Fine Arts and Communications Studies

Communications Faculty

Warren Bareiss
Associate Professor
HPAC Office 110
864-503-5299

Warren Bareiss studies relationships among health, communication and culture at the University of South Carolina, Upstate. His research has been published in such journals as Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, The Journal of Medical Humanities and New Media and Society. He earned his doctorate from Indiana University and his master's degree from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He also earned a postdoctoral graduate certificate in health communication from the University of South Carolina. In 2015, Dr. Bareiss developed a Health Communication minor at USC Upstate. He is co-developer of a communication exchange program with Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences in Germany. Subjects that he teaches include mass communication theory, research methods, health communication and international media. For more information about Dr. Bareiss, please visit his website.

Michelle Garland
Assistant Professor
HPAC Office 114
(864) 503-5645

Michelle Epstein Garland is an assistant professor in communication studies and the basic course director for public speaking. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the College of Charleston and her Master of Science and doctorate both in communication and information from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Garland has taught courses in public speaking, communication research methods, interpersonal communication and senior seminar at Upstate, though she has also taught business and professional communication, communication theory, professional skills development and capstone. Her research interests are in instructional communication, specifically the impact of faculty messages on college student identity and student outcomes, as well as in student, course and program assessment and evaluation.

Suzanne Hall
Instructor
HPAC Office 116
864-503-5625

Suzanne Hall is an instructor of communication at USC Upstate. She has been teaching at the university since 2015. Ms. Hall graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcasting. She earned a Master of Arts degree in journalism from Marshall University and is currently completing her doctoral studies in health promotion, education and behavior at the University of South Carolina.

Emily Kofoed
Assistant Professor
HPAC Office 117
864-503-5831

Emily Kofoed holds a doctorate in rhetoric and politics from Georgia State University’s Department of Communication, a master's degree from Kansas State University and a bachelor's degree in mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Kofoed spent two years as an assistant professor of communication and the assistant director of forensics at Tennessee State University. Her research considers the relationship between rhetorics of citizenship, gender and sexuality, and is primarily guided by theories of critical rhetoric and visual politics. These areas of research focus are reflected in her courses in the Department of Fine Arts and Communication Studies at USC Upstate, which include advanced public speaking, argumentation and debate, and rhetorical theory and criticism.

Allison Ludwig
Senior Instructor
HPAC Office 112
864-503-5307

Allison Ludwig is a senior instructor of mass media and public relations at USC Upstate. She has been teaching at the University since 2006. She graduated from USC Spartanburg in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a concentration in journalism. She earned a Master of Arts degree in professional communication from Clemson University in 2003. Mrs. Ludwig also serves as the faculty advisor for The Carolinian, USC Upstate’s print and online student publication.

Gary Mattingly
Senior Instructor
HPAC Office 109
864-503-5874

Gary Mattingly is a senior instructor of mass media. After completing a successful 30-year career in television news, Mr. Mattingly joined the Upstate faculty in August 2007. Mattingly served as a general assignment reporter and anchor for television stations in Spartanburg and Columbia, South Carolina; Portsmouth, Virginia; Orlando and Gainesville, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Among the many stories covered by Mattingly during his career are the burning of an entire Philadelphia neighborhood when a group of radicals engaged in a week-long standoff with police, the first women to go to sea for the U.S. Navy, nine years of reporting from Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras and some of the worst storms to hit the United States including Hurricanes Opal and Andrew. He is the recipient of numerous broadcast industry awards and is an avid scuba diver. When he is not in the classroom, you’ll find Mr. Mattingly volunteering for community projects and organizations.

Ray Merlock
Professor
HPAC Office 113
864-503-5646

Ray Merlock teaches communications and journalism courses in the areas of film, electronic and print media and also coordinates media internships. A longtime movie reviewer, he includes among his scholarly interests western films and various western stars such as Clint Eastwood, Gene Autry and John Wayne. Dr. Merlock is a well-known speaker and interview subject regarding popular media and popular culture.

Renu Pariyadath
Assistant Professor
HPAC Office 118
864-503-5870

Renu Pariyadath studies communicative and relational practices and strategies for organizing in environmental justice movements, particularly in the context of transnational and other broad-based alliances to resist the global restructuring of lives and labor. Her scholarship engages the intersection of critical cultural studies, environmental communication and non-profit organizational communication, but she also draws widely from transnational feminist theory, and sociological and anthropological scholarship on transnationalism. Dr. Pariyadath teaches communication for social change, ethics in human communication, organizational communication, gender and communication, and is developing a service-learning course in communicating and organizing for environmental justice. She earned her doctorate in communication studies from the University of Iowa with a minor in gender, women’s and sexuality studies, and has a master's degree in communication from The Ohio State University. She is actively involved in environmental justice movements in the U.S. and in India and was previously an international working journalist.

David Wallace
Assistant Professor
HPAC Office 115
864-503-5627

David Wallace is an assistant professor of communication at USC Upstate and the coordinator for the communication programs within the Department of Fine Arts and Communication Studies. He received his doctorate in communication from the University of Colorado and his bachelor’s degree in media studies from the College of Charleston. Prior to his time at USC Upstate, he worked in marketing and public relations and as a sportswriter in Boulder, Colorado. His research interests include the role of media during times of social change and the use of new media technologies to provide voice and community for marginalized populations. These interests have led to multiple projects and publications researching the impact of segregationist pressures on the freedom of the press in the South during the civil rights movement and the use of the Internet by the homeless. At USC Upstate, Dr. Wallace teaches courses in public relations, mass communication law and ethics, mass communication history, international media, senior seminar and research methods. He is also the co-director of an international media teaching and study abroad partnership with the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences in Magdeburg, Germany.

Carolina (Carolyn) R. Webber
Assistant Professor
HPAC Office 111
864-503-5882

Carolina Webber earned her doctorate in organizational communication and cultural studies (speech communication) at the University of Utah. Her research is informed by critical and feminist theories of organization and qualitative research methods as she studies relationships among power, organization and identity. Her current research projects explore the organization of difference (race, class, gender and sexuality) in social institutions such as the workplace and higher education. Dr. Webber draws on her interdisciplinary training to teach a variety of courses in communication studies including organizational communication, small group communication, intercultural communication, and her newly developed courses, interviewing and communicating difference in social institutions.