Interim Department Chair
Ph.D. .Marji Morgan grew up in the San Fernando Valley and in New Orleans, attended Rice University as an undergraduate student, and received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Tulane University. She is a specialist in 19th-century British social and cultural history, and has published two books: Manners, Morals and Class in England, 1774-1858 (1994) and National Identities and Travel in Victorian Britain (2001). After completing her Ph.D. in 1988, she became an Assistant Professor of History at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). She became Chair of SIUC's History Department in 2000, and held that position until July 2005 when she came to Central Washington University to be Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. She left that position on June 30, 2014 and will resume teaching history courses Spring 2015 which will include a new course on Food and Wine in History. When not teaching or "deaning," Morgan enjoys traveling, cycling, cooking and entertaining, attending arts events, and sampling wines from all over the world.
MMorgan@cwu.edu :: (509) 963-1656
Associate Professor of Communication
Advisor to Public Relations Major
Ph.D. (1993, Universidad Complutens)
Currently an Associate Professor at CWU, Dr. García specializes in teaching and research on public relations and communication. Dr. García also has more than a decade of experience in the professional world of public relations for international firms such as Edelman and Pleon where he implemented communications programs for global companies. Dr. García has published in academic publications such as Public Relations Review, Public Relations Journal, Journal of Communication Management and International Journal of Strategic Communication.
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Elizabeth “Liz” Kerns
Assistant Professor, Public Relations
Advisor to Public Relations Majors, Non-Profit Administration Minors, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), PR/AD Agency
MA, IOM (2008, University of Illinois at Springfield)
Professor Kerns joined the faculty at CWU in the Fall 2010 to teach Public Relations and NonProfit Organization Management courses. Professor Kerns is also the faculty advisor to the CWU Public Relations Student Society of America and CWU PRSSA Bateman team faculty advisor. In 2011, Professor Kerns established Central Communication Agency, a full-service, student-run communication firm of which houses nearly 50 team members with service to 10 clients quarterly. She currently serves on the PRSA National Educator’s Academy Board and is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE). Professor Kerns research interests include service learning model in education and public relations/nonprofit management pedagogy, nonprofit organizational use of social media during crisis communication, and mentorship styles in public relations education. Prior to CWU, Liz was the Director of Local Chamber Relations and Events for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and was President of the Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (IACCE). She earned a Master’s in Communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield and holds a professional certificate from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Organization Management (IOM) program. Finally, Professor Kerns serves throughout the community including being an active member in her children's elementary school PTA.
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Associate Professor, Journalism
Advisor to Digital Journalism majors, The Observer, and to the Society of Professional Journalists student chapter.
M.B.A. (1985, Vanderbilt University)
Professor Mitchell is the program coordinator for the Digital Journalism major and teaches upper-level writing, reporting and editing classes. She also advises The Observer, the only national Pacemaker Award finalist – of any size – in the Northwest in 2011 and 2012. In 2013 and 2014, The Observer was a finalist for Best Non-Daily Student Newspaper in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region 10, which spans Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, and in 2015, it brought home the top award. Her research and service passions are in First Amendment education. She also serves on the board of the Washington Coalition for Open Government and on the national advisory board of the Associated Collegiate Press. Before turning her career toward the classroom, she was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal for four years, and a reporter and editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for a decade, where her investigative and beat reporting won numerous awards from local, state, chain and national organizations.
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Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
Advisor to Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society
Ph.D. (2010, University of Missouri)
Currently an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Dr. Mobley-Welsh teaches courses in persuasion, organizational communication, research methods and interpersonal communication to name a few. Dr. Mobley-Welsh is a teacher/scholar with interests in the areas of intercultural identities, narrative theory, and the social construction of reality. Exploring the boundaries of communication and cultures is something this Midwestern transplant finds great passion in and brings that to her classroom and her research.
email@example.com :: 509-963-1922
Michael R. Ogden
Professor, Director of Film and Video Studies
Advisor to Film and Video Studies Majors
Ph.D. (1993, University of Hawaii at Manoa)
Currently the Director of the Interdisciplinary Film & Video Studies Program, Dr. Ogden teaches courses in film/video production, production management, directing, digital cinematography and documentary history & production. Dr. Ogden is a filmmaker/teacher/scholar with a keen interest in the evolution of cinema technology and indigenous storytelling. Very much a product of his ancestry and experience, that of being a mixed-blood American Indian, an academic, a documentary filmmaker and "visual storyteller," Dr. Ogden lives and works between cultures one English-speaking, the other Fijian.
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Assistant Professor, Film and Video Studies
Advisor to Film and Video Studies Majors
MFA (2002, American Film Institute)
Professor Sanders teaches primarily editing, screenwriting, and introductory film studies, and helps graduating seniors develop their personal portfolios. Ms. Sanders explores how writing and editing are used to shape narrative, emotional, and visual structure in cinema. In 2013 she wrote and directed "Temperance," a short film which explores a chance encounter between two women of different ages. "Temperance" is now entering the festival circuit. Prof. Sanders is firmly committed to bringing more women into CWU's film program and encouraging them to take leadership roles in film production. She would like to see more women directors, cinematographers, and writers, and more female lead characters onscreen.
email@example.com :: (509) 963-1089
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
Ph.D. (2011, North Dakota State University)
An assistant professor in the Communication Studies program, Dr. Vevea teaches courses intercultural communication, conflict and communication, communication theory, introduction to human communication, and many others. She is a teacher/scholar with a particular interest in intercultural and interpersonal relationships as well as risk and crisis communication. During her doctoral program, Dr. Vevea worked with the Department of Homeland Security and the USDA on creating culture specific risk and crisis messages in regards to food safety issues. A native Minnesotan, Dr. Vevea is particularly fond of the Pacific Northwest climate and landscape; when she is not teaching, you can find her with Rosie, her adorable Boston Terrier, roaming the great outdoors.
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M.A. Communication and Leadership Studies (Gonzaga University)
Ms DuPlessis is a new member of the communication department. She joins the faculty ranks with over 11 years of professional experience in the communication and public relations field. Her relevant experience includes managing public relations and communications for a reputable medical university, directing the public affairs office for a large community college in Oregon and coordinating marketing and communications departments in the retail sporting and recreation industry. As a fellow CWU alum, Ms DuPlessis is passionate about teaching the next generation of communication professionals.
duplessisE1@cwu.edu :: (509) 963-1117
Education: Master of Science in Communication - Utah State University
Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media - Central Washington University
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science - Central Washington University
Teaching: Public Relations, Advertising, Broadcasting
Academic Experience: Advisor for Internships 2008-2009
email@example.com :: (509) 963-1056
MEd (2006, Central Washington University) BA Print Journalism (1999, CWU)Currently is a Senior Lecturer, professor Staab teaches courses in Broadcast, Publication Design, Law & Ethics, Print Journalism and Public Relations. Mr. Staab has worked for daily newspapers, magazines and in radio. In 2008, he began writing and designing a book about the challenges of commercial salmon fishing in Alaska, and in 2011, Mr. Staab published the department's first e-text titled "Law, Ethics & The First Amendment." Toby was nominated in 2012 & 2013 for Non-Tenure Track Faculty of the Year and in May of 2013, received an award for "Professor of Excellence" by the National Residence Hall Honorary. Professor Staab loves fishing, hunting and enjoying the scenic beauty of the Kittitas Valley. Overall, Mr. Staab truly enjoys teaching and mentoring students.
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B.A. Physics, M.A. Film Studies
A native of Seattle, Jon graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Physics then spent five years with the United States Department of State. He subsequently resigned to pursue his long-term interest in film. After he sold a script to a Hollywood production company he spent more than a decade in Los Angeles writing screenplays and television pilots for studios such as Warner Bros., Fox, Village Roadshow, and Paramount. Additionally, he has directed and produced numerous films including shorts, features, and documentaries. Jon returned to the Pacific Northwest a few years ago and currently resides in Ellensburg where he continues to work on film projects and teach in the CWU film and video studies program.
email@example.com :: (509) 963-2893
MA (1979, University of Missouri School of Journalism)
Before joining CWU as a lecturer in 2013, Woodward spent more than 30 years as an editor, reporter and general manager for major metropolitan daily newspapers and the American City Business Journals chain, focusing on topics as diverse as business, health care, technology, science, priest sex-abuse scandals and societal subcultures. In 2008, he left the newspaper industry to explore emerging forms of information delivery and journalism education as an entrepreneur, business adviser and teacher. At Central, he teaches Media & Culture, Communication Ethics and the First Amendment, and Introduction to Writing and Reporting for Convergent Media.
Bouillon 207 firstname.lastname@example.org :: (509) 963-1117
Observer Advertising and Business Manager
Please direct calls to Hayley Harrell, department secretary: 509-963-1066
Professor Emeritus, Communication Studies
Education: Ph.D., Speech Communication, The Pennsylvania State University, 1973.
Professor Emeritus, Journalism
Education: M.A. Journalism & Public Affairs, American University 1984
Professor Emeritus, Broadcast Journalism
Education: MA (1978, San Francisco State University); BA (1971, University of California at Riverside)
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