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Department of Communication & Graphic Design

Valerie Sloan, M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Graphic Design

M.F.A. University of Florida

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(401) 254-3786
GHH 317

Valerie Sloan

Valerie
Sloan
M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Graphic Design

M.F.A. University of Florida

Contact Information
(401) 254-3786
GHH 317
Amiee Shelton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication

B.S. Central Missouri State
M.S. Boston University
Ph.D. Salve Regina University

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x3277
GHH 330

Amiee Shelton

Amiee
Shelton
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication

B.S. Central Missouri State
M.S. Boston University
Ph.D. Salve Regina University

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Contact Information
x3277
GHH 330
Winner of the 2010 Mark Gould Award for Commitment to Student Learning,  Dr. Shelton believes the best learning comes from doing. She brings real world projects into the classroom with the primary goal to produce professional public relations practitioners.  Her passion lies in working one-on-one with students. Every student leaves each of her courses with a solid theoretical base, but also with something tangible for the job market.

Dr. Shelton also has significant experience in television news, working for local affiliates of the New York Times, Meredith Corporation, Tribune Corporation, LIN-TV and FOX News Corp.

Dr. Shelton has been awarded a Fulbright Grant for Spring 2014.  She will be teaching in the Slovak Republic. Her Research will focus on Corporate Academic Relationships.

Primary Courses:

Public Relations
Mass Comm Research
PR Case Studies
PR Campaigns

Michael Scully, M.S.
Associate Professor of Communication

B.A. Ithaca College
M.S. Columbia University

Contact Information
x3785
GHH 324
Areas of Expertise: 
Digital Journalism

Michael Scully

Michael
Scully
M.S.
Associate Professor of Communication

B.A. Ithaca College
M.S. Columbia University

Contact Information
x3785
GHH 324
Areas of Expertise: 
Digital Journalism

Michael Scully is an Associate Professor of Communications at Roger Williams University where he teaches in the Journalism Program. His classes include Writing for Mass Media, Feature Writing, Mass Media Law & Ethics, Digital Journalism I and (soon) Digital Journalism II.

He has been working as a college professor since the Fall of 2004. Prior to academia, he wrote for a variety of new organizations including CNN, Fortune Small Business magazine, The Times Herald-Record (Middletown, NY), The Fairfax Journal, Washington Technology, The Vienna Times and The Post-Star (Glens Falls). He also worked for New Century Networks, an Internet news operation launched in the late 1990s by a consortium of newspaper companies.

Courses Taught:

Digital Journalism
Mass Media Law & Ethics
Writing for Mass Media
Feature Writing

Anjali Ram, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication

B.A. Nowrosjee Wadia College
M.A. University of Pune, India
M.A.Ph.D. Ohio University

Contact Information
x3162
GHH 322

Anjali Ram

Anjali
Ram
Ph.D.
Professor of Communication

B.A. Nowrosjee Wadia College
M.A. University of Pune, India
M.A.Ph.D. Ohio University

Contact Information
x3162
GHH 322

Dr. Anjali Ram is a professor of Communication and Media Studies. She has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication Studies from Ohio University, and a M.A. and B.A. in English from the University of Pune, India. She primarily teaches  courses in Intercultural Communication, Media Theory, Research Methods, and Gender. Her research explores what it means to be transnational and intercultural in a world that is experiencing the political, economic, cultural, and social ramifications of new communication technologies and intense cross-border migrations. She has published a book entitled, Consuming Bollywood: Gender, Globalization and Media in the Indian Diaspora. Her work has also appeared in scholarly journals such as Women’s Studies in Communication, Human Development, Mind, Cultural and Activity, Cultural and Psychology and in edited books  such as Mediated Women,  Communicating Ethnic and Cultural Identity, and Sociology of the Diaspora: A Reader among others.

Courses Taught:

Gender, Globalization and Media
Intercultural Communication
International Communication
Intro to Mass Media
Mass Comm Research

Paola Prado, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication

B.A. Denison University
M.A. Georgetown University
Ph.D. University of Miami

Contact Information
x3546
GHH 326

Paola Prado

Paola
Prado
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication

B.A. Denison University
M.A. Georgetown University
Ph.D. University of Miami

Contact Information
x3546
GHH 326

Dr. Prado teaches courses in journalism, media law, digital media production and mass communication theory. She has written book chapters about Latin American media on topics of media diversity and inequality as well as a chapter on the impact of the Internet on traditional gender roles in the Dominican Republic.

Dr. Prado also has extensive professional experience as a journalist, media publisher, consultant, manager and producer for outlets such as CBS TeleNoticias, The Weather Channel Latin America, Reuters Television, and RealNetworks. She is a co-founder of Com2, a citizen reporter digital journalism workshop funded by the Knight Center for International Media at the University of Miami to provide journalism training for marginalized populations in the Dominican Republic.

Fluent in four languages, energetic, articulate and engaging with colleagues and students alike, Dr. Prado embodies many of those qualities that are the foundation of our university’s values of global perspective, learning for its own sake, civil discourse, civic responsibility and student/faculty research.

Roxanne M. O'Connell, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication, Visual and New Media

Ph.D. Salve Regina University
M.S. Bentley College
B.S. Leslie College

Contact Information
x3249
GHH 323

Roxanne M. O'Connell

Roxanne M.
O'Connell
Ph.D.
Professor of Communication, Visual and New Media

Ph.D. Salve Regina University
M.S. Bentley College
B.S. Leslie College

Contact Information
x3249
GHH 323

Courses Taught:

Digital Communication
Introduction to Visual Communication
Visual Media in a Cultural Context
Visual Essays
Introduction to Mass Media
Visual Rhetoric, Visual Culture
Digital Media in a Global Context
McLuhan’s Global Village

Teaching Philosophy:

My guiding philosophy in teaching classroom and independent study projects continues to be based on the following principles:

Hume Johnson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication

B.A., M.S. University of West Indies
Ph.D. University of Wairato

Contact Information
x3548
GHH 329

Hume Johnson

Hume
Johnson
Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication

B.A., M.S. University of West Indies
Ph.D. University of Wairato

Contact Information
x3548
GHH 329

A native of Jamaica, Dr. Johnson comes to us from the James Cook University in Australia where she has been teaching in the Public Relations and Broadcast curriculum. She earned her Ph.D.—”When Citizen Politics Become Uncivil: Between Popular Protest, Civil Society & Governance in Jamaica” from The University of Waikato, New Zealand. She has written book chapters and articles that deal with civil and civic engagement, cultural and political communication and is working on a manuscript of public relations campaigns—why they succeed, why they fail.

Dr. Johnson also has extensive professional experience as a consultant, television presenter, speech writer, media aide and publicist. Her research agenda is well matched to our university’s core values, especially in the areas of civil discourse, civic engagement, global perspectives, and student/faculty research initiatives.

Poised, articulate and engaging with colleagues and students alike, Dr. Johnson embodies many of those qualities that are the hallmark of a committed teacher and scholar.

Kamille Gentles-Peart, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication, CHAIR Department of Communication & Graphic Design

B.A. CUNY Herbert H. Lehman College
Ph.D. University of Michigan

Contact Information
x3255
GHH 327

Kamille Gentles-Peart

Kamille
Gentles-Peart
Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication, CHAIR Department of Communication & Graphic Design

B.A. CUNY Herbert H. Lehman College
Ph.D. University of Michigan

Contact Information
x3255
GHH 327

Dr. Kamille Gentles-Peart is an Associate Professor of Communication and Chair of the Department of Communication & Graphic Design at Roger Williams University where she teaches in the area of international communication. She is a first-generation immigrant, born and raised in Jamaica, W.I.