From the fields of multimedia writing to molecular spectroscopy, the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences’ 19 new professors have begun to apply their skills in educating West Virginia University’s students. These faculty members were hired to teach in 11 departments beginning this fall.

These new professors are:

Loren Anderson, an assistant professor in the Department of Physics. Anderson, who is from Tacoma, Wash., received a bachelor’s degree from Whitman College and a doctorate from Boston University.

David Beach, the new associate undergraduate writing coordinator in the Department of English. He will teach undergraduate writing courses this fall and spring. Born in Chiseldon, England, Beach received his bachelor’s degree from Marymount University, and his master’s degree, graduate certificate and doctorate from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Nick Bowman, an assistant professor of communication studies from St. Louis, Mo., is teaching an honors communication course and a strategic communication course. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and his doctoral degree from Michigan State University. Bowman said he chose WVU because of the reputation of the communication studies faculty and the department’s expanding graduate program.

Juliana De la Mora, an assistant professor in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics. She teaches a graduate seminar in Hispanic linguistics (Language Variation in Spanish), and an upper level Spanish conversations course. De la Mora hails from Mexico City, and received her bachelor’s degree from Mexico City University, Colegio Superior de Neuroling��stica, a master’s degree from Canada’s University of Alberta and her doctoral degree from The Ohio State University.

Lisa Dilks, an assistant professor in the Division of Sociology and Anthropology. She teaches a data analysis course for the master’s program and a social psychology course for undergraduates. A native of Salem, N.J., Dilks received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo., an M.I.S. in statistics and her doctoral degree from the University of South Carolina.

Victoria Garrett, a teaching assistant professor in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics. She teaches a Spanish reading and composition course, and a Latin American culture course. Garrett, who’s from Montevallo, Ala., received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, master’s degree from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her doctoral degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Fabien Goulay, an assistant professor in the C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at the University of Bordeaux in France before returning to his hometown, Rennes, France, to earn his doctoral degree at the University of Rennes.

Brian Jara, senior lecturer in the Women’s Studies Program. He will teach an introduction to women’s studies course, a seminar on men and masculinities, and a capstone course in the spring. Jara is from Phoenix, Md. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Penn State University.

John Jones, an assistant professor of English. He teaches business and technical writing as well as a multimedia writing course. Jones, who was born in Clarksville, Tenn., received his bachelor’s degree at Tennessee Temple University, his master’s degree at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and his doctoral degree at the University of Texas at Austin.

Steve Kinsey, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology who teaches a psychology perception course. The San Francisco, Calif. native arrived in July with his wife, Natalie Shook, who also is a new WVU faculty member. Kinsey received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis, and his master’s and doctoral degrees at The Ohio State University.

Cyanne Loyle, an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science. A Linwood, N.J. native, Loyle received her bachelor’s degree at Smith College and her master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Jason Manning, has been hired as an assistant professor, and teaches sociology of law and social research methods in the Division of Sociology and Anthropology. Manning, who hails from Chincoteague, Va., arrived in Morgantown in June. He received his bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University and his master’s degree and doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia.

Brian Popp, an assistant professor of organometallic chemistry. He arrived in Morgantown on June 16 to start his new position. Popp, who was born in Dayton, Ohio, received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wright State University and his doctoral degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Aaron Sheehan-Dean, the new Eberly Chair of Civil War Studies and an associate professor in the Department of History. The Okemos, Mich. native received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia.

Natalie Shook, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, who teaches an undergraduate research methods in psychology course. Originally from Norway, she and her husband, psychology professor Steve Kinsey arrived in August. Shook received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin, and her master’s and doctoral degrees at The Ohio State University.

Alex Snow, a teaching assistant professor in the Religious Studies program. He teaches Introduction to World Religion, Religions of China and Japan, and Studies in Asian Scriptures. Snow, who’s from Dayton, Ohio, received his bachelor’s degree from Truman State University, master’s degree from The Ohio State University and his doctoral degree from Syracuse University.

Thomas Sura, an assistant professor from Lansing, Mich., who teaches English 101 and 102. He received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan, his master’s degree at DePaul University and his doctoral degree from Purdue University.

Glenn Taylor, an associate professor of English, who teaches two fiction writing courses. Taylor, born in Huntington, W.Va., moved to Morgantown from Chicago, Ill., with his wife and children in May. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from The Ohio State University and his Master of Fine Arts from Texas State.

Shuo Wei, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology. A native of Fuzhou China, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Technology of China and his doctoral degree at the University of Miami.

For more information, contact Rebecca Herod at 304-293-7405 ext. 5251 or Rebecca.Herod@mail.wvu.edu.

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