ComArtSci Welcomes New Faculty

In an unprecedented hire, the College of Communication Arts and Sciences welcomed 31 new faculty members for the 2016 - 2017 academic year, representing the largest faculty hire in the college’s history. Armed with knowledge and expertise from around the world, faculty members will utilize learning spaces and contribute to groundbreaking research taking shape in departments across ComArtSci and Michigan State University.

Many have been recognized for their work on topics and in areas that are changing lives, such as digital, mobile and social media, health and risk communication, as well as psychological and behavioral studies. With the help of the new faculty, the college plans to grow these key areas in the years ahead and fuse new collaborations with those across the university.

Meet the new faces of ComArtSci, and see for yourself how they plan to contribute to the future of the university and beyond.

Department of Communication

Winson Peng copyWinson Peng
Associate Professor

Focused on examining human communication phenomena with computational methods. His interests include public sentiment on social media and tie-generative mechanisms in communication networks. Read full bio >>

Eden-Allison copyAllison Eden
Assistant Professor

Primary interests lie in understanding media enjoyment and well-being from a psychological perspective, focusing on motivation, morality and personal media management.
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schmaelzle-ralf copyRalf Schmäelzle
Assistant Professor

Studies health and risk communication, using neuroimaging to capture the response to messaging on a moment-to-moment basis and simultaneously across different brain regions.
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Department of Media and Information

Ewoldsen-150David Ewoldsen
Professor

Focused on media theory and methods. His primary interests include media psychology, health communication, attitude accessibility, and persuasion. He was recently named a Fellow of the International Communication Association (ICA). Read full bio >>

Hampton-150Keith Hampton
Professor

Focused on media and information theory and methods. Primary interests include the study of community and the relationship between digital technologies, social networks, democratic engagement, and the urban environment. Read full bio >>

Just-150Natascha Just
Associate Professor

Focused on media economics and politics. Her primary interests include the controllability and consequences of innovation-induced media change, with emphasis on competition policy, internet platforms, and algorithms on the internet. Read full bio >>

Bianca Reisdorf
Assistant Professor

Primary interests include digital inequalities and policies, internet use among vulnerable groups, and cross-national comparative studies that apply both qualitative and quantitative methods. Read full bio >>

Bond-150Jeremy Gibson Bond
Professor of Practice

Game designer and developer. IndieCade Chair. Author of "Introduction to Game Design, Prototyping, and Development". Develops games through his company, ExNinja Interactive.
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New Faculty 2016Ricardo Guimaraes
Professor of Practice

Responsible for teaching the initial artistic aspects of game creation, planning the artwork, and creating concepts suitable for use in the production pipelines of game projects.
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valadez_entryJohn J. Valadez
Professor of Practice

A Peabody Award-winning filmmaker who has written, directed, and produced a dozen nationally broadcasted films for PBS and CNN. He is jointly appointed with ComArtSci and the College of Arts and Letters. Read full bio >>

busfield-timothy-20160616-9137_copy_entryTimothy Busfield
Artist in Residence

Focused on acting, fiction film production, and producing national content for WKAR. An Emmy award-winning actor. Busfield is jointly appointed as Artist in Residence with ComArtSci and the College of Arts and Letters. Read full bio >>

Carleen Ling-an Hsu
Professor of Practice

Ann award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced programs for HBO, PBS and British television. Twice she has been recognized with the prestigious Peabody Award for excellence in television. She is jointly appointed with ComArtSci and the College of Arts and Letters. Read full bio >>

LaPensee-150Elizabeth LaPensée
Assistant Professor

Focused on game design and research, merging game studies and indigenous studies. Her ongoing work addresses the intersections of media, culture, and healing. LaPensée has a joint appointment with ComArtSci and the College of Arts and Letters. Read full bio >>

Department of Advertising + Public Relations

Rhodes_Nancy PhotoNancy Rhodes
Associate Professor

Research focuses on advertising psychology and health communication. Her primary interests include persuasion and social influence, and how they affect health and safety behaviors. Read full bio >>

morgan_ellithorpe_2016_faculty_025Morgan Ellithorpe
Assistant Professor

Interests center on how media exposure in film, television, and video games shape attitudes and behavior, primarily in the areas of health and risk, minority representation, and morality.
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bholtz-wBree Holtz
Assistant Professor

Focused on advertising/public relations relating to science, health, environment, or risk. Her primary interests include development, adaptation, and utilization of information communication technologies in health care. Read full bio >>

Joseph Steinhardt.jpeg copyJoseph Steinhardt
Assistant Professor

Focused on science, health, environment, and risk communication. His primary research interests include narratives, numeracy, and decision making. Read full bio >>

Kjerstin Thorson copyKjerstin Thorson
Assistant Professor

Focused on data analytics and mixed method approaches in political communication research. Her research investigates the role of digital and social media in promoting - or hindering- political engagement, particularly among youth and young adults. Read full bio >>

Ross Chowles
Professor of Practice

Interests include the advertising and creative industry with a focus on creative direction, strategy, brand management, presentation techniques, creative workshops, art directions, design, and copywriting. Read full bio >>

lou-schiavoneLou Schiavone
Professor of Practice

Focused on concept development, copywriting, and the creation of integrated campaign experiences. Brings breadth of experience and knowledge to the table, having worked at a number of acclaimed agencies on iconic brands. Read full bio >>

Gregory TaucherGregory Taucher
Professor of Practice

Taucher comes to ComArtSci after 25 years with DDB, a worldwide marketing communications network. He teaches undergraduate courses in management and integrated campaign development. Read full bio >>


Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Searl-Jeff-Allied-Health-2016Jeff Searl
Associate Professor

Focused on medical aspects of speech language pathology, including alterations to tongue and lip function in adults with head and neck cancer or with neurodegenerative diseases.
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Yaruss-Scott-HeadshotJ. Scott Yaruss
Professor

Focused on research, teaching and clinical service in speech-language pathology, specifically for understanding the underlying causes of stuttering and helping clinicians provide meaningful treatment for people who stutter. Read full bio >>

phillips-matthew-09132016-3106_copy_copy_entryMatthew Phillips
Professor of Practice

Work has been both medical and school-based. His clinical and research interests lie in the areas of speech sound disorders, developmental disabilities, behavior, and clinical supervision.
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School of Journalism

esther-thorson1 copyEsther Thorson
Professor

Focused on media management, economics and entrepreneurship. Her primary interests include advertising and news effects, media economics, and health communication.
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Rachel MouraoRachel Mourao
Assistant Professor

Focused on journalism and innovative technologies. Her primary interests include digital media, political communication, diversity, and Latin American studies.
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Brendan_Watson_MG_3055-1024pxBrendan Watson
Assistant Professor

Primary interests include local public affairs news and information, local community/civic engagement, and quantitative, non-experimental research methods, including content analysis, survey, network, and spatial methods/analyses.
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mike-castellucciMichael Castellucci
Video News Artist in Residence

Creator of two 30-minute television specials called Phoning It In shot entirely on an iPhone - the first of its kind. Focused on broadcast journalism, including innovative iPhone broadcast reporting. Read full bio >>

New FacultyRichard Epps
Professor of Practice

Focused on web and publication design, including coding and design for print and digital media. Epps brings 21 years of experience in page design and presentation editing from The Detroit NewsRead full bio >>

haimerlAmy Haimerl
Professor of Practice

Award-winning reporter and editor with experience working for Fortune, Small Business and CNN Money, among others. Focused on multi-platform news writing, including multimedia reporting and writing, business, and entrepreneurship. Read full bio >>


Dean's Office

Jason ArcherJason Archer
Professor of Practice

Focused on marketing, development, teaching and advising the M.A. in Strategic Communication. Archer comes by way of a media software startup in San Antonio and 15 years in higher ed.
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