Graduate Program Director
John A. McArthur, Ph.D.
John A. McArthur is an Associate Professor and the Director of Graduate Programs at the Knight School of Communication. His research focuses on information design, proxemics (the communicativity of space) and digital literacies. Dr. McArthur's current research on human-technology interactions examines the ways we produce and distribute information using various media platforms, including digital environments, speeches, print documents, physical space and social media. His professional experience includes event production and marketing, corporate communication consulting through outdoor-experience training and student activities advising. He has spoken at various corporate and media events in the Charlotte area.
He is the author of the book Community 2.0: At The Intersection Of Digital Media And Information Design and has won several awards, including the Top Paper Award from the SC College Personnel Association in 2006, the Graduate Teaching Award from the International Communication Association in 2007, one of the top three papers in the GIFTS division from the National Communication Association in 2009 and the Lambda Pi Eta Service Award 2011-2012 from the Knight School of Communication.
Dr. McArthur is a member of and active presenter in the National Communication Association, the Southern States Communication Association and the Carolinas Communication Association. He holds a BS in Psychology and Religion from Furman University, an M.Ed. in higher Education Administration from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication and Information Design from Clemson University.
Kim Weller, Ph.D.
Dr. Weller joined Queens in 2001 as an adjunct instructor and is now an Associate Professor at Queens’ Knight School of Communication, where she received a Faculty Appreciation Award in 2011. Her specialty area is organizational and employee identity and the transformative effects of an unprecedented rate of marketplace and communication technology change on individuals and business. She feels that true learning comes not only from finding the right answers, but from asking the right questions and critically examining the ways we choose to work and live. Her professional experience includes advertising, public relations, marketing in the non-profit sector and serving as an organizational communication consultant.
Dr. Gregory holds a BA in Speech Communication from Vanderbilt University, an MA in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of South Florida.
Zachary White, Ph.D.
Dr. White is an Assistant Professor in the Knight School of Communication. He has served as a communication consultant for organizations and practitioners in the health care field. His research examines end-of-life communication and the challenges encountered by professional caregivers, volunteers, family members, and employees. In 2009 he received the Top Papers Award in Health Communication from the National Communication Association and in 2012 he received the Joseph W. Grier Distinguished Professor Award from Queens and a Faculty Appreciation Award from the Knight School. His latest publication is a co-authored chapter exploring the experiences of hospice volunteers in the edited book, Communication and the Volunteer Experience: Exploring the Organizational Dynamics of Volunteers in Multiple Contexts (Peter Lang, 2013). He holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of San Diego, a Master of Arts in Communication from San Diego State University and a Ph.D. in Communication from Purdue University.
Leanne Pupchek, Ph.D.
As a Professor at the Knight School of Communication, Dr. Pupchek teaches communication integrating theory and practice. She spent the 2011-2012 academic year in Ukraine as a Fulbright scholar, teaching at two universities in L’viv. In addition to teaching, she studied the influence on the performances of Ukraine's and Ukrainians' national identities as they anticipated and participated in hosting the European Football Championships, Euro12012. She earned a Ph.D. in Communication (Rhetoric) from the University of South Florida, an MS in Radio-TV-Film from Syracuse University, and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. She has practiced communication professionally for print, audio, visual and multimedia platforms.
Alexis Carreiro, Ph.D.
Dr. Alexis Carreiro is an Assistant Professor at Queens University of Charlotte and the editor of the Knight School’s online Journal of Digital and Media Literacy. During her first year at Queens, she created a Digital Citizenship program as a way to help students see how to use digital technology in meaningful ways that positively impact the communities in which they work and live. Her research and teaching examines the power, politics, and production of media and technology. She teaches students how media texts are constructed for political and ideological purposes as a way to inspire students to create their own stories — and solve real social problems.
Dr. Carreiro’s professional experience includes event production (the Grammy Awards, New York City), corporate video production (various, Boston), media literacy grant research and implementation (Austin, Texas), and online publishing (Austin, Texas). She also co-directed and edited a short documentary about media literacy education. She earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Communication (Radio-TV-Film) from the University of Texas-Austin.
Eric Freedman , Ph.D.
Dr. Eric Freedman is Dean of the James L. Knight School of Communication. He earned his Ph.D. from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. A published and nationally respected scholar, Dr. Freedman is also an accomplished media artist and has been an active public access producer engaged with community media practices in local communities. Dr. Freedman is the author of Transient Images: Personal Media in Public Frameworks (Temple), a study of the movement of personal images into public spaces and the development of “technobiographic” practices associated with the digital age. His early scholarly work on public access cable television, excerpts of which are included in The Television Studies Reader, The Television Studies Book, and the journal Television and New Media, has culminated in a research agenda that tackles several interrelated subjects that are included in the broad terrain of new technology, media access, and autobiographical discourses. His most recent essays include “Resident Racist: Embodiment and Game Controller Mechanics” (Pearson) and "Technobiography: Industry, Agency and the Networked Body" (Peter Lang). His current research examines the industrial applications of game engines, and reflects his personal interest in survival horror games.
Dr. Freedman’s creative work has been exhibited at venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami, the American Film Institute, MIX New York, and Ars Electronica. He is a 2006 recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists, awarded to professional artists who have created a recognized body of original works of art within an artistic discipline over a sustained period of time. Dr. Freedman currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of e-Media Studies.
Daina Nathaniel, Ph.D.
A graduate of Queens, Dr. Daina Nathaniel is an Associate Professor in the Knight School of Communication and director of the school’s undergraduate program. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, her research interests center on Caribbean issues, particularly with respect to culture, identity and nationhood. Her primary research area is cultural studies, looking at the relationships between cultures within societies, issues of power and domination, the postcolonial experience, issues of race and ethnicity between disparate groups, and all the attendant challenges that arise as people try to find a sense of place within their various environments. Currently she is working on coordinating the new Capstone Experience for graduating seniors that will provide students with the opportunity to showcase what they have learned in the School of Communication, as well as to give back to the community through service.
Affiliated Graduate Faculty
Dr. Jaime E. Bochantin, Ph.D.
Dr. Jaime E. Bochantin has been teaching for over 11 years, at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Classes include organizational communication, culture and communication, leadership communication, research methods, strategic communication and conflict management and negotiation. Her research examines the social issues, member behavior and cultural landscape of organizations to provide managers and HR practitioners with strategies for the implementation of policies, practices and procedures to better the organization and relationships between employees and managers. Current research examines work-life/family, stress and well-being, organizational conflict, leadership communication, and workplace mistreatment including incivility and bullying. Her research appears in Communication Monographs, Communication Studies, International Journal of Business Communication, Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, and Negotiations and Conflict Management Research.
Dr. Bochantin is a professional speaker and has been invited to present her research at institutions like Harvard University’s School of Business and School of Government, Loyola University’s School of Business, and the University of Hawaii. Throughout the year, she provides training and development workshops for a number of for-profit and non-profit organizations. Presentation topics include team building, networking techniques, effective mentoring, behavioral selling, conflict resolution and negotiation, leadership communication, developing a professional brand and generational differences in the workplace.
Dr. Bochantin received her BA and MA in Communication Studies from DePaul University in Chicago and received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University with an emphasis in Organizational Communication.
Stavroula Kalogeras, Ph.D.
Dr. Stavroula Kalogeras is a television and film professional with experience in marketing communications, film licensing, programming and production. She has worked for leading entertainment organizations such as E! Entertainment Television, Paramount Pictures and DIRECTV. In 2001 she relocated to Athens, Greece, to head up the television division of TBWA\Chiat\Day. There she collaborated with two of the leading television networks – Mega Channel and Antenna TV – where she was responsible for creating their most successful branding campaigns.
Her professional interests focus on narrative instruction and emotional engagement to improve learning and retention. Dr. Kalogeras’ publications include the book Transmedia Storytelling and the New Era of Media Convergence in Higher Education (Palgrave Macmillan) and the articles “Media-Education Convergence: Applying Transmedia Storytelling Edutainment to E-Learning Environments” and “Storytelling: An Ancient Human Technology and a Critical Creative Pedagogy for Transformative Learning” in the International Journal of Information and Communication Technology Education. Her screenplay The Goddess Within won the Orson Welles Award, the highest level of recognition at the California Film Awards.
Dr. Kalogeras holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Plattsburgh State University, a Master of Business Administration in Telecommunications from the University of La Verne, a Ph.D. in Media Culture and Society from the University of Hull and a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training (eLearning).
Tracy Schaffer, Ph.D.
Dr. Tracy Schaffer has been teaching a variety of communication classes for the past ten years, including Oral Communication, Organizational Communication, Health Communication, Research Methods, Conflict Communication, and Rhetoric and Pop Culture.
Dr. Schaffer’s research interests involve mental health literacy, health narratives, addiction, social support, self-efficacy, and family systems. In April 2014, her dissertation titled “The Experience of the Addiction-Affected Family: A Communication Based Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis” won both the Morton Dissertation Award (top dissertation at the University of Memphis) as well as the Department of Communication Research Award. She is currently working on several publications that are in the process of being published. Dr. Schaffer holds a B.A. in Political Science, M.A. in Organizational Communication and Ph.D. in Health Communication from the University of Memphis.
Dr. Renee L. Cowan
Dr. Renee L. Cowan received her B.S. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and her M.A. from Texas State University — San Marcos. She received her Ph.D. from Texas A&M University with an emphasis in Organizational Communication.
Dr. Cowan teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in organizational rhetoric, organizational communication, qualitative and quantitative research, rhetorical criticism, leadership, strategic communication, communication theory and others. In addition to teaching in the online MA program at Queens University, Dr. Cowan is also a faculty member in the Communication Department at Santa Clara University.
Dr. Cowan employs qualitative, rhetorical, and quantitative methods to investigate contemporary organizational issues including; work/life issues, workplace bullying, and issues associated with the use of communication technologies in organizations. Her recent research focuses on workplace bullying and the human resource professional as well as technology use in workplace romantic relationships. She has presented her findings at numerous international, national, and regional conferences.
Her research appears in such peer-reviewed journals as Human Resource Management Journal, Personnel Review, Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Communication Education, Communication Studies, Women & Language, Communication Quarterly, Western Journal of Communication, Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, International Journal of Business Communication, Communication Research Reports, and others.