Faculty and Staff
Ken Zagacki is a Professor of Communication and Head of the Department of Communication at NC State University. His research includes the study of presidential speeches about American foreign policy, the rhetoric of scientific argumentation, the rhetorical dimensions of visual communication, and the relationship between philosophy and rhetoric. He has published numerous articles in major scholarly journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Philosophy & Rhetoric, and Rhetoric & Public Affairs
Ken joined the faculty at NC State in August 2001, before which he was an associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Louisiana State University
Director of Undergraduate Programs
Ryan J. Hurley is originally from Minnesota, where he completed his BA at Concordia College in Communication. He attended Kansas State University for his MS degree, before moving to Illinois to complete his PhD in Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Hurley spent year at Wake Forest University as a Visiting Assistant Professor before joining the Department of Communication here at NC State.
Ms. Zuckerman-Hyman has been with the department since 2001. She has been advising since 2011, and was named Director of Undergraduate Advising in 2015. Her research interests include the communication of a stigmatized self, the social construction of identity and its implication for policy, and narrative frames around education and education policy.
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Digital gaming is at the cutting edge of several foundational transformations in our increasingly media-saturated world. These include the ubiquitous role of interactive technologies and attendant modes of surveillance; the shifting (and eroding) boundaries between work and leisure; and the role of new media in shaping how we understand ourselves and each other. My research seeks to better understand these transformations by looking at i) the communicative practices of those who play, create, and work in, on, and for digital games, and ii) the broader implications of these practices, particularly as they relate to issues of exclusion and social justice.
Andrew R. Binder (Ph.D., 2010, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Communication at North Carolina State University. He conducts research on controversial science topics, including how information about those topics is transmitted through various communication channels and what impact that communication has on risk perception and public understanding of science.
Melissa A. Johnson is a Professor in the Department of Communication, where she has taught since 1994. Dr. Johnson’s research explores international communication and ethnicity-related concepts in traditional media, digital media, and public relations. Of particular interest is the role of visual communication in international news. A current stream of research examines the role of ethnic museums and cultural centers in building relationships among various cultural groups in urban settings. Dr. Johnson teaches classes in the networked society, international and intercultural communication, research methods, and public relations. She holds a doctorate in mass communication research from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Dr. Kosenko (PhD, University of Illinois) came to NCSU in 2008 and has taught theory, methods, and applied courses on the undergraduate and graduate level in the Department of Communication. Kosenko's research focuses on the role of communication in the management of stigmatized conditions and identities. Kosenko is particularly interested in sexual communication and its role in HIV/STI primary and secondary prevention. Dr. Kosenko's research has been published in top communication journals, including Communication Monographs, the Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, and Health Communication. Kosenko also has published in top-tier biomedical journals, such as AIDS Patient Care and STDs, Medical Care, and the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Kosenko has received top paper awards at national and international conferences and has secured internal and external funding (which includes a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health) to support her work.
Dr. Deanna P. Dannels (University of Utah, 1999) is Professor of Communication and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her research explores theoretical and curricular protocols for teacher development, as well as instructional models for designing, implementing,and assessing communication within the disciplines. Dr. Dannels has won a number of different teaching and research awards, including the College of Humanities and Social Sciences recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Graduate Professor Award (2015) and Board of Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2014); the university recipient of the Outstanding Teacher Award (2009), the Southern States Communication Association recipient of the John I. Sisco Excellence in Teaching Award (2010), the Western States Communication Association Master Teacher Award (2010) and the National Council of Teachers of English Best Article on Pedagogy or Curriculum in Technical or Scientific Communication (2009).
Joann Keyton (Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1987) is Professor of Communication at North Carolina State University. In addition to publications in scholarly journals and edited collections, she has published three textbooks for courses in group communication, research methods, and organizational culture in addition to co-editing an organizational communication case book. Keyton was editor of the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Volumes 31-33, and the founding editor of Communication Currents, Volumes 1-5. Currently, she is Editor of Small Group Research. She is a founder of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research.
Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media North Carolina State University 2014
Julie Mayberry has been a member of the NCSU faculty since Spring 1998, teaching courses in Interpersonal Communication, Gender Communication, Small Group Communication, and Nonverbal Communication. She was born in Greenville, N.C. and attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned her BA in Sociology in 1991. She returned to UNC in 1993 to complete her MA in Communication Studies, with a concentration in the intersection of Performance and Interpersonal Communication.
Before coming to NCSU, Ms. Mayberry taught at UNC-Chapel Hill and Peace College, and she currently is an adjunct faculty member in the Communication Department at Meredith College.
Jim Alchediak, a native of Tampa, Florida, earned his B.A. in Mass Communication from Loyola University of New Orleans, where he first developed interests in television and film production.
While still at Loyola, he began work at WGNO-TV, the independent commercial station in the New Orleans market. In his two years at WGNO, he worked as a production assistant, engineer, and operations director, and earned an FCC First Class Radiotelephone Operator License with Broadcast Endorsement.
Mr. Alchediak returned to Tampa and took a similar production/operations position at WTOG-TV. Soon after he earned a teaching assistantship at Ohio University's School of Radio-Television. There he earned an M.A. in television production with a minor in film production, doing course work in screenwriting, documentary studies, and 16mm filmmaking and postproduction.
In 1977, Mr. Alchediak became an Instructor at Eastern Kentucky University's Department of Mass Communication. In 1979 he joined the faculty at NC State's Department of Communication, where he has taught courses in television, film and audio production and in scriptwriting and cinema history. Extension work has included video production for NCSU Humanities Extension/Publications. Among his productions are Talk About Writing, a series of portraits of North Carolina writers, and Living in Our World, a series of 40 instructional programs on world geography. Both series have been widely used in North Carolina classrooms.
Mr. Alchediak won the Department's Outstanding Teacher Award for 1985-86, for December 2001 and for December 2015. He won a University Outstanding Extension Service Award for 1991-92, and has twice been named Outstanding Advisor in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2010 Mr. Alchediak won the university's Faculty Adviser Award. In 2011 he was recognized by the National Academic Advising Association for Outstanding Faculty Advising.
Recent work may be viewed at http://news.chass.ncsu.edu/?tag=alumni-profile-videos
Dean Phillips is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Communication. He joined the faculty in 2001 and teaches courses in public relations and media.
After graduating with a B.S. in Business Administration from George Mason University, Phillips went on to study communication at the University of Maryland. Following his studies, he had a career of more 20 years as television newscaster. After leaving television, Phillips began a career as a public relations and media relations consultant for corporate and political clients.
Named Distinguished Professor
- Berube, Dr David Michael
- Dannels, Dr Deanna Patricia
- de Souza e Silva, Dr Adriana
- Gallagher, Dr Victoria J
- Jameson, Dr Jessica Katz
- Binder, Andrew R.
- Craig, Dr Elizabeth A.
- DeJoy, Dr Daniel A
- Hurley, Dr Ryan J.
- Kiwanuka-Tondo, Dr James