Full Time Faculty Bios

Diego Bonilla, Professor

B.A., ITAM (Mexico City), Business Administration
M.S., Syracuse University, Media Management
Ph.D., Syracuse University, Mass Communications (Doctoral Prize 2003)

Research Areas :

Development of hypermedia storytelling
Human communication on the Internet
Information Literacy in Higher Education and Workforce Effects of new media in society

Teaching Areas:

New Media Theory
Computer-Mediated Communications Theory
Digital Media Authoring (Basic and Advanced)

Teaching Philosophy

Steve Buss, Professor

B.A., University of Southern California, Cinema Production 
M.F.A., University of Southern California, Cinema Production

Creative Activities:

Directing, shooting or editing videos for various private or state agencies

Teaching Areas:

Audio and Video Production
Film Theory

Teaching Philosophy

David E. Clementson, Assistant Professor

B.A., James Madison University
M.A., University of Miami
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Research Areas :

Public Relations
Political Communication
Sport Communication

Publications available for download here: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/David_Clementson 

Teaching Areas:

Public Relations
Research Methods

Molly Dugan, Professor (Journalism)

B.A., University of California, Davis 
M.S., Northwestern University

Teaching Areas:


Teaching Philosophy

Michele Foss-Snowden, Professor

B.A., Stanford University 
M.A., University of California, Davis 
Ph.D., University of Florida

Research Areas:

Film and Television
Representations of Race and Ethnicity
Women in Education
Education Technology

Teaching Areas:

Rhetorical Criticism
Media Aesthetics
Communication Theory

Teaching Philosophy

Elaine Gale, Associate Professor

B.A., Boston University 
M.F.A., Antioch University 
Ph.D., University of Denver

Research Areas:

In-law triads in marital relationships
First date scripts
Engagement narratives
Newsroom budget meetings 
The definition of "newsworthy" as it relates to front-page newspaper coverage
Functions of the cc and bc in email communication


Teaching Areas:

Organizational Communication 
Interpersonal Communication
Training and Development

Tim Howard, Professor

B.A., University of the Pacific 
M.A., University of the Pacific
Ed.D., University of the Pacific

Research Areas:

Emotional Intelligence, Trust and Job Satisfaction
Global Public Relations
Best Application of Blogs in American Public Relations

Teaching Areas:

Public Relations

Teaching Philosophy

Robert Humphrey, Professor (Journalism)(Internship Coordinator)

B.A., University of California, Riverside
M.A., University of Iowa, Iowa City
Ph.D., University of Iowa, Iowa City

Research Areas:

Humphrey's study of a WW II infantry division, based on interviews with more than 350 veterans, was published by the University of Oklahoma Press in November 2008. The book, entitled, "Once Upon A Time in War: The 99th Division in World War II," follows the GIs from Pearl Harbor to reunions at home at war's end and focuses on the experiences, hardships, emotions, and behavior of ordinary frontline soldiers thrust into infantry warfare in the middle of the 20th century. 

Previously Humphrey wrote, "Children of Fantasy: The First Rebels of Greenwich Village," published by John Wiley and Sons.

Teaching Areas:

Mass Media and Critical Thinking
Mass Media Law

Teaching Philosophy

Jacqueline A. Irwin, Associate Professor

B.F.A., University of Kansas 
M.A., University of Kansas 
Ph.D., University of Kansas

Research Areas:

Rhetorical Criticism
Social Movements
The Rhetoric of War/Peace
Public Address
Crisis Communication

Teaching Areas:

Rhetorical Criticism 
Gender Ideology
Speech Writing

Recent Publications:

Irwin, J.A., Payne, H.J., Hopkins, P.D., & Spence P. (2015). Competent Communication at Work: Strategies & Standards for Success. Kendall/Hunt: Dubuque, Iowa. (2nd. Ed.).

Irwin, J. (2014) "The Pedagogy of Visual Discourse: An Analytical Approach to Teaching and Evaluating the Rhetorical Image." Art and Design Review, 2, 11-20. doi: 10.4236/adr.2014.22003.

Teaching Philosophy

Dan Janos, Assistant Professor

B.F.A., College for Creative Studies
M.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute

Research Areas:

Documentary Filmmaking
Post-Production: Editing, Motion Graphics, Color, Sound Design
Experimental Filmmaking

Teaching Areas:

Digital Video Production
Senior Practicum in Video
Motion Graphics and Post Production Processes

Teaching Philosophy

Edith LeFebvre, Professor

B.A., Central Michigan University
M.A., University of Oregon, Psychology
Ph.D., University of Oregon, Rhetoric and Communication

Research Areas:

Ethnographic studies in the area of intercultural communication
Conflict management in the global community
Political Discourse

Teaching Areas:

Conflict Resolution
Persuasion and Attitude Change
Interpersonal Communication'
Organizational Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Political Communication
Small Group Communication
Public Speaking
Intercultural Communication

Teaching Philosophy

Mark Ludwig, Professor

B.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Journalism 
M.A., California State University, Fullerton, Communications
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University, Political Science

Research/Interest Areas:

Journalism Ethics
News Media Ownership

Teaching Areas:

Teaching Philosophy

Christine Miller, Professor

B.S., University of Oregon, Speech Communication
M.S., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Research Areas:

Critical analyses of visual rhetoric
Rhetorical critical research methodologies
Health communication

Teaching Areas:

Rhetorical Criticism
Visual Rhetoric

Teaching Philosophy

Shawna Malvini Redden, Assistant Professor

B.A., Walla Walla University - Mass Communication - Journalism & PR
M.A., California State University, Sacramento - Communication Studies
Ph.D., Arizona State University - Organizational & Interpersonal Communication

Research Areas:

Identity and Emotion in Organizations
Workplace Relationships
Health and Wellness in Organizations
Organizational Sensemaking

Teaching Areas:

Organizational Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Critical Analysis and Qulaitative Methods

Teaching Philosophy and Website: drmalviniredden.com

Scholarly Publications -

Select publications available for download here:

Malvini Redden, S. & Way, A. (In press). ⮉Adults don⮩t understand⮩: Exploring how teens use dialectical frameworks to navigate webs of tensions in online life. (Accepted for publication in Journal of Applied Communication Research)

Tracy, S.J., & Malvini Redden, S. (In press). Markers, metaphors and meaning: A visual and creative qualitative approach to data analysis. In Handbook on Innovative Qualitative Research, K. Elsbach, & R. Kramer, (eds).

Monico, L. B., Mitchell, S. G., Welsh, W., Link, N., Hamilton, L., Malvini Redden, S., Schwartz, R.P., & Friedmann, P. D. (2016). Developing effective interorganizational relationships between community corrections and community treatment providers. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation55(7), 484-501.

Malvini Redden, S. (2015). Sky Ops surprise: When near-death experience exposes undercover ethnography. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, 4, 7-34. doi: 10.1525/dcqr.2015.4.1.7.

Scarduzio, J.A., & Malvini Redden, S. (2015). The positive outcomes of negative emotional displays: A multi-level analysis of emotion in bureaucratic work. Electronic Journal of Communication, 25. Retrieved from http://www.cios.org/getfile/025305_EJC

Welsh, W., Prendergast, M., Knight, K., Knudsen, H., Monico, L., Gray, J., Abdel-Salam, S., Malvini Redden, S., Link, N., Hamilton, L., Shafer, M.S., & Friedmann, P. (2015). Correlates of interorganizational service coordination in community corrections. Criminal Justice and Behavior. doi: 0093854815607306

Tracy, S.J., Eger, E.K., Huffman, T., Malvini Redden, S., & Scarduzio, J. (2014). Narrating the backstage of qualitative research in organizational communication: A synthesis. Management Communication Quarterly, 28, 1-10. doi: 10.1177/0893318914536964 (Invited & refereed by editor)

Malvini Redden, S. (2013). How lines organize compulsory interaction, emotion management, and ⯉emotional taxes⯩: The implications of passenger emotion and expression in airport security lines. Management Communication Quarterly, 27, 121-149.

Malvini Redden, S., Tracy, S.J., & Shafer, M. (2013). A metaphor analysis of recovering drug addicts⮩ sensemaking of medication-assisted treatment. Qualitative Health Research, 23, 951-962.

Kikuko Omori, Assistant Professor

B.A., Senshu University (Japan), Business Administration
M.A., University of Kansas, Communication Studies
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Communication

Research Areas:

Multiracial identity and identity negotiation
Language brokering and intergroup communication
Cultural adjustment
Media influence across cultures
Online health information seeking behaviour across cultures
Online education

Teaching Areas:

Intercultural Communication
Quantitative Research Methods

Phillip Reese, Assistant Professor (Journalism)

B.A., North Carolina State University
M.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Research Areas:

Data Journalism
Investigative Journalism
Data Visualization

Teaching Areas:

Beat Reporting
News Writing
Data Journalism
Data Visualization

Professional Experience:

Investigative reporter at The Sacramento Bee, 2005-2017
Finalist, 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative News Reporting
Winner, 2013 Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Reporting
Winner, 2013 George Polk Award for Medical Reporting

Gerri Smith, Department Chair

B.A., Michigan State University
M.A., United States International University
Ph.D., Ohio University

Research Areas:

Examining organizations from a cultural perspective
Critically understanding gender roles in organizations
Studying mentoring relationships in academic settings

Teaching Areas:

Organizatinal Communication
Small Group Communication

Teaching Philosophy

Val Smith, Professor

B.S., Weber State College
M.A., University of New Mexico
Ph.D., Purdue University

Research Areas:

Applied field of opinion research, focusing on political polling

Teaching Areas:

Scientific and quantitative research methods

Teaching Philosophy

Jenny Stark, Professor

B.F.A., University of Houston
M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts

Research Areas:

Film history, criticism
Film production
New media production/design

Teaching Areas:

Advanced Video Production
Digital Photography/Editing
Film as Communication

Teaching Philosophy

Carmen Stitt, Associate Professor

B.S., University of Pittsburgh
M.S., California State University, Sacramento
M.A., University of Arizona
Ph.D., University of Arizona

Research Areas:

Social influence
Health communication
Learning health information from media
Cognitive and affective processing of television narratives

Teaching Areas:

Media Communication and Society
Mass Media Theory and Effects
Media History
Introduction to Research Methods
Health Communication

Teaching Philosophy

Andrew E. Stoner, Assistant Professor

B.A., Franklin College of Indiana 
M.A., Ball State University
Ph.D., Colorado State University

Research Areas:

Public Relations Crisis Communication
Public Relations Social Media Integration
LGBTQ Media History  

Teaching Areas:

Public Relations


Kristen Tudor, Lecturer

B.A., Mills College
M.A., California State University, Sacramento, Public Communication

Research Areas:

Pedagogy and competitive debate

Teaching Areas:

Argumentation and Debate

Teaching Philosophy

John Williams, Professor

B.A., University of the Pacific
M.A., University of the Pacific
Ph.D., Indiana University

Research Areas:

Teaching Areas:

Teaching Philosophy

Mark A. E. Williams, Professor

B.A., Oral Roberts University
M.A., Louisiana State University
Ph.D., Louisiana State University

Research Areas

History of Rhetoric
Rhetoric and Religion
Ethics and Informal logics

Teaching Areas

Systems and Theories of Rhetoric
History of Rhetoric
Communications and Religion
Rhetorical Criticism
Public Speaking

Research and Publications


Williams, Mark A. E. (2010).  Well-behaved Words: The Art of Learning Exactly What you want to Say, and Teaching your Words to Say Exactly That.  Dubuque, Iowa: Great River Technologies; interactive digital textbook.
               Second Edition;  published July, 2013.

Williams, Mark A. E.  (2012).  Essential Latin Vocabulary: The 1,425 Most Common Words Occurring in the Actual Writings of Over 200 Latin Authors.  California, U.S.A.: Sophron Press / E. G. Inkwell.

 In Process:

Williams, Mark A. E.  Just Words: Education, Rhetoric, and Religion.  Volume I, Greece: Inventing Reasons. 

                 This is the first in a four volume series that examines the interaction between the realms of religion, education, and rhetoric in the history of the West.

Book Chapters

Williams, Mark A. E. (2016)  ⯉From Here to Eternity: The Scope of Misreading Plato⮩s Religion.⯩  In Adrienne Hacker-Daniels (ed.) The Global Landscape of Faith.  Washington, D.C.: Lexington Books of Rowman & Littlefield.  In press.

Williams, Mark A. E. (2016) ⯉St. Socrates, Pray for Us: Rhetoric and the Physics of Being Human.⯩  In Nicolas Crowe and David Frank (eds.) Rhetoric in the Twenty-first Century: An Interactive Oxford Symposium.  Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Press.  In press.

Encyclopedia Entries

Williams, Mark A. E. (2017 in press) ⯉Religious Communication.⯩  In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods.  SAGE Publications. 

Select Journal Articles

Williams, Mark A. E. (2014) ⯉Review: Jürgen Habermas, et al. An Awareness of What is Missing: Faith and Reason in a Post-secular Age. Cambridge: Polity Press.⯩ Journal of Communication and Religion, 37.2, Summer 2014.

Schreiner, Meagan, Mark A. E. Williams, S. David Zuckerman (2013) ⯉Inspiration and Limitations: Reason, the Universal Audience, and Inspire Magazine.⯩  Journal of Communication and Religion, 36.1, Spring 2013.

Williams, Mark A. E. and Ryan Gillespie, (2011)  ⯉Why Reasons Resonate in Society: Style and the Hermogenic System of Nondiscursive Argument.⯩  In R. Rowland (ed.) Reasoned Argument: Selected Papers from the Sixteenth Biennial AFA/NCA Conference on Argumentation, Washington, D.C.: National Communication Association, pp. 198-205.

Williams, Mark A. E.  (2004) "Antipodal Metaphor: Ethical Transference in the Cultural (Re)Negotiation of Meaning, and Some Rhetorical Artifacts from Bultmann's Demythologization."   Journal of Communication and Religion, 27, pp. 169-186.

Williams, Mark A. E.  (2003)  "Arguing With Style: How Persuasion and the Enthymeme Work Together in On Invention, Book 3." Southern Communication Journal, 68, pp.136-151.

Select Conference Contributions

Williams, Mark A. E. (July 2015).  ⯉Suckled in a Creed Outworn: Dame Rhetoric at Prayer.⯩
             International Society for the History of Rhetoric⮩s biennial conference.  Tübingen, Germany.

Williams, Mark A. E. (November 2012).  ⯉Idioscendence vs. Commscendence: The Forgotten Enlightenment.
            National Communication Association's annual conference.  Orlando, Florida.

Williams, Mark A. E. & Gillespie, R.  (July, 2011).  ⯉Why Reasons Resonate: Style and the Hermogenic System of Nondiscursive Argument.⯩
            American Forensic Association⮩s Annual Confernce in Alta, Utah.

Williams, Mark A. E. (November, 2011).  ⯉Seeing Silence: Style, Cinema, and Transcendence.⯩
             National Communication Association⮩s annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Williams, Mark A. E.  (November, 2011)  ⯉Voiceless: Strategies for Confronting the Transcendent.⯩
             Conference Theme Panel: National Communication Association⮩s annual meeting.  New Orleans, Louisiana.

Williams, Mark A. E. (July 2009).  ⯉Hermogenes of Tarsus and the Obama Style.⯩
              World Communication Association⮩s biennial conference.  National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland.

Williams, Mark A. E.   (November 2008). "A Short Rope and a High Limb: What Epideictic Rhetoric Teaches us about the Nexus of Rhetorical Reason, Human Emotion, and the Nondiscursive."
              National Communication Association's annual conference.  San Diego, California.

Williams, Mark A. E.   (November 2007). "Pedagogy, Methodology, Violence, and God:  Substance and Sentimentality in Religious Discourse."
               National Communication Association's annual conference.  Chicago, Illinois.

Williams, Mark A. E. and Ryan Gillespie.  (May, 2007).  "(Re)creating the Grammar of the New Communication:  Hermogenes of Tarsus on the 'Networked, Hybrid, and Convergent' Communicative  Everpresent."
               International Communication Association. San Francisco, California, USA.

Williams, Mark A. E. (November, 2006).  "Greek Schools of Rhetoric and their Influence on the Development of Christian Faith: The logos Test."
               National Communication Association's annual conference.  (Paper not presented because of cuts to travel funding).

Williams, Mark A. E. (May, 2005).  "Weaving Phaedrus: The Warp And Woof of the Southern Gentleman."
               Southern States Communication Association. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Williams, Mark A. E. (May, 2005).  "Infinitely Rhetorical: The Use of the Boundless from Gorgias to Anselm." 
                Competitive paper presented at the annual conference of the Southern States Communication Association. Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Williams, Mark A. E.  (April, 2003).  Invited Panelist:  "Why Study The History of Rhetoric?"
               Panel discussion at the annual meeting of the Southern Communication Association. Birmingham, AL.

Williams, Mark A. E. (2002: Recipient of the 2002 Bostrom Award)  "Does Burke Transcend Transcendence? Burke, Violence, And A Call For Un-Enlightened Scholarship.⯩
               Southern Communication Association. Salem, NC.

Teaching Philosophy

S. David Zuckerman, Professor
Fulbright Scholar, 2013

B.A., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
M.A., California State University, Los Angeles
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Research Areas:

Terrorist recruitment strategies
International and intercultural communications
Mass media
Language and social interaction

Teaching Areas:

Intercultural & International Communication with dual focus on communication in zones of war and terrorism and cultural imperialism in the mass media

Teaching Philosophy

Research and Creative Activity:

Published Papers (2013-2016):

Zuckerman, S.D. (2014, December).  Intercultural communication: Key to Success.  Official proceedings of the
               China Service Trading Annual Conference.  Shanghai, China.

Zuckerman, S.D. (2014, September).  Chinese export cinema in a post-industrial world.  Official proceedings of the
               10th International Culture Industries Fair.  Shenzhen, China.

Zuckerman, S.D. (2014).  Terrorism as communication: An intercultural communication approach to the world⮩s
               biggest political threat. Journal of International Relations.

Zuckerman, S.D. (2013).  Integration and cultural fusion in the central business district: A Gebserian approach to
               business in the global economy.  Taiwanese Journal of WTO Studies, 24, 1, 41-82.

Kramer, E. M., Callahan, C. L., & Zuckerman, S. D. (2013). Intercultural communication and global integration
  Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt.

Schreiner, M. E., Williams, M. A. E., & Zuckerman, S. D. (2013). Inspirations and Limitations:  Reason, the
               Universal Audience, and Inspire Magazine.  Journal of Communication and Religion, 36, 1, 112-125.


Invited Lectures (2013-2016):

Intercultural communication: Key to Success.  China Service Trading Annual Conference.  Shanghai, China
               (2014,December 12).

Making culturally sensitive media products for the US market.  China Culture Industry Forum, Beijing Fair, Beijing,
               (2014, May 28).

Chinese export cinema in a post-industrial world. Keynote Address.  International Culture Industries Fair.
               Shenzhen, China. (2014, May 15).

Untitled lectures on Terrorism and on Intercultural Communication.  National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan.
               (2014, January 7 & 8).

On doing business with North Americans.  China Northeast Asia Expo, Changchun, China, (2013, September 4).

Integration and cultural fusion in the central business district: A Gebserian approach to business in the global
  China Culture Industry Forum, Beijing Fair, Beijing, (2013, June 5).


Single-Author Papers (2013-2016):

Humanity and technology in Gebser⮩s later works. International Jean Gebser Society (IJGS), Seattle, WA,
               (2016, October 7).

Chinese individualism: Espoused and enacted cultural values and revising the individualism-collectivism dialectic.
International Association for Language and Intercultural Communication (IALIC), Peking University,
               Beijing, China, (2015, November 29).

We Are Eternally Chinese: Mythic Identity in Outbound Chinese Exchange Students. International Jean Gebser
               Society (IJGS), San Francisco, CA, (2015, October 16).

Gebserian approaches to business communication.  International Jean Gebser Society (IJGS), Los Angeles, CA,
               (2013, October).