My typical day involves anything from attending committee meetings about campus issues to meeting with students going through a crisis. As associate dean of student care and services and Title IX coordinator for students, I also train students about preventing sexual violence on campus. Essentially, I do a lot of problem solving and make sure students are getting the help they need outside the classroom.
The biggest struggle I face in this job is coming to understand the reality of the painful circumstances in some students’ lives. I have to surrender that process daily to God, remembering that it is not up to me to fix everything. I am just here to facilitate the process of God’s healing. It’s difficult when students are struggling, but I love the process of seeing students come to a place of peace and understanding of God’s love. More than anything, I love seeing my staff flourish and become equipped to excel in their roles as they serve students.
My time off is spent reading and writing papers for my Ph.D. program. I also enjoy roasting marshmallows over the fire with my husband, Jeff, our two children, and our dogs.
NAME: ALLISON ASH
OCCUPATION: ASSOCIATE DEAN OF STUDENT CARE AND SERVICES
HOMETOWN: FREMONT, MICHIGAN
EDUCATION: PH.D. IN HIGHER EDUCATION, AZUSA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY (ANTICIPATED COMPLETION 2018); M.DIV., FULLER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY; B.A. IN MUSIC, HOPE COLLEGE