Dr. Lisa Vernon-Dotson, Dean of the College of Education
Dr. Lisa Vernon-Dotson
Dean of the College of Education
214, Dwight Schar College of Education
/ lvernond@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University in 2022
  • Executive Editor, Journal of Educational Research
  • Research focuses on teacher leadership, distributed leadership models, and special education teacher education
  • Active member of the Council for Exceptional Children, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Educational Research Association
  • Site Visitor for Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis, Associate Professor
Dr. Carla Abreu-Ellis
Professor of Education
162, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5392 / cellis1@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University in 2007 and teaches undergraduate and graduate education courses

  • Research interests include College students with disabilities, technology and disabilities, access to education and retention of college students, Universal Design, and diversity

  • Authored or co-authored articles in the following journals: Journal of Developmental Education, Brock Education Journal, Journal of College Orientation and Transition, and Journal of Teaching and Learning

  • Co-authored a book chapter, The digital divide in disability and education. In C. Vrasidas, M. Zembylas, & G. V. Glass (Eds.), ICT for Education, Development, and Social Justice. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing Inc

  • Serves as member of the NAMI Richland County Board and a board member of the Country School Association of America (CSAA)


  • Bowling Green State University, Ph.D. Higher Education Administration
  • Bowling Green State University, M.Ed. Special Education
  • Specialist Degree Education and Human Development
  • University of Toronto, B.Sc. in Psychology
Dr. Judy Alston, Chair, Professor, Dept. of Leadership Studies , & Educational Administration
Dr. Judy Alston
Professor of Education
127, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.207.4983 / jalston@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University in 2007 and teaches graduate education courses

  • Research foci include Black female school superintendents; the exploration of how the intersections of class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual diversity and ability affect leaders; tempered radicals; servant leadership; and black LGBT issues in educational leadership.

  • Is a prolific writer and author, and she is an active member of the American Educational Research Association


  • Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D. in Educational Administration
  • University of South Carolina, M.Ed. in Educational Administration; M.Ed. in Secondary Education
  • Winthrop College, B.A. in English
  • Methodist Theological School in Ohio, M. Div in Theology
Dr. Frederick Burton
Dr. Frederick Burton
Associate Professor of Education
230C, Dwight Schar College of Education
/ fburton@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University in 2008 and teaches graduate education courses

  • With extensive experience as an elementary school teacher and principal, he brings a practical perspective that is informed by his theoretical and philosophical roots in child-centered, progressive education  

  • Areas of expertise include early and middle childhood education, Reggio-Emilia inspired teaching and integrated curriculum planning, as well as innovative approaches to teacher and student evaluation


  • Ohio State University, Ph.D. Literacy, Curriculum and Qualitative Research
  • Ohio State University, M.A. and B.S.
Dr. Cathryn Chappell, Associate Professor
Dr. Cathryn Chappell
Associate Professor of Education
214, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5356 / cchappel@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University in 2004 and teaches graduate education courses

  • Areas of expertise include assessment, multicultural education, peace education, and social justice issues. Her primary areas of scholarship include post-secondary prison education and libraries as community centers

  • Awarded the Academic Mentor Award in 2019.
  • Serves as the Director of Quality Assurance and Accreditation for the COE.
  • Faculty Senator: current term began in 2015.
  • Chair of the Graduate Curriculum Committee
  • Member, Higher Learning Commission Assessment Academy and Phi Beta Kappa


  • University of Cincinnati, Ed.D. Social and Psychological Foundations of Education
  • University of Cincinnati, M.Ed. Social and Psychological Foundations of Education
  • University of Cincinnati, B.A. in Psychology
Amy Crawford
Dr. Amy Crawford
Assistant Professor of Education
160, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.207.4896 / acrawf11@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University in 2019 and teachers undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Background in education includes teaching middle grades history and mathematics, working as an academic coach, Ohio Teacher Evaluator, Ohio Resident Educator Mentor, as well as a state compliance facilitator
  • Areas of expertise include teacher motivation, STEM/STEAM education, working with students in low socio-economic areas and restorative practices
  • Research focuses on both teacher motivation and STEM/STEAM education
Dr. Stephen Denney, Assistant Professor
Dr. Stephen Denney
Assistant Professor of Education
214, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5377 / sdenney@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2007

  • Areas of expertise include transition and self-determination for students with disabilities


  • Kent State University, Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Special Education
  • University of Colorado, B.A. in History
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Dr. Jason Brent Ellis
Professor of Education
164, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5299 / jbellis@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2007 in the Masters of Education in Educational Technology Program in which he re-establish the program and state-level Computer Tech endorsement, achieving national recognition through NCATE fo both programs

  • Research focuses on historical representations and artifacts of technology, disability and inclusion in the 19th and 20th centuries, instructional design in teletandem models of language acquisition between English and Portuguese speaking learners, pedagogy and didactics, both modern and historical

  • During his tenure at Ashland University was jointly awarded the US Dept. of Education, International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE), Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program and the Dean’s Compact on Exceptional Children Incentive Grant, funded by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) Office for Exceptional Children, as well as, the US Dept. of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education  (FIPSE) Brazil – USA Consortium Grant

  • He has been licensed to practice mental health counseling nationally in Canada and as a Registered Clinical Counselor in the province of British Columbia. He is a licensed School Counselor in Ohio. He has had the privilege of working in the field of education, studying and living in Canada, Brazil and the United States of America


  • University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Ph.D. in Educational Studies
  • Bowling Green State University, M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling
  • Specialist Degree Education and Human Development, Universidade Estacio da Sa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • University of Toronto, Mississauga, ON, B.S. in Psychology
Dr. Patricia Farrenkopf
Professional Instructor, Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs
219, Dwight Schar College of Education
614.440.3118 / pfarrenk@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University College of Education as Professional Instructor in August 2019
  • Has been serving as an Ashland University adjunct for over 20 years
  • Teaching experience includes K-12, undergraduate and graduate/doctoral levels
  • Administrative experience includes Gifted Coordinator and Building Principal (mentor for new principals)
  • Designed and taught Ashland online coursework to address Ohio Gifted Operating Standards requirement for general education teachers to obtain gifted professional development hours
  • Originally served as on-sight director for the Martin W. Essex School for the Gifted at The Ohio State University
  • Has  served as the co-director of The Martin Essex School for the Gifted at Otterbein University
  • Areas of research include Gifted Education: Mathematics, Identity Development, High Quality Professional Development, Neuroscience of Learning


  • Concordia University of Chicago, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
  • Ashland University, Administrative Licensure - Principal
  • The Ohio State University, M.Ed. in Gifted Education with Administrative Endorsement
  • Miami University of Ohio, BSEd. In Education K-9 with ELA minor
Dr. Peter Ghazarian
Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies
130, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5339 / pghazari@ashland.edu

  • Joined Ashland University in 2019 and teaches graduate education courses
  • Served as an educator in Germany, the United Kingdom, South Korea, and the United States
  • Research interests include international education, migration, multiculturalism, and the social and economic changes rooted in globalization
  • Published in Multicultural Education Review, International Education: Comparative Perspectives, Journal of International Students, and Journal of Studies in International Education


  • Boston University, Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Development
  • London Metropolitan University, London, United Kingdom, M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Kent State University, B.A. in English
Jennifer Groman
Dr. Jennifer Groman
Assistant Professor, Talent Development Program
257, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5192 / jgroman@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University in 2017 after being a K-8 teacher and working over a 30-year span as a general education teacher, Title I reading and math and Gifted Interventional Specialist in Ohio, Georgia, Florida and Caithness, Scotland

  • Her areas of research include Gifted and Teacher Education, Creativity, Arts-Infused Practice and Transpersonal Psychology

  • She has experience working in Arts Administration in Ashland and Mansfield, and working as a Gifted Consultant for the Ohio Department of Education for four years as part of the I-GET-GTEd Ohio Javits Grant project

  • was the Assistant Director of the Ashland University Summer Honors Institute for the Gifted (formerly the Governor’s Institute) for 12 years. She was an adjunct for the College of Education from 2000 and was twice awarded as a Professional Fellow. She is a singer/songwriter with 4 self-published CDs of original songs


  • University of Akron, Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction
  • Ashland University, M.Ed. in Supervision
  • Sofia University, M.A., in Transpersonal Psychology
Dr. Rosaire Ifedi, Associate Professor
Dr. Rosaire Ifedi
Associate Professor of Education
Dwight Schar College of Education
/ rifedi@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2008 and teaches graduate program courses in curriculum, qualitative inquiry, education of ELL’s and global perspectives in education. The latter involves an optional study away of London - 2014 UK schools

  • Prior to her current position, Dr. Ifedi joined the Ashland University community as a principal licensure student (1999), an adjunct instructor (2004) and a graduate of Ashland University’s doctoral program in educational leadership (2007)

  • Research includes examining 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)

  • Her teaching and administrative experiences include work at Ohio’s historically Black colleges, Central State University and Wilberforce University, Columbus Public Schools, Ohio Correctional Education System and high schools and colleges in Nigeria. She has written and presented locally, nationally and internationally


  • Ashland University, Ed.D. in Leadership Studies
  • University of Nigeria Nsukka, M.A., B.A.
Terri Jewett, Professional Instructor
Terri Jewett
Professional Instructor, OSEA Faculty Advisor, CEC Advisor
162, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.4939 / tjewett@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University in 2007 as adjunct instructor and joined the faculty full time in 2014

  • Teaches a variety of literacy courses

  • Background in education includes teaching in both public and private schools and serving as a K-12 curriculum director for public schools

  • Serves as education consultant and enjoys planning and implementing professional development and mentoring


  • Ashland University, M.Ed.
  • Ohio State University, B. S. In Education
Dr. David Karl
David Karl
Professional Instructor of Education, COE Living-Learning Community Faculty Advisor
224, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5786 / dkarl2@ashland.edu
  • Joined the ACCESS Program at Ashland University in 2012
  • Joined the Dwight Schar College of Education in 2018 as TESOL coordinator
  • Served as member of the INTERLINK Language Center at Indiana State University from 2007-2012
  • Taught English in Japan for eleven years


  • Ohio University, BS in Communications
  • Ohio University, BA in History
  • Ohio University, MS in Journalism (ABT)
  • Ohio University, MA in History (ABT)
  • Ohio University, MA in Applied Linguistics/TESOL
amy klinger
Dr. Amy Klinger
Professor, Director of Educational Leadership Program, Chair of the Doctoral Studies and Advanced Programs
223, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5314 / aklinger@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University faculty in 2008 and teaches graduate courses in educational leadership areas such as organizational management, instructional leadership, policy development, human behavior, resource management, and community relations
  • Her past experience includes 28 years as a teacher, central office administrator, building principal and college professor
  • One of the foremost experts in School Safety and Security in the country and serves as Director of Programs for the Educator’s School Safety Network, a national non-profit organization that specializes in education-based training and resources for violence prevention and crisis response in schools
  • Certified Department of Homeland Security Instructor and course developer, authoring courses such as Crisis Management for School-Based Incidents for Key Decision Makers
  • Has conducted extensive research in the area of school safety and crisis planning and has developed lockdown enhancement, threat assessment, and parent reunification courses for school administrators, school staff members, and law enforcement officials
  • Keeping Students Safe Every Day, published by ASCD, along with other articles on school safety featured in national publications
  • Presented at regional and national education and law enforcement conferences on school safety issues


  • University of Toledo, Ed.D., M.Ed., B.A.
Amanda Klinger
Professional Instructor of Education
223, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.207.4910 / aklinge4@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University as adjunct faculty in 2014, and full-time faculty in 2019.

  • Research foci includes school safety and crisis response, school violence and school climate and culture.

  • Is a prolific speaker, trainer and frequent media contributor. Co-author of a book published by ASCD, their work has been featured on the front page of USA today and has been featured in Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, and other national and international news outlets.


  • University of Akron, School of Law, JD
  • Denison University, BA in Philosophy and Communication
Dr. Erik Kormos
Assistant Professor of Educational and Assistive Technologies, Program Coordinator of M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Educational Technology and Educational Technology endorsement
226, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.4566 / ekormos@ashland.edu
  • Joined AU in 2019 and teaches undergraduate and graduate educational technology, social studies methods, and communication courses.
  • Previously taught middle grades and young adult social studies in Ohio and Barranquilla, Colombia for seven years.
  • Research interests include educator usage and perceptions of technology, school setting and the digital divide, assessment in online learning, and international education. 
  • Published in Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE), International Journal of Web-Based Learning Technologies, Computers in the Schools, and Community College Journal of Research and Practice.
  • Presents at regional, national, and international educational technology conferences such as Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) and Ed Media + Innovative Learning.


  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D. Communications Media and Instructional Technology
  • Cleveland State University, M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction and Urban Secondary Teaching
  • Slippery Rock University, B.S. Communication
Sharon Russell
Dr. Sharon Russell
Assistant Professor of Education
253, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5799 / srusse15@ashland.edu

·        Joined Ashland University and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in literacy education.

·        Founded and provides professional development to K-12 teachers in the Adolescent Critical Reading Intervention (ACRI), a researched intervention which successfully accelerates adolescents who are reading significantly below grade level toward literacy proficiency in expository text.

·         Areas of expertise include: Literacy intervention, reading comprehension, expository genre analysis, adolescent literacy, and adolescent struggling readers.

·        Past experience in K-12 education includes serving as a K-12 Reading Specialist and elementary classroom teacher.

·        Past experience in higher education includes both graduate and undergraduate teaching at multiple colleges and universities, masters and doctoral level course design, and supervising graduate literacy practicum.

Dr. Maria Sargent, Professor
Dr. Maria Sargent
Professor of Education
165, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5375 / msargent@ashland.edu
  • Joined Ashland University in 1995 and teaches Early Childhood undergraduate and graduate courses in behavior intervention and biomedical issues

  • Nationally recognized expert in early childhood and early intervention

  • Has been asked to write a series of books and a nationwide curriculum on the topic of early childhood and early intervention and to develop a line of toys with a neurological base


  • Kent State University, Ph.D., M.Ed., B.S.
Michael Short
Assistant Professor
Dwight Schar College of Education
/ mshort@ashland.edu