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Leadership

Chair

Avi Santo

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR & CHAIR
    Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin
    Avi Santo is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communications & Theatre Arts
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  • NORFOLK, VA 23529
  • 757-683-3831
  • asanto@odu.edu

Associate Chair

Katherine Hammond

Associate Chair
    M.F.A. University of Georgia

    Biography:

    Katherine Hammond is an Associate Professor, Associate Chair of Communication & Theatre Arts at ODU and Producing Artistic Director ...View More

Graduate Program Director

Gary Beck

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
    Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin

    Biography:

    Dr. Beck's research and teaching agenda blends interpersonal, lifespan, family, and professional communication. His particular expertise is ...View More
    3020 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS
  • NORFOLK, VA 23529
  • 757-683-5168
  • gbeck@odu.edu

Dance Program Director

Megan Thompson

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
    M.F.A. University of Maryland

    Biography:

    Megan Thompson received her M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Maryland and her B.S. in Dance from University of Wisconsin-Madison. ...View More

Film Program Director

David Mallin

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
    M.F.A. American Film Institute

    Biography:

    David Mallin is a cinematographer and documentarian. He has a MFA in Cinematography from AFI in Los Angeles. Prior to ODU he taught at ...View More

Strategic Communication Program Director

Theodore Gournelos

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Online Program Director

Kyle Nicholas

MASTER LECTURER
    Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin

Theatre Program Director

Christopher Hanna

Professor and Director of Theatre
    M.F.A. University of California, San Diego
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  • NORFOLK, VA 23529
  • 757-683-3391
  • channa@odu.edu

Senior Experience & Internship Director

Alison Lietzenmayer

Master Lecturer
    M.A. Old Dominion University

    Biography:

    Selected publications:Lahman, M. P. & Lietzenmayer, A. M. (2015). Work-life & the popular press: How words create worlds. ETC: A Review ...View More

Chief Departmental Advisors

Chief Departmental Advisor, Communication

Carla Harrell

MASTER LECTURER
    M.A. Old Dominion University

Chief Departmental Advisor, Dance

James Morrow

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

    Biography:

    A native of Chicago, IL. James Morrow is the founder and artistic director of james morrow/ The Movement. Coming from an urban ...View More


Chief Departmental Advisor, Film

Carolina Conte

LECTURER
    Ph.D. Ohio University

    Biography:

    My academic journey started in Brazil with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Communication at PUCRS. Then, at Ohio University, I received a ...View More
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  • NORFOLK, VA 23529
  • 757-683-3834
  • cconte@odu.edu

Chief Departmental Advisor, Professional Communication

Fran Hassencahl

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
    Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University

Chief Departmental Advisor, Theatre

Jim Lyden

SENIOR LECTURER
    M.F.A. Utah State University

Office Staff

Fiscal Technician

Christina Johnson

Fiscal Technician
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  • NORFOLK, VA 23529
  • 757-683-5213
  • c3johnso@odu.edu

Marketing Specialist

Deanna Gummer

PR & MARKETING SPECIALIST III

Senior Secretary

Andrea Battle-Coffer

Senior Secretary
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  • VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 23462
  • 757-683-3828
  • abattle@odu.edu

Full-Time Faculty

Tim Anderson

PROFESSOR
    Ph.D. Northwestern University

    Biography:

    Tim J. Anderson studies the cultural and material aspects that help make music popular. His has written two monographs and articles for ...View More

E. James Baesler

PROFESSOR
    Ph.D. The University of Arizona

Gary Beck

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
    Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin

    Biography:

    Dr. Beck's research and teaching agenda blends interpersonal, lifespan, family, and professional communication. His particular expertise is ...View More
    3020 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS
  • NORFOLK, VA 23529
  • 757-683-5168
  • gbeck@odu.edu

Carol Hanna Branch

SENIOR LECTURER
    M.A. University of Georgia

    Biography:

    APR (Accredited in Public Relations). Founding advisor of Public Relations Student Society of America at ODU. Professional experience: ...View More
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  • NORFOLK, VA 23529
  • 757-683-5439
  • cbranch@odu.edu

Carolina Conte

LECTURER
    Ph.D. Ohio University

    Biography:

    My academic journey started in Brazil with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Communication at PUCRS. Then, at Ohio University, I received a ...View More
    1003 UNIVERSITY THEATRE
  • NORFOLK, VA 23529
  • 757-683-3834
  • cconte@odu.edu

Theodore Gournelos

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR

Katherine Hammond

Associate Chair
    M.F.A. University of Georgia

    Biography:

    Katherine Hammond is an Associate Professor, Associate Chair of Communication & Theatre Arts at ODU and Producing Artistic Director ...View More

Christopher Hanna

Professor and Director of Theatre
    M.F.A. University of California, San Diego
    1001 UNIVERSITY THEATRE
  • NORFOLK, VA 23529
  • 757-683-3391
  • channa@odu.edu

Brittney Harris

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Jim Lyden

SENIOR LECTURER
    M.F.A. Utah State University

David Mallin

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
    M.F.A. American Film Institute

    Biography:

    David Mallin is a cinematographer and documentarian. He has a MFA in Cinematography from AFI in Los Angeles. Prior to ODU he taught at ...View More

Meredith Magoun

LECTURER

Kate Mattingly

ADJUNCT INSTRUCTIONAL FACULTY
    M.F.A. New York University
    COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS COMMUNICATION & THEATRE ARTS
  • NORFOLK, VA 23529
  • kmatting@odu.edu

Myles McNutt

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
    Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
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  • NORFOLK, VA 23529
  • 757-683-6971
  • mmcnutt@odu.edu

Sara N. Morgan

SENIOR LECTURER
    M.A. Old Dominion University

James Morrow

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

    Biography:

    A native of Chicago, IL. James Morrow is the founder and artistic director of james morrow/ The Movement. Coming from an urban ...View More

Annemarie Navar-Gill

Visiting Assistant Professor

Brendan O'Hallarn

LECTURER
    Ph.D. Old Dominion University

Allison Page

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
    Ph.D. University of Minnesota
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  • NORFOLK, VA 23529
  • 757-683-3092
  • apage@odu.edu

Avi Santo

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR & CHAIR
    Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin
    Avi Santo is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communications & Theatre Arts
    3001 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS
  • NORFOLK, VA 23529
  • 757-683-3831
  • asanto@odu.edu

Thomas "Tom" Socha

PROFESSOR
    Ph.D. University of Iowa

    Biography:

    Nationally award-winning, 29-year ODU communication scholar, professor, and graduate program director, specializing in family communication, ...View More

Megan Thompson

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
    M.F.A. University of Maryland

    Biography:

    Megan Thompson received her M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Maryland and her B.S. in Dance from University of Wisconsin-Madison. ...View More

Priya Vashist

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

Visiting Professor

Annemarie Navar-Gill

Visiting Assistant Professor

Online Instructors


Danielle Jackson PhD

SENIOR LECTURER

Alison Lietzenmayer

Master Lecturer
    M.A. Old Dominion University

    Biography:

    Selected publications:Lahman, M. P. & Lietzenmayer, A. M. (2015). Work-life & the popular press: How words create worlds. ETC: A Review ...View More

Kyle Nicholas

MASTER LECTURER
    Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin

Adjunct Faculty

Alan Campbell Adjunct Assistant Professor Film Studies & Film Production
Jodi Bromley Adjunct Instructor Communication
Christine Bacon Adjunct Instructor Communication
Crystal Nolen Adjunct Instructor Communication
Alma Caldwell Adjunct Instructor Communication
Dana St. John Adjunct Instructor Communication
Alice Jones Adjunct Instructor Communication
Claudette White Adjunct Instructor Communication
Kimberly Payne Adjunct Instructor Communication
Alberta Ayee Adjunct Assistant Professor Communication
Emmanuel Ayee Adjunct Professor Communication
Brian Kurisky Adjunct Assistant Professor Communication
Lauren Ciampoli Adjunct Instructor Communication
Ines Petrovic-Mundzic Adjunct Instructor Communication
Amanda Wroten Adjunct Instructor Communication
James Flippen Adjunct Instructor Communication & Theatre
Matthew French Adjunct Instructor Communication
Kevin Crawford Adjunct Instructor Film Studies
Gary Kirchner Adjunct Instructor Communication
William Goodbar Adjunct Instructor Communication
Jane Rowe Adjunct Assistant Professor Communication
Harvest Bellante Adjunct Instructor Screenwriting
Rosalynne Whitaker-Heck Adjunct Professor Communication
Mark Cox Adjunct Instructor Communication
Thomas Robotham Adjunct Instructor Communication
Ricardo Melendez Adjunct Instructor Theatre
Lee Smith Adjunct Instructor Theatre
Tami White Adjunct Instructor Dance
Kathrine Iacono Adjunct Instructor Dance
Sheena Jeffers Adjunct Instructor Dance
Penelope Haws Adjunct Instructor Dance
Christine Yoshida Adjunct Instructor Dance
Joni Petre-Scholz Adjunct Instructor Dance
Steve Earl Adjunct Instructor Theatre
Ryan Clemens Adjunct Instructor Theatre