Communication, English, and Media

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It's What Keeps Us Moving

Whether you are planning on transferring to a four-year university or looking to bolster your communication prowess, our courses give you the critical, analytical, and creative skills that set you up for long-term success in your chosen field. We offer smaller class sizes and enhance student learning through collaboration and interactive technology. Classes in Communication, English, and Media can prepare you for success in a variety of rewarding careers in fields such as law, publishing, television, education, journalism, marketing, social media, and government.

 

Communication, English, and Media Degrees:

Communication, English, and Media Staff

Jeff Kirchoff
Title: Dean of Communication, English, and Media
Email: jeff.kirchoff@kirkwood.edu
Education: M.A.; St. Cloud State University
Ph.D.; Bowling Green State University
Bio: Jeff Kirchoff earned his Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from Bowling Green State University and his M.A. in English Studies at St. Cloud State University. He has been at Kirkwood Community College since 2019.
Carolyn Gonzalez
Title: Associate Dean of Communication, English, and Media
Email: carolyn.gonzalez@kirkwood.edu
Education: B.A.; University of Iowa
M.A.; Iowa State University
Bio: Carolyn received her Bachelor’s degree in English and Medieval Studies from the University of Iowa before earning her Master’s degree in English at Iowa State University. Her research interests are focused in the middle ages, spanning early Nordic and Early Medieval English literature. Her pedagogical interests are focused on first-generation student success. In her free time, Carolyn enjoys going on new adventures with her husband and toddler.
Carrie Barker
Title: Department Assistant
Email: carrie.barker@kirkwood.edu

Communication, English, and Media Full-Time Faculty

Lisa Angelella
Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 5988
319-398-4998
Email: lisa.angelella@kirkwood.edu
Office: 3020 Cedar Hall
Education: Ph.D.; University of Iowa
Bio: Lisa Angelella teaches Forms of Literature: Poetry, Composition I & II, and Creative Writing and serves as an advisor for the Cedar Valley Divide, Kirkwood’s art and literary magazine. She has Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Iowa, and has published scholarly work in Woolf Studies Annual and poems in Willow Springs, 32 Poems, and Stoneboat. She loves coming to see the world in new ways through the papers students write.
Tony Arduini
Title: Professor, Communication Studies
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 5914
Email: tony.arduini@kirkwood.edu
Office: 310 Benton Hall
Education: A.A.; Sauk Valley Community College
B.S., M.A., and Ph.D.; Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Bio: Tony teaches Fundamentals of Oral Communication. His academic interests include communication theory, relational communication, communication education, educational technology, open educational resources, and performance studies.
Rachelle Biderman
Title: Instructor, Speech Communications
Phone: 319-887-3637
Email: rachelle.biderman@kirkwood.edu
Office: Iowa City Campus room 246
Bio: Rachelle started her educational journey at Kirkwood and later earned a B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies at The University of Iowa. Throughout her academic career, she participated in several theatrical productions and competitive speaking events. Her research interests include gender and communication and the many intersections of communication and psychology. Outside of teaching, she loves to camp, explore, and laugh as much as possible.
Eliot Blake
Title: Professor
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 5762
319-398-4998
Email: eliot.blake@kirkwood.edu
Office: 3017 Cedar Hall
Education: B.A.; Georgetown University
J.D.; Emory University
Ph.D.; University of Iowa
Bio: Eliot Blake is a refugee from practicing law in Washington D.C. He has a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University, a J.D. from Emory University School of Law, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa. His research interests include English Composition, First Amendment jurisprudence, and fostering student success in college. He hails from Atlanta and shares his home with his husband, teenage daughter, and extremely screamy cat. You can find him teaching comp classes or bicycling aimlessly through Johnson County. He is easily startled.
Marci Bowden
Title: Instructor
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 5831
319-398-4998
Email: marci.bowden@kirkwood.edu
Office: 3018 Cedar Hall
Education: B.A. and M.A.; University of Iowa
Bio: Originally from western Iowa, Marci has more recently enjoyed her experiences in the “Cedars” of eastern Iowa. She attended the University of Northern Iowa for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, earning a B.A. in English with a focus on both Professional and Digital Writing and her M.A. in English. She teaches Composition courses and enjoys finding ways to incorporate hip-hop into the curriculum.
Emily Brown
Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: 319-877-3604
Email: emily.brown@kirkwood.edu
Office: Iowa City Campus room 246
Education: B.A.; DePaul University
M.A.; University of Wisconsin–Madision
Bio: After growing up in Iowa, Emily moved to Chicago to attend DePaul University, and then moved to Wisconsin to attend the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She returned to Iowa in 2009 to teach at Kirkwood. She lives in Iowa City and most often teaches Composition I, Integrated Composition II, and Forms of Literature: Fiction.
Phil Brown
Title: Professor, English, Distance Learning
Email: phil.brown@kirkwood.edu
Bio: Phil earned his BA from Drake University (English), his MA from Purdue University (American Studies — emphasis in American Literature), and a second MA from the University of Iowa (American Studies — emphasis in Film Studies). He teaches U.S. Film History, World Film History, Film Analysis, the Horror Film, Composition I, and Composition II. His hobbies include gardening, raising chickens, and filmmaking.
Jacki Brucher Moore
Title: Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 5313
Email: jacki.bruchermoore@kirkwood.edu
Office: 1017 Cedar Hall
Education: B.A.; Simpson College
M.A.; University of Northern Iowa
Bio: Jacki teaches courses in Oral Communication and Public Speaking. She completed her undergraduate work at Simpson College and earned her M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Norther Iowa. Jacki’s interest area is language, and she primarily examines communication through the lenses of Rhetorical and Feminist theories. Outside of Kirkwood, Jacki enjoys spending time with her friends and family (including her dogs), patronizing local coffee shops, and searching for new additions to her rather extensive collection of hippos.
Natalia Cherjovsky
Title: Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 4249
Email: natalia.cherjovsky@kirkwood.edu
Office: 1019 Cedar Hall
Education: B.A.; Hunter College, City University of New York
M.A.; Rollins College PhD, University of Central Florida
Bio: Dr. Natalia Cherjovsky teaches Fundamentals of Oral Communication, Public Speaking, Workplace Communication, College 101, and Popular Culture. She is also an advisor for Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges. She earned a BA in film and media studies from Hunter College, City University of New York, an MA in communication & technology from Rollins College, and a Ph.D. in texts & technology from the University of Central Florida. Her research interests include culture and media, gender studies, and fandom, among others. She enjoys writing, traveling, reading, going to concerts, watching movies, and playing trivia and board games.
Chris Cronbaugh
Title: Associate Professor
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 4028
319-398-4998
Email: christopher.cronbaugh@kirkwood.edu
Office: 2032 Cedar Hall
Bio: Chris teaches Basic Writing, Personal Achievement Writing, and Tools for Life Seminar.
Sondra Gates
Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 5840
319-398-4998
Email: sondra.gates@kirkwood.edu
Office: 3025 Cedar Hall
Education: Ph.D.; University of Michigan
Bio: Sondra received her Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Michigan, with a focus on 19th century women’s novels. Her current academic interests are global learning, including virtual exchanges and study abroad; writing about trauma; and neural diversity in the classroom. At Kirkwood, she teaches composition, American Dreams, science fiction, story cycle, film adaptation, and other literature classes. In her free time, she loves to read science fiction, travel, and go on leisurely runs through the country with her dog.
David Hulm
Title: Professor
Phone: 319-887-3616
Email: david.hulm@kirkwood.edu
Office: Iowa City Campus room 130
Education: B.A.; St. John’s University
M.A. and M.F.A.; University of Iowa
Bio: David has earned degrees from St. John’s University (B.A. in English) and the University of Iowa (M.F.A English/Writer’s Workshop and M.A. African-American World Studies). He is pleased to teach Composition I, Integrated Composition, College Writing, Forms of Literature: Fiction, Forms of Literature: Poetry, American Dreams, and Creative Writing. He loves to travel, fish, write poetry, and is working on a series screenplay. David is also interested in metaphysics, lapidary arts, and cooking.
Terri Long Jedlicka
Title: Professor
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 5323
319-398-4998
Email: terri.jedlicka@kirkwood.edu
Office: 2029 Cedar Hall
Education: A.A.; Kirkwood Community College
B.A. and M.A.; University of Northern Iowa
Bio: Terri is a proud alumnus of Kirkwood Community College (A.A. degree) and the University of Northern Iowa (B.A. and M.A. degrees). She began at Kirkwood in 1997 working in Secondary Programs in the alternative high schools first in Washington, Iowa, then in Tiffin, Iowa. Terri came to main campus to be a part of the Learning Services Department and now the Communications, English, and Media Department. The courses she teaches include Basic Writing, College 101, College Reading, Personal Wellness, and Workplace Communications. Terri also serves as a Reading/Writing Specialist for the TRIO Student Support Services program which works with disadvantage student populations. Terri and her husband have three children, two who are in college, and they reside in Solon.
Art Khaw
Title: Professor, Communication Studies
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 5825
Email: art.khaw@kirkwood.edu
Office: 2033 Cedar Hall
Education: Ed.D., Liberty University
Bio: Art Khaw teaches Communication courses at Kirkwood Community College. His academic interests include leadership studies, organizational communication, and health communications. Art is also a Certified Training Consultant (CTC) which he received from Ball State University’s Center for Entrepreneurial Resources and the Central Indiana Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. Art grew up in Adelaide, South Australia. He spends most of his time on the tennis courts where he competes in regional tennis tournaments and is an active member of the United States Tennis Association (USTA).
Randy Langel
Title: Assistant Professor, Digital Media
Phone: 319-398-7163
Email: randy.langel@kirkwood.edu
Office: 1222B Linn Hall
Education: A.A.; Kirkwood Community College
B.A.; University of Iowa
M.S.; Arizona State University
Bio: Randy obtained his A.A. in Communication Media (Kirkwood Community College), B.A. in Film and Comparative Literature (University of Iowa), and his M.S. in Graphic Information Technology (Arizona State University). Randy is an associate professor in the CEM department and teaches Digital Media courses, such as Mass Media, Video Production, Audio Production, Broadcast Writing & Performance, and News Media Convergence. He is the advisor of Kirkwood Student Productions and has a passion for visual storytelling. Randy is also interested in exploring the use of virtual reality, 360 video, and augmented reality.
Sarah Mangold
Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: 319-398-7164
Email: sarah.mangold@kirkwood.edu
Office: 1222B Linn Hall
Education: B.A.; University of Dubuque
M.A.; University of Northern Iowa
Bio: Sarah Mangold earned her M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Northern Iowa and her BA in Speech Communication and English Literature from the University of Dubuque. Sarah worked for several Iowa newspapers before coming to Kirkwood. Currently, she advises the Communiqué, the college’s award-winning student newspaper, and teaches Media History, Mass Media, News Reporting, Public Relations and Marketing, and Fundamentals of Oral Communication.
Lenore Maybaum
Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: 319-877-3638
Email: lenore.maybaum@kirkwood.edu
Office: Iowa City Campus room 135
Education: Ph.D.; University of Iowa
Bio: Dr. Maybaum earned her Ph.D. in Language, Literacy, and Culture at University of Iowa with a focus on language acquisition, critical theory, and cultural studies. Her interests include French New Wave, film studies, the American novel, writing center theory and pedagogy, and Greek tragedy. She directs the Iowa City campus Writing Center and teaches Elements of Writing and Forms of Fiction: American Dreams. Her most recent publication can be found in New Maternalisms; tales of Motherwork, an essay exploring creative and maternal caregiving practices.
Shelby Myers
Title: Professor
Phone: 319-887-3635
Email: shelby.myers@kirkwood.edu
Office: Iowa City Campus room 346
Education: M.A.T.; University of Iowa
Bio: Shelby earned her M.A.T. in English Education at the University of Iowa in 1993 and has been a learner and educator since then. Her teaching interests focus on literacy issues at all levels, particularly the aspects of reading and writing in our communities that often go unnoticed. She teaches composition and reading courses on the Iowa City Campus and also works with English language learners. She leads a service learning oral history project in Iowa City with older adults that was featured in the documentary Aging in America: The Life Stories Project. Shelby regularly leads Kirkwood study abroad trips around the world focused on service learning. In her free time, she loves participating in musical theater in the community and spending time with her family.
Danny Plunkett
Title: Instructor, English
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 5928
Email: danny.plunkett@kirkwood.edu
Office: 3025 Cedar Hall
Education: B.S.; University of Alabama
M.F.A.; Georgia College & State University
Bio: Danny Plunkett earned his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Georgia College & State University and his B.S. in Biology from the University of Alabama. He teaches Composition courses at Kirkwood’s Cedar Rapids campus and his creative interests include literary fiction, weird stories, and prose poetry. In his spare time, he writes and publishes fiction and poetry, and spends time with his wife and St. Bernard mix, Barney.
Steve Price
Title: Professor
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 5777
319-398-4998
Email: steve.price@kirkwood.edu
Office: 3022 Cedar Hall
Education: B.A. and M.A.; University of Iowa
Bio: Steve Price is Professor of English and the Writing Center coordinator at Kirkwood’s Cedar Rapids campus. He grew up in the Southwest and moved to Iowa where he attended the University of Iowa. He has taught composition and literature courses at Kirkwood since 1994. He performs traditional folk blues on guitar and harmonica in the eastern Iowa area. Steve teaches College Writing.
Timothy Robbins
Title: Instructor, English
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 5929
Email: timothy.robbins@kirkwood.edu
Office: 3023 Cedar Hall
Education: M.A. and Ph.D.; University of Iowa
Bio: Tim Robbins teaches courses in first-year composition and literary studies at Kirkwood’s campus in Cedar Rapids. A first-generation college student, he received his Bachelor’s degree in English from the City University of New York-Hunter College before transplanting to the Midwest to earn his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa. Tim’s literary research focuses on 19th-American poetry and social movements, and his teaching scholarship is in the field of Open Pedagogy, particularly around the development of Open Educational Resources (OER). Tim and his wife Jessie are delighted to return to eastern Iowa to raise their children, frequent the farmers’ markets, and cheer on the Hawkeyes!
Catherine Schaff-Stump
Title: Professor
Phone: 319-398-5581
319-398-4998
Email: catherine.schaff-stump@kirkwood.edu
Office: 3018 Cedar Hall
Education: M.A.; Iowa State University
Ph.D.; University of Iowa
Bio: Dr. Catherine Schaff-Stump received her interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Second Language Writing from the University of Iowa and her M.A. in Business and Technical English from Iowa State University. She teaches a wide variety of subjects including literature, composition, business writing, and creative writing specializing in how different audiences effect different forms of communication. She is also an author of dark fantasy and horror. She can often be found pumping iron and power walking to counteract all the time she spends in front of a computer screen.
Renée Schlueter
Title: Professor
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 5836
319-398-4998
Email: renee.schlueter@kirkwood.edu
Office: 3023 Cedar Hall
Education: Ph.D.; Saint Louis University
Bio: Dr. Renée Schlueter earned a Ph.D. in Nineteenth-Century British Literature with an emphasis in gender and culture from Saint Louis University. Her research and curricular focus on international women writers, gender and teaching, and the Grand Tour reflect this lifelong interest in global citizenship and women’s rights. Dr. Schlueter has developed a variety of face-to-face and online literature and composition courses and regularly teaches a two-week Rome Study Abroad class in Italy. As an educator, she believes that reading and traveling are immersive experiences with the power to awaken student global perspectives and help them live meaningful lives.
Kevin Shroth
Title: Assistant Professor, Speech
Phone: 319-887-3943
Email: kevin.shroth@kirkwood.edu
Office: Iowa City Campus room 346
Education: Ph.D.; University of Iowa
Bio: Kevin teaches Fundamentals of Oral Communication and some humanities courses, including Popular Culture. His academic interests include popular film and television, comedy, and rhetoric. When Kevin isn’t working, he enjoys reading (primarily nonfiction) and cheering for Arsenal FC.
Clark Skaggs
Title: Professor, Communication Studies
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 5963
Email: clark.skaggs@kirkwood.edu
Office: 1018 Cedar Hall
Education: B.A.; Southwest Baptist
M.A.; University of Central Missouri
Bio: Clark teaches Fundamentals of Oral Communication, Public Speaking, and Encounters in Humanities. Clark believes in keeping communication skills sharp by participating in his area of interest. He regularly appears as a speaker and actor at local arts events.
Heather Strempke-Durgin
Title: Assistant Professor
Phone: 319-398-5988 ext. 1224
319-398-4998
Email: heather.durgin@kirkwood.edu
Office: 3017 Cedar Hall
Education: B.A.; Boise State University
M.A.; Oregon State University
Bio: Heather is a native Iowan who recently returned to Iowa, after living in the Pacific Northwest. She received her B.A. in English, with a focus on literature, and her M.A. in English and American literature. She is particularly interested in the intersection between gender studies and literature. Heather teaches Composition I, Integrated Composition, and Literature and Culture: American Dreams.
Marianne Taylor
Title: Professor
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 5838
319-398-4998
Email: marianne.taylor@kirkwood.edu
Office: 3024 Cedar Hall
Bio: Upon receiving her M.A. in English literature and completing all of her Ph.D. coursework, Marianne Taylor taught at Fullerton College and the University of California at Irvine. As Professor of English at Kirkwood, she teaches literature, creative writing, and composition classes online, in the classroom, and on Study Abroad programs to Ireland every summer. Marianne writes poetry, and her work has been published widely in national journals and anthologies; she is the recipient of several poetry prizes and awards; she serves as the inaugural Poet Laureate of Mount Vernon; and at Kirkwood she has held two Faculty Endowed Chairs for individual and collaborative writing projects. She loves to travel and enjoys hiking, watercolor painting, and studying various esoteric arts.
Mircea Tomus
Title: Professor
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 5832
319-398-4998
Email: mircea.tomus@kirkwood.edu
Office: 3022 Cedar Hall
Bio: Mircea obtained his degree in comparative literature and medieval studies from the University of Iowa in 1991. He hails from former Communist Romania and has been teaching classes in rhetoric, college writing, introduction to poetry and fiction, both in Europe and the United States. His spare time is filled with translation projects, making and playing music in his recording studio, and sailing.
Rich Underwood
Title: Professor, Communication Studies
Phone: 319-398-5587
Email: rich.underwood@kirkwood.edu
Office: 1017 Cedar Hall
Education: B.A. and M.A.; Purdue University
Bio: Rich Underwood is a Professor in the Communications Studies discipline of the Communications-English-Media department where he teaches Fundamentals of Oral Communication and Public Speaking. Rich is a graduate of Purdue University, where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Communication. During his spare time, he enjoys watching Chicago-area sports and babysitting his grandchildren.
Lisa Williams
Title: Professor
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 5828
319-398-4998
Email: lisa.williams@kirkwood.edu
Office: 2027 Cedar Hall
Education: B.A.; Mount Mercy University
M.A.; University of Iowa
Bio: Lisa earned her undergraduate degree in English and Secondary Education from Mount Mercy University; her Masters in Education with an English emphasis was awarded by the University of Iowa. She teaches Elements of Writing, Core Writing, Basic Writing, College Reading, and Effective Reading Strategies. She also assists students in the Writing Center and Center for Online Writing. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, tending to her 170+ varieties of daylilies, and most of all, spending time with her family.
Steve Wolcott
Title: Associate Professor
Phone: 319-398-5899 ext. 5841
319-398-4998
Email: steve.wolcott@kirkwood.edu
Office: 3019 Cedar Hall
Bio: Steve Wolcott was growing up a few blocks from the Ohio’s Cuyahoga River when it famously caught fire in 1969. Despite this fiery beginning, he loves hiking and biking through river valleys. After earning two master’s degrees at Indiana University, he moved to Iowa where he’s been teaching writing and children’s literature at Kirkwood since 2010.

Communication, English, and Media Adjunct Faculty

Rick Anderson (Emeritus), Communication
Don Arenz, English
Deb Bloom, English
Matt Bloom, English
Janis Bultman, English
Taylor Brady
Gabe Christianson, Communication
Karen Cloyd, Communication
Andrew De Luca, English
Lois Deerberg, Communication
Elizabeth Dickhut, English
Barb Edler
Tom Ernster (Emeritus)
Sharon Grice, Communication
Debbie Heckert, Communication
Kasey Hullett, English
Scott Ketelson, Communication
Shawnacy Kiker Perez, English
Gina Larson, English
Barbara Lau, English
John Logel, English
Karen Marshall, Communication
Chance McWorthy, Communication
Cara Picton, English
Buzz Pounds, English
Katie Reed, English
Vapordeal Sanders, Communication
Paul Shumaker, English
Tobias Veeder, English
Lisa Williams
Joonseok Choi, Communication
Scott Ditzler, English
Robin Fields, English
Dom Franco (Emeritus)
Richard Johnson (Emeritus), English
Margaret MacInnis, English
Michele Payne (Emeritus), English
Tonja Robbins (Emeritus), English


Questions?

Communication, English, and Media
3051 Cedar Hall
319-398-4998
cem@kirkwood.edu