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Michelle Calka



Michelle Calka
Assistant Professor of
Communication Studies
mcalka@manchester.edu

Michelle Calka (Ph.D. Ohio University, 2012) teaches courses in small group communication, interpersonal communication, virtual cultures, rhetoric, and gender. She also directs the communication studies internship program. Her research interests focus on the intersections of technology, rhetoric, and identity. Her dissertation focused on performances of identity in virtual worlds such as World of Warcraft and Second Life. She works to create discussion-focused classrooms and encourages students to consider how communication theories apply to their own experiences.




Dr. Judd Case

Department Chair of
Communication Studies
jacase@manchester.edu
Dr. Case (Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2010) specializes in media studies, and teaches courses in media literacy, new media, telecommunications, guerrilla journalism, and TV criticism. He is a member of the review board of the Journal of Media & Religion. He has recently published in that journal, and is a featured interviewee in an upcoming issue of the Journal of Empire Studies. He has recently presented papers on Second Life, guerrilla journalism, and the broadcasting of ritual performance. His dissertation explored radar as a medium that prefigures the “situation rooms” of today’s newscasts. He is an enthusiastic teacher who is eager to help students prepare, present, and publish their own work.




Dr. Mary Lahman

Professor of
Communication Studies
mplahman@manchester.edu

Dr. Mary Lahman strives to engage the inquisitive spirits of her students. She encourages students to give voice to and make sense of their “little” stories—their own experiences—in light of the communication discipline’s “big” stories—knowledge and theory presented in the classroom. Students in her advanced public relations class agree that they learn the most from the problem-based learning methods she uses to teach this class; Dr. Lahman serves as a “guide on the side” as students research local issues, build client relationship, figure budgets, and meet deadlines. She is a 1983 graduate of Manchester University and holds advanced degrees from Miami University of Ohio and Indiana University.


Dave Switzer



Dr. David Switzer

Professor of
Communication Studies
deswitzer@manchester.edu

Dave Switzer teaches research methods, applied communication, communication ethics, and communication foundations. In 35 years of graduate and undergraduate teaching at SUNY-Albany and IPFW, Switzer (Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1974) has published in Communication, Monographs, Management Communication Quarterly, Communication Quarterly and other sources. Also, he has written proprietary communication consulting monographs and a book chapter about communicating the national pastime. Typically, his office is alive with conversations about communication, curve balls, capellini, and Emily and Elijah.


Giuliana Sorce


 

Giuliana Sorce
Adjunct Instructor of
Communication Studies


Giuliana Sorce is a graduate of the Johannes-Gutenberg University (BA in American Studies and Portuguese, 2011) and is currently completing her MS in Professional Communication Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Building on her teaching experience at IPFW, she will be teaching Foundations of Human Communication at Manchester. Miss Sorce considers herself an energetic and motivated instructor who is seeking to make a difference in her students’ lives by enabling them to see the world from new perspectives. Her research interests include rhetoric, cultural studies, feminist theory, and queer theory. Specifically, she is interested in the intersections between culture, media, and rhetoric. Her master’s thesis explores the effects of cultural intervention texts on socially sensitive issues; including race, crime, and LGBT rights.


For more information about Communication Studies at Manchester University, please contact:
Dr. Judd A. Case
Chair, Department of Communication Studies
260-982-5271
jacase@manchester.edu


 
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