Faculty

The Department of Communication Faculty Bios and Contact


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Kurt Wise

  • Position: Chair
  • Department: Communication
  • Office Location:  Building 36, Room 177

Dr. Kurt Wise serves as chair of the Department of Communication. He is a public relations professor and oversees the master’s program capstone courses.

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Deborah Bassett

  • Position: Postdoctoral Teaching Associate
  • Department: Communication
  • Office Location:  Building 36, Room 184

Dr. Bassett is a Postdoctoral Teaching Associate in the Department of Communication at the University of West Florida where she teaches courses in communication and culture at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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John Bloodworth

  • Position: Lecturer
  • Department: Communication
  • Office Location:  Building 36, Room 111

Dr. John Bloodworth, lecturer in communication, teaches basic communication skills and principles of mass communication.

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Kelly Carr

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Communication
  • Office Location:  Building 36, Room 129

The research of Dr. Kelly Carr, assistant professor, explores Supreme Court decisions within their broader public contexts, focusing on arguments about affirmative action, academic freedom, and, most recently, health care.

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Disraelly Cruz

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Communication
  • Office Location:  Building 36, Room 183

Dr. Disraelly Cruz, assistant professor in communication, teaches organizational communication, interpersonal communication, conflict communication and ethics.

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Athena du Pré

  • Position: Distinguished University Professor
  • Department: Communication
  • Office Location:  Building 36, Room 133

Dr. Athena du Pré, a Distinguished University Professor in Communication, teaches leadership, health communication, workplace dynamics and interpersonal communication. She also directs graduate programs in strategic communication and leadership, and health communication leadership.

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Chris Fenner

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Communication
  • Office Location:  Building 36, Room 124

Dr. Chris Fenner, associate professor of communication and director of the Speech and Debate Program, teaches public relations, strategic communication and persuasion.

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Ying Huang

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Communication
  • Office Location:  Building 36, Room 141

Dr. Ying Huang, assistant professor of communication, teaches advertising, quantitative research methods and visual communication.

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Tressa Kelly

  • Position: Lecturer
  • Department: Communication
  • Office Location:  Building 36, Room 110

Dr. Tressa Kelly, lecturer and basic course director of communication, teaches speech writing, rhetorical criticism, communication research methods, intercultural communication and gender communication.

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Mark Lambert

  • Position: Instructor
  • Department: Communication
  • Office Location:  Building 36, Room 116

Mark Lambert, instructor of communication, teaches television production, electronic field production, news production, broadcast journalism and history of television.

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Sabrina McLaughlin

  • Position: Lecturer
  • Department: Communication
  • Office Location:  Building 36, Room 134

Sabrina McLaughlin, visiting lecturer, teaches advertising and public relations.

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Paul Pilger

  • Position: Visiting Instructor
  • Department: Communication
  • Office Location:  Building 36, Room 139

Paul Pilger teaches mass communication and communication writing courses.

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Rick Scott

  • Position: Lecturer
  • Department: Communication
  • Office Location:  Building 36, Room 138

Rick Scott, lecturer in communication, teaches public relations principles, media relations and crisis management.

Willie Tubbs

  • Position: Assistant Professor
  • Department: Communication
  • Office Location:  Building 36, Room 178

Dr. Willie Tubbs is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication.


Emeritus Faculty

The Department of Communication Emeritus Faculty Members


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Thomas Groth

  • Position: Professor Emeritus
  • Department: Communication
  • Office Location:  Building 36, Room 142

Dr. Thomas Groth, professor of advertising and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Communication, teaches advertising methods, advertising creative direction, and advertising strategy and tactics.

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Bruce Swain

  • Position: Professor
  • Department: Communication
  • Office Location:  Building 36, Room 114

Bruce Swain is an Emeritus Professor. Dr. Swain was named a National Kellogg Fellow, a Poynter Fellow, A Modern Media Institute Fellow, and a Gannett Fellow. He also was named 2016 Educator of the Year by the Southeast Journalism Conference.


Adjunct Faculty

The Department of Communication Adjunct Faculty Contact Information


  • Monica Beck

    • Position: Adjunct
    • Department: Communication
    • Office Location: Building 36, Room 137
    • mbeck2@uwf.edu
    • 8504742874
    • Short Bio: Beck’s area of interests include organizational culture, business communication, group and workplace team communication, conflict management, use of space, speech construction and presentation.
  • Kirsten Efird

    • Position: Adjunct
    • Department: Communication
    • Office Location: Building 36, Room 137
    • kefird@uwf.edu
    • 8504742874
    • Short Bio: Kirsten Efird has taught design for newspaper and publication at UWF since 1996. She earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from Auburn University, and a master's degree in journalism, with a specialty in Newspaper Design, from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
  • Stephanie Fenner

    • Position: Adjunct
    • Department: Communication
    • Office Location: Building 36, Room 137
    • sfenner@uwf.edu
    • 8504742874
    • Short Bio: Stephanie Fenner earned her M.A. in Organizational Communication from Suffolk University in 2004.Stephanie teaches Basic Communication Skills (SPC 2608) and assists with coaching the speech and debate team.
  • Gary Ghioto

  • John James

    • Position: Adjunct
    • Department: Communication
    • Office Location: Building 36, Room 137
    • jjames3@uwf.edu
    • 8504742874
    • Short Bio: John James received his bachelor of arts in Communication from UWF in 1999 and master of arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership at UWF in 2012. He has primarily worked in the field of graphics/visual communication and serves as a Senior Strategic Communication Specialist for the U.S. Air Force Air Research Laboratory's Munitions Directorate.
  • Melissa Looney

    • Position: Adjunct
    • Department: Communication
    • Office Location: Building 36, Room 137
    • mlooney@uwf.edu
    • 8504742874
    • Short Bio: Melissa received her B.A. in Public Relations, with a minor in International Studies from UWF. She completed her M.A. at the University of South Alabama, where she researched humor translation across cultures. Prior to teaching at UWF, Melissa taught at Full Sail University, Valencia College, and The University of South Alabama. She also worked for a non-profit organization, and carries experience in working with, and teaching diverse populations.
  • Doug Marks

    • Position: Adjunct
    • Department: Communication
    • Office Location: Building 36, Room 137
    • dmarks@uwf.edu
    • 8504742874
    • Short Bio: Douglas Marks obtained a B.S degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and a M.S. in Higher Education Administration, both from Iowa State University. He also has a Certificate in Intercultural Communication from Stanford University.
  • Ed Parent

    • Position: Adjunct
    • Department: Communication
    • Office Location: Building 36, Room 137
    • eparent@uwf.edu
    • 8504742874
    • Short Bio: Ed Parent has more than 35 years of experience in the communication field and 22 years of service in the United States Navy. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication and a Master’s degree in Health Communication Leadership.
  • Nathan Smith

    • Position: Adjunct
    • Department: Communication
    • Office Location: Building 36, Room 137
    • nsmith1@uwf.edu
    • 8504742874
    • Short Bio: Nathan "Briton" Smith has many years of experience working in the radio, television, and live performance mediums and holds an Extra Class radio license from the FCC as well as Certified Broadcast Technologist certification.
  • Suzanne Tuzzeo

  • Dewey Ware

    • Position: Adjunct
    • Department: Communication
    • Office Location: Building 36, Room 137
    • dware1@uwf.edu
    • 8504742874
    • Short Bio: Dewey Ware spent 20 years the advertising agency business and ten years in the finance field.
  • Christine Young

    • Position: Adjunct
    • Department: Communication
    • Office Location: Building 36, Room 178
    • cyoungpertel@uwf.edu
    • 8504742874
    • Short Bio: Christine Young spent 25 years as a journalist, is the author of "A Bitter Brew: Faith, Power and Poison in a Small New England Town," and contributing author of "True Stories of False Confessions." Her work helped free an innocent man from prison, exposed migrant worker abuse, and the illegal election practices of a powerful religious lobbying group. Ms. Young holds a BA in Arts & Humanities from the University of Southern Maine in and a MA in Journalism from Columbia University.
  • David Zimmerman