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School of Communication full-time and part-time faculty members are proven professionals with connections to top media and communication organizations. Many faculty have a wealth of real-world industry experience and work at local newspapers, broadcast stations and websites, giving them insight into current trends and opportunities in the field.

Meet School of Communication Full-Time Faculty

Pictured is Bernie Ankney. Photo | Mallory NeilBernie Ankney, Ph.D., dean
  • Nearly 10 years of professional experience in public relations, print journalism and science writing for Conemaugh Health System, Western PA Medicine, U.S. Medicine and Status Report
  • Research focuses on media coverage of science, political communication and the effect of communication technologies on communities
  • Professor and dean, School of Communication

Pictured is Thom Baggerman. Thom Baggerman, Ph.D., associate professor
  • More than a decade of professional experience in television production, including WTOV-TV
  • Active in teaching, research and professional work; chair of research division, Broadcast Education Association
  • Teaches broadcasting and multimedia classes; chair, School of Communication

Pictured is Robin Cecala. Submitted photo Robin Cecala, Ph.D., associate professor
  • Professional experience as an instructor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Southern Mississippi
  • Member, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, National Communication Association, Southern States Communication Association
  • Teaches broadcasting and multimedia classes; adviser, U-View

Pictured is Aimee-Marie Dorstein. Aimee-Marie Dorsten, Ph.D., associate professor
  • More than a decade of professional experience in newspapers and magazines
  • Published numerous academic articles on the history of the field of communication, ethics and technology
  • Teaches journalism classes; adviser, The Globe

Pictured is Aimee-Marie Dorstein. Camille Downing, M.A., lecturer
  • President of Downing Communications, a communications consultancy that specializes in non-profit public relations and marketing
  • Is a board member for PRSA Pittsburgh, serving as its student liaison, and a board member and leader for IABC at the local, regional and international level
  • Associate professor, part-time, for 16 years at Point Park teaching public relations, social media crisis communications, nonprofit public relations, PR writing and integrated marketing communications courses
  • Adviser, PRSSA

Pictured is Tatyana Dumova. Photo | Hannah Johnston Tatyana Dumova, Ph.D., professor
  • More than 20 years of teaching at the university level, developed Point Park's M.A. in communication technology program, taught the School of Communication's first online class
  • Presented and published extensively on new media technologies, founded and edited a scholarly journal, held leadership positions in professional associations
  • Teaches multimedia and other communication classes in face-to-face, online and hybrid modes; COMM 101 faculty lead

Pictured is David Fabilli. David Fabilli, M.A., professor
  • More than 30 years working on Pittsburgh radio, including WDUQ, WJJJ, 3WS, WJAS, WYJZ, WDSY and WWCS
  • An active Grammy-voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
  • Teaches broadcasting classes; adviser, WPPJ

Pictured is Helen Fallon. Submitted photo Helen Fallon, M.A., professor emeritus
  • More than 20 years of professional experience in newspapers
  • Instrumental in creating the annual student trips to Washington, D.C., and a different foreign country each year to focus on national and international media as well as broaden travel experiences for students
  • Teaches journalism classes; former director, Honors Program

Pictured is Heather Starr Fiedler. Photo | Chris Rolinson Heather Starr Fiedler, Ph.D., professor

Pictured is April Friges. April Friges, M.F.A., associate professor 
  • Professional artist whose work has been shown in exhibitions in museums and galleries across the nation
  • A 2010 pedagogical fellow, The University of California, Irvine, focusing on advanced teaching skills, and researching how methods of teaching and student learning relate
  • Teaches photography classes; photography program coordinator; adviser, Point Park Photography Collective

Pictured is Steve Hallock. Photo | Nick Koehler Steve Hallock, Ph.D., professor
  • More than 25 years of professional experience in newspapers as an award-winning professional journalist
  • Published seven books: Some of Doc's BluesThe Silent Treatment, Justice Delayed, In Cheesman Park, The Press March to War, Reporters Who Made History and The Dwindling Marketplace of Ideas in Today's News, and published commentaries in newspapers that include The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Teaches journalism classes; director, School of Communication graduate programs

Pictured is Timothy Hudson. Timothy Hudson, Ph.D., professor
  • More than 15 years in communication administration at top-ranked universities, worked professionally in television journalism, documentary production, multimedia design and international media education
  • Written numerous journal articles on topics including journalism ethics and multimedia research methods, and authored several successful industry and foundation grants resulting in millions of dollars worth of equipment, facilities and innovative programs at his home institutions
  • Teaches media ethics and a wide variety of communication courses

Pictured is Jenna Lo Castro. Jenna Lo Castro, Ph.D., assistant professor
  • Professional experience in advertising, newspaper and magazine industries
  • Member, National Communication Association, Eastern Communication Association, Pittsburgh Advertising Federation
  • Teaches public relations, advertising and integrated marketing communication classes; adviser, Ad Fed

Pictured is Robert Meyers. Robert Meyers, M.F.A., associate professor
  • Worked professionally as owner of Robert Meyers Design, with renowned designer Saul Bass in Los Angeles, and as a creative director, designer, art director and project manager
  • Recognized with more than 200 International, national, and regional awards and publications
  • Teaches graphic design/visual communication design classes; program coordinator, graphic and interactive design; advisor, graphic design club

Pictured is Bill Moushey. Bill Moushey, M.S., professor
  • Worked professionally as an investigative journalist for more than 38 years
  • A Pulitzer-Prize finalist who has won numerous awards for his reporting and an author of two non-fiction books: Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, and the Culture of Silence and Never Give Up; founder of the podcast "Win at All Costs," which delves into cases of wrongful convictions.
  • Teaches journalism classes

Pictured is Bob O'Gara. Bob O'Gara, M.A., professor emeritus
  • Worked professionally in the public relations and/or advertising programs for two Fortune 500 companies
  • Served as the education partner for both Public Relations Society of America and American Advertising Federation
  • Teaches public relations and advertising and integrated marketing communications classes

Pictured is Chris Rolinson. Chris Rolinson, M.F.A., professor
  • Worked professionally as a staff photojournalist and freelance multimedia journalist for regional and national publications; short documentary film producer
  • Directs the environmental journalism program, including student travel to Montana and the Dominican Republic
  • Teaches photography, photojournalism and mass communication classes

Pictured is Ben Schonberger. Ben Schonberger, M.F.A., lecturer
  • Professional artist whose work has exhibited and collected in the U.S., Europe and Asia
  • Schonberger's work incorporated the use of photography, collage, performance and sculpture
  • Teaches photography classes