Robert Britten will begin teaching in Fall 2008 as an assistant professor in the visual journalism program. He is completing his Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Britten earned his master’s in journalism from the University of Missouri in 2004 and his bachelor’s in English from Allegheny College in 2000. He co-instructed qualitative research and photography in society courses and taught courses in information graphics and interactive graphic design at the University of Missouri. Britten also served as the editorial director of the school’s magazine, Vox, and managed the daily newsroom operations of the graphics staff of the Missourian. Prior to that, he was a designer for a national agriculture magazine, an information graphics reporter, an editorial assistant and freelance writer.
Dr. Rita Colistra will begin teaching as an assistant professor in the public relations program in Fall 2008. While serving as a Roy H. Park Doctoral Fellow, Colistra completed her Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in May 2008.She earned both her bachelor’s (1998) and master’s (2004) degrees from the WVU School of Journalism. While at UNC, Colistra taught public relations writing courses and served as a research assistant and guest lecturer. Prior to that, she was a strategic communication consultant for a video production company, a public relations consultant and an events and sports marketing coordinator.
Kelley Crowley will join the faculty this fall as a visiting teaching assistant professor and will teach courses in journalism, public relations and advertising. Crowley is completing her Ph.D. in rhetoric from Duquesne University. She earned her master’s in communications from Duquesne in 2002 and her bachelor’s in applied history from Point Park College in 1997. She has served in communications and public relations positions since 1988 and has taught classes in media writing, advertising, public relations and communications at Duquesne, Point Park, Seton Hill University and University of Pittsburgh, among others. Recently, Crowley taught a study abroad course in international public relations, advertising and media practices.
Sara Magee will join the faculty this fall as an assistant professor in the broadcast news program. Magee is scheduled to complete her Ph.D. in mass communications at Ohio University (OU) in 2008. She earned her master’s degree in English literature from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2005 and received her bachelor’s in journalism from OU in 1997. Magee was an instructor at OU for the past two years, where she taught broadcast news producing. She also served as a host for the school’s public radio station and anchored and produced news for the campus television station. Prior to that, she was a television producer and reporter at stations in Las Vegas, Nev., and Erie, Pa.