Loyola University Maryland

Department of Communication

Faculty & Staff

Loyola's Communication Department is an actively engaged group that focuses on excellence in teaching and work outside the classroom. The curriculum prepares students to be communication experts for their professional career after Loyola and as lifelong learners.

Faculty members encourage students to become involved in the program beyond the classroom experience through engagement in co-curricular activities including GreyComm Studios, The Greyhound and WLOY. The faculty also assists upperclassmen in obtaining internships for credit throughout the year. The hope is that all students will want to become involved in department activities and contribute to an engaging academic environment and the Baltimore community.

Department Chair 
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Dr. Sara Magee

Associate Professor and Chair


Teaching Areas: Broadcast and Backpack Journalism

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Dr. Amy Becker

Associate Professor and Assistant Chair


Website: https://amybreebecker.com/

Twitter: @amybree


Teaching Areas: Introduction to Communication, Media, Culture and Society, Political Communication, Public Opinion and Political Entertainment

Research Areas: Public Opinion, Political Entertainment & Comedy, Elections & Political Engagement, and New Media

Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty
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Dr. Elliot King




Teaching Areas: Media Culture and Society, Digital Culture, Emerging Media

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Dr. Masudul Biswas

Associate Professor


Teaching Areas: Web I, Web II, Mobile Media, Digital Tools, Capstone in Web & Print, User Experience, and  Emerging Media & Society. 


Research Interests: Community and Ethnic Media, Online News and Public Affairs, Global Media, Diversity and Communication/Media Education, Curriculum Development on Communication for Development.  

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Dr. Greg Hoplamazian

Associate Professor



Teaching Areas: Introduction to Advertising, Advertising and Society, Ad Copywriting

Research Areas: Advertising & Consumer Identity, Crisis Communication on Social Media, and Native Advertising

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Dr. Jonathan Lillie

Associate Professor and Assistant Chair



Teaching Areas: Journalism, Interactive Media, Online Journalism, Web Design

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Dr. Paola Pascual-Ferrá

Associate Professor


Teaching Areas: Fundamentals of Advertising & Public Relations, Communication Research Methods, Health Communication and User Experience

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Dr. Tania Cantrell Rosas-Moreno

Associate Professor



Teaching Areas:  Introduction to Public Relations, Writing for Public Relations, International Public Relations, Senior Capstone in Public Relations

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Dr. Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead

Associate Professor

Website: http://kayewisewhitehead.com/
Academic Page: http://loyola.academia.edu/KayeWiseWhitehead
Twitter: @kayewhitehead

Teaching Areas: Introduction to Communication, Story Development and Scripting, Documentary Tradition, Documentary Production, Baltimore Stories Project

Full-Time Affiliate Faculty
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David Belz
Lecturer in Advertising and Public Relations
Teaching Areas: Introduction to Communication, Fundamentals of Advertising and Public Relations, Writing for Advertising and Public Relations

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Gerard Blair
Lecturer in Advertising
Teaching Areas: Introduction to Advertising, Senior Capstone in Advertising, Ad Copywriting

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Noelle Dichiera

Lecturer in Digital Media


Teaching Areas: Graphics I, Graphics II, Web I, Digital Tools

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Jenny Glick
Lecturer in Journalism
Teaching Areas: Reporting & Writing, Media Storytelling, Broadcast News, Public Speaking

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Veronica Gunnerson
Lecturer in Public Relations
Teaching Areas: Intro to Public Relations, Writing for Public Relations, Case Studies in Public Relations, Senior Capstone in Public Relations

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April Newton

Lecturer in Journalism


Teaching Areas: Mass Media Ethics, Multimedia Storytelling, Writing for Mass Media, Documentary Traditions & Production, and Advanced TV Reporting

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Nguyen Nguyen
Lecturer in Digital Media
Teaching Areas: Video I, Video II, Animation & Motion Graphics, Multimedia Storytelling, Graphics I

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Julie Sayo
Lecturer in Digital Media
Teaching Areas: Graphics I and II, Web I and II

Part-Time Affiliate Faculty

  Walter Dobrzycki
Teaching Areas: Introduction to Communication, Popular Culture
  Nora Frenkiel
Teaching Areas: Introduction to Journalism, The Magazine Article, Senior Capstone in Magazine Publishing 
  Elli Lieberman
Teaching Area:  Media and the Political Process 
  Bridget McGeady
Teaching Areas: Video 
  John McIntyre
Teaching Area: Copy Editing 
  Rebecca Murphy
Teaching Areas: Fundamentals of Advertising & Public Relations
  Trevor Setvin
Teaching Areas: Case Studies, Public Relations and Public Speaking 
  Dr. Timothy Tooten, Sr.
Teaching Area: Broadcast Journalism 
  Mitchell Tropin
Teaching Area: Introduction to Communication, News Writing and Reporting 
  Reagan Warfield
Teaching Areas: Introduction to Radio, Advanced Radio Production, Podcasting 
  Joseph Winter
Teaching Areas: Introduction to Public Relations and Writing for Public Relations

Professor Emeriti

Dr. Neil Alperstein


Dr. Russell J. Cook

Dr. Andrew Ciofalo



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Erin Richardson, M.A.
Director of Program Operations, Emerging Media Graduate Program

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Shelby Ehret

Program Assistant

Apprentice House Director

Dr. Kevin Atticks

Teaching Areas: Introduction to Communication, Public Relations, Graphic Design, Magazine and Book Publishing

Campus Media Managers
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Mr. John Devecka
WLOY-Radio, Bellarmine Hall

Advising Area: WLOY-Radio Operations Manager

H. Jay Dunmore
College Center M012B

Teaching Areas: Video I, Video Animation

Advising Area:GreyComm Studios

Sara Magee

Sara Magee, Ph.D.

This professor specializes in emerging media, social media, journalism, and ethics in her field

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Course Snapshot

Intro to Book Publishing

In Loyola’s Intro to Book Publishing course, students learn the book publishing process and collaborate with Apprentice House, a student-run book publisher.