Janell Bauer

Matt Blake

Glen Bleske

Maria DeCastro

     • JOUR 130i course director

Michael Griffin

Forrest Hartman

Debra Johnson

     • Public Relations professional-in-residence

Leslie Layton

Prisca Ngondo

Mark Plenke

     • News professional-in-residence

Aaron Quinn

David Waddell

Susan Wiesinger

     • Department chair


Cheryl Croman

     • Administrative coordinator

Janell BauerJanell Bauer, Ph.D.

Assistant professor

Phone: 530-898-4306
Email: jcbauer@csuchico.edu
Office: Tehama Hall 347
Dr. Bauer's website

Twitter: @JanellBauer

Education: Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder
Professional Experience: More than six years of integrated marketing and PR for several Silicon Valley-based tech companies; copy editor for the Lodi News-Sentinel.
Course Specialties: Writing for Public Relations, Women, Men & the Media
Research Interests: Critical examination of interactions among organizations, individuals and publics; social media; public relations; professional identity; feminist theory.

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Matt BlakeMatt Blake, Ph.D.

Associate professor

Phone: 530-898-3608
Email: mdblake@csuchico.edu
Office: Tehama Hall 339
Dr. Blake's website

Education: Ph.D., University of Florida
Professional Experience:  Worked as managing editor for Gainesville Sun Newszine, Gainesville, Fla.; Web developer for several north Florida businesses and institutions.
Course Specialties: Popular Culture, Media & American Values, Internet Newspapers and Magazines, Writing for Mass Media, History of American Journalism.
Research Interests: Folklore and journalism, writings of Woody Guthrie, online publications.

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Glen BleskeGlen Bleske, Ph.D.

Professor emeritus

Phone: 530-898-5636 (spring semester only)
Email: gbleske@csuchico.edu  
Office: Tehama Hall 341

Education: Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Service: Former J&PR chair, 2005-2011
Professional Experience: Taught at the University of North Carolina and the University of Florida. Worked at newspapers in Richmond, Ind.; Daytona Beach, Fla; and Melbourne, Fla.
Awards: Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Education Award by the California Journalism Education Coalition; Outstanding Journalism Teacher of the Year at a Four-Year University by the California Newspaper Publishers Association,1998; Freedom Forum Teaching Fellowship; an Institute for Journalism Excellence Fellowship from the American Society of Newspaper Editors.
Course Specialties: Public Affairs Reporting, Copy Reading & News Editing, Writing for Mass Media.
Research Interests: Mass media effects, journalism history, the development of the Black press in the United States, and journalism education.

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Debra JohnsonDebra Johnson, MA

Public relations professional-in-residence
/ adviser to Tehama Group Communications

Phone: 530-898-4690
Email: dejohnson@csuchico.edu 
Office: Tehama 351 

Professor Johnson's website

Twitter: @DebraJChico

Education: Master's and bachelor's degrees, California State University, Chico; fellow, Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations
Professional Experience: More than 10 years of public relations experience, including agency, corporate and government positions with an emphasis in integrated communication and social marketing programs.
Course Specialties: Writing for Public Relations, PR Publications, PR Strategy. Adviser to Tehama Group Communications.
Professional Development: Fellow, Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute; Fellow, Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations; The Poynter Institute, Teachapalooza Class of 2014
Research Interests: Influence of emerging technologies on PR, digital media startups, social media strategy, communications strategies relating to reproductive health.

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Prisca NgondoPrisca S. Ngondo, Ph.D.

Assistant professor

Phone: 530-898-4162
E-mail: pngondo@csuchico.edu
Office: Tehama Hall 331

Twitter: @NgondoPR

Education: Ph.D., Texas Tech University
Course Specialties: Intro to Public Relations, Writing for Public Relations, Public Relations Research, Public Relations Strategy, Race & Diversity in the Media
Professional Development: Fellow, Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations
Research interests: Public relations, health communication, social media, diversity and inclusion.

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Mark PlenkeMark Plenke, MA

News professional-in-residence
/ adviser to The Orion

Phone: 530-898-4782
Email: mplenke@csuchico.edu
Office: Tehama Hall 345

Twitter: @MPlenke

Education: M.A., University of Minnesota
Professional Experience:
Publisher and producer of the multiplatform news site 55423.info, Richfield, Minn., award-winning editor and reporter for the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press, KMSP-TV, the StarTribune in Minneapolis, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette, Rapid City (S.D.) Journal, Winona (Minn.) Daily News, and Brookings (S.D.) Daily Register.
More than 20 years experience teaching journalism at the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul) and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and teaching and advising the student newspaper at Normandale and Anoka-Ramsey community colleges in Minnesota.
Course Specialties: Public Affairs Reporting, News Editing and Copy Reading, Mass Com Law
Professional Development:
More than two dozen Poynter Institute journalism webinars and workshops, including the College Educator Hands-On Backpack and Mobile Video Workshop, Revenue Camp for Journalism Entrepreneurs, A New Curriculum for a New Journalism, and the Institute on Science News for Television Editors. 
Research interests: Online journalism, newswriting, multiplatform storytelling and newspaper advising.

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Aaron QuinnAaron Quinn, Ph.D.

Associate professor

Phone: 530-898-3609
Email: amquinn@csuchico.edu
Office: Tehama Hall 343

Education: Ph.D., Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Charles Sturt University, Australia. 
Professional Experience: Reporter, The Bradenton Herald; managing editor/photographer, The Pinellase News; freelance photography and photographic assistance for numerous editorial publications and sports entities, e.g. the National Football League and the National Hockey League.
Recent publications: Book – Media, Markets, and Morals (Wiley Blackwell, 2011).
Course Specialties: Mass Media Ethics, Photojournalism, Advanced Photojournalism, International Communication, Public Opinion & Propaganda. Adviser to Chico State student chapter of Society of Professional Journalists.
Professional Development:
The Poynter Institute, Teachapalooza Class of 2013
Research Interests: 
Journalism ethics, professionalism, media ownership, moral philosophy.

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Susan WiesingerSusan McMahon Wiesinger, Ph.D.

Associate professor / department chair

Phone: 530-898-4770
Email: swiesinger@csuchico.edu 
Office: Tehama Hall 207

Dr. Wiesinger's website

Twitter: @SusanWiesinger

Education: Ph.D., Purdue University
Professional Experience:
Newspaper reporter and editor for 12 years.
Recent publications:
Book – Media Smackdown: Deconstructing the News and the Future of Journalism (Peter Lang, 2013); editor, children's book – The Adventures of Terrible Tribble Ted by Greg Tribble (2013).
Course Specialties: Women, Men & the Media, Media Literacy & Civic Values, Writing for Mass Media, Public Affairs Reporting, Magazine Writing, News Editing & Copy Reading
Professional Development: Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy fellow; AEJMC-Scripps Social Media Fellowship at The Oregonian; Indiana University Teaching Fellow
Research Interests: Media, technology and culture, digital media literacy, community, diversity, gender studies.

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Maria DeCastroMaria DeCastro, MS

Course director, JOUR 130i
Phone: 530-898-6253
E-mail: mdecastro@csuchico.edu 
Office: Tehama Hall 349

Michael Griffin, MA

Phone: 530-898-5636
E-mail: mlgriffin@csuchico.edu
Office: Tehama Hall 341

Forrest HartmanForrest Hartman

Phone: 530-898-5636
E-mail: fhartman@csuchico.edu 
Office: Tehama Hall 341

Leslie Layton, MA

Phone: 530-898-6253
E-mail: lalayton@csuchico.edu 
Office: Tehama Hall 349

Dave Waddell, Ph.D.

Phone: 530-898-5636
E-mail: dwaddell@csuchico.edu
Office: Tehama Hall 341


Cheryl CromanCheryl Croman

Administrative coordinator

Phone: Journalism office 530-898-4779
E-mail: ccroman@csuchico.edu
Office: Tehama Hall 207

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