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Faculty & Staff

The Communication Studies faculty is committed to giving you the critical concepts you need to explore the elements of the communication process, the options in assessing them, the significance of selections among those alternatives, and the ample opportunities for misunderstanding and disagreement as well as rapport and accord.

Michael Hogan

Michael Hogan
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin at Madison

I am interested in the character and quality of public discourse. I teach courses in public speaking, persuasion and propaganda, campaigns and social movements, the history and criticism of speech and political media, and public opinion and polling.

Kevin Marinelli

Kevin Marinelli
Ph.D. University of Georgia

I am a rhetorician interested in social protest, critical theory, and emotion. I am particularly invested in exploring the intersection of discursive, political, and biological opportunities to facilitate global solidarity.

Amanda Martinez

Amanda Martinez (Chair)
Ph.D. Texas A&M University

I am a media effects and health communication professor-scholar and my research focuses on intersectionality, racial/ethnic and gender stereotypes, entertainment media, effects on diverse audiences, and stigmatized health issues among minority populations.

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Antonio Spikes
Ph.D. Southern Illinois University Carbondale

My research interests are generally in the areas of critical intercultural communication and critical communication pedagogy. Specifically, I work to uncover how cultural ideologies and institutional/legislative practices impact intercultural dialogues.


Alexis Yates

Alexis Yates
Administrative Assistant
A.S. Columbus State College

I support the department and associated programs by assisting with daily operations and logistics, general administration and office management.