A-to-Z Index

Faculty and Staff



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Director of the School of Communication Studies

Sharon Mazzarella

Professor of Communication Studies; B.S. Northwestern University; Ph.D. University of Illinois

Assistant Director of the School of Communication Studies

Toni Whitfield

Associate Professor of Communication Studies; B.A., M.A., Ed.D, University of West Florida

Emeritus Faculty


Phil Emmert
Former Chair of School of Communication Studies
Professor Emeritus; B.A. M.A. Ph.D.Ohio University


In Memoriam Dr. Mae Frantz
Dr. Mae M. Frantz, Professor Emeritus, died Friday September 12, 2008 at the age of 83. Dr. Frantz earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Mississippi State College for Women, a Master of Arts degree from University of Mississippi, and Ph.D. in Communication from Florida State University. After serving on the faculty for 28 years, Dr. Frantz retired from the Communication Arts Department (now Communication Studies) in 1992. During her tenure in the department, she founded the Public Relations and Organizational Communication programs, currently two of the largest programs in the department. She also founded the JMU student chapter of International Business Communicators. After retiring from JMU, Dr. Frantz remained active in the JMU Faculty Women’s Caucus and the American Association of University Women. Dr. Frantz was a friend, mentor, and esteemed colleague. We will miss you, Mae.

  Rex Fuller
Center for Mediation Studies
Professor Emeritus; B.S. in Ed., M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University

Anne Gabbard-Alley
Ex-Director of Health Communication Institute
Professor Emeritus; B.A., University of Kentucky; M.A., Texas
Women's University; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University


  Eva M. McMahan
Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Letters;
Professor of Communication Studies
B.S., M.A., The University of Texas at Austin;
Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Steven Rollman

Professor of Communication Studies; B.A., C.W. Post College of Long Island University; M.A., Ohio University; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University 

Jae Yoon

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
B.A., Sogang Jesuit University; M.A., North Dakota State University; Ph.D., Temple University



Program Support Technician
Gretchen Hansen

Phone: (540) 568-6775
Secretary Senior
Gail Armentrout

Phone: (540) 568-6228
Oliver Brass
Student Assistant
Melody Carlisle
Student Assistant
Sneha Polisetti
Student Assistant