Dusty Anderson

Professor of Information Technology


Ed.D., Computer Education, West Virginia University, ‘95
M.A., Computer Education, Virginia Tech, ‘84
B.S., Industrial Engineering & Operations Research, Virginia Tech, ‘82


Professor Anderson joined the Bluefield College family in 1998. His background includes 25 years of academic computing experience. This includes a mixture of faculty and administrative technology roles. He also has practical work experience in computer engineering, systems administration, industrial engineering, and systems analysis. Dr. Anderson strives to keep the College and his classes current and responsive to emerging technologies by continually monitoring discipline developments and engaging in professional development opportunities. As a part of his personal investment in the global IT industry, Professor Anderson has participated in symposiums and work assignments in Europe and the Middle East. He also endeavors to work personally with students interested in the ever changing world of information technology by offering a variety of special topics courses in Information Technology.

Cynthia Bascom

Professor of Communication, Chair, Department of Communication; Chair, Department of Graphic Communication


Ph.D. in Mass Communication, Ohio University
Master of Business Administration (Marketing Concentration), Ohio University
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Graphic Concentration and Art Education), Denison University


Dr. Bascom’s diverse background encompasses the art, science, and business of communication. Being trained as an artist/designer and then as a businesswoman, she appreciates the aesthetic qualities of all forms of communication, yet understands the dynamic economic forces that shape marketing communication in the U.S. and globally. Courses that she teaches in the Communication and Graphic Communication programs include Fundamentals of Speech, Mass Communication, Advertising, Public Relations II, Media and Society, Senior Seminar, and Senior Project. She is especially honored to have received the Educator of the Year Award (an award voted upon by the student body) her first year teaching at Bluefield College. She has also received the Distinguished Faculty Award and was Bluefield College’s first female teacher to be promoted from associate professor to the rank of full professor.

Stephen Bird

Visiting Professor of Communication

Robert English

Instructor of Business Communication


Mr. English has M.L.M. and M.A. degrees, in addition to graduate training and courses in computer education and course design. He has done studies and readings in adult education online programs. Mr. English is also a community college peer educator recipient.

Kimberly Farmer

Professor of Criminal Justice; Pre-Law Advisor; Chair, Department of Criminal Justice


Dr. Farmer teaches the survey course, Introduction to Criminal Justice, as well as, upper–level courses in Criminology, Criminal Law, and Business Law. She also participated in the development of the original adult degree completion program in Criminal Justice and continues to teach in that program in the on-line format. She attended Bluefield College as an undergraduate and went on to obtain a B.A. in Psychology from West Virginia University and a J.D. from the WVU College of Law in 1989. She began teaching at B.C. in the fall of 1989 creating the Criminal Justice major out of the existing Behavioral Science degree the following year. Dr. Farmer has received numerous service awards and is a member of several professional CRJ organizations.

Mark Gettle

Chair, Online Management & Leadership Major; Interim Chair, Online Entrepreneurism Major; Full-Time Instructor


Bachelor of Science in Biology, Virginia Commonwealth University
Master of Business Administration, Strayer University
Doctorate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Capella University


Dr. Gettle is a Board Certified Safety Professional, as well as the founder of Safety Consulting Associates, a third party loss control and risk management consulting firm that now operates in 5 states in the Mid-Atlantic.

Andrew Lawrence

Instructor of Information Technology; Director of Online Programs

Allan MacQuarrie

Associate Professor of Business; Department Chair, Business

Mimi Merritt

Assistant Professor of Communication; Director of Institutional Effectiveness; Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs


Mimi teaches journalism and communication law classes at Bluefield College. A graduate of Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in English, she earned her master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to teaching, Mimi serves as faculty advisor for the online student newspaper, The Rampage; as Director of Institutional Effectiveness; and as secretary of the Faculty Committee, which she chaired for five years. Before coming to Bluefield College, Mimi worked 12 years as a journalist for newspapers in North Carolina and Virginia; as an information specialist at Virginia Tech; as a technical writer and editor for PDR Communications in Lexington, Kentucky; and as a writing tutor and freelance journalist. She is married to Rob Merritt (Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at BC), and they have two children: Charlie and Caroline. Mimi is a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Bluefield, West Virginia, where she has taught Sunday school and served on the Vestry. She served eight years as president of Blue Mountain Performing Arts, a non-profit community concert provider for which she is now a grants writer.

Sharon Perot

Assistant Professor of Business; Dean of the College of Professional Programs

Allen Roberts

Instructor of Graphic Communication; Digital Technologist

Kelly Walls

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice; Coordinator, Campus Safety


Dr. Kelly Walls, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, became a local police officer in West Virginia at the age of 20, while attending college. During a 24-year career, he was involved in patrol, investigations, K-9, and special operations, including supervision of detectives, D.A.R.E., hostage negotiation, firearms training, and all internal investigations. This includes all allegations of misconduct, as well as officer-involved-shootings. While a police officer, Dr. Walls finished a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice and attended graduate school, earning a doctorate in 1996 from Southwest University in Kenner, La. Dr. Walls is also a Graduate of the FBI National Academy, 142nd session, 1995. He trained and worked as a Special Deputy United States Marshal for nine years.

Dr. Walls has either personally investigated or supervised the investigation of any kind of case imaginable, from petty theft to 1st degree homicide. He has also personally investigated allegations of police misconduct, ranging from misfeasance/malfeasance of duty to improper use of police weaponry resulting in death.

Jianfeng (Eric) Yao

Assistant Professor of Economics