Communication Graduate Program Faculty
Graduate Program Director
Zachary White, Ph.D.
Zachary White is an Associate Professor of Communication in the Knight School of Communication and a Program Director for Queens University of Charlotte's Master of Arts in Communication program.
Dr. White has created and teaches a variety of courses in the program. His area of expertise and research involves health communication, and more specifically, how humans communicate and make sense of experiences in the midst of health challenges. He is the co-author of the book, The Unexpected Journey of Caring: The Transformation from Loved One to Caregiver (Rowman & Littlefield), a book that examines how communication, relationships, and digital literacy impact the caregiver experience. Additionally, his academic research has been published in Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Family Communication, Communication Research Reports, OMEGA: Journal of Death and Dying, Health Communication, and Volunteering and Communication: Studies from Multiple Contexts, and Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership.
Dr. White earned his bachelor's degree in communication from the University of San Diego, his master of arts in communication from San Diego State University, and his Ph.D. in communication from Purdue University. He regularly blogs at "The Unprepared Caregiver," a popular blog and resource for caregivers.
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. Weller 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.
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.