University hires 16 new faculty members

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WAYNESBURG – Eleven full-time faculty members joined Waynesburg University’s undergraduate teaching community and five faculty were hired for graduate programs.


Teaching at the undergraduate level are:


• Dr. William Batchelder, assistant professor of History. He received his bachelor’s degree from Grove City College, a master’s from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland and a master’s and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. Batchelder will teach The United States to 1865, Western Civilization to 1500 and Twentieth-Century World History and Culture.


• Dr. Cory Goehring, assistant professor of English. He received his bachelor’s degree from Washington & Jefferson College; a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts; and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Goehring will teach College Composition I and II.


• Neeley Lantz, instructor of business administration. She received her bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and her MBA from Waynesburg University. Lantz will teach Business Foundations I, Principles of Management and Personnel/Human Resources Management.


• Amanda Machesky, instructor of nursing. She received her bachelor’s degree from Waynesburg University and her MSN degree from Walden University. Machesky will teach Nursing Care for the Childrearing Family and Advanced Scholarship for Evidence-Based Practice.


• Danielle McGinnis, instructor of nursing. She received her BSN from Waynesburg University and her MSN from West Virginia University. McGinnis will teach Fundamentals of Nursing and Pharmacology.


• Christina Miser, instructor of nursing. She received her BSN and MSN from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Miser will teach Orientation to Professional Nursing and Nursing Care of the Adult Patient with Chronic Illness.


• Andrew Palko, instructor of athletic training and head athletic trainer. He received his bachelor’s degree from Waynesburg University and his master’s degree from Ohio University. Palko will teach Introduction to Athletic Training and Athletic Training Practicum I.


• Melanie Rush, instructor of nursing. She received her BSN from Duquesne University and her MSN from Waynesburg University. Rush will teach Fundamentals of Nursing and Pharmacology.


• Drue Stapleton, assistant professor of athletic training & assistant athletic trainer at Waynesburg University. He received his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York, a master’s degree in education from Salisbury University and a Ph.D. from West Virginia University. Stapleton will teach Athletic Training Practicum III and Therapeutic Modalities.


• Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication. He received his bachelor’s degree and MBA from Waynesburg University. Szuminsky will teach Understanding Media, News Writing and Reporting and Communication Theory and Research.


• James Tanda, a supervisory special agent for the Department of Justice, joined the university in January as an instructor of criminal justice. He received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is an AFT certified explosives specialist. He will teach Criminal Justice Administration, Private Security Administration, White Collar Crime and Terrorism.


Those joining Graduate and Professional Studies program are:


• Dr. Mary Dee Fisher, assistant professor of nursing and director of the MSN program. She received her BSN from LaRoche College, the MSN from the University of Pittsburgh and the DNP from Carlow University.


• Dr. Deborah Lewis, assistant professor of nursing and director of the RN-BSN program at the Monroeville campus. She received her BSN from Carlow University and her MSN and DNP from Waynesburg University.


• Teresa Robinetti, coordinator of the RN-BSN Program at the university’s Monroeville campus. She received her BSN from Waynesburg University.


• Teddi Thorpe, coordinator of the MSN Program. She received her MSN from Waynesburg University and her BSN from Duquesne University.


• Sherri Stonecipher, director of enrollment and professional development for Graduate and Professional Studies Nursing Programs. She received her MSN and her BSN.from Waynesburg University and has worked with the program since January 2013.


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