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Online Master of Science in Communication — Faculty

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Department Leadership

Faculty Advisory Committee

  • Stacey Connaughton, Associate Professor

    Education

    • PhD University of Texas-Austin
    • MA University of Texas
    • BA Saint Olaf College

    Research Interests

    • Leadership and identification in geographically distributed contexts, particularly as these issues relate to virtual teams/organizations, political parties, and peacebuilding
  • Brian Smith, Assistant Professor

    Education

    • PhD, University of Maryland
    • MA, Brigham Young University
    • BA, Brigham Young University

    Research Interests

    • Public engagement with organizations via digital and online interactive media, and the organizational response, integrated communication (iComm)

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  • Krishnamurthy Sriramesh, Professor

    Education

    • PhD in Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, University of Maryland College Park

    Research Interests

    • Public relations for development, corporate social responsibility and public relations, and the use of new media for public relations

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  • Howard Sypher, Professor

    Education

    • PhD, University of Michigan
    • MA, Western Kentucky University
    • BA, University of South Florida

    Research Interests

    • Communication and new technology
    • Applied research with a focus on software diffusion E-health website usability
    • Comparative research focusing on the impact of technology and organizational settings
  • Steve Wilson, Professor

    Education

    • PhD, Purdue University
    • MA, Indiana University
    • BA, Western Illinois University

    Research Interests

    • Interpersonal and family communication, social influence, and conflict/negotiation
    • Parent-child relationships from toddlerhood through adolescence — understand patterns of parent-child interaction that predict positive outcomes for children (e.g., social competence, school readiness, and resiliency) as opposed to negative child outcomes (e.g., abuse or neglect, problems relating with family and peers)

Online Faculty

  • Michele Baer, Online Faculty

    Education

    • Master’s from State University of New York at Stony Brook
    • Joint Bachelors’ degrees from Syracuse University

    Professional Experiences

    • Fenstein Kean Healthcare, SVP
  • Christopher Bona, Online Faculty

    Education

    • MA in Sociology, DePaul University
    • MBA, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management
    • BA in Communications, DePaul University

    Professional Experiences

    • Finn Partners, Partner
    • Ryerson, Head of Communications
    • GE Healthcare, Director of Global Marketing Communications
    • Weber Shandwick, SVP of Corporate Affairs
  • Brian Chupp, Online Faculty

    Education

    • PhD in Human Resource Development, University of Toledo

    Research Interests

    • Entrepreneurial learning
    • Strategic HR practices in Greenfield Sites
    • Organizational Communications (specifically how organizations utilize strategic communication principles in creating and maintaining organizational culture)
  • Debra B. Davenport, Online Faculty

    Professional Experiences

    • Davenport Public Relations, President and Chief Executive

    Associations and Memberships

    • Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
    • Entertainment Publicists Professional Society
    • Public Relations Society of America
    • Institute for Public Relations
    • International Special Events Society

    Research Interests

    • Branding
    • Memetics
    • Semiotics
    • Media psychology
    • PR as a social science
  • Curt Gilstrap, Online Faculty

    Education

    • PhD in Communication, Purdue University

    Research Interests

    • Nonprofit leadership and organizations, ethics, social entrepreneurship, and social media
  • Jamie Ryan Goldberg, Online Faculty

    Education

    • BA in Communications, University of Tampa
    • MA in Communications with a focus on Organizational Development, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

    Research Interests

    • Executive communication
    • Organizational change
    • Performance improvement
    • Employee engagement
    • Executive coaching
  • Mike Kohler, Online Faculty

    Education

    • MBA, University of Nebraska-Omaha
    • Bachelor’s in Communications, University of Nebraska-Omaha

    Professional Experiences

    • Larimer County Economic and Workforce Development Department, Business Education Coordinator
    • Mediacom Communications, VP of Government Relations and Community Affairs
    • Cox Communications, VP of Public and Government Affairs
  • Maryann Lamer, Online Faculty

    Education

    • PhD, Oklahoma State University
    • MBA, Southern Nazarene University
    • MA, University of Oklahoma
    • BS, University of Tulsa
  • Trui Moerkerke, Online Faculty

    Education

    • MA in Communication Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium
    • Bachelor’s degree in Law, KU Leuven, Belgium

    Professional Experiences

    • Thomas More, Docent
    • Flanders District of Creativity and Flanders Fashion Institute, Communications Manager
    • Roularta Media Group, Editor
    • The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Communications Manager
  • Alvin Plexico, Online Faculty

    Education

    • PhD in Business (Organizational Leadership), Northcentral University
    • MA in Communication, University of Oklahoma
    • BBA in Management, Texas Tech University

    Professional Experiences

    • U.S. Navy, National Director of Media Outreach
  • Scott Schaffer, Online Faculty

    Education

    • PhD, Florida State University
    • Master’s, Florida State University
    • Bachelor’s, Southern Illinois University

    Professional Experiences

    • Ericsson, Senior Learning Program Manager
    • Xerox, Senior Consultant
    • Caveo Learning, Associate Principal, Account Manager
    • National Science Foundation, Program Leader – LearnNSF
  • Glenn Sparks, Online Faculty

    Education

    • PhD, University of Wisconsin
    • MA, Northern Illinois University
    • BA, Wheaton College

    Research Interests

    • Effects of mass media — experimental work on the appeal of media violence, the effects of paranormal depictions in the media on paranormal beliefs and beliefs about science, and the effects of frightening films on emotional reactions of children and adults

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