A Special Tribute to Dr. Kim Rotzoll

Clifford G. Christians


Clifford G. Christians is Research Professor of Communications at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign, and also a Professor of Journalism and a Professor of Media Studies. He has a B.A. in classics, a B.D. and Th.M. in theology, an M.A. in sociolinguistics from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in communications from the University of Illinois. He has been a visiting scholar in philosophical ethics at Princeton University and in social ethics at the University of Chicago and a PEW scholar at Oxford University. He is a coauthor ofResponsibility in Mass Communication; Jacques Ellul: Interpretive Essays; Good News: Social Ethics and the Press; Communication Ethics and Universal Values; Moral Engagement in Public Life: Theorists for Contemporary Ethics; The Handbook of Mass Media Ethics; Ethical Communication: Moral Stances in Human Dialogue; Normative Theories of the Media; Key Concepts in Critical Cultural Studies; Communication Theories in a Multicultural World; and The Ethics of Intercultural Communication.. View his faculty page and vita.

Mark Fackler


Mark Fackler is professor of communications emeritus at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan. He holds an A.B. in philosophy, M.A.s in communications and theology, and a Ph.D. in communications from the University of Illinois. Presently he teaches on the graduate faculty of Spring Arbor University in Michigan.  He does research on ethics, democracy, and the press in East Africa, and has taught in the triangle of Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya. His recent work includes Handbook of Global Communication and Media Ethics, Ethics and Evil in the Public Sphere, and Ethics for Public Communication. A new title on global media ethics is forthcoming.  View his faculty page and View his faculty page and vita.

Kathy Richardson


Kathy Richardson is President of Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. Prior to this, she served as Provost and Professor of Communication at Berry College, Rome, Georgia. She has a B.A. in communication and religion/philosophy from Shorter College and an M.A. in journalism and Ph.D. in mass communication from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. She has published research in book chapters and in journals, including Journal of Media and Religion, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journal of Advertising Research, Public Relations Review, and Journalism & Mass Communication Educator.  She was named Alumna Scholar of the Year in 2014 by the Grady College at the University of Georgia. She is a coauthor of Applied Public Relations: Cases in Stakeholder Management, now in its 3rd edition. She has served as editor of Journalism & Communication Monographs and co-editor of National Forensic Journal and is a member of the editorial board of Mass Communication & Society  and Journal of Media Ethics. Learn more about Dr. Richardson.

Peggy Kreschel


Peggy Kreshel is an Associate Professor of Advertising at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. She is an active affiliate faculty member of the Institute for Women’s Studies and a member of the Teaching Academy at the university. She earned an undergraduate degree in advertising and psychology and a master’s degree in mass communication at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Her Ph.D. is from the Institute of Communication Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Her research areas are focused on feminist media studies, media culture; pedagogy, ethics, the professional culture of advertising, and advertising history. Her work has been published in a variety of advertising and communication research journals, among them: the European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Advertising, Journal of Current Issues in Research in Advertising, Advertising and Society Review,  Journal of Communication, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Journalism Quarterly, and Journalism Monographs. She is a co-editor of two forthcoming books on feminists, feminism, and advertising. View her faculty page and vita. Watch her on You Tube.

Robert H. Woods, Jr.


Robert Woods is Professor of Communication at Spring Arbor University, Spring Arbor, Michigan, where he teaches media ethics, communication theory, and research in the graduate program. He has a B.A. in communication from the University of New Mexico and an M.A. in communication and Ph.D. in communication from Regent University, Virginia. He also holds a J.D. from Regent University and is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has published journal articles and book chapters on law, distance education, and religion and media. His articles have appeared in the Review of Religious Research, Journal of Media and Religion, Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, Christian Scholar’s Review,Christian Higher Education, among others. His books include Understanding Evangelical Media: The Changing Face of Christian Communication and Prophetically Incorrect: A Christian Introduction to Media Criticism, to name a few. He recently edited a three-volume collection on Evangelical Christians and popular culture (Praeger, 2013). Dr. Woods currently serves as the network administrator of the Christianity and Communication Studies Network (www.theccsn.com). View his home page and vita.