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Core Faculty

Lisa Sparks
Lisa Sparks
Director of Graduate Studies, MS Health and Strategic Communication and Foster and Mary McGaw Endowed Professor in Behavioral Sciences
Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 1998
Lisa Sparks is the Director of Graduate Studies for the M.S. in Health and Strategic Communication, as well as Foster and Mary McGaw endowed Professor in Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Sparks also serves as a full member of the Chao Family/NCI Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, Irvine in the School of Medicine (SOM) in the Division of Population Sciences, and has a faculty appointment in the Program in Public Health (PHP), College of Health Sciences (COHS). Prior to joining Chapman in 2006, Dr. Sparks occupied positions at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where she served as Director of Graduate Programs and General Education Courses, affiliated faculty with the National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases and the Center for Social Science Research, and the University of Texas at San Antonio, positions she held until she joined Chapman. A highly regarded teacher-scholar whose published work spans more than 100 research articles and scholarly book chapters, Dr. Sparks is the author and editor of more than 10 books in the areas of communication, health, and aging with a distinct focus on cancer communication science.
Jennifer Bevan
Jennifer Bevan
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies at Chapman University
B.A., M.A., University of Delaware; Ph.D., University of Georgia, 2003
Jennifer L. Bevan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Chapman University. Before joining Chapman in 2007, she served on the faculty at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and at the University of Southern California. Her research and teaching interests center upon interpersonal and health communication within close relationships. Specific research topics include the negotiation of difficult interactions such as ongoing conflict, jealousy, sexual resistance, uncertainty, and topic avoidance, as well as related psychological and physical health correlates of these experiences. She teaches courses in interpersonal communication, nonverbal communication, conflict, and empirical research methods. Dr. Bevan’s publications include over 15 peer-reviewed scholarly communication and biomedical articles appearing in such journals as Communication Monographs, Argumentation and Advocacy, Social Science and Medicine, Communication Quarterly, Communication Studies, and Genetics in Medicine. Her dissertation, "Intrapersonal Consequences of Another’s Jealousy Expression: Toward a Reaction Model of Jealousy in Close Relationships" received the 2003 Interpersonal Communication Division Dissertation Award from the International Communication Association. Dr. Bevan has also been awarded numerous top student paper and top four paper awards in health and interpersonal communication at national and regional communication conventions and she currently serves on the editorial boards of Personal Relationships, Communication Research Reports, and Contemporary Argumentation and Debate.
Fran Dickson
Fran Dickson
Incoming Chair, Department of Communication Studies
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 1982
Fran C. Dickson is the Incoming Chair of Chapman's Department of Communication Studies. Before coming to Chapman, Dr. Dickson served as Professor and Chair in the University of Denver's Department of Human Communication Studies, as well as the Director of the Wellness Living and Learning Community for the university. She has published 13 book chapters and 14 referred articles in the area of family communication. Dr. Dickson's most recent projects include exploration of parenting challenges among families that are homeless, conflict among later-life married and remarried couples, and HIV/AIDS among later-life dating adults. Her teaching interests are interpersonal and personal relationships, health communication, communication and aging, research methods, and communication and conflict. Her work appears in Handbook of Marriage and the Family (2nd Ed.), Engaging Theories in Family Communication: Multiple Perspectives, and The Family Communication Sourcebook. In addition, she has published articles in the Southern Communication Journal, Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, The Journal of Applied Communication Research, The Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and The Journal of Family Communication. She is also a past chair of the Family Communication Division of the National Communication Association.
Veronica Hefner
Veronica Hefner
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Ph.D., University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign, 2011
Veronica Hefner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Chapman University.
Claudine Jaenichen
Claudine Jaenichen
Associate Professor, Department of Art, Graphic Design at Chapman University
B.F.A., M.A. (terminal degree), University of Reading, England 2004
Claudine Jaenichen is an Associate Professor in Graphic Design at Chapman University. Her specialization in information design is driven by the relationship between design and cognition, specifically with situational design serving a precise communicative role for, or in, cognitive demanding situations. She prioritizes participatory design and the importance of benchmarking as methods to measure the success of a project and how it communicates to its intended audience. Advocating inclusivity through design is central in pursuing design research for evacuation information and projects that address public information. Her work has been implemented in central and southern California, and continues to work with national Emergency Management Departments. Her creative work has been published in the GD USA Design Annual, Applications of Information Design, Journal of Applied Global Research, Information Design Journal, and Visual Language for Designers: Principles for Creating Graphics That People Understand. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed publications, including Parsons Institute for Information Mapping, Information Design Journal, Design Principles and Practices and journals in social sciences and humanities. She also currently services as a Life Research Fellow for Communication Research Institute.
Kerk Kee
Kerk Kee
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Ph.D., University of Texas, at Austin, 2010
Kerk Kee (www.ekerk.com) conducts research and teaches classes in organizational communication, health communication, research methods, digital media, and emerging technologies. In 2012, he completed a book chapter with Dr. Jim Dearing (Co-Director of Center for Health Dissemination and Implementation Research, and Director of Cancer Communication Research Center at Kaiser Permanente Colorado) in which they trace the historical evolution of diffusion theory and dissemination science in the health and medical contexts. In 2010-2011, he received a subcontract and participated in a multi-institutional project on family health innovation dissemination funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (PI: Jim Dearing). In 2009, he served as a consultant to the Cancer Communication Research Center at Kaiser Permanente Colorado. Kerk is also a member of a Chapman research team headed by Dr. Lisa Sparks on developing a computational model for analyzing communication networks and social aggregates on social media platforms for health innovation diffusion and strategic health behavioral intervention. His research appears in Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Journal of Communication in Healthcare, CyberPscyhology, Behavior, & Social Networking, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Communication Quarterly, and IEEE Computer.
Cyril Rakovski
Cyril Rakovski
Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, School of Computational Sciences, Schmid College of Science and Technology
Ph.D., Harvard University
Cyril Rakovski is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, School of Computational Sciences, Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University.
Jennifer Waldeck
Jennifer Waldeck
Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies
B.S., Ohio University, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
Jennifer Waldeck is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Chapman University. Dr. Waldeck specializes in instructional and organizational communication research, with an emphasis on the effective use of advanced communication and information technologies for learning purposes.

Affiliated Faculty

Ann Gordon
Ann Gordon
Associate Professor, Political Science
Ph.D., University of Southern California
Ann Gordon is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Chapman University. She specializes in research methods, women and politics, political communication, voting behavior and public opinion. She is co-editor of Anticipating Madam President (Lynne Rienner, 2002), author of Playing Politics: An Active Learning Approach to American National Government (McGraw-Hill, 2004) and co-author of When Stereotypes Collide: Race, Gender, and Videostyle in Congressional Campaigns (Peter Lang, 2005).
Doug Sweet
Doug Sweet
Director of Undergraduate Writing
M.A., Oregon State University
Doug Sweet is Director of Undergraduate Writing. His published articles focus on epistemology, rhetorical theory and academic labor. Professor Sweet is co-author, with Jeanne Gunner, of "Grounds for Writers" (Pearson 2008) and author of "Contexts & Choices: a guide to practical writing" (Kendall-Hunt 2012). His research interests of examining ideological literacies in El Salvador resulted in a documentary film, "Futuro en Comunidad" (2006). Professor Sweet has been the recipient of several outstanding teaching awards in his career and contributes frequently to national and international conferences in his field.

Adjunct Faculty

Kelli Fuery
Kelli Fuery
Associate Professor and the Director of the Masters program in Health Risk and Crisis Communication at Brandman University
B.A. Hons Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, Ph.D Murdoch University 2005
Kelli Fuery is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Masters program in Health Risk and Crisis Communication at Brandman University. Prior to her position at Brandman and Chapman Universities, Dr Fuery held posts at the University of London, University of Sydney, and Monash University, Australia. Her most recent teaching and research concentrates on arts-based methodologies, emphasizing participatory visual communication processes in the areas of health and intercultural communication,. She has also taught and published in the areas of critical and cultural studies, digital media studies, and psychoanalytic theory focusing on representations of trauma. Her publications include the following books: Visual Cultures and Critical Theory (w. P. Fuery), New Media: Culture and Image, The Gift and Visual Culture: Doubles, Disruptions and Exchange. Her publications have been translated into Korean. Dr Fuery has served as a member of the ArtsHealth Centre for Research and Practice, at The University of Newcastle, Australia, and is currently an editorial committee member for Fibreculture Journal. She has written numerous journal articles and book chapters in the areas of visual communication, medicine and visual culture, philosophy and critical theory. Her most recent work is in the area of health risk and the migrant body. She practices photography and includes this practice in her projects as a social tool.