Faculty receive tenure and promotions

Two professors were granted tenure and one professor was promoted recently at West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Dr. Gregory Bradley-Popovich and Dr. Tammy Samples gained tenure and the title of associate professor, while Dr. Susan Leight gained full professorship during this promotion.

Bradley-Popovich completed a bachelor’s in biology at Fairmont State University as well as dual master’s degrees in exercise physiology and human nutrition from West Virginia University. His doctor of physical therapy degree was awarded with honors from Creighton University in Nebraska.

He has published articles on a variety of topics, especially those related to strength training, dietary supplements and spinal dysfunction. He is a freelance fitness writer, nutrition consultant, and practicing physical therapist. He joined West Virginia Wesleyan as assistant professor of exercise science and athletic training and director of the applied health & human performance laboratory in fall of 2008.

“This was an especially important milestone for me because I have a clinical doctorate and came from a clinical environment prior to joining the faculty,” stated Bradley-Popovich. “It is not surprising, therefore, that many of my teaching methods may be deemed unorthodox but carry with them a high clinical relevance based on years of accumulated experience and anecdotes. I am so very pleased that Wesleyan and the students we serve have deemed this approach to education to be meritorious.”

Samples is an associate professor of education at Wesleyan. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from West Virginia University, dual master’s degrees in reading and leadership from Marshall University, and a doctoral degree from West Virginia University in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on reading. She has taught in the Upshur County school system for 16 years in a variety of positions.

Samples has also served on the Upshur County Board of Education for two years. At Wesleyan, she is responsible for courses that primarily deal with literacy and reading on both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

“I truly believe that I have found my niche with my work at Wesleyan,” stated Samples. “This is the job I am meant to do. The work I do at Wesleyan allows me to help guide and prepare pre-service teachers for the classroom. This work helps to ensure that quality educators are working with children in the public school setting.”

Leight, director of the Master of Science in Nursing program, was recently promoted to full professor and director of the School of Nursing. She holds a doctorate in educational psychology and a master of science in nursing degree from West Virginia University. Her bachelor in nursing degree is from State University of New York at Buffalo.

Leight completed a three-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include the early detection of breast cancer; cultural competence in health care providers; rural vulnerability; and the use of narrative pedagogy in academic settings. Leight holds two U.S./international patents for her work on a simulated breast model that has since been licensed to industry, as well as national certification as an adult and family nurse practitioner.

“I feel so honored to be acknowledged by my colleagues and promoted to full professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College,” stated Leight. “I cannot imagine enjoying a career as much as I have loved being a faculty member for the last 31 years. Having the opportunity to engage in teaching, practice, and research has kept me busy but engaged in every aspect of nursing science. My days are filled with supportive, creative colleagues, inspiring students and opportunities for scholarship and personal development. I am eternally grateful to my mentors, my loving family, and for the very special people and beautiful place we know as ‘Our Home Among the Hills’.”