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2020-2021 Florida Tech Catalog 
2020-2021 Florida Tech Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Arts and Communication

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Robert A. Taylor, Ph.D., Head

Associate Heads
H. Hatfield Edwards, Ph.D.
Alan M. Rosiene, Ph.D.

Center for the Study of Critical Languages (CSCL)
Jo-Ann Parla-Palumbo, Ph.D., Director


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

Randall L. Alford, Ph.D., general linguistics, language education, German, English as a second language.

H. Hatfield Edwards, Ph.D., public relations, health communication, communication and social issues.

Gordon M. Patterson, Ph.D., 19th- and 20th-century intellectual history, American history, history of science and technology.

Robert A. Taylor, Ph.D., modern American history, American Civil War, Florida history.

Associate Professors

Gabriella I. Baika, Ph.D., foreign languages, humanities.

Kevin R. Burke, Ph.D., world music, 19th-century European music, opera.

Natalie M. Dorfeld, Ph.D., freshman composition, ESL pedagogy, creative writing, contemporary poetry.

John F. Lavelle, Ph.D., freshman composition, American literature, creative writing.

Debbie Lelekis, Ph.D., freshman composition, American literature, narratives of community, Florida literature.

Moti Mizrahi, Ph.D., logic, epistemology, philosophy of science.

Theodore G. Petersen, Ph.D., popular culture, literary journalism, civil rights movement, journalism history.

Youngju Sohn, Ph.D., strategic communication, public relations.

Angela Tenga, Ph.D., scientific and technical communication, Old and Middle English literature, English, German.

Wanfa Zhang, Ph.D., political science, international relations, Asian studies.

Assistant Professors

Melissa A. Crofton, Ph.D., freshman composition, medieval and renaissance women writers, print history, Shakespeare.

Michael J. Finnegan, Ph.D., composition and rhetoric, American literature.

Sharon C. Irvin, M.A., technical writing, simplified English, technical documentation.

Jacob Ivey, Ph.D., history, modern African history.

Lars R. Jones, Ph.D., medieval and renaissance European art, photojournalism, iconography.

Joseph Montelione, PhD., music.

Jo-Ann Parla-Palumbo, Ph.D., languages and linguistics.

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

Alan M. Rosiene, Ph.D., medieval rhetoric, science fiction film, literary theory, freshman composition.

Matthew J. Ruane, Ph.D., assessment, the World Wars, history of science.

Renée Souris Smith, Ph.D., law and society

Andrew Stanfield, Ph.D., English

Dzmitry Yuran, Ph.D., science and technical communication, mass media, strategic 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.

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.


Center for the Study of Critical Languages (CSCL): The department is home to the CSCL, which focuses on the study of Chinese language and culture. A summer institute at the center is the Chinese Language and Culture Intensive Institute. Florida Tech began offering courses in the Chinese language in spring 2010.


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