Communication, Media, and Persuasion

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Shelley SabanShelley Saban
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Faculty


Martine BeachboardMartine Beachboard
Emphasis: Corporate Communication / Advertising
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Martine Robinson Beachboard has a background in writing, editing, and marketing communication. Dr. Beachboard earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and two master's degrees from the Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University. She was a newspaper editor/reporter/columnist, worked with several advertising/PR firms, and managed her own marketing-communications consulting firm. At the University of Maryland European Division headquarters in Heidelberg, she was Publications Coordinator for several years, then became their Web Editor. She lived in Germany for 12 years. Other interests include travel, hiking, and foreign languages (especially French and German) and adult literacy tutoring.


Jasun CarrJasun Carr
Emphasis: Digital Media
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Jasun Carr earned his PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His current research projects focus on the impact of the Third-Person Effect and the Influence of Presumed Influence on persuasion, consumer culture, and civic engagement; and the interaction of product placements, consumer culture, and peer groups. He has received several top paper awards, co-authored papers published in leading journals, and is an active member in the Association for Education in Journalsim and Mass Communication. Outside of academia, his work history includes stints in television news production and the UW-Madison Department of Information Technology. He received a BS in Communication Processes with an emphasis in Electronic Media from UW-Green Bay, and completed a Masters in Electronic Media at Kutztown University.


Jill Collins
Associate Lecturer
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Jackie CzerepinskiJackie Czerepinski
Senior Lecturer
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Jim DiSanzaJames R. DiSanza
Department Chair
Emphasis: Corporate Communication / Leadership
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Jim DiSanza received his PhD in Organizational Communication from Penn State University in 1989. He teaches courses in conflict management, leadership, and management communication. His research interests include corporate image management, especially examining persuasive attack strategies used by individuals and groups to damage organizations and the image repair strategies organizations use in response to such attacks. He is especially interested in persuasive attack and defense in sports organizations such as the National Hockey League.


Annick Dixon
Assistant Lecturer
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Tom EckertThomas Eckert
Assistant Lecturer
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Zac GershbergZac Gershberg
Emphasis: Multiplatform Journalism
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Dr. Zac Gershberg is an assistant professor of Journalism and Media Studies, teaching courses in the Multiplatform Journalism major such as Public Affairs and Investigative Reporting; Mass Media History, Law, and Ethics; Multiplatform Storytelling; and Advanced Reporting. He earned his PhD from Louisiana State University and has also taught at University of Montana and California State University, Stanislaus. His research interests include media history and technology, theories of mass communication, political communication, and rhetoric. Dr. Gershberg chairs and edits the National Communication Association's online COMM 365 project, which will be published and distributed at NCA's annual convention in November 2014. His media experience includes reporting for the Honolulu Weekly as well as working in script development for Warner Bros. in Hollywood. He also writes a media column for the Idaho State Journal


John GribasJohn Gribas

Emphasis: Corporate Communication / Leadership
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John Gribas earned his PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas in 1993. He came to ISU in 1996 and is interested in exploring how language choices impact human thought and action. In particular, John is interested in ways people use metaphor to refer to themselves as organized groups. His work has been published as chapters in scholarly books and in journals such as Communication Research Reports, The Journal of Communication and Religion, Journal of Radio & Audio Media, and various state and professional journals. He has served as a consultant and trainer for hi-tech production companies, law firms, advertising agencies, military and educational government entities, as well as not-for-profit organizations such as mental health clinics, community theatres, and churches. Born and raised in Montana, John considers the Intermountain West his home.


Karen HartmanKaren Hartman
Emphasis: Corporate Communication / Public Relations
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Karen L. Hartman earned her PhD in Rhetoric at Louisiana State University in 2008. She joined the ISU faculty in 2014 and teaches courses in public relations. Karen’s research interests include sport, rhetorical criticism, myth, morality, apologia, heroes, and race. Her research has been published in the Journal of Communication Studies, International Journal of Sport Communication, Academic Exchange Quarterly, and the edited volumes Popular Culture and Mythology and The ESPN Effect. She served for several years as the Chair of the International Association for Communication and Sport. Karen also has professional experience working as an entertainment publicist in Beverly Hills and in community relations with the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.


Paula JullPaula Jull
Emphasis: Visual Communication / Graphic Design
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  Paula Jull earned her Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Indiana University. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Louisville School of Art, and the University of Louisville. Professor Jull taught at Lake Erie College in Ohio before coming to Idaho State University. She has exhibited works in more than 90 solo, juried, and invitational exhibits nationwide, and her work is in various collections. She travels to Asia often to conduct research for her books. She is an experienced workshop presenter and curator of artists book exhibits, and is currently Chair of the Northwest Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers.

Nancy LeggeNancy Legge
Emphasis: Rhetoric
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Nancy J. Legge earned her PhD from Penn State University, where she studied rhetorical theory and criticism, argumentation theory, and interpersonal communication. She joined the ISU faculty in 1991. In addition to teaching courses in rhetoric, Legge is the Director of the COMM 1101 program. She was named ISU Master Teacher and has been nominated twice for Carnegie Professor of the Year. Her research interests include analyzing persuasive messages in the media, especially music and popular culture, and analyzing persuasive attack strategies. She is the co-author of a textbook, Business and Professional Communication: Plans, Processes, and Performance, which just published its 5th edition. She is the co-founder and editor of an online journal Relevant Rhetoric: A New Journal in Rhetorical Studies, which publishes articles that emphasize how important and exciting the study of rhetoric is.  


Bruce LoebsBruce Loebs
Emphasis: Rhetoric
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Bruce Loebs received his PhD from the University of Oregon. After five years of teaching and coaching debate at California State University at Hayward, he came to ISU as department chair in 1969, a position he held for thirty-six years. He teaches courses in rhetoric including COMM 1101, Argumentation, American Public Address, the Rhetoric of Hitler and Churchill, and Rhetorical Issues. He recently contributed two essays to ISU’s online journal, Relevant Rhetoric: A New Journal in Rhetorical Studies, titled "Hitler’s Rhetorical Theory" and "Charisma: The Key to Hitler’s Rhetoric."


Bruce LoebsWillow Moline
Assistant Lecturer
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Willow Moline received her Master's in Rhetorical Studies from Idaho State University, where she focused on the rhetoric of social movements and the communication of identity in fandoms. She previously coached debate at Spokane Falls Community College and earned her BA in Women's and Gender Studies at Eastern Washington University.


Judy MorrisJudy Morris
Emphasis: Video / Broadcasting
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  Judy Morris is a new faculty member starting in fall of 2014.

Terry OwnbyTerry Ownby
Emphasis: Visual Communication / Photo Media
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Terry Ownby is visual journalist and has varied interests in visual media. He has accomplished editorial and advertising photography assignments, shot and directed corporate video productions, served as a military photojournalist and public affairs chief, and mentored hundreds of emerging professional photographers. As a multiple ADDY Award winner, his photography has been published and exhibited nationally in juried publications, web- and on-site galleries ranging from Austin to Philadelphia to Vermont. He has presented internationally on critical visual methodologies and visual semiotics. He holds a BS in Media/Photography from Missouri State University and an MA in Media Communications from Webster University-Saint Louis. His PhD was in Visual Media Studies from Colorado State University.


Sarah Partlow-LefevreSarah Partlow Lefevre
Director of Debate
Emphasis: Rhetoric / Debate
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Sarah T. Partlow Lefevre has a PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas. Her areas of study include rhetoric, argumentation and debate, gender, and Kenneth Burke. She has been the Director of the James M. & Sharon E. Rupp Debate Society since 2001. During her tenure, the debate team has won hundreds of awards including 3rd place at the Cross Examination Debate Association National Championship, 2nd Speaker at the National Debate Tournament Championship, and 2nd Speaker at the Cross Examination Debate Association National Championship. Sarah has won multiple coaching awards including the Galentine Award, the Ziegelmueller Award, and the Val A. Browning Coach of the Year Award. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sarah attended the University of Utah as an undergraduate before pursuing a graduate degree in Kansas. Sarah is the Co-Editor of the journal Contemporary Argumentation and Debate.


Monica RobinsonMonica Robinson
Associate Lecturer
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Sharon SowellSharon Sowell
Associate Lecturer
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Angeline Underwood
Assistant Lecturer
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