Four new faculty join WWU

Four new faculty members have joined William Woods University this semester. They are Raymond Hune, instructor of developmental math; Kimberly Keller, visiting instructor of biology; Nicholas Pullen, assistant professor of biology; and Tony Weed, clinical instructor of communications.

Hune has taught math at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson City, Mo., as well as Columbia College in Jefferson City, Mo., since 2005. He has more than 25 years of experience teaching math.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn., Hune earned a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in mathematics from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo.

Keller recently finished post-doctoral research studying sulfate-reducing bacteria at the University of Missouri, where she also served as guest lecturer for the Biochemistry Department.  She completed her doctoral research studying transport/membrane energetic in bacteria at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

She has also taught in the biology department at Bowling Green State University.  Keller has authored numerous research and educational publications, as well as grants and refereed abstracts.

Keller earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biological studies at Wilmington College of Ohio in 1993. She went on to earn her Master of Science degree in biological sciences in 2000 and Ph.D. in biological sciences in 2006, both from Bowling Green State University.

Pullen was most recently a fellow in a National Institutes of Health-funded IRACDA program at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, Va. IRACDA (Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award) is a national teaching and research grant program partnering research universities with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

Before coming to William Woods, Pullen taught biology and biochemistry at VCU and chemistry at Elizabeth City State University, as part of his fellowship. He is also a participant fellow in the National Science Foundation funded Faculty Institutes for Reforming Science Teaching (FIRST-IV), and he recently received the AAAS/Science Program Award for Excellence in Science.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va., in 2005, Pullen went on to earn a Ph.D. in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology from VCU in 2010.

He has published and continues scientific research in two areas: mast cell biology (crucial players in allergy and asthma), and cancers of the central nervous system; most recently his activities have included education research related to undergraduate science education.

Weed has been a graduate assistant in the arts division of William Woods University for two years. He taught radio broadcasting and managed the on-campus radio station. He was a videographer and producer for Studio City KC in Kansas City, Mo., from 2009 to 2010.

A recent graduate of WWU’s Master of Business Administration degree program, Weed completed his Bachelor of Science degree in communications with a concentration in digital production in 2009 from William Woods. He plans to pursue a doctorate of communications at the University of Missouri.