Concord University Welcomes New Full-Time Faculty Members

For Immediate Release: 
Sep 15 2015

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         




ATHENS, W.Va. – Concord University is welcoming nine new full-time faculty members for the Fall 2015 semester.


Left to right: Dr. Sharon W. Brescoach, Dr. Lawrence Eppard, and Dr. Adriana Falco.



Left to right: Dr. Ida Mills, Dr. Patricia Nishimoto, and Mr. Chad Parsons.



Left to right: Dr. Jacob Womack, Dr. Jack E. Yeager, and Dr. Hong Yin.

Dr. Sharon W. Brescoach is joining Concord’s faculty as Assistant Professor of Public Relations. She earned a bachelor’s (Journalism) and master’s degree (Spec. Ed.) from West Virginia University, a master’s degree (Journalism) from Marshall University, and her Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Brescoach previously has taught at Fairmont State University, St. Francis University (Loretto, Pa.), and Marshall University. She has been a member of the Appalachian Studies Association for 18 years and is a specialist in political and intercultural communication. Additionally, Brescoach has also been a member of AEJMC (Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication), SEJ (Society of Environmental Journalists), NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists), and the NWSA (National Women’s Studies Association). Besides her teaching background, she also has won a number of awards for teaching and advising. Brescoach has also worked extensively in advertising/PR, broadcasting and promotions, and numerous print media. She has been credited as being one of very few experts on West Virginia and Appalachian media organizations and their histories. She comes to Concord from Fairmont, W.Va.


Dr. Lawrence M. Eppard will serve as Assistant Professor of Sociology. He is beginning his eighth year of university-level teaching, having also taught at the University of Florida, Radford University and Bethune-Cookman University. Dr. Eppard says he loves teaching and helping students develop their sociological imaginations. He is particularly excited about bridging the gap between the classroom and the local West Virginia community through community-engagement projects in his courses. He earned a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University, a master’s degree from Virginia Tech and a doctorate in sociology from the University of Florida. His primary doctoral specializations were social stratification and inequalities and sociology of families. His main areas of teaching interest include social stratification and inequalities, race/ethnicity, sociological theory and sociology of family.  He also has teaching interests in a variety of other areas of sociology, including culture, environmental sociology, medical sociology and sociology of education. His research examines social and cultural reproduction in the tradition of Pierre Bourdieu and other scholars. He is particularly interested in the role of dominant culture in structuring, legitimating and perpetuating social class differences and opportunity structures. Originally from Loudoun County, Virginia, he comes to Concord from Christiansburg, Va.


Dr. Adriana M. Falco has been named Assistant Professor of Psychology. Dr. Falco received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland-College Park and earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in psychology (with a concentration in biopsychology) from George Mason University. After finishing her doctorate, Falco traveled to Lincoln, Neb. where she completed postdoctoral training at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her past and current teaching interests include physiological psychology, psychopharmacology and animal behavior. Her research combines neuroscience, pharmacology, psychology and animal behavior to examine factors that predict reactivity to nicotine in rats, as a model of smoking behavior in humans.


Dr. Ida M. Mills is joining CU’s faculty as Assistant Professor of Social Work. She comes to Concord from Glenville State College (GSC) in Glenville, W.Va., where she taught for the last seven years. At GSC, Mills was an associate professor of social work and sociology and the chairperson of the Department of Social Sciences. Her professional experience has been with at-risk children and families. She was a social worker in the U.S. Army, has worked as a therapist in a mental health center and a day treatment program, has provided in-home family therapy and worked as a school social worker. Dr. Mills is licensed as an independent clinical social worker (LICSW) in the state of West Virginia. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Morningside College, a Master of Social Work from Michigan State University and a doctoral degree from St. Mary’s University.


Dr. Patricia A. Nishimoto will serve as Assistant Professor of Social Work. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Longwood College and received a master’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Hawaii. Prior to working at Concord University, she served as the Program Director for Master of Social Work and Interim Director for the School of Social Work at Hawaii Pacific University. Her primary area of specialization is working with families who have children with special needs. She has taught micro, mezzo and macro practice courses, as well as theory and research courses.


Mr. Chad M. Parsons is Instructor in English as a Second Language. (He has held this post since January 2015.) Mr. Parsons graduated from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pa. with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Global Business Management. He spent his first four years after graduating from school working in finance with American Express Financial Advisors. After working in the hotel and entertainment business in Pittsburgh, Pa. and Las Vegas, Nev., Mr. Parsons moved to South Korea in 2008. While in South Korea, he taught at Kongju National University. South Korea is where he found his passion for teaching English as a second language (ESL). Mr. Parsons is enthusiastic about culture, travel and teaching and believes his seven years living and working overseas gives him a perspective on how Concord’s international students feel coming to and studying at Concord University. He strives to have his students and all students at the University succeed and meet their goals. Mr. Parsons tries to have a class that has energy and substance that will help the students succeed in higher education.


Dr. Jacob Womack was recently appointed as Instructor of Music and Collaborative Pianist for Concord University. He previously served as the Director of Music for the School of Harmony, Inc. and as an adjunct instructor with Concord. Dr. Womack also serves as the President-Elect for the WV Music Teachers Association. He has presented at numerous conferences including the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association and the Intersection of Jazz and Classical Piano Festival. As a performing artist, Dr. Womack has concertized at the Staunton Music Festival, Westminster College, Carnegie Hall – Lewisburg, and Potomac State College. He holds a DMA from West Virginia University, MM from The Pennsylvania State University, and a BM from West Virginia University.


Dr. Jack E. Yeager is joining the CU faculty as Associate Professor of Finance. Dr. Yeager is a recognized industry expert in financial risk management, particularly as it relates to identifying, measuring, monitoring and managing exposure to physical and financial commodity market price, volume and counterparty risks. He has more than 20 years of experience advising senior executives and board members in the energy, agriculture, metals and financial products sectors on best practices in financial risk management. He has provided expert analysis and testimony in a number of high profile, high value legal matters including the Enron bankruptcy, market manipulation allegations at Amaranth, and more recently brokerage issues at Mann Financial. He has contributed significantly to the development of best practices in financial risk management within the commodity trading industry, and was actively involved in the rulemaking process for implementing regulatory requirements of the Dodd-Frank Act in the commodity markets. Dr. Yeager earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in finance and a doctorate in finance with an emphasis in econometrics from Texas Tech University. He comes to Concord from The Woodlands, Texas.


Dr. Hong Yin is Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry. She received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Shanghai University and earned a doctorate in chemistry from West Virginia University. Yin’s teaching fields include organic chemistry, physical chemistry and fundamentals of chemistry. Her teaching goal is to take advantage of diverse teaching tools and strategies to promote student learning in and out of the classroom, accommodating different students’ learning styles and making in-class teaching more efficient. She also completed a Certificate in University Teaching at WVU due to her great interest for chemistry education. Her primary research interests are in the field of methodology development and total synthesis of naturally occurring compounds. Specifically, she is focusing her research on preparing highly effective organometallic mesoporous catalysts and utilizing them in olefin oxidation of diverse alkenes.



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