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Jean Votypka, Professional Instructor, Field Placement Coordinator-Elyria Center
Jean Votypka
Professional Instructor, Field Placement Coordinator-Elyria Center
105G, Elyria Center IRC/TERC
440.366.7505 /
  • Teaches EDEC 262 - Foundations of Literacy
  • Research interests include: Reading motivation, Remediating the needs of struggling readers, Incentive, Parental involvement in literacy education and Digital Literacies.
  • Areas of expertise are Literacy and Early Childhood Education.
  • Publications include:Article: Votypka, J. (2018). PREP: Primary Reading Engagement Program. Reading Improvement, 55(2), pp 47-53; Books Chapter: Ortlieb, E., Susca, A., Votypka, J., & Cheek, E. H. (2018). Disruptive technologies in teacher education. In E. Ortlieb, E. Cheek, & P. Semingson (Eds.), Best practices in teaching digital literacies. Bingley, UK: Emerald, pp.1-11.


  • B.S. Ohio University (Journalism)
  • M.Ed. John Carroll University (Early Childhood Education/Literacy)
  • PhD (ABD) St. John's University (Literacy)
Dr. Carl Walley
Dr. Carl Walley
218, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5253 /
Department of Teacher 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, consultant for gifted education, and supervisor of elementary programs.  He is author of two books, and numerous articles related to literacy and comparative education.

Dr. Howard Walters
Dr. Howard Walters
Professor of Education
123, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5357 /
Department of Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs
  • Joined Ashland University in 2003 and teaches undergraduate and graduate education courses

  • Author or co-author of 36 scholarly, peer-reviewed research studies and 44 national or international peer-reviewed conference presentations and has been first author and Principal Investigator of 65 federally funded research proposals over the last 17 years

  • Research focus has addressed the K-12 teacher education pipeline to include post-licensure continuing professional development, particularly in the arena of science and technology education, and informal education in zoos, aquariums, museums and science centers

  • Authored one book on professional development for science teachers (2008)

  • Served as internal or external evaluator for a series of regional and national science education and teacher education programs for agencies including the National Science Foundation, NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the National Ocean Partnership Program. These projects have included Operation Pathfinder, Global Environmental Education (NSF Teacher Enhancement projects), GLOBE (the NOAA funded components), and the southeastern regional National Sea Grant systemic initiative projects for marine invasive species for Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas Sea Grant programs

  • Served as the external evaluator for the Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education (CORE) and its National Ocean Sciences Bowl since 1998, and a variety of other K-12 student and teacher education initiatives for National Geographic Education, the National Estuarine Research Reserves, NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration, and 14 of the country’s State Sea Grant College Programs

  • Served as the external evaluator for the projects which resulted in NOAA’s Ocean Literacy Standards working with National Geographic and not-for-profit The College of Exploration, and is currently external evaluator for NSF’s Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence Great Lakes and Coastal Trends programs


  • University of Southern Mississippi, Ed.D.
  • University of Western Florida, M.Ed., B.A.
  • Spurgeon Baptist Bible College, B.A.
Dr. Jackie Wood-Morton, Professor
Dr. Jackie Wood-Morton
Professor of Education
105K, Elyria Center UC
440.366.4080 /
Department of Teacher Education
  • Has been with Ashland University for 20 years; beginning as director of undergraduate education in the Elyria Center and moving to a full-time faculty position in 2000

  • Primary responsibility is teaching literacy courses at the Elyria Center

  • Regularly teaches EDEC 262, 323, EDCI 306, 312, 560, 561, 411, 663


  • Miami University, Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Ohio State University, M.S. in Child Development
  • University of Toledo, Post-Doctoral Work
  • Georgetown College, B.A. in Elementary Education