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School of Communication Faculty Members


Sundeep Muppidi, PhD - Director

An Associate Professor of Communication and Multimedia Web Design & Development, Sundeep Muppidi teaches courses in new media, television production, multimedia production, international communication and research methods.  Read More


Jack Banks, PhD

He teaches courses in media, particularly popular culture, television production, and media criticism, and received the University award of Distinguished Teaching Humanist for 2004-2006.  Read More


Lauren Cook

Lauren Cook, Program Director of Cinema, teaches all aspects of film production, including animation, documentary, narrative, and creating video games. Her films have received a number of awards and have screened internationally.  Read More


Kristin Comeforo, PhD

Dr. Comeforo is known for her down to earth, practical teaching style, which engages students through current events and hands-on learning. She enjoys teaching courses in Advertising Strategy, Digital & Social Media, traditional Media Planning, and Branding.  Read More


Roger Desmond, PhD

Much of Professor Desmond's research, published in journals and book chapters in communication and psychology, has focused on children and the media.  Read More


Bob Duran, PhD

Professor Duran's research focuses on social communication competence, technology (e.g., cell phones, text messaging) and interpersonal relationships, media portrayals of relational issues (e.g., popular magazines, reality TV), and teacher-student interaction.  Read More


Don Ellis, PhD

He is interested in communication issues related to ethnopolitical conflict with particular emphasis on conflict resolution, intractable conflicts, intercultural communication, and democracy.  Read More


Susan Grantham, PhD

Susan Grantham teaches public relations courses at the graduate and undergraduate level including introduction to public relations, public relations cases and public relations campaigns; and serves as Director of the Communication Graduate Program.  Read More


Margo Greenlaw

Margo Greenlaw teaches filmmaking courses and Introduction to Film. Her films and videos blend documentary with experimental and narrative forms and have screened at festivals throughout North America and the UK.  Read More


Randy Jacobs, PhD

Randy Jacobs teaches courses in advertising, integrated communication, and mass media. Dr. Jacobs has advised district-winning student teams in the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition.  Read More


Harvey Jassem, PhD

Professor Jassem teaches courses related to mediated communication, such as "Introduction to Media," "Media and Society," and courses on communication law, emerging media, and alternative media.  Read More


Lynne Kelly, PhD

Dr. Lynne Kelly teaches courses in group, organizational, and interpersonal communication; communication technologies and relationships; research methods; and a special communication course for shy and apprehensive students.  Read More


Branko Kovacic, PhD

Dr. Kovacic, called Branko by colleagues and students, teaches courses in communication theory, organizational communication, organizational crises, leadership, and fundamentals of journalism.  Read More


Robert Lang, PhD

Robert Lang is a well regarded instructor who has taught a wide range of courses at Hartford, including Road Movies, The Western, Popular Heroes, Arab Cinema, French Cinema, Film Analysis and Film History.  Read More


Paul Siegel, PhD

A behind-the-scenes activist and administrator, Dr. Siegel has been on the board of directors of the American Civil Liberties Union for decades, and is a member of the executive council of the Text and Academic Authors Association.  Read More


Michael Walsh, PhD

Michael Walsh, a Cinema professor since 1986, has been in the Cinema program since its inception.  He teaches Introduction to Film, Film Analysis and World Cinema, and has developed courses on Alfred Hitchcock, Genres and Genders, and Film and Dream.  Read More


Fang (Faye) Yang, PhD

Dr. Faye Yang, a Visiting Assistant Professor, teaches courses in advertising including advertising principles, advertising tactics, and integrated marketing communications.  Read More