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Faculty

Charles Mason
Department Chair
907-474-6217
cwmason@alaska.edu
Journalism

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Professor Charles Mason has taught photography and photojournalism at UAF since 1990. He actively and passionately pursues all kinds of photography. His work has garnered numerous awards including the Oskar Barnack Award at World Press Photo, POY awards, and others. He's also had a number of solo shows in and out of Alaska. His prints are in the collection of many individuals and museums.

Mason's photographs have been published widely, including in the New York Times, Outside Magazine, Time, LIFE and even The Weekly Reader. The cover of the bestselling book "Water for Elements" features a photograph he took here at a small circus here in Fairbanks. He's been in Pictures of the Year issues of Time, LIFE, Stern, and the Photography Annuals of PDN and Communication Arts.

Mason has a joint appointment between the Department and Communication and Journalism, and the Department of Art, where he heads the BFA and MFA sequences in Photography.  

Mason now mostly photographs his family, travels, and assignment and commercial work. He covers Alaska stories for the New York Times and is represented by Getty Images and the Well Street Art Company. When not taking pictures, Mason enjoys tending to his vast collection of carnivorous plants, practicing solo synchronized swimming routines, and spending time with his many  Siamese  cats.


Dr. Peter DeCaro
Associate Professor
907-474-6799
padecaro@alaska.edu
Communication

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Just kidding. . .


Rob Prince

 Robert W. Prince - On Sabbatical
Associate Professor
(907) 474-6249
rob.prince@alaska.edu
Journalism

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M.A. Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media, Michigan State University
B.A. Communication Arts & Sciences, Calvin College

Professor Prince joined the Journalism Department in 2005.  He specializes in video production and documentary filmmaking for the UAF Journalism Department.  He has been working in video production since 1993.  He began his post-college career at Kurtis Productions in Chicago, a documentary production company owned by the journalist and television personality Bill Kurtis.  He went on to produce and direct live television programming for the PBS affiliate WGVU-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan and then ran the video production department at Calvin College.  His award-winning documentary films have been broadcast internationally.  His documentary "Making Choices" won the audience-choice award at the Newburyport Documentary Film Festival and is available on Amazon and Netflix.  He is currently working on a documentary film about buying a DeLorean sports car and driving it up to Alaska.  In 2013 Professor Prince was nominated and selected as one of eight UAF faculty fellows to serve as part of the Chancellor’s Program for Innovation in Technology and Elearning (CITE).  

In 2014 Professor Prince created Dark Winter Nights: True Stories from Alaska, a live storytelling event, radio program, and podcast featuring Alaskans sharing true stories from life in Alaska.  Within a year the event was drawing such a large audience that the live show had to be moved into a 1200 seat auditorium.  The podcast is available on iTunes and there's more information at darkwinternights.com.

Watch: The Brutalist and the Dove [Full Documentary]

Watch:Living in a Dry Cabin, Fairbanks [Video Project]



Brian O'Donoghue

Brian Patrick O'Donoghue
Associate Professor

(907) 474-6247
 bpodonoghue@alaska.edu
Journalism


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M.A. '85, Broadcast Journalism, New York University

B.A. '77, History, University of California, Santa Cruz

Professor Brian Patrick O’Donoghue recently received Alaska Press Club’s highest honor, the 2016 First Amendment Award, for “dogged persistence in pursuit of the truth.” The recognition follows more than a decade of student-assisted reporting that helped exonerate the Fairbanks Four, a group including three Native Alaskans, wrongfully incarcerated 18 years for a white teen’s 1997 murder.

O’Donoghue’s 35-year career spans print, broadcast and mobile journalism. He’s taken readers with him pulling 7Gs in a F-16, accompanying Stryker Brigade soldiers sweeping palm groves for weapons in Iraq, observing pipeline construction on Arctic Ocean’s ice in 70-below conditions.

His news photos document Mid East peace talks, political campaigns, disasters, tribal gatherings and jazz greats. His books, My lead Dog was a Lesbian, and Honest Dogs, recount his misadventures mushing the distance in both Iditarod and the Yukon Quest.

O’Donoghue spent 2012-13 teaching and researching digital media trends in India as Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in residence at Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication.

He is past president of Alaska Press Club and a dedicated member of Investigative Reporters and Editors. He joined UAF Journalism’s faculty in 2001.

He and his wife, UAF Alumni Director Kate Ripley, have three kids, Rory, Robin and Rachel.



Ed Husted
Associate Professor (Media Law)
ffesh@uaf.edu
Journalism

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Ed Husted practiced general law in Indiana for almost 20 years before moving to Alaska in 1982. He then worked for six years as a paralegal in two Fairbanks law offices practicing workers' compensation law. In 1988, Husted and his wife formed Lawyer Support Services to provide contract legal research and written projects for local lawyers. The following year, Husted began writing and selling weekly summaries of the opinions of the Alaska Supreme Court. His subscription list has now grown to more than 125 law firms throughout Alaska and in Seattle.
When the UAF paralegal studies program started in 1992, Husted taught the first introductory class, and he has taught it ever since. He also teaches three other paralegal courses in addition to Mass Media Law (JRN 413) for the UAF Journalism Department and Media Relations (JUST 630) for the UAF Justice Department. In 1997, Husted became the first full-time coordinator of the UAF paralegal studies program, a position he still holds.


Dr. Karen Taylor
Assistant Professor
(907) 474-6818 
kmtaylor4@alaska.edu
Communication

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I joined the Department of Communication Faculty in 2008, after having lived in six other states and travelled in every single state except for Hawaii.  My Ph.D. is from University of Pittsburgh (with certification in History & Philosophy of Science), my M.A. is from Texas A&M University, and my B.A. is from Tulane University (with a minor in Physics).

My academic interests are primarily in organizational communication.  My research deals with communicating scientific information and the role of communication in knowledge-production. More generally, my interests are pretty eclectic and I like learning new things, so conversations on almost any topic are welcome.


Dr. Kevin Sager
Assistant Professor
(907) 474-5060

ksager2@alaska.edu
Communication

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I joined the Department of Communication Faculty in 2010. I have a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Washington, a M.S. Ed. in Counseling and Counselor Education from Indiana University, and a B.S. in Psychology and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

My academic interests include statistics, quantitative research methods, organizational communication, interpersonal communication, and small group communication. My current research focuses on superior-subordinate communication.


 Dr. Amy May
Assistant Professor
(907) 474-6591

amay11@alaska.edu
Communication

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I am excited to be joining the communication department for the 2016-2017 academic year.  I have been teaching communication and humanities-based courses for almost eleven years. I started teaching while finishing my Masters at Auburn University, and I have been teaching and continuing my own education ever since. I finished my Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May 2011.  Most recently, I taught at the University of Maryland-College Park, and I look forward to becoming part of the UAF community.

My research interests are varied.  My passion is the social construction of parenthood and the motherhood narrative.  I am especially interested in understanding the experience of women who choose alternative paths to parenthood, such as surrogacy.  Most recently, I have started to research contrapower, focusing on students who bully professors and their experiences in the academy.  


Adjuncts

J. Jason Lazarus

Computer Systems Analyst / Darkroom Labs Manager / Adjunct (Photography)
(907) 474-6020
 jjlazarus@alaska.edu
Journalism

 

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M.F.A. '14, Photography, Academy of Arts University, San Francisco

Jason Lazarus provides our technology-dependant department with its life support, keeping our computers, cameras, recorders, microphones, printers and all the rest of our gear in operating condition. He is a graduate of our very own department, with a degree in Photojournalism. Jason has been with us since 2004, taking over the management of our computer labs and traditional darkrooms.  Since 2005, he's served as an adjunct for the department teaching both film and digital versions of our photography courses and had developed courses in Alternative and Historical Photo Processes. His hobbies range from vintage video games to exploring abandoned mines and dredges. He has a lovely wife, Deanna, and a 8-year old son named Aidan.


 Kaitlin Faculty PhotoKatelin Avery
Adjunct Professor
(907) 474-5846
ktavery@alaska.edu
Communication
 

 

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I joined the Department of Communication Faculty in 2015. I have a B.S. in Community Development and Graphic Design from Portland State University. My current research focuses on workplace and organizational communication culture. 

Although I've traveled far I returned to hometown in 2009, because the geography of relationships is the geography of happiness. Fairbanks has enriched my life with family, friends, and community. On my days off I like to teach yoga, garden, hike, and spend time playing with my kid.


Dave Partee
Adjunct Professor (Website Design)
partee@sfos.uaf.edu
Journalism

 

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Dave Partee, who teaches website design, is communications designer for the Alaska Sea Grant College Program at UAF, and before that was Web Coordinator for the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. Prior to moving to Alaska in 1996, he pursued the family business--academia--studying philosophy and music at the University of California at Berkeley (B.A.). and was a graduate fellow in philosophy at UMass Amherst, before being drawn into a career in design and music. Dave's specialties also include graphics and design applications, such as Photoshop and InDesign, and digital
photography techniques.

Dave freelances as a photographer, specializing in dog mushing, frequently contributing to mushing and dog sport magazines. He also works as a bass player with many Fairbanks musicians. His says his biggest regret in moving to Fairbanks was having to give up the sport of squash.


Faculty LauraLaura Neuffer
Adjunct Professor 
(907) 474-6591
lwneuffer@alaska.edu

Communication

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I have a master's degree in Communication Management from The University of Southern California and I specialize in remote communications such as online comm. After a year of teaching on campus I now teach primarily online classes for the Department of Communication. I'm also a registered yoga instructor and have been teaching yoga for over 5 years.


picture of leanneLeanne Burnett
Adjunct Professor
laburnett@alaska.edu
Communication

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I graduated from University of Alaska Fairbanks with my Masters in Professional Communication in 2012 and have been delighted to be a part of the adjunct faculty of this department ever since. I have taught the public speaking classes of Comm 131x and Comm 141x.  Each semester has given me the opportunity to learn so much from my students, both from the interactions we share in the classroom and about the wide and wonderful variety of topics they choose for the speeches they give. 

Within the academic field of communication, I am particularly interested in intrapersonal and interpersonal communication, as well as intergenerational communication.  My research examined the ways in which grandparents negotiate the role transition if they become the primary caregivers for their grandchildren. 

In addition to teaching at the collegiate level, I also enjoy working with students as a substitute teacher in the Middle and High Schools of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. When I am not in a classroom, I can usually be found spending time with friends and family, working on various home improvement projects, or curled up in my favorite chair with a good book and a cup of coffee.


Diana Campbell
Adjunct Professor
dlcampbell@alaska.edu
Communication

 

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Just Kidding. . . 


(TA) Teaching Assistants

Nike TA PhotoNike Bahr
Graduate Teaching Assistant
(907) 474-1826
nbahr2@alaska.edu

Communication

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Born and raised in the north-west of Germany, I did my Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies at the University of Mannheim in the south of Germany, which already gave me the opportunity to learn about teaching. I then attended UAF as an exchange student in 2014; it is quite obvious just how much I fell in love with the people, landscape, and potentially most fantastic university there is since I am now back as a grad student and TA with the department of communication!


Ramzi with a butterfly

Ramzi Ghalioum
Graduate Teaching Assistant
(907) 474-1826
raboughalioum@alaska.edu
 
Communication

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I was born and raised in Kuwait, besides a few years during my undergrad in which I floated between Lebanon and Dubai. I ended up completing my undergrad in Kuwait with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, with a concentration in Television and Radio Production. My interests vary widely, so besides teaching, I’ve worked in music production, theater, advertising, and event coordination. I’m here at UAF to teach and learn, I’m interested in pretty much everything, and I like to think that I’m a pretty good listener. I shall leave this blurb with an invitation to ongoing dialogue between myself and the rest of the UAF community…I look forward to meeting everyone and hearing their input on this and that of whatever may come up in conversation!


Rebecca Hatfield
Graduate Teaching Assistant
(907) 474-1876
rahatfield@alaska.edu
Communication

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Jillian Larson
Graduate Teaching Assistant
(907) 474- 1876
jmlarson3@alaska.edu
Communication

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Thesis: Determining if there is a relationship between level of disclosure and time of incarceration in online prison dating ads, OR determining what features in online dating ads attract readers to respond to ads. 

Cool feature of the communication dept: Developing relationships with students and faculty 

Teaching philosophy: Learning through engagement

 Other: Twin, love travel and golf. I am also a PADI certified diver.

Teresa Lowe
Graduate Teaching Assistant
(907) 474-1876
tmflores2@alaska.edu
Communication

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Mindy TA PhotoMindy O'Neall
Graduate Teaching Assistant
(907) 474-1876
mloneall@alaska.edu

Communication

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Mindy O'Neall is joining the UAF Communications Department with over 11 years of professional experience in public relations, community outreach and communications. A 2003 Cyclone graduate of Iowa State University in Journalism and Mass Communication, O'Neall moved to Anchorage in 2004 and has had the opportunity to work as the first Community Relations Coordinator for the Anchorage Concert Association and as the Membership Director for the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. After working as a radio executive and on-air host of three shows for 5 years, she became involved in political campaigns that led her to work for the Alaska State Legislature. This led her to the real part of the state, Fairbanks. In 2014, she returned to academia to pursue her Master's Degree as a part-time student, and in 2016 decided to take the plunge as a full-time student and TA. O'Neall completed her first ever RAGBRAI in 2016, a 420 mile bicycle ride across her home state of Iowa, and strives to live life fully with intention, curiosity, and humor while traveling as much as possible. She is known to "bleed cardinal and gold" for the Big 12 Iowa State Cyclones. 

 
Motto: Unity in the Community
Quote: "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." - Buddhist Proverb 

Troy Poulsen
Graduate Teaching Assistant
(907) 474-1876
tdpoulsen@alaska.edu
Communication

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Teaching Communication courses and coaching in the Speaking Center at UAF since 2014 has been a rewarding experience and currently serve in the role of Assistant Director in the Speaking Center.  My B.A. in Communication with a minor in Sociology was completed at UAF.  Communication was also my focus at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington not Canada, where I earned my A.A.  

 

I currently study Alternate Dispute Resolution and Intercultural Communication, where my thesis is focused on the promotion of Circle Peacemaking processes.  Interests revolve around human interaction, communication apprehension, and gender.

 

Alaska and UAF have given me a lot of opportunities to continue to develop into the person that I want to become.  Outside of academia, I enjoyed the opportunity to perform in an all-Alaskan original musical as well as other various productions.  I’m thankful for the community that I have found in Fairbanks as well as its support in my growth as an individual.


Bekah's TA PhotoBekah Taylor
Graduate Teaching Assistant
(907) 474-1876
bltaylor3@alaska.edu
Communication

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I received my Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. I love to travel. Adventure is my middle name. In my travels, I have had the opportunity to teach both dance and American Sign Language. I am an avid bookworm and spend some of my happiest days devouring stories. My area of interest lays heavily in web design and nonverbal communication.  

Quote: "What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say." - Ralph Waldo Emerson


Staff

Courtney Pagh
Administrative Extraordinaire
(907)474-6591 
courtney.pagh@alaska.edu
fycomm@uaf.edu 

Communication & Journalism

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An almost life-long Alaskan with ties to UAF since the early 70's, I have been with the Department of Communication since 2010. My focus is on student success and I pride myself on being able to find creative solutions to student problems.
Fax: 907.474.5858
Office Hours: 8:00 - 4:00

Charles
Student Assistant
crlowrey@alaska.edu

Communication & Journalism

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Just kidding. . .


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