Department of Mass Communication Faculty
Dr. Zainul Abedin, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication
Office phone: 662-254-3630
Barbara Baymon, Instructor of Speech Communication, Coordinator of Speech Communication, Director of Theater
Ms. Baymon has written several funded grants and conducted research in several areas within her discipline. Additionally, she has presented workshops and presented papers at conferences.
Office phone: 662-254-3645
Shannon Bowden, Instructor of Speech & Mass Communication
Shannon Bowden is an Instructor of Speech and MAss Communications here at Mississippi Valley State University. Shepreviously worked as an Instructor for the public speaking classes at Lane College. Shannon is currently a Ph. D. student at Liberty University. Shannon Bowden earned her M.A. in Convergent Media from MVSU, M.A. in Communication Studies from The University of Akron and B.A. in Speech Communication from Mississippi Valley State University. She teaches undergraduate courses in public speaking, and mass communication courses.
Shannon Bowden’s research interests divide between two areas: gender, race, and class in the media, and strategic communication. She has contributed significantly to the speech communication curriculum at MVSU. Such as submission for a new emphasis entitled training and development. She has served on numerous university-wide, and departmental committees. Shannon served as the advisorfor MVSU’s Delta Devils Gazetteand Delvian yearbook. Both received numerous awards. Shannon is currently the Vice President of the Faculty Senate. She is a member of the International Communication Association. Prior to joining the faculty at Lane College, Shannon worked as a Radio Announcer for WCHJ Victory 1470 where she received the Radio Announcer of the year award during the Mississippi Gospel Music Awards in Brookhaven Mississippi. Shannon has extensively been active as a motivational speaker for several social organizations, traveling throughout the United States.
Dr. Carolyn L. Gordon, Associate Professor of Mass Communication
Dr. Carolyn Gordon is the Associate Professor of Mass Communication. Before relocating to MVSU she taught at Fuller Theological Seminary as the Associate Professor of Communication and Chair of the Preaching and Communication Department.
B.J, University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, MDiv, MAComm, and a MARE from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas and a PhD in Human Communication Studies, Howard University in Washington, D.C.
She is a former columnist for The Beacon newspaper (A Courier-Life publication). She has produced several television shows including, “Another Day” for KYFC-TV in Kansas City, Missouri and “A Point of View” for BSU-TV in Bowie, Maryland. She is a contributing writer to the newly released fan-fiction book: “The Death of Cliff Huxtable…”
Yamika Williams, Instructor Mass Communication, Delvian Yearbook Advisor, MCDOC Alumni Coordinator
Yamika Williams holds a B.A. degree in Speech Communication from Mississippi Valley State University and an M.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Mississippi Valley State University and has completed the course work for a Master of Science in Mass Communication from Jackson State University. Ms. Williams is a second year student working on her Ph.D. in Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University.
Her research interests is in the area of Media coverage of the African American community and the psychology and influence of the perception of the images that are created, Media Violence and its effects on crime and aggression in children, The Impact of Digital Technology on American Culture and its Ethical Implications, and Immersive Media design and its effects on learning.
Al White, Instructor, General Manager WVSD TV Campus Media
A native of Duck Hill, Mississippi. Al is a graduate of Duck Hill High School-73, a graduate of Capitol City Business College (Radio & Television Management-76), Little Rock, AR, a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University (Sociology-BA-81), Itta Bena, and a graduate University of MS (Public Administration-MA/Mass Communication-91).
Al began his television and radio career at WABG-TV and WONA-Radio in 1976-84. He worked in the Public Relations Broadcast News Division at the University of Mississippi from 1984 to 1994, served on the Board of Directors at the University of Mississippi during the early 90’s, and worked closely with Bob Moses and Dave Dennis (1993-2002) to implement the National Algebra Project. Al has been involved in documenting the work of Southern Echo since its inception in late 1980’s, Mississippi Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement, the Mississippi State Conference of the NAACP, and the Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival.
Al has over 40 years of experience in Television Production and Broadcasting and accurately documenting Community Oral Histories and human and civil rights activities in video/still photography. He is also the media community cultural consultant for various organizations and media corporations.
Al is the co-founder of Action Communication and Education Reform, (ACER) a nonprofit (1997), a community/grassroots based intergenerational organization and founder of Annual Grassroots Blues Festival (2003) and the Lucie E Campbell Heritage and Gospel Festival (2017)in Duck Hill. He has served as a member of the Montgomery County Board of Education from 1999-2018, a member of the Emmet Till Commission Advisory Public Relations Committee, a grant reviewer for the Mississippi Arts Commission as well as a committee member for the Governor’s Award Excellence in the Arts (2014). He is a recipient of the 2010 Alston Bannerman Fellowship and the 2011 Louis E. Burnham Award. He is currently a member of the Duck Hill Tourism Council, a board member of Southern Echo, a Healing Practitioner-Kellogg Foundation.