Anne Bialowas, Ph.D.
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Anne Bialowas' (Ph.D., 2009, University of Utah) research interests are in contemporary rhetoric, media studies, feminist theory, and cultural studies. Dr. Bialowas has taught courses dealing with her research interests in additional to teaching writing, speaking, and teamwork skills to engineers and math graduate students.
Nicola Corbin, Ph.D.
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Corbin, who completed her Ph.D. at the University of Georgia, teaches Public Relations Writing, Communication Design, and Advertising. Her research interests encompass alternative approaches to public relations and visual communication, and issues of representation, particularly as it relates to race and gender in mass media. In a former life, Corbin was a news desk and features copy editor who was also responsible for youth outreach at the Herald News in West Paterson, N.J. During her time there, she received design awards from the New Jersey Press Association and the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Corbin was also a member of the senior staff and assistant to the director, responsible for marketing and communications within the Department of Transportation Services at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has also taught Media Writing, Oral Communication and freshman orientation courses at Seton Hall University and the University of Maryland.
Dr. Kathryn Edwards (Ph.D., University of Utah, 1991) returned to the faculty after eight years as executive director of University Communications. In that position she was in charge of the public relations, marketing, media relations and Web communications for the university. She teaches classes in public relations, media writing, organizational, and interpersonal communication. Her research interests include Web marketing, social media and Web design/development. In addition to her work in university communications, Dr. Edwards’ professional experience includes 14 years as a professor and three years as department chair at Weber State University. She also teaches the corporate communications class for the MBA program.
Colleen Packer, Ph.D.
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Dr. Colleen Packer (Ph.D., University of Utah) is an expert in communication education, and interpersonal and intercultural communication. Her dissertation focused on communicative behaviors of mechanical engineering design teams. Her research interests focus on communication across the curriculum, the scholarship of teaching and learning, community-based learning, and family communication.
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Susan Hafen, Ph.D.
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Dr. Susan Hafen (Ph.D., Ohio University, 1995) is a full professor in the Communication Department at Weber State University, where she has taught communication theory, organizational communication, interpersonal and small group communication, interviewing, training and development, research methods, and the senior research seminar since 2003. Previously she taught at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1995-2003), where she also taught human resources and training and development, diversity training, intercultural communication, and public speaking. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Hafen worked in the corporate business world for a dozen years as a trainer and human resource manager. She was on the start-up team for Kimberly Clark’s diaper plant in Utah and Mobil Oil’s first coal mine in Wyoming, and she worked at Potomac Electric Power Co. in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hafen has published articles and book chapters on guilt and shame in organizations, diversity training, cultural identities, workplace gossip, service learning, and classroom pedagogy.
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Becky Johns, Ph.D.
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Dr. Becky Johns (Ph.D., University of Utah, 2001) is an organizational communication scholar who does research about organizations, religion and women. Among other published scholarly research, she recently had a peer-reviewed journal article appear (April, 2008) in The Journal of Communication and Religion titled: " Hidden Strategies of Resistance in Female Mormon Missionary Narratives: Two Case Studies." Her master's degree project was an organizational audit, including the use of 15 organizational analysis tools, of 26 branches and general headquarters of a large banking operation in Salt Lake City. It also included an intervention plan and presentation to CEO and Board of Directors. They implemented most of the intervention recommendations. Dr. Johns has taught organizational, interpersonal, and small group communication as well as public speaking, among many others, in related fields for 18 years at the University of Utah and Weber State University. She is currently an associate professor in the WSU Communication Department and coordinator of the WSU Women's Studies Program. She has done extensive service for the University in assessment and general education.
Sheree Josephson, Ph.D.
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Dr. Sheree Josephson (Ph.D., University of Utah, 1992) is a former journalist, an occasional consultant in public relations and advertising, and a noted eye-tracking researcher. Before coming to teach at Weber State 18 years ago, Dr. Josephson worked in reporter and editor roles at three daily newspapers in the Intermountain West. She has helped found and run an advertising research firm—FactOne—that specialized in using eye-tracking research to analyze the effectiveness of Web sites for marketing purposes. She also helped establish two other advertising research companies—iLab and Lab 6two4, both of which were affiliated with major advertising agencies in Salt Lake City. She has twice chaired the national Visual Communication Commission of the National Communication Association, a group of about 300 visual communication scholars, for two years. Dr. Josephson has published about a dozen scholarly articles, book chapters and international conference proceedings. In 2010 she published a scholarly book for Peter Lang Publishing titled "Visualizing the Web: Evaluating online design from a visual communication perspective."
Jean Norman, Ph.D.
Jean Reid Norman (Ph.D. University of Nevada, Las Vegas) was a professional journalist for 30 years before returning to graduate school for a doctorate degree in public policy. Her interests include teaching writing and researching how language is used in journalistic settings, as well as how social media is used by student journalists as they learn professional skills. She joined Weber State in 2014 and is the adviser of The Signpost in addition to her teaching duties.
Ty Sanders, Ph.D.
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Dr. Ty Sanders (Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2008) has been an instructor specialist in the Department of Communication at Weber State University since 1991. Additionally, Dr. Sanders has served as department chair, advisor to KWCR—, the Weber State radio station— and as a member of the 2002 Winter Olympics Broadcast Advisory Council. Dr. Sanders teaches a variety of courses, including audio and video production, introduction to mass media, writing for audio and video, and media management. Before coming to Weber, Dr. Sanders worked as a radio and television journalist and executive for 18 years. His jobs in industry encompassed a wide variety of responsibilities from being an all-night disk jockey to news director of a chain of television stations. His academic interests include effects of radio and television news and broadcast history.
Sarah Steimel, Ph.D.
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Dr. Sarah Steimel (Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln) is an assistant professor in the Communication Department with both research and teaching interests in organizational communication, gender and communication, and research methods. Specifically, her current research focuses on communication in nonprofit organizations, especially between organizational staff and the diverse clients they serve. Recent publications include “Refugees as people: The portrayal of refugees in American human interest Stories” in the Journal of Refugee Studies (2010) and “Dialectic tensions experienced by resettled Sudanese refugees in mediating organizations” in the International Journal of Communication (2010). She also serves as the elected vice chair of the Organizational and Professional Communication Division of the Central States Communication Association.