Faculty Listing

Students from across the world value the academic rigor and close ties offered by a 10:1 student-teacher ratio. Our exceptional faculty teaches classes in seminar style, and small classes ensure that our students are known by more than just a grade or a number. Of the full-time faculty members teaching at Wesleyan, more than 95% hold PhDs or terminal degrees in their fields. They are recognized as experts in their fields and we're proud to share their expertise with the community.

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Meet our Faculty:

Ruth A. Knox President of the College. A.B. (English) Wesleyan College 1975; J.D., The University of Georgia School of Law 1978. During my twenty-five years as a practicing attorney, I was involved in real estate transactions, estate planning for individuals and families, contract negotiations, advising small businesses, and volunteering with several institutions, including the Alumnae Association and Board of Trustees of Wesleyan. My primary interest now is the Wesleyan College community, most especially our students. Tate 102. rknox@wesleyancollege.edu

FINE ARTS DIVISION: Michael McGhee, Chair
Departments: Art, Music, Theatre
Interdisciplinary Programs: Advertising and Marketing Communication
Academic Majors: Advertising and Marketing Communication; Art History; Studio Art; Music; Theatre
Academic Minors: Art History; Studio Art; Music; Photography; Theatre

Dennis Applebee Professor of Art. B.F.A. (Printmaking) Illinois State University 1996; M.F.A. (Printmaking) The Ohio State University 1998. My studio interests are in etching and relief printmaking, painting, collage, and drawing. My recent artwork explores the connections, overlaps, and parallels between language, music, and math. Murphey 109A. dapplebee@wesleyancollege.edu

Elizabeth Bailey Professor of Art. B.F.A. (Drawing and Painting) University of Georgia 1974; M.F.A., (Drawing and Painting) University of Georgia 1976; Ph.D. (Art History) University of Georgia 1992. My area of specialization in art history is Medieval/Renaissance Art in Tuscany. My particular interest in studio art is painting. Murphey 105A. lbailey@wesleyancollege.edu

Nadine Cheek Mildred Goodrum Heyward Professor of Music. B.M. (Voice) Wesleyan College 1979; M.M. (Vocal Performance) Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music 1981, M.M. (Choral Conducting) Yale School of Music 1991. Ms. Cheek directs the Wesleyan Concert Choir and the Wesleyannes vocal ensemble, and teaches applied voice. As a mezzo-soprano, she is an active performer in recital, concert, and opera across the United States and in Europe. She has sung in Master Classes with Martin Katz, Ruth Golden, and John Alexander, and been soloist with the Theatrehof Opera in Humbach, Germany, the Dorian Opera Theatre at Luther College in Iowa, and the Spoleto Vocal Arts Symposium in Italy. Ms. Cheek is a member of NATS, ACDA, MENC, GMEA Sigma Alpha Iota and Phi Kappa Phi. Currently, Ms. Cheek is serving as Chair of the Music Department. Porter Fine Arts 101. ncheek@wesleyancollege.edu

Fernando La Rosa Instructor of Art. B.F.A. (Studio Art) Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes, Lima, Peru 1966; M.F.A. (Photography) Tulane University, 1990. In my photography, I use large format cameras with traditional materials combined with scanning and digital output in an exploration of broad subjects from nature to found objects. Murphey 106. flarosa@wesleyancollege.edu

Frances de La Rosa Comer Professor of Painting. B.F.A. (Studio Art) University of Alabama 1980; M.F.A. (Painting) Tulane University 1984. Oil on canvas and oil pastel on paper are the primary media which I use to explore 2-dimensional abstractions of landscape, while lost wax casting in bronze and silver are my choice for creating nature-based forms 3-dimensionally. Murphey 106. fdelarosa@wesleyancollege.edu

Robert Fieldsteel
: Artist-in-Residence, Playwriting. B.A. Dartmouth College (English: Writing); M.A. Antioch University (Psychology). My plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Also a professional actor, I have acted in more than twenty-five plays, a dozen feature films, and have guest-starred on sixteen television shows. Awards include: Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award - Best World Premiere Play; Backstage West Garland Award - Playwriting; LADCC Award - Ensemble Performance; Dramalogue Award - Performance. Porter Fine Arts 122. rfieldsteel@wesleyancollege.edu

Chenny Gan Assistant Professor of Music. B.A. (Music and Studio Art) Wesleyan College 2002; M.M. (Music) UNC-Greensboro; Doctorate of Musical Arts (Piano Performance) University of Southern California. Dr. Gan actively performs and teaches on three continents, with assignments that have taken her to settings as diverse as the inner city neighborhoods of Los Angeles to Carnegie Hall and the Mozarteum to guest lecturer positions at three universities in South China. As a scholar, she has presented and published research for the College Music Society, Society for Ethnomusicology, the Harvard East Asian Studies Conference, and others. She often performs with orchestras and renowned jazz musicians and has recorded four CDs. Porter Fine Arts Building 103. cgan@wesleyancollege.edu

Ellen Futral Hanson Associate Professor of Music. B.M. (Music) Wesleyan College, 1983; M.M. (Music) University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1985. Mrs. Hanson teaches applied voice, voice class, vocal literature and diction. A lyric soprano, she performs often in the Middle Georgia area and was most recently heard as soprano soloist for the Choral Society of Middle Georgia's performances of Handel's "Messiah". Mrs. Hanson has performed many major roles in musical theatre and opera with Macon Little Theatre, UT Opera Theatre, and the Knoxville Opera Company. She is a member of NATS, MENC, GMEA and SAI. Porter Fine Arts 121. ehanson@wesleyancollege.edu

Jan Lewis Associate Professor of Theatre. B.A. Brandeis University (Theatre Arts); M.A. University of California, Berkeley (Dramatic Art); M.F.A. University of California, Los Angeles (Directing); Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara (Dramatic Art). I have spent many years as an actor, director, dramaturg, and producer in the professional theatre. My research interests include American theatre, musical theatre, and race, ethnic, and gender studies in theatre and film. Porter Fine Arts 109. jlewis@wesleyancollege.edu

Frazer Lively Professor of Theatre. B.A. (Theatre and Dance) State University of New York at Buffalo 1983; M.A. (Theatre Performance and Literature) University of Pittsburgh 1987; Certificate in French, Sorbonne (Paris IV) 1993; Ph.D. (Theatre History and Literature) University of Pittsburgh 1997. My areas of interest in theatre history/literature/performance include symbolist theatre, Chekhov, African-American theatre, and modern protest as theatre. As a theatre practitioner, I have expertise in children's theatre and creative drama, acting, and directing. Porter Fine Arts 109. flively@wesleyancollege.edu

Michael McGhee Associate Professor of Music and College Organist. B.M. (Organ Performance) Shorter College 1999; M.M.(Organ Performance) University of Georgia 2001; D.M. (Organ Performance and Literature) Indiana University School of Music 2005. Dr. McGhee is the College Organist and teaches courses in organ, harpsichord, music theory, music history and literature. He is an active performer and has won numerous organ competitions. In addition, he is an accomplished church musician and an active member of the American Guild or Organists. Porter Fine Arts 105. mmcghee@wesleyancollege.edu

Departments: Communication; English; Modern Language; Philosophy and Religious Studies
Interdisciplinary Programs: Women's Studies
Academic Majors: Communication; English; French; Philosophy, Religious Studies; Spanish; Women's Studies
Academic Minors: Communication; English; French; Philosophy; Religious Studies; Spanish; Women's Studies

David A. Bobbitt Associate Professor of Communication. B.S. (Economics) University of Tennessee 1976; M.A. (Media and Film Studies) Memphis State University 1986; M.A. (Cultural Studies) University of Iowa 1988; Ph.D. (Rhetorical Theory and Criticism) Louisiana State University 1992. My primary interests include media/film theory and criticism, cultural studies, rhetorical theory and criticism, American public discourse, and philosophy of communication. Tate 225B. dbobbitt@wesleyancollege.edu

Sarah Jacqueline Harrell DeSmet Associate Professor of Modern Languages. B.A. (French and Spanish) Vanderbilt University 1990; M.A. (French Literature) Indiana University 1993; Ph.D. (Romance Languages) University of Georgia 2001. My professional interests include 18th-century women's epistolary novels in French, especially Isabelle de Charrière, translation, and foreign language education. Tate 209. sdesmet@wesleyancollege.edu

Melanie Doherty Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing. B.A. (Comparative Literature) University of Massachusetts 1998; M.A. (English and American Literature) Brandeis University 2004; Ph.D. (ABD) (English and American Literature) Brandeis University. My research interests include 19th- and 20th-century American literature, media and film studies, digital humanities, critical theory, writing technologies, and writing pedagogy. Tate 225A. mdoherty@wesleyancollege.edu

Deidra Donmoyer Associate Professor of Communication. B.A. (Communication) Kutztown University 1993; M.A. (Communication) Auburn University 1996; Graduate Certificate (Women's Studies) Bowling Green State University 2001; Ph.D. (Rhetorical Studies) Bowling Green State University 2003. I am interested in understanding the ideological expectations of who and how women should be in society. To accomplish this, my work juxtaposes Rhetorical, Feminist, Film, and Cultural Studies; for example, my research has centered on female action heroes in film. Tate 218. ddonmoyer@wesleyancollege.edu

Vivia Lawton Fowler Professor of Religious Studies, Provost of the College, and Vice President for Academic Affairs. B.A. (Religion and Sociology) Columbia College 1976; M.A. (Religion) The Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary 1980; Ph.D. (Psychological and Philosophical Foundations of Education) The University of South Carolina 1994. My disciplinary interests are in biblical studies, women's studies, and philosophies and practices of religious education. In higher education, I am interested in issues related to student success and retention, especially in the first year of college. Tate 122. vfowler@wesleyancollege.edu

Joseph R. Lease Assistant Professor of English. B.A. (English) University of Arkansas 1999; M.A.T. (Secondary English) Duke University 2003; Ph.D. (English) University of Georgia 2012. My teaching and research interests primarily revolve around twentieth-century American and British literature, early-American literature and many forms and levels of composition courses. Tate 215. jlease@wesleyancollege.edu

Matthew R. Martin Professor of English, Dean of the Faculty. B.A. (English) Furman University 1985; B.A. (English) Oxford University 1987; Ph.D. (English) University of Virginia 1994. My professional interests include creative writing, Southern literature, and African-American literature. Tate 219. mmartin@wesleyancollege.edu

Regina B. Oost Cobb Alumnae Professor of English. B.A. (English), University of Utah 1984; M.A. (English) University of Utah 1986; Ph.D. (English) University of Utah 1994. My primary research interests include 18th- and 19th-century British literature, literary theory, African literature, and women's writing. Tate 216. roost@wesleyancollege.edu

Alain-Richard Sappi, Assistant Professor of Foreign Modern Languages (Spanish/French) . B.A. in Spanish and Latin-American Literature and Culture, Yaounde I-Cameroon, 1996; M.A. in Spanish Literature and Culture, University of Yaounde I-Cameroon, 1999; M.A. with thesis in Spanish Literature & Culture and Theory of Literature, University of Yaounde I-Cameroon, 2004; M.A in Spanish Language and Culture, Universidad Complutense de Madrid-Spain, 2007; Ph.D Cum Laude Contemporary Peninsular Literature and Culture, Universidad Complutense de Madrid-Spain, 2009. My research interests include 19th 21th Spanish literature/culture and theory of literature, narratology, semiotics, literature and society, psychoanalysis, comparative literature, and postmodernism. Tate 210. asappi@wesleyancollege.edu

Teresa Parrish Smotherman Professor of Modern Languages. B.A. (Spanish) Valdosta State College, 1973; M.A. (Spanish) University of Georgia 1983; Ph.D. (Romance Languages) University of Georgia 1996. My research interests include both contemporary Latin American literature, specifically in the area of Liberation Theology, and Peninsular Spanish poetry, the generation of 1950. I am also interested in second language acquisition and the teaching of applied linguistics. Tate 211. tsmotherman@wesleyancollege.edu

: Glenda Ferguson, Chair
Departments: Biology; Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics
Interdisciplinary Programs: Environmental Studies; Neuroscience; Applied Mathematical Science/Dual Degree in Engineering
Academic Majors: Applied Mathematical Science; Biology; Chemistry; Environmental Studies; Mathematics; Neuroscience
Academic Minors: Biology; Chemistry; Environmental Science; Mathematics; Neuroscience; Physics

Charles Benesh Associate Professor of Physics. B.S. (Physics) Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1982; Ph.D. (Physics) University of Washington 1988. My primary research involves the description of sub-atomic particles and interactions in terms of their quark and gluon constituents. Munroe Science Center 210. cbenesh@wesleyancollege.edu

Holly L. Boettger-Tong Professor of Biology and Center for Women in Science and Technology Director. B.S. (Biology) St. Louis University 1986; M.S. (Biology) University of Alabama at Birmingham 1988; Ph.D. (Biology) University of Alabama at Birmingham 1992. My lab uses both in vitro and in vivo model systems to analyze the molecular mechanisms which control female reproductive tract cellular proliferation. In addition, I am interested in the role of the retinoic acid signaling pathway as it influences early vertebrate embryo development. Munroe Science Center 110. hboettger-tong@wesleyancollege.edu

James B. Ferrari Professor of Biology and Wesleyan College Arboretum Director. B.A. (Biology and Northern Studies) Middlebury College 1986; Ph.D. (Ecology) University of Minnesota. My research interests include bird-plant interactions, seasonal patterns of bird diversity, leaf litter dispersal and effects of leaf decomposition on soil nitrogen cycling rates, and forest ecology. Munroe Science Center 112. jferrari@wesleyancollege.edu

Glenda K. Ferguson Professor of Chemistry and Munroe Professor of Math and Science. B.S. (Chemistry and Biology) Kentucky Wesleyan College 1987; Ph.D. (Chemistry) University of Georgia 1993. I conduct pharmaceutical analyses with the use of high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), primarily developing separation methods and determining relative concentrations of multi-component formulations. Current projects include analyses of pain medications as well as drugs used in the treatment of psychological disorders. Munroe Science Center 212. gferguson@wesleyancollege.edu

Randy Heaton
Assistant Professor of Mathematics; B.S. (Applied Mathematics) Georgia Institute of Technology 2006; Ph.D. (Pure Mathematics) Florida State University 2012. I am interested in cryptographic problems related to trap-door functions and exploits on cryptographic schemes. I also am interested in symbolic computation problems related to elliptic curves and modular forms. Tate 14. rheaton@wesleyancollege.edu

Joseph A. Iskra, Jr. Herbert Preston and Marian Haley Associate Professor of Mathematics. B.A. (Mathematics) Florida Southern College 1976; M.S. (Mathematics) Vanderbilt University 1978; Ph.D. (Mathematics) Vanderbilt University 1983. My research interests are in abstract algebra, specifically semigroup theory. I have some knowledge in related areas such as lattice theory, graph theory, and set theory. Tate 13. jiskra@wesleyancollege.edu

Barry K. Rhoades Professor of Biology. B.A. (Psychology) Colorado College 1976; A.M. (Biopsychology) University of Chicago 1981; Ph.D. (Physiology) University of California at Berkeley 1990. My primary interests include physiology of the sense of smell in mammals, modeling and analyzing neural network interactions, behavioral ecology of reptiles and amphibians, and electronic and computer simulations for teaching neuroscience and animal behavior. Munroe Science Center 106. brhoades@wesleyancollege.edu

Wanda T. Schroeder Professor of Biology and Munroe Chair of Life Sciences. A.B. (Biology) Wesleyan College 1980; Ph.D. (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 1987. My research is focused on elucidating the molecular events involved in regulating differentiation in epidermal keratinocytes and uterine and vaginal epithelial cells. Specifically, I study and compare gene expression of such differentiation-specific proteins as transglutaminase, keratin, and cornifin in normal and cancerous states in these tissues. Munroe Science Center 114. wschroeder@wesleyancollege.edu

Departments: Business and Economics; Education; Health and Physical Education
Interdisciplinary Programs: International Business; Human Services; Advertising and Marketing Communication
Academic Majors: Accounting; Business Administration; Early Childhood Education; Economics; International Business
Academic Minors: Accounting; Business; Economics; Educational Studies; Finance; Reading
Certification Programs: Business Management
Graduate Programs: Master of Education in Early Childhood Education; Executive Master of Business Administration

Kel-Ann Eyler Associate Professor of Accounting. B.S. (Accounting) University of Virginia 1977; M.P.A., Ph.D. (Accounting) Georgia State University 1990. My research interests are auditor judgment, accounting history, accounting ethics, international accounting, and gender issues in accounting. Taylor 216. keyler@wesleyancollege.edu

Glenna A. Dod Meyer D. Abbott Turner Professor of Free Enterprise. B.S. (Business Education) Eastern Kentucky University 1965; M.A. (Business Education) Eastern Kentucky University 1968; Ed.D. (Business Education/Management) University of Southern Mississippi 1975. My primary research focuses on international business in Eastern Europe, gender issues in business communication, and marketing strategies for small businesses. Taylor 232. gmeyer@wesleyancollege.edu

Patrick Pritchard Professor of Education, Alumnae Chair of Education, and Center for Educational Renewal Director. B.A. (History, Social Science for Secondary Education), B.S. (Liberal Arts) Eastern Mennonite College 1984; M.Ed. (Special Education) Clemson University 1987; Ph.D. (Curriculum and Instruction) Clemson University, Clemson 1998. My primary research interest is self-study and teacher identity in teacher education. Taylor 117. ppritchard@wesleyancollege.edu

Philip Davis Taylor Clara Carter Acree Chair of Social Sciences, Professor of Economics, Director of Graduate Business Programs. B.A. (Economics) University of North Carolina 1971; M.B.A. (Finance) University of North Carolina 1973; M.A., Ph.D. (Economics) Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 1989. My primary interests include the valuation of stocks and bonds and their derivative instruments and the impact of globalization on the financial institutions that trade these securities. Taylor 217. ptaylor@wesleyancollege.edu

Virginia B. Wilcox , Associate Professor of Education Ph.D Auburn University 2005.My primary interests include uncovering previously constructed misconceptions in math and science content in order to teach more conceptually and increase retention and application of concepts within young children. Taylor 116. vwilcox@wesleyancollege.edu

Ying Zhen , Assistant Professor of Business. B.A. (Economics) Communication University of China 2007; M.A. (Economics) Clark University 2009; Ph.D. (Economics) Clark University 2012. My major field of specialization is labor economics. My research interests include economics of immigration, gender and minority; demand and supply of labor; wages and compensation; mobility and unemployment. I am particularly interested in exploring how English-language proficiency affects foreign-born immigrants' labor market performance in the United States, especially for female immigrants. My minor field is industrial organization. Topics of interest include market structure, firm strategy, and market performance. Taylor 231. yzhen@wesleyancollege.edu

Michele T. Martin, Chair
Departments: History and Political Science; Psychology
Interdisciplinary Programs: International Relations; Neuroscience; Human Services
Academic Majors: History; Human Services; International Relations; Political Science; Psychology
Academic Minors: History; Neuroscience; Political Science; Psychology

Faculty: Brooke Bennett-Day Associate Professor of Psychology. B.S. (Psychology) Valdosta State University; M.S. (Psychology) Florida State University; Ph.D. (Psychology) Florida State University. My primary interests involve the effect that race may have on an individual's face recognition ability, as well as the developmental differences in child and adult memory for faces. Additional interests include interracial attitudes and stereotype formation, juror interpretations of legal proceedings, and best teaching practices. My general teaching interests include social psychology, research methods, and psychology in the legal system. Taylor 131. bbennettday@wesleyancollege.edu

Barbara Donovan Professor of Political Science. B.A. (International Relations) Tufts University 1985; M.A. (Area Studies) University of London 1987; Ph.D (Political Science) Georgetown University 1997. I teach courses in comparative and international politics. My areas of specialization are German and European politics, democratization, regional integration, and immigration. Tate 131. bdonovan@wesleyancollege.edu

Thomas C. Ellington Associate Professor of Political Science. B.A. (Political Science, Journalism) University of Alabama 1994; M.A. (Political Science) University of Alabama 1996; M.A. (Government and Politics) University of Maryland 1998; Ph.D. (Government and Politics) University of Maryland 2004. My research includes work on the impact of official secrecy on democracy, political paranoia, participatory democratic theory, and political violence. Tate 134. ellington.wesleyancollege@gmail.com

Karen E. Huber Associate Professor of History. B.A. (History and French) University of Dayton; M.A. and Ph.D. (History) Ohio State University. My professional interests include women's history, French history, modern European history, world history and reproductive history. Tate 133. khuber@wesleyancollege.edu

Michele T. Martin Professor of Psychology. B.A. (Psychology) Michigan State University1987; M.A. (Psychology) University of Virginia 1992; Ph.D. (Psychology) University of Virginia 1995. My area of specialty is child, family, and adult clinical psychology. My research interests are the effects of family factors on child and adolescent adjustment. I have examined the effects of family variables on the management of juvenile diabetes and explored family functioning in divorced and single-parent families. Taylor 122. smartin@wesleyancollege.edu

James D. Rowan Professor of Psychology. B.A. (Biology and Psychology) Malone College, 1988; M.A. (Experimental Psychology) Kent State University 1990: Ph.D. (Experimental Psychology with Biopsychology Concentration) Kent State University 1993. My area of interest is comparative cognition, more specifically, how humans and animals learn lists of information. I am also interested in the effects of early exposure to drugs on list learning in adulthood. Munroe Science Center 108. jrowan@wesleyancollege.edu



Sirena Sawyer Fritz MSN, RN BSN Program Director and Assistant Professor of Nursing B.S. (Nursing) Georgia College 1992; M.S. ( Nursing) Georgia College 2001. Fritz began her academic career at Georgia College and State University in 1995 as an adjunct clinical faculty member. Begining in 2010 she served in the role of nursing programs chair at Macon State College. Fritz also worked as a cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist at The Medical Center of Central Georgia and HCA Coliseum Medical Centers. sfritz@wesleyancollege.edu

Holly Hollis , EdD (c), MSN, RN Assistant Professor of Nursing. B.S. (Nursing) Georgia College & State University 2004; M.S. (Adult Health and Education) Georgia College & State University 2007; Post M.S. (Nursing Education) Georgia College & State University 2008; Ed.D. (Nursing Education) University of Alabama Tuscaloosa (ABD) 2013. Research interests include technology, social media in higher education to create environments of collaborative learning, and problem based learning in the classroom and clinical settings. Nursing background and interests include critical care, neurology, and emergency room nursing. Munroe. hhollis @wesleyancollege.edu

Teresa Kochera DNP, RN, PCCN, CNL Associate Professor of Nursing A.N. (Nursing) Laramie County Community College 2000; B.A. ( Sociology) Excelsior College 2003; MNurs (Nursing) University of Phoenix 2005; DNP (Nursing) Georgia Health Sciences University 2012. Most recently Kochera was associate professor of nursing at Macon State College. She has also served in nursing and administrative positions at Houston Medical Center, Hospital Corporation of America, and Bay Medical Center. tkochera@wesleyancollege.edu