ComArtSci Welcomes New Faculty

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Jeremy Gibson Bond

Professor of Practice

Jeremy Gibson Bond is a Professor of Practice teaching game design and development at Michigan State University. Since 2013, he has served the IndieCade independent game festival and conference as the Chair of Education and Advancement, where he co-chairs the IndieXchange summit each year. Jeremy is the founder of ExNinja Interactive and the author of…Read More

Jeremy Gibson Bond is a Professor of Practice teaching game design and development at Michigan State University. Since 2013, he has served the IndieCade independent game festival and conference as the Chair of Education and Advancement, where he co-chairs the IndieXchange summit each year. Jeremy is the founder of ExNinja Interactive and the author of Introduction to Game Design, Prototyping, and Development: From Concept to Playable Game in Unity and C#, a book on game design and prototyping using Unity that was released in the summer of 2014 and, since then, has consistently been one of the top-selling game design books and Unity development books on Amazon.com.

In 2013, Jeremy founded the company ExNinja Interactive, through which he develops his independent game projects.

Prior to joining the MSUGames faculty, Jeremy taught for three years as a lecturer in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor where he taught game design and software development. And, from 2009-2013, Jeremy was an Assistant Professor teaching game design for the Interactive Media and Games Division of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, which was named the #1 game design school in North America throughout his tenure there.

Jeremy also apparently has the distinction of being the first person to ever teach game design in Costa Rica.

Research Interests:
Game design and development, emerging game hardware, independent games.

Awards, Honors and Recognitions:
IndieCade Official Selection, 2013 – My game Ranamor was featured at the IndieCade Night Games 2013. Ranamor is a gettinng-to-know-you game for many co-located players about frogs finding love in the urban evening (http://www.indiecade.com/2013/festival_nightgames/).

IndieCade E3 Showcase, 2012 – My game Coalesce was a part of the Showcase and featured in the Wired article "7 Indie Games That Rocked at E3″ (http://bit.ly/L434EK).

Game Developers Conference, 2011 – Top 50 Speakers

Game Developers Conference Online, 2010 – Fourth Highest-Rated Speaker

Skyrates – A sky-pirate MMO developed by my team in graduate school (http://skyrates.net)
     Gleemax Silver Award for Strategic Gaming, 2008 – Independent Game Festival
     Best Simulation Game Audience Award, 2008 – JayIsGames.com
     Best Simulation Game Editors Award, 2008 – JayIsGames.com

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Tim Busfield

Artist in Residence

Work Phone: (517) 884-7663

Emmy Award-winning actor, Timothy Busfield, grew up in the Lansing area, is known for his work in “The West Wing,” “Thirtysomething” and “Field of Dreams.”

Busfield has founded two community theaters to help create greater accessibility to the arts. In 1986 he created The Fantasy Theatre in California and in 1992, he co-founded B Street…Read More

Emmy Award-winning actor, Timothy Busfield, grew up in the Lansing area, is known for his work in “The West Wing,” “Thirtysomething” and “Field of Dreams.”

Busfield has founded two community theaters to help create greater accessibility to the arts. In 1986 he created The Fantasy Theatre in California and in 1992, he co-founded B Street Theatre in Sacramento, California.

Busfield holds an honorary doctorate of humanities from Michigan State University after he addressed spring 2013 graduates at commencement.

Tim Busfield Joins ComArtSci as Artist in Residence

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Mike Castellucci

Broadcast Journalism Professor of Practice

Work Phone: 517-432-0149

Michael Castellucci says he’s been known to "phone it in." His innovative work with his iPhone has netted him worldwide attention and acknowledgement as a pioneer in mobile journalism.

While working in broadcast TV in Dallas, Castellucci shot an entire half hour special on his iPhone. "Phoning It In"-which he also produced, wrote and edited-captured…Read More

Michael Castellucci says he’s been known to "phone it in." His innovative work with his iPhone has netted him worldwide attention and acknowledgement as a pioneer in mobile journalism.

While working in broadcast TV in Dallas, Castellucci shot an entire half hour special on his iPhone. "Phoning It In"-which he also produced, wrote and edited-captured popular acclaim and high-profile industry recognition, including Emmy and Edward R. Murrow Awards. Castellucci followed-up with a sequel and thereby set the stage for additional awards and speaking invitations regarding the ground breaking show.

Castellucci has also applied his passion for storytelling to produce, write and edit a half-hour program using a $120 pocket flip camera. His "Open Mike" concept for broadcast news reporting in San Diego went on to win several coveted awards.

Castellucci graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in journalism. He has worked in Dallas at WFAA-TV, in San Diego at KUSI-TV, and in Los Angeles at KCBS-TV.

He currently resides in Okemos with his wife Jolie and their two beagles, Charlie and Bennie, both recues from the streets of Dallas.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Castellucci’s teaching will build on the cutting edge, ground breaking work he has contributed in industry. He will teach both undergraduate and graduate students in the School of Journalism.

KEY RESEARCH INTEREST
Castellucci’s areas of interest include innovative iPhone broadcast reporting and writing, interviewing and hosting. He believes storytelling is the single most important component in keeping the journalism profession relevant.

RECENT WORK
Castellucci’s unique storytelling methods using mobile phones have changed the landscape for broadcast outlets from California to Texas. His live reporting helped take a Dallas TV morning show to a number one slot in a competitive market.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS
"PromaxBDA: iPhones Take Edge Off Interviewing"

RECENT GRANTS

RECENT PUBLIC TALKS
* PromaxBDA conference, New York City
* International MOJOCon conference, in Dublin Ireland

RECENT AWARDS
* 20-time Emmy Award Winner, including awards for "Open Mike" and "Phoning It In"
* 2-time Edward R. Murrow recipient for "Phoning It In" programs
* Associated Press award
* TEGNA Innovative Storyteller award

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Ross Chowles

Academic Specialist/Professor of Practice

Ross Chowles attended the Johannesburg high school for art, ballet and music. His artistic skills landed him a job as a junior art director in advertising in 1980. Since then, Chowles has spent his time creating advertising, and helping others create advertising, that impacts consumers.

In 1994, Chowles co-founded The Jupiter Drawing Room: Cape Town Africa’s…Read More

Ross Chowles attended the Johannesburg high school for art, ballet and music. His artistic skills landed him a job as a junior art director in advertising in 1980. Since then, Chowles has spent his time creating advertising, and helping others create advertising, that impacts consumers.

In 1994, Chowles co-founded The Jupiter Drawing Room: Cape Town Africa’s most awarded independent advertising agency. Over the years, The Jupiter Drawing Room has won gold, silver and bronze awards in all the major award shows. Chowles has also served as a judge at these same award shows from Cannes X2 and One Show X2.

Chowles has had the privilege of judging all over the globe, from Canada to South Korea. In 2015, he was appointed to the international board of the One Club. He has participated every year in One Show’s China workshop since 2003.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Chowles will teach graduate students in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations. He says the one real skill he picked up working in advertising is the ability to understand people and how to motivate them—something he says that manifests through his teaching as an MSU academic specialist/professor of practice.

KEY RESEARCH INTEREST
Chowles focuses his research and teaching within areas of the advertising and creative industry. His interests span the application and research of creative direction, strategy, brand management, presentation techniques, creative workshops, art directions, design and copywriting.

RECENT AWARDS
Chowles and his independent advertising agency have received numerous gold, silver and bronze awards from South African and international organizations, including:
 

  • Clio
  • Epica
  • Cannes
  • One Show
  • D&AD
  • Art Directors Club of New York
  • New York Festivals
  • London International

Chowles has also judged numerous international and local events, including

  • Cannes (twice)
  • One Show (twice)
  • Clio
  • Art Directors Club of New York
  • Ad Stars South Korea (twice)
  • One Show China
  • Local award show (27 times)
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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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Morgan Ellithorpe Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Work Phone: (517) 355-0256

Morgan Ellithorpe is an assistant professor in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations. She says she’s just where she wants to be in her career: teaching and doing research at Michigan State University. Ellithorpe joined the Department of Advertising & Public Relations in the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences in the fall…Read More

Morgan Ellithorpe is an assistant professor in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations. She says she’s just where she wants to be in her career: teaching and doing research at Michigan State University. Ellithorpe joined the Department of Advertising & Public Relations in the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences in the fall of 2016. Before coming on board, she spent one year as a postdoctoral fellow in the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ellithorpe received her Bachelor of Science in communication from Cornell University and her Master of Arts and Doctorate in communication from The Ohio State University in 2015. Her research centers on the effect of media on health and well-being, the representations of minorities in media, and media influence in underrepresented groups.

Ellithorpe makes her home in the historic Westside neighborhood in Lansing. She likes knitting and video games, and enjoys yoga and racquetball. She and her husband are second-degree brown belts in United Modern Arnis, and do competitive agility with their rescue dog Hoth.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
As an assistant professor, Ellithorpe will teach the introduction to advertising course, making her among the first faculty that students may meet when exploring the disciplines of advertising and PR. Her expertise includes advertising or public relations as it relates to science, health, environment or risk.

KEY RESEARCH INTEREST
Research-wise, Ellithorpe interests and focus include media psychology and media effects in the areas of health and risk, stereotyping and prejudice, and moral behavior.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS
Ellithorpe, M. E., & Bleakley, A. (2016). Wanting to see people like me? Racial and gender diversity in popular adolescent television. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45, 1426-1437. doi: 10.1007/s10964-016-0415-4
Rhodes, N, & Ellithorpe, M. E. (2016). Laughing at risk: Sitcom laugh tracks communicate norms for behavior. Media Psychology, 19, 359-380. doi: 10.1080/15213269.2015.1090908
Ellithorpe, M. E., Ewoldsen, D. R., & Porreca, K. (in press). Die, foul creature! How the supernatural genre affects attitudes toward outgroups through strength of human identity. Communication Research. doi: 10.1177/0093650215609674
Ellithorpe, M. E., Cruz, C., Velez, J. A., Ewoldsen, D. R., & Bogert, A. K. (2015). Moral license in video games: When being right can mean doing wrong. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 18(4), 203-207. doi:10.1089/cyber.2014.0599.
Ellithorpe, M.E., & Brookes, S. E. (in press). I didn’t see that coming: Spoilers, fan theories, and their influence on enjoyment and parasocial breakup distress during a series finale. Psychology of Popular Media Culture. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ppm0000134

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Rick Epps

Professor of Practice

Work Phone: (517) 353-5964

Richard Epps, a 1993 graduate of Michigan State’s journalism school, joins the Michigan State faculty as its Web and Publication Design Professor. Epps returns home to Michigan State after a 20-year career at The Detroit News. Epps served as The News’ Presentation Editor for 10 years, where he supervised the page designers and graphic artists…Read More

Richard Epps, a 1993 graduate of Michigan State’s journalism school, joins the Michigan State faculty as its Web and Publication Design Professor. Epps returns home to Michigan State after a 20-year career at The Detroit News. Epps served as The News’ Presentation Editor for 10 years, where he supervised the page designers and graphic artists who created the paper’s news, sports and features pages, and its informational graphics. Epps engineered the 2009 redesign of The News, which coincided with dramatic changes to its distribution cycle and overall philosophy. Epps has won design awards from the Society of News Design, the Michigan Press Association, and the Michigan Society of Professional Journalists. Before becoming Presentation Editor, Epps served as News Design Director, and also a sports designer and front-page designer.

Epps was a member of an eight-person committee in 2012-13 that worked for a year to make The News more digitally centered. Many of that task force’s recommendations were enacted and are in place today, such as The News’ breaking news desk.

Epps led The News’ move into the eBook market in 2013. He has designed and edited three eBooks for The News, and a fourth will be published later in 2016. He has also designed several print books both for The News and as a freelance designer.

Epps previously worked at The Record, in Troy, New York, and The News-Herald, in Mentor, Ohio.

Epps is an experienced web designer, and is fluent in HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and jQuery. He strives to bring his students a diverse learning experience of print, tablet and web design.

Epps, who lives in Farmington Hills, is married and has four sons.

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David Ewoldsen Ph.D.

Professor

David Ewoldsen, Ph.D. brings an interdisciplinary approach to the study of communication and the media, and draws from communication scholarship, social and cognitive psychology, cognitive science, and cognitive anthropology. A respected researcher and scholar, his most recent ventures have focused on racism and the media, comprehension of media messages, cooperative video game play, entertainment, and…Read More

David Ewoldsen, Ph.D. brings an interdisciplinary approach to the study of communication and the media, and draws from communication scholarship, social and cognitive psychology, cognitive science, and cognitive anthropology. A respected researcher and scholar, his most recent ventures have focused on racism and the media, comprehension of media messages, cooperative video game play, entertainment, and the role of attitudes in risky health behavior.

Ewoldsen completed a joint Ph.D. in psychology and speech communication at Indiana University in 1990. Following his Ph.D., he served as a postdoctoral fellow in the cognitive sciences program at Vanderbilt University from 1990-1991. Shortly afterward, he became faculty at the University of Alabama with appointments in the Department of Communication Studies, Psychology, and African American Studies. In 2009, he joined the faculty of the School of Communication at Ohio State University.

Ewoldsen lives in Bath Township with his spouse Nancy Rhodes,[AK1] an assistant professor in the MSU Department of Advertising and Public Relations. They have four grown children and a cat named Allie. When he’s not working, Ewoldsen likes to canoe, kayak, hike and do most things outdoorsy-including flower gardening. He also loves The Who, dislikes most professional teams associated with Chicago, and admits to having a horrible sense of humor.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Ewoldsen is a professor in the Department of Media and Information. He teaches and mentors undergraduate and graduating students, conducts research, and collaborates with his MSU colleagues and scholars. His primary focus is media and information theory or methods-which makes him a perfect fit to co-teach MI 101: Understanding Media.

KEY RESEARCH INTEREST
Ewoldsen’s key research interests are media psychology, health communication, attitudes and persuasion.

RECENT WORK
As a researcher focused on media psychology, Ewoldsen engages in the scientific study of the psychological processes involved in the selection, uses, interpretation, and effects of mediated communication. His recent research has included media and racism, adolescent risky behaviors, cooperative video game play, how people comprehend media messages, motivations for seeking narratives, and the psychology of entertainment.

Among his long-term projects are studies on the role of attitudes and norms in adolescent risky behavior (with Nancy Rhodes [AK2]at MSU), the potential for the media to augment interventions aimed at decreasing delinquency in adolescents (with John Lochman at the University of Alabama), and understanding the role of the media in promoting and combating racist attitudes (with Morgan Ellithorpe [AK3]at MSU).

RECENT PUBLICATIONS
* Media Psychology, co-founding editor, 1998-2007
* Communication Methods and Measures, editor, 2007-2010
* Annals of the International Communication Association, editor, 2016-present.
* Ellithorpe, M., Ewoldsen, D. R., Oliver, M. B. (2015). Elevation (sometimes) increases altruism: Choice and number of outcomes in elevating media effects. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 4, 236-250.
* Ewoldsen, D. R., Rhodes, N., & Fazio, R. H. (2015). The MODE model and its implications for studying the media. Media Psychology, 18, 312-337.
* Song, H., & Ewoldsen, D. R. (2015). Metacognitive model of ambivalence: The role of multiple beliefs and metacognitions in creating attitude ambivalence. Communication Theory, 25, 23-45.
* Ewoldsen, D. R., Eno, C. A., Okdie, B. M., Velez, J., Guadagno, R. E., & DeCoster, J. (2012). Effect of playing violent video games cooperatively or competitively on subsequent cooperative behavior. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 15, 277-280.
* Krcmar, M., Ewoldsen, D. R., & Koerner, A. (2016). Communication science, theory, and research: An advanced introduction. New York: Routledge.

RECENT GRANTS
* Consultant, Preventing substance use through hybrid web and in vivo delivery of Coping Power. Funded by the National Institute for Drug Abuse. 2012-2015.
* Investigator, News and ad effects on alcohol risk perceptions. Funded by the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse. 2009-2013.
* Principal Investigator. Adolescents, Media, and Smoking: An Experiential Decision-Making Model. Funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2005-2008.

RECENT PUBLIC TALKS[AK4]
* Ewoldsen, D. R. (March, 2015). Comprehension of health narratives. Paper presented at the Media Psychology Workshop, Haifa, Isreal.
* Dickinson, T., Irwin, M., & Ewoldsen, D. R. (Nov., 2014). Witnesses to the zombie apocalypse: Motivations for consumption of science fiction media. Paper presented at the annual meeting for the National Communication Association, Chicago, Ill.

RECENT AWARDS
* Fellow, International Communication Association, 2016
* Faculty Member of the Year, Ohio State University, 2015-16, 2012-2013
* Bronze Telly Award for the Captain Judgment video series, 2009

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Ricardo Guimaraes

Professor of Practice

Ricardo Guimaraes is a concept artist and illustrator with extended work experience for the entertainment industry. He joins our faculty from Rio di Janeiro, Brazil. Ricardo’s illustrations have been showcased at ImagineFX Magazine and Ballistic Publishing’s EXOTIQUE, among many others. His clients include Blizzard Entertainment, Square Enix, Ghost VFX, and many others. Joining…Read More

Ricardo Guimaraes is a concept artist and illustrator with extended work experience for the entertainment industry. He joins our faculty from Rio di Janeiro, Brazil. Ricardo’s illustrations have been showcased at ImagineFX Magazine and Ballistic Publishing’s EXOTIQUE, among many others. His clients include Blizzard Entertainment, Square Enix, Ghost VFX, and many others. Joining MSU as a professor of practice, he will teach, among others, courses on concept design for students in the film and games focus areas and 3D graphic design. He will also contribute to the work of the Games for Learning and Entertainment (GEL) Lab.

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Amy Haimerl

Professor of Practice

Amy Haimerl is an award-winning reporter and editor who currently teaches journalism at Michigan State University.

Before coming to the campus in 2015, Amy was a Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she was studying issues of economic development and rural poverty. (And yes, she burned her #goblue sweatshirt when she adopted…Read More

Amy Haimerl is an award-winning reporter and editor who currently teaches journalism at Michigan State University.

Before coming to the campus in 2015, Amy was a Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, where she was studying issues of economic development and rural poverty. (And yes, she burned her #goblue sweatshirt when she adopted #gogreen.)

Before her fellowship she worked at a variety of publications, including Fortune Small Business, CNNMoney, USAA Magazine, the Jackson Free Press, Westword and the Colorado Springs Business Journal. She specializes in newsroom management, digital strategy and investigative reporting. Her teams have won a number of journalism awards, including top honors from the James Beard Foundation, Livingston Awards, Society of Investigative Reporters and Editors, Society of Professional Journalists and more.

She recently published her first book, "Detroit Hustle: A memoir or love, live and home," about her experience moving to the Motor City and rehabbing a dilapidated historic home. She continues to actively report on issues of economic development and entrepreneurship for clients such as the New York Times, Fortune, Reuters and the Knight Foundation.

She lives in Detroit with her husband, Karl; two pitbulls, Maddie and Beaubien; and a stray cat, Jack, who is the boss of them all.

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Keith Hampton Ph.D.

Professor

Work Phone: 517-432-6747

Keith Hampton, Ph.D., enjoys sharing and exploring new research across disciplines, and introducing students to the study of social network analysis. He is a focused teacher whose research-rich style brings concepts to life through the study of media and information theory and methods.

A dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, Hampton received his…Read More

Keith Hampton, Ph.D., enjoys sharing and exploring new research across disciplines, and introducing students to the study of social network analysis. He is a focused teacher whose research-rich style brings concepts to life through the study of media and information theory and methods.

A dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, Hampton received his doctorate and Master of Arts in sociology from the University of Toronto, and his Bachelor of Arts in sociology from the University of Calgary. Before joining the faculty at MSU, he was the Endowed Professor in Communication and Public Policy and Co-Chair of the Social Media & Society Cluster in the Department of Communication in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers. Other previous posts include assistant professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania; as well as assistant professor of technology, urban and community sociology, and Endowed Class of ’43 Chair in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

When he’s not teaching or researching, Hampton spends time gardening and doing science projects with his two boys-including a project that involved launching a high altitude balloon into the stratosphere. He also shares his Okemos home with his wife, Brenda, and a pet tortoise named Happy.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Hampton teaches students about theory and methods within the field of media and information, and contributes to a transdisciplinary department that explores the role of emerging digital media.

KEY RESEARCH INTEREST
Hampton is acutely interested in the relationship between new information and communication technologies, social networks, democratic engagement and the urban environment.

RECENT WORK
Hampton’s recent research has looked at the outcomes of persistent contact and pervasive awareness through social media, including stress, social isolation, exposure to diverse points of view, and willingness to voice opinions. Copies of his papers can be found here. [AK1]

RECENT PUBLICATIONS
* Hampton, Keith, Weixu Lu and Inyoung Shin. (2016). Digital Media and Stress: Cost of Caring 2.0. Information, Communication & Society 19(9), 1267-1286.
* Hampton, Keith. (2016). Persistent and Pervasive Community: New Communication Technologies and the Future of Community. American Behavioral Scientist 60(1), 101-124.
* Hampton, Keith, Lauren Sessions Goulet, & Garrett Albanesius. (2015). Change in the Social Life of Urban Public Spaces: The Rise of Mobile Phones and Women, and the Decline of Aloneness Over Thirty Years. Urban Studies 52(8), 1489-1504.
* Hampton, Keith, Lee Rainie, Weixu Lu, Inyoung Shin, and Kristen Purcell. (2015). Social Media and the Cost of Caring. Pew Research Center. Washington, DC.
* Appel, Lora, Punit Dadlani, Maria Dwyer, Keith N. Hampton, Vanessa Kitzie, Ziad A. Matni, Patricia Moore, & Rannie Teodoro. (2014). Testing the Validity of Social Capital Measures in the Study of Information and Communication Technologies. Information, Communication & Society 17(4), 398-416.
* Hampton, Keith, Lee Rainie, Weixu Lu, Maria Dwyer, Inyoung Shin, and Kristen Purcell. (2014). Social Media and the ‘Spiral of Silence’. Pew Research Center. Washington, DC.
* Hampton, Keith & Richard Ling (2013). Explaining Communication Displacement and Large-Scale Social Change in Core Networks: A Cross-National Comparison of Why Bigger is Not Better and Less Can Mean More. Information, Communication & Society 16(4), 561-589.

RECENT PUBLIC TALKS
* "Connected, Committed and Social? The Consequences of Computing for Relationships." Keynote address. SIGCSE 2015. ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education. Kansas City, Mo.
* "Is the Grass any Greener? Pervasive Awareness, Social Media and Well-Being." Keynote address. 2014 Microsoft Faculty Summit. Redmond, Wash.
* "The Social Pressures of Social Media." Keynote address. 2014, 8th International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM). Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
* "The Promise, Practice & Pitfalls of Social Media." Keynote address. 2014 Social Media & Society International Conference, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

RECENT AWARDS
* Paper Award, American Sociological Association, Section on Communication and Information Technologies (2015)
* Outstanding Article Award, International Communication Association (2012)
* Top Paper Award, American Sociological Association, Section on Communication and Information Technologies (2011)
* Walter Benjamin Award for Outstanding Article in the Field of Media Ecology, Media Ecology Association (2011)

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Bree E. Holtz Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Work Phone: (517) 884-4537

Dr. Holtz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations and Department of Media and Information.

She received her B.A. in Telecommunication from MSU, her MSc in Information Systems from the London School of Economics, and her Ph.D. in Media and Information Studies from MSU. She then completed her postdoctoral training at…Read More

Dr. Holtz is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations and Department of Media and Information.

She received her B.A. in Telecommunication from MSU, her MSc in Information Systems from the London School of Economics, and her Ph.D. in Media and Information Studies from MSU. She then completed her postdoctoral training at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System in the Health Services Research and Development Department. She returned to MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences in 2012.

Research Interests

Development, adoption and utilization of information communication technologies in health care

Publications

Holtz, B., Hershey, D., Dunneback, J., Cotten, S., Holmstrom, A., & Wood, M. (under review). Understanding the Transition from Parent Management to Self-Management Among Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes: Three Perspectives. Communication in Health Care.

Peng, W., Yuan, S. & Holtz, B. (in press). Exploring the Challenges and Opportunities of Health Mobile Apps for Individuals with Type 2: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Telecommunications and Telehealth.

Holtz, B., Emmeot, A., Morrish, W., Davis, J., & Krein, S., (in press). Characteristics of patients who accept referrals to self-management programs. SAGE Open Medicine.

Holtz, B., Smock, A. & Reyes-Gastelum, D. (2015). Connected Motherhood: Social Support for Moms and Moms-to-be on Facebook. Journal of Telemedicine and e-Health. 21. doi:10.1089/tmj.2014.0118.

Manojlovich, M., Harrod, M., Holtz, B., Hofer, T., Kuhn, L., & Krein, S. (2014). The Use of Multiple Qualitative Methods To Characterize Communication Events Between Physicians And Nurses. Health Communication. 30:61-69. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2013.835894.

Holtz, B., Krein, S., Bentley, D., Hughes, M., Giardino, N., & Richardson, C. (2014). Comparison Of Veteran Experiences Of Low-Cost, Home-Based Diet And Exercise Interventions. Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development. 51:149-160 .doi:10.1682/JRRD.2013.04.0088.

Holtz, B., Morrish, W., & Krein, S. (2013). Development Of An Innovative Nurse-Patient Shared Decision Support Tool: The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Navigator Application. American Journal of Nursing, 113:47-52. doi:10.1097/01.NAJ.0000425752.49665.df.

Holtz, B. & LaPlante, C. (2012). Diabetes Management Via Mobile Phones: A Systematic Review. Telemedicine and e-Health, 18:175-184 doi:10.1089/tmj.2011.0119.

Holtz, B. & Krein, S. (2011). Understanding Nurse Perceptions Of A Newly Implemented Electronic Medical Record System. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 29: 247-262 doi: 10.1080/15228835.2011.639931.

Piette, J., Holtz, B., Beard, A., Blaum, C., Greenstone, L., Krein, S., Tremblay, A., Foreman, J., & Kerr, E. (2011). Improving Chronic Illness Care For Veterans Within The Framework Of The Patient-Centered Medical Home: Experiences From The Ann Arbor Patient Aligned Care Team Laboratory. Translational Behavioral Medicine. doi: 10.1007/s13142-011-0065-8.

Whitten, P., Holtz, B., Cornacchione, J. & Wirth, C. (2011). Evaluating Telehealth Websites On Design, Literacy, Information And Content Variables. Journal of Telemedicine & Telecare, 17:31-35. doi: 10.1258/jtt.2010.091208.

Whitten, P., Holtz, B., Krupinski, E., & Alverson, D. (2010). Challenges Of The Rural Healthcare Pilot Program Broadband Initiative. Telemedicine and e-Health, 16:370-372. doi:10.1089/tmj.2009.0134.

Whitten, P., Holtz, B., & Nguyen, L. (2010). Keys To A Successful And Sustainable Telemedicine Program. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 26:211-216.

Whitten, P., Holtz, B., & LaPlante, C. (2010). Telemedicine: What Have We Learned? Journal of Applied Clinical Informatics, 1:132-141. doi: 10.4338/ACI-2009-12-R-0020.

Whitten, P., Holtz, B., Krupinski, E., Alverson, D., & LaPlante, C. (2010). An Independent Investigation Into The Deployment Of The Federal Communications Commissions’ Rural Health Care Pilot Project. Telemedicine and e-Health 16: 1005-1011. doi: 10.1089/tmj.2010.0100.

Whitten, P., Holtz, B., Meyer, E., & Nazione, S. (2009). Telehospice: reasons for slow adoption in home hospice care. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 15:187-190.doi: doi:10.1258/jtt.2009.080911.

Whitten, P., Holtz, B., & Nazione, S. (2009). Searching for Barriers to Adoption of the Videophone in a Hospice Setting. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 27:1-16. Doi: 10.1080/15228830903329849.

Holtz, B. & Whitten, P. (2009). Managing Asthma With Mobile Phones: A Feasibility StudyTelemedicine and e-Health, 15: 907-909.

Brennan, D., Holtz, B., Chumbler, N., Kobb, R., Rabinowitz, T. (2008). Visioning Technology For The Future Of Telehealth. Telemedicine and e-Health, 14:982-985.

Alverson, D., Holtz, B., D’Loria, J., DeVany, M., Simmons, S., Poropatich, R. (2008). One Size Doesn’t Fit All; Bringing Telehealth Services To Special Populations. Telemedicine and e-Health, 14: 957-963.

Whitten, P. & Holtz, B. (2008). Provider Utilization Of Telemedicine: The Elephant In The Room.Telemedicine and e-Health, 14: 995-997.

Whitten, P. & Holtz, B. (2008). A Series Of Papers For Those Yearning To Propel Telehealth To New Heights. Telemedicine and e-Health, 14: 952-956.

Book Chapters

Holtz, B., Lauckner, C., & Whitten, P. (in press). Mobile Health: The Way Forward in Providing Innovative Health Care Solutions. In Telemedicine: Emerging Technologies, Application and Impact on Health Care Outcomes. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Morrish, W. & Holtz, B. (2015). Developing an Outpatient RN Assessment Tool to Facilitate Delivery of Patient-Centered Care. In Rick, C. & Kritek, P. B. (Eds.). Realizing the Future of Nursing: VA Nurses Tell Their Story. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.

Holtz, B., & Buis, L. (2013). Promoting Healthy Living and Behaviors through Mobile Phones. Health. In R. Ahmed & D. Bates (Eds.) Communication in Media Contexts. Surrey, UK: Gower Publishing, Ltd.

Mackert, M., Whitten, P., & Holtz, B. (2009). Health Infonomics: Intelligent Applications of Information Technology. In M. Pankowska (Ed.) Distributed Business and Decision-Making Environments: Creating Information System Ecology. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

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Carleen Ling-An Hsu

Professor of Practice

Carleen Ling-An Hsu graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied film and television and from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her films for HBO, PBS, the Learning Channel, BBC, and Channel 4 (in the UK) cover a wide range of subjects from the obesity epidemic in America to…Read More

Carleen Ling-An Hsu graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she studied film and television and from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her films for HBO, PBS, the Learning Channel, BBC, and Channel 4 (in the UK) cover a wide range of subjects from the obesity epidemic in America to gender identity in Thailand to faith healing in Africa. She joins MSU as a Professor of Practice in our department jointly with the Film Studies Program in the Department of English. Carleen’s documentaries have been recognized for their exceptional storytelling and original content with a Royal Television Society Award, a Genesis Award, a Foreign Press Association Award for Best Documentary, a nomination for a national News and Documentary Emmy, and two prestigious George Foster Peabody Awards.

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Natascha Just Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Natascha Just is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information. She has an MA in communication science/romance philology and a Ph.D. in communication science from the University of Vienna, Austria. Prior to joining MSU she was senior research and teaching associate in the Media Change & Innovation Division, Institute of Mass Communication…Read More

Natascha Just is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information. She has an MA in communication science/romance philology and a Ph.D. in communication science from the University of Vienna, Austria. Prior to joining MSU she was senior research and teaching associate in the Media Change & Innovation Division, Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research (IPMZ), University of Zurich, Switzerland (2008-2016). She was a Hertha Firnberg Scholar at the Department of Communication, University of Vienna, Austria (2005-2008); the inaugural Fellow of the Stanford-Vienna Transatlantic Technology Law Forum (TTLF) and a visiting researcher at Stanford Law School (2007); a post-doctoral fellow on international communication at the ARNIC, Annenberg School for Communication, USC, Los Angeles (2004-2005); and a research fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, Austria (1998-2004).

Research and Teaching Interests
Natascha Just’s current research and teaching interests are related to media economics and policy. They center on the development, controllability and consequences of innovation-induced media change, with a special emphasis on competition policy, market power control, changing governance structures, algorithms on the Internet, Internet platforms, as well as the evolution of Internet use and attitudes. Her research has been published in books and journals such as New Media & Society; Telecommunications Policy; Media, Culture & Society; Communications & Strategies; info; Knowledge, Technology & Policy; and International Journal of Media & Cultural Politics.

Awards, Honors and Recognitions
Outstanding Paper in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence for Saurwein, F./Just, N./Latzer, M. (2015). Governance of Algorithms: Options and Limitations. In: Info, 17 (6), 35-49.

Top Faculty Paper Award of the International Communications Association’s CLAP Division, Fukuoka 2016 for Just, N./Latzer, M. (2016). Governance by Algorithms: Reality Construction by Algorithmic Selection on the Internet. In: Media, Culture & Society, doi: 10.1177/0163443716643157.

Best Paper Award of the Swiss Association of Communication and Media Research, Conference 2015 for Büchi, M./Just, N./Latzer, M. (2015). Modeling the second-level digital divide: A five-country study of social differences in Internet use. In: New Media & Society, doi: 10.1177/1461444815604154.

Hertha Firnberg Grant, Austrian National Science Fund (2005)

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Elizabeth LaPensée Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D. expresses herself through writing, design, and art in games, transmedia, comics, and animation. She is Anishinaabe, Métis, and Irish, living near the Great Lakes. She designed and created art for Honour Water (2016), an Anishinaabe singing game for healing the water. She designed and programmed Invaders (2015), a remix of the arcade…Read More

Elizabeth LaPensée, Ph.D. expresses herself through writing, design, and art in games, transmedia, comics, and animation. She is Anishinaabe, Métis, and Irish, living near the Great Lakes. She designed and created art for Honour Water (2016), an Anishinaabe singing game for healing the water. She designed and programmed Invaders (2015), a remix of the arcade classic Space Invaders inspired by art from Steven Paul Judd. She also designed The Gift of Food (2014), a board game for the Northwest Indian College about Northwest Native traditional foods.

Early on, she was a Research Assistant for Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace and continues to contribute as a Research Affiliate in the Initiative for Indigenous Futures. Her dissertation in Interactive Arts and Technology from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia shares experiences from the Indigenous social impact game Survivance (2011), which encourages healing through storytelling and creating art. Soon after, she was a Postdoctoral Associate for the University of Minnesota’s Research for Indigenous Community Health Center. Her ongoing work addresses the intersections of media, culture, and healing.

Works
LaPensée, Elizabeth. “Indigenous Intervention in Video Games.” Indigenous Intervention into “Indigenous Narrative.” Institute of American Indian Arts. Nativo Lodge, Albuquerque, NM. Friday, April 1, 2016.

LaPensée, Elizabeth. “Indigenous Board Game Design in The Gift of Food.” Analog Game Studies 3.2 (2016). Web.

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Rachel Mourao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Rachel Mourao, Ph.D. approaches the practice and study of journalism with a blend of digital savvy, empirical research and ethics, and a mindset for the news.

Hailing from the Brazilian Amazon, Mourao worked several years as an online reporter and social media manager in journalism and public relations in Brazil. More recently, her work centered…Read More

Rachel Mourao, Ph.D. approaches the practice and study of journalism with a blend of digital savvy, empirical research and ethics, and a mindset for the news.

Hailing from the Brazilian Amazon, Mourao worked several years as an online reporter and social media manager in journalism and public relations in Brazil. More recently, her work centered on journalists covering political protests in Latin America and elections in the United States.

Mourao received her doctorate in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, School of Journalism. She also holds a Master of Arts from the University of Florida, Center for Latin American Studies and a Bachelor of Arts from the Universidade Federal do Amazonas, Departamento de Comunicação Social.

Mourao lives a world away from her hometown of Manaus and resides in Haslett, Mich., with her husband and two dogs. When she’s not working, she spends time outdoors with her husband and dogs or binge-watching TV.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Mourao joins the School of Journalism as an Assistant Professor focused on innovative technologies and journalism. Her new role includes teaching skills related to news writing, social media and digital storytelling. She will also conduct empirical research on journalism, technology and political communication, and look to connect theory to professional practice.

Drawing on her experience, Mourao provides perspective on the profound effects of technology on how journalists approach and distribute stories. Her teaching provides students with a firm foundation in the current media landscape, imparts traditional journalistic values and ethics, and demonstrates how those values and ethics relate to the digital world.

KEY RESEARCH INTEREST
Maurao’s key research interests in digital media, political communication, diversity and Latin American Studies have allowed her to focus on the intersection between journalism, new media and politics. She is particularly interested in the conditions under which technology affects the work of journalists covering political events like protests and elections.

RECENT WORK
Mourao’s dissertation research reflects her passion for journalism, technology and politics in Latin America, and presents a framework for understanding some of the challenges faced by journalists covering politics in emerging democracies.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS
Employing both quantitative and qualitative methods, Mourao’s research focuses on how journalists cover political events in a changing media ecosystem. Three of her most recent publications include:

  • Mourao, R.R., Diehl, T., & Vasudevan. K. (2016). I LOVE BIG BIRD: How journalists tweeted humor during the 2012 Presidential Debates. Digital Journalism, 4 (2), 211-228.
  • Mourao, R. R. (2015). The Boys on the Timeline: Political Journalists’ Use of Twitter for Building Interpretive Communities. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, 16(8), 1107-1123.
  • Mourao, R. R. & Wood, C.H (2015). The Digital Divide In Brazil, 2004 – 2009: Evolution and Effects on Political Engagement. Journal of Latin American Communication Research, 5 (1), 115-139.

Mourao’s publications and other materials are available for download at
http://www.rachelmourao.com/research/

RECENT PUBLIC TALKS

Brazilian media in times of crisis and protests
Invited presentation at the LILLAS Brazil Center, The University of Texas at Austin.

Social Media for Journalists
Guest speaker at the ASNE Reynolds High School Journalism Institute, The University of Texas at Austin.
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RECENT AWARDS

  • Dissertation Writing Fellowship, University of Texas at Austin
  • Markham paper competition, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Latino/Latin American Research Award, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Mary Gardner Award for Graduate Student Research, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Commission on the Status of Women
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Taiquan "Winson" Peng

Associate Professor

Work Phone: (517) 355-0221

Dr. Peng joined the Department of Communication of Michigan State University on August, 2016. Prior to that, he taught at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore from 2013 to 2016 and Macau University of Science and Technology in Macau from 2009 to 2013. He obtained his PhD degree from the Department of Media and Communication, City…Read More

Dr. Peng joined the Department of Communication of Michigan State University on August, 2016. Prior to that, he taught at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore from 2013 to 2016 and Macau University of Science and Technology in Macau from 2009 to 2013. He obtained his PhD degree from the Department of Media and Communication, City University of Hong Kong in 2008. His research outputs appeared in top-ranked journals of communication science, information science, and computer science, such as Communication Research, New Media & Society, Journal of Informetrics, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Scientometrics, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, and elsewhere. His recent research focuses on tie-generative mechanisms in communication and information networks, sentiment analysis on social media, and diffusion of viral messages on social media.

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Matthew Phillips M.A., CCC-SLP

M.A. Program Director, Professor of Practice

Work Phone: (517) 884-2323

Matt is the director of the Master of Arts Program in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. He received his BA in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1991 and his MA in speech-language pathology from Western Michigan University in 1994. Matt’s clinical work has been both medically- and school-based, and has crossed the lifespan from…Read More

Matt is the director of the Master of Arts Program in Communicative Sciences and Disorders. He received his BA in psychology from the University of Michigan in 1991 and his MA in speech-language pathology from Western Michigan University in 1994. Matt’s clinical work has been both medically- and school-based, and has crossed the lifespan from neonatal/premature infant care to geriatric services. His therapeutic expertise lies in the areas of speech sound disorders, developmental disabilities and low-incidence diagnoses, cultural responsiveness, and behavior. Matt has had the opportunity to support the development of clinicians across the entire breadth of their training, including undergraduate coursework and observation, graduate level study and clinical internships, and clinical fellowships. Previously, Matt held the position of Coordinator of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports at Ingham Intermediate School District. He is a member of multiple professional organizations and has served as a site visitor for the Council on Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association. Matt’s research interests lie in evidence-based clinical supervision, as well as the training and support of clinical supervisors.

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Bianca C. Reisdorf Ph.D.

Assistant Professor & Assistant Director of the Quello Center

Dr. Bianca Reisdorf is Assistant Professor & Assistant Director of the Quello Center. Prior to joining the Quello Center, Bianca worked as a Lecturer and Director of Distance Learning in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester in the UK with a focus in digital media and research methods. In addition,…Read More

Dr. Bianca Reisdorf is Assistant Professor & Assistant Director of the Quello Center. Prior to joining the Quello Center, Bianca worked as a Lecturer and Director of Distance Learning in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester in the UK with a focus in digital media and research methods. In addition, she has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Communication at the University of Cincinnati.

Bianca’s research interests include digital inequalities and policies, Internet use among vulnerable groups, and cross-national comparative studies that apply both qualitative and quantitative methods. She has been involved in the research project “Access Denied: A Qualitative Study of Inadequate Broadband Access in Rural Britain” (http://rural.oii.ox.ac.uk/) and she currently is developing a new study on the consequences of lack of Internet access in prisons for ex-convicts in their rehabilitation process. Bianca received her D.Phil. degree in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, in 2012, having completed an M.A. in Sociology at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, in 2008. At Oxford, Bianca was part of the team that conducted the Oxford Internet Surveys (OxIS), which tracked the use and impact of the Internet in Britain from 2003 through 2013.

At the Quello Center, Bianca is playing a key role in the Center’s Network Neutrality Impact Project, and in the development of new projects around issues of digital inequality.

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Nancy Rhodes Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Work Phone: (517) 353-9909

Dr. Nancy Rhodes comes to Michigan State University from the School of Communication at the Ohio State University. Her research interests are broadly focused on persuasion and social influence – particularly how they affect health and safety behaviors. She has published work on the effects of attitudes and norms on cigarette smoking and risky driving…Read More

Dr. Nancy Rhodes comes to Michigan State University from the School of Communication at the Ohio State University. Her research interests are broadly focused on persuasion and social influence – particularly how they affect health and safety behaviors. She has published work on the effects of attitudes and norms on cigarette smoking and risky driving behavior, and has ongoing projects in these domains. Her work has recently focused on how normative influences contribute to substance use, and on how norms might contribute to resistance toward health-related messages. Dr. Rhodes was trained as a Social Psychologist at Texas A&M, earning her Ph.D. in 1991. She worked pharmaceutical marketing research and other applied contexts for a number of years before returning to academia full time. Her work has appeared in journals such as Communication Research, Communication Monographs and Media Psychology, as well as in specialty health and safety journals.

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