M.A., Ph.D., Syracuse University
In his teaching, Dr. Robert Rupp has generated and fostered many opportunities for students to creatively address many of these issues themselves, not only enhancing the students’ knowledge of the matters at hand, but also reaching out to the community at large to cultivate a much broader educational focus.
Through projects that Rupp has instigated, students were able to share knowledge about a given issue acquired through lectures and research with the communities affected by the issue itself. For example, during the 2010 election cycle, Rupp’s students constructed a website that provided information and predictions on state Senate and two other races.
In addition, his first-year students researched the five Upshur County School Board candidates, posted information, and conducted interviews that aired on Wesleyan’s public access channel.
Students have researched voter registration and turn-out; administered surveys to both Democratic and Republican state delegates during each party’s 2008 presidential nominating convention; and produced scripts detailing West Virginia’s role in helping John F. Kennedy win the presidency in 1960, which aired on West Virginia public radio and appeared along with other historical documentation on the student-constructed website, flashbackto1960.com. These are just a few examples of the ways in which Rupp has engaged not only his students, but also his community for the last 20 years.
Rupp is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan and received his graduate degrees from Syracuse University. He has taught history and political science at Wesleyan since 1989. He is the author of several publications, including four entries on state politics in the West Virginia Encyclopedia, and a book currently under contract to West Virginia University Press, The Primary that made a President: Kennedy and the 1960 Battleground in West Virginia. 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 has served as president of the Upshur County Board of Education in 2002, and was board president at the Stockert Youth Center from 1998-2000. 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.
M.A. Eastern Kentucky University
During his time at EKU, he had the opportunity to teach graduate level courses along with other academic responsibilities.
Dr. Karen Miller has taught at Wesleyan since 2008. She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Kentucky. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University. Dr. Miller has published two books and several journal articles. Her research interests include: wrongful convictions, capital punishment, and victimization.
Courses: Criminology, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice System, Correctional Institutions, Sociology Senior Seminar, Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice, and Internships
M.A. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
M.A., Ph.D.,West Virginia University
Dr. Antolini teaches courses in history, sociology and gender studies at Wesleyan. She has published articles on the role of women in the American Civil War, the historical representation of motherhood as celebrated by Mother’s Day and the experience of raising an autistic child.