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Nick ArtmanNick Artman
Curriculum Vitae

Nick Artman’s research focuses on understanding media and how it can affect society. Specifically, he has special interest in exploring and understanding the implications of new technologies and their effect on popular culture, how society views media, and how new media is being used in the classroom. He has experience in many facets of production. Nick has a high level of understanding in all phases of audio, photography, and video productions. His passion for new technology transfers to his teaching philosophy. He tries to use new technologies to facilitate learning as much as possible while creating a student-centered environment. Whether he is teaching a production course or a theory course, he tries to use a cognitive constructivist approach to guide learning using a hands-on approach.

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

Photo unavailableRobyn A. Defelice
Curriculum Vitae

Robyn A. Defelice is in the process of executing her research for her dissertation, “Problem-Solving Styles of Instructional Design Students in Multiple Learning Environments.” She is also a faculty member and the Internship Coordinator for the Masters of Instructional Technology program at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and a faculty member at LaSalle University in their Instructional Technology Management program. Robyn also continues to consult with her various clients on educational, training, and project management needs. Robyn performs work in the major pharmaceutical, healthcare, and insurance sectors, building a portfolio of clients that include Geisinger Health System, CIGNA, and UL EduNeering. 

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.

Chris JuengelChris Juengel
Curriculum Vitae

Chris Juengel’s research topics of interest include the integration of game design in educational settings, constructionism and user design practices, applications of motion capture, and the advancement of digital imaging. Chris has three years of teaching experience and has taught a variety of courses, ranging from Internet and multimedia to electronic imaging. He has a dedication to service, collaborating with the Department of Communications Media on numerous projects, including publicity and promotion, management of the photography and print studios, and departmental tours and recruitment expos. 

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 Ph.D, she aspires to be a professor of communication studies. 

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.

Brittany PavolikBrittany Pavolik

Brittany Pavolik’s interest in communications media focuses on using video and television as a means of communication. As a media production coordinator and editor in the Department of Communications Media’s Center for Media Production and Research, Brittany has had several opportunities to coordinate, film, and edit campuswide and community productions. Recently appointed as a teaching associate, she plans to use her passion for video and her experiences to teach undergraduates video and news production courses at IUP. Inline with her production background, Brittany’s current research focuses around storytelling through media. Broadly looking at narrative adaptations, she plans to narrow her focus on audience interpretation of messages through print and film.

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 Ph.D. 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 a doctoral student 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. His background is in American history through Reconstruction and modern Irish history. He is the first IUP history graduate student to receive an internship at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Williamsburg, Va. He is currently the assistant editor for the Journal of Communications Media Studies, and he teaches history and liberal arts classes at Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, Pa. Rohlf authored and is presenting an interdisciplinary study, “John Lyde Wilson’s Code of Honor: Rationalizing Dueling in the Antebellum South,” at the ninth annual History Graduate Student Conference at the University of Maryland in 2014.     

Brandon SzuminskyBrandon Szuminsky
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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. 

Photo unavailableLaura Wilson
Curriculum Vitae

Laura Wilson’s research interests focus on educational technology and design, iPads in the classroom, virtual worlds, and using media in presentation making. Laura has several years of teaching experience and has taught a variety of courses, including Communications Media in American Society, Digital Instructional Technology, Internet and Multimedia, Making Presentations with Media, Documentary Photography, and Gender Communication. As a secondary education teacher, Laura has taught various computer programming and design courses, including Java, HTML, and C++. Laura anticipates graduating from the CMIT Ph.D. program in August 2014 and will be pursuing employment opportunities as a university faculty member in Communications Media or Educational Technology. 

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.

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