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Journalism and Mass Communications

Adjunct Faculty and Graduate Teaching Assistants

Wan Anan


Justin Brouckaert

Phone: 803-777-6284

Justin Brouckaert is the assistant to the director of scholastic media for the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Brouckaert served as editor of his college newspaper, The Valley Vanguard, and wrote for the Midland Daily News and the Detroit News in Michigan before moving south. He enjoys writing, reading, playing pickup basketball and spending time with his wife and two dogs.

Anderson Burns


Robbie Butt

Phone: 803-386-8337
Website: Marketing Performance

B.A., Journalism, University of South Carolina
M.A., Organizational & Strategic Communications, Queens University

For 27 years, Robert Butt has used his talents in marketing, advertising and public relations to change the companies and clients for whom he has worked and to attain the positive bottom-line results for which his company is known.

Butt began his career as an advertising director for Belk Department Stores in 1984. After years of successfully “beating last year’s sales” and amassing awards from organizations such as the American Advertising Federation and the Television Bureau of Advertising and gaining national notoriety for eye-popping special events for brands such as Giorgio Beverly Hills, Butt packed up and moved into the ad agency world. After a few stops, working primarily with clients in the luxury real estate, non-profit, and hospitality markets, he formed Marketing Performance, LLC which serves a diverse clientele from local non-profit organizations to international manufacturing concerns and niche luxury brands.

A recipient of the American Advertising Federation's G.D. Crain Award for Public Service and one of only two University of South Carolina's “Aid to Advertising Education” Award recipients, Butt also serves on the faculty as an adjunct professor in the College of Mass Communication & Information Studies at USC –Columbia.

Erik Collins

Phone: 803-777-3310

Dr. Erik Collins previously served in senior corporate communications management for Miller Brewing Company in Milwaukee, Wis. and Philip Morris Incorporated in New York City.

Dr. Collins' research interests are mass media law, campaign finance regulation, not-for-profit public relations management, crisis communication management and corporate social responsibility.

Dr. Collins' teaching style is the socratic method. He is the receipt of the Michael J. Mungo University-wide Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction and numerous Mortar Board awards for teaching excellence. Dr. Collins regularly teaches Media Law and Ethics at the undergraduate and graduate levels, Quantitative Research Methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels and Public Relations Management and Advanced Public Relations Writing at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He also chairs or serves on master's degree thesis and doctoral degree dissertation committees. 

Khadija Ejaz


Karen Flowers


Karen Flowers tries to instill a passion for the nuances of communication in all its forms. She helps students have an appreciation for the English language and have respect for the power it commands. Flowers is the recipient of a Mortar Board award for teaching excellence and the recipient of Teacher of the Year awards at her school and district while in public education. She also has received numerous advising, service and leadership awards for her work with scholastic journalism in state, regional and national organizations - including the Linda S. Puntney Teacher Inspiration Award in 2015.

Greg Hardy


Chris Huebner


Gordon Humphries


Grant Jackson


Hwalbin Kim


B.A., Mass Communications, Korea University
M.A., Mass Communications, Korea University
M.S., Journalism, Ohio University, Athens

Hwalbin Kim is currently a doctoral candidate in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina. His specific research areas include science/health/risk communication, political communication, and social media. He examines the public’s understanding and perceptions of such topics as marijuana legalization, environmental sustainability, alternative energy, nuclear energy, climate change, and genetically modified organisms. More specifically, his interests are in the role of the media play in communication science to the public and to policy makers. He is particularly interested in how science is framed in the media. He has current publications in peer-reviewed journals such as Mass Communication & Society. He has presented his research at numerous academic conferences and received top paper awards for his research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and Convergence and Society.

 Kim worked as a leader and member of research design team for exit polls by the TNS Korea in 2010 and 2002. He was a member of Student Ambassador at the Korea University for 3 years. Also, he served in the Republic of Korea Army as a KATUSA (Korean Augmentation to the United States Army) soldier (Military Occupational Specialty, MOT: Medic) between 1996 and 1998.

Prior to joining the doctoral program at USC, he taught several communication courses as a part-time lecturer at the Korea National Open University. 


Jo-Yun Li


Alex Luchsinger


Stephanie Martin


Elizabeth McCarthy


Karen Pettit


Marcia Purday

Phone:  803-318-3188

B.A., Journalism, University of South Carolina
MBA,  Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina

As an accredited public relations practitioner (APR) with more than 25 years experience, Marcia Purday is a crisis conqueror, brand builder and master strategist.

She retired from BellSouth as director of corporate and external affairs where she was responsible for developing and implementing statewide media relations and strategic communications plans, employee communications, crisis communications and focused community and educational programs, such as the South Carolina African-American History Calendar.

After her retirement, Purday served as the vice president of communications and public relations at the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. She led the Chamber’s branding efforts and streamlined the chamber’s many publications into an award-winning four-color magazine, South Carolina Business.

Since leaving the Chamber, she has worked on diverse projects such as the creation and launch of a sustainability brand for an international packaging company, a strategic communications plan to integrate five companies and technologies under a single brand, and a crisis communications plan for an international chemical company.

Currently, Purday is a senior communications advisor at NP Strategy and director of public relations for Curing Kids Cancer.

Purday has received numerous awards including the Distinguished Public Relations Practitioner of the Year from the South Carolina Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Bertram Rantin


Bertram Rantin is a USC journalism school graduate and has taught Mass Media Writing/Reporting the past 15 years.

Rantin is a communications specialist for the Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group and a member of the public relations team for the South Carolina State Fair.

He previously worked at The State newspaper in Columbia, including 15 years as the paper’s metro columnist while focusing on community superlatives, volunteerism, nonprofits and other topics of human and special interest. He also served as an assistant metro editor, assistant sports editor and special projects coordinator while at The State.

Rantin’s journalistic writing experiences include reporting on community government, secondary education, health, the military, transportation, features, the arts and sports.

Rantin has conducted public relations and communications training seminars for local governments and institutions, including Richland County and the University of South Carolina. He is a former member of the Lt. Governor’s State Essay Writing Competition task force.

Rantin has lived in South Carolina his entire life.

Nandini Sen


B.A., Calcutta University, India
M.A., Temple University
Ph.D., Temple University

Dr. Nandini Sen started her working life in the advertising industry, joining India's #1 advertising agency at the time, J. Walter Thompson, as a copywriter. After a few exciting years as a copywriter, she moved to the USA and joined Temple University in Philadelphia as a Master's student in Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media. She so enjoyed her coursework there that she stayed until she completed her Ph.D. in Communications in 2005.

While completing her Ph.D., Dr. Sen worked as an adjunct instructor at Elon University's Communications school in North Carolina. Her first job after obtaining her Ph.D. was as a Project Manager at the Sheps Center for Health Sciences Research at the University of North Carolina, where she developed an interest in public health policy while working on externally funded projects in the Mental Health division. From the Sheps Center, Dr. Sen moved to a CDC funded position in the North Carolina Division of Public Health. Managing large budgets as a Media and Interventions Specialist, she combined her experience in advertising and marketing with her experience in public health research to bring accuracy and accountability to health promotion efforts.

Dr. Sen has been an invited speaker for the Tri-State Stroke Network and the North Carolina Stroke Care Collaborative, speaking on health campaign planning and health literacy. She has published research articles on online communication, and presented on stroke patients' psychological barriers at the American Academy of Neurology annual meeting.


Anan Wan


Jane Weatherred


Larry Webster


Yichen Zhu


Mark Tatge


B.A., Sociology, Western Illinois University
M.A. Journalism, Ohio State University
M.B.A., Management, Ohio University

Mark Tatge is the former senior editor in charge of print, video and Web operations for Forbes Magazine and in Chicago. He reported at The Wall Street Journal, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dallas Morning News and Denver Postguest, and was a guest pundit on ABC, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, FOX and PBS stations. Tatge is also the founder of Deadline Reporter Media, a digital media consulting firm.

Tatge's research interests include the impact of social media on journalism, society, and the public interest.

Tatge is a big fan of the Socratic method as a way to stimulate critical thinking skills and help illuminate ideas; asking questions is the first step toward finding answers. He likes to integrate multimedia into his teaching to make learning fun for students.  He believes that when learning is fun rather than chore, people remember what they learn. Tatge's teaching interests include investigative reporting, business and economics journalism, media law, First Amendment and multimedia storytelling.