With the fall semester in full swing, William Woods University welcomed six new faculty members to the Fulton campus.
Clinton Merrill Ramirez Stephens joins WWU as program manager for the Ph.D. in organizational leadership program, according to a university release. He graduated from Iowa State University with a doctor of philosophy in education, Oklahoma State University with a master's degree in counseling and student personnel, and Kansas State University with a bachelor's degree in business administration.
Prior to coming to WWU, Ramirez Stephens most recently served as an independent iOS app developer.
John Selburg joins WWU as an associate professor of studio art and gallery director in the school of humanities. He graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia with a master of fine arts degree. He also received his bachelor's of fine arts degree from Bradley University. Selburg previously served at Broward College for 15 years in a variety of roles.
Kyle Anderson comes to WWU to serve as an assistant professor of education. He received his master's degree in history from the University of Central Missouri. He also received a master's degree in leadership from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a bachelor's degree in secondary education from the University of Central Missouri. Anderson comes from Metropolitan Community College-Maple Woods, where he teaches education and history courses since 2019.
Lisa Nieuwenhuizen is a new assistant professor of education at William Woods. She received her doctor of philosophy, Ed.S. and master's from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also received her BS Ed. from Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff. Nieuwenhuizen comes to WWU with 32 years of experience in secondary education, most recently serving as assistant principal at Rock Bridge High School in Columbia. She also previously served as an assistant professor of educational leadership at WWU, a release states.
Alex Kirby joins WWU as an assistant professor in the school of humanities. He is currently working toward his doctorate in music education at Liberty University. Kirby received his master's degrees from Kansas State University. He also received his bachelor's degree from Central Methodist University. He comes to the university from Greenville University, where he was the director of bands.
Lisa Simms is a new assistant professor of graphic design. She has been serving at WWU as a visiting assistant professor of graphic design since 2022. Simms received her master's of fine arts in visual art from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received her bachelor's of fine arts in studio art from Truman State University. Prior to serving at WWU, Simms was a 2-D design and drawing instructor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, among other roles.
WWU began the fall semester on Aug. 21.