Faculty

Because of its unique history, from its earliest beginnings in the late 1970s the Graduate Humanities Program developed an unusual collaborative of diversely trained faculty hailing from the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies (which became the Marshall University Graduate College in South Charleston in 1997), West Virginia State University, the University of Charleston, and several other colleges and universities based in south central West Virginia.

Today, the range of institutional experience and disciplinary expertise continues to have a critical bearing on the multidisciplinary culture of the Program. The Director and other full time faculty are jointly appointed in other Marshall University departments or colleges (such as the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Education and Professional Development). Most of the Program’s Graduate Instructors and affiliated faculty are full-time professors at other institutions: some of these faculty have worked in the Program since its inception.

Graduate students thus work with faculty in a variety of institutional, research, and instructional contexts, engendering a broad and diverse range of seminars, collaborative projects, publications and creative endeavors.

Jointly Appointed and Associated Faculty Currently Teaching in Our Program

Elizabeth Campbell, PhD (Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2011)
Associate Professor of Education, College of Education and Professional Development
Graduate Humanities Program Faculty of Literary Studies
Phone: 304-746-1984
Email: campbelle@marshall.edu
Department Website
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Arnold Hartstein, PhD (The Ohio State University, 1981)
Professor of English, West Virginia State University
Graduate Humanities Program Faculty of Literary Studies
Phone: 304-766-3069
Email: hartstam@wvstateu.edu
Department Website
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Lisa Heaton, PhD (University of Virginia, 1999)
Professor of Elementary and Secondary Education, College of Education and Professional Development
Graduate Humanities Program Faculty of Literary Studies
Phone: 304-746-2026
Email: heaton@marshall.edu
Online Vita
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Luke Eric Lassiter, PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1995)
Director and Professor of Humanities and Anthropology
Phone: 304-746-1923
Email: lassiter@marshall.edu
Personal Website
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Robert Maslowski, PhD (University of Pittsburgh, 1978)
Army Corp of Engineers, Retired
Graduate Humanities Program Faculty of Cultural Studies
Phone: 304-746-2022 (Program Office)
Email: bobwinecellar@yahoo.com
About Dr. Maslowski
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McConnellAnne McConnell, PhD (University of Colorado, 2006)
Assistant Professor of English, West Virginia State University
Graduate Humanities Program Faculty of Literary Studies
Phone: 304-766-3073
Email: amcconnell@wvstateu.edu
Department Website
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Bobbi Nicholson, PhD (Ohio University, 1987)
Professor of Leadership Studies, College of Education and Professional Development
Graduate Humanities Program Faculty of Cultural Studies
Phone: 304-746-2094
Email: bnicholson@marshall.edu
Online Vita
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Reidun Øvrebø, PhD (Ohio University, 1993)
Professor of Art, West Virginia State University
Graduate Humanities Program Faculty of Arts & Society
Phone: 304-766-3339
Email: ovrebore@wvstateu.edu
Department Website
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Billy Joe Peyton, PhD (West Virginia University, 1999)
Associate Professor of History, West Virginia State University
Graduate Humanities Program Faculty of Historical Studies
Phone: 304-766-3235
Email: peytonbj@wvstateu.edu
Department Website
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Cat Pleska, MFA (Goucher, 2004)
Graduate Humanities Program Faculty of Literary Studies
Phone: 304-766-5220
Email: CPleska@wvstateu.edu
Personal Website
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William K. Simmons, PhD (Ohio University, 1969)
Chancellor Emeritus
West Virginia Board of Regents
Graduate Humanities Program Faculty of Literary Studies
Phone: 304-746-2022 (Program Office)
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Michael Workman, PhD (West Virginia University, 1995)
Assistant Professor of History, West Virginia State University
Graduate Humanities Program Faculty of Historical Studies
Phone: 304-766-3051
Email: mworkman@wvstate.eduDepartment Website

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Other Affiliated Faculty – Past and Present

A great many faculty have been associated with our Program over the years, contributing immeasurably to its strength and vitality. Below are only a few.  Many listed here continue to advise students, work with various Program initiatives, and teach the occasional seminar or independent study. If applicable, please contact the Program Office for current contact information.

Timothy Alderman, PhD (Purdue University, 1982)
Associate Professor of English
Department of English
West Virginia State University

Daniel Boyd, MA (University of Arkansas, 1980)
Assistant Professor of Communications
Department of Communications/Media Studies
West Virginia State University

Joyce East, PhD (University of Kansas, 1979)
Emeritus Professor and Director of Graduate Humanities
Marshall University Graduate College

Lynda Ann Ewen, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1971)
Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Marshall University

Chris Green, PhD (University of Kentucky, 2004)
Associate Professor of English (MU, until 2012)
Currently the Director of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center; Associate Professor of Appalachian Studies – see here

Eugene Harper, PhD (University of Pittsburgh, 1969)
Professor Emeritus of History
University of Charleston

Barbara Ladner, PhD (Yale University, 1987)
Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities
West Virginia State University

Mark Tobin Moore, MFA (West Virginia University, 2000)
Instructor of Art
Concord University

John Richards, PhD (Ohio University, 2000) – deceased, 2009
Department of Sociology and Philosophy
West Virginia State University

Celene Seymour, PhD (Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1988)
Library Director
Marshall University Graduate College Library

Frances Simone, PhD (Duke University, 1974)
Graduate School of Education and Professional Development
Marshall University Graduate College

Arline Thorn, PhD (University of Illinois, 1971) – deceased, 2006
Department of English
West Virginia State University