. in Education from Kent State University.

Cindy Scott Cindy Scott
Administrative Assistant
240, Dwight Schar College of Education
Cindy has worked at Ashland University since 1988.

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

Dorothea Shorts Dorothea Shorts
Media Aide
IL 135, Elyria Center IRC/TERC
Dorothea works as a Media Aide for the Teacher Education Resource Center.

Valerie Stammitti Valerie Stammitti

IL135, Elyria Center IRC/TERC
Valerie is a Media Aide at the Teacher Education Resource Center.

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