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  • Meet the Faculty & Staff - Mass Communications

Mass Communications

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  • Meet the Faculty & Staff

  • Aamodt, Alan
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA
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    Email: alan.aamodt@mnstate.edu
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    Anderson, Jason
    Faculty, Communication Studies
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: BR 260C
    Phone: 218.477.4634
    Email: anderjas@mnstate.edu
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    Jason Anderson teaches a variety of communication studies courses including communication theory, research methods, political communication, and rhetoric; however, his primary areas of expertise are the theory and practice of persuasion, as well as health communication. Jason was a double major in Journalism and Communication and Theatre as an undergraduate at Augustana College in Sioux Falls SD. He then received his master's degree in speech communication from Illinois State University. Jason completed his education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received a PhD in Communication Science. Jason's dissertation, An Exploration into the Role of Commitment in Persuasion, examines how psychological, social, behavioral, and habituated forces shape how persuasive appeals are processed by audience members. Upon graduation, Jason worked as a visiting professor at the University of Wisconsin--Madison. In 2005, Jason joined the faculty at MSUM and he and his family have lived in Moorhead ever since. In his spare time, Jason enjoys spending time with his family, watching the Vikings, and promoting autism awareness.

    Anthony, Mark
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: FR 239
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email: anthonym@mnstate.edu
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    Arntson, David
    Photographer
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: FR
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email: arntson@mnstate.edu
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    Christy, David
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 260
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email: dchristy@mnstate.edu
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    Cleveland, Constance
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 260A
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email: clevelco@mnstate.edu
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    Conmy, Liz
    Faculty, Mass Communications
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 260
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email: conmyli@mnstate.edu
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    Liz Anne Conmy teaches public relations writing, research, and event planning. She advises the student teams competing in the national Public Relations Society of America’s Bateman Case Study Competition—and is proud that three MSUM teams placed in the top 15 nationally in 2015. She has a master’s degree in business communication from the University of St. Thomas and an undergraduate degree from NDSU. Her career started at small town newspapers, included a stint marketing in the performing arts, and eventually led to being director of communications for a national nonprofit. She works as a consultant whenever an interesting project comes along—the latest being a congressional race. “Public relations matters—from corporate reputations to small town elections. Our students understand the bottom line effect of public relations and have the skills to hit the ground running once they start their career.” Liz serves on the Essentia Health Patient Advisory Council and the Midwest Parkinsons Initiative. During the summer she operates a small grain farm in northern North Dakota.

    Esterby, Kerstin
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email: esterby@mnstate.edu
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    Gardner, Rebecca
    Faculty, Communication Studies
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: FR 255B
    Phone: 218.477.2224
    Email: gardnerr@mnstate.edu
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    Gilmour, Deneen
    Faculty, Mass Communications
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 265C
    Phone: 218.477.4035
    Email: gilmourd@mnstate.edu
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    Besides raising her children, the best times of Deneen Gilmour’s life have unfolded in pursuit of a news story. Since age 17, the only jobs she’s held have been as a journalist or a journalism teacher. She worked as a reporter and regional editor at daily newspapers from 1987 to 2003. She earned a Ph.D. in 2007 and began Career No. 2 – teaching the next generation of journalists. At MSUM, she and her students have created an award-winning multimedia blog. She tries to instill in students a passion to “seek the truth and report it.” She and her husband, Jim, have an adult son, two middle-school-age daughters and two naughty cats.

    Grindeland, Martin
    Faculty, Mass Communications
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: FR 255F
    Phone: 218.477.2985
    Email: grinde@mnstate.edu
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    Martin Grindeland (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1983) is a professor specializing in television journalism. Currently, he teaches courses in television news photography, broadcast documentary and mass media ethics and issues. As a Television Production Officer in the United States Air Force, he won a special achievement award in 1972 for writing and producing “Jungle Survival.” In 1974, he co-developed TV-10 News at Illinois State University and in 1984, he launched “Campus News”, an MSUM award-winning program on Prairie Public Television. He was selected as the 2008 Minnesota Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. His students have won many awards including the Broadcast Education Association Best of Festival Award in the documentary category for the 2011 television documentary titled “Inspired by Nature.” In 2014, he received the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association’s highest honor, the Mitchell V. Charnley Award for his service to the profession of broadcast journalism.

    Hanson, Colan
    Faculty, Mass Communications
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 260A
    Phone: 218.477.4036
    Email: hansonc@mnstate.edu
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    Hanson, Nancy
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 260
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email: nancyh@mnstate.edu
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    Hest, Theresa
    Faculty, Communication Studies
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: FR 255I
    Phone: 218.477.4613
    Email: theresa.hest@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: web.mnstate.edu/hestther

    Hinds, Kathryn
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: BR 260H
    Phone: 218.477.2064
    Email: hinds@mnstate.edu
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    Holtan, Merrie
    Faculty, Communication Studies
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: BR 260E
    Phone: 218.477.4311
    Email: holtanme@mnstate.edu
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    Merrie Sue Holtan teaches communication studies courses in interviewing, composition, intercultural communication, journalism, sports communication, event planning, media writing, public speaking, public relations and business and professional communication. She has an undergraduate commnication degree from the University of Minnesota, a masters in communication from NDSU and an MFA in Creative writing from MSUM. She is the author of three books, including "Power and Stride, The Nancy Burggraf Story," which she also produced as a documentary. Also a contract writer with more than 400 published articles, Merrie Sue has won state and national writing awards. She has written several community and non profit grants totaling nearly one million dollars and has also trained five national champion baton twirlers.

    Howland, David
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 261A
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email:
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    Johnson, Cassondra
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 260
    Phone:
    Email: cassondra.johnson@mnstate.edu
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    Johnson, Daniel
    Faculty, Mass Communications
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: FR 255G
    Phone: 218.477.2500
    Email: johnsdan@mnstate.edu
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    Daniel Johnson teaches courses in Imaging for Advertising & Public Relations, Layout & Typography II, and Video Production. His classes are based on production for real world clients with students regularly winning Addy awards. He has a B.S. Ed in English, a B.A. in Graphic Design, an M.S.Ed in Art Education, and an M.F.A in Art with an emphasis in computer-generated imagery. He was a pioneer in computer animation with two of his animations regularly appearing on Sesame Street starting in the 1990’s. He has presented at ACM SIGGRAPH on the topic of computer generated shadows cast on real world objects. His ongoing projects include sculpture, graphic design, character design, animation, exercise, eating well, and lucid dreaming.

    Mattern, Jody
    Faculty, Mass Communications
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 265D
    Phone: 218.477.2511
    Email: matternj@mnstate.edu
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    Nelson, Whitney
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 260
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email: whitney.nelson@mnstate.edu
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    Ocana, Anthony
    Faculty, Communication Studies
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: BR 260
    Phone: 218.477.2064
    Email: anthony.ocana@mnstate.edu
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    Olsgard, Wendy
    OAS Intermediate
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 260
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email: olsgard@mnstate.edu
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    Ott, Paul
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: FR 239
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email: ottpaul@mnstate.edu
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    Pokhrel, Lok
    Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 261C
    Phone: 218.477.2893
    Email: lok.pokhrel@mnstate.edu
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    Quanbeck, Aaron
    Faculty, Mass Communications
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA
    Phone: 218.477.2741
    Email: quanbeck@mnstate.edu
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    Scott, Larry
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: BR 260A
    Phone: 218.477.2915
    Email: scotty@mnstate.edu
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    Tweed, Katherine
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 260A
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email: tweed@mnstate.edu
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    Walker, Christopher(Chris)
    Faculty, Mass Communications
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 261B
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email: chris.walker@mnstate.edu
    Web Site: chriswalkerphoto.com
    Chris Walker grew up on a small farm outside rural Croswell, Michigan, where his parents instilled in him a near-reverent appreciation for the land and its natural inhabitants. Today we find in Chris a rare blend of artist and journalist with deep concerns for social anthropology and our ever-changing environment. Walker served five years with The Blade in Toledo, Ohio, covering assignments ranging from hostage situations and food illustrations to professional sports and the epoch migration of sandhill cranes along Nebraska’s Platte River. He was part of a three-person team that won The Blade a finalist spot in the 2000 Pulitzers; in 1995, the Haas Awards named him to their annual list of the world’s top 100 emerging photographers. Among other clients, Chris has photographed for The Associated Press, The New York Times, Scientific American and Camping Life magazine, where he was a regular columnist for five years. He has been published in numerous international journals, textbooks and has been featured on Smithsonian Magazine’s web presence. His own website, chriswalkerphoto.com, is on The New York Times’ list of “Must See: Most Provocative Websites.” After more than a decade in the field, Chris left daily journalism in 1998 to pursue a Master of Fine Arts, a life move that ultimately brought him to MSUM where he teaches photojournalism and other topics in publication photography. In conjunction with his commitment to education, Chris works as a long-term documentarian; this summer will be the 27th season of his Six Nights a Year project.

    Wallevand, Kevin
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 260
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email: wallevand@mnstate.edu
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    Wilson, Camilla
    Faculty, Mass Communications
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: FR 255C
    Phone: 218.477.2283
    Email: cwilson@mnstate.edu
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    Camilla J. “Cammy” Wilson has written for newspapers and magazines and has worked as a foreign correspondent in Asia. She covered the Vietnam War for a group of southern newspapers. She worked as an investigative reporter for the Minneapolis Tribune, where her stories won numerous awards. She spent two years writing about refugees, especially along the Thai-Cambodian border. During the early 1980s, she wrote a series on infanticide in China, possibly the first such coverage in the U.S. She has written four books for Scholastic Inc., three juvenile biographies and her latest, Civil War Spies: Behind Enemy Lines. She recently completed a Christmas memoir, Getting Home. She is also writing The Ghost Parade: Shiloh to Saigon, a book on how long war lasts. She presently is a professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead, where she teaches magazine writing, feature writing, children’s book writing and international communications.