Faculty and Staff

Mark Shifflet

Dr. Mark Shifflet

Professor and Department Chair

Room 212 A, Hyde Hall
Video Interview with Dr. Mark Shifflet

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.
Joe Atkinson

Mr. Joe Atkinson


Assistant Professor/Communication

Room 212 B, Hyde Hall

Joe Atkinson earned his Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Ohio University, his Master of Public Service Administration from the University of Evansville, and his Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Stage & Screen at the University of Nebraska Omaha. He began his professional career at the Evansville Courier & Press before joining the University of Evansville in 2007 as Director of News Services. After also serving as UE's Director of Digital Media, Atkinson joined the Department of Communication faculty in 2015. During his time on the faculty, he has co-produced (alongside Professor of History Dr. James MacLeod) the WNIN Tri-State Public Media documentary series Evansville at War, and has earned two Ohio Valley Emmy Award nominations - one for producing the five-episode documentary series Epidemic: Addiction in Middle America, and the other for producing the documentary feature film From the Ashes: The University of Evansville Purple Aces.
Tommy Housman

Mr. Tommy Housman

Instructor of Communications


Evansville native and University of Evansville alumni Tommy J Housman has been working in Art and Design as a Visual Communication Specialist for almost two decades, specializing in graphic design, photography, motion graphics, web design, video, illustration, and marketing. Tommy serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Urban Seeds and has dedicated himself to food equity in the Evansville Metropolitan area. He has worked with the Center for Innovation & Change to create a repeating ChangeLab for students to work with the Board of Directors of Urban Seeds, other food justice organizations, and individuals in the community to present innovative solutions to the challenges of food inequity in our community. Since 2021, Tommy has worked as The Student Media Advisor, leading UE students in producing The Crescent Magazine.
Muhammad Fahad Humayun

Dr. Muhammad Fahad Humayun

Assistant Professor/Communication


Dr. Fahad Humayun is a communication researcher and educator who earned his PhD in Media Research and Practice from University of Colorado Boulder. His research has been published in prestigious journals such as Digital Journalism and Journalism Practice and he is also a recipient of research awards from International Communication Association (ICA) and Association for Education in Mass Communication and Journalism (AEJMC). He has also taught at multiple universities in past and brings experience of teaching both undergrad and graduate students.

Dr. Humayun is an avid sports fan and as a child he used to stay up all night to watch NBA games on ESPN while living in Pakistan.
Dean Thomlison

Dr. Dean Thomlison

Professor Emeritus

Room 224B, Hyde Hall

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.