Get to Know Our New Faculty!

We are extremely happy and lucky to have welcomed five new full-time faculty to the College of Communication and Creative Arts this fall.

In Communication Studies, Eleanor Lockhart joined us. Dr. Lockhart received her B.A. from Ripon College in Communication and Philosophy. She earned her Ph.D. at Texas A&M University in Communication, where her dissertation focused on “Rhetorical Investigations of the Intersection of ‘Nerd,’ ‘Geek,’ and Technology Culture and Authoritarian/Right-Wing Ideology.” Dr. Lockhart will be teaching in the Rhetoric and Cultural Criticism area, as well as the Communication Studies core. In the spring semester, her classes are Images of Gender in Popular Culture and Rhetorical Criticism.

In Public Relations and Advertising, Alison Novak became a member of the college. Dr. Novak has a B.A. in Communication in Public Relations and Organizational Communication from Marist College, and a Ph.D. in Communication, Culture, and Media from Drexel University. Dr. Novak’s dissertation was “Generation Undecided: Media Discourses and Millennial Reactions to Changing Political Behaviors.” She will be teaching courses primarily in the Public Relations area. In the spring semester, her courses are Basic PR Writing, Intro to PR/Advertising Research, and Public Opinion.

In Radio, Television, and Film, Keir Politz has joined us. Prof. Politz has a B.A. in English from the College of the Holy Cross, and an M.F.A. in screenwriting and directing from Columbia University. His feature film Detonator screened recently in Philadelphia. Prof. Politz will be teaching courses related to filmmaking and in the spring he is teaching three sections of Film Scenario Writing.

In Writing Arts, Celeste Del Russo became a member of the program and will also function as the director of the Rowan Writing Center. Dr. Del Russo has her B.A. in Writing and Literature from Wheaton College, and M.A. in English from the University of New Orleans, an M.Sc. in Higher Education from the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona. Her dissertation was titled, “Rhetorical (Re)Invention in the Archives: A Pedagogy of Memory for Communities and Writing Studies Classrooms. In addition to her work at the Writing Center, Dr. Del Russo will teach the course Tutoring Writing in the spring.

Also in Writing Arts, Rachael Shapiro joined us. Dr. Shapiro earned her B.A. in Literature and Philosophy at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Her M.A. was completed in English at Washington State University. She has a Ph.D. in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric from Syracuse University, where her dissertation was “Geopolitics of Digital Literacies: Accounting for Myths and Realities.” This spring, Dr. Shapiro will be co-teaching the Intro to Writing Arts course with Dr. Tweedie and Dr. Courtney, and will also teach two sections of Writing, Research, and Technology.

Please join us in welcoming our very accomplished and enthusiastic new faculty members!

Lines of Communication – Spring 2015

  The spring issue of Lines of Communication is now available for viewing at Check it out and see all of the great things that faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the College of Communication and Creative Arts are accomplishing!