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Communication Faculty

Suzanne Walker

Suzanne Walker

Associate Professor of Communication, Associate Provost for the Undergraduate Curriculum

Dept: Communication

740-376-4628

walkers@marietta.edu

suzanne.walker@marietta.edu

Office: Mills Hall

Degrees: Ph.D. (Indiana); Master's (Indiana); Bachelor's (University of Indianapolis)

Year appointed: 1999

Dr. Walker's two research interests are communication apprehension and the role of empathy in communication. She teaches a variety of courses, including Basic Public Speaking, Fundamentals of Oral Interpretation, Persuasion, Integrated Marketing Communication, Parliamentary Procedure, etc.

Outside of the College, she is very active in community theatre both acting and directing with the Mid-Ohio Valley Players and the Showboat Becky Thatcher. She also occasionally consults with area organizations concerning meeting and presentation skills.

 


 

Marilee Morrow

Marilee Morrow

Associate Professor of Mass Media, News Director/Sports Director, Director, Master of Corporate Media Program

Dept: Media Studies

740-376-4828

marilee.morrow@marietta.edu

morrowa@marietta.edu

Office: MASS 120

Degrees: Master of Communication Studies (West Virginia University), 2001; Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications (Ohio University), 1991

Year appointed: 1998

Professor Morrow is the director of the Master of Corporate Media Program and News/Sports Director for student-based radio and television broadcasts at Marietta College. In addition to teaching a variety of mass media courses for undergraduate and graduate students, Morrow conducts international study tours, takes students to professional association conventions in a number of cities around the U.S., and has presented specialized workshops as well as her academic research at conferences, conventions and educational institutions around the world. Morrow also serves as faculty advisor for the Marietta College chapter of The National Broadcasting Society (and its honorary, Alpha Epsilon Rho) and as an elected national officer for the organization.

Over her career, Morrow has served in a variety of on and off-air roles: Award winning senior television news/documentary producer, talk show producer and announcer, free-lance writer and producer, supervisor of studio production for NFL radio broadcasts, and continuity and production director of major market radio and television stations in Ohio and West Virginia. Morrow's work has been recognized nationally with awards such as an Associated Press Best Documentary Award and a National Broadcasting Society Professional Electronic Media Award. Morrow, also owns Morton Media and Marketing, a broadcast consulting agency.

Her classification as a Human Communication and Media/Technical Communications Specialist stems from her years of professional experience, her Masters Degree in Corporate and Organizational Communication from West Virginia University, and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Telecommunications from Ohio University.

 


 

Jane Dailey

Jane Dailey

Associate Professor of Media Studies

Dept: Media Studies

740-376-4805

jd001@marietta.edu

jane.dailey@marietta.edu

Office: McKinney Mass Media Building

Degrees: Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Public Policy (Louisiana State University); Master of Science in Journalism (Ohio University)

Year appointed: 2007

Dr. Dailey has been teaching public relations at Marietta College since 2007. Prior to this, she worked as a public relations practitioner in the environmental industry for nearly 20 years. Dr. Dailey is the faculty adviser for the Public Relations Student Society of America (Marietta Chapter).

She began her career as the public involvement and media relations coordinator for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. Later, she joined a Midwest environmental engineering firm where she had the opportunity to build a government and community relations program from the ground up. In 2001, she was named partner and received her Accreditation in Public Relations from the Universal Accreditation Board in 2000. She has counseled a variety of government, non-profit and private sector clients in conflict management, community involvement and media relations. She also has written various environmental grants.

Over the course of her career she has received several recognitions for her work including Columbus' Outstanding Forty-Under-40 Award for business professionals. In addition, she served on the Ohio Small Business Environmental Compliance Board, worked as a registered lobbyist, and was active in a number of business and professional organizations.

She has presented research on media and environmental advocacy at national conferences, including the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. She also has published articles on various environmental topics in trade and professional magazines.

Dr. Dailey was elected to serve on the 2013 board of directors of the Central Ohio chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. The chapter serves more than 360 public relations professionals across the Central Ohio region who work in the corporate, government, agency and nonprofit sectors.

 


 

Joan Price

Joan Price

Associate Professor of Media Studies

Dept: Media Studies

740-376-4848

jp003@marietta.edu

joan.price@marietta.edu

Office: McKinney Mass Media Center

Degrees: Ph.D. in Mass Communication (Ohio University), Master of Science in Journalism (Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University), Bachelor of Science in Journalism (Ohio University)

Year appointed: 2009

Before joining Marietta College, Dr. Price taught at Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and at Marshall University, where she received the university-wide Pickens Queen Teaching Award. Her teaching career began at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, as a member of the adjunct faculty. She has presented research at conferences in the United States and abroad, including the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the International Communication Association.

For most of her professional career, Price worked in Chicago. As executive editor for an international business magazine publishing company with circulation to 165 countries, she managed the Chicago editorial office, and trained writers and editors in the U.S. and in Asia. Her professional experience also includes serving as director of communications for a national employee benefits association, associate editor for a banking magazine, publications editor for a metropolitan hospital, freelance writer and Web consultant.

Dr. Price was named Chair of the Department in July of 2012.

 


 

Lori Smith

Lori Smith

Instructor, Media Studies

Dept: Media Studies

740-376-4803

las001@marietta.edu

lori.smith@marietta.edu

Office: McKinney Mass Media Building

Degrees: Master of Arts in Liberal Learning (Marietta College), 2007; Bachelor of Science in Journalism (Ohio University), 1982, additional graduate work at Ohio University and Ashland University

Year appointed: 2004

An instructor in Media Studies, Lori Smith advises the advertising staff of the Marcolian, as well as the college chapters of Omicron Chi Theta and the American Advertising Federation. Smith is the grant coordinator for WMRT/WCMO, securing underwriting grants from community organizations to help fund programming.

Smith worked for The Marietta Times in advertising and was later the advertising director for The Times. While working for the Gannett Company, Inc., she won the President's Certificate of Achievement, a Top 10 Gannett manager award. She also worked as a Commercial Printing Consultant for The Marietta Times and The Huntington Herald-Dispatch. Smith graduated cum laude from Ohio University with a degree in journalism and her M.A. is from Marietta College.

 


 

David St. Peter

David St. Peter

Station Manager/Engineer

Dept: Media Studies

740-376-4804

dave.st.peter@marietta.edu

drs002@marietta.edu

Office: 205 McKinney Mass Media Building

Degrees: M. A. Mass Communications (University of South Florida), 2007; B. A. Communication (Ohio State University), 1982.

Year appointed: 2004

An instructor in in the Department of Media Studies; Station Manager/Engineer WMRT FM, WCMO FM, WCMO TV; teach beginning and advanced Audio Production, Announcing and Performance, Sports Broadcasting, Electronic Media Writing (proposed Fall 2010).

News/Program Director WRLO FM, WACD FM, WATK AM in Antigo, WI. Currently doing freelance play-by-play and programming for Lite Rock 93R in St. Marys, WV, WXCR FM in New Martinsville, WV, and V96.9 in Williamstown, WV.

 


 

Liane Gray-Starner

Liane Gray-Starner

Associate Professor

Dept: Communication

740-376-4680

graystal@marietta.edu

liane.gray.starner@marietta.edu

Office: MILLS

Degrees: Ph.D. in Organizational Communication (Ohio University); Master's (Western Kentucky); Bachelor's (Wittenberg)

Year appointed: 2001

Dr. Gray-Starner is the president of Gray Star Communication. From 1994 until 2000 she worked as a senior consultant and master trainer with the Saturn Corporation.

Through Gray Star Communication Liane has worked with a variety of clients including, Delphi Automotive, Saab Cars USA, Door Training of Singapore, the GM Legal Staff, Saab Opel Sweden, Chevrolet, General Motors of Canada, General Motors Acceptance Corporation of Europe, GM Electro-Motive Division, Westvaco Corporation, and the Zeneca Corporation.

She is also a senior consultant with CEATH Company, Inc., a multinational training and consulting firm, and Program Planning and Vice-Chair for the Training and Development Division of the National Communication Association.

Through CEATH Company, Dr. Gray-Starner works with a variety of organizations, industries and institutes of higher education. These include, Berea College, the Appalachian College Association and the University of Kentucky. She specializes in communication skills, training design and development, customer service excellence, management and leadership styles, and organizational culture change. She is a trainer, speaker and consultant.

Closer to home, she consults with a number of organizations including; Washington State Community College, the Marietta Community Foundation, Marietta College, Marietta Memorial Hospital, Bird Watcher's Digest, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Ohio, the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Ohio Osteopathic Association, and the Ohio Bankers League.

As a guest speaker, she has discussed a variety of topics of interest to organizations. She has addressed groups including, the American Society for Quality, Forma Scientific, Inc., Rotary Club of Marietta, and the Ohio Movers Association.

In the fall of 2001, Dr. Gray-Starner joined the Marietta College faculty and serves as an Associate Professor of Organizational Communication. This position allows her to continue to consult and train with organizations, while sharing her experience and knowledge with students. She is currently the Co- President for the Training and Development Division of the National Communication Association.

 


 

Dawn Carusi

Dawn Carusi

Associate Professor

Dept: Communication

740-376-4681

carusid@marietta.edu

dawn.carusi@marietta.edu

Office: Mills 109

Degrees: Ph.D. in Communication Studies (Ohio University), MA in Communication (West Chester University),BSED, Speech, Theatre and English (West Chester University)

Year appointed: 2003

Dr. Carusi began her undergraduate degree at West Chester University. During that time, she discovered the communication field and became fascinated by the complexity of human relationships. Also intrigued by student transformation aided by the guidance of mentors, she set her path to become a communication professor.

Before joining Marietta College in 2003, Dr. Carusi taught at West Chester University, Monmouth University, and The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). She is proud to have earned service and teaching awards from West Chester University and UNCC, as well as Marietta College's Distinguished Advisor Award.

Dr. Carusi is a narrative scholar whose past research focused on the stories of death and dying. She has recently embarked on a new, ethnographic investigation of The Twilight Saga Fandom. She has presented her research at the National Communication Association, Ohio Communication Association, and Eastern Communication Association annual conferences. She also holds an executive board member position in the Ohio Communication Association.

Dr. Carusi teaches several courses including, The Fundamentals of Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Family Communication, Gender and Communication, and Communication Theory. She also co-advises Senior Capstones with Dr. Suzanne Walker.

When she is not enjoying her time within the Communication Department, Dr. Carusi can be found playing with her lovable cats Olivia and Luna or enjoying her home state of New Jersey.

 


 

Tomeka Robinson

Tomeka Robinson

Assistant Professor of Communication & Director of Forensics

Dept: Communication

740-376-4546

tomeka.robinson@marietta.edu

tmr001@marietta.edu

Office: Mills 200

Degrees: Ph.D. in Health Education (Texas A&M University); Master of Arts in Communication (Texas A&M University); Bachelor of Science in Biology & Speech Communication (McNeese State University)

Year appointed: 2009

Dr. Tomeka Robinson's scholarly interests lie at the intersections of health communication and policy. Additionally, she examines how health policies are influenced by communication and culture. Dr. Robinson primarily teaches courses in public speaking, oral communication, argumentation & debate, and health communication. Prior to coming to Marietta College, Dr. Robinson taught a variety of courses at Texas A&M University in both the Communication and Health Education departments. She was also the head coach of the Texas A&M University Speech & Debate team from 2007-2009. For her coaching while at Texas A&M, Dr. Robinson received the Carol Hickey Dedicated Service Award from the American Forensics Association-District III in 2009. Dr. Robinson also received the Charles Sumner Harrison Organization Women of the Year Award in 2010 and the Pi Kappa Delta Bob Derryberry Award for Outstanding New Forensics Educator in 2010.

Dr. Robinson's many professional society memberships include the National Communication Association, American Bioethics & Humanities Association, American Public Health Association, Pi Kappa Delta (Forensics Honorary), and the National Professional Women's Association. She has published in the American Journal of Bioethics Primary Research. Her doctoral dissertation explored the impact of religious beliefs on perceptions and U.S. government policies regarding embryonic stem cell research.

Beyond the academic walls, Dr. Robinson loves traveling and most enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

 


 

Alane Sanders

Alane Sanders

Assistant Professor

Dept: Communication

740-376-4646

aks005@marietta.edu

alane.sanders@marietta.edu

Office: MILLS

Degrees: Ph.D. (2010) in Organizational & Health Communication (Ohio University); M.A. in Organizational Communication (Ohio University); B.A. in Interpersonal Communication (Ohio State University).

Year appointed: 2008

Dr. Alane Sanders' teaching and research interests lie at the intersections of organizational and instructional communication. Additionally, she examines how communication behaviors are influenced by a communicator's state of health and the structures of healthcare settings. She primarily teaches courses in organizational communication, health communication, group discussion and leadership, and public speaking. Prior to coming to Marietta College, Dr. Sanders taught a variety of courses at Ohio University and Washington State Community College, and has received multiple awards for outstanding performance in the classroom.

Dr. Sanders' research interests are deeply intertwined with her passion for teaching. The majority of her research focuses on how communication practices structure and influence educational experiences. She enjoys examining discourses of teaching and learning, socialization processes in schools, forms of democratic organizing, and the co-creation of learning environments in a variety of settings. She has published in the Southern Communication Journal, Communication Teacher, and the Journal of the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, and has authored various book chapters. Her doctoral dissertation explored how emotion influences high school students' communication and abilities to thrive at school.

Beyond academic walls, Ms. Sanders loves exploring the great outdoors, and most enjoys spending time with her family laughing about and sharing life's (mis)adventures.

 


 

Bill Fournier

Bill Fournier

Assistant Professor of Communication

Dept: Communication

740-376-4882

whf001@marietta.edu

bill.fournier@marietta.edu

Office: Gilman

Degrees: Ph.D. in Organizational Communication, Master’s in Athletic Administration, B.A. in Business Administration

Bill came to Marietta College by way of the Ohio University Office of Career Services. He has a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication, Master’s in Athletic Administration, and B.A. in Business Administration. Prior to entering career development, Bill spent 14 years in corporate America and high school/college coaching.

 


 

Mabry O'Donnell

Mabry O'Donnell

Emerita McCoy Professor in Communication and Hillyer Professor in English Literature Rhetoric and Oratory, Director of Forensics

Dept: Communication

740-376-4684

odonnelm@marietta.edu

mabry.odonnell@marietta.edu

Office: Thomas 117

Degrees: Ph.D. in Interpersonal and Public Communication (Bowling Green); M.A. in Speech (Alabama); B.A. in Government (Louisiana State); A.A. (Stephens College).

Year appointed: 1969

Dr. O'Donnell is McCoy Professor of Communication and Hillyer Professor in English Literature, Rhetoric and Oratory at Marietta College. She was the Director of the Fundamentals of Oral Communication and Director of Forensics and now spends her time as the transfer advisor. She received every teaching award at Marietta College including the Outstanding Faculty Award (three times), the McCoy Professorship, the Harness Fellowship (twice), and the Outstanding Faculty in Continuing Education. She also received the Ohio Forensics Association Educator of the Year award and two Pi Kappa Delta Awards—E.R. Nichols and John Shields. At Marietta she was awarded the Douglas Putnam Faculty Service Award and the Faculty Advising Award. Ohio Magazine named her one of Ohio's top educators in December 2003. She has been a facilitator and consultant for American Cyanamid, Cleveland Area Board of Realtors, GE Plastics, and Thermo-Forma.

Her many professional and civic activities include the National Communication Association where she has served in many arenas--most recently as chair of the Undergraduate College and University Section, Ohio Academy of History, Ohio Forensic Association, the Outer Banks Lighthouse Society, and the Ohio Communication Association which honored her as the Distinguished Coach in 2009. Dr. O'Donnell is a lifetime member of Pi Kappa Delta (Forensics Honorary), Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Honor Society), Alpha Epsilon Rho (National Society for Radio and Television), Phi Alpha Theta (National Honor Society in History), and Order of Omega. Her research interests include communication pedagogy, historical and women's communication, public address, and forensics.

 


 

Jamie Moshin

Jamie Moshin

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Assistant Director of Forensics

Dept: Communication and Media Studies

740-376-4546

jem003@marietta.edu

Office: Mills 109

Degrees: Ph.D. in Communication (University of Washington); Master's in Communication Arts and Sciences (The Pennsylvania State University); Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Rhetoric (Willamette University)

Expertise: Critical/Cultural Studies, Rhetoric, Discourse Studies, Jewish Identity, Humor Studies, Whiteness, Maculinities

Year appointed: 2011

Jamie Moshin's scholarly interests lie primarily at the intersection of race, identity, Whiteness, ethnicity and discourse. His work focuses on the representation of American Jewishness, and aims to reinvigorate Critical investigations of Jewishness within rhetorical and cultural studies. His most recent work—and current book project—is on the "New Jew," the Jewish individual who subverts common conceptions and representations of Jewish identity, largely via the appropriation of what are considered to be "authentic" African American discourses. Dr. Moshin's work has appeared in a number of scholarly venues, and has addressed such issues as the repression of "taboo" language in the media, the creation and representation of masculine identities, and the intersection of tragedy and humor.

First and foremost, Dr. Moshin is passionate about teaching and forging lasting relationships with students. He has taught a variety of courses at the University of Washington, Penn State and Shoreline Community Colleges, and primarily teaches courses in public speaking, rhetorical criticism, argumentation theory, identity and representation, and masculinities. His goal in the classroom is to challenge students' preconceptions of the world in which they live, primarily through a Critical lens—and to change that world for the better. And to get them to laugh (a lot) while doing so.

Dr. Moshin likes to pretend that there is actually a world outside of the academic walls, and that if he was magically in it he would do things like watch sports, drink (Northwest) microbrews, cook, travel, and wish desperately that he had a dog.

 


 

Barbara Hickman

Barbara Hickman

Academic Secretary

Dept: Communication

740-376-4907

hickmanb@marietta.edu

barb.hickman@marietta.edu

Office: MILLS 103

Year hired: 1981

Barb Hickman joined Marietta College on a part-time basis in 1981 working as the department secretary for the Music Department. In 1984 she started working full time for the Physical Plant as a Data Entry Clerk. Beginning in August 1986 Barb moved over to the Hermann Fine Arts Building and took the position of department secretary for the Communication and Theatre Department. In 2005 she moved with the Communication Department to Mills Hall and became their full time department secretary.

Barb and her husband, Paul, reside in Marietta and have two grown sons, Matt and Eric. They enjoy spending time with their two grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.