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Communication Department

 

 

Meet Our Faculty

 

Our faculty draw from a wide range of communication backgrounds and areas of expertise. You'll find each one committed to top-quality teaching and scholarship as well as advising and mentoring students in our Department.

Department Faculty

 

 

Nance McCown
You can contact Nance McCown at:

nmccown@messiah.edu

  Nance McCown, Ph.D.

  Chair, Department of Communication

  Associate Professor of Communication

 

 
 
  • Ph.D. in Public Relations                                           University of Maryland
  • M.A. in Journalism

         Temple University

  • B.A. in English (with teaching certification)

         Messiah College

  • Interests in PR include: leadership influence on internal PR; PR and activism; PR ethics
  • Regularly attends and presents research at national conferences and regional professional seminars; submission reviewer for scholarly conferences and journals
  • Faculty Advisor, PRSSA-Messiah College Chapter
  • Robert and Marilyn Smith Excellence in Teaching Award recipient, 2011
  • Interests/Hobbies: Worship leader, youth mentor, knitting, geocaching, gardening, getting lost in a great book, watching movies, rising to challenges, enjoying an ice-cold Coca cola
 
   
   

What classes does

Dr. McCown teach?...

COMM 105 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication

COMM 205 - Principles of Public Relations

COMM 351 - Public Relations Writing

COMM 353 - Crisis Communication and Media Relations

COMM 360 - Event Planning

COMM 426 - Senior Public Relations Campaign Project

Teachers As Scholars Summer Institute Facilitator

 
     

 

 

 

Edward Arke

You can contact Ed Arke at:

earke@messiah.edu

  Edward T. Arke, Ed.D.

   Professor of Communication

 

 

  • Ed.D. in Educational Leadership                            Duquesne University
  • M.S. in Communication                                        Shippensburg University
  • B.A. in Communication/Journalism                           Shippensburg University
  • Over 25 years of broadcast experience
  • Part-time sports anchor for Radio Pennsylvania
  • NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative
  • Faculty Director, The Pulse: Messiah College Media Hub
  • Play by play announcer for local football on local radio station
  • Serves on Academic Advisory Board for Annual Editions: Mass Media, published by McGraw-Hill
 
 
 

What classes does

Dr. Arke teach?...

COMM 105 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication

COMM 112 - Newswriting (W)

COMM 211 - Media in Everyday Life (W)

COMM 218 - Mass Media and Society

COMM 233 - Introduction to Radio

COMM 319 - Sports Broadcasting

COMM 325 - Audio Visual Newsgathering

 
     

 

 

Fabrizio Cilento

You can contact Fabrizio Cilento at:

fcilento@messiah.edu

 

  Fabrizio Cilento, Ph.D.

   Assistant Professor of Communication

 
 
 

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  • Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (Film Studies Program)
    University of Washington
  • M.A. in Comparative Literature (Film Studies Program)

         University of Washington

  • B.A. and M.A. in Theater and Performing Arts
    University of Florence, Italy
  • Scholarship focuses on films whose main characteristic lies in reconstructing historical events, mainly political crises and conspiracies.
  • Published or forthcoming in journals such as Fast Capitalism, The Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, California Italian Studies, and Teorijia in praksa.
  • Two essays included in upcoming collections ZomRomCom - Zombie Romantic Comedy and The Cinema of Marco Tullio Giordana.
  • Regularly presents articles at the Modern Language Association conferences and at various Film and Digital Humanities conferences.
  • Launched collaborative digital media project Cinemablography; presented at the Re: Humanities 2013 symposium; Pioneering YouTube; presented at the PAMLA conference; co-produced Palace; selected at national festivals and awarded as Best Student Film at FirstGlance; Philadelphia and Dragoon Online.
  • Received four year teaching reallocation grant to develop a Visual Science Fiction database.
  • Leads Italian Cityscape and the Flow of Life, an annual cross-cultural program in Florence every May.
 
 
 

What classes does

Dr. Cilento teach?...

COMM 217 - Introduction to Film

COMM 251/252 - Film History I & II

COMM 282 - History and Theory of Digital Media (odd years); 21st Century New Media Literacy (even years)

COMM 327 - Methods and Issues in Film Studies COMM 282 - Science Fiction Cinema

IDNW 200 - Latin American Cinema

IDFY 101 - Short Story from Borges to HTLM

IDCC 266 - Italian Cityscapes & the Flow of Life (Cross- Cultural in Florence)

 
     

 

 

Mary Holloway

You can contact Mary Holloway at:

mhollowa@messiah.edu

 

  Mary Holloway, M.A.

   Assistant Professor of Communication

 
 

 

  • M.A. in Rhetoric and Oral Interpretation of Literature

        Western Kentucky State University

  • B.A. in Humanities, Speech and Theatre

        Clarion State University

  • Also continued education through Penn State University and Shippensburg University
  • Faculty Advisor, Lambda Pi Eta (Communication National Honor Society)
  • Advocate for integration of service learning into classes
  • Hobbies: Spends time with daughters and husband, cooking, reading, swimming, walking, interest in youth ministries and music
 
 
 

What classes does

Professor Holloway teach?...

COMM 105 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication

COMM 107 - Introduction to Communication Seminar

COMM 241 - Small Group Communication

COMM 301 - Persuasion: Theory and Practice

IDCR 151 - Created and Called for Community

 
     

 

 

Kate Simcox

You can contact Kate Simcox at:

ksimcox@messiah.edu

   Kate Simcox, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Communication

 

 

  • Ph.D. in Communication Studies                                 Bowling Green State University
  • M.A. in Communication Studies
  • B.A. in Communication (Art minor)                            Bluffton University
  • Regularly presents original research at national and regional communication conferences
  • Research Interests: Religious Rhetoric, Organizational Communication, Health Communication
  • Served as communication consultant, exam writer and textbook reviewer for several publishers, and article submission reviewer for several scholarly journals
  • Hobbies: Painting, tennis, hiking, working out, reading, baking, cleaning my house, drinking good coffee

What classes does

Dr. Simcox teach?...

COMM 105 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication

COMM 333 - Business/Organizational Communication

COMM 341 - Communication Theory

COMM 359 - Rhetorical Theory

COMM 493 - Communication Senior Seminar

     

 


Nathan SkulstadYou can contact Nathan Skulstad at:

nskulstad@messiah.edu

 

  Nathan Skulstad, MFA.

  Assistant Professor of Film and Digital Media

 
 
 

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  • M.F.A. in film and video production
    York University
  • Certificate in Documentary Media

         Capilano University

  • B.A. in theater
    Trinity Western University
  • Received numerous grants, scholarship awards, and excellence awards for research and thesis
  • Has taken filmmaking master classes with Albert Maysles, Slavoj Žižek, Susan Bradley, and Richard Morrison
  • Member of the Documentary Organization of Canada
  • Regularly produces scholarship and films, most recently directing Imago Dei (documentary film)
 
 
 

What classes does

Professor Skulstad teach?...

COMM 225 Digital Editing

COMM 226 16mm Filmmaking

COMM 254 Screenwriting I

COMM 255 Screenwriting II

COMM 326 Digital Production

COMM 425 Multimedia Storytelling

IDCR 151 Created and Called for Community

 
     

 

Kathleen Quimby

You can contact Kathleen Quimby at:

kquimby@messiah.edu

 

  Kathleen Quimby, M.A.

   Senior Lecturer in Humanities

   Director of Supplemental Instruction

 
 

 

  • M.A. in Humanities (Art/Lit Emphasis)

        Penn State University

  • B.S. in Speech and Drama

         Mansfield University

  • Director of Supplemental Instruction Program
  • Interests: Intercultural communication, relational communication, ethnic literature, anti-racism initiatives, cross cultural studies, conflict communication
  • Hobbies: Gardening, hiking, reading, traveling, interacting with grandchildren

 

 

 
 
 

What classes does

Professor Quimby teach?...

COMM 105 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication

COMM 313 - Relational Communication

COMM 342 - Intercultural Communication

COMM 354 - Interpersonal Conflict

ENGL 154 - Ethnic Literature of the US (W)

Communication Unit in the Hoverter Course

 

 
     

 

  Lois Beck, M.S./M.A.

   Associate Professor of French and Communication

 

 

  • M.A. in French, Middlebury College
  • M.S. in Radio, Television, Film, Temple University
  • B.A. in French and Education, Gettysburg College
  • Research interests: Francophone literature of Africa and the Caribbean, media effects in the areas of violence and children, advertising and children, Christianity in the news
  • Various book and film reviews published
  • Creator of various CD-ROM textbook supplements
  • Over 20 articles and papers published
  • Hobbies:  Photography, traveling, piano
  • Teaches COMM 105 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication for COMM Dept.

You can contact Lois Beck at: lbeck@messiah.edu

 

 
   

 

  Karen K. Barone, Ph.D. Candidate

   Adjunct Instructor in Communication

 

 

  • ABD, Ph.D. Candidate in Communications Media & Instructional Technology,  Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • M.P.A., Concentration in Nonprofit Organizational Management and Policy, Pennsylvania State University
  • B.A. in Communication/Journalism, Public Relations Emphasis, Business Concentration, Shippensburg University
  • Research interests: Crisis communication and organizational communication within the nonprofit sector
  • Former positions include: Main Street Manager/Executive Director for the Downtown Carlisle Association, Director of Communications and Publications at the Pennsylvania Association of Community Bankers (Harrisburg)
  • Teaches: COM 105 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication, COM 247 - Writing for the Mass Media

You can contact Karen Barone at: kbarone@messiah.edu

 

 
   

 


  Janelle Curtis Beaman, M.A.

   Adjunct Instructor in Communication

 

 

  • M.A. in Organizational Leadership, Eastern University
  • B.A. in Communication, Messiah College
  • Research interests: Strategic planning and evaluation, marketing, organizational dynamics and communication
  • Former positions include: program director and director of operations for The Communication Gym (Harrisburg) and admissions coordinator of telecounseling (Messiah College) as well as guest lecturing
  • Teaches COMM 105 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication for COMM Dept.

You can contact Janelle Curtis Beaman at: jcurtis@messiah.edu

 

 
   

 

 

  Krista Hamlen Imbesi, M.F.A.

   Adjunct Instructor in Communication

 
 

 

  • M.F.A. in Media Arts, University at Buffalo
  • B.A. in Communication (Film Concentration), Messiah College (Studio Art minor)
  • Mark Diamond Research Grant Recipient (2011)
  • Research interests include ethnographic media, gender analysis in film, animated documentary, collaborative filmmaking processes, and avant garde practices
  • Recently completed feature-length documentary exploring orphan issues in Jinja, Uganda
  • Hobbies: travel, photography, interior design, kayaking, and fishing
  • Teaches COMM 105 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication for COMM Dept.


You can contact Krista Imbesi at: kimbesi@messiah.edu

 
   

 


  Christopher Markley, M.A.

   Adjunct Instructor in Communication

 

 

  • M.A. in 19th Century English Literature , University of London, King's College, England
  • B.A. in English, Messiah College (Management minor)
  • Vice President, Corporate Communications, Penn National Insurance, Harrisburg, Pa.
  • Winner of 38 professional awards from the International Association of Business Communicators and the Public Relations Society of America
  • Selected as member of 40 Under 40, by the Central Penn Business Journal, for professional achievement and community service
  • Hobbies:  Reading, kayaking, backpacking, bicycling, traveling
  • Teaches COMM 305 - Magazine Writing for COMM Dept. and BUSA 305 - Writing for Business, a cross-disciplinary course option for some of our majors

You can contact Christopher Markley at: cmarkley@messiah.edu

 
   
   

 

 

 

 

  Joan G. Sotherden, M.S.E.

   Adjunct Instructor in Communication

 

 

  • M.S.E., State University of New York at Cortland
  • Research interests: Gender identity, roles and communication styles, fostering communication between parents and teens regarding sexuality issues
  • 20 years of college teaching experience
  • Other positions:  Adjunct in Health and Human Performance, Family and Consumer Science, and Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Hobbies: Building and decorating doll houses, reading, hiking

You can contact Joan Sotherden at: jsotherden@messiah.edu

 

 
   

 

 

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