María Elena VillarMargo BermanNurhayat BilgeDaniel BlaeuerJoann BrownJessica DelgadoNathalie DesrayaudLynne FarberAntoine HardyAileen IzquierdoNicole KashianLillian Lodge KopenhaverNathan KurlandYu LiuMaría Inés MarinoElizabeth MarshHugo OttolenghiElif OzkayaDavid ParkRaquel PerezMihaela PlugarasuGrizelle De Los ReyesSigal SegevJohn SothamWeirui WangLynne Webb

María Elena Villar


María Elena Villar | Chair & Associate Professor

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305-348-7644 (MMC) | 305-919-5795 (BBC)

María Elena Villar is associate professor and chair of the Department of Communication at the School of Communication + Journalism at Florida International University and teaches courses in communication theory, research methods, multicultural communication, and advanced seminars in strategic communications. She holds a doctorate in communications and master’s in public health from the University of Miami, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Columbia University. Her research focuses on culturally competent communication for social and behavioral change, and on strategic communication for diverse audiences. In her career as a researcher, Dr. Villar has focused on diverse topics that range from culture and communication, social determinants of disease and health, domestic and sexual violence prevention, stigma related to HIV, mental health and drug abuse, evaluation of program outcomes, and communication for social change. She helped found the student-run faculty supervised strategic communication agency, BOLD, and has taken groups of students on summer abroad programs to Berlin, Germany and Seville, Spain. She has been an invited lecturer for graduate programs at Universidad del Norte in Colombia and Universidad Americana in Nicaragua.

She has dozens of publications based on her research including peer-reviewed journal articles, conference proceedings, a book chapter and many conference presentations, and several technical reports. Her work has been published in Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, Sex Education, Health and Mass Communication, Howard Journal of Communication, Journal of Product and Brand Management, American Journal of Media Psychology, Pediatrics, and Journal of Pediatrics, as well as other scholarly journals. She has presented papers and lectures at national and international refereed conferences, including the National Communication Association, International Communication Association, Public Relations Society of America, Association for Educators in Mass Communication, Institute for Public Relations, World Congress on Communications for Development, Latin American Studies Association, Global Health and Innovation Summit at Yale University, and the CDC National Conference on Health Communication, Marketing and Media.

Prior to coming to FIU, she was adjunct professor of public health at Nova Northeastern University, and taught speech communication at Miami Dade College and communication at the University of Miami. She has been an invited lecturer for graduate programs at several universities in Latin America. Dr. Villar’s professional experience includes senior research roles at the University of Miami School of Medicine departments of epidemiology and pediatrics; and at the Nova Southeastern University’s Institute for Child Health Policy.

In addition to her responsibilities as researcher and educator, Dr. Villar is heavily involved in the community. She served as social marketing director to federally funded FACES (Families and Communities Empowered for Success), a community initiative to improve behavioral health services for youth and ensure that family voices are heard. In that role she oversaw all social marketing, branding, stigma reduction and internal communication activities. For her work, she received various ECCO (Excellence in Communication and Community Outreach) Award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Based on this work, she was recognized by Florida International University as a 2012 Top Scholar for her scholarly contributions.

Dr. Villar’s current projects include research on the use of “fotonovelas” or graphic novels for discussion of stigmatized health issues among Haitian and Latino immigrants; culture, stigma and HIV-related behaviors; culturally appropriate approaches to improve clergy health; involvement of Latino fathers in their children’s health, and and measuring attitude change as a precursor to behavior change. She is currently collaborating on an interactive game intervention to increase awareness and promote prevention of commercial sexual exploitation of children and adolescents in Colombia.

Villar CV – April 2016



Margo Berman | Professor

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Professional Activities

Margo Berman, professor in the Department of Communication, is a Kauffman Faculty Scholar at Florida International University.

After the 2006 release of Prof. Berman’s first book, Street-Smart Advertising (also available in Russian), she wrote two more advertising books: The Brains Behind Great Ad Campaigns (2009, co-authored with Robyn Blakeman) and The Copywriter’s Toolkit (2012). In 2010, a second edition of her first book was released. Presently, all of her books are available globally including Asia, Europe, South Africa, India, Canada and Australia.


Her fourth book, MetaMind Yoga (2013, written with Richard Israel), guided readers through exercises to reach inner peace.


Her two 6-CD award-winning webinar sets, Street-Smart Advertising and More Street-Smart Advertising (2008) won a national AWC Clarion Award for Educational Reference. She created Mental Peanut Butter® Training and developed three advertising CDs.


Prof. Berman latest work, tactikPAK™, is a digital library of learning that she invented and patented. This interactive series will be released as ebooks and accompanying apps. As mobile mentors, they are peppered with whimsical illustrations and short quizzes to make learning fun. The first tactikPAK™, Copywriting (app and ebook), will be released before the end of October and followed by:

• Advertising

• Creativity

• Design

• Presentation

• Promotion

• Public Relations

• Resume

• Writing


Prof. Berman’s collective research from books, webinars and CDs to ebooks and apps are independent as well as interrelated works.


Currently, she is writing her 14th book. This one will focus on advertising campaign strategies.


Nurhayat Bilge | Assistant Professor

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Nurhayat Bilge earned an M.A. in Interpersonal Communication from Central Michigan University and a Ph.D. in Intercultural Communication from Arizona State University. Her research interests include culture, cultural identity, immigrant identity negotiation, conflict, and third-party facilitation.

Nurhayat Bilge has taught courses such as Communication Theory, Public Speaking, Media and Culture, Conflict and Negotiation. At FIU she teaches Intercultural Communication (COM 3461), Conflict Management (COM 4462), and Presentation Skills for Architects (SPC 5066).


Daniel Blaeuer | Assistant Professor

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Daniel Blaeuer earned his B.A. in Communication Studies and Philosophy from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. As an undergraduate, Professor Blaeuer represented James Madison University on its policy debate team. Professor Blaeuer went to the University of South Florida for his M.A. and PhD in Communication Studies. At Florida International University, Professor Blaeuer teaches courses in Communication Theory, Argumentation and Debate, and Business and Professional Communication. Professor Blaeuer’s main research areas include exploring how communication fosters community engagement and attachment.


Joann Brown | University Instructor

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Joann Brown has spent more than 20 years in academia, with the last eight as the chair of the Communication Arts Department at Florida International University. Under her direction, the Department has grown exponentially. The Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts was approved in 2010 and by 2013, the Department also had a fully-online degree program, developed by Ms. Brown. Today, the Department has a budget of over $2.3 million and the largest student enrollment in the College of Architecture + The Arts. She also serves as the Director of Assessment and Retention for the College of Architecture + The Arts and chairs the University Core Curriculum Oversight Committee for Florida International University(since 2008). In addition, she serves on numerous committees related to student success and teaching excellence.

Ms. Brown has an M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Miami and a B.A. in American Studies and Sociology from Simmons College, in Boston. Her graduate research addressed the influence of physical attractiveness in the persuasion process, but she has spent most of her career focused on intercultural communication and diversity. She has authored/co-authored three textbooks: Intercultural Communication (2013), Speaking with Confidence (2013), and Speaking Intelligently (2004).

Ms. Brown is an experienced and much sought after public speaking and leadership coach. She has conducted many seminars at Florida International University and throughout the Greater Miami area on subjects ranging from overcoming speech anxiety to understanding cultural biases in communication.


Jessica Delgado | Visiting Instructor

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Jessica Delgado is a Visiting Instructor in the Department of Communication at FIU. With more than 10 years experience in communication, she pursued a career in marketing and public relations within higher education and the arts and humanities fields. She has led media and branding campaigns; initiatives in audience development; overseen promotion for various art exhibitions and projects; and managed public relations for prominent community events. She has worked and taught at Miami Dade College and, most recently, served as the Director of Marketing, Communication, and Events at the UM Libraries. Ms. Delgado received a Bachelors in Liberal Arts and a Masters in Communication from FIU.

Currently, Ms. Delgado teaches various courses, which include Business and Professional Communication (COM 3110), Advanced Business Communication (COM 3150), and Advanced Public Speaking(SPC 3602). She has also taught Communication for Effective Leadership (SPC4445), Public Speaking for Engineers (SPC 2608), Conflict Management (COM 4462), Political Communication (COM 4510), and Rhetorical Communication (SPC 3230).


Nathalie Desrayaud | Assistant Professor

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Nathalie Desrayaud earned her B.A. in Communication and Psychology and M.A. in Communication from the University at Buffalo, in New York. She then went to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana where she received her PhD in Organizational Communication. Professor Desrayaud’s research centers on perceptions and interpretations of conflict in both personal and professional relationships. Her interests also include issues of sex, gender, and culture. She recently published in the International Journal of Conflict Management (2013), and has presented at the National Communication Association for the last five years. The courses that she currently teaches at Florida International University include Organizational Communication, Organizational Change, and Intercultural Communication.



Lynne Farber | Assistant Professor

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Lynne Farber worked in the public relations field in South Florida for more than 25 years. During that time, she received several national awards for multi-media ad campaigns, oversaw state-wide marketing efforts and occasionally lectured to national conferences. She taught journalism and communications at the community college level. She graduated with Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism University of Florida and a Masters of Arts Degree in Communication (Minor in Education).

Selected Awards and Accomplishments

  • Best Publication Award for Florida Medical Association (professional journal) 1977
  • Selected for 1983 Prominent Public Relations Professionals – Health Care Edition
  • Featured print ad ( Ambulatory Surgery) Healthcare Marketing Magazine Jan-Feb 1986
  • Featured print ad (Pediatrics) Healthcare Marketing Magazine Nov-Dec 1985
  • Featured print ad (Comprehensive Services) Healthcare MarketingMagazine March-April 1986
  • Second Place, Newspaper Advertising, Healthcare Marketing Magazine May, 1987
  • Certificate of Merit, Direct Mail, Healthcare Marketing Magazine May, 1987
  • Best College Newspaper, 2004 Honorable Mention, Florida Leader Magazine
  • Award for Loyalty and Dedication to the students of Broward Community College, May, 2004
  • Award of Excellence for Exceptional Teaching, Florida International University, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, 200

Publishing and Research

  • Guest columnist for Healthcare Marketing Magazine Topic: positioning May-June, 1986
  • Portions of masters thesis quoted in two separate editions of CASE Magazine, 1976
  • As Long as I’m Collecting a Check… Eighth Annual International Public Relations Research Conference, spring 2005 (accepted and presented)
  • Article entitled Crisis Planning: the Oxymoron, submitted to PRSA Tactics (verbal approval, awaiting publication)
  • Article based on research done on As Long as I’m Collecting a Check (final version in final edit before submission to Journalism & Mass Communication Educator
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of direct marketing prescription medication to the public” Ninth International Public Relations Conference (accepted and presented)
  • Presented “Viral Marketing: The Bug to Catch” at 2006 national PRSA conference
  • Creativity Undercover: Teaching Stealth Marketing… Presented at 10 th Annual International Public Relations Research Conference, March 2007
  • National Teleconference, PRSA, Viral Marketing, June, 2007
  • Poster presentation, Relationship of Fear of Intimacy, Body Image Avoidance, 3rd Annual Symposium on Addictive and Health Research Behaviors, co-sponsored by Mayo Clinic and University of Florida: September, 2007


I love the SCJ students! Being around them invigorates me, no matter how long the day or chaotic the day may be. Anything involving our students is my favorite part of my job.


Antoine Hardy | Visiting Instructor

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Antoine Hardy earned his B.A. in Communication Studies and African-American Studies at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and M.A. in Speech Communication at Wake Forest University. He is currently a doctoral candidate in Communication Studies at the University of South Florida. His main research areas include Media Rhetoric, Mass Communications, and Race and Community. The courses that he currently teaches at Florida International University include Business and Professional Communication, Small Group Communication, and Persuasion.


Aileen Izquierdo | Instructor and Global Strategic Communications Graduate Director

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Aileen Izquierdo is an instructor and graduate director of the Global Strategic Communications master’s degree program for both the online and on-campus tracks at Florida International University.

Izquierdo is a communications professional with more than 20 years of strategic communications, branding and crisis communications experience, having held executive, management positions as vice president for communications at Broward College and Florida Atlantic University. Izquierdo was the first vice president for communications and marketing at both of these institutions. She also was the first Hispanic vice president in FAU’s history.

Izquierdo earned a Master of Science in Mass Communication from Florida International University and was named
a Heavy Hitter in Public Relations by the South Florida Business Journal. Additionally, her contributions to higher education were recognized in a recently published book, “Legacymakers: 100 Women of Distinction at Florida Atlantic University.”

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Nicole Kashian | Assistant Professor

VH 207 (MMC)

Nicole Kashian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication. Her research focuses on computer mediated communication in interpersonal relationships and organizational contexts. Nicole holds a Ph.D. in Communication from Michigan State University. She enjoys teaching courses in computer-mediated communication, interpersonal communication, and research methods, among others.


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Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver | Professor and Dean Emeritus

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Dr. Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver is executive director of the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication and dean emeritus and professor of the SJMC. She was named the Outstanding Woman in Journalism and Mass Communication Education for 2009 by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. A nationally known expert and researcher on the First Amendment, the scholastic and collegiate press, and the role and status of women in communication, she is the author of more than 115 scholarly articles, monographs and books.

She is past president of AEJMC, College Media Advisers, the Student Press Law Center, and the Community College Journalism Association. She holds the Wells Memorial Key from the Society of Professional Journalists, only the second woman in the history of the organization to win that award at that time, the CMA Distinguished Service Award, the AEJMC Newspaper Division Distinguished Service Award, the AEJMC Outstanding Leadership Award, the FIU Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Torch Award and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Rowan University. In 2011 she was awarded FIU’s Distinguished University Service Medallion for her outstanding contributions to FIU, as well as her distinguished service to the profession and the community.

Kopenhaver joined FIU in 1973 and rose through the ranks to become dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2003, a post she held for nearly nine years. Over the course of her tenure, Kopenhaver was instrumental in creating programs and opportunities for students, particularly women. In what has historically been an industry largely dominated by men, Kopenhaver was frequently one of the few women to hold leadership positions and be part of the decision-making process within the communications fields.



Nathan Kurland | Visiting Instructor

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Nathan Kurland offers over forty years of high-energy Communication & Public Speaking expertise to FIU. Mr. Kurland received his BA in History & Communication from Penn State University and an MA in Rhetoric & Public Address from Temple University. Mr. Kurland is passionately dedicated to the idea of mandatory public speaking instruction as a requirement for all, repeat, all university students, and is currently working on article entitled “Bring Back Show & Tell”. Mr. Kurland’s career is a virtual prism of communication diversity – he has taught public speaking at Temple University and the Free School of the University of Pennsylvania, as well as private sector corporate communication. Mr. Kurland has been a member of Actor’s Equity since 1969 and has performed in over fifty plays and musicals. In 2003-04 Mr. Kurland offered his services to the Miami Dade Election Department training poll workers. Presently, Mr. Kurland serves as Chair of the Miami Bayside Foundation, Board member of the Bayfront Park, as well as a Board member of the Miami Sports & Exihibition Authority. When he is not teaching, Mr. Kurland can often be seen at Miami City Hall during City Commission meetings.



Yu Liu | Assistant Professor

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Yu Liu, assistant professor in the Department of Communication, joined the faculty of the School of Communication + Journalism in the fall of 2012. Her primary research focuses on computer-mediated communication, specifically exploring diffusion of social media and how social media affects the civil engagement and collective action. She is also interested in studying cross-cultural consumer behavior. Yu Liu received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Miami. Prior to pursuit of Ph.D., she worked as a reporter at a weekly news magazine in Beijing, China.



María Inés Marino | Senior Instructor

VH 242 (MMC)

María Inés Marino earned an M.S. in Mass Communication from Florida International University and an M.A. in Educational Technology from Northwestern State University. She received her doctoral degree from University of Florida in Educational Technology.

Professor Marino has been teaching a wide range of face-to-face and online courses on Public Speaking (SPC 2608, SPC3602, SPC5066), Intercultural Communication (COM 3461), Business Communication (COM3110 and COM3150), Nonverbal Communication (COM3404), Gender & Communication (SPC3711), Interpersonal Communication (SPC3301), Communication Theory (SPC3210), Small Group Communication (SPC3425), Crisis Communication (COM3230), and Political Communication (COM4510), Artistic Expression (IDS3336) for the Department of Communication. Professor Marino is also in charge of the Communication Arts Internship Program (CAIP).

Before teaching for Communication Arts Department, Professor Marino worked as Educational Media/Communication Coordinator and Educational Consultant for FIU Educational Technology Services and FIU Online respectively, providing instructional design development and consultation to faculty developing online course materials, curriculum planning and assessment of these materials. She has also conducted several workshops and seminars on technology solutions in the area of online education.

Currently, her research interests include emerging technologies that unite the fields of online education design and communication, specifically online emerging group structures and culture, and online group identity and community building.



Elizabeth Marsh | Assistant Professor

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Elizabeth Marsh, MFA, is an Assistant Professor of multimedia for the SCJ. She holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Miami and an AB in English and American literature (Honors) from Brown University. Her previous position was as broadcast coordinator in the in-house production department at FIU, Broadcast Video Productions.

Hugo Ottolenghi | Visiting Instructor


Mr. Ottolenghi has taught public relations, mass communications and journalism classes at the undergraduate and graduate level at FIU as an adjunct for 12 years. He is certified in online and hybrid instruction. He has worked in public relations for nearly a decade, serving businesses and professionals, and consulting with public relations firms.

Early in his career, Ottolenghi was vice president of a national news company now known as He managed reporting and research staff that produced four publications and provided news, analysis and data to more than 50 million consumers and 30 news organizations. Later, he directed reporters covering law, real estate, business and banking as a senior editor for the Daily Business Review, a South Florida daily newspaper owned by ALM, formerly American Lawyer Media.

Ottolenghi holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College.


Elif Ozkaya | Assistant Professor

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Dr. Ozkaya has a Ph.D. in Media and Information Studies from Michigan State University, with a concentration in mass communication and online environments. She has an MBA from Yeditepe University and a BA in Psychological Counseling from Bogazici University, in Istanbul, Turkey. She brings more than five years of professional experience in interactive marketing and sponsorship negotiations in the entertainment industry, as well as more than four years of experience in funded research projects on digital/interactive media.

Professor Ozkaya has taught courses in telecommunications, media research, advertising planning, marketing, advertising, and e-commerce since 2009, first at Michigan State, and then at California Polytechnic University – Pomona, where she has been an adjunct professor since 2013.

Her research agenda includes social networking and online communities, factors that impact entertainment media selection, and what makes videos go viral. She expands the range of our research agenda in the School of Communication and Journalism, and will contribute to our ongoing efforts to keep our curriculum up to date with the changing media landscape. Furthermore, her international professional experience builds our capacity to provide a global perspective in our courses and research.



David Park | Associate Professor


Dr. David J. Park is an Associate Professor in the School of Communicaiton + Journalism. He received his Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include new media technologies, media production, policy and democracy, consumer behavior and international communication. His scholarship appears in the Journal of Communication Inquiry, American Journal of Media Psychology, American Behavioral Scientist, International Marketing Review, Labor Studies Journal, and in other academic journals and book chapters. His book “Conglomerate Rock: The Music Industry’s Quest to Divide Music and Conquer Wallets,” republished in paperback by Lexington Books, a division of Rowman and Littlefield publishers, has been hailed as “the book we have all been waiting for: a definitive treatment of how the music industry is adapting to the digital world.” In addition to presenting his publications at national and international conferences, Dr. Park has also been invited to speak on a wide range of communications topics from economic globalization and music technology to the politics behind Hurricane Katrina media coverage. He also serves on the editorial board for the Global Media Journal (US Edition) and the Public Relations Journal.

Dr. Park has also received several teaching and research awards during his career, among them include a Howard Hughes Research Sabbatical Scholarship, an Honorary Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the School of Communication and Journalism, and a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship to the Caribbean. In addition, he was also a Rotary Exchange Scholar to Europe and received a Tinker-Nave grant to research media and human rights groups in Argentina.

Prior to joining FIU’s SCJ, Dr. Park taught in New Orleans where he and his students were instrumental in the recovery and rebuilding of the city following Hurricane Katrina. His service-learning outreach work brought in over 5,000 volunteers from around the world and contributed 1.7 million dollars in grants, pro-bono volunteer labor and supplies to under-served communities in need. He was honored for his community engagement and teaching in 2009 with the Outstanding Faculty Contributions to Service-Learning Instruction in Higher Education Award from the Executive Committee of the Gulf-South Summit for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement in Higher Education.

His professional experience stems from his employment with the Chancellor’s office at the University of Wisconsin-Extension as a Public Relations and Communications Administrative Assistant. He has also worked on various media projects with musical groups, neighborhood associations and other non-profit organizations. He is a former and current member of several professional associations including: International Communication Association (ICA), Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), Union for Democratic Communication (UDC), Association for Consumer Research (ACR) and the European Association for Consumer Research (EACR). Proficient in French, Spanish and Wolof (Senegal), Dr. Park joined the School of Communication and Journalism in 2009 and teaches in the Graduate Program.


Raquel Perez | Visiting Instructor

GL 488 (MMC)

Raquel Perez earned a B.A. in Organizational Leadership and Communication from Trinity International University, a M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University and her Ph.D. (ABD) in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University.

Professor Perez is a Conflict Resolution Consultant with seven years experience in leadership development and organizational design.

She has collaborated on projects that focused on organizational conflict, change management, learning systems, grassroots movements, talent optimization, and global engagement. Her research interests are communication, conflict and critical thinking.

The courses that Raquel Perez teaches includes Conflict Management (COM4462), Managerial Communication (COM3135), Small Group Communication (SPC 3425), Communication for Effective Leadership (SPC 4445) Organizational Leadership (COM 3120).

Mihaela Plugarasu | Visiting Instructor

VH 212 (MMC)

Mihaela’s core values are education, contribution, and advancement of knowledge. Her personal vehicle of making a contribution to the world is communication; therefore, as she grows, expands and advances her consciousness, she feels compelled and inspired to share her lessons with students, peers, and the community at large with the goal of creating safe environments for continuous learning and development of human potential.

Ms. Plugarasu is a dynamic facilitator, moderator and presenter on empowering topics related to Personal Branding & The Power of Social Media, Communication and Leadership , Conscious Living , Conscious Parenting, Personal Development  and Self Growth. She facilitated workshops and courses for college students in USA and Europe, not-for-profit organizations and women’s empowerment groups.

In her previous role as Director, Strategic Initiatives & Communications at FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, she was responsible for overseeing all communications and office operations including marketing, promotions, advertising, web and social media, public relations and analytics. In addition, Mihaela served  as a member of the senior leadership team, providing direct support to the dean and the executive team by ensuring the implementation and management of key initiatives across the school related to the dean’s vision and mission. Under her leadership, the Chaplin School’s brand messaging and positioning improved significantly through successful accomplishment of massive projects such as E-merge Americas Technology Conference, international campus visits, industry conferences, media campaigns, new  website launch, and institutional events.  As a result of her strategic thinking abilities, Ms. Plugarasu was appointed to serve as one of only ten I-REAL commissioners, charged with making recommendations for FIU’s 2020 Strategic Plan. In 2016, she was selected to participate in FIU’s first cohort of the President’s Leadership Program, under the sponsorship of Dr. Mark B. Rosenberg.

Mihaela’s core values are education, contribution, and advancement of knowledge. Her personal vehicle of making a contribution to the world is communication; therefore, as she grows, expands and advances her consciousness, she feels compelled and inspired to share her lessons with students, peers, and the community at large with the goal of creating safe environments for continuous learning and development of human potential.

Mihaela earned a Master of Science in Global Strategic Communications from Florida International University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Teaching from Iasi State University, Romania.




Grizelle De Los Reyes | Instructor and Graduate Director

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Grizelle De Los Reyes, (MA), is an instructor and graduate director of the Global Strategic Communications Creative Track, the joint program with the Miami Ad School. De Los Reyes is an advertising professional with more than 25 years of strategic marketing communications and research, having held management positions in media and advertising agencies including Univision, Starmedia, and J. Walter Thompson. She has assisted companies and media providers in successfully marketing their products and services throughout the U.S., the Caribbean and Latin America. The Speakers Series part of her Media Planning course is considered one of the most influential in tracking media trends and entrepreneurs on the horizon covering social media, technology, media convergence and integrated media management for the 21st century.

De Los Reyes received a Master of Arts in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from University of Puerto Rico. Her areas of professional research and interest are in media, media technology in delivering mass messages, and segmentation and targeting of consumer audiences. Her personal areas of interest are in the empowerment of women, small businesses, youth and sports. She holds a black belt in judo and a few years back even trained and instructed the FIU Tamiami Park Judo team. She is also the proud mother of two sons.



Sigal Segev | Associate Professor

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Sigal Segev, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at Florida International University (FIU). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Arabic Language from Tel- Aviv University, a Master’s degree in Advertising & Public Relations from Florida International University and a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Leicester, UK. Dr. Segev’s research interests focus on green advertising, new media and multi-cultural communication, specifically the effect of acculturation and ethnic identity on audience responses and decision-making. She teaches classes in both graduate and undergraduate levels, including communication research methods, strategic communication in public diplomacy, global communication, a seminar in crisis management, and a new course in public opinion and new media as part of the SCJ’s recently launched major in Digital Media Studies. Prior to joining FIU, Dr. Segev held marketing communications and public relations positions at both private and government sectors.

John Sotham | Visiting Instructor


John Sotham is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel with 30 years of active and reserve service who has commanded Air Force squadrons both Stateside and in Afghanistan, and who has an interest in furthering the communication skills of veterans entering the workforce. He is an alumni of and former leadership and research instructor at Air Command and Staff College, a graduate institution for mid-grade officers from all services and the militaries of 35 foreign countries. Mr. Sotham is currently a contributing editor and former associate editor of Air & Space Smithsonian magazine in Washington, D.C., where he reported nationally and internationally, served as the book reviews editor, and continues to author stories and blog on aviation and space flight. Prior to joining the communication department full-time, he was an adjunct instructor who taught a variety of courses including Intercultural Communication, Communication for Effective Leadership, Nonverbal Communication, and Business and Professional Communication, for which he serves as the faculty coordinator. He is teaching a new course in applied communication for specific professions whose students will publish a digital magazine each semester. He received an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and an M.M.A.S. from Air Command and Staff College.



Weirui Wang | Associate Profeessor

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Weirui (Vay-Ray) Wang, associate professor in the Department of Communication, earned a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the Pennsylvania State University. She received a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from Virginia Tech University and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Dr. Wang’s research focuses broadly on health communication and new media. In particular, she is interested in investigating the effects of new technology use in arenas of health information seeking, message processing and persuasion, and stigma communication. She has also conducted research on persuasive strategies in health related social marketing, and on the effects of cultural factors on health attitudes and behaviors. In 2012, Dr. Wang was a recipient of AEJMC emerging scholar award and named one of Florida International University’s Top Scholars. Her work has been accepted and published in Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, Health Communication, International Journal of Advertising, International Journal of Communication, and other peer-reviewed journals.


Lynne Webb | Professor

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(PhD, University of Oregon, 1980) is Professor of Communication Arts, Florida International University. She previously held tenured appointments at the Universities of Arkansas, Florida and Memphis. Dr. Webb is an applied scholar and ground-breaking researcher in three areas: social media, family communication, as well as communication and aging. Dr. Webb has published over 80 essays including multiple theories, research reports, methodological essays, and pedagogical essays. Her work has appeared in numerous refereed journals at the national and international levels including the Journal of Family Communication, Journal of Applied Communication, Health Communication, Computers in Human Behavior, and the International Journal of Social Research and Methodology as well as in prestigious edited volumes including Advancing Research Methods with New Technologies (IGI Global, 2013) and Producing Theory: The Intersection of Audiences and Production in a Digital World (Peter Lang Publishing, 2012). Her co-edited readers include Computer-Mediated Communication in Personal Relationships and Communication for Families in Crisis. Dr. Webb has received numerous research, service, and teaching awards. She is a past president of the Southern States Communication Association and has served on the governing board of the National Communication Association.


Summer 2017 Adjuncts