Wesleyan Faculty Earn Promotions

Staff Report From Middle Georgia CEO

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Wesleyan College recently awarded tenure to three members of the faculty, Alexis Gregg, Kara Kostiuk, and Dr. Alex Ward Roberts, who also have been promoted to the position of associate professor. Additionally, Dr. Melanie Doherty has been promoted to full professor.

Gregg, who teaches studio art, 3-D sculpture, and ceramics, earned her master’s of fine arts degree from California State University Long Beach and her bachelor of fine arts in ceramics from the University of Georgia. Her research focuses on the intersection of arts, industry, and artists with the community. She specializes in architectural ceramic techniques including brick carving for public art and permanent installation through AnT Sculpture and Design, a collaboration between Alexis Gregg and Tanner Coleman.

Kostiuk, who also serves Wesleyan as business and economics department chair, earned her master’s in accounting degree from Georgia College and State University; her master’s of art degree in art history from Antioch University; and her bachelor’s degree in studio art and art history from Denison University. Her research interests include the psychological aspects of fraud and the economic implications of tax, accounting, and auditing regulatory updates. Before joining the Wesleyan College faculty in 2014, Kostiuk served as a staff accountant at McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Company in Macon.

Roberts joined Wesleyan’s nursing faculty in 2014 after having served as an assistant professor at Middle Georgia State University and as a registered nurse at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. She earned her doctorate of nursing practice degree in acute care/geriatrics from Georgia Regents University; her master’s of science degree in nursing from Medical College of Georgia; and her bachelor of science degree in microbiology from the University of Georgia. Her interests include critical care, end of life care, and caregiver burnout with particular interest in the implementation of evidence-based practice for sepsis patients and its impact on mortality.

Doherty has taught English at Wesleyan since 2008 and also serves the College as director of writing. She earned her Ph.D. and master’s degree in English and comparative literature from Brandeis University and her bachelor’s degree in comparative literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research interests include 19th- and 20th-century American literature, media and film studies, digital humanities, critical theory, writing technologies, and writing pedagogy.

Wesleyan’s faculty has been ranked among the best in the nation. Ninety percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degrees in their fields. All classes at Wesleyan are taught by professors, not teaching assistants. With a low student-to-teacher ratio, Wesleyan professors teach seminar style, not in large lecture halls.