Humanities Faculty

Dr. Scott W. Dunn

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Scott W. Dunn is an assistant professor in the School of Communication at Radford University. He studies political communication, and his current research is on young people’s involvement in the political process. In addition to courses in Political Communication, he teaches Introduction to Communication, Communication Theory, Media and Society, and Public Speaking. He also teaches in and helps coordinate the university’s core curriculum. Dunn has led study abroad programs in London and New Zealand; these programs help students understand how media and communication function in international contexts. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Leigh Anne Kelley


For more than a decade Ms. Leigh Anne Kelley has been an instructor with Radford University’s School of Communication, where she teaches courses related to journalism, advertising, and interactive communication. She has more than 20 years of experience in print and digital media, from concept development to business development to execution. She has worked for newspapers, magazines, and the online operations of television and print outlets. She has been an editorial page editor, news editor, magazine editor, business journalist, online content manager, and digital media strategist. She has won numerous awards from the Virginia Press Association, attended Wharton’s Seminar for Business Writers on a National Press Fellowship, and was a new media fellow with the Newspaper Association of America. Her interests include business journalism, online and mobile media, interactive advertising, communication design and new models for funding news. This is her third year teaching in the governor’s school summer program.

Dr. Lori Marsh


Dr. Lori Marsh holds a Ph.D. in engineering from Cornell University.  She has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 15 years and teaching yoga for about a decade.  She has completed the Yoga-Alliance-certified yoga teacher training program and studied meditation under Sayadaw Ottamasara in Myanmar.

Scott McDarmont


Mr. Scott McDarmont was once a mild-mannered instructor of freshman composition but, one day, he was bitten by a radioactive philosopher. This imbued him with special ‘interdisciplinary powers’ and, as we all know, “with great interdisciplinary power, comes great interdisciplinary responsibility!”  That is why, for over five years, he has put these powers to use for the betterment of mankind by teaching all four courses in Radford University’s core courses. In addition to his teaching, McDarmont occasionally writes and performs stand-up comedy. He also enjoys blogging about comics, music, movies, and a variety of other interests.  His favorite movie is The Empire Strikes Back and he may or may not have cried a little when Han Solo says “Chewie, we’re home” in The Force Awakens. He has read all 300 issues of Dave Sim’s Cerebus the Aardvark and he strongly believes more people should be impressed by this feat.

Ted McKosky


Ted McKosky has been teaching for over forty years in the areas of radio, sound and cinema. He has worked professionally in film, sound and video production as well as serving both as program producer and station manager with several public radio stations. He has presented programs on a wide variety of media related subjects such as film, radio and television history; served for many years as a discussant at the Virginia Film Festival hosted in Charlottesville and presented in conjunction with UVA. He has shared information on a wide range of film subjects from individual films to genres and film makers. Special areas of interest include Ballyhoo (wacky film promotion), the films that scare us, the western, film noir and screen writer Stewart Stern.

Michael J. Meindl


Mr. Michael J. Meindl is an Assistant Professor of Digital Media Production at Radford University and teaches audio and video courses. He is an active scholar and video artist and is currently working on a feature-length documentary and a short fictional film. He spent four years working in New York City as a freelance digital media artist before moving to Virginia. While in New York, he also taught video production and film studies at four colleges. He holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Media from the University of Georgia as well as a B.A. and M.A. in Theatre Studies from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and Oklahoma State University, respectively.

Dr. Margaret Pate


Dr. Margaret Pate has been a professor at Radford University since fall 2014. Dr. Pate is a faculty member within the Department of Criminal Justice and she teaches courses such as Research Methods, Juvenile Justice, and Ethical and Moral Issues in Criminal Justice. Prior to joining the faculty at Radford University, Dr. Pate received two Bachelor’s Degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology, as well as her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, from Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY. Dr. Pate received her Ph.D. in Criminology, Law, & Society from the University of Florida. Dr. Pate is interested in researching topics where psychology and the law meet, such as eyewitness identification and testimony as well as interrogations and confessions. She is also interested in studying law enforcement decision-making in general and as it relates to wrongful conviction.

Dr. Ann Mary Roberts

Dr. Ann Mary Roberts has been a Radford University professor since 2005 and is coordinator for the Secondary Social Studies Teacher Education Program. Roberts has also been heavily involved with the Peace Studies Program, where she teaches Introduction to Peace Studies and mentors students perusing a Peace Studies minor. She has presented at national and international conferences on peace related topics including dances of universal peace, teaching as a spiritual practice, communicating non-violently and teacher self-care. Peace topics she is passionate about include: environmental issues, Native American rights, prison reform, non-violent communication, and issues related to race and poverty. She has been the advisor for the Malawi study abroad program. Prior to Radford University Roberts was involved in middle schools since 1985 in a variety of capacities including: student assistant counselor work in Hampton, Virginia, middle school social studies teacher, and head clown in her middle school clown troupe.

Dr. Amy Rubens


Dr. Amy Rubens is returning as an instructor for the Governor’s School for Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts at Radford University. She has over 13 years of experience teaching American literature and culture; academic writing; and professional and business writing. Of her many research interests, she has a particular affinity for the medical humanities and believes that this field can benefit all learners, regardless of age or career path. She makes this argument in a forthcoming article in the Journal of Medical Humanities, where she discusses uniting the medical humanities with undergraduate composition courses. Rubens also enjoys presenting her research in the medical humanities at Continuing Medical Education events for healthcare practitioners. Most recently, she presented her work at an Arts and Health Humanities Symposium sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic and Hiram College. She also has participated in Western Michigan University’s Medical Humanities Conference. When she’s not writing, reading, or researching, she enjoys spending time with her family and her dog. Some of her favorite pastimes and stress relievers are knitting, crocheting, vegetarian cooking, and walking in nature.

Joe Staniunas

Mr. Joe Staniunas is an instructor in the School of Communications. He teaches a variety of courses, focusing on news writing and reporting, media law and ethics, and digital media production. Before coming to Radford University, he was a news manager and reporter at Roanoke’s WDBJ-7. He also does freelance reporting for WVTF, the NPR affiliate in Roanoke, and for Virginia Public Radio.

Dr. Tay Keong Tan

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Dr. Tay Keong Tan is Director of International Studies in the Department of Political Science at Radford University. He teaches leadership, international studies, and public administration. His research is focused on global sustainability; he is author and editor of three recent books on sustainable development. He served as the Chief of Staff of the Office of Internal Oversight Services at the United Nations and led organizations in Singapore, Israel and the United States. For more than a decade, Tay Keong worked a consultant specializing in governance, anti-corruption, and public management in more than two dozen countries, including Armenia, Bhutan, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Dr. Tan has a doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Dr. Paul Thomas


Dr. Paul Thomas is associate professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. In addition to introductory courses in religious studies he teaches courses on Hebrew Bible and New Testament. He earned his interdisciplinary Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he specialized in religious studies and history while writing a dissertation on giants in the Hebrew Bible. He has taught courses at Radford University on monsters in religion. He knows what hides in your closet.

Dr. Matthew Turner


Dr. Matthew R. Turner has been teaching at Radford University since 2006.  At Radford, he teaches primarily in the Production Technology area including Video Editing and Effects, Media Performance and the Production Technology Portfolio.   Dr. Turner also enjoys teaching interdisciplinary classes such as a course he originated on Brazilian arts and media.  Dr. Turner received his bachelor’s degrees in Communication and English from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.  He has worked in Television Production and Engineering as well as video editing and producing professionally before returning to academia.  Dr. Turner received his M.A. in Telecommunication from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio and his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts also from Ohio University.  Dr. Turner has presented at numerous national and international conferences in interdisciplinary studies, theater, art history, philosophy, English, and film.  He has also published articles and book chapters on comedy westerns and the Marx Brothers.  Dr. Turner’s primary research area is in comedy in its various forms.  He enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.