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Faculty and staff

Faculty are committed to teaching excellence. As the 2005 accrediting team summarized, “Students were highly enthusiastic about the School, describing it as a very close-knit community of faculty, students and staff. Many reported having chosen Drake specifically because of the School. Students praised the faculty members for their teaching ability, caring advising, and general interest in student well-being. The journalism students consider themselves the envy of the rest of campus and are proud of that status.”

All faculty in the SJMC combine academic credentials with practical experience in the fields in which they teach. The average time in the teaching profession for SJMC faculty is 12 years. In addition, faculty holds leadership positions in a number of education and professional organizations.

Dean’s Office
Kathleen Richardson, J.D., dean and professor
David Wright, associate dean, associate professor
Carla McCrea, assistant to the dean

Shari Tenney, administrative assistant
Carlyn Crowe, SJMC internship coordinator
Jeff Nichols, IT Digital Media Support Analyst

Dorothy Pisarski, associate professor
Sandy Henry, associate professor

Electronic Media
John Lytle, professor emeritus
Todd Evans, professor

Public Relations
Kelly Bruhn, Ph.D., APR, assistant professor
Jennifer Glover Konfrst, APR, MPA, assistant professor

Lori Blachford, associate professor
Jeff Inman, assistant professor
Lee Jolliffe, Ph.D., associate professor

Jill Van Wyke, assistant professor
Chris Snider, assistant professor

View the SJMC Faculty Handbook.