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Prof. Michael Bay

Phone: (203) 392-5377

Office Hours: M 11:00-12:30; W 3:00-5:00; R; 2:30-4:00

Mr. Michael Bay (Chairperson, Associate Professor) holds a BA in Communications and an MS in Journalism from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. He currently teaches Studio Production, Cinematic Technique and Video Scriptwriting for the Department of Communication at SCSU. When not teaching classes, he also co-manages the Media Production Facility.  Before joining Southern, Mr. Bay worked in the production department at WVIT, Channel 30 in West Hartford, CT and at ESPN in Bristol, CT before returning to Quinnipiac where he taught Media Production for the past seven years. He also works as a freelance photographer/editor for a variety of organizations, including Connecticut Public Television, Yale New Haven Hospital and the United Way. Mr. Bay's current interests include multi-camera studio technologies, audio recording/sound design, field production, and editing.

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Dr. Sara Baker
Phone: (203) 392-5377

Office Hours: M 3:30-4:30; T/R: 9:30-10:30; T 3:15-4:15; W 3:30-4:30; By Appointment

Dr. Sara Baker (Assistant Professor) has three degrees in Communication Studies: a B.A. from Virginia Tech with an emphasis in public relations, an M.A. from San Diego State University with an emphasis in interpersonal communication, and a PhD from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with an emphasis in organizational communication. Dr. Baker's research draws on interpersonal and organizational communication as it relates to performances of gender, sex, and sexuality in organizational settings like work and school. Her recent publications explore the communication of sexuality-specific microagressions in the workplace and how LGBTQ working adults experience dignity in and at work. Prior to joining the academy, Dr. Baker worked in marketing, consulting, and non-profit administration.


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Dr. Bonnie Farley-Lucas

Phone: (203) 392-5358

Dr. Bonnie Farley-Lucas (Professor) teaches a variety of courses in Relational and Organizational Communication. She has a B.A. in Communication from SCSU Honors College, an M.S. in Organizational Behavior - Organization Development from the University of Hartford, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication with emphasis on Interpersonal Communication and Interpretive Methods from Ohio University. Dr. Farley-Lucas has taught for Ohio University, Post University, and the University of Hartford. She has over 15 years of experience as an organizational development consultant and trainer. Her client list includes: HJ Delaney Advertising, Sara Lee and PYA/Monarch, General Motors, United Illuminating, Pratt & Whitney, Perkin-Elmer, Ohio Osteopathic Association, Fairfield Heritage Society, ABB, and various units of SCSU. She has published research on management communication, children and conflict, communication education, organizational consulting, gender in the workplace, and work-family processes. She has presented over 30 papers at regional, national, and international conferences. Dr. Farley-Lucas's most recent project entailed program evaluation for the Sexuality Education and Information Commission of the United States.

Prof. Jason Forsyth

Phone: (203) 392-2538


Office Hours: M 1:30-2:30; T/R 12:30-2:30; By Appointment


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Mr. Rich Glinka

Phone: (203) 392-5382

Office Hours: M 2:00-03:00; T 10:00-11:00; W 10:00-12:00; R 1:00-2:00; By Appointment

Mr. Rich Glinka (Assistant Professor) received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and an M.S. degree in instructional technology from Southern Connecticut State University. Before coming to Southern, he spent seven years as a producer/director for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, producing over 35 instructional and promotional video programs for a variety of university departments and organizations. He has also been a freelance director and videographer for a variety of corporate productions. Mr. Glinka's current research is in the utilization of emerging technologies and computer graphics. He divides his time at Southern between teaching courses in video field production, studio production, and motion graphics and co-managing the Department's media production facility. He is a member of the Broadcast Education Association and the Connecticut Final Cut Pro Users Group.


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Dr. David John Petroski

Phone: (203) 392-5383

Office Hours: T R 11:00-12:00; W 10:00-1:00; By Appointment 

Dr. David John Petroski (Associate Professor) holds a B.A. in communication and English, an M.C.I.S (Master's in Communication and Information Studies), and a Ph.D. in communication, information and library studies from Rutgers University. Prior to joining the SCSU faculty, he taught and coordinated the multimedia track in communication for Rider University. He has also taught multimedia development for the M.C.I.S. and M.L.S. graduate programs and interpersonal communication for the undergraduate communication program at the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers University. Dr. Petroski has over 15 years of consulting experience in advertising production and design. His clients have included AT&T, Sony, Advanstar Publishing, and TOPS Appliance City. He has also been consulting in Web design for over four years. Dr. Petroski has presented over 55 conference papers and workshops and was two time Chair of the Semiotics and Communication Division of the National Communication Association. His current interests include technology instruction, instructional games and simulations (gamification), and learning spaces, as well as gender communication (men's issues). 

Prof. Dana Rogers

Phone: (203) 392-5071

Office Hours: T/R 11:00-12:00; T 2:00-4:00; W 1:30-2:30; By Appointment


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Dr. Meg Sargent

Phone: (203) 392-5391

Office Hours: T/R 8:30 -9:30 & 11:15-12:15; W 3:00-4:00; By Appointment

Dr. Meg Sargent (Associate Professor) Works within both the Organizational and Interpersonal & Relational specializations, teaching courses such as Communication Theory, Training & Development, Culture and Communication, Persuasion, Small Group Communication and Interpersonal Communication. Meg's scholarly work includes doctor-patient communication, organizational change, and initiating the close in troublesome conversations. Her current line of study is in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, with research in such areas as Faculty Misbehavior; Out-of-Class Communication; and Student-Faculty Relations. Her work has been presented at several instructional and scholarly conferences, both nationally and internationally. In 2009, Meg was awarded SCSU's J.P. Phillip Teaching Award, honoring her as Southern Connecticut's most outstanding teacher.

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Dr. Melanie Savelli

Phone: (203) 392-5377

Office Hours: MW 9:00-10:45; T 12:30-2:00; By Appointment

Dr. Melanie Savelli (Assistant Professor) has a B.S. in Communication from Eastern Connecticut State University, an M.S. in Communication with a concentration in Organizational Communication from Central Connecticut State University, and a Ph.D. in Communication with a concentration in Mass Communication and specialization in Health Communication from the University of Connecticut. She also has Graduate Certificates in both Public Relations and Health Psychology. Dr. Savelli's current research focuses on health attitudes and behaviors as well as media effects for the purpose of improving communication campaigns. She has previously acted in the capacity of social media and public relations consultant for a financial education nonprofit and currently volunteers with the Windsor Volunteer Fire Department conducting research and making recommendations from its analysis to increase communication effectiveness, recruitment, and retention efforts.

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Prof. Derek Taylor

Phone: (203) 392-5339

Office Hours: M 11:30-12:30; T/R 9:00-10:30; W 11:00-12:00; By Appointment 

Mr. Derek Taylor (Associate Professor) has a B.A. in Communication from Florida Atlantic University and an M.F.A. in Film, Video and New Media from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to joining the faculty at SCSU, he taught media production courses and directed the Communication internship program at Florida Atlantic University. His primary areas of specialization are documentary, experimental and alternative media practices with particular interests in the hybridization of these forms. Mr. Taylor is an independent video/film artist with a number of screenings at film festivals around the U.S. and internationally. He previously worked in commercial and broadcast media production as a producer, editor and photographer.