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Current Student Profiles

  • Nick ArtmanNick Artman

    Curriculum Vitae

    Nick Artman’s research focuses on analyzing technology from a media ecologist perspective. A media ecologist seeks to uncover the roles media forces members of a society to play. Specifically, his approach focuses on the interaction of media and how it affects the human behavior, perception, emotions, and feelings. Additionally, he maintains professional training and experience in audio recording, video production, photography, radio broadcasting, broadcast management, and non-linear editing software. In his classroom, he creates a student-centered environment, driven by a cognitive constructivist lecture style, by putting the students first.

    Mark BeekmanMark Beekman


    Mark Beekman has worked in commercial television broadcasting for 28 years. Mark watched the entire business of television broadcasting change, on many different levels, as he worked in a variety of technical capacities at a major-market station, since 1986. Due to ever-increasing use of programming automation, Mark’s latest technical position in television broadcasting was eliminated in the summer of 2014. After taking a corporate buyout, Mark joined CMIT Cohort 7 in September. Mark’s research interests lie in new digital media and its effects on our abilities to multitask and learn. The ever-changing world of television broadcasting is also a continuing area of interest to Mark, as traditional TV is further “married” to the Internet and multiple digital platforms of communication. Mark also has scholarly interests in prevailing theories of mass media, ancient cultures, and anthropology.

    Thomas CornwellThomas Cornwell

    Curriculum Vitae

    Tom Cornwell has worked in the field of radiation oncology for more than 20 years as a medical dosimetrist and radiation therapist as well as an adjunct instructor at Gwynedd-Mercy College. Tom has witnessed firsthand the challenges cancer patients face accessing and understanding information about cancer care. Tom’s research interests are situated in health communications, and his dissertation work is development of user-centered criteria for creating an online social network community of kids with cancer. Tom’s career focus is to combine his training as a social scientist in the communications field with a focus on qualitative research, and his clinical expertise and training in oncology together in the health care industry; where medicine, research, patient communication, and human centered design technologies converge to advance treatment and improve the lives of cancer patients.

    Kimberly FlandersKimberly Flanders


    Kimberly’s research interests include the effects that social media play on social capital, the effects of media on the portrayal of individuals with special needs as well as a variety of topics related to pop culture.  Kim has spent the last twenty years in the financial services industry in a variety of capacities.  She currently works for Reliance Bank in Altoona, PA serving as the Administrator for the branch network, as well as the Bank Security Officer.  Kim earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing as well as her MBA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She serves as an active member of the community, serving as the auction chair for the March of Dimes, and raising funds for the Central Cambria Education Foundation.  Upon graduation, Kim aspires to become a permanent faculty member in Communications Media and Instructional Technology.

    JenniferForrestJennifer Forrest

    Curriculum Vitae

    Jennifer Forrest is currently working on her dissertation which focuses on the effectiveness of the use of simulation software on leadership education. In addition to her interest in the uses of technology in education, Jennifer’s research interests include social networking, advertising, and public speaking. Jennifer is the owner of Small Town Life Publishing, where she uses her writing and graphic design skills to produce a variety of publications for her clients. In her free time, Jennifer is very involved in community organizations and enjoys giving speeches and workshops on the value of writing and the importance of oral communication.

    Randy Goin, Jr.Randy Goin, Jr.


    Randy's research interests include the intermediary role of new media and their affect on governance and public policy. He serves as Chief of Staff and senior policy advisor for Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education—leading the public affairs team and working closely with university, government, and business leaders to advance the mission the state’s 14 public universities. He previously served in a similar role for the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the nation’s second largest university system. Randy launched his career in the private sector before moving into communications and management roles in higher education at Florida Atlantic University. His professional interests include higher education policy and management, marketing, brand management, corporate communications, public relations, graphic design, and editing.

    Krista HessKrista Hess


    Krista Hess is currently a full time doctoral student in the CMIT program and Graduate Assistant for the Liberal Studies Department. There, she handles incoming curriculum proposals from IUP’s undergraduate programs. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Masters of Education in Instructional Technology with a concentration in classroom integration from East Stroudsburg University. Her experience as Program Director for ESU’s college radio station, WESS, inspired her long term aspiration to become a professor of radio broadcasting. Krista has experience as an adjunct professor of Speech Communication at Northampton Area Community College in Bethlehem, PA. Her research interests include radio broadcasting, production, and history; the portrayal of women in media, and American and British pop culture.

    Rhiannon KallisRhiannon Kallis

    Curriculum Vitae

    Rhiannon Kallis’ primary research interest consists of examining the use of social media with effects on interpersonal relationships. Other areas of interest include romantic relationships/jealousy, family communication, parasocial interactions, popular culture, pedagogy, and using technology in the classroom. Rhiannon has had experience teaching at the University of Delaware, Westmoreland County Community College, and California University of Pennsylvania. Upon earning her PhD, she aspires to be a professor of communication studies. 

    Laurie LawrenceLaurie Lawrence

    Curriculum Vitae

    Laurie Lawrence’s principal research interest is in human trafficking.  Her primary attention is related to media responsibility, as well as game theory as a method of educating young adults on issues of modern day slavery. Other interests include developing on-campus classes and interdisciplinary minors that consider various forms of communication disciplines, in an effort to educate with regards to social responsibility. Laurie graduated from Edinboro University with a Master of Arts in International and Intercultural Communications, and with a Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management. She was the Graduate Speaker for her class and currently attends IUP on full Graduate Assistantship. She currently has presented at several conferences on the subject of human trafficking and aspires to consult for the United Nations or other government organizations.

    Shian-Li McGuireShian-Li McGuire

    Shian-Li is a PhD candidate whose research interests include media ecology, advertising cultures, and creative strategy. She has over 10 years of professional experience directing marketing efforts on both the agency and client side, with an emphasis on developing powerful brands. She is currently director of Brand Marketing for Field & Stream at Dick’s Sporting Goods and serves as vice president of the Pittsburgh Advertising Federation. She teaches courses specializing in advertising, IMC, media, technology, and culture. Shian-Li has an MBA and an MA in Journalism and Mass Communication from Point Park University in Pittsburgh and earned her BS in Advertising and Marketing Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY, in New York City.

    Annaliese PirainoAnnaliese Piraino

    Curriculum Vitae

    Annaliese Piraino is a Pennsylvania-certified Secondary English teacher who has worked as a high school and college level instructor over the past five years. Currently working as temporary faculty at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, her teaching focus has been in English, communications media, research methodology, and English writing. As a PhD student, Annaliese’s research interests include women’s issues in American and British pop culture, as well as English education methodology and pedagogy.

    Bradley RohlfBradley Rohlf

    Curriculum Vitae

    Bradley Rohlf is an adjunct professor at Mount Aloysius College whose primary research interests are Irish media and culture, the paradoxical, simultaneous betterment and degradation of American society and pop-culture through technology and media, and cultural decline as a result of mass communication. Much of his recent research has focused on the cultural implications of modern film. His background is in American history and Irish history. He is currently the Assistant Editor for the Journal of Communications Media Studies.

    Joseph RosendaleJoseph Rosendale


    Joseph Rosendale is a PhD candidate in IUP's CMIT program, as well as a full-time faculty member in the Eberly College of Business. Joe’s background stems from the fields of business and financial management, and he has presented and published articles in research areas including performance and process improvement, online educational technologies, media-related ethical issues, and the effectiveness of contemporary media sources. Currently, his research focus pertains to the use of MOOCs (massive open online courses), and their relational value when compared with traditional means of education and instruction.

    Brandon SzuminskyBrandon Szuminsky

    Curriculum Vitae

    Brandon Szuminsky is a doctoral candidate pursuing research into journalism sourcing practices and agenda building as well as mediated hoax transmission, particularly via social media. Specifically, he is interested in examining the agenda-building process of newspaper journalists covering the Marcellus shale industry in Pennsylvania. Szuminsky is an instructor in the Department of Communication at Waynesburg University, where he teaches journalism and mass media courses. In spring 2012 he won the Lucas D. Hathaway Award for Teaching Excellence at Waynesburg University. In addition to his academic pursuits, Szuminsky is a weekly columnist for the Herald-Standard newspaper in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. 

    Laura WilsonLaura Wilson

    Curriculum Vitae

    Laura Wilson’s research interests focus on educational technology and design, humor theory and cloud applications in the classroom.  Laura has over 10 years of teaching experience at the high school as well as post-secondary level and five years teaching online. Laura has taught a variety of courses, including Instructional Technology, Making Presentations with Media, Documentary Photography, and Scriptwriting. As a secondary education teacher, Laura has taught various computer programming and design courses, including Java, VB.net, Blender, and C++. Laura anticipates graduating from the CMIT PhD program in May 2015 and will be pursuing employment opportunities as a university faculty member in Communications Media or Educational Technology. 

    Christina Wissinger


    Christina L. Wissinger is a doctoral candidate in the CMIT program and is currently working to complete her dissertation examining privacy and power issues in social media. Before joining the program she worked as a clinical informationist with Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and received her master’s degree in medical librarianship/informatics and master’s degree in sport science. While completing the program she held graduate assistantships in the department of Communications Media and the department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions and served as Assistant Editor for the Journal of Communications Media Studies. Christina’s research focuses on the fields of librarianship, social informatics and digital health communication and issues related to literacy, informed consent, power and persuasion.

    Ahmed YousofAhmed Yousof


    Ahmed Yousof is an international PhD student from Egypt. Ahmed’s primary research interests revolve around examination and production of effective approaches to solve challenging learning problems related to intercultural communications and foreign language acquisition. Through considering the necessary factors in the design elements of simulation games, Ahmed’s research tackles how dynamic learning environments made possible by computer simulation games can contribute to better development and acquisition of intercultural communication and foreign language respectively. His project HERO I, a simulation game that promotes cultural understanding among nations, was an award-winning project in the Education without Borders Conference in Dubai 2013.