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 Mr. Daniel N. Boyd
 Assistant Professor
 234 Cole Complex & at WVSU EDC
 (304) 766.3379


Monday COLE 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Tuesday WVSU EDC 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Wednesday COLE 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Thursday WVSU EDC 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Daniel Boyd is an acclaimed filmmaker with dozens of films, including the features Chillers, Strangest Dreams: Invasion of the Space Preachers, and Paradise Park (aka, Heroes of the Heart) to his credit.  A Media Studies professor at West Virginia State University since 1983, Boyd has also taught around the world, including in Tanzania as a three-time Fulbright scholar.  He has recently expanded into graphic novel creation with two upcoming books, Chillers (the graphic novel) and CARBON.  Boyd also serves as “Artist in Residence” at WV State University's Economic Development Center (media center) on Charleston's west side.  Danny and his able team in the Communications Department at WVSU are cooking up an exciting series of creative workshops that will lead to the new “Creator's Certificate.”  Watch for workshops and seminars offered at the EDC!  For more information on Boyd, check out www.danielboyd.com.

 Dr. Robin Broughton
 201 Cole Complex
 (304) 766.3274


Monday 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Tuesday 12:30pm - 2:00pm

12:30pm - 2:00pm

Thursday 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Dr. Robin Broughtona professor of Communications & Media Studies  – holds a Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication, an MA in Philosophy and a BS in Journalism from Ohio University.  Dr. Broughton teaches the graduate courses Critical Approaches to Media Studies, Media Law, and Information Society; and the undergraduate courses Media Law, Journalism, and New Media.  Her research is in the area of media criticism, having presented papers at many conferences, including the International Conference for Social Sciences at Cambridge University in England and at the International Communication Association Conference in Sydney, Australia. She recently led a group of graduate students to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where she worked with students and faculty from the University of Sharjah to produce a short narrative film.  In addition to her own personal travels around the world, her diverse travels with students has taken her to Prague, the Czech Republic, Belize, Guatemala, and even on a climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, East Africa, for a short documentary.  Dr. Broughton has published two books on mountain biking in West Virginia and writes frequently for outdoor magazines.  She currently is working on a thriller set in Prague.  She has two kids, Tristan, 18, and Keatan, 14.

 Mrs. Kimberly Cobb
 Assistant Professor
 201 Wilson University Union
 (304) 766.5124


Monday 9:00 - 9:30am
Tuesday 12:30 – 1:30pm
Wednesday 9:00 – 9:30am
Thursday 12:30 – 1:30pm
Kim Cobb received her B.A. and M.A. in Speech Communication (Broadcasting Emphasis) from Marshall University, winning WMUL’s (the campus radio station at MU) 1st National Grand Prize for a radio feature on homelessness in Huntington, and receiving 2nd place for a station promo, with several honorable mentions amongst numerous student competitions.  Involved in all aspects of broadcasting on MU’s campus, Kim served 3 years on WMUL’s Board of Directors as both Continuity and Music Director, was granted a Graduate Assistantship and served as Student Station Manager, and was also a student employee for Instructional television services, working as crew on satellite-delivered courses through then West Virginia College of Graduate Studies and Marshall Medical School TV.  Kim interned at WSAZ as a production assistant, working with news and promotions on projects such as The Mr. Cartoon Show, 3 on 3 Basketball, Taste of Charleston, and other local shows and events.  After many years at several local radio stations, Kim became a part-time instructor at West Virginia State, which led to “building” our campus radio facility and establishing its programming.  When not controlling the chaos at the WVSU radio lab (2nd floor of the Union) or lurking in the dark corners of the TV area in Cole Complex, or even helping NBS students raise money for student projects and trips to national conventions, Kim is the proud mother of two daughters with husband Chris (also a MU Comm graduate), and spends all of her spare time as a “Band Mom” rocking out to music her daughters say she’s too old for—but what do they know?

Mr. Roger M. Echols II M.S.I.M.C
 Professor/Coordinator for Media
Studies Graduate Program

220B Cole Complex
(304) 766.3028

Office hours, or by appointment 304-766-3028
Monday 11:00 - 12:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 -  2:00 pm
11:00 - 12:30 pm
11:00 - 12:30 pm
Roger Echols is an award-winning communication specialist with nearly two decades of experience in integrated marketing, public relations, social media, writing, videography and editing.  Echols brings a unique set of skills to the global communications arena. With a solid background in numerous facets of communications, his love of storytelling always takes main stage.  Echols currently serves as videographer and editor for MotionMasters in Dunbar West Virginia. MotionMasters, a leading video production house for more than 25 years, has garnered accolades across the board: Telly awards for tourism and health care. Communicator awards and PRSA honors for educational videos and training films. The list goes on.  Echols was also the National Public Health Information Coalition’s (NPHIC) Bronze and Silver Award Winner for Promotion materials for H1N1 awareness in West Virginia through a partnership with the West Virginia Department of Education.  Production and videography work has taken Echols from the battlefields of the Civil War to the salmon filled rivers of Alaska and then all the way back home to WVSU his Alma Mater and the mountains of West Virginia searching for the infamous Bigfoot.  He also spent several years working with lead education experts producing language learning materials for students as well as professional development materials for Fortune 500 companies such as Toyota Manufacturing and Dow Chemical.  Echols earned his master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University. 

 Dr. Trevellya Ford-Ahmed
 212 Cole Complex
 (304) 766.3327


Office hours, or by appointment 304-766-3327
Tuesday 11:00 PM - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 1:00 AM - 4:00 pm
Prior to academia, “Tee’s” professional career focused on public relations/marketing activities for political candidates, and radio-television network affiliates in the San Francisco Bay area.  She joined the faculty at WVSU in 1990 and received a Charter for the C. R. Byrd Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) in 1991.  In 2006, the student firm Tower Communications opened and subsequently received “Crystal Awards” in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2010 from the WV Professional Society of Practitioners.  In 2007, she received the Societies Chapter Service Award and later, the “Celebrate Women” award in Education from the WV Women’s Commission.  Her publications include Nature of a Sistuh… (Carolina Academic Press), Building Diverse Communities: Applications of Communication Research (Hampton Press), and I too, am a Coal Miner’s Daughter which is part of the cultural studies anthology Generation to Generation, Maintaining Cultural Identity over Time (Hampton Press). Tee has also conducted study tours to West Africa, South Africa, Estonia, Mexico and Zimbabwe; lectured at the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria; conducted cultural research in China on a fellowship from the University of Hawaii; and recently, served as associate producer on the film #Camels shot in the United Arab Emirates.  Tee earned a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Ohio University, an MA in Speech Communication from New York University, and a BFA in Theater Arts from the Art Institute of Chicago.

 Mr. Steven A. Gilliland
 Assistant Professor
 221 Cole Complex
 (304) 766.3197


Monday 4:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Tuesday 12:30pm - 1:45 pm
Thursday 12:30pm - 1:45 pm
Steve Gilliland has extensive experience in both live-action and animated filmmaking.  He has worked as a cinematographer, videographer, and editor on scores of projects including documentaries, commercials, and music videos.  He has production designer credits on three feature films.  He has conducted dozens of media production workshops for all ages – from elementary school students to Elderhostel scholars.  He has given presentations for organizations such as the West Virginia Governor's Honors Academy, the West Virginia Filmmakers' Guild, and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Africa.  He has enjoyed learning from his own students as a faculty member in West Virginia State University’s Department of Communications since 1986.

 Mrs. Susan Marrash-Minnerly
 207 Cole Complex
 (304) 766.5110



Monday 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Friday 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Susan Marrash-Minnerly, Professor of Theatre, is a transplant from Charlotte, N.C.  She has a B.A in Theatre and English from Converse College, a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Virginia, and she studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.  For eleven years prior to moving to WV, she was head of the Acting Program in the Department of Dance and Theatre at UNC Charlotte.  She has worked – for longer than she cares to admit! -- as a professional actor in theatres in the Southeast as well as Third Eye Repertory in New York. Always believing in her motto that “if it can’t be art, it might as well be lucrative,” she has also performed in national and regional commercials/industrial films for everything from McDonald’s hotcakes to Flintstone vitamins to a school bus safety film in which she was the driver with 40 children, 2 dogs, a hamster, and a goat! She is a member of Actor’s Equity Association, Black Theatre Network, and Theatre Communications Group.  She loves wild, purely entertaining theatre, but her primary interest lies in theatre that encourages serious dialogue about the issues facing our world today. She lives in Charleston with her husband, son, English mastiff, cat, and assorted fish.  For more information, check out Professor Minnerly's Academic C.V.

 Dr. Marc Porter
 209 Cole Complex
 (304) 766.4178


Monday 12:30 - 1:45 pm (Cole 209);
3:15 -3:45 pm (Davis 103)
Tuesday 12:45 - 1:30 pm (Cole 209)
Wednesday 12:30 - 1:45 pm (Cole 209);
3:15 - 3:45 pm (Davis 103)
Thursday 12:45 - 1:30 pm (Cole 209);
6:30 - 7:00 pm (Davis 103);
9:45 - 10:00 pm (Davis 103)
Dr. Marc Porter is professor of Communications and Media Studies.  He earned the MFA in Film from Columbia University, NY, and the PhD, MS, and BA degrees from Indiana University, Bloomington.  Dr. Porter teaches Media Design, Film History and Film Theory in the Media Studies graduate program.  He has taught at Indiana University, Bloomington; Brooklyn College; University of South Alabama; Deutsche Film –und Fernsehakademie, Berlin, Germany; and screenwriting workshops in New Orleans, LA, and Mobile, AL.  His documentary films have been screened by invitation in the New Orleans Film Festival, the Mobile Art Museum Festival, the Festival del la Louisiane, Niort, France, and the West Virginia Cultural Center.  A feature-length narrative screenplay was read by invitation at the Annual Conference of the University Film and Video Association, University of South Carolina - Columbia.  Dr. Porter has been variously writer, producer, director, cameraperson, and editor of more than 35 short documentary, educational, and narrative films and videos.  He has been invited to present scholarship or serve as moderator for more than 36 academic and professional conferences.  Dr. Porter’s most recent research and scholarly presentations focus on warrior women and female vampires in myth, popular culture and film.

 Mrs. Sherri L. Shafer
 Associate Professor
 924 Wallace Hall
 (304) 766.3382


All office hours arranged by appointment. (304) 766.3307
Sherri Shafer, EdS, MA, is serving her fourth year as Chair of the Communications & Media Studies department.  She also serves as a versatile instructor in television, media writing, public speaking, media management courses and senior internships.  She is an advisor for the campus chapter of the National Broadcasting Society and Alpha Epsilon Rho (NBS-AERho).  The chapter is currently the 2013 National Chapter of the Year.  Mrs. Shafer is active in both community and campus activities.  She continues to write and research while working on her terminal degree/dissertation in Educational Leadership.

 Dr. Ali Ziyati
 Professor / Chair
 120 Cole Complex
 (304) 204.4012


Or by appointment
Monday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Tuesday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Wednesday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Thursday 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
A professor of Communications and Media Studies, Dr. Ali Ziyati earned his Ph.D. in Mass Communication (Ohio University) in 1995, Master of Arts in Telecommunications (Ohio University) in 1992, and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (Institut Superieur de journalisme, Rabat, Morocco) in 1987. He is currently Professor in the department of Communication and Media Studies at West Virginia State University where he teaches Public Relations, Social Media, Integrated Marketing Communication, Research Methods, etc. Prior to joining WVSU in the Fall of 2011, Dr. Ziyati was Associate Professor at Marietta College, Marietta, OH (2007-2011). He also served as Dean of the Faculty of Mass Communication and Public Relations at Ajman University in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He has also held teaching positions at the Institut Superieur de l’Information et de la Communication (ISIC), the International Institute of Higher Education in Morocco (IIHEM) and the Institute of Languages and Communication Studies (ILCS) in Rabat, Morocco. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at Ohio University where he taught Public Speaking, Introduction to Mass Communication, Research Methods, and Intercultural Communication. He was also a visiting professor at Lock Haven (PA) University.



 Mr. Garvey Price
 Broadcast Engineer/e.t.c.
 Research And Development, Corp.
 (304) 766.4174


 Academic Program Associate
 Department of Communications
 202 Cole Complex
 (304) 766.3195


Office Hours
Monday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Affiliated Faculty

 Dr. Jessica Barnes-Pietruszynski
 Assistant Professor
 Department of English
 234 Hill Hall
 (304) 766.3077

Adjunct Faculty

  • Dave Brock   Office hours;  Monday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM, Tuesday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Wednesday 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM,         Thursday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Lana Andrean
  • Joe Long
  • Maggie Martinez
  • Cary Linkenhoker
  • Kenneth Rubenstein
  • Michael Ramsey
  • Aaron Bradley

Teaching Assistants

  • James Taylor
  • Brooke Lewis
  • Wendy Shamblin
  • Adam Striker
  • Ikram Benaicha


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