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Mass Communication Faculty & Staff

Zeynep Altinay, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: Murphy Center, Second Floor, Room 219
Phone: (914) 633-2364
Email: zaltinay@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Louisiana State University
MA/MS, Indiana University
BA, Binghamton University

Dr. Zeynep Altinay teaches undergraduate courses in digital literacy and graduate courses in technology for public relations. Her research focuses on social and political implications of environmental communication.
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Mitchell T. Bard, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: Murphy Center, Second Floor, Room 222

Phone: (914) 633-2459
Email: mbard@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
MA, University of Wisconsin
JD, University of Miami School of Law
BA, Brandeis University

Dr. Mitchell Bard leads the journalism concentration in the Mass Communication Department, teaching courses in introductory journalism, news reporting and writing, copy editing and broadcast journalism. His research focuses on how the atomization of the 20th century mass media system has affected news in the 21st century on TV, the internet and social media.
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Jack Breslin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Director, Public Relations Graduate Program


Office: Murphy Center, Second Floor, Room 223
Phone: (914) 637-7761
Email: jbreslin@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., University of Minnesota
MA, University of Georgia
BA, St. Alphonsus College

Dr. Jack Breslin teaches courses in media law and ethics, introduction to mass communication, and sports journalism. His primary research area is in the media's treatment of crime victims from the legal and ethical perspectives. Dr. Breslin's other research interests are international media ethics, sports journalism, and journalism history – particularly presidential press relations
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Nadine Barnett Cosby, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: Murphy Center, Third Floor, Room 340B
Phone: (914) 633-2354
Email: ncosby@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Regent University
MA, The New School for Social Research
MS, Iona College, 1996
BA, Lehman College

Dr. Nadine Barnett Cosby teaches courses in broadcasting and production, writing for television, TV aesthetics and criticism, and race and gender in the media. She also serves as the faculty adviser for ICTV, the College’s television club. Her research interests are in the areas of media, communication and culture, with a focus on media representation of marginalized populations.
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Mike Damergis

Clinical Professor
Coordinator, Sports Communication & Media Graduate Program


Office: Murphy Center, Third Floor, Room 339B
Phone: (914) 633-2021
Email: mdamergis@iona.edu
Degrees: MS, Iona College, 2006
BA, Iona College, 1989

Professor Damergis teaches courses in introduction to broadcast media, radio production, digital production, sports broadcasting/producing and sports video/field production.
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Tony Kelso, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Chair, Mass Communication Department


Office: Murphy Center, Third Floor, Room 337

Phone: (914) 637-7795
Email: akelso@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., New York University
MA, University of Michigan
BS, University of Michigan

Dr. Tony Kelso serves as department chair and heads up the advertising concentration. He teaches courses in introduction to advertising, the creative process in advertising, media planning & buying, and trends in advertising. He has also taught classes in the areas of first peoples & the media, history of mass communication, mass media & society, politics & popular culture, race & gender in mass communication, research seminar in mass communication, and courses in political campaigns and political propaganda. Dr. Kelso takes an eclectic approach to scholarship – he has produced publications in areas as diverse as advertising & religion, advertising & society, gender nonconforming children in the media, politics and popular culture, and subscription television.
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Bob Petrausch, Ed.D.

Associate Professor

Office: Murphy Center, Third Floor, Room 340A
Phone: (914) 633-2470
Email: rpetrausch@iona.edu
Degrees: Ed.D., Columbia University
MS, Boston University
MA, Fordham University
MA, New School for Social Research

Dr. Bob Petrausch teaches courses in the public relations concentration including introduction to public relations, public relations campaigns and new media, and organizational communication. He also teaches the capstone senior seminar course and the international mass communication course for Mass Communication students and study abroad students. His research interests include public relations campaigns, persuasion and tactics for high-stakes presentations, and organizational learning for profit and non-profit organizations. Additional research interests include: public diplomacy and communication across cultures for international organizations, including the United Nations. His research has been published in academic proceedings and conferences and peer-reviewed journals in the U.S. and overseas.
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Natalie Redcross, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: Murphy Center, Third Floor, Room 334
Phone: (914) 633-2500
Email: nredcross@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Howard University
MS, Iona College, 1996
BA, Iona College, 1991

Dr. Natalie Redcross teaches courses in intermediate-level and advanced-level public relations. She began her career as a reporter, editor, public relations and marketing specialists and, later, a K-8 teacher. Additionally, she has worked in the entertainment and theater arts, education and nonprofit arenas as a PR specialist and consultant. Dr. Redcross and her co-author, Dr. Jim Eggensperger, recently completed their textbook, Data-Driven Public Relations Research.
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Orly Shachar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Director, Internship Program


Office: Murphy Center, Third Floor, Room 332
Phone: (914) 633-2165
Email: oshachar@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Boston University
MS, Boston University

Dr. Orly Shachar teaches courses in relations, political communication and organizational communication. She heads the internship program for the undergraduate students in the Mass Communication Department. Her research interests include gender imagery and nationalism, gendered communication in scientific and medical literature, and doctor-patient communication on the web.
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