Wayne State University

Faculty and Doctoral Student Profiles

Juanita Anderson
  • Juanita Anderson
  • Lecturer
  • 519 Manoogian Hall
  • jbanderson@wayne.edu
  • Juanita Anderson, Lecturer and Director of Film and Digital Media Initiatives, is a veteran producer, executive producer and documentary filmmaker. She...
James Cherney
  • James Cherney
  • Assistant Professor
  • 539 Manoogian Hall
  • ee4523@wayne.edu
  • Dr. Cherney graduated in 1990 from Butler University in Indianapolis, IN. He was awarded a full scholarship to compete on the Butler Debate Team. His...
Kelly Donnellan
  • Kelly Donnellan
  • Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Studies
  • 527 Manoogian Hall
  • eu2266@wayne.edu
  • Kelly Donnellan (MFA, American University) is an assistant professor of media arts and studies. She teaches the undergraduate courses COM 1600 Introduction...
Stine Eckert
  • Stine Eckert
  • Assistant Professor
  • 571 Manoogian
  • fq0936@wayne.edu
  • Stine Eckert (Ph.D., University of Maryland) joined the Wayne State journalism faculty in 2014. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland and...
Jane Fitzgibbon
  • Jane Fitzgibbon
  • Lecturer
  • 517 Manoogian Hall
  • janefitzgibbon@wayne.edu
  • Dr. Jane Fitzgibbon (Ph.D., Wayne State University) is a lecturer and is director of the business communication course. She is a member of the university's...
Michael Fuhlhage
  • Michael Fuhlhage
  • Assistant Professor
  • 585 Manoogian
  • fr1136@wayne.edu
  • Michael Fuhlhage (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) joined the Wayne State journalism faculty in 2014. Fuhlhage has many years experience...
Kelly Jakes
  • Kelly Jakes
  • Assistant Professor
  • 540 Manoogian
  • kelly.jakes@wayne.edu
  • Kelly Jakes (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin) joined the Wayne State communication studies faculty, Fall 2014. Her research focuses broadly on issues...
Loraleigh Keashly
  • Loraleigh Keashly
  • Associate Professor and Master's Program Director
  • 577 Manoogian Hall
  • l.keashly@wayne.edu
  • Loraleigh Keashly is an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University, Detroit. Her research, teaching and consulting...
Jack Lessenberry
  • Jack Lessenberry
  • Lecturer
  • 563 Manoogian Hall
  • ad3337@wayne.edu
  • Jack Lessenberry, area head of the journalism faculty at Wayne State University, primarily teaches COM 5080, History and Law of Journalism, and COM 5250,...
Katheryn Maguire
  • Katheryn Maguire
  • Associate Professor
  • 542 Manoogian Hall
  • kmaguire@wayne.edu
  • Katheryn C. Maguire is an Associate Professor and Area Head of Communication Studies in the Department of Communication here at Wayne State University. Her...
Patricia McCormick
  • Patricia McCormick
  • Associate Professor
  • 513 Manoogian Hall
  • dz7089@wayne.edu
  • Patricia K. McCormick , an Associate Professor,  holds a Ph.D. in Mass Media/Telecommunications and an M.A. in Telecommunications from Michigan State...
Karen McDevitt
  • Karen McDevitt
  • Lecturer
  • aa6545@wayne.edu
  • Karen McDevitt teaches New Media Practices (COM 5280) and New Media Theory (COM 6270), which are the two core courses for the Graduate Certificate in...
Rahul Mitra
  • Rahul Mitra
  • Assistant Professor
  • 541 Manoogian Hall
  • rahul.mitra@wayne.edu
  • Rahul Mitra is an assistant professor of organizational communication. Prior to obtaining his doctorate from Purdue University, he worked in the news...
Alicia Nails
  • Alicia Nails
  • Lecturer
  • 559 Manoogian
  • ANails@wayne.edu
  • Alicia Nails directs the Journalism Institute for Media Diversity. She is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and freelance writer, including appearing in the...
Michele (Shelly)  Najor
  • Michele (Shelly) Najor
  • Senior Lecturer, Director of Undergraduate Public Relations Program
  • m.a.najor@wayne.edu
  • Shelly Najor is director of the undergraduate public relations program at Wayne State University in Detroit. As a faculty member in the Department of...
Julie Novak
  • Julie Novak
  • Associate Professor
  • 529 Manoogian Hall
  • jmnovak@wayne.edu
  • My approach to learning and research takes theory and infuses it with praxis or praxis and infuses it with theory to mediate a better world. I agree with...
Hayg Oshagan
  • Hayg Oshagan
  • Associate Professor
  • 509 Manoogian Hall
  • h.oshagan@wayne.edu
  • Hayg Oshagan (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison ) is an Associate Professor of Communication.   Oshagan is Associate Professor and former...
Donyale Padgett
  • Donyale Padgett
  • Associate Professor -- Diversity, Culture & Communication
  • 515 Manoogian Hall
  • drpadge@wayne.edu
  • Professor Padgett has been a faculty member in the Department of Communication at Wayne since the fall of 2002 and on the tenure-track since 2006. Her...
Edward Pappas
  • Edward Pappas
  • Professor Emeritus
  • ad1928@wayne.edu
  • Edward J. Pappas is a professor emeritus of communication at Wayne State University. He served for nineteen years as chair of the Department of...
Kimmerly Piper-Aiken
  • Kimmerly Piper-Aiken
  • Senior Lecturer & Manager of the 5057 Midtown TV Studio
  • 565 Manoogian Hall
  • kpiperaiken@wayne.edu
  • Kimmerly Piper-Aiken, Ph.D., teaches broadcast journalism and television production. She created the TV News Reporting and Digital Editing course and...
Katie Rasmussen
  • Katie Rasmussen
  • Lecturer and Basic Course Director
  • MANO 521
  • dx1649@wayne.edu
  • Katie Rasmussen received her PhD in communication in 2011 from Wayne State, where she also received a cognate in instructional technology. Her...
Marc-Anthony Ruiz
  • Marc-Anthony Ruiz
  • Assistant Professor
  • 569 Manoogian Hall
  • ee5558@wayne.edu
  • Marc Ruiz teaches a number of courses in the Media Arts and Studies major - most notably the capstone course designed to introduce students to organized...
Matthew Seeger
  • Matthew Seeger
  • Professor and Dean
  • 5104 Gullen Mall - The Linsell House
  • matthew.seeger@wayne.edu
  • Matthew W. Seeger (Ph.D.
, 1982, Indiana University) is dean of the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts and a professor of communication
....
Pradeep Sopory
  • Pradeep Sopory
  • Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies
  • 523 Manoogian Hall
  • dz3594@wayne.edu
  • Pradeep Sopory (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison) is an associate professor of communication at Wayne State University, where he teaches courses in...
Ronald Stevenson
  • Ronald Stevenson
  • Senior Lecturer and Director of Debate
  • 537 Manoogian Hall
  • stevenson.ron@gmail.com
  • Dr. Stevenson grew up in Michigan and after high school had originally planned on working in construction rather than going to college.  However, he had...
Elizabeth Stoycheff
  • Elizabeth Stoycheff
  • Assistant Professor
  • 563 Manoogian Hall
  • elizabeth.stoycheff@wayne.edu
  • Dr. Elizabeth Stoycheff, Assistant Professor of Journalism & New Media, teaches journalistic reporting and new media for undergraduates. In 2013, she...
Stephanie Tong
  • Stephanie Tong
  • Assistant Professor
  • 569 Manoogian Hall
  • stephanie.tong@wayne.edu
  • Stephanie Tong is an assistant professor in the communication studies area. Her research interests lie at the intersection of interpersonal communication...
Denise Vultee
  • Denise Vultee
  • Lecturer
  • 511 Manoogian Hall
  • dx8298@wayne.edu
  • Denise Vultee (Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001) is a lecturer in the communication department. She teaches COM 1010 (Oral...
Fred Vultee
  • Fred Vultee
  • Associate professor
  • 567 Manoogian
  • vulteef@wayne.edu
  • Fred Vultee (PhD, University of Missouri) is an associate professor in the journalism area of the Department of Communication. He teaches news editing,...
William Warters
  • William Warters
  • Director, Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution; Assistant Professor (Research)
  • 585 Manoogian Hall
  • w.warters@wayne.edu
  • Bill Warters (Ph.D., Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs) is the Academic Director of the Master of Arts in Dispute...
Lee Wilkins
  • Lee Wilkins
  • Professor and Chair
  • 585 Manoogian Hall
  • eh8899@wayne.edu
  • Lee Wilkins teaches and studies media ethics and media coverage of hazards and disasters. She is co-author of one of the most widely used college media...
Kelly Young
  • Kelly Young
  • Associate Professor and Director of Forensics
  • 536 Manoogian Hall
  • kelly.young@wayne.edu
  • Dr. Kelly Michael Young is an associate professor of communication and the director of forensics (competitive speech & debate teams). He teaches courses...