2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    
    Oct 02, 2022  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Faculty & Staff



Higher Education Policy Commission Members

1018 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, West Virginia 25301

Andrew A. (Drew) Payne, III Chair
Michael J. Farrell, Esq. Vice Chair
Diane Lewis Jackson Secretary
Christina Cameron Ex-Officio
James Dailey  
Donna L. Schulte  
W. Clayton Burch Ex-Officio State Superintendent of Schools

Bluefield State University Board of Governors

Rev. Garry Moore, Sr., Chair Bluefield, West Virginia
Mrs. Rebecca Peterson Bluefield, Virginia
Mr. Charles Cole Bluefield, West Virginia
Mr. William Cole, III Bluefield, West Virginia
Ms. Cathy Deeb Bluefield, West Virginia
Mr. Michael Hastings Bluefield, West Virginia
Mr. Joseph S. Remines Bluefield, Virginia
Mr. Shane Reviello Colonial Beach, Virginia
Mr. Michael Lilly (Faculty Representative) Bluefield, West Virginia
Dr. Deirdre Guyton (Classified Representative) Bluefield, West Virginia

President’s Administrative Staff

Robin C. Capehart (2019) President; B.A. West Virginia University, J.D. West Virginia University, L.L.M. Georgetown University.
Hon. Brent Benjamin (2020) Executive Vice President and General Counsel; B.S. Ohio State University, J.D. The OSU School of Law
Keith Olson (2020) Special Assistant to the President; B.S. West Liberty University
Ted Lewis (2018) Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs & Student Affairs; B.A. Texas Wesleyan University, M.S. University of North Texas, Ed.D. University of Texas at Austin.
J. Ronald Hypes (2021) Chief Financial Officer; A.S. Bluefield College, B.S. Concord University, CGMA
James A. Nelson (1991) Vice President for Media Relations; B.S., West Virginia University.
Jonette Aughenbaugh (2013) Vice President for Human Resources; B.A., University of Virginia.
John Spencer (2012) Chief Technology Officer:; B.S., Concord University.
Derrick Price (2020) Director of Athletics; B.S. Bluefield College
Ansel Ponder (2019) Chief Marketing Officer; B.A. Western Michigan University

Support Personnel

Academic Affairs Administrator Sarita A. Rhonemus, Ph.D.
Administrative Application Software Specialist  
Admissions Supervisor Jennifer Johnson, M.S.
Admissions Counselor Christina Nunley, M.B.A.
Admissions Counselor Barry Dalton, B.A.
Assistant to the Provost Darlene Gilley, M.S.
Associate Director of Administrative Computing  
Associate Director of Instructional Technologies Cody Chambers, M.S.
Associate Registrar  
Bookstore Manager Susan Plumley, M.B.A.
Chief Marketing Officer Ansel Ponder, B.A.
Chief Technology Officer John Spencer, B.S.
Counselor, Academic Success Center H. Scott Pitt, B.A.
Counselor, Academic Success Center Helena Taylor, B.S.
Dean of Students Ronald Shidemantle, M.A.
Director, Academic Success Center Carolyn Kirby, M.S.
Director, Advising and Counseling Cravor Jones, Ph.D.
Director, Alumni Affairs Deirdre Guyton, Ph.D.
Director, Athletics Derrick Price, B.S.
Director of Office of International Initiatives Sudhakar R. Jamkhandi, Ph.D.
Director, Intramurals & Wellness Programs Vacant
Director, Libraries David McMillian, Ph.D.
Director of Purchasing Paul Rutherford, B.S.
Director, Research and Sponsored Programs; Title III Timothy McKenzie, M.S.
Information Systems Manager Chris Shrader, B.S.
Information Systems Technician Vacant
Registrar Marviene Johnson, M.B.A.
Staff Librarian/Archivist James Leedy, M.L.I.S.
Title IX Coordinator Jane Charnock
Transitional Studies Lab Specialist S. Beth Hashemzadeh, B.A./B.S
Video Operations Specialist Vacant
Web Developer Larry Zande, M.S.

Academic Administrators

Dean, W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business (Interim) Karen Grogan, MAEd, M.S.S.L.
Accounting Dept. Chair Michelle Taylor, Ed.D.
Business Administration  
Entrepreneurship  
Health Services Management  
Leadership  
Management  
Marketing  
Regents Bachelors of Arts  
Sports Management  
Master of Business Administration Director of MBA Jerry Wood, D.B.A.
   
Dean, School of Education, Humanities & Social Sciences (Interim) Tamara Ferguson Ed.D
Criminal Justice Dept. Chair Scott Rasnick M.S.
Humanities Dept. Chair Bonnie Reese, Ph.D.
Social Sciences Dept. Chair Amanda Matoushek, Ph.D.
Teacher Education Director Terene Stiltner, Ed.D.
   
Dean, School of Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) (Interim) William Bennett D.B.A
Engineering Technology Dept. Chair Joey Hazelwood, M.A.
Computer Science

Co Dept. Chair Kristin Hicks M.S.

Computer Science Co Dept. Chair Devon Schall Ph.D.
Applied Science Dept. Chair Dharshana Arachchi, Ph.D.
   
Dean, School of Nursing and Allied Health Angela M. Lambert, MSRT(R), Ed. D.
A.S. Radiologic Technology and B.S. Imaging Science Director Melissa O. Haye, Ed. S., MSRT(R)
Associate of Science Nursing/LPN-RN Director Sandra M. Wynn, M.S.N.
Bachelor of Science Nursing Director Carol Cofer, MSN, M.Ed., B.S.N. ACNS-BC
   

Faculty

DHARSHANA ARACHCHI

(2013) Professor and Department Chair of Mathematics; B.S. University of Colombo; M.S., Ph.D. Southern Illinois University.

AMY L. ATWELL    (2011) Assistant Professor of Radiologic Technology and Clinic Coordinator;  A.S. and R.B.A., Bluefield State College. M.S., Walden University. Registered ARRT (R) (M) (MR).

ADRIAN AYERSMAN

(2017) Visiting Instructor of English; B.A. Bluefield State College; M.A. Marshall University.

ERIK BALDWIN

(2007) Professor of Civil Engineering Technology; A.S., B.S., Bluefield State College; M.S.E. Marshall University; Professional Engineer, (OH, WV, VA); Professional Surveyor (VA, WV).

AMANDA B. BANKS

(2018) Associate Professor of Education; B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.S., Radford University; Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

TESFAYE BELAY                                                                   

(2005) Professor of Biology; B.S., Addis Ababa University; M.S., Ph.D., Michigan State University.

CHERYL BELCHER          

(1990) Professor of Nursing; A.S., West Virginia Institute of Technology; B.S.N., West Virginia University; M.S.N., Bellarmine College. Registered Nurse. Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Post Masters, West Virginia University.

DIANE BELCHER                

(2021) Visiting Associate Professon of Business; B.A., M.A. Michigan State University; Ed.D., Virginia Polytechnic and State University.
WILLIAM BENNETT (2018) Interim Dean of STEM and Professor of Computer Science; DBA, Northcentral University.

ALBERT N. BERKOH                         

(2009) Associate Professor of Business; B.A.  University of Ghana; M.P.A., Clark Atlanta University; M.B.A., Nova Southeastern University; Ph.D., Clark Atlantic University.

MARK BOTTS (2021)Visiting Instructor of English B.S. Tennessee Temple University, C.S.C. The American Musical and Dramatic Academy M.F.A. Regent University

SHANNON R. BOWLING

(2011) Professor of Electrical Engineering Technology; B.S., Bluefield State College; M.S., East Tennessee State University; Ph.D., Clemson University.

CAROL A. COFER

(1981) Professor of Nursing and B.S.N. Program Director; A.S.N., B.S.N.  Gwynedd- Mercy College; M.Ed., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; M.S.N., University of Virginia. Registered Nurse. 

DEBJANI CHAKRABARTI

(2018) Associate Professor of Sociology; B.A. Presidency College; M.A. Delhi School of Economics; Ph.D. Mississippi State University.

SEAN CONNOLLY

(2012) Professor of Humanities; B.A. Stony Brook University; M.A. Cornell University; D.E.A. Paris VIII University; Ph.D. Cornell University.

BILLY DAVIS

(2013) Associate Professor of Nursing; A.S., B.S.N., Bluefield State College; M.S.N., West Virginia University. M.F.A. WV Wesleyan. Registered Nurse. Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

TAMARA L. FERGUSON

(2003) Interim Dean of Education, Hummanies and Social Sciences. Professor of English; B.A., Bluefield College; M.S., Radford University; Ed.D. University of Virginia.

SHEILA DUNN GATES

(2000) Assistant Professor of Nursing-Clinical Track; A.S.N., Bluefield State College; B.S.N., West Virginia University; M.S.N., West Virginia University, Registered Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner.

VANESSA M. GODFREY

(2004) Instructor of Radiology Technology; A.S., B.S. Bluefield State College. Registered Radiographer ARRT (R).

KAREN N. GROGAN

(2016) Interim Dean of W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business. Assistant Professor of Health Services Management; B.S. Bluefield College; A.S. Southwest Virginia Community College. M.Ed., Bluefield University; M.S., Mountain State University.

JOSEPH HAZELWOOD

(2017) Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Engineering; A.A.S., New River Community College; B.S., Bluefield College; M.A., Marshall University.

MELISSA OXLEY HAYE

(1993) Professor and Program Director of Radiologic Technology and BS Imaging Science; A.S., Morris Harvey College; B.S., Bluefield College; M.S., Capella University, Ed.S., ABD, Northcentral University. Registered Radiographer, ARRT (R).

JOEL HELMS 2022) Associate Professor of Mathematics, A.S. Niagara County Community College (1987), B.S., Albany University (1990), M.S., Clarkson University (1995), Ed.D., University of Southern California (2016).  
KRISTIN HICKS (2021) Instructor of Computer Science; B.S., Bluefield State College; M.S., Western Governor’s University

SUDHAKAR R. JAMKHANDI

(1986) Professor of English; B.A., Poona University; B.Ed., Poona University; M.A., Karnatak University; Ph.D., Texas Christian University.

YOUNG B. KIM

(2015) Associate Professor of Chemistry; B.A.  University of Mississippi; Ph.D. University of Mississippi.

THOMAS F. LAFONE

(1967) Professor of Mathematics; B.S., Lenoir Rhyne College; M.A., Appalachian State University.

ANGELA M. LAMBERT

(1991) Dean of Nursing and Allied Health; and Professor of Imaging Science; A.S., Bluefield State College; B.S., Bluefield State College; M.S., Capella University; Ed.S., Liberty University; Ed. D., Liberty University.

AMY LANE (2020) Visiting Clinical Instructor of Nursing-Clinical Track; A.S.N., Wytheville Community College; B.S.N., King University; Registered Nurse

MICHAEL H. LILLY

(1985) Professor of Criminal Justice; B.A., Hampden Sydney College; J.D., University of South Carolina.

DARREL MALAMISURA

 

(2006) Professor Business; B.S., Bluefield State College; M.B.A., St. Mary’s University; J.D., Ohio Northern University.

SHELIA SARGENT MARTIN

(2010) Professor of Education. B.A, University of Virginia at Wise; M.S. Radford University; Ed.S. University of Southern Mississippi; Ed.D., East Tennessee State University.

VINCENT MATEESCU

(2018) Associate Professor of Mathematics; B.A. Rutgers University; Ed. M. Rutgers University; M.S. University of New Hampshire.

AMANDA R. MATOUSHEK

(2013) Associate Professor of Psychology; B.S.  Bridgewater College; M.S. Ph.D., Binghamton University.

RODNEY MONTAGUE

(2013) Professor of History; B.A.  Wesleyan University; M.A. Columbia University; M.Phil. Columbia University; Ph.D. Columbia University.

TARA MULLINS

(2019) Visiting Instructor of Psychology; B.A., M.A. Marshall University.

BETTY NASH

(1989) Professor of Nursing; B.S.N., University of Tennessee; M.S.N., West Virginia University; Registered Nurse. Certified Critical Care Nurse.

JULIE DEVOR ORR

(1990) Assistant Professor of Nursing; A.S., Bluefield State College; B.S.N., Bluefield State College; M.S.N., Radford University. Post-master’s certification, Marshall University. Registered Nurse., Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

ASHISH PATEL (2022) Associate Professor of Mathematics, B.S. University of North Dakota (1989), M.S. University of North Dakota (1992).  

JAMES PRUETT

 

(2014) Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering Technology; B.S.  Bluefield State College; M.E.M. Old Dominion University.

ROY E. PRUETT, JR

(1983) Professor of Electrical Engineering  Technology; B.S.E.E., West Virginia Institute of Technology; P.E. M.S., West Virginia University College of Graduate Studies; Professional Engineer (WV).

AMANDA QUESENBERRY 2013) Assistant Professor Imaging Science., B.S., M.S. Mountain State University. Registered Sonographer. RDMS (ABD) (OB/GYN)

ANTHONY S. RASNICK

(2016) Associate Professor of Criminal Justice; B.A. Bluefield State College; M.S., Bethel University.

BONNIE L. REESE (2015) Associate Professor of Communications; B.S. California University; M.A. Duquesne University; Ph.D. Duquesne University.
PETER RONHOVDE (2020) Visiting Instructor of Mathematics; B.S., M.S. University of Southern Mississippi; Ph.D. Washington University in St. Louis. 
SARA ROBERSON (2020) Assistant Professor of Biology; B.S., Sewanee: The University of the South; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University. 
SALLY SALE 

(2017) Assistant Professor of Nursing; A.S.N., B.S.N. Marshall University; M.S.N. West Virginia University.

 

KELLI SARVER

(2010) Assistant Professor of Nursing; A.S.N., B.S.N., Bluefield State College; M.Ed., M.S.N., Marshall University. Registered Nurse; Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

P. DEVON SCHALL (2022) Associate Professor of Computer Science, B.S., Radford University (2013), MA.Ed Virginia Polytechnic and State University (2015), M.S./Ph.D. University of the Cumberlands (2018). 

MICHAEL W. SMITH

(1997) Professor of  English; B.S.,  M.A.,  Virginia  Polytechnic  Institute  and  State University; Ph.D., Florida State University.

TIFFANIE SNYDER (2021) Associate Professor of Nursing; A.S.N., B.S.N., West Virginia University; M.S.N., Bluefield College. Registered Nurse. Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Certified Nephrology Nurse.

KERRY STAUFFER

(2000) Professor of Civil Engineering Technology, B.S., Bluefield State College, M.S., Ph.D. West Virginia University. Professional Surveyor P.S. (WV), Professional Engineer P.E. (WV, VA).

TERENE M. STILTNER

(2012) Associate Professor of Special Education; B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; M.Ed., Old Dominion University. ED.S. Liberty University.

KATHERINE ST. CLAIR (2021) Nursing Instructor, Beckley Campus BSN Mountain State University MSN Wheeling University: Education Specialist Track Registered Nurse

J. DARRELL THOMPSON

(2010) Professor of Education.  B.S., M.A., Ed.D. East Tennessee State University; Ed.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

MICHELLE TAYLOR

(2014) Associate Professor of Business; B.A., West Virginia University; M.B.A. West Virginia University; Ed.D., Benedictine University.

NATHAN J. TAYLOR (2019) Visiting Instructor of Accounting; B.S. Accounting ; B.S.  Finance; B.S. Economics: West Virginia University.  M.A.C.C University of Alabama at Birmingham. Certified Public Accountant (CPA): West Virginia Board of Accountancy.

DEBORAH TONELLI

(2009) Associate Professor of Nursing-Clinical Track; A.S.N., West Virginia Institute of Technology; B.S.N., West Virginia University; M.S.N., Post Masters certification in Nursing Administration, Marshall University. Registered Nurse. Ed.D., Liberty University.

DANIEL TRENT (2021) Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering: B.S., M.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Ph.D. Old Dominion University.
ELIZABETH F. WALTERS (2020) Visiting Professor of Biology, College of William and Mary, B.S., M.A.

JAMES W. WALTERS

(2013) Associate Professor of Biology; B.S. Arizona State University; Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania.

SHERRI L. WILLIAMS

(2002) Associate Professor of Nursing-Clinical Track; B.S.N., M.S.N., West Virginia University; Registered Nurse. Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

JERRY WOOD (2022) Director of MBA; Associate Professor of Business; B.A. Marshall University, M.B.A., King University, D.B.A. Argosy University.

SANDRA M. WYNN

(2002) Professor of Nursing; ADN Program Director; A.S., B.S.N., Bluefield State College; M.S.N., Radford University. Registered Nurse. Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

JEFF YEAGER 2022 Assistant Professor of English; B.A. Concord University; M.A. Ohio University; Ph.D. West Virginia University

Health Affiliate Faculty

Radiologic Technology Clinical Faculty
 

 KATHERINE BELCHER Clinical Preceptor Radiologic Technology, Welch Community Hospital; A.S.; B.S. Bluefield State College Registered ARRT (R)(M).
ROBIN M. GIBSON Clinical Preceptor Radiologic Technology, Princeton Community Hospital; A.S., Bluefield State College; B.S., Bluefield College. Registered ARRT (R) (CT).
JENNIFER SHELTON Clinical Preceptor Radiologic Technology, VA Medical Center-Beckley; A.S. Mountain State University. Registered ARRT (R).
JASON B. STAFFORD Clinical Preceptor Radiologic Technology, Beckley Applachian Regional Hospital; A.S. Bluefield State College; RBA Concord University. Registered ARRT (R).