Graduate studies director arrested for domestic battery

James Vaughn

Graduate Studies Director Wesley Durham was arrested around 9 p.m. Sunday at his home on the 1500 block of Akin Drive in Evansville for a reported domestic battery incident in the presence of a child under 16, a Class D felony charge.

According to court records, Durham was released from the Vanderburgh County Jail Monday on a $500 bond. A condition of the bond is that he not have contact with his wife, Kristalyn Shefveland, who is an assistant professor of history at USI.

“The University of Southern Indiana is aware of the arrest Sunday night of one of our directors,” said Kindra Strupp, assistant vice president for marketing and communications. “The university will take the appropriate amount of time to review this matter.”

Durham is also an associate professor of communications studies. His research interests include communication and family planning, privacy and disclosure within families, privacy and disclosure within romantic relationships and everyday talk in family and close personal relationships.

He is scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Vanderburgh County Circuit Court.