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.
Meet some of our faculty stars.
“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.
“[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.
“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 Assistant Dean of Online Programs for WVU’s Reed College of Media since 2005 when the Integrated Marketing Communications Program was in its infancy.
“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.
“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.
Dr. Justin Wartella came to WVU from University of Missouri (Mizzou) where he served as an assistant teaching professor of Sport Management beginning in 2017. Prior to Mizzou, he was a professor at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania. Prior to LHU, he held positions at two institutions in The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and served as a teaching assistant for the Department of Sports Education and Leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. At Millersville University, he gained experience working in higher education as a graduate assistant for the Department of Campus Recreation which included the coordination and management of all intramural, club sports, outdoor recreation opportunities and extracurricular programming for the university.