New Faculty Join William Woods University

Eight new faces have joined the faculty at William Woods University this semester, but some are not entirely new to the campus. Among the new faculty are three WWU alumni.

The new faculty members are: Lee Bailey, accounting; Carrie McCray, American Sign Language interpreting; Joe Kyger, chemistry; Carol England, criminal justice; Greg Smith and Stephanie Wells, English; Jennifer Kane Petterson, equestrian studies, and Chris Schneider, mathematics.

“I am excited to have added faculty positions to our campus as well as to bring in new, enthusiastic faculty members to various departments,” Sherry McCarthy, vice president and academic dean, said. “These highly qualified instructors will help us to continue to improve our programs and insure that student achievement is top priority.”

Lee Bailey of Auxvasse is a new accounting instructor. A graduate of WWU, with a B.A. in accounting, Bailey is a Certified Public Accountant. She also holds an M.A. in human resources management from Webster University.

She worked at William Woods from 1985 to 1995 and left to become business manager at Missouri Girls Town. She spent three years at Callaway Community Hospital as director of human resources and marketing and most recently served as human resources director for the City of Fulton for four years. Bailey has been an adjunct faculty member at WWU for the past year.

Carrie McCray is no stranger to William Woods. Not only did she earn a B.S. in psychology and ASL interpreting from WWU, she received her master of education there, as well. In addition, she has been the staff interpreter and coordinator of the Office of Disability Services on campus for the past eight years.

McCray is a new instructor of ASL interpreting. A Fulton resident, she has been an adjunct faculty member for two years and is pursuing her doctorate at the University of Missouri.

Another WWU alumna, Jennifer Kane Petterson, is a new clinical instructor of equestrian science. She has coached, ridden and trained world champion horses and riders since her graduation from William Woods.

Petterson returns to Fulton from Kuna, Idaho, where she ran a successful lesson, boarding and training facility. She has been training, riding and coaching Pintos, Paints and Arabians for the past eight years, and has accumulated numerous Pinto World Championships, Canadian National Championships and top 10 awards.

Her students have achieved horse of the year rankings in events ranging from showmanship, western pleasure and horsemanship to bareback equitation and show hack.

Carol England, who has been assistant prosecuting attorney for Callaway County since 2000 and city attorney for Fulton since 2001, is a new assistant professor of legal studies. She will teach courses in the criminal justice/homeland security area.

England earned a B.A. in criminal justice from Columbia College, an M.A. in sociology/criminal justice from Lincoln University and a law degree from the University of Missouri.

Prior to becoming an attorney, she was a patrol sergeant with the Fulton Police Department for six years. She has taught as an adjunct faculty member at both Truman State University and Columbia College.

Joe Kyger of Columbia recently received his Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of Missouri and is a new assistant professor of chemistry. He earned a B.S. in chemisty from Southwest Missouri State University.

Kyger has been a teaching assistant, class instructor and research assistant, both at SMSU and MU.

Chris Schneider, a new Fulton resident, is a new assistant professor of mathematics. For the past seven years he has been employed as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Missouri-Rolla. He earned a master of science in mathematics at UMR and is completing a Ph.D. in statistics. He also holds a B.S. in mathematics from Southwest Missouri State University.

Schneider has been an adjunct instructor for the Rolla branches of East Central College (since 2001) and Columbia College (since 2003) and the Fort Leonard Wood branch of Webster University (since 2003).

Greg Smith is a new assistant professor of English, specializing in American literature and film studies. He moved to Mexico, Mo., from Kalamazoo, Mich., where he had been teaching at Western Michigan University since 1993.

Smith earned a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D., all in English and all from Western Michigan, and has been as assistant professor there since 2000.

Another new assistant professor of English is Stephanie Wells of Columbia, who has been an adjunct faculty member at William Woods for seven years. She earned both a B.S. and an M.A. in communication from Southwest Missouri State University and a Ph.D. in communication from the University of Missouri.

In addition to teaching at WWU, Wells has taught at SMSU, the University of Missouri-Rolla, the University of Missouri-Columbia and Columbia College.