Wesleyan to host discussion on Constitution

BUCKHANNON — In celebration of Constitution Day, the History and Political Science Departments at West Virginia Wesleyan College will present a panel discussion, “The Constitution, Impeachment, and the Twenty Fifth Amendment,” at 6 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library Reading Room.

Panelists will include Dr. Stephen Cresswell, professor of history, David McCauley, senior instructor of business and Mayor of Buckhannon Cody Martin, visiting assistant professor of political science, and Dr. Robert Rupp, professor of history and political science.

Cresswell has been a member of the faculty since 1986 and is the author of several books including: “Homemade Root Beer and Soda Pop, Rednecks Redeemers, and Race: Mississippi after Reconstruction,” 1877-1971, “Multiparty Politics in Mississippi, 1877-1902” and “Mormons and Cowboys, Moonshiners and Klansmen: Federal Law Enforcement in the South and West, 1870-1893.” He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, a M.A. and M.L.S. from Catholic University, and a B.A. from the University of Virginia.

McCauley has taught business law courses at Wesleyan since 1983 and also serves as the College’s legal counsel. In addition, he teaches constitutional law classes at the College. He holds a B.A. in political science and history as well as a J.D. degree from West Virginia University.

Martin arrived at Wesleyan last fall and his research interests include terrorism and state capacity in the developing world, contentious politics, and gender and political violence. He is nearing completion of his Ph.D. and M.A. in political science at West Virginia University. He also holds a M.A. in political science from East Carolina University and a B.A. in international studies from The Ohio State University.

Rupp began teaching at Wesleyan in 1989 and earned a B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Syracuse University. He is the author of several publications, and has just completed a manuscript on “The Primary that made a President: Kennedy” and the “1970 Battleground in West Virginia,” a book published by West Virginia University Press. He has served as scriptwriter and narrator on documentary films, and has presented lectures at conferences and meetings throughout the United States. He is the recipient of several grants from the West Virginia Humanities Council and the U.S. Department of Education, including several to assist in the professional development of public school history teachers in West Virginia. He serves as political analyst for West Virginia Public Radio and has served as the chair of the Upshur County Board of Education and the West Virginia State Election Commission.