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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.


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.

Gary C. Woodward, Ph.D.

Dr. Woodward’s current research and teaching interests include political communication, rhetorical theory and theories of persuasion.


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 holds a position of an assistant adjunct professor at the College of New Jersey’s Department of Communication Studies and an adjunct professor position 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.

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.


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.