Faculty | Communication Studies Major | Concordia University Irvine

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Education

  • B.A. - Art California Lutheran University 1991

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Previous Experience

  • Fall 2007 - Spring 2017: Concordia University - Director of Forensics & Assistant Professor in Comm Studies
  • Fall 2006 - Spring 2007: Wheaton College - Director of Forensics & Visiting Instructor in Comm Studies
  • Fall 2001 - Spring 2006: Azusa Pacific University - Director of Forensics & Instructor in Comm Studies
  • Fall 1996 - Spring 2011: Point Loma Nazarene University - Assistant Director of Forensics and Visiting Instructor in Comm Studies

Degrees

  • Master of Arts in Communication - San Diego State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication - Biola University

Research Interests

  • Computer Mediated Communication
  • Intercollegiate Forensics
  • Communication and Grief (new interest area)

Classes Taught at Concordia

  • COM 111: Public Speaking
  • COM 200: Gateway to Communication Studies
  • COM 211: Introduction to Argumentation and Debate
  • COM 211H: Introduction to Argumentation and Debate: Honors
  • COM 280: Theories of Human Communication
  • COM 335: Nonverbal Communication
  • COM 340: Persuasion & Attitude Change
  • COM 451: Organizational Communication
  • COM 488: Communication Research Methods

Adjunct Professor of Communication Studies

Previous Experience

Professor Heinly has owned her own PR and marketing consulting firm, J&J Consulting, for 25 years. Prior to founding her business, she worked for companies and PR agencies in Southern California and Denver.

Degrees

  • MBA from Pepperdine University
  • BA in Communications, Public Relations Emphasis at Cal State Fullerton

Classes Taught at Concordia

  • COM 422: Studies/Public Relations

Biography

Jennifer Heinly has more than 25 years of experience in public relations and marketing. Current and past clients include those in the health care, legal, high tech, publishing, construction/engineering services, sports marketing, food, insurance and financial service industries.

Professor Heinly's current areas of expertise include media relations, news release/article writing, and public relations/marketing planning.

While working for several advertising and public relations agencies in Southern California and Denver, Professor Heinly’s account experience included computer peripherals and software, telecommunication, electronic components, real estate, state government, non-profit, travel, financial services, education, sports promotion/marketing, and medical.

Professor Heinly is the past Chair IPA Section of PRSA; past Programming Chair for IPA Section of PRSA; past president of the International Association of Business Communicators, Colorado Chapter; and a past member of the Colorado Sports Council, Short Track Speed Skating Championships committee. She is currently the secretary for the Healthcare PR and Marketing Association.

She has also spoken on marketing and public relations on behalf of the following organizations:

  • Guest speaker for public relations courses at California State Fullerton, Biola University, Concordia University, and Cal State Dominquez Hills
  • Colorado National Bank, Small Business Division
  • Institute of Certified Financial Planners, Colorado Society
  • Aurora Association of Life Underwriters
  • Colorado Municipal League
  • Greater Denver Chamber of Commerce, New Business Breakfast Club and Women Business Owners' Network
  • Longmont Chamber of Commerce
  • Small Business Development Center

Extracurricular Activities

Professor Heinly has played competitive tennis for 43 years, and also enjoys yoga and Pilates.

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Biography

Dr. Erin Nelson is an Orange County native and loves being part of the family at CUI. Her research interests include interpersonal and family communication with an emphasis on health, specifically how cancer patients manage their uncertainty and disclosures to family members. She has recently been published in Health Communication, an article titled ‘Cyberframing Cancer: An Exploratory Investigation of Valenced Cybercoping on Cancer Blogs.’ She is a member of the National Communication Association and has presented over 25 conference papers, published three book chapters, and is working on many research projects surrounding issues of health and interpersonal communication. She is passionate about teaching and you can definitely tell when you enroll in her classes. She builds personal relationships and helps guide her students toward achieving future aspirations. Feel free to stop by anytime because she loves to get to know our Communication Studies majors!

Education

  • Ph.D. Communication - University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. Communication - San Diego State University
  • B.A. Communication - University of California, Santa Barbara

Research

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Family Communication

Publications

  • Donovan, E., Nelson, E. C., & Scheinfeld, E. (2016). Cyberframing cancer: An exploratory investigation of valenced cybercoping on cancer blogs. Health Communication.
  • Vangelisti, A. L., & Nelson, E. C. (2015). The morality of revealing secrets. In V.Waldron, & D. Kelley (Eds.), Moral talk across the lifespan: Creating good relationships. New York: Peter Lang Publishing
  • Hanan, J., Bagley, M., & Nelson, E. (2014). Sources for your presentation. In J. L. Ford, K. Stimpson, & J. Daly (Eds.), Professional communication skills (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
  • Bolkan, S. & Nelson, E. (2014). Speaking to inform. In J. L. Ford, K. Stimpson, & J. Daly (Eds.), Professional communication skills (7th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Classes Taught at Concordia

  • COM 280: Theories of Human Communication
  • COM 335: Nonverbal Communication
  • COM 340: Persuasion & Attitude
  • COM 371: Introduction to Social Media
  • COM 471: Advanced Strategies in Social Media

Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Professional Experience

  • Concordia University Irvine, 2002-present, Adjunct, Resident Faculty, and now Assistant Professor
  • Pacific Southwest District Office, LCMS, 2000-2002, Assistant Editor
  • Prudential Financial Services, 1989-1996, Manager of Employee Development, Corporate Comptroller's Department
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 1984-1989, Instructor; teaching Public Speaking, Interpersonal & Small Group Communication, Critical Thinking

Research Interests

  • Interpersonal and Family Communication
  • Small Group Communication
  • Organizational Communication and Employee Development

Classes taught at Concordia

  • COM 111: Public Speaking
  • COM 216: Interpersonal Communication
  • COM 280: Theories of Human Communication
  • COM 328: Small Group Communication
  • COM 344: Theories & Practice of Interviewing

Degrees

  • M.A. University of California Santa Barbara
  • B.A. University of California Santa Barbara
  • Additional graduate coursework at the University of Illinois and Regent University

Extracurricular Activities

Professor Ollry enjoys spending time with immediate and extended family and friends, attending concerts, art and historical venues, traveling, crafting, and reading.

Professor of Communication Studies

Previous Experience

Dr. Schulz began teaching in 1995 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he taught public speaking, interpersonal communication, argumentation & debate, and was an assistant coach for the speech and debate team. In 1998 he moved to Pennsylvania State University where he taught public speaking, rhetorical theory, and a series of courses as the director for the Speech Communication Department's continuing education and distance learning program. Dr. Schulz also taught a communication skills for engineers course that was designed for doctoral students in Penn State's Engineering program. In 2002 he moved to California State University, Stanislaus where he taught Introduction to Communications, Rhetorical Theory, Persuasive Messages, Intercultural Communication, Freedom of Speech and Press and served as a mentor for the Faculty Mentor Program. In 2006 he moved to Washington to start a new degree program in Communications at Trinity Lutheran College where he taught Public Speaking, Advertising & Marketing, Rhetorical Theory, Research Methods, Senior Capstone, Persuasive Messages and coordinated study abroad trips to Greece and Italy.

Degrees

  • Ph.D. - Penn State
  • Master of Arts - University of Las Vegas
  • Bachelor of Arts - Western Washington University
  • Associate of Arts - Clark Community College

Research Interests

  • Rhetorical Theory
  • Public Memory
  • Social Movements
  • Rhetorics of Technology

Classes Taught at Concordia

  • COM 111: Public Speaking
  • COM 311: Advanced Public Speaking
  • COM 340: Persuasion & Attitude Change
  • COM 485: Rhetorical Criticism

Extracurricular Activities

  • CUI Bono
We are what we speak.

Interim Communications Department Chair
Professor of English
Assistant Dean, School of Arts & Sciences

Kerri Tom

Biography

Kerri (Thomsen) Tom holds a PhD in English from the University of Massachusetts (1994). Her primary interest is the English Renaissance, and she has published articles on Shakespeare, Spenser, and Milton. More recently, she contributed a chapter to The Idea and Practice of a Christian University: A Lutheran Approach, entitled, “Mirror, Imagination, and Creation: A Lutheran Approach to Literature” (CPH, 2015).

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, English literature, May 1994.
  • M.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, English literature, February 1993.
  • B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz, Honors in Literature / Creative Writing and College Honors, June 1986.

Courses Taught

  • CENG 201: World Literature to the Renaissance
  • ENG 341: American Literature I
  • ENG 361: English Literature I
  • ENG 391: Children’s Literature
  • ENG 451: Senior Seminar in English
  • ENG 461: Major English Writers
  • ENG 466: Shakespeare
  • WRT 333: Topics in Literature and Writing

Newspaper Advisor
Adjunct Professor of Communication Studies

Previous Experience

  • Project Director, Marketing & Special Events - The Orange County Register
  • Project Manager, iPad Team - The Orange County Register
  • Senior Promotions Producer - KTTV FOX 11 and MY13, Los Angeles
  • Marketing Producer, KTTV FOX 11 and Fox Sports Net West, Los Angeles

Degrees

  • MBA (Marketing) - California State University, Fullerton
  • BFA (Film/Television and Marketing) - New York University

Research Interests

Channels and patterns through which people consume news in a "platform agnostic" environment

Classes Taught at Concordia

  • COM 222: Journalism
  • Newspaper 1,3,5 & 2,4,6

Extracurricular Activities

Professor Wong loves going out on the occasional assignment with our student journalists. "Great things are happening at Concordia and we have the privilege of capturing them in our student newspaper, The Concordia Courier," she states.


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