CEHS welcomes four new faculty

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. 

Natasha Murray-Everett, PhD, advanced from the role of visiting assistant professor to the role of a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies. Her research interests include examining dialogic spaces for racial and ethnic identities and the racial and ethnic identities of others.  She seeks to look at how these understandings shape pre-service teachers’ ideologies of race and racism, how it influences their teaching practices, and their relationships with students. She holds her doctorate from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Elaine Schwing will serve as a master teacher and clinical instructor for WVUteach. Previously, Schwing was a mathematics teacher at Morgantown High School for seven years. In 2014, she received her National Board Teaching Certification in Adolescent and Young Adult Mathematics. She holds both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from WVU.   

Frankie Tack, MS, AADC, CCS, NCC will serve as the addictions minor coordinator and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling and Counseling Psychology. She has worked and taught in the addictions field for more than 20 years and is a West Virginia Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Certified Clinical Supervisor. Her clinical experience includes counseling, supervision and management in detox, outpatient, intensive outpatient and day treatment settings. Tack’s areas of special interest include working with women, the LGBT population and those with co-occurring mental health challenges, as well as providing training for community addictions professionals.


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