Faculty and Staff

Administrators

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    Jameson, Dr Jessica Katz

    Department Head

    Biography

    Dr. Jameson's research examines conflict management within organizations with an emphasis on collaboration, interpersonal conflict, and third party intervention. She is currently writing a book on constructing positive communication environments. Her research also focuses on mediation and dispute system design with attention to the roles of identity and emotion in conflict transformation. Dr. Jameson teaches classes in organizational communication and conflict management. Her work appears in journals such as International Journal of Conflict Management, Negotiation Journal, and Western Journal of Communication as well as the Handbook of Conflict Communication (2013) and other edited volumes. Dr. Jameson is a mediator for the NC State University employee mediation program, served as President of the International Association for Conflict Management (2016), and Chair of the Peace and Conflict Communication and Group Communication Divisions of the National Communication Association (NCA). She holds a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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    Hurley, Dr Ryan J.

    Associate Department Head
    Director of Undergraduate Programs

    Biography

    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.

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    Zuckerman Hyman, Cynthia

    Undergraduate Head of Advising

    Biography

    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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    Nelson, Dr Elizabeth Atwood

    COM 110 Director
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    Taylor, Dr Nicholas Thiel

    Assistant Director of CRDM Ph.D. Program

    Biography

    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.

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    Kiwanuka-Tondo, Dr James

    Director of Graduate Programs

    Biography

    r. James Kiwanuka-Tondo is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, Department of Communication at North Carolina State University. He graduated with a PhD in Communication Sciences at the Department of University of Connecticut and taught there as a Visiting Assistant Professor for three year before joining NC State in 2002. His main area of research is health communication campaigns with particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS. His major contribution has been the development of the first ever quantitative model of relationships between organizational factors, campaign planning, and campaign execution variables. His work on HIV/AIDS has been published in a number of journals. He has been a principal investigator (PI) on several research grants. He teaches courses in Communication Research Methods, Communication Campaigns, International Health Issues; and International/Intercultural Communication. Dr. Kiwanuka-Tondo has received several awards such as Fulbright Scholar 2017/2018; Carnegie Africa Diaspora Fellow 2016; Jackson Rigney International Service Award 2017; Outstanding Global Engagement Award 2015; Lawrence M. Clark Faculty Excellence Award 2013; and Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award 2008. He also received  the Advocacy Award for Promoting the Presence of African American at North Carolina State University 2008; Outstanding Teacher Award in 2007; and the Outstanding Professor of the Year 1999 from Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Kiwanuka-Tondo is Vice President of East Africa Communication Association (EACA); Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of North Carolina Community AIDS Fund (NCCAF); Vice Chairman, Bantadde Development Association, Uganda; member Board of Directors of Maama Watali, Uganda; and former member Board of Directors for and Stop Hunger Now. He is a Fellow of the Salzburg Seminar; Fulbright Student; and a recipient of the British Commonwealth Technical Scholarship.

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    Johnson, Dr Melissa A

    Director: Graduate Certificate in Professional Com Program

    Biography

    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.

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    Kosenko, Dr Kami A

    Scheduling Officer

    Biography

    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.

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    Dannels, Dr Deanna Patricia

    Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

    Biography

    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).

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    Keyton, Dr Joann

    Graduate Internship Program Coordinator

    Biography

    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.

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    Alchediak, James

    Undergraduate Adviser

    Biography

    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

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  • Hamilton, Ms Fredessa Denise

    Undergraduate Adviser

    Biography

    Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media  North Carolina State University 2014

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    Mayberry, Ms Julie E

    Undergraduate Adviser

    Biography

    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.

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    Phillips, Dean Simpson

    Undergraduate Internship Program Coordinator

    Biography

    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.