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School of Communication & Journalism

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  • Meet the Faculty & Staff

  • Aamodt, Alan
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA
    Phone:
    Email: alan.aamodt@mnstate.edu


    Anderson, Jason
    Faculty, Communication Studies
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: BR 260C
    Phone: 218.477.4634
    Email: anderjas@mnstate.edu

    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
    Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: FR 239
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email: anthonym@mnstate.edu


    Arntson, David
    Photographer
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: FR
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email: arntson@mnstate.edu

    I create marketing and editorial photography content for the MSUM community. I graduated from MSUM with a B.S. in mass communications with an emphasis in photojournalism and also teach photography in the School of Communication and Journalism. I've worked as a newspaper photojournalist, professional communicator and photo studio owner for more than 20 years.

    Christian, Grant
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email: grant.christian@mnstate.edu

    Grant is Absolute Marketing Group’s media powerhouse. His expertise ranges from mass media to print and includes interactive and social media as well. Also serving as the agency’s social media specialist, Grant knows exactly which media will get the job done for clients. Grant’s toolbox includes Nielsen, Arbitron and other industry research tools as well as an extensive psychographics and analysis service. Grant uses his extensive background in sales to negotiate premium media rates for Absolute Marketing Group’s diverse client base, tenaciously seeking maximum media exposure for the right audience with the right media for each client’s unique budget. Grant graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor of science in marketing.

    Christy, David
    Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 260
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email: dchristy@mnstate.edu

    David Christy has been teaching Layout & Typography I and II as an adjunct faculty member since 1999. He received a BA in art from NDSU with MFA graduate studies in art at University of North Dakota in 1975. Christy’s work experience has been wide and varied. The short list includes radio disk jockey, art instructor, newspaper paste-up artist, designer, illustrator, cell animator, goat farmer, mural painter and web designer. He was hired by Maintenance Engineering in Fargo, ND as Supervisor of Marketing in 1990. At the right place and at the right time, the early 90’s could be called the dawn of “Desktop Publishing.” Christy was able to implement a digital workflow of the company’s training and catalog pages from concept to print. As technology continued to explode and the company’s needs changed and expanded Christy has worked with audio production from cassette to web streaming, video production from early VHS to authored DVDs, and interactive Flash to iOS apps.

    Cleveland, Constance
    Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 260A
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email: clevelco@mnstate.edu

    Connie Cleveland has been an adjunct instructor at MSUM since 1996, lecturing on a variety on Legal topics and subjects related to law. Connie has been a practicing attorney in North Dakota since 1989.

    Conmy, Liz
    Faculty, Mass Communications
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 260
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email: conmyli@mnstate.edu

    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.

    Gardner, Rebecca
    Faculty, Communication Studies
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: FR 255B
    Phone: 218.477.2224
    Email: gardnerr@mnstate.edu

    Rebecca Gardner earned her PhD from the University of North Dakota. She teaches rhetoric and other Communication courses. Her areas of interest include rhetoric of popular culture, American Indians and rhetorical sovereignty, and rhetorics of resistance. She is especially interested in how people use symbols to create, maintain, challenge, deny and share power with other people. Current research interests include the “Fargo Project,” in which diverse community groups collaboratively designed a public recreation area.

    Gilmour, Deneen
    Faculty, Mass Communications
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 265C
    Phone: 218.477.4035
    Email: gilmourd@mnstate.edu

    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.

    Goethe, Hayden
    Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office:
    Phone:
    Email: hayden.goethe@mnstate.edu


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

    Office: FR 255F
    Phone: 218.477.2985
    Email: grinde@mnstate.edu

    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

    Colan T. Hanson – “CT” - (Ph.D., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, 1978) is a Professor of Communication and Journalism, at MSUM, specializing in Advertising, Public Relations and Marketing Communication. Hanson’s doctoral dissertation was, “A Rhetorical Analysis of the 1974 U.S. Senate Campaign in North Dakota.” Following his honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps, Hanson completed an undergraduate degree in English at Mayville State University and earned a M.A. in Speech from NDSU before attending Wayne State University. Currently, he teaches courses in Marketing Communication and Public Relations, and serves as Chair of the School of Communication and Journalism. CT joined the ranks of MSUM as a Professor in 1991. Prior to his arrival at MSUM, CT spend one year teaching and coaching forensics at Illinois State University and 16 years at NDSU where he served as Assistant Dean in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Chair of the Department of Communication, Director of Forensics, and was recognized by NDSU’s Blue Key National Honorary Fraternity as its 1983 Distinguished Educator. During his years in forensics, he served six years as Chair of the American Forensic Association’s National Individual Events Tournament Committee and was a recipient of the NIET’s Distinguished Service Award; held a variety of regional and national positions in the forensic honorary society, Pi Kappa Delta, and was Editor of PKD’s journal, The Forensic. Hanson was named to North Dakota Speech and Theatre Association’s Hall of Fame in 1998, and was most recently named to Mayville State University’s Hall of Fame for the Performing Arts, in the educator category. A large number of his forensic students earned first place finishes in AFA-NIET competitions, as well as twice winning first place in the Interstate Oratory National Contest. While coaching advertising and public relations campaigns at MSUM, the PR team won the National PRSSA Bateman Case Study Competition, and his 1995 Ad team was MSUM’s first-time ever qualifier for the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Contest where the team finished 11th in the nation. Hanson says his years as an educator, coach and an administrator continue to be rewarding personal experiences, and he loves to witness the many facets of personal growth in his students through their participation in MSUM’s experiential approach to teaching and learning in the School of Communication and Journalism. As a member of Dragon Fire, you’ll often hear him saying, “Go Dragons!”

    Hanson, Nancy
    Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 260
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email: nancyh@mnstate.edu

    Nancy Edmonds Hanson, a professional writer who graduated with one of MSUM's first degrees in mass communications in 1971, has worked in virtually every corner of the media world. After almost a decade as a reporter and columnist for The Forum, she helped direct the North Dakota tourism division before establishing herself as a free-lance writer for regional and national magazines. She has edited a variety of magazines and newsletters and directed PR outreach for public-spirited organizations in health care, education and social services; produced weekly television programs for Prairie Public Broadcasting; worked as VP of creative services in advertising; written and designed fund-raising materials for nonprofits throughout North Dakota; planned special events for statewide groups; directed Web marketing for several businesses; and dabbled in radio and video production. Her publishing company distributed works by some 60 regional publishers as well as publishing several dozen titles focusing on the Dakotas and Minnesota, including a five-volume series of coffee-table books focusing on the North Dakota Centennial that became the state's all-time best-sellers. Writers Digest published her guide to the free-lance business, which too became one of its best sellers of the era. She is accredited in public relations by PRSA. She has taught a variety of courses in mass communications for MSUM including her all-time favorite, media writing, in which she encourages students to explore media careers based on her core belief: Good writing is the key to career success.

    Hest, Theresa
    Faculty, Communication Studies
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: FR 255I
    Phone: 218.477.4613
    Email: theresa.hest@mnstate.edu
    web.mnstate.edu/hestther
    Dr. Theresa Hest is a full professor in the School of Communication and Journalism. She teaches classes in Group/Team Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Leadership, Public Speaking, Intro to Communication Studies, First Year Experience, Family Communication, and Teaching Methods. She received her Ph.D. from North Dakota State University in 2003 in Communication Studies. Her primary area of research is Interpersonal Communication. She has published articles on the use of deception in relationships, the role of storytelling in relationship maintenance, rural myth and narrative, health communication, and coaching forensics. Theresa has presented numerous papers at professional conferences and received top paper and top panel awards. She has also received the Outstanding Scholar Award from the North Dakota Speech and Theatre Association, the Service to Students Award from MSUM, and a Family Communication textbook that she contributed a chapter to received the top book award from the National Communication Association.

    Hinds, Kathryn
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: BR 260H
    Phone: 218.477.2064
    Email: hinds@mnstate.edu


    Holtan, Merrie
    Faculty, Communication Studies
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: BR 260E
    Phone: 218.477.4311
    Email: holtanme@mnstate.edu

    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.

    Johnson, Cassondra
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 260
    Phone:
    Email: cassondra.johnson@mnstate.edu


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

    Office: MA 265D
    Phone: 218.477.2511
    Email: matternj@mnstate.edu

    Jody Mattern grew up in the central Minnesota town of Verndale. She attended MSUM and graduated with a double major in English Education and Physical Education/Coaching. While at MSUM, she participated on the women’s basketball and softball teams. She taught English and coached basketball in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota for seven years before returning to school to study mass communications. Jody spent two years writing and producing TV commercials at WDAY TV, and then began working at the GL Ness Agency as a copywriter. She was at GL Ness for 19 years, switching to account management for the final ten years. While Jody was working at the agency, she completed her Masters degree at NDSU. She joined the communications department’s newly-formed doctoral program at NDSU and earned her Ph.D. degree. She joined the faculty at MSUM in 2004. Jody brings her extensive experience in the advertising industry and her valuable network of local professionals to her students at MSUM. She teaches Ad Copywriting and Ad Campaigns to junior and senior students and the Introduction to Mass Media class to beginning students. She also supervises the student ad agency, Flypaper Creative Services, which gives students real-world experience with non-profit clients from around the region. Jody lives in West Fargo, ND, with her husband Rich. She has two daughters, Jessie and Annie.

    Ocana, Anthony
    Faculty, Communication Studies
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: BR 260
    Phone: 218.477.2064
    Email: anthony.ocana@mnstate.edu

    Anthony Ocaña (Ph.D., North Dakota State University, 2008) is an assistant professor of Communication Studies specializing in leadership studies, organizational communication, business and professional communication, and conflict communication. In addition to teaching a variety of the communication studies and leadership courses, he helps advise students in the KMSC Dragon Radio and Dragon Leadership Program activities. Anthony enjoys helping students achieve their highest academic potential, and takes great pride in having students present their original research at campus and regional conferences.

    Olsgard, Wendy
    OAS Intermediate
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 260
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email: olsgard@mnstate.edu


    Quanbeck, Aaron
    Faculty, Mass Communications
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA
    Phone: 218.477.2741
    Email: quanbeck@mnstate.edu

    Aaron Quanbeck is an Associate Professor specializing in Broadcast Journalism. He is the Program Director for MSUM's Campus News program broadcast on Prairie Public Television stations throughout North Dakota, eastern Minnesota and southern Manitoba. Over the years Campus News and the students involved with the program have won numerous awards from professional organizations. Quanbeck started his broadcasting career as a reporter/photographer at WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks, ND. He was part of the news team that won an Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of the flood of 1997 in Grand Forks. Later that year, he became the news director for Studio One at the University of North Dakota. He also produced and directed many special programs at the Television Center at UND. He earned an Eric Sevareid Award for his 2006 documentary work titled "UND Clay: the Cable Years.” He earned his Ph.D. at North Dakota State University in 2011. He presented a paper about a speech by Edward R. Murrow at the 2014 Broadcast Education Association’s annual conference. It was awarded the top debut paper in the historical division.

    Wallevand, Kevin
    Adjunct Faculty
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: MA 260
    Phone: 218.477.2983
    Email: wallevand@mnstate.edu


    Wilson, Camilla
    Faculty, Mass Communications
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: FR 255C
    Phone: 218.477.2283
    Email: cwilson@mnstate.edu

    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.