Art & Graphic Design

David Carson David Carson Adjunct Instructor
Areas of instruction:
Art Education

Robert Howsare Robert Howsare Assistant Professor
MFA, Ohio University
Areas of instruction:
Printmaking, Foundations

Website: http://roberthowsare.com

Beth KochDr. Beth Koch Assistant Professor
MFA, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Areas of instruction:
Graphic Design, Motion Graphics

Megan Leight Megan Leight Adjunct Instructor
MA, CUNY Hunter
Areas of instruction:
Art History


Ashley Lawson Dr. Ashley Lawson
Assistant Professor of English

Ashley Lawson teaches gender studies, literature, and composition. She is currently completing a doctorate from the University of Nebraska. Her research interests include women's modernism, twentieth century American literature, and women's studies.

William Mallory Dr. William Mallory
Professor of English
(304) 473-8067

William Mallory teaches African literature, Asian literature, and Russian literature in translation. He co-edited a book entitled Literature and Geography: A Meeting of the Disciplines and has participated in NEH summer institutes. He coordinates the Humanities Program.

Devon McNamara Dr. Devon McNamara
Professor of English
(304) 473-8243

Devon McNamara teaches Shakespeare, Irish literature, creative writing, and humanities. Her poems, essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in a number of publications, including The Christian Science Monitor. She leads cultural tours of Ireland and East Central Europe for Wesleyan students.

Richard Schmit Mr. Richard Schmitt
Associate Professor of Creative Writing & English
(304) 473-8853

Richard Schmitt teaches creative writing, short fiction, and composition. Author of the acclaimed novel The Aerialist, he has published stories in a number of literary magazines. His work was included in New Stories from the South: The Year's Best. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

Jessie van Eerden Ms. Jessie van Eerden
Assistant Professor of English
(304) 473-8329

Jessie van Eerden teaches creative writing and composition. She is the author of the novel Glorybound(WordFarm, 2012). Her essays and short fiction have appeared in The Oxford American, River Teeth, Bellingham Review and other publications, and her prose has been included in Best American Spiritual Writing and Red Holler: An Anthology of Contemporary Appalachian Literature. Van Eerden is also the director of Wesleyan’s Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program.

Read some of her work at jessievaneerden.com.

Douglas Van Gundy Mr. Douglas Van Gundy
Associate Professor of English
(304) 473-8523

Doug Van Gundy teaches creative writing, Appalachian literature, and humanities. His first book of poetry, A Life Above Water, was published in 2007, and his poems and essays have appeared in The Oxford American, Ecotone, and The Fretboard Journal. He is currently Director of the Honors Program.

Eric Waggoner Dr. Eric Waggoner
Associate Professor of English
(304) 473-8240

Eric Waggoner teaches American literature, literary theory, and composition. As Departmental Coordinator, he directs the senior thesis program. He has written scholarly articles and film and music journalism for a variety of publications, including The Village Voice. His music criticism appeared in Kill Your Idols: A New Generation of Rock Writers Considers the Classics.

 Dr. Lynn Linder 

Assistant Professor of English 
(304) 473-8805 

Lynn M. Linder teaches British literature, gender studies, literary theory, and composition. She has published scholarly articles on nineteenth-century British literature and Irish gothic fiction. Her current book project, Gothic Traces, Sensational Selves: The Diary and Victorian Fiction, brings together her research interests in the English novel, gothic literature, and life-writing. 




Stephen E. Cresswell Dr. Stephen E. Cresswell
Professor of History
B.A., University of Virginia
M.A., M.L.S., Catholic University
Ph.D., University of Virginia

Robert O. Rupp Dr. Robert O. Rupp
Professor of History
B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University
M.A., Ph.D., Syracuse University

Dr. Katharine Lane Antolini
Chair of the Department 
Assistant Professor
(304) 473-8019
B.A. West Virginia Wesleyan College
M.A. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
M.A., Ph.D.,West Virginia University

Tamara Denmark Bailey
Assistant Professor
B.A. West Virginia University
M.A. West Virginia University

Jordan KuckDr. Jordan Kuck
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Tennessee



Kyle AndrewsKyle Andrews
M.M., Indiana University

Jeff Bush
Adjunct Instructor of Trombone and Jazz Studies
Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance, Otterbein College
Master of Music in Choral Conducting, Eastman School of Music
Doctorate of Musical Arts, University of Illinois

R. Daniel Hughes
Associate Professor of Music
Bachelor of Music Education, Youngstown State University
Master of Music in Jazz Studies, Manhattan School of Music

Curtis Johnson
Adjunct Instructor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies
Bachelor of Music Education, West Liberty State University
Master of Music in Saxophone Performance, West Virginia University

Melody Meadows
Professor of Music
(304) 473-8411
Bachelor of Arts in Music, Davis and Elkins College
Master of Applied Teaching, West Virginia Wesleyan College
Doctorate of Musical Arts, University of Michigan

James H. Moore
Department Chair
Associate Professor of Music
(304) 473-8052
M.M. Jazz Studies, University of the Arts
PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Leigh UsiltonDr. Leigh Usilton
Assistant Professor
M.A., New York University
D.M.A., West Virginia University


Dr. Robert Hull

Chair, Professor of Philosophy
(304) 473-8288
B.A., Hamline University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Kansas

Dr. Bernard F. Keating

Professor of Philosophy
(304) 473-8436
B.A., College of William and Mary
M.B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia


Religious Studies Faculty

Dr. Vicki Phillips

Associate Professor of Religious Studies
(304) 473-8444
B.A., St. John’s College
M.S., University of California at San Diego
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Debra Murphy Dr. Debra Dean Murphy
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
(304) 473-8362
B.S., West Virginia Wesleyan College
M.T.S., Duke Divinity School
Ph.D., Drew University

Debra Dean Murphy teaches courses in theology, ethics, liturgy, and church history. She is the author of Happiness, Health, and Beauty: The Christian Life in Everyday Terms (Cascade 2015) and Teaching that Transforms: Worship as the Heart of Christian Education (Brazos 2004). Her articles and essays have appeared in Modern Theology, Scottish Journal of Theology, Liturgy, and Cross Currents. Her blog, “Intersections: Thoughts on Religion, Culture, and Politics.” is regularly featured by The Christian Century, Sojourners, and On Being.



Thomas Schoffler Thomas Schoffler
Department Chair, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
(304) 473-8810

Thomas Schoffler teaches acting, movement, musical theatre, drama for youth and dramaturgy. A professional actor and director, he has worked in New York City as well as regional theatres across the country. He is the director of the musical theatre program, and coordinator for the theatre & dance department.

Gregory Mach Gregory Mach
Associate Professor Theatre Arts
(304) 473-8855

Gregory Mach teaches advanced acting, directing, theatre history, stage makeup, voice and movement, and humanities. A professional actor, director, and playwright when he is not teaching, he has performed everything from Shakespeare to mime at numerous theatres throughout the southeastern United States and on television, and has directed extensively for the commercial, university and community stage, as well as international tours, for over thirty years. Selected by the Rotary International Foundation to represent higher education and the arts in West Virginia on a tour of Korea, Greg directs at least one show a year at WVWC and advises the acting/directing majors.

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