Wesleyan Welcomes Fifteen New Faculty

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

L-r: Smith, Anthony, Webb, Watkins, Klingensmith, Jack, van Eerden , Casale, Hughes 2nd row: Rice, Shannon, Cai, Mueller, Lawson; not pictured, Katy Gohman.

This fall, West Virginia Wesleyan welcomes 15 new members to the College’s full-time faculty.

Charles (Bruce) Anthony, Visiting Instructor of Chemistry.  B.S., Ball State University; Ph.D., Louisiana State University.  Dr. Anthony comes to Wesleyan from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, Indiana where he served as an Assistant Research Professor.

Mengfei Cai, Assistant Professor of Psychology.  B.S., Hudzhong Normal University; M.S. Brigham Young University.  Cai is working to finish her Ph.D. this year with Brigham Young University.

MaryAnn Casale, Assistant Professor of Education.  B.S., Rhode Island College; M.Ed., Rhode Island College; Ed.D., Johnson & Wales University. Dr. Casale is returning to higher education after having served as an elementary school principal for the Cranston Public Schools in Cranston, RI.  She also taught as an adjunct professor for the Community College of Rhode Island as well as an elementary school teacher for the first and third grades.

Katharine Gohman, Visiting Instructor of Chemistry.  B.A., Concordia College; M.S., University of Utah. Gohman comes to Wesleyan from Utah Valley University where she worked as a Chemistry Lecturer and Laboratory Instructor.

R. Daniel Hughes, Associate Professor of Music and Concert Chorale Director.  B.A., Otterbein University; M.M., Eastman School of Music; D.M.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. For the last nine years, Hughes has been the Director of Choral Activities and Coordinator of the Voice Area at Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY. Hughes has published several reviews in The Choral Journal, and recently completed an article about Dominick Argento for the upcoming second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music, which is scheduled for publication in early 2013.

James (Zach) Klingensmith, Visiting Instructor of Business.  B.A., Washington & Jefferson; Klingensmith is currently working on his dissertation at West Virginia University in economics, specifically in the effectiveness of earmark spending and legislation under the advisement of Dr. Roger Congleton.

Edwina Howard Jack, Assistant professor in Education, B.S., West Virginia Wesleyan College, M.Ed., West Virginia University. Jack worked previously as an English teacher at Buckhannon-Upshur High School and as a Special Education teacher at Central Elementary School and Buckhannon-Upshur High School, and at Jennings Randolph Elementary School in Randolph County.  She served as the English Language Arts Coordinator for the WV Department of Education in Charleston, WV.  Currently, she is pursuing a doctorate at WVU in Educational Leadership with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction.

Ashley Lawson, Assistant Professor of English.  B.A., West Virginia University; M.A., University of Rochester. A recipient of the Othmer Fellowship, she was an editorial assistant at the Walt Whitman Archive while working toward a specialization in gender studies, American women writers, and 20th Century literature.  She presented her work at multiple conferences in the U.S. and Canada, and she received two prizes for her scholarly writing from UNL faculty.  She was recently awarded the John B. Stephenson faculty fellowship from the Appalachian College Association and will complete her dissertation on the autobiographical productions of women in artistic partnership while teaching at WVWC.

Ellen Mueller, Assistant Professor of Art.  B.A., Bemidji State University; B.S., Bemidji State University; M.F.A., University of South Florida.  She worked  at Colorado State University-Pueblo as the Visiting Assistant Professor/Artist-in-Residence.  Mueller has recently had exhibitions at the Cardiff Story Museum, the Taubman Museum of Art, and on cnn.com

Susan Rice, Visiting Associate Professor of Nursing. ASN, BSN, Shenandoah University; MSN, MPH, Columbia University, New York, NY;  Ph.D. in Health Promotion, University of Alabama; Master of Divinity, Baptist Theological Seminary, Richmond. She has many years of clinical practice as a Certified Nurse Midwife in rural Maryland, Delaware, and Alabama. She was a consultant for Mercy International Health Services and served five months in the Marshall Islands.  Rice also taught as Associate Professor of Nursing at Samford University, Shepherd University, and Mountain State University.

Robynn K. Shannon, Assistant Professor of Biology.  B.A., Houghton College, Ph.D., University of Connecticut.  Dr. Shannon most recently taught at Wesleyan University.  She previously worked as a Research Assistant in the Department of Botany of the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution) and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana.  Dr. Shannon is a Certified Ecologist of the Ecological Society of America, a member of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Aquatic Plant Management Society, and a Scientist Mentor for the Botanical Society of America.  She has served as a volunteer at a transitional housing facility for women in Washington, D.C., and as an ESL tutor with the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia.

Thomas Smith, Assistant Professor of Nursing, Director of the School of Allied Health Sciences.  B.S.N., West Virginia Wesleyan College; M.A., West Virginia University.  Smith comes to Wesleyan from Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), where he served as the divisional director for performance improvement and care management for 17 hospitals across four states. He was accepted as a candidate in the doctoral program at WVU.

Jessie van Eerden, Assistant Professor of English, Director of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program.  B.A., West Virginia University; M.F.A., University of Iowa.  van Eerden worked at the Oregon Extension of Eastern University as the Literature/Creative Writing Instructor.  She was selected as the 2007-08 Milton Fellow at Image and Seattle Pacific University for work on her first novel, Glorybound, forthcoming September 2012 with WordFarm.  Her prose has also appeared in Best American Spiritual Writing, Oxford American, Bellingham Review and several other publications.

William Watkins, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology.  BA., University of Michigan; M.A., University of South Florida; Ph.D., University of Central Florida.  Dr. Watkins comes to Wesleyan from the University of Central Florida where he taught courses on criminology, drug abuse, and alcoholism.  He has previously been published in Addictive Behaviors, Substance Use and Misuse, and The Prevention Researcher.

Joanna R. Webb, Assistant Professor of Chemistry.  B.S., West Virginia Wesleyan College; Ph.D., University of Virginia.  She worked as a Research Assistant in the Center for Catalytic Hydrocarbon Functionalization at the University of Virginia. In 2011, she was awarded the AES Energy Research Graduate Fellowship.