Our Faculty

John Feaster, Associate Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D. Ohio State University
Phone: 856-256-4327
Email: feaster@rowan.edu

John Feaster joined the Department of Communication Studies at Rowan after teaching two years at the University of Richmond. His teaching and research interests pertain to interpersonal communication and the roles of communication technologies in everyday life. His work has been published in regional, national, and international journals.

Kenneth Albone, Associate Professor
Ph.D. Bowling Green State University
Phone: 856-256-4500x3393
Email: albone@rowan.edu

Kenneth R. Albone began his teaching career at Rowan University in the Fall of 1982. His research areas include interpersonal communication, educational assessment, quantitative research methods, and instructional practice. In his spare time Dr. Albone enjoys conversation, reading, walking, light exercise activities such as bowling, softball and bicycling, movies, Barnes and Noble, and surfing the web.

Harriet Benavidez, Instructor
M.A. University of Hawaii
Phone: 856-256-4615
Email: benavidez@rowan.edu

Harriet Sharlow Benavidez has been teaching at Rowan since the fall of 1992. She has over 20 years of teaching and training experience in government, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. In addition to college teaching, she has served as a senior corporate trainer for GE Information Services and as an instructor at the Naval Air Technical Training Center Memphis in Millington, Tennessee. One of her continuing interests is the role of interpersonal communication in military family life. She has designed and facilitated seminars on how to deal effectively with communication issues that arise due to a military member's frequent and prolonged absences from the family.

Joy Cypher, Associate Professor
Ph.D. Purdue University
Phone: 856-256-4771
Email: cypher@rowan.edu

Joy Cypher is one of the Midwest transplants within the department of Communication Studies at Rowan. Her main area of study as a professor is the intersection of embodiment and communication, with particular interest in, and commitment to, Disability Studies. Dr. Cypher is well-recognized for her teaching, as the 2012 recipient of the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the 2016 Eastern Communication Association Teaching Fellow Award.

Julie Haynes, Associate Professor
Ph.D. Penn. State University
Phone: 856-256-4329
Email: haynes@rowan.edu

Julie Haynes has been teaching at Rowan since 1998. Her research interests include rhetorical dimensions of media and popular culture, rhetorical constructions of gender and feminist resistance rhetoric, rhetoric of social protest, and rhetoric of regional identity. Her current projects include research on rhetorical strategies of Southern suffragists and depictions of masculinity in reality television.

Andrew D. Hottle, Professor
Ph.D., Temple University
Phone: 856-256-4639
Email: hottle@rowan.edu

Andrew Hottle is an art historian whose research focuses on the work of women, with particular emphasis on feminist art of the 1970s. In addition to articles, essays, and book reviews, he has published two books, "The Art of the Sister Chapel: Exemplary Women, Visionary Creators, and Feminist Collaboration" and "Shirley Gorelick (1924-2000): Painter of Humanist Realism." He is currently writing a detailed monograph on the art of Sylvia Sleigh and conducting extensive research for a book about the founding members of SOHO 20 Gallery.

Maccamas Ikpah, Associate Professor
Ed. D. Oklahoma State University
Phone: 856-256-4632
Email: ikpah@rowan.edu

Dr. Ikpah teaches Mass Media and Their Influences, Communication Studies Seminar, International Communication and Intercultural Communication. He has travelled extensively to China, the United Kingdom, Holland, Cameroon and Ghana.

Eleanor Lockhart, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Texas A&M University
Phone: 856-256-4243
Email: lockharte@rowan.edu

Dr. Lockhart is a scholar of communication, gender, and popular culture. She teaches courses in public speaking, images of gender in popular culture, and rhetorical criticism. Her doctoral dissertation project dealt with the performance of hegemonic masculinity in nerd/geek culture.

Pamela Marshall, Instructor
Director, Public Speaking Course Director
M.A. Temple University
Phone: 856-256-4394
Email: marshallp@rowan.edu

Pam Marshall is a communication scholar with an emphasis on listening and perception. Her research focuses on communication satisfaction of off-site workers, and listening capabilities of high-level managers. She is also a consultant in the corporate sector, and has conducted both research and workshops in the telecommunications field, the pharmaceutical industry, the publishing industry, and the prison systems in New Jersey.

Clara L. Popa, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University
Phone: 856-256-4245
Email: popa@rowan.edu

Clara Popa joined the department in the Fall of 2004. Her research includes communicative aspects of trust in temporary groups, methodological approaches to the study of trust and communication, and the role of values in intercultural communication. She continues to expand her research interests and tries relentlessly to persuade her students to join her.

Daniel Schowalter, Associate Professor
Ph.D., Indiana University
Phone: 856-256-4351
Email: schowalter@rowan.edu

Dan Schowalter joined the Department of Communication Studies ecstatically in the Fall of 2002. His research interests include the intersections of rhetoric, visuality, memory and the popular imagination, with special interest in the rhetoric of documentary imagery.

Maria Simone, Associate Professor
Ph.D. Temple University
Email: simone@rowan.edu

Dr. Simone has a passion for teaching, and providing students with the knowledge and skills that will enrich their personal, professional and civic lives. Her research and service focuses on the intersections between participatory media and citizenship.

Daniel Strasser, Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Unversity of Denver
Phone: 856-256-4293
Email: strasser@rowan.edu

Professor Daniel S. Strasser began teaching at Rowan University in Fall 2012. His research focuses on father-son relationships, transracially adoptive families, gay and lesbian families, male friendships, and perceptions and performances of masculinities.