- Faculty & Staff
Mark Kiyak, Chair
Associate Professor/Department Chair
Video Production Coordinator
(M.F.A., University of Miami)
Originally from New Jersey, Mr. Kiyak earned a BA in Film Production from the University of Miami in 1981 before embarking on a career in broadcasting at WLRN, a Miami public broadcasting station. He then moved back to the northeast, working at NBC in New York City for more than twenty years and in the process, winning two Emmy awards for his technical work during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Kiyak eventually left NBC and returned to the University of Miami, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Film Production in 2003. At Fredonia, he teaches classes in television production and journalism, is the advisor to WNYF-TV, the student-run television station and is the video production coordinator for the department. His research interests revolve around the use of media as a political tool and the Media Reform movement. In addition, he has directed an experimental dance video shown at the “Dance in the Desert” festival in Las Vegas and the “International Choreographers Showcase in Edinburgh, Scotland; directing a video production of an original stage play for the state of Georgia’s “Education: Go Get It” initiative, later shown on public television; directed and edited “Hidden in the Hills” a documentary about the Great Blue Heron Music Festival which was screened at film festivals and on Louisiana Public Television; and he directs a local public affairs television show called “Dialogues” with his students making up the crew. When not in the classroom, he and his wife, Stephanie, love to travel and search for treasure in antique stores and “junque” shops, where he is always trying to add to his collections of baseball memorabilia and rare records.
(Ph.D., University of Vienna)
Dr. Benton joined the Fredonia Department of Communication in 2010 as a professor of public relations. He teaches courses that focus on ethical persuasion as it applies to building relationships with various publics through the mass media, organizational communication, and community outreach. A particular focus of Dr. Benton’s research is international communication and public diplomacy. Dr. Benton previously resided in Austria where he worked with the U.S. State Department in helping staff at various embassies better tell the American story to the world community. His research focuses extensively on the public diplomacy nations use to highlight attractive aspects of their cultures to build relationships with diverse international audiences. Dr. Benton’s research has appeared in numerous academic journals including Communication Education, The Journal of Applied Security Management, The Journal of Popular Culture, and Studies in Communication Sciences. His first book, The Challenge of Working for American: Perspectives of an International Workforce was published in 2014. He also enjoys movies of all kinds, video games, podcasts, Rammstein, comic books, bumming around Europe, and passionately following the sorry lot that is the Kansas City Royals.
Following a 27-year tenure at Fredonia, Professor Dan Berggren left the faculty in 2004 to pursue his music career full time. He now resides in Ballston Spa, N.Y. Visit his Web site at www.berggrenfolk.com.
Linda Czuba Brigance
(Ph.D., University of Iowa)
Linda Brigance joined the communication faculty in 1998. Recently retired, she taught Communication Studies courses such as Gender and Communication, Communication Theory, and Persuasion. She also taught Rhetoric and Criticism, a department core course. Her research interests revolve around a curiosity about everyday public persuasion, such as political rhetoric, product advertising and entertainment venues like film, television, and public spaces like Disneyland and historical sites. Her most recent presentations and publications have focused on the representation of gender by women’s history museums and historical sites. Before teaching college, Dr. Brigance worked in corporate communications and marketing for heath care and arts organizations. Dr. Brigance enjoys traveling, reading, practicing Tai Chi, and watching independent and foreign films.
Ann Reynolds Carden
(M.S., Buffalo State College)
Ann Carden came to Fredonia in 2002 to help develop the public relations major. She has 29 years experience in public relations and broadcast journalism. She is the co-author of "Public Relations Writing Worktext: A Practical Guide for the Profession" (3rd ed.) and has written chapters for several other books. Ms. Carden's research interest focuses on the use of public relations in heritage tourism and the cultural phenomena that sometimes results. Her work has appeared in several scholarly journals, as well as professional publications. She is the recipient of 16 Excalibur Awards for excellence in public relations programming presented by the Buffalo/Niagara chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. She was named the chapter’s Public Relations Practitioner of the Year in 2001 and is one of 37 public relations practitioners in Western New York Accredited in Public Relations by PRSA. She has been inducted into PRSA's College of Fellows, comprised of more than 300 senior practitioners and educators who have left a significant footprint on the public relations profession. Ms. Carden received a master’s degree in public relations management from Buffalo State College and a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from West Virginia University.
Joseph C. Chilberg
(Ph.D., Ohio University)
Joe Chilberg came to SUNY Fredonia in 1987, where he taught communication studies for 23 years until his retirement. He believes that you just don't learn about communication -- you use it to make a difference. He conducts research in the area of group communication and is an expert in the art and science of conducting meetings. His present research interests are in facilitating dialogical conversation for group and organizational learning. He has served as a meeting facilitator, trainer, and consultant on effective meeting communication practices for corporate and public organizations. He spends his leisure time making wine, gardening, cooking, horseback riding, and discovering the wonders of life with his wife, Janet, and son, Jackson.
(J.D., University of New Hampshire School of Law)
Mike Igoe joined the Fredonia Department of Communication after spending the previous three years teaching journalism at United International College in Zhuhai, China. Zhuhai is one of China’s coastal cities, located about an hour’s ferry boat ride from Hong Kong. During his time in China, he also traveled extensively and estimates he’s taken thousands of pictures of the country. He previously taught journalism for five years as an adjunct professor at Buffalo State College. For 30 years, Dr. Igoe was a television consumer reporter at network affiliated stations in Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton, Pa.; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; and, Buffalo, N.Y. At WGRZ TV in Buffalo, he was well known for his "2 On Your Side" feature that solved problems for viewers. As a journalist, he won a number of awards for his work. His areas of expertise are broadcast journalism, convergent journalism, and media law. In addition, he is also the author of two books published by McGraw Hill: “Blending East and West: Understanding the Changing Chinese Society” and “Painless Presenting Made Easy." Dr. Igoe finds it somewhat ironic that he now should be associated with Fredonia since for about 25 years he’s been asked if he has any connection to Igoe Hall, a residence hall on campus.
(M.A., Humboldt State University)
After 25 years of professional work in the film and television industry, Jane Jackson returned to teaching with the same enthusiasm that drove her success in the field. Ms. Jackson's background in production offers students knowledge beyond the academic tradition. Her work included corporate television, educational films, broadcast video and feature films, managing Francis Ford Coppola's studio in San Francisco. Recently, she has produced and directed several documentary programs for Public Television. Her series of video poems toured throughout the states, showcased in galleries and museums. Her other production activities include "The Quiet Sound," an award winning documentary about Western New York Native American artists, which was adopted for the Dean Schwartz French/American Cultural Emersion program. She recently completed "Windows," an experimental drama about personal loss, which will be submitted to festivals.
(Ph.D., University of Florida)
Laura Johnson's career in broadcasting began in 1981 at WHIL-FM in Mobile, Ala. During her broadcasting career, she was an announcer, music programmer, producer, music director, and station manager at public radio stations in Alabama, Arkansas, and Florida. Her past radio productions include programs about American popular song, the music of Scandinavia, classical music, folk music, the blues, public affairs, and a college sports network. She produced and/or hosted programming that featured a number of prominent individuals including President Clinton, Sen. Hillary Clinton, former Sen. Dale Bumpers, Phillip Glass, Roberta Peters, Fred Waring, Robert Moog, Alvin Poussaint, Paolo Soleri, John Harbison, Aprile Millo, and many others. Her research interests include the history and regulation of noncommercial and religious broadcasting, the regulation of electronic media, and media history. She holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of West Florida and a bachelor's degree in music from Florida State University.
Professor Bill Jungels has been producing documentaries since he left the faculty in 2003. His latest work, "Crossing the Line," follows the struggle of workers in Mexico, the United States and Canada against the negative results of free trade.
(Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo)
Dr. Amanda Lohiser joined the communication department in 2016 following four years in Singapore, where she taught through the Singapore Institute of Management's Global Education Initiative which partnered with the University at Buffalo. At SUNY Fredonia, she teaches Fundamentals of Communication as well as other courses in the communication studies area. Dr. Lohiser earned her bachelor's degree and Ph.D. in Communication at the University at Buffalo, where she studied the assessment and measurement of socio-emotional intelligence and became certified in Paul Ekman's Facial Action Coding System (FACS) through UB's Communication Science Center. She earned her master's degree at the SUNY College at Buffalo in Public Relations Management. She has professional experience in public relations, working in a Buffalo-based firm as well as consulting in community relations and integrated communications for small businesses. Dr. Lohiser is delighted to be back home in Western New York. She enjoys traveling, genealogy research, cooking, helping out with a family-owned business and spoiling her maltese-yorkie.
(Ph.D., University of Utah)
Tracy Marafiote joined the department in 2007. She teaches in the communication studies area, including classes in intercultural, interpersonal, and organizational communication, and conflict and negotiation. Dr. Marafiote earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of South Florida, and received her doctorate from the University of Utah, where she taught courses in communication and gender studies, and in the university's David Eccles School of Business. Motivated to bridge her environmental activism and academic work, her current research focuses on the impact of cultural forces and identities on social change in general and, specifically, on the passage of the Wilderness Act of 1964. As a scholar of critical/cultural studies and environmental communication, her future goals include examining the intersections of gender, race, class, and nature with sustainability and environmental justice. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoor activities of backpacking, mountain biking, and hiking, and the indoor pastimes of cooking-and eating!-diverse foods.
(M.F.A., San Francisco State University)
Joining the communication faculty in fall 2000, Kathleen McDonough teaches Rhetoric of Vision and Sound, Multimedia Integration, Documentary Production, supervises the Sheldon Multimedia Lab and is the production coordinator. Before coming to Fredonia, she taught at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore. She has also lived in Italy and Denmark. As both a historian and documentary producer, Ms. McDonough is interested in making documentaries which explore the commonalities in human experience that cross temporal and cultural boundaries. Her research interests focus on historical films and what they reveal about the society that made them. Ms. McDonough enjoys hiking, travel, foreign films, and Medieval/Renaissance music.
Assistant Professor, Communication Rhetorician
(Ph.D., The University of Southern Mississippi)
Dr. McGowan joins the department having just completed her doctorate in communication at The University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. McGowan is active in politics and uses her experiences as a legislative assistant, campaign manager, and volunteer to teach communication studies courses including rhetoric and criticism, persuasion, and political communication. Before coming to Fredonia, Dr. McGowan managed a successful political campaign for a Minnesota state senator, spent 10 years teaching public speaking and business and professional communication, and obtained a Certificate in Training and Development. In addition to winning the Top Graduate Student award for the College of Arts and Letters, Dr. McGowan traveled to Germany to present a paper at an international rhetoric conference. In November, she will present the political communication division’s top student paper, “Political Events, Actors and Issues: The News Media’s Construction of the 2013 Government shutdown Narrative,” at the National Communication Association Convention. Dr. McGowan has published book reviews in Women’s Studies in Communication andRhetoric & Public Affairs as well as co-authored an article published inCommunication Teacher. Her current research projects focus on how the women in the United State Senate restore civility to the chamber by persuading their colleagues to be bipartisan. Dr. McGowan enjoys taking her dog for walks, making her nephew laugh, and baking delicious treats. To learn more about her, visit her website: http://angelammcgowan.weebly.com/.
(M.A., University at Buffalo)
After 28 years in the newspaper business, Elmer Ploetz joined the department to help start the journalism major. He has worked as a reporter and editor (the last 23 at The Buffalo News), but has also been involved in radio, Web development and video documentary. One of his current projects is finishing off a video/Web documentary on the early years of the Buffalo punk rock scene. Convergence of the traditional and digital media is one of Professor Ploetz's goals, both in his own work and as he helps prepare students for a new era in journalism.
Distinguished Service Professor
(Ph.D., University of Southern California)
The State University Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1986
Ted Schwalbe has been teaching at Fredonia since 1980; he chaired the department from 1989 to 1998 and from 2003 to 2012. His teaching and research areas of interest include communication and computer technologies, mass media law, media management, and international media. Since 1995, he has been very active in the area of international media development and has headed four major U.S. State Department projects in various countries in Eastern Europe and Africa. He enjoy watching sports and remains an active bowler. He loves to travel to places most people don't want to go. Dr. Schwalbe has received four Fulbright Awards to teach at the American University in Bulgaria in Fall 1997, the University of Swaziland during the summer of 2002, the University of Pecs in Hungary in fall 2004, and the Polytechnic University in Namibia in summer 2007.
Carol Smith is the department secretary for the Communication Department at The State University of New York at Fredonia. She previously worked for the Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences as a keyboard specialist and in Reed Library as a Library Clerk II. Prior to coming to Fredonia, Ms. Smith worked as a keyboard specialist for Programs at Gowanda Correctional Facility and was an Office Manager for R & L Smith Trucking. She graduated from Jamestown Business College. Ms. Smith has two children: Alexandrea and Conner. She enjoys traveling, sports and theatre.
(M.F.A., Bournemouth University)
Roslin Smith was managing director of Scottish media company Fierce Films, based in Edinburgh, UK. As an early champion of digital media, Fierce Films won a “Best New Business” award in 1998. In addition she co-founded and developed The Film School Scotland, which attracted more than 2,000 students and cemented educational ties with Ireland and Denmark. Concentrating on documentary/drama, her broadcast credits include the BBC and Yorkshire TV. Working with clients such as The Commonwealth Heads of Government and Edinburgh Grand Opera enabled her work to be distributed as far afield as Greece and New Zealand. As Scottish correspondent for Sky News Medical Channel, assignments took her all over Britain. After arriving in Charleston, S.C., in 2003, she worked on many local projects, some of which were screened at The Gibbes Museum and the CFADA Art Walk. Her published work includes book critiques for The City Paper and Post & Courier newspapers and reviews for the University Film and Video Association quarterly journal. Her most recent work, “Priscilla’s Legacy,” is a documentary about a slave girl who worked for 50 years on a South Carolina Plantation. The film won Best Regional Short at The Charleston Film Festival in 2014, and has been jury selected by the Buffalo Film Festival for screening in April 2015. In August 2015, she was accepted onto the Fulbright Specialist roster. Having taught all aspects of digital filmmaking at The Art Institute of Charleston for over six years, Ms. Smith joined the Fredonia Communication Department in September 2014. Her poetic documentary, Views from Within, recently won Chautauqua Tourist Board's I Love Chautauqua contest. She is currently producing a documentary feature, Sleepwalkers, How we are nurturing a nation on speed, that investigates ADHD and amphetamine use in children. website: http://roslinmackintosh.wix.com/greenoakfilms