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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.

Anita (A.J.) Barrett M.F.A.

Visiting Assistant Professor, School of Journalism

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

Visiting Assistant Professor Barrett 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.

Mark Dolan M.A.

Associate Professor, School of Journalism

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M.A., Syracuse University 1995


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 full profile >>

William Freivogel

Professor, School of Journalism

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


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 Ed.D.

Emeritus Faculty, School of Journalism

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Ed.D. University of Massachusetts, 1985


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

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 full profile >>

Dong Han Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Journalism

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Ph.D., University of Illinois 
Office: COMM 1226


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 several full profile >>

Kavita Karan Ph.D.

Professor, School of Journalism

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


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 M.S.

Emeritus Faculty, School of Journalism

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M.S., SIU, Edwardsville
Office: COMM 1212


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

Vicki Kreher M.B.A.

Senior Lecturer, School of Journalism

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M.B.A., Southern Illinois University
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.

Bridget Lescelius

Lecturer, School of Journalism

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M.B.A., Virginia Institute and State University, Pamplin College

M.S, Boston University

Office:  COMM 1221


Phone:  618-536-3361


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

Scott McClurg Ph.D.

Interim Director, 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 >>

Bill Recktenwald

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

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Office: COMM 1224


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 >>

Robert Spellman

Associate Professor Emeritus, School of Journalism

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Education:  J.D. at Cleveland State University, 1977

Robert Spellman joined the School of Journalism in 1985 as a specialist in media law and public policy reporting after careers as a journalist, head of two public agencies, and as an attorney. He retired in 2006. He also taught religion and public policy in the full profile >>

Aaron Veenstra Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Acting Associate Dean, Interim Director of Graduate Studies, CMCMA

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Ph.D. at University of Wisconsin
Office: COMM 1216


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