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tamara gillisDr. Tamara Gillis
Professor and Department Chair
gillistl@etown.edu | 717-361-1386

Dr. Tamara Gillis, professor of communications and department chairman, teaches corporate communication and research courses at Elizabethtown College. Her most recent works include the second editions of both The IABC Handbook of Organizational Communication (Jossey-Bass) and The Essentials of Employee Communication, contributions to Workplace Communication for the 21st Century (Praeger), and The Human Element: Employee communication in small to medium-sized businesses. She is a Page Legacy Scholar of The Arthur W. Page Center. She serves as a corporate consultant and has led the International Association of Business Communicators Executive Accreditation program at Royal Roads University.

 Dr. Gillis is recognized globally for her work in education, training, change management, and employee communication. Her research and consulting interests include change management, civic involvement, effective organizational structures, and the impact of new media. She has served as faculty for the Institute for Shipboard Education’s Semester at Sea program and at Royal Roads University (Victoria, BC) Centre for Applied Leadership and Management, as well as in special mass media projects in Swaziland and Namibia. Research and consulting projects have led her to Australia, Canada, India, Namibia, Ecuador, Swaziland, and a number of other countries.

 The Pennsylvania Public Relations Society recognized Dr. Gillis with the Ernest R. McDowell Award for Excellence in Public Relations in 2014. Dr. Gillis holds the designation of accredited business communicator (ABC) through the IABC and was recognized as an IABC Fellow in 2014 and an IABC Research Foundation Lifetime Friend in 2004. She was the first educator to serve as the chairman of the IABC Research Foundation. She presented the international keynote address at the 2009 ARC Strategic Internal Communication conference in Melbourne, Australia and a keynote address at Royal Roads University’s Centre for Applied Leadership and Management in 2011.

Dr. Kirsten Johnson
Associate Professor
johnsonka@etown.edu | 717-361-1258

kirsten johnsonDr. Johnson, Associate Professor of Communications, teaches primarily video production and news writing classes. 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).

Dr. Johnson has a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication 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
poniatowskik@etown.edu | 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 public relations, 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. She enjoys incorporating her on-the-job experiences into the classroom. Dr. Poniatowski has mostly recently taught:

    • Introduction to Communications (Com 120)
    • Writing Across the Media (Com 211)
    • Magazine Management and Feature Writing (com 314)
    • Writing for Corporate Communications (Com 355)
    • Special Topics: Media, Sports, and Society (Com 370)
    • Advanced Public Relations (Com 412)
    • First Year Seminar: Sport, Film and Society (FYS 100)

Dr. Poniatowski’s research interests focus on gender, nationality, and race in sports. Specifically she is interested both men’s and women’s Olympic hockey and how commentators portray the athletes in the commentary.  Dr. Poniatowski has published numerous journal articles on this topic including, “’The nail polish underneath the hockey gloves’:  NBC’s framing of women hockey players in the 2010 Winter Olympics”, “‘The more things change, the more they….’: Commentary during women’s ice hockey at the 2010 Olympic Games”, and “You’re Not Allowed Body Checking in Women’s Hockey”: Preserving gendered and nationalistic hegemonies in the 2006 Olympic ice hockey tournament”. Dr. Poniatowski has also explored media coverage of sports such as women’s soccer, men’s and women’s water polo and gymnastics, and equestrian events.

Dr. Poniatowski is the advisor of The Etownian, the Elizabethtown College student newspaper.

Dr. Colin Helb
colin helbAssistant Professor
helbc@etown.edu | 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.

Dr. 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.

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

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Dr. Matthew Telleen
Assistant Professor
telleenm@etown.edu | 717-361-1262

Matthew Telleen is Assistant Professor of Communications at Elizabethtown College. He received his PhD in Communications from the University of South Carolina and his JD from the University of Minnesota. He teaches in the area of media law and multi-cultural communications. His research focuses on commercial speech and corporate political speech.

Dr. 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 First Amendment Theory.

Staff

Dr. Katherine Hughes
Assistant Professor
hugheska@etown.edu | 717-361-1259

Dr. Katherine Hughes, assistant professor, teaches courses in multimedia production, digital photography, and visual communications. Earlier in her career, Dr. Hughes worked for six years in the fields of e-learning and web development as a designer and project manager.

Before joining the faculty at Elizabethtown College, Dr. Hughes taught at Loyola University Maryland (Baltimore, Md.) and James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.).

Dr. Hughes earned a B.S. in Mass Communications from James Madison University (Harrisonburg, Va.), and both a M.S. in Television/Radio/Film and a Ph.D. in Mass Communications from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University (Syracuse, NY).

Dr. Hughes' research interests revolve around how traditional media outlets incorporate new technologies into their channels of message distribution. A separate area of interest focuses on teaching, specifically the tools and techniques that can be used to facilitate student learning in and out of the classroom, including study abroad.

Adrienne Garvey
adrienne garveyLecturer
garveya@etown.edu | 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.

Ms. Garvey 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
andy williams Director of Broadcasting
williamsaw@etown.edu | 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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