Faculty and Staff


Our faculty consists of accomplished researchers and experienced teachers who are leaders in, and major contributors to, the communication discipline. We have received Southern Miss Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Service awards; the Southern States Communication Association’s Outstanding Teacher, Distinguished Service, and Communication Theory and Gender Studies Divisions’ Outstanding Scholar awards; the Southern Regional Education Board Faculty Mentor Award, and the National Communication Association’s Golden Anniversary Monograph Award. Grants from the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Institutes of Health, and the Mississippi Humanities Council have funded research and other activities in our department. The faculty have produced 12 books and published more than 170 articles in dozens of books and virtually all journals sponsored by our professional associations. We have twice served as journal editors and four have been elected President of the Southern States Communication Association. You will find us to be knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and supportive.


Kathryn Anthony (Ph.D., University of Kentucky). Assistant Professor. Teaching and research interests focus on organizational health communication and risk and crisis communication. 475 Liberal Arts Building. 601.266.4272. kathryn.anthony@usm.edu

Wendy Atkins-Sayre (Ph.D., University of Georgia). Associate Professor and Director of the Speaking Center. Teaching and research interests focus on social movement rhetoric, feminist criticism, public controversy discourse, and rhetorical criticism. 471 Liberal Arts Building. 601.266.4271. wendy.atkinssayre@usm.edu. http://atkinssayre.wordpress.com

Marcus J. Coleman (Ph.D., University of Georgia). Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Communication Studies. Teaching and research interests include voter identification legislation, patriotism as civic engagement, and political ideology. Southern Hall 215.  601.266.6275 marcus.coleman@usm.edu

Richard L. Conville (Ph.D., Louisiana State University). Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies and Service Learning.  Teaching and research center on interpersonal communication, and, in particular, the role of communication in constructing relationships. He uses qualitative methods to interpret and understand conflicts between adults' personal and professional lives and dilemmas encountered in interracial communication

Keith V. Erickson (Ed.D., University of Michigan). Professor. Teaching and research interests include presidential and political communication, and rhetorical theory and criticism. Recent studies include first lady diplomacy, rhetoric of seduction, presidential photo opportunities, travel, and news leaks. 477 Liberal Arts Building. 601.266.4273. keith.erickson@usm.edu

Casey Maugh (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University). Assiociate Professor of Communication Studies and Associate Director of Interdisciplinary Studies. Research interests include political rhetoric and women's studies. Teaches on the Gulf Coast campus. 228.214.3309. casey.maugh@usm.edu

Lawrence A. Hosman (Ph.D., University of Iowa). Professor. Teaching and research focus on the role of language in social influence and persuasion, with particular attention to how messages can be constructed to better influence attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors of audiences. 478 Liberal Arts Building. 601.266.4279. lawrence.hosman@usm.edu.http://ocean.otr.usm.edu/~w305727/

Eura Jung (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University). Associate Professor. Research and teaching interests include intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, quantitative research methods, and identity and mental health issues. 472 Liberal Arts Building. 601.266.4276. eura.jung@usm.edu

Ashley N. Mack (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin). Assistant Professor & Director of Speech and Debate. Teaching and research interest include social movements, rhetorical criticism/theory, rhetorics of science and health, feminist criticism, gender/queer theory, historical materialism, critical race theory, critical discourse analysis.476 Liberal Arts Building. 601.266.4286. ashley.mack@usm.edu

John C. Meyer (Ph.D., University of Kansas). Professor. Teaches and researches organizational communication, conflict management, and humor. Currently studying how children’s communication strategies in day care centers enact organizational values. 470 Liberal Arts Building. 601.266.4280. john.meyer@usm.edu http://ocean.otr.usm.edu/~w305698/

Charles H. Tardy (Ph.D., University of Iowa). Department Chair. Professor. Teaches courses on interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, intercultural communication and research methods. Research interests center on how social interaction affects health and illness, especially cardiovascular diseases. 474 Liberal Arts Building. 601.266.4278.charles.tardy@usm.edu

Steven J. Venette (Ph.D., North Dakota State University). Associate Professor. Teaching and research interests include risk and crisis communication, organizational communication, and argumentation. Recent projects include work for the Department of Homeland Security's National Center for Food Protection and Defense, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USDA Plant Protection and Quarantine, and USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service. 473 Liberal Arts Building. 601.266.4325.steven.venette@usm.edu


Graduate Assistants

Victoria Brown (M.A., Colorado State University). 446 Liberal Arts Building.  601.266.4271. Victoria.L.Brown@eagles.usm.eduvictorialeebrown.wordpress.com
Kevin Bryant (M.A., Valdosta State University). Assistant Forensics Coach. 446 Liberal Arts Building.  601.266.4987.kevin.bryant@eagles.usm.edu
Michael Chancellor (B.S., William Carey University). 467 Liberal Arts Building. 
Amanda S. Cline (M.A., Angelo State University). 445 Liberal Arts Building.
Amy Lionberger (M.A., Auburn University). 445 Liberal Arts Building.
Nicole Magee (B.A., University of Southern Mississippi). Speaking Center Coordinator. Speaking Center, 117 Cook Library. 601.266.4965. nicole.magee@eagles.usm.edu
Angela McGowan (M.A., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee). 446 Liberal Arts Building. 601.266.4987. angela.mcgowan@eagles.usm.edu http://angelammcgowan.weebly.com/
Coleen Mestayer (M.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette). 445 Liberal Arts Buiding. 601.266.4987. colleen.mestayer@eagles.usm.edu
Brian Perna (M.A., New Mexico State University). 446 Liberal Arts Building. 601.266.4271. brian.perna@eagles.usm.edu
Carrie Reif (M.A., Auburn University). 445 Liberal Arts Building. 
Carley Reynolds (M.A., University of Illinois Springfield). Speaking Center, 117 Cook Library. 601.266.4965. carley.reynolds@eagles.usm.edu
Elizabeth Wellings (M.A., Texas State University). 445 Liberal Arts Building. 601.266.4987.elizabeth.wellings@eagles.usm.edu


Adjunct and Part-time Instructors

Frankie Glennis (M.S.,J.D., University of Southern Mississippi). 601.266.4965.frankie.glennis@usm.edu

Jenny Tate (Gulf Park) (M.S., University of Southern Mississippi). 601.266.4965.jenny.tate@usm.edu

Melody Tate (M.S., University of Southern Mississippi). 601.266.4965. mghtate@hotmail.com

Kimberly Wingo (M.S., University of Southern Mississippi). 601.266.4965.kimberly.wingo@usm.edu



Mary Jo McKay (B.S., University of Southern Mississippi). Administrative Assistant. 467 Liberal Arts Building. 601.266.4271. maryjo.mckay@usm.edu