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School of Journalism Faculty | College of Mass Communications and Media Arts | SIU



School of Journalism Faculty

William Babcock Ph.D.

Professor, School of Journalism

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Ph.D., Southern Illinois University 1979
Office: COMM 1236

Professor Babcock teaches media ethics and public policy reporting.

Mark Dolan

Assistant Professor, School of Journalism

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M.A., Syracuse University 1995
Office: COMM 1236

Biography 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. full profile >>

William Freivogel

Professor and Director, School of Journalism

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J.D., Washington University 2001
Office: COMM 1202C

Biography 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 full profile >>

Katherine Frith Ph.D.

Professor, School of Journalism

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Ed.D. University of Massachusetts, 1985
Office: COMM 1230

Courses JRNL 406 - Advertising/IMC Campaigns MCMA 555 - Issues in Public Communication Interests International advertising, Copywriting, Advertising and Society

Philip Greer

Photojournalist in Residence

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Office: COMM 1212

Dong Han Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Journalism

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Ph.D. in Communications  at the Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois 2011
Office: COMM 1226

Biography Dr. Han comes to SIU from Eastern New Mexico University, where he worked as an Assistant Professor.  Before entering graduate school at the University of Illinois, he received a Bachelor of Law at Beijing University in 1997. His research has appeared in full profile >>

Narayanan Iyer Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Journalism

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Ph.D., Indiana University, 2006
Office: COMM 1234

Dr. Iyer teaches courses in Advertising and is Faculty Advisor to the SIU chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Interests Advertising and social impact of new media.

Kavita Karan Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Journalism

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Ph.D., University of London, 1994
Office: COMM 1226


Biography 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 full profile >>

Carolyn Kingcade

Lecturer, School of Journalism

M.S., Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2006
Office: COMM 1212

Interests Issues of bias and accuracy in news writing; media literacy and history; media industries

Vicki Kreher

Assistant Instructor, School of Journalism

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M.B.A., Southern Illinois University, in progress 
Office: COMM 1236A

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.

Peter Lemish

Visiting Assistant Professor

Peter Lemish

Ph.D, The Ohio State University, 1983.
Office: COMM 1233


Peter Lemish (Ph.D) is a recent addition to the faculty of the School of Journalism. He studies media roles in social change and conflict transformation, as well as civil society media practices.  Recent courses he teaches include -  Crisis and full profile >>

Dennis Lowry, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, School of Journalism

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Ph.D. at University of Iowa, 1972

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 Associaiton for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the International Communication Association.  Interests Social Issues in Advertising. Communication research methods, and Content Analysis

Mike Marn

Instructor, School of Journalism

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MS in Journalism, Northwestern, 1973

Office:  COMM 1221

Mike Marn joins the Southern Illinois University School of Journalism with a wealth of advertising industry experience, but he knows his way around a classroom, as well. After earning his Masters degree in advertising from Northwestern University’s Medill School of full profile >>

Scott McClurg

Professor, School of Journalism

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Ph.D., Washington University, 2000

Office:  1234

Phone:   536-3361


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, interpersonal communication, public opinion full profile >>

Uche Onyebadi Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Journalism

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Ph.D. at University of Missouri Columbia, 2008
Office: COMM 1210E

Biography Dr. Onyebadi spent the summer of 2012 in Bangladesh. He received a Fulbright Specialist grant in Communications and Journalism for BRAC University, Bangladesh. The grant was for a 6-week summer program covered teaching, seminars, and workshops. He also full profile >>

Bill Recktenwald

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

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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 full profile >>

Anita Stoner Barrett

Continuing Assistant Professor, School of Journalism

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M.F.A. at Syracuse University, 1995
Office: COMM 1050H

Professor Stoner joined SIU's faculty in 2005. Courses JRNL 419 - Online Journalism JRNL 495 Shawnee Forest Convergence Course MCMA 396 Web Publishing Interests Web production and Content Management Systems, multimedia, revenue models for journalism.

Aaron Veenstra Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Journalism

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Ph.D. at University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2009
Office: COMM 1216

Dr. Veenstra joined the School of Journalism in 2009. Interests Political communication, including political speech, news coverage, advertising and strategic communication. 

Wenjing Xie Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Journalism

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Ph.D. at University of Maryland, 2009
Office: COMM 1228


Biography Dr. Xie has also worked as an editor for Chinese Central Television (CCTV) News Chanel Beijing, and a reporter and editor for the Economic Daily in Beijing 

David Yepsen

Director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

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Telephone: 618-453-4004

David A. Yepsen is director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.  Before assuming that position in 2009, he had a 34 year career with the Des Moines Register, serving as the paper’s chief political writer, full profile >>