Faculty Profiles

CJC alumnus Harrison Hove spent years working as a television meteorologist when he felt compelled to teach, a calling to “give back.” Fortunately for hundreds of CJC student journalists, that yearning led him back to Gainesville.

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Posted: April 23, 2021

Building upon her background in corporate communication research, Public Relations Associate Professor Rita Men went into high gear during the pandemic to study effective communications from CEOs as well as chatbots used for social listening.

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Posted: April 21, 2021

By Max Chesnes, Journalism Senior When Telecommunication Lecturer Houston Wells isn’t teaching students about video production, he’s probably 6-feet under a Florida spring with a camera in his hands and a snorkel in his mouth. For the past nine months, Wells has worked alongside his wife, Brenda, a video production…

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Posted: February 12, 2019

Colleen McEdwards, Ph.D., teaches Visual Storytelling (MMC6396) for CJC’s online master’s programs. The course challenges students to examine the intersection of video and the science of storytelling for social impact. McEdwards considers herself a recovering international journalist with more than 30 years of experience. While at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation…

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Posted: May 22, 2017

Yulia Strekalova is CJC’s Director of Grants Development and a recent CJC Ph.D. graduate. And now she can add assistant research professor to her resume. Strekalova was drawn to academia because of her curiosity of how people make sense of health information. Her interest in how people understand health information started with…

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Posted: January 6, 2017

Dr. Carla Fisher joined the CJC faculty this fall as an assistant professor in the Advertising Department. She is also an affiliate member of the UF Health Cancer Center and the STEM Translational Communication Center. Fisher conducts research on the centrality of family communication across the life span. Her focus…

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Posted: November 18, 2016


Jon Morris

Advertising Professor Jon Morris started a career in academia 32 years ago to engage in a long tradition of scientific exploration. Morris, an advertising professional at the time, wanted to study consumers’ emotional responses to advertising campaigns. After over three decades of study, Morris is still thrilled by scientific discovery…

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Posted: October 17, 2016