Contact information

ClassromAs 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

Telephone: 907-474-7761
Fax: 907-474-6326


 

Academic advising

Undergraduate academic advising services in the College of Liberal Arts are provided by a combination of faculty and staff advisors.

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 crpagh@alaska.edu or 907-474-7761.


Faculty

Charles Mason

Charles Mason

Department Chair

Digital Journalism

Bunnell 102D

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.

Dr. Peter DeCaro

Dr. Peter DeCaro

Associate Professor

Communication

Bunnell 105B

Robert W. Prince

Robert W. Prince

Associate Professor

Digital Journalism

Bunnell 105C

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).

Brian Patrick O'Donoghue

Brian Patrick O'Donoghue

Professor

Digital Journalism

Bunnell 101B

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.

Dr. Karen Taylor

Dr. Karen Taylor

Associate Professor

Communication

Bunnell 106E

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

Dr. Kevin Sager

Associate Professor

Communication

Bunnell 101C

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.

J. Jason Lazarus

J. Jason Lazarus

Term Instructor in Photography / Computer Systems Analyst / Darkroom Labs Manager

Digital Journalism

Bunnell 114

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 (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.

Ed Husted

Associate Professor (Media Law)

Journalism

Adjuncts

Leanne Burnett

Leanne Burnett

Adjunct Professor

Communication

Bunnell 117

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.

Nike Bahr

Adjunct Professor

Communication

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!

(TA) Teaching Assistants

Tori McDermott

Graduate Teaching Assistant / Managing Director of the Speaking Center

Communication

GRUE 507

I'm Tori McDermott! I received a major in Communication and a minor in Marketing from Coastal Carolina University. I love being outside and I can't wait to help the students of the University of Alaska become better speakers.

Daria Getmanova

Daria Getmanova

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Communication

Bunnell 124

Daria is originally from the Russian city of Saratov, which is on the Volga River. Starting from her childhood, Daria began to write stories and poems. Later, she started to write brief articles for the teenager magazines. The fascinating world of professional journalism attracted her and she successfully graduated from the Moscow State University majoring in the Journalism. She has been working in various business newspapers and journals as a reporter for more than ten years. Daria wrote articles for financial investors and consumers, adding expert comments and analyzing case studies. Daria is a big fan of professional communications and a big fan of learning as well. So, she decided to learn more about journalism in UAF and to continue her education in Alaska.

Caitlin Schnaidt

Caitlin Schnaidt

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Communication

Bunnell 124

I was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and after having lived in Nevada and Alaska the past few years I hope to never move back to California. I love everything about the outdoors, am a huge fan of hiking and trail running, love to bake and craft, and hope to live the rest of my life somewhere that will always have snow in the winter. My life revolves around two very loving German Shepherds, an amazing husband, and one super sassy cat.

I received my Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies, with a focus in both interpersonal and organizational communication, from CSU Sacramento. I aspire to follow in the footsteps of the outstanding undergraduate professors who helped shape me as a student and as a person. I am passionate about pursuing education because I had passionate professors invest in, both, my personal and academic success. 
"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."
Viktor E. Frankl

Keely Pliska

Keely Pliska

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Communication

Bunnell 124

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

Rebecca Lawhorne

Rebecca Lawhorne

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Communication

Bunnell 124

Rebecca Lawhorne is a lover of odd stories, people, and places. She was born into a Christian community in Dry Creek, Alaska and raised on a small island in Florida. 

A resident of Fairbanks, Rebecca has called many places home, most favorably her lovingly converted 1995 Nissan Pathfinder. She spent a year in the said home, traveling America and typing poems for strangers, on-demand, with her Smith Corona typewriter. Instead of growing up, she turned it into a full-time business called PoembyBecca. She currently creates one of a kind pieces with birch tree bark for all willing to walk up to her at the local farmer's market. 

She received a B.A. In English and Journalism from UAF. Her time spent crafting poems for strangers led her down the path towards the Communication and Journalism department, where she continues to seek the intangible unknown.

Staff

Courtney Pagh

Courtney Pagh

Administrative Extraordinaire

Communication and Journalism

Bunnell 101

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.