Faculty and Staff

Mark Shifflet, Professor and Department Chair

Dr. Mark Shifflet

Professor and Department Chair

Hyde Hall, Room 212 A
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Dr. Mark Shifflet has a wide variety of interests that can be seen in the range of courses he teaches. From web and multimedia design to media law to international media systems, Dr. Shifflet believes that today’s communication professionals need to have a broad understanding of the field in order to be adaptable to its rapid pace of change. A recent Fulbright scholar who has been studying characteristics of the media in China, Dr. Shifflet tries to help students “connect the dots” between the different elements that make up any media system so they can appreciate how one part impacts the whole.
Dean Thomlison, Professor Emeritus

Dr. Dean Thomlison

Professor Emeritus

Hyde Hall, Room 224B

Simply put, Dr. Dean Thomlison enjoys people. His enjoyment of human interaction led him to an illustrious career as an educator, consultant, mediator and trainer. He is a nationally-recognized expert in interpersonal communication. In his more than 35 years of university teaching experience he authored and contributed to several texts and numerous scholarly articles. As a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow, Dr. Thomlison studied intercultural communication in multinational corporations, institutes, and governments throughout the world. He completed post-doctoral training at the Intercultural Training Institute at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Tamara Wandel, Associate Professor/Communications

Dr. Tamara Wandel

Associate Professor/Communications

Hyde Hall, Room 216

Dr. Wandel believes in experiential education. A former New York director of public relations and journalist, she understands the value of applied skills. She has conducted media research and data analytic projects with several professional sports teams, including the Boston Red Sox, Denver Broncos and Utah Jazz. Through her classes – ranging from sports promotions to media writing – she and her students have been awarded grants from national sources such as the Maurice R. Robinson Constitutional Rights Foundation and the 1 For All First Amendment campaign. She is a previous recipient of the MarCom Creative Award, Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award and a two-time Society for New Communications Research Fellow. Dr. Wandel’s research agenda has focused mainly on the areas of social media on branding and behavioral choices, including published journal articles in the Handbook of Research on Children’s Consumption of Digital Media, Driving Customer Appeal Through the Use of Emotional Branding, Journal of New Communications Research, Planning for Higher Education, and the Journal of the Society for College & University Planning. You can read about Dr. Wandel's experiences at Harlaxton College, UE's study abroad center based in a Victorian manor house in Grantham, England.
Jessica Zhang, Associate Professor/Communications

Dr. Jessica Zhang

Associate Professor/Communications

Hyde Hall, Room 212 C

Jie Zhang, “Jessica,” began her “professional” career in communications as a freelance reporter for a Shanghai radio station when she was twelve years old. Since then, she has added a wide range of activities to her resume, ranging from editor to graphic designer to media planner. Zhang received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin where she specialized in researching some of the recent trends in the use of media technology that are transforming the advertising industry. Her research has been presented at various conferences and published in Journal of Promotion Management, Journal of International Consumer Marketing, Journal of Global Marketing, among others. She takes a strong hands-on approach in her classes in order to prepare students for the rapidly changing field of advertising.
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Mrs. Lori Smith


Hyde Hall, Room 212 D

One of Lori’s classroom strategies is to present material in an active learning style, incorporating discussions, group work and problem-solving activities. According to Alfred Mercier, “What we learn with pleasure, we never forget.” During her 17 years at UE, Lori has taught numerous communication courses, given professional communication seminars, volunteered for a variety of student events and received faculty appreciation recognition by student athletes and sororities. Outside the classroom, Lori provides communication training for corporations and not-for-profit organizations; she was also a debate consultant for a local political candidate in a recent election.
Joe Atkinson, Assistant Professor/Communications

Mr. Joe Atkinson

Assistant Professor/Communications

Hyde Hall, Room 212 B

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