Joan L. Conners, Associate Professor of Communication Studies
PhD Mass Communication, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Courses taught: Dr. Conners teaches the media studies courses in
the major (Media Writing, Media and Diversity, Media and Political Campaigns, etc.).
Research: Her research is in the areas of political communication
as well as television studies. Her work in political communication has involved
election campaigns and the mass media. She has published articles and book chapters
on political cartoon representations of political candidates, and has presented
research on media coverage of presidential debates as well as political candidate
online campaigning. She has also published book chapters on representations in reality
television, and in 2013 she co-edited, with R-MC Sociology Associate Professor Denise
Bissler, The Harms of Crime Media: Essays on the Perpetuation of Racism, Sexism and
Sheckels and Conners have, with R-MC’s Associate Dean Lauren Bell, written Perspectives
on Political Communication: A Case Approach.
William L. Roberts
MEd, James Madison University
MDE, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi
Courses taught: Mr. Roberts teach Interpersonal and Small Group
Communication, Fundamentals of Communication, Public Communication, and Broadcasting
Background: He has an extensive background in broadcasting and
media production. He graduated from Furman University with a BA in Speech and Drama
and then served in the military. He then went into broadcasting, teaching at Northern
Virginia Community College while working for 11 years at the NBC Radio Network in
Washington, DC. Mr. Roberts was then admitted to candidacy for a PhD in Public Communication
at the University of Maryland. He is currently the co-owner of WHAN AM & FM
radio in Ashland, VA and is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Richmond,
where he has been teaching since 1998. You can find his portfolio at http://wroberts.weebly.com/.
Mr. Roberts is the faculty advisor for the student radio station, Stinger Radio.