Faculty & Staff in Communication
Communication Office Information
Department Chair: Eric Jones
Location: 33 Collegeview Rd.
Hours: Monday – Friday (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Associate Professor & Department Chair
Dr. Eric Jones currently serves as the Chair of the Communication Department. He is an associate professor of journalism; teaching audio production, sports communication, and media diversity. He is also the advisor for WOBN FM, the FCC-licensed campus radio station operated by Otterbein students. In addition, he serves as a volunteer with the Simba Advisory Committee, a mentoring organization at the Ohio Franklin County Children Services agency. He has served as a mentor to numerous young boys and has given…
Dr. Jean P. Kelly believes in the power of stories, both hers and others, to give hope, build faith, and improve communities. She is an associate professor of journalism; teaching reporting, writing, branding, graphic design and podcast storytelling. Together with her students, Dr. Kelly also puts faith in action through community-based research and service-learning projects in urban neighborhoods as well as with student-directed production of podcasts. She teaches community leaders and students alike that storytelling can change the world for…
Dr. Nichelle McNabb is interested in political communication, communication in education and the perception of educators, and academic debates. She is a professor of communication; teaching Persuasion, Communicating with Audiences, Intercultural Communication, Rhetorical Theory, Fake News and Political Conspiracy Theories, and a Freshman Year Seminar on the presidential election once every four years. Dr. McNabb contributes to Otterbein outside the classroom as well. She serves on the General Education committee and the Common Book committee. She is also an equity…
Professor & Faculty Trustee
Dr. Susan Millsap has been teaching and coaching forensics for forty years, thirty-five of those years at Otterbein. She is a professor of Communication teaching; Public Speaking, Argumentation and Advocacy, and Interpreting Communication Research. Over the years, her Speech and Debate Teams have won numerous state and national awards. She has served on the national council of the National Forensic Association. She has served on the national council for Pi Kappa Delta and is currently serving as its National Historian.…
Mr. Moon is an Emmy-award winning media professional, former television producer, audio-visual storyteller and cinematic videographer who teaches students how to be effective digital media marketers and content creators. He manages several personalized internship placements in the large, Columbus media market for journalism and media communication majors, and mentors students in the production of quality video and social media content for their professional portfolios.
Dr. Kerry Strayer teaches courses in Communication Studies including Communication Theories, Teamwork, Organizational Communication, and Gender and Communication. Additionally, she team teaches a Gen Ed course in Censorship, as well as a Senior Year Experience course titled, Community, Change, and Leadership. Her research is currently focused on creating a collaborative, multi-generational workplace. Her newest project will involve creating a Cultural Awareness Training course for medical professionals. Dr. Strayer leads workshops using personality inventories (MBTI, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram) to maximize teamwork and…
Dr. Hillary Warren is a professor of journalism; teaching courses in journalism, professional communication, research methods and multimedia production. Dr. Warren is the Advisor for T&C Media, a student-run media organization that primarily covers campus news and events. It also reports on areas of interest to the Otterbein and Westerville communities. Since 2021, she has been the College Media Association Vice President for Member Support.
Video Production Manager/Campus Videographer
Stephen Rossman began his television career in 1986. He held production and engineering positions at TV stations in Erie, PA and Columbus, OH. At Otterbein, Stephen assists Communication faculty with their technical needs and mentors students in their chosen career path. As Otterbein's videographer, he provides internal and external visual media for the Marketing and Communications Department, provides video support for the Theater and Dance program, and facilitates livestream events on campus.