Seven new members join the Battler family

PHILIPPI, W.Va. – Alderson Broaddus University has hired several new faculty members for the fall semester.

Dr. Andrea Bucklew, associate professor, joins the criminal justice department. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from West Virginia University.  She also earned a doctorate in law from WVU. Before coming to AB, Bucklew spent 11 years as a professor of criminal justice at Potomac State College. Before that, she was an assistant prosecuting attorney and a partner in a general practice law firm.

Ross Brittain, PhD is joining the natural sciences department as an assistant professor of environmental science. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Master of Public Affairs, Master of Environmental Science and a PhD in environmental science all from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. His dissertation characterized avian trophic webs in ecosystems of coastal Georgia and modeled potential habitat loss due to sea-level rise and urban development. After completing his PhD, Dr. Brittain served as the Indiana Director of Bird Conservation for the National Audubon Society for a period of two years and served an additional 1.5 years as a senior environmental manager with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management conducting Ecological Risk Analysis and investigating potential Superfund sites.

Valerie Gould, associate professor, will also serve as director of instrumental music in the music department. Gould earned a Bachelor of Music in instrumental music education from the University of Delaware in 2003. She earned a Master of Education in educational supervision and administration from Cabrini College in 2011 and is currently working on her Master of Music in wind band conducting through Messiah College. She has spent the previous nine years teaching concert band, jazz band, marching band, chamber music, music technology, and general music in the public schools of Newark, Del., Washington, DC, and Philadelphia, Pa.

Aaron Maxwell is a 2008 graduate of Alderson Broaddus and returns to campus as an assistant professor of environmental science in the natural science department. As a student at AB, Maxwell was a triple major earning Bachelor of Science degrees in environmental science, chemistry, and biology. He went on to earn a Master of Science in Geology from West Virginia University. He most recently served as a remote sensing analyst at the Natural Resource Analysis Center (NRAC) at West Virginia University.

Thomas Moore, MS, MMSc, PA-C joins the physician assistant studies department as an assistant professor. Moore received a Master of Science in physician assistant studies in 2004 and a master’s degree in medical science-surgery in 2007, both from Alderson Broaddus. His previous position was a surgical critical care / cardiothoracic surgery physician assistant.

Noel Neptune, M.Ed., ATC joins the athletic training department as the clinical education coordinator, an assistant professor, and as an athletic trainer. Neptune received her Bachelor of Science degree in athletic training from Wilmington College in Ohio. She earned a Master of Education degree in sports recreation and management from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Most recently, she worked at Dayton Sports Medicine Institute with outreach to Wilmington College (Ohio) as an assistant athletic trainer and adjunct professor from 2007-2012. From 2004-2007, she served Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. as assistant professor and athletic trainer.

Irina Rodimtseva, assistant professor (Interim), joins the division of humanities in the English department. She earned her master’s degree in English and Literature from St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad) State University, St.Petersburg, Russia. He most recently earned her PhD in English from West Virginia University. Rodimtseva previously taught at West Virginia University as a graduate teaching assistant in rhetoric and composition, American literature, short story and novel, and business and professional writing. She has also held adjunct positions at Fairmont State University and New River Community and Technical College.