New Faculty Join William Woods University

Eight new members have joined the faculty at William Woods University this semester, but few are entirely new to the campus. Among the new faculty are five with previously held positions at WWU, as well as one alumnus.

The new faculty members are: Bret Cummens, American Sign Language interpreting; Matthew Dube, English; Allan Ensor, special education; Stephen Hageman, history; Mary Mosley, Spanish; Dennis Nickelson, mathematics; Sean Siebert, marketing/business, and Murphy Tetley, management information science.

Bret Cummens is the new American Sign Language interpreting instructor. He has a bachelor of integrated studies degree in psychology, history and recreational education from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and a master of arts in liberal arts from Almeda University in Boise, Idaho.

Cummens came to Fulton from Ellensburg, Wash. He has held positions at multiple colleges and universities, including adjunct instructor and language lab tutor at Salt Lake Community College, interpreter evaluator and language mentor at Utah Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, assistant professor at Central Washington University and, most recently, educational sign interpreting instructor at Wenatchee Valley College.

He has been a member-at-large on the board of directors for the Southeastern Washington Sevices Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, in Pasco, Wash., as well as an academic advisor for the ASL/Deaf Studies Program and ASL Club at Central Washington University. He has also been secretary for the Utah American Sign Language Teachers Association.

Cummens won the National Residency Hall Honorary Association, “Tom Ogg” Chapter Award for Community Involvement in 2005 and the Center for Excellence in Leadership, Most Inspirational Faculty Member Award in 2006, both at Central Washington University.

Matthew Dube, assistant professor of English, has a B.A. in English and textual studies from Syracuse University, an M.F.A./M.A. in English literature and creative writing from Western Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Most recently, Dube was a visiting assistant professor at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich. He also has taught at Dickinson College and Marshall College, both in Pennsylvania; Ivan Franko National University, L’viv, Ukraine, and the University of Alabama.

Dube was a University Fellow at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 1998-2001, and was a Fulbright Student Scholar to the Ukraine, 2001-2002.

Allan Ensor is the new assistant professor of special education, but he is no stranger to Fulton. He recently retired from the Missouri School for the Deaf, where he was director of clinical and ancillary service and director of the Resource Center on Deafness since the mid-80s. He also has been an adjunct professor at William Woods for the past 13 years.

Ensor earned a B.A. in history from Kansas State College at Pittsburg, a B.S.E. in psychology from Missouri Southern State College, an M.S. in clinical psychology from Pittsburg State University, and a Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of Missouri.

A resident of Hallsville, he is a nationally certified school psychologist and a member of both the National Association of School Psychologists and the Missouri Association of School Psychologists.

Stephen Hageman, instructor of history, received his B.A. from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Illinois. He has taught at University of Illinois and, most recently, at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pa.

Hageman was the Louisville Institute for the Study of American Religion Dissertation Fellow at the University of Illinois in 2004-2005 and he was the recipient of the John G. and Evelyn Hartman Heiligenstein Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2001 and 2004.

He is affiliated with Phi Alpha Theta, a history honor society, and Phi Beta Kappa, an academic honor society, as well as the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Labor and Working Class History Association and the American Studies Association.

The new assistant professor of Spanish, Mary Mosley, received her B.A. in Spanish and English, from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Missouri.

A Fulton resident, Mosley has taught Spanish for a number of years and has also written and edited Spanish textbooks. She taught at Shimer College and Ohio State University before going into publishing as an editor of foreign language textbooks for Scott, Foresman and Co.

She has been a freelance editor, writer, researcher and translator since 1984, a lobbyist since 1993 and an adjunct professor of Spanish at William Woods University for the past four years.

Mosley has won numerous awards, including the Women Mean Business Award from the Missouri Business and Professional Women, the St. Louis Educational Equity Coalition Individual Non-Educator Award and the Missouri Women’s Network Leadership Award.

Dennis Nickelson, assistant professor of mathematics, received both Ed. S. and Ph.D. degrees in science education from the University of Missouri. He earned his B.S.E. in physics/chemistry from Central Missouri State University and his M.Ed. from Lincoln University.

A Jefferson City resident, he has been a science teacher at Jefferson City High School since 1978 and was chairman of the science department from 2001 until his retirement in May. He has taught as adjunct faculty at Lincoln University, the University of Missouri, Linn State Technical College, as well as William Woods University.

Nickelson has received numerous teaching awards, including the Missouri Academy of Science Outstanding Teacher Award, the Monsanto Science Teaching Award and the Sigma XI (CMSU Chapter) Outstanding Teacher Award. He was also named 1994 Teacher of the Year for Jefferson City Public Schools, and was a finalist for 1995 Missouri Teacher of the Year.

Sean Siebert, new instructor of marketing/business, knows William Woods rather well. He has been an adjunct instructor at WWU for two years, and he earned a master of business administration (MBA) at William Woods, before going on to pursue a doctorate of management at Webster University. His B.A. in communication (business emphasis) is from the University of Missouri.

A Fulton resident, Siebert previously was manager of business/financial operations in the department of child health at the University of Missouri School of Medicine. Before that, he was manager of human resources for the department of internal medicine.

Murphy Tetley of Jefferson City is a new instructor of management information science. He received a B.M.E. from Central Methodist College and an M.Ed. from the University of Missouri.

He has 25 years of experience in IT sales, service support and education. He has installed, set up and supported thousands of computer systems in LAN/WAN environments, and he developed several successful medical technology companies.

Most recently, Tetley was owner of MedHarbor.Com, Inc., a computer consulting and software development company. Before that he was owner and sales manager of Tetley Technologies, Inc., a computer sales and service company. He was a sales manager in electronic systems for Modern Business Systems (now Ikon) and sales manager for 3M Business products in Jefferson City. He has been an adjunct professor at William Woods since 1994.