Ellen Mueller - Assistant Professor

Ellen Mueller

Department Chair / Assistant Professor
MFA, University of South Florida
Areas of instruction:
Intermedia, Painting & Drawing
Website: http://ellenmueller.com
Phil McCollam - Lecturer

Phil McCollam

MFA, University of Minnesota
Areas of instruction:
Art History, Graphic Design
Website: http://philrules.com
David Carson - photo not available

David Carson

Areas of instruction:
Art Education
Tonja Torgerson - Artist in Residence

Tonja Torgerson

2013-2014 Artist in Residence
MFA, Syracuse University
Areas of instruction:
Foundations, Art History, Printmaking
Website: http://tonjatorgerson.com



Ms. Ashley Lawson
Ms. Ashley Lawson
Assistant Professor of English
Ashley Lawson teaches gender studies, literature, and composition. She is currently completing a doctorate from the University of Nebraska. Her research interests include women's modernism, twentieth century American literature, and women's studies.
Dr. Devon McNamara
Dr. William Mallory
Professor of English
(304) 473-8067
William Mallory teaches African literature, Asian literature, and Russian literature in translation. He co-edited a book entitled Literature and Geography: A Meeting of the Disciplines and has participated in NEH summer institutes. He coordinates the Humanities Program.
Dr. Devon McNamara
Dr. Devon McNamara
Professor of English
(304) 473-8243
Devon McNamara teaches Shakespeare, Irish literature, creative writing, and humanities. Her poems, essays, reviews, and interviews have appeared in a number of publications, including The Christian Science Monitor. She leads cultural tours of Ireland and East Central Europe for Wesleyan students.
Mr. Richard Schmitt
Mr. Richard Schmitt
Associate Professor of Creative Writing & English
(304) 473-8853
Richard Schmitt teaches creative writing, short fiction, and composition. Author of the acclaimed novel The Aerialist, he has published stories in a number of literary magazines. His work was included in New Stories from the South: The Year?s Best. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant.
Ms. Jessie van Eerden
Ms. Jessie van Eerden
Assistant Professor of English
(304) 473-8329
Jessie van Eerden teaches creative writing and composition. She is the author of the novel Glorybound(WordFarm, 2012). Her essays and short fiction have appeared in The Oxford American, River Teeth, Bellingham Review and other publications, and her prose has been included in Best American Spiritual Writing and Red Holler: An Anthology of Contemporary Appalachian Literature. Van Eerden is also the director of Wesleyan’s Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program. Read some of her work at jessievaneerden.com.
Mr. Douglas Van Gundy
Mr. Douglas Van Gundy
Assistant Professor of English
(304) 473-8523
Doug Van Gundy teaches creative writing, Appalachian literature, and humanities. His first book of poetry, A Life Above Water, was published in 2007, and his poems and essays have appeared in The Oxford American, Ecotone, and The Fretboard Journal. He is currently Director of the Honors Program.
Dr. Eric Waggoner
Dr. Eric Waggoner
Associate Professor of English
(304) 473-8240
Eric Waggoner teaches American literature, literary theory, and composition. As Departmental Coordinator, he directs the senior thesis program. He has written scholarly articles and film and music journalism for a variety of publications, including The Village Voice. His music criticism appeared in Kill Your Idols: A New Generation of Rock Writers Considers the Classics.



Dr. William M. Mahoney
Chair, History and International Studies
Associate Professor of History
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B.A., University of Delaware
M.A., Wake Forest University
Ph.D., University of Connecticut
Dr. Stephen E. Cresswell
Professor of History
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B.A., University of Virginia
M.A., M.L.S., Catholic University
Ph.D., University of Virginia
Dr. Robert O. Rupp
Professor of History
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B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University
M.A., Ph.D., Syracuse University
Dr. Richard G. Weeks, Jr.
Professor of History
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B.A., Macalester College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota
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


Philosophy Faculty

Dr. Robert Hull
Chair, Professor of Philosophy
(304) 473-8288
B.A., Hamline University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Kansas
Dr. Bernard F. Keating
Professor of Philosophy
(304) 473-8436
B.A., College of William and Mary
M.B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College
M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia


Christian Education Faculty

Debra Dean Murphy
Assistant Professor of Religion and Christian Education
(304) 473-8362
B.S., West Virginia Wesleyan College
M.T.S., Duke Divinity School
Ph.D., Drew University
Angela Gay Kinkead
Dean of the Chapel
Lecturer in Christian Education
(304) 473-8372
B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College
M.A., Scaritt-Bennett Graduate School
M.Div., Vanderbilt University
Dr. Marvin H. Carr III
Associate Professor of Christian Education
(304) 473-8445
B.S., M.A., West Virginia University
B.D., Duke Divinity School
S.T.M., Union Theological Seminary
D.Min., Methodist Theological School in Ohio
Phyllis Coston
Professor of Christian Education, Emeritus
A.B., West Virginia Wesleyan College
M.A., Northwestern University
L.H.D., West Virginia Wesleyan College


Religion Faculty

Dr. Vicki Phillips
Assistant Professor of Religion
(304) 473-8444
B.A., St. John’s College
M.S., University of California at San Diego
M.T.S., Harvard Divinity School
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Debra Dean Murphy
Assistant Professor of Religion and Christian Education
(304) 473-8362
B.S., West Virginia Wesleyan College
M.T.S., Duke Divinity School
Ph.D., Drew University
Dr. Kenneth Welliver
Professor of Religion (Emeritus)
(304) 473-8426
B.A., DePauw University
B.D., Yale University
M.A., Ph.D., Yale University



Thomas Schoffler
Department Chair, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
(304) 473-8810
Thomas Schoffler teaches acting, movement, musical theatre, drama for youth and dramaturgy. A professional actor and director, he has worked in New York City as well as regional theatres across the country. He is the director of the musical theatre program, and coordinator for the theatre & dance department.
Gregory Mach
Associate Professor Theatre Arts
(304) 473-8855
Gregory Mach teaches advanced acting, directing, theatre history, stage makeup, voice and movement, and humanities. A professional actor, director, and playwright when he is not teaching, he has performed everything from Shakespeare to mime at numerous theatres throughout the southeastern United States and on television, and has directed extensively for the commercial, university and community stage, as well as international tours, for over thirty years. Selected by the Rotary International Foundation to represent higher education and the arts in West Virginia on a tour of Korea, Greg directs at least one show a year at WVWC and advises the acting/directing majors.