Faculty

Thomas M. Smith, MA, RN, CPHQ, IQCI:

Professor Smith is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Nursing Practice, and holds a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Administration from West Virginia University. His undergraduate degree in nursing is from West Virginia Wesleyan. Recently returning to Wesleyan, Smith most recently served as Divisional Director for Performance Improvement / Care Management for HCA (Hospital Corporation of America, Inc.) overseeing the work completed in 17 hospitals, across 4 states. He has served as adjunct faculty for WV University, Fairmont State, California University of Pennsylvania and Virginia Commonwealth University. His leadership accomplishments include serving as President for the National Association for Healthcare Quality, for which he was named as the Outstanding Quality Professional in 2004. His background includes experience in critical care, high risk obstetrics, pediatric open heart, health education, and most recently in geriatrics and geriatric psychiatric nursing. He holds certification in healthcare quality and patient safety instruction, and is a sought after speaker in the healthcare arena. A member of Sigma Theta Tau and Omicron Delta Kappa, Mr. Smith will provide leadership and oversight to the School of Health Sciences and serve as Assistant Professor of Nursing.

Dan Martin, EdD, ATC/R:

Dr. Martin is Professor of Exercise Science and Athletic Training, and serves as Chair of the Department and director of the Master of Science Degree in Athletic Training. This is his fifth year at WVWC having spent 28 years at Marshall University and four years at Catholic University. Dr. Martin has served as an athletic trainer at all levels from scholastic teams, college teams, professional teams as well as professional dance companies. He has received numerous awards including Marshall University Sports Medicine Hall of Fame and Athletic Trainer of the year, and has made over 100 presentations at a variety of professional conferences. He is a 25 year charter member of the WV Secondary Schools Activities Commission Sports Medicine Advisory Board and is very concerned about placing a certified athletic trainer (ATC) into every high school in West Virginia. His research interests include high school athletic trainer coverage as well as cardiovascular changes in aerobic conditioning.

Greg Bradley-Popovich, DPT:

Dr. Bradley-Popovich completed a bachelor’s in Biology at Fairmont State University as well as dual Master’s degrees in Exercise Physiology and Human Nutrition from WV University. His Doctor of Physical Therapy degree was awarded with honors from Creighton University in Nebraska. “Dr. Greg” has published articles on a variety of topics, especially those related to strength training, dietary supplements, and spinal dysfunction. He is a freelance fitness writer, nutrition consultant, and practicing physical therapist. He joined West Virginia Wesleyan as Assistant Professor of Exercise Science & Athletic Training and Director of the Applied Health & Human Performance Laboratory in fall of 2008.

Rae Emrick, MS, ATC, CSCS:

Professor Emrick is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Curriculum and Instruction from West Virginia University and holds a Master of Science in Health and Physical Education from Marshall University. Her undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine is from West Virginia Wesleyan. During her tenure at Wesleyan, Rae has worked as an athletic trainer with many Bobcat athletic teams and served as a clinical instructor for athletic training students. In the fall of 2007, Rae assumed the role as Program Director of the Athletic Training Program. Rae has taught courses at Wesleyan since the fall of 1997 in a variety of subject areas: athletic training (BSAT and MSAT), exercise science, anatomy and physiology, health and physical education general education and courses within the freshman seminar program.

Scott Benson Street, MS, ATC:

Professor Street is entering his fifth year at West Virginia Wesleyan. The Chillicothe, Ohio native is a 2004 graduate of Ohio Northern University, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Athletic Training and Spanish. Scott also holds a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science from Marshall University (2006) and is currently enrolled at West Virginia University, working on a Doctor of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. Prior to joining the faculty at WV Wesleyan, Street spent three seasons with the Chillicothe Paints, then an independent professional baseball team. Following this, he joined the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center as an athletic trainer and was assigned to sport coverage at Sto-Rox HS. Street’s research/rehabilitation interest is aquatic therapy. He is also the head athletic trainer for the Bobcat men’s soccer team.

Drew Mason:

Professor Mason is a WV Wesleyan graduate of the Athletic Training program. He obtained his MS in Health and Physical Education with emphasis on Athletic Training from Marshall University. His professional experience includes working in physical therapy clinics, high schools with athletic training coverage, professional wrestling athletic training coverage with World Wrestling Entertainment, and he serves as Assistant Professor of Exercise Science and Athletic Training at Wesleyan. He further serves as clinical coordinator of the Athletic Training Education Program. He currently serves on the WVATA executive board.

Judith McKinney, EdD, RN:

Dr. McKinney is Professor of Nursing, and the Chair of the Department of Nursing at Wesleyan. She holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction and Program Evaluation, and a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Education in Health Education from West Virginia University. Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing from West Virginia Wesleyan, where she has been an esteemed faculty for many years. Dr. McKinney’s research interests include service learning, stress management, and predicting NCLEX licensure. She teaches courses in community health nursing, management and leadership and nursing research and curriculum development. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Naylor Simulation Laboratory. She implemented the CARES program designed to promote the health of rural citizens, which resulted in service learning opportunities for nursing majors.

Canea Carothers MSN, RN:

Professor Carothers holds a Master of Nursing Education, and bachelor’s in nursing from West Virginia Wesleyan. Her experience includes obstetrics and maternal-fetal medicine. She joined the faculty in 2011, and currently teaches Disciplines of Nursing, as well as, supervises clinical for Fundamentals of Nursing and Pediatrics.

Tina Straight, MSN, RN:

Professor Straight received both an Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Fairmont State University. She obtained her MSN in Nursing Education from Marshall University in 2010. She is an applicant for DNP at Samford University. Her experience includes over 30 years in acute care including Emergency Nursing and Case Management. As well as, supervisory and management experience. She holds certification in ACLS and BLS, and has served as faculty at Fairmont State University and Alderson-Broaddus College. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and NLN, and has obtained international certification as an emergency nurse. Ms. Straight has responsibility for second and third level medical-surgical nursing and the NCLEX review course.

Dianne Phillips, MSN, RN:

Professor Phillips holds a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from West Virginia University. Her undergraduate degrees are from Fairmont State University and West Virginia University. She has also been commissioned as a Parish Nurse through the West Virginia University School of Nursing. Mrs. Phillips has taught at WVWC for 15 years. Presently, her responsibilities include clinical instruction and management oversight for the Health Care Simulation lab.

Janet Teachout-Withersty, DNP, RN:

Dr. Withersty holds a doctorate in Nursing Practice from Regis University and a master’s of science in psychiatric mental health nursing with a clinical specialty from Syracuse University. Dr. Withersty’s research interests include: self-regulation through sensory integration techniques for adult schizophrenics and Simulation in nursing education: a tool for program evaluation. Dr. Withersty has taught at Wesleyan since 1995, teaching undergraduate courses in psychiatric mental health nursing, pediatric nursing on the junior level and trends and issues for the senior level. For the MSN graduate program Dr. Withersty teaches Human Diversity and Health Promotion for Advanced Nursing.

Barbara E. Frye, MSN, RN:

Professor Frye holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing from West Virginia University, and a bachelors in nursing from Wesleyan. Barbara's research interests include treatment plans for critical care patients, as well as, critical thinking skills in nursing students. A faculty member for many years, Ms. Frye, also serves as faculty advisor for the WV Wesleyan Collegiate 4-H Club, and is currently serving as a delegate, 2011-2012, for the Epsilon Delta Chapter at Large of Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing.

Susan Leight, EdD, RN:

Dr. Leight, Director of the Master of Science in Nursing Program, holds a doctorate in Educational Psychology and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from West Virginia University. Her bachelors in nursing is from State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Leight completed a three year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include the early detection of breast cancer; cultural competence in health care providers; rural vulnerability; and the use of narrative pedagogy in academic settings. Dr. Leight holds two US/International Patents for her work on a Simulated Breast Model that has since been licensed to industry, as well as, national certification as an Adult and Family Nurse Practitioner.

Susan Rice, PhD, RN:

Dr. Rice holds a PhD in Health Promotion from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, as well as masters in nursing and public health from Columbia University, NY. Her undergraduate degree in nursing is from Shenandoah University. She has practiced nurse-midwifery for many years and has "caught" over 800 babies, and also has practiced as a hospital chaplain. Her research interests include the effect of massage therapy on physical, mental and spiritual health, and the influences of whole-person health on wellbeing.