Faculty Bios

Colin Baker, Assistant Professor

Dr. Baker earned his PhD from the Department of Communication at Michigan State University in 2007. He has previously worked as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University. He teaches organizational communication, leadership and Research Methods. Dr. Baker’s research revolves around issues related to social influence in applied contexts. In particular, his interests include messages exchanged during organizational entry, contextual factors affecting, and affected by, influence strategies in the workplace, and the effects of leadership on team communication structure, group cognitions, and organizational citizenship/counterproductive workplace behavior.

West Bowers, Assistant Professor
Teaching and research interests: TV production, web design, and pedagogical uses of new media.

Dr. Bowers earned his B.A. in Media Studies and Dramatic Arts from UNC-Chapel Hill, his M.F.A. in Television Production from Loyola Marymount University, and his Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the University of Florida. His research focuses on the uses of various communication systems for teaching purposes.

Courtney Bosworth, Associate Professor
Teaching and research interests: Advertising, media studies

Dr. Bosworth earned his B.S. and M.A. at the University of Florida and his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia, where he wrote a dissertation entitled, “Online computer media use in the home: A study of uses-and-effects." Bosworth has also worked at the Ocala Economic Development Council as a research assistant, promoting the area for business expansion and economic growth. He also worked for the Chain Store Guide Information Services (CSGIS), Division of Lebhar-Friedman Publishing, first as a marketing associate and then as a marketing information editor. While at CSGIS Dr. Bosworth was a member of its strategic planning and horizons planning committees.

John Brummette, Associate Professor
Teaching and research interests: Public relations, crisis communication, issues management and organizational legitimacy

Dr. Brummette earned a B.A. in Communication and Rhetoric from the University of Pittsburgh in 2001, his master’s degree in Corporate and Professional Communication from Radford University in 2003 and his doctorate in Communication and Information from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville in 2008. He taught at Lincoln Memorial University and worked as a community liaison for the Safety, Environment, and Education Center, and has continued that interest as a member of the RU Alcohol/Drug Prevention Task Force.

James Collier, Associate Professor
Teaching and research interests: Advertising, media studies

Mr. Collier's extensive advertising management experience includes positions at Wyeth-Robins and other premier advertising and public relations agencies. Collier was also one of the founding members of the nationally acclaimed Westbrook Agency headed by Communications Hall of Fame member Bill Westbrook. Collier's thesis, "Tears of Joy," which focused on mental disabilities in an oceanside community, was a national finalist for the National Mental Health Agency's communication award.

Scott Dunn, Associate Professor
Teaching and research interests: Communication, public speaking

Dr. Dunn earned his Bachelor's degree and MA at Virginia Tech, and his Ph. D at the University of North Carolina.

Joe Flickinger, Professor
Teaching and research interests: International broadcasting, media management, media production

Dr. Flickinger earned his bachelors degree in theater arts at Kalamazoo College, his masters degree in film production at the University of Southern California, and his Ph.D. in telecommunication and film at the University of Oregon. He is also a First Class FCC-certified electronics engineer.

Sandy French, Associate Professor
Teaching and research interests: organizational communication; business rhetoric; corporate reputation management; leadership.

Dr. French earned her B.S. at Radford University, M.A. at Wake Forest University and Ph.D. at Pennsylvania State University. She currently serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Business Communication. Her research has been published in the Journal of Applied Communication, the Southern Communication Journal, the Journal of Business Communication, and Business Communication Quarterly. She is currently the faculty advisor for our Communication Honor Society, Lambda Pi Eta.

Vincent Hazleton, Professor
Teaching and research interests: Public relations, communications theory, research methods

Dr. Hazleton earned his B.A. in Speech and Drama at the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts, and his M.A. and a Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma. His achievements include various book chapters and journal articles, and two books for which he received the “Book of the Year” award from the Public Relations Division of the National Communication Association for his Public Relations Theory. He also developed communication programs for the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles and has been a consultant to Virginia State Parks for the past 12 years.

Kimberly Herbert, Instructor

Kim Herbert received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from Radford University and her Master’s Degree in Public Communication from The American University.  She previously served as the Director of Advising for the College of Sciences at Old Dominion University and an Adjunct Professor of Communication at Old Dominion, George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College.  Kim also has professional experience in Career Advising, Recruiting and Public Relations. She is currently an advisor for Lambda Pi Eta and Delta Zeta Sorority.

Sam Jennings, Assistant Professor
Teaching and research interests: Web design, social media, digital Imaging, visual communication, computers as social actors (intelligent user interfaces), and instructional technology.

Dr. Jennings earned his B.A. degree in sociology and computer science from Mary Baldwin College, his M.A. in Instructional Technology, and Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Technology from Virginia Tech. He is an experienced webmaster, system engineer, and eLearning consultant for a variety of organizations including industry (fortune 100 companies), health care, local government, law enforcement, and technical schools. In addition to experience in the field, he has taught computer science at both the high school and community college levels and maintains certification to teach k-12 computer science in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Dr. Jennings is also the webmaster for the School of Communication. His course website is www.radford.edu/sjennings.

Twange Kasoma, Assistant Professor                                                                                                                                  Teaching interests: Journalism, international communication, development communication, research methods, media and society, and study abroad. Research interests: Journalistic professionalism, development and science communication, gender and the media, role of the media in African society, and media regulation. 

Dr. Kasoma, who is the current advisor of The Tartan, earned her doctorate in media and society from the University of Oregon. She also holds a master’s degree in journalism from Arkansas State University, and a bachelor of mass communication degree from the University of Zambia. She has done journalistic work in Zambia, Ghana, and the U.S. Dr. Kasoma has also authored journal articles and a book chapter on journalistic professionalism and the role of the media in society.

Leigh Anne Kelley, Instructor
Teaching and research interests: Advertising, business journalism, copywriting, web design

Ms. Kelley earned her B.A. at the University of Virginia and her M.A. at Hollins College. She was managing editor of Virginia Business Magazine before switching to new media as the first regional content manager for Media General's interactive division. She was also Online Business Development Manager for Roanoke.com before joining the Radford University School of Communication.

Betty Kennan, Instructor
Teaching and research interests: interpersonal communication, teamwork, and communication trends.

Betty Kennan received her Bachelors of Science in Education and Masters of Arts in Communication from West Texas A & M University.  She has taught basic communication courses in Texas and Virginia and joined the School of Communication at Radford University in 2005.  In addition to supervising students in the School of Communication in their internships, she teaches Listening/Nonverbal, Interpersonal Communication, and Teamwork.  Betty serves as mentor to students presenting research at local, regional, and national conferences.

Bill Kovarik, Professor
Teaching and research interests: journalism, media history, media law, science & environmental writing, visual communication, digital imaging. Research interests - media history, environmental history.

Dr. Kovarik earned his B.S. at VCU, his M.A. at the University of South Carolina and his PhD at the University of Maryland. He has extensive exerience with wire services and daily newspapers, and has written several books about the media, including Mass Media and Environmental Conflict (1996), Web Design for Mass Media (2001) and Revolutions in Communication (2011).

Joe Staniunas Jr.
Teaching and research interests: Journalism, digital audio, media law and ethics.

Mr. Staniunas is an experienced television and radio news professional. He is currently researching the media use of cameras in courts in Virginia. His professional career began as a News Director and Announcer for a radio station in the late '70s and moved to positions such as a Contributing Writer for a magazine, a reporter, and most recently an Assignment Editor for the leading television station in the Roanoke market, CBS affiliate WDBJ-7. As an Assignment Editor, Staniunas supervised a news department of 45 anchors, reporters, producers, and photographers. Along with the supervising, he trained student interns and assisted news director with budget preparation and computer system management.

Matthew Turner, Associate Professor and Interim Director
Teaching and research interests: Media production, Interdisciplinary studies, comedy, semiotics, film and video production and editing.

Dr. Turner earned his B.A. in Communication and B.A. in English at Virginia Tech, and earned his M.A. in Telecommunication and Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts both at Ohio University. Dr. Turner also enjoys teaching interdisciplinary classes, such as a course he originated on Brazilian arts and media. Dr. Turner’s dissertation “Signs of Comedy: A Semiotic Approach to Comedy in the Arts” looks at how comedy creates and subverts meaning in a variety of art forms. Dr. Turner has presented at numerous national and international conferences in interdisciplinary studies, theater, art history, philosophy, English, popular culture, and film. He has also published articles and book chapters on comedy Westerns, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and the Marx Brothers. Dr. Turner has worked as an editor and consultant to Jonesfilm Group Ltd. and has edited several documentary films for them. Dr. Turner’s travels and interest in international education have led him to teach students on five continents.    

Lisa Baker Webster, Associate Professor
Teaching and research interests: public relations, IMC, gender communication

Dr. Baker Webster is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Radford University and the PRSSA chapter advisor. She earned two master degrees from The University of Alabama and her doctorate from Bowling Green State University.

Shuo Yao, Associate Professor
Teaching and research intereests: Communication, research methods, communication theory, persuasion, conflict management, and International and Intercultural Communication.

Dr. Yao earned her B.A. and M.A. in International Relations at Peking University and her PhD at the University of Maryland.

Lynn M. Zoch, Professor
Teaching and research interests: Public relations management, media relations, research methods, nonprofit public relations, pedagogy

Dr. Zoch earned an M.S. in public relations management and a Ph.D. in public communication with an emphasis on organizational communication from Syracuse University. She is the author of numerous published book chapters, articles and reviews and has presented her work at national and international conferences. Dr. Zoch has been a member of the Public Relations Society of American since 1994, and served on the board of the Educator’s Academy. She has worked in nonprofit and educational public relations and continues to consult in those areas.