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Communication

Faculty and Staff

 

Faculty Members | Lecturers | Staff Members | Emeritus

Faculty Members

    César Garcia
Associate Professor of Communication & Department Chair
Advisor to Public Relations Major

Ph.D. (1993, Universidad Complutens)
Currently the Chair of the Communication Department and 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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garciace@cwu.edu :: (509) 963-1097
   

                                                     

  Phil Backlund
Professor, Communication Studies
Advisor to Communication Studies majors                                                               
Ph.D. (1977, University of Denver) is a professor of Communication Studies and teaches courses in gender communication, communication theory, research methods, small group communication, rhetoric, public speaking, and intercultural communication.  He has over fifty publications primarily in the areas of communication education and educational assessment.  He and his wife have taught in Hong Kong, Macau, Pakistan, Tanzania, and South Sudan  He greatly enjoys being a father, grandfather, traveling with his wife, family activities, golf, skiing, and windsurfing.
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backphil@cwu.edu  :: (509) 963-1852
 
 
   Kevin M. Brett
Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Advertising
M.A. (2012, University of Oregon)
Kevin is initially teaching courses introducing the public relations profession, emphasizing writing for public relations and the fundamentals of advertising. Kevin’s three-decade career includes serving in executive positions for Edelman Public Relations, LSI Logic Corporation, the Semiconductor Industry Association and the California Office of the Governor. Kevin’s research interests include corporate public relations/investor relations, social media, international communications, national reputations/brands. Kevin is a social media evangelist and communications choreography blogger for Almost Daily Brett, http://almostdailybrett.wordpress.com
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brettk@cwu.edu ::
 
 

  Robert Fordan
Associate Professor, Broadcast Journalism 
Advisor to Broadcast journalism Majors, National Broadcast Society, Alpha Epsilon Rho
MA (1978, San Francisco State University); BA (1971, University of California at Riverside)
Coordinator of the Journalism/Broadcast specialization Program, and advisor to the CWU of chapter of the National Broadcasting Society and its honor society, Alpha Epsilon Rho. Professor Fordan teaches courses in broadcast journalism, mass communication, visual communication, and television history. His scholarly research interests are media and politics, broadcast news, and broadcast history.
 
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fordanr@cwu.edu :: (509) 963-1668

 

  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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kernse@cwu.edu :: (509) 963-1966

 

  Cynthia Mitchell 
Associate Professor, Print Journalism                                                           
Advisor to Print Journalism majors, The Observer, and to Society of Professional Journalists

M.B.A. (1985, Vanderbilt University)
Professor Mitchell directs the Writing & Reporting Specialization in the new Digital Journalism program. She also advises The Observer, the only Pacemaker Award finalist – of any size – in the Northwest in 2011 and 2012. Her research and service passions are in First Amendment education. She’s also on the board of the Washington Coalition for Open Government. Before turning her career toward the classroom, she was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal and a reporter and editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where her work won numerous awards from local, state, chain and national organizations.
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mitchelc@cwu.edu :: (509) 963-1063

 

  Sacheen Mobley-Welsh
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. 

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mobleys@cwu.edu :: 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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ogden@cwu.edu :: (509) 963-1067

 

   Maria Sanders
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.
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sanderma@cwu.edu :: (509) 963-1089

 

  Nadene Vevea
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 r
isk 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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vevean@cwu.edu :: (509) 963-1072


Faculty Lecturers

  Yong Cao
Lecturer Des Moines University Center
Ph.D. (2010, Southern Illinois University)
Dr. Cao joined the communication department in 2008. He has taught a variety of courses including business and professional speaking, intercultural communication, visual communication, introduction to convergent media and advertising planning. His teaching and research interests include oral communication, intercultural communication, new media, advertising, global communication, and digital media production. He has won best paper awards at 2007 Conference of the International Communication Association and 2005 Annual Convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
caoy@cwu.edu :: (509) 963-3836
 
 
  Jennifer Green
Senior Lecturer
M.A.  Ms. Green lived and worked in Madrid, Spain as a journalist for 11 years. Her work spanned magazines (Screen International), newspapers (The Washington Post), television (ABC News, ESPN), film (independent production companies) and radio (BBC Radio). As the correspondent for Screen, Ms. Green covered Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American film, traveled to festivals including Cannes and Berlin, sat on film festival juries across Spain, and wrote and edited books on the European film industry. She teaches writing, freelancing and film classes at Central and advises Pulse Magazine (www.cwu.edu/~pulse)
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jgreen@cwu.edu :: (509) 963-1046
 
 
  Helen Harrison
Lecturer
MA (1985)
Harrison is a senior lecturer and teaches courses in theatrical, commercial, documentary and transmedia scriptwriting, media aesthetics and visual storytelling. Her professional experience encompasses fifteen years as a scriptwriter and producer in Southern California. Her fifteen-year academic background includes interdisciplinary study and research in literature, oral communication and semiotics; the history of science; and philosophy and religion.  Her research interest is cognition and storytelling.
harrishe@cwu.edu
 
 

  Greg Kummer
Lecturer
Central Washington State College became Central Washington University in 1977.  Since then nearly everything on campus has changed.  Technology is the most obvious.  No more typewriters that we used in Edison Hall, a building just south of Hebeler Hall that was torn down a long time ago.  Most of CWU's buildings are renovated or new.  A train used to go through campus from east to west.  Today, the SURC would be in it's way.  In 1977, I had another job on campus.  About 10 years later I became a part-time instructor for the communication department, and have enjoyed teaching a variety of classes.  The last several years I have settled in on COM 345, Business and Professional Speaking.  CWU continues to change, including My CWU and Canvas.  Students have changed, but they continue to keep things interesting. 
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kummerg@cwu.edu :: (509) 963-1117

 

  Terri Reddout
Lecturer
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

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reddoutt@cwu.edu :: (509) 963-1117

 

  Toby Staab
Senior Lecturer
Advisor, the Observer
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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staabt@cwu.edu :: (509) 963-1024

 

  Jon Ward
Lecturer
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.
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jonward@cwu.edu :: (509) 963-2893

 

  Steve Woodward
Lecturer
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.
 
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woodwards@cwu.edu :: (509) 963-1117

Staff Members


  Vickie Winegar
Department Secretary
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winegarv@cwu.edu :: (509) 963-1066

  Kristin Gaskill
Observer Advertising and Business Manager
Communications Consultant

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gaskillk@cwu.edu :: (509) 963-1026

 

Emeritus

  Corwin King
Professor Emeritus, Communication Studies
Education: Ph.D., Speech Communication, The Pennsylvania State University, 1973.
kingc@cwu.edu
     
  Lois Breedlove
Professor Emeritus, Journalism
Education: M.A. Journalism & Public Affairs, American University 1984
breedlov@cwu.edu