Faculty and Staff

One of the program’s main distinguishing characteristics and a source of pride is the personal attention faculty members pay their students. Faculty members, all of whom have considerable professional experience, get to know their students on an individual basis as they advise them from their entry to university life to their final placement in the job market. Full-time faculty members include:

TIM EDWARDS Professor, Interim Director. B.A., Mass Communications with a journalism and public relations emphasis, Southern Arkansas University; M.S.M.C., Mass Communication with a radio and television emphasis, Arkansas State University; Ph.D., Communication, University of Kentucky.
Professional experience: A year and a half newspaper reporting experience, three years radio public affairs production.
Teaching experience: UALR since 1992. Specialty areas: Newswriting, reporting, audio/video production, pop culture.

OLAF HOERSCHELMANNOLAF HOERSCHELMANN Professor, Interim Associate Dean. Dr. Hoerschelmann received his doctoral degree in mass communication from Indiana University, his M.A. in communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and his B.A. in American Studies from the University of Tubingen, Germany. He was the graduate program coordinator at EIU. He is particularly interested in cultural history of the media, among other research areas.

JAMIE M. BYRNE-McCOLLUMJAMIE M. BYRNE-McCOLLUM APR, Professor. B.S., English and Journalism, Murray State University; M.S., Communication, Murray State University; Ph.D., Communication, Pennsylvania State University
Teaching experience: UALR since 2002, 18 years at other colleges and universities
Professional experience: newspaper columnist, educational public relations, municipal public relations, volunteer public relations and training experience at local, state, national and international levels for American Cancer Society
Specialty areas: public relations cases, public relations writing, public relations campaigns, media law, mass media writing, special event planning, public relations and marketing for non-profits.

JON MARK GIESEJON MARK GIESE Associate Professor. B.A., University of North Texas; M.A., University of North Texas; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University. Professional experience: ten years industrial video production; writing, producing, directing, and editing.
Teaching experience: UALR since 2003; 9 years at other universities. Specialty areas: Video production, non-linear video editing, scriptwriting, media technology, mass media and society.

SONNY RHODESSONNY RHODES Associate Professor: B.S.E. with a journalism emphasis, University of Central Arkansas; M.A., Journalism, University of Mississippi. Professional experience: 25 years as daily newspaper reporter and editor.
Teaching experience: UALR since 2001; served as adjunct faculty at UALR several times since 1990.
Specialty areas: Reporting, design, editing, mass media and society.

DAVID WEEKLEYDAVID WEEKLEY Senior Instructor, B.A. University of Houston; MEd, University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
Professional experience: Over 25 years experience in almost every phase of video production; eight years in Australia producing corporate videos for Kodak, Builders Bargain Centre, Reliv Australia, and Sigma Data; in the U.S. he has worked for FOX News, ESPN, Court TV, and Thomas Films, as well as Ron Sherman Teleproductions in Little Rock. Teaching experience: KvB College in Sydney, Australia, UALR since 1998.
Specialty areas: Writing, shooting, editing and directing.

KWASI BOATENGKWASI BOATENG Associate Professor. B.A. Hons. Dip Ed., University of Cape-Coast; MA. International Affairs; MA. Media Management; Ph.D. Mass Communication, Ohio University.
Professional experience: Years of experience in radio, Internet/Web Design and Content Management.
Teaching Experience: UALR since 2006; 2 years at another university.
Specialty areas: New Media, New technologies, Media, culture, and society and policy and regulation.

Amy BarnesAMY BARNES Associate Professor. MA. APR. Amy Barnes has more than 20 years as a broadcast journalist – as a producer, reporter, anchor and assistant news director at KATV and KARK in Little Rock – and more than 15 years in the public relations profession first as Public Relations Director at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, then as Director of Communications at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She received her master’s in journalism from UALR in 1998. She is the recipient of several journalism, broadcast and public relations awards, Barnes became an accredited public relations professional in 1998 and has served on the executive board of the Arkansas Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America for more than seven years, including as its president in 2003. She is currently the chair for the Southwest District of PRSA representing more than 2000 members in six states.

Iveta Imre IVETA IMRE Assistant Professor. B.S., Journalism and Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia; M.S., Journalism and Electronic Media, University of Tennessee; Ph.D., Communication and Information, University of Tennessee. Iveta has a professional background in broadcast journalism: in Croatia, she worked as a news reporter for the Croatian Public Television (HRT). Iveta has more than 10 years of experience in teaching television news, production and writing for mass media classes, and managing television studio and equipment. Her research interests include international communication, development of media in post-communist countries and journalism education.

CHRISTOPHER ROBINSONCHRIS ROBINSON Assistant Professor. A.B. Dartmouth College; M.F.A. in Film, Columbia University; Ph.D, in Film and Media Studies, University of Kansas. Chris Robinson is a film historian and a curator for the Telluride Film Festival. His research interests include global cinema, the history of art-house films and distribution and exhibition, and changing film technologies and perception of the moving image. He has taught at Emerson College and Columbia University. He has worked in production, distribution, and exhibition, and also has served as post-production editor on numerous documentaries for HBO, ESPN and PBS, including films that screened at the Sundance Film Festival. His own work has screened at Telluride, the Seattle Film Festival and the Lisbon and Estoril Film Festival. He also works for Turner Classic Movies.

ADJUNCT FACULTY

Frank Fellone, Deputy Editor, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Bradley Pierce 

Alanna Newton

STAFF

Jonathan Mattson
Instructional Lab Coordinator and Instructor.

Steve Willhite
Studio Engineer and Technology Manager.

Karin Legard Jones
Administrative Assistant.

EMERITUS FACULTY

Mary Jean Thomas, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., (1977-1992)
Professor of Radio, Television, and Film.

Edward Jay Friedlander, B.S., M.A., Ed.D.(1975-1996)
Professor of Journalism.

Luther Sanders, B.S., M.A., Ed.D., (1974-2000)
Professor of Journalism.

Lynda E. Wilson, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., (1980-2000)
Professor of Radio, Television, and Film.

David M. Guerra, B.A, M.S, Ph.D., (1976-2005)
Professor of Radio, Television, and Film.

Bruce L. Plopper, B.S., M.A., Ph.D., (1990-2012)
Professor of Journalism.

Jeanne Norton Rollberg, B.A., M.A., (1983-2016)
Associate Professor of Journalism