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IDEA Fellows

A spirit of innovation, design and entrepreneurship is an essential tool for career success and serves to enhance multidisciplinary appreciation, yield advanced solutions and provide novel insights. However, this spirit is often underserved by a pedagogical approach to teaching within a discipline. The IDEA Faculty Fellows program presents an opportunity for faculty to become involved by directly creating curriculum to enhance student skills in the areas of innovation, design and entrepreneurship

There were eight 2016-2018 Idea Fellows on the Morgantown campus, and currently there are four 2018-2020 Idea Fellows at the regional WVU campuses. Nominations are currently being taken for the 2019-2021 academic years. 

Demo Day is the brainchild of the 2016-2018 class of IDEA Fellows, eight faculty members from across WVU who were selected via a competitive process to train in infusing entrepreneurship into their curriculum and then implement that training in the classroom. In addition to their classroom work, the Fellows work together to promote entrepreneurship and innovation across the university. The Fellows hope that Demo Day will provide a campus-wide platform for showcasing the kind of creative thinking and problem solving that they find so exciting themselves—and which their students find both inspirational and transformative.

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  • Andrea Kay Kent

    Assistant Professor of Political Science


    Dr. Andrea Kay Kent is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at West Virginia University – Institute of Technology. She receive her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2013 with a focus in Comparative Politics and a sub-field specialization in American Government.

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  • Amy Weaver

    Visiting Instructor of Business Management Technology and Computer Information Systems

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    Amy graduated with a Master of Arts in Teaching from Marshall University. She serves as a Student Success Coach and the co-coordinator for the Catamounts Against Cancer student organization.

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  • Keri Whitacre

    Psychology Instructor


    Keri Whitacre is a tenure-track Psychology Instructor at Potomac State College in Keyser, WV. She serves as an academic advisor and is an active member of the Social Justice Council.

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  • Adrienne Williams

    Visiting Assistant Professor

    Adrienne Williams is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at the West Virginia University Institute of Technology.

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  • Cheryl Brown

    Associate Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics M.S., Ph.D., Agricultural and Resource Economics, U. California, Berkeley

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  • Kasi Jackson

    Associate Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies PhD, Biology, Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Kentucky Co-Investigator, NSF ADVANCE Award to recruit, retain and promote women faculty in science and engineering

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  • Jeffrey Moser

    Teaching Assistant Professor, Interactive Design for Media (Co-faculty, Reed College of Media, College of Creative Arts) MFA, Studio Art, University of Delaware

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  • Elizabeth Vitullo

    Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs, College of Business and Economics Ph.D., Education, M.B.A, West Virginia University 

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  • Thorsten Wuest

    Assistant Professor, Industrial and Management Systems Engineering MA, IBM, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand PhD, Production Engineering, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany

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  • Jonathan Boyd

    Associate Professor, Chemistry Ph.D., Environmental Toxicology, Texas Tech

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  • Stephen Valentine

    Assistant Professor, Chemistry PhD, Predictive Physiology & Medicine, Indiana

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  • Darko Velichkovski

    Director, Music Industry Program BA, Julliard School of Music, MA, City University of New York

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