Faculty Spotlight: Chris Cunningham

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Chris Cunningham began his journey with West Virginia University at Parkersburg as a student back when it was called Parkersburg Community College. He earned his associate of arts degree in 1988 and then went on to Marshall University where he double majored and earned his bachelor’s degree in English and mathematics in 1991. Initially, Chris chose to major in English because of his love of reading and writing, but he soon discovered his love for math and received his master’s degree in mathematics from Marshall in 1993.


Chris began his teaching career at WVU Parkersburg in 1993 when he filled a last minute interim mathematics instructor position and he has been here ever since. Throughout his almost 25 years on campus, he has been involved in numerous committees and now serves as the coordinator for the math department. In October 2017, he became the faculty representative for the college’s Board of Governors. He also spends time volunteering in the Riverhawk Tutoring & Resource Center to assist students with math struggles.

Chris is married with triplets who are 21 years old and three dogs. In the cooler months, when he is not on campus, you can find him on slopes. He is an avid skier and has previously been a ski instructor at Timberline Resort.

“It is all about teaching. I love teaching,” says Chris. “WVU Parkersburg is a great place to work. I love my community and the school. We have wonderful faculty who are dedicated and wonderful staff who are student oriented. I always sing the praises of WVU Parkersburg wherever I go.”

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