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Full-Time Faculty

Eugene Cho, Ph.D.


Dr. Cho’s research is focused on the user experience (UX) and media psychology in emerging communication technologies. Her current teaching interests include research methods, (new) media psychology, and human-computer interaction (HCI).

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.


Keli Fazio, Ph.D. (Department Chair)
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Dr. Fazio’s work examines the role of interpersonal communication in relational, professional, and health stressors. She teaches courses in lifespan communication, conflict resolution, and leadership.

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Yifeng Hu, Ph.D.
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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 (Interim Dean, School of the Arts and Communication)
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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.


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.


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.

Richard Dool, Ph.D

Dr. Richard Dool is currently the Managing Director of LeaderocityTM, LLC, a management consultancy offering solutions for change management, strategic development, leadership communication and organizational renewal. Dr. Dool is on the faculty at Rutgers University School of Communication and Information where he is also the Director of the Masters in Communication and Media program. He joined TCNJ as an Adjunct Professor in 2020.

Dawn Epstein

Professor Epstein is the Executive Director of the Camden Schools Foundation, having spent her career in fundraising and nonprofit management. Epstein has served as an Adjunct Professor in The College of New Jersey’s Department of Communication Studies since 2016 teaching Organizations & Leadership and Small Group Communication. A TCNJ alumna (2005), she earned her Master’s of Public Administration from the Maxwell School in 2006.

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.

Larry Litwin

Professor Litwin came to TCNJ in 2015 after spending 42 years at Rowan University. The author of four books, he is an established strategic adviser, teacher, mentor, role model and ethicist, and an award-winning public relations counselor and broadcast journalist. In 2007, he was elected to the PRSA (Public Relations Society of America) College of Fellows – one of only 445 members (at the time).

Jason Molloy

Jason Molloy has been an adjunct professor in screenwriting since 2012. He currently teaches Writing for Film & Television and Writing the Comedy Pilot. His interests include film adaptation, comedy performance, and the movie industry. He received his MFA from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television.

Affiliated Faculty

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.”