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 Affairs
Dr. Craig's teaching and research are in the areas of interpersonal and family communication, highlighting a number of communication processes and skills that contribute to enhancing personal relationships. Her research has been featured in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Personal Relationships, and Communication Quarterly. Her current research examines trauma focused equine assisted psychotherapy (TF-EAP). She investigates horse-human interaction as it influences emotional and behavioural changes among adolescent girls who have experienced trauma (e.g., sexual violence, physical and/or verbal abuse). She is a faculty partner with the Center for Family and Community Engagement, conducting research on foster families and coping with ambiguous loss. Her research intersects issues of mental health, developmental assets in youth, human-animal communication, and relationship building through communication.
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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I am honored to join the Department of Communication at North Carolina State University as Assistant Professor of Digital Media. Prior to joining NC State, I worked as as a post-doctoral fellow on the Virtual Environments Real User Study (VERUS). VERUS, led by SRI International, was a multi-site, interdisciplinary research program sponsored by the US government. It involved an innovative and collaborative mixture of qualitative and quantitative approaches, applied to the study of connections between avatars in virtual environments such as World of Warcraft and Second Life, and their real world users.
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.
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.
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.
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