The faculty in the Department of Communication have a variety of research interests and skills as well as professional experience that strongly supports the graduate program.
Bailey Baker received his Ph.D. in interpersonal communication and his master's degree in rhetorical theory and criticism from Purdue University. He earned a bachelor's degree in communication from California State University-Long Beach. Dr. Baker's research interests are in the role of speech communication in cultural formation maintenance and change. Dr. Baker teaches courses in persuasion, communication theory and research, multicultural communication, communication and culture, critical research methods, and public speaking.
Fred Fitch is an assistant professor of communication and came to Kean Univesity in the fall of 2005. Fitch earned his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. He also has graduate degrees from the Trinity International University and Asbury Theological Seminary. With extensive experience teaching in Spain and several countries in Latin America, Dr. Fitch focuses on the areas of instructional and intercultural communication. He particularly interested in the application of narrative theory in the multicultural classroom. Some of his research has been published in the journal Communication Education. At Kean he serves as the Director of the Basic Course (Communication as Critical Citizenship), teaching sections in this class as well as multiple sections of Communication and Media Theory.
Pat Winters Lauro joined our resident faculty in September 2008 following a career in journalism that included positions as a reporter and columnist for The New York Daily News and a regular contributor for The New York Times. Her work has been reprinted in newspapers around the world from The Moscow Times to The International Herald Tribune. In 2003, Professor Lauro was awarded a mid-career fellowship at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, where she earned a certificate in Business and Economic Reporting. Professor Lauro holds a BA from Fordham University and a MS from Columbia. She has taught journalism courses at Rutgers University, Felician College and New York University, and is the faculty adviser for Kean’s award-winning student newspaper, The Tower.
Christopher Lynch received a Ph.D. from Temple University in 1994 in rhetoric. He holds three master's degrees from St. John's University and Princeton Theological School. He authored Selling Catholicism: Bishop Sheen (1998) and the Power of Television (1998) that won NCA's Religious Communication Association's book award in 1999. He has published in the areas of visual communication and rhetoric, communication and popular culture, pedagogy and religious rhetoric. Dr. Lynch teaches courses in persuasion, theory, interpretive research methods, communication and culture, communication and conflict resolution, critical research methods, and motivational presentation skills.
Freda Remmers received her Ed.D. in communication and a master's degree in the teaching of English from Columbia University. She earned her bachelor's in speech and English from Emporia State University. Dr. Remmers has worked as a freelance public relations consultant in the areas of corporate, government, political, non-profit, and education specializing in crisis management and planning. She was also the secretary for a congressional race in New Jersey's 7th Congressional District and a term on Governor Brendan Byrne's press staff. Since 1976, she has been the manuscript and production editor for The American Assembly, a public policy think tank at Columbia University. Dr. Remmers also co-chaired the department's assessment project, a nationally recognized effort, and has written book chapters and presented papers throughout the U.S. and Canada on the topic. She teaches courses in public relations, public relations writing, public relations cases, public relations strategies and management, and small group communication. In 1998 she founded the Kean University Public Relations Studio, a probono public relations firm staffed by students.
Jack Sargent received his Ph.D. from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln with an emphasis in interpersonal communication. He also has a secondary speciality in organizational communication and quantitative research methods. Dr. Sargent received his master's in communication from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University and his bachelor's degree in communication from Drake University. Before teaching, Dr. Sargent worked as a communication consultant and analyst, designing studies and examining the decision making of juries. Dr. Sargent has published in a number of journals and books. His research program focuses on nonverbal communication, privacy and disclosure, and family relationships. Dr. Sargent teaches courses in interpersonal and organizational communication and theory, quantitative research methods, consulting and assessment, and nonverbal and family communication.
Janet Yedes received her Ph.D. in rhetoric and communication from Temple University. She received her master's in applied linguistics and her bachelor's degree in comparative literature from Indiana University. Dr. Yedes has worked and traveled internationally. She was the director of courses and teacher for the Fulbright Commission in Cairo, Egypt, Academic Specialist in Tunisia and Sudan, and taught and designed curriculum for UNHCR (United National High Commission for Refugees) for Ethiopian refugees. Dr. Yedes has published on "Playful Teasing" in Discourse & Society, and is currently drafting a textbook on Interpersonal Communication in a Multicultural World. Her research program focuses on the Oromo women's peacemaking, social justice and communication, rap sessions with African American men, and conflict communication in a diverse organization. Dr. Yedes teaches courses in multicultural communication, conflict and peacemaking, interpersonal communication, gender communication, interpretive research methods (with a specialty in discourse analysis and ethnography), small group communication, humor, and social justice and communication.
Wenli Yuan received her Ph.D. in Communication from University of Kentucky. She earned her master's degree in Communication from Western Kentucky University and her bachelor's in Advertising from Beijing Institute of Business. Prior to her graduate studies, Dr. Yuan worked as an account executive in advertising companies. Dr. Yuan's research interests include international business communication, communication issues in multinational organizations, conflict management and cross-cultural adaptation. Dr. Yuan teaches courses in organizational communication, negotiation, international business communication, research seminar and communication theory.