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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.





Dr. Tim McKenna-Buchanan

Assistant Professor of
Communication Studies
tpmckenna-buchanan@manchester.edu 

Dr. Tim McKenna-Buchanan (Ph.D., Ohio University, 2014) teaches courses in organizational communication, public relations, and ethics. He strives to create learning environments that guide, develop, and challenge students to recognize the value and importance of communication in (and outside of) the workplace. His teaching is influenced significantly by his research interests. His research explores the intersection of difference (or diversity) and organizational life, with an emphasis on the ways narratives empower differences and the stories that create, maintain, and change individuals’ lived experience. Ultimately, he challenges his students to become more engaged and aware of how communication effects everyday lives. 


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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