Bethany Welcomes Four New Faculty Members

BETHANY, W.Va. -- Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of Bethany College, has announced the addition of four new faculty members for the 2008-09 academic year. The new faculty members are: Dr. R. Wiley Cash, Assistant Professor of English; Dr. Lisa M. Reilly, Assistant Professor of Chemistry; Joann Nilson Tartalone, Assistant Professor of Communication; and Dr. Stephanie Tuszynski, Assistant Professor of Communication.

“We are extremely pleased to have attracted such an impressive group of scholars to Bethany,” said Dr. Miller. “They bring with them a remarkable range of academic accomplishment and life experience from many different regions of the country. Their talents and abilities will enhance the depth and diversity of our outstanding faculty and reinforce Bethany’s reputation as a small college of national distinction.”

Dr. Cash holds a B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina-Asheville, an M.A. degree from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and earned his Ph.D. in English with areas of concentration in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. While at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, he served as a teaching assistant in the Department of English. He previously served as an adjunct instructor at the University of North Carolina-Asheville.

Dr. Reilly holds a B.S. from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa. and earned her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. Most recently, she has served as a Research Associate with the National Research Council and as a Biological Defense Postdoctoral Fellow at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center in Edgewood, Md.

Tartalone holds an A.A. degree from the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pa.; a B.A. degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and an M.A.I.S degree in Communication and English with emphases in Persuasion, Media Literature, Creative Writing and Audio Production from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She most recently served as Instructor of Mass Communication at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C.

Dr. Tuszynski holds a B.A. degree from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, N.Y. and an M.S. from Boston University. She earned her Ph.D. in American Culture Studies with a specialization in Critical Perspectives in Film, Media and Culture from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. She most recently served as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Toledo in the Department of Theatre and Film.

Bethany is a small college of national distinction located on a historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, it is the oldest college in the state.