Oral Communication Program Team

Lindsey Anderson, Ph.D.

  • Executive Director, Oral Communication Program
  • Assistant Professor
  • lbander@umd.edu

Lindsey Anderson is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication. Her research focuses on communication assessments and communication education coupled with organizational processes related to employee age and workplace emotion (e.g., career socialization, retirement, and mentoring). Lindsey’s work has appeared in multiple outlets including Communication TeacherCommunication YearbookPublic Relations ReviewManagement Communication Quarterly, and The Journal of Professional Communication. Drawing from her research interests and background as an Associate Course Director for the basic communication course at Purdue University, Lindsey currently serves as the Executive Director of the Oral Communication Program for the Department of Communication. 


Melissa Lucas

  • Co-Managing Director, Oral Communication Program
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • malucas@umd.edu

Melissa Lucas is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Communication with an emphasis in Rhetoric & Political Culture. She received her M.A. in Communication from San Diego State University and her B.A. in Communication and Political Science from the University of San Diego. Her research interrogates the intersections of gender and civic responsibility during wartime. Melissa joins the Oral Communication Team after serving as a Graduate Teaching Fellow for the Teaching & Learning Transformation Center.


Raphael Mazzone, Ph.D.

  • Co-Managing Director, Oral Communication Program
  • Professional Track Faculty
  • rmazzone@umd.edu

Raphael Mazzone (Ph.D., 2017, George Mason University) is a lecturer in the Department of Communication and co-manages the Oral Communication Program. He teaches courses in strategic communication, organizational communication, public relations, media theory, and intercultural communication. His research focuses on the intersection between information and communication, specifically around role negotiation and identity. An Alumnus of Maryland’s iSchool (MLS, 2006), Raphael has worked for the National Archives and Records Administration and the Associated Press. 


Jade Olson, Ph.D.

Jade Olson is a lecturer in the Department of Communication and director of the Oral Communication Center. She regularly teaches the training course for OCC peer consultants as well as the basic course in Communication. She has taught courses in critical thinking, argumentation, debate, public policy, and environmental communication. Her research explores the rhetorical construction of radical and revolutionary environmental activism. Jade earned her Ph.D. (2017) and M.A. (2011) in Communication from the University of Maryland.


Cassondra Pope

  • Assistant Director, Oral Communication Center
  • Professional Track Faculty
  • cpope@umd.edu

Cassondra Pope is Assistant Director of the Oral Communication Center and a PTK Communication lecturer from Cleveland, Ohio.  She was awarded a Women in Science and Engineering scholarship from NASA, and as a Dual Degree Engineering major, earned a B.S. in Natural Science (Math) from Spelman College and a B.M.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech.  She later earned an M.F.A in Film from Howard University.  Her diverse educational background gives her unique perspective on different aspects of communication science.


Devin Scott

  • Coordinator, Curriculum & Teaching Development
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • dss094@umd.edu

Devin Scott is a doctoral candidate studying Rhetoric & Political Culture in the Department of Communication. He joins the department after spending two years working with Teach For America as a Corps Member in the Memphis, TN region. His research interests center on the rhetorical strategies employed by political candidates seeking office. He also studies the intersection of politics and entertainment. Devin guides the development and implementation of learning outcome assessments to improve teaching and learning. Devin received his M.A. in Communication from the University of Maryland in 2015 and his B.A. in Communication from Truman State University in 2010. 


Andrew D. Wolvin, Ph.D.

  • Assessment Associate, Oral Communication Program
  • Professor
  •  awolvin@umd.edu

Andrew D. Wolvin is a professor in the Department of Communication. His research interests center on listening behavior, communication education, and communication management. Dr. Wolvin is the co-author of the widely-used basic communication course text Communicating: A Social, Career, and Cultural Focus, and several other books including Listening, The Public Speaker/The Public Listener, and This Business of Communicating. He is the editor of Listening and Human Communication in the 21st Century and co-editor of Perspectives on Listening. Recognized as a National Communication Association Teaching-Learning Scholar, Dr. Wolvin has served as president of the International Listening Association and the Eastern Communication Association. He has extensive experience as a communication coach and trainer in federal and private agencies.

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