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Faculty & Staff Profiles

Full-Time Faculty

Paul D’Angelo, Ph.D.

Dr. D’Angelo teaches courses in mass media institutions, mass media theory, political communication, and quantitative research methods. His research focuses on news framing in political campaign news, both in national and comparative settings, and media priming in news that covers media scandals.

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Yifeng Hu, Ph.D. (Department Chair)
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Dr. Hu’s major research interests focus on the uses and effects of new media and emerging technologies in health communication. She teaches a variety of courses, including Introduction to Communication Theory, New Media and Health Communication, and Intercultural Communication.

Lorna A. Johnson-Frizell, MFA
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Prof. Johnson teaches a variety of courses, including Documentary, Television Production and African Americans in Film.

Matthew Lawrence, MFA
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Professor Lawrence’s current research interests include film and video production, screenwriting, film history, film theory, transmedia storytelling, media literacy, smartphone filmmaking, New American Cinema, Independent Cinema, Horror Cinema and Cult Cinema.


Yachao Li, Ph.D.
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Dr. Li’s teaching areas include interpersonal communication, health communication, communication theory, and research methods, and current research focuses on the intersection of message production and health disparities.

John C. Pollock, Ph.D., M.(I)P.A.
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Dr. Pollock’s teaching interests include Research Methods, Public Communication Health Campaigns and International Communication.

Susan Ryan, Ph.D.
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Dr. Ryan’s current teaching and research interests include documentary production, community media, Latin American film and video, and theories and criticism of film and television.


Keli Steuber Fazio, Ph.D.
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Dr. Steuber Fazio’s scholarly work examines how individuals and spouses communicate during marital and health-related stressors, most recently related to infertility, post-partum depression, and perinatal loss.


Kevin R. Potucek

Mr. Potucek is an Assistant Director, and the Coordinator of Media Facilities for the School of Arts and Communication. He has a degree in Theater Technology from The University of Wisconsin.

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Kay Potucek, MA

Ms. Potucek is the Program Assistant in the Department of Communication Studies. As an adjunct, she has been teaching Acting, Production and Public Speaking classes at TCNJ since 1989.  She earned her B.F.A. in Directing, and her M.A. in Theatre Studies.

Experienced Adjunct Instructors

Jacob C. Farbman, Ph.D., APR

In addition to his duties with the Council, Jacob has taught as an adjunct professor of communication studies at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in Ewing since January 2001, teaching Introduction to Communication Theory and Strategies of Public Relations.

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Susan McManimon, Ph.D.
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Dr. McManimon, a long-time adjunct instructor with our department, holds the position of visiting professor at the College of New Jersey’s Department of Communication Studies for the 2020-2021 academic year.  She is also holds the position of  adjunct professor at Rider University’s Department of Communication and Journalism.

Janice Selinger, MA

Prof. Selinger is a 14 – time Emmy award winning producer of documentaries and specials. She was the Acting Executive Director of NJN Public Television, Acting President of the NJN Foundation, Acting Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Director for Programming and Production.

Ileana Balcu

Ileana Balcu is the Director of Patient Experience at Dulcian Health. She has developed staff and patient user interface designs for Athena Health, the NY State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse, and the Preeclampsia Foundation. Balcu received a combined M.S./B.S. in Electronics and Telecommunications from the University of Bucharest and earned a graduate certificate from Stevens Institute of Technology for Healthcare IT Management. Balcu is a board member for the Society for Participatory Medicine and the Vice Chair of Patient Engagement Technologies Task Force for Healthcare Information and Management Systems.

Greg Langan

Mr. Langan teaches Health Communication at TCNJ. He also serves as the Program Manager for
the South Jersey Regional Partner of the AIDS Education & Training Centers building the capacity
of the healthcare workforce. He is a proponent of improving communication between healthcare
providers and the clients and communities they serve.

Kevin O’Brien

Kevin O’Brien received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from The College of New Jersey and a Masters of Public Administration from Syracuse University. He is a financial analyst and an adjunct professor teaching Introduction to Communication Theory.



Affiliated Faculty


Maurice L. Hall, Ph.D.
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Maurice L. Hall, Ph.D. is Dean and Professor of Communication at the School of the Arts and Communication at The College of New Jersey, with teaching interests in the area of leadership, cross-cultural communication, and the postcolonial culture of Jamaica.

Judi Puritz Cook, Ph.D.

Dr. Cook is the College’s Director of the Office of Instructional Design. She teaches Introduction to Communication Theory and Introduction to Media Communication for the department.

Retired Faculty

Terry Byrne, MFA
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Prof. Byrne, an Associate Professor teaching film/television production, theory, criticism, lighting/cinematography and production design, retired at the end of 2019.


Gary C. Woodward, Ph.D.

Dr. Woodward’s research and teaching interests include political communication, rhetorical theory and theories of persuasion, retired in June of 2020.




In Memoriam

John Leustek, Ph.D.
Dr. Leustek was an Assistant Professor, jointly appointed in the Department of Communication Studies and the Department of Public Health.  His teaching and research focused on the interpersonal communication dynamics that exist within close relationships, including coping strategies people use when facing health-related problems.


Emeritus Professor Anntarie Sims, Ph.D.

Dr. Anntarie L. Sims was an Associate Professor specializing in interpersonal communication, and received her B.A. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. She taught Interpersonal Communication, Basic and Advanced Public Speaking, Small Group Communication, Introduction to Speech Communication, Organizational Leadership, Interracial/cultural Communication, and Inter-Gender.

Dr. Sims’ thoughts on her students at TCNJ:

“During my 27 years at TCNJ my fondest memories are of the relationships I have developed with my students and often their parents. It touches my heart to know that I have made a difference in some of their lives. I have always tried to empower students and help them to be, and do, their best.”