New Faculty Join William Woods University

Five new faculty members have joined William Woods University this semester. They are: Anita Bergeson, assistant professor of English; Steve Huenneke, assistant professor of economics; Deborah Young, assistant professor of communications; Melissa Alpers-Springer, instructor of communications, and Melanie McKay-Cody, instructor of American Sign Language interpreting.


Bergeson was a visiting instructor of English composition this past year at Maryville College and previously was a lecturer in the English department at the University of Tennessee.


She completed her bachelor of science degree in English and history-political science at Jamestown College and received her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in English at the University of Tennessee.


Huenneke has been a business and economics instructor at Colby Community College in Colby, Kan., this past year. Prior to that, he was an associate professor of economics for 16 years at Minot State University in Minot, N.D. He has 24 years of experience teaching economics to undergraduate students in Texas, Kansas and North Dakota.


Huenneke earned his bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, his master of science degree in economic education from North Texas State University and his Ph.D. in economics from Kansas State University.


Young comes to William Woods from Saint Charles Community College. She has previously taught at Lindenwood University, Devry University, University of Phoenix (St. Louis and San Diego) and Crowder College. She was also a project manager, researcher and analyst for the Department of the Navy for 15 years.


Young received her bachelor of science degree in radio and television from Southern Illinois University, her master’s degree in human services management from Boston University and her Ph. D. degree in management and administration in multimedia and distance education from Walden University.


Alpers-Springer has worked as an adjunct professor at William since 1997. She has also directed eight plays at William Woods. In addition, she has been an adjunct professor at Central Methodist University, Stephens College, Columbia College and Westminster College.


She received her bachelor of fine arts degree in theatre and interpretation from Missouri State University; her master’s degree in theatre theory, history and criticism from Northwestern University, and is pursuing her Ph.D. in theatre from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


McKay-Cody has 27 years of experience as an American Sign Language instructor. She has been an ASL adjunct instructor at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., for the past three years. She also has worked for the Kansas State Department of Education as an education program consultant since 2001. In addition, she was on the board of the Kansas Commission of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.


She received a bachelor of arts degree in American history and art history/museum studies at Gallaudet University and a master of arts degree in special education and rehabilitation from the University of Arizona.