Diverse Professional and Academic Faculty

The faculty is one of USC Annenberg’s richest sources of academic distinction. They are drawn from a wide range of academic disciplines, and include distinguished scholars and researchers, editors of leading journals, officers in prestigious national and international professional associations, and highly respected consultants to government and private industry. This diversity is demonstrated in the classroom, adding a rich experiential perspective to data-driven teaching. The online MCM is taught by full-time USC faculty, all with a Ph.D., maintaining the education quality standard expected of a top-tier university. In fact, such is their expertise and distinction that USC Annenberg faculty members are frequently the authors of textbooks and publications other faculty uses to teach.

Brad Shipley, Ph.D.
Teaching in the Communication Management program, Dr. Brad Shipley aspires to provide a learning experience that will result in practical application of Communication Theory and Research by exposing students to a variety of pedagogical approaches. An advocate for Experiential Learning, Brad has designed many learning simulations and has had articles published in leading Experiential Learning Journals.
Rebecca Weintraub, Ph.D.
Rebecca Weintraub has spent more than 20 years in the field of communication, facilitation, change management and organizational behavior. Dr. Weintraub is a clinical professor at USC in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She teaches strategic communication classes in the Communication Management program and provides communication and facilitation consulting services to organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
Andrea Hollingshead, Ph.D.
Andrea B. Hollingshead is a Professor of Communication in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and has joint appointments with the Marshall School of Business and the Department of Psychology.
Courtney Schultz Pade, Ph.D.
Courtney S. Pade has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Organizational Communication from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Prior to USC, she graduated with a B.A. in Human Biology and a M.A. in Media Studies from Stanford University.
Kimberlie Stephens, Ph.D.
Dr. Stephens strives to work at the intersection of research and practice. A student of organizations, she works as an instructor, facilitator and researcher to bridge academia and industry, allowing each to inform and motivate the other.

Nithya Muthuswamy, Ph.D.
Dr. Muthuswamy’s interests focus on communications that transcend cultural and national boundaries. Her research critically examined the use of fear appeals as a strategy in promoting condom usage towards preventing HIV/AIDS in Namibia, Africa. Dr. Muthuswamy received her Masters and Ph.D. in Communication from Michigan State University.
Paolo Sigismondi, Ph.D.
Paolo Sigismondi’s research and teaching interests focus on the phenomena of globalization forged by new technologies and economic forces such as multinational corporations, especially media, advertising and entertainment conglomerates and their impact on society.
Michael Cody, Ph.D.
Michael J. Cody, Ph.D., is a Professor in the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where he teaches and conducts research on social influence processes. He has co-authored two text books, Persuasive Communicationand Interpersonal Communication: A Goal-based Approach; and he has co-edited five books: The Psychology of Tactical Communication, Explaining the Self to Others,Gender, Power, and Communication in Human Relationships, Entertainment-Education and Social Change and Serious Games: Mechanisms and Effects.
Jessica Neff, Ph.D.
Dr. Neff holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Communication from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and a B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz.
Mathew Curtis, Ph.D.
Mathew Curtis received his Ph.D. from USC. He teaches a wide range of courses at the graduate level from Research Methods to Persuasion and Influence and has been the recipient of both teaching and mentoring awards at USC.
Susan Resnick West, Ph.D.
Dr. Resnick West specializes in organizational change and effectiveness. Her current research focuses on communication mechanisms to deal with the complex, multi-stakeholder problems of integrating corporate responsibility and sustainability. She is a member of Economic, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Designing Organizations for the Triple Bottom Line, a university-wide research consortium.
Colleen Keough, Ph.D.
Colleen M. Keough, Ph.D., teaches courses in conflict management, communication evaluation, management-employee communication, group and team communication, and presentational skills.
Daniela Baroffio, Ph.D.
Daniela Baroffio received her Ph.D. from USC Annenberg in 2006 and now serves as a clinical assistant professor, teaching foundational theory courses in the undergraduate program and research methods in the graduate programs. As faculty in the undergraduate program at USC Annenberg, Dr. Baroffio teaches courses that examine the politics of gender in the media, interpretations of popular culture, and the politics of social change and advocacy in the political economy of the entertainment industry.
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