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Faculty

Rick Bommelje, Ed.D., CLP

Rick Bommelje, Ed.D., CLP

Professor of Communication

Cornell Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 153

T. 407.646.2625

ED.D., University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
ED.S., Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
M.S., Rollins Crummer Graduate School of Business, Winter Park, FL
B.S., Rollins College, Winter Park, FL

Rick Bommelje has been serving professionals in organizations in the areas of leadership and listening development since l977.  Over the years, his courses, seminars, and workshops have benefited thousands of leaders from an impressive list of organizations worldwide.  Rick has authored three books: LISTENING PAYS: Achieve Significance through the Power of Listening (2013); LISTENING LEADERS: The Ten Golden Rules to Listen, Lead & Succeed (2004), co-authored with Dr. Lyman Steil; and his latest book, co-authored with Christine Wethman is BE QUICK TO LISTEN: Practicing the Spiritual Discipline of Christian-Listening.

Greg Cavenaugh, Ph.D.

Greg Cavenaugh, Ph.D.

Lecturer of Communication

Cornell Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 148

T. 407.691.1088

Ph.D., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
M.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
B.A., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

Greg Cavenaugh received his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Louisiana State University in 2004.  As a teacher, he focuses on coursework related to relationship building and social justice.  His work for the Rollins Diversity Advisory Council, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Safe Zone program won him the President’s Award for Diversity and Inclusion at Rollins in 2013.  As a scholar, Dr. Cavenaugh studies the communicative functions of ritual in performance.

Mattea Garcia, Ph.D.

Mattea Garcia, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication | Department Chair

Cornell Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 149

T. 407.646.2422

Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
M.A. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
B.A.  University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Dr. Mattea Garcia earned her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on workplace bullying, professions, and professional identity. She teaches courses in areas such as organizational communication, research methods, and authentic/mindful communication. 

Joshua Hammonds, Ph.D.

Joshua Hammonds, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication

Cornell Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 165

T. 407.646.2406

Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
M.A., Ball State University, Muncie, IN
B.A., University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN

Dr. Joshua Hammonds teaches and conducts research on the communication management of relationships within various interpersonal and organizational contexts. Specific areas include Interpersonal Communication, Business and Professional Communication, Health Communication, Interviewing, Persuasion, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methodology, Structural Equation Modeling, Small Group Communication, and Leadership.

Hesham Mesbah, Ph.D.

Hesham Mesbah, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication

Cornell Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 152

T. 407.646.2384

Ph.D., Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt 
M.A., American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
B.A., Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Mesbah’s research agenda includes comparative cognitive effects of news media, new media, and the impact of mass communication on social capital, public opinion, social openness, and perception of globalization. He has numerous peer-refereed publications and conference presentations in both English and Arabic. He taught communication at Cairo University, Kuwait University, and Northwestern State University in Louisiana. He has been actively engaged in training journalists and providing research and public relations consultations overseas. In 2012, he was elected a board member of the Arab-US Association of Communication Educators (AUSACE). Dr. Mesbah is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Middle East Media (JMEM).

David Painter, Ph.D.

David Painter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication

Cornell Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 160

T. 407.691.1702

Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
M.A., University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
B.A., University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL 

Dr. Painter’s Twenty years of professional public relations experience inform his teaching in the communication discipline. His research analyzes mediated communication, with particular expertise in political communication, public relations, and social media.

Sarah Parsloe, Ph.D.

Sarah Parsloe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication

Cornell Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 163

T. 407.646.2394

PH.D. in Communication Studies, Ohio University, Athen OH
M.A. in Communication Studies, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
B.A. in Public Relations/ Communication Studies, MArist College, Poughkeepsie, NY

 

Dr. Parsloe's research interests focus on how individuals communicate to construct empowering health and disability identities in the face of uncertainty, doubt, stigma, and ableism. She considers how biosocial communities organize for collective action, including advocacy and activism. Her work has addressed the ways in which social media facilitates community-building, social support, and cyberactivism among individuals with various chronic conditions and disabilities. Dr. Parsloe's research has been featured in Health Communication, The Journal of Applied Communication Research, Departures in Critical Qualitative Research, and Information, Communication, & Society.

Brittani Sahm, Ph.D.

Brittani Sahm, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication

Cornell Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 183

T. 407.646.2101

Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
M.S., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
B.S.  SUNY-Cortland, Cortland, NY

Dr. Sahm brings experience studying and practicing in the sport public relations field. Before joining Rollins College, she taught at the University of Rhode Island, where she helped prepare and launch a new Sports Media & Communication minor/major for the Communications Department. In the classroom, Dr. Sahm focuses on the practical implications of coursework and, more recently, emphasizing the implications of digital tools on the state of the media field. Her research focuses on digital sport media consumption and branding in professional sports, with a special interest in exploring the evolution of women represented in and through sports media.

Anne M. Stone, Ph.D.

Anne M. Stone, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Communication

Cornell Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 151

T. 407.646.2368

Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
M.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
B.A., University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Anne M. Stone is an associate professor of communication at Rollins College, Winter Park, FL. Her research focuses on the role of communication in improving health and relationships across the lifespan.

Tanja Vierrether, Ph.D.

Tanja Vierrether, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication

Cornell Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 180

T.407.691.1454

PH.D. in Media and Communication, Bowling Green State University, OH
M.A. in German Language and Culture, Bowling Green State University, OH
M.A. in English Literary and Textual Studies, Bowling Green State University, OH
B.A. in Communication Studies, University of Salzburg, Austria

Tanja Vierrether’s research interests focus on the cognitive and affective processing of persuasive messages, specifically within the context of health communication, advocacy, marketing, and PR. Her research investigates how narratives can mitigate resistance to persuasive messages and lead to more positive effects on attitude change.

Staff

R. Culpepper

Administrative Assistant

Cornell Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 157

T. 407.646.2337

Work Study Assistants

Elena Barrachina

Work Study Assistant