#PeopleOfPeace | WPU Faculty Drive Their Chosen Disciplines Forward

February 8, 2019

The faculty at William Peace University are dedicated and respected scholar-practitioners. They challenge students while pushing themselves and contributing to their fields of expertise. Here’s a quick look at some of their accomplishments from the previous year.

Mark Cushman, WPU Professor.
Mark Cushman, Ph.D.

Mark Cushman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Cushman presented “Attitudes toward cell phone use and subsequent cell phone behavior” at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association in Charleston, South Carolina.

Meet Dr. Cushman


Matt Hodge, WPU professor.
Matt Hodge, MFA

Matt Hodge, MFA
Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre & Theatre

Matt published “Disney ‘World’: The Westernization of World Music in EPCOT’s “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” in Social Sciences. Hodge analyzes the use of music appropriation in American tourism, using Disney theme parks and films as the primary subjects. Hodge also served as a preliminary judge for the Marvin Hamlisch International Film Score Competition for the third consecutive year. Finalists are judged by Academy Award winning film composers.

Meet Professor Hodge

Caleb Husmann, DA, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Caleb Husmann, DA.

Caleb Husmann, DA
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Husmann published his second novel, Feral Chickens.

Meet Dr. Husmann


Justin Johnson, WPU Professor
Professor Justin Johnson

Justin Johnson
Assistant Professor of Communications and Simulation & Game Design

Justin was accepted to NC State’s inaugural Doctorate of Design class. He also lectured on the topic “A guide to getting an education in game development” at the East Coast Game Conference, where he has been a speaker for the past four years.

Meet Professor Johnson


Lizzie Lange, Ed.D., Assistant Professor and Program Director of Exercise and Sport Science
Lizzie Lange, Ed.D.

Elizabeth Lange, Ed.D.
Assistant Professor and Program Director of Exercise and Sport Science

Dr. Lange published “Students’ Perception of the Role of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender on Opportunities in Sport Management” in The International Journal of Sport and Society. She also published a children’s book, Adventures of the Missing Sock.

Meet Dr. Lange


Kate Maddalena, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Writing
Kate Maddalena, Ph.D.

Kate Maddalena, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Writing

Dr. Maddalena published “Dissolving the Divide between Expert and Public,” a chapter about teaching science writing courses in the edited volume Scientific Communication Practices, Theories and Pedagogies. She also presented “Science Trusting Art to Program People to Trust Technoscience: A Case Study,” at the Association for Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine (ARSTM) Annual Pre-conference at the NCA National Communication Association Convention.

Meet Dr. Maddalena


Wade Newhouse, WPU Professor.
Wade Newhouse, Ph.D.

Wade Newhouse, Ph.D.
Program Director of Theatre; Associate Professor of English

Dr. Newhouse published a short story titled “The Intended” in the journal Lyonesse. He also played the role of Kent in Honest Pint Theatre’s production of King Lear and the lead role of Sidney Bruhl in North Carolina State University’s Theatrefest production of Deathtrap. Meanwhile, he helped organize WPU theatre students and faculty to put on an interactive improvisational play for Special Blessings, a community group that provides support for families of special needs children.

Meet Dr. Newhouse

Betty Witcher, WPU professor.
Betty Witcher, Ph.D.

Betty Witcher, Ph.D.
Department Chair of Psychology & Business; Professor of Psychology

Dr. Witcher presented “The use of cell phones in interpersonal interactions,” at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, in Charleston, South Carolina.

Meet Dr. Witcher


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