College of Humanities & Behavioral Sciences
- Davis College of Business and Economics
- College of Education and Human Development
- College of Graduate Studies and Research
- Waldron College of Health and Human Services
- College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences
- Artis College of Science and Technology
- College of Visual and Performing Arts
- Other Offices and Departments
- Army ROTC
- Women's & Gender Studies
- School of Communication
- Prelaw Advising
- Department of English
- Interdisciplinary Studies
- Philosophy and Religious Studies
- Department of Criminal Justice
- Foreign Languages and Literatures
- Department of History
- Department of Political Science
- Center for Police Practice, Policy and Research
Courtney Bosworth, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Teaching and research interests: Advertising, media studies
Dr. Bosworth earned his B.S. and M.A. at the University of Florida and his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia, where he wrote a dissertation entitled, “Online computer media use in the home: A study of uses-and-effects." He recently earned a graduate certificate in Digital Marketing from The University of Virginia. Bosworth has also worked at the Ocala Economic Development Council as a research assistant, promoting the area for business expansion and economic growth. He also worked for the Chain Store Guide Information Services (CSGIS), Division of Lebhar-Friedman Publishing, first as a marketing associate and then as a marketing information editor. While at CSGIS Dr. Bosworth was a member of its strategic planning and horizons planning committees. Dr. Bosworth recently stepped down as Coordinator for the Media Studies major, a position he filled for 10 years. He served as Interim Chair for the department of Political Science in 2018, and regularly advises new freshmen and transfer students at Quest.
Kevin (West) Bowers, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Teaching and research interests: TV production, web design, and pedagogical uses of new media.
Dr. Bowers earned his B.A. in Media Studies and Dramatic Arts from UNC-Chapel Hill, his M.F.A. in Television Production from Loyola Marymount University, and his Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the University of Florida. His research focuses on the uses of various communication systems for teaching purposes. Dr. Bowers currently serves as the Coordinator for the Media Studies major in our school.
John Brummette, Ph.D., Professor
Teaching and research interests: Public relations, crisis communication, issues management, organizational legitimacy, organizational values, social network analysis, activism and social capital.
Dr. Brummette earned a B.A. in Communication and Rhetoric from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001, his master’s degree in Corporate and Professional Communication from Radford University in 2003, and his doctorate in Communication and Information from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville in 2008. He taught at Lincoln Memorial University and worked as a community liaison for the Safety, Environment, and Education Center at UT-Knoxville. He was designated as a Legacy Scholar by the Arthur Page Society in 2014 and his research has been published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Public Relations Review, PR Journal, PRism, Corporate Communication: An International Journal, The Journal of Social Media and Society, Journal of Communication Management, Health Marketing Quarterly and the Encyclopedia of Public Relations. He also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Public Relations Research and Public Relations Journal.
Zehui Dai, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Teaching and research interests: Interpersonal Communication (Secondary Health Communication), Intercultural Communication, Research Methods.
Dr. Dai earned her doctorate in Media and Communication from Bowling Green State University. She also holds a master’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Arkansas, and a bachelor of advertising from Hefei University of Technology in China. Her work engaged themes related to health, relationships, social justice, advocacy, and feminism. Her research has appeared in China Media Research, Asian Communication Research, Health Communication (forthcoming), and The Journal of Perinatal Education.
Scott Dunn, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Teaching and research interests: political communication.
Dr. Dunn earned his Bachelor's degree and MA at Virginia Tech, and his Ph. D at the University of North Carolina. He served as the Graduate Coordinator for our graduate program for two years. Dr. Dunn also serves as the Faculty Senate representative for the School of Communication. His current research focuses on political engagement among college students.
Sandy French, Ph.D., Professor
Teaching and research interests: organizational communication; business rhetoric; corporate reputation management; leadership.
Dr. French earned her B.S. at Radford University, M.A. at Wake Forest University and Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University. She currently serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Business Communication. Her research has been published in the Journal of Applied Communication, the Southern Communication Journal, the Journal of Business Communication, and Business Communication Quarterly. Dr. French is a faculty member in the Honors Academy here at Radford University. Dr. French currently serves as the Coordinator for the Communication major in our School.
Kimberly Herbert, Instructor
Ms. Herbert received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Radford University and her Master’s Degree in Public Communication from The American University. She previously served as the Director of Advising for the College of Sciences at Old Dominion University and an Adjunct Professor of Communication at Old Dominion, George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College. Kim also has professional experience in Career Advising, Recruiting and Public Relations. She is currently an advisor for Lambda Pi Eta and Delta Zeta Sorority.
Sam Jennings, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Teaching and research interests: Web design, social media, digital Imaging, digital communication, computers as social actors (intelligent user interfaces), and instructional technology.
Dr. Jennings earned his B.A. degree in sociology and a second B.A. with a double major in computer science and business administration from Mary Baldwin College, his M.A. in Instructional Technology, and Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Technology from Virginia Tech. He is an experienced webmaster, system engineer, and eLearning consultant for a variety of organizations including industry (fortune 100, 500 and Global 2000 companies), health care, local government, law enforcement, and technical schools. In addition to experience in the field, he has taught computer science at both the high school and community college levels and maintains certification to teach k-12 computer science in the Commonwealth of Virginia. His course website is www.samjennings.org.
Twange Kasoma, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Teaching interests: Journalism, international communication, development communication, research methods, media and society, and study abroad. Research interests: Journalistic professionalism, development and science communication, gender and the media, role of the media in African society, and media regulation.
Dr. Kasoma earned her doctorate in media and society from the University of Oregon. She also holds a master’s degree in journalism from Arkansas State University, and a bachelor of mass communication degree from the University of Zambia. She has done journalistic work in Zambia, Ghana, and the U.S. Dr. Kasoma has also authored journal articles and a book chapter on journalistic professionalism and the role of the media in society.
Leigh Anne Kelley, Instructor
Teaching and research interests: Advertising, business journalism, copywriting, web design
Ms. Kelley, who is the current Faculty Advisor for The Tartan, earned her B.A. at the University of Virginia and her M.A. at Hollins College. She was managing editor of Virginia Business Magazine before switching to new media as the first regional content manager for Media General's interactive division. She was also Online Business Development Manager for Roanoke.com before joining the Radford University School of Communication.
Betty Kennan, Instructor
Teaching and research interests: interpersonal communication, teamwork, and communication trends.
Ms. Kennan received her Bachelors of Science in Education and Masters of Arts in Communication from West Texas A & M University. She has taught basic communication courses in Texas and Virginia and joined the School of Communication at Radford University in 2005. In addition to supervising students in the School of Communication in their internships, she teaches Listening/Nonverbal, Interpersonal Communication, and Teamwork. Ms. Kennan serves as mentor to students presenting research at local, regional, and national conferences.
William (Bill) Kennan, Ph. D., Professor
Teaching and research interests: intercultural communication, mass media, and organizations.
Dr. Kennan earned his B.A. and his M. A. at the University of Arkansas and his Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Kennan has been part of the Radford University community for over 30 years, serving in various teaching and administrative capacities. He recently ended a stint as Director of the Military Resource Center, which he helped to create. He was previously a member of the faculty at Texas Technological University and West Texas State University. He started his career as a journalist at the Northwest Arkansas Times and also covered Razorback sports in college. Dr. Kennan is currently on sabbatical.
William (Bill) Kovarik, Ph.D., Professor
Teaching and research interests: journalism, media history, media law, new media tech, and environmental history. His research is located at the intersection of history, communications and the environment.
Prof. Kovarik worked at The Associated Press, the Baltimore Sun, the Charleston SC Post-Courier, and Time-Life Books and with columnist Jack Anderson. He has also worked as a stringer with the New York Times, Time Magazine and a number of science and environmental publications.
Prof. Kovarik studied history of media, technology and environment at the University of South Carolina, earning an M.A. in 1983, and the University of Maryland, earning a PhD in 1993. His dissertation involved research into the media coverage of a preventable environmental disaster — the development of Ethyl leaded gasoline and alternative anti-knock additives. Kovarik has also served as an academic representative on the board of directors of the Society of Environmental Journalists and as editor of Appalachian Voice.
Prof. Kovarik’s books (so far) include “The Forbidden Fuel” (1982, republished 2010), The Ethyl Controversy (1993); “Mass Media and Environmental Conflict” (1996, with Mark Neuzil, Sage); “Web Design for the Mass Media” (2001, Pearson) and “Revolutions in Communication” (2011, 2016, Bloomsbury).
In addition to serving full time at Radford since 1990, Prof. Kovarik has been a visiting professor at Unity College, the University of Maryland, the University of South Carolina, Virginia Tech, the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Ljubljana.
Faculty webpage: http://www.billkovarik.com
Michael J. Meindl, Assistant Professor
Teaching and research interests: Digital video and audio production, science and technology studies, media history, digital photography, motion-capture, interactive media, mediated performance, human-computer interaction, theatre, video games, animation, robotics, puppetry, gender and masculinity studies, and aesthetic philosophy.
Mr. Meindl received his M.F.A. in Dramatic Media from the University of Georgia and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech. He also holds an M.A. and B.A. in Theatre Studies from Oklahoma State University and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, respectively. He has done practical and scholarly work in a variety of areas, including theatre, film, and animation.
As a scholar, Michael focuses primarily on the relationship between media, science, and technology. He has presented at a variety of regional, national, and international conferences, including those sponsored by the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S), the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), the Society for Animation Studies (SAS), and the Popular Culture Association (PCA). He currently has two essays accepted for publication. One focuses on the representation of science and technology in both Jaws and Mythbusters and will be part of a collection of works celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jaws. The other explores the use of specific types of sources when doing history of animation research and will be part of a special “doing animation history” issue of Animation: An International Journal. Finally, he is working on a book-length analysis of early Disney animation technology.
As a video artist, he has worked with the National Geographic Channel, providing motion-capture services, as well as the New York Public Library and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, filming special events (some of his footage has been shown to the United States Congress). He has also worked on commercials and short documentaries. Through his own production company, he is currently working on a feature-length documentary investigating the intersection between puppetry and the LGBTQ community. Since its inception in 2014, Michael has been a judge for the International Red Dirt Film Festival held in Stillwater, OK.
Matthew J. Smith, Ph.D., Professor and Interim Dean of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences
Teaching and research interests: Graphic storytelling, media history, critical methods
Dr. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in English from West Liberty State College and his master’s in English and doctorate in Interpersonal Communication from Ohio University. He is the co-editor, along with Randy Duncan, of the Routledge Advances in Comics Studies Series. In collaboration with Duncan and Paul Levitz, he is co-author of The Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture, 2nd Edition. Smith’s previous collaborations include It Happens at Comic-Con: Ethnographic Essays on a Pop Culture Phenomenon and the Eisner-nominated Critical Approaches to Comics: Theories and Methods. Each summer he leads the Experience at Comic-Con, with details at www.powerofcomics.com/fieldstudy. Previously, he was chair of the Department of Communication and Director of Cinema Studies at Wittenberg University in Ohio.
Joe Staniunas Jr., Instructor
Teaching and research interests: Journalism, digital audio, media law and ethics.
Mr. Staniunas is an experienced television and radio news professional. He is currently researching the media use of cameras in courts in Virginia. His professional career began as a News Director and Announcer for a radio station in the late '70s and moved to positions such as a Contributing Writer for a magazine, a reporter, and most recently an Assignment Editor for the leading television station in the Roanoke market, CBS affiliate WDBJ-7. As an Assignment Editor, Staniunas supervised a news department of 45 anchors, reporters, producers, and photographers. Along with the supervising, he trained student interns and assisted news director with budget preparation and computer system management.
Matthew Turner, Ph.D., Professor
Teaching and research interests: Media production, Interdisciplinary studies, comedy, semiotics, film and video production and editing.
Dr. Turner earned his B.A. in Communication and B.A. in English at Virginia Tech, and earned his M.A. in Telecommunication and Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts both at Ohio University. Dr. Turner also enjoys teaching interdisciplinary classes, such as a course he originated on Brazilian arts and media. Dr. Turner’s dissertation “Signs of Comedy: A Semiotic Approach to Comedy in the Arts” looks at how comedy creates and subverts meaning in a variety of art forms. Dr. Turner has presented at numerous national and international conferences in interdisciplinary studies, theater, art history, philosophy, English, popular culture, and film. He has also published articles and book chapters on comedy Westerns, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and the Marx Brothers. Dr. Turner has worked as an editor and consultant to Jonesfilm Group Ltd. and has edited several documentary films for them. Dr. Turner’s travels and interest in international education have led him to teach students on five continents. Dr. Turner currently serves as Interim Chair of the department of Foreign Languages and Literature at Radford University.
Lisa Baker Webster, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Interim Director
Teaching and research interests: public relations, IMC, gender communication
Dr. Baker Webster is an Associate Professor of Communication at Radford University and is currently serving as the Interim Director of the School Of Communication. She earned two master degrees from The University of Alabama and her doctorate from Bowling Green State University. Dr. Baker-Webster previously served as the Coordinator for the Communication Studies major in our School.
Shuo Yao, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Teaching and research interests: Communication, research methods, communication theory, persuasion, conflict management, and International and Intercultural Communication.
Dr. Shuo Yao is an Associate Professor of Communication at Radford University and the coordinator of our Strategic Communication graduate program. She earned her Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in School of International Relations, Peking University in China, and her doctorate in Intercultural Communication from University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Yao enjoys teaching theories, research methods, intercultural communication, conflict management, and persuasion. She has presented her work at various national and international communication conferences and published in China Media Research, Journal of Health Communication, Corporate Communications: An International Journal, Journal of International Communication, and Argumentation & Advocacy.