New Faculty FALL 2021

Department of Art & Design

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Lauren Pakradooni, M.F.A. will join the Department of Art + Design as an Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Drawing. She holds an M.F.A. in printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design and a B.A. from Hampshire College.  She brings a multi-disciplinary approach to art into the classroom, teaching Printmaking and Drawing as an expansive practice. Her studio artwork in sculpture and print has been shown in solo exhibitions locally, including at The Print Center and Space 1026 in Philadelphia, PA, and other galleries nationally.

Department of Communication and Media

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Jeremy C. McCool, Ph.D. comes to the Department of Communication and Media as an Assistant Professor of Digital/Global Media. The Chicago native received both his B.A. and M.A. from Western Illinois University. McCool then pursued his doctoral studies in Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Communications Media & Instructional Technology Ph.D. program. McCool has a background working as a radio personality and has taught several courses at IUP. These courses include Radio Production, Introduction to Communications, Media, and Culture, and a course he developed called Digital Storytelling. McCool’s research revolves around the perceptions of politically-driven hip-hop music, media effects, and Critical Race Theory. He is also the co-author of a children’s book entitled Princess and The Power of Melanin.

Department of Communication and Media

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Taryn Myers, Ph.D. recently earned her Ph.D. from Howard University’s Communication, Culture and Media Studies program. Dr. Myers is a critical, cultural scholar who takes an intersectional approach to both inquiry and instruction. As an instructor, Dr. Myers’ pedagogical approach centers history, reflexivity, and praxis, and she often finds inspiration for new research through interaction with students – for Dr. Myers, teaching is an equal partnership in learning. As a scholar, her research explores how race converges with gender, socioeconomic class status, and other identities to reveal the complexities of marginalized people’s lived experiences. Dr. Myers’ research also interrogates how Black communities use social media and other convergent media to both perpetuate and resist hegemonic social structures that result in varying levels of visibility for experiences with racism, violence, and oppression. Her primary research goal is to amplify the voice of marginalized groups within the Black diaspora who are often relegated to living along the fringes of the Black community.

Department of English

Dyan Neary

Dyan Neary, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Journalism in the Department of English at West Chester University. Her feature stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Harper’s, New York Magazine, Elle, The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, Writer’s Digest, NPR, and elsewhere, with a focus on human rights, public health, and criminal justice issues. She holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Florida State University, and is a reporter and fellow with Type Investigations. She has taught as a volunteer in correctional facilities in the United States and abroad, and is writing a history-in-vignettes about the rise of the American prison.

Department of English

Virginia Lee Wood

Virginia Lee Wood, Ph.D. joins the English Department at West Chester University as an Assistant Professor of English, specializing in Creative Writing. She holds a Ph.D in English Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing from the University of North Texas, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from Hollins University. Her work in fiction and creative non-fiction appears most recently in The Southern Review, Hobart, Pleiades, The Minnesota Review, PANK, and elsewhere. As an instructor, mentor, and writer, her focus has always been on encouraging and creating space for diverse and innovative perspectives, and on helping students speak up in their own voices. She previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Austin College in Sherman, TX.

Department of Languages and Cultures

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Stefanie Amiruzzaman, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages and Cultures at West Chester University (WCU). She teaches American Sign Language courses. She holds a Ph.D. in Evaluation and Measurement, a M.Ed. in Deaf Education, and a B.A. in American Sign Language, all from Kent State University (KSU), Ohio. Her previous experience in teaching several undergraduate levels of ASL, as well as Deaf Culture courses at the University of Akron (UA), Ohio. Also, she taught both undergraduate and graduate level ASL courses at Ball State University (BSU), Indiana. Her research focuses on college students’ experience of American Sign Language courses via face-to-face and online environment; the relationship between college students’ decision-making, self-efficacy, and engagement; and the relationship between students' academic performance and the use of social media (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, etc.).

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