Faculty & Staff Directory

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Dr. Carol Engler
Associate Professor
220D, Columbus Center
Dr. Carol Engler, associate professor of Educational Administration, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2002. She is a 30-year veteran of the Akron Ohio  Public Schools where she served as a high school administrator, counselor and teacher.  She is founder and former Executive Director of The Ohio Council of Professors of Educational Administration (OCPEA), a consortium of the 24 universities in Ohio that... Read More

Connie Ericson
Professional Instructor
248, Dwight Schar College of Education
Connie Ericson, Professional Instructor, joined the Ashland University faculty in 2007. Her background includes 25 years as a preschool, regular and special educator, 5 years as a consultant and associate director of North Central Ohio Special Education Regional Resource Center and 5 years as the Director of Special Services for the Bay Village School District. Her areas of expertise include early childhood,... Read More

Louise Conn Fleming-Dufala, Ph.D.
Chair, Professor
227, Dwight Schar College of Education
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... Read More

Dr. Karen Ford
Professional Instructor
401 College Ave., Dwight Schar College of Education
Professional instructor of educational foundations, especially statistics and research methods; and Director Ashland University off campus site. Areas of expertise include accountancy/finance, quantitative & qualitative research methods, federal government/military logistics, government acquisition management, military business/retail management, quantitative & qualitative research methods, as well as grades... Read More

Jacqueline Fries-Gomez
Professional Instructor
, Patterson Instructional Technology Center

Jacqueline Fries-Gomez, a Professional Instructor in Ashland University's ACCESS intensive English program, joined the department in January of 2013.  She received her M.A. in TESOL with an additional K-12 endorsement from the University of Findlay in 2013.  She also graduated with the honor of Magna Cum Laude from Heidelberg University with a B.A. in Education, Adolescent to Young Adult (grades 7-12) English... Read More

Dr. Greg Gerrick
146, Dwight Schar College of Education
Dr. Greg Gerrick is a Professor of Educational Administration in the College of Education. His professional career has included service as a teacher and secondary school administrator in the public schools, and as faculty member, Director of Doctoral Studies, and Dean of the Graduate School at Ashland University. During his 25 years at AU, Dr. Gerrick has taught masters and doctoral courses in leadership,... Read More

Janet Goodwin
Columbus , Columbus Center
Janet Goodwin, Instructor, joined Ashland University in 2012 after serving as an adjunct for several years.  Mrs. Goodwin has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Otterbein University and a M.A. in Teaching from The Ohio State University.  Her background is in teaching middle and elementary school as well as serving as a district–level curriculum coordinator.  She teaches literacy classes.

Jenni Guegold
Professional Instructor
316, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
Ms. Jenni Guegold, Professional Instructor in the ACCESS department, holds an M.S. in Biblical Counseling and a B.S. in English Education. In addition, she will complete her M.S. in Teaching English as a Second Language in the summer of 2014. Ten of her fifteen years of teaching experience were spent overseas in Beijing, China, where she trained college students in English language and pedagogy.  She received the... Read More

Dr. Sarah Hall
Assistant Professor
200D, Columbus Center
Dr. Sarah Hall, Assistant Professor at the Columbus Center, joined Ashland University in 2010. She earned her M.A. in Special Education and Ph.D. in Educational Studies with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Higher Education from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Her research interests include transition, sibling issues, and social inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Shelly Hardin
Administrative Assistant
108, Dwight Schar College of Education
Shelly Hardin has worked at Ashland University since 1988.  Starting out in the Development & Public Relations Offices, she joined the College of Education in 1992, and has worked with the M.Ed. & Bachelor's Plus Teacher Licensure programs ever since.  Shelly enjoys volunteering with local youth programs, and has donated over 6 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross.

Seiko Hupfer
ACCESS Administrative Assistant
, Patterson Instructional Technology Center

Seiko Hupfer, ACCESS Administrative Assistant since 1999.

Dr. Rosaire Ifedi
Assistant Professor
200D, Columbus Center
Dr. Rosaire Ifedi, assistant professor of foundations, inquiry and community education,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... Read More

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
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

David Karl
Instructor & Curriculum Coordinator
Patterson 322, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
David Karl, an instructor and Curriculum Coordinator for Ashland University's ACCESS intensive English program, has an MA in Applied Linguistics/TESOL from Ohio University, as well as a BA in History, a BS in Communications, and other grad work in history and journalism. Having spent nearly eleven years in Japan teaching English, including over five years at Chubu University near Nagoya, David returned to the US in... Read More

Dr. Janet Kearney-Gissendaner
Associate Professor
220D, Columbus Center
Dr. Janet E. Kearney-Gissendaner, associate professor, joined Ashland University faculty in 2003. Her areas of expertise include development of minority teacher recruitment and retention models for school districts, and preparation of school personnel management in their respective roles. She has received numerous awards, recognitions and citations- most recently the Ashland University Mentor Award, presented on... Read More

Dr. Amy Klinger
Assistant Professor
105D, Elyria Center IRC
Dr. Amy Klinger is an Assistant 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
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
Chair, Professor
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.... Read More

Julie Lanz
Program Coordinator
300, Patterson Instructional Technology Center
Julie Lanz, ACCESS Program Coordinator, joined Ashland University in 2012. She holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Arizona State University. Ms. Lanz developed an interest in international education during her undergraduate studies and pursued that interest in graduate school.