Matthew Lewerenz is an Assistant Professor in Ashford’s College of Liberal Arts. As an undergraduate, he attended the university campus in Clinton, Iowa, where he double-majored in English and Liberal Arts, receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006. During his time as an Ashford student, he served as editor of the campus newspaper and received the Joan Walsh Richeson Award for Excellence in Liberal Arts. He then attended Western Illinois University, earning his Master of Arts in English degree in 2011, and he is currently completing his doctorate in Education with a specialization in language. He was drawn to Ashford as a student by the personalized attention and the strength of Ashford’s academic programs; as an Ashford graduate and educator it is his privilege to work with fellow Ashford students as they continue their own educational journeys. “Teaching at Ashford is an incredibly rewarding experience. I believe in our mission because it changed my life, and I am honored to contribute to its fulfillment, helping others pursue education and integrity in their own lives and communities.” Matthew lives in Iowa with his wife Adriana, sons Elijah and Moses, two fish (Herman the Plecostomus and Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, a cichlid), an albino frog named Captain Nemo, and an assortment of unnamed but much-loved plants.