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Bart Collins, Director of the Online Graduate Program


  • 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


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

Marifran Mattson, Professor; School Head


  • 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


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


Stacey Connaughton, Associate Professor

  • 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

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

Howard Sypher, Professor

    • 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


Christopher Bona, Online Faculty

    • 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

  • MBA, University of Utah
  • BS, Washington University

Matt Charles, Online Faculty

  • PhD, Valdosta State University
  • MPA, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • BA, University of Virginia

Brian Chupp, Online Faculty

  • 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

  • PhD in Communication, Purdue University

Research Interests

  • Nonprofit leadership and organizations, ethics, social entrepreneurship, and social media

Jamie Ryan Goldberg, Online Faculty

  • 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

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

Mike Kohler, Online Faculty

    • 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

  • PhD, Oklahoma State University
  • MBA, Southern Nazarene University
  • MA, University of Oklahoma
  • BS, University of Tulsa

Will Miller, Online Faculty

  • EdD, University of Massachusetts
  • MS, Walden University
  • BA, Providence College

Alvin Plexico, Online Faculty

  • 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

  • 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

  • MBA, Indiana University
  • BSJ, Journalism, Economics, Northwestern University

Cheri Sparks, Online Faculty

  • PhD, Purdue University
  • MA, Purdue University

LaTasha Swanson, Online Faculty

  • PhD, Strategic Health Communication, Purdue University
  • MBA, Marketing, Indiana University
  • BA, Graphic Design, Indiana University

Steve Witz, Online Faculty

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

School of Education Faculty

Marisa Exter, Assistant Professor



  • PhD in Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University
  • MS in Computer Science, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • BS in Computer Science, Elmhurst College

Research Interests

  • Instructional design and computing education, professional skill development, life-long learning skills and attitudes, and interdisciplinary learning experiences

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Wanju Huang, Clinical Assistant Professor



  • PhD in Curriculum & Instruction, Concentration in Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Research Interests

  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Online learning
  • Scenario-based learning
  • Augmented reality and virtual reality
  • Faculty development


Adrie Koehler, Assistant Professor



  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Purdue University
  • MS in Technology, IUPUI
  • BS in Business Education; Information, Design, and End-User Computing; Business Administration, ISU

Research Interests

  • Investigating emerging technologies for instructional and professional purposes
  • Examining the development and impact of instructors presence in online settings
  • Exploring case-based instruction facilitation methods
  • Discovering techniques for improving the transition of pre-service teachers into the education profession

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Victoria Lowell, Clinical Associate Professor



  • PhD in Education with dual concentration in Distance Education & Higher Education – Research and Institutional Planning, Regent University
  • MEd in Educational Technology, University of Hawaii
  • Post-Bac in Teacher Education Certification Program, Secondary Social Studies, University of Hawaii
  • BA in History, Virginia Wesleyan College

Research Interests

  • Social learning and program development and evaluation in online and distance learning
  • Social cognitive learning
  • Situated learning and authentic tasks for online and blended learning
  • Collaborative learning
  • Community of inquiry
  • Scaffolding
  • Student and instructor self-efficacy
  • Assessment and evaluation

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Timothy Newby, Professor



  • PhD in Instructional Psychology, Brigham Young University
  • BS in Psychology, Brigham Young University

Research Interests

  • Issues pertaining to learning and motivation, instructional strategies, and the use of technology. In particular, he is examining the impact of digital open badges on learning and motivation in post-secondary education.

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Jennifer Richardson, Professor



  • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Specializations in Educational Technology and Literacy, University at Albany/SUNY
  • CAS in Educational Research and Program Evaluation, University at Albany/SUNY
  • MS in Curriculum Design & Instructional Technology, University at Albany/SUNY
  • MS in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University at Albany/SUNY
  • MS in Educational Administration and Policy Studies, University at Albany/SUNY
  • BA in Political Science and History, Russell Sage College

Research Interests

  • Social aspects of online learning, professional development practices, and gauging learning in online environments

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Sunnie Watson, Associate Professor



  • PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Indiana University
  • PhD in Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University
  • MEd in Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University
  • BA in Educational Technology, Ewha Woman’s University

Research Interests

  • Attitude change instruction
  • Information-age educational technology such as MOOCs and PIES
  • Critical Systems Theory for qualitative educational research and school change

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William Watson



  • PhD in Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University
  • MS in Information Science, Indiana University
  • BA in English, Indiana University

Research Interests

  • The critical, systemic change of education to realize a learner-centered paradigm, including the application of technology such as video games, virtual environments, and learning management software in order to create customized and personalized learning environments

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