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Faculty and Staff
Timothy James Pasch completed his doctorate in Communication at the University of Washington in December 2008. His dissertation work studied online virtual communities of the Inuit of Nunavik and proposed policy changes designed to empower language and security on the Arctic Web.
In the spring of 2009, Dr. Pasch created the digital media component for a series of National Institute of Health grants while working at the University of Washington Medical Center.
He is fluent in French and Japanese and endeavors to improve his Inuktitut, in addition to producing audio, instructional screencasts, digital curricula and websites. A primary focus of his research is community building through communication technology. This includes technology in the classroom, online portals for native and marginalized communities, immersive distance learning environments, virtual worlds, and security and privacy in social networks. His website is accessible at www.timpasch.com.
Professor Slavka Antonova is a researcher in Global Internet Governance and Regulation. She has completed two PhD degrees, in Communication Studies from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada (2006) and in Journalism from Moscow University, Russia (1990). Antonova has published in a number of academic journals, among them the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (in press), Journal of Power, Politics & Governance (2014), Journal of the Philosophy of International Law (2013), Journal of Global Mass Communication (2012), Regulation & Governance Journal (2011), Central Asia and Caucasus. Journal of Social and Political Studies (2010), Journal of Power (2008), International Journal of Communications Law and Policy (2008), International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society (2007). Antonova's conference papers have received reviewers' awards, and along with her books, Powerscape of Internet governance: How was global multistakeholderism invented in ICANN (2008), and Business Journalism (1995) have been cited by other authors.
At UND, Prof. Antonova teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in communication technologies and social change, digital media regulation and ethics, intercultural communication, and gender, culture, and communication. Prior to joining UND in 2009, Prof. Antonova conducted her research and taught diverse communication courses at Massey University in New Zealand, University of Texas in Austin, Concordia University in Montreal, and Sofia University in Bulgaria.
Prof. Antonova invites students interested in undertaking research in the broad area of digital technologies and society, and intercultural communication, to contact her for discussing potential advising of research projects.
A born storyteller with a nose for news and a passion for narrative, Ceri Larson Danes joined the Communication faculty in January 2015 to share her expertise and enthusiasm with aspiring communication professionals in the classroom. Her decades-long career as a strategic communications practitioner and journalist took her from a family farm in South Dakota to the University of Missouri and on to New York City. In Manhattan, Danes spent years as a strategic counsellor for some of the world’s largest organizations while at Edelman and Burson-Marsteller, both of which remain top-ranked public relations firms worldwide. She was recruited by the then leading securities firm, Merrill Lynch & Co., to help run media relations at its World Financial Center global headquarters. Danes later worked with several communications firms on accounts ranging from financial services and pharmaceuticals to law, K-12 education and technology; and subsequently opened and managed the New York office of an international Washington-based agency. She traded in her media contacts to become one herself, joining Gannett’s Delmarva Media Group (delmarvanow.com) as its Virginia-based reporter specializing in investigative and in-depth enterprise stories in the region, winning nearly 20 awards for writing and reporting in categories including government, investigative, science and environment, business and financial, feature portfolio and entertainment. Danes holds a bachelor’s degree in peace studies and a master’s in communication from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She and her husband, Mark, have three sons and a black lab mix, Dakota, whom they rescued in Virginia.
Richard Fiordo received his BA in English from Northern Illinois U, MA in Speech from San Francisco State U, and a PhD in Speech Com from the U of Illinois at Urbana. He wrote his dissertation under Dr. Marie Hochmuth Nichols with the following faculty members contributing: Dr. Ruth Anne Clark, Dr. Roger Nebergall, and Mr. Broadrick King.
Richard served at several colleges and universities before coming to UND. Historically, his prevailing research has covered the application of semiotic, semantic, argumentative, and critical theories to improving human communication. Currently, his research embraces computer mediated communication, media criticism, organizational communication, narrative storytelling as communication, health communication, and medical education. Richard has taught a variety of subjects at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Mary Haslerud Opp, Instructor, earned her M.Ed. from the University of North Dakota in 1982. She is the basic public speaking course director, teaches interpersonal communication, public speaking, and classes on methods and materials for secondary education students. She also advises and observes student teachers.
At the 2005 UND Founder’s Day Banquet, the Roseau, MN, native was honored for 25 years of service to UND. This marked the fourth banquet in four years she has been asked to attend. In 2002 and 2003, she was invited as a nominee for the prestigious Bertin C. Gamble Award for Individual Excellence in Teaching. In 2004, she was invited for the same reason, but that year was different as she won the award.
Patricia Queen Jordheim has been an instructor in the Communication Department since 2014. She has a PhD in Teaching and Learning Higher Education from UND, as well as, an MA in Communication from the University of North Dakota. Her undergraduate degree is in Sociology with a Communication minor. Teaching at UND since 2005, she has taught Introduction to Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Media and Diversity, Introduction to the Study of Women, Development and Education of the Adolescent and Child Development. Pat has also been a recipient of a Star Faculty Award, an honor received through nomination by a Presidential Scholar. In 2015 Pat was nominated for outstanding teacher at UND while still a graduate student. She believes in making a classroom a community for learning and uses a triad of short lecture, small and large classroom group work and activities.
Experiential learning is used to enhance student's classroom experiences and prepare them for their future.Pat's research has focused on nontraditional students, women nontraditional students, mentoring, male American Indians and poverty. Her early focus and research created an opportunity to be a member of a board to create the Adult Reentry Center, on UND's campus, for nontraditional students. She acted as a student consultant working with the Adult Reentry Center staff for several years. She has also been an active member of Women in Communication and a member of PAC-W. Her dissertation focus is on male American Indian students and their perspectives of higher education.
Professor Pamela Kalbfleisch is author of Mentoring Enactment Theory and publishes widely in the area of mentoring and personal relationships. Kalbfleisch is particularly concerned with helping members of disadvantaged and underrepresented groups find mentors and sources of social support.
Kalbfleisch is a member of the Women's Network Executive Council for the American Council on Education. She is Chair of the Policy and Planning Committee for this national executive Council. Kalbfleisch has served in leadership roles including Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Concordia University Chicago; Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives and Director of the School of Communication at the University of North Dakota; and as Chair of the Faculty Senate at the University of Wyoming.
Kalbfleisch earned her bachelor's degree from Boise State University, her master's degree from the University of New Mexico and her doctorate from Michigan State University. She is a 2009-2010 Fellow of the American Council on Education Fellows Program.
Soojung Kim joined the Communication Program faculty as an Assistant Professor in fall 2015. Soojung Kim received both M.A. and Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Mass Communication and Psychology from Korea University.
Her research program centers on understanding consumer behavior and the psychology underlying the effects of advertising. In particular, her research focuses on: (1) consumer responses to online and digital advertising, especially when it is viewed as a distractor to media use activities; and (2) cross-cultural strategic communication effects. Her dissertation built on the first line of research and placed a particular emphasis on consumer resistance to online video advertising—namely, ad avoidance. In this work, she examined the effects of various online video advertising strategies on consumers' cognitive and behavioral ad avoidance.
Her works have been presented at national conferences, including American Academy of Advertising (AAA), International Communication Association (ICA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). Her research has been published or has been accepted for publication in leading peer-reviewed journals, includingInternational Journal of Mobile Communications, Journal of Marketing Communications, Asian Journal of Communication, Environmental Communication , and Communication Research Reports, among others.
Joonghwa Lee joined the Communication Program faculty as an Instructor in fall 2015 and he will be an Assistant Professor from fall 2016. He earned his Ph.D. in Journalism (Emphasis: strategic communication) from the University of Missouri and M.A. in Advertising from Michigan State University. Before joining UND, he has been an assistant professor of advertising in the School of Journalism at Middle Tennessee State University for three years, where he has received Ed Kimbrell Excellence in Teaching Award and Faculty Research and Creative Activity Grant.
His primary research interests lie in interactive and non-traditional media as well as consumer behaviors in strategic communication. His research interests have been developed by incorporating a wide range of disciplines, including communication, psychology, advertising, and marketing. His primary line of inquiry is related to the roles of digital and social media (e.g., mobile games and online video) in strategic communication. He also expands his research interest to health communication by integrating the knowledge of interactive media with health communication issues.
His research has been presented at national conferences, including American Academy of Advertising (AAA), International Communication Association (ICA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). His scholarly work has been recognized in leading peer-reviewed journals, such as New Media and Society, International Journal of Advertising, Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking,Journal of Interactive Advertising, Journal of Consumer Behaviour,Communication Research Reports , among others.
- Interactive and Non-traditional Media in Strategic Communication
- Social Media Strategies
- Integrated Marketing Communications
- Consumer Behavior (Persuasion, Advertising Psychology)
- Brand-Consumer Relationship
- Social Media Strategies
- Quantitative Research Methods
- Interactive/Digital Advertising
- Integrated Marketing Communications
- Advertising and Persuasion Theories
- COMM 374 Principles of Strategic Communication
- COMM 410 Research Methods in Communication
- COMM 451 Risk and Crisis Communication
PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS
- Kim, Soojung, Joonghwa Lee, and Doyle Yoon (2015), “Norms in Social Media: The Application of Theory of Reasoned Action and Personal Norms in Predicting Interactions with Facebook Page Like Ads,” Communication Research Reports, 32 (4), 322-331.
- Yang, Fang, Bruce Vanden Bergh, and Joonghwa Lee (2015), “Do Violent Movies Scare Away Potential Visitors?,” International Journal of Advertising.
- Ham, Chang-Dae, Joonghwa Lee, and Hyung-Seok Lee (2014), “Understanding Consumers’ Creating Behavior in Social Media: An Application of Uses and Gratification and Theory of Reasoned Action,”International Journal of Internet Marketing and Advertising, 8 (4), 241-263.
- Lee, Joonghwa, Hyojung Park, and Kevin Wise (2014), “Brand Interactivity and Its Effects on the Outcomes of Advergame Play,”New Media and Society, 16 (8), 1268-1286.
- Sheehan, Kim, and Joonghwa Lee (2014), "What's Cruel about Cruelty Free:An Exploration of Consumers, Moral Heuristics, and Public Policy," Journal of Animal Ethics, 4 (2), 1-15. (The lead article)
- Kim, Soojung, and Joonghwa Lee (2014), “Perceived Norms and Consumer Responses to Social Media Advertising: A Cross-Cultural Study of Facebook Sponsored Stories among Americans and Koreans,” The Korean Journal of Advertising, 25 (6), 53-81.
- Kim, Hyejin, Seoyeon Kim, and Joonghwa Lee (2014), “Effectiveness of Gain- and Loss-Framed Anti-Binge Drinking PSAs on College Students: Measuring Explicit and Implicit Measures of Attitudes,” Asian Communication Research, 11 (1/2), 72-92.
- Song, Doori,and Joonghwa Lee (2013), “Balancing “We” and “I”: Self-construal and an Alternative Approach to Seeking Uniqueness,”Journal of Consumer Behaviour, 12 (6), 506-516.
- Lee, Joonghwa, Chang-Dae Ham, and Mikyoung Kim (2013), “Why People Pass Along Online Video Ads: From the Perspective of the Theory of Reasoned Action,” Journal of Interactive Advertising, 13 (1), 1-13. (The lead article)
- Lee, Joonghwa, and Hyunmin Lee (2012), “Canonical Correlation Analysis of Online Video Advertising Viewing Motivations and Access Characteristics,” New Media and Society, 14 (8), 1358-1374.
Lee, Joonghwa,and Mira Lee (2011), “Factors Influencing the Intention to Watch Online Video Advertising,” Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking,14
Renae Myszkowski has a master's degree in speech communication from UND. She has taught public speaking, interpersonal communication, small group communication, and intercultural communication at the University of Minnesota, Morris, and Central Lakes College in Brainerd. In addition, she has worked in academic advising and transfer at Alexandria Technical College. At UND, Renae teaches public speaking and interpersonal communication. She has also been a recipient of a Star Faculty Award, an honor received through nomination by a Presidential Scholar.
Sarah Cavanah is a former newspaper and magazine writer, editor, and designer, and a former public relations professional. She is also the author of several educational books and workbooks aimed at elementary and middle school students. Her research interests include the practice of community journalism and its role in supporting healthy communities, rural news and information, and scholastic journalism, and she has contributed to articles appearing in Mass Communication and Society, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, and Journalism and Mass Communication Educator. She has served three organizations committed to supporting student media: Oklahoma Scholastic Media, National Scholastic Press Association/Associated Collegiate Press, and Northern Interscholastic Press Association. She is originally from Marceline, Missouri.
Mark Trahant is the Charles R. Johnson Endowed Professor of Journalism at the University of North Dakota.
Trahant also reports and comments on events and trends on his blog at TrahantReports.Com and on Facebook, Twitter(@TrahantReports) and other social media. He does a weekly audio commentary for Native Voice One. And, every day for nearly a decade, Trahant has written a 140-character rhyme based on a daily news story (@newsrimes4lines).
He’s been a reporter for PBS’ Frontline series. The Frontline piece, “The Silence,” was about sexual abuse by priests in a Alaska native village. He also has been editor-in-residence at the University of Idaho in the spring of 2011 and again in 2012. He taught courses on social media, the American West and editorial writing. In 2009 and 2010 Trahant was a Kaiser Media Fellow writing about health care reform focused on programs the government already operates, such as the Indian Health Service. He was recently the Atwood Chair of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Trahant is the former editor of the editorial page for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer where he chaired the daily editorial board, directed a staff of writers, editors and a cartoonist. He has also worked at The Seattle Times, Arizona Republic, The Salt Lake Tribune, Moscow-Pullman Daily News, the Navajo Times, Navajo Nation Today and the Sho-Ban News. Trahant is a member of Idaho’s Shoshone-Bannock Tribe and former president of the Native American Journalists Association.
Angela Cary has been an instructor in the Communication Department since 2014. She is a proud North Dakota native who holds two degrees from UND. Angela earned her B.A. with an emphasis in Advertising and Visual Arts in 1990. She recently received her Master of Arts degree in Communication in August 2016.
Before returning to graduate school, Angela spent over 20 years working locally in advertising and public relations. As an experienced television copywriter and director, Angela was involved in the production of nearly 5,000 commercials and promotional videos. Her team was honored multiple times by the North Dakota Broadcaster’s Association and other organizations for its creative work in broadcasting. Angela’s professional experience also includes stints in print and radio advertising and healthcare public relations.
Angela’s thesis research involved the impact of media ownership on community journalism. She enjoys studying North Dakota media and how different media platforms directly affect the communities they serve. Her writing is featured as part of a collaborative book with other UND writers titled, “The Bakken Goes Boom: Oil and the Changing Geographies of Western North Dakota.”
Angela and her husband, Mike, a fellow UND alumnus, celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2016. The couple enjoys UND sports, traveling, and spending time with their families.
Naomi M. Bender, lecturer, has been teaching at the University of North Dakota (UND) since 2006. She has taught courses in Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Communication and the Human Community, Interpersonal Communication, and Information, Technology and Social Change. She has also guest lectured for UND and other state colleges for over 15 years in the areas of Criminal Justice, Sociology, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Photography, and Women's Studies. She completed her Master of Arts, Communication, August of 2009.
Naomi is a former State Trooper of the North Dakota Highway Patrol and was their first female K9 handler since 1935. She was stationed in Williston, North Dakota from 1999-2005 and a licensed Peace Officer for the State of North Dakota for ten years. Although Naomi enjoyed her work in law enforcement, she resigned the patrol for her ambition to continue into graduate school and make a difference among college students in higher education. Before leaving the patrol, Naomi was honored with awards and recognition for her efforts in DUIs and drug detection by Superintendent of the NDHP and Governor John Hoeven.
Naomi's main research and teaching interests in Communication are in organizational communication, kinesics, public relations, interpersonal communication, public speaking, and mentoring within organizations. Currently, she is in her fourth year of her Doctorate Program in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education with a Minor in Communication and an emphasis in Assessment. She is also the full time Program Coordinator for The Indians Into Medicine Program, which oversees and coordinates programming that supports American Indians going into medicine and health professions at the University of North Dakota's School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Naomi is well known by her students both in undergraduate and graduate level academia, as being knowledgeable, resourceful, and available for advisement. She is the parent of two talented and active young adolescents in the Grand Forks community, an avid art photographer who has traveled abroad to capture unique imagery photos, a musician, and memoir writer.
701.777.6481 | mark.danes@UND.edu
Chuck Haga was born and raised in Valley City, N.D., where in high school he produced his own weekly newspaper, writing stories, selling ads, overseeing circulation and occasionally irritating authority.
At UND, he served two terms as editor of the Dakota Student and worked as a campus stringer for The Forum newspaper in Fargo. After a four-year stint at the Grand Forks Herald, 1972-76, he returned to UND, finished a BA degree in history and in 1978 received an MA degree in European history and philosophy. He then spent a year at the University of Oslo, Norway, studying the Norwegian press and emigration history.
Haga worked as a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald from 1972 to 1976, covering the N.D. Legislature among other assignments. After graduate school and the year in Norway, he taught reporting and other journalism courses at UND for one year before returning to the Herald in 1980, working as a reporter, city editor and columnist.
In 1987, Haga joined the reporting staff at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. After 20 years there, he took a buyout and returned to Grand Forks, where he has a son and three grandchildren. He signed on for a third turn at the Herald, retiring in 2013.
In addition to his teaching at UND, Haga has taught advanced reporting at St. Cloud State University and conducted writing workshops for newspapers and state press associations in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Missouri, and at the American Press Institute in Reston, Va.
Dr. Kim Higgs
701.777.4734 | kimh@aero.UND.edu
Kim graduated with her Ph.D. in Communication in December of 2008. She retired from the Air Force in August 1997. Prior to retiring, she returned to college (May 1997) to finish her Bachelor of Arts in Communication. She graduated with her bachelor's degree in December 1998 and her Master's Degree in Communication in May 2000. Since January 1999, she has been instructing for the Communication Program as a public speaking instructor first as a graduate teaching assistant and then as a lecturer. She has also been a lecturer for the Visual Communication course. Kim also holds an AA Degree in Production Management from the Community College of the Air Force. In addition to instructing for the Communication Program, she is also an academic advisor in UND's Aerospace College. She has been married for 40 years to Bob (also retired from the Air Force). They have two sons, Ray and Vince, a Black Labrador named Angel, and a mutt cat named Sox. She enjoys teaching, reading, going to school, and working.
Mindeman earned his master's degree from the University of North Dakota and has spent the past 20 years working professionally in marketing. He spent five years in the television business, then became the creative director at Anchor Marketing in Grand Forks in 1998. There, he has been honored with national awards for both his copy writing and his design work. He is the co-author of The Scoop, a book which helps business people to uncover their true target audience, message and more.
Today, Mindeman works both with traditional media (such as video and print) and emerging communication tools such as web, mobile, pay-per-click, viral and social media.
Eric Morrow is an instructor in the Communication program where he teaches Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Media Writing.
Eric has over a decade of professional experience in the communication and media industry. After graduating from Concordia College (Moorhead) with a B.A. in Mass Media, he worked for seven years as a television anchor, reporter and videographer in both Grand Forks and the Fargo-Moorhead area.
In 2008, Eric and his wife (Melanie) joined the United State Peace Corps, where they served for two years in the Kingdom of Tonga. During his time there, he helped train journalists in both television and print. He also worked as the producer of "Digicel Stars", Tonga's version of "American Idol."
Prior to UND, he worked at the Monterey Institute of International Studies where he served as the university's Web and Social Media Manager. In that role, he produced videos promoting the school, wrote content for the university's website and was an active member of the marketing team on campus.
Dr. Stuart A. Schneider as the founder of Quality Interactive Consulting Group, has over 20 years as a Quality Improvement Consultant, more than 13 years in higher education, and 7 years as a Healthcare CEO. Dr. Schneider has consulted in the areas of Compassion Fatigue, Total Quality Management, Workplace Communication, Mission Development, Strategic Planning, and Organizational Alignment. His passion is rooted in Interpersonal Communication and Organizational Communication.
Dr. Schneider’s research interests include Stress in Cancer and Critical Care Settings, Compassion Fatigue, Pandemic Preparedness, Long-Term Care, and Work Place Retention. Dr. Schneider is also licensed as a Long-Term Care Administrator.
Kirsten Stromsodt is a working journalist with more than 18 years of newsroom experience. She's held editing positions at Agweek magazine, The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and the Grand Forks Herald. She is a 2001 graduate of the University of North Dakota.
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