The following individuals from the College of Communication, Information and Media are active program mentors.

Rebecca Baer

Director, MBA and Graduate Certificate Programs

Dr. Rob Brookey

Professor, Telecommunications & Director of the Digital Storytelling Master's Program

Research Interests: I study digital convergence of the film and video game industries, but I'm also interested in the representation of gender and sexuality in virtual environment and cyberspace.

Organizational Affiliations: At different times I have been a member of the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and the Central States Communication Association.

Hobbies: I like to hike and bike, and if it weren't for the fact that I study as part of my research, I would also include video games.

More from Dr. Brookey: Graduate school was for me a transformative experience, that really put my life on the right path.

Dr. Lori Byers

Associate Dean of the College of Communication, Information, and Media

Dr. Dom Caristi

Professor, Department of Telecommunications

Research Interests: Law and policy issues related to electronic media. This includes a lot: copyright, privacy, defamation, etc.

Organizational Affiliations: Professionally, I am active in the Broadcast Education Association.

Hobbies: I am an avid racquetball player. I love food, traveling and reading.

More from Dr. Caristi: I serve as Ball State's Fulbright Program Adviser, which means I assist students wanting to apply to spend an academic year overseas through the Fulbright program. Students apply to go after the completion of a bachelor's degree. Applications are due in September the year before the student wants to go abroad.

Dr. Jeanette Castillo

Assistant Professor of Telecommunications

Dr. Kathy Denker

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies

Research Interests: Most everything that interests me goes back to issues of power and communication. I am interested in issues of voice and silence in and around the college classroom in my research on instructional communication, and in exploring interpersonal relationships, I focus on issues of power negotiations as couples discursively construct work-life concerns.

Organizational Affiliations: Off campus, I mentor through Project Leadership, and I work with the Leadership Board to address issues in mentoring in the community. I am currently serving as an executive board member for the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender. Additionally, I am a program planner for two divisions of the National Communication Association, as well as active in the Central States Communication Association.

Hobbies: Baking, reading, time with family and friends, napping and spending time with my mentee.

More from Dr. Denker: Graduate school is a game. But to be successful you have to know the rules. Having the discursive ability and linguistic understanding to participate is key.

Dr. Ashley Donnelly

Assistant Professor, Department of Telecommunications

Research Interests: Contemporary U.S. TV and anti-heroes, Children and Violence in the media.

Organizational Affiliations: Popular Culture Association, University Film and Media Association, Cultural Studies Association.

Hobbies: Reading, playing with my daughter and my pets, attempting to exercise.

More from Dr. Donnelly: I'm an affiliate member of the Women and Gender Studies program here at BSU, I'm actively involved in TCOM's grad program.

Dr. Adam Kuban

Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism

Research Interests: Journalism pedagogy, journalism-education history, information literacy, experiential learning.

Organizational Affiliations: AEJMC (Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication), BEA (Broadcast Education Association), AJHA (American Journalism Historians Association), and past involvement in NCA (National Communication Association).

Hobbies: Tennis, racquetball, ultimate frisbee, storm chasing/weather, John Grisham novels, watching football, movies. 

More from Dr. Kuban: I want to be a stellar mentor. I realize that I've had some outstanding mentors along the way who've helped me reach the position I've acquired. I'd like to return the favor!

Dr. Kristen McCauliff

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies

Research Interests: My research typically takes place at the intersection of feminism, politics and media. Currently my research analyzes the narratives in the US media about Middle Eastern women during the war-on-terror. Specifically, I'm interested in understanding citizenship narratives.

Organizational Affiliations: I am involved with the CCIM Diversity interest group. I am also a Diversity Associate, which is through the Office of Institutional Diversity. On a community level, I'm a member of Tri Kappa, which is a service organization made up of women in Muncie.

Hobbies: I love spending time with my family. We love to cook and entertain--preferably during college sporting events! I also love to read and I'm addicted to social media like blogs and Pinterest!

More from Dr. McCauliff: Graduate school was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. In fact, it literally changed my life. If not for graduate school--and great mentors--I'd be a lonely lawyer somewhere. Instead, I work at an amazing University and spend my day with awesome students. I have a pay it forward mentality. I was fortunate enough to have amazing mentors and I would love to help students in whatever way I can to honor them.

Dr. Beth Messner

Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies

Dr. Marcy Meyer

Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies

Research Interests: Diversified mentoring relationships; single mothers of children with mental illness

Organization Affiliations: University Diversity Committee, CCIM Diversity Interest Group, Disabled Student Development Faculty Mentor Program, National Alliance on Mental Illness

Hobbies: Hiking, yoga and pleasure reading

Dr. Michelle O'Malley

Instructor of Journalism

Dr. Carolyn Shue

Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies

Dr. Maria Williams-Hawkins

Associate Professor, Department of Telecommunications

Research Interests: My current interests focus on people who use newer technologies. I continue to pursue the marginalized in every group in the United States and Asian countries.

Organizational Affiliations: I am a member of AEJMC, BEA, about to rejoin NCA and SSCA. Locally, I am active with AAUW, Delta Sigma Theta Graduate Chapter, Salvation Army, Cornerstone Center for he Arts and Meals on Wheels.

Hobbies: I don't really have a hobby because I am a wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother and minister. My ministry focuses on people in transition, that means I work with those who are growing up and those who are dying. That's a real buzz kill on fun times. When I have time, I like to cook and host people at my home.

More from Dr. Williams-Hawkins: I'm an affiliate member of the Women and Gender Studies program here at BSU, I'm actively involved in TCOM's grad program.