Strahle  Ribarsky 2

Faculty members in the UIS Communication Department have diverse backgrounds in teaching and professional experience. Associate Professor Ann Strahle, left, teaches video storytelling. She comes to UIS with over 16 years professional experience in broadcast journalism. Associate Professor Beth Ribarsky, right, specializes in interpersonal communication and recently co-edited Activities for Teaching Gender and Sexuality in the University Classroom.

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Timothy Bill
Instructor and Director of Speech and Debate
M.A. Communication, University of Kentucky

Areas of Specialization: Interpersonal, organizational, nonverbal, and oral communication, persuasion, and argumentation.

Email: tbill2@uis.edu
Office: UHB 3023
Phone: (217) 206-7365

Michael CheneyMichael Cheney

Ph.D. Communication, The Ohio State University

Burks Oakley II Distinguished Online Teaching Award at UIS, 2011

Areas of Specialization: Political economy of communications, media and politics, popular music and society.

Email: mchen1@uis.edu
Office: UHB 3023
Phone: (217) 206-8271

Scott Faingold
M.A. Communication, University of Illinois Springfield
Instructor, Director of Student Media

Advisor, UIS student newspaper, The Journal and student radio, The Prairie Star

Email: sfain2@uis.edu
Office: UHB 3021
Phone: (217) 206-7717


Jae Sik Ha

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Mass Communication, Indiana University

Areas of Specialization: Entrepreneurial journalism, media writing, multimedia news gathering and writing, communication technologies, mass communication.

Email: jha28@uis.edu 

Office: UHB 3021
Phone: (217) 206-8511

Amie Kincaid

Associate Professor and Chair

Ph.D. Intercultural Communication, University of New Mexico

Areas of Specialization: Intercultural, interpersonal and organizational communication; race and critical theory; public relations; and oral communication

Email: akinc2@uis.edu
Office: UHB 3024
Phone: (217) 206-8415

Ric Perez

M.A. Communication, Central Michigan University

Area of Specialization: Oral Communication.

Email: rpere2@uis.edu
Office: UHB 3013
Phone: (217) 206-7442

Kathy Petitte Novak

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Communications, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Keynote Speaker/Guest Lecturer, University of Rzeszow, Poland, Spring 2017

Guest Lecturer, Vellore Institute of Technology, India, 2014

UIS China Faculty Exchange Lecturer, 2008

Areas of Specialization: Research Methods, Global Film and Culture, Media and Culture in China, Media Criticism, Feature Writing, Photojournalism and Photo Documentary, Advertising, Leadership in Communication and Media, Global Studies affiliated faculty

Email: kathy.novak@uis.edu
Office: UHB 3020
Phone: (217) 206-8032

Elizabeth Ribarsky

Associate Professor
Ph.D. Communication, University of Nebraska, Lincoln


NCA Rookie Advisor of the Year for Lambda Pi Eta 2011
Student Organization Faculty Advisor of the Year, University of Illinois Springfield 2010
Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2007

Areas of Specialization: Dating and sexual communication, constructing individual and relational identities through interpersonal communication.

Email: eriba2@uis.edu
Office: UHB 3016
Phone: (217) 206-8416

Professor Ribarsky on dating and sexual communication

Ann Strahle
Associate Professor

M.A. Journalism, Indiana University School of Journalism

Areas of Specialization: Mass media, broadcast journalism, interviewing, public relations.

Email: astra2@uis.edu
Office: UHB 3012
Phone: (217) 206-7421


Jim Grubbs (1948-2018)

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Communication and Culture, Indiana University

Burks Oakley II Distinguished Online Teaching Award at UIS, 2009

Areas of Specialization: New communications technologies, broadcasting and mass media systems.



Hazel RozemaHazel Rozema
Associate Professor

Ph.D. Communication, University of Kansas

Pearson Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching at UIS, 2001

Areas of Specialization: Interpersonal/organizational communication, public relations, family and interracial communication.

Email: hroze1@uis.edu