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Mass Communications

Mr. Paul J. Joseph (1996), Department Chair
Associate Professor of Mass Communications (2005)
B.S., Framingham State College; M.A., Emerson College
Office: T-218; Phone: (910) 630-7052; E-Mail:

Paul J. Joseph received his bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from Framingham State College in Massachusetts, and later earned a master's degree from Emerson College in Boston. Both before and after his graduate work, he was employed for 6 years in the Boston area doing video work for a number of industrial clients. In addition to this, he produced several independent video projects, including an award winning documentary about Epilepsy. He began his teaching career at Emerson College's European Institute of International Communications at Maastricht, in The Netherlands. Here he began to take a greater interest in new video technologies and graphics design. He also further developed his skills in video electronics and engineering. He later put all of these abilities into practice while teaching at Midland Lutheran College in Nebraska. Upon arriving at Methodist University, Mr. Joseph helped to introduce multimedia technology to the already successful communications program. Some of the new developments in the program include non-linear video editing, DVD and multimedia authoring, graphics design, and the technology of the Internet. In addition to this, Mr. Joseph is continuing his research into 3-D animation and video production, and regularly produces indepentent video projects. In addition to this, he is also in the process of writing and publishing science fiction novels, most of which involve the use and abuse of future communication technologies.

Mr. Joseph teaches Television and Video Production, Communication Theory, Multimedia Communication, Advertising and Public Relations, web page design, and Computer Graphics for Multimedia.

 

Mr. Daniel Trigoboff (2009)
Assistant Professor of Mass Communications
B.S., Boston University; J.D., University of San Diego School of Law.
Office: T-229; Phone: (910) 630-7066; E-Mail:

Dan Trigoboff began teaching in 2006 after a lengthy, award-winning career as a newspaper and magazine journalist. He joined the Methodist University faculty in 2009 after teaching two years at Elon University and one year as a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. A New Yorker by birth, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Boston University's noted School of Communications, and remained in New England while working on two Massachusetts newspapers. After moving to Southern California to become a business reporter, Trigoboff entered the University of San Diego School of Law, and earned a Juris Doctorate. He returned to journalism, and for several years specialized in covering law. In the 1990s, he was named senior editor at Broadcasting and Cable magazine, often called "the Bible of Television." Over the years, he has worked frequently in television, radio and entertainment. Trigoboff has been married 25 years; he and his wife have two children.

 

Mr. Robert W. Bloodworth, Jr. (1989-2006)
Associate Professor Emeritus of Mass Communications
B.A., M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Robert Bloodworth received his master's degree in Mass Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also studied motion picture production at New York University in New York City. He acted professionally for over ten years, appearing on television and in film, as well as on stage. For two years he played the role of Dr. Carl Hessler on As the World Turns. He has worked in commercial television as a Program Director, and Operations Director, a Promotional Director, a Director of Public Affairs, and a Writer/ Producer. He has written advertisements for television and for print media, romance copy for catalogues and brochures, and motion picture scripts for instructional and public relations films. His clients have included many of the major furniture manufacturers, as well as Arrow Shirts, Burlington Industries, Hunter Publishing, Carolina Caribbean, Litchfield Plantation, Levi Strauss, Magnavox, Ross Laboratories, Amoco Oil, Faberge', and Westinghouse. He is now an Associate Professor of Mass Communications at Methodist University and teaches courses in Computer Graphics and Animation, Performance for the Camera, Media Law, Communication Theory, and Cinema Appreciation. Mr. Bloodworth has also directed and acted in numerous Methodist University Theatre Productions, most recently Steve Martin's Picasso at the Lapin Agile in Spring 2012.

Mr. Bloodworth teaches Cinema Appreciation.

Organizational Communication and Leadership

Dr. Willis M. Watt (2000), Director, Organizational Communication and Leadership Program
Professor of Speech (2003)
B.S., Manhattan Christian College; B.S., M.A., Ph.D.; Kansas State University.
Office: T-103; Phone: (910) 630-7191; E-Mail:

Dr. Watt teaches a variety of courses including conflict management, listening, business and professional speaking, and various leadership courses. Bill earned his doctorate from Kansas State University in 1980. In 1996 Bill was selected by the Kansas Speech Communication Association as the Outstanding College Teacher of the Year. He was inducted into the Mid-America Education Hall of Fame in 1998. Bill has presented over 50 scholarly papers at state, regional, national, and international conferences with many of the papers being included in subsequent conference proceedings. He has authored or co-authored five books in the field of speech communication and business/professional speaking, several monographs about theatre, and co-authored book chapters on leadership in place and intercollegiate debate. His writing includes a variety of award winning poems published locally, nationally, and internationally. Additionally, he has acted in video and film productions as well as several stage theatrical productions for university, community, and regional theatre outlets.

Dr. Watt is currently a copy and a review editor for the Journal of Leadership Education. Bill serves as a staff member of the Institute for Community Leadership. The institute provides a no-cost leadership development and training program to citizens of Cumberland County, North Carolina. Finally, Bill is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Independent). He has served as a teacher, youth minister, senior minister, and interim preacher in churches in Alabama, California, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and North Carolina.

 

Mr. Brandon D. Miller (2008)
Instructor of Speech
Debate Coach
B.S, M.A., Eastern Michigan University
Office: T-228; Phone: (910) 630-7653; E-Mail:

Brandon Miller joined the Methodist University faculty in 2008 as an instructor and director of the school’s debate and IE forensics program. He holds a bachelors degree in speech communication and English language and literature/drama theatre for the young and a masters in communication, both from Eastern Michigan University. Mr. Miller previously held positions at North Carolina State University, Durham Technical Community College, Saginaw Valley State University and University of Northern Iowa. He teaches courses in speech communication, persuasion, listening, interpersonal conflict management, and business and professional communication.

 

Dr. J. David Turner (2001)
Professor of Speech (2006)
B.A., Abilene Christian University; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio University
Office: T-223; Phone: (910) 630-7409; E-Mail:

Dr. J. David Turner has a Ph.D. in Communications from the College of Communications, an MA in Linguistics both from Ohio University in Athens, and a BA in theology from Abilene Christian University, Texas. He also has studied field linguistics with the Summer Institute of Linguistics in Duncanville, Texas,and at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Dr. Turner has taught at: Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, United Arab Emirates University in Al-Ain, Uni. of Central Florida in Orlando, Warner Southern College in Orlando, Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, Uni. Of Nevada in Las Vegas, Nevada, Sichuan International Uni. in Chongqing, People’s Republic of China, and Ohio Uni. in Athens.

Dr. Turner has authored three books to date:

  • An Introduction to Liberation Theology, 1994, University Press of America, Lanham, MD:
  • Datewise, 1995, (Self-Published), Apopka Printing, Florida.
  • Structural Commentary, 1996, Edwin Mellon Press, New York.

Dr. Turner enjoys: surfing, tennis, basketball, golfing, softball, bicycling, playing guitar and bass, furniture making, carpentry, and working on his own vehicles. He was the starting catcher for the 1975 Class A state baseball championship team, and voted the most valuable player for the 1974-75 football team at Valley High School in Lucasville, Ohio.

Currently, Dr. Turner enjoys cell-church ministry, tinkering with investing strategies for national and international markets, organizing a new book on worldview, preparing the 3rd edition of a self-published Christian dating book, and teaching at Methodist University. Dr. Turner teaches Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Communication, Public Speaking, Business Communication, Conflict Management, and Leadership.

 


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