Faculty: Elon University’s Professional Schools: School of Communications

Full-Time Faculty

Kelly Furnas – Lecturer in Communications

• B.A., Kansas State University; M.B.A., Florida State University
• Previously a business editor and Virginia Tech student media adviser; most recently executive director of the Journalism Education Association and an assistant professor at Kansas State
• Scholarly Interests: scholastic journalism; publication management; business coverage

Joy Goodwin – Assistant Professor of Communications

• B.A., Wake Forest University; M.P.P., Harvard University
• Recipient of an Emmy for sports documentary as a producer at ABC Sports; previously head of creative development for Plum Pictures in New York and executive director of a feature film; most recently a lecturer at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
• Scholarly Interests: nonfiction narratives; independent filmmaking

Sana Haq – Assistant Professor of Communications

• B.A., Azad Jammu and Kashmir University, Pakistan; M.B.A., Lahore School of Economics, Pakistan; M.F.A., Wake Forest University
• Previously marketing executive for media group in Pakistan; most recently an instructor at Elon
• Scholarly Interests: documentary storytelling; entrepreneurship in the creative arts

Doug Kass – Assistant Professor of Communications

• B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., University of Southern California
• Previously creative director at Sony Entertainment Television; documentarian of the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia; most recently an instructor at Elon
• Scholarly Interests: documentary filmmaking; visual storytelling and cinema aesthetics

Ryan Witt – Lecturer in Communications

• B.S., Kent State University; M.A., Savannah College of Art & Design
• Previously a producer and editor at public television stations; most recently a video producer with Teaching & Learning Technologies at Elon
• Scholarly Interests: multimedia production tools; software technologies for editing

Adjunct Faculty

Brandon Booker – Instructor in Communications

• B.S., University of North Carolina at Pembroke; M.A., Elon University
• Currently is an instructor at the Art Institute of Charlotte
• Coursework and interest focus - principles of cinematography, video editing, sound design and animation

Emily Fischer – Instructor in Sport and Event Management

• B.A. and M.A., Seton Hall University; Ed.D. (abd), University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota
• Current Director of Performance Analytics, University of North Carolina
• Coursework and interest focus – theoretical foundations of leadership and leadership theory in women’s soccer

Jean-Paul (JP) Lavoie – Instructor in Communications

• B.S. and M.S., East Tennessee State University
• Current Multimedia Developer, Elon University
• Coursework and interest focus – 2D and 3D imaging, modeling and animation

Mark Walpole – Instructor in Sport and Event Management

• B. A. and Masters of Sports Administration, Ohio University
• Currently serves as Senior Business Development Manager for NC State Wolfpack Sports Properties
• Professional experience with Miami Dolphins (Corporate Partnerships & Media Manager) and Indianapolis Colts (Sponsorship Sales Manager)