Faculty and Staff

Mark Shifflet

Dr. Mark Shifflet

Professor and Department Chair

Hyde Hall 224A
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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

Dr. Dean Thomlison

Professor Emeritus

Hyde Hall 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

Dr. Tamara Wandel

Associate Professor/Communications

Hyde Hall 226a

Dr. Wandel believes in experiential education. A former director of public relations and journalist in upstate New York, she knows the value of applied skills. Her classes execute communication campaigns for groups such as the Warrick County Community Foundation, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Youth Services Bureau. She teaches media writing, and persuasive writing, and through her classes she and her students have been awarded grants from national sources such as the Maurice R. Robinson Constitutional Rights Foundation. She is a 2004 and 2006 MarCom Creative Award winner and a 2010 and 2011 Society for New Communications Research Fellow.
Jessica Zhang

Dr. Jessica Zhang

Associate Professor/Communications

Hyde Hall 224C

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.
Lori Smith

Mrs. Lori Smith

Visiting Instructor/Communications

Hyde Hall 224D

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

Mr. Joe Atkinson

Digital Multi-Media Specialist in Residence

Hyde Hall 224B

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