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School of Communication


School of Communication full-time and part-time faculty members are proven professionals with connections to top media and communication organizations. Many faculty have a wealth of real-world industry experience and work at local newspapers, broadcast stations and websites, giving them insight into current trends and opportunities in the field.

Meet School of Communication Full-Time Faculty

Pictured is Thom Baggerman. Thom Baggerman, Ph.D., associate professor
  • More than a decade of professional experience in television production, including WTOV-TV
  • Active in teaching, research and professional work; chair of research division, Broadcast Education Association
  • Teaches broadcasting and multimedia classes; chair, School of Communication

Pictured is Robin Cecala. Robin Cecala, Ph.D., associate professor
  • Professional experience as an instructor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Southern Mississippi
  • Member, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, National Communication Association, Southern States Communication Association
  • Teaches broadcasting and multimedia classes; adviser, U-View
Pictured is Aimee-Marie Dorstein. Aimee-Marie Dorsten, Ph.D., associate professor
  • More than a decade of professional experience in newspapers and magazines
  • Published numerous academic articles on the history of the field of communication, ethics and technology
  • Teaches journalism classes; adviser, SPJ
Pictured is Aimee-Marie Dorstein. Camille Downing, M.A., lecturer
  • President of Downing Communications, a communications consultancy that specializes in non-profit public relations and marketing
  • Board member and leader for the International Association of Business Communicators at the local, regional and international level
  • Associate professor, part-time, for 16 years at Point Park University teaching public relations and integrated marketing communications courses
Pictured is Tatyana Dumova. Tatyana Dumova, Ph.D., professor
  • More than 15 years of teaching at the university level, developed Point Park's M.A. in communication technology program, taught the School of Communication's first online class
  • Presented and published extensively on new media technologies, founded and edited a scholarly journal, held leadership positions in professional associations 
  • Teaches multimedia and other communication classes in face-to-face, online and hybrid modes

Pictured is David Fabilli. David Fabilli, M.A., professor
  • More than 30 years working on Pittsburgh radio, including WDUQ, WJJJ, 3WS, WJAS, WYJZ, WDSY and WWCS
  • An active Grammy-voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences
  • Teaches broadcasting classes; adviser, WPPJ

Pictured is Helen Fallon. Helen Fallon, M.A., professor
  • More than 20 years of professional experience in newspapers
  • Instrumental in creating the annual student trips to Washington, D.C., and a different foreign country each year to focus on national and international media as well as broaden travel experiences for students
  • Teaches journalism classes; director, Honors Program

Pictured is Heather Starr Fiedler. Heather Starr Fiedler, Ph.D., professor

Pictured is April Friges. April Friges, M.F.A., assistant professor and photography program coordinator
  • Professional artist whose work has been shown in exhibitions in museums and galleries across the nation
  • A 2010 pedagogical fellow, The University of California, Irvine, focusing on advanced teaching skills, and researching how methods of teaching and student learning relate
  • Teaches photography classes; adviser, Point Park Photography Collective

Pictured is Steve Hallock. Steve Hallock, Ph.D., associate professor
  • More than 25 years of professional experience in newspapers as an award-winning professional journalist
  • Published six books: The Silent Treatment, Justice Delayed, In Cheesman Park, The Press March to War, Reporters Who Made History and The Dwindling Marketplace of Ideas in Today's News, and published commentaries in newspapers that include The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • Teaches journalism classes; director, School of Communication graduate programs; adviser, The Globe 

Pictured is Timothy Hudson. Timothy Hudson, Ph.D., professor
  • More than 15 years in communication administration at top-ranked universities, worked professionally in television journalism, documentary production, multimedia design and international media education
  • Written numerous journal articles on topics including journalism ethics and multimedia research methods, and authored several successful industry and foundation grants resulting in millions of dollars worth of equipment, facilities and innovative programs at his home institutions
  • Teaches media ethics and a wide variety of communication courses
Pictured is Robert Meyers. Robert Meyers, M.F.A., assistant professor


Pictured is Bill Moushey. Bill Moushey, M.S., professor
  • Worked professionally as an investigative journalist for more than 38 years
  • A Pulitzer-Prize finalist who has won numerous awards for his reporting and an author of two non-fiction books: Game Over: Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, and the Culture of Silence and Never Give Up
  • Teaches journalism classes

Pictured is Bob O'Gara. Bob O'Gara, M.A., professor
  • Worked professionally in the public relations and/or advertising programs for two Fortune 500 companies
  • Serves as the education partner for Public Relations Society of America, American Advertising Federation and American Marketing Association
  • Teaches public relations and advertising and integrated marketing communications classes; co-adviser, Public Relations Student Society of America/American Advertising Federation

Pictured is Chris Rolinson. Chris Rolinson, M.F.A., associate professor
  • Worked professionally as a photojournalist at the Herald-Star, Steubenville, Ohio
  • Facilitated Heart Gallery exhibitions in partnership with the Three Rivers Adoption Council and coordinated a traveling exhibition featuring student work centered on the inauguration of President Barack Obama
  • Teaches photojournalism classes

Pictured is Ben Schonberger. Ben Schonberger, M.F.A., lecturer
  • Professional artist whose work has been shown across the nation
  • Schonberger's work examines multiple systems that explore how identity is constructed and catalogued
  • Teaches photography classes