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Full-Time Faculty

David L. Acey, Assistant Professor (M.A., University of Memphis)
African-American Rhetoric; Interracial Communication

David L. Appleby, Professor (M.F.A., Temple University)
Film and Video Production; Cinematography; Documentary History and Theory

Antonio de Velasco, Associate Professor and Graduate Studies Coordinator (Ph.D., Emory University)
Rhetoric and Social Theory; U.S. Political Discourse; Rhetorical Pedagogy

Patrick Dillon, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., University of South Florida)
Health Communication; Health Disparities; End-of-Life Care

Leroy G. Dorsey, Professor and Department Chair (Ph.D., Indiana University)
American Public Address; Presidential Rhetoric; Progressive Era Political Discourse; Rhetorical Criticism

Roxana L. Gee, Associate Professor (M.A., University of Memphis)
Video and Film Production

Joy V. Goldsmith, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma)
Health Communication

M. Allison Graham, Professor (Ph.D., University of Florida)
Media History, Theory, and Criticism; Southern Studies

Katherine G. Hendrix, Professor (Ph.D., University of Washington)
Qualitative Research Methods; Instructional, Intercultural and Interpersonal Communication.

Craig Leake, Associate Professor (M.A., University of Memphis)
Documentary Form In Broadcasting; Documentary Writing

Marina Levina, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., University of Illinois)
Critical/Cultural Studies of Science, Technology, and Medicine; Visual Culture; Media Studies

D. Gray Matthews, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University)
Rhetorical Criticism; Rhetoric, Community, and Social Change

Christina Moss, Lecturer - Lambuth Campus (Ph.D., Louisiana State University)
Southern Rhetoric; Visual and Material Commemoration

Joshua Reeves, Assistant Professor (Ph.D., North Carolina State University)
New Media; Surveillance Studies; Digital and Visual Rhetorics

Steven J. Ross, Professor (M.A., New York University)
Film/Video Production; Screen Writing; Film History

Sandra J. Sarkela, Associate Professor (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts)
Rhetoric; History and Criticism of American Public Address

Lori Stallings, Instructor and Director of 2381 (M.A., Marquette University)
Oral Communication; Interpersonal Communication

Craig O. Stewart, Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Studies Coordinator (Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University)
Critical Discourse Studies; Science Communication; Research Methods

Amanda J. Young, Associate Professor (Ph.D., Carnegie Mellon University)
Health Communication; Qualitative Research Methods.

Emeritus and Retired Faculty
For information regarding emeritus and retired faculty contact the department office at 678-2565.

John P. Bakke, Ph.D.  Political Communication; Rhetorical Theory

Marvin R. Bensman, Ph.D. Broadcasting & Electronic Media

John A. Campbell, Ph.D. Rhetoric; Rhetorical Criticism and Theory

Walter Kirkpatrick, Ph.D. Organizational Communication

Michael Osborn, Ph.D.  Rhetorical Theory


Delilah A. Bryant, Administrative Associate I

William Johnson, Media Specialist    

Malvin Massey, WUMR General Manager 

Michael Rhodes, Chief Broadcast Engineer

Camisha L. Smith, Financial Service Associate

 Part-Time Faculty


The award-winning faculty—full-time, part-time, and emeritus—along with the staff, is committed to helping you learn the communication skills essential for working in groups and organizations, participating in public discourse, enhancing your interpersonal relationships, processing information received from media, and interacting with members of other cultures.

Full-Time Faculty

Part-Time Faculty

Emeritus Faculty


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