Faculty and Staff

Administrative Faculty and Staff


Mary Jean Land, Chair, Department of Communication and Professor
Ph.D., Advertising, University of Georgia

Research: Audience analysis, Media use in the home, Children’s use of the media
Teaching: Mass Communication Theory and Research and Advertising courses


219 Beeson Hall
CBX 32
478-445-8260
maryjean.land@gcsu.edu



Tommie Benton, Administrative Assistant

219 Beeson Hall
CBX 32
478-445-8260
tommie.benton@gcsu.edu



Jessica Lawler, M.Ed., '08
Academic Advisor 1
Teaching: First Year Academic Seminar


CBX 115
2nd Floor, Lanier Hall
478-445-8254
jessica.lawler@gcsu.edu



Christine Amezquita, Academic Advisor
Teaching: First-Year Academic Seminar 


CBX 115
2nd Floor, Lanier Hall
478-445-2309
christine.amezquita@gcsu.edu




Evelina Galova, Media Lab Coordinator,
Advisor to WGUR 95.3 FM
​Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, Georgia College


Arts & Sciences 347
CBX 32
478-445-8684
evelina.galova-iossifov@gcsu.edu



Mass Communication Faculty


Kortni Alston, Lecturer
Ph.D., University of Florida


224 Beeson Hall
CBX 32
478-445-8510
kortni.alston@gcsu.edu



Angela Criscoe, Assistant Professor
MFA, Film & Television, Savannah College of Art & Design

Advisor to Bobcat Media Productions

Research: Virtual Reality & 360 video practices in live action narratives, documentaries and newsrooms, films that break stereotypes and expose sexual and domestic use.
Teaching: Electronic Editing, Documentary Filmmaking, Digital Media Production, Senior Career Development, Internships



212 Beeson Hall
CBX 32
478-445-8255
angela.criscoe@gcsu.edu



Kristin English, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Mass Communication Research, University of Georgia

Advisor to Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and SpectrumPR (student-run public relations agency)

Research: Political Campaign Communication, Social & Digital Media, Community Engagement
Teaching: Crisis Communication, PR: Propaganda, Strategic Campaigns Capstone, Web for Mass Communication


213 Beeson Hall
CBX 32
478-445-8256
kristin.english@gcsu.edu



Jack Karlis, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. in Journalism and Mass Communication, University of South Carolina

Research: Social Media, Strategic Communication, Mass Communication and Society
Teaching: Media Literacy, Strategic Campaign Planning, Strategic Campaign Communication, Theory and Research 


201 Beeson Hall
CBX 32
478-445-8259
john.karlis@gcsu.edu



W. Pate McMichael, Senior Lecturer
M.A. in Journalism, Missouri School of Journalism

Advisor to The Colonnade

Research: Narrative Journalism, Investigative Journalism, Media Law
Teaching: Media Law and Ethics, Professional Media Writing, Publication Editing, Feature Writing, Narrative Journalism and Investigative Journalism


222 Beeson Hall
CBX 32
478-445-8257
pate.mcmichael@gcsu.edu



Amanda Respess, Lecturer
M.A., Integrated Marketing Campaigns, Emerson College


228 Beeson Hall
CBX 32
(478) 445-8258
amanda.respess@gcsu.edu



James Schiffman, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Georgia State University

Advisor to GC360 and SPJ, the Society of Professional Journalists

Research: Broadcasting and Reacting to the Past
Teaching: Enterprise Journalism, Introduction to Business Journalism, Shooting for News, TV Newscast, History of Broadcasting, Comparative International Media, Media Literacy
 


202 Beeson Hall
CBX 32
478-445-5991
james.schiffman@gcsu.edu



Christina Smith, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Mass Communication, The University of Iowa

Research: Community Journalism, Sociology of News, Identity and Qualitative Research Methods
Teaching: Race, Class, Gender in Media, Investigative Journalism, Community Journalism, Advocacy Journalism, Feature Writing, Sports Reporting, Professional Media Writing, Media Literacy, Enterprise Journalism, Media Management, GC1Y Critical Thinking: We the People, Interviewing & Listening


217 Beeson Hall
CBX 32
478-445-8267
christina.smith1@gcsu.edu


Rhetoric Faculty



Amy Burt, Associate Professor
Ph.D, Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University

Dr. Amy Burt earned her Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in Speech Communication.  Her research interests involve the intersections of community-based performance, narrative, faith, and identity, and her writings can be found in Text and Performance Quarterly, Liminalities, and "A Trump-Haunted Landscape: Faith and Agnosticism and the Search for Community" will appear in the forthcoming book The Body Politic: Bodily Experience in a Post-Trump World. She was honored to be awarded the Southern States Communication Association Performance Studies Scholar of the Year in 2016.


3-20 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-3179
amy.burt@gcsu.edu



Scott Dillard, Professor
Ph.D, Speech Communication, Southern Illinois University

Dr. Scott Dillard received his B.A. in Speech Communication from Blackburn College and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Dr. Dillard’s specialty is in performance studies. He has published articles in journals such as Text and Performance Quarterly and Storytelling, Self, and Society. He is the co-author with his colleague Dr. Janet Hoffmann of the textbook The Speaker’s Voice. Dr. Dillard is also a performer who has created a number of one person shows, acted in local theatre, and done voice over work.


3-24 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-3182
scott.dillard@gcsu.edu



Ariel Gratch, Assistant Professor
Ph.D, Communication Studies, Louisiana State University

Dr. Ariel Gratch earned his Ph.D. at Louisiana State University in Communication Studies. His research and teaching explore how stories shape identities. He has published in the journals Text and Performance Quarterly, Communication Teacher and The Journal of Tourism History, and has forthcoming publications at Tourist Studies, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, and Storytelling, Self, and Society. As an award winning storyteller, Dr. Gratch has performed at The National Storytelling Festival and for a variety of theatrical companies and at a number of festivals and conferences.


3-12 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-6929
ariel.gratch@gcsu.edu
arigratch.com


 



Jan Hoffmann, Professor
Ph.D, Speech Communication, University of Washington

Dr. Jan Hoffmann earned her Ph.D. in Speech Communication at the University of Washington. She teaches public deliberation, fundamentals of public speaking, persuasion, interpersonal communication, and argument and debate.


3-18 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-5556
jan.hoffmann@gcsu.edu



Jamie Downing, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Communication Studies, University of Nebraska

Dr. Jamie Downing teaches fundamentals of public speaking and small group communication.


3-10 Arts & Sciences Building
478-445-5561
jamie.downing@gcsu.edu


Department of Communication
219 Beeson Hall  |  Campus Box 32
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: 478-445-8260
Fax: 478-445-2364