Strahle    Ribarsky 2

Faculty members in the UIS Communication Department have diverse backgrounds in teaching and professional experience. Assistant Professor Ann Strahle, left, teaches video storytelling. She comes to UIS with over 16 years professional experience in broadcast journalism. Associate Professor Beth Ribarsky, right, specializes in interpersonal communication and recently co-edited Activities for Teaching Gender and Sexuality in the University Classroom.

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Jae Sik Ha

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Mass Communication, Indiana University

Areas of Specialization: Entrepreneurial journalism, media writing, multimedia news gathering and writing, communication technologies, mass communication.

Office: UHB 3021
Phone: (217) 206-8511

Michael Cheney Michael Cheney

Ph.D. Communication, The Ohio State University

Burks Oakley II Distinguished Online Teaching Award at UIS, 2011

Areas of Specialization: Political economy of communications, media and politics, popular music and society.

Office: UHB 4078
Phone: (217) 206-8271

Jim Grubbs

Associate Professor JIm Grubbs

Ph.D. Communication and Culture, Indiana University

Burks Oakley II Distinguished Online Teaching Award at UIS, 2009

Areas of Specialization: New communications technologies, broadcasting and mass media systems.

Faculty Web Page
Office: UHB 3020
Phone: (217) 206-7365

Kathy Petitte Novak

Associate Professor Kathy Jamison

Ph.D. Communications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Guest Lecturer, Vellore Institute of Technology, India, 2014

UIS China Faculty Exchange Lecturer, 2008

Areas of Specialization: Multimedia journalism, feature writing, digital media and culture, global film and culture, communication theory, research methods, advertising and consumer culture.

Office: UHB 3014
Phone: (217) 206-8032

Amie Kincaid

Associate Professor and Chair Amie Kincaid

Ph.D. Intercultural Communication, University of New Mexico

Areas of Specialization: Intercultural, interpersonal and organizational communication; race and critical theory; public relations; and oral communication

Office: UHB 3024
Phone: (217) 206-8415

Ric Perez

M.A. Communication, Central Michigan University

Area of Specialization: Oral Communication.

Office: UHB 3011
Phone: (217) 206-7582

Elizabeth Ribarksy

Associate Professor
Elizabeth Ribarsky

Ph.D. Communication, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

NCA Rookie Advisor of the Year for Lambda Pi Eta 2011
Student Organization Faculty Advisor of the Year, University of Illinois Springfield 2010
Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2007

Areas of Specialization: Dating and sexual communication, constructing individual and relational identities through interpersonal communication.

Office: UHB 3016
Phone: (217) 206-8416

Professor Ribarsky on dating and sexual communication

Hazel Rozema Hazel Rozema
Associate Professor

Ph.D. Communication, University of Kansas

Pearson Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching at UIS, 2001

Areas of Specialization: Interpersonal/organizational communication, public relations, family and interracial communication.

Office: UHB 3022
Phone: (217) 206-7297

Ann Strahle Ann Strahle
Assistant Professor

M.A. Journalism, Indiana University School of Journalism

Areas of Specialization: Mass media, broadcast journalism, interviewing, public relations.

Office: UHB 3012
Phone: (217) 206-7421