Communication Studies Faculty

Chris Bonney

Chris Bonney is an assistant professor who makes theory practical, helping students master communication competencies at EOU since 1993. His areas of expertise include interpersonal, public speaking, interviewing and leadership communication. He is also a consultant, providing executive level training for state public safety departments, with fire and police academies in Washington, Oregon and Idaho recognizing his expertise. Chris also worked in the maritime industry as an able seaman and commercial diver. He holds an M.S. in Communication from the University of Oregon.

Xiaowei ChenXiaowei Chen is an associate professor of communication and journalism and considers himself a generalist in media studies. His education includes a B.A. in Chinese Literature (1987), an M.A. in Journalism (1994) and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication & Public Affairs (2006). He worked as a reporter, editor, designer and public relations writer in Beijing for seven years before he moved to the US in 2002. In the past 10 years, he taught over 10 courses in mass media and human communication. His research interests include international public relations, media technology and cultural studies. He published a research paper in peer-review journals and presented 15 papers in national and international conferences.

April Curtis
April Curtis is a professor who anchors the interpersonal communication courses at EOU as well as chairperson of Communication Studies program. Her background in professional theatre informs her research interests in nonverbal communication and oral interpretation. An avid traveler, she has taken students on cultural excursions to countries all over the world. At EOU, she has received the Distinguished Faculty Award, the PCSW Women of Courage and Vision Award and many Kennedy Center Meritorious Achievement awards. She holds a B.A. from Montana State University and an M.F.A. from Rutgers University-Mason Gross School of the Arts.
Kevin RoyKevin Roy is an associate professor and media artist exploring the intersections of digital technologies and traditional media. He received a B.A. in Art History in 1995 and an M.F.A. with a concentration in Digital Media and Filmmaking in 2005 from the University of Georgia. His films and professional work have been exhibited in international film festivals and venues.