College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Full-time Faculty


  • Karen L. Akerlof

    Karen L. Akerlof

    Assistant Professor

    science communication, climate change, public opinion


  • Matt Basil

    Matt Basil

    Heuristics in decision making, public speaking, political communication

  • Carl Botan

    Carl Botan


    Strategic communication as it is used in both public relations and strategic and emergency communication

  • Melissa A. Broeckelman-Post

    Melissa A. Broeckelman-Post

    Basic Course Director and Assistant Professor

    Instructional Communication, Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Research Methods, Communication Theory


  • Xiaomei Cai

    Xiaomei Cai

    MA Program Director; Undergraduate Honors Director

    Children and media; Media effects

  • Chris Clarke

    Chris Clarke

    Assistant Professor

    health and environmental risk perception, communication

  • Richard T Craig

    Richard T Craig

    Assistant Professor

    Mass communication, media institutions, communication policy



  • Andy Finn

    Andy Finn

    Associate Professor

    Public communication, media systems

  • Carla L Fisher

    Carla L Fisher

    Health Communication Minor Director

    Health and aging communication across the life span, family illness and coping, inter-generational family communication, cancer communication, clinician-patient communication, human development and aging


  • Tim Gibson

    Tim Gibson

    Associate Chair

    Associate Professor

    Critical media studies, mass communication theory, and urban communication



  • Beth Jannery

    Beth Jannery

    Journalism Concentration Coordinator; Director, Journalism and Sport Communication Minors


  • Gary Kreps

    Gary Kreps

    Director, Center for Health and Risk Communication

    Health communication/promotion, multicultural relations, social organizations, applied research methods, health informatics, communication campaigns, social change


  • Farah Latif
  • Robert Lichter

    Robert Lichter

    Director, Center for Media and Public Affairs; Director, Statistical Assessment Center (STATS)

    Political communications, political sociology, and health and risk communication


  • Edward Maibach

    Edward Maibach

    Director, Center for Climate Change Communication

    Climate change communication, public health communication, social marketing

  • David J. Miller

    David J. Miller

    Coordinator, Media Production & Criticism Concentration; Director, Student Video Center

    Media production and criticism, Journalism, Distance Education, Instructional Design

  • Star A. Muir

    Star A. Muir

    Associate Professor

    Rhetoric and technology, public communication, digital natives

  • Teresa Ann Myers

    Teresa Ann Myers

    Assistant Professor


  • Anne M. Nicotera

    Anne M. Nicotera



    Health communication, nursing communication, communicative/interactive constitution of organization, race and gender, diversity, and culture and organizations


  • Peter M Pober

    Peter M Pober


    Director of Forensics, Distinguished Service Professor, Performance studies, rhetoric, aesthetics, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication


  • Connie Roser-Renouf

    Connie Roser-Renouf

    Assistant Professor

    Environmental communication, persuasion, science communication

  • Katherine E Rowan

    Katherine E Rowan

    Director, Undergraduate Program; Director, Science Communication

    Risk communication, science communication, public relations. Director, Science Communication Graduate Programs


  • Sergei A Samoilenko

    Sergei A Samoilenko

    PRSSA Faculty Advisor

    Public relations, crisis communication, reputation management, new media

  • Lance E Schmeidler

    Lance E Schmeidler


    Basic Course Coordinator; Director, Hiring & Scheduling

  • Rodger Smith

    Rodger Smith

    Communication Minor Director; WGMU Faculty Advisor

    How the traditional television media program for their audiences and the competition they face for audience.

  • James Steele

    James Steele

    INTO Mason Communication Coordinator; Lambda Pi Eta, Assistant Faculty Advisor


  • Susan Tomasovic

    Susan Tomasovic

    Lambda Pi Eta Faculty Advisor

    Public communication, performance studies, business communication


  • Emily K. Vraga

    Emily K. Vraga

    Political Communication Minor Director

    new media; political communication; media effects; disagreement;


  • Abigail Weiss
  • Heather Witmer
  • Catherine Wright

    Catherine Wright

    Undergraduate Advising Coordinator

    My interests lie in the uses and applications of technology in communication, especially in terms of how new innovations are shared with others, as well as how students apply these out of the classroom.

  • Kevin B Wright

    Kevin B Wright


    Health communication, social media and interpersonal relationships, life span communication, and interpersonal issues in health communication

  • Karen Wrightsman


  • Esther Yook

    Esther Yook

    Associate Professor

    Intercultural communication, communication education, instructional communication


  • Xiaoquan Zhao

    Xiaoquan Zhao

    Associate Professor

    Health communication, persuasion, media effects, information seeking, tobacco prevention, and climate change communication