Learn from Masters in their Fields
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. Our 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.
Students enrolled in WVU’s online degree programs learn from some of the best in their area of study. Many of our faculty have numerous awards and achievements and several also hold the highest degree in their field.
Meet some of our faculty stars.
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Christy Rittenour went into Communication Studies because this field affords her the opportunity to help people make the most of their personal exchanges – or what she calls “the potential to uplift and uphold the best in each other.”
Associate Professor of Business Data Analytics
Brad Price always loved math and technology and how the two interact. He also always loved helping people. So, when he began studying statistics and data science as a college student, he knew it was for him.
Professor and Peggy Rardin McConnell Research Chair of Communication Studies
Alan Goodboy went into Communication Studies because it is an exciting field that has direct applications to individuals’ professional and personal lives.
Teaching Associate Professor and Assistant Chair, Department of Management and Industrial Relations
Suzanne Gosden Kitchen had a career in Human Resources prior to becoming a university professor and that experience adds depth and flavor to concepts students will study in her Business Management courses.
Service Assistant Professor and Online Program Coordinator
Ashley Martucci wants all students to be excited about education – to find their passion, explore it, and to be supported on their journey. These are the reasons she went into teaching.
Professor, Curriculum & Instruction, Literacy Studies
Aimee Morewood always knew she wanted to be a teacher after, as un undergraduate, she was able to work in schools with teachers and really gain some valuable experience in the field.
Professor, Department of Counseling and Learning Sciences
William Beasley is an “early adopter” by nature. He started out as a public school teacher, and quickly discovered that he enjoyed teaching both with technology and about technology.
Professor and Chair, Department of Counseling and Learning Sciences
Amy Root began her undergraduate studies in zoology, but then took a psychology class, really enjoyed it, and ended up switching her major to psychology in her sophomore year.
Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling and Learning Sciences
Jake Follmer became interested in educational psychology, in part, because he wanted to be able to contribute to research that improves learning outcomes for learners in a variety of traditional and informal settings.
Professor, Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies
Allison Dagen went into elementary education because she felt an ongoing need to learn more about the field of literacy.
Associate Professor, Hospitality and Tourism Management
Ajay Aluri went into the hospitality and tourism field because he loves travel. He says it is fun working in this field and gratifying to meet the needs of customers and guests.
Associate Professor, Counseling and Learning Sciences
Ugur Kale has a background in mathematics and programming and was always interested in teaching. He found Instructional Design and Technology to be a great match for him because it focuses on practical applications of learning theory in actual learning settings, as well as on computer-based applications.
Professor and Academic Coordinator, Lane Department of Computer Science & Electrical Engineering
Dr. Goseva-Popstojanova is internationally recognized for her work in the areas of software reliability engineering, secure software and systems, and applied data analytics. She is a Professor at the Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, West Virginia University. Her research interests are in software engineering, cybersecurity, and data analytics. She has published over 100 journal and conference articles on these topics.