As of the Fall of 2017, the Communications and Journalism Department has merged into a single facility on the lower floor of the Bunnell Building. All staff and regular faculty, adjuncts and Graduate TAs have offices on the first floor of the Bunnell Building. The UAF Speaking Center, however, is still located on the 5th Floor of the Gruening Building.
Department of Communication and Journalism
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 756120
101 Bunnell Bldg.
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6120
Undergraduate academic advising services in the College of Liberal Arts are provided by a combination of faculty and staff advisors.
- Students with freshmen and sophomore standing as well as students in pre-majors are advised by Kathy Nava, CLA’s Comprehensive Academic advisor.
- Students with junior and senior standing are advising by faculty advisor in the department of their major(s).
If you are a junior or senior COJO student, your faculty advisor can assist with registration, petitions, change of major requests and answer any number of questions related to the college experience. If you do not know who your faculty advisor is, contact Department of Communication and Journalism Administrative Assistant Courtney Pagh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-474-7761.
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. Amy May
Dr. Amy May
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Dr. May's current scholarship focuses on understanding gender and power disparities in the #MeToo movement along with how power may be used in digital media to silence marginalized and disenfranchised populations, excluding them from conversations regarding climate change and environmental science. Dr. May’s research has been published in Journal of Communication Pedagogy, Teaching in Higher Education, and Qualitative Research Reports in Communication. Dr. May also presents at regional, national, and international conferences, including the National Communication Association (NCA) and International Communication Association (ICA). She served as editor for Supporting the Military-Affiliated Learner: Communication Approaches to Military Pedagogy and Education(Lexington, 2020) and Women of the Wild: Challenging Gender Disparities in Field Stations and Marine Laboratories (Lexington, 2022). Dr. May also serves as the current Director of the Public Speaking Center and Graduate Student Coordinator for the MA in Professional Communication.
How do I feel about the upcoming semester? As we continue to navigate this pandemic, I am inspired by our students who continue to prioritize their education. I feel honored to be part of their academic journey! Together we can get through this and come out stronger on the other side.
Robert W. Prince
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]
Dr. Kevin Sager
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
My academic interests include statistics, quantitative research methods, organizational communication, interpersonal communication, and small group communication. My current research focuses on superior-subordinate communication.
J. Jason Lazarus
Term Instructor in Photography / Computer Systems Analyst / Darkroom Labs Manager
M.F.A. '14, Photography, Academy of Arts University, San Francisco
Jason Lazarus provides our technology-dependent 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 (and recently as term instructor) 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 11-year old son named Aidan.
Associate Professor (Media Law)
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.
Brian Patrick O'Donoghue
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 Development and Alumni Relations Director Kate Ripley, have three kids, Rory, Robin and Rachel.
Mindy O'Neall has taught Communications in a Group Setting, Interpersonal Communication and Public Speaking for COJO. O'Neall graduated from Iowa State University in Public Relations and Business Communication and from UAF with a Master's Degree in Communications. Her interests are in organizational culture and communications, particularly in government. Mindy is the Executive Director of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center and the Presiding Officer of the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly.
Mindy O'Neall is the Executive Director for Cold Climate Housing Research Center,
a non-profit organization promoting and advancing the development of healthy, durable,
and sustainable shelter for Alaskans and other circumpolar people. CCHRC has built
affordable, durable and sustainable housing in Alaska for over 20 years, engaging
partners throughout the state and Arctic to advance a holistic approach for healthy,
efficient housing in rural Alaska. Mindy comes to CCHRC after working for several
non-profits in Anchorage and Fairbanks and community initiatives, such as the Interior
Energy Project, and as Chief of Staff and Finance aide for Southcentral and Interior
Alaska State Legislators. She is passionate about community resilience and workforce
development, components integrated into to mission of CCHRC.
In 2019, Mindy was appointed and subsequently elected for a 3-year term to the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly, where she currently serves as Presiding Officer. She earned her B.A. degree from Iowa State University in Event Planning and Business Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and a M.A. in Professional Communications from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she focused on organizational culture and systems for communication in governance. She applies her broad-based experience in the public and private sectors to teach communications in a group setting for UAF.
Elizabeth Daravivanh has taught communication courses on the individual and small group contexts. Daravivanh graduated from UAF with her Undergrad in Communication and minor in Anthropology. She continues her education at UAF to receive a Master’s Degree in Professional Public Speaking. Her research focus has included Computer Mediated Communication, Interpersonal Relationships and Organizational communication. Her thesis work focused on mentorships within the collegiate student body, specifically international students who were attending a university. Above all, her fascination with intercultural communication continues to grow over the years as the world seems to become more and more connected with the use of Social Media and other technology-based platforms.
Thanh Nga Nguyen (Nani)
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Thanh Nga Nguyen, known as “Nani”, joined the Communication and Journalism Department in Fall 2021 as an international graduate teaching assistant from Germany. Born and raised in Germany, she also has roots in Vietnam. Nguyen is currently pursuing her M.A. in Professional Communication while also teaching a communications course on the small group context. She also serves as the current Assistant Director and Coach of the Speaking Center. Nguyen graduated from UAF with her undergraduate in Psychology and minor in Management and Organizations in 2018. During her undergraduate studies, Nguyen swam for UAF as a collegiate athlete. Her research interests are in intercultural communication, mindset and communication, and interpersonal relationships. In her leisure time, Nguyen enjoys spending time with her partner and their two dogs, Odin and Koa. Nguyen is also passionate about personal development and the mind-body-spirit connection. She strives to keep her life balanced with swimming, yoga and meditation.