Christopher Stancil currently serves as the Student Success Coordinator for the College of Arts and Humanities. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from West Chester University along with his Master’s degree in Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs. His Master’s thesis navigated the intersectional struggles of community college transfer students. Christopher has served in various departments including Career Services, Residence Life and Housing, and Financial Aid. Most recently, he worked as a Student Success Coach for first-year students through the Achieve Program while supporting academically at-risk students through the Early Alert Program. As an addition to his success coaching he facilitated Academic Success Workshops for students on and off campus. In 2018 Christopher aided in launching the College of Arts and Humanities Ambassador Program.
Scotty Reifsnyder will begin his new role as Tenure Track Assistant Professor in the Department of Art + Design, where he previously worked as an Adjunct Instructor last year. He has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Tyler School of Art and Jefferson University. Currently he has his own design and illustration practice Visual Adventurer, LLC. Scotty earned his MFA in Graphic + Interactive Design from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. After graduating from Tyler, Scotty worked at the award winning design studio Headcase Design in Philadelphia. After working at Headcase for four years he struck out on his own. Scotty has created illustrations and designs for such clients as Chronicle Books, Disney/Pixar, GQ, Time Magazine, The Boston Globe, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Wired. He has received accolades for his creative sorties from Communication Arts, American Illustration and Print Magazine.
Stephanie Brown most recently served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Communication and Media at Saint Louis University after finishing her doctorate at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she wrote her dissertation on gender, power, and authenticity in stand-up comedy. She has taught courses on media literacy and technology, film theory, popular culture, and gender and women's studies. In addition to her research and teaching, she produces segments for The Journal of Cinema and Media Studies' Aca-Media podcast, serves on the steering committee of the SCMS Comedy and Humor Studies Scholarly Interest Group, and occasionally performs stand-up comedy. Before returning for her PhD, she earned an M.A. in Television, Radio, and Film from Syracuse University, worked for the New York Television Festival and for VOX, a voice-over talent agency in Los Angeles.
Alane (Lanie) Presswood is pleased to be serving as the Director of Forensics and teaching in the Department of Communication and Media for the 2019-2020 academic year. She graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies from West Chester in 2013 and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Public Culture from Ohio University in 2017. Prior to returning to WCU, Lanie worked as the Director of Oral Communication across the Curriculum at Hollins University. She has 11 years of experience in competitive speech and debate and has also served as a public speaking consultant for entrepreneurs and business professionals for the past two years. When not engaged with her public speaking work, Lanie conducts research in digital rhetoric and popular culture; her book, Food Blogs, Postfeminism, and the Communication of Expertise: Digital Domestics, will be published in winter 2019 as part of Lexington Book's "Communicating Gender" series.
Adam M. Rainear joins the Department of Communication and Media as a Visiting Assistant Professor. He joins West Chester University after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut, examining if perceptions of forecaster trust and credibility change based on the race and sex television meteorologists. Unsurprisingly, he loves everything weather and media, with research interests focused on how we communicate about weather and climate, particularly using new technology tools – and holding a lifelong desire to be a broadcast meteorologist before attending graduate school. His research has appeared in journals such as Communication Research Reports, Computers in Human Behavior, and Weather, Climate, and Society. He has most recently taught Digital Production and Public speaking, along with a variety of other media and communication courses.
Megan K. Schraedley comes to the Department of Communication & Media as Assistant Professor of Communication (Small Group Communication), having previously served as faculty at California State University Channel Islands. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Organizational Communication from the University of Missouri. Her research and teaching address the discursive causes of food (in)security, which can be transformed through more collaborative policymaking and community organizing practices. She also brings qualitative research expertise in community resilience after working at the Disaster and Community Crisis Center (University of Missouri) and professional experience in nonprofit communication and grantwriting based on her work at Penn Medicine (University of Pennsylvania) and The Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as, Communication Monographs and Disasters, and The Political Language of Food (Boerboom, 2015).
Jacqueline Alnes joins the English Department as an Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing).
Specializing in creative nonfiction, she earned her MFA in Nonfiction from Portland
State University where she served as Nonfiction Editor of the Portland Review, and
her PhD in Creative Writing from Oklahoma State University, where she served as Assistant
Director of First-Year Composition. Her research interests include memoir, literary
journalism, poetry, disability studies, and intersections between creative writing,
composition and literature.
Among other venues, her nonfiction has been published in The New York Times, Guernica, Tin House, Iron Horse Literary Review, The Boston Globe, and Women’s Running Magazine. She also writes regularly for Longreads. Her first book project, a memoir about running and neurological illness, is on submission with editors, and her second book project will be a hybrid work of memoir and literary journalism about the rise and fall of a fruitarian YouTube community.
Roxane Petit-Rasselle was promoted to Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages and Cultures at West Chester University, a place she has called home since 2011. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Lyon, France, and pursued her education in the United States with an M.A. from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. She is passionate about nineteenth-century civilization and literature. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century popular culture, including Alexandre Dumas père's works, Guignol and the making of literary myths. She teaches all levels of French, from language to culture courses.
Justin Sprague comes to the Women’s and Gender Studies Department as an Assistant Professor from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he completed his Ph.D. in Women’s Studies. Additionally, he has an M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, with concentrations in critical race/ethnic studies and food studies, and an M.A. in Humanities from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. His scholarship has been published in the edited collection, Gender and Development: The Economic Basis of Women’s Power (SAGE, 2019), and he is currently finishing the manuscript for his first book, based on his dissertation, Cooking with Mama Kim: The Legacy of Korean Women (Re)Defining Cultural Authenticity. Justin’s research examines the functions of authenticity as a mechanism for racial identification and ethnic identity construction. Centering the cultural narratives of diasporic and multiracial Korean-Americans, he examines what bodies and identities are considered “authentic” in a given racial group/ethnic community context, how the concept is constructed, and in what ways authenticity is moderated through the vehicles of food and motherwork.