Communication Department Faculty


Peter Galarneau Jr.

Peter Galarneau Jr.


Assistant Professor of Communication, Department Chair

Office Phone: (304) 473-8258

Email: galarneau@wvwc.edu

Faculty Web Site: PeterGalarneau.com

B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College; M.A., West Virginia University

I currently teach News Media Writing, Public Relations Writing, Digital Video Field Production, Publication Design, Layout and Production, and Public Relations Campaigns. I am the advisor for the college newspaper The Pharos and the college radio station C-92. This semester, I've started a new class, Sport Communication, that as an avid sports fan, I am looking forward to teaching.

My academic interests are continued publication of fiction genre novels, media effects and the Internet, and agenda setting theory. I am an avid sports fan and am a volunteer sports photographer for the college. My sports photography can be found at my personal web site.

I enjoy taking to the West Virginia roads on my Cannondale bicycle and exploring the beauty that this state has to offer. I am a published fiction writer with several novels and short stories completed in the past 15 years, including "Journey of the Daggers," "The Cubit," "The Djed,"and "0-Time: PUSH*." My summers are dedicated to the craft and I spend lots of time outside the house, by a lake or on a rock next to one of numerous West Virginia rivers, writing. I am also an avid footbag player (hacky sack). I have been playing for many years and I still enjoy kicking solo or with a group.

For more information about the program, contact Department Chair Peter Galarneau or visit the Admissions Office online to apply or schedule a visit.



Dr. Mu Hu

Dr. Mu Hu


Assistant Professor of Communication

Office Phone: (304) 473-8448

Email: hu_m@wvwc.edu

B.A., Anhui University, China; M.A., The Ohio State University; Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Mu Hu is currently Assistant Professor in Department of Communication. 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.



Dr. Katherine Thweatt

Dr. Katherine Thweatt


Assistant Professor of Communication

Office Phone: (304) 473-8140

Email: thweatt_k@wvwc.edu

B.A., University of Alabama; Ed.D., West Virginia University

Katherine Thweatt teaches Interpersonal Communication, Public Address, Fundamentals of Human Communication, Communication Theory, Communication Research Methods, Communication Internship, Cultural Impact on Organizations. Her research Interests are nonverbal communication, diabetes, and interpersonal communication. Her hobbies include pets, baking, travelling, skiing, biking, and growing Tomatoes.



Dr. Mary Toale

Dr. Mary Toale


Professor of Communication

Office Phone: (304) 473-8233

Email: Toale_m@wvwc.edu

Ed.D., West Virginia University, Instructional Communication; B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College, Secondary Mathematics Education

Dr. Mary Toale serves as the faculty co-advisor to Lambda Pi Eta (LPH), the National Communication Honor Society, on campus, is on the National Faculty Advisory Board for LPH, and is an active member of the National Communication Association as well as the Eastern Communication Association. Mary was most recently an Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Communication Arts & Sciences at Baldwin-Wallace College (BW). During over ten years of service at BW, Mary served as Faculty Senate President, Humanities Division Chair, Department Chair, and on a variety of committees, boards, and student groups. She won the prestigious Strosacker Award for Excellence in Teaching at Baldwin-Wallace College. Mary’s current scholarly interests include communication research, communication theory, nonverbal communication, digital media and design, and instructional communication. Some of Mary’s hobbies include biking, photography, and genealogy.