Communication Studies

Isaac Allen

Adjunct

Mitch Brian

Associate Teaching Professor
816-235-1337
brianm@umkc.edu

Mitch Brian received his BA in Film Production from California State University, Northridge and his MA in Communication Studies from UMKC. Before moving to Kansas...

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Al Butkus

Adjunct

Rhiannon Dickerson

Lecturer
dickersonrh@umkc.edu

Rhiannon Dicerkson is a lecturer of Interpersonal and public communication. She is also Anchor/Discourse Director.



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Jean Dusfrene, Ph.D.

Lecturer
816-235-1698
dufresnej@umkc.edu

Jean Dufresne received her M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa in 1988 and her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln...

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Angela Elam

Assistant Teaching Professor
816-235-1159
elama@umkc.edu
http://www.newletters.org

Angela Elam is the producer and host of New Letters on the Air, UMKC’s nationally distributed literary radio show. She...

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Lyn Elliot, Ph.D.

Professor
816-235-1708
elliotle@umkc.edu

Professor Lyn Elliot received her M.F.A. in Film and Video Production and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa. Before coming to UMKC in 2011, Lyn...

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Michael Henry

Adjunct Instructor
8166783698
henrymp@umkc.edu

As an online course instructor for over 25 years, Prof. Henry is passionate about designing and teaching online classes, using multimedia and experiential learning....

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Caitlin Horsmon

Associate Professor
816-235-2735
horsmonc@umkc.edu

Caitlin Horsmon is an award winning artist making films, videos and interactive works. Her films have screened around the world in diverse venues from the Iowa...

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Steve Kraske

Associate Teaching Professor
kraskes@umkc.edu

Steve Kraske is the long-time political correspondent and columnist for The Kansas City Star. He is also host of “Up to Date,” a daily talk show on...

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Linda Kurz

Associate Teaching Professor
816-235-5846
kurzl@umkc.edu

Linda Kurz began teaching at UMKC, as an adjunct professor, in 1995 and joined the faculty full-time in 1997. Linda teaches courses in Public Speaking, Advanced...

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Jason Martin

Assistant Professor
816-235-6347
martinjason@umkc.edu

Dr. Martin’s teaching experience includes courses in intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, qualitative methods, persuasion, and public...

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Judith McCormick

Associate Teaching Professor
816-235-1120
mccormickjk@umkc.edu

While still serving as Associate Dean, Dr. Judith McCormick joined the Communication Studies teaching faculty in 1998. In 2006 she stepped away from administration...

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Michael McDonald, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
816-235-6432
mcdonaldmk@umkc.edu

Dr. McDonald received his PhD at the University of Kansas after a successful undergraduate career here at UMKC and is proud to be teaching at his alma mater....

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Melling, Steven Melling

Assistant Teaching Professor
mellings@umkc.edu

Dr. Steven Melling has a Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas. His research focuses on the intersection of rhetoric,...

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Andrew Montee

Research Assistant

Peter Morello

Associate Professor
816-235-2532
morellop@umkc.edu

Peter Morello teaches journalism. He specializes in broadcast and digital journalism, media ethics, cross-cultural journalism and international reporting. As...

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Kevin Mullin

Media Lab

Michael Schaefer

Lecturer
816-235-1337
schaefermw@umkc.edu

Michael W. Schaefer has taught at UMKC over 20 years as an adjunct faculty member in the Communications Studies Division. He has taught Communication 110, Rhetorical...

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Jennifer Underwood

Administrative Assistant

Matt Vega

Director of Debate

Ye Wang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Ye Wang graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism at University of Missouri – Columbia. She holds a Ph.d. in journalism. Her research agenda...

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Kim Wilcox, Ph.D.

Adjunct