New Faculty
FALL 2020

Department of Communication and Media

Adam Rainear

Adam M. Rainear, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Media at West Chester University. Dr. Rainear joined West Chester University as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2019 after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. He teaches courses in media campaigns, media literacy, media and culture, and digital production. Dr. Rainear’s passion is weather and media; unsurprisingly, his research examines communication during times of weather crises, with a particular interest in mediated risk communication using social media or new technology. He is interested in investigating how different groups, such as the general public or emergency managers, use social media during extreme weather events. His most recent publications have appeared in journals such as Journal of Emergency Management, Communication Research Reports, and Weather, Climate, & Society.

Department of Communication and Media

Stephen M. DiDomenico

Stephen M. DiDomenico (he/him) comes to the Department of Communication and Media as Assistant Professor of Communication, having previously served as a full-time faculty member in the State University of New York system and Syracuse University. He holds an MA from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and Ph.D. from Rutgers University. His primary area of expertise is the interactional dynamics of interpersonal encounters and recent lines of research have included mental health help seeking and support services, technology use and embodiment in ordinary conversation, and genres of oral narrative in LGBTQ communities. Prior research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as, Communication Research, Research on Language & Social Interaction, and Language & Communication, as well as several edited volumes. He also enjoys teaching about all things human communication, especially courses related to interpersonal interaction, research methods, and oral presentation techniques.

Department of Communication and Media

Nicholas Prephan

Nicholas Prephan is new to West Chester University, and teaches courses in Argumentation and Debate as well as serving as the Director of Forensics for the award-winning Speech and Debate team. His research focuses on Counter-Terrorism and Public Memory, specifically the commemoration of tragedy and its impact on group identity. Most recently, a chapter he co-authored was featured in the book The Media World of ISIS.

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