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Graduate Program Faculty
James Benjamin, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University). Professor Benjamin has also taught at University of Hawaii and at Southwest Texas University. He is the author of over two dozen research and instructional publications including articles in Philosophy and Rhetoric, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Communication Quarterly, and The Southern Speech Communication Journal and the lead article in Electronic Learning Communities: Current Issues and Best Practices. His areas of interest are organizational communication, visual communication, and rhetorical theory and criticism.
Paul A. Fritz, Ph.D. (Bowling Green State University). Professor Fritz has teaching and research interests in the areas of conflict management, interpersonal communications and digital media. He has published in the journal Communication Education, is the author of the text, Nursing Communication: An Interactive Approach and has presented numerous papers at national conferences.
Paulette D. Kilmer, Ph.D. (University of Illinois). Specializing in journalistic history, ethics and reporting, Professor Kilmer advises the UT chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, serves as mentor of UT's student-run newspaper, The Independent Collegian, and is also active in the Association of Educators in Mass Communication and Journalism. She is author of Fear of Sinking: The American Success Formula in the Gilded Age. Her most recent book is a social history of a Toledo electrical workers' union.
Richard J. Knecht, Ph.D. (University of Ohio). Chair of the Department of Communication from 1998 to 2005, Professor Knecht's research and teaching interests include global communication and communication law. He is co-editor of Professional Business Communication and recently presented a paper, "Corporate Communication in the Classroom" at the International Humanities Conference at Monash University in Italy.
Jacqueline Layng, Ed.D. (Northern Illinois University). Professor Layng teaches courses in broadcast, business and new technologies. Her research and publications include articles in Semiotica, Performance Improvement Quarterly, Business Communication Quarterly and the American Journal of Semiotics. She has published a book on Media Design: The Practice of Communication Technologies (Prentice Hall) and is currently working on research involving virtual communication.
Brian Anse Patrick, Ph.D. (University of Michigan). Professor Patrick's research interests focus on propaganda and social mobilization. He has professional experience as a communication consultant for state governments and non-profit organizations. His first book is The National Rifle Association and the Media: The Motivating Force of Negative Coverage. His research article "Vikings as Rappers: The Icelandic Sagas Hip-Hop across 8 Mile" is forthcoming in Journal of Popular Culture.
Sumitra Srinivasan, Ph. D. (Georgia State University). Associate Professor Srinivasan's teaching and research interests are in the areas of globalization, international/intercultural communication and new media technologies. Her educational background in physics, computer science and communication advises her research approach and her international exposure offers unique perspectives to various communication topics. She has presented and published over 30 national and international conferences. Her most recent publication is "A World News: Cultivating Newspaper Reading and a Global Focus" at NCA's Virtual Faculty Lounge in 2012. Her research paper "Coding, Encoding, Decoding" was placed among the top 6 at the prestigious international conference, Cultural Studies Now, held in 2007, at The University of East London.