Our Team

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Jason Archer

Director, Online M.A. Strategic Communication

Work Phone: 517-884-2397

As Director of the M.A. Strategic Communications program, Jason collaborates with an amazing team across departments to help build an integrated digital and social media campaigns to attract domestic and international students, and engage alumni and industry alliances to generate interest and enrollment in the program. He will also be working with faculty on course…Read More

As Director of the M.A. Strategic Communications program, Jason collaborates with an amazing team across departments to help build an integrated digital and social media campaigns to attract domestic and international students, and engage alumni and industry alliances to generate interest and enrollment in the program. He will also be working with faculty on course development and design as well as teach in the program.

Jason previously served as Vice President for Sales & Marketing for Media Fusion – a tech startup in San Antonio, TX. He also has been a course designer and adjunct instructor for over ten years in the Department of Communication and Media at Spring Arbor University.

Before those roles, He had the privilege of leading global reorganization and rebranding of Free Methodist Church USA and their communications department, Light & Life Communications as the Executive Director of Communication. 

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Marge Barkman

Academic Programs Manager

Work Phone: (517) 355-3471 Work Fax: (517) 432-1192

Marge Barkman is the Coordinator of Academic Programs for the Departments of Communication and Communicative Sciences and Disorders, and the Masters in Health & Risk Communication. She administers for five graduate programs (COMM Ph.D., CSD PhD, COMM M.A., CSD M.A., and HRC M.A.). The position oversees all aspects of student education from application to graduation…Read More

Marge Barkman is the Coordinator of Academic Programs for the Departments of Communication and Communicative Sciences and Disorders, and the Masters in Health & Risk Communication. She administers for five graduate programs (COMM Ph.D., CSD PhD, COMM M.A., CSD M.A., and HRC M.A.). The position oversees all aspects of student education from application to graduation and alumni contacts as well as course scheduling and room reservations.

Marge is an alumni of Michigan State University with her degree in Horticulture. She has worked in academic programs arena for over 35 years.

Marge serves on the following committees:

  • Member of The Graduate Schools University Graduate Secretary Advisory Committee, since Fall 1994
  • Member of The Graduate Schools GRADPLAN Advisory Board Member of the Health &Risk Communication Advisory Committee Committee
  • Member of Chairs Advisory Committee for Communication Department Committee
  • Member of the Communication Departments Doctoral Affairs Committee since 1989
  • Committee Member to Communication Departments Masters Affairs Committee since 1989
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Gary Bente

Professor

Work Phone: (517) 355-9734

Gary Bente studied Psychology at the Universities of Regensburg and Saarbrücken. He received a clinical training but then turned to basic communication research with an emphasis on nonverbal behavior. He is co-editor of the German Textbook of Media Psychology and currently Editor in Chief of the Journal of Media Psychology. He is Professor for Social…Read More

Gary Bente studied Psychology at the Universities of Regensburg and Saarbrücken. He received a clinical training but then turned to basic communication research with an emphasis on nonverbal behavior. He is co-editor of the German Textbook of Media Psychology and currently Editor in Chief of the Journal of Media Psychology. He is Professor for Social Psychology and Media Psychology at the University of Cologne, where he also sevrved for many years as Department Chair and Associate Dean of Research. Currently he is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University.

Roles & Responsibilities
Visiting Professor

Courses
Nonverbal Communication and Person Perception Communication and Media Theory Media Research Methods Cross-Cultural Communication Social Psychology

Key Research Interest
My major research interests lie in the area nonverbal communication and person perception, extending concepts from face-to-face communication to mass-communication and computer-mediated communication. He published numerous articles on determinants and effects of nonverbal communication and on methodological developments for the micro-analysis of media effects. His recent work focuses on the use of virtual characters in the study of cultural differences in the production and perception of nonverbal behaviour combining behavioural and neuroscience methodology.

Special Projects
Propaganda 2.0. Psychological Effects of Rigth-Wing and Islamic Extremist Internet Videos.

Project Title & Source
Social Cognition and Culture, funded by the German “Volkswagen Stiftung”

What are three things you want your students to know about you?
I like the topic of human communication I like soccer and cars I love my family

Favorite Quotation
Bente, G., Leuschner, H., Al-Issa, A., & Blascovich, J. J. (2010). The others: Universals and cultural specificities in the perception of status and dominance from nonverbal behavior. Consciousness and Cognition, 19(3), 762-777.

Describe in one sentence what you hope your students learn from you, your scholarly work or teaching
Get rid of any fear of methods and see them as a means to satisfy curiosity.

Describe yourself in five words or less.
kind of sense of humor, impatient and foregiving

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Daniel E. Bergan

Associate Professor

Work Phone: (517) 432-1469

Daniel Bergan specializes in public opinion and experimental work on advocacy campaigns. He uses field experimental designs to test the impact of citizen contacts to policymakers on public policy. In recent work, he has also explored the sources of partisan polarization in public opinion. His academic publications have appeared in the Journal of Politics, Public…Read More

Daniel Bergan specializes in public opinion and experimental work on advocacy campaigns. He uses field experimental designs to test the impact of citizen contacts to policymakers on public policy. In recent work, he has also explored the sources of partisan polarization in public opinion. His academic publications have appeared in the Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, the Journal of Communication, and other journals.

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Franklin J. Boster Ph.D.

Professor

Work Phone: (517) 355-1514 Work Fax: (517) 432-1192

Franklin J. Boster (Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1978) is a professor in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University where he teaches class in social influence, methods, and statistics. He also holds appointments as Adjunct Professor at the Michigan State University College of Law, as a research fellow of the Trial Practice Institute at…Read More

Franklin J. Boster (Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1978) is a professor in the Department of Communication at Michigan State University where he teaches class in social influence, methods, and statistics. He also holds appointments as Adjunct Professor at the Michigan State University College of Law, as a research fellow of the Trial Practice Institute at the Michigan State University College of Law, and as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa.

Awards, Honors and Recognitions
2009 Faculty Impact Award from the College of Communication MSU 2005 B. Aubrey Fisher Award from International Communication Association 2003 Distinguish Professor Michigan State University 1998 John E. Hunter Meta-Analysis Award ICA 1989 Woolbert Award NCA 1981 Outstanding Achievement Award for Teaching from College of Public Programs Arizona State University

Courses
COM 325 COM 399 Communication and the Law COM 802 COM 860 COM 902 CAS 992 Diffusion

Key Research Interest
Social influence, group dynamics, and research methods

Favorite Quotation
There is no place for orthodoxies and heterodoxies in science. Nothing is more pernicious in science than attempts to establish adherence to doctrines. All that a teacher can do is to assist the student in learning to understand and use the scientific method. It is not his business to make disciples. -A.R. Radcliffe-Brown-

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Mary Bresnahan

Professor

Work Phone: (517) 432-1285 Work Fax: (517) 432-1192

I currently lead 3 interesting and demanding research teams composed of doctoral, MA, and undergraduate students which have generated 8 conference papers this year. My newest endeavor is the Cultural Mentors program pairing up US & international students to exchange information about each other’s cultures.

Research Interests

Culture & identity, spirituality & health, barriers to…Read More

I currently lead 3 interesting and demanding research teams composed of doctoral, MA, and undergraduate students which have generated 8 conference papers this year. My newest endeavor is the Cultural Mentors program pairing up US & international students to exchange information about each other’s cultures.

Research Interests

Culture & identity, spirituality & health, barriers to organ donation Current

Courseload

COM 225 – Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
COM 391 – Topics in Verbal, Intercultural, or Gender Communication
COM 828 – Cross-Cultural Communication

Credentials

Ph.D., University of Michigan
M.A., University of South Carolina

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Dustin Carnahan Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests:
Political Communication. Political Behavior

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Research Interests:
Political Communication. Political Behavior

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Monique Chittenden

Office Manager

Work Phone: (517) 353-1824
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Thomi M. Chrisinske

Department Secretary

Work Phone: (517) 355-3470 Work Fax: (517) 432-1192

I joined MSU in 2007 where I worked at Breslin Student Events Center as an Office Assistant for the the buildings management office. In June of 2012 I joined the College of Communication Arts and Sciences in the Communication Department where I support both the Chair as well as the faculty.

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I joined MSU in 2007 where I worked at Breslin Student Events Center as an Office Assistant for the the buildings management office. In June of 2012 I joined the College of Communication Arts and Sciences in the Communication Department where I support both the Chair as well as the faculty.

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James W. Dearing Ph.D.

Department Chair/Professor

Work Phone: (517) 353-3259

Jim Dearing (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Communication at Michigan State University. Dearing studies the diffusion of innovations, including the adoption and implementation of new evidence-based practices, programs and technologies. His research and teaching spans dissemination science, implementation science, program sustainability, and the psychological and sociological basis…Read More

Jim Dearing (Ph.D., University of Southern California) is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Communication at Michigan State University. Dearing studies the diffusion of innovations, including the adoption and implementation of new evidence-based practices, programs and technologies. His research and teaching spans dissemination science, implementation science, program sustainability, and the psychological and sociological basis of the diffusion process. Frequently he focuses on organizational change and organizational strategy in relation to either the creation of innovations, their adaptation, or the adoption and use of innovations in organizational settings.

He works with research and practice improvement teams in nursing care, water conservation, injury prevention, environmental contamination and healthcare.

Dearing was Senior Scientist with Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest nongovernmental healthcare provider where he was the principal investigator for a National Cancer Institute Center of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research. Currently he collaborates in a National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Research Center where he directs a community engagement core. Dearing was a member of the National Academy of Science/Institute of Medicine framework committee for a five-year programmatic review of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Community Guide health marketing and health communication review, and one of two scientific advisors to the coordinating committee of the NIH Science of Dissemination and Implementation Research National Conference. He was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan, a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and professor at Ohio University.

In 2016, Dearing spoke at events hosted by The Wallace Foundation, the Clinton Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, as well as to faculty and students of Dartmouth College, Meiji University and the University of Pittsburgh. His most recent book is Health Communication Research Measures (2016)(co-edited with Do Kyun Kim). His recent research publications have appeared in Implementation Science, Substance Abuse, American Behavioral Scientist, Translational Behavioral Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry, the Handbook of Persuasion and Social Marketing, and other outlets.

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William A. Donohue Ph.D.

Professor

Work Phone: (517) 355-7580 Work Fax: (517) 432-1192

Dr. William A. Donohue is currently a distinguished professor of Communication at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1976. Dr. Donohue has published extensively in the areas of conflict, communication, negotiation and mediation while also conducting workshops and other intervention activities focusing on communication, leadership development, and conflict…Read More

Dr. William A. Donohue is currently a distinguished professor of Communication at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1976. Dr. Donohue has published extensively in the areas of conflict, communication, negotiation and mediation while also conducting workshops and other intervention activities focusing on communication, leadership development, and conflict management. His co-authored book, Framing Matters: Perspectives on Negotiation Research and Practice in Communication, provides a broad understanding of the role of framing in negotiation research. Dr. Donohue is a recent past president of the International Association for Conflict Management and is on the editorial board of several major journals.

Roles & Responsibilities
Teaching Communication 100, Public Speaking and Communication 360, Sales Communication

Key Research Interest
Negotiation, conflict management, project evaluation

Project Title & Source
Consumer Preferences of Sustainable Packaging, School of Packaging

What are three things you want your students to know about you?
I am passionate about communication. I want to help students make great communication choices. I am very excited about Michigan State University.

Describe in one sentence what you hope your students learn from you, your scholarly work or teaching
I hope students learn how to think strategically about their communication choices.

Describe yourself in five words or less.
Fun, interesting, passionate, caring.

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Allison Eden Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Work Phone: (517) 355-9609

Dr. Allison Eden (Ph.D. Michigan State University) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication. Her work focuses on understanding media enjoyment from a psychological perspective. She focuses on the role enjoyment plays in attention to and selection of media content, and more broadly the effects of entertainment on behavior and well-being. Dr. Eden’s…Read More

Dr. Allison Eden (Ph.D. Michigan State University) is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication. Her work focuses on understanding media enjoyment from a psychological perspective. She focuses on the role enjoyment plays in attention to and selection of media content, and more broadly the effects of entertainment on behavior and well-being. Dr. Eden’s research has been published in the Journal of Communication, Journal of Media Psychology, Media Psychology, and Mass Communication and Society, among others. She is an affiliated scholar of the Media Neuroscience Lab at UC Santa Barbara, and is a founding member of the Communication and Biology interest group at ICA. More about her and her work can be found at https://allisoneden.wordpress.com/

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Kelly Feinberg

Grant Program Manager

Work Phone: (517) 432-9141
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Brad Greenberg Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Work Phone: (517) 353-6629

Bradley S. Greenberg is University Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Communication and Department of Media and Information.

Currently, he is co-founding editor of the online journal, Media and Communication, and a regular reviewer for several academic journals.

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Bradley S. Greenberg is University Distinguished Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Communication and Department of Media and Information.

Currently, he is co-founding editor of the online journal, Media and Communication, and a regular reviewer for several academic journals.

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Amanda Holmstrom Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Work Phone: (517) 432-1286

Dr. Holmstrom is an associate professor in the Department of Communication in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Her scholarly work focuses primarily on the communication of various forms of social support (including informational, tangible, network, emotional, and esteem support) in relationships and their association with indices of physical, mental, and relational well being.…Read More

Dr. Holmstrom is an associate professor in the Department of Communication in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Her scholarly work focuses primarily on the communication of various forms of social support (including informational, tangible, network, emotional, and esteem support) in relationships and their association with indices of physical, mental, and relational well being. Other, related areas of interest include relational and family communication, health communication (such as provider-patient communication), gender and sex differences in supportive communication, and the development and maintenance of self-esteem.

Research Interests:
Social support, interpersonal communication, health communication

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Maria Lapinski Ph.D.

Professor

Work Phone: (517) 355-9569 Work Fax: (517) 432-1192

Dr. Maria Lapinski is joint-appointed as a Professor in the Department of Communication and Michigan Ag-Bio Research at Michigan State University (MSU). She served as the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and in that role facilitates interdisciplinary research partnerships and identification of funding sources for faculty research. Dr.…Read More

Dr. Maria Lapinski is joint-appointed as a Professor in the Department of Communication and Michigan Ag-Bio Research at Michigan State University (MSU). She served as the Associate Dean for Research for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and in that role facilitates interdisciplinary research partnerships and identification of funding sources for faculty research. Dr. Lapinski received her doctorate in 2000 from MSU and her Master of Arts from University of Hawaii, Manoa.

Her research examines the impact of messages and social-psychological factors on health and environmental risk behaviors with a focus on culturally-based differences and similarities. To this end, Dr. Lapinski has conducted collaborative research projects with her students and colleagues in a number of countries in Asia, the Pacific Rim, Central America, and Africa. Her work has been presented at national and international communication and public health conferences, published in refereed journals including The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Health Communication, Communication Monographs, and others. Her research has been funded by agencies such as the National Science Foundation, World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health, and United States Department of Agriculture. Her favorite courses to teach are International Health Communication, Risk Communication, and Health Communication for Diverse Populations.

Key Research Interest
Impact of persuasive messages on health and environmental risk perceptions and behaviors

Research Interests:
Impact of persuasive messages on health and environmental risk perceptions and behaviors

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Kenneth Levine Ph.D.

Visiting Professor

Work Phone: (517) 432-1124

Fields of Interest/Research Interests

Organizational Communication

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Fields of Interest/Research Interests

Organizational Communication

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Jingbo Meng Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Work Phone: (517) 355-3480

Research Interest(s)

Organizational Communication, Health Communication Technology, Network Sciences

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Research Interest(s)

Organizational Communication, Health Communication Technology, Network Sciences

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Jessica Mestre

Academic Advisor

Work Phone: (517) 353-5583

Jessica is a student affairs professional who advises Communication majors. She is passionate about supporting students by helping them maximize their opportunities in college and draw connections between learning that occurs inside and outside the classroom.

Jessica earned her M.A. in Student Affairs Administration from MSU’s College of Education. During that time, she gained…Read More

Jessica is a student affairs professional who advises Communication majors. She is passionate about supporting students by helping them maximize their opportunities in college and draw connections between learning that occurs inside and outside the classroom.

Jessica earned her M.A. in Student Affairs Administration from MSU’s College of Education. During that time, she gained experience in the Honors College, the Office of Study Abroad, and the ComArtSci Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Previously, Jessica graduated from Amherst College in central Massachusetts with a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish. During her undergraduate years, she learned the power of study abroad first-hand by interning in Uruguay and studying in Spain. Jessica worked as a student affairs professional at Amherst following her graduation, where she supported transfer, low-income, international, and first-generation students.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Undergraduate Advisor for Communication
  • Instructor for CAS 101 (college transition seminar)
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Vernon Miller

Associate Professor

Work Phone: (517) 355-3280 Work Fax: (517) 432-1192

Vernon Miller’s research focuses on the communicative aspects of the employment interview, organizational entry, and role negotiation as well as large-scale organizational change processes. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Management. His work has been published in the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Management Communication Quarterly, Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Communication…Read More

Vernon Miller’s research focuses on the communicative aspects of the employment interview, organizational entry, and role negotiation as well as large-scale organizational change processes. He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Management. His work has been published in the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Management Communication Quarterly, Human Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Communication Education, Academy of Management Review, and Journal of Managerial Issues.

Dr. Miller serves as an Associate Editor for Management Communication Quarterly and is the former chair of the Organizational Communication division of the National Communication Association.

Research Interests
organizational members’ information seeking, message exchanges related to role negotiation

Current Courseload
COM 315 Information Gathering and Interviewing Theories
COM 440 Organizational Communication Structure
COM 815 Organizational Communication
SCM 474 Negotiation
MGT 832 Negotiation and Conflict

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