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Online Master of Science in Communication — Faculty

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Explore how Purdue’s faculty for the online MS in Communication can prepare you to help all students learn.

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
  • Sorin Matei, Professor

    Education

    • PhD, University of Southern California
    • MA, Tufts University
    • BA, Bucharest University


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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

Online Faculty

  • 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
  • Don Buchman, Online Faculty

    Education

    • MBA, University of Utah
    • BS, Washington University
  • Matt Charles, Online Faculty

    Education

    • PhD, Valdosta State University
    • MPA, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • BA, University of Virginia
  • 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
  • James Gordon, Online Faculty

    Education

    • PhD, Global Leadership/Organizational Mgmt., Indiana Tech
    • MBA, Finance, University of Houston
    • BS, Supervision Technology, Purdue University
  • 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
  • Will Miller, Online Faculty

    Education

    • EdD, University of Massachusetts
    • MS, Walden University
    • BA, Providence College
  • 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
  • David Shaffer, Online Faculty

     Education

    • MBA, Indiana University
    • BSJ, Journalism, Economics, Northwestern University
  • Cheri Sparks, Online Faculty

    Education

    • PhD, Purdue University
    • MA, Purdue University
  • LaTasha Swanson, Online Faculty

    Education

    • PhD, Strategic Health Communication, Purdue University
    • MBA, Marketing, Indiana University
    • BA, Graphic Design, Indiana University
  • Steve Witz, Online Faculty

    Education

    • PhD, Hospital and Healthcare Administration, University of Minnesota
    • MA, Public Health, University of Minnesota
    • BA, Psychology, University of Minnesota

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