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2021-2022 Florida Tech Catalog 
2021-2022 Florida Tech Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Arts and Communication

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Andrew J. Aberdein, Ph.D., philosophy.

H. Hatfield Edwards, Ph.D., journalism and communication.

Gordon M. Patterson, Ph.D., history.

Lisa Perdigao, Ph.D., literature.

Robert A. Taylor, Ph.D., history.

Associate Professors

Gabriella I. Baika, Ph.D., French and Italian.

Kevin R. Burke, Ph.D., music.

Natalie M. Dorfeld, Ph.D., writing.

John F. Lavelle, Ph.D., writing.

Debbie Lelekis, Ph.D., writing, literature.

Moti Mizrahi, Ph.D., philosophy.

Theodore G. Petersen, Ph.D., journalism and communication.

Youngju Sohn, Ph.D., strategic communication.

Angela Tenga, Ph.D., literature.

Wanfa Zhang, Ph.D., political science.

Assistant Professors

Melissa A. Crofton, Ph.D., writing and literature.

Michael J. Finnegan, Ph.D., writing and literature.

Sharon C. Irvin, M.A., communication.

Jacob Ivey, Ph.D., history.

Lars R. Jones, Ph.D., art history.

Joseph Montelione, D.M.A., music.

Kenneth R. Pike, Ph.D., philosophy and law.

Matthew J. Ruane, Ph.D., history.

Renée Souris Smith, Ph.D., law.

Andrew Stanfield, Ph.D., writing and literature.

Dzmitry Yuran, Ph.D., journalism and communication. 


Ingrid Bradley, M.A., communication.

Alexandra Soya Brewer, M.S., ESL.

Annie Caza, M.A., languages and linguistics.

Eliza Dopira, M.M., music.

Rolanda Hatcher-Gallop, M.S., communication.

Amy Laakman, M.A., communication.

Keturah Mazo, M.S., communication.

Anna Montoya, M.A., Spanish.

Joy Patterson, M.S., English.

Faculty Emeritae

Penny Bernard, M.S.; Marcia Denius, M.F.A.; Jane E. Patrick, Ph.D.; Carol M.H. Shehadeh, M.A.; Fontaine Wallace, M.Ed.; Judith B. Strother, Ph.D.; G.S. Wylie, M.A.; Bill Leach, Ph.D.

Mission Statement

The school provides the foundation on which students build practical skills of writing and critical thinking, intellectual objectivity and analysis. These are preparations not only for a career but also for anyone who wants to write a book or start a corporation, pursue graduate studies or serve as a management consultant.

Florida Tech provides a work environment that is richly diverse, ethnically, linguistically and politically. The goal of the school is to provide a program that succeeds in its commitment to its students and shows them how to wonder at the genius of great literature in the same way it shows them how to write proposals or launch a public relations campaign. It must also convince students that careful thinking, meticulous writing and imaginative planning are essential not just for success but for corporate survival and that all jobs in the 21st century will require solid writing and analytical skills, computer proficiency and intellectual openness.

Fast Track Master’s Program in Global Strategic Communication

This program allows undergraduate students of any major to complete a master’s degree in global strategic communication in one year by earning graduate-level credit hours during their senior year and applying up to six credit hours to both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The program is available to undergraduates who have completed a minimum of 35 credit hours at Florida Tech with an earned GPA of at least 3.3, and who have completed at least 95 credit hours toward their undergraduate degree by the time the approved student begins taking graduate-level courses. The credit hours are treated as transfer credit (GPA does not apply) when applied toward the master’s degree. Interested students should consult their department head for more information about this program.

Minor Programs

Minors in communication, history, literature, music, philosophy and prelaw are offered through the school. A complete policy statement regarding minors can be found under Undergraduate Academic Information . Information about current minor offerings is available through the individual departments/colleges.


Faculty in the School of Arts and Communication are active in a wide range of research and scholarship in the disciplines represented in the school, including history, literature, philosophy, law, music, journalism, and strategic communication.


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