CEHS welcomed four new faculty members at the start of the fall semester – Derek Headley, Natasha Murray-Everett, Elaine Schwing and Frankie Tack. Through their expertise, they will shape the next generation of education and human services professionals.
Derek Headley, PhD, CCC-SLP, will serve as an assistant professor of speech-language pathology, splitting his time between teaching dysphagia and voice at CEHS and supervising master’s level clinicians in practice at Ruby Memorial Hospital. He worked as a medical speech-language pathologist in a variety of locales for nearly 10 years before entering his PhD program at Florida State University. Headley earned his doctorate in 2013, specializing in adult swallowing disorders. His primary research aims to improve clinical swallowing diagnostics through expanding our understanding of normal swallow physiology in adults. Headley has delivered numerous research presentations at the American Speech Language Hearing Association national conventions and served as an assistant editor for Contemporary Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders from 2010 to 2013.
Kegan Fountain, a junior from Ann Arbor, Mich., took the scenic route to WVU and to her major in elementary education.
After her first semester at a university in her home state, Fountain decided to take some time off to evaluate her educational and career goals. She then accepted a position as an AmeriCorps VISTA that brought her to Charleston, W.Va. In this role, she was the manager of an outdoor artisan market, where she gained experience in the public relations field, her intended field of study.
Growing up, Caitlin Barber was the little girl dressed as a WVU cheerleader at football tailgates. Raised in a family of Mountaineer fans, Barber experienced the thrill of football season from a young age. Now a third-grade teacher at Eastwood Elementary School in Morgantown, Barber shares that passion with her students and WVU fans everywhere.
“When it comes to game time, there’s just an excitement in the air all over the state,” Barber said. “West Virginia is not a big state. We don’t have professional teams. I feel like WVU is our team and what we stand behind.”