Dr. Beachboard earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and two master's degrees from the Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University. She has been a newspaper editor/reporter/columnist, worked with several advertising/PR firms, and managed her own marketing-communications consulting firm. Other interests include travel, hiking, foreign languages (especially French and German), and adult literacy tutoring.
Virginia earned a Bachelor's Degree in General Studies with a minor in History from Idaho State University in 2001. She started working for the Mass Communication department in 2004 and became the full time administrative assistant in 2010. She enjoys spending time with her children, reading and traveling.
Betsy earned her PhD in Communication from the University of Utah. She also holds an MA in Communication, a dual MFA in Painting and Art History, and a BA in English Literature. Her research sits at the intersection of visual rhetoric, new media, and activism, with an emphasis on Chinese environmental activism.
Dr. Jasun Carr earned his PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His current research projects focus on on persuasion, consumer culture, and civic engagement; and the interaction of product placements, consumer culture, and peer groups. In addition to teaching and research, he acts as webmaster and social media coordinator for the department.
Jim DiSanza received his PhD in Organizational Communication from Penn State University in 1989. He teaches courses in conflict management, leadership, and management communication. His research interests include corporate image management, and he is especially interested in persuasive attack and defense in sports organizations such as the National Hockey League.
Dr. Zac Gershberg earned his PhD from Louisiana State University and has also taught at University of Montana and California State University, Stanislaus. His research interests include media history and technology, theories of mass communication, political communication, and rhetoric. His media experience includes reporting for the Honolulu Weekly, working in script development for Warner Bros. in Hollywood, and he also writes a media column for the Idaho State Journal.
John Gribas earned his PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas in 1993. He came to ISU in 1996 and is interested in exploring how language choices impact human thought and action. In particular, John is interested in ways people use metaphor to refer to themselves as organized groups. Born and raised in Montana, John considers the Intermountain West his home.
Karen L. Hartman earned her PhD in Rhetoric at Louisiana State University in 2008. She joined the ISU faculty in 2014 and teaches courses in public relations. Karen’s research interests include sport, rhetorical criticism, myth, morality, apologia, heroes, and race. She served for several years as the Chair of the International Association for Communication and Sport and has professional experience working as an entertainment publicist in Beverly Hills and in community relations with the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Paula Jull earned her Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking from Indiana University. Professor Jull taught at Lake Erie College in Ohio before coming to Idaho State University. She has exhibited works in more than 90 solo, juried, and invitational exhibits nationwide, and her work is in various collections. She is an experienced workshop presenter and curator of artists book exhibits, and is currently Chair of the Northwest Chapter of the Guild of Bookworkers.
Nancy J. Legge earned her PhD from Penn State University, where she studied rhetorical theory and criticism, argumentation theory, and interpersonal communication. She joined the ISU faculty in 1991. In addition to teaching courses in rhetoric, Legge is the Director of the COMM 1101 program. She was named ISU Master Teacher and has been nominated twice for Carnegie Professor of the Year. Her research interests include analyzing persuasive messages in the media, especially music and popular culture, and analyzing persuasive attack strategies.
Bruce Loebs received his PhD from the University of Oregon. After five years of teaching and coaching debate at California State University at Hayward, he came to ISU as department chair in 1969, a position he held for thirty-six years. He teaches courses in rhetoric including COMM 1101, Argumentation, American Public Address, the Rhetoric of Hitler and Churchill, and Rhetorical Issues.
Dr. Terry Ownby earned his PhD in Visual Media Studies from Colorado State University-Fort Collins. He teaches a variety of photo media courses, including photo history, studio lighting and photojournalism. In the graduate program, he teaches coursework in visual culture and image methodologies. As an international scholar, his research interests include 19th century photo history, personal identity and photography, and visual narrative. In addition to photographing human interaction in the Western landscape, he also investigates the time-space continuum through astro-landscape digital imaging.
Sarah T. Partlow Lefevre has a PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas. Her areas of study include rhetoric, argumentation and debate, gender, and Kenneth Burke. She has been the Director of the James M. & Sharon E. Rupp Debate Society since 2001. During her tenure, the debate team has won hundreds of awards and Sarah herself has won multiple coaching awards including the Galentine Award, the Ziegelmueller Award, and the Val A. Browning Coach of the Year Award.
Kirk Young is a 20+ year veteran of the video game industry who is wholeheartedly bringing his brand of digital 3-D content creation to the Communication, Media and Persuasion department at ISU.