Wheeling Jesuit University

Two Professors Celebrate 30-Years of Teaching at WJU

WHEELING, WV, Aug. 30, 2011 - Classes started Monday at Wheeling Jesuit University and for two professors, the return to the classroom marks the 30-year milestone of their career at WJU.

Dr. Joseph Brumble, associate professor of English, and Dr. Debra Hull, professor of psychology, were officially congratulated on this achievement at the Aug. 22 employee gathering, marking the opening of the school year. The veteran professors received an appreciation gift from President Richard A. Beyer and a round of applause from the audience. (From left are President Beyer, Dr. Hull and Dr. Brumble)

A resident of Wheeling, Brumble began teaching at Wheeling Jesuit in the fall of 1981. Brumble attended Randolph-Macon College, in Ashland, Va. and graduated with a bachelor's in English in 1968. After service in the U.S. Army, he earned his master's in English at Old Dominion University, where he subsequently taught as a member of the English department.

He earned his doctoral degree in English from the University of Delaware, specializing in the British Romantic and Victorian writers, with an emphasis on poetry. Brumble was the chair of the WJU English department for 13 years and is a past-president of the West Virginia Association of College English Teachers.

Dr. Brumble takes delight in introducing students to the wonders of the poetry of John Keats and others. He likes sailing in the summer, skiing in the winter, is a capable carpenter/woodworker and enjoys renovating houses.

A resident of Bethany, W.Va., Hull also began teaching at Wheeling Jesuit in the fall of 1981. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Kent State University with a specialty in behavioral therapy. She teaches clinical courses, as well as courses in research methods, human sexuality, industrial/organizational psychology and both junior and senior seminars.

Her research interests are in the areas of teaching strategies, body image, ambiguous dating situations and attitudes toward health. She is the author of 50 publications, 50 presentations at professional conferences, and 15 grants, some of which support student research and internship opportunities. She has been named Outstanding Faculty Member at WJU several times.

In her spare time, she is an emergency medical technician with the Bethany Volunteer Fire Department, goes on almost-yearly service trips abroad, likes to quilt and is taking clay classes. Dr. Hull is a former member of Bethany Town Council, and is an active member of Bethany Memorial Church, having served as an elder, trustee, choir member, youth leader and moderator over the years.

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