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The School of Communications consists of more than 70 faculty and staff members who strive to provide an outstanding learning environment for students. The leadership team consists of a dean, two associate deans, a department chair and associate chair in Communications, a department chair in Sport & Event Management, and a graduate program director. The school also has full-time staff to coordinate internships, student media, video projects, interactive projects and career services.

Paul Parsons, Professor and Dean

B.A., Baylor University; M.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Ph.D., University of Tennessee. Ten years with United Press International and The Associated Press. Received three teaching awards at Kansas State University while serving eight years as associate director of the journalism school. Fulbright Professor at China School of Journalism in Beijing in 1992-93. Visiting Professor in Singapore in 1999-2000. Author of two scholarly books. Came to Elon in 2001 as founding dean of the School of Communications. Member of the national Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). Member, World Journalism Education Council. Elected as 2010-11 President of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC). Recipient in 2011 of the national Administrator of the Year award. Dean's Twitter: @Paul_Parsons

E-mail: parsons@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5724
Office: McEwen Communications 101-D
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Kenn Gaither, Associate Professor and Associate Dean

B.A., M.F.A. University of Pittsburgh. Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. More than nine years of public relations agency experience. Published in the Journal of Public Relations Research and Public Relations Review. Has authored a book on international public relations (Cambria Press), co-authored two books on international public relations (Sage and Cambria Press) and co-authored a book chapter on public relations theory (Allyn & Bacon). Has lived or taught in Brazil, Ghana and China. Nine Semester at Sea voyages spanning more than 25 countries, most recently as executive dean on the summer 2012 voyage. Came to Elon in 2004.

E-mail: tgaither@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5776
Office: McEwen Communications 101-E
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Don Grady, Associate Professor and Associate Dean

B.A., North Carolina State University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ten years in radio and television. Five years as instructor and Director of Public Speaking at North Carolina State. Came to Elon in 1985. Served as first department chair from 1987-1993. Chair of Academic Council and faculty/staff fund-raising campaign. Visiting professor at Southeast University in Nanjing, China, in summer 2001. Research sabbatical Spring 2003 for an analysis of sound in television.

E-mail: gradyd@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5667
Office: McEwen Communications 101-F
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Jessica Gisclair, Associate Professor and Department Chair (on sabbatical)

B.A., Nicholls State University; M.S., University of Southern Mississippi; J.D., University of Toledo College of Law. Worked in corporate communications with Mississippi Power Company and later in association public relations with the Harrison County Tourism Commission. Served as the public relations spokesperson for the Ohio chapter of the American Heart Association. Taught seven years at Ohio Northern University and Rowan University. Came to Elon in 2000. Research focus includes Mainland China as a global economic leader through the influence of new technology, China's perspective on intellectual property and research on ethnocentricity and ethical decision-making. Academic director Elon London Centre fall 2011, faculty visiting professor at The University of the Netherlands Antilles in Curacao, summers of 2006 and 2008, and Southeast University in Nanjing, China, summer 2001. Invited participant to the Oxford University Round Table summer 2009 and 2012. Serves as president elect of the Tar Heel Chapter Public Relations Society of America. Selected participant in the 2013 Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy at LSU.

E-mail: jgisclair@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5722
Office: McEwen Communications 101-C
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Frances Ward-Johnson, Associate Professor and Acting Department Chair

B.A. and M.A., North Carolina A&T. Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Worked as a reporter for The Associated Press in Raleigh and the Greensboro News & Record. Served as an adjunct professor at Elon from 1995-99 while working as communications manager at the Center for Creative Leadership. Formerly coordinator of the public relations sequence at A&T. Teaches media writing, communications research, public relations and other courses. Came to Elon in 2003.

E-mail: fward2@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5738
Office: McEwen Communications 101-B
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Janna Quitney Anderson, Professor and Director of the Imagining the Internet Center

B.S., Moorhead State University; M.A., University of Memphis. Lead author of the Pew Research “Future of the Internet” surveys and book series (Cambria Press). Author of the book "Imagining the Internet," (Rowman & Littlefield) and leader of Imagining the Internet, a Webby Honors-winning online global-good project compiling surveys, videos and reader contributions illuminating the future of the Internet; this project has involved more than 300 Elon students in global communications research. Has written articles for USA Today, Advertising Age and the New York Times News Service. On the editorial board of Newspaper Research Journal; reviewer for New Media & Society; contributor to State of the Future reports; Internet Governance Forum-USA Steering Committee member. Winner of multiple national Web design awards. Twenty years as a copy editor, reporter, and features editor at daily news organizations in Minnesota and North Dakota. Came to Elon in January of 1999.

E-mail: andersj@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5733
Office: McEwen Communications 203-E
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Lucinda Austin, Assistant Professor

B.S., Radford University, M.A. and Ph.D., University of Maryland at College Park. Five years in health communication consulting and research through ICF International and the University of Maryland’s Center for Risk Communication Research. Has published work in Communication Research, Journal of Public Relations Research, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Public Relations Review Journal of Health Communication and Social Marketing Quarterly. Has authored book chapters in several books on health communication (Routledge, Kendall Hunt, Sage) and public relations (Peter Lang). Recipient of the National Communication Association's PRIDE Award, AEJMC's Public Relations SuPRstar Award and the Arthur W. Page Center's Page Legacy Educator Award. Recipient of the 2011 Charles Richardson Most Outstanding Ph.D. Student Award and the 2009 Outstanding Teaching Award at the University of Maryland at College Park. Came to Elon in 2011.

E-mail: laustin@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5598
Office: McEwen Communications 010-A
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Bryan Baker, Coordinator of Sound and Video Projects

B.S., Middle Tennessee State University; M.B.A., Elon University. Joined the Technology staff at Elon in 1999 after working professionally in sound and video in Tennessee and South Carolina. Worked with Elon Television in 2003 and was senior sound and video producer for Teaching and Learning Technologies until joining the School of Communications in 2012, where he will continue as adviser to WSOE-FM.

E-mail: bbaker3@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-55078
Office: McEwen Communications 004
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Brooke Barnett, Professor and Associate Provost Inclusive Community

B.A., Georgetown College; M.A. and Ph.D., Indiana University. Five years experience at PBS station WTIU-TV. Taught at Indiana University. Came to Elon in 2001. Research has appeared in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism & Mass Communication Monographs, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Visual Communication Quarterly, Journal of International Communication, Electronic News, Feedback, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, the Federal Communications Law Journal and American Behavioral Scientist. Recipient of 2002 research grant from the National Association of Broadcasters. Author of The War on Terror and the Wars in Iraq in the Greenwood American War Reporting series. Co-editor of Communication and Law: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Research, co-author of Terrorism and the Press: An Uneasy Relationship and An Introduction to Visual Theory and Practice in the Digital Age. Producer of documentary films that have aired on public television, screened at festivals and won awards.

E-mail: bbarnett@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5659
Office: Powell 202-C
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Connie Book, Professor and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

B.J., Louisiana State University; M.Ed., Northwestern State University and Ph.D., University of Georgia. Professional experience in television news at WAFB in Baton Rouge, La. Winner of Elon University’s Ward Family Excellence in Mentoring Award in 2009 and the School of Communications Excellence in Scholarship Award in 2004. Consultant on telecommunications policy issues and data driven decision-making. Four-time winner of grants from the National Association of Broadcasters to study emerging media. Seven first-place wins in research competitions at the Broadcast Education Association and Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Provided academic leadership during nation’s transition to digital television, assembling a team of students and university staff to assist in monitoring a pilot, digital hot-switch in Wilmington, N.C. Results from the experience were shared during testimony in Congress and assisted in a more seamless nationwide transition to digital television. Authored a book Digital Television and the Consumer available from Wiley. Research has appeared in several journals including Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Communications and the Law, College Teaching, Journal of Media and Religion, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, as well as chapters in several texts.

E-mail: cbook@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5561
Office: Alamance 216-B
Address: 2200 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Vanessa Bravo, Assistant Professor

B.A., Universidad de Costa Rica; M.A., University of Florida; Ph.D., University of Florida. Fulbright Scholar at the University of Florida in 2001-2003. Fourteen years as a journalist and editor at newspaper La Nacion in Costa Rica in positions such as online editor and features editor. Strategic communications director at Paniamor Foundation from 1997-1998. Has published work in Public Relations Review, Global Media Journal (American Edition), Revista Internacional de Relaciones Públicas (Universidad de Málaga, Spain) and Palabra Clave (Universidad de La Sabana, Colombia). Has authored a book chapter in Communication and Community (Hampton Press). Has presented research papers at AEJMC, ICA and SSCA, among others. Taught at the University of Florida from 2008-2011 and at the Universidad de Costa Rica in 2005. Received the Susan Roschwalb Grant for research in international public relations from AEJMC in 2011 and the 2010-2011 Latin American Studies Doctoral Teaching Award from the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida. Came to Elon in 2011, where she is the adviser to Elon's chapter of PRSSA.

E-mail: vbravo@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5510
Office: McEwen Communications 010-B
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Marianne Brigola, Assistant Director of Career Services for the School of Communications

B.A., Virginia Tech; M.S., UNC Greensboro. Returned to Elon in 2013 after a year as a Career Counselor for the College of Arts + Sciences at the University of Virginia. Initially came to Elon in 2011, as an inaugural post-graduate Career Fellow in the Student Professional Development Center, providing individual career advising services and career outreach and programming for student affairs. Worked with Elon in LA students and bridges in LA graduates as an assistant program coordinator in the summer of 2012. Also has experience in mental health, as a transitional living counselor for Youth Villages Inc., in Durham, N.C., and as an outpatient mental health counselor in Wake County.

E-mail: mbrigola@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5869
Office McEwen Communications 109
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Lee Bush, Associate Professor

B.A., Missouri Western; MSC, Northwestern University. Twenty years as a public relations agency executive. Most recently senior vice president of Ketchum PR, Chicago, where she headed the brand marketing division. Clients have included Kimberly-Clark, ConAgra, Jim Beam Brands, Quaker Oats, Wendy's, BP Amoco and Snap-on Tools. Previously, Bush was senior vice president of Ogilvy Public Relations in Chicago and director of Ogilvy's London office. Taught in the undergraduate leadership program at Northwestern University. Came to Elon in 2004. Advisor for Elon's student strategic communications agency, Live Oak.

E-mail: lbush3@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5778
Office: McEwen Communications 201-B
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Paul Castro, Associate Professor

M.F.A., W.G.A., B.A., The University of Richmond; M.F.A., University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Seven years as an expert crisis counselor at The Crisis Prevention Center of Los Angles. UCLA faculty member in the School of Film, Television & Digital Media teaching undergraduates and graduate students in the Master of Fine Arts film program. Won a MovieGuide Award for the Warner Bros. feature film, “August Rush,” for enlightening, family-friendly, value-based creative works in cinema. Ten years as member of The Writers Guild of America.

E-mail: pcastro@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5730
Office: McEwen Communications 010-E
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Naeemah Clark, Associate Professor and Director of the Communications Fellows Program

B.A., Florida State University; M.A., University of Florida; Ph.D., University of Florida. Published in Journalism History, American Behavioral Scientists, co-authored Diversity in US Media and has presented numerous papers at various conferences. Interested in studying and teaching about economic, programming and diversity issues related to the media industries. Has led student trips to Vietnam and Central Florida, while working at Elon. Previously taught at the University of Tennessee and Kent State University. Came to Elon in 2009.

E-mail: nclark3@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5676
Office: McEwen Communications 107-E
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

David Copeland, A.J. Fletcher Professor and Graduate Program Director

B.A., Wake Forest University; M.Div. and Th.M., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Seven years as reporter and sports editor at North Carolina newspapers. Taught seven years at Emory & Henry College and named Virginia Professor of the Year in 1998-99 by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Came to Elon in 2001 as A.J. Fletcher Professor. Named Elon’s Distinguished University Scholar in 2006 and selected for Daniels-Danieley Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012. In 2010, won the American Journalism Historians Association’s Sidney Kobre Award for lifetime achievement in journalism history. Author of a dozen books on American media including The Idea of a Free Press: The Enlightenment and Its Unruly Legacy and The Media’s Role in Defining the Nation: The Active Voice, and series editor for another 30 volumes.

E-mail: dcopeland@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5662
Office: Powell 202-A
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
Website: http://facstaff.elon.edu/dcopeland/copeland/index.html

Vic Costello, Associate Professor

B.S., Western Carolina University; M.A., Regent University; Ph.D., University of Tennessee. Seven years of professional experience includes management of television station operations (programming and production) and corporate and educational media departments. Spent 15 years as a technical director and creative consultant for corporate meetings and awards shows. Immediate past chair of the Broadcast Education Association's Festival of Media Arts. Taught six years at Gardner-Webb University. Dissertation exploring television audience involvement within the electronic "fan" culture of the Internet won the Kenneth Harwood Outstanding Dissertation Award from BEA in 2000. Came to Elon in 2001.

E-mail: vcostello@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5669
Office: McEwen Communications 203-B
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Alyssa Donohue, Program Assistant

B.A., University of Memphis. Worked as part-time assistant in School of Communications last year, serving as program assistant for Sport & Event Management. A licensed massage therapist and formerly a staff accountant at a CPA firm.

E-mail: adonohue2@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5724
Office: McEwen Communications 101
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Colin Donohue, Coordinator of Student Media and Instructor

B.A., Elon University; M.A., University of Memphis. Six years as a sports reporter at Burlington (N.C.) Times-News and Memphis Commercial Appeal, the largest paper in the Mid-South. Adviser to The Pendulum, Elon’s weekly student newspaper and national Pacemaker award winner (2009). Book reviewer for Newspaper Research Journal and assistant editor of Media History Monographs. Mentored students at Cummings High School, when they were restarting their newspaper, "The Cummings Voice." Active member of College Media Advisers (chair of New Media Committee) and North Carolina College Media Association (chair of Awards Committee). Awarded in 2010 the College Media Advisers Honor Roll Adviser Award for an adviser of a four-year college newspaper with less than five years experience. Fellow with the Imagining the Internet Center. Came to Elon in 2007. Teaches Media Writing and Multimedia Journalism.

E-mail: cdonohue@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5850
Office: Pendulum Office (third floor of Elon Town Center)
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC, 27244
Website: http://www.cdonohue.com
Twitter: @cmdonohue

Sharon Eisner, Instructor

M.A., UNC-Chapel Hill in Interpersonal Communication and Performance Studies; B.A., Brooklyn College of CUNY in Speech Communication and Psychology. Taught Communication Studies courses at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Texas at Austin, North Carolina Central University, and the Duke Fuqua School of Business during the past 16 years, and spent six years as an instructor and educational consultant in Jerusalem, Israel. Currently teaching Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Dynamics, and Gender, Culture and Communication at Elon, as well teaching a series of graduate seminars in Business Communication in the Masters of Management Studies Program at the Duke Fuqua School of Business. Her other areas of expertise include Conflict Management and Performance of Poetry and Prose. Came to Elon in 2007.

E-mail: seisner2@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5775
Office: Priestley 206
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Ahmed Fadaam, Assistant Professor

B.A., M.F.A. and D.F.A., Baghdad University. Worked for decade as interpreter and journalist in Iraq, first for Agence France Presse, then as Baghdad newsroom supervisor for The New York Times and The Times of London, and most recently as an editor and producer for Al Jazeera English television. Previously spent seven years as a professor of fine arts at Baghdad University. Served as visiting scholar-in-residence at Elon in 2008-09, teaching winter term course and sculpting a life-size statue as a gift to the university, now on display in front of Arts West. Teaching and research interests include global issues, blogging daily life in wartime, artistic use of computers.

E-mail: afadaam@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5772
Office: McEwen Communications 010-F
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Dianne Finch, Visiting Assistant Professor

B.A., University of Massachusetts, Boston; M.S., Columbia University. Software career and programming skills led to journalism opportunity spotting trends and story ideas in Census data for the Associated Press. Covered finance for Bloomberg News and worked the health-science beat for New Hampshire Public Radio. Awarded a year-long fellowship at MIT’s Knight Science Journalism program in 2008 and stayed there to build a multimedia training program, oversee design of a custom website and teach experienced print journalists how to adapt to multimedia storytelling. Stories have been on NPR and affiliates, in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer and others.

E-mail: dfinch2@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5728
Office: McEwen Communications 216-B
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
Twitter: @dmfinch

Mark Fox, Adjunct Instructor 

B.A. and M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.Div., Luther Rice Seminary. Pastor of Antioch Community Church in Elon since 1987. Writes a weekly religion column for the Burlington Times-News, which has won four Amy Awards. Author of several books, including "A Faithful Man." Speaks regularly at homeschool conferences and has published numerous articles in state and national homeschooling publications. Leads Pastors' Conferences in Kenya, Ghana or Zimbabwe every other year. Serves on the board for Council for the Family-Integrated Church. Came to Elon in 1990.

E-mail: foxmark@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5542
Office: Priestley 205
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Michael Frontani, Associate Professor

B.A. and M.A., The Ohio State University; M.A., University of Southern California School of Cinema and Television; Ph.D., Ohio University. Since coming to Elon in 1999, has taught courses on film history, film theory, popular music and mass culture. Authored "The Beatles: Image and the Media" (University Press of Mississippi, 2007), recognized as an ALA/CHOICE "Outstanding Academic Title, 2008," and a chapter in the "Cambridge Companion to the Beatles" (Cambridge University Press, 2009), as well as numerous essays on popular music, reception and culture. Currently working on book-length studies of the Italian American image in American mass consumer society and on American cinema's development and evolution within the context of U.S. culture.

E-mail: mfrontani@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5664
Office: Powell 220
Address: 2610 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Gerald Gibson, Assistant Professor

B.A., North Carolina State University; M.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Ph.D. in progress, UNC at Greensboro. Announcer and audio engineer at WRAL-TV in Raleigh and announcer at WBIG radio in Greensboro. First came to Elon in 1979, then returned to the profession six years later as a writer and producer for a Virginia media agency. Returned to Elon in 1988. Creative interests focus on digital television, streaming media for the web and interactive media and cognition.

E-mail: gibson@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5665
Office: McEwen Communications 107-C
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
Website: http://facstaff.elon.edu/gibson

Anthony Hatcher, Associate Professor

B.A. and M.Ed., University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Ph.D. in mass communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Worked at The Winston-Salem Journal, The Daily News (Jacksonville, NC), and was reporter/editor for The Clemmons Courier. Former Faith & Values correspondent for the Charlotte Observer. Was chairman of communication studies department at Pfeiffer University. Came to Elon in 2002. Co-editor of textbook, "Mass Communication in the Global Age." Research interests in the areas of religion and popular culture; media history; oral history.

E-mail: ahatcher@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5774
Office: McEwen Communications 203-D
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Daniel Marshall Haygood, Associate Professor

B.A., North Carolina State University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Twenty years of advertising experience, including 12 in account management at D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles in New York and Tokyo. Vice president/group account director, directing DMB&B’s joint venture in Tokyo. Clients included Procter & Gamble, Mars and Anheuser Busch. Interim managing director for agency’s Beijing office. Additional experience in digital media and interactive advertising with Strategic Insights. Research interests in advertising/media history and sports broadcasting/advertising. Work has been published in Journal of Advertising Research, Journalism History, Sports Marketing Quarterly and International Journal of Instructional Media. Previously taught at the University of Tennessee, where he was awarded the 2007 UT College of Communication Outstanding Teaching Award.

E-mail: dhaygood@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5736
Office: McEwen Communications 216-E
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Jonathan Jones, Instructor and Director of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition

B.A., M.A., J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Six years of experience as a newspaper reporter in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina including the News & Record of Greensboro. Editor in chief of the First Amendment Law Review from 2010 to 2011. Published in News Media & the Law and the First Amendment Law Review. Served two years as an assistant district attorney in Durham County, prior to joining Elon.

E-mail: jjones86@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5345
Office: McEwen Communications 009
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Ray Johnson, Assistant Professor

B.S., Appalachian State University; M.Ed. and M.F.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro. High school teacher for 14 years. Initiated a television production curriculum through a federal grant and won two state championships as coach of the High I.Q. Bowl teams at Williams High School in Burlington. Came to Elon in 1984 and served as director of television services from 1984-95. Leads Study Abroad tour to study Australian film. Creative interests focus on videography, documentary film and web video.

E-mail: johnson@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5677
Office: McEwen Communications 216-D
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
Website: http://facstaff.elon.edu/johnson

Douglaston Kass, Instructor
B.A., Wesleyan University, Olin Fellow, two-time Frank Capra award recipient; M.A., University of Southern California Cinema-Television, Teaching Fellow. A writer-director-producer whose work has appeared on SHOWTIME, BBC, VH1, NICKELODEON, E! ENTERTAINMENT, BBC AMERICA and PBS. Feature screenwriter commissioned to write, re-write and consult in comedy, action and horror genres for a variety of Los Angeles and New York based production companies. As an award winning Commercial Director, produced regional and national spots for both TV and the web. Documentary work has taken him around the world as a cameraman, director and producer. Helped establish the documentary film program for the Documentation Center of Cambodia in 2004, whose mission it is to trace and bring to justice the Khmer Rouge genocide. Currently serves as an adviser and mentor to the program.

E-mail: dkass@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5745
Office: Priestley 202
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Catherine "Happy" Kerns, Administrative Assistant

B.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Joins Elon after seven years as manager of The Olde Forest Racquet Club in Elon. Previously worked in a medical office and owned and operated a medical records transcription service.

E-mail: hkerns2@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5715
Office: McEwen Communications 101
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Derek Lackaff, Assistant Professor

B.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln, M.A., La Trobe University; Ph.D., The State University of New York at Buffalo. Previously Lecturer in the Department of Radio-Television-Film at The University of Texas at Austin, and Postdoctoral Fellow with the UT Austin | Portugal International Collaboraboratory for Emerging Technologies. Teaches classes related to digital media theory and methods. His research examines sociotechnical communication systems, and has appeared in Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, & Social Networking and elsewhere. Current research explores the relationships among communication processes and the development of sustainable social, economic and media institutions.

E-mail: dlackaff@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-6492
Office: Powell 216
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Rich Landesberg, Associate Professor

B.A., American University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A broadcast journalist for more than two decades, Landesberg worked for Mutual/NBC radio in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and London. Before attending graduate school, Landesberg worked for CNN television news in Atlanta. He has covered stories ranging from earthquakes and other disasters to presidential summits all over the world. In 2003 he was one of five graduate-student teachers at UNC to receive the Tanner Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. He taught full-time in UNC's School of Journalism in 2003-04.Came to Elon in 2004.

E-mail: rlandesberg@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5112
Office: McEwen Communications 203-A
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Michele Lashley, Instructor

B.A., Elon College; M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; J.D., North Carolina Central University. Owner and president of Karacom Creative in Raleigh. Previously taught at Elon from 2002-09.

E-mail: mlashley@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5750
Office: Priestley 104
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Byung Lee, Associate Professor

B.S., Seoul National University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Missouri. Reporter for English-language business magazines in Korea. Editor at International Computaprint Corp. Taught at Minnesota State University at Moorhead and Alcorn State University. Came to Elon in 1996. Awarded a 1999 ASNE summer fellowship as a producer at washingtonpost.com. Research interests in application of the Internet as a vehicle for information gathering and dissemination, journalism ethics and ethics in cyberspace. 2004-05 Fulbright Scholar in Seoul. Elected second vice chair for 2011-12 for AEJMC's Visual Communication Division.

E-mail: byunglee@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5675
Office: McEwen Communications 216-C
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
Website: http://facstaff.elon.edu/byunglee

Julie Lellis, Associate Professor

B.A. University of Richmond, M.S., Ph.D. UNC-Chapel Hill. Teaches in the strategic communications major and recognized for commitments to service-learning pedagogy and writing. Research primarily focuses on nonprofit advocacy and organizational identity; she also examines how the public relations process assists organizations in communicating strategically about health and disability issues. Peer-reviewed scholarship in publications including Public Relations Review, Disability & Society and the International Journal of Organizational Communication. Founding editorial board member of Case Studies in Strategic Communications. Prior work experience as a project director in public health, marketing communications consultant and clinical counselor. Taught in Emerson College’s department of marketing communication in Boston for three years. Came to Elon in 2010.

E-mail: jlellis@elon.edu
Phone #: 338-278-5747
Office: McEwen Communications 107-A
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Harlen Makemson, Professor

B.S., University of Kansas; M.A., University of Missouri; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Twelve years of experience as a newspaper reporter, editor and designer. Winner of multiple design awards in Society of News Design, Associated Press and Kansas City Press Club competitions. Research on media history and visual communications has appeared in several academic journals. Author of "Media, NASA, and America's Quest for the Moon" (Peter Lang, 2009). Came to Elon in 2002. Teaches Media History, Editing and Design, Design and Information Graphics. Co-teaches an honors course on media and politics during the Cold War.

E-mail: hmakemson@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5777
Office: McEwen Communications 216-A
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

J. McMerty, Director of the Elon in Los Angeles Program and Instructor

B.A., Elon College; M.F.A., University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Graduated in Corporate Communications in 2000. Serves as director of the Elon in Los Angeles program and is based out of Hollywood. Teaches advanced production courses in LA, as well as freelances as a videographer, photographer and editor. Will act as coordinator of Elon@Sundance, a program for students to study and attend the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, during winter term. Has produced international social cause documentaries, as well as film and video productions in the narrative and experimental genres.

E-mail: jmcmerty@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5087
Resides in Los Angeles
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC, 27244

Barbara Miller, Associate Professor

B.S., M.S., West Virginia University. Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Six years as an account executive and branch manager with Professional Communications in Bluefield, Va., and Morgantown, W.Va. Has published work in the Journal of Advertising, Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Review, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Risk Analysis, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication and Newspaper Research Journal. Has authored a book on marketplace advocacy (Cambria Press) and co-authored book chapters on science communication (Routledge) and environmental communication (Peter Lang). Has also co-authored a textbook on statistics (Routledge). Came to Elon in 2006.

E-mail: bmiller9@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5728
Office: McEwen Communications 216-B
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

William Moner, Assistant Professor

B.S. and M.S., Duquesne University. Working toward a Ph.D. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Taught web and mobile app design courses at Texas State University and digital media at the University of Texas at Austin. Formerly instructor of web design and interactive media at the Art Institutes (2005-2012). Research focuses on emerging methods of storytelling and media production through open software platforms and systems. Has co-authored a book chapter titled "The Contours of On-Demand Viewing" as part of the Connected Viewing Initiative (Routledge, in press) and has presented research at ICA and NCA. Member of the International Communications Association, National Communications Association and the Association of Internet Researchers.

E-mail: wmoner@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5716
Office: Powell 203
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Phillip Motley, Associate Professor

B.F.A., Davidson College; Master of Industrial Design, North Carolina State University. Ten years experience as multimedia designer, animator, art director and design consultant. Taught digital art and animation at School of Communication Arts in Raleigh for three years. Most recently taught courses in digital imaging, digital narratives 2D and 3D animation and multimedia design at the University of Wisconsin--Stout, a technology-intensive university. Has given exhibitions on social networking, teaching technology vs. teaching aesthetics in the digital arts and disruptive innovation in the classroom. Was a Wisconsin Teaching Fellow for the 2008-09 academic year and worked with colleagues in computer science to create a new degree program in-game design and development.

E-mail: pmotley@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5617
Office: Powell 201
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Maggie Mullikin, Coordinator of Graduate Outreach & Special Programs

B.S., James Madison. Taught primary grades for six years in the Dominican Republic and New York. Began a career in marketing working for an event planner and an educational awareness company in Washington, D.C. The past seven years have been in front of the camera as talent for a Greensboro modeling agency.  Work includes national ad campaigns, Web advertisements, voice-overs, print media and television commercials. Most recently wrote and taught a social growth program for elementary schools in Guilford County. Came to Elon in 2008.

E-mail: mmullikin@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-6334
Office: Powell 202
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Max Negin, Assistant Professor

B.A., Rowan University; M.A., Temple University; M.F.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Three-time Emmy award winner has worked as an editor, writer and producer for various broadcast and cable outlets including NBC, ABC, FOX, ESPN, HBO and Comcast SportsNet, and as an associate producer and broadcast coordinator for two seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers. Has worked for NBC Sports Olympics coverage as a digital media manager three times: Beijing in 2008, Vancouver in 2010 and London in 2012.  In 2011, won an Outstanding Technical Team Studio Emmy for his work at the Vancouver Olympics. Producer for Phoenix Vision, the stadium video board at Rhodes Stadium for home football games. Since 2011 has participated in a faculty exchange program with North Carolina A&T. Co-curator of "Visualizing Multiculturalism," an intercollegiate multimedia project that produces artifacts representing cultures of students. Founding member of “Dumpspace,” an artist-collective featuring works of new media, video art and installations. Serves as president of the Board of Directors for the Center for Visual Artists in Greensboro. Member of the University Film and Video Association. Currently working on a textbook on sportscasting.

E-mail: mnegin@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5708
Office: McEwen Communications 004
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Tom Nelson, Associate Professor

B.A., Boston College; M.S., Syracuse University. Seven years as reporter and news anchor at television stations in North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Maine, California and Texas and as press secretary to a U.S. House candidate in Iowa. Taught five years in European Division of University of Maryland (Heidelberg, Germany) and at West Georgia College. Came to Elon in 1996. Visiting Professor at Concordia International University of Estonia in summer 2001. Leads Study Abroad tour to Europe to study World War I history.

E-mail: nelsont@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5674
Office: McEwen Communications 107-B
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Youssef Osman, Assistant Professor

B.A., Academy of Arts in Cairo, Egypt; M.F.A., Southern Illinois University. Joined Elon from faculty of Living Arts College in Raleigh, N.C., where he previously taught digital cinema courses. Has directed and edited corporate videos and television commercials for multinational agencies. His award winning short films have been screened worldwide, as well as the Cairo International Film Festival and the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Research interests focus on themes related to global citizenship, identity and diaspora.

E-mail: yosman@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5751
Office: McEwen Communications 004
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

George Padgett, Associate Professor

B.A. and M.A., Murray State University; Ph.D., Ohio University. Reporter and editor of community and trade publications in the South and Midwest. Taught at Mississippi State University and Illinois State University. Came to Elon University in 1992.  Served as department head in Fall 1992 and from 1993-2000.  Research/writing interests focus on media ethics and diversity in media.  Author of New Directions Diversity: Covering America’s Multicultural Communities, published by Marion Street Press in 2006.

E-mail: padgettg@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5663
Office: McEwen Communications 107-D
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Randy Piland, Senior Lecturer

B.S., Middle Tennessee State University; M.A., Ohio University. Thirty years as a photojournalist at four newspapers in Georgia, Massachusetts and Tennessee. Thirteen of those years as picture editor and senior photographer at The Tennessean in Nashville. While there he initiated the transition from film to digital, helped establish the use of their digital archive system and was the lead digital imaging trainer. Attended numerous professional workshops at the Poynter Institute, University of Missouri, UNC-CH as well as others, and continues to serve on the multimedia team at Western Kentucky University's annual Mountain Workshops. Named Elon University's first Faculty Fellow of Technology in 2010. Came to Elon in 2005 where he teaches Photojournalism, Visual Storytelling and Corporate Publishing.

E-mail: rpiland@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5232
Office: Priestley 200
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Elma Sabo, Adjunct Instructor
B.A., The Pennsylvania State University; M.A., Indiana University. Worked for 19 years at the Greensboro News & Record as an editorial writer and as editor of the Ideas commentary section on Sundays before leaving the N&R two years ago. Prior, worked for the Lutheran Board of Publication and for the Bloomington and Fort Wayne newspapers, where she received the Russell Sinclair Newsmedia Award for editorials on the environment. Earned Phi Beta Kappa honors at Penn State. Teaches COM 110 Media Writing.

E-mail: esabo@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5745
Office: Priestley 202
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Staci Saltz, Lecturer

B.A., Elon College; M.A., University of Akron. Assisted in production of the morning and evening news programs at WFMY-TV in Greensboro for one year and at WRAL-TV in Raleigh for one year. Teaching assistant in School of Communication at University of Akron. Worked as a web site writer and news production assistant at WNDU-TV in South Bend, Indiana. Came to Elon in 2002. Taught the Elon semester in Costa Rica in 2007. Teaches Digital Media Convergence.

E-mail: ssaltz@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5714
Office: McEwen Communications 105-F
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Glenn Scott, Associate Professor

B.A. and M.A., California State University Fresno; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Former metro columnist, reporter and editor for The Modesto Bee and business reporter for The Honolulu Advertiser. Worked in Japan as a copy editor at Nikkei Weekly and as Tokyo bureau chief for Pacific Stars & Stripes. Writing for sports magazines, covered four Olympic Summer Games and also served as sports information manager for volleyball at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Research interests involve media-related issues in the Asia-Pacific region as well as the emergence of citizen journalism and the changing roles of professional journalists. Came to Elon in 2004.

E-mail: gscott3@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5791
Office: McEwen Communications 201-C
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Michael Skube, Associate Professor

B.A., Louisiana State University. Statehouse reporter for Winston-Salem Journal. Editorial writer and book critic for Raleigh News & Observer. Winner of Pulitzer Prize in Criticism and American Society of Newspaper Editors Award for Distinguished Commentary, 1989. Book critic, feature writer, travel writer and columnist for Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 1993-2000. Won James Beard Award in 2000. Pulitzer Prize juror many times; chairman of a Pulitzer jury in 1998, 2000, 2005. Louis B. Weil Visiting Professor at Indiana University in spring 2002. Came to Elon in 2002.

E-mail: mskube@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5779
Office: McEwen Communications 203-C
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Jessalynn Strauss, Assistant Professor

A.B., Duke University; M.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Ph.D., University of Oregon. Six years in marketing and strategic communications in nonprofit, education and academic publishing sectors. Received award for teaching excellence as a graduate teaching fellow at University of Oregon in 2009. Named as a Research Fellow by the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Gaming Research Institute in March 2012. Currently working on an academic book on corporate social responsibility in the gaming industry to be published by Routledge in 2014.

E-mail: jstrauss2@elon.edu
Phone #: 33-278-5343
Office: McEwen Communications 009
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
Twitter: @jrstrauss

Amanda Sturgill, Associate Professor

B.A., University of South Carolina; M.S., Ph.D., Cornell University. Reporter for The Item, Sumter, S.C. Story Content Producer for ACM-Intercollegiate Programming Contest. Research has been published in Journal of Media and Religion, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Southwestern Journal of Mass Communication Research, American Communication Journal, International Journal of Educational Telecommunications, Electronic Journal of Communications, Journal of Magazine and New Media Research. Past head of Religion and Media Interest group for AEJMC and present Professional Freedom and Responsibility chair for the Communication Technology division. Member of the editorial board for Journal of Media and Religion. Came to Elon following 12 years of teaching at Baylor University, where she also directed the graduate programs in journalism.

E-mail: asturgill@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5790
Office: Powell 202-B
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Nagatha Tonkins, Director of Internships and Assistant Professor

B.A and M.A., North Carolina A&T State University. Worked as news reporter/morning anchor for WGHP-TV, High Point, N.C., and as news reporter for WLOE-AM in Eden, N.C. Served as internship director and department sequence coordinator in the Journalism and Mass Communication Department at North Carolina A & T State University.   There, served as project director and organized the Broadcast Short Course for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) for 16 years. Also, served as project director for Hearst Argyle Television’s News Leadership Symposium for two years.  Was named the 2008 NABJ Journalism Educator of the Year.  Has participated in fellowships, internships and faculty seminars with the Advertising Education Foundation, Poynter Institute, Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Black College Communication Association and the American Press Institute.

E-mail: ntonkins@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-6336
Office: McEwen Communications 112
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Leah Totten, Instructor

B.A, M.A. and Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sixteen years of experience in communications include public, media, government, shareholder and funder relations in corporate and nonprofit organizations. Before attending graduate school, served as director of communications for MDC Inc., a nonprofit organization that focuses on overcoming barriers to economic and educational opportunity for disadvantaged people and communities. While a graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill, received the Undergraduate Student Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and was named a national Houle Engaged Scholar for her community-based research and publications. Taught previously at UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Greensboro and Duke University. Came to Elon in 2011.

E-mail: ltotten3@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5558
Office: Priestley 206
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Nicole Triche, Assistant Professor and Director of the elondocs Program

B.S., Appalachian State University; M.F.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Served 10 years in various positions at the University of North Carolina Center for Public Television, including four years as the producer of North Carolina Visions. Worked as an instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Co-directed the Carolina Film and Video Festival from 2005 to 2008. Acted as director of the Flicker screening series from 2002 to 2005. Served as board member of the Southern Documentary Fund. Films have screened at multiple festivals including Full Frame and RiverRun. Came to Elon in 2008.

E-mail: ntriche@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5808
Office: McEwen Communications 010-D
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Hal Vincent, Lecturer and Faculty Director of Live Oak Communications

B.A. University of Richmond; M.S. Virginia Commonwealth University, The Adcenter now Brandcenter. Twelve years in advertising agency management, new business and research in New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, Va., and Tampa, Fla., including The Martin Agency, Tierney Communications, West Wayne now 22squared, and Foote Cone & Belding/NY. Worked on brands Marriott, Nabisco, Tropicana, Checkers/Rally’s Drive-thru, The Florida Aquarium and the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Directed numerous agency training and internship programs. Previously taught at Temple University and most recently at the University of South Florida, while serving as the interim director of the Zimmerman Advertising Program. Coached National Student Advertising Competition teams and advised professional and student ad clubs. Member of the American Academy of Advertising (AAA) and serves on the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Advertising Division’s best teaching award committee.

E-mail: hvincent@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5348
Office: McEwen Communications 009
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Brian Walsh, Assistant Professor

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts.  Assistant Professor of Communication Arts at the New York Institute of Technology, 2007-2011.  Worked professionally for IFC and Gameplay HD, editing promos and integrating motion graphics for national broadcast.  Research areas include interactive programming, DIY documentary production, emerging web technologies and 3D motion graphics.  Came to Elon in 2011.  Teaches Interactive Writing and Design at Elon.

E-mail: bwalsh5@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5803
Office: Powell 301
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Kenneth Wilson, Coordinator of Interactive Projects

B.S., University of Florida; M.F.A., University of Florida. Joined Elon University in 2013 after a year teaching Graphics and Design at Albany State University. Previously served as the graduate assistant in the state of the art Digital Fabrication Lab at the University Florida, which housed 3-D printers, 3-D scanners, laser cutters and CNC mill technology. Worked as a videographer for the University of Florida’s Urban Entomology Lab from 2007-2009.


E-mail: kwilson30@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5740
Office: Powell 205
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Qian Xu, Assistant Professor

B.A. & M.A., Nanjing University (China); Ph.D., Penn State University. Worked in online campaign and advertising for an e-commerce company in China. Taught Research Methods in Advertising and Public Relations at Penn State University. Research areas focus on the social and psychological effects of media technology, especially as they pertain to computer-mediated communication, human-computer interaction and online strategic communication. Has published research papers in Journal of Communication, Mass Communication and Society and Communication Research. Authored a book chapter in Multimedia foundations: Core concepts for digital design (Focal Press) and co-authored a book chapter in Advertising Theory (Routledge). Came to Elon in 2010. 

E-mail: qxu@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-6454
Office: Powell 218
Address: 2850 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Sport & Event Management

Hal Walker, Associate Professor and Department Chair

B.A., Brock University; M.A. and Ph.D., The Ohio State University. Over the past 25 years, has experience as a professor, director of athletics, coach, consultant and administrator. Prior to Elon, chaired the undergraduate and graduate sport management program at Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida for five years. Recipient of two sport management educator of the year awards, one in Florida (2000), and more recently, in North Carolina (2009). Currently serves on several journal editorial boards, including the International Journal of Sport Management, and is assistant editor of the ICHPER.SD Journal of Research. Recent chair of two Elon University committees: Study Abroad and Faculty Research and Development. Came to Elon in 2002.

E-mail: hwalker2@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5874
Office: Powell 223-C
Address: 2350 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Mark Cryan, Assistant Professor
B.A., Hamilton College; M.B.A., North Carolina Central University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Spent four years as GM of Burlington Indians minor league baseball team and served as athletic director for the Burlington Recreation & Parks Department for five years. Previous work experience includes marketing, sales and management jobs in professional hockey, baseball and boxing. Author of Cradle of the Game: Baseball & Ballparks in North Carolina (August Publications, 2008). A founder of the Coastal Plain League. Actively involved with Burlington-Alamance Sports Development Council and Alamance Partnership for Children. Areas of interest and research include physical activity programs for underserved youth and the business of baseball. Came to Elon in 2007.

E-mail: mcryan@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5825
Office: Powell 223-D
Address: 2350 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Cara McFadden, Assistant Professor

B.S., Elon University; M.A., Central Michigan University; Ph.D., Virginia Tech. Taught for three years as an assistant professor at James Madison University in sport and recreation management and, before that, served three years as coordinator of facilities for university recreation at Central Michigan University. Actively engaged in the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) and has served on a number of committees, presented at the state, regional and national level and as faculty for the NIRSA National School of Recreational Sports Management. Teaching and research interests include sport and recreation management, leadership, instrument development and validation, college student development theory and campus recreation assessment. Came to Elon in 2012.

E-mail: cmcfadden@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5884
Office: Powell 223-A
Address: 2350 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Harold Owen, Adjunct Instructor

E-mail: howen@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5890
Office: Powell 223
Address: 2350 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244



Tom Roupas, Adjunct Assistant Professor

B.S., East Carolina University; M.B.A., The College of William and Mary; J.D., University of Florida. One year as operations manager for Vie de France Corporation and seven years as an area sales manager and area marketing manager for The Coors Brewing Company. General sales manager for The Crest Beverage Company for two years, and vice president general manager for The Sullivan Companies Inc. for three years. Associate attorney for Dixon, Doub and Conner (now The Dixon Law Group) for three years. Owner of The Law Office of Thomas F. Roupas Jr. for the last five years.

E-mail: troupas@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5890
Office: Powell 223
Address: 2350 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Craig Schmitt, Assistant Professor

B.S., University of Florida; M.B.A. and M.S.B.M., University of Central Florida; Doctoral Candidate, University of Northern Colorado. Worked as research project coordinator for the Business of Sport Certificate Program offered through the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder for two years (2012-2013). Taught corporate and personal finance in the CU Business Intensive Certificate Program for two years (2012-2013). Served as senior program director of the Cannon Street YMCA in Charleston, S.C., for four years (2006-2010) and program director of the South Lake YMCA in central Florida for one year (2005-2006). Member of Sport Marketing Association and North American Society for Sport Management. Teaching and research interests include sport consumer behavior, sport marketing, sport finance and sport management education. Came to Elon in 2013.

E-mail: cschmitt3@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5352
Office: Powell 305
Address: 2350 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Tony Weaver, Associate Professor

B.S., Siena College; M.A. University of Connecticut; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Served 10 years in Division I college athletic administration at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Siena College, Iona College and the University of Connecticut. Coached college and high school basketball and gained practical experience in financial organizations before moving into administration. Currently serves on numerous advisory boards for local, regional and national organizations within the sport and event industry. Active member of National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA), North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) and the College Sports Research Institute. Research related to college athletics has been featured in the Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics, the Knowledge Collaborative and Ultimate Sports Insider.com. Came to Elon in 2004.

E-mail: tweaver@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5844
Office: Powell 223-A
Address: 2350 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244

Lisa Wolff, Adjunct Instructor

B.S. Elon University; M.S.L., Pfeiffer University. Has worked in the public parks and recreation field for more than 23 years with the City of Burlington's Department of Recreation & Parks. Currently serves as the superintendent of Recreation Programming and oversees the following divisions: Special Events, Centers, Youth Programming, Athletics and Administration. Appointed by the North Carolina General Assembly to the State Park Authority in 2011 and currently serves as president to the North Carolina Recreation & Park Association.

E-mail: lwolff@elon.edu
Phone #: 336-278-5890
Office: Powell 223
Address: 2350 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244