Faculty Spotlight

Jason Jividen
Faculty

Dr. Jividen is Associate Professor of Politics in the McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where he also serves as Fellow in Civic and Constitutional Affairs for the Center for Political and Economic Thought, and Director of the Aurelius Scholars Program in Western Civilization. Since coming to SVC in 2010, Dr. Jividen has taught several courses in the Politics Department, including Principles of American Politics, American Political Thought, Constitutional Law, Classical Political Thought, and Institutions. In 2013, he was awarded SVC’s annual Quentin Schaut Faculty Award, which recognizes the contributions, leadership, and achievements of a junior faculty member to the curriculum and life of the college.

Dr. Jividen has delivered numerous invited lectures and conference papers on topics in ancient and modern political philosophy, the principles of the American Founding, Lincoln’s political thought, American Progressivism, and civic education. His recent peer-reviewed publications include: Claiming Lincoln: Progressivism, Equality, and the Battle for Lincoln’s Legacy in Presidential Rhetoric. Northern Illinois University Press, 2011; Statesmanship and Progressive Reform: An Assessment of Herbert Croly’s Abraham Lincoln (with J. David Alvis). Palgrave Macmillan, 2013; “American Democracy and Liberal Education in an Era of Relevance,” in Higher Education in an Era of Relevance, ed. Timothy L. Simpson. Lexington Books, 2013; “Presidential Statesmanship as Civic Education,” Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (forthcoming, Fall 2014); “Equality, Leadership, and the Lincoln Image in American Presidential Rhetoric,” in Lincoln, Leadership, and the Law, ed. Charles Hubbard. Southern Illinois University Press (forthcoming 2015); “American Progressivism and the Legacy of Abraham Lincoln” (with Ronald J. Pestritto) in Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages, ed. Lucas Morel. University Press of Kentucky (forthcoming 2015).

Professor David Tucker in class

Our Faculty

Learn from the some of the nation's leading historians and political scientists

In addition to the faculty of Ashland’s own Department of History and Political Science, the MA program’s unique schedule and course delivery options make it possible for noted faculty from universities around the nation to teach with us. At a traditional brick-and-mortar masters of history or political science program, you will study under a small handful of faculty with a narrow range of research interests. At Ashland, you will learn from some of the nation's leading professors of history and of political science.

Professor David Krugler in class

Professor David Krugler discusses US-Soviet relations in America During the Cold War.

Our standards and expectations for our faculty are high. Unlike typical online programs, in which an administrator develops the course curriculum and the instructor merely follows the predeveloped script, our masters of history faculty are free to use their research and teaching expertise to develop rich, dynamic lessons. Class meetings are discussions with an exchange of ideas. Forget the old “sage on the stage” model of dry, one-way lectures. At Ashland, your professors view you as a professional and a peer.

Each of our professors are distinguished lecturers with significant scholarly publications to their credit. In no other program will you learn from the best faculty from institutions like Pepperdine University, Boston College, the University of Dallas, Skidmore College, the United States Military Academy, Michigan State University, Hillsdale College, and more.

Students in our MASTAHG program will also learn from some of the best education faculty available. Each of Ashland's online education courses are taught by full-time professors in our College of Education. Whereas many other institutions will offer courses taught by part-time instructors with limited research experience, you will learn the latest in curriculum and instruction from scholars with a research background.

Meet our faculty.