Faculty and Staff

Administrative Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff, Department of Communication, 2019-2020

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

Tommie Benton, Administrative Assistant

219 Beeson Hall
CBX 32

Barbara Fleming, Administrative Assistant

221 Beeson Hall
CBX 32


Amanda Williams, Academic Advisor
Teaching: First-Year Academic Seminar 

CBX 115
2nd Floor, Lanier Hall


Evelina Galova, Media Lab Coordinator
Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, Georgia College

Advisor to WGUR 95.3 FM; Advisor to BNN, Bobcat News Network 

Arts & Sciences 347
CBX 32

Mass Communication Faculty

William Burke,
Adjunct Professor

222 Beeson Hall
CBX 32

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

Advisor to Bobcat Studios

Research: New technologies and innovative film and television production processes in storytelling for the purposes of informing, persuading, and entertaining audiences across multiple platforms.
Teaching: Multimedia Storytelling, Documentary Filmmaking, Digital Media Production, Electronic Editing, Senior Career Development, Internships

213 Beeson Hall
CBX 32

Kristin English, Associate Professor, Mass Communication Coordinator
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

212 Beeson Hall
CBX 32

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

228 Beeson Hall
CBX 32
(478) 445-8258

James Schiffman, Associate 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

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

Anan “Anna” Wan, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of South Carolina

Research: Advertising, Media Technology, Social Media, International Communication
Teaching: Principles of Advertising and Strategic Communication, Account Planning, Digital media and Advertising, International Advertising, Research methods

203 Beeson Hall
CBX 32

Jane Weatherred, Lecturer
Ph.D., Mass Communications, University of South Carolina

Research: Public Relations, Health Communication, and Journalism History
Teaching: Advanced Strategic Writing, Strategic Campaign Communication, Strategic Planning

201 Beeson Hall 
CBX 32

Benjamin "Chad" Whittle, Lecturer
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi

Research: Digital Media, Social Media, Radio/Podcasting, Streaming, Journalism
Teaching: Media Literacy, Professional Media Writing, Radio Operations, Media Management

204 Beeson Hall
CBX 32



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

Scott Dillard, Professor, Rhetoric Coordinator
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


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

Janet Hoffmann, (B.A. Florida State University, M.A. San Jose State University, Ph.D University of Washington) teaches Public Deliberation, Public Speaking, Public Achievement, Persuasion, Parliamentary Debate, Classical Communication Theory, Small Group Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Instructional Communication. Selected as a Georgia Governor’s Teaching Fellow, serves as Coordinator of Georgia College’s American Democracy Project, hosts the campus Times Talk weekly current events discussion series, and is a National Issues Forum Institute Network Partner. Awards include the 2014 Georgia College Irene Rose Community Service Award, inaugural Georgia College ENGAGE Fellow, and the 2018 University Distinguished Service Award.

3-18 Arts & Sciences Building

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

Advisor to Lambda Pi Eta

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

3-10 Arts & Sciences Building

Meridith Styer, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Rhetoric and Political Culture, University of Maryland 

Dr. Meridith Styer teaches courses in rhetorical theory and methods, public address, feminist rhetoric, and argumentation. Her research uses critical feminist rhetorical theory and archival scholarship to study how people in oppressive or marginalizing contexts create a voice for themselves. She has published articles in journals such as Women's Studies in Communication and Rhetoric Review. 

3-52  Arts & Sciences Building

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