Department of Mass Communication
PO Box 1510
Pembroke, NC 28372-1510
Office: Old Main, Room 247
Dr. Jason Hutchens
Associate Professor and Chair
Office: Old Main, Room 249
Jason joined the Mass Communication Department faculty in Fall 2009. He teaches courses in broadcasting, photojournalism, writing for media, video production, investigative journalism and mass communication.
He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of video/multimedia production and has worked in broadcast, higher education, freelance, and corporate communications environments. Prior to joining UNCP, he was a manager of internal communications for Orlando-based Darden Restaurants, where he oversaw media productions for product brands including Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and The Capital Grille, among others.
His scholarly pursuits include documentary film production, investigative journalism, film studies, educational media, digital/fine art and photography, and studying social media's impact on culture and education.
Jason's most recent project is the hour-long documentary Voices of the Lumbee. The film was in production for almost three years and was produced with the help of students in all three tracks of the Mass Communication program. Information about the film can be found at www.voicesofthelumbee.com
Ed.D. Educational Leadership. University of Central Florida
M.A.Ed. Instruction and Curriculum Design, Virginia Tech
B.A. Communication Studies, Virginia Tech
A.A.S. Radio/TV Production, Virginia Western Community College
Dr. Emilia Bak
Office: Old Main, Room 233
Dr. Emilia Bak comes to UNCP from Georgia. She graduated with a Ph.D. in mass communication in 2013 from the University of Georgia in Athens where she also completed her M.A. and B.A. She teaches courses primarily in the department’s public relations track.
With her love of writing, an interest in new technology, and a deep enthusiasm for history, mass communication was a field that allowed Dr. Bak to explore all of her research interests. Her dissertation explored brides in American mass media from the 19th century through the beginning of the 21st century. The first chapter won her a top student paper award and was published in Journalism History. Emilia also earned a graduate certificate in women’s studies while at UGA.
After completing her doctorate, Emilia worked as a media coordinator for a small business in Atlanta. She developed and managed the business’s social media presence while performing marketing and public relations duties.
Ph.D. Mass Communication, The University of Georgia
M.A. Journalism and Mass Communication, The University of Georgia
B.A. English, The University of Georgia
Dr. Judith G. Curtis
Judy started teaching at UNCP in Summer 2002. Today, she has 22 years university teaching experience.
Judy teaches journalism, mass communication and public relations courses and advises the UNCP student newspaper, The Pine Needle.
She received UNCP's Outstanding Teaching Award. She received the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award from the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education. She was invited to present a workshop on "Ensuring Student Success in a Web-Based Course" for the Greater Cincinnati Consortium of Colleges and Universities.
Beyond the classroom, Judy has 40 years professional writing, editing, graphic design, production and media management experience in newspaper, magazine and book publishing.
She has been a Managing Editor of two national magazines and a book publishing company as well as vice president of a publishing house where she supervised editorial, design, production, manufacturing and sales in addition to creation and design of national advertising campaigns and media placement.
Ph.D. Mass Communication, Union Institute & University
M.A. Political Science, Hood College
B.A. Journalism, Pennsylvania State University
Office: Old Main, Room 142
Terence joined the Mass Communication Department faculty in Fall 2008. He teaches courses in television production, editing and writing.
Working in television production since 1994 and higher education since 2003, Terence is experienced in producing, directing and editing in the studio and field. He has won awards for his work, including two Bronze Awards from the Long Island Advertising Council in 2008.
Terence was Production Assistant for TCI Cable of Brookhaven, at that time part of the largest cable television provider in the nation. He became Production Manager, responsible for overseeing facilities and staff. While with TCI, Terence directed studio productions, including talk, infomercials and music/variety, as well as programs, PSAs and commercials shot on location. While with TCI, Terence won a Gilbert Award for Best Public Affairs Programming from the New York State Cable Television Association and two Folio Awards for Best Public Service Announcement from the Long Island Coalition for Fair Broadcasting.
Terence joined the Public Relations and Marketing Group in 2001 as Vice-President of Digital Video Production. With PRMG, he planned advertising and marketing strategies for non-profit organizations, retailers, law firms, political campaigns and businesses. Terence continues to advise PRMG and to provide video production services.
Terence worked as a freelancer in sports programming, including as audio engineer for Newsport Network's Scoreboard Central and director for WLNY-TV. As an independent producer, he provided video services for New York City's Central Park Summer Stage, produced and directed Act One,a sketch/music variety program and directed segments for the Princess Grace Awards, among other projects.
Terence came to UNCP from the Department of Television and Radio at Brooklyn College where he was adjunct professor. Terence directed "The Mystery of Anna O," an adaptation of Jerome Coopersmith's stage play for Brooklyn College and segments of the 2007 President's Concert for CUNY-TV.
M.F.A. Television Production, Brooklyn College
B.F.A. Communication Arts, New York Institute of Technology
A.A.S. Broadcast Telecommunications, Suffolk County Community College
Office: Old Main, Room 229
George had 23 years professional public relations and marketing experience with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations in the healthcare and insurance industries before coming to UNCP in Spring 2003.
George is APR certified (Accredited in Public Relations) by the Public Relations Society of America.
In addition, he was editor of weekly newspapers in Tennessee and Mississippi.
George received awards for his works from the Mississippi Press Association, the Tennessee Society of Healthcare Public Relations, and the Mid-Ohio Valley Chapter of the American Marketing Association.
At UNCP, George teaches public relations and advertising courses, as well as mass communication core courses, and advises our chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).
He previously was adjunct instructor at Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville Technical Community College, and the Duke University Certificate Program in Non-Profit Management. He conducted public relations workshops for Cross Country University of Nashville, a national provider of seminars and educational workshops for business and industry.
M.B.A. Tennessee Technological University
B.A. The University of the South
Dr. Jamie Litty
Office: Old Main, Room 233
Jamie has ten years' experience in public radio and television in New York, New Jersey, and Ohio. She taught ten years in higher education and the non-profit sector before coming to UNCP in July of 2001. Here she teaches courses in audiovisual production, media writing, and media theory, law, and ethics. Jamie was chair of the department for nine years.
Jamie is an award-winning videomaker who has produced in a variety of corporate and news genres. Her current research interests are on topics of media law in an age of New Media; media pedagogy; and the communication of culture. Previous research included health communication and the phenomenology of media production.
A recipient of a 2011 UNCP Outstanding Teaching Award, Jamie is adviser to the Mass Communication Department's live, weekly, student-produced TV newscast, Carolina News Today, "The Hawk" internet radio station, and our chapter of the National Broadcasting Society / AERho. Jamie is active in university governance, currently serving on the Student Publications Board and the Faculty Development and Welfare Committee. She is a member of the Interpersonal Violence & Sexual Assault Response Team and the advisory committee for the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies.
Jamie received the 2014 Adolph L. Dial Faculty Award for Community Service. Recent work in the community includes chairmanship of the Cable Access Channel Advisory Committee for Laurinburg/Scotland County and videography services for the Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast.
Ph.D. Communication, Ohio State University
M.S. Mass communication, Miami University
B.A. Journalism and mass communication, NYU
Office: Old Main, Room 244
Marybeth Sandell spent most of her career with Bloomberg. She managed multiple bureaus in Europe, including the anchor office in London, and later traveled the world training reporters and editors in more than a hundred newsrooms, some in person and some virtually. Later, her work took her to New York, where she coordinated content across multiple platforms, including TV, radio, Internet and mobile. She was also involved with planning and strategy for new acquisitions and start-up businesses at the company.
Marybeth currently is consulting as director for Moore Forward, an organization that promotes entrepreneurism and innovation in Moore country, where she lives.
M.A., Technology and Communication (2015), UNC Chapel Hill
B.A., Scandinavian Studies, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Office: Dial Humanities Building, Room 112
Sara is a regular adjunct in the public relations sequence. She also serves as a full-time lecturer for UNCP teaching English. She is faculty adviser to the school yearbook, The Indianhead. She has been at UNCP since 1988.
M.A. Rutgers University
A.B. St. Peter's College
Mavis is a regular adjunct in mass communication. She also serves as a member of the faculty at Wake Technical Community College.
M.A., Journalism, Regent University
B.S., Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Dr. Mu Lin
Mu is a digital journalism professional and educator. He blogs about digital journalism practices and offers online digital training. Mu has taught journalism and communication courses at the University of North Florida, Manhattan College and Georgian Court University.
Ph.D., Media and Communication, Temple University
M.A., Journalism, Renmin University of China
B.A., Journalism, Heilongjiang University
In addition to serving as an adjunct instructor with the Department of Mass Communication, Christie is the full-time director of the Office for Community and Civic Engagement. In this position, she works closely with students, faculty, and staff in helping to better engage and serve the community through academic service-learning and co-curricular service initiatives. Christie has a strong interest in public relations, media studies, and speech communication. She currently serves as the part-time Public Information Consultant for Robeson County Administration and County Commissioners. Before joining the Mass Communication team, Christie served as an adjunct instructor in the Department of English, Theater and Foreign Languages focusing on public communication.
Previous teaching experiences include Sandhills Community College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
M.A. Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
B.A. Speech Communication, Berea College
Sallyann has been with UNCP since January 1998. She brought with her years of experience working with students, administrators, and the public. She taught in several public school systems in the state prior to coming here to UNCP. She has experience in working with and assisting people both nationally and internationally.
Sallyann’s duties focus on the daily operations of WNCP-TV. They vary from scheduling of and assisting with productions to the scheduling and airing of the programs on area broadcast and cable channels. She also assists students on broadcasts and supervises work study assistants.
Sallyann currently serves on several campus committees and is active in community service work. She is secretary of the City-County Community Access Channel Committee for Laurinburg-Scotland County.
B.S. Business Administration, Atlantic Christian College
Currently completing a Duke University Certificate in Non-Profit Management
Office: Old Main, Room 247
Jennifer joined the Mass Communication Department staff in 2005 after 14 years with the Public Schools of Robeson County. Her administrative support associate duties also include the department of Geology and Geography and the student newspaper The Pine Needle. She also serves as the main point of contact for students, staff and the outside public who come by these offices with questions or requesting information about the departments.
A.A.S. Blue Ridge Community College
Broadcast and Emerging Media Engineering Technician
Office: Old Main, Room 143
Chuck Joined the Mass Communication Department in Fall of 2014 as the Broadcast & Emerging Media Engineering Technician. He brings with him more than 25 years of experience in media and telecommunications in higher education, broadcasting and sports production.
Chuck was the Media/Telecommunications Coordinator for Richmond Community College before moving on to Time Warner Cable where he served as Division Production Manager in the Charlotte area. As part of his responsibilities, he managed all of the day-to-day operations, contracts, budgets and remote productions. He also served as the Director of Broadcast Operations for Paradigm Broadcast Services in Charlotte, NC. His duties included managing remote television facilities used for a number of regional sporting groups. He also had oversight responsibilities for organizational operations, marketing and engineering. Prior to joining UNCP, Chuck worked in the freelance market managing mobile productions as well as integrating and outfitting high-definition mobile television units.
B.S. Broadcast Telecommunications, University of North Carolina at Pembroke
A.A. Art Photography, Chowan University