Academics

Academic Administration

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Timothy G. O’Rourke

Dr. Timothy G. O’RourkeDr. Timothy G. O’Rourke is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Virginia Wesleyan College. He previously served, since 2007, as the College’s Vice President for Academic Affairs and Kenneth R. Perry Dean of the College. Dr. O'Rourke holds a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh (Phi Beta Kappa, Summa cum laude); and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University. He has worked at nearly every level of higher education: vice president (Virginia Wesleyan College), dean (Salisbury University), endowed professor (University of Missouri-St. Louis), and department head (Clemson University). He is presently directing a four-institution Teagle Foundation-funded project on liberal arts curricular reform. He regularly teaches a first-year course on American politics at Virginia Wesleyan.

Dr. O'Rourke is co-author of State and Local Government: The Third Century of Federalism and author of The Impact of Reapportionment. His articles on electoral law have appeared in Political Geography, the Virginia Law Review, and the Journal of Law & Politics. He has testified on voting issues before U.S. Senate and House committees; the U.S. Supreme Court has cited his work as an expert witness. He has staffed electoral reform commissions in Virginia Beach and Charlottesville and the St. Peters (Missouri) Charter Commission, which drafted a home rule charter for that city. From 1998 to 2002, he directed Kids Voting Missouri, a program in which nearly 68,000 Missouri K-12 students voted alongside their parents in the 2000 presidential election. While teaching at the University of Virginia, he served as Executive Director of the Virginia Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution.

A Pennsylvania native, Dr. O’Rourke is a folk musician, jogger, gardener, and inveterate Pittsburgh Pirates fan. He and his wife, Judy, an artist, have five grown children and four grandchildren and reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia. 

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Associate Provost

Dr. Maynard Schaus

Dr. Maynard SchausDr. Maynard Schaus is Associate Provost of Virginia Wesleyan College. He has a Ph.D. in Zoology from Miami University (Ohio) and a B.S. in Biology from California Lutheran University. Previously at Virginia Wesleyan, he served as the Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and was the Director of Undergraduate Research. He also has taught Principles of Biology, General Ecology, Humans and the Environment, Topics in Tropical Biology, and other courses.

Dr. Schaus’ research has primarily focused on the role of fish in freshwater nutrient cycles. He has received funding from the St. Johns River Water Management District to investigate the impact of gizzard shad on the water quality of Lake Apopka, Florida. He has also involved students in research projects examining salt marsh bird community composition, runoff from green roofs, and the behavior of harvestmen (daddy longlegs) in Costa Rica and Belize. His work has been published in journals such as Freshwater Biology, Ecology, Limnology & Oceanography, and the Transactions of the American Fisheries Society.  

Dr. Schaus is originally from Southern California and lives in Norfolk, with his wife, Kathy, and their youngest daughter. Their oldest daughter and son attend college in Washington State and Florida, respectively.

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Dean of the Batten Honors College
Dr. Joyce Easter

Dean of the Susan S. Goode School of Arts and Humanities
Dr. Travis Malone

Kenneth R. Perry Dean of the Joan P. Brock School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Dr. J. Christopher Haley

Dean of the Birdsong School of Social Science
Dr. Robert B. Albertson

Assistant Provost
Deborah Hicks

Associate Dean for Innovative Teaching
Denise Wilkinson

Manager of Academic Advising Support
Genai Hill

School of Social Science Administrative Assistant
Jane Kiefer

Administrative Assistant to the Provost
Kelly Sprouse

School of Arts and Humanities Administrative Assistant
Kathy Reese

School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences Administrative Assistant
Kathy Reese