Dr. Ami McNally's roots in education began at the primary and secondary level in both the private and public sectors. After obtaining her doctorate in Child, Youth, Human Development and Family Studies in 2000, she moved into college instruction. She has been an Adjunct Teacher Education Professor for Regis University for the past 16 years, teaching undergraduate and graduate campus-based and online Teacher-Education courses. She joined JWL in 2016 as Lead Faculty for Academic Writing and Religions of the World.
She say of her experience: "When I first started working with JWL, I felt like God was calling me to help my fellow men whom had fallen on hard times. Little did I know how much they, in turn, would help me. These students and this program have deepened my awareness of the goings-on in war-torn countries and shown me what pushing through even the most difficult of times really looks like. Their stories touch me. Their grit inspires me. And, their dreams for themselves and their families have become my own.”
Professor Varys came to JWL with a rich background in economics. He is an Adjunct Faculty in Economics and Finance at Regis University. He also serves as an International Development Consultant for the Tearfund, "a Christian charity passionate about ending poverty". With this passion for humanity he forged a path with JWL. Today, Professor Varys is JWL’s Lead Faculty in Microeconomics.
He says of his experience: “I was able to link the Jesuit value of understanding new and different cultures with that of teaching and was wonderfully blessed to learn so much about assimilation of economics and choice within cultures. The students were wonderfully transparent and vulnerable to their experiences and JWL has done a tremendous job in moving students into the program at communication levels that can enable this interchange of ideas and concepts.”
After working clinically for fifteen years with an A.D. in Nursing and a B.A. in Biology, Dr. Whelton obtained an MSN and taught Nursing for five years. She then returned to the classroom as a student to inquire into the foundations of practice and research with human subjects. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Philosophy with a dissertation in philosophy of the human sciences from The Catholic University of America (1996).
During the years of acquiring her Ph.D. and before acquiring a full-time position, Dr. Whelton practiced nursing in acute home care and taught in undergraduate philosophy and graduate level Philosophy of Science at The Catholic University of America and The University of Maryland. She lectures nationally and internationally on human life itself as a foundation for practice.
Her publications have appeared in Linacre Quarterly, Nursing Philosophy, Nursing Science Quarterly, The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, and WVNurse. She serves as the Book Review Editor and is on the Editorial Board of the international journal Nursing Philosophy.
Dr. Whelton currently teaches at Wheeling Jesuit University, Logic, Philosophy of the Human Person, Ethics, and "Ethics for Health Care" (WJU's Distance learning course for practicing health-care professionals). At Gonzaga University, she teaches the on-line course, Person and Conduct. This was the base from which the course was developed for Jesuit Worldwide Learning, which was further adapted for PHI 110 Ethics and the Human Person.
She says on her experience: Teaching students enrolled in Jesuit Worldwide Learning captured my imagination as a way to bring unity to the human family. Faculty and students from all over the Globe share the common goal of learning as well as our common humanity. Through Discussion Board and Reflections, we form a truly global community, a learning community. In this setting, students from hostile countries share as friends. It is richly rewarding to read the changed perception of students and the personal healing that occurs from acceptance within the learning community. These students bring a desire to learn and a willingness to embody the guiding phrase, “Change your thinking, change the world.”