Faculty and Staff

Gary HicksDr. Gary R. Hicks
Department Chair, Professor

Office Phone: (618)650-2248
Email: ghicks@siue.edu

B.S. Texas Christian University, M.A. University of Missouri-Columbia, Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin

My research focuses on the impact of media on society's marginalized communities. I have done qualitative studies of media portrayals of lesbians and gay men, immigrants, and the disabled. My current research focuses on media portrayals of those suffering mental illness. My framework for studying these groups includes ethical theory, as well as critical and cultural theories. Because of my background as a newspaper reporter and as an associate producer in the southwest bureau of The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour, I work to make my research relevant and applicable to the real-world work of media practitioners.

Elza Ibroscheva Dr. Elza Ibroscheva
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

Office Phone: (618)650-2242
Email: eibrosc@siue.edu

My research interests focus on media developments in Eastern Europe and include media stereotypes, international and political communication, gender representations, and media and nationalism.

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Ralph Donald Dr. Ralph Donald
Professor and Department Internship Coordinator

Office Phone: (618)650-2236
Cell Phone: (618) 960-4676
Email: rdonald@siue.edu

Chair of the Mass Communications Department from 1997 to 2003, Ralph Donald has taught broadcasting, journalism and film at the college level for 37 years.

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Musonda Kapatamoyo Dr. Musonda Kapatamoyo
Associate Professor

Office Phone: (618)650-3110
Email: mkapata@siue.edu
Website: www.siue.edu/~mkapata

B.A. University of Zambia, M.A. Ohio University, OH, Ph.D. Ohio University, Athens, OH

I teach writing and design for the Web, multimedia use in mass media, advanced multimedia, new technology and media, and information technology and society. My research interests include use and impacts of information and communication technologies; creation, use and impact of Web 2.0 for ubiquitous learning; and political economy of media.

Riley Maynard Dr. Riley Maynard

Office Phone: (618)650-2245
Email: rmaynar@siue.edu
Website: www.siue.edu/~rmaynar

I have extensive background in both communications and academia since I do both simultaneously. Professionally I have worked for six radio stations, five TV stations and five TV networks. Academically I have taught at four universities in the U.S. and one in Latvia as a Fulbright Scholar. I have written a textbook, book chapters, encyclopedia articles and numerous publications in both professional and academic journals. I love working both sides of the camera and teaching others how to do likewise. Research Interests I am also multifaceted in my scholarship and creative activities. These include journalism history and literature, cinema, technology, convergence, musicology, popular culture, performance and production.

Suman Mishra Dr. Suman Mishra
Assistant Professor

Office Phone: (618)650-5628
Email: smishra@siue.edu

I am an interdisciplinary teacher-scholar with a background in science and arts. I am interested in intercultural communication, strategic communication, visual communication and health communication. I am particularly interested in media communication in developing countries (BRICs nations).

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Mark Peopsel Dr. Mark Poepsel
Assistant Professor

Mark moved with his wife, Gaby, and son, Sammy, to SIUE to be closer to his place of birth and to teach digital journalism and graduate research courses. Mark grew up in Washington, Missouri. He went to St. Francis Borgia Regional High School where he played soccer, ran track, played a little basketball and was active in theater and competitive speaking.

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Jason Yu Dr. Jason Yu
Assistant Professor

Office Phone: (618)650-2219
Email: iyu@siue.edu

B.A. Zhejilang University (China), M.A. The University of Texas at Austin, Ph.D. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Yu joined the Department of Mass Communications faculty in the fall of 2007.

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Cory Byers Cory Byers

Office Phone: (618)650-3827
Email: cobyers@siue.edu

Cory Byers is an Instructor in the Department of Mass Communications, the Director of Video Services, the faculty advisor for the Advertising Club, and an award-winning video producer.

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Tammy Merrett-Murry

Tammy Merrett-Murry
Program Director, The Alestle & Mass Communications Instructor July 2008-Present

Office Phone: (618)650-3597
Email: temerret@siue.edu
Website Links: www.alestlelive.com

Tammy Merrett-Murry is an award-winning college media adviser with 18 years of student newspaper advising experience and has worked in the field as a professional journalist–both as a reporter and editor–since 1986.

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Tom Atwood Tom Atwood
Instructor of Broadcast Journalism

Office Phone: (618)650-2796
Cell Phone: (618) 558-4949
Email: aatwood@siue.edu
Email: tom@tomatwood.net
Website Links: www.tomatwood.net

I have taught journalism and production courses at SIU Edwardsville since 2006.

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Wayne Mills Wayne Mills
Broadcast Engineer

Office Phone: (618)650-2243
Email: lmills@siue.edu

B.S. Radio-Television, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale May, 1989 Television Systems Specialist, US Army, Denver, CO September, 1983

Over 25 years experience in the Television Industry. I've worked a number of places including, WSIU-TV/FM Carbondale, IL, Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta, GA, and most recently before coming to SIUE, WMAR-TV in Baltimore, MD. My hobbies include hunting, fishing, computers, and video games. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife Jackie, daughters Jennifer and Debi, son-in-law Roger, and my dog Einstein.

Kwame Ross Kwame Ross
Broadcast Engineer

Office Phone: (618)650-2244
Email: kwross@siue.edu

Broadcast Technician, U.S. Defense Information School, Ft. Meade, MD November 1996, B.A. Studio Art - Emphasis in Photography Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville August 2004, Certified Broadcast Network Technician, Society of Broadcast Engineers, Indianapolis, IN September 2007

I've been in the Audiovisual Industry for 14 years and I've worked for organizations that include the U.S. Army, NATO, WCIA-TV in Champaign, IL and the University of Illinois.

Mike Cathey Mike Cathey
Broadcast Engineer

Office Phone: (618)650-5987
Email: mcathey@siue.edu

B.S. Engineering with Professional Concentration in Electrical Engineering, Arkansas State University May 1998, A.A.S Electronics Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force October 1993, Certified Broadcast Television Engineer, Society of Broadcast Engineers July 2012

Began electronics/communications career in 1987 as an air traffic control and long-haul communications equipment maintenance technician with the USAF for six years. After completing my engineering degree, I began working as a broadcast maintenance engineer at KAIT-TV in Jonesboro, Arkansas in May 1998. Concluded working at KAIT as Assistant Chief Engineer, and subsequently began at SIUE in February 2012. Interests include astronomy, bowling, computers, playing several instruments, being a musician in church, and fishing. My wife, Cathy, and I have two children, Courtney and Dexter.