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Department of Mass Communication
1801 Fayetteville St. Durham NC 27707

Department of Mass Communication

BooksAs it is NCCU's mission "to prepare students academically and professionally to become leaders prepared to advance the consciousness of social responsibility in a diverse, global society," the Department of Mass Communication provides the foundation for our students' academic professional preparation for the field of Mass Communication. Our department is a crucial partner in the General Education Curriculum, providing the required Speech courses. The department plays a central role in implementing the speaking elements of the Quality Enhancement Plan, “Communicating to Succeed,” which has been and will be the University’s major initiative in this decade.  We provide Speaking-Intensive courses for the General Education Curriculum. Our department is diverse and capable of enhancing the university's mission "to serve its traditional clientele of African-American students" and "expand its commitment to meet the educational needs of a student body that is diverse in race and other socioeconomic qualities." The Department of Mass Communication is aligned with the University’s mission additionally through its course offerings, multiple additional extracurricular activities that students can participate in, and external opportunities that are afforded to our students. 

Mass Communication Faculty

Pamela Allison's photos

Allison, Pamela J.

Adjunct Lecturer

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Barnes, Zevandah

Adjunct Lecturer-Part-Time

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life for me has been more ups than downs and I'm just glad to be around people trying to do something with their lives.
MA East Carolina University 2013
BA North Carolina Central University 2012
AA   Wake Technical Community College 2009
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Cargo, Gineen A.

Wells Fargo Endowed Chair

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Casey-Hicks, Felecia

TV Studio Manager

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Chambers, Brett E.


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Brett Erik Chambers is a parent, media literacy advocate and 'Catalyst for Change.’ He has spent most of his adult life finding and presenting positive images of people, especially people of color, on television, radio, film, recording, or the classroom.

Chambers was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists' Region IV Hall of Fame in 2004. He was recognized for his cumulative body of work over his 30 year career in media, from his days in radio at Duke University,... (read more)
MA North Carolina Central University 2002
BA Duke University 1979
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Collins, Alfredia V.

Adjunct Instructor

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Dancy, Shelvia L.

Adjunct Instructor

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dePyssler, Bruce J.

Associate Professor, Campus Echo Adviser

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PhD University of Texas at Austin 1996
MA University of Texas at Austin 1987
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Eisner, Sharon

Adjunct Lecturer-Part-Time

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Fellers, Tracie

Adjunct Lecturer-Part-Time

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Forte, Minnie M.

Adjunct Instructor

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Fuller, Julene C.

Administrative Support Associate

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Hall, Calvin L.

Chair & Associate Professor

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Calvin L. Hall (B.A., M.A., North Carolina State University; Ph.D., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) is the department chair and associate professor in the Department of Mass Communication. He is the author of African American Journalists: Autobiography as Memoir and Manifesto published by The Scarecrow Press.

He earned a doctorate in mass communication from UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Other research interests include literary journalism,... (read more)
PhD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 2004
MA North Carolina State University 1997
BA North Carolina State University 1989
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Hooley, Daniel

Adjunct Lecturer

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Ruth Kennedy's photos

Kennedy, Ruth G.


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Letts, Thomas

Adjunct Lecturer-Part-Time

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McKissick-Melton, Charmaine

Associate Professor & Internship Coordinator

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PhD University of Kentucky 2001
MA Northern Illinois University 1978
BA University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1977
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O'Neal, Truitt

Adjunct Lecturer-Part-Time

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Truitt O?Neal is an Educator, Radio Personality, Online Media Consultant/Designer, Blogger and @NCCU graduate from Washington D.C.. Tru is currently an Adjunct Professor at North Carolina Central University and former producer of the Yolanda Adams Morning Show at Raleigh NC's WNNL "The Light" 103.9FM.
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Parrish, Candace P.

Assistant Professor (Public Relations)

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As a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Dr. Candace Parrish's dissertation involved discovering the potential effectiveness of infographics for cervical cancer prevention among African American Women. Other research interest areas include visual and prevention research in public relations and health communication. Dr. Parrish currently serves as the committee chair for the Inez Kaiser Graduate Students of Color Award for the Public Relations Division of the Association of... (read more)
PhD Virginia Commonwealth University 2016
MS Virginia Commonwealth University 2013
BS Virginia Commonwealth University 2011
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Paulin, Lisa M.

Associate Professor & Assessment Coordinator

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Dr. Lisa Paulin is an assistant professor in the Department of Mass Communication.
She joined the NCCU faculty in 2006 while completing her Ph.D. in mass
communication at The University of North Carolina ? Chapel Hill.

A dedicated lifelong learner, she earned her bachelor?s degree in political science
and French and a master?s degree in applied linguistics, both at Indiana University,
Bloomington. She taught English as a foreign language in Mexico City from... (read more)
PhD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 2007
MA Indiana University, Bloomington 1993
BA Indiana University, Bloomington 1991
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Porter, Renee E.


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Robinson, W. Russell R.

Assistant Professor

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PhD Howard University 2011
MA North Carolina Central University 1995
BA North Carolina Central University 1993
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Smith, Willis

Adjunct Instruct

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Soper, Rebecca J.


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Underdue, Lolethia F.

Adjunct Lecturer/AudioNet General Manager

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Lolethia Underdue casually chose radio as an extracurricular activity in college, got bitten by the broadcasting bug, and switched her major from biology to English in order to get more involved in radio. She worked and interned at several stations in North Carolina before earning her Masters of Art in broadcast management at Norfolk State University. She is now the general manager of AudioNet, the campus wide cable TV student- staffed radio station that is also broadcast via the Internet;... (read more)
MA Norfolk State University 2003
BA Elizabeth City State University 1996
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White, Shauntae Brown R.

Associate Professor & Women's & Gender Studies Coordinator

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BA Howard University 1900
PhD University of Kansas 1900
MA University of Alabama 1900
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Womble, Brenda


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Born in Chatham County, Brenda Lindsey-Womble started teaching dramatic arts in the private and public educational systems and later on entered the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Speech Communication. She went on to earn a Master's in Performance Studies.

With a passion for teaching, she's been a part of the faculty at North Carolina Central University in the Department of English and the Department of Mass... (read more)
MA University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1984
BA University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1980