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Faculty and Staff

Communication Studies
Dr. Charles HowardDr. Charles Howard
Department Head and Associate Professor
Email: choward@tarleton.edu
Office: O.A. Grant 394
Phone: (254) 968-9640

Ph.D.

University of Kansas

Communication

MA

University of Arkansas

Communication

BA

College of Ozarks

Communication and English

Teaching Interests: Political Communication; Communication Law; Persuasion

Research Interests: First Amendment Cases; Political and Legal Rhetoric

Dr. Robert AndersonDr. Robert Anderson
Assistant Professor
Email: randerson@tarleton.edu
Office: O.A.Grant 394
Phone: (254) 968-9853

Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin at Madison

Communication Arts

MA

University of San Diego

History

BA

University of New Mexico

History

Teaching Interests: Film Studies

Research Interests: Film Studies

Dr. Jennifer EdwardsDr. Jennifer Edwards
AVP for Student Success and Multicultural Initiatives, Assistant Professor of Communication, & Executive Director of the Texas Social Media Research Institute
Email: jtedwards@tarleton.edu
Office: O.A.Grant 394
Phone: (254) 968-9638

EDD

Sam Houston State University

Educational Leadership

MA

Stephen F. Austin State University

Communications

BA

Stephen F. Austin State University

Speech Communications/Journalism

Teaching Interests: Social Media, Social Networking, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication

Research Interests: Social Media and Organizations, Social Media and P-20, Instructional Communication, Millennial Generation

Dr. Christopher GearhartDr. Christopher Gearhart
Assistant Professor
Email: gearhart@tarleton.edu
Office: O.A. Grant 394 E
Phone: 254 968-9023


Ph.D. 

Louisiana State University 

Communication Studies 

MA

San Diego State University 

Communication Studies 

BA

University of North Texas 

Communication Studies 

Teaching Interests: : Interpersonal communication, Close relationships, Communication theory, Public speaking

Research Interests: : Sport and Communication, including fantasy football and studies of team identification; Listening, in the areas of supportive communication and initial interactions; Biology and communication, specifically temperamental influences on communication skills.

Karley GoenKarley Goen
Instructor
Email: kgoen@tarleton.edu
Office: O.A. Grant 394
Phone: (254) 968-1964

Ed.D. - seeking

Tarleton State University

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

MA

Texas Tech University

Communication Studies

BA

Baylor University

Communication Studies & Film and Digital Media

Teaching Interests: Business and Professional Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Communication in Healthcare, Human Resources, and Public Speaking

Research Interests: Managerial and Leadership Styles in Corporate America, Communication through Political Cartoons, and Communication Apprehension through Online Dating Sites

Dr. Lora Helvie-Mason Dr. Lora Helvie-Mason
Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Associate Professor of Communication Studies
Email: helviemason@tarleton.edu
Office: Barry B. Thompson Student Center, RM. 21
Phone: (254) 968-9488 or (254) 968-9498

Ed.D.

Ball State University

Adult, Community and Higher Education; Cognate in Communication Studies

M.A.

Ball State University

Communication Studies

B.S.

Purdue University

Agricultural Communication

Teaching Interests: Gender Communication, Public Speaking, Intercultural Communication, CMC/Social Media

Research Interests: Instructional communication, intercultural communication, qualitative research, educational biography and personal narrative, mentoring and socialization

Tracey HolleyTracey Holley
Instructor
Email: holley@tarleton.edu
Office: O.A. Grant 394 G
Phone: (254) 968-9133

Ed.D. - seeking

Tarleton State University

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

MA

Texas State University

Speech Communication

BA

Tarleton State University

English and Speech

Teaching Interests: Public Speaking; Oral Interpretation; Special Interest in working with freshman.

Research Interests: Rhetoric and Communication Theory

Cristi HortonCristi Horton
Assistant Professor
Email: horton@tarleton.edu
Office: O.A. Grant 394
Phone: (254) 968-9380

MA

Texas A&M University

Speech Communication

BA

Texas A&M University

speech Communication

Teaching Interests: Interviewing, Public Speaking, small Group Communication & Decision-Making

Research Interests: How landowners use communication as a tool to negotiate the multiple demands made on them when faced with land fragmentation. In particular, interested in discovering and facilitating dimensions of conservation policy that provide opportunities for property owners to contribute to wildlife and other conservation measures as a fundamental aspect of their land management portfolio.

Kathryn Jones MaloneKathryn Jones Malone
Instructor
Email: jonesmalone@tarleton.edu
Office: O.A. Grant 394S
Phone: (254) 968-0500

MLA

Southern Methodist University

Journalism and Southwestern Studies

BA

Trinity University

Journalism and English

Teaching Interests: News Gathering and Writing, Feature Writing, Magazine Writing, Editing, Photojournalism, Specialty Reporting, Entrepreneurial Journalism

Research Interests: Media Ethics, Social Media, Diversity in Media, Financial Reporting, Southwestern Culture

Dr. Sarah MabenDr. Sarah Maben
Assistant Professor
Email: maben@tarleton.edu
Office: O.A. Grant 394
Phone: (254) 968-9751

PhD

University of North Texas

Higher Education

MA

University of Georgia

Journalism

BA

Baylor University

Journalism

Teaching Interests: Public relations, promotional writing, media writing, writing for publication, and news and magazine writing

Dan MaloneDan Malone
Assistant Professor
Email: dmalone@tarleton.edu
Office: O.A. Grant 394
Phone: (254) 968-9385

MA

University of North Texas

Journalism

BJ

University of Texas

Journalism

Teaching Interests: Media writing, reporting, podcasting, broadcasting

Research Interests: Immigration; Capital Punishment; Criminal Justice; Death Penalty

Prairie Endres-ParnellPrairie Endres-Parnell
Instructor
Email: parnell@tarleton.edu
Office: O.A. Grant 394
Phone: 254-968-9149

M.A. 

Texas Tech University

Communication Studies

Emphasis:  Rhetoric and Gender

M.F.A.

Texas Tech University

Performance and Pedagogy

B.A.

Sul Ross State University

Communication Studies

Teaching Interests: Rhetoric*Persuasion*Gender*Voice and Performance*Intercultural

Research Interests: LGBTQ IJssues*Social Movements*Legal Rhetoric

Paul StaffordPaul Stafford
Assistant Professor
Email: stafford@tarleton.edu
Office: O.A. Grant 394 F
Phone: 254-968-9033

Ph.D.                University of Southern Mississippi 

                        Major: Relational Communication

                        Minor: Organizational Communication

                        Dissertation: Interpersonal (Re) Relating: Investigating

                        the Experience of Reconnecting Past Friendships

 M.A.                 Angelo State University

                        Major: Communication Systems Management

                        Thesis: A Study of College and University Homepages

B.A.                  Angelo State University

                        Major: English

                        Major: Communication

Teaching Interests: Small Group Communication *Interpersonal Communication*Communication Theory *Organizational Communication*Computer-Mediated-Communication*Persuasion* Business and Professional SpeakingSpeech* Intercultural Communication*Speech

Research Interests: I am interested in exploring relational processes in and among different contexts utilizing ethnographic methodologies. I am also interested in researching the role of computer-mediated-communication in organizational contexts and interpersonal relationships.

Dr. Gay WakefieldDr. Gay Wakefield
Associate Professor
Email: gwakefield@tarleton.edu
Office: O. A. Grant 394
Phone: (254) 968-1833

EDD

Texas A&M University at Commerce

Supervision, Curriculum & Instruction

MS

Texas Christian University

Speech Communication

BFA

Texas Christian University

Speech Education

Teaching Interests: Public relations; Event management, Business and Professional Communication; Training and Development

Research Interests: Public Relations Ethics; Academic Assessment; Training and Development

Communication Studies
Pam CarpenterPam Carpenter
Administrative Assistant III
Email: carpenter@tarleton.edu
Office: O.A. Grant 394 P
Phone: 254 968-9149