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Southern Illinois University



College of Mass Communication and Media Arts


William Babcock

Professor, School of Journalism

William Babcock

Email: wbabcock@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1222

Professor Babcock teaches media ethics and public policy reporting. Education Ph.D., Southern Illinois University 1979 cv

Anita "AJ" Barrett

Continuing Assistant Professor, School of Journalism

Anita Barrett discusses a photo with Sean Davison, a student in Online Journalism.

Email: ajbarrett@siu.edu

Office: COMM 1210D

Professor Barrett came to the SIU's faculty in 2005 after a stint as Entertainment Web Producer and Multimedia Assistant for the Palm Beach Post. She usually teaches JRNL 426 – Online Journalism JRNL 396 – Web Publishing JRNL 202 – Creativity Across ...read full profile >>

Mark Dolan

Associate Professor, School of Journalism

Mark Dolan

Email: mjdolan@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1236

Mark Dolan’s teaching, research and personal media practice reflects more than 25 years of visual and multimedia journalism, working as a staff photographer, picture editor and director of photography, at newspapers in Florida, Alaska and Rhode Island. As a multimedia artist he traveled throughout ...read full profile >>

Eric Fidler

Managing Editor, Daily Egyptian

Eric Fidler
(618) 536-3306
1247G Communications Bldg.

Eric Fidler is the managing editor and faculty adviser for the Daily Egyptian.  He also teaches courses in news writing and editing.

William Freivogel

Professor and former director, School of Journalism

William Freivogel

Email: wfreivog@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1210E

Professor Bill Freivogel became  Director of the School of Journalism in 2006. He began his journalism career with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1971. He was a member of the newspaper's Washington bureau for 12 years, where he served as assistant bureau chief, focused on the ...read full profile >>

Katherine Frith

Professor, School of Journalism

Katherine Frith

Email: kfrith@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1230

As one of the senior faculty in the advertising major Dr. Frith is deeply involved in both teaching and research. She has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses in advertising, integrated marketing communication, branding campaigns, copywriting, and advertising and society. In the past ...read full profile >>

Phillip Greer

Photojournalist in Residence

Phillip Greer
Office: COMM 1220

Phil Greer is the school’s Photojournalist in Residence and Senior Lecturer.  Born in Chicago but with strong Southern Illinois roots, he is a graduate of Eldorado High School.  Greer served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War.  His first job in ...read full profile >>

Dong Han

Assistant Professor, School of Journalism

Dong Han

Email: donghan@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1226

Dr. Han comes to SIU from Eastern New Mexico University, where he worked as an Assistant Professor of Communication. Before entering graduate school at the University of Illinois, he was legal consultant at China Central Television (CCTV) from 1999 to 2004. His research has appeared in several ...read full profile >>

Walter Jaehnig

Professor Emeritus

Kavita Karan

Professor and Interim Director, School of Journalism

Kavita Karan

Email: kavitak@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1218

Before joining the Journalism faculty, Dr. Karan worked as an Assistant Professor at the  WKW School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Courses Applied Communication Research Strategic Advertising Management Public Service ...read full profile >>

Carolyn Kingcade

Senior Lecturer, School of Journalism

Carolyn Kingcade
Email: kgcade@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1212

Interests:  Issues of bias and accuracy in news writing; media literacy and history; media industries Education M.S., Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2006 cv

Vicki Kreher

Senior Instructor, School of Journalism

Vicki Kreher

Email: kreher@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1216

Ms. Kreher came to SIU after working as an Account Executive for WSIL-TV, Channel 3 in Carterville IL, and for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Courses JRNL 302 Advertising Copywriting JRNL 303 Creating Advertising IMC Messages JRNL 305 Direct Response Advertising JRNL 160 Mass Communications and Society. Education M.B.A., Southern Illinois University, in progress

Bridget Lescelius

Lecturer, School of Journalism

Bridget Lescelius, advertising instructor



Dennis Lowry

Professor Emeritus, School of Journalism

Dr. Lowry began teaching in the School of Journalism in 1990 and retired in 2012. His publications cover 40 years and he is an active member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the International Communication Association.  Education Ph.D. at ...read full profile >>

Scott McClurg

Professor, Schools of Journalism and Political Science

Scott McClurg

Office: Faner 3130
Phone: (618) 453-3179
Email: mcclurg@siu.edu

Professor McClurg (Ph.D., Washington University, 2000) joined SIU Carbondale in fall 2001. He holds a joint appointment with Political Science and Journalism. His general areas of research focus on political communications, campaigns and election, public opinion and voting behavior, and American politics ...read full profile >>

William Recktenwald

Senior Lecturer and Journalist-in-Residence, School of Journalism

William Recktenwald

Email: reckman@aol.com
Office: COMM 1224

Biography Mr. Recktenwald has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Uganda. He serves as Faculty Co-Adviser: National Association of Black Journalists: Coordinator for Dignified Social Activities, and is the Faculty Coordinator for the College's Kellogg Hall Living/Learning Project. He was ...read full profile >>

Aaron Veenstra

Associate Professor, School of Journalism; Associate Dean MCMA

Aaron Veenstra

Email: asveenstra@siu.edu

Office: COMM 1232

Website: mypage.siu.edu/asveenstra

Dr. Veenstra joined the School of Journalism in 2009. Interests   Political communication, including political speech, news coverage, advertising and strategic communication.  Education Ph.D. at University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2009 cv

Wenjing Xie

Associate Professor, School of Journalism

Wenjing Xie

Email: wxie@siu.edu

Office: COMM 1228

Dr. Wenjing Xie worked as an editor for China Central Television (CCTV) News Chanel in Beijing, and a reporter and editor for the Economic Daily, also in Beijing. Education Ph.D. at University of Maryland, 2009 Courses  MCMA 555/JRNL 409 - Social Media Theory & Practice ...read full profile >>

Jack Young

Adviser, School of Journalism

Jack Young
Phone: 618-453-3280
Email: jayo001@siu.edu
Office: Comm Bldg-C Room 1210A

Jack Young is the advisor for the School of Journalism, helping students who wish to learn advertising, broadcast or print journalism specializations, or photojournalism. He teaches classes in media history.