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. 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.
Dr. Darlene Carbajal
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.
Dr. Dora Fitzgerald
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 WritingBiography:
Dr. Hsin-I (Steve) Liu
Office: AD 211
Communication Research Methods, Communications, Technology, and Society, Communication Theories, Cultural Theories, Global Media Studies, Impact of Media on Society, and Intercultural Communication.Biography:
Office: AD 267
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 285
New Media Narrative, Video Production, Television Practicum
Theresa Coronado is an award-winning producer and director with over 15 years of video production experience. She serves as the faculty advisor for UIWtv, (internet television station), and KUIW, the internet radio station. Theresa has produced local and national television segments including PBS' investigative journalism series, Frontline. Her students impact her life and she strives to impact theirs. She loves karaoke and like Stevie Nicks, sings for the things money can’t buy.
Dr. Zazil Reyes García
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.