The Institute for Innovation in Education will be guided by a College of Fellows. These Senior Fellows will conduct scholarly research and other activities that support the Institute and promote the mission of the University. They are as follows:
Dr. Serkan Catma
Dr. Serkan Catma is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Gary E. West College of Business. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Istanbul University, and advanced degrees in Resource Economics from West Virginia University. He has published research on environmental/resource economics and economics of education.
Sandra M. Chapman is an attorney with degrees from Hanover College (BA magna cum laude) and West Virginia University (MA and JD). She practices in various areas of litigation, and by gubernatorial appointment served a 9-year term on the West Virginia Board of Education, holding all offices and twice serving as its president. Ms. Chapman has served as president of the West Virginia State Bar, and serves on the Executive Council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. She has served on the Visiting Committee of the West Virginia University College of Law, and received additional gubernatorial appointments to the Independent Commission on Judicial Reform and the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Judicial Nominations. Ms. Chapman has taught various college courses and continuing legal education.
Dr. Erik S. Root
Dr. Erik Root is the Chair of Economic Philosophy, Assistant Professor of Political Science, and Senior Fellow with the Government Policy Research Center at West Liberty University. He has written two books on slavery and the Founding Fathers. Dr. Root holds advanced degrees in political science from the Claremont Graduate School and the University of Montana. He has worked for such think tanks as the John Locke Foundation, the Claremont Institute, and LaJolla Institute. In 2008, he was an E.A. Morris Fellow. Dr. Root teaches American Government and Political Philosophy at West Liberty University.
Dr. Terry Wallace
Dr. Terry Allen Wallace is a Senior Fellow with the Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia in Morgantown, and a Senior Fellow with the Government Policy Research Center at West Liberty University. He holds advanced degrees from Ohio University, George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. With a rich history in education, public policy and healthcare, Dr. Wallace has served in Cabinet positions in Ohio, as a healthcare CEO and a senior school district administrator. He is a longtime member of the graduate faculty at Muskingum University, has taught at universities in four states, is a licensed school superintendent in three states and writes syndicated monthly newspaper columns on a variety of public policy issues.