Media Arts and Communication Faculty
Chris has helped students master communication competencies at EOU since 1993. His areas of expertise include interpersonal, public speaking, interviewing, and organizational communication. Chris is also a communication and leadership consultant to northwest cities and corporations. State public safety departments recruited Chris to provide executive level communication training. He was recognized for his expertise in communication, training, and leadership by the fire and police academies in WA-OR-ID. Chris is also a USCG licensed captain and able seaman. MS Communication, University of Oregon.
Dr. Chen considers himself a generalist in media studies. His education includes a BA in Chinese Literature (1987), a MA in Journalism (1994), and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication (2006). Currently he teaches Foundations of Mass Media, Media Theory, Public Relations/Advertising Principle & Practice, Media Law/Ethics, Communication & Society, Intercultural Communication, Small Group Communication, Conflict Management, and Interpersonal Communication at EOU. His research interest includes international public relations, cultural studies, and media technology. He presented more than ten papers in national conferences and published a paper in peer-review journal. He enjoys Chinese calligraphy, reading, swimming, cooking, and walking.
In her twenty-first year at Eastern Oregon University, April Curtis anchors the Human Communication area within the Media Arts/Communication Program. Some of her courses include COM 111 Interpersonal Communication, COM 215 Conflict Management, and COM 335 Communication, Gender and Culture. An MFA graduate of Rutgers University, April has provided professional communication facilitation for many businesses and organizations in the community and at EOU. This year, April has been invited to review, research and create academic programs in Rosario, Argentina for EOU students by the AHA Program out of the University of Oregon. In her past professional life, April was a professional designer in New York City and a mask artisan for the 2004 Olympics Opening Ceremony in Athens, Greece. Her interests are in traveling, storytelling, and painting.
Since 1995 Dr. Roy has been working professionally in new media development and researching the evolution and cultural significance of digital media technologies. He arrived at EOU in 2005 from the University of Georgia after receiving his Master of Fine Arts degree in Digital Media and Filmmaking. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Georgia in 1995. His work has exhibited internationally and nationally in such venues as the London International Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. He was presented with the Best Film/Film Industry Website Award at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival for his collaborative work with Dreamspan and the Short Attention Span Film Festival. Professor Roy continues to research digital filmmaking and new media communication and is an outspoken advocate for providing access to media technology education to students in rural communities, helping bridge the "digital divide."