Communication, Journalism and Media Department
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Dr. Melissa Gibson is a professor in the Communication Studies Department. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in communication and business management from Ohio University and her bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University.
In 20 years of teaching at the college level, Dr. Gibson has taught more than 30 different courses ranging from freshman-level to doctoral level courses. Prior to her current position, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Western Michigan University, Gannon University and Mercyhurst University. She has also worked as a consultant to profit and non-profit organizations across the country.
In addition to a published textbook, her research has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Journal of Management Consulting, Business Communication Quarterly, Southern Communication Quarterly, Journal of Women in Educational Leadership and Journal of School Public Relations. Her work has appeared as chapters in multiple books including Case Studies for Organizational Communication: Understanding Communication Processes and Handbook of Mediated Public Relations. She has served as a reviewer for several scholarly journals including Communication Education, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Management Communication Quarterly and International Journal of Listening.
Dr. Gibson has presented more than 40 conference presentations and secured grants totaling $250,000. She served for many years as the First Year Experience Director for EU’s entering freshmen, as well as the Community Outreach Director. She has received teaching awards at the department, university and regional levels. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and gardening.
Dr. Kathleen Golden is a professor and chair of the Communication Studies Department. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Youngstown State University and a Ph.D. from Kent State University.
She has most recently published a chapter entitled "Decision-Making in Organizations: A Case Study of the Use of GDSS in University Planning,” with Patricia P. Pineo (professor emeritus from Math and Computer Science). She has conducted training in job searching skills with the homeless in Erie as well as various immigrant populations as part of a Career Pathways Grant.
Dr. Golden has developed the Performance Studies emphasis for the Communication Studies Department and her students present shows each semester as part of those courses. She is active in the organizational communication, communication technology, and small group communication areas of the field. Dr. Golden has most recently secured a site license for an innovative product called YouSeeU, for recording online presentations in both face-to-face and distance education courses. She trained faculty across campus and the Cloud-based product is being implemented in various disciplines. She is an expert in Group Decision Support Systems and utilizes a program, Expert Choice, which is housed in the department Computer Mediated Communication lab. She is active in APSCUF, serving as a member of the Executive Council and Social Committees. She is past-president of the University Senate and has served on the University-wide Curriculum Committee and Promotion Committee.
Professor Chris Lantinen has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor at the Titusville (PA) Herald and owns and operates Modern Vinyl, a music blog that has been cited in national publications such as Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly. He serves as faculty advisor to The Spectator, Edinboro University’s weekly campus newspaper, and teaches courses such as Digital Media Design and Intermediate Reporting. Professor Lantinen holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Edinboro University.
Dr. Tony Peyronel has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a public relations writer and public relations director at colleges and universities. He also has freelance experience in television news. He serves as faculty advisor to the University’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Dr. Peyronel is also a founding board member and past president of the Northwestern Pennsylvania chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). He teaches courses in public relations and journalism. After serving for more than a decade as chairperson of the former Department of Communication and Media Studies and former Department of Journalism and Public Relations, he is currently interim chairperson for the Department of Music and Theatre. Dr. Peyronel holds a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University, a master’s degree from American University, and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. He received additional training at the Scripps Howard Leadership Academy, hosted by the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University.
Dr. Ron Raymond has more than 30 years of experience in the radio industry, working on air and as a manager for stations in Florida and Pennsylvania, most recently as general manager of WCTL-FM, Erie’s Contemporary Christian station. He serves as faculty advisor to WFSE-FM, Edinboro University’s campus station, and as business manager for all three of the university’s campus media organizations. His primary teaching responsibilities include Audio Production and Beginning Reporting, as well as courses in announcing and station management, sales and promotion. Dr. Raymond holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Edinboro University and a doctorate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as the department's internship director and undergraduate program coordinator.
Andrew R. Smith (Ph. D. Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1990) is professor and graduate program head for the MA Communication Studies program and Coordinator for the Graduate Certificate in Conflict Management. He served, for the 1998-99 academic year, as Senior Fulbright Fellow in Communication and Culture at the Faculty of Letters, Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco. He is a member of the Research Group on Language, Culture, and Development at the Centre for Doctoral Research, Mohammed V University, and in 2011 was a Fulbright Specialist at the Centre. He was inaugurated as a Fellow in the International Communicology Institute in 2009. He is editor of Radical Conflict: Violence, Intractability and Communication; and coeditor of Recovering Pragmatism's Voice: The Classical Tradition, Rorty and the Philosophy of Communication. He has published numerous essays in national and international journals, including Communication Theory, Human Rights Quarterly, Cultural Critique, The Russian Journal of Communication, Human Studies, Text and Performance Quarterly, and is author of the monograph Epistemology and Ethics in Human Science Research. His research focuses on human rights, freedom of expression, intercultural and international conflict, and the philosophy of communication. He teaches courses in intercultural and international communication, intractable conflict, language and human conduct, freedom of speech, communication ethics, and communication and social process. He has directed over thirty masters theses at Edinboro University, and co-supervises doctoral dissertations through the auspices of the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange (MACECE, the Fulbright agency in Morocco). He is the recipient of the 2016 Donald Ecroyd Award for Research and Scholarship from the Pennsylvania Communication Association.
Dr. Terry Warburton previously worked as an administrator in the Rhode Island Department of Corrections and taught at several institutions, including Metropolitan State and Penn State Behrend. He has also been a writer, producer and host of numerous radio and television programs. In addition, he has worked in market research and as a political campaign consultant. His primary teaching responsibilities include Introduction to Public Relations and Business and Professional Communication. Dr. Warburton holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a doctorate from the University of Denver. He served for 13 years as chairperson of the former Department of Communication and Media Studies.
Dr. Jim Wertz has worked as a videographer, technical director and director for television stations, including several years as production manager for WICU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Erie. He has also owned and operated his own video production firm. He serves as faculty advisor to ETV and teaches courses such as Television Production, Advanced Digital Production and Advanced Electronic Journalism. He serves as a contributing editor for The Erie Reader and on the boards of Ignite Erie and the Erie Philharmonic. Dr. Wertz holds a bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University, a master’s degree from American University and a doctorate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He also serves as director of the University's Honors Program and as the department's freshman advisor.
Professor Alan Wilson has nearly 15 years of experience in the newspaper industry, including nine years as a reporter and editor at the Tulsa (OK) World. He is the creator of Boro Online, a web publication which he expanded to serve as a portal site for all three of the university’s campus media organizations. His primary teaching responsibilities include Journalism Ethics, Digital Media Design and Advanced Digital Media Design. Professor Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree from Kent State University.