College of Communication & Creative Arts - Communication Studies
Maria Simone, Associate Professor and Chair
Ph.D. Temple University
Phone: 856-256-4500 X3155
Dr. Simone is a New Jersey native, and believes in the value of a public, liberal arts education. Since coming to Rowan in 2004, she has taught a variety of courses, including Participatory Media, Digital Communities, Political Communication, as well as courses within the core curriculum (Introduction to Communication Studies, Communication Theory, and Senior Seminar). Dr. Simone's research agenda examines participatory media within and across various contexts, including citizenship, sports, and popular culture.
Kenneth Albone, Associate Professor
Ph.D. Bowling Green State University
Kenneth R. Albone began his teaching career at Rowan University in the Fall of 1982. His research areas include interpersonal communication, educational assessment, quantitative research methods, and instructional practice. In his spare time Dr. Albone enjoys conversation, reading, walking, light exercise activities such as bowling, softball and bicycling, movies, Barnes and Noble, and surfing the web.
Harriet Benavidez, Instructor
M.A. University of Hawaii
Harriet Sharlow Benavidez has been teaching at Rowan since the fall of 1992. She has over 20 years of teaching and training experience in government, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. In addition to college teaching, she has served as a senior corporate trainer for GE Information Services and as an instructor at the Naval Air Technical Training Center Memphis in Millington, Tennessee. One of her continuing interests is the role of interpersonal communication in military family life. She has designed and facilitated seminars on how to deal effectively with communication issues that arise due to a military member's frequent and prolonged absences from the family.
Joy Cypher, Associate Professor
Ph.D. Purdue University
Joy Cypher is one of the Midwest transplants within the department of Communication Studies at Rowan. Her main area of study as a professor is the intersection of embodiment and communication, with particular interest in, and commitment to, Disability Studies. Dr. Cypher is well-recognized for her teaching, as the 2012 recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the 2016 Eastern Communication Association Teaching Fellow Award.
John Feaster, Associate Professor
Ph.D. Ohio State University
John Feaster joined the Department of Communication Studies at Rowan after teaching two years at the University of Richmond. His teaching and research interests pertain to interpersonal communication and the roles of communication technologies in everyday life. His work has been published in regional, national, and international journals.
Julie Haynes, Associate Professor
Ph.D. Penn. State University
Julie Haynes has been teaching at Rowan since 1998.
Her research interests include rhetorical dimensions of media and popular culture, rhetorical constructions of gender and feminist resistance rhetoric, rhetoric of social protest, and rhetoric of regional identity. Her current projects include research on rhetorical strategies of Southern suffragists and depictions of masculinity in reality television.
Maccamas Ikpah, Associate Professor
Ed. D. Oklahoma State University
Dr. Ikpah teaches Mass Media and Their Influences, Communication Studies Seminar, International Communication and Intercultural Communication. He has travelled extensively to China, the United Kingdom, Holland, Cameroon and Ghana.
Eleanor Lockhart, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Texas A&M University
Dr. Lockhart is a scholar of communication, gender, and popular culture. She teaches courses in public speaking, images of gender in popular culture, and rhetorical criticism. Her doctoral dissertation project dealt with the performance of hegemonic masculinity in nerd/geek culture.
Pamela Marshall, Instructor
Director, Public Speaking Course Director
M.A. Temple University
Pam Marshall is a communication scholar with an emphasis on listening and perception. Her research focuses on communication satisfaction of off-site workers, and listening capabilities of high-level managers. She is also a consultant in the corporate sector, and has conducted both research and workshops in the telecommunications field, the pharmaceutical industry, the publishing industry, and the prison systems in New Jersey.
Clara L. Popa, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University
Clara Popa joined the department in the Fall of 2004. Her research includes communicative aspects of trust in temporary groups, methodological approaches to the study of trust and communication, and the role of values in intercultural communication. She continues to expand her research interests and tries relentlessly to persuade her students to join her.
Daniel Schowalter, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Indiana University
Dan Schowalter joined the Department of Communication Studies ecstatically in the Fall of 2002. His research interests include the intersections of rhetoric, visuality, memory and the popular imagination, with special interest in the rhetoric of documentary imagery.
Daniel Strasser, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Unversity of Denver
Professor Daniel S. Strasser began teaching at Rowan University in Fall 2012. His research focuses on father-son relationships, transracially adoptive families, gay and lesbian families, male friendships, and perceptions and performances of masculinities.