Dr. Raymond Blanton
Public Speaking; Business and Professional Communication; Urban Communication; and Senior Portfolio at the undergraduate level. Research and Writing Techniques; Rhetoric, Myth and Style; and Nationalism at the graduate level.
Dr. Raymond Blanton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Arts in the School of Media and Design where he teaches courses in Public Speaking, Business and Professional Communication, and Research and Writing Techniques, among others.
Born and raised in north central Texas, he attended Texas Christian University (TCU) on a music scholarship and is a first-generation graduate. After graduation, he married a fellow Horned Frog (with more than eighteen years of marriage and three children) and moved to Philadelphia where he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary.
After working in Student Affairs and Higher Education Administration at Colby-Sawyer College in New Hampshire, Drexel University in University City, Philadelphia, and the University of Texas at Austin, he returned to school and earned a doctorate in Communication in the area of Rhetoric and Public Culture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
His research interests include the mythology of the road in twentieth-century American culture, the Delta blues, the American civil rights movement and the parabolic discourse of Martin Luther King, Jr., working class experience, millennial culture, loyalty and leadership, public memory, and the cinema. He has been recognized with a Top Paper award for research as well as numerous teaching awards.
Computer Literacy for Communication Arts, Convergent Media I, Multimedia Design and Production, Design, Layout and Print Production, Convergent Media II, Electronic and Digital Writing, and Senior Portfolio.
Prior to joining UIW as full-time faculty, Darlene taught ten years in K-12 public education. Simultaneously, she worked as an adjunct instructor for six years in the Communication Arts department at the University of the Incarnate Word, and worked toward the completion of her doctoral degree. Her research interests include learning about the role of spirituality in higher education and about the pedagogical and mentoring approaches that faculty members use to facilitate the spiritual development of students. Darlene’s teaching methods include helping students make connections between their interest in communications to their role and responsibility to communicate messages that enhance human connectedness. Her personal interests include spending time with her family, enjoying staycations with her boyfriend, going to rock concerts, and searching for new ideas to engage in self-reflective practices. Darlene is a proud El Paso native.
Office: AD 287
Specialization: Bilingual Cultural Studies
Courses Taught :
Media Ethics and Writing for the Media; Video Production, Producing, and Directing; Video Production II; and Script Writing
Prior to joining the faculty at UIW, Dora Fitzgerald was a producer and executive producer for 10 years at a small television station. Her professional interests center on visual media. Her personal interests center on the arts, and she is an avid student of film, especially how culture represents itself on screen, past and present, and particularly the representation of minority groups.
Program Director, Communication Arts
Coordinator of Communication Arts Graduate Programs
Office: AD 280
Public Speaking, Media Ethics, Voice and Diction, Business Communication, Leadership Development, Interpersonal Health Communication, and Fundamentals of Human Communication on the undergraduate level. Professional Communication and Leadership, College Student Development, Research Methods and Assessment, and Organizational Behavior on the graduate level.
Dr. Guinn’s teaching, research, and professional work is focused primarily on communication effectiveness and human relationships. He is an active member of and frequently presents at meetings for the National Communication Association (NCA) and International Association for Relationship Research (IARR). His work has been published in Communication Research, Health Communication, Patient Education and Counseling, and The Routledge Handbook of Family Communication. His most recent work is currently under review in Personal Relationships, Communication Monographs, and Journal of Applied Communication.
Office: AD 409
Communication Research Methods, Communications, Technology, and Society, Communication Theories, Cultural Theories, Global Media Studies, Impact of Media on Society, and Intercultural Communication.
Hsin-I’s research interests are critical cultural/media studies, philosophy of communication and social theories. He has made conference presentations at Academia Sinica, the Association for Cultural Studies, Beijing Forum, International Association for Media and Communication Research, International Symposium on Bilingualism, National Communication Association, World Congress of Philosophy, and other national and international conferences. In 2015, he served as visiting professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Peking University, the best and oldest university in China. Before joining UIW in 2004, Hsin-I taught at the University of Iowa (Iowa City) and the Open University of Hong Kong.
Office: AD 285
Courses Taught :
Audio Production I, Video Production I & II, Senior Portfolio, Advanced Video Editing, Television Practicum and Radio Practicum.
Mr. McDonnell has taught at the University since 1999. He became a full-time professor in 2002. He serves as Coordinator of the Communication Arts program and is the faculty advisor for kuiw.org the Internet Radio station and uiwtv.org, the Internet television station. Mr. McDonnell has been a writer, producer, and director in the corporate and educational field for over 25 years. Along with winning multiple awards in video and multimedia, Mr. McDonnell served as a past president of several national communication organizations. His hobbies include comic book collecting 1960-1970’s, playing golf, restoring and driving 1967 Chevy El Camino and playing guitar.
Office: AD 211
Print journalism courses including Journalism I; Journalism 2; News-Feature Writing and Editing; Publications Practicum (LOGOS adviser) and Diversity in the Media.
A native of Jackson, Tennessee, began his professional career in 1974 with The Jackson Sun, a daily newspaper, and remained there until 1994, serving in a variety of roles during that tenure including reporter, copy editor, assistant news editor, assistant city editor, reader services editor and a columnist. Mr. Mercer has been married since Dec. 28, 1978, to the former Kathy Morris of Jackson, Tenn.. They have two daughters, Dione Michelle, and Wanita Nicole.
Office: AD 280
Introduction to Mass Communication, Bilingual Journalism, Diversity in the Media, Issues and Trends in Bilingual Communication, Seminar in Bilingual Communication, and Communication Research Methods.
As a native Yucatecan living in Texas, Zazil Reyes recognizes the importance of working across borders and cultures. Her research interests are broadly located at the intersection of Rhetoric, Media, Women’s and Gender Studies, Critical Race Studies, and Popular Culture. She is particularly interested in political cartoons, and works with texts from Mexico and the U.S. Her book chapter, “From Sexual Siren to Race Traitor: Condoleezza Rice in Political Cartoons” (2013), examines the role of race, gender, and sexuality in cartoons portraying the former Secretary of State. Her research has received several Top Paper awards at the National Communication Association (NCA) Convention.
Before joining UIW professor Reyes taught Spanish at UT-Austin, and communication courses at Tec de Monterrey in Guadalajara, Mexico.