BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College welcomes new faculty members to its Biology, Physical & Computational Sciences, History, Psychology, Business, and Education departments this fall.

The new faces are:

  • Dr. Peter D. Ehni – Peter D. Ehni, of Dillonvale, Ohio, joins Bethany as a Visiting Associate Professor of Math and Science. He received a B.S. in Physics from Wheeling College, and an M.S. and a Ph.D., both in Physics, from the University of Maine. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the Office of Naval Technology at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington. Since then, he has taught 19 years at Wheeling Jesuit University. During that time, he held numerous roles, including Dean of Arts and Sciences and Chair of Physics and Engineering Science.
  • Dr. Jeff Janovetz – Jeff Janovetz joins Bethany as an Assistant Professor of Biology. He received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois, an M.S. in Zoology from Washington State University, a Ph.D. in Organismal Biology and Anatomy, and a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Janovetz is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and a U.S. Patent Agent. He has held faculty positions at the South Carolina Governor’s School of Science and Mathematics, Grand Valley State University, Centre College, and Sweet Briar College.
  • Dr. Karen A Kormuth – Karen A. Kormuth, of Charleroi, Pa., joins Bethany as an Assistant Professor of Biology. She received a B.A. in Cell/Molecular Biology at Washington & Jefferson College and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University. She has taught at Washington & Jefferson College and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
  • Dr. Ian Lanzillotti – Ian Lanzillotti, of Clearwater, Fla., joins Bethany as an Assistant Professor of History. He has a B.A. in History and Russian Languages and a certificate in Russian Area Studies from University of South Florida, an M.A. in Russian East-European Area Studies from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in History from The Ohio State University. He has been an Assistant Professor of History at Tennessee Wesleyan University since 2015.
  • Dr. Alex Mathew – Alex Mathew, of India, joins Bethany as an Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity. He received a B.S. and an M.A. at VBSP University, and a Ph.D. from Shri Venkateshwara University. He has more than 20 years of teaching experience, including at American University-Cyprus and universities in India, Ethiopia, Turkey, Oman, and Thailand.
  • Dr. Julia A. Osland – Julie A. Osland, of Wheeling, W.Va., joins Bethany as an Associate Professor of Psychology. She received a B.A. of Psychology from Central College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social-Personality Psychology from the University of Albany, State University of New York. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience at Albany State, Louisiana College, and, since 2004, Wheeling Jesuit University.
  • Dr. Christina Sampson – After retiring as Director of the McCann Learning Center at Bethany, Christina Sampson, of Wheeling, returns to the college as an Visiting Assistant Professor of Education. She received a B.A. in Education (English, Speech, Language Arts 5-12) from West Liberty State College, and an M.A. in Special Education (Learning Disabilities K-12) and a Ph.D. from West Virginia University. She began her career as a special education teacher at Wheeling High School and at Elm Grove Elementary School. At the college level, she has taught at Wheeling Jesuit University and Bethany.
  • John David Diosi – John David Diosi, of St. Clairsville, joins Bethany as Visiting Instructor of Business. He received a B.S. in Marketing from Miami University of Ohio and an M.B.A. from Wheeling Jesuit University. The owner of Diosi Properties, Ltd., in St. Clairsville, he has been an adjunct professor for the Wheeling Jesuit University Business School for more than 10 years.
  • Renee Marchese – Renee Marchese, of Wheeling, joins Bethany as a Visiting Instructor of Education. She received a B.S. in Elementary Education from West Liberty University, an M.S. in Special Education from Ohio University, and is enrolled in an ED.S. program for school psychology at Marshall University. She is a special education teacher for Ohio County Schools and previously has served as an adjunct professor at Bethany College, teaching undergraduate students for the autism endorsement and special education assessment classes.
  • Fred Rossell – Certified Public Accountant Fred Rossell, of Washington, Pa., joins Bethany as a Visiting Instructor of Accounting. He received a B.S. in Business Administration at Waynesburg College and a M.S. in Business Administration from California University of Pennsylvania. He has taught at the University of Phoenix, Robert Morris University, Westmoreland County Community College, University of Pittsburgh, California University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University.

Bethany College begins its Fall semester on Aug. 26.


Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.