Interim Dean of the College
Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh
Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh
Interim Dean College of Communication

Margaretha Geertsema-Sligh is the Interim Dean of the College of Communication and the Richard M. Fairbanks Professor of Communication. Before her appointment as Interim Dean, Dr. Geertsema-Sligh served as Director of the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism and Creative Media for five years. She joined Butler University in 2005 and has taught classes in news writing, gender and news, and global media. Dr. Geertsema-Sligh holds a doctorate in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in Communication from Washington State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from North-West University in South Africa. She is a past chair of the International Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and a past co-chair of the Gender and Communication section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research. Her research has been published in several leading academic journals.

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Associate Dean
Suzanne Reading
Suzanne Reading
Professor and Associate Dean – Communication Sciences & Disorders
Staff
Amira Aly
Amira Aly
Administrative Specialist
Mary Duffer
Mary Duffer
Administrative Specialist
Erin Earnest
Erin Earnest
Multimedia Manager & Indy Blue Video Director

Erin Earnest is a creative marketing and video production professional with a passion for digital storytelling. She has both worked and taught in her field of expertise for over 10 years.  From producing and editing content for WFYI to overseeing the video marketing team at Live Nation, Earnest is an accomplished expert in her field. She has received two Emmy nominations and continues to serve as an Emmy judge. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, playing guitar and hiking with her husband and two dogs (Jake and Elwood). 

Mark Harris
Mark Harris
Technical Services Coordinator

Mark Harris has been a staff member at Butler University for over 27 years. He has served as the Music Director for WAJC-FM, Operations Director for WTBU and most recently as the Technical Services Coordinator for the College of Communication, overseeing studios and facilities, camera checkout and major projects for the college and Fairbanks Center. 

A Butler alum, Mark has a wide array of expertise ranging from radio and television broadcasting, audio production, video production, editing, audio mixing, studio and remote recording, and systems and studio design. Mark has a Masters of Science in Music Technology from IUPUI in Indianapolis and is an adjunct instructor in the Music Industry Studies program of the Department of Entertainment Media and Journalism.

Faculty
Cutler Armstrong
Cutler Armstrong
Senior Lecturer – Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism and Creative Media
Tonya Bergeson
Tonya Bergeson
Associate Professor – Communication Sciences & Disorders
Ann Bilodeau
Ann Bilodeau
Scott Bridge
Scott Bridge
Lecturer – Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism and Creative Media
Rose Campbell
Rose Campbell
Professor – Strategic Communication

Academic/Professional/Personal Focus

Areas of Expertise
Broadly: Health communication, public relations and advertising, strategic communication for nonprofit organizations. Specifically: Media coverage (mass and social media) of health risks and health crises, including international (comparative communication studies in Japan and Hungary). Public health campaigns and effectiveness. Food safety regulation and environmental safety regulation (media coverage).

Contributions: (published works or studies, conference presentations)
Published articles on mass communication and health communication in national and international academic journals including Health Communication, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, International Communication Gazette, plus in book chapters in medical serials; presented over 35 peer-reviewed research papers at regional, national, and international academic conferences.

Butler Assignment (classes or work duties)
Have taught a variety of courses in public relations and advertising, including a service-learning public communication campaigns course and a public health campaigns honors course.

Personal Hobbies
Running, traveling, reading, writing.


Education/Experience

Education/Degrees
B.S. Journalism (Advertising), University of Kansas; M.S. Communication (Mass Communication), Purdue University; Ph.D. Communication (Health Communication/Mass Communication), Purdue University.

Association Memberships (professional/educational)
National Communication Association (and several affiliations and divisions), Public Relations Society of America

Professional Experience
Corporate and nonprofit public relations and advertising

Cynthia Chen
Cynthia Chen
Assistant Professor of Sports Media

Cynthia (Weiyue) Chen mostly teaches Media Entrepreneurship and Media Audience Analytics for CCOM students. Prior to Butler, she has taught Introduction to Business News, Digital Analytics, and Media Management. Her research is published in flagship journals in the field: Journalism, Journalism Studies, and The International Journal of Press/Politics, etc. During her doctoral studies, Chen’s first lead-author project on paying for news was featured by the American Press Institute. 

Chen earned her Ph.D. in Information and Media from Michigan State University with a concentration in the media business. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Nankai University and an M. A. in Journalism and Communication (Hon.) from Tsinghua University in China. Outside of work, she organizes social events for international students at MSU, follows cute puppy pictures and sarcastic memes on Instagram, and enjoys hiking in the woods.


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Wednesday
From 11:00 PM To 12:00 PM

Janis Crawford
Janis Crawford
Lecturer – Communication & Media Studies

Professor Crawford has been at Butler University since 1982.  Before that, she was working on an MFA in acting at the University of Mississippi.  She obtained Masters and Bachelor’s degrees from Ball State University.  She directed professional theatre at the Phoenix Theater and the Jasper Playhouse.  She did costume designs for the Phoenix Theater, Indianapolis Civic Theater and the Children’s Museum Theater.  She has been the Director of Forensics (Speech Team) since 1999.  Students travel to 5-7 tournaments a semester and attend Pi Kappa Delta and NFA Nationals.  Professor Crawford also hosts 2 tournaments at Butler University.  One in September and one in January.

Monday
From 10:00 AM To 11:00 AM
Tuesday
From 11:00 AM To 12:00 PM
Wednesday
From 10:00 AM To 11:00 AM

Gary Edgerton
Gary Edgerton
Professor – Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism and Creative Media

Gary Edgerton is professor of Creative Media and Entertainment in the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism and Creative Media, College of Communication at Butler University.  He has published twelve books and more than eighty-five essays on a wide assortment of media and culture topics in a variety of books, scholarly journals, and encyclopedias.  In addition, Dr. Edgerton is the Co-Executive Editor of the Journal of Popular Film and Television.  He was previously eminent scholar, professor, and chair of the Communication and Theatre Arts Department at Old Dominion University.

website: http://www.garyedgerton.com


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Lindsay Ems
Lindsay Ems
Assistant Professor – Communication & Media Studies

I am an Assistant Professor and Faculty Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the College of Communication at Butler University. In these roles, I facilitate learning related to inclusion, empathy, listening and advocating for all members of our community. I teach classes on social responsibility and today’s drastically changing workplace. In class we work to understand how globalization, technology and the changing structure of work fundamentally alter the experience of working in our modern economy. While considering these changes, students learn how to work with diverse others and accomplish shared goals through effective and empathetic communication. 

My scholarship interrogates the roles mobile and digital media play in structuring of political and social relationships. I have written a book called Virtually Amish: Preserving Community at the Internet’s Margins, which is scheduled for publication by MIT Press in spring 2022. 

I have also published research on Twitter use by protesters and social and mobile media use for public health communication among high-risk groups. Among other outlets, my research has been published in First Monday, New Media & Society and Media Culture & Society.


In my spare time, you will find me gardening, walking my dogs, or riding my bike along the Monon trail.

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Lee Farquhar
Lee Farquhar
Associate Professor – Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism and Creative Media

Dr. Lee Farquhar is an associate professor of Journalism and Sports Media. In total, he has been teaching multimedia storytelling and sports media courses for over 10 years. His professional experience is primarily in radio and television broadcasting. He has also worked as a freelance videographer, shooting video for Kansas State University and MTV. His research combines social media and social psychological theories. He current research focuses on social media use and the impact on how users view themselves and others.

Mary Gospel
Mary Gospel
Senior Lecturer – Communication Sciences & Disorders
Allison Harthcock
Associate Professor – Communication & Media Studies
Tatsiana Karaliova
Tatsiana Karaliova
Assistant Professor – Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism and Creative Media

Tuesday
From 10:00 AM To 11:00 AM
Thursday
From 10:00 AM To 11:00 AM

Abbey Levenshus
Abbey Levenshus
Associate Professor – Strategic Communication

Dr. Abbey Levenshus serves as Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Strategic Communication. She teaches undergraduate courses in basic and advanced strategic communication, including writing, digital and social media marketing, and case studies in communication. 

Dr. Levenshus’ research on government public relations, risk and crisis communication, and social media management has been published in books and top communication journals like Journal of Applied Communication Research and the Journal of Public Relations Research

Her professional experience includes serving as communication director for a U.S. Congressman, a political technology company, and a government consulting firm in Washington, D.C. She earned her M.A. in Public Communication at American University and her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Maryland. Prior to Butler, she was an assistant professor of communication at the University of Tennessee.

In 2016, Dr. Levenshus was thrilled to return to her home state of Indiana in order to join Butler’s faculty. 

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Rong Ma
Rong Ma
Assistant Professor – Communication & Media Studies

Dr. Rong Ma obtained her Ph.D. in communication from the University of Maryland in 2019. Her research takes the social identity perspective to examine how belonging to social groups (along with its cognitive, emotional, and motivational implications) affects communication. She has researched social identities that are traditionally examined in the intercultural and intergroup literature, such as gender and nationality, as well as health behavior-specific identities, such as e-cigarette users and alcohol consumers. One of Dr. Ma’s current research interests is the application of the social identity perspective in health message design. 

Dr. Ma teaches Health Communication, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Quantitative Research Methods, and Public Speaking at Butler University. 

Robert Norris
Robert Norris
Lecturer – Strategic Communication

Rob Norris spent more than 40 years in the field of communication. He began his career in 1976 as public relations assistant for the predecessor of Duke Energy Indiana.  During his 30 years with that company, he became director of Corporate Communications,overseeing advertising, media relations, video production, and speech writing.  Rob personally represented the company during environmental crises, nuclear issues, strikes, extended power outages, a financial crisis, two mergers, and an attempted hostile takeover.

After retiring from Duke Energy in 2006, Rob became a communications manager for Cummins Inc., where he provided training programs on presentational speaking and media relations for Cummins officers from around the world. Rob works today as an instructor in communication at Butler University, where he developed the University’s course on crisis communication.

Rob holds a B.A. in History and an M.A. in European History from Indiana University. He has been published in the Journal of Communications Management.

Monday
From 10:00 AM To 12:00 PM
Wednesday
From 10:00 AM To 12:00 PM

Armando Pellerano
Armando Pellerano
Lecturer – Strategic Communication

Armando Pellerano spent more than 20 years providing creative services to direct clients, agencies, and video production houses. He began his career in 1986 as the art director/production artist for E.S. Graphics in Chicago, IL. During his time there he designed produced scores of backlit advertisements for airports and malls for 3M National Advertising. Armando then moved on to stint as art director for Kutt & Company, a boutique ad agency in the Chicago market, where he designed print and outdoor ads. In 1994 Armando took a post as writer/producer with TCI Cable Advertising, creating local spots and 3D animations, and was promoted to production manager in 1996. Armando went on to provide creative services to a variety of ad agencies, broadcast networks and video production houses in the Evansville, Indiana market until 2001. Armando earned his Master of Science in New Media from Indiana University in 2002. Since then, he has taught 3D animation for the Purdue School of Technology and operated a successful photography business based out of Carmel, Indiana. Armando joined Butler University in 2011 as a lecturer in the department of Strategic Communication.

Mark Rademacher
Mark Rademacher
Associate Professor – Strategic Communication

Dr. Mark Rademacher is an Associate Professor of Strategic Communication in the College of Communication at Butler University. His teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and graduate courses, including foundations of strategic communication, research methods, audience insights, and public communication campaigns. He also serves as the Graduate Director within the College of Communication. 

His research investigates the intersection of identity, mass media, and consumer culture across a variety of contexts, including self-representation strategies utilized by marginalized populations on social media, depictions of masculinity in promotional content and reality television, and the consumer socialization of young children. His research has been published in academic journals such as New Media & Society, Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising, Journal of Communication Inquiry, and Journal of Children and Media.

Dr. Rademacher earned his PhD and Master’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a B.S. in Broadcasting from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. 

Carrie Rector
Carrie Rector
Ann Savage
Ann Savage
Professor – Communication & Media Studies
Sofia Souto
Sofia Souto
Associate Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders
Amanda Stevenson-Holmes
Amanda Stevenson-Holmes
Instructor – Strategic Communication

With more than 20 years of marketing communications experience, Amanda earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Franklin College in 1999 and a master’s of business administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2003. She’s also a graduate of Leadership Johnson County’s Signature Class of 2019.

Amanda has served organizations and clients in a variety of industries including healthcare, technology, accounting, insurance and retirement services, non-profit, government, legal, food service, travel and tourism. She’s experienced success increasing brand awareness, lead generation, customer retention and associate engagement through multi-channel marketing communication strategies for both B2B and B2B2C using cohesive and engaging content, events, print and digital platforms including SalesForce MarketingCloud, social media/Hearsay Social and web portals.

She makes the time to share this vast knowledge and her real-life scenarios with students. Amanda currently serves as Instructor of Strategic Communications with Butler University and previously with Harrison College as a Business Faculty member.

Amanda and her husband Matt Holmes share their Greenwood, Indiana home with two rescued mutts, Cash and Bentley, named after country music stars, not materialism. They support several local animal rescues, as well as regional and global conservation efforts through the Indianapolis Zoo.

Monday
From 1:00 PM To 2:00 PM
Wednesday
From 1:00 PM To 2:00 PM

Kristin Swenson
Kristin Swenson
Professor – Communication & Media Studies
Christine Taylor
Christine Taylor
Associate Professor – Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism and Creative Media

Professor Taylor teaches at Butler University in the Department of Entertainment Media and Journalism.  As a professional, she worked behind-the- scenes in network control rooms and at the local level as a freelance editor. Her national media experience, from 1983-1989, was at Cable News Network in Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, she was chosen to work on National Party Nominating Conventions in 1988 as well as serving in support production positions during several of the 1988 Presidential Debates. Professor Taylor left CNN in 1989 after competing a Master of Communication. She has been a member of Butler’s faculty for 27 years. Her area of specialization is Digital Media Production.

Monday
From 10:00 AM To 11:00 AM
Tuesday
From 10:00 AM To 11:00 AM
Wednesday
From 10:00 AM To 11:00 AM
Thursday
From 10:00 AM To 11:00 AM

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Eileen Taylor
Eileen Taylor
Lecturer – Communication & Media Studies

Dr. Eileen Taylor is a Lecturer in Communication in the Department of Communication and Media Studies of the College of Communication.  She is also the NFHS Project Director and Executive Producer of the MOMentwithMOM Podcast which are external research grant partnership initiatives of Butler University and the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).  Her research and expertise in organizational leadership communication with a focus on change and diversity of perspectives is complimented with a Bachelor of Science in Management, MBA, Master of Arts in Advanced Leadership Studies, and Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership. Dr. Taylor earned her credentials from Indiana Wesleyan University.  As a First Generation student, she was the first in her family to become a college graduate.  At a young 45 years of age, she officially retired as a federal government career professional with 27 years and 7 months of business administration experience that included both human resources and financial management.

Dr. Taylor believes the essence of leadership is communication. She teaches organizational leadership and communication, speech for business, public speaking, communication ethics, financial management, introduction to human resources management, and principles of marketing at the college level.

Dr. Taylor is the textbook author of Diversity of Perspectives.  Her professional philosophy is partially rooted in opportunities to live throughout the United States and Europe as a military dependent. At the time, a 5-year residency in Europe was pivotal in preparing Dr. Taylor to embrace the 21st century of globalization where technology continues to transform the method and scope of communication. This inclusive mindset has been the cornerstone of her personal authenticity and work ethics throughout the years. It has helped Dr. Taylor positively influence others in profit and not-for-profit organizations. As a leader and researcher, she inspires others to strengthen their personal foundation of individual values, assumptions, beliefs, and expectations that add value to any organization. The ability to also learn about and understand others who may be different from you are crucial skills in an ever-growing global market.

Organizations benefit from Dr. Taylor’s ability to demonstrate theories and practical experiences while she serves as Guest Lecturer, Keynote Speaker, and Professional Trainer. Dr. Taylor’s positive leadership perspective may help organizations overcome challenges that become future success stories.

Nick White
Nick White
Lecturer, Professional in Practice

Nick White is a Professional of Practice Lecturer in Sports Media and Journalism. He moved into education in 2017 after nearly a decade in sports and news broadcasting. Fittingly, his television broadcasting career started in Hinkle Fieldhouse with WISH-TV broadcasts of Butler Basketball games. He produced news in Austin, Texas with KXAN (NBC) where he won two TX AP Broadcasting Awards. He then worked in Chicago, Illinois with NBC 5 and won an Emmy Award with CBS 2. He moved back to Indianapolis to take the role of Executive Producer for CBS 4 and relaunch the station as the CBS affiliate. Nick holds a M.A. in Applied Communication and a B.S. in Sports Communication – Broadcast from Indiana University. Along with classes at Butler, he works alongside the athletic department to livestream sports on campus. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America – East and regularly serves as an Emmy Awards Judge for the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 

Monday
From 1:00 PM To 2:00 PM
Wednesday
From 1:00 PM To 2:00 PM

Xiaowen Xu
Xiaowen Xu
Assistant Professor – Strategic Communication

Education:

Ph.D.,University of Connecticut

M.A., Michigan State University

M.A., Columbia University in New York

B.A. Tsinghua University

Xiaowen Xu will teach Principles of Strategic Communication and Global Strategic Communication this fall. She has a Ph.D. at University of Connecticut specializing in new media technology. She is interested in examining users’ motivation and perceptions through the adoption of new media technology and processing of persuasive messages, in consumer, health and pro-environmental behavior contexts. Her works have been published at Internet Research, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, American Behavioral Scientist, etc.She has served as ad-hoc reviewers for journals including Internet Research,Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, and Telematics and Informatics.

Her teaching experience has shaped and strengthened her ideal for higher education: teach to inform and teach to inspire. She believes that an educator should foster critical thinking, encourage students to reach their full potential and enable them to appreciate the complexity of the world. She has taught Digital Advertising,Research Methods, Communication Theory, Mass Communication courses before. In her spare time, she enjoys watching movies, doing Zumba and Yoga, and performing Peking Opera, which is a traditional Chinese stage art form.

Website: https://xuxiaowencomm.com/

Monday
From 11:00 AM To 12:00 PM
Wednesday
From 11:00 AM To 12:00 PM

Adjunct Faculty
Karen Alter
Adjunct – Communication & Media Studies
James Brady
Adjunct – Communication & Media Studies
Christopher Braun
Future Faculty Teaching Fellow – Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism
Glenn Carlstrand
Adjunct – Communication Sciences & Disorders
Katherine Coble
Adjunct – Communication & Media Studies
Ashley Helpingstine
Arika Herron
Adjunct – College of Communications
Ross Hollebon
Adjunct – College of Communications
Marc Johnson
Adjunct – C of Comm Journal
Eric Johnson
Adjunct – College of Communications
Michael Kaltenmark
Adjunct – Strategic Communication
Leana Kruska
Adjunct – Communication & Media Studies
Kelly Lormore
Adjunct – College of Communications
Greg Moser
Adjunct – Communication & Media Studies
Sally Perkins
Adjunct and Speakers Lab Director – Communication & Media Studies
Beatrice Pfaff
Adjunct – Communication Sciences & Disorders
Jim Roeder
Adjunct – Communication & Media Studies
Erin Vincent
Director, Program Success and Innovation
Adjunct – Communication & Media Studies
Faculty Affiliates
Kevin Wang
Kevin Wang
Adjunct – Strategic Communication

Kevin Y. Wang (Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of Minnesota; M.C. Digital Media and B.A. Communications, University of Washington) is Associate Professor in the Strategic Communication Department, where he teaches promotional writing, principles of strategic communication, research methods, and global strategic communication. Kevin conducts research on the implication of information communication technologies (ICTs) for individuals, organizations, and processes. He has authored several journal articles and book chapters on e-government, online consultation, online public diplomacy, political campaigns on the Web, and virtual communities. He also regularly presents his work at national and international conferences.

View Kevin’s selected works at: https://works.bepress.com/kevin-wang/

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