Rick Rockwell, associate dean
Associate Dean Rick Rockwell is assigned to special initiatives for the School of Communications, currently including graduate studies and online programs, as well as working with Webster's metropolitan and military campuses. As part of these duties, he is involved in curricular development. He provides administrative oversight for the School’s external media and student media organizations and publications including: Galaxy Radio; Gorlok TV; the Ampersand; and The Journal as well as serves as the executive producer of "Latin Pulse." He represents the School and the Dean's Office on committees and in activities important to those programs, as well as working on additional special projects which support the mission of the School and University. Responsible to the Dean of the School of Communications, he contributes to developing and implementing initiatives that advance the School’s strategic goals of enhancing our national standing, building the diversity of our faculty, staff, and student populations, and internationalizing our programs.
Paaige K. Turner, associate dean
Dr. Paaige K.Turner is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the academic programs, policies, and processes of the School of Communications. She represents the School and the Dean's Office on a variety of University committees, as well as working on specific initiatives including assessments, curricular and co-curricular activities, summer programming, communications, faculty development and comprehensive internationalization. She provides administrative oversight for the School’s Student Services including Undergraduate Academic Advising and Center for Portfolio Development & Internships. Responsible to the Dean of the School of Communications, she contributes to developing and implementing initiatives that advance the School’s strategic goals of enhancing our national standing, building the diversity of our faculty, staff, and student populations, and internationalizing our programs.
Michael Zakibe, director of operations
As the Director of Operations for the School of Communications, Michael Zakibe is the liaison between the Dean's Office and the faculty, staff, and students of the School of Communications for decisions involving financial policies, budgets, and expenditures.
Zakibe provides monthly departmental budget variance analysis and serves as an advisor in the development of the capital spending and minor equipment budgets for the departments within the School of Communications. He works closely with the department chairs and with the leaders of student clubs and organizations that have budgeted funds.
He also works on special projects for the dean, including his current involvement on the planning committee researching the best way to redesign the Sverdrup Building.
Michael Zakibe is a St. Louis native. He returned from Los Angeles where he spent much of his career working for NBC. His most recent position was director of television operations and production finance for NBC Universal. Away from work, he enjoys photography, writing, and going to the theater.
Office phone 314-246-7830
Susan Napoleon, assistant to the dean
In her role as assistant to the dean, Susan Napoleon has wide-ranging responsibilities. She manages strategic initiatives and supports the development of relationships with alumni and business professionals. She handles projects as diverse as event planning, space usage, faculty contracts, and office moves. She is the liaison between Dean Rothenbuhler and other people and departments within the university. She is an invaluable resource for the faculty, staff and students of the School of Communications. She is the recipient of the 2013 Staff Member of the Year Award.
Napoleon is active in the International Association of Administrative Professionals. She has a daughter in college and two married sons with growing families.
Office phone 314-246-7154
Kathy Corley, chair, Department of Electronic and Photographic Media
Corley is an award-winning filmmaker and educator. She is a world-traveler and has developed and taught courses that began in a St. Louis classroom, traveled to the streets of Paris requiring students to be conversational in French, and ended back in St. Louis. She has taught at the Webster University campuses in Leiden and Geneva. She has been a recipient of the Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching.
When she's not at Webster, traveling, or making films, Corley is a percussionist in Samba Bom, a very popular Brazilian band.
Office phone 314-968-6923
Gary Ford, chair, Department of Communications and Journalism
Gary Ford is chair of the Department of Communications and Journalism. It is comprised of eight bachelor's degrees, seven minors, and six certificates covering subjects ranging from advertising and marketing communications to speech communication studies. He has been teaching public relations courses in the undergraduate program and graduate studies for more than 25 years. Prior to being elected chair of the Department of Communications and Journalism, Ford served as the director of graduate studies for the School of Communications.
Outside of Webster, Ford is often a panelist for professional organizations and advises corporate and nonprofit clients. In his free time, he sings in a gospel quartet and is a member of several choral groups.
In the photo, Ford, on the right, is pictured with former Outstanding School of Communications Graduate Student and adjunct faculty member Bob Davidson.
Office phone 314-246-8632
Tim Ryan, chair, Department of Audio Aesthetics and Technology
Tim Ryan is the chair for the Department of Audio Aesthetics and Technology. This includes the undergraduate majors of audio production and audio production with an emphasis in international audio production along with the minor audio production and the entrepreneurship for audio majors certificate.