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Dr. Raymond Blanton
Assistant Professor
rlblanto@uiwtx.edu

 

 

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Darlene Carbajal
Instructor
dcarbaja@uiwtx.edu

 

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    • Office: AD298
    • Phone: 210-829-3874
    • Specialization: Convergent Media 

     Education:

    • M.A. in Communication Arts, the University of the Incarnate Word, 2005
    • B.A. in Computer Graphic Arts, the University of the Incarnate Word, 2003


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    Courses Taught:

    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. 

    Biography:

    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.

     

 

 

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Dr. Dora Fitzgerald

Assistant Professor
fitzgerald@uiwtx.edu

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    Office: AD 287
    Phone: 210-283-5060
    Specialization: Bilingual Cultural Studies

    Education: 

    • Bachelor’s degree from the University of New York at New Paltz
    • Master's of Fine Arts Degree with an emphasis in film from Columbia University.
    • PhD in Bilingual Cultural Studies at University of Texas – San Antonio


    Courses Taught
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    Media Ethics and Writing for the Media; Video Production, Producing, and Directing; Video Production II; and Script Writing

    Biography:  


    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.  

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Dr. Valerie Greenberg

Associate Professor
greenberg@uiwtx.edu

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    Office: AD 267
    Phone: 210-829-3891

    Education: 

    • B.A. Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas
    • M.A. University of the Incarnate Word, Communication
    • Ph. D. in Instructional Technology from the University of Texas at Austin, centering on technology and study


    Courses Taught: 

    Aesthetics of Visual Perception, Media Ethics, Writing for Electronic and Digital Media, Seminar in Film, Seminar in Production, Media Internship, Capstone and Thesis.

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    Valerie Greenberg has taught at the University of the Incarnate Word for more than 20 years. Prior to joining the faculty at UIW, she worked in the media industry, where she did production for ABC, CBS, Disney, and Touchstone Pictures. Dr. Greenberg has presented papers at national and international conferences including the: International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE) Japan; International Association for Digital Information Society (IADIS) Portugal; 
 World Conference on E―Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (AACE) Montreal and Phoenix; International Association for Learning and Technology (IWALT) New Zealand.

 

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Dr. Trey Guinn

Program Director, Communication Arts
Coordinator of Communication Arts Graduate Programs
tguinn@uiwtx.edu

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    Office: AD 280
    Phone: 210-283-6397

    Education:

    • B.A and M.S. degrees from Baylor University.
    • Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.


    Courses Taught: 

    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.

    Biography
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    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.

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Dr. Hsin-I (Steve) Liu

Professor
liu@uiwtx.edu

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    Office: AD 409
    Phone: 210-283-5043

    Education: 

    • Ph.D. in Communication Studies, University of Iowa (Iowa City)

    • M.A. in Communication, University of Hawaii at Manoa 
(with the East-West Center Grant)

    • M.A. program in Sociology, National Taiwan University

    • B.A. in Journalism, National Cheng-Chi University, Taiwan


    Courses Taught:

    Communication Research Methods; Communications, Technology, and Culture; The Impact of Media on Society; Theories of Communication; Cultural Theories; Intercultural Communication



    Biography:

    Prior to joining the faculty at UIW, Hsin-I taught at University of Iowa (Iowa City) and Open University of Hong Kong. His research interests include: critical social theory, cultural studies of media and philosophy of communication. Hsin-I has made paper presentations in the following national and international associations and conferences: International Association for Aesthetics (IAA), International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), International Communication Association (ICA), National Communication Association (NCA), and World Congress of Philosophy (WCP).

 
 

 

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    Hank McDonnell

    Senior Instructor/Advisor
    mcdonnel@uiwtx.edu

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      Office: AD 285
      Phone: 210-283-5042

      Education:

      • Bachelor Degree in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas at Austin
      • Masters Degree with a concentration in Instructional Technology from UIW. 


      Courses Taught
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      Audio Production I, Video Production I & II, Senior Portfolio, Advanced Video Editing, Television Practicum and Radio Practicum. 

      Biography
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      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.  

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    Michael Mercer

    Senior Instructor
    mercer@uiwtx.edu

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      Office: AD 211
      Phone: 210-829-6069

      Education

      • Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Lambuth University, Jackson, Tennessee
      • Master's degree in Communications from Auburn University (Alabama)


      Courses Taught:

      Print journalism courses including Journalism I; Journalism 2; News-Feature Writing and Editing; Publications Practicum (LOGOS adviser) and Diversity in the Media.

      Biography
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      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.

     
     

     

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      Dr. Zazil Reyes García

      Assistant Professor
      reyesgar@uiwtx.edu

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        Office: AD 280 
        Phone: 210-832-2130

        Education:

        • Ph.D. in Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin
        • M.A. in Communication of Science and Culture, ITESO, Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara, México 
        • B.A. Communication Science, Tec de Monterrey, Mexico


        Courses Taught:

        Introduction to Mass Communication, Bilingual Journalism, Diversity in the Media, Issues and Trends in Bilingual Communication, Seminar in Bilingual Communication, and Communication Research Methods.

        Biography:

        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.