Meet the Ashford University Faculty

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A look at who makes Ashford a great learning experience

When you are making the choice to commit to an institution of higher learning, are you sure that the faculty reflects who you are and respects your core values? Diversity of thought is inseparable from diversity of race, gender, or creed. This commitment to diversity is what makes the faculty of Ashford University so inclusive, and we are proud to employ a faculty that represents a true range of experiences and perspectives.

Ashford’s faculty and staff represent you

As reflected in our faculty, diversity plays a central role in our online educational institution. Ashford University students don’t fit the mold of a “typical college student,” and the faculty is reflective of the unique student body. Ashford’s approach to education includes a commitment to diversity and the positive elements it brings to students looking to expand their horizons. The overall representation of women and minority group members among the faculty has steadily increased over the last several years. As of 2013, 61% of our faculty are women and 27% are minority group members. We believe that this increased representation of historically marginalized voices is the first step toward creating an educational experience that meets the needs of all students.

Our faculty reflects the mission of Ashford

Ashford University is committed to provide not only a high-quality education, but to also provide a transformative experience that truly reflects the diversity of our student body. To do this effectively, our educational programs are designed to meet the diverse needs of a wide spectrum of individuals and be affordable and accessible. Our students come from all walks of life but have a shared goal of improving their lives as well as their communities. Our faculty exists to meet the needs of our students, and they are dedicated to the values that are the foundation of Ashford University.

Inclusive culture starts at the top

At Ashford University, we employ diversity in hiring practices as well as enrollment, so every student can expect to be treated fairly and with the dignity they deserve. From this foundation, we can ensure that all students are empowered to pursue their goals and find the support and inspiration they need to accomplish great things. Our faculty strives to improve the quality of the educational experience and embrace innovation in a culture of constant progress. This is evident throughout our faculty, especially our deans. 

Meet the Deans

Get to know the executive deans who help drive educational excellence at Ashford University.

Dr. Laura Sliwinski, College of Health, Human Services, & Science

Beyond her role of facilitating the learning process for students at Ashford, Dr. Laura Sliwinski also serves as a consultant to health care organizations, physicians, public sector agencies, and academic institutions. Learn more about Dr. Sliwinski.

Bob Daugherty, Forbes School of Business & Technology

Bob Daugherty oversees all academic, curricular, and co-curricular policies and programs for the school, and gives symposium talks on such topics as international higher education and venture capital investing. Learn more about Bob Daugherty.

Dr. Adam Selhorst, College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Adam Selhorst has unique experience in environmental science, public policy, and business, and has been published in scientific journals and books for his research on global climate change. Learn more about Dr. Selhorst.

Dr. Tony Farrell, College of Education

Dr. Tony Farrell believes in being able to apply classroom knowledge to real-life fields and brings his unique background as a special education teacher and school administrator to the learning experience at Ashford. Learn more about Dr. Farrell.

Academic rigor begins on day one 

Ashford is proud of the academic standards to which it holds its students, and it is equally demanding of its faculty. These expectations begin on day one of the hiring process. All prospective instructors are required to go through a rigorous four-phase application and review procedure to help us find the best new associate faculty members. Even if they are successful in making the cut, new instructors must participate in a 3-week training session known as the New Faculty Experience (NFE), which is designed to walk first-timers through the online classroom experience and train them on the Ashford way. Faculty members are empowered during this transition with the help of a support packet and a Faculty Support and Development Associate, who guide the new faculty through their first two online courses as well as offer assistance throughout their tenure. 

Are you excited to meet the instructor who will lead you to a better tomorrow? Contact an Ashford University representative today for more information on how to enroll in the program that is right for you.

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