Meet New Faculty Joining CAS this School Year

Posted on: August 27, 2013

The College of Communication Arts & Sciences welcomes an all-star cast of eight new faculty members this school year. So they can immediately take advantage of all the resources the Office of Research provides CAS faculty, they will attend orientation on the first day of the fall semester. Associate Dean Maria Lapinski and her research team will be leading the New Faculty Research Orientation on Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in CAS 191.
Check out their impressive credentials in the following brief profits:

Fan Cao

Cao, assistant professor, Communicative Sciences and Disorders, received her Ph.D. in communication sciences and disorders from Northwestern University and her master's and bachelor's degrees in psychology from Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China. She did her post-doctoral training at the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests include developmental cognitive neuroscience, educational neuroscience, neural basis of language development and disorders, cross-language differences in reading development and disorders, and neural basis of second language learning in children and adults.

Shelia Cotten

Cotten, professor, Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media, received her Ph.D. and master's degrees in sociology from North Carolina State University. She was a professor at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and a faculty member at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is the past chair of the Communication and Information Technologies section of the American Sociological Association and is one of the new editors of the Emerald Series in Media and Communications. Her research examines technology usage across the life course and the social, health and educational impacts of technology usage. The National Science Foundation and National Institute on Aging have funded her research.

Andrew Dennis


Dennis, instructor, Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media, is an artist, designer and co-founder at Adventure Club Games, a contract and grant development studio in East Lansing, Mich. He is the lead artist on all of Adventure Club's projects, ranging from entertainment iPhone games to motion capture museum installations. Before Adventure Club Games, he was a 3D and 2D artist at the Games for Entertainment and Learning Lab at MSU and has been a freelance graphic designer since 2004.

Jina Huh

Huh, assistant professor, Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media, received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan School of Information, master's from the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, and bachelor's from the Department of Film and Multimedia at Korea National University of Arts. Her research focuses on social media for health. She has been studying online health communities and video blogs for how individuals with chronic illness exchange peer help and how health professionals can deliver clinical expertise to patients in everyday settings. She is taking part in MSU's Trifecta initiative, which links various expertise from the Colleges of Communication Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Nursing to facilitate interdisciplinary research in communication technology and health.

Eric Hunter

Hunter, associate professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders, was the Deputy Executive Director of the National Center for Voice and Speech for the past five years. He also was an adjunct professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering (College of Engineering), the Division of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (School of Medicine) and Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (College of Public Health) at the University of Utah. He is on the Board of Editors for Logopedics Phoniatrics Vocology (Informa Healthcare), The Open Acoustics Journal (Bentham Science Publishers), and the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing. His research interests include occupational and habilitative speech science, gender differences in vocal health, aging effects on voice, biomechanics of speech articulators (specifically the larynx and laryngeal muscle mechanics), vibration and posturing models of the vocal system, muscle mechanics and muscle models, biomechanical properties of tissues, and signal processing.

Joshua Introne

Introne, assistant professor, Telecommunications, Information Studies and Media, received his Ph.D. and master's degrees in computer science from Brandeis University. During his graduate studies, he worked as a scientist to develop decision support platforms for a variety of government agencies. He was a scientist at the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, where he served as chief architect for the MIT Climate CoLab, a platform designed to crowdsource solutions to climate change. Introne studies collective intelligence in new media, and his work draws from many fields, including human-computer interaction, system dynamics, network science and psychology. He is interested in analyzing online activity and building collective intelligence platforms.

Anastasia Kononova

Kononova, assistant professor, Advertising + Public Relations, received her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri's School of Journalism and master's at Oklahoma State University. She also studied at Rostov State University (Southern Federal University since 2006) in Russia, where she worked as a corporate communication specialist. Kononova was an assistant professor of communication and media at the American University of Kuwait. She studies the role of media multitasking in persuasive communication, with the focus on cognitive and behavioral aspects of this phenomenon. First, she explores how people cognitively process persuasive messages presented in context and switch attention from one media-related task to another. Second, she studies media multitasking as a behavior and tries to understand its psychological antecedents. Kononova takes interdisciplinary and international approaches in her research.

Jennifer Ware

Ware, assistant professor of digital media development, School of Journalism, received her Ph.D. from North Carolina State University, master's from Regent University, and bachelor's from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, working at the Institute for Arts and Humanities and the Carolina Performing Arts Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on digital media and the integration of new technologies into existing technological networks and workplace practices. She is a Google Glass Explorer and is investigating the potentials and limitations of the device as a reporting tool for student journalists.

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