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Jeffrey Ash joined the University of Maryland School of Nursing as associate dean, diversity and inclusion, and assistant professor in January 2016. Since joining UMB, Ash has become a member of the President’s Diversity Advisory Council and is looking to lead the diversity and inclusion efforts for the School of Nursing.
Before becoming part of the UMB family, Ash was at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) in the Erickson School, for management of aging services. Ash became a full-time clinical assistant professor for the Erickson School in the summer of 2011 after being a part-time lecturer since 2007. Before joining the department full time, Ash served in the federal government as an assistant professor of leadership and management at the FDIC in its corporate university and as a management analyst at the U.S. Department of State, in the Bureau of Human Resources, Accountability, Oversight, and Evaluation Division.
Ash’s professional experience also includes more than 11 years at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), where he served as a benefits retirement counselor and organizational development and training counselor. Also at UMCP, he served as an organizational development consultant, volunteer member, for the Center for Leadership and Organizational Change. Ash brings additional instructional experience teaching leadership development, race and gender relationships, and dialogue facilitation interventions at UMCP. Ash has published the chapter “Dimensions of Diversity” in the Ronch-Weiner text Person Centered Elder Care (2013) and a sidebar article, The Underground Communications Network, in the November/December 2009 issue of Diversity Executive.
Ash serves on the Board of Trustees at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. His academic background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in economics, from Towson University; a Master of Science degree in human resources management from the University of Maryland University College; and a doctoral degree in urban educational leadership from Morgan State University.