- John Whitehead
Associate Professor and Director of Fine Arts
B.A., Eastern College
M.A., Temple University
John Whitehead is Associate Professor and Chair of Fine Arts with a focus on film studies, contemporary literature, and creative writing. He is the author of two books: Appraising The Graduate: The Mike Nichols Classic and Its Impact in Hollywood (2011) and Mike Nichols and the Cinema of Transformation (2014), for which he received a West Virginia Humanities Council Fellowship.
A native of Philadelphia, he did his graduate work at Temple University, and wrote a creative thesis from which several short stories were subsequently published, including "The Sins of the Father," which won the 1987 Best Fiction award from The Other Side. He has published 20 short stories, more than a dozen of them in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. He has also written regularly on books and culture for scholarly journals such as Christianity and Literature and The Christian Scholar's Review and for major newspapers in California, West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
In 2012 he co-founded and hosts screenings and conversations of the Wheeling Film Society, a partnership between WJU, Oglebay Institute's Towngate Theater, and the Ohio County Public Library. He has been at WJU since 1990. He is currently researching his next book, about the making and the enduring achievement of Alfred Hitchcock's 1943 classic, Shadow of a Doubt (shot partially on location in Northern California to save money during WWII), which Hitchcock considered his own personal favorite of his more than 60 films.