Dr. Karen S. Miller

Director, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Chair, Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Political Science
Associate Professor of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Social Justice Studies
(304) 473-8092

Ph.D. University of Kentucky

M.S. & B.S. Eastern Kentucky University

Dr. Karen Miller has taught at Wesleyan since 2008. She has published two books and several journal articles. Her research interests include: wrongful convictions, capital punishment, bullying behaviors, and assessment of student learning. Dr. Miller is the faculty advisor for Kappa Mu, the criminal justice student group, and regularly escorts students abroad for travel courses.

Courses: Criminology, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice System, Correctional Institutions, Sociology Senior Seminar, Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice, Social Theory, Domestic Violence, Drugs & Society, Social Problems, Deviance & Social Control, Comparative Criminal Justice, and Internships


Peter Galarneau Peter Galarneau Jr.
Assistant Professor of Communication
Department Chair
(304) 473-8258
Faculty Website
B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College
M.A., West Virginia University

Mr. Galarneau began teaching at Wesleyan in 2005. He is an avid sports fan and a volunteer sports photographer for the college. His sports photography can be found at his personal web site. He enjoys the West Virginia roads on his Cannondale bicycle and exploring the beauty that this state has to offer. Mr. Galarneau is a published fiction writer with several novels and short stories, including "Journey of the Daggers," "The Cubit," "The Djed,"and "0-Time: PUSH*."

Courses: Newspaper Practicum, Radio Broadcasting Practicum, News Media Writing, Public Relation Writing, Digital Video Field Production, Publication Design, Layout andProduction, Public Relations Campaign, and Fundamentals of Oral Communication.

Jessica Fabbricatore Jessica Fabbricatore
Instructor of Communication
M.A., West Virginia University

Jessica Fabbricatore has been a Communication Studies instructor at West Virginia Wesleyan since 2015. She is also the faculty advisor for the online magazine, HerCampus. She earned an M.A. in Communication Theory and Research from West Virginia University and her B.A. in Communication Studies from WVWC. Her current interest is developing online courses that provide the same quality education students receive in the classroom.

Courses: Fundamentals of Human Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to the Communication Discipline, Public Relations Principles and Practices, Communication Theory, and Internship.

Mu Hu Dr. Mu Hu
Associate Professor of Communication
(304) 473-8448
B.A., Anhui University, China
M.A., The Ohio State University
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Dr. Mu Hu began teaching at Wesleyan in 2007. He teaches Introduction to Media Studies, Persuasion, Intercultural Communication, Seminar of Communication Studies, and Fundamentals of Oral Communication. His research interests include media effects and media technology and psychological well-being. When he is not working, he likes travelling, playing basketball, and watching National Geographic and Discovery Channel.

Sociology, Criminal Justice, Political Science, & Social Justice Studies

Dr. Melissa Buice

Dr. Melissa Buice

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Social Justice Studies

Ph.D. University of Tennessee

Dr. Buice began teaching at Wesleyan in 2014. She earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of Tennessee.  She has traveled and conducted field research in La Paz, Bolivia, in addition to living and traveling extensively in Mexico. Dr. Buice previously held a position as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri.  Her 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

Courses: Introduction to Political Science, Model United Nations, Research Methods, American Foreign Policy, Human Rights, Classical Political Theory

Dr. Molly Clever

Dr. Molly Clever

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Justice Studies

Ph.D. and M.A. University of Maryland

B. A. Sociology University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Clever began teaching at Wesleyan in 2014. 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. 

Courses: Introduction to Sociology; Social Stratification; Sex and Gender; Introduction to Social Justice; Community, Social Change & Development, and Utopias

Robert O. Rupp

Dr. Robert O. Rupp

Professor of History and Political Science
(304) 473-8561

Ph.D. and M.S. Syracuse University

B. A. Ohio Wesleyan University

Dr. Rupp began teaching at Wesleyan in 1989. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University, and a Master of Science and Ph.D. from Syracuse University. He serves on the faculty in both History and Political Science. He is the author of several publications, including The Primary that made a President: Kennedy and the 1960 Battleground in West Virginia, a book published by West Virginia University Press. Dr. Rupp has served as scriptwriter and narrator on documentary films, and has presented lectures at conferences and meetings throughout the state and across the country. He is the recipient of several grants from the West Virginia Humanities Council and the U.S. Department of Education, including several to assist in the professional development of public school history teachers in West Virginia.

Courses: American National Government, American Foreign Policy, Politics & Film, Senior Seminar, West Virginia Politics, Parties and Elections, The American Presidency

Dr. Crosby Hipes

 Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology

Ph.D. University of Maryland

M.A. Arkansas College

B. A. University of Arkansas

Dr. Hipes began teaching at Wesleyan in 2016. He earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Maryland in 2016, his M.A. in Sociology from the Arkansas College in 2009, and his B.A. International Relations from the University of Arkansas in 2006. He has been the student director of a social psychology laboratory at the University of Maryland, and has published research on the stigma of mental illness and social responses to military personnel and veterans. His dissertation analyzed the effects of stereotypes and power dynamics on employment discrimination toward people with mental illness labels. He also worked with the Recovering Warrior Task Force to assess the effectiveness of government programs for recovering, injured, or ill members of the U.S. military.

Courses: Introduction to Sociology; Race, Class & Power; and Introduction to Criminal Justice


Richard S. Calef Richard S. Calef
Professor Emeritus of Psychology
B.A., University of Bridgeport
M.A., Ph.D., University of Southern Illinois

Dr. Richard Calef, beloved Professor of Psychology and former department chair, retired in May 2016. He studied at the University of Bridgeport, and Southern Illinois University, completing his Ph.D. in experimental psychology. He published 30 articles dealing with various types of reinforcement and discrimination in learning of humans and animals. He taugh courses in experimental psychology, behavior analysis, and general psychology, and supervises Thesis I and II projects.


Katherine R. Glenney Katherine R. Glenney
Associate Professor of Psychology
(304) 473-8087
B.A., Susquehanna University
M.S., Shippensburg University
Ed.D., West Virginia University

Dr. Katherine Glenney, Associate Professor of Psychology, received her bachelor degree from Susquehanna University, her Masters in Community Counseling from Shippensburg University, and her Ed.D. in Counseling from West Virginia University. Previously, she was employed at a community mental health center as Director of the Developmental Disabilities Program. Prior to this, she worked with college students, victims of domestic violence, psychiatric patients, and mentally retarded individuals. She has had extensive training in family and marriage therapy and was previously a certified addictions counselor for the state of Pennsylvania. Currently, she is a licensed psychologist for the state of West Virginia. At Wesleyan, she teaches general psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, and social psychology. Her special interests include developmental disabilities and other handicapping conditions and abnormal psychology. Dr. Glenney also supervises Practicum I and Practicum II.

Mengfei Cai

Mengfei Cai
Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Psychology
(304) 473-8082
B.A., Huazhong Normal University
M.S., Ph.D., Brigham Young University

Dr. Cai Studied at Huazhong Normal University and Brigham Young University, completing a Ph.D. in Applied Social Psychology. She teaches courses in Statistics and Research Methods, Experimental Psychology, Testing & Measurement, and supervises Thesis I and II projects. Her research interests are in effective parenting and coping, cognitive and social development, and culture differences.


Mike KubaMike Kuba
Assistant Professor

Michael Kuba earned his B.A. at Bowling Green State University and his M.A. at Villanova University. He has thirty-five years of experience as a professional counselor, trainer, instructor, and supervisor. A nationally certified and state licensed counseling practitioner, Mike was the Director of Counseling at Wesleyan for the past twenty-seven years.



Dr. Melissa Buice

Dr. Derek Zeigler

Assitant Professor of Psychology
(304) 473-8082

M.S., Ph.D. Ohio University

 Dr. Derek Zeigler received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Ohio University with a concentration in cognitive psychology and cognitive science. Dr. Zeigler’s cognitive research concerns the nature of learning -- particularly how concept learning processes are influenced by training and expertise. He teaches General Psychology, Behavior Modification, Psychological Experimentation, Learning & Behavior Analysis, Cognitive Psychology, and instructs student thesis projects.  For more information, please visit Dr. Zeigler’s personal webpage


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