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Department Chair 

Communication and Theatre
William Jewell College 
500 College Hill 
Liberty, MO 64068

 

 

  Gina E. Lane, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication and Department Chair
Dr. Lane teaches courses in Persuasion, Rhetorical Criticism and American Public Address, Advanced Public Speaking and Senior Seminar. In addition to her role as department chair, she serves on the governing board of the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence. Her research interests include the rhetoric of Native Americans, the 1920s rhetoric of Eleanor Roosevelt and competitive debate and forensics. A lifelong Kansas City resident, she lives in Pleasant Valley with her Shih Tzu, Sumi, and her two cats, Xena and Amy.

Deborah Chasteen, Ph.D
Professor of Communication and Director of Internships
Dr. Chasteen teaches Public Relations, Communication Theory, Interpersonal, Small Group and Integrated Communication. She is also the advisor to Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honor society and the Jewell Communication Society. Her passion is traveling, especially international teaching.
Kevin Garner
Kevin Garner, M.A.
Director of Debate and Instructor of Communication
Professor Garner's main responsibility is leading Jewell's nationally-ranked debate squad. His courses include Rhetoric, Communication Theory and Political Communication. Aside from teaching, Kevin is a partner in a political consulting firm and doctoral student at the University of Kansas, specializing in the rhetorical construction of sexual identities.
Joshua Hoops
Joshua Hoops, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication
Dr. Hoops has taught Intercultural Communication, Organizational Communication, Media Writing, Small Group Communication and Public Speaking. His research examines the role identity plays in cross-cultural communication. His current projects are focused on the relationships between space and race. When not teaching and researching, Josh enjoys playing and watching basketball.

Natasha Martin, M.F.A.
Theatre Artist in Residence and Assistant Professor of Theatre
Professor Martin has taught workshops and courses in Acting Styles, Directing, Movement and Stage Combat, and has been a personal acting coach for the past 15 years. She has appeared in television and film roles, including Fox, TLC, Disney, Nippon TV Japan and on many stages throughout the US. Trained at the Actor's Studio Program in New York City, Natasha is thrilled to be joining the faculty and students at William Jewell. Check out Professor Martin’s portfolio at: www.natashaleemartin.com.

Nathan Wyman, M.F.A.
Associate Professor of Theatre and Director Jewell Theatre Company
Professor Wyman teaches Stagecraft Fundamentals, Stage Design and Production, including Scenery & Props, Costumes & Makeup, and Lighting & Sound, and Stagecraft Practicum courses. He is the director of the Jewell Theatre Company, where he has designed scenery, lights and props for more than 30 plays. In 2010, Professor Wyman completed stage designs for “Darkness Falls” with Running With Scissors Theatre Company in Hertfordshire, England. Nathan is married to the love of his life, who is also an artist and designer. They reside in a “fixer-upper” on the east side of Liberty with their three cats, Wally, Guilty, and Lucy. Check out Professor Wyman’s design portfolio at www.behance.net/nathanwyman.

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