Students enrolled in WVU’s online degree programs have the opportunity to learn from some of the best in their area of study. Many of our faculty boast numerous awards and achievements and several also hold the highest degree in their field. In addition, several of these diverse faculty members have worked for companies such as Proctor & Gamble and organizations like the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service and the World Wildlife Fund. There are more than 500 faculty members serving as research professors, clinical professors, lecturers, professors of practice and instructors at WVU Online that want to see you succeed.


Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Nancy Taylor, Online Program Coordinator, Child Development and Family Studies

Nancy Taylor
"Dedicating your life to working with children or the elderly shows me that person has a unique character. It’s not something everyone can do, and what they are doing really makes a difference in that child’s life."


Patience. Dedication. And a love for children. These are the three things Nancy Taylor believes are a must-have for students interested in Child Development and Family Studies. As Program Coordinator for the online bachelor’s in CDFS, Nancy believes it takes a special type of person to work with children.

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Dr. Sean Bulger, Physical Education Teacher Education

Dr. Sean Bulger
"[Students] come into our program with a different lens because they have moved past that early survival stage as a teacher and now they want to learn how to make their programs better from the perspective of student learning."


Like most professionals in the physical education field, Dr. Bulger was very involved in sports at a young age and throughout his childhood and adolescence. As a young boy in Buffalo, NY, he played almost every traditional team sport there was. Baseball, basketball and soccer–just to name a few–slowly transitioned into cross country and track as he began his college career. When choosing a field of study in college as an undergraduate and master’s student, his decision never wavered. It would be physical education.

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Chad Mezera, Director of Online Programs at WVU Reed College of Media

Chad Mezera, Director of Online Programs at WVU Reed College of Media
"In an online environment, it’s just like sitting at a big table. Even the instructor is just another seat at that table. Everyone is on an even playing field and everyone is a part of the conversation."


Chad Mezera has served as the Director of Online Programs for WVU’s Reed College of Media since 2005 when the Integrated Marketing Communications Program was in its infancy. Since that time, the program has grown exponentially to become the largest graduate program at West Virginia University. Chad has seen nearly 1,000 students successfully complete the program and has enjoyed watching the industry and curriculum change along the way.


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Chad earned his bachelor’s degree in advertising and his master’s degree in Journalism from WVU. After hearing about the launch of the new and innovative IMC degree, he decided to stay and help develop the program. Chad notes that online education and marketing and communications as a whole have changed immensely over the last 15 years but one things remains certain–WVU’s IMC degree is one of the top-ranked Integrated Marketing Communications programs in the United States.


He loves the online learning atmosphere and enjoys adding new and exciting courses to the curriculum as new advancements in technology and other sectors impact the communications industry. His advice to young professionals is to ask questions, learn from mistakes, and to find a job that makes you happy when you wake up each morning.

Dr. Emily Jones, Physical Education Teacher Education

Dr. Emily Jones
"In an online setting, it’s important to facilitate a community of learners and establish a relationship that lets students know you care. They are not on an island or just a number–they’re people who want to learn."


Dr. Emily Jones moved to Morgantown, WV and began her teaching career at WVU in 2009 and has loved the university, the town and Appalachian culture ever since. She received her B.A. in Physical Education from the University of Northern Iowa and earned both her master’s in Physical Education and Ph.D. in Kinesiology from the University of Georgia.


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Allison Dagen and Aimee Morewood, Master of Arts degree in Literacy Education

Allison Dagen and Aimee Morewood
"Today’s teachers are part of the leadership, that’s how things are evolving in the profession. Many teachers aren’t aware of how much leadership they are actually providing."


Since coming to WVU in the early 2000s, professors Allison Dagen and Aimee Morewood have been teaching more and more classes online. So when it came time to revamp the reading specialist certification program at WVU, it made sense to make it a fully online program.

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Darko Velichkovski, Master of Arts in Music Industry at WVU

Darko Velichkovski
"I believe that we who are in the music industry are responsible for building the next generation of leaders in our industry. Today, that’s my motivation—that my students become the next generation of leaders in the music industry and that their involvement in and understanding of the industry is deeply rooted in their love for music."


As a classical and jazz musician, Darko Velichkovski has performed with celebrities such as jazz clarinetist Pete Fountain and soprano Leontyne Price. Born in Yugoslavia, he began playing clarinet at age seven and came to the United States on a scholarship to Juilliard. After graduating, he toured nationally and internationally for a number of years as a performer while making contacts in the music business and building his management and production skills.

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