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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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Marge Barkman

Academic Programs Manager

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

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

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

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

Marge serves on the following committees:

  • Member of The Graduate Schools University Graduate Secretary Advisory Committee, since Fall 1994
  • Member of The Graduate Schools GRADPLAN Advisory Board Member of the Health &Risk Communication Advisory Committee Committee
  • Member of Chairs Advisory Committee for Communication Department Committee
  • Member of the Communication Departments Doctoral Affairs Committee since 1989
  • Committee Member to Communication Departments Masters Affairs Committee since 1989
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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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Franklin J. Boster Ph.D.

Professor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mary Bresnahan

Professor

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

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

Research Interests

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

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

Research Interests

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

Courseload

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

Credentials

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

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Sue Carter

Professor

Work Phone: (517) 432-7461 Work Fax: (517) 355-7710

Sue Carter is a professor in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. She joined the faculty in 1991 after a 17-year career as a news broadcaster and talk show host at radio and television stations in Michigan, Connecticut, and Ontario, Canada. Before coming to MSU, she taught journalism at Wayne State University in…Read More

Sue Carter is a professor in the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. She joined the faculty in 1991 after a 17-year career as a news broadcaster and talk show host at radio and television stations in Michigan, Connecticut, and Ontario, Canada. Before coming to MSU, she taught journalism at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Carter served as Secretary of the Board of Trustees and Executive Assistant to Michigan State Presidents Peter McPherson and Lou Anna Simon as well as Press Secretary to Michigan Governor James Blanchard.

Her BA in Humanities is from Michigan State University, and she earned a JD and MA (History) from Wayne State University. Ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church, she is a graduate of the General Theological Seminary (MDiv) with a DMin from Seabury- Western Theological Seminary.

Her awards include three Emmys and the UPI Sports Broadcaster of the Year for reporting on the Detroit Free Press International Marathon while running it. Carter is a member of the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.

In 2001, she organized and led the first all-women ski expedition to the reach the North Pole as a team.

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Manuel Chavez Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Work Phone: (517) 432-1411

Dr. Chavez works on issues of international relations, security, democracy, and the press. He studies models of access to information, accountability and transparency, especially related to the news media in Latin America.

For the last four years, his research focuses on community-participatory models in editorial decision-making in newspapers and its impacts on news and the…Read More

Dr. Chavez works on issues of international relations, security, democracy, and the press. He studies models of access to information, accountability and transparency, especially related to the news media in Latin America.

For the last four years, his research focuses on community-participatory models in editorial decision-making in newspapers and its impacts on news and the community. His recent work on the editorial councils of Grupo Reforma newspapers illustrates a shifting model of journalism that empowers civil society and enhances media accountability.

He coordinates the annual Workshop for Editors and Journalists on Latin America in Miami, Florida in collaboration with Florida International University and University of Florida. He has published several articles and books, received multiple grants and awards from the Tinker Foundation, US Department of Education, US Department of State, and NEH. He has been a reviewer for the National Science Foundation, International Education USDE competitions, and a judge for peer-reviewed journals.

He is a regular commentator for national and international news organizations, including: NPR, ABCradio, Michigan Public Radio, Financial Times, BBC, UNIVISION, Radio Mil, and Reforma. He is currently the President of the Association for Borderlands Studies.
He teaches courses on the press, society and government in Latin America, and on the sociology of journalism. He also teaches qualitative research methods in the J-School graduate program.

Dr. Chavez is also the MSU Associate Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. The Center affiliates 140 faculty members, administers undergraduate and graduate specializations, offers academic resources, and links collaborative outreach and research projects.

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Shelia R. Cotten Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Media and Information, Director of MSU-Sparrow Center for Innovation and Research (CFIR), Director of Trifecta

Work Phone: (517) 353-6336

Shelia R. Cotten is a Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. She studies technology use across the life course and the social, educational, and health impacts of that use. She conducts large-scale community based intervention studies designed to use technology to enhance various aspects of quality of life. Dr.…Read More

Shelia R. Cotten is a Professor in the Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University. She studies technology use across the life course and the social, educational, and health impacts of that use. She conducts large-scale community based intervention studies designed to use technology to enhance various aspects of quality of life. Dr. Cotten has studied the largest dissemination of One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO laptops in the United States. She is currently finishing up a randomized controlled trial designed to enhance quality of life among older adults through the use of technology training. Her work is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. She is the past Chair of the Communication and Information Technologies Section of the American Sociological Association (CITASA) and the 2013 recipient of the Public Sociology Award from the CITASA section of the American Sociological Association. Dr. Cotten enjoys teaching courses on the social impacts of technology, survey research, and research methods. Prior to joining MSU, Dr. Cotten was a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

Research Interests:

Social, educational, and health impacts of technology, e-health, m-health, multitasking, digital inequalities, aging and technology, applied research

Awards, Honors and Recognitions

2013 Communication and Information Technologies section of the American Sociological Association (CITASA) Public Sociology Award

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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.

His formal training…Read More

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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James W. Dearing Ph.D.

Department Chair/Professor

Work Phone: (517) 353-3259

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

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

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

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

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

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Laura Dilley Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Work Phone: (517) 884-2255 Work Fax: (517) 353-3176

Laura Dilley, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. She received her B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences in 1997 from MIT and her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Biosciences and Technology from MIT and Harvard in 2005. After serving as a post-doctoral research associate in cognitive psychology at…Read More

Laura Dilley, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. She received her B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences in 1997 from MIT and her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Biosciences and Technology from MIT and Harvard in 2005. After serving as a post-doctoral research associate in cognitive psychology at Ohio State University, she served as an Assistant Professor from 2006-2009 at Bowling Green State University with a dual appointment in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the Department of Psychology. In 2008 she received the Clyde R. Willis Award Faculty Development Award for strong, balanced performance in teaching, research, and service, with major accomplishments in research. She has received funding from NIH-NIDCD for her research on properties of maternal speech input that predict the development of speech and language skills in infants with and without hearing loss. Moreover, she has received funding from NIH-NICHD for research on the acquisition of temporal patterns in child speech and language production. In 2009 she received the prestigious NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award to investigate how pitch and timing cues in speech context contribute to normal perception of words. She is an author of over 21 peer-reviewed publications.

MSU Speech Perception-Production Lab

Research Interests:
Role of pitch and timing cues in speech perception; factors affecting the development of speech and language

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William A. Donohue Ph.D.

Professor

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

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

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

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

Key Research Interest
Negotiation, conflict management, project evaluation

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

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

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

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

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Eric Freedman

Knight Center for Environmental Journalism Chair and Professor

Work Phone: (517) 355-4729 Work Fax: (517) 355-7710

Eric Freedman is Professor of Journalism and former Associate Dean of International Studies and Programs. During his 20-year newspaper career, he covered public affairs, environmental issues and legal affairs for newspapers in New York and Michigan, winning a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of a legislative corruption scandal. He teaches environmental journalism and serves as Director…Read More

Eric Freedman is Professor of Journalism and former Associate Dean of International Studies and Programs. During his 20-year newspaper career, he covered public affairs, environmental issues and legal affairs for newspapers in New York and Michigan, winning a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of a legislative corruption scandal. He teaches environmental journalism and serves as Director of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism. He also teaches public affairs reporting, international journalism, feature writing and media law and serves as Director of the school’s Capital News Service, a professional-level internship program in which students cover state government for more than 25 newspapers and online news outlets across Michigan. Freedman earned his bachelor’s degree in government from Cornell University, his law degree from New York University and his master’s degree in resource development from MSU. Internationally, he has taught journalism as a Fulbright scholar in Lithuania and Uzbekistan, led workshops and seminars for professional journalists in Central Asia, and lectured to students in Singapore, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Japan and Kyrgyzstan.

He served for three years as an International Scholar in the Open Society Foundation’s Academic Fellowship Program, where he worked with faculty members in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan.

As a professional journalist and freelancer, Freedman has written for newspapers and magazines on such environmental issues as habitat protection, parks and public lands, toxic substances, extinction, ecotourism and government regulation. At MSU, he directed the Australia Media, Environment, Culture and Tourism study abroad program, the Reporting in the British Isles study abroad program, and a freshman seminar abroad on environment and media in Scotland.

His research interests include press systems and journalism practices in the former Soviet Union: international journalists’ professional standards and education; public affairs reporting; news coverage of human and political rights; and U.S. political history. Among his books are Environmental Crises in Central Asia: from Steppes to Seas, from Deserts to Glaciers; Presidents & Black America: A Documentary History; After the Czars & Commissars: Journalism in Authoritarian Post-Soviet Central Asia; and African Americans in Congress: A Documentary History.

He began his career as an aide to U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel of New York before becoming a reporter for the Knickerbocker News in Albany, N.Y., and then The Detroit News Lansing bureau. After teaching as an adjunct at the School of Journalism, he joined the faculty full-time in 1996. He continues to write for a variety of publications on environment, public affairs, legal issues and other topics.

Current Courseload:
JRN 420 Capital News Service
JRN 472 Environmental Reporting

Credentials:
B.A. in Government, Cornell University
M.S. in Resource Development, Michigan State University
J.D. in Law, New York University

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Amanda Holmstrom Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Work Phone: (517) 432-1286

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

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

Research Interests:
Social support, interpersonal communication, health communication

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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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Eric J. Hunter Ph.D.

Associate Professor, CSD Associate Chair and Chair of the College Advisory Council

Work Phone: (517) 884-6778 Work Fax: (517) 353-3176

Eric Hunter currently serves as the Associate Chair of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders as well as Chair of the College Advisory Council. Dr. Hunter came to MSU from the National Center for Voice and Speech, where he served as Deputy Executive Director for six years. In this role, he played an instrumental…Read More

Eric Hunter currently serves as the Associate Chair of the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders as well as Chair of the College Advisory Council. Dr. Hunter came to MSU from the National Center for Voice and Speech, where he served as Deputy Executive Director for six years. In this role, he played an instrumental role in transitioning the center to its current home at the University of Utah.

For the last 15 years, Dr. Hunter has researched occupational voice use, specifically examining voice disorders in elementary and secondary school teachers. The goal of his current NIH-funded research is to quantify the risk for and recovery from tissue damage, as well as to ascertain why female teachers appear to be at greater risk.

Hunter’s research interests include biomechanics of speech articulators, occupational voice use, biomechanical models of the vocal system, muscle mechanics and muscle models, and signal processing. Broader academic interests include recording techniques, speech perception, musical acoustics and machine recognition of speech.

Dr. Hunter’s expertise on the vocal health of teachers and the aging voice has been consulted in newspaper and television interviews across the United States and Asia, including The New York Times and MSNBC.

Dr. Hunter earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Brigham Young University, with an emphasis in acoustics and vibration. His master’s thesis, which focused on designing and testing computer-generated visual aids, shifted his interest from general acoustics to speech acoustics. He completed his training in the area of speech science and received his doctorate from the University of Iowa. His dissertation topic used continuum mechanics to model vocal fold posturing. He is married and has three children.

Roles and Responsibilities

Chair; College Advisory Council, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Michigan State University; Member, Faculty Senate, Michigan State University; Member, University Council, Michigan State University; Trifecta Intellectual Leaders Governing Committee; Member, Health and Risk Communication Center; Musician’s Wellness Team, College of Music, Michigan State University

Courses

CSD 840: Voice Disorders

Key Research Interest Areas

Voice Disorders, Occupational Voice Risks, Biomechanical Modeling, Research Recording Techniques

Project Title and Source

“Gender Differences and Speech Accommodation in Occupational Settings” (NIH, NIDCD R01 DC012315) Role: PI Aims: Quantify gender-specific voice accommodation strategies used in occupational settings and acoustic environments. Develop models of exposure and recovery from heavy voice use.

“Influence of subglottic anatomy on voice production” (NIH, NIDCD R01DC009616) Role: Subcontract PI Tasks: Consult in procurement of laryngeal specimen, micro-CT imaging, and histological slides. Develop research protocols and train primary site location students in locating and selecting anatomical landmarks on images. Image histological slides and design online repository for images.

Favorite Quotation

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard,” Herb Brooks, the coach of the 1980 U.S. Ice Hockey team that beat the Russian Hockey team for the gold medal.

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Stephen Lacy Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Work Phone: (517) 355-4625

Stephen Lacy is a professor emeritus in the Michigan State University School of Journalism. He has written or co-written more than 100 refereed journal articles, more than 60 refereed conference papers, twelve book chapters and four books, including a content analysis text, Analyzing Media Messages. He has co-edited two other books and written numerous other…Read More

Stephen Lacy is a professor emeritus in the Michigan State University School of Journalism. He has written or co-written more than 100 refereed journal articles, more than 60 refereed conference papers, twelve book chapters and four books, including a content analysis text, Analyzing Media Messages. He has co-edited two other books and written numerous other articles. He is former co-editor of the Journal of Media Economics. Since receiving his Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986, he has conducted multiple large content analysis projects involving a wide range of media, including citizen journalism websites, television, newspapers, magazines and radio. His content analysis projects have been funded by the Project for Excellence in Journalism, the Knight Foundation, the Pew Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. Professor Lacy served as director of the Michigan State University School of Journalism from 1998 to 2003, associate dean for graduate studies in the College from 2009 to 2012, and acting dean of the College in 2014. He is a former president of Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. In addition, he edited a group of weekly suburban newspapers and worked as a reporter at a suburban daily, all near Dallas, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree in economics (1971) from the University of Illinois at Urbana.

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Peter LaPine Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Work Phone: (517) 432-7044 Work Fax: (517) 353-3176

Dr. LaPine has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University since 1984. He is the founder and Director of the Vocal Tract Performance Laboratory.

He is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Institute of International Health, Core faculty in the…Read More

Dr. LaPine has been a member of the faculty in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University since 1984. He is the founder and Director of the Vocal Tract Performance Laboratory.

He is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Institute of International Health, Core faculty in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and a member of the Vocal Health Team in the College of Music. His career in speech language pathology has provided him with a diverse and rewarding history involving teaching, research, administration, and clinical service. He has been the President of the Mid-Michigan Maxillofacial and Oral Cleft Consultation Clinic, consultant to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for neurogenic communicative disorders, consultant for videolaryngostroboscopy, digital imagery, and head and neck cancer voice restoration for Head and Neck Surgery Associates, and Mid-Michigan Ear, Nose and Throat in East Lansing, MI.

His publication history includes articles in Folia Phoniatricia, Journal of Medical Speech Language Pathology, Journal of Communication Disorders, Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Music Educators Association, and other national and international journals. Dr. LaPine is a co-author with collaborators at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center on an upcoming article in Archives of Otolaryngology- Head Neck Surgery, entitled Outcomes of Elective Total Laryngectomy for Laryngopharyngeal Dysfunction in Head and Neck Cancer (in press).

He has developed and directed nearly 50 clinical training projects in the state of Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Mexico, unique in design as speech-language pathology is the key component of each project. His teaching and research history at Michigan State University are in the areas of adult communicative disorders including voice disorders. His course “Medical Aspects of Speech-Language Pathology” is recognized for providing over 95% of the department.

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Maria Lapinski Ph.D.

Professor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Anna R. McAlister Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Work Phone: (978) 232-2187

Anna McAlister is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations. Prior to joining Michigan State, Anna worked in the Department of Consumer Science at University of Wisconsin – Madison. Anna’s research area is consumer behavior. Having earned a Ph.D. in developmental psychology, her special interest is the application of theories of…Read More

Anna McAlister is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Advertising + Public Relations. Prior to joining Michigan State, Anna worked in the Department of Consumer Science at University of Wisconsin – Madison. Anna’s research area is consumer behavior. Having earned a Ph.D. in developmental psychology, her special interest is the application of theories of developmental psychology to the study of children’s consumer socialization. Her work is largely policy-oriented, with an interest in children’s knowledge of food brands, their responses to food advertising, and their resulting formation of food preferences. Recent papers are published in Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, Journal of Advertising, Cognitive Development, and International Journal of Advertising. Anna received her Ph.D. from the University of Queensland, Australia. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Education with a specialization in Higher Education, and a Bachelor of Psychological Science with first class honors.

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