Dr. Heather Aldridge Bart
Dr. Heather Aldridge Bart, received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. She teaches the introductory course as well as courses in argumentation, rhetoric and organizational communication. Her research is methodologically grounded in rhetorical criticism and argumentation. She has written and published works on rap music, environmental rhetoric and argumentation theory. Her contemporary research focuses on feminist theory and national security discourse. She is also the faculty advisor for the Phi Phi chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honor society.
Dr. John Bart received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and teaches social influence courses. His courses include "Introduction to Communication," "Persuasion," "Interpersonal Communication," "Communication Theory" and "Broadcasting in America." Dr. Bart’s research interests include political communication, public argument and rhetorical criticism. His most recent publication examined campaign expenditures by third parties in the 2002 South Dakota Senate race.
Dr. Michael Nitz (Ph.D., Arizona) is an associate professor in the department of communication studies. He is also the coordinator of Norwegian programs. He teaches the basic course in communication, as well as "Communication Research," "Public Relations," "Persuasion," "Mass Media Effects," "Persuasive Campaigns," and "International Communication." He is a Fulbright Scholar whose research interests are in international media coverage of political and environmental issues, as well as the role of late-night television comedy in the political process. He recently received Augustana’s Jane Zaloudek Research Fellowship Award for work on Norwegian/German media coverage of the U.S. Presidential election. He is the campus advisor for PRSSA (PR Student Society of America) chapter and has led several International PR courses in Europe.
Dr. Tasha Rennels received her Ph.D. from the University of South Florida. She teaches the basic course in communication as well as courses in media studies, such as “Media and Society.” Her research focuses on the complex and interwoven relationship between mediated representations and lived experiences. She seeks to move beyond providing traditional media analyses that focus only on what is represented on the screen, to providing analyses that are informed by the lived experiences and responses of those who are implicated in these representations. She has recently written and published research about reality television, whiteness, social class and qualitative inquiry.