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Learn from the Experts: Strategic Communication Faculty

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

Leadership

Bart Collins, Director of the Online Graduate Program

Education

    • PhD, University of Kansas
    • MA, University of Arkansas
    • BA, University of Arkansas

Research Interests

  • Telemedicine
  • Telehealth

Jennifer Hall, Associate Director of the Online Graduate Program

Education

  • PhD in Health Communication, Purdue University
  • Masters in Communication, Purdue University
  • BA in Journalism, Indiana University

Marifran Mattson, Professor; School Head

Education

  • PhD in Communication, Arizona State University
  • MA in Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Marquette University
  • BA in Communication, Media, and Theatre, St. Norbert College

Research Interests

  • Intersections of designing, implementing, and evaluating health campaigns, health advocacy initiatives, and service-learning pedagogy
  • Communication processes and challenges related to human health and safety

Jessica Stocker, Associate Program Administrator

Education

  • MS in Communication, Purdue University
  • BA in Sociology, Purdue University

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

 

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