Faculty & Staff

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Saleem E. Alhabash Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Work Phone: (517) 432-2178

Saleem Alhabash is an Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Social Media, jointly appointed by the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, and the Department of Media and Information. His research focuses on the processes and effects of new and social media. More specifically, Saleem’s research investigates the cognitive and emotional responses, and psychological effects…Read More

Saleem Alhabash is an Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Social Media, jointly appointed by the Department of Advertising and Public Relations, and the Department of Media and Information. His research focuses on the processes and effects of new and social media. More specifically, Saleem’s research investigates the cognitive and emotional responses, and psychological effects associated with using social networking sites and playing serious/persuasive video games. His research is geared toward understanding how new communication technologies can be utilized in cross-cultural and international communication, with emphasis on changing attitudes and stereotypes of foreign nations. Saleem received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He brings a diverse experience in global media and strategic communication.

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Nasser Almutairi

Doctoral Student

Nasser Almutairi is a doctoral candidate pursuing research on social media marketing and consumer behavior. Some of his recent work involves understanding the patterns of online viral behavior on social media, effects of colors on ads on social media platform, health news coverage and source effects, plain packaging colors effect, and public health announcements and…Read More

Nasser Almutairi is a doctoral candidate pursuing research on social media marketing and consumer behavior. Some of his recent work involves understanding the patterns of online viral behavior on social media, effects of colors on ads on social media platform, health news coverage and source effects, plain packaging colors effect, and public health announcements and religion message interaction on online behavior for Arabic speaking subjects. Before coming to Michigan State University, Nasser earned a Master of Business Administration at Western Michigan University (USA) and a Business Administration (B.S.) at King Saud University (Saudi Arabia). His professional experience is in the fields of business plan writing, entrepreneurship training programs, business communication, marketing strategies, and human resource development assessment and training programs. Currently, Nasser is a researcher at the Department of Advertising + Public Relations.

Research Interests: Social marketing, consumer behavior, sponsorship marketing, and social media behavior.

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Brigitte A. Balogh McKay

Doctoral Student

Brigitte A. (Balogh) McKay received her B.B.A. in Management Information Systems and M.A. in Advertising from The University of Texas at Austin. A new PhD Candidate in Media and Information Systems in Advertising, she is currently researching consumer-brand relationships on social media and user interactions with enterprise social software. A recipient of the Rasmussen Memorial…Read More

Brigitte A. (Balogh) McKay received her B.B.A. in Management Information Systems and M.A. in Advertising from The University of Texas at Austin. A new PhD Candidate in Media and Information Systems in Advertising, she is currently researching consumer-brand relationships on social media and user interactions with enterprise social software. A recipient of the Rasmussen Memorial Scholarship and two time recipient of the Leo Burnett Research Scholarship, Brigitte’s research seeks to further understand best practices for corporate and brand engagement with their employees and their consumers to strengthen brand relationships and community ties.

Research Interests: Brand equity, Brand-consumer relationships and messaging strategies, Health and risk communications, Social media strategy and consumer engagement, Enterprise Social Software and employee interaction

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John C. Besley Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Ellis N. Brandt Chair in Public Relations

Work Phone: (517) 884-4411

Dr. Besley studies how views about decision-makers and decision processes affect perceptions of science and technology (S&T) with potential health or environmental impacts. This focus includes consideration of both mediated exposure through newspapers, television programs and web content, as well as face-to-face public engagement exercises (e.g., public meetings). His work emphasizes the need to look…Read More

Dr. Besley studies how views about decision-makers and decision processes affect perceptions of science and technology (S&T) with potential health or environmental impacts. This focus includes consideration of both mediated exposure through newspapers, television programs and web content, as well as face-to-face public engagement exercises (e.g., public meetings). His work emphasizes the need to look at both citizens’ perceptions of decision-makers and decision-makers’ perceptions of the public.

More generally, Dr. Besley explores the relationships between media use, public engagement and health and environmental risk perceptions. His research has touched on public perceptions of nanotechnology, biotechnology, and energy technologies (particularly nuclear and hydrogen and fuel cell technologies). He has also been involved in research into journalistic norms related to coverage of public engagement and research to better understand the impact of science and risk communication training.

Dr. Besley has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and this work has appeared in high-ranking journals including Risk Analysis, Science Communication, Public Understanding of Science, and the Journal of Risk Research as well as a range of edited volumes. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation, and the United States Department of Agriculture.

In addition to his regular research, Dr. Besley is the lead author for the 2014 and the 2016 (ongoing) National Science Board chapters on public attitudes and knowledge about science and technology. This biennial report-Science and Engineering Indicators-is submitted to the White House and Congress and represents the definitive statement on Americans’ views about S&T.

Dr. Besley received the Hillier-Krieghbaum "Under 40″ Award" from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2013. He also received a "rising star" award from the University of South Carolina in 2012.

Previous service positions have included chairing both the Science Communication division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Risk Communication division of the Society for Risk Analysis. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Risk Analysis, the Journal of Risk Research, and Science Communication and provides reviews for a range of other journals and granting organizations. He received a top reviewer award from the Society for Risk Analysis in 2014.

As an instructor, Dr. Besley focuses on civic engagement, risk and crisis communication, science communication, and media relations.

Dr. Besley earned his Ph.D. in Communication from Cornell University in 2006 and both masters (Public Administration, 2000), and bachelor’s (Journalism, 1998) degrees from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Prior to his Ph.D., Dr. Besley served as a policy analyst with Environment Canada’s Policy and Communication’s division for international environmental issues. He was a visiting fellow at the University of Koblenz-Landau in summer 2014.

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Henry Brimmer

Assistant Professor

Home Phone: (517)-355-2314

Henry Brimmer, a graphic designer who often doubles as photographer and educator, joined the Department of Advertising + Public Relations as part of the colleges Design Initiative via the MSU Quality Fund. With almost 30 years of industry and teaching experience, Henry was most recently Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign…Read More

Henry Brimmer, a graphic designer who often doubles as photographer and educator, joined the Department of Advertising + Public Relations as part of the colleges Design Initiative via the MSU Quality Fund. With almost 30 years of industry and teaching experience, Henry was most recently Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he also designed and co-curated Designing Experiences, an exhibit of work by graphic and industrial design alumni presented at the Krannert Museum of Art in Urbana from April through July 2006.

From 2000 through 2005, Brimmer was associate professor at Southern Utah University, where he was hired to establish a graphic design program through the Department of Art. Before that he had his own design studio in San Francisco and was the publisher/editor/designer of Photo Metro magazine, a San Francisco-based award-winning magazine on photography.

Brimmer received his Master of Fine Arts degree in graphic design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, a bachelors degree in fine arts from Sonoma State University in California, and a bachelors degree in economics from the University of California-Berkeley. He resides in East Lansing with wife Therese, the rambunctious duo of Matias and Andreas and Cocoa the cat.

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Janice Bukovac-Phelps Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Internship Director

Work Phone: (517) 355-6576

Dr. Janice Bukovac-Phelps is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations at Michigan State University. In that capacity she teaches the Principles of Advertising course, the first of the core courses in the advertising program. The class services over 500 students each semester, thanks in part to the successful application of…Read More

Dr. Janice Bukovac-Phelps is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations at Michigan State University. In that capacity she teaches the Principles of Advertising course, the first of the core courses in the advertising program. The class services over 500 students each semester, thanks in part to the successful application of new technology.

In addition, Dr. Bukovac-Phelps serves as the Internship Director for Advertising and Public Relations. Her responsibilities include guiding students through the process and developing and maintaining relationships with corporate business sponsors.

Dr. Bukovac-Phelps research interests are varied, but her work has focused on historical subjects. Article topics ranging from the invective civil war press, to the evolution of sports marketing, have been published in both general consumer and academic publications.

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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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Andrew Corner

Instructor

Work Phone: (517) 355-5084

Andrew Corner, APR, is instructor of public relations and writing for the Department of Advertising and Public Relations.

Prior to joining the department, Corner spent eight years with The Rossman Group, a Michigan-based, statewide issue management consultancy where he provided strategic counseling and account management services for clients in multiple industries. His background also includes…Read More

Andrew Corner, APR, is instructor of public relations and writing for the Department of Advertising and Public Relations.

Prior to joining the department, Corner spent eight years with The Rossman Group, a Michigan-based, statewide issue management consultancy where he provided strategic counseling and account management services for clients in multiple industries. His background also includes a decade in the communications department of Ingham Regional Medical Center (Lansing, Mich.), where he developed expertise in media relations, crisis management and internal communication programs. In his final position there, as system manager of marketing operations, he had operational responsibility for all of the health system’s organizational and internal communication initiatives, media relations, trade shows and health fairs, publications and Internet applications.

Corner is accredited in public relations by the Public Relations Society of America. He holds a master’s degree in public relations management and a bachelor’s degree in communication from Michigan State University.

Courses

Writing for Public Relations

(ADV 225) Section 101, 730

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Constantinos K. Coursaris Ph.D.

Associate Chairperson, Director of Graduate Studies, and Associate Professor - Department of Media and Information; Associate Professor -Department of Advertising and Public Relations

Work Phone: (517) 353-3122 Work Fax: (517) 355-1292

Dr. Constantinos K. Coursaris is an Associate Chairperson, Director of Graduate Studies, and Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information, as well as Associate Professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations. He is also Professor by Courtesy, Usability / Accessibility Research & Consulting in MSU Outreach and Engagement.

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Dr. Constantinos K. Coursaris is an Associate Chairperson, Director of Graduate Studies, and Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Information, as well as Associate Professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations. He is also Professor by Courtesy, Usability / Accessibility Research & Consulting in MSU Outreach and Engagement.

His formal training consists of a B.Eng. in Aerospace, an MBA in e-Business, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems with a concentration on electronic business (e-Business) and mobile commerce (m-Commerce). His doctoral dissertation focused on “Contextual Usability: The Impact of Distraction on User Performance, Satisfaction, and Adoption of Mobile Devices for Wireless Data Services.” During his academic career he has received many accolades in business analysis and e-Business research and development. Constantinos has been involved in the instruction of over 40 university courses over the last 7 years. He has also gained consulting experience in the private sector, focusing on Web content management, Website development and event organizing. Constantinos has also held management positions in retail, hospitality, and information technology (IT). Constantinos studies user motivations, expectations, and experiences with new media and the consequent design implications with a focus on social systems. His current research interests lie in the intersection of usability and mobile technologies for the purpose of health and/or commercial applications. He supplements his research expertise with consulting on social media for governance and/or marketing, and has trained diverse organizations in North America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Follow him @DrCoursaris.

Roles & Responsibilities
College Representative, Academic Council, MSU 2009 – present | College Representative, Faculty Council, MSU 2009 – present | Member, Scholarship Committee 2009 – present | Faculty Advisor, ASCOT – TISM’s undergraduate student association 2008 – present | Committee Member, MA Degree Comprehensive Exam review Committee, Department of Telecommunication 2007 – present | Information Studies, and Media, Michigan State University, Fall, 2009. | Member, IT Specialization Committee, College of CAS, MSU 2006 – present | Event Organizer, World Usability Day @ MSU 2005 – present | Search Committee Chair, TISM (Social Media position) 2013 – present

Awards, Honors and Recognitions
2012: Received the Best Paper Award, AIS SIGHCI pre-ICIS Workshop on HCI Research, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), for Van Osch, W., and Coursaris, C.K. (2012). The Duality of Social Media: Enabling Structuration and Socialization through Organizational Communication. Orlando, Florida, December 15, 2012. | 2010: Inducted in Phi Beta Delta (Alpha Alpha Chapter) Honor Society for International Scholars | 2010: Nominated for the best paper award, AIS SIGHCI pre-ICIS Workshop on HCI Research, International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS), for Coursaris, C.K., Yun, Y., and Sung, J. Understanding Twitter’s adoption and use continuance: the Synergy between Uses and Gratifications and Diffusion of Innovations. St. Louis, U.S.A., Dec. 12-15. | 2010: Received the Outstanding Faculty Award by MSU’s Senior Council for his commitment to and achievements in undergraduate education | 2009: Received the ITERA Innovative Course Award at the 2009 ITERA Conference in Atlanta (note: ITERA is the International Telecommunication Education and Research Association) | 2007: Nominated for the best paper award, European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), for Coursaris, C.K., Hassanein, K, Head, M., and Bontis, N. The Impact of Distractions on the Usability and Adoption of Mobile Devices for Wireless Data Services. | 2007: People’s Choice Poster award, World Usability Day, for Coursaris, C.K., Swierenga, S., and Watrall, E. (2007). Effects of Aesthetics on Website Usability.

Courses
GRADUATE | Social Media Marketing | Advertising and Promotion Management | Design and Development of Media Projects UNDERGRADUATE | HCI and Experience Design | I.T. Project Management | Wireless Networks and Applications | Human-Computer Interaction and Web Design | Undergraduate Research Seminar – New Media Marketing | (Annually in early May) Study Abroad in Japan: Technology and Culture – Communication and Games | (Annually in late May) Study Abroad in Korea: Technology and Culture – Communication and Games | (Annually in July) American Semester Program on New Media for Digital Business and Marketing (MSU for Universita’ Cattolica del Sacro Cuore – Italy – and AIM Overseas Australia) | (Annually in July) American Semester Program on Big Data and Social Network Analysis (MSU for AIM Overseas Australia)

Key Research Interest
I am interested in the scientific approach to designing experiences and exploring/confirming their associated outcomes. On the one hand, I study the design of I.T. artifacts with a focus on design implications for usability and accessibility. On the other hand, I research new media effects with a focus on social media message development. In sum, I am intrigued by the symbiotic relationship between the medium AND the message.

Project Title & Source
Deconstructing Strategic Marketing Communications on Social Media: Enabling Structuration, Socialization, and Crisis Management. Leo Burnett Detroit, 2013-2014, Principal Investigator, $65,000. Research Activities. Project Scope: A ground-up investigation of multi-channel, multi-sector, multi-brand social media marketing messaging to produce contextually relevant and generalizable recommendations for strategic communications. | Role of Internet in Knowledge Transfer, Knowledge Management and Public Participation in Outdoor Recreation: Continuation No. 1, $248,810, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Co-PI (with Dennis Propst PI from Forestry Dept.). RC064240 / 2009-39478-20071; USDA/CSREES. Research Activities. Project Scope: The Corps team has approved a mobile usability pilot project to conduct a user needs analysis for park visitors and to develop a mobile website/application for Corps Lakes Gateway. | Text Messaging to Improve Adherence to Oral Chemotherapy Agents. McKesson Foundation. 2012-2013, Co-PI (with Sandra Spoelstra from College of Nursing). RC102392. Research Activities. Project Scope: A SMS-based intervention aimed at improving adherence to prescribed medication and symptom self-management.

What are three things you want your students to know about you?
Greek, Green, Global ;-)

Favorite Quotation
“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet” – Aristotle

Describe in one sentence what you hope your students learn from you, your scholarly work or teaching
A professional mindset.

Describe yourself in five words or less.
Global citizen, workaholic, maven-meets-connector-meets-salesperson, fun. :-)

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William Mitchell Crank

Instructor

Work Phone: (517) 355-2314

Mitchell Crank is an Instructor in the Department of Adverting and Public Relations. He received his B.S. and M.S. from MSU in Merchandising Management. He has over 20 years as a qualitative research consultant assisting clients ranging from The Animal Planet to Kelloggs, MSU, the University of Michigan and Prudential Insurance. He is currently a…Read More

Mitchell Crank is an Instructor in the Department of Adverting and Public Relations. He received his B.S. and M.S. from MSU in Merchandising Management. He has over 20 years as a qualitative research consultant assisting clients ranging from The Animal Planet to Kelloggs, MSU, the University of Michigan and Prudential Insurance. He is currently a realtor and Director of Marketing with Century 21 Looking Glass.

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Carie Cunningham

Doctoral Student

Carie Cunningham attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a B.S. in Journalism and Meteorology. After graduation, she was hired as a television news producer for the NBC affiliate in Reno, Nevada and Detroit, Michigan. Cunningham started her career as a Spartan in the fall of 2012 in the Department of Communications. Her focus was…Read More

Carie Cunningham attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a B.S. in Journalism and Meteorology. After graduation, she was hired as a television news producer for the NBC affiliate in Reno, Nevada and Detroit, Michigan. Cunningham started her career as a Spartan in the fall of 2012 in the Department of Communications. Her focus was on mass communication and how journalists communicate with the public. She found that the communication literature had a number of topics and theories that could easily be transitioned to make more effective communication between journalists and the public. Carie finished her Masters and was accepted into the Media and Information Studies Ph.D. program at Michigan State University. Her home department is Journalism. However, in her quest for better ways to maintain television viewers’ attention and recall, Carie is pursuing an interdisciplinary program of cognitive science as a secondary and complimentary focus to Journalism.

Research interest:

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Graham Davis

Instructor

Work Phone: (517) 355-2314

Graham Davis is the Director of New Media at Truscott Rossman, one of Michigan’s premier public relations firms, and also serves as an instructor for MSU’s New Media Drivers’ License course since fall 2011. At Truscott Rossman, Graham leads all online strategy for the firm’s roster of local, statewide, national and international clients. A political…Read More

Graham Davis is the Director of New Media at Truscott Rossman, one of Michigan’s premier public relations firms, and also serves as an instructor for MSU’s New Media Drivers’ License course since fall 2011. At Truscott Rossman, Graham leads all online strategy for the firm’s roster of local, statewide, national and international clients. A political junkie, Graham served as Governor Jennifer M. Granholm’s (and the State of Michigan’s first) new media director from 2008-2010, where he established one of the largest social media presences for any governor in the country. His work for Gov. Granholm was featured on leading sites such as Poynter and techPresident. He also served as New Media Director for Congressman John D. Dingell’s 2010 reelection campaign, and has presented on social media at numerous conferences around the state and nation. In 2011, he won the Central Michigan Public Relations Society of America’s Pinnacle Award for best use of a social medium. Graham lives and works in Detroit, and is a proud Spartan. He is also the Vice President of New Media for the Detroit Press Club and the Legal Affairs Committee chair of the Social Media Association of Michigan.

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Tony Deng

Doctoral Student

Research Interest:

Tony Deng’s research interests broadly include cross-cultural advertising effects and consumer behavior. Deng studies the interplay of culture and advertising, specifically how culture impacts advertising strategies, and the potential positive and negative effects of advertising on society. Tony holds an M.A. in Communication from Marquette University, an MSocSc in Media Management from…Read More

Research Interest:

Tony Deng’s research interests broadly include cross-cultural advertising effects and consumer behavior. Deng studies the interplay of culture and advertising, specifically how culture impacts advertising strategies, and the potential positive and negative effects of advertising on society. Tony holds an M.A. in Communication from Marquette University, an MSocSc in Media Management from Hong Kong Baptist University. He has worked as an editor in China Daily and subsequently a practitioner in advertising agencies in South China and Hong Kong.

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Andrew Dennis

Instructor

Work Phone: (517) 884-6695

Andrew is an artist, designer and co-founder at Adventure Club Games, a contract and grant development studio in East Lansing Michigan.

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Andrew is an artist, designer and co-founder at Adventure Club Games, a contract and grant development studio in East Lansing Michigan.

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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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Lauren J. Gaines

Coordinator of Diversity & Multicultural Initiatives

Work Phone: (517) 355-7499

Lauren is a two-time Spartan Alum, with both BA and MA from MSU! She joined the Office of Academic & Student Affairs in 2007 as an Academic Specialist, and is thrilled to spend a 7th year in CAS. Lauren is also the Coordinator of Diversity & Multicultural Initiatives and teaches freshman seminar every fall.

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Lauren is a two-time Spartan Alum, with both BA and MA from MSU! She joined the Office of Academic & Student Affairs in 2007 as an Academic Specialist, and is thrilled to spend a 7th year in CAS. Lauren is also the Coordinator of Diversity & Multicultural Initiatives and teaches freshman seminar every fall.

Roles & Responsibilities
IDEA Coordinators, Committee Member College Advisor Council (CAC), Committee Member

Awards, Honors and Recognitions
2012 Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant

Favorite Quotation
I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.- Albert Einstein

Describe yourself in five words or less
Diplomatic Charismatic Competitive Creative Influential

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Linda Good

Professor

Work Phone: (517) 355-1282

Professor Linda Good is also Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Advertising, Public Relations, & Retailing at Michigan State University. She teaches upper level undergraduate courses in Retail Buying and Human Resource Management.

Additionally, she serves as liaison and coordinator for a study abroad exchange program with Stenden University in The Netherlands, Stenden.…Read More

Professor Linda Good is also Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Advertising, Public Relations, & Retailing at Michigan State University. She teaches upper level undergraduate courses in Retail Buying and Human Resource Management.

Additionally, she serves as liaison and coordinator for a study abroad exchange program with Stenden University in The Netherlands, Stenden. In 2000, Dr. Good won the MSU B.P. Amoco Foundation Excellence-in-Teaching Award and continues to be an active career advisor and mentor for undergraduate and graduate students alike.

As a native of Kansas, Dr. Good received her undergraduate degree from Kansas State University, while both her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are from Oklahoma State University. She joined MSU in 1988. She has published research articles on worker morale and met expectations of managerial retail employees, Price-Quality product perceptions of Russian and Polish consumers, labor turnover at various organizational levels, psychometric study of a measure of worker morale, and model of retail labor turnover. Her publications have appeared in the International Journal of Retail and Distribution Management, International Review of Retail, Distribution and Consumer Research, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Managerial Psychology, Journal of Retailing.

Courses
Internship
(ADV 893) Section 001

Master’s Thesis Research
(ADV 899) Section 001

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Casie Hansel

Grant Program Manager

Work Phone: (517) 353-9609

Casie has over ten years experience working in academic affairs. With a Masters Degree in Education, Adult and Higher Education, she is passionate to see students succeed and excel in their endeavors. She has worked various positions within the College of Communication Arts and Sciences over the past three years. Her duties as Academic Programs…Read More

Casie has over ten years experience working in academic affairs. With a Masters Degree in Education, Adult and Higher Education, she is passionate to see students succeed and excel in their endeavors. She has worked various positions within the College of Communication Arts and Sciences over the past three years. Her duties as Academic Programs Coordinator include collecting and processing MA application material, and maintaining current MA student files. She also processes all the various forms and paperwork needed for the graduate program.

Casie joined the College of Arts & Sciences team in January 2013 as the "super floater" and supports a variety of initiatives within the college. Currently she supports the Office for Research as the Grant Program Manager for CSD, JRN, and AD+PR Departments. Additionally, she also works as the Academic Program Coordinator for AD+PR. Casie has been working in Higher Education since 2003 and has earned her Masters Degree in Adult and Higher Education (GVSU)and Bachelors in Organizational Administration(CMU).

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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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Patricia T. Huddleston Ph.D.

Professor

Work Phone: (517) 353-9907

Dr. Patricia Huddleston is a Professor of Retailing in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations. She teaches undergraduate courses in Consumer Behavior and Retail Strategy and Consumer Behavior, International Consumer Behavior and Strategic Brand Communication at the graduate level. From 1991-2007 her research analyzed the retail systems in the transition economies of Russia and…Read More

Dr. Patricia Huddleston is a Professor of Retailing in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations. She teaches undergraduate courses in Consumer Behavior and Retail Strategy and Consumer Behavior, International Consumer Behavior and Strategic Brand Communication at the graduate level. From 1991-2007 her research analyzed the retail systems in the transition economies of Russia and Poland. She was present at a pivotal moment in Russian history, witnessing the failed coup of August 1991. She and Dr. Linda K. Good published work on Russian and Polish worker morale, Price-Quality product perceptions of Russian and Polish consumers and Ethnocentric tendencies in Russian and Polish consumers. In 1996, Dr. Huddleston spent a sabbatical in St. Petersburg, Russia, teaching the first marketing course at Leningrad Oblast University. From 1998-2007, she pioneered a study abroad program to Russia and Poland which focuses on Retail Distribution. This intensive, short term program provided the opportunity for students to gain knowledge of retailing in post-transition economies. Dr. Huddleston’s research interests include customer loyalty, with a focus on food stores. A recent study drew comparisons between traditional (e.g. Kroger’s) and specialty (e.g. Whole Foods) food store shoppers and found that specialty store food shoppers are more loyal than conventional store shoppers. In 2004, Dr. Huddleston spent six months in Australia at Monash University, interviewing retail CEOs for a book chapter on Retailing in Australia. As a result of the time spent in Australia, she collaborated with Dr. Stella Minahan from Deakin University on a book entitled Consumer Behavior: Women and Shopping, which was published in January 2011. Her newest research project uses eye tracking technology to identify what consumers focus on when they view retail displays and how eye movement relates to purchase behavior. She is collaborating with Dr. Bridget Behe and Dr. Thomas Fernandez from the Department of Horticulture (MSU) and Dr. Stella Minahan from Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

Awards, Honors and Recognitions
Best Paper: European Association for Education and Research in Commercial Distribution Valencia, Spain. July 2-5, 2013. Behe, B.K., Zhao, J., Sage, L. & Huddleston, P. T. (2013). Display signs and involvement: the visual path to purchase intention.

Courses
ADV 375 Consumer Behavior ADV 481 Retail Strategy ADV 823 Consumer Behavior ADV 843 Strategic Brand Communication

Key Research Interest
Customer and brand loyalty, with a focus on food stores. Private label brands Eye tracking technology to identify what consumers focus on when they view retail displays and how eye movement relates to purchase behavior.

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