Faculty & Staff

Learn more about the Department of Communication faculty and staff.

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Faculty

Rick Bommelje, Ed.D., CLP
Professor of Communication
Cornell Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 153
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 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.

Greg Cavenaugh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
Cornell Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 148
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 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.

Mattea Garcia, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
Cornel Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 149
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 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.

Greg Gardner, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication
Cornel Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 152
407.646.2394

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.

Ted Gournelos, Ph.D., M.F.A., MBA
Assistant Professor of Communication
Cornel Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 165
407.691.1454

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. 

Joshua Hammonds, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
Cornell Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 160
407.691.1702
Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
M.A., Ball State University, Muncie, IN
B.A., University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN
Hesham Mesbah, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication
Cornel Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 147
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 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).​

John Morrison, Ph.D.
Lecturer of Communication
Cornel Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 181
407.691.1395

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.

David Painter, Ph.D.
Lecturer of Communication
Cornel Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 163
407.646.2406

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

Carolyn Planck, M.A.
Lecturer of Communication
Cornel Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 183
407.646.1885

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.

Anne Stone, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Communication
Cornel Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 151
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 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. 

Staff

Sherry Lewis, B.A. '11 MHR '13
Administrative Assistant
Cornell Hall for Social Sciences (CSS) Building, Office 157
407.646.2337

Work Study Students

Jonathan Scoblionko
Ada Spahija

Department of Communication
Rollins College
1000 Holt Avenue - 2777
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2337
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