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new CrespoDr. Maria Jessica Crespo
Dr. Crespo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Clarion University and also teaches courses in public speaking and interpersonal communication at the Venango campus.  She received her Ph.D. in Communication with an emphasis in Intercultural Communication from the University of New Mexico.  She received her M.A. in Speech Communication from Wichita State University. Dr. Crespo earned her B.A. from Franciscan University.  Her research foci are Third World feminism, intercultural communication, and feminist postcolonial studies.  Dr. Crespo has taught courses at the University of New Mexico, Wichita State University, Newman University, and Notre Dame of Marbel University located in the Philippines.

 new Myrna KuehnDr. Myrna Kuehn
Dr. Kuehn is a Professor in the Department of Communication and is currently serving as the Chairperson for the department. She earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from Penn State University.  She stays up-to-date through training in a variety of current instructional applications. She is a trained mediator through the Pittsburgh Mediation Center.  The courses Dr. Kuehn teaches at Clarion are primarily related to corporate communication.  She also offers a variety of workshops to the public on communication skills including areas related to public speaking, assertiveness building, dealing with difficult people, and decision making.  She has published pieces on conflict management, gender and communication, and communication in organizations.

new Scott KuehnDr. Scott Kuehn     
Dr. Kuehn is a Professor in the Department of Communication who teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in mass communication research and communication law.  He received his B.A. from Purdue University, his M.A. from Northern Illinois University, and his Ph.D. from Penn State University.  Dr. Kuehn has been at Clarion University since 1987.  Since then he has taught more types of courses in the department than any other professor.  Kuehn is very proud of his ability to translate his high quality education and intellectual pursuits into meaningful instructional experiences for our students.  In 1996, he taught the first course in web publishing at Clarion and developed the teaching method very successful for a non-designer.  As a graduate student, Dr. Kuehn taught public speaking, group communication, and communication skills for reticent people.  At Clarion University, he has taught 3 different undergraduate communication research courses, two different graduate communication research courses, introduction to communication theory, undergraduate communication theory, print and broadcast journalism, broadcasting, communication law, web publishing, new media technologies, and media criticism. 

new Andy LingwallDr. Andy Lingwall
Dr. Lingwall is a Professor in the Department of Communication who teaches public relations here at Clarion because he loves the business.  Since earning his B.S. degree in Public Relations from the University of Florida in 1989, he has worked as an account executive with Russell & Herder advertising agency in Minnesota and from 1993-1999 as a public relations specialist with Tacoma Community College in Washington.  During that time, he was also a news reporter, with eight years of freelance work with The News Tribune in Tacoma.  He knows both sides of the news desk, so he hopes his experience is helpful to his students.  He earned his M.Ed. and Ed.D. with the University of Washington.  Dr. Lingwall specializes in public relations course and serves as the faculty adviser to the university's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

new Jim LyleMr. James Lyle
Jim Lyle is an Assistant Professor in the department and the Director of the Clarion Speech and Debate Team.  As the team's leader, they have achieved national rankings and compete at the national level.  He received his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh with an emphasis in international relations, political theory, and political philosophy.  He has an M.A. from Wake Forest University in Communication and is completing his work toward his PhD in Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University. He is an active researcher with publications on intercollegiate debate.    


 new Laurie MillerDr. Laurie Miller
Dr. Miller is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and is also the adviser to the student-run newspaper at Clarion University, The Clarion Call.  She has more than two decades of professional journalism experience and is a former editor of Focus magazine, a feature magazine formerly published on a weekly basis in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  She teaches writing and editing courses.  Dr. Millers holds a B.S. and M.A. in Journalism and Communication from Point Park University and a Ph.D. in English Literary Criticism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  She is a former instructor at IUP and a former adjunct professor at Point Park University and West Virginia University.  In September of 2009, Miller along with staff members from The Clarion Call obtained White House credentials and covered the G-20 summit in Pittsburgh to cover for the newspaper and its online site.  Miller is also collaborating on a film documentary about ethnic clubs in the Mon-Valley.

new Naomi O'NeilDr. Naomi Bell O'Neil
Dr. O'Neil is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication, where she is primarily teaching courses within the advertising concentration as well as introductory courses in communication studies and writing.  She is also actively participating on several committees within the department.  Her received her B.A. from Clarion University and her M.A. from Slippery Rock.  Dr. O'Neil earned a Ph.D. from Ohio State University in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication.  Her dissertation work included the study of the communication between grandparents and their grandchildren to see what is learned during that communication.  In addition, Dr. O'Neil studies communication between parents and their children as well as between supervisors and subordinates in the workplace.  She has presented the findings from her research at conferences of international, national, and regional communication associations.  In the near future, Dr. O'Neil along with interested students plans to develop an advertising club in order to create opportunities for students to practice their skills and apply their knowledge of advertising within the marketplace.

Dr. Rachelle C. Prioleau
Rachelle PrioleauDr. Prioleau currently serves as a professor of Communication at Clarion University. She has experience in teaching courses in Rhetoric, Speech Communication, and Mass Media. Dr. Prioleau is published in the areas of rhetorical criticism, strategic communication, and convergence analysis. Dr. Prioleau has an undergraduate degree in Speech Communication and a Masters degree in Rhetoric from the University of Pittsburgh. She earned her Ph.D. in Mass Communications and Journalism from the University of South Carolina Columbia.  

new Michael Torres
Dr. Michael Torres
Dr. Torres is an Assistant Professor at Clarion University and has been teaching here for seven years.  Dr. Torres received his B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Hunter College, his M.A. in Communication/TV & Film Production from Regent University, and Ph.D. in Communication from Regent University.  He teaches broadcasting and production courses for both undergrads and graduate students.  His undergraduate courses include narrative structure, media ethics & responsibilities, broadcasting principles & practices, and directing.  For the graduate curriculum, Dr. Torres teaches audio & television production and photography & graphic production.  Dr. Torres worked for 15 years in television/film production, the last 9 years of which he spent traveling around the world producing and directing various projects for international broadcast for the Christian Broadcast Network.  He has production experience in corporate, training, advertising, docu-drama, news, and narrative film projects.  The position's Dr. Torres has held range from production assistant to managing producer and just about everything in between.


new YangDr. Hwei-Jen Yang
Dr. Yang is an Associate Professor of communication studies in the Department of Communication.  She has taught at Clarion University for 25 years.  Recently, her teaching focuses on public speaking, interpersonal communication theory and processes, and cultural communication.  Her academic credentials include B.A. from National Taiwan University, M.A. in Speech from Murray State University, and a Ph.D. in Communication from Ohio State University.  Dr. Yang came to the United States from the country of Taiwan in 1968.  In addition to teaching civil codes overview and constitution in Taiwan from 1965-1968, she has been involved with various institutions of higher learning in the United States for 41 years.  Her teaching includes effective speech, introduction to Chinese culture, introduction to Chinese history, communication in organizations, and psychology of speech communication. Dr. Yang thoroughly enjoys the best of the two cultural worlds she belongs to and desires to teach for many more years to come.