New Faculty Announced for 2014-2015

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

West Virginia Wesleyan College welcomed fourteen faculty members to campus for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The group includes:

Tamara Denmark Bailey will join the School of Social and Behavioral Science as assistant professor of history. She earned both a B.A. and M.A. from West Virginia University.  She studied Constitutional History at Georgetown as a James Madison Fellow in 1997.  In 1998, Bailey was awarded the Moniticello-Stratford Hall Teacher Fellowship and studied early American revolutionary life at University of Virginia.  The survival and perseverance of free and enslaved African-Americans intrigued her and eventually led to the examination of Civil Rights in the U.S. South and South Africa at Georgia State University through the National Endowment for Humanities.  Shortly thereafter, Bailey began her doctoral degree at WVU.

Morganne Bennett is an instructor of marketing and MBA marketing coordinator in the School of Business. She earned her B.S. in marketing with a minor in Spanish in 2012, and graduated with an MBA in 2014. A graduate assistant in the MBA program, she covered many aspects such as advertising, event planning, and research.

Stephanie Booth joins the art department as the assistant professor of arts. She is an artist based in the Washington D.C. metro area.  She attended Mary Washington College and graduated with honors in 2004, earning a B.A. in Studio Art and Art History.  Booth worked as a secondary art educator for six years and, during that time, studied at Virginia Commonwealth University, earning an MIS in Studio Art with concentrations in Mixed Media and Computers in the Arts in 2007.  She received her MFA in Art and Visual Technology from George Mason University and has previously taught at George Mason, Northern Virginia Community College, and The College of Southern Maryland.

Melissa Buice will also join the School of Social and Behavioral Science as assistant professor of political science. She received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Tennessee.  Her primary research interests include the politics of gender and ethnicity in developing nations, the effects of informal economic activity on political behavior, and the role of social movements in policy outcomes.  Her research has been published in The American Political Science Review.

Daniel Chenoweth will serve as assistant professor of accounting in Wesleyan’s School of Business. He has more than ten years of public accounting experience with prior specialized practice experience in entity taxation, oil and gas accounting, and fraud and forensic accounting. Before joining West Virginia Wesleyan College, Mr. Chenoweth served as the Entity Tax Manager for PBMares, LLP’s Newport News, VA office where he provided advanced tax planning and tax consulting for corporate clients.  He has served as an accountant at SCOTT and NYPL, CPAs, A.C., in Elkins, WV.  A licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chenoweth received his Bachelor of Arts degree, Master’s of Professional Accountancy (MPA) and Certificate of Forensic Accounting from West Virginia University.

Molly Clever will also join the School of Social and Behavioral Science as an assistant professor of sociology. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Maryland in 2014, her M.A. in Sociology from the University of Maryland in 2009, and her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. She has published articles on the transformation of the global political system after the Cold War, as well as articles on military families and children. Her research interests include warfare, the military, and the political transformations of states.

Amy Coffman holds a Master of Science in Nursing from West Virginia University, and a B.S. in nursing from Marshall University.  She will serve the School of Nursing as an assistant professor of nursing.  She is currently board certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurse Credentialing Center.  In addition to over ten years’ experience as a Nurse Practitioner in family practice, she has acute care nursing experience in critical care, emergency nursing and obstetrics.  Special interests include women’s health and pediatrics, and diabetes management.

Zara Feeney will teach in the art department as an assistant professor of art and artist in residence. She was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, CA, a suburb outside of Los Angeles, CA. While earning her BA at UCLA she received a framework on how to conceptually investigate ideas in painting, and during her MFA at LCAD, was able to better realize concepts and fine-tune handling on the medium itself.  She has studied under acclaimed art faculty including Lari Pittman, Catherine Opie, James Welling, F. Scott Hess, and Peter Frank.

Melissa B. Franke holds a 2009 Master’s in Nursing Education degree from Marshall.  She joins the nursing department as an assistant professor of nursing. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the National League of Nursing (NLN), as well as the Golden Key, and in 2012 earned her certification in nursing education (CNE).  Her career as nursing faculty began in 2004 at Alderson-Broaddus University where she served as tenured faculty from 2011 through 2014.  Franke’s undergraduate nursing degrees include an associate degree and bachelor degree from Arkansas State University.  She has over 30 years of clinical experience in medical surgical, step down units, as well as eight years in a critical care unit.  Her clinical experiences have occurred in five acute care hospitals in four states.  Her clinical roles have included staff and supervisory roles as well as involvement in a shared governance organization.

Michael Kuba joins the psychology department as an assistant professor of psychology. He earned his B.A. at Bowling Green State University, and his M.A. at Villanova University.  He has 35 years of experience as a professional counselor, trainer, instructor, and supervisor.  A nationally certified and state licensed counseling practitioner, Kuba was the Director of Counseling at Wesleyan for the past 27 years.

Lynn Linder joins the WVWC faculty this fall as an assistant professor in the English Department.  She received her Ph.D. in English from Saint Louis University where she also earned a M.A. in English and a Graduate Minor in Women’s Studies.  Linder holds a B.A. in English and a B.A. in history from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  She has published scholarly articles on nineteenth-century British literature and Irish gothic fiction.  Her teaching and research interests include Victorian Literature and culture, the English novel, life-writing, and gender studies.

Suzanne Simmons joins the nursing department as an assistant professor of nursing. She has taught nursing courses over nine years including online learning.  She earned an associate’s degree in Nursing at Davis and Elkins College in 1994, and earned a B.S. degree from West Virginia University in 2005.  She graduated with her Master’s of Science Degree in nursing with a focus in Family Nurse Practitioner in December 2007 from Wheeling Jesuit University.  Currently, she is pursuing a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Walden.

Sara Souther will join the School of Science as an assistant professor of biology. In 2011, Souther completed a Ph.D. at West Virginia University, where she examined the influence of climate change on American ginseng abundance and distribution. Finding that ginseng was threatened by changing climate, Sara applied for and received a David H. Smith Post-doctoral Fellowship that funded her research, completed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, on methods to prevent climate change-driven extinction of ginseng and similarly imperiled species.

Andrea Sutyak joins Wesleyan as assistant professor of mathematics. A 2002 graduate of Wesleyan, she continued her education at West Virginia University, completing her Ph.D. in 2008.

Cutline: 1st row l-r: Molly Clever, Amy Coffman, Zara Feeney, Sara Souther
2nd row: Melissa Buice, Lynn Linder, Melissa Franke, Mike Kuba, Morganne Bennett
3rd row: Stephanie Booth, Suzanne Simmons, Andrea Sutyak, and Daniel Chenoweth