Darlene has years of professional journalism and communication experience. Her journalistic newswriting, features, and images have appeared in publications including The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Butler Eagle, Atlantic Racquet Press, and La Dolce Vita.
She teaches Journalism and Mass Communication courses and is the adviser to the Pine Needle student newspaper.
Before coming to UNCP, Darlene was an instructor at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Her research interests include rhetoric (propaganda and persuasion, demagoguery), parasocial engagement, and media history. Darlene’s dissertation was “Recognition and Perceptions of Native Advertising in Media.”
Ph.D. Communication Media and Instructional Technology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.A. Journalism and Mass Communication, Point Park University
B.A. Journalism and Mass Communication, Point Park University