Our Faculty

John Feaster, Associate Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D., Ohio State University
Phone: 856-256-4327
Email: feaster@rowan.edu

John Feaster joined the Department of Communication Studies at Rowan after teaching two years at the University of Richmond. His teaching and research interests pertain to interpersonal communication and the roles of communication technologies in everyday life. His work has been published in regional, national, and international journals.

Kenneth Albone, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
Email: albone@rowan.edu

Kenneth R. Albone began his teaching career at Rowan University in the Fall of 1982. His research areas include interpersonal communication, educational assessment, quantitative research methods, and instructional practice. In his spare time Dr. Albone enjoys conversation, reading, walking, light exercise activities such as bowling, softball and bicycling, movies, Barnes and Noble, and surfing the web.

Harriet Benavidez, Instructor
M.A., University of Hawaii
Phone: 856-256-4615
Email: benavidez@rowan.edu

Harriet Sharlow Benavidez has been teaching at Rowan since the fall of 1992. She has over 20 years of teaching and training experience in government, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. In addition to college teaching, she has served as a senior corporate trainer for GE Information Services and as an instructor at the Naval Air Technical Training Center Memphis in Millington, Tennessee. One of her continuing interests is the role of interpersonal communication in military family life. She has designed and facilitated seminars on how to deal effectively with communication issues that arise due to a military member's frequent and prolonged absences from the family.

Miles Coleman, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Washington
Email: colemanm@rowan.edu

Miles Coleman is a rhetoric scholar, specializing in rhetoric of science, digital rhetoric, and communication ethics. Dr. Coleman's research appears in leading journals and has won awards at both the regional and national levels. Love for learning and community propel him toward issues of public science literacy and responsible debate in offline and online contexts. When not in the office, you can find him playing music or adventuring with his family.

Samantha Crown, Lecturer
M.A., Villanova University
Email: crown@rowan.edu

Samantha (Gable) Crown has been teaching at Rowan since 2012. Her research interests include media and cultural studies, feminism and women's studies, and environmental communication.

Joy Cypher, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Purdue University
Email: cypher@rowan.edu

Joy Cypher is one of the Midwest transplants within the department of Communication Studies at Rowan. Her main area of study as a professor is the intersection of embodiment and communication, with particular interest in, and commitment to, Disability Studies. Dr. Cypher is well-recognized for her teaching, as the 2012 recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the 2016 Eastern Communication Association Teaching Fellow Award.

Kate Harman, Lecturer
M.S., Towson University
Email: harman@rowan.edu

Kate Harman has been teaching at Rowan since the Spring of 2013. Her research interests include analyzing gender dynamics within sport - specifically, depictions of athletes in media - as well as portrayals of gender in popular culture texts. 

Julie Haynes, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Email: haynes@rowan.edu

Julie Haynes has been teaching at Rowan since 1998. Her research interests include rhetorical dimensions of media and popular culture, rhetorical constructions of gender and feminist resistance rhetoric, rhetoric of social protest, and rhetoric of regional identity. Her current projects include research on rhetorical strategies of Southern suffragists and depictions of masculinity in reality television.

Andrew D. Hottle, Professor
Ph.D., Temple University
Email: hottle@rowan.edu

Andrew Hottle is an art historian whose research focuses on the work of women, with particular emphasis on feminist art of the 1970s. In addition to articles, essays, and book reviews, he has published two books, The Art of the Sister Chapel: Exemplary Women, Visionary Creators, and Feminist Collaboration and Shirley Gorelick (1924-2000): Painter of Humanist Realism. He is currently writing a detailed monograph on the art of Sylvia Sleigh and conducting extensive research for a book about the founding members of SOHO 20 Gallery.

Maccamas Ikpah, Associate Professor
Ed.D., Oklahoma State University
Phone: 856-256-4632
Email: ikpah@rowan.edu

Dr. Ikpah teaches Mass Media and Their Influences, Communication Studies Seminar, International Communication and Intercultural Communication. He has travelled extensively to China, the United Kingdom, Holland, Cameroon and Ghana.

Yannick Kluch, Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
Email: kluch@rowan.edu

Yannick Kluch joined the Department of Communication Studies as an assistant professor of sports communication and media in 2019 after working in the office of inclusion at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). His teaching and research focuses on equity, diversity, and inclusion in athletics, athlete activism, critical sports communication pedagogy, and identity construction in sport. In addition to his roles in the department, he also serves as the lead faculty consultant on social impact for Rowan's Center for Sports Communication & Social Impact and drives strategic inclusion initiatives in the university's athletics department.

Pamela Marshall, Instructor
Public Speaking Course Director
M.A., Temple University
Phone: 856-256-4394
Email: marshallp@rowan.edu

Pam Marshall is a communication scholar with an emphasis on listening and perception. Her research focuses on communication satisfaction of off-site workers, and listening capabilities of high-level managers. She is also a consultant in the corporate sector, and has conducted both research and workshops in the telecommunications field, the pharmaceutical industry, the publishing industry, and the prison systems in New Jersey.

Clara L. Popa, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University
Email: popa@rowan.edu

Clara Popa joined the department in the Fall of 2004. Her research includes communicative aspects of trust in temporary groups, methodological approaches to the study of trust and communication, and the role of values in intercultural communication. She continues to expand her research interests and tries relentlessly to persuade her students to join her.

Daniel Schowalter, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Indiana University
Phone: 856-256-4351
Email: schowalter@rowan.edu

Dan Schowalter joined the Department of Communication Studies ecstatically in the Fall of 2002. His research interests include the intersections of rhetoric, visuality, memory and the popular imagination, with special interest in the rhetoric of documentary imagery.

Rui Shi, Assitant Professor
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Email: shi@rowan.edu

Dr. Shi joined Rowan in fall 2018. Her research focuses on the use of new media in health communication in the area of anti-tobacco policies, campaigns and interventions. Her current project explores how to correct health misinformation with persuasive messages using multiple media platforms including Virtual Reality. Dr. Shi also has an active research agenda in quantitative research methods specializing in experiment design and computational social science.

Daniel Strasser, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Unversity of Denver
Email: strasser@rowan.edu

Professor Daniel S. Strasser began teaching at Rowan University in Fall 2012. Dr. Strasser’s research focuses on perceptions and performances of masculinities, the intricacies of father-son relationships, and negotiating class identities, particularly blue and white collar identities, from autoethnographic, interpretive, and critical perspectives. He teaches courses in gender communication, family communication, and communication theory.