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University of Florida, Gainesville, FL PhD in Mass Communication
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL MAMC in Mass Communication
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL BS in Journalism
Prior to her teaching career, Helena spent over 15 years as a public relations practitioner in San Francisco, Atlanta and throughout NE Florida, developing public awareness campaigns for clients ranging from small non-profit organizations to large community-sponsored events. One of her most enjoyable experiences was organizing air shows for the St. Augustine airport, which has one of the few “aerobatic boxes” in the SE United States.
Since the mid-1990s, Helena has taught communications classes for several universities and nonprofit organizations, and consulted with companies about their image enhancement. In 2005, Helena completed her PhD in Mass Communication with a specialty in media literacy. Since then, Helena has been active in community relations research designed to help teachers and parents negotiate with our increasing dependence on mediated communications. Her primary interest as a teacher is helping young people reach their highest potential as communicators and ethical citizens in today’s world. Her research interests include adolescent bedroom culture, persuasive communication, and emerging sexual identifications. Helena writes humorous poetry, and is completing a text about women’s sexuality in the 21st Century.
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 over 30 years of professional experience in the fields of leadership, listening, and adult education. Rick is a Professor in the Department of Communication at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. The Princeton Review named him one of ‘The Best 300 Professors’ in the United States. He is the past President of the International Listening Association and was inducted into the Listening Hall of Fame. With a Master’s Degree in Management and a Doctorate in Educational Administration, and advanced leadership study at Harvard University and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, he specializes in the development of listening and leadership behaviors.
He 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 co-authored the pioneering book, Listening Leaders: The Ten Golden Rules to Listen, Lead, and Succeed and his latest book is titled Listening Pays: Achieve Significance through the Power of Listening.
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 relationships 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 social construction of identity in terms of gender, sexuality, spirituality, and dis/ability.
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 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her teaching includes organizational communication, research methods, and introductory courses in communication. Before joining the Rollins College faculty, Dr. Garcia was an Assistant Professor at Indiana State University where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses and served as the Course Director of the hybrid basic course. Her research examines professional identity, institutional work, organizational rhetoric, and workplace incivility. Her work has been featured in Management Communication Quarterly and most recently she co-authored a chapter for the SAGE Handbook of Organizational Communication.
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
M.A., Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
B.A., Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
Dr. Gardner received his B.A. (1968), M.A. (1969), and Ph.D. (1972) degrees from Bowling Green State University. This is his 44th year of college teaching, and his 30rd year of teaching at Rollins College. At Rollins, he has taught in the College of Professional Studies, the School of Arts and Sciences, the Hamilton Holt School, and the Roy E. Crummer Graduate School of Business.
Dr. Gardner has published two co-authored textbooks and twelve referred scholarly articles, and he has made forty-four presentations on a variety of communication-related topics at state, regional, national, and international association meetings. His current scholarly interests lie in the areas of legal and political rhetoric, interpersonal communication, and teaching effectiveness.
Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
M.F.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL
MBA, Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
Ted Gournelos earned his Ph.D. in Communications and M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His research focus is on culture, media, technology, and politics, and his publications include three books: Popular Culture and the Future of Politics, A Decade of Dark Humor, and Transgression 2.0. He is a frequent expert guest on television, radio, web, and print media, and was featured in 2013 as a speaker at TED Global in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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 had 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 member of the editorial board of the Journal of Middle East Media (JMEM).
Ph.D., University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL
M..A., Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
B.A., Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
Dr. Morrison began teaching at Rollins College in 1999. His primary courses are Research Methods in Communication, Intercultural Communication, Persuasion, and Communication Ethics. His scholarship and research interests involve methodological and statistical best practices in social research, particularly regarding the issues of factor analysis and social scale design.
Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
M.A., University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
B.A., University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL
David Lynn Painter has taught communication and public relations courses for the past eight years at the University of Florida, Full Sail University, and Rollins College. David's 20 years of professional experience include 12 years in event marketing and production and eight years as a public relations consultant. David's research interests focus on organizational public relations and political communication, with particular expertise in political campaigns and social media engagement. David authored 10 manuscripts published in academic journals or edited volumes and more than 20 papers that have been competitively selected for presentation at national and international conferences since 2009. David's most recent work focuses on the influence of online communication, public service announcements, and audience engagement on viewer's cognitions, attitudes, and behaviors.
M.A., Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
B.A., Purdue University, West Lafeyette, IN
Mrs. Planck's areas of emphasis are in Speech Communication, Organizational Communication, Organizational Sociology, Mass Media. Certified in Speech and English education.
She specializes in presentations in varied forms and levels; interpersonal communication; nonverbal communication; group process and leadership and rhetorical theory/persuasion. Special interest in curriculum design as well as the application of communication principles for students involved with interviews for internships, entry level career positions, and graduate study.
At Rollins College she instructs Public Speaking, Small Groups and Leadership, and Event Planning and Communication.
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 assistant professor of communication at Rollins College, Winter Park, FL. Her research interests focus on the role of communication in improving health and relationships across the lifespan.