Faculty


David Ryan

Academic Director
(415) 422-5524

David Ryan serves as the Academic Director and Faculty Chair for the Professional Communication and Certificate in Professional Communication...

Courses:

Directed Study, Rhetoric Seminar, Capstone/Culminating, Strategic Communication, Leadership and Communication, Technical Communication, Digital Communication, Usability Testing/UX Research, Emergent Media and Technology, Directed Study, Public Speaking, Business & Technical Writing, Executive Strategic Communications

Porter Shreve

Administrative Director
(415) 422-6708

Porter Shreve teaches part-time in the MFA in Writing Program and is full-time Director of Administration for the MA in Professional Communication...

Education:

MFA, University of Michigan

Courses:

Thesis I/II, Special Topics, Digital Storytelling, Internship, Directed Study

Myojung Chung

Assistant Professor

Professor Myojung Chung teaches courses in Strategic Communication and is helping to develop the Health Communication concentration in the MAPC at...

Education:

PhD, Mass Communication, Syracuse University

Courses:

Health Communication, Foundations of Communication, Research Methods, Rhetoric Seminar, Capstone/Culminating, Health Communication, Directed Study

Mitchell Friedman

Adjunct Professor

Mitchell Friedman, EdD, APR, is a Visiting Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School...

Education:

EdD, Organization and Leadership, University of San Francisco | MA, Modern European History, Stanford University | BA, History, Brandeis University

Expertise:

Public Relations, Management Communication, Crisis Communication

Courses:

Crisis Communication, Communication Consultancy, Ethical Organization, Leadership Theories, Ethical Organization, Management and Organizational Dynamics

Moira Gunn

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5427

Associate Professor Moira Gunn is a former NASA scientist, engineer and software programmer. Gunn is internationally recognized for her work with...

Education:

PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN | MS, Computer Science, Purdue University, Lafayette, IN | BS, Computer Science, USF, CA

Courses:

Digital Communication, Emergent Media and Technology, Undergraduate Seminar in Biology, Special Topics, Grad Sem: Molecular Biology, Global & US Regulatory Affairs, Legal-Social-Ethical Biotech, Applied Business Technology, Academic Global Immersion, Analysis, Modeling and Design, Capstone Project, The Information of Biotech, Legal Social & Ethical Implications of Biotechnology, Directed Study

Larry Kamer

Lecturer
(415) 422-5662

Larry began his career as a political campaign manager and consultant, working for former U.S. Senator Paul Simon and Reps. Abner Mikva and Lane...

Courses:

Special Topics, Leadership and Communication, Crisis Communication

Tika Lamsal

Associate Professor
(415) 422-2576

Tika Lamsal received his Master's in English literature from Tribhuvan University, Nepal in 1997 and taught at the Central Department of English,...

Education:

MA in English Literature, Tribhuvan University, Nepal, 1997 | PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, University of Louisville, Kentucky

Courses:

Grad Wrtg/Speaking Pract, Grad Wrtg/Speaking Pract, Cross-Cultural Business Comm., Introduction to Composition, Intro to Composition Intensive, Written Comm I Intensive, Written Communication II

Michelle LaVigne

Associate Professor, Public Speaking Director
(415) 422-4366

Michelle LaVigne received her BA in English from the University of Texas, Austin and a PhD in Communication Studies - Rhetoric from the University of...

Courses:

Directed Study, Foundations of Communication, Ethics in Prof. Communication, Rhetoric Seminar, Capstone/Culminating, Strategic Communication, Public Speaking, Writing in the Arts, Argumentation and Advocacy

Michael Edward Lenert

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-5152

Adjunct professor Michael Edward Lenert has 25 years’ experience teaching law, communications, and journalism at the University level, including to...

Education:

BA, University of California, Berkeley | PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Courses:

Introduction to Media Studies, Media History, Communication Law & Policy, Media Workshop, Media Internship, Communication and the Law, Directed Study

Theodore Matula

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5809

Ted Matula earned his PhD in Communication from The Ohio State University, specializing in rhetorical theory and its usefulness in studying popular...

Education:

PhD, Communication, Ohio State University

Expertise:

Rhetorical theory and its usefulness in studying popular culture

Courses:

Rhetoric & the Public Sphere, Ethics in Prof. Communication, Capstone/Culminating, Public Speaking, Rhet/Popular Culture

Cynthia Schultes

Adjunct Professor
(415) 422-6862

Cynthia Schultes has taught at Trinity College in Washington, D.C., and Notre Dame Seishin University in Okayama, Japan. At USF, she teaches courses...

Education:

PhD, History, The George Washington University

Courses:

Grad Wrtg/Speaking Pract, Academic Reading/Writing III, Grad Wrtg/Speaking Pract, Research Methods, Directed Study, Foreword: Writing, Research Methods, Academic Writing Workshop, Intro to Composition Intensive, Written Communication I, Written Communication II, Directed Study

Allison Thorson

Associate Professor
(415) 422-5703

Allison Thorson joined the faculty at USF in 2009. She is a committee member on the Interdisciplinary Minor in Aging and Gerontology and Chair of the...

Education:

PhD, Communication Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln | MA, Missouri State University | BA, University of Northern Iowa

Courses:

Communication & Everyday Life, Quantitative Research Methods, The Dark Side of Interpersonal/Family Communication, Family Communication, Communication & Aging, Directed Project, Communication Studies Internship, Research Methods

Contact Info

Professional Communication MA

David Ryan, Academic Director

USF Downtown Campus, 101 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (415) 422-5524