August 25, 2016
Wesleyan Welcomes Ten New Full-Time Faculty Members
Ten new full-time faculty members have been welcomed into the West Virginia Wesleyan College family during the summer and will begin their teaching duties this fall. These faculty include Kimberly Conrad, assistant professor of marketing; Dr. Darren Gemoets, assistant professor of mathematics; Ras Gurung, visiting assistant professor of chemistry; Crosby Hypes, visiting assistant professor of sociology; Dr. Jordana LaFantasie, assistant professor of biology; Lindsay Marsh, nursing instructor; Colleen Milbury, visiting assistant professor of physics; Dr. Jesse Oldroyd, assistant professor of mathematics; Thomas Wood, instructor of chemistry; and Dr. Derek Zeigler, assistant professor of psychology.
Conrad received her bachelor’s degree from Glenville State College and her MS degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University. She is currently working on her DBA with a specialization in marketing through Northcentral University. She has served as an adjunct professor of marketing for Glenville State College for over six years, and most recently as an online instructor for Southern New Hampshire University. She has over 25 years of marketing and management experience in retail, health care, non-profit, higher education, criminal justice, and state government. Her research interests include social media, internal marketing, and integrated marketing communications.
Dr. Gemoets holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of Wyoming, and bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from Fort Lewis College and Montana State University, respectively. His research interests include Bayesian statistics, computational methods in mathematics and statistics, statistical consulting, and mathematics and statistics education. Dr. Gemoets has several years’ experience teaching mathematics and statistics at the community college and university levels.
Dr. LaFantasie earned her BS degree in Rangeland Ecology and Management and Ph.D. in Agronomy (Plant and Soil Ecology) from the University of Wyoming. Since then, she has served as faculty in rangeland ecology for the Biological Sciences Department of Fort Hays State University (KS), adjunct faculty in the environmental sciences department of Colorado Mesa University, and as Research Scientist and Assistant Viticulturist at Colorado State University’s Western Colorado Research Center in Grand Junction, CO. Her teaching experience has focused on general biology, environmental science, ecosystem management, and the plant and soil sciences. Her research interests are wide-ranging and include work with invasive plants, plant/soil interactions, plant community responses to disturbance and reclamation, and soil management in fruit, vine and pasture crops.
Marsh earned her bachelor of science in nursing from West Virginia Wesleyan’s School of Nursing in 2012. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in education at WVWC while researching nursing education best practice strategies in 2015. She has spent her career working as an acute care nurse throughout north-central West Virginia, serving at both Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, and currently the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg. She has also devoted her time to sharing her knowledge by orienting new nurses at both facilities and serving as clinical adjunct at West Virginia Wesleyan for two years.
Dr. Oldroyd earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2010. He received his master’s degree in 2012 and his Ph.D. this past May, both from the University of Idaho. This will be his first time living in the eastern United States.
Wood graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 2011 with a BS in Materials Chemistry. He served as an instructor of Chemistry at Wesleyan before moving to work at a therapeutic boarding school, where he also taught and tutored students in chemistry. In 2015, Wood, along with his wife and daughter, moved to Uganda to take classes and serve with an orphanage called New Hope Uganda. He was excited to return to Buckhannon this past spring to become a full-time instructor of chemistry. Wood enjoys working one-on-one with students in a hands-on environment in order to help them connect what they are learning in lecture with safe, proper lab technique.
Dr. Zeigler received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Ohio University with a concentration in cognitive psychology and cognitive science. His cognitive research concerns the nature of learning, particularly how concept learning processes are influenced by training and expertise. He has also published articles on temporal perception and visual search. Dr. Zeigler’s graduate work was done as a member of the Structure, Concepts, & Perception Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Ronaldo Vigo and involved collaborative work with the Center for the Advancement of Cognitive Science at Ohio University.
Cutline: Front (L to R): Ras Gurung, Jordana LaFantasie, and Lindsay Marsh; Second (L to R): Thomas Wood, Colleen Milbury, and Kimberly Conrad; Back (L to R): Derek Zeigler, Jesse Oldroyd, Crosby Hipes, and Darren Gemoets
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