Faculty

Communication

Peter Galarneau
Peter Galarneau Jr.
Assistant Professor of Communication
Department Chair
(304) 473-8258
B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College
M.A., West Virginia University
I currently teach 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. 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.
Dr. Mu Hu
Assistant Professor of Communication
(304) 473-8448
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 also serves as Director of School of Social and Behavioral Science. 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
Assistant Professor of Communication
B.A., University of Alabama, Birmingham
M.A., West Virginia University, Communication Studies
Ed.D., West Virginia University

Katherine Thweatt teaches Interpersonal Communication, Public Address, Fundamentals of Oral 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 C. Toale
Professor of Communication
(304) 473-8233
B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College, Secondary Mathematics Education
Ed.D., West Virginia University, Instructional Communication
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.



Sociology

Karen S. Miller
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Director of the School of Behavioral and Social Science
(304) 473-8092

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

Dr. Robert O. Rupp
Professor of History
(304) 473-8561
B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University
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.

Dr. Katharine Lane Antolini
Visiting Instructor in History
(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

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.


Psychology

Richard S. Calef
Department Chairperson and Professor of Psychology
(304) 473-8058
B.A., University of Bridgeport
M.A., Ph.D., University of Southern Illinois
Dr. Richard Calef, Professor of Psychology and department chair, has studied at the University of Bridgeport, and Southern Illinois University, completing his Ph.D. in experimental psychology. He has published 30 articles dealing with various types of reinforcement and discrimination in learning of humans and animals. He teaches courses in experimental psychology, behavior analysis, and general psychology, and supervises Thesis I and II projects.
Esther Barkat
Associate Professor of Psychology
(304) 473-8058
B.A. Government College for Women B.Ed. Punjab University M.Ed, Ed.D. West Virginia University Ed.S. Marshall University

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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
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, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and Biopsychology. Her research interests are in organizational behaviors, effective parenting and coping, and culture differences.