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Dr. Whalen became the Chair of the Department of Communication the summer of 2015. She has been at FSU since 2008 beginning as a Lecturer in Communication Studies and becoming a faculty member in 2013 in Mass Communication. Currently she teaches Mass Communication Theory, Telecommunications Law, and Writing for Electronic Media. She also taught Communication Theory, Political Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Presentational Communication, Interviewing and the introductory course for Frostburg's Communication Studies Department as a lecturer from 2008-2013. In 2014 the two programs merged and now are the Department of Communication.
Some of her background includes working as a radio reporter, music and academic game show host, and voice over for local commercials in Western New York. She also interned at the State Attorney General’s office in NY, the Voice of America in Washington, DC and ABC News at the White House.
Her research interests focus on political and cultural communication including media coverage of politics and politicians, humor in politics, the relationship between media and political actors, and music and society. She has also served as the president of the Maryland Communication Association.
In her spare time she enjoys walking, hiking, singing, reading and travelling.
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