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Media Communication

Bachelor of Arts in Media Communication

The Media Communication major completes five foundation courses including one internship in their field of study. The public relations degree in Media Communication (seven courses) prepares students for careers in corporate, not-for-profit and agency public relations. The internship is integral to the Media Communication major. Junior and senior majors serve an apprenticeship at more than 30 nearby organizations, including media outlets, public relations agencies and not-for-profit.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Majors pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Media Communication must satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. In addition, students must successfully complete 12 major courses, including an internship and a sufficient number of electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major.

Foundation Courses

COMM 101 Introduction to Mass Media  
COMM 111 Writing for the Mass Media  
COMM 240 Digital Communication: Technology, Modes & Methods  
COMM 200 Media Law and Ethics  
and one of the following required Internships:
COMM 460 Internship
COMM 461 Washington Internship and Experiential Learning Seminar

Required Courses

COMM 220 Principles and Practices of Public Relations  
COMM 305 Mass Communication Theory and Criticism  
COMM 340 Mass Communication Research  
COMM 350 Public Relations Techniques  
COMM 420 Public Relations Case Studies  
MRKT 200 Marketing Principles  

and
One MRKT elective at the 300 Level or above

Amiee Shelton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
B.S. Central Missouri State, M.S. Boston University, Ph.D. Salve Regina University
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GHH 330

Amiee Shelton

Amiee
Shelton
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
B.S. Central Missouri State, M.S. Boston University, Ph.D. Salve Regina University
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GHH 330
Winner of the 2010 Mark Gould Award for Commitment to Student Learning,  Dr. Shelton believes the best learning comes from doing. She brings real world projects into the classroom with the primary goal to produce professional public relations practitioners.  Her passion lies in working one-on-one with students. Every student leaves each of her courses with a solid theoretical base, but also with something tangible for the job market.

Dr. Shelton also has significant experience in television news, working for local affiliates of the New York Times, Meredith Corporation, Tribune Corporation, LIN-TV and FOX News Corp.

Dr. Shelton has been awarded a Fulbright Grant for Spring 2014.  She will be teaching in the Slovak Republic. Her Research will focus on Corporate Academic Relationships.

Primary Courses:

Public Relations
Mass Comm Research
PR Case Studies
PR Campaigns

Michael Scully, M.S.
Assistant Professor of Communication
B.A. Ithaca College, M.S. Columbia University
Contact Information
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GHH 324
Areas of Expertise: 
Digital Journalism

Michael Scully

Michael
Scully
M.S.
Assistant Professor of Communication
B.A. Ithaca College, M.S. Columbia University
Contact Information
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GHH 324
Areas of Expertise: 
Digital Journalism

Michael Scully is an Assistant Professor of Communications at Roger Williams University where he teaches in the Journalism Program. His classes include Writing for Mass Media, Feature Writing, Mass Media Law & Ethics, Digital Journalism I and (soon) Digital Journalism II.

He has been working as a college professor since the Fall of 2004. Prior to academia, he wrote for a variety of new organizations including CNN, Fortune Small Business magazine, The Times Herald-Record (Middletown, NY), The Fairfax Journal, Washington Technology, The Vienna Times and The Post-Star (Glens Falls). He also worked for New Century Networks, an Internet news operation launched in the late 1990s by a consortium of newspaper companies.

Courses Taught:

Digital Journalism
Mass Media Law & Ethics
Writing for Mass Media
Feature Writing

Anjali Ram, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication
B.A. Nowrosjee Wadia College, M.A. University of Pune, India, M.A., Ph.D. Ohio University
Contact Information
x3162
GHH 322

Anjali Ram

Anjali
Ram
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication
B.A. Nowrosjee Wadia College, M.A. University of Pune, India, M.A., Ph.D. Ohio University
Contact Information
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GHH 322

Courses Taught:

Intercultural Communication
International Communication
Intro to Mass Media
Mass Comm Research

Publications:

Articles/Essays
Ram, A. (in press). “Bollywood and globalization: Reassembling gender and nation in Kal Ho Na Ho.” In M. Meyers (Ed.), (2nd Ed), Women in popular culture: Representation and meaning. Hampton Press.

Ram, A. (2003). “Memory and the reconstitution of cultural identities in the Asian Indian diaspora.” In M. Fong and R. Chuang (Eds.), Communicating ethnic and cultural identity (pp.121-133). Rowan and Littlefield.

Ram, A. (2002). “Framing the feminine: Diasporic readings of gender in Indian cinema.” Women’s Studies in Communications, 25, 25-52.

Ram, A. (1999). “Immigrant inscriptions: Redefining race and gender in Mississippi Masala.” In M. Meyers (Ed.), Mediated women: Representations in popular culture (pp.355-368). Hampton Press.

Paola Prado, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
B.A. Denison University, M.A. Georgetown University, Ph.D. University of Miami
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GHH 326

Paola Prado

Paola
Prado
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
B.A. Denison University, M.A. Georgetown University, Ph.D. University of Miami
Contact Information
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GHH 326

Dr. Prado teaches courses in journalism, media law, digital media production and mass communication theory. She has written book chapters about Latin American media on topics of media diversity and inequality as well as a chapter on the impact of the Internet on traditional gender roles in the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Prado also has extensive professional experience as a journalist, media publisher, consultant, manager and producer for outlets such as CBS TeleNoticias, The Weather Channel Latin America, Reuters Television, and RealNetworks. She is a co-founder of Com2, a citizen reporter digital journalism workshop funded by the Knight Center for International Media at the University of Miami to provide journalism training for marginalized populations in the Dominican Republic.

Fluent in four languages, energetic, articulate and engaging with colleagues and students alike, Dr. Prado embodies many of those qualities that are the foundation of our university’s values of global perspective, learning for its own sake, civil discourse, civic responsibility and student/faculty research.

Roxanne M. O'Connell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication, Visual and New Media, Department of Communication & Graphic Design Chair
B.S. Leslie College, M.S. Bentley College, Ph.D. Salve Regina University
Contact Information
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GHH 323

Roxanne M. O'Connell

Roxanne M.
O'Connell
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication, Visual and New Media, Department of Communication & Graphic Design Chair
B.S. Leslie College, M.S. Bentley College, Ph.D. Salve Regina University
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GHH 323

Courses Taught:

Digital Communication
Introduction to Visual Communication
Visual Media in a Cultural Context
Visual Essays
Introduction to Mass Media
Visual Rhetoric, Visual Culture
Digital Media in a Global Context
McLuhan’s Global Village

Teaching Philosophy:

My guiding philosophy in teaching classroom and independent study projects continues to be based on the following principles:

Hume Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
B.A., M.S. University of West Indies, Ph.D. University of Wairato
Contact Information
x3548
GHH 329

Hume Johnson

Hume
Johnson
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
B.A., M.S. University of West Indies, Ph.D. University of Wairato
Contact Information
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GHH 329

A native of Jamaica, Dr. Johnson comes to us from the James Cook University in Australia where she has been teaching in the Public Relations and Broadcast curriculum. She earned her Ph.D.—”When Citizen Politics Become Uncivil: Between Popular Protest, Civil Society & Governance in Jamaica” from The University of Waikato, New Zealand. She has written book chapters and articles that deal with civil and civic engagement, cultural and political communication and is working on a manuscript of public relations campaigns—why they succeed, why they fail.

Dr. Johnson also has extensive professional experience as a consultant, television presenter, speech writer, media aide and publicist. Her research agenda is well matched to our university’s core values, especially in the areas of civil discourse, civic engagement, global perspectives, and student/faculty research initiatives.

Poised, articulate and engaging with colleagues and students alike, Dr. Johnson embodies many of those qualities that are the hallmark of a committed teacher and scholar.

Kamille Gentles-Peart, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
B.A. CUNY Herbert H. Lehman College, Ph.D. University of Michigan
Contact Information
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GHH 327

Kamille Gentles-Peart

Kamille
Gentles-Peart
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
B.A. CUNY Herbert H. Lehman College, Ph.D. University of Michigan
Contact Information
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GHH 327

Dr. Kamille Gentles-Peart is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Roger Williams University where she teaches in the area of international communication. She is a first-generation immigrant, born and raised in Jamaica, W.I.

Courses Taught:

Introduction to Mass Media
Mass Communication Theory & Criticism
International Communication
Global Audiences, Global Consumers

Recent Research

Media and Identity Formation

Television

Gendered Diasporic Communities

Diasporic Identity

Her scholarship addresses how cultural identities and subjectivities inform intercultural and mediated communication practices. Her current research explores how West Indian immigrant women in the U.S. engage with mainstream U.S. media, and how it informs the construction of their identity.