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Justin Bernstine Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Academic Services SOC - School of Communication

Dr. Justin T. Bernstine joined SOC in 2016. Prior to coming to AU, Justin held a variety of positions in student and academic affairs at Portland State University, Montgomery College, and The George W

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Laura BonDurant Sr. Associate Dean for Academic Affairs SOC - School of Communication

Laura BonDurant joined the SOC in Janauary 2010. Prior to her role in the SOC she served as the Director of the Center for Academic Success at The Catholic University of America. Previously she was th

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Adam Edge Business & Operations Coordinator, IRW SOC - School of Communication

Adam is the Business & Operations Coordinator at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, with a background in nonprofit management and administration.

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Meredith Fender Senior Administrative Assistant SOC - Game Lab

Meredith happily returned to her alma mater in January 2017, where she currently supports the AU Game Lab. She previously received her Master's in International Communication from SIS, and served as a

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Kayla Ferguson Academic Advisor SOC - School of Communication

Kayla Ferguson joined SOC in October 2017. Prior to this Kayla has two years of experience as an Admissions Counselor. Before entering the workforce, Kayla also had two years of experience as a peer a

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Tom Fish Media Services Manager SOC - School of Communication

A member of the AU community since 2006, Tom Fish currently serves as Media Services Manager in the School of Communication. He oversees video production and post-production facilities, a newsroom, ph

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Tara Flakker Senior Academic Advisor SOC - School of Communication

Tara Flakker joined the School of Communication in January 2014. Prior to AU, she was an at home parent and community advocate on school food inequity in DC. Before breaking from full time employment

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Aja Goode Graduate Program Specialist SOC - School of Communication

Aja graduated from George Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in Integrative Studies (concentration in International Studies) and a minor in Dance and African American Studies. While a student a

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Aisha Green Faculty Affairs Coordinator SOC - School of Communication

Aisha Green is the SOC Faculty Affairs Coordinator. She has experience in recruitment, human resources and payroll. She most recently worked with Georgetown University's Summer and Special Programs de

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Leila Hernandez Recruitment Coordinator SOC - School of Communication

Leila is a self-described "pop culture analyst and enthusiast." Her favorite TV show of all time is "Community" and her favorite movie of the past year is "The Greatest Showman." Her dream is to one d

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Kristian Higgins Director of Operations and Production SOC - School of Communication

Kris is the Director of Operations & Production for the Investigative Reporting Workshop. He has a background in non-profit management, having spent more than a decade overseeing grants and programs f

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Ellen Jimenez Administrative Coordinator SOC - School of Communication

Ellen Jimenez joined the School of Communication staff in the summer of 2008 as the Senior Administrative Assistant for the undergraduate office. She previously worked at Cesar Chavez Public Charter S

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Jean Kinnahan McGee Senior Graduate Academic Advisor SOC - School of Communication

Jean McGee serves as the graduate advisor for all graduate students, full-time, part-time, and weekend, in the School of Communication. She has been working with the SOC graduate students since 2006.

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Katerina Kulagina Assistant Dean for Graduate Academic Services SOC - School of Communication

Dr. Katerina Kulagina is assistant dean of graduate academic services at the School of Communication. She oversees graduate recruitment and retention; graduate curriculum; online partnership; graduate

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Charles LeGette Event Planning Manager SOC - School of Communication

As the Event Planning Manager, Charles is the primary point of contact for all logistical aspects of events at American University’s School of Communication. Additionally, he serves to support facilit

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Kendaliz Mata Administrative Assistant, Graduate Services SOC - School of Communication

Kendaliz, also known as Kendy, joined the Office of Graduate Academic Services in February of 2018. She graduated from George Mason University with her bachelor's degree in May of 2017. During her tim

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Sharon Metcalf Part Time Staff SOC - School of Communication

Sharon Metcalf blends a strong background in communications with strategic partnerships in media and education. She gained journalistic insight from several perspectives, working in Washington DC for

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Theora Milledge Assistant Director, Strategic Communication & Marketing SOC - School of Communication

As Assistant Director of Strategic Communication and Marketing, Tia oversees strategy and content development for the SOC website and coordinates social media and marketing campaigns designed to bette

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Imani Muleyyar Video & Photo Production Coordinator SOC - School of Communication

Imani Muleyyar is from Baltimore Maryland and holds degrees in both TV and film. He assist with production needs in the Media Production Center and the Media Innovation Lab. Imani is also an Iraq War

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Kristi Plahn-Gjersvold Assistant Dean of Administration and Strategic Initiatives SOC - School of Communication

In her role as Assistant Dean for Administration & Strategic Initiatives, Kristi provides leadership for the School of Communication’s external research funding administration, execution of strategic

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Zachary Prichard Technology Manager SOC - School of Communication

Zack took over the position of Computer Labs Manager for the School of Communication in August 2008. Prior to that, he spent two years working within the SOC’s Office of Technology as a graduate stude

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Laura Ragusa Asst Dean-Budget and Technology SOC - School of Communication

Laura Murray has been a staff member at American University since 1977. Currently she works as the Assistant Dean for Budget and Facilities in the School of Communication. Her unit is responsible for

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Lydia Schindler Special Projects Manager SOC - School of Communication

As SOC Special Projects Manager, Lydia is responsible for managing, executing and following up on all aspects of the Dean's Internship program (recruitment, application process, promotion, and student

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Shaun Schroth Adjunct Instructor SOC - School of Communication

Shaun oversees the Photography Labs at American. These include the darkroom, film processing, studio, and digital work areas in the Mary Graydon Center

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Teal Wrocklage Academic Program Assistant SOC - School of Communication

Teal joined SOC in August of 2016 as Academic Program Assistant supporting Public Communication and Communication Studies divisions in a variety of manners.

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John Zollinger Assistant Dean for Communication and Outreach SOC - School of Communication

Drawing on more than 25 years of experience in journalism and higher education outreach, John oversees and coordinates all communication and marketing efforts for American University’s School of Commu

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