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Faculty Members

César García
Associate Professor of Communication & Department Chair
Advisor to Public Relations majors

Education: Ph.D., Information Sciences, Complutense, University of Madrid, 2005
Teaching:  Public Relations
Research Interests: Global public relations, image restoration strategies, sport public relations Professional
Experience: 12 years as a Public Relations Consultant for Edelman PR Worldwide and Pleon/Brodeur            
Academic Experience: 6 years as Adjunct Professor at Saint Louis University (Madrid campus)
Bouillon 232B :: (509) 963-1097

Phil Backlund
Professor, Communication Studies
Advisor to Communication Studies majors
Education: Ph.D., Speech Communication,  University of Denver, 1977.
Teaching: Communication Studies
Research Interests: Gender communication, intercultural communication, educational assessment, Chinese communication, instructional communication.
Bouillon 228  :: (509) 963-1852

Lois Breedlove 
Professor Emeritis, Journalism
Education: M.A. Journalism & Public Affairs,  American University 1984

Robert Fordan
Associate Professor, Broadcast Journalism 
Advisor to Broadcast journalism Majors, National Broadcast Society, Alpha Epsilon Rho
Education: M.A. Broadcast Communication Arts, San Francisco State University, 1978.
Teaching: Broadcast Journalism, Film & Video Studies
Research Interests: Media and politics, broadcast history, and pedagogical issues in communication. 
Bouillon 231 :: (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
Education: M.A., Communication, emphasis in Public Relations and Crisis Communication, University of Illinois at Springfield, 2008 IOM, Institute for Organization Management, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, West Institute at Loyola Marymount University, 2007
Teaching: Public Relations
Professional Experience: 8 years in the Chamber of Commerce Industry
Academic Experience: 3 years as adjunct teaching public relations, Springfield College, Illinois/Benedictine University at Springfield.
Research Interests: Social Media, Professional/faculty mentoring of public relations students, Generational differences in communication styles, Crisis communication, Non-Profit Leadership, Roman Catholic Church usage of New Media, Chamber of Commerce Industry.
Bouillon 229 :: (509) 963-1966

Corwin King
Professor Emeritis, Communication Studies
Education: Ph.D., Speech Communication, 
The Pennsylvania State University, 1973.

Cynthia Mitchell 
Associate Professor, Print Journalism
Advisor to Print Journalism majors, The Observer, and to Society of Professional Journalists
Education: M.B.A. Vanderbilt University,  Nashville, Tenn., 1985
Teaching: Convergent/Print Journalism
Research Interests: First Amendment education
Professional Experience: 14 years as a full-time newspaper reporter and editor at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Wall Street Journal
Bouillon 226 :: (509) 963-1063

Sacheen Mobley
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
Advisor to Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society
Education: Ph.D., Intercultural Communication and Interpersonal Communication, University of Missouri, 2010
Teaching: Communication Studies
Research Interests: Intercultural communication, Narrative Identity, Co-cultural Communication, Rhetoric, Gender embodiment, Social movements
Bouillon 230 :: 509-963-1922

Michael R. Ogden
Professor, Director of Film and Video Studies
Advisor to Film and Video Studies Majors

Education: Ph.D., Political Science,  University of Hawaii, Manoa, 1993.
Teaching: Film and Video Studies and Broadcast Journalism

Research Interests: Documentary making; communication law & policy; political economy of information & communication technology;  media's role in & impact on indigenous societies (esp. Pacific Islands).
Bouillon 224 :: (509) 963-1067

Maria Sanders
Assistant Professor, Film and Video Studies
Advisor to Film and Video Studies Majors
Education: MFA in film editing, American Film Institute, 2002.
Film and Broadcast Journalism
Research Interests: Editing, screen writing, independent film making, music and film, gender and film, documentary, Zen Buddhism
Bouillon 225 :: (509) 963-1089

Faculty Lecturers

Robert Backstrand
Education: EFA 1984 Art Center College of Design
Teaching: Visual Communications, Convergent Media
Professional Experience: 30 years Filmmaker Director, Editor, Website Deisgner
Research Interests:  Visual Semantics
Bouillon 207 :: (509) 963-1117
Yong Cao
Des Moines University Center
Education: ABD, Southern Illinois University
Teaching: intercultural communication, oral communication :: (509) 963-3836
Jennifer Green
Senior Lecturer
Education: BA, Comparative Literature / MA, Anthropology
Teaching: Journalism
Faculty adviser, Pulse Magazine (
Professional Experience: Correspondent for Spain and Portugal for Screen International magazine for 10 years; Special Correspondent in Spain for The Washington Post; Production Assistant in Spain for ABC News
Bouillon 221 :: (509) 963-1046
Helen Harrison
Education: PhD candidate, University of California Riverside, Literature
Teaching: Film and Video Studies, Advertising, Communication Studies
Professional Experience: 15 years as scriptwriter and producer in Southern California
Research Interests: Science and Religion in storytelling
Bouillon 207 :: (509) 963-1117

Greg Kummer
Teaching: Public Speaking
Bouillon 207 :: (509) 963-1117

Terri Reddout
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
Bouillon 220 :: (509) 963-1956

Toby Staab
Senior Lecturer
Advisor, the Observer
Education: BA Journalism, MED Education, CWU
Teaching: Journalism
Academic Experience: Advisor for Internships 2008-2009
Professional Experience: Coverage of the 1998 PGA Championship, Seattle Mariner’s, University of Washington/PAC 10 athletics for KIRO 710 Sports radio, Idaho Press Tribune copy editor and page desigh\ner, copy editor/manager, Executive media Corp technical writer.
Bouillon 223 :: (509) 963-1024

Nadene Vevea
Communication Studies
Education: Ph.D., Communication, North Dakota State University, 2011; Graduate Certificate in Statistics, North Dakota State University, 2010
Teaching: Communication Studies
Research Interests: Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, Co-Cultural Communication, Communication Pedagogy, Risk and Crisis Communication
Bouillon 219 :: (509) 963-1072

Jon Ward
Education: M.A. Film Studies, B.S. Physics
Teaching: Film and Video Studies
Professional Experience: 20 plus years as a professional filmmaker.  Experience has included feature film director/producer, WGA screenwriter, and commercial, corporate, and documentary productions.

Research Interests: Exploring the ever changing model of independent film distribution as it evolves from public theaters to on-demand delivery via the Internet.
Bouillon 216 :: (509) 963-2893

Steve Woodward
Education: M.A. Journalism, B.A. English
Teaching: Journalism
Professional Experience:
Public relations, Wright State University, 1975-1977.
- Reporter, The Kansas City Star, 1979-1982 I covered suburban Kansas City, City Hall, and science and medicine.
- Editor and general manager, American City Business Journals. (I edited the company's startup weekly papers in Kansas City, Portland and San Francisco), 1982-86, 1987-88.
- Executive business editor, Hartford Courant, 1986-87.
- Reporter, assistant city editor and business editor, The Oregonian, 1988-2008. I covered business, technology, health care, the Catholic priest sex abuse scandal, Portland subcultures and special projects.
- Co-founder and CEO, Nozzl Media Inc., 2009-2010. Nozzl was a development-stage company that built a real-time news-and-social-media aggregation engine for news organizations.
- Co-founder and CEO, Nozzl Real-Time Technologies Inc., 2010-present. Nozzl is a successor company to Nozzl Media that focuses on building curated, targeted news streams that keep business websites updated automatically.
- Adjunct instructor, journalism, Clark College, 2013. Taught introduction to reporting and writing, multimedia journalism, and social media exploration.
Research Interests: Future of journalism, convergent media, social media.
Bouillon 207 :: (509) 963-1117

Staff Members

Vickie Winegar
Department Secretary
Bouillon 232A :: (509) 963-1066

Kristin Gaskill
Observer Advertising and Business Manager
Communications Consultant

Bouillon 227 :: (509) 963-1026