Communications Faculty

Professor Larry D. Augustine, department head, holds a master's degree from West Virginia University. He is executive director of the Pennsylvania High School Speech League, which is headquartered at Susquehanna. He teaches broadcasting and media law. He also is the coordinator of the internship program and is general manager of WQSU-FM.

Professor Beverly Romberger holds a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on oral history and includes topics such as women’s lives, workforce diversity, and men’s and women’s beliefs about relationships. She teaches public speaking, interpersonal communication, team communication, communication theory, intercultural communication and effective listening. She also serves as coordinator for the department’s honors program and individual investigations.

Professor James D. Sodt is the university’s Charles B. Degenstein Distinguished Professor of Communications. He holds a Ph.D. from Syracuse University and spent a decade in strategy, marketing and product development with AT&T. He teaches corporate communications, public relations management, crisis communications, interdisciplinary seminars in technology and other subjects. He serves as adviser to Sterling Communications, Susquehanna’s student-run public relations firm.

Associate Professor Catherine Hastings holds a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. She has experience editing a daily newspaper, and her research interests include rhetorical criticism and journalism history. She teaches a variety of journalism and film courses and is adviser to the student newspaper, The Crusader. She is also the coordinator of the film studies minor.

Associate Professor David Kaszuba holds a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University. He teaches a variety of public relations, journalism and communications courses. He also is the adviser to The Lanthorn—the university yearbook—and the communications honorary, Lambda Pi Eta. His research interests include media history.

Associate Professor Craig Stark holds a Ph.D. in mass communications from The Pennsylvania State University. He teaches courses in audio and video production and distribution, media history and criticism. His research interests include radio history, political economy of mass communications and emerging media technologies. He also provides support to WQSU-FM.

Visiting Assistant Professor Linda Burkley has a master's degree in leadership and liberal arts from Duquesne University, and she holds the APR certification in public relations. She is also the president of Ardis Communication Co. in Harrisburg, Pa. She teaches a variety of public relations courses and serves as adviser to the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter.

Lecturer John Foltz holds a master's degree from Ithaca College in corporate and organizational media. He has spent over 15 years leading a successful firm serving Fortune 500 companies, health care agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. He teaches Essentials of Digital Media, Fundamentals of Digital Video Production, and Intermediate Digital Production. He also serves as adviser to Lens Flare, a video practicum.

Part-time faculty Professionals in media and communications from throughout the region are hired to teach classes.