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Dr. Susan Jasko

Education

  • M.A.: Communication in the Public Interest, Ohio State University
  • Ph.D.: Communication Theory, Ohio State University

Biography

Dr. Jasko taught at several institutions, including Ohio University, Nassau Community College and Montclair State University before coming to Cal U in 1998. She is the founding president of the New Jersey Communication Association, a past president and officer of the New York State Communication Association, and a frequent unit planner for the Eastern Communication Association. She has been a basic course director, graduate program coordinator and a department chair. She has served as an assistant to several deans of the College of Liberal Arts. She has served on and chaired numerous committees and regularly presents her work at the National Communication Association conventions. She is on the editorial board of two journals, has published articles and is the co-author of one book. She has received the Neil Postman Mentoring Award.

Courses

  • Communication Theory
  • Public Speaking
  • Introduction to Public Relations
  • PR Campaigns
  • PR Cases and Problems
  • Persuasion

Research Interests

Examining popular culture, including TV shows and films; the processes of social organizing, especially grassroots movements; gender; leadership models and experiences; how media change human experience.

Student Research Projects

Students have presented at academic conferences, especially at the Eastern Communications Association's annual convention and the New York State Communication Association.

Service Learning Projects

Co-adviser for the campus chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). This group engages in one or more forms of service-learning each semester, including fund-raising for a charity or organizing an event.

The Practitioners, a unit of the PRSSA, serves a range of clients each year.

Academic Department(s)

  • Department of Communication Studies

Academic Program(s)

  • B.A. Communication Studies

Contact Information

Email:
jasko@calu.edu

Phone:
724-938-4162

Office:
Morgan Hall 242

Quotable

"Without a doubt, the best part of my job is working closely with students from a wide range of backgrounds. I get to watch them begin here at the University and develop into successful, competent, compassionate, humane, eager, talented young adults. A close second are those opportunities I have for working with faculty, staff and students from across the University on projects and events. In addition, I find it very rewarding to work with students on internships and to make site visits, talking with the on-site supervisors. Finally, I really enjoy traveling to conferences and other professional events and talking about my students, my classes and my experiences at Cal U. This is the best job in the world!"

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