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The Reed College of Media and College of Creative Arts will merge to form the new WVU College of Creative Arts and Media as of July 1, 2024. Get details.

ADJUNCT Instructors


Alyssa Aguiar

Senior Program Manager for Amazon Ad Products and Shopping Experiences

B.S. in Business Administration & Marketing (California State University)

Alyssa Aguiar has spent years working in roles across brand marketing, product and ad sales to bring to life inspiring new ad products and campaigns to billions of social media users around the world. She has worked at companies such as Pinterest, Microsoft/LinkedIn, Amazon, and TikTok. Her areas of expertise from her industry experience include social media marketing and measurement, as well as advertising and e-commerce products and user experiences.

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Dustin Barnes

Dustin Barnes

Communications Coordinator, North Little Rock School District

M.A. Journalism and Mass Communication (Kent State University)

Dustin Barnes, APR, serves as the Communications Coordinator for the North Little Rock School District. As the principal spokesperson for the district, Barnes serves on the executive leadership team and oversees strategic communication efforts on behalf of the district and its nearly 9,000 students and 1,500 employees. Barnes views himself as the district’s storyteller as he positively promotes how students are challenged in the classroom and in extracurricular activities to become global leaders and thinkers.  Having a passion for education and young people, Barnes finds himself perfectly positioned to motivate today’s youth by crafting a narrative that encourages students to achieve their career aspirations.

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Nicole Beason

Executive Director, WVU Health Sciences Center Office of Research and Graduate Education

M.S. Integrated Marketing Communications (West Virginia University)

Nicole Beason currently holds the position of executive director for the WVU Health Sciences Office of Research and Graduate Education. In this role, she provides vision, leadership and support for student enrollment efforts. She creates and implements strategic recruitment and enrollment plans utilizing data and best practices as well as leads university-wide initiatives to achieve diversity, equity and inclusion recruitment and retention goals. Preceding this leadership role, she served as the Associate Director for Research Infrastructure. In this role, she designed, implemented, and optimized multi-channel programs to build brand awareness, engagement, and advocacy for the research and graduate education mission at the WVU Health Sciences Center.

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Rick Bebout

Rick Bebout

Technology Manager

M.S. (West Virginia University)


Rick Bebout is a technology specialist; his primary responsibilities are to build and maintain all of the program’s graduate courses and support our online students and instructors. 

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Lynn Burkholder

Lynn Burkholder

Independent Marketing and Business Development Consultant

B.A. International Politics (George Washington University) and MBA (Shippensburg University)

Lynn Burkholder has more than 30 years of marketing, communications, and business development experience. She has served in management and leadership positions with a variety of service industries including hospitality, tourism, gaming, and entertainment. 

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Yolanda Cal

Yolanda Cal

Associate Professor of Communication, College of Communication and Design, Lynn University

Ph.D. in Advertising (University of Texas at Austin)

Dr. Cal brings 20 years of advertising education and integrated marketing strategy experience to WVU.

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Jasmine Carver

Jasmine Carver

Demand Generation Leader for GE Aerospace

Master of Business Administration (Valdosta State University)

Jasmine Carver is a demand generation leader for GE Aerospace and works part-time as a digital marketing tutor with CareerFoundry.

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Nadia Chochol

Marketing and Brand Strategist

M.S. in Marketing (Florida International University)

Nadia Chochol is a marketing and brand strategist with 20 years of experience in the luxury fashion, education, and professional development industries. Chochol has spearheaded branding and social media initiatives to increase brand awareness and drive revenue for Fortune 500 companies and non-profits. 

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Alan Christopher

Owner, DAC Marketing

Ph.D. Business (Northcentral University) 

Alan Christopher has not yet decided what he wants to be when (and if) he grows up. He and his family live in Austin, Texas, the live music capitol of the world. His company, DAC Marketing, is primarily engaged as a manufacturer’s representative in the promotional products industry in the Southwest.

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Shani Compton

Shani Compton

Sports Marketing Consultant

Ed.D. Education (Argosy University)

Shani Compton is currently an adapted physical education specialist. She works with special needs students in eight (8) schools districtwide; assisting students with Autism, visual impairment, Downs Syndrome, and the wheelchair-bound, traveling to 3-4 sites daily.  She supports students who won three (3) Medals in two Special Olympics of Northern California events: Track & Basketball and assisted in all event coordination, marketing, media coverage and public relations for the Special Olympics events. 

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Anissa Cooke-Batista

Marketing Communications and Events Manager

Master of Business Administration (Temple University)

With over 20 years of experience, Anissa Cooke-Batista has a well-developed sense of what it takes to achieve organizational goals. She has held Marcom positions of increasing responsibility at leading non-profit, financial services and technology companies. 

Cooke-Batista's global event management expertise spans the full range of corporate event strategy, promotions, and operational execution which includes programs, branding, key messaging, global alignment and financial management. She is recognized for her integrated marketing and communications expertise and has consistently shown an exceptional ability to analyze and solve marketing challenges on both strategic and tactical levels. The international scope of her experience adds yet another strength to her skill set.

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Stacey Creely

Stacey Creely

Director of Public Relations and Assistant Director of Admissions at the Linsly School

M.S. Integrated Marketing Communications (West Virginia University)

Stacey Creely is an adjunct faculty member in the Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program at the West Virginia University Reed College of Media. After spending five years gaining experience on the agency side, Creely was in the first IMC graduating class in 2005. She also received a Bachelor of Arts from Bethany College in communications with a specialization in public relations.

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Craig Davis

Craig Davis

Associate Professor of Advertising, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University

M.S. Corporate Communication (Duquesne University)

With over 20 years of experience, Craig Davis has held integrated and interactive roles for agencies like Denstu Corporation of America, Poppe Tyson, USWeb/CKS, Arnold Worldwide and Saatchi & Saatchi NYC.

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Natalie Eddy

Natalie Eddy

Adjunct Instructor

M.S. Journalism (West Virginia University)

Natalie Eddy has been an adjunct faculty member for the WVU Reed College of Media since 2004. She is the lead instructor for the public relations minor and teaches Introduction to Public Relations, Writing for Public Relations, Applied Public Relations and IMC for Public Relations. 

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Kisstaman Epps (Kiss)

Kisstaman Epps (Kiss)

Adjunct Instructor

M.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Corporate and Organizational Communication (West Virginia University)

Kisstaman Epps grew up in Pittsburgh and relocated to Charleston, WV in 1995. She loves the country roads of West Virginia. Epps earned an M.A. in Communications with an emphasis in Corporate and Organizational Communication from West Virginia University.

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Vince Filak

Vince Filak

Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Ph.D. Journalism (University of Missouri)

Vincent Filak, Ph.D. is an award-winning teacher, scholar and college media adviser, who currently serves as a full professor and newspaper adviser at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He has published five textbooks in the field of journalism, including “Dynamics of Media Writing” (Sage, 2015), “Convergent Journalism” (2nd Edition; Focal, 2015) and “Dynamics of News Reporting and Writing (Sage, 2018). His sixth book, “Dynamics of Media Editing” is due out in 2019-20.

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Susan Gaide

Susan Gaide

Marketing/Public Relations/Branding Consultant

MBA (Adelphi University)

Susan Gaide is a marketing/public relations/branding consultant for the music, entertainment and sonic branding industries. During 41-year career, she has held leadership positions in music publishing, public relations, marketing and branding firms, has provided strategic direction and support for Sony Electronics, Fairlight USA, JBL Professional, AKG Acoustics, Fostex, Soundcraft and SRS Labs and has served as the architect of the Entertainment Media Promotion minor at West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media, where she continues to instruct the courses she designed. She currently serves as president and chief brand strategist for ChromeOrange Music and ChromeOrange Media.

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LaShanta Green

LaShanta Green

Director of Marketing and Community Relations at Dow Credit Union

MBA with concentrations in Leadership and Economic Development from the University of Houston-Victoria

LaShanta Green is the director of marketing and community relations at Dow Credit Union. Her recognized successes include ideating and implementing measurable and meaningful change. 

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Demetrius A. Greer

Demetrius A. Greer

Academic Advisor

M.Div. (Duke University)


Demetrius A. Greer serves as an academic advisor in the WVU Reed College of Media. Greer joined the advising team in August 2013. Greer has a strong affinity and penchant for working with first-generation students. He is often called upon to work with students who need academic transformation. Greer oversees the MOVE (Motivating Others Via Engagement) Peer Mentoring Program for the college. Mr. Greer has taught MDIA 101 online since summer 2016.

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Aaron Hawley

Aaron Hawley

Program Coordinator for MDMS

M.S. (West Virginia University)


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 MMS majors and declared minors as well teaches the orientation and capstone classes in the MMS 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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Todd Hudak

Todd Hudak

Communications Account Representative, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina

M.S. Integrated Marketing Communications (West Virginia University)

Todd Hudak is a communications account representative at BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and manages a wide variety of marketing communications projects.

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Ranata Hughes

Internship Director and Educator at Florida A&M University

M.S. Integrated Marketing Communications (Florida State University)

Ranata M. Hughes, a Florida native, works as an internship director and educator at Florida A&M University School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. Prior to joining SJGC as a full-time faculty in 2017, Hughes worked as a public relations practitioner for over 10 years, specializing in the areas of marketing and travel tourism PR, event planning, media relations, strategic communications and nonprofit work. 

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April Kaul

April Kaull (Stolzenbach)

Director of News for WVU University Relations

M.S. Integrated Marketing Communications (West Virginia University)


April Kaull is the Director of News for University Relations, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the unit, which is charged with telling West Virginia University’s story.

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Kathy Previs

Kathy Keltner-Previs

Assistant Professor of Communication, Eastern Kentucky University

Ph.D. Communication (The Ohio University)

Dr. Kathy Previs earned a Ph.D. in Communication from The Ohio University’s E.W. Scripts College of Communication in 2007. She has an M.S. in Mass Communication from Middle Tennessee State University (2000), and holds a B.A. (1988) from Virginia Tech in Communication Studies, with an emphasis in Public Relations. She also earned a certificate from the Contemporary History Institute at The Ohio University (2004).

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Jeri Knowlton

Owner of WV Content Marketing Queen

Master of Business Administration (Ohio University)

Jeri Knowlton is the WV Content Marketing Queen (LLC) that specializes in helping businesses grow through strategic marketing initiatives, authentic content, and data-supported tactics that solve problems for the client.

Knowlton started her content marketing company in July 2022 so she could assist with the oftentimes daunting task of telling their story. The integrated strategy complements the story to build affinity and connection and bring the business growth to reach, engagement, following, click-throughs, and bottom lines. 

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Erica Lindsay

Erica Lindsay

Director of Marketing and Communications

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


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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Scott Lituchy

Scott Lituchy

Visual Storytelling Director at West Virginia University

B.S. in Economics (University of Michigan)

In 1988, back when photographers souped Tri-X by hand, Scott Lituchy began his photojournalism career at The Jersey Journal

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Joe Londergan

Joe Londergan

Marketing and Communications Professional

M.S. Sport Administration & Leadership (Seattle University)

Londergan has spent more than a decade in the sports and entertainment industry in several different marketing and communications roles, including work with the University of Louisville, Portland Trail Blazers, SB Nation, Seattle University, USA Rugby, and minor league baseball. He also spent more than five years writing and producing educational content for Front Office Sports.

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Renee Kratzer

Renee Martin-Kratzer

Adjunct Instructor

Ph.D. Journalism and Mass Communication (University of Missouri)

Renee Martin-Kratzer earned her doctorate and master’s degrees from the University of Missouri. She worked five years as an assistant professor at the University of Florida and now teaches online for different universities.

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Stephanie Miclot

Stephanie Miclot

Principal Consultant, WORD IT! Strategic Marketing in Communications Freelance Writer and Editor

Ph.D. Management (Colorado Technical University)

Dr. Stephanie Miclot has more than 20 years of professional and academic experience working in integrated marketing communications, specifically, social media, online, print, broadcast, corporate and literary journalism, public relations, investor relations, advertising, and circulation, product, customer and pharmaceutical marketing.

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Matthew Miller

Matthew Miller

Director of Performing Arts Admission at Baldwin Wallace University

M.S. Integrated Marketing Communications (West Virginia University)

Matthew Miller is a graduate of WVU’s Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications (Class of 2009). He has 24 years of sales/marketing experience including more than 21 years in higher education as a recruiter, enrollment manager, and instructor. He is currently the Director of Performing Arts Admission at Baldwin Wallace University. At BW, Miller is responsible for the recruitment of students into music and performing arts related programs offered by the Conservatory of Music, which features the #1 ranked B.M. in Music Theatre program in the country. Prior to joining Baldwin Wallace, Miller was the Dean of Enrollment at The North Coast College (formerly Virginia Marti College of Art & Design) in Lakewood, Ohio, as well as their sister school, the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont. He oversaw all recruitment, retention, and marketing efforts for both colleges and sat on their Executive Boards.

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Bill Nevin

Bill Nevin

Associate Vice President of Communications for the WVU Foundation

M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications (West Virginia University)

Bill Nevin is associate vice president of communications for the West Virginia University Foundation, the private fundraising arm of West Virginia University.

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Carol Pasquariello

Carol Pasquariello

Vice President of Marketing at Thompson Restaurant Group

Bachelor of Science in Journalism (West Virginia University)
Social Media Certification (George Mason University)

With over 35 years of marketing experience, Carol Pasquariello knows what it takes and how to build a brand.

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Bobbie Rathjens

Bobbie Rathjens

Seasoned Marketing & Communication Professional

M.S. in Marketing Research (Michigan State University)

Bobbie Rathjens has 15 years of industry experience in marketing and communications. Rathjens most recently worked as the director of marketing at Boyne Highlands Resort (a nationally recognized golf and ski resort).

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Danielle Rohe

Danielle Rohe

Digital Marketing Professional

M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications (West Virginia University)

Danielle Rohe is a digital marketing professional with 15 years of experience. She has worked across nearly all aspects of digital marketing after starting out as a “new media” assistant for a radio group. 

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Jimmy Sanderson

Jimmy Sanderson

Visiting Assistant Professor at Arizona State University

Ph.D. Communication Studies (Arizona State University)

In addition to his teaching role in the WVU Reed College of Media’s online programs, Jimmy Sanderson is President of Sanderson Media Group, a consulting firm that works with organizations and executives in developing social media strategy. Sanderson spent 5 years as a professor in communication studies, maintaining an active research agenda on the influence of social media on sport.

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Richard Stalnaker

Richard Stalnaker

Motion Graphics Artist, West Virginia University

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

Inspired by his Grandfather, he started drawing at the age of 4. Stalnaker's professional career began during his senior year at West Virginia University with WVPBS for 15 years. Currently a Motion Graphics Artist at WVU, he is among a team that produces the University’s national advertisements, holiday cards, and originally did the first animation for the Coliseum and Stadium.  Also, for WVU he illustrated the book Musket's Big Adventure and animated Pete the PRT. He currently teaches Editing, Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator and 3D Animation at the George Romero's Filmmaking Program at the Douglas Educational Center in Monessen, PA.

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Matthew Staudt

Vice President of Podcast Programming at iHeartRadio

M.A. Communications - Marketing/Social Media (Southern New Hampshire University)

Matty Staudt has been in broadcasting since he cracked a mic at the age of 16 in his hometown of Keyser, West Virginia. During his radio career, he has been an on-air host, morning show lead and Executive Producer at such legendary stations as WJFK in Washington DC, WNEW in New York City, Alice Radio (KLLC) and Live 105 (KITS) in San Francisco.

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Daryl Stevens

Daryl Stevens

Lecturer in Graphic Communications at Clemson University

MFA Visual Arts from Marywood University

Daryl Stevens has spent the past 30 years in the design and advertising industry working, with clients spanning from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Corporations, agencies, and publishers nationwide have relied on Stevens to provide creative solutions and strategic consulting. His websites have won international awards and his illustration work has graced the pages of national consumer and business magazines.

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Katlin Swisher

Katlin Swisher

Senior Strategist, Campus Sonar

Ph.D. Higher Education (West Virginia University)

Katlin Swisher is a senior strategist at Campus Sonar, a higher education agency that uses social listening research to help campus pros achieve their goals. In this role, she is dedicated to using data and storytelling to help campuses build trust with their audiences, support strategic planning and branding efforts, and inform organizational change. She is also an instructor of media at WVU.

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Barbara Tonelli

Barbara-Leigh Tonelli

Special Features Editor, Huntington Beach Local News

Ph.D. Business (Capella University)

Dr. Tonelli’s main focus during course facilitation is her students’ success. She contributes excellence and innovation in the classroom and shares significant experience gained over her career in the fields of journalism, public relations, marketing, advertising, research, mass media, sociology, international travel, economics, and commercial real estate.

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Cara Verwholt

Cara Verwholt

Founder & Principal, Cara Verwholt Consulting

M.S. in Integrated Marketing (New York University)

Cara Verwholt is Founder & Principal at Cara Verwholt Consulting, which provides strategic guidance to marketing leaders during transformational events such as go-to-market launches, rebrands, and distribution strategy pivots. 

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Patrick Warner

Patrick Warner

Marketing Professional with more than 15 years experience

M.S. Integrated Marketing Communications, Eastern Michigan University

Patrick Warner has worked in marketing since 2003, and has spent over seven years at The Nielsen Company, a global leader in market research.

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Rob Weber

Rob Weber

Patient Marketing Manager- Heartland Dental

M.S. Integrated Marketing Communications (West Virginia University)

Rob Weber has worked in healthcare marketing for more than 7 years and over 12 years in marketing communications. He has also taught in higher education as an adjunct instructor for over 6 years in the field of digital marketing, integrated marketing as well as marketing strategy. Weber currently teaches at Southern New Hampshire University and Black Hills State University as an adjunct professor.

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Michael Wigton

Michael Wigton

Teaching Professor at Iowa State University

M.A. in Strategic Communication (Concordia University)

Michael Wigton resides in Des Moines, IA, with his wife and three teenagers. He is a Teaching Professor at Iowa State University, where he received his undergraduate degree. He earned a Master’s degree in Strategic Communication at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN. His thesis topic was Student Learning Through Social Media.

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