Dr. Rebecca Curnalia (Ph.D., Kent State University) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Youngstown State University. She teaches courses in communication theory and methods, persuasion, and media analysis. Her research interests include news coverage of politics, political campaign tactics, and uses of diverse sources of information by voters. She specializes in qualitative content analytic methods and quantitative survey research.
Dr. Cary Wecht (Ph.D., Kent State University) is the Associate Dean of the College of Creative Arts and Communication at Youngstown State University. She teaches courses in research methods, interpersonal communication, and media analysis. Her research interests include the intersections of interpersonal and mass communication, individual differences in media uses, and she specializes in both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Dr. Amber Ferris (Ph.D., Kent State University) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Akron Wayne College. She teaches courses in communication research methods, media effects, and film. Her research interests include entertainment media content and effects and uses of new technology. She specializes in quantitative content analysis and quantitative survey methods.
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