Faculty

Melissa Tully

Melissa Tully, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Director, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Professor and CLAS Collegiate Scholar
Easton Professor of Research
Melissa studies digital and social media, international communication, and news media literacy. Melissa has a particular interest in media produced in and about Africa and has conducted research in Kenya, Ghana, and Burundi. She is currently working on research about misinformation and media literacy in Kenya. Melissa teaches courses that focus on social and digital media for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Nick Arnold

Nicholas Arnold

Title/Position
Adjunct Instructor
Venise Berry

Venise Berry, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor
Berry's research is in the area of African American Cultural Criticism. She is developing a theory called "racialism," which involves the influence of the media on African American images and messages. She is published widely in academic circles with numerous articles based on her research in the area of media, youth, and popular culture. Her two most recent nonfiction projects, The Historical Dictionary of African American Film (Scarecrow Press, 2005) and The 50 Most Influential Black Films (Citadel, 2001) are co-authored with her brother S. Torriano Berry, a professor in film at Howard University in Washington , DC. She also co-edited the book Mediated Messages and African-American Culture: Contemporary Issues (Sage, 1996), which won the Meyers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America in 1997.
Rachelle Biderman

Rachelle Biderman

Title/Position
Adjunct Instructor
Rachelle has taught a variety of MASC classes since 2017. While she enjoys the study of communication and public speaking, the most rewarding aspect of teaching in the MASC program is seeing those intersections reflected in the lives and practice of the students.
Stephen Bloom

Stephen G. Bloom

Stephen G. Bloom's current work focuses on long-form nonfiction, oral history, and online narrative journalism. He teaches magazine reporting and writing, and media ethics in a digital age. Bloom was named the 2020 recipient of the Distinguished Teaching in Journalism Award by the Society of Professional Journalists.
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Jason Brummond

Title/Position
Adjunct Instructor
Emma Calow

Emma Calow

Title/Position
Visiting Assistant Professor
David Dowling

David Dowling, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor
David Dowling’s work in digital media and journalism studies centers on developments in publishing industries that drive markets and cultural production. The impact of shifts in online culture and digital publishing industries on multimedia narrative is the focus of Immersive Longform Storytelling: Media, Technology, Audience (2019). This research on digital journalism’s pivot toward increasingly immersive forms—from podcasts to 360/VR and interactive documentaries—provides the foundation in interactive news media for The Gamification of Digital Journalism: Innovation in Journalistic Storytelling (2021), his ninth solo-authored book. Also extending from the 2019 book are studies on podcasting that include two award-winning articles (Dowling & Miller 2019; Fox, Dowling, & Miller 2020) and a current book project on the rise of audio reporting in the digital age.
Wayne Drehs

Wayne Drehs

Title/Position
Adjunct Instructor
Elizabeth DuChene

Belle DuChene

Title/Position
Adjunct Instructor
Belle DuChene is an award-winning content producer with a background in public relations, journalism, digital marketing, talent management, and affiliate commerce writing. She currently owns an award-winning content creation agency where she represents more than 100 midwest-based influencers.
Frank Durham

Frank Durham, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Frank Durham’s research interests include journalism history and media framing analysis. Prior to completing his doctorate, he worked in strategic communications. He teaches courses in journalism history, strategic communication, and cultural satire. Frank Durham is a member of the University Faculty Senate, a member of the University Faculty Council, a member of the Senate Committee on Academic Values, and a founding participant in the University Office of Teaching and Learning Committee’s large lecture development program. He won the 2011-2012 Collegiate Teaching Award in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Iowa.
Gigi Durham

Meenakshi Gigi Durham, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Professor
Meenakshi Gigi Durham is a distinguished scholar, teacher, and writer whose work centers on media and the politics of the body. Her research emphasizes issues of gender, sexuality, race, youth cultures, and sexual violence. She holds a joint appointment in Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies and was Associate Dean for Outreach and Engagement in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 2017-2019.
Brian Ekdale

Brian Ekdale, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Brian studies media work within global digital cultures. His research looks at how and why people create media content in the digital era. He has a particular interest in media produced within and about Africa. Brian has professional experience as a software trainer, instructional technologist, and video producer. His documentary 10 Days in Malawi was screened at 11 film festivals and won 8 awards.
Rachel Fisher

Rachel Fisher

Title/Position
Adjunct Instructor
Rachel Fisher holds a MA in Communication Studies with an emphasis in corporate communication. Rachel firmly believes that each person can make THE difference in communication and organizational growth. Rachel currently provides leadership, motivation and marketing training to organizations and corporations around the United States. Her research deals with employee motivation and engagement. Rachel is currently pursuing her PhD in Leadership & Change.
Jeff Grisamore

Jeff Grisamore

Title/Position
Professor of Practice
Kylah Hedding

Kylah Hedding, Ph.D.

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
Kylah’s research interests lie at the intersection of political communication, environmental communication, and strategic communication. She studies the roles of media and advocacy in politics and policy making. She is especially interested in water and energy issues, particularly how scientific information is used and discussed. Currently she is researching the role of media and advocacy in Iowa environmental and agricultural policy making. Additional projects include examinations of civic engagement, advocacy organizations, community newspapers, and alternative media and their influence in politics.
Tracy Hufford

Tracy Hufford, M.B.A.

Title/Position
Associate Professor of Instruction
Event Management Certificate Internship Coordinator
Tracy’s story began in the world of business as she grew up in a family of small business entrepreneurs. Tracy followed in those footsteps and received a MBA from Thunderbird in Glendale, Arizona. She has worked in Fortune 500 companies, private companies, and been an independent business consultant and owner.
Bruce Japsen

Bruce Japsen

Title/Position
Adjunct Instructor
Bruce Japsen specializes in writing and communicating about healthcare. Japsen writes about healthcare for Forbes and is the author of “Inside Obamacare: From Barack and Michelle to The Affordable Care Act.”
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Angela Joens

Title/Position
Adjunct Instructor
Nonprofit Leadership and Philanthropy Certificate
Angela Joens joined the faculty as an adjunct instructor in August 2023.  She has over 30 years of fundraising experience.  She is also a non-profit consultant, an executive coach, and speaks nationally on topics related to stewardship, development and leadership. She has been featured in several industry publications. Joens is a proud alumnus of the University of Iowa, earned her MPA from Iowa State University, and an Executive Coaching Certificate from UC Davis. 
Brett Johnson

Brett Johnson

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Brett comes to UI after teaching at the Missouri School of Journalism from 2015 to 2022. Brett received his MA from UI SJMC in 2011, and his PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota in 2015. His research and teaching focus on media law, media ethics, media sociology, and the disruptive forces of digital technology on all of these fields. Brett received his JD from the UI College of Law in spring 2024.
Greg Johnson

Greg Johnson

Title/Position
Adjunct Instructor
Adam Kempenaar

Adam Kempenaar

Title/Position
Professor of Practice
Adam applies over two decades of experience driving audience engagement in sports and entertainment to courses in podcasting, sport marketing, and social media. A joint appointee in Sport and Recreation Management, Adam was previously the Vice President of Marketing and Content for the Chicago Blackhawks. He received his MA in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa.
Sang Jung Kim

Sang Jung Kim

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
Sang studies the interaction between technology, politics, and social identity, with particular attention to the mediating role of social media platforms and the spread of information to the public. Sang specializes in examining messages in a multi-modal form, and utilize both experimental methods and computational approaches to understand how consumers and creators of such content introduce and are impacted by biases.
Laura Kivlighan

Laura Kivlighan

Title/Position
Adjunct Instructor
Annie Korkowski

Annie Korkowski

Title/Position
Adjunct Instructor
Annie specializes in storytelling for strategic communication and milestone events. She currently serves as Vice President, Senior Creative Director at brand experience agency, August Jackson.