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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
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  Nance McCown, Ph.D.

  Co-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




Kate Simcox

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   Kate Simcox, Ph.D.

    Co-Chair, Department of Communication

    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



Edward Arke

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  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

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  Fabrizio Cilento, Ph.D.

   Assistant Professor of Communication



  • 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 - Science Fiction Cinema (odd years);

  21st Century New Media Literacy (even years)

COMM 327/IDNW 200 - Latin American Cinema

COMM 328 - Methods and Issues in Film Studies COMM 382 - History and Theory of Digital Media

  (odd years)

IDFY 101 - Short Story from Borges to HTLM

IDCC 266 - Italian Cityscapes & the Flow of Life 

  (Cross-Cultural in Florence)



David Dixon

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  David Dixon, Ph.D.

  Associate Professor in Journalism, Broadcasting

  and New Media Production



  • Ph.D. in Mass Communication

         Indiana University

  • M.A. in Communication

         Wheaton College

  • B.A. in Communication

         Messiah College

  • Interests include political effects of religious media; missionary media especially in Africa; visual storytelling; media law and ethics.
  • Additional interest in African studies, especially church history and media.
  • Student media advisor for over 15 years.
  • Regular panelist at National College Media Convention.
  • President of Advisors of Christian College Media.
  • Hobbies: Photography, road biking, hiking, camping.



What classes does

Dr. Dixon teach?...

COMM 105 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication

COMM 112 - Newswriting

COMM 207 - Communication Design

COMM 247 - Writing for Mass Media

COMM 372 - Alternative Approaches to Journalism





Mary Holloway

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  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


COMM 241 - Small Group Communication

COMM 301 - Persuasion: Theory and Practice

IDCR 151 - Created and Called for Community




Krista Imbesi

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  Krista Hamlen Imbesi, M.F.A.

   Lecturer in Film, Video and Digital Media 




  • 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 inlcude 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; the film has been accepted to numerous festivals world-wide and has won several prestigious awards
  • Hobbies: travel, photography, interior design, kayaking, and fishing



What classes does

Professor Imbesi teach?...

COMM 105 - Fundamentals of Oral Communication

COMM 203 - Basic Video and Editing Techniques

COMM 320 - Film and HD Production II

IDNW 200 - Global Indigenous Media

Facilities and Equipment Manager




Kathleen Quimby

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  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





Nathan SkulstadYou can contact Nathan Skulstad at:


  Nathan Skulstad, M.F.A.

  Assistant Professor of Film and Digital Media



  • 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 220 Film and HD Production I

COMM 254 Screenwriting I

COMM 255 Screenwriting II

COMM 317 Advanced Editing & Effects

COMM 330 Multimedia Storytelling

COMM 363 Documentary and Promotional


IDCR 151 Created and Called for Community



  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

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