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Grad Coordinator
Julian Kilker

Internship Coordinator

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Faculty Expertise
Advertising: Traudt, Espin
Audience Reception: Traudt
Communication Law: Bates
Emerging Technologies: Kilker, Larson, Traudt
Global Media: Traudt
Journalism: Borchard, Hausch, Larson
Media Ethics: Hausch,
Media History: Borchard
Social Media and Virtual Worlds: Mullen
Public relations: Espin
Science & Health Communication: Kilker
Visual Communication: Kilker, Larson, Mullen


Stephen Bates

Stephen Bates, Associate Professor
(J.D, 1987, Harvard Law School)

Stephen Bates teaches First Amendment law, political communication, and other classes. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of four books, as well as academic articles on privacy, obscenity, libel, reporter’s privilege, political advertising, and journalism history. His writing has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Washington Post, American Heritage, Slate, and the Wilson Quarterly, where he was a contributing editor. He has been a fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Annenberg Washington Program in Communications Policy Studies, and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University.

Research Articles and Conference Presentations

Office: GUA-2132
Mail Stop: 5007

Dr. Bates' Home Page


Greg Borchard

Gregory A. Borchard, Professor
(Ph.D., 2003, University of Florida)

Professor Borchard teaches classes in journalism history, reporting, and research methods. His scholarly work has focused on the nineteenth century press; it includes Lincoln Mediated, a book published by Transaction (2015), Abraham Lincoln and Horace Greeley, for Southern Illinois University Press (2011), and Journalism in the Civil War Era for Peter Lang (2010). He co-authored with JMS colleagues From Realism to Reality: The Advent of War Photography for Journalism & Communication Monographs (2013), and his publications have appeared in American Journalism, Journalism History, and The Journal of Popular Culture, among other books and journals. He wrote for newspapers including the Gainesville Sun and the Minnesota Daily.

(702) 895-4868
Office: GUA-2134
Mail Stop: 5007

Dr. Borchard's Home Page


Kathy Espin

Kathy Espin, Internship Coordinator
(M.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Kathy Espin teaches introduction to public relations and public relations writing. She earned her M.A. in Communication from UNLV and a B.S in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She was recognized at UNLV for Outstanding Teaching by a Part Time Faculty in 2003. She served as Interim Basic Course Director for Communication Studies for the 2005-2006 term. She started her professional career as a journalist with the Las Vegas SUN where she was copy editor and city editor from 1980 to 1985. She spent 12 years in public relations, advertising and marketing in the casino industry before forming her own communication consulting firm in 1996. She currently writes about Las Vegas for several publications including TravelAge West, Nevada Magazine, Los Angeles Times Calendar and several custom publications. As a volunteer, she serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care.

(702) 895-5126
Office: GUA-1304
Mail Stop: 5007

Kathy Espin's Home Page


Laurie Fruth

Laurie Fruth, General Manager, UNLV TV
(M.A, 1983, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Laurie is the general manager of UNLV TV. As a faculty member with the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism, she teaches classes in videotape editing and program development. She works with students and members of the campus community to produce original, innovative programming for two educational cable channels. She received an undergraduate degree in medical communication from The Ohio State University and a masters degree in mass communication from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

(702) 895-3876
Office: GUA-2136
Mail Stop: 5007

UNLV-TV's Website


Mary Hausch

Mary Hausch, Associate Affiliate Professor
(B.S.J., 1970, Ohio University)

Professor Hausch has 21 years experience in the newspaper industry, including 11 years as managing editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. She teaches advanced level journalism courses and is the 1992 recipient of the Rita Deanin Abbey Humanities Teacher of the Year Award at UNLV.

(702) 895-4352
Office: GUA-2133
Mail Stop: 5007


Julian Kilker

Julian Kilker, Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator
(Ph.D., 1999, Cornell University)

Dr. Kilker’s research focuses on the intersection of society, media technologies, and innovation. He teaches many of the School’s emerging technology courses, as well as technology and society courses in the UNLV Honors College. He has published in both academic journals (including Visual Communication Quarterly, Social Identities, Convergence, IEEE journals, and The Public Historian) and magazines, and has exhibited documentary photography in Switzerland, California, and Nevada. He has received awards from the Broadcast Education Association, Management Communication Quarterly, the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Nevada Press Association. Dr. Kilker’s experience bridges the humanities and sciences; he holds a degree in physics from Reed College, taught science courses as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya, and worked in technical fields in Switzerland, Washington DC, and Oregon. 

Research Articles and Conference Presentations

(702) 895-3729
Office: GUA-2137
Mail Stop: 5007

Dr. Kilker's Home Page


Gary Larson

Gary W. Larson, Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator
(Ph.D., 1997, University of Minnesota)

Dr. Larson teaches television production and broadcast journalism for the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies. He has been teaching in these areas along with emerging technologies and visual rhetoric for over twenty years and has authored national and regional conference papers as well as four book chapters. Larson received his M.A. in Mass Communication from North Dakota State University in 1991 and his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota in 1976. His ongoing research includes work on the rhetorical constructions of self and community on the global Internet, and the social psychology of a visually-mediated world. He received a Broadcast Education Association research award in 2001. He is a member of the Broadcast Education Association and the Popular Culture Association. Dr. Larson spent twelve years as a working broadcast journalist in small and medium markets in the upper Midwest before returning to school for his advanced degrees.

Research Articles and Conference Presentations

(702) 895-3274
Office: GUA-2135
Mail Stop: 5007

Dr. Larson's Home Page


Frank Mueller

Frank Mueller, Faculty-in-Residence and KUNV General Manager
(M.B.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Frank is General Manager for KUNV 91.5 FM and KUNV HD-2 and an instructor with the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism. Frank has over 15 years of radio experience in both commercial and non-profit environments. Frank earned his MBA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his BA in Broadcast Journalism from Brigham Young University. He has been published in professional broadcast trade magazines and has taught news writing, writing for broadcast, and audio production at UNLV.

(702) 895-0060
Office: GUA-1211


Lawrence Mullen

Lawrence J. Mullen, Director
(Ph.D., 1992, University of Iowa)

Professor Mullen’s areas of research and teaching interest focus on visual literacy, research methods, and media studies generally. He’s developed courses in social media, online games and virtual worlds, and media and sports. His book, Las Vegas: Media and Myth explores the impact the media have on the transient community of Las Vegas. His other published research has explored the phenomenon of visual communication in several settings including the nexus between community and visuality.

Research Articles and Conference Presentations

(702) 895-4491
Office: GUA-2142
Mail Stop: 5007


Nancy Syzdek

Nancy J. Syzdek,
(M.A., George Washington University)

After nearly 20 years in public relations, Nancy Syzdek, APR, joined UNLV’s Greenspun School Journalism and Media Studies in 2013. In addition to teaching in the department’s integrated marketing communications track, she also teaches the second year seminar in civic engagement for the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs.

Syzdek earned her bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from UNLV and a master’s degree in strategic public relations from George Washington University. Her professional experience includes media relations, government affairs, community outreach, employee communications, business-to-business marketing, crisis communications, public participation, and integrated marketing communications. She worked in numerous sectors including with corporations, elected officials, PR agencies, government contractors, civil engineering firms, real estate professionals, and higher education.

In addition, the Public Relations Society of America’s (PRSA) Western District awarded Syzdek their first Platinum Award for her leadership at the association’s local, regional, and national levels. She is currently a member of PRSA’s National Board of Ethics and Professional Standards and is the chair-elect for the Employee Communications Section.

(702) 895-5957
Office: GUA-2131
Mail Stop: 5007
Twitter: @nsyzdek


Paul Traudt

Paul J. Traudt, Associate Professor
(Ph.D., 1981, University of Texas at Austin)

Dr. Traudt has been a university educator and researcher for nearly 40 years. He currently teaches undergraduate courses in the social impact of media, global and comparative media systems, and integrative-marketing communications. He is a recent recipient of the College of Urban Affairs Teacher of the Year Award. He has directed dozens of graduate Master’s theses, mostly in the area of audience reception theory and research methodology. He is the author of the undergraduate textbook Media, Audiences, Effects: An Introduction to the Study of Media Content and Audience Analysis (Allyn & Bacon) and coeditor of The Social Use of Media: Cultural and Social Scientific Perspectives on Audience Research (Intellect/University of Chicago). His research consulting has included clients as diverse as multinational corporations, law firms, and public broadcasting. He has served as a guest professor in Germany at the Institute for Applied Media Research, Universität Lüneburg, and the Institute for Media and Educational Technologies/Reception and Effects, Universität Augsburg.

(702) 895-3647
Office: GUA-2140
Mail Stop: 5007


Olesya Venger

Olesya Venger, Assistant Professor
(Ph.D., 2014, University of Georgia)

Dr. Venger conducts interdisciplinary research at the intersection of strategic communication, regulations and media clearance, human trafficking and technology. To navigate the issues associated with the sex business, including legality and media clearance of escort advertising in light of global fight against human trafficking, she deals with big data, conducts archival research, and in-depth interviews. Having working knowledge of journalism and advertising, Dr. Venger teaches global media, advertising copywriting, and social media analysis at the undergraduate and psychology of advertising at the graduate levels. Dr. Venger received her B.A. in Economics and Entrepreneurship and M.A. in Journalism (the University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy,” Ukraine), M.A. in Advertising and Public Relations (Marquette University), and M.A. in Communication (University of Pennsylvania).


(702) 895-1333
Office: GUA-2139
Mail Stop: 5007

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