Welcome to New COMMTerps

We're pleased to welcome to UM's Department of Communication a great new cohort of graduate students for Fall 2015!                                                                                      

Luke Capizzo (B.A., Michigan State University) is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication, focusing on strategic public relations. Luke’s research interests include the role of public relations in civil society and civic discourse as well as the importance of undergraduate public relations education in strengthening the profession. He currently teaches COMM 107: Oral Communication: Principles and Practices. Before coming to the University of Maryland, Luke practiced public relations with a focus on media relations in the financial services, commercial real estate, manufacturing, retail and technology industries, serving in both agency and in-house roles. He earned the APR (Accreditation in Public Relations) designation through the Public Relations Society of America in 2014.

Morgan Hess is working towards her Ph.D. in Communication with a focus on Rhetoric and Political Culture. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2015 with a B.A. in Political Science and English. Her research interests include the impact of strategic and/or performative political rhetoric on public opinion, political identity, and social reality. She currently teaches COMM 107: Oral Communication: Principles and Practices.

JungKyu Lim is pursuing his Ph.D. in Communication, with a focus on strategic communication and public relations. He earned his B.A. degree in Advertising and Public Relations, with minors in Business Administration and Theatre Design, from Chung-Ang University, South Korea. Prior to joining the department, he had work experience at the advertising agency HS Ad as well as the global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. His research interests include issues/ risk/ crisis management and traditional and new media. 

Nora Murphy is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Communication with a focus on Rhetoric and Political Culture.  Prior to her time at Maryland, she completed her two year commitment as a corps member with Teach For America in Memphis as a fifth grade teacher. She attended DePauw University, earning her Bachelor of Arts in 2013.  Her research interests revolve around rhetorical understanding of peace and peace education.  Nora also currently teaches COMM 107: Oral Communication: Principles and Practices.

Tyler G. Page is pursuing a Ph.D. in Communication focused on public relations. His current research interests are crisis communication, social media and public relations history. A veteran of Utah’s “Silicon Slopes,” Tyler was the first marketer at Qualtrics and still serves on the Advisory Board at peer60 where he was previously Vice President of Marketing and Operations. In his spare time, Tyler has dabbled in many kinds of journalism including 5 years as a sportswriter covering Major League Soccer and an explanatory journalism venture in U.S. Politics. 

Ashlee Richman (B.S., Northwestern University 2007, J.D. American University 2011), is a Ph.D. student studying Rhetoric and Political Culture in the Department of Communication. Ashlee joins the department after spending three years as a litigation attorney in South Florida and an instructor of Moot Court at Florida Atlantic University. Her research interests focus on intercultural communications and the impact of media and leadership communications on conflict resolution. 

Kyle Stephan (B.A. Villanova University, 2014) is a Ph.D. student studying Rhetoric and Political Culture in the Department of Communication. Kyle joins the department after working for the Border Servant Corps, a yearlong volunteer service program, alongside the borderlands in El Paso, TX. His research interests include the intersections of social movements and identity formation, as well as theories of social change.

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