Department Faculty and Academic Staff

Department Faculty Leadership

Katherine McComas

Professor McComas serves as the newly appointed Chair for the Department of Communication.  
Research and Academic Interests: 
Risk communication related to health and the environment, particularly examining the influence of trust and fairness; community engagement in environmental decision making; communication about zoonotic and infectious disease  in the context of climate change.


Department Faculty and Academic Staff

Natalie Bazarova

Natalie Bazarova

Natalie Bazarova

Assistant Professor

Research and Academic Interests:  
Communication technology and personal relationships; self-disclosure and privacy online; social cognition and attributional judgments; group communication. 

Jodi Cohen

Jodi Cohen

Visiting Lecturer

Research and Academic Interests:  
Public speaking; speech communication; rhetoric; communication and culture; rhetorical criticism.‚Äč

Susan Fussell

Susan Fussell

Susan Fussell

Associate Professor

Professor Fussell serves as the Director of Graduate Studies.
Research and Academic Interests:
Computer-mediated communication, social computing, computer-supported cooperative work, and human-robot interaction. One of her major research projects focuses on understanding how people's cultural backgrounds influence computer-mediated communication.

Geri Gay

Geri Gay

Geri Gay

Professor

Dr. Geri Gay is the Kenneth J. Bissett Professor and a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow.
Research and Academic Interests:
Social and technical issues in the design and application of interactive communication technologies. Specifically, interested in social navigation, persuasive computing, affective computing, social networking, mobile computing, and design theory. 

Tarleton Gillespie

Tarleton Gillespie

Tarleton Gillespie

Associate Professor

Professor Gillespie serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Research and Academic Interests:
New media technologies and society; the technical, legal, political, and economic structuring of public culture; information policy, especially copyright; technology and discourse.

Lois Levitan

Lois Levitan

Lois Levitan

Senior Extension Associate

Research and Academic Interests:  
Directs Recycling Agricultural Plastics Project, developing recycling infrastructure and markets, and Environmental Risk Analysis Program, helping citizens and policy-makers balance levels of concern with levels of risk and social impact.

Bruce Lewenstein

Research and Academic Interests: 
Public communication of, public understanding of, and public engagement in science and technology; history of science communication, science journalism, and science museums; informal science education.

Drew Margolin

Drew Margolin

Assistant Professor

Dr. Drew Margolin holds the Geri Gay Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellowship in Communication and Technology. Research and Academic Interests:    Social and semantic network analysis of organizations and institutions; social media measures of state and evolution of populations and communities; role of communication technology in shaping organizational and institutional behavior. 

Poppy McLeod

Poppy McLeod

Poppy McLeod

Associate Professor

Research and Academic Interests:  
Communication within and between groups; social influence and information effects in group decision-making; influence of technology on group processes; influence of social identity and emotions in groups.  Teaching includes: communication and decision-making in groups, persuasion and social influence, research methods.

Dawn Schrader

Dawn Schrader

Dawn Schrader

Associate Professor

Research and Academic Interests:  
Privacy issues, including the psychological value of privacy and increasing awareness of privacy implications for the individual and society; and  adolescent girls' social aggression; specifically, the protection of self-integrity and the promotion of ethical behavior in bystanders.

Michael Shapiro

Research and Academic Interests: 
Media psychology including: psychology of narrative, psychology of entertainment media, and, psychology of narrative health and risk messages—particularly the role of realism, emotion, and empathy in processing story characters and in attitude change and persuasion.

Y. Connie Yuan

Y. Connie Yuan

Y. Connie Yuan

Associate Professor

Research and Academic Interests: 
Organizational knowledge management, social network analysis, intercultural communication,  group decision-mkaing, and technology use in organizations.