Keri Barone has a B.A. in Communication from SUNY Brockport, and M.A. in Rhetorical Criticism also from SUNY Brockport. Since coming to RIT in 2007 as Visiting Professor, she has served as faculty advisor to the National Communication’s Honors Society, Lambda Pi Eta. She initiated the student run colloquium series, has co-organized the institute wide Public Speaking Contest and continues to facilitate guest speakers and volunteer opportunities to enhance community involvement by students.
Most recently Professor Barone was granted The Provost's Learning Innovations Grant, to propel her research on student learning outcomes and pedagogy in the area of Public Speaking. Her long-term research goals focus on marginalized groups and how the advancement of technology in communication impact perceptions of them and formulated by them.
- Public Speaking
- Advanced Public Speaking
- Human Communication
- Interpersonal Communication
- Mass Communication
- Professional Communication for Business
Dr. Claudia Bucciferro studies identity and representation in the media, engaging with topics related to popular culture, gender, and intersectionality in the US and Latin America. She is the author of the book FOR-GET: Identity, Media, and Democracy in Chile and the editor of two books that center on global film franchises and address the connection between media portrayals and cultural trends—The X-Men Films: A Cultural Analysis and The Twilight Saga: Exploring the Global Phenomenon. Her work has appeared in JOMEC: Journalism, Media, and Cultural Studies, the Journal of Mass Communication, the Journal of American Culture, and the Journal of Global Mass Communication, as well as in several edited collections.
Dr. Bucciferro is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Popular Culture, published by the Popular Culture Association. She holds a PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder and an MA from the University of Concepción. Born and raised in Chile, Dr. Bucciferro first traveled to the United States as an international student, with a fellowship from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. She is passionate about promoting student research, media literacy, and diversity.
Professor Cos teaches a complement of courses that blend empirical, social scientific theory with a humanistic focus. His research interests center on the Aristotelian trilogy of politics, ethics and rhetoric. More specifically, these interests have manifested themselves into the study of mediated speechmaking and political campaigning, "mash-up" online advertisements and politics, and contemporary instances of dissent during wartime.
Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2017-
Associate Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology, 2007-2017
Assistant Professor of Communication, Rochester Institute of Technology - 1999-2005
Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 1996-1999
- Human Communication
- Public Speaking
- Interpersonal Communication
- Survey of Media Technologies
- Qualitative Research Methodology
- Political Communication
- Communication Law & Ethics
Babak Elahi holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Rochester. He writes about American realism, Iranian cinema, Iranian diasporic culture, and the semiotics and politics of dress and fashion. His work has appeared in Iranian Studies, Simploke, Iran Namag, MELUS, International Journal of Fashion Studies, and Cultural Studies. His book, The Fabric of American Realism, was published by McFarland Press in 2009. Babak’s essays “Iranian Conditions: Metaphors of Illness in Iranian Fiction and Film,” and “At the Threshold of Iranian Studies” are forthcoming in the journal Iran Namag, and the book Middle East Studies after September 11 (Brill, 2018), respectively.
Babak also plays guitar and sings in local Rochester bands, The Resonant Freqs and The Tree Shakers.
Nickesia S. Gordon
Nickesia S. Gordon
Dr. Andrea Hickerson has a B.A. in Journalism and International Relations from Syracuse University; an M.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin; and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Washington. She joined the RIT faculty in 2009 when the journalism degree program officially launched.
Dr. Hickerson conducts research on journalism routines and political communication, specifically as they relate to immigrant and transnational communities. She is also interested in open source and journalism innovation.
In 2011 Dr. Hickerson and Dr. Vic Perotti in RIT’s Saunders College of Business received a Presidential Grant of $155,000 from the Knight Foundation to create and pilot a new interactive model for journalistic event coverage using mobile technology. The project, “Rise Above the Crowd” (rise.rit.edu) premiered at RIT’s Imagine Festival on May 7, 2011.
Professors Hickerson and Perotti received a second grant from the Knight Foundation in 2013 to fund a Digital Journalism Incubator at RIT starting in Spring 2014.
In 2017, Dr. Hickerson participated in the National Science Foundation's Innovation Corp., which teaches university faculty how to bring research products to market.
Dr. Hickerson also engages in journalism practice. Her writings have appeared in the Democrat & Chronicle, City Newspaper and Slate.
Follow Dr. Hickerson on Twitter @aehickerson
- Law & Ethics of the Press
- The History of Journalism
- Reporting in Specialized Fields: Political Reporting
- Senior Projects
Since joining the Department of Communication at RIT in 1992, Professor Jenkins, in addition to his current role as Vice President & Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion, has also served as RIT Faculty-in-Residence (1993 – 1995), RIT’s first Assistant Provost for Diversity (1999 – 2002), Director of Undergraduate Degree Programs in the School of Communication (2011 – 2016), and Interim Vice President and Associate Provost, Divison for Diversity & Inclusion (2016 - 2017).
Professor Jenkins is the recipient of many awards. Among the RIT awards are the 2010 Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching, the 2005 Isaac L. Jordan Pluralism Award, the 2004 RIT Diversity Trailblazer Award, the 1993-94 Provost’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the 1996 and 1997 Higher Education Opportunity Program “Community Professor” awards which recognize a professor who has made a difference in the lives of HEOP students at RIT, and NTID’s (National Technical Institute for the Deaf) 1995 Pluralism Award.
Professor Jenkins’ scholarly publications and presentations center around studies in intercultural communication, political and visual rhetoric, and the rhetoric of gospel song. Most recently, the focus of his research has been on pragmatism and the rhetoric of inclusion in Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential campaign.
Mike Johansson spent 20+ years in various capacities for media companies in New Zealand, Australia, Britain and the United States before joining the Department of Communication in 2009.
Among his achievements in the business world: He won two fellowships to the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. (for publication design and media ethics studies), was one of 12 UC-Berkeley Digital Journalism Fellows in 2003 and in 2004 founded insider, a free print weekly and website for 20-somethings in Rochester.
In addition to teaching, speaking and writing about social media, public relations and advertising he consults and speaks on social media outside of RIT. As faculty advisor for the RIT chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) he also runs the PR Practicum, a 1-credit course designed to give additional PR experiences to students.
In Spring 2017 he was one of three instructors in a first for RIT - a one-semester, nine-credit Immersion called The Meaning of Things in Three Objects - a critical thinking course. In 2018 he developed an edX-RITx course 'Critical Thinking & Problem Solving'.
M.A. in Newspaper Journalism, Syracuse University
Master Certificate in Integrated Online Marketing, University of San Francisco
Faculty Advisor to the RIT chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)
Member of RIT’s campus-wide Social Media Task Force
Affiliate of RIT's MAGIC Center
- Public Relations
- Public Relations Writing
- Copywriting & Visualization
- Reporting in a Specialized Field (Social Media)
- PR Practicum
- Special Topic (Social Media for PR)
- Seminar in Social Media Marketing
- Critical Practice in Social Media
- Advanced Social Media
Since coming to RIT in the Fall of 2012, Professor Kothari has been teaching a variety of journalism and communication classes, including Intro to Journalism, Reporting and Writing, Computer-Assisted Reporting, Mass Communications and Communication, Gender and Media.
Her research focuses on issues related to health, gender, technology and religion that are situated within the contexts of global communication, journalism and media studies. Professor Kothari often employs a multi-method approach to her work, which has included in-depth interviews, quantitative content analysis, textual and semiotic analyses and structural equation modeling.
Some of her on-going research projects include comparative analyses of global journalistic practices within the context of emerging media platforms; how the media conveys information based on the newsworthiness of the issue; and exploring effective channels for message transmission based on topics and target demographics. Professor Kothari was awarded an Emerging Scholar grant from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in January 2016 to support her research on how the British media have been reporting on the refugee crisis. In 2013 and 2014, she was awarded competitive grants to conduct fieldwork in Tanzania to assess the feasibility of using short-message-system (SMS) to communicate health information.
Professor Kothari’s dissertation examined how journalistic practices and the relationship between journalists and their news sources, influences media coverage of HIV/AIDS in Tanzania. She was awarded two university-wide competitive research fellowships in 2010 to conduct her fieldwork in Tanzania, which involved interviews with journalists and leaders of NGOs. In addition to interviews, she also conducted semiotic and content analyses of newspaper texts, to examine how media representations contributed to the social construction of HIV/AIDS.
Eun Sook Kwon
Eun Sook Kwon
Dr. Kwon has a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Hannam University in South Korea, an M.A. in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication (advertising concentration) from the University of Georgia.
Dr. Kwon primarily teaches advertising and quantitative research methods in the School of Communication. Her research investigates consumer engagement in brand communications in social media, media engagement in advertising, advertising message engagement, and replication in marketing/advertising research. Her recent research examined the impact of the surrounding media context on advertising effectiveness (a.k.a. media engagement) by systematically reviewing more than 50 years of media engagement research articles and conducting a meta-analysis. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Asian Journal of Communication, European Journal of Marketing, International Journal of Advertising, Journal of Advertising Research, Journal of Business Research, and Journal of Marketing Communication.
Hinda Mandell joined the department in August 2011. She conducts research at the intersection of sensational news with private lives. She is the author or editor of five books (in print or forthcoming), including:
Nasty Women and Bad Hombres: Gender and Race in the 2016 US Presidential Election, with co-editors Christine Kray, anthropologist, and Tamar Carroll, historian, was published by University of Rochester Press in October 2018.
She is the author of "Sex Scandals, Gender and Power in Contemporary American Politics," (Praeger 2017).
She is the co-editor, along with Gina M. Chen (The University of Texas at Austin) of "Scandal in A Digital Age," which was published in 2016 with Palgrave Macmillan.
She is under contract with Rowman & Littlefield to edit the anthology, Crafting Dissent: Handicraft as Protest from the American Revolution to the Pussyhats.
And she, along with Juilee Decker of RIT's Museum Studies Program, received a $5,000 grant from the Farash Foundation to publish the book Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism with RIT Press, coinciding with an eponymous exhibit opening at the Central Branch of the Rochester Public Library in August 2019.
A recipient of international fellowships, including the American Council on Germany's McCloy Journalism Fellowship and the Museum of Jewish Heritage's Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellowship, Hinda has reported from Germany, Poland, China, Dublin and Jerusalem. She is a former correspondent for the Boston Globe, where she wrote on suburban life and religious affairs.
Hinda's op-eds have appeared in USA Today, Politico, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, LA Times, the Guardian.com, Palm Beach Post, Oregonian, [Minneapolis] Star-Tribune, Star-Ledger and the Florida Sun-Sentinel. She blogs for the Huffington Post and Cognoscenti, the commentary site for Boston's NPR station.
Hinda's award-winning documentary, "The Upside Down Book," chronicled her investigation into the origins of a Mein Kampf that her great uncle, a Jewish-American soldier, brought home from fighting overseas during WWII. The documentary originated as a series of articles for the Boston Globe.
Hinda is the former editor in chief of Boston's Jewish Advocate, where she directed news coverage of religious affairs and their cultural implications. She is a former features editor at the Bennington Banner in Vermont. Hinda began her reporting career at the North Adams Transcript in Massachusetts, where she covered the cops and courts beat.
Professor Marra has a B.S. in Management from Nazareth College where she also double-minored in Philosophy and Studio Art. She also holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Rochester. She focused on Stoic Ethics and her thesis is titled: The Mad Are All Unwise: The Practicality of Stoic Ethics. She teaches Communication, Public Speaking, and Technical Communication (with a focus on business communication for technical professionals). Lori received a grant to develop a new course in content management for technical communicators. It will launch in the Spring of 2017.
Before joining RIT as a lecturer in 2013, Professor Marra worked thirty years as a professional and technical communicator and training developer. In 2007 the Society for Technical Communication named her as an Associate Fellow. She currently serves as a consultant in communications and leadership development for people in technical careers, particularly engineering professionals.
At RIT, Professor Marra served two semesters on the Ethics Across The Curriculum committee. She is advisor to The RIT Players. She actively participates in The Department of Communication Communicating Connections Conference. She is a judge in the School of Communication Public Speaking Competition. She also participates in Imagine RIT and many other events where she can interact with students.
Professor Marra has a second career as a playwright. For more on her writing career, review her web site: lorimarra.com or follow her on Twitter @blueinkplayrite.
Kelly Norris Martin
Kelly Norris Martin
Professor Martin earned her Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media at North Carolina State University where she developed a schema that graphically maps hierarchical relationships of visual research methods. She is currently a co-PI on two NSF funded projects examining the skills that help U.S. college students succeed and increase employer competitiveness. Martin investigates how designers and STEM faculty communicate (orally and visually). She is also working on a project to provide additional resources for faculty and students in courses with both a presentation requirement and deaf and hard of hearing students. Some of the resulting publications from these various projects are listed below:
Assistant professor, 2011-
- Visual Communication
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Digital Design in Communication
- Critical Practice in Social Media
- Campaign Management and Planning
- Copywriting and Visualization
Photonics and Optics Workforce Education Research (POWER)
Exploring Multiple Postsecondary Opportunities through Workforce and Education Research (EMPOWER)
Visual Communication course illustration site
Bonnie McCracken Nickels
Bonnie McCracken Nickels
Professor McCracken Nickels has a B.A. in Communication from SUNY Geneseo, a M.S. in Communication from RIT, and earned her Ph.D. in Communication from the University at Buffalo. Since joining the School of Communication she has taught various communication courses, including interpersonal, persuasion, health communication, and mass communication.
Professor McCracken Nickels conducts research on interpersonal relations with a focus on end-of-life communication, supportive communication, disenfranchised losses and relationships, and depictions of end-of-life in the media. Her work has been presented at national and regional conferences, won Top Paper in the Health Communication division at Eastern Communication Association, and has been published in journals such as Health Communication and Omega: Journal of Death and Dying. Scholarly work has identified end-of-life and supportive communication strategies employed by Veterinarians during delivery of bad news and euthanasia procedures, as well as end-of-life portrayals in media and the impact those have on end-of-life discourse. Dr. Nickels is continuing the study of end-of-life communication in the media, supportive communication in health care interactions, and relational maintenance and supportive messages in disenfranchised relationships.
Since joining the RIT faculty in 1987, Professor Neumann has served as Chair of the Department of Communication (1992-95), a Faculty Research Associate in Distance Learning (1998-99), and an Advertising Education Foundation Visiting Professor, DDB Chicago (2007).
David has received several awards recognizing excellence in teaching:
- RIT Excellence in Online Teaching and Learning Department Award, 2005
- RIT Eisenhart Outstanding Teaching Award, 2001
- Sears-Roebuck Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award, 1990
- International Communication Association Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award, 1987
Elizabeth Reeves O'Connor
Elizabeth Reeves O'Connor
Professor Reeves O'Connor teaches Human Communication, Small Group Communication, Public Speaking, and Advanced Public Speaking. Elizabeth organizes the bi-annual School of Communication public speaking competitions and supports student and faculty presentation needs through the Expressive Communication Center.
Professor Pugliese received a Ph.D. in mass communications from Temple University, an M.A. from the College at Brockport, and a B.A. from SUNY Oneonta. His dissertation, an investigation of retention factors in distance education, was funded by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. His research interests include digital media as they relate to politics and pedagogy. He currently advises the Reporter magazine at RIT.
Professor Scanlon has been with the School of Communication since 1988. He has published on English Renaissance literature, fiction, literacy, technical writing, technical communication education, technical graphics, plagiarism, and the teaching of writing in distance learning programs. The focus of his research and publications over the past decade or so has been on plagiarism and self-plagiarism. He recently completed a book manuscript: Casting and Mending: How therapetuic fly fishing heals shattered minds and bodies.
Dr. Scanlon is the 2012 recipient of the Provost's Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award.
Institute Writing Director, 1994-1997
Chairman of Humanities, 1997-2000
Department of Communication Coordinator of Undergraduate Degree Programs, 2006-2011
Chairman of the Department of Communication, 2011-2014
Director of the School of Communication, 2014-2016
Professor Schroeder has published widely on the intersections of branding, identity, media, and visual culture. He teaches courses in Strategic Communication and Visual Communication. He also chairs the Kern Conference in Visual Communication and organizes the Kern Speaker Series at RIT.
He has held visiting appointments at London School of Economics (Department of Media and Communications), Göteborg University, Sweden (Centre for Consumer Science), University of Auckland, New Zealand (Centre for Digital Enterprise), Bocconi University in Milan (Program in Fashion, Experience, and Design), the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad (Marketing Department), and Wesleyan University (Center for the Humanities).
Professor Schroeder is a frequent speaker at academic and industry seminars, as well as a regular media commentator. He is a Trustee of the George Eastman Museum, a Fellow of the Institute for Brands and Brand Relationships, and an Advisory Board Member of the Race in the Marketplace Forum. He has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and he did postdoctoral work at Rhode Island School of Design.
He serves on the editorial boards of the journals Consumption Markets & Culture, Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty, European Journal of Marketing, Innovative Marketing, International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management, Journal of Business Research, Journal of Historical Research in Marketing, Journal of Macromarketing, Marketing Theory and Visual Methodologies.
For more information, see: http://www.rit.edu/cla/kern/
Bob Shea has 30+ years of professional communications experience which includes documentary, news and commercial video production as a videographer/editor, producer and director as well as managing international marketing and executive communications for Xerox Corporation.
At Xerox, Bob's work included overseeing development and production of multinational marketing materials; providing communications support to senior executives and managing teams of outside advertising agencies, film/video production companies and free-lance creatives. He was also responsible for leading a major crisis communications project, and a project team communicating and measuring a corporate-wide culture change initiative.
Bob and partners started a video production company whose clients included CNN and NBC, as well as corporations and non-profit organizations. The company was later sold to a larger production company.
He's been working as a consultant with a local non-profit health care system's Board and senior leadership team to develop integrated strategic planning and communications.
Bob has traveled extensively in the United States and Europe. In 2009, he was part of a two-man team that spent a month in what was then Southern Sudan and East Africa documenting the work of Water for South Sudan, an international NGO founded in Rochester, NY by Salva Dut. He now serves on the organization's Board of Directors. Bob has also served on the Board of Trustees of Garth Fagan Dance, an internationally-acclaimed arts group based in Rochester.
His personal essays, book reviews and interviews have appeared in creative non-fiction journals including Fourth Genre and Consequence.
Barry is a Visiting Lecturer in the School of Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), where he teaches various marketing courses.
Barry is a 30+ year veteran of the advertising industry, working for agencies on the east coast & west coast , such as Young & Rubicam, Saatchi & Saatchi, Della Femina and Draft FCB. In Rochester, Barry worked at partners + napier for 12 years as Vice President of Agency/Creative Services.
And Barry is founder and owner of Rising NY LLC, a branding and marketing agency in Rochester, NY. RISING is a pioneer in the virtual network model for serving clients. RISING has a national network of over 300 diverse specialists from which to cherry-pick a team solution just for you. The best possible talent that perfectly fits your needs.
And Barry is a co-founder of Carlson Cowork, a 16,000 square foot coworking space - an ecosystem for the entrepreneur and entrepreneurial spirit - in Rochester, NY.
Dr. Wang primarily teaches public relations in the School of Communication. His research focuses on health campaign design, social media/big data, and intercultural communication. Dr. Wang has examined the role of attitudes and emotions in guiding one’s intentions to perform social and health behaviors (e.g., expressing support for a social cause or donation). He is also interested in how cultural differences influence one’s communication behaviors or acceptance of persuasive messages. Dr. Wang's research has been published in several top-tier journals in the field of communication, including Communication Research, Health Communication, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and New Media and Society.
Dr. Wang is currently working on a number of projects related to big data and social network analysis in strategic and health communication.
Tracy R. Worrell
Tracy R. Worrell
Professor Worrell has a B.A. in Speech Communication from Otterbein University, and degrees in Communication from the University of Cincinnati (M.A.) and Michigan State University (Ph.D.). Since coming to RIT in 2008, Professor Worrell has taught a wide variety of classes, advised undergraduate and graduate theses and furthered her own scholarly work.
As a researcher Professor Worrell has predominantly focused on examining health messages and the media. She has written numerous conference papers and has been published in journals such as Health Communication and the Howard Journal of Communication. Publications have explored areas such as the portrayal of illness on television and its impact on those with said illnesses to creating effective health messages to promote behavior change. Professor Worrell’s current interests are in continuing to examine the portrayal of illness and disability in the media and studying the use of mobile health in promoting behavior change.