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Faculty Spotlights

Dedicated faculty and staff are the foundation of the entire College of Education and Human Services experience. They are a diverse and experienced group committed to mentoring, outstanding teaching and serving as national leaders in their fields.

Faculty Spotlights

Frankie Tack

The coordinator of CEHS' new minor in addiction studies is Clinical Assistant Professor Frankie Tack, a seasoned addiction counselor with 20 years of experience in the field. Tack has designed the minor to train students for careers that help people who are working on recovering from addiction.  Read full article about the new addiction studies minor. 

Chris Schimmel, EdD

Dr. Chris Schimmel, associate professor in the CEHS Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling and Counseling Psychology, spends a large portion of her time as an educator teaching students about the significant role that school counselors play in classrooms and communities. Through her work, Schimmel illustrates that school counselors do much more than change students’ schedules and provide information about college scholarships. These duties, often associated with the stereotypical guidance counselor, are just a small part of the services that professional school counselors provide.   Read more about Dr. Schimmel's work.

Stephanie Lorenze, PhD

In Dr. Stephanie Lorenze’s classroom, everyone is a dancer. Lorenze, a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies, teaches Dance and Movement in PK-12 schools, a class that provides students with what Lorenze calls a ‘danceucation.’ The goal of this ‘danceucation’ is to show future teachers how physical movement can be used to teach core concepts like reading and science. And while Lorenze’s lessons are based in educational theory and research, her classes look much different than traditional college lectures.   Read more about Dr. Lorenze's danceucation.

Faculty Research Spotlight

CEHS faculty are driven to engage in active research so that they might expand and/or hone their expertise in their respective fields and be even better equipped to help prepare students to enter those fields as professionals. Follow the links below to view a few spotlights on some of our faculty's research projects. 

Dr. Jeffrey Carver

Associate Professor of Science Education 
Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies

Associate Professor Jeffrey Carver, Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies, began his education endeavoring, as many young students do, to become a famous vocalist for a rock band; and, like many educators, Carver’s love of science stems from former teachers who made the subject interesting for him. After several years teaching chemistry, physics and physical science in high schools in IL, Carver thought teaching post-secondary science courses would be his career path. While pursuing his doctorate, a change in the program required that he transition his Ed.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from an area of emphasis in post-secondary education to an area of emphasis in teacher education. Since then, he has made his career instructing future science educators and conducting research in the improvement of teaching and learning in science.

Read more about Dr. Carver's research. 

Dr. Jeremy Donai

Assistant Professor 
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

An audiologist by trade, a speech perception and science researcher by nature; Dr. Jeremy Donai, Assistant Professor of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has made a swift transition from the work of clinical audiology: which primarily deals with diagnosing and treating hearing loss and balance problems, into a boundless field of hearing science research opportunities. In 2012, he began his dissertation, the forefront of his current academic research: studying an understudied region of the speech signal.

Read more about Dr. Donai's research.

Dr. Monica Leppma

Assistant Professor 
Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Counseling Psychology

Many people with and without psychological disorders struggle to cope with the overwhelming stressors and emotions associated with everyday life. One approach to solving that problem that is gaining traction among clinicians is a practice called mindfulness. Rather than change or ignore stressful feelings, counselors teaching mindfulness encourage clients to acknowledge and accept their thoughts and feelings without passing judgement on them. Dr. Monica Leppma of West Virginia University’s Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Counseling Psychology is an avid proponent of mindfulness, and it has played a key role in both her career as a mental health counselor and as an educator and researcher at WVU.

Read more about Dr. Leppma's research.

Dr. Kristin Moilanen

Associate Professor 
Department of Learning Sciences and Human Disorders

As a high school student, Dr. Kristin Moilanen wondered what led some of her peers to engage in risky sexual behaviors (specifically, having sex without contraception and/or with more than one partner in a committed relationship) while others chose not to. This question led her to pursue degrees in developmental psychology and   become a “scholar of adolescence,” as she puts it, and it has been the driving force of her research ever since, as she has strived to uncover developmental predictors for risky behaviors in adolescents and young adults.

Read more about Dr. Moilanen's research. 

Dr. Michelle Moore

Assistant Professor 
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Michelle Moore, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, has taken the study of language and literacy skills to a new level with a novel alphabet called “FaceFont”. Published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience in April 2014, Moore and co-authors discuss the brain’s ability to recognize orthographic stimuli. The implications of their findings may change the way we treat some patients with dyslexia and acquired alexia.

Read more about Dr. Moore's research. 

Dr. Aimee Morewood

Associate Professor 
Department of Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies

When higher education institutions collaborate with public schools, all schools, teachers, and students can benefit. As part the College of Education and Human Services’ Professional Development Schools (PDS) Network, Associate Professor Aimee Morewood has been able to prove just that. From 2009 to 2011, Morewood worked as a collaborative faculty member in residence (CFIR) at Mason Dixon Elementary School, in Blacksville, W.Va., which allowed her to conduct insightful research and create lasting relationships with classrooms.

Read more about Dr. Morewood's research.

Dr. Nathan Sorber

Assistant Professor 
Coordinator, Higher Education Administration Program 
Department of Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies

Nathan Sorber, an assistant professor in higher education administration in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies, was an advocate for the land-grant mission long before coming to West Virginia University, which is responsible for educational outreach and community service in many parts of the Mountain State. At Pennsylvania State University, Sorber’s doctoral studies focused on the impact of the rise of American capitalism on small farmers and rural communities, which inevitably led to studying land-grant colleges. He found that the land-grant mission is crucial to providing the resources necessary to solve economic and social problems.

Read more about Dr. Sorber's research.