West Virginia University at Parkersburg
300 Campus Drive Parkersburg WV 26104
Phone: 304-424-8203 | Fax: 304-424-8315
WVU Parkersburg welcomes 11 new faculty to campus for the fall term.
CONTACT: Dr. Joseph Badgley, executive dean of academic affairs, 304-424-8242.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
West Virginia University at Parkersburg has welcomed the largest group of new faculty members this fall in more than 25 years.
Eleven new faculty have joined the staff at the Parkersburg campus. College officials note that faculty retirements and transitions as well as enrollment increases are factors in the unusual number of new faculty. They include:
Claudia Aman is an instructor of Education. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Western Carolina University and her master's and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Pennsylvania State University. Prior to coming to WVU Parkersburg, she taught at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, and at Adams State College in Alamosa, Col.
Robert T. Anderson is an instructor of History. Anderson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer MIS from Mercyhurst College; his master's from Slippery Rock University and his doctorate from West Virginia University. His major field is colonial and early national history. Prior to joining the Social Sciences Division faculty at WVU Parkersburg, he was a visiting assistant professor at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in Lock Haven, PA. He also served as an adjunct instructor at Penn State University's Altoona Campus, Mt. Aloysius College in Cresson, PA and Allegany College of Maryland's Everett Campus. He was also a systems analyst for Electronic Data Systems for over four years.
A former adjunct faculty member at WVU Parkersburg, Aaron Crites is an instructor of History. He received his bachelor's degree in political science and sociology from Alderson Broaddus College; a teaching certification for 5-12 Social Studies for the state of West Virginia from Ohio Valley University, and a master's degree in history from Marshall University. Recently, he worked in the computer industry and for the administration at George Washington University in Washington D.C. His teaching experience includes substitute teaching in Washington and Wirt counties.
An instructor of Biology, Nancy Dew received her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from Lamar University, and her Master of Science degree in Plant Biology from Ohio University. She taught in public schools in Texas and Delaware and substitute taught in Wood County Schools. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at the college since 1996. She is a doctoral student in curriculum and instruction at WVU.
Lisa Flowers-Clements received both her Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education and her master's in college student personnel from Ohio University. She is serving as coordinator of developmental education at WVU Parkersburg as well as teaching courses in the humanities area. She spent the past seven years working in student affairs at Ohio University. Prior to that, she taught students with special needs at Federal Hocking Middle School in Stewart, Ohio and at Flagler Palm Coast High School in Bunnell, Fla.
Karen Hanner is a native of Rochester, NY. Previous to coming to WVU Parkersburg as an instructor of Chemistry, she was an adjunct faculty member in the chemistry department at Washington State Community College for three years. She also worked in WSCC's Learning Center as a tutor of chemistry and mathematics. She attended the State University of New York, College at Fredonia, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. She received her master's degree in polymer science from Penn State University.
An instructor of Nursing, Kimberly Holmes graduated from Parkersburg Community College in 1979 with an Associate in Applied Science degree in nursing. She completed her Bachelor of Science in nursing at WVU in 1995 and a Master of Science in nursing at WVU in 2003. Upon completion of the MSN program, she was selected as the Graduate Student of the Year for the Charleston Division. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner and was granted prescriptive authority by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses in 2003. She began her nursing career at Colin Anderson Center in 1979 as a staff nurse. She later worked for the Pleasants County Community Care and Title IX Waiver program as a coordinator. Most recently, she was employed by Ritchie County Primary Care as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She practiced in both clinic and school settings for two years and served as their threat preparedness coordinator.
A native of Parkersburg, Tom Lemon is an instructor of Industrial Maintenance and coordinator of the college's Multi-Craft Technology associate degree program. He is transitioning careers after 20 years and six months of active duty service in the U.S. Air Force. He earned his bachelor's degree in workforce education and development from Southern Illinois University, two A.A.S. degrees in aircraft maintenance technology, and instructor of technology and military science from the Community College of the Air Force, and an associate's degree in general studies from Harold Washington College. He was a master instructor and subject matter expert for Air Force cargo aircraft, the C-5A/B Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster.
Deborah S. Randolph is serving as an instructor of Business. A CPA, she has been involved in the accounting industry locally since 1983 and graduated from WVU in 1991 with the Board of Regents degree. She has taught accounting at the college's Jackson County Center for eight years. She has an accounting and tax practice in Belpre.
R. Carson Soelberg is director of theatre at WVU Parkersburg and an instructor of theatre. He recently completed his doctoral studies at Texas Tech University. He has worked professionally and at the university level in a range of theatre-related positions including director, actor, music director, instructor, playwright, composer, and stage manager. A sampling of his resume includes two national tours; teaching at Cornell University as a part of the Resident Professional Theatre Artist program; serving as guest director for Olivet College for its Sesquicentennial Celebration; Director of Education for Salina Community Theatre; Director of the Professional Training Program for the Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival; Program Director for Stagedoor Manor, and Director of Performing Arts for Fairmont Preparatory Academy. As a workshop presenter, Carson has worked with conferences in Texas, Washington, Kansas, Indiana, Oregon, California, Michigan, New Mexico, Tennessee, and New York. As a playwright, Carson has seen ten of his original works produced by theatre companies, many of them musicals. The most recent was How I Spent My Summer Vacation (No, Really!), which was premiered in Kansas in the summer of 2004. He has been offered a guest artist position with Fordís Theatre Company for the summer of 2006 to write and direct an original musical for this ensemble. The working title of the show is And Pigs Shall Fly!.
Dave Thompson earned his AAS degree in Electronics Engineering Technology at WVU Parkersburg. After working for 17 years in the field of electronic technology and industrial electricity, he returned to the Parkersburg campus to earn an RBA degree from WVU, emphasizing psychology as his focus of study. Following that, he earned a master's in psychology from Marshall Graduate College. He then earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Columbus University. Finally, Thompson returned to WVU Parkersburg to complete the necessary degree coursework for the Engineering Technology-Electro Mechanical option. He is now a member of the Technology Division at WVU Parkersburg and an instructor of Engineering Technology, Electronics option. He has spent a number of years working as an electronic technician, control system analyst, electrical specialist and design engineer.