Our Faculty - Communication Studies
Arthur Lizie Jr.Professor and Chair of Communication StudiesMaxwell Library 215JTel:Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgDegreesTop of Page ▴
BA, University of New Hampshire
MA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
PhD, Temple University
Jabbar A. Al-ObaidiProfessor of Communication StudiesMaxwell Library 215KTel:Email: email@example.com
Dr. Jabbar Al-Obaidi is Professor of Media Studies and Communication Technologies. Currently, Professor Al-Obaidi serves as the Academic Director of Global Programs in the Dr. Minnock Institute for Global Engagement at Bridgewater State University (BSU). Previously, he served as the Chairperson of the Communication Studies Department and the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies. In addition to his extensive teaching and administrative experiences in the US, he taught in Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, United Arab Emirates and China. Professor Al-Obaidi ‘s administrative contribution, scholarly work, and teaching cover curriculum and programs, management and leadership, assessment, pedagogy, online learning communities, instructional technology, intercultural communication, and media in the Middle East. He also produces and hosts a television program and documentary films. He organized and participated in numerous workshops and training sessions in the area of intercultural communication, professional development, curriculum assessment, online learning and teaching, and institutional strategic development. Dr. Al-Obaidi initiated and facilitated the implementation of academic international partnership with many universities in the Middle East. He led study abroad programs, undergraduate research, and internship in various countries including Jordan, Morocco, the UAE, and Qatar. He also works closely with student clubs to promote collaboration and diversity integration, and intercultural communication.DegreesTop of Page ▴
BA, Baghdad University
MAE, University of Hartford
PhD, The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
Lisa BergsonAssistant Professor of Communication StudiesMaxwell Library, Room 215Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTop of Page ▴
Jessica BirthiselAssociate Professor of Communication StudiesMaxwell Library, Room 215FTel:
Jessica Birthisel, PhD, is an associate professor who teaches and researches in the areas of journalism, newswriting, multimedia storytelling, digital media, popular culture and representations of gender, race, sexuality, and class in the media. A former journalist, she's always loved writing, and in addition to her academic scholarship in feminist media studies, she continues to write journalistic articles and also self-publishes contemporary romance novels. When not teaching, writing or engaging in campus service, she's likely to be hanging out with her husband and four sons, taking (or teaching) a Zumba class, cooking, baking, crafting, staying up way too late reading, or adding washi tape and stickers to her planner.Areas of Expertise
Gender, media, journalism, critical cultural studiesDegreesTop of Page ▴
BA, Grand View University
MA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
PhD, Indiana University
Jason EdwardsProfessor of Communication StudiesMaxwell Library 215ETel:Email: email@example.com
Jason A. Edwards is Professor of Communication Studies and a Research Fellow with BSU’s Center for Democratic Governance and Leadership. His research focuses on presidential communication, U.S. foreign policy, and global political issues. He is the author of Navigating the Post-Cold War World: President Clinton’s Foreign Policy Rhetoric, and co-editor of The Rhetoric of American Exceptionalism: Critical Essays, and The Rhetoric of Civil Religion: Symbols, Sinners, and Saints. Additionally, he has authored over forty articles and book chapters appearing in journals such as Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Advances in the History of Rhetoric, Communication Quarterly, Southern Journal of Communication, Presidential Studies Quarterly, International Journal of Communication and The Howard Journal of Communications. He has been recognized as a Distinguished Research Fellow by the Eastern Communication Association. He is currently working on an edited collection that focuses on apologies for historical injustices and a book that examines the rhetorical contours of America’s role in global affairs.DegreesTop of Page ▴
BA, Concordia College
MA, North Dakota State University
MA, Minnesota State University
PhD, Georgia State University
Maria HegbloomAssistant Professor of Communication StudiesMaxwell Library 215HTel:Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgDegreesTop of Page ▴
BA, MA (Boise State University)
PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder
Christina HodelAssistant Professor of Communication StudiesMaxwell Library, Room 215Tel:Email: email@example.comWebsite:
Christina Hodel is a filmmaker, screenwriter, film & television scholar, and educator. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Bridgewater State University where she teaches courses in both digital filmmaking and film studies. Christina holds a PhD in Film and Media Studies from the University of Kansas, an MA in Individualized Study (Film/Dance) from New York University, and a BA in Film and Electronic Arts from California State University, Long Beach. As a practicing artist, Christina writes, directs, produces, and edits industrials, public service announcements, commercials, event trailers, video installations, narrative films, and documentaries. Her films have received funding, won awards, and screened at festivals including Tallgrass International Film Festival, Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival, and Lady's First International Film Festival. Christina’s current research explores issues of gender, identity, and girl power in contemporary “tween” television. She has published in Girlhood Studies, In Media Res, the Alberta Journal of Educational Research, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Studies in the Humanities, and the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.Areas of Expertise
Filmmaking, Directing, Producing, Screenwriting, Gender, Tween Girl Culture, Film & Television History/TheoryDegreesTop of Page ▴
BA, California State University, Long Beach
MA, New York University
PhD, University of Kansas
Bjorn IngvoldstadAssociate Professor of Communication Studies; Director of Academic Coaching and Research ServicesMaxwell Library 215LTel:Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bjorn Ingvoldstad is Associate Professor of Communication Studies. His teaching focuses upon film, video, and media studies, in terms of both critical studies and creative works. He received a Fulbright fellowship in 2015 to Lithuania, and has published several pieces on Lithuanian media and media audiences.DegreesTop of Page ▴
BA, Gustavus Adolphus College
MA, University of Texas at Austin
PhD, Indiana University at Bloomington
Melanie McNaughtonAssociate Professor of Communication StudiesMaxwell Library 215RTel:Email: email@example.com
Curious about how we create and communicate identity, Dr. Melanie McNaughton explores visual and popular culture. Her research concentrations combine communication and critical cultural studies approaches, exploring visual and popular culture with an emphasis on nontraditional identities. Dr. McNaughton has published essays on visual and popular culture, including design and domesticity, disaster photography, graphic design, and tattooing.
Dr. McNaughton’s research interests also connect to her classroom. Curiosity and dedication are powerful forces for change, and it is these passions through which she hopes to inspire and engage her students. Dr. McNaughton teaches research and writing courses in media studies, popular and visual culture, and cultural studies. As an instructor, Melanie McNaughton has developed extensive expertise in using technology to engage students in online environments. In 2017, Dr. McNaughton received a Presidential Award for Academic Excellence from Bridgewater State University, recognizing her innovative use of technology to enhance online learning environments.DegreesTop of Page ▴
BA, University of Calgary
MA, Pennsylvania State University
PhD, University of Georgia
Michele MeekAssistant Professor of Communication StudiesMaxwell Library, Room 215BTel:Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Meek teaches courses in digital media production, film studies, screenwriting, and gender studies. She is an award-winning writer and film director, with her most recent film, Imagine Kolle 37, having screened at the ICA Boston, Independent Film Festival of Boston, and others. She edited the book Independent Female Filmmakers: A Chronicle through Profiles, Interviews, and Manifestos with Routledge in 2019, and she has published in Literature/Film Quarterly, Girhood Studies, and the Journal of Popular Film and Television.
In addition, her successes as a media entrepreneur have been profiled by NPR, the Boston Globe and Inc. Magazine. She founded NewEnglandFilm.com, an online magazine, directory and film festival website that has become a leading resource for filmmakers in the region, and she led the transition of the 30-year-old magazine The Independent Film and Video Monthly to the nonprofit organization Independent Media Publications, where she remains a board member. She regularly serves on film festival juries and advisory boards, including Stowe Story Labs, Women in Comedy Festival, Salem Film Fest, and others, and she currently serves as Co-Chair of the Children’s and Youth Media and Culture Scholarly Interest Group for the Society of Cinema and Media Studies. For more information, see her website at http://www.michelemeek.com.DegreesTop of Page ▴
BA, Boston College
MFA, Emerson College
PhD, University of Rhode Island
Susan J. MiskellyAssociate Professor of Communication Studies; Coordinator of Communication Studies LaboratoryMaxwell Library 215ATel:Email: email@example.comDegreesTop of Page ▴
BA, Towson State College
MA, Bowling Green State University
Nick PirelliInstructor of Communication StudiesMaxwell Library, Room 215Tel:Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite:
Nick Pirelli teaches Strategic Communication, Business and Professional Communication, Public Speaking, Visual Communication, Group Communication and Decision Making, Organizational Communication and Public Relations Case Studies. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the Public Relations Student Society of America and is a member of the Community-Engaged Teaching and Scholarship Advisory Board.
Throughout his career, Professor Pirelli has distinguished himself as a visionary, innovative and entrepreneurial educator committed to diversity, social equity and inclusion. He brings experience from public, private, two-year and four-year higher education realms, as well as local government. He has held positions as Director of Student Involvement and Leadership, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation, Director of Public Safety and Facilities Management, Director of Emergency Management, and Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives. Professor Pirelli is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, Certified Emergency Manager, and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.
Professor Pirelli is a strong advocate for reinventing higher education. He has spoken both locally and nationally on a range of issues related to civic engagement, marketing, and municipal government. He is a member of Public Relations Society of America, National Recreation and Park Association, International Association of Emergency Managers, and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.
Professor Pirelli is an active member of his community, where he sits on the Stoughton Finance Committee and is an elected Town Meeting Representative.Areas of Expertise
Community Engagement, Crisis Communication, Emergency Management, Student Affairs, Strategic PlanningDegreesTop of Page ▴
BA, MS, Bridgewater State University
Thomasena ShawAssociate Professor of Communication StudiesMaxwell Library 215PTel:Email: Thomasena.Shaw@bridgew.edu
Thomasena Shaw, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Communication Studies Department. She teaches courses in the department’s public relations concentration, including: Introduction to PR; Strategic Writing; Strategic Communication Theory & Research; PR Practicum; PR Case Studies; PR Campaigns; Senior Seminar (Strategic Communication); and Business and Professional Communication.
Dr. Shaw presents and publishes her scholarly works in competitive national & international academic conventions and academic journals. Her research agenda focuses on topics related to intersections between social media, social justice, activism and advocacy. She is also interested in bridging gaps in extant public relations research with respect to education, pedagogy, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.DegreesTop of Page ▴
BA, National University of Ireland at Maynooth
MSocSc, University College Dublin
MA, Dublin Institute of Technology
PhD, University of Tennessee
Yongjun ShinAssociate Professor of Communication StudiesMaxwell Library 215RTel:Email: email@example.com
Dr. Shin teaches strategic communication, organizational communication, communication theory, and research methods in the Department of Communication Studies. He employs strategic communication for local community development and civic engagement. As a communication researcher and a teacher, he has learned that the ultimate power of communication is to make us open ourselves to one another and to realize the truth that we are not different but the same as human beings.Areas of Expertise
Organizational Communication, Strategic Communication, Urban Communication, Sociology of Communication, Political Communication, Community Development, Civic EngagementDegreesTop of Page ▴
BA, Sungkyunkwan University
MA, Michigan State University
PhD, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Hui ZhangAssistant Professor of Communication StudiesMaxwell Library, Room 215RTel:Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Zhang is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies where she teaches public relations courses. She is also interested in teaching intercultural communication and communication research courses. Her research interests include strategic communication, intercultural communication, health communication, media effects, and research methods. She is a Fulbright alumnus. She is proud of serving as faculty advisor on a winning Arthur W. Page Society/Institute for Public Relations case study competition case authored by her undergraduate students. She also enjoys swimming.DegreesTop of Page ▴
BA, West China University of Medical Science
MA, Sichuan University
PhD, Colorado State University
Emeriti Faculty Profiles
Joel P. LitvinProfessor Emeritus of Communication StudiesMaxwell Library 215FTel:Email: email@example.comDegreesTop of Page ▴
BA, MA, San Francisco State College
PhD, University of Denver
Thomas J. MickeyProfessor Emeritus and Part-Time FacultyMaxwell Library, Room 215Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Mickey teaches a variety of courses in the Department including Introduction to Communication, Communication Theory, Human Communication Skills, Mass Media and Society, and Communication Studies Research. His particular focus is Public Relations and he has taught several courses in that area of interest. He is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, and founded the student public relations group here at BSU. He has written three books and is currently working on the fourth, The Seduction of the English Garden: The Nineteenth Century Seed Merchants Sold More than Plants. This book is based on his yearlong work in Washington at the Smithsonian where he researched the public relations materials of the nineteenth century seed industry. During the summer, Professor Mickey is a Landscape Designer in Rye, NH where he gardens and also writes a garden column for several papers on the New Hampshire seacoast.
Nancy StreetProfessor Emerita of Communication StudiesMaxwell Library, Room 215Email: email@example.comTop of Page ▴
Part-time Faculty Profiles
Denise BarskyPart-Time FacultyMaxwell Library, Room 215Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTop of Page ▴
Lisa BoraginePart-Time FacultyMaxwell Library, Room 215Email: email@example.comTop of Page ▴
Nicole Conlon-McCombePart-Time FacultyMaxwell Library, Room 215Tel:Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicole is a part-time faculty member who teaches Intro to Public Speaking. She holds a BA in Communication with a concentration in Theater Arts from Bridgewater State College and an MFA in Theater: Performance & Society from Rhode Island College. Nicole has been teaching courses and workshops in speech and theater at the collegiate level for over a decade. In addition, Nicole serves as Executive Director of Drug Story Theater, a non-profit organization that combats teen substance use through live performance.
David CopelandPart-Time FacultyMaxwell Library, Room 215QTel:Email: email@example.comTop of Page ▴
Joni Dahlene-GaudielloPart-Time FacultyMaxwell Library, Room 215Tel:Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTop of Page ▴
Stacey Darwick-AdamskiPart-Time FacultyMaxwell Library, Room 215Email: email@example.comTop of Page ▴
Christopher DelMontePart-Time FacultyMaxwell Library, Room 215Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTop of Page ▴
Michael V. DelNeroPart-Time FacultyMaxwell Library, Room 215Tel:Email: email@example.com
Michael V. DelNero received his PhD in Media and Communication from Bowling Green State University. His scholarship focuses on media convergence, new media, surveillance, cinema, and cultural studies. His current research projects focus on apocalypses across a range of media formats, and the modern American horror film. He is currently working on two articles. The first examines apocalyptic narratives through the lens of media convergence, while the second examines the construction of the so called “post-truth” era through an interrogation of the work of two key new media artists. At Bridgewater State University, he has taught a wide variety of courses, including Communication and Culture (COMM 228), Research Methods (COMM 224), Film History (COMM 310), Global Cinema (COMM 371), and Media Literacy (COMM 311). He will be presenting a paper on The Road and ecological destruction at the NCA 2018 conference.
Ross DeLucaPart-Time FacultyMaxwell Library, Room 215Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ross DeLuca, '05, is a graduate of BSU's communication studies program and works locally in Bridgewater as a financial advisor. He's originally from Alberta, Canada and believes our university stands apart because of our strong service culture and the emphasis we place on community leadership. He's been teaching part-time for the department for over 10 years and lives with his family in Taunton, MA.
Diane DolphinPart-Time FacultyMaxwell Library, Room 215Tel:Email: email@example.com
Besides teaching at BSU, Diane Dolphin has taught at several colleges and universities including University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Dean College, Johnson & Wales University and New England Institute of Technology. She has taught courses in public speaking, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, professional communication, scriptwriting, video production, media studies, media literacy and history of mass media.
Prior to her teaching career, Diane was the owner and creative director of Media Consultants in Rhode Island, a firm that provided communications, public relations and strategic planning services to community organizations, hospitals and health care agencies, and universities and educational organizations. She produced and directed numerous educational and promotional videos, and several television documentaries, including Beacon on the Bluff: The Rescue of the Southeast Lighthouse.
Diane is also a writer and poet whose work has been published extensively in literary journals and anthologies. Her poetry collection, No Longer Always, was published by Finishing Line Press (2011).DegreesTop of Page ▴
BA, Brown University
MA, University of Rhode Island
Bernard FarwellPart-Time FacultyMaxwell Library, Room 215Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTop of Page ▴
Denise HaleyPart-Time FacultyMaxwell Library, Room 215Email: email@example.comTop of Page ▴
Melissa LassondePart-Time FacultyMaxwell Library, Room 215Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTop of Page ▴
Michael LehmanPart-Time FacultyMaxwell Library, Room 215Email: email@example.comTop of Page ▴
Eric LePagePart-Time FacultyMaxwell Library, Room 215Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTop of Page ▴
James MoorePart-Time FacultyRondileau Campus Center, Room 215Tel:Email: email@example.com
James G.H. Moore earned a BA in English from BSU (BSC) in 1969, a Master of Arts in English from BSU (BSC) in 1980, and attended two MFA Poetry Program residencies at Goddard College in 1978. He is a poet, novelist, screenwriter and playwright. After graduating from college in 1969, he wrote ad copy for radio, print and television. He worked for an ad agency, for a radio station and as a freelancer in television broadcast. He managed a regional cable news program. He was the coordinator for the cable access facility in Easton and the coordinator then station manager for the Bridgewater cable access television station. He studied radio engineering and production and television engineering and production throughout his broadcast and cable television career. He has taught at a number of colleges since 1980 and at BSU since 1994. He enjoys his work, his classrooms and labs, his colleagues, and his students.He has been married for 47 years and has two daughters and one granddaughter.
Richard RabenPart-Time FacultyMaxwell Library, Room 215Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTop of Page ▴
Tamara SegallaPart-Time FacultyMaxwell Library, Room 215Email: email@example.com
Since her graduation from BSU, Professor Segalla has been teaching a multitude of theatre and communication classes for over 18 years. Her theatrical experience includes an apprenticeship at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and working on two feature films "Knight and Day" and "Patriot's Day." She has also written several screenplays that are currently in production including a film based on the 2015 New England winter tragedies.
Hank SennottPart-Time FacultyMaxwell Library, Room 215Tel:Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTop of Page ▴
Jack TierneyPart-Time FacultyMaxwell Library, Room 215Tel:Email: email@example.com
Jack Tierney has a bachelor's degree from Bridgewater State College and a master's degree from Bowling Green State University. He also has an advanced degree in Speech Communication with specialization in Radio, Television and Film. His interests include Media Studies, Cultural Communication, and Political Communication. He has 25 years of teaching experience in higher education. He has also worked in the media as a television news director, print journalist, photojournalist, newscaster, feature writer, radio disc jockey, and radio news director.
Estelle WensonPart-Time FacultyMaxwell Library, Room 215Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgTop of Page ▴
John WintersPart-Time FacultyMaxwell Library, Room 215Tel:Email: email@example.com
John Winters is a native of Foxboro, Mass., who holds degrees from Emerson College and Bridgewater State University. He has worked in international marketing for Reebok, spent a decade as a journalist at daily newspapers, and worked as an administrator at Bridgewater State University for 14 years. He is the author of Sam Shepard: A Life (Counterpoint Press), a biography of the famed actor/playwright. His freelance work has appeared in The Boston Globe, Playboy, the Phoenix, Salon, The (London) Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. Most of his recent work has been done for WBUR, Boston’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has been teaching at BSU since 2011.
Barbara LandersAdministrative Assistant IMaxwell Library 215Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Landers has been employed by the college for 11 years. For the first 2 years she worked in the Information Technology Department and then 8 years as part of the Fiscal Affairs Accounting Department. Barbara has now joined the Communication Studies Department. In addition to her new position as administrative assistant Barbara loves spending time with her family, friends and being a parishioner at St. Thomas Catholic Church. She also enjoys gardening, sewing, knitting, reading and going to Hansen Farm for ice cream.