of Communication & Journalism
Fred Bales, Ph.D.,
Dr. Bales taught journalism for 18 years at the University of New Mexico, leaving as professor emeritus in 1994 to teach at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. He retired there and then taught for one year as a visiting professor at the University of Texas in Brownsville. He moved back to the Albuquerque area in 2005.
Jean Civikly-Powell, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
Charles Coates, Professor Emeritus
Teaching Style: Dr. Condon is known as a highly respected teacher in the C&J department. His intercultural classes often include trips to Mexico and within New Mexico to actively engage students with other cultures.
Why UNM?: The diverse cultural climate in the Southwest offers numerous opportunities to try to learn about and understand different cultures.
Spare Time: Spends a lot of time working and living in the Jemez Mountains north of Albuquerque.
See his profile page.
Ken Frandsen, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
Professor Frandsen served as chair of the Department of Communication from 1979 to 1989 before the merger that resulted in the Department of Communication and Journalism. From 1989 to 2000 he was Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, and also served as Interim Chair of the UNM Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences from 1998 to 2000.
to 2002, he served as Interim Dean of Graduate Studies
Research Areas: Communication Theories and Research Methods, Persuasion, Nonverbal Communication.
Methods: Generally, I measure and/or count things, because things I am interested in require counting. After counting and measuring, I use various forms of analysis and interpretation. Occasionally, I use other methods. Authors: Carroll C. Arnold, Gerald M. Phillips, John O. Greene, and Aristotle.
Teaching Style: My teaching style is student-centered and heavily dependent on students who are prepared to take an active role in their learning process.
Favorite Classes: Theories of Communication, Seminar in Persuasion, Foundations of Communication Research, and Senior Seminar.
Why UNM?: Because, in 1979, it looked like a university that had potential (and still looks like it has potential.)
Spare Time: Work on fund-raising efforts for Presidential Scholarships, Childrens' Cancer Center, etc. Watch my grandchildren (2) and my children (4) grow. Play golf.
Bob Gassaway, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
Dr. Gassaway has worked as a professional journalist and teaches both journalism and communication courses. He worked under a special grant recently, speaking to students at high schools all over New Mexico about writing, journalism, and the importance of telling their own stories.
Research Areas : Cross-cultural mass communication issues, particularly cross-border news coverage, professional journalism issues. Currently studying communication in casinos.
Methods: Combination of qualitative and quantitative methods. You can learn more by blending the two than by keeping them separate.
Authors: Erving Goffman, David Altheide, Gaye Tuchman.
Teaching Style: I teach writing courses as though I am editing the copy for publication in a daily newspaper. I expect professional-quality work from my more advanced students. In ethics and research methods classes, I create problems for students to attack and solve.
Why UNM?: I prefer life in the Southwest because I enjoy the blending of culture and languages.
Spare Time: Bonsai tree sculpting and writing.
Dennis Herrick, Lecturer Emeritus
M.A. University of Iowa
Dennis Herrick is a retired C&J lecturer and a part-time intructor for the department. He joined C&J's full-time faculty in 2001 after teaching part-time for C&J for one semester and for the University of Iowa for two years. He was owner and publisher of a group of weekly newspapers and a shopper in Iowa for 12 years and a newspaper broker for five years. He also was chief of staff for a member of Congress for eight years, and he worked for about 11 years as a daily newspaper reporter. He has an M.A. in journalism from the University of Iowa.
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Tony Hillerman, who died Oct. 26, 2008, taught journalism for several years at the University of New Mexico after a long and distinguished career as a newspaper reporter. He headed the journalism program before it was merged to become today's Department of Communication and Journalism.
Hillerman became widely known for his work as a novelist, particularly for his best-selling Navajo detetective series of books. Four of them have been made into movies—The Dark Wind, Skinwalkers, Coyote Waits and A Thief of Time.
He was past president of the Mystery Writers of America and received their Edgar and Grand Master writing awards. Among his other honors were the Center for the American Indian's Ambassador Award, the Silver Spur Award for the best novel set in the West, and the Navajo Tribe's Special Friend Award.
Teaching Style: I like experiential learning and encourage students to take an active role in their learning process.
Classes: I enjoy teaching intercultural communication, business
communication, and public speaking.
Roli Varma, Courtesy Appointment
Varma is an associate professor of public administration at the University
of New Mexico in Albuquerque. She also teaches Technology in Society
for the School of Engineering. Her research interest and publications
include restructuring of centralized corporate R&D laboratories,
women and minorities in information technology, engineering ethics,
and new immigrants in the U.S. labor force.