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September 02, 2015

Sixteen New Faculty Welcomed to Classrooms

West Virginia Wesleyan College welcomed sixteen new faculty for the 2015-2016 academic year. The new faculty include: Kyle Andrews ‘13 as an instructor of music. Jazz musician, drummer and educator, Andrews began playing in his hometown of Shepherdstown, WV and has since performed in Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, New York City, and the greater North-Central WV area. He holds a bachelor of music education from Wesleyan and a master of music in jazz studies from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He has served as a clinician and adjudicator in and around the state of West Virginia. His articles and reviews have been published in Modern Drummer Magazine.


David Corbett, assistant professor of marketing, holds a doctorate of business administration with a concentration in marketing from Argosy University. He completed his bachelors and masters of business administration from California University of PA. Dr. Corbett taught numerous business classes at Ohio Valley University for over seven years, Marketing Research at West Virginia University at Parkersburg, and Principles of Marketing at California University of PA.   


Jessica Fabbricatore, instructor of communication studies, is a 2013 Wesleyan graduate of the Communication Studies department. She obtained her masters of arts in communication theory and research from West Virginia University (WVU). Her interests include interpersonal communication, social media, and intergroup communication.


Robert Howsare will fill the role of visiting artist/assistant professor of art.  Howsare’s research explores the anomalies occurring across systems through his background in psychology and production printing.  He received his bachelor of fine arts in printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute and graduated with a master of fine arts (MFA) in printmaking from Ohio University.  His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and Howsare’s work has been recognized by WIRED Magazine, Abi­tare International Design Magazine, HOW, and other publications.  Most recently his work has appeared in The Art of Tinkering, Meggs’ History of Graphic Design and on Adult Swim.


Beth Koch, assistant professor of art, will be teaching Graphic Design & Motion Graphics. She holds a PhD in Design and MFA in Interactive Design from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor of fine arts in visual communications from the Herron School of Art/IUPUI.  Dr. Koch has taught nationally and internationally for over 10 years and served more than 20 years as an art director in advertising, graphic and packaging design, marketing communications, web design, magazine and newspaper design, and book publishing. She has won numerous awards for her work including CLIOs, International Advertising Festival Awards, Echo, among many more.


Jordan Kuck, assistant professor of history, graduated from the Bertrand Community School in Bertrand, NE, and the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2014.  Dr. Kuck won a number of major prizes, including a Fulbright Fellowship, a U.S. Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship, and an Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) Dissertation Research Grant, among others. In 2011, he received the UT Chancellor’s Extraordinary Professional Promise Award, and in October 2013 was named the University of Tennessee Quest Scholar of the Week.


Tuan Le, assistant professor of economics, earned both a master of arts and a Ph.D. in economics and a master of science in Finance from WVU. He taught economics and finance at Foreign Trade University in Hanoi for two years. In 2006, he received a scholarship from the Japanese Government to study business and economics in Japan.


Jenna McNallie, assistant professor of communication studies, completed her undergraduate degree in Communication as well as English Education at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She earned her master of arts in communication at the University of Wisconsin and her Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication at Purdue University's Brian Lamb School of Communication. 


Michael Mendicino, assistant professor of education, has served in the public schools as a special education teacher for 30 years. He received his Ed.D from WVU in educational psychology.  He received both his bachelor of science in education and master of science from California University of Pennsylvania.


Theresa Poling, assistant professor of nursing, began her career as a licensed practical nurse, graduating from the Fred Eberle Tri-County Vocational Technical Center School of Practical Nursing in 1989.  She completed an associate in science degree in nursing at Fairmont State College in 1994.  She graduated with a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Alderson Broaddus University in 2004 and earned a master of science degree in nursing from WVU in 2007.  She is Family Nurse Practitioner certified by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center (ANCC) and an active member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).  She currently works as a family nurse practitioner seeing patients at Burnsville Medical Clinic in Burnsville, WV. 


Jules Shelton, assistant professor of criminal justice, will join the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.  She received both her bachelor and master of art degrees in sociology from Western Kentucky University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in sociology/criminology at the University of Tennessee. 


Christopher Swart, assistant professor of exercise science, attended Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA where he earned his bachelor and master degrees. Specializing in Strength and Conditioning during his master’s degree, he began working as a strength coach for three different Division I athletic programs.  Following his tenure as a strength coach, he received his Ph.D. at Springfield College in Springfield, MA specializing in exercise physiology. In addition to his role as a professor, he will also be assisting in the management of the Human Performance Laboratory.


Rebecca Swisher, assistant professor of accounting, is a Certified Public Accountant.  Swisher holds both a bachelor and master degree in accounting from WVU and is nearing completion of doctoral program through Northcentral University.  She served as an assistant professor of accounting at Glenville State College for the past seven years and has experience in private, public, and governmental accounting.


Leigh Usilton, assistant professor of music, brings a wide range of musical experience to her teaching and performance, including work in musical theater, opera, and commercial country music. She holds bachelor of arts in music from Salisbury University, the master of arts in vocal performance (music theater concentration) from New York University, and the doctorate of musical arts in vocal pedagogy and performance from WVU.


Tian Xu, assistant professor of physics, graduated from University of Houston in 2010 with a bachelor of science degree in geophysics with a math minor. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Baylor University focusing on exploration geophysics and near-surface geophysics. Xu’s research interests include investigating the distribution of gas hydrate on the Gulf of Mexico, numerical modeling the subsurface cracks/fracture using direct current DCR method, and detecting seismic azimuthal anisotropy.


Scott Zinzer, assistant professor of mathematics, completed his Ph.D. in mathematics at Arizona State University and his undergraduate studies in mathematics at Aurora University in IL.  His research is centered in modern algebraic number theory and p-adic analysis.  He also has tangential (non-research) interests in the history and philosophy of mathematics and in mathematics education.  

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