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tamara gillisDr. Tamara Gillis
Professor and Department Chair | 717-361-1386

Dr. Tamara Gillis, professor of communications, teaches public relations, organizational communication, journalism, and communication research courses. Her research interests include international corporate communication, organizational development, change management communication, and public art as communication. Her most recent works includes the second edition of The Handbook of Organizational Communication (Jossey-Bass, 2011) and The Essentials of Employee Communication, published by the IABC Knowledge Centre in 2013. Her service activities include work with the International Association of Business Communicators and IABC leadership development activities at the international and regional levels, as well as Royal Roads University (Victoria, B.C.). Dr. Gillis holds the designation of accredited business communicator (ABC) through the IABC and was recognized as an IABC Fellow in 2014.

Dr. Kirsten Johnson
Associate Professor | 717-361-1258

kirsten johnsonDr. Johnson, associate professor, teaches courses primarily on video production and broadcast news. She also advises the E-town chapter of the Society for Collegiate Journalists (SCJ). Prior to teaching, Dr. Johnson worked for nearly a decade in local radio and television. She began her media career at KRNT and KIOA radio in Des Moines as an on-air personality and board operator. She then worked as a news producer at WOI-TV (the ABC affiliate in Des Moines), and at WGAL-TV (the NBC affiliate in Lancaster).

She has a B.A. in Broadcast News from Drake University in Des Moines, Ia., a M.S. in Telecommunications from Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pa., and a Ph.D. in Information Science and Technology from Drexel University in Philadelphia. Her research interests include citizen journalism, perceived credibility on web sites, and user created content. She has made presentations both nationally and internationally on citizen journalism, authored several papers on citizen journalism and user created content, and has written a book chapter titled Citizen Journalism in the Community and the Classroom in the book Public Journalism 2.0: The Promise and Reality of a Citizen-Engaged Press. She co-edited a book titled News With a View: Journalism Beyond Objectivity.

Dr. Kelly Poniatowski
kelly poniatowskiAssistant Professor | 717-361-1371

Kelly Poniatowski is Assistant Professor of Communications at Elizabethtown College. She received her PhD in Mass Communications from Penn State University. She earned her MA in Corporate Communications from Duquesne University and her BA from the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown.

Poniatowski spent eight years in the sports industry in both customer service and ticketing. She worked for the former Johnstown Chiefs (East Coast Hockey League), the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Washington Capitals. She also worked game days for such teams as the Washington Redskins, and Philadelphia Eagles. Her research interests focus on gender and race in sports. Specifically she is interested in both men's and women's Olympic hockey and how commentators portray the athletes in the commentary.

Dr. Colin Helb
colin helbAssistant Professor | 717-361-1387

Colin Helb is Assistant Professor of Communications, specializing in digital media production, visual communications, new media, audio production, and critical cultural and media studies. Recent courses Dr. Helb has taught include:

  • "Introduction to Communications" (Com 120)
  • "Media Design and Production" (Com 125)
  • "Visual Communications" (Com 130)
  • "Audio Production" (Com 220)
  • "Multimedia Applications for Corporate Communication" (Com 235)
  • "Digital Media Convergence and Design" (Com 310)
  • "Writing for New Media" (Com 315)

Dr. Helb received his PhD from Bowling Green State University's American Culture Studies Program with emphases in popular culture; film, media, and television studies; and popular music. His dissertation, titled "Use and Influence of Amateur Musician Narratives In Film, 1981-2001," explores the roles of nationality, gender, talent, and technology in the relationship between notions of professionalism and amateurism.

Dr. Helb's areas of academic research include popular culture; independent, experimental, and conceptual media; amateurism; popular music; film and television; critical media studies; and media technology and history. Recently, he has published articles on WiFi and amateur music making at home and presented on media technology, college radio, amateurism, film, and music at national conferences including the American Studies Association, Popular Culture Association, and the International Society for the Study of Popular Music.

Colin Helb has been an active musician and sound artist since the mid 1990s. Dr. Helb's current project is a large-scale conceptual audio piece called "366 Pieces" in which he explores a variety of musical and nonmusical sounds tied to a specific day and location. Volume One of "366 Pieces" is available from Cornslaw Industries. In addition, Colin performs as an occasional collaborator with Ohio-based sonic collective KBD.

Colin Helb is also the faculty advisor and general manager of WWEC 88.3 FM. Colin's home page located at


Matthew Telleen
Assistant Professor | 717-361-1262

Matthew Telleen is Assistant Professor of Communications at Elizabethtown College. He received his JD from the University of Minnesota. He earned his BA in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Journalism from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. He is completing his dissertation and is expected to receive his PhD in Communications from the University of South Carolina in Spring, 2013.

Telleen has previously worked professionally in corporate communications, print journalism and as an attorney in St. Paul, MN. He teaches courses in Communication Law and Ethics, Communication Research Methods, Multi-Cultural Communications and Writing Across the Media. His research focuses on corporate political speech, commercial speech, and the application of law and economics to the First Amendment, including behavioral law and economics.

Adrienne Garvey
adrienne garveyLecturer | Steinman 206A

Adrienne Garvey teaches on air performance, broadcast writing, and script and screenwriting courses. Professor Garvey worked for 13 years in the broadcast news industry. She was a reporter at KSPR in Springfield, Missouri and at KODE in Joplin, Missouri, where she also did some anchoring and was a producer. She worked 10 of her 13 years in broadcasting at WGAL in Lancaster, Pennsylvania as a producer and as the assignment manager for the newsroom. As a reporter, Adrienne covered stories about a wide range of subjects, but says two of those stories created a lasting impression. One was coverage of a tornado in Southeastern Kansas minutes after it hit the town.  The second was about a woman who was caught hoarding 88 dogs in a very small trailer. As a producer for WGAL, Adrienne produced live coverage for both of Governor Ed Rendell's Inaugurations.  She produced the Olympics feature show that aired during both the Summer and Winter Games. She also was part of the coverage of the Amish school shooting in the fall of 2006. Among her duties as Assignment Manager, Adrienne designed the internship program for the WGAL newsroom.

Adrienne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri and a Master of Science in Electronic Media from Kutztown University.  Adrienne enjoys studying the psychology of news and how the news affects journalists.  Her Master's Thesis focused on the psychological effect the Amish school shooting had on the staff of the WGAL newsroom.

Andy Williams
Director of Broadcasting | 717-361-6414

  • AS in Telecommunications from Delaware Tech and Community College

Andy is an Emmy-nominated press photographer and has over 20 years in broadcast news experience. Most recently he was employed by WGAL TV, an NBC affiliate covering central PA. Andy works closely with many of the Communications students on student run programming and audio/video projects for class assignments. He oversees the ECTV 40 Television station and works closely with the student board members. With the introduction of the College’s new Mobile Video Production Truck, Andy accompanies students to on and off campus remote productions.

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