An Alphabetical List of Speakers With Current Bios

Moe Aniss earned his B.A. in communication from Sacramento State, where he was awarded the highest academic honor, Summa Cumm Laude, an accolade only given to students who maintain a 3.9 GPA or better. That performance earned him a full academic scholarship to University of the Pacific, where he earned an M.A. in Communication. Currently, Moe is a fully funded PhD student at Wayne State University, where he studies interpersonal communication with an emphasis on social media and dating.
George A. Barnett is Distinguished Professor of Communication at the University of California, Davis.  Dr. Barnett has taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Texas, University of Maryland, and the University of Science and Technology of China. He has served as Chair of the Communication and Technology Division of the International Communication Association and President of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA).  He has served as editor of Organizational Communication: Emerging Perspectives, Progress in Communication Science and the Encyclopedia of Social Networks.  He has authored over 100 articles on social and communication networks, how they change over time. Substantively, he studies interna­tional communication networks emphasizing their role in the process of globalization.

Teresa Bergman is Professor and Graduate Director of Communication at the University of the Pacific and a former documentary filmmaker. She teaches courses in the rhetoric of documentary film, documentary film production, and communication criticism. Her articles explore the evolving representation of nationalism and citizenship in orientation films at U.S. memorials and have appeared in Text and Performance Quarterly and the Western Journal of Communication. Her book Exhibiting Patriotism: Creating and Contesting Interpretations of American Historic Sites, won the 2013 Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award. She is currently working on a book on U.S. Commemoration of Women with Routledge Press.

Wei Bian is an Associate Professor of University of International Business and Economics, who teaches news writing and interviewing. She got her PhD in TV journalism at Communication University of China. Before teaching, she has been a journalist for several years in different media and has some social influence news woks. In 2013, she worked as a part-time presenter at Hunan Satellite TV Station. From 2008 to 2010, as senior Journalist she took the responsibility to write the column paying attention to the society. She also was an excellent TV journalist in East Horizon program of China Central Television News Center since 2003.

Graham Carpenter is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Media Production in the Communication Department at University of the Pacific. Dr. Carpenter serves as the Associate Director of the Pacific Summer Institute. A native Alabamian, he earned his B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies, and his Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences all from The University of Alabama. Professor Carpenter’s research focuses on the intersection of new media technologies and relational communication; specifically, he investigates the means in which new media allows for imagined communication with others. In addition to his scholarly activities, he brings to Pacific over a decade of experience in live broadcasting in sports and entertainment for networks such as ESPN, ABC, NBC, CBS, and TNT. Graham has established himself as a leading industry professional, and maintains meaningful relationships with media production experts that can provide students with unmatched experiences and opportunities.

Tongshan Chang is the Director of Institutional Research and Academic Planning at the University of California (UC) Office of the President. He is also Research Associate at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC Berkeley. He has a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration with a minor in Statistics, and a master’s degree in Computer Science. Dr. Chang has published many research papers about undergraduate admissions, learning outcomes assessment, and institutional research.

Zhuo Chen is a lecturer and Ph.D. candidate, jointly trained in Communication University of China and University of the Pacific. He majors in Broadcasting and Hosting. He has published the following essays: On Narrative subject of Verbal Language relating to Civic News; On the Employment Pressure on University Students and its Solutions; From Multi-development to Specialization----the Impact of New Rules and Regulations on Broadcasting and Television; Verbal Language and Narrative Communication of News; On the Educational Reform of Cultivating Basic Qualities of Broadcasting and Hosting Professionals; On the Analysis of Pitch Contour.

Brett DeBoer is Associate Professor and Department Chair of Art and Graphic Design. He is co-adviser for Calliope Literary and Art Magazine over the past 11 years. His design work includes visual identity, publication design, and music promotion. Artwork involves musical instruments and images of motion, lighting or texture as digital forms.

Michael Doherty is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of the Pacific. He is also a member of the faculty of Pacific’s Media X program and Chair of the Computer Science Department. He spent a decade working in industry developing hardware and software for control systems and flight simulators. He has published research in a variety of areas, including database and program language design, knowledge management for technology transfer, and computer science education. His current interests are focused on the interpretation and manipulation of data representing human motion.

Qingwen Dong is a Professor in the Department of Communication at Pacific, where he is a recipient of their highest teaching and research honor, the Award for Eberhardt Teacher/Scholar, their highest honor for scholarship, the Award for Faculty Research Lecturer, and their highest honor for service, the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring.  He serves as two distinguished professorships and multiple visiting professorships in China and his research focuses on the relationship between socialization and various media. Over the past six years, he has directed five Pacific summer institutes training several dozens of professors and students from several top Chinese universities including Communication University of China, Tongji University, and Shenzhen University.

Tiffany Ellington joins us as a graduate student in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of the Pacific. Her responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses (e.g., interpersonal communication, public speaking) alongside pursuing her own research interests. She earned her B.A. in Communication with an emphasis in Organizational Communication from California State University Stanislaus and is currently working on her M.A in communication with a focus in instructional communication. Tiffany’s past research entitled “Appropriate and Inappropriate Instructor Humor Use Within the Classroom in Relation to Nagging and Incivility”, was presented at the Western Communication Conference in 2016.  Tiffany’s current research interests focus on student humor use within the classroom, instructor online humor, and instructor perceptions of student humor.

Dean Rena Fraden holds a B.A., summa cum laude, and Ph.D. in English from Yale University. She was a faculty member in the Department of English at Pomona College for 23 years, where she also served as associate dean from 2003 to 2006 and as the chair of the English department from 1999 to 2003.  She joined Trinity College in Hartford, Conn, in 2006, where she served as the dean of the faculty and vice president for academic affairs and the G. Keith Funston Professor of English and American Studies. A literary historian whose work focuses on cultural institutions, Fraden's scholarly work ranges from the 1930s WPA arts projects to contemporary theater arts. She is the author of "Imagining Medea: Rhodessa Jones and Theater for Incarcerated Women" and "Blueprints for a Black Federal Theater."

David Frederickson has served for over a decade as Visiting Professor of Communication and Faculty Advisor for The Pacifican Student Newspaper.  He brought to the Pacific Campus more than 35 years of National experience in public affairs, media communications, government service and private enterprise. During those years, he was a Presidential Appointee in the White House, the US Department of Education, the US Department of Energy, the US Department of Transportation, and the US Small Business Administration. He began his Federal service in the Ford White House, as a Staff Assistant to the President.

Jinzhu Gao received the Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from The Ohio State University in 2004. From June 2004 to August 2008, she worked at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a research associate and then the University of Minnesota, Morris, as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science. She joined the University of the Pacific (Pacific) in 2008 and is currently an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Pacific. Her main research focus is on intelligent data visual analytics. Over the past fifteen years, Dr. Gao has been working closely with application scientists and Silicon Valley technology companies to develop online data visual analytics and deep learning platforms to support collaborative science, mobile health, IoT data analytics, business operational visibility, and visual predicative analysis for industries. Her work has been published in top journals such as IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, IEEE Transactions on Computers, and IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications.

Xu Guang is a lecturer whose duties include both teaching and researching in the field of Mass Communication in School of Journalism and communication of Wuhan University. Meanwhile, he is a Ph. D. candidate of Wuhan University, majoring in mass communication and TV-arts. He earned his master’s degree from the School of Broadcasting and Hosting Art of Communication University of China. Besides teaching Journalism and TV-arts, Mr. Xu has many experiences working in TV-stations as a host or director. He has worked as the scenarist of CCTV-2 before 2008, and as the deputy chief of Broadcasting Department of Hubei Satellite Television several years ago.

Keith Hatschek
has been a professional musician, producer, recording studio owner/engineer, music industry sales VP, and founded his own music technology marketing and public relations agency during his 30 years in the music industry. Since 2001 he has been a full-time educator and author, directing the Music Management program at University of the Pacific. He is author of the books How to Get a Job in the Music Industry (3rd Ed.), and The Golden Moment: Recording Secrets from the Pros. He also has two new books in the pipeline, one of which is a study of a civil rights era jazz musical composed by Dave and Iola Brubeck to address social injustices of that time.

Heather Hether is a faculty member in the Department of Communication at the University of California, Davis. Her research interests focus on digital media in the health and education contexts; health care public relations; and innovative pedagogy. Dr. Hether’s research has been published in the Journal of Health Communication and Public Relations Review and she has presented her work at national and international conferences. Dr. Hether earned her Ph.D. at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California.

Timothy Lent Howard is a Professor of Public Relations in the Communication Studies Department at California State University, Sacramento, as well as an adjunct professor at University of Memphis, and University of the Pacific.  He has both authored and co-authored articles in scholarly publications, journals, and local publications. Howard has also presented at both national and international conferences on issues related to global public relations, job satisfaction & trust and emotional intelligence and its link to public relations. Howard's research has concentrated in the areas of emotional intelligence link to the instruction, practice and the profession of public relations. Relationships are the building blocks of Emotional Intelligence – both the relationship of self to one’s own emotions and the relationship of self to others and the emotions of others.  Truly, the highest form of public relations is the same as a high level of emotional intelligence.  

Li Jia is an Associate Professor in the Culture Development Institute at Yunnan University,  where she has been awarded “young and middle-aged outstanding teacher.” She received the Ph.D degree from Sichuan University, specializing in rural culture and minority issues. Based on many years of research experience in the field, she has published over 30 journal articles. Now she is leading a research project into“Cultural Governance in Rural Society," supported by the National Social Science Fund of China (NSSFC) and “Innovative Approaches to Providing Cultural and Educational Services in Rural Society,” supported by the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China (MOE).

Kevin Pontuti is an artist and educator based in the USA. He received his MFA from Syracuse University in 1993 then moved to California where he founded the Los Angeles-based production company Studio P Inc. His image-making expertise and collaborative spirit attracted many top artists and designers to his studio. In 2009, Pontuti accepted a professorship at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He recently returned to California to lead University of the Pacific's MEDIA X program. His teaching and creative practice include cinematic arts and transmedia studies.

Reed Ramsey
graduated from University of the Pacific with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in 2016. After finishing undergraduate work, Reed continued his education at Pacific by pursuing a Graduate degree in Communications studies. On top of coaching a nationally competitive debate team, this past semester he taught a section of Public Speaking and next semester he will be interning at San Joaquin Delta college teaching Argumentation and Debate. Currently, Reed is researching how social media sites affect individual self-esteem regarding political beliefs. This research hopes to dissect how social media (in certain cases) functions like an echo chamber for people to share their political beliefs with like minded people rather than join conversations with opposing ideologies. Reed’s future work will continue examining political communication in mass media. 




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