Center for Global Communication+Design

Comm+D Personnel

The staff at the Center for Global Communication+Design is composed of graduate teaching assistants and undergraduate mentors who enjoy reading and responding to writing, oral presentations, and visual or multimodal projects from all disciplines!

All of the mentors and teaching assistants who work at the Comm+D have significant experience in composing and responding to many types of either written or visual work. In addition, all undergraduate mentors have also excelled in a four-credit course, Writing and Response, which has prepared them to read and respond to a wide range of texts.

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Faculty

Director: Patricia Search

Professor
Department of Communication and Media
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Patricia Search conducts research in cross-cultural communication and multisensory interaction design, and received a Fulbright award to work with two Australian universities on computer interface designs for Indigenous cultures. Pat, who creates art installations that explore the semiotics of interactive computing and multimodal information design, also served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Visual Literacy.

Communication Practices Lead Faculty: Barbara Lewis

Lecturer
Department of Communication and Media
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Dr. Barbara Lewis, ’99, is Faculty Lead for the Center for Global Communication+Design. She truly enjoys reading and talking about all kinds of communication projects with writers, and has been working in writing and speaking centers for a very long time. She was actually a consultant in RPI’s Writing Center back when she was working on her degree here as a graduate student! Barbara lives in Scotia, NY with her husband and daughter, two dogs, four pet rats, and a corn snake named Seymour.

Academic Outreach Lead Faculty: Weina Ran

Lecturer
Department of Communication and Media
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Weina Ran, whose research interests include the effects of media multitasking, health communication, and persuasion, has extensive teaching experience in strategic communications, business/professional communications, and advanced research methods in communication. Weina received her Ph.D. in Communication from The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.

Chinese Mentor Program Lead Faculty: Jianling Yue

Lecturer
Department of Communication and Media
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Jianling Yue’s academic interests and publications span Chinese linguistics, pedagogy, second language acquisition, Chinese character evolution, grammar instruction, and English-Chinese translation. She has received numerous awards, including two awards of “Excellence for International Chinese Language Education” in 2008, a First Place Prize and a Third Place Prize in an International Chinese Teaching Case Competition in 2014, and Rensselaer's Faculty Achievement Award, also in 2014.

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Teaching Assistants

Comm+D is fortunate to have a number of graduate TAs and undergraduate mentors available to consult with students, faculty, and staff who come to the Center. Our trained staff looks forward to working with you!

Andy Elrick

Andy is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication and Media.

Josh Potter

Josh is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication and Media.

Allison Bannia

Allison is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication and Media.

Justin Dowdall

Justin is a doctoral student in the Department of Communication and Media.