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MS in Communication: Faculty and Leadership

Explore how Purdue’s faculty for the 100% online MS in Communication can prepare you to help all students learn.

MS in Communication: Faculty Leadership

Bart Collins, Director of the Online Graduate Program

Education

    • PhD, University of Kansas
    • MA, University of Arkansas
    • BA, College of the Ozarks

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