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Division of Media and Communication Faculty

Dr. Matthew Thornton
Dr. Matthew Thornton, Division Chair

Holder, McCormick-Huie Endowed Professorship

Assistant Professor of Convergence Media

Contact

      Office: Alexandria Hall 206

      Address: LC Box 554, Pineville, LA 71359

      Phone: 318-487-7101

      Email: matt.thornton@lacollege.edu

Education

Ph.D. – Media & Public Affairs; Political Science Minor

Louisiana State University 

M.A. – Journalism

University of Missouri-Columbia

B.S. – Business Administration

University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

Biography

Dr. Thornton earned his Ph.D. in Media and Public Affairs from the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University.  While at LSU, he additionally minored in American Politics.  Prior to his studies at LSU, Thornton attended the Walter Williams School of Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Sam Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

Dr. Thornton’s research focuses on political communication with particular interest in campaign strategies and media law.  His dissertation explored the effects of religious appeals in political campaign advertisements.  Dr. Thornton is currently working on a collaborative book chapter examining news coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court.  His previous research has appeared in the Journal of Politics.    

Dr. Thornton serves as Division Chair as well as faculty adviser for the newly implemented Public Relations concentration.  He teaches classes within the Department of Convergence Media and the Department of Communication Studies.  He primarily teaches public relations and persuasion oriented classes as well as core media courses on theory, ethics and law.

Courses Taught

  • Business Communication
  • Editing
  • Editorial Journalism
  • Mass Media Theory and Research
  • Media Ethics
  • Media Law
  • Media Persuasion
  • Newswriting
  • Political Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Public Relations Cases & Campaigns
  • Public Relations Writing

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Dr. Brandon BannonDr. Brandon Bannon

Communication Studies Curriculum Coordinator

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Contact

      Office: Martin Performing Arts Center, 202

      Address: LC Box 554, Pineville, LA 71359

      Phone: 318-487-7594

      Email: brandon.bannon@lacollege.edu

Education

Ph.D. – Communication Studies

Louisiana State University

M.A. – Interpersonal & Organizational Communication

University of Arkansas-Little Rock 

B.S. – General Studies with a Concentration in Business and Minor in Speech

Northwestern State University

Biography

A native of Georgetown, Louisiana, Dr. Bannon earned his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Louisiana State University.  Prior to his studies at LSU, Bannon attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. 

Dr. Bannon’s research examines the role of communication in crisis situations.  He has presented papers at the Louisiana Communication Association and co-authored a forthcoming book chapter on physiology and relational conflict communication. 

Prior to coming to Louisiana College, Dr. Bannon taught speech for four years at Northwestern State University.  In addition to teaching communication courses at Louisiana College, Bannon serves as Forensics Director for LC’s debate team.

Courses Taught

  • Communication Theory
  • Crisis Communication
  • Forensics
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Leadership Communication
  • Negotiation & Debate
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Small Group Communication

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Mr. Alan QuartemontMr. Alan Quartemont

Convergence Media Curriculum Coordinator

Assistant Professor of Convergence Media

Contact

      Office: Martin Performing Arts Center, 204

      Address: LC Box 554, Pineville, LA 71359

      Phone: 318-487-7597

      Email: al.quartemont@lacollege.edu

Education

M.S. – Communication

University of Louisiana, Lafayette

B.S. – Broadcast Journalism

Marquette University

Biography

A native Wisconsinite, Mr. Quartemont earned his Bachelor’s in Broadcast Journalism from Marquette University.  Quartemont additionally holds a Master’s in Communication from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. 

With over 25 years experience in journalism and broadcasting, Quartemont brings a wealth of professional expertise to the Department of Convergence Media.  As a long-time broadcast professional, Quartemont’s teaching philosophy focuses on the practical aspects of journalism.  In keeping with the current age of media convergence, Quartemont stresses the need for students to be “generalists” as opposed to “specialists.”  Students must be equipped with a diverse skillset to excel in today’s digital media environment.

Mr. Quartemont teaches classes within the Department of Convergence Media primarily focusing on areas of broadcast journalism and sports media coverage.

Courses Taught

  • Broadcast News
  • Broadcast Writing
  • Advanced Broadcast Reporting
  • Introduction to Mass Communications
  • Journalism Lab
  • Photojournalism
  • Sports Journalism
  • Videography

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Dr. Debrah “Pete” Richardson

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Department of Theatre Curriculum Coordinator

Contact

            Office: Martin Performing Arts Center, 207

            Address: LC Box 554, Pineville, LA 71359

            Phone: 318-487-7495

            Email: pete.richardson@lacollege.edu

Education

Ph.D. – Theatre

Louisiana State University

M.A. – Speech/Theatre

Louisiana Tech University

B.A. – Speech/Theatre

Louisiana Tech University

Biography

Dr. Richardson earned her Ph.D. in Theatre from Louisiana State University.  She additionally holds both a Bachelor and Master of Arts in Speech and Theatre from Louisiana Tech University. Dr. Richardson has several research interests, including Cajun dialect humor and its impact on the cultural identity, Shakespeare and 19th century American drama.

Dr. Richardson considers most of the courses she teaches in Communication Studies to be life skills, not just course work. She desires for students to master these skills and use them in their chosen careers, or even in making a presentation to the PTA.  Since public speaking ranks as the #1 fear (ahead of death and spiders), Dr. Richardson feels it her duty to help students gain control of this fear and focus their energy on their presentation.

Dr. Richardson teaches courses in both the Department of Communication Studies and Department of Theatre including classes in specialized communication, practical theatre skills and the interpretation of literature.

Courses Taught

  • Public Speaking
  • Business Communication
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Oral Interpretation of Literature

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Mr. Jeff YoungMr. Jeff Young

Assistant Professor of Convergence Media

Director of Technical Productions

Contact

            Office: Martin Performing Arts Center, 203

            Address: LC Box 554, Pineville, LA 71359

            Phone: 318-487-7321

            Email: jeff.young@lacollege.edu

Education

M.A. – Communication - Television Production Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

B.A. – Church Music - Vocal performance

Louisiana College       

Biography

Mr. Young returned to his Alma Mater, Louisiana College, after serving as a Pastor of Technical Production in local churches for 20 years. His passion for Media Ministry drew him to teach Media Production in 2007.

With a wide variety of production skills, Mr. Young serves as the campus Technical Director. He takes a hands-on approach to teaching, thus ensuring his students get practical experience in lighting, video production and sound design.  The diverse skills learned in the Media Production program equip students for future success in a multitude of growing areas of media such as the Louisiana Film market as well as varied avenues of radio production and media ministries.

Jeff is a past president of the Metro Media Ministers Association, a member of National Religious Broadcasters and serves as the Chair of the iNRB standing committee.

Jeff has produced/directed live video productions both in the church and in the corporate world. He loves to hunt, scuba dive and work on mission trips.

Courses Taught

  • Cinema Appreciation
  • Introduction to Film/Video Production
  • Advanced Film Making
  • Introduction to Radio Production
  • Advanced Radio Performance and Production
  • Media Management
  • Radio/TV/Film Practicums
  • Survey of Media Technology

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