Full-Time Faculty

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Israel Balderas

Assistant Professor of Journalism :

• B.S., Oral Roberts University; M.F.A., Temple University; J.D., North Carolina Central
• Joins us from teaching at Palm Beach Atlantic University; previously worked as an investigative reporter and weekend anchor with WPEC-TV and WTVX-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida.

•Scholarly interests: media law, solutions journalism, entrepreneurial journalism, first amendment and speech.

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Shannan Bowen

Executive Director, North Carolina Local News Workshop :

• B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M. A., American University
• Former Director of Produce Engagement and Strategy at McClatchy
• Professional interests: helping local news organizations reinvent and sustain reliable, high-quality journalism and information for North Carolina residents

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Diane Johnson

Lecturer in Strategic Communications:

• B.A., Brown University; M.P.H., University of North Carolina
• Most recently, she has served as Senior Vice President at LJ Enterprises, Inc. where she provided services for public health, health-related education, non-profit and government clients.

• Scholarly interests: health communications

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Karen Lindsey

Assistant Professor of Strategic Communications:

• B.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; M.S., Mississippi College; Ph.D., Asusa Pacific University
• Karen previously taught at Texas Christian University.

•Scholarly interests: Leadership Identity Development of Black Women in Male-Normed Corporate and Higher Education Settings, Intersections of Race, Gender, and Leadership, Impact of Social Media on Women of Color Leadership Identity

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Watricia Shuler

Lecturer, Cinema & Television Arts:

•B.A., North Carolina A&T; M.F.A., Howard University

• Previously taught as a part-time instructor at Elon, Institute of Art Raleigh/Durham, Shaw University, St. Augustine’s University, and North Carolina A&T; worked as writer, editor, director, host, director of photography, producer, and video switcher

• Scholarly interests: social movements, producing multimedia, diversity, equity and inclusion

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Kai Swanson

Lecturer in Cinema & Television Arts Department:

• B.A., University of North Carolina; M.F.A., University of Iowa
• Previously taught as a part-time instructor at Elon and the University of Iowa’s Dept of Cinematic Arts; worked as writer, editor, colorist and director on multiple documentaries

• Scholarly interests: script writing, television production, film production, theatre arts

Part-Time Faculty

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