Faculty & Staff
Dr. Elza Ibroscheva
Professor, Department Chair

Office Phone: (618) 650-2248

Ph.D. Southern Illinois University Carbondale
M.A. Southern Illinois University Carbondale
B.A. American University in Bulgaria

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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Dr. Suman Mishra
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

Office Phone: (618)650-5628

Ph.D. Temple University
M.A. Michigan State University
M.A. Institute of Management Studies, India
Diploma International Marketing Communications, IAA, New York

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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Dr. Undrah Baasanjav
Assistant Professor

Office Phone: (618)650-2245

Ph.D. Ohio University Athens, OH
M.A. Ohio University, Athens, OH
B.Sc. Novosibirsk State Technological University, Russia

At SIUE, I teach Design and Writing for Digital Media (undergraduate), Advanced Design and Writing for Digital Media (undergraduate/graduate), and Communication Theory (graduate) courses.  Prior to coming to SIUE, I taught digital and new media courses at Temple and Michigan Technological Universities.
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Dr. Gary R. Hicks

Office Phone: (618 )650-2242

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

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.

Dr. Musonda Kapatamoyo
Associate Professor

Office Phone: (618)650-3110

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

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.

Dr. Shi Li
Assistant Professor

Office Phone: (618)650-2236

Ph.D. Indiana University Bloomington
M.A. Temple University

My current research project is on the developments of Chinese photography between 1976 and 1989, exploring the interactions among media, society, and politics. Prior to coming to the United States, I worked for four years as a web and photography editor at China Daily, a national English-language newspaper based in Beijing.


Dr. Mark Poepsel
Assistant Professor

Office Phone: (618)650-2237

Ph.D. Univerisity of Missouri-Columbia
M.A. University of Arizona
B.A. Univerisity of Missouri-Columbia

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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Dr. Jason Yu
Associate Professor

Office Phone: (618)650-2219

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

Dr. Yu joined the Department of Mass Communications faculty in the fall of 2007. He teaches undergraduate-level courses including Fundamentals of Advertising, Media Planning and media psychology and a graduate-level course Research Methods in Mass Communication.

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Cory Byers

Office Phone: (618)650-3827

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.

With a background and advanced degrees in both advertising (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) and video production (Southern Illinois University Carbondale), Byers teaches a number of courses in each area, including: Copywriting & Design, Electronic Media Advertising, Advertising Campaigns, Advanced Video Writing and Production, and Advanced Video Directing and Producing.

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

Office Phone: (618)650-3597
Website Links:

Tammy Merrett 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. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Professional Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists since 2010, first as University Liaison and then as President.

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Tom Atwood
Instructor of Broadcast Journalism

Office Phone: (618)650-2796
Cell Phone: (618) 558-4949
Website Links:

I have taught journalism and production courses at SIU Edwardsville since 2006. I also produce documentaries for national broadcast through my production company, Tom Atwood Media. Those documentaries have been nominated for nine Emmys, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Public Affairs Program in 2003 for "Invisible Weapons," a documentary exploring the effects of bullying on American children.

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Wayne Mills
Broadcast Engineer

Office Phone: (618) 650-2243

B.S. Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
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
Broadcast Engineer

Office Phone: (618)650-2244

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

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
Broadcast Engineer

Office Phone: (618)650-5987

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

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.

Josie Morris
Office Manager

Office Phone: (618) 650-2230