Anne Bialowas, Ph.D.
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Anne Bialowas' (Ph.D., 2009, University of Utah) research interests are in contemporary rhetoric, media studies, feminist theory, and cultural studies. Dr. Bialowas has taught courses dealing with her research interests in additional to teaching writing, speaking, and teamwork skills to engineers and math graduate students.
Cynthia Bishop, Ph.D.
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Dr. Cynthia Bishop (Ph.D., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale) has taught at The Metropolitan State College of Denver and at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. While in Pennsylvania, she taught a broad array of courses including public speaking (introductory and advanced), interpersonal, small group, rhetorical criticism, interviewing, professional communication, communication as training and development, and conflict management/mediation. She served on multiple departmental and university committees in various capacities. She also served as chair of the department, spearheading a total departmental transformation from name change to curriculum redevelopment. Prior to her career in academics, she worked in business and industry for more than 25 years.
Dr. Kathryn Edwards (Ph.D., University of Utah, 1991) returned to the faculty after eight years as executive director of University Communications. In that position she was in charge of the public relations, marketing, media relations and Web communications for the university. She teaches classes in public relations, media writing, organizational, and interpersonal communication. Her research interests include Web marketing, social media and Web design/development. In addition to her work in university communications, Dr. Edwards’ professional experience includes 14 years as a professor and three years as department chair at Weber State University. She also teaches the corporate communications class for the MBA program.
Colleen Garside, Ph.D.
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Dr. Colleen Garside (Ph.D., University of Utah) is an expert in communication education, and interpersonal and intercultural communication. Her dissertation focused on communicative behaviors of mechanical engineering design teams. Her research interests focus on communication across the curriculum, the scholarship of teaching and learning, community-based learning, and family communication.
Susan Hafen, Ph.D.
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Dr. Susan Hafen (Ph.D., Ohio University, 1995) is a full professor in the Communication Department at Weber State University, where she has taught communication theory, organizational communication, interpersonal and small group communication, interviewing, training and development, research methods, and the senior research seminar since 2003. Previously she taught at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (1995-2003), where she also taught human resources and training and development, diversity training, intercultural communication, and public speaking. Prior to her academic career, Dr. Hafen worked in the corporate business world for a dozen years as a trainer and human resource manager. She was on the start-up team for Kimberly Clark’s diaper plant in Utah and Mobil Oil’s first coal mine in Wyoming, and she worked at Potomac Electric Power Co. in Washington, D.C. Dr. Hafen has published articles and book chapters on guilt and shame in organizations, diversity training, cultural identities, workplace gossip, service learning, and classroom pedagogy.
Becky Johns, Ph.D.
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Dr. Becky Johns (Ph.D., University of Utah, 2001) is an organizational communication scholar who does research about organizations, religion and women. Among other published scholarly research, she recently had a peer-reviewed journal article appear (April, 2008) in The Journal of Communication and Religion titled: " Hidden Strategies of Resistance in Female Mormon Missionary Narratives: Two Case Studies." Her master's degree project was an organizational audit, including the use of 15 organizational analysis tools, of 26 branches and general headquarters of a large banking operation in Salt Lake City. It also included an intervention plan and presentation to CEO and Board of Directors. They implemented most of the intervention recommendations. Dr. Johns has taught organizational, interpersonal, and small group communication as well as public speaking, among many others, in related fields for 18 years at the University of Utah and Weber State University. She is currently an associate professor in the WSU Communication Department and coordinator of the WSU Women's Studies Program. She has done extensive service for the University in assessment and general education.
Sheree Josephson, Ph.D.
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Dr. Sheree Josephson (Ph.D., University of Utah, 1992) is a former journalist, an occasional consultant in public relations and advertising, and a noted eye-tracking researcher. Before coming to teach at Weber State 18 years ago, Dr. Josephson worked in reporter and editor roles at three daily newspapers in the Intermountain West. She has helped found and run an advertising research firm—FactOne—that specialized in using eye-tracking research to analyze the effectiveness of Web sites for marketing purposes. She also helped establish two other advertising research companies—iLab and Lab 6two4, both of which were affiliated with major advertising agencies in Salt Lake City. She has twice chaired the national Visual Communication Commission of the National Communication Association, a group of about 300 visual communication scholars, for two years. Dr. Josephson has published about a dozen scholarly articles, book chapters and international conference proceedings. In 2010 she published a scholarly book for Peter Lang Publishing titled "Visualizing the Web: Evaluating online design from a visual communication perspective."
Yeonsoo Kim, Ph.D.
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Ty Sanders, Ph.D.
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Dr. Ty Sanders (Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2008) has been an instructor specialist in the Department of Communication at Weber State University since 1991. Additionally, Dr. Sanders has served as department chair, advisor to KWCR—, the Weber State radio station— and as a member of the 2002 Winter Olympics Broadcast Advisory Council. Dr. Sanders teaches a variety of courses, including audio and video production, introduction to mass media, writing for audio and video, and media management. Before coming to Weber, Dr. Sanders worked as a radio and television journalist and executive for 18 years. His jobs in industry encompassed a wide variety of responsibilities from being an all-night disk jockey to news director of a chain of television stations. His academic interests include effects of radio and television news and broadcast history.
Randolph J. Scott, Ph.D.
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Dr. Randolph J. Scott (Ph.D., University of Oregon, 1989) is an award-winning teacher whose awards include Professor of the Year at Weber State and the Master Teacher Award from the Western States Communication Association. The former forensics director won the Forensics Critic of the Year Award from the UCLA Division of Honors. He also received the award for Outstanding Faculty Service from Weber State. Dr. Scott's teaching and research interests are in the areas of public speaking, classical and contemporary rhetorical theory, persuasion, and argumentation theory and practice. His primary publications and professional presentations are in the areas of rhetoric and persuasion, especially the rhetorical justification of values. Dr. Scott is best suited to teach Master of Professional Communication courses in professional presentations, advocacy, and classical and contemporary theories of persuasion.
Richard W. Sline, Ph.D.
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Dr. Richard W. Sline (Ph.D., University of Utah) specialized in organizational and small group communication during his doctoral studies. He has been on the Weber State faculty for 16 years. He is an associate professor who teaches organizational communication, interpersonal and small group communication, group facilitation and leadership, intercultural communication, and health communication. Prior to earning his Ph.D., Dr. Sline spent the first 20 years of his career as a university administrator at the University Delaware, the University of Michigan, and Weber State University, where he was dean of Student Life. He has also served as an organizational and small group communication consultant, designing and implementing organization needs assessments, strategic planning sessions, team-building interventions, and training programs for private corporations and nonprofit organizations for over 20 years. His former clients include private corporations, health care institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Dr. Sline’s research interests are in the areas of teamwork and the effects of structural change on member commitment to work teams and organizations. He has authored chapters in award-winning scholarly books, professional articles and conference papers on group facilitation techniques, the effects of emotionality on work team collaboration, and member commitment to their work team and organization.
Sarah Steimel, Ph.D.
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Dr. Sarah Steimel (Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln) is an assistant professor in the Communication Department with both research and teaching interests in organizational communication, gender and communication, and research methods. Specifically, her current research focuses on communication in nonprofit organizations, especially between organizational staff and the diverse clients they serve. Recent publications include “Refugees as people: The portrayal of refugees in American human interest Stories” in the Journal of Refugee Studies (2010) and “Dialectic tensions experienced by resettled Sudanese refugees in mediating organizations” in the International Journal of Communication (2010). She also serves as the elected vice chair of the Organizational and Professional Communication Division of the Central States Communication Association.