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Rick Bebout

Rick Bebout

Technology Specialist

M.S. (West Virginia University)

304-293-5736

Rick Bebout leads the technology support for the Reed College of Media. He is responsible for supporting both the on-ground and online technology needs for faculty, staff, adjunct instructors and students.

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Joel William Beeson

Joel William Beeson

Professor

Ph.D. (Union Institute and University)

304-293-6757

Joel William Beeson is an associate professor at the WVU Reed College of Media. Beeson’s current research in virtual reality (VR) is informed by two decades of research in race and representation, emerging media and documentary studies.

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Bob Britten

Bob Britten

Teaching Associate Professor

Ph.D. (University of Missouri-Columbia)

304-293-8710

Dr. Bob Britten is an associate professor at the WVU Reed College of Media. Britten has been working in journalism and news design since his junior year of college, when he was “promoted” from movie reviewer to managing editor of his campus newspaper.

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Valerie Burgess

Valerie Burgess

Financial Manager

304-293-5904

Valerie Burgess serves as the Financial Manager at the WVU Reed College of Media. Burgess joined the College in December 2013 and manages the financial and administrative functions of the College of Media. She works directly with the Dean to determine and oversee the financial objectives of the College.

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Dana Coester

Dana Coester

Associate Professor

M.A. (University of Missouri-Columbia)

304-293-6790

Dana Coester is an associate professor at the WVU Reed College of Media and creative director for the College’s Media Innovation Center. Coester also serves as executive editor for the collaborative media outlet 100 Days in Appalachia.

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Heather Cole

Heather Cole

Teaching Assistant Professor

M.F.A. (Goddard College)

304-293-6765

Heather Cole is a teaching assistant professor in the Interactive Design for Media program. As an interdisciplinary artist, Heather works and teaches in a variety of media. As of August 2019, she will be a member of the teaching faculty in the Reed College of Media at West Virginia University. Prior to that, she taught for Penn State University's Erie campus.n of the person. This will be pulled into the profile index page(s). Only enter a sentence or two in this region.

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Rita Colistra

Rita Colistra

Associate Professor

Ph.D. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

304-293-6793

Dr. Rita Colistra is an associate professor of public relations in the Reed College of Media. She returned to her home state in 2008, after earning her Ph.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Roy H. Park Fellow. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University.

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 Brett Collins

Brett Collins

Technology Coordinator

B.A.Tech. (West Virginia University at Parkersburg)

(304) 293-5744

Brett.Collins@mail.wvu.edu

Brett Collins serves as the Technology Coordinator for the WVU Reed College of Media. He manages the network system, access issues and all computer maintenance and updates. Collins also is responsible for all audio-visual equipment and server access.

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Emily Hughes Corio

Emily Hughes Corio

Teaching Associate Professor

M.S.J. (West Virginia University)

304-293-7007

Emily Hughes Corio joined the WVU Reed College of Media in August 2011 and teaches courses in audio and video storytelling and special topical reporting courses. In 2018 and 2019, she co-led a collaborative reporting project that brought together faculty and students from WVU and George Washington University. In 2019, the team focused on in-depth and explanatory reporting on the opioid epidemic's impact to children in West Virginia.

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David Crawford

David Crawford

Multimedia Specialist

B.S. (The Art Institute of Pittsburgh)

(304) 293-6246

David Crawford joined the Media Innovation Center (MIC) at the WVU Reed College of Media in April 2016.  He serves as the Multimedia Specialist, responsible for creating multimedia projects for the Center’s marketing and communications as well as supporting the MIC technology. He also identifies and implements emerging technology in support of programming and curriculum.

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Shannon Cunningham

Shannon Cunningham

Special Events Coordinator for the Media Innovation Center

M.S. (West Virginia University)

As the Special Events Coordinator for the Media Innovation Center, Shannon Cunningham oversees the scheduling, set up and management needs for events hosted at the center. She also maintains the day-to-day classroom and operational needs.

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Gina Martino Dahlia

Gina Martino Dahlia

Teaching Professor, Journalism Program Chair

M.S.J. (West Virginia University)

304-293-5739

Gina Martino Dahlia is a Teaching Professor, the Managing Director of the Media Innovation Center, General Manager of 100 Days in Appalachia and the Journalism Program chair at the WVU Reed College of Media.

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Jasper Fessmann

Jasper Fessmann

Visiting Assistant Professor

Ph.D. (University of Florida)

304-293-6568

Dr. Jasper Fessmann is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Strategic Communications in the WVU Reed College of Media at West Virginia University and member of the WVU Public Interest Communications (PIC) Research Lab. He received his Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the University of Florida in 2018. Prior, he earned a Master of Science degree in Public Relations from Boston University (1998), and a dual Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts & Philosophy from Georgia Southern University (1997). He also received professional certificates in University Pedagogy & Research Management from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany (2012).

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Julia Daisy Fraustino

Julia Daisy Fraustino

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. (University of Maryland)

304-293-7005

Julia Daisy Fraustino is an assistant professor of strategic communications at the WVU Reed College of Media. She is founding co-director of the Public Interest Communication (PIC) Research Lab in the WVU Media Innovation Center and is a Sam Walton Fellow as Faculty Advisor for Enactus West Virginia University.

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Whitney Godwin

Whitney Godwin

Recruiting Specialist

M.S. (West Virginia University)

304-293-5735

Whitney Godwin is responsible for recruiting high school and transfer students to the WVU Reed College of Media. Godwin is constantly looking for high schools that show great promise in journalism and new media.

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Demetrius A. Greer

Demetrius A. Greer

Academic Advisor

M.Div. (Duke University)

304-293-8538

Demetrius A. Greer serves as an academic advisor in the WVU Reed College of Media. Greer joined the advising team in August 2013 and works primarily with first time freshmen and students with fewer than 30 earned credit hours. Greer oversees the MOVE (Motivating Others Via Engagement) Peer Mentoring Program for the college. Mr. Greer has taught JRL 101 online since summer 2016.

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Jennifer Harker

Jennifer Harker

Assistant Professor, Strategic Communication

Ph.D. (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

304-293-8609

Jennifer L. Harker, Ph.D. teaches public relations-related skills and conceptual courses in the Reed College of Media, including strategic advertising/public relations writing and advertising/public relations research methods. Dr. Harker also serves as co-advisor of the Martin Hall Agency, a student-run advertising and public relations agency housed in the Reed College of Media’s state-of-the-art Media Innovation Center. Dr. Harker’s courses and agency oversight matches community clients with Reed College of Media students for hands-on student learning to provide a real-world experience.

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Cindy Hart

Cindy Hart

Program Director for Online Programs

M.S. (West Virginia University)

304-293-3286

Cindy Hart is the program director of online programs. She oversees program curriculum, course quality, support of online instructors, and management of course development activities.

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Aaron Hawley

Aaron Hawley

Program Coordinator for MDS

M.S. (West Virginia University)

304-293-3133

As the coordinator for the Multidisciplinary Studies major and the college’s minors, Hawley is responsible for all undergraduate online programs offered by the College of Media.  He recruits, advises and supports the college’s MDS majors and declared minors as well teaches the orientation and capstone classes in the MDS program. Most recently, he served as Program Developer and Undergraduate Online Programs Coordinator for the College of Media. Before joining the College, Hawley was an account executive at Bowers Broadcasting in Morgantown, W.Va. There, he managed and recruited advertising clients, conducted market research, implemented advertising campaigns and provided customer service.

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Jim Iovino

Jim Iovino

Ogden Newspapers Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Innovation

B.A. (The Pennsylvania State University)

304-293-3078

Jim Iovino joined West Virginia University in July 2019 as the Ogden Newspapers Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Innovation. He is leading the NewStart Newspaper Ownership Initiative -- a program that is focusing on recruiting, training and supporting the next generation of community newspaper owners and publishers across the country. 

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Alex Jarvis

Alex Jarvis

Online Student Success Advisor for Online Students

M.A. (West Virginia University)

304-293-8683

As the Online Student Success Advisor, I work with our students in both the Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program and the Data Marketing Communications (DMC) program. I assist the students during their time in our programs to ensure their success in and out of the classroom, as well as help them address any needs they may have during their time with us. I look forward to working with all our students and helping them through their journey here at West Virginia University.

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Allyson Kennedy

Allyson Kennedy

Communications Manager

M.S. (Duquesne University)

304-293-5726

Ally Kennedy is responsible for implementing and managing the integrated marketing communications plan for the WVU Reed College of Media. Kennedy’s primary function is to serve as the lead writer and storyteller, enhancing the awareness, recognition and academic reputation of the online programs.

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Sang (Sammy) Lee

Sang (Sammy) Lee

Associate Professor, Research and International Curriculum Director

Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University)

304-293-6053

Dr. Lee is an associate professor and serves as the research and international curriculum director at the WVU Reed College of Media. He also serves as the Co-faculty Research Director for the Public Interest Communication (PIC) Research Lab in the Reed College of Media.

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Erica Lindsay

Erica Lindsay

Director of Marketing and Communications

B.S.J., B.F.A. (West Virginia University)

304-293-7016

Erica Lindsay is the director of marketing and communications for the WVU Reed College of Media. She manages the execution of the College’s integrated marketing communications plan, the implementation of high-profile events and efforts to identify and produce stories that promote the College’s students, alumni and faculty.

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Ashton Marra

Ashton Marra

Teaching Assistant Professor

M.S. (West Virginia University)

304-293-3505

Ashton Marra joined the Reed College of Media in August of 2018. She teaches a variety of journalism courses, including written and visual media with an emphasis in social media video production.

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Diana Martinelli

Diana Knott Martinelli

Dean, Widmeyer Professor in Public Relations

Ph.D. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Dr. Diana Knott Martinelli was named dean of the College of Media in 2019, after serving as the College's associate dean for eight years and as acting dean of the College of Media from 2015-2016.

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Mary Kay McFarland

Mary Kay McFarland

Teaching Associate Professor, West Virginia Uncovered Project Coordinator

M.A. (University of Missouri-Columbia)

304-293-6779

Mary Kay McFarland joined the WVU Reed College of Media in the summer of 2009. She teaches visual and multimedia journalism. Before coming to WVU, McFarland worked at The Charleston Gazette as a staff photographer and multimedia editor.

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Catherine Mezera

Catherine Mezera

Teaching Associate Professor

M.S. (West Virginia University)

304-293-5727

Catherine Mezera joined the WVU Reed College of Media in the fall of 2013. She teaches in the advertising/public relations program. Mezera has been an instructor for the College of Media, teaching classes in advertising, copywriting, graphic design, creative strategy and direct marketing for the past several years. She is also the faculty advisor for the WVU Ad Club, a local collegiate chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF).

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Chad Mezera

Chad Mezera

Assistant Dean of Online Programs

M.S. (West Virginia University)

304-293-5903

Chad Mezera is the Assistant Dean of Online Programs, including the master’s degree program in integrated marketing communications (IMC); graduate certificate programs in IMC and digital marketing communications; and undergraduate minors in advertising, public relations, sports communication, health promotion, strategic social media, event planning and entertainment media.

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Ryan Minnnigh

Ryan Minnigh

Enrollment Specialist for Online Programs

304-293-6278

As an Enrollment Specialist, Ryan works with prospective students interested in the Reed College of Media’s Online Graduate Programs in Data Marketing Communications, Digital Marketing Communications and Integrated Marketing Communications. He assists students through the program's admissions process and helps them register for their first classes once admitted to their respective program.

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Eric Minor

Eric Minor

Director of Student Careers and Opportunities

B.S.J. (West Virginia University)

304-293-6117

Eric Minor (BSJ, 1995, MS IMC, 2014), an award-winning television anchor and multimedia journalist, joined the College in June 2013 as its first Director of Student Careers and Opportunities.

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Stefanie Moore

Stefanie Moore

Marketing Specialist for Online Graduate Programs

M.S. (West Virginia University), expected May 2020

304-293-3286

stefanie.moore@mail.wvu.edu

As the Marketing Specialist, I implement marketing campaigns for all online programs and execute strategic recruitment events and an annual national conference.

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Jeffrey Moser

Jeffrey Moser

Teaching Assistant Professor

MFA (University of Delaware)

304-293-6765

Jeffrey Moser teaches interactive media design in a split position with the WVU School of Art and Design.

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Elizabeth Oppe

Elizabeth Oppe

Teaching Associate Professor

Ph.D. (Ohio University)

304-293-6773

Elizabeth Oppe, Ph.D., is a West Virginia native and a WVU alumna. She joined the College of Media’s faculty in Fall 2011 as a teaching assistant professor in the public relations program.

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Tricia Petty

Tricia Petty

Assistant Dean for Student and Enrollment Services

M.A. (University of Georgia)

304-293-5874

Tricia Petty is the Assistant Dean for Student and Enrollment Services for the WVU Reed College of Media. In this role, she oversees freshman and transfer recruitment, undergraduate student advising, retention efforts, and student careers and opportunities initiatives.

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Andy Pickens

Andy Pickens

Multimedia Specialist

B.F.A. (West Virginia University)

304-293-9442

Andy Pickens is the Multimedia Specialist at WVU’s Reed College of Media. His responsibilities include working closely with instructors to build and maintain graduate and undergraduate online courses offered by the Online Programs unit.

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Kayla Poling

Kayla Poling

Academic Advisor

M.A. (West Virginia University)

304-293-5686

Kayla Poling serves as an Academic Advisor in the WVU Reed College of Media. Poling joined the advising team in August 2014 and works with undergraduate students in the college.

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Geah Pressgrove

Geah Pressgrove

Associate Professor, Advertising and Public Relations Program Chair

Ph.D. (University of South Carolina)

(304) 293-8868

Geah Pressgrove is an assistant professor at the Reed College of Media where she teaches introductory, skills and advanced courses in the advertising/public relations program. Pressgrove is also the faculty advisor for the award-winning WVU PRSSA chapter.

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Lois Raimondo

Lois Raimondo

Associate Professor, Shott Chair of Journalism

M.A. (University of Missouri-Columbia)

304-293-8708

Lois Raimondo, the WVU Reed College of Media’s Shott Chair of Journalism, is an international award-winning journalist. Before joining the College of Media faculty, Raimondo most recently worked as a staff photographer at The Washington Post. Prior to her 10 years at the Post, she worked as a freelance photographer and writer and spent four years as chief photographer for The Associated Press bureau in Hanoi, Vietnam. Raimondo’s work has appeared in such publications as National Geographic, The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Newsweek and Time.

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Emily Roush

Emily Roush

Undergraduate Advising Coordinator

M.A. (West Virginia University)

304-293-5873

Emily Roush serves as the Undergraduate Advising Coordinator at the WVU Reed College of Media. She works closely with the advising office and assists the advising team during high traffic advising season.

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Austin Rupp

Austin Rupp

Professional Technologist

B.F.A. Graphic Design (West Virginia University)

(304) 293-6809

Austin Rupp serves as the Professional Technologist at the WVU Reed College of Media. He manages the College’s web presence. One of Rupp’s primary functions is to implement and maintain the University brand and College strategic messaging in all digital collateral. He creates websites and HTML emails. In addition, Rupp maintains College blogs, SEO, analytics, and quality assurance.

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 Daniel Sadler

Daniel Sadler

Online Graduate Enrollment and Retention Manager

M.S. (West Virginia University)

304-293-8542

As the Online Graduate Enrollment and Retention Manager, I oversee the comprehensive process of students pursuing their goal of furthering their education from inquiring about the program until graduation. I am also continuously working on building and strengthening the alumni network for the IMC and DMC programs.

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Chuck Scatterday

Shott Teaching Assistant Professor

M.S.J. (West Virginia University)

Chuck Scatterday is a creative leader with more than 30 years in the television production industry. During his career in producing network television live, remote and studio events, he mastered making split decisions under pressure, providing hard feedback, working collaboratively and deploying creative alternatives quickly and efficiently, with an appreciation for resources and budget.

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Brenda Sisler

Brenda Sisler

Administrative Assistant

A.A. (Garret Community College)

304-293-2250

Brenda Sisler is an administrative associate in the WVU Reed College of Media. Her responsibilities include general office duties, as well as handling accounting paperwork. Sisler also assists the dean and faculty.

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David Smith

David Smith

Teaching Assistant Professor

M.A. (West Virginia University)

304-293-6774

Clifton.Smith@mail.wvu.edu

David Smith joined the WVU Reed College of Media in August 2013. He teaches in the visual journalism program. Before coming to WVU, Smith worked as a freelance photographer in Columbus, Ohio, and Morgantown, W.Va. He also worked at the Fayetteville Observer in Fayetteville, N.C., where he was twice the North Carolina Press Photographers Association Clip Photographer of the Year; and The Gadsden Times in Gadsden, Ala., where he was the 2001 Associated Press Managing Editors Association Photographer of the Year.

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Andrea Teeman

Andrea Teeman

Administrative Assistant

B.S. Accounting (Fairmont State)

304-293-3506

Andrea Teeman is an administrative assistant in the WVU Reed College of Media. Her responsibilities include managing the Dean’s schedule, event planning, travel arrangements and general office duties. She assists the Dean as well as other faculty at the College. She has a B.S. in Accounting from Fairmont State University.

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John Temple

John Temple

Professor

M.F.A. (University of Pittsburgh)

304-293-6116

Professor John Temple is a veteran investigative journalist whose books shed light on significant issues in American life.

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Steve Urbanski

Steve Urbanski

Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies

Ph.D. (Duquesne University)

304-293-6797

Dr. Steve Urbanski is an associate professor and director of graduate studies at WVU Reed College of Media. He has 28 years of experience in design, editing and reporting with newspapers such as the Post-Gazette in Pittsburgh; the Herald-Standard in Uniontown, Pa.; the former Sun-Tattler in Hollywood, Fla.; the Mountain-Statesman in Grafton, W.Va.; The Spirit in Punxsutawney, Pa., and the former Dallas Times Herald.

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Joshua Walters

Joshua Walters

Director of Development

B.S. (West Virginia University)

304-293-6775

Joshua Walters serves as the Director of Development for the WVU Reed College of Media. He oversees the fundraising and alumni relations efforts for the College, including major/planned gifts, the annual fund, corporate and foundation giving, and stewardship.

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