Allan Louden

Department Chair


 Argumentation Theory, Political Communication, Presidential Rhetoric, Debate & Advocacy Research Interests: Dr. Louden has worked on political campaigns as a consultant and is a frequent commentator for TV and newspapers during election cycles. He directs the US State Department grant for the Ben Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Program. He is finishing his term as editor of Contemporary Argumentation and Debate Journal and edited the book Navigating Opportunity: Policy Debate in the 21st Century published this year. Most often he is accompanied on campus by his “precocious” Golden Retriever Wyoming (Ms. Ming).

loudenTelephone: (336) 758-5408

Office: 315 Carswell Hall

Curriculum Vita


Jarrod Atchison

Assistant Professor/Director of Debate


Argumentation Theory & Practice, Political
Communication and Special Topics: Conspiracy Theories.

Research Interests

In addition to his scholarship focusing on the theory and practice of intercollegiate debate, Dr. Atchison’s research interests include 19th century American public address. He explores the ways in which actors in the American polity sought to craft from their historical and cultural milieu the rhetorical materials to frame, define and justify the political and rhetorical choices they made. In recent years, his research has focused on the tumultuous periods before, during, and after the American Civil War. By examining the public discourse of James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, and Jefferson Davis,
Dr. Atchison explores the debates surrounding this defining event in American history.

atchinsonTelephone: (336) 758-4448

Office: 319 Carswell Hall


Mary Dalton

Associate Professor


Introduction to Film, Film Theory and Criticism, Screenwriting, Film History to 1945, Film History 1945 to present, Special Topics, including Culture & the Sitcom, Gender & Hitchcock, and The Films of Charlie Chaplin.

Research Interests

Dr. Dalton’s major areas of research are in critical media studies and documentary filmmaking. Her documentaries have been screened at various festivals, museums, galleries, and libraries. Dr. Dalton is also a media critic and regular contributor to the National Public Radio affiliate WFDD-FM, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her scholarly publications include articles, book chapters, and the book: The Hollywood Curriculum: Teachers in the Movies, Teacher TV: Sixty Years of Teachers on Television, and the co-edited volume The Sitcom Reader: America Viewed and Skewed.

daltonTelephone: (336) 758-6120

Office: 027 Carswell Hall


Sandra Dickson

Professor/Co-Director of Documentary Film Program



Documentary Writing, Documentary Pre-Production and Planning, Writing and Producing the Documentary, Media Ethics, Documentary as Social Protest

Research Interest

Sandra Dickson co-directs and writes documentaries dealing with human and civil rights. Her work has had national and international broadcasts and distribution and film festival and museum screenings.

dicksonTelephone: (336) 758-6120

Office: 027 Carswell Hall


Susan Faust

Adjunct Instructor


susanfaustTelephone: (336) 758-5891

Office: 425 ZSR Library


T. Nathaniel French




Public Speaking, Communication & Popular Culture, African-American Rhetoric, Rhetoric and Public Memory

Research Interests

Dr. French’s major areas of research are in rhetorical studies. Recently, he has focused his attention on Administrative duties and carries a limited teaching/advising load. Dr. French is the Director of the Magnolia Scholar’s program which began in 2009. The Magnolia Scholars program identifies students who are the first in the families to attend college to make sure that they take advantage of every opportunity available at Wake Forest.

french93701Telephone: (336) 758-3107

Office: 127 Reynolda Hall


Peter Gilbert

Professor of the Practice


 Undergraduate: Visual Storytelling
Entrepreneurship in the Creative Art

Courses in the DFP

peterTelephone: (336) 758-4054

Office: 204 Carswell Hall


Steven Giles

Associate Professor


Health Communication, Interpersonal Communications, Empirical Research Methods, Introduction to Communication, Persuasion

Research Interests

Dr. Giles is a prevention interventionist with a particular interest in applying existing technology to improve health interventions and health outcomes for adolescents and young adults. This interest is reflected in two primary programs of research assessing and improving teachers’ and physicians’ communication in problem behavior prevention programs; and changing social normative influences on body image distortion and disordered eating among college students.

GILESTelephone: (336) 758-4442

Office: 321 Carswell Hall


Justin Green

Lecturer, Debate Coach



Debate and Advocacy, Group Communication, Professional Speaking Skills Development

Scholastic Interests

A Secondary Social Studies teacher/Principal by training and a debate coach by practice, Justin has combined these efforts to lead several workshops on utilizing Debate Across the curriculum in grades 3-16. He also has lead several workshops to train new debate educators. Justin now spends the vast majority of his scholastic time on helping students become better advocates. While he does not conduct original research, he spends countless hours researching the possible topics of contemporary argument and coaching students to become better orators. He might look slightly goofy; he is likely to be spotted with a case of helmet-head from riding his bike.

IMG_6577Telephone: (336) 758-

Office: 402D Carswell Hall


Michael Hazen



International Communication, Empirical Research Methods, Intercultural Communication, Comparative Communication, Persuasion, Mass Communication

Research Interests

My research focuses on the human communication process, particularly as it relates to messages, across cultures and between cultures. This has led to an interest in what is similar and what is different in communicative behavior between cultures, often focusing on comparisons between societies such as Japan, China, Russia and the United States.

mhTelephone: (336) 758-5404

Office: 314 Carswell Hall



Cindy Hill

Co-Director, Documentary Film Studies / Lecturer


Field and post-production and functions as director of photography and as associate director on faculty film projects.

Cindy Hill has spent more than 20 years as a teacher and filmmaker. She served as associate producer, director of photography, and editor for five documentaries that aired nationally on PBS: Negroes With Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power, Freedom Never Dies: The Legacy of Harry T. Moore, Last Days of the Revolution, Campaign for Cuba, and Giving Up the Canal. She also served as associate producer and director of photography/editor for Angel of Ahlem, the story of a WWII veteran’s search for the Holocaust survivors he photographed on April 10, 1945. The film is currently distributed by The National Center for Jewish Film. Cindy joined the Wake Forest faculty in July 2010. She currently serves as an associate director of The Documentary Film Program and a lecturer in the Department of Communication. She teaches courses in production, production theory and visual storytelling.

Research Interests

Film Theory and Criticism, Sound Design, Arts Fundraising.

hillTelephone: (336) 758-3367

Office: 027 Carswell Hall


Woodrow Hood

Director of Film Studies/Professor Communication and Theater

Research Interests:

Film Theory and Criticism, Sound Design, Arts Fundrasising

Woody_HoodTelephone: (336) 758-5406

Office: 223 Carswell Hall


Michael Hyde



Communication Ethics, Semantics & Language in Communication, Rhetorical Criticism

Research Interests

Dr. Hyde holds a joint appointment in the Program in Bioethics, Health, and Society, School of Medicine, Wake Forest University. He is the author of over sixty articles and critical reviews appearing in various scholarly journals and texts.

hydeTelephone: (336) 758-5406

Office: 320 Carswell Hall


Marina Krcmar



Mass Communication, Media Effects, Children and Media, Empirical Research Methods, Theory Construction

Research Interests

Dr. Krcmar’s research focuses on children, adolescents and the media. Her current research examines the effect of violent video games on adolescents and the effect of videos targeting infants, (e.g., Baby Einstein) on preverbal children. Her research has appeared in Journal of Communication, Human Communication Research, Media Psychology, Communication Research, and other journals. Dr. Krcmar’s book: Living Without the Screen was recently published by Routledge. She is on the editorial board of Media Psychology and the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media.

KRCMARTelephone: (336) 758-5407

Office: 316 Carswell Hall


Candyce Leonard



Introduction to Film, Film History to 1945, Film History 1945 to present, European Drama, First-Year Seminar (film)

Research Interests

With a primary research interest grounded in theory such as structuralism and feminism in the areas of both theatre and film, I am interested in the politics of the image and how technical strategies persuade the spectator or reader and reveal bias. Looking at individual films and plays as a type of individual manifesto that entertains, indoctrinates, socializes, informs, inspires, teaches, and any number of other procedures, my interest is to show how the media create an interaction or confrontation with the spectator. Invariably, both film and drama display the cultural and political influences of a particular historical moment.

CandyceTelephone: (336) 758-3986

Office: 323 Carswell Hall


John Llewellyn

Associate Professor


Public Speaking, Intro. to Communication & Rhetoric, Historical/Critical Methods in Communication research, Organizational Communication, Rhetoric of Institutions, Freedom of Speech, Communication & Environmental Management.

Research Interests

Dr. Llewellyn’s research focus is organizational rhetoric, how organizations communicate to gain, sustain or repair public legitimacy. With an earlier career in government and studies as a rhetorical critic, John writes about corporate social responsibility, organizational crisis, public relations, urban legends and “coachtalk.” Some recent items: “Regulation: Government, Business and the Self in the United States.” In The Debate Over Corporate Social Responsibility, Oxford University Press: 2007; “Whose Ethics? Whose Leadership?: Revenue Sports and University Integrity.” In Cases in Organizational Communication: Ethical Perspective and Practices Sage, 2006; and “Public Attention and Political Reputation.” Society, Nov-Dec, 2004.

LLEWELLYNTelephone: (336) 758-4511

Office: 311 Carswell Hall


Ananda Mitra



Intro. to Mass Communication, Mass Comm. Theory, Communication & Tech., Intercultural Communication, Communication & Popular Culture

Research Interests

Dr. Mitra focuses his research on the role of new digital technologies in shaping everyday life practices that range from the use of computers in teaching to the way in which the marginalized can gain a voice through the use of Internet. Originally from India, Mitra also researches the social and cultural issues related to South Asia, which also provides the foundation for his first year seminar course: South Asia, Communication and Culture

20090216mitra4298Telephone: (336) 758-5134

Office: 312 Carswell Hall


Len Neighbors



20110811neighbors4723Telephone: (336) 758-

Office: 402 C Carswell Hall


Dee Oseroff-Varnell



Relational Communication

Research Interests

Dr. Oseroff-Varnell’s primary research interest is in instructional communication, although she has focused on raising a family and teaching in recent years (she earned her Ph.D. when her third child was eight months old). She is an active participant in the Teaching and Learning Center, presenting workshops on oral presentations and classroom skills for faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistants. Prior to teaching at Wake Forest, Oseroff-Varnell won the World Professional Ice Dance Championships and toured for four years as a principal performer with Holiday on Ice in Europe and South America. Now, she is an active volunteer in the WSFCS system and enjoys a variety of activities including snow skiing, bicycling, scuba diving, cooking, and gardening

oseroffTelephone: (336) 758-4345

Office: 213 Carswell Hall


D. Stokes Piercy




Stokes teaches a wide range of film production courses as well as writing and critical studies courses.  He is interested in the history and development of American graphic novels, particularly in their depiction and representation of gender, power and justice.  Stokes strongly believes that a liberal arts education equips students for the constantly changing professional world and life as an active engaged citizen, as well.

IMG_6572Telephone: (336) 758-3371

Office: 221 Carswell Hall


Cara Pilson

Co-Director, Documentary Film Studies / Lecturer


 Documentary Research Methods, Issues and Problems in Documentary, Media Ethics, Broadcast Journalism, Telecommunications, Mass Communication and Society.

Research Interests

Cara Pilson serves as director of research and associate director on DFP film projects. Her past work includes Negroes with Guns: Rob Williams and Black Power, which aired on PBS’ Independent Lens in February 2006 and the critically acclaimed
Freedom Never Dies: The Legacy of Harry T. Moore, which aired nationally on PBS in 2001. Both films received the Erik Barnouw Award for Outstanding Historical Documentary.

pilsonTelephone: (336) 758-3367

Office: 027 Carswell Hall


Jennifer Priem

Assistant Professor



Relational Communication, Empirical Research Methods, Personal Relationships and Health, Research Interests:

Dr. Priem’s research focuses generally on how interpersonal communication influences physiological stress responses to relationship events. Stress has become a serious health issue in the United States. Although an abundance of research over the past 50 years has examined the role of social support in stress reduction and health, a substantial gap in knowledge exists surrounding the mechanisms through which emotional support influences health. Dr. Priem’s research addresses the lack of understanding of how features of messages from a relational partner influence stress responses, and therefore, health outcomes. By examining cortisol responses to both hurtful and supportive messages from a dating partner, her work positions interpersonal communication as essential to an individual’s health and well-being.

Priem bio photoTelephone: (336) 758-4847

Office: 310 Carswell Hall


Randall Rogan

Professor/Associate Dean



Interpersonal Communication, Empirical Research Methods, Communication & Conflict, Communication & Change, Communication and Terrorism

Research Interests

Professor Rogan’s research program is two-fold. Traditionally, his work has been in forensic discourse analysis of crisis negotiations and author identification. Dr. Rogan’s research focuses on the communication-based analysis of the discourse of jihadism, with particular attention to the jurisprudence and ideology for jihad against democracy. He recently received Top Paper award for one such study from the Eastern Communication Association and has also an been an invited speaker at the World Summit for Counter-terrorism in Israel.

roganTelephone: (336) 758-5409

Office: 313 Carswell Hall


Alessandra Von Burg

Associate Professor



Historical/Critical Research in Communication,
Practices of Citizenship, Special Topics: Where Are You From?Research Interests: Dr. Beasley Von Burg’s research focuses on rhetorical theory and criticism, public address,and political theory. Her work explores the idea of European Union citizenship as a model of post-national engagement, focusing on the legal debates for the inclusion of third country nationals as resident-citizens through Giambattista Vico’s theory of ingenium and other theories connecting politics, rhetoric and imagination. She has recently published book chapters and articles in Philosophy & Rhetoric, Communication Teacher, and Futures. Citizenship is also the subject of her special topics seminar, “Practices of Citizenship,” where students organize and host a symposium.

beasleyTelephone: (336) 758-4441

Office: 317 Carswell Hall


Alessandra Von Burg

Assistant Professor


IMG_6584Telephone: (336) 758-6239

Office: 303 Carswell Hall


Margaret Zulick

Associate Professor



Introduction to Communication & Rhetoric, Historical Critical Research in Communication, Rhetorical Criticism, American Rhetorical Movements to 1900 & Since 1900, Classical Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory, Graduate Seminar on Kenneth Burke & Mikhail Bakhtin.

Research Interests

Dr. Zulick’s research interests include rhetoric of the Hebrew Bible, history of rhetoric, rhetorical theory and criticism, American public discourse, and rhetoric of religion.

ZULICKTelephone: (336) 758-6121

Office: 318 Carswell Hall