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Our faculty and staff are dedicated to giving you the education you deserve –the best. Through collaborations, office hours, and spending time in the classroom, we feel like we get to know you pretty well. We are excited to get to know you and hope you're ready to get to know us.

Not only did the UWEC Communication and Journalism department arm me with the knowledge and skills to pursue whatever professional dream I have, it also introduced me to some of the greatest, most helpful professors around. I constantly felt challenged, yet comfortable to ask for help when I needed it.

Erin Sherwood | mass comm. – public relations graduate
Jan Larson
Education
  • BA, Stanford University (Communication, Political Science)
  • MS, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism (Journalism)
Teaching Interests
  • Beginning Journalism
  • Advanced Reporting and Editing
  • Digital Newsroom
  • Immersion Reporting
Research Interests
  • Journalism and democracy
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Civil Conversations
Biography

As an award-winning journalist, I have worked as a reporter and editor at newspapers from Alaska to New York state. I teach both introductory and advanced reporting courses in the department and have a particular interest in the role of journalism in democratic society. One of my favorite things to do is to help young journalists find work in the field. When I'm not encouraging students to higher levels of academic achievement with home-baked treats, I prefer to be outside sailing, biking, kayaking and a lot of other "i-n-g" stuff that doesn't involve anything dying. 

Janet Driever
Education

M.A., Purdue University
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
 

Teaching Interests

Organizational Communication
Public Speaking
Human Communication
Interviewing
 

Responsibilities

Communication and Journalism Intake Advisor
CJ Internship Coordinator

 

FayMartha
Education
  • Ph.D. The Ohio State University (Organizational Communication)
  • M.A. University of Dayton (Interdisciplinary, Business &Communication)
  • B.A. Kent State University (Journalism/Public Relations)
Teaching Interests
  • Organizational Communication
  • Leadership Communication
  • Small Group Communication
  • Health Communication
Research Interests
  • Teleworker Communication
  • Leadership
  • Informal Communication in Organizations
  • Family Communication
  • Teaching and Learning
Responsibilities
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Advising
  • Service
Academic Department Associate
Responsibilities
  •  Everything CJ
Peter Hart-Brinson
Education
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • B.A., New College of Florida 
Teaching Interests
  • CJ 105, Communication in Contemporary Society
  • CJ/WMNS 317, Diversity and Communication
  • SOC 101, Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 332, Sociological Research Methods
  • SOC 360, Sociology of Culture 
Research Interests
  • Generational Change
  • Same-Sex Marriage
  • Civic Engagement
  • Media and the Social Construction of Knowledge
  • Political Sociology
  • Cultural Sociology
Biography

Peter Hart-Brinson holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Sociology and Communication/Journalism. His teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of culture, media, and politics. His two active research projects concern generational change in Americans' attitude about same-sex marriage and the rise of fitness fundraisers and other forms of civic recreation in American civil society. The thing he loves most about UW-Eau Claire is working with motivated, intellectually curious students on independent and collaborative research projects, and he is always open to talking with students about their own intellectual interests and aspirations. 

Won Jang
Education
  • Ph.D., University at Buffalo, SUNY (Communication)
  • M.A., Marquette University (Advertising)
  • M.A., Sogang University, South Korea (Political Science)
  • B.A., Sogang University, South Korea (Political Science)
Teaching Interests
  • Advertising/Marketing Communication
  • Strategic Media Planning
  • Current Issues in Advertising
  • Research Methods
  • Media Law
  • Integrated Strategic Communication (ISC) Campaigns
  • Global Communication 
Research Interests
  • Global Communication Issues
  • Environmental Communication
  • Relationships between Media and Society in East Asian Societies
  • Advertising/Health Communication across Borders
  • Political Communication
Jack Kapfer
Knutson.Kris
Education
  • Ph.D., University of Kansas (Communication Studies)
  • M.A., University of Kansas (Communication Studies)
  • B.A., Eureka College (Communication Studies and Theatre Arts) 
Teaching Interests
  • Family Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Organizational Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Research Methods
Research Interests
  • Family Communication
  • Intersections of Work and Family
  • Work-Life Balance 
Responsibilities
  • Coordinator of Basic Communication Skills Courses 
Ellen Mahaffy
Education
  •  MFA, The College at Brockport and the Visual Studies Workshop, State University of New York (Visual Studies)
  • BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland (Photography)
Teaching Interests
  • Photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Video
  • Graphic Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Documentary Film
Research Interests
  • Queer Cinema
  • Social Landscape
  • Surreal Landscape
  • Artists’ Books
Responsibilities
  • Affiliate, Women's Studies Program
  • Women's Studies Program Steering Committee
  •  University Senate Technology Committee
  •  UWEC Shotokan Karate Club
  •  UWEC Photography Club
  •  Eau Queer Film Festival (Executive Director)
Biography

After earning my BFA in photography I could have become a commercial photographer, who created images for others. Instead I remained committed to fine art photography, and supplemented my income by with jobs in sales, photo assisting, freelance, and darkroom work. Graduate school at the Visual Studies Workshop expanded my photographic repertoire to include the written word, giving me new tools with which to create and preserve stories, including my artist's book, Nothing Was Ever Said. I also developed my skills as a graphic designer, which enabled me to enter the ad agency world, as both a print production manager and advertising director. 

Through my avocation, Shotokan Karate, where I led self defense, I entered academic teaching with an array of real world experiences to share. Before landing at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, I taught at Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Nevada, Reno, and South Lake Tahoe Community College. 

My passion for teaching derives from my interest in preserving stories. I assist my students in using multimedia technologies to share people's stories. Some of their work is available at CJ 184.002 video projects, This Is Women's Studies, which was created as part of the university's centennial celebration.

Karen Morris
Education
  • M.A., Texas State University-San Marcos (Speech Communication)
  • B.A., East Central University (Speech and Drama Education)
Certification
Forensics Offices Currently Held:
  • Mid American Forensics League President
  • American Forensics Association National Individual Events National Secretary
  • Interstate Oratory Association Executive Council Member
  • National Forensics Association President 
Teaching Interests
  • Forensics
  • Persuasion
  • Communication Theory
  • Public Speaking
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Small Group Communication
  • Conflict Communication
  • Oral Interpretation of Literature
  • Event Planning 
Research Interests
  • Intercollegiate Forensics Practices 
Responsibilities
  • Teaching Communication Courses
  • Directing the Nationally-Ranked UWEC Forensics Program
Nicole Schultz
Education
  • Ph.D., Bowling Green State University (Communication Studies)
  • M.A., Minnesota State University-Mankato (Speech Communication)
  • B.A., Winona State University (Organizational Communication)
Certification
  • Graduate Certificate, Bowling Green State University (Women's Studies) 
Teaching Interests
  • Organizational Communication  
  • Women's Studies Program
  • Gender, Race, &Class-The Social Construction of Identity
  • First-Year Experience
  • Fundamentals of Speech
  • Research Methods
  • Small Group Communication
  • Women in the Mass Media
  • Training and Human Resource Development
  • Academic Apprentice Development
  • Communication in Interpersonal and Cultural Contexts
  • Communication Studies Capstone/Senior Research Seminar
  • Independent Study Development
  • Women, Work, &Family Issues
  • Women's Studies Capstone
Research Interests
  • Generational Diversity
  • Work-Life Balance/Integration
  • Gender Issues
  • LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) Issues in Education
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Social Media and Integrated Organizational Communication
  • Social Justice Issues 
Responsibilities
  • Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Journalism
  • Affiliate, Women's Studies Program
  • Faculty Advisor, Communication &Journalism Organization
  • Advisory Board Member, Positive Avenues-LSS
  • Board Member, Fierce Freedom 
Biography

I serve as an Editorial Review Board member for the Western Journal of Communication, Communication Studies, Communication Teacher, and Speaker and Gavel. In addition, I regularly serve the discipline as a Reviewer for the Feminist and Women's Studies, Instructional Development, Basic Course, and Master's Education divisions of the National Communication Association. When I'm not working, I enjoy my neighborhood, collaborating with local not-for-profit organization initiatives, listening to oldies, grilling out, campfires, playing cards, thrifting, local arts in the Chippewa Valley, and playing members of my animal far including Kima La Pooch the Pomerianian, Facha the Ferret, and Whimzy the Budgie Perrot! 

David Tschida portrait
Education
  • Ph.D. University of Missouri (Communication)
  • M.A. University of Nebraska (Communication Studies)
  • B.A. St. Cloud State University (Communication Studies)
Teaching Interests
  • Environmental Communication
  • Communication and Advocacy
  • Rhetoric and the Public Sphere
  • Communication Literacy
Research Interests
  • Environmental Communication
  • Communication and Advocacy
  • Rhetoric and the Public Sphere 
Responsibilities
  • College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee
  • Faculty Senator
  • Chair, Communication and Journalism Scholarship Committee
  • Affiliate faculty Member, Watershed Institute 
Biography

I grew up in north central Minnesota. The home I grew up in was on the edge of a wildlife management area. From my childhood, I was exposed to experiences in nature. These experiences were part of the inspiration for my interest in environmental communication (the study of how we communicate about environmental issues, concerns, and needs in social movements, in the law, in the media, etc.). I enjoy camping, hiking, and fishing and exploring our national and state parks. 

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worley photo
Education
  • Ph.D., University of Missouri- Columbia (Communication)
  • M.A., Illinois State University (Communication)
  • B.A., Bethel University (Communication)
Teaching Interests
  • Integrated Strategic Communication
  • Crisis Communication 
Research Interests
  • Crisis Communication
  • Political and Civic Engagement
  • Classroom Communication 
Kelly Jo Wright
Education
  • M.A., Eastern New Mexico University (Speech)
  • B.S., Defiance College (Education)
Teaching Interests
  • Public Speaking
  • Listening
  • Rhetoric in Pop Culture
  • Gender Communication 
Research Interests
  • Forensics student performance research
  • Forensics student speech research 
Responsibilities
  • Assistant Director of Forensics 
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