• Dr. Jim Sernoe
    Department Chair and Associate Professor, Wai-Kun Adviser
    (940) 397-4391 ⨠ D204

    With the help of jumbo cups of Diet Mountain Dew, Dr. Jim Sernoe has been chair of the Mass Communication Department since 2004, despite threatening to step down on a weekly basis. Before landing at Midwestern State in 1995, he grew up in Wisconsin, completing bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Wisconsin (Go Badgers!). His doctorate in mass communication is from the University of Iowa, although he’s still not sure how a Cheesehead was even admitted to the program (maybe he said “Go Hawkeyes!” enough times?).

    He enjoys his roles as educator (courses include Mass Communication Law, Media Ethics, Editing, and Mass Communication History, among others), administrator (in addition to serving as department chair, he was interim dean of the College of Fine Arts in 2014), academic adviser (“I see your grades in mass comm. classes are really good, but please just pass math this semester, OK?”) and scholar (his research interests include popular music, the First Amendment, mass communication curriculum and the emerging world of crowd-funding for journalists). However, he is often deterred from these roles due to the constant lines outside of his office (typically including students, faculty and the dean, very few of whom show up with Diet Mountain Dew, or any other form of caffeine). In his copious personal time, he is active with the local community theatre and the Wichita Adult Literacy Council, all while drinking as much as Diet Mountain Dew as possible.

  • Sandra Grant
    (940) 397-4298 ⨠ D206

    Sandra Grant teaches public speaking. Polls always show public speaking to be among the top five of people's fears. Grant's goals are to remove that fear, or at least move it from #1 to #5. Other classes have included Debate, Persuasion, Voice and Diction, Interpersonal Communication (which she introduced to MSU), and Murder, Mayhem and the Media (which she also introduced to MSU). She also teaches in the Redwine Honors Program.

    Part of her background for the Murder, Mayhem and the Media course came from cold case re-enactments, which she produced with the Wichita Falls Police Department and KAUZ Television (local CBS affiliate). More than 30 segments were created, filmed, and shown. These segments featured unsolved Wichita Falls murder cases. Segments were filmed on location and featured MSU students in various roles. The series won awards from National Crime Stoppers and International Crime Stoppers.

    Grant earned her Bachelor's degree in Theatre and in English at Wichita State University. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Communication from The Elliot School of Communication at Wichita State University. She did post-graduate work at the University of Oklahoma. She also taught classes at both universities. MSU Mustangs come first. But then it's cheer for the Shockers in basketball, and the Sooners in football... always.

    If she looks familiar, you might have seen her judging at a Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL) competition. Since she judges speech competitions set up by various organizations, you might have seen her there. She also presents communication workshops at seminars for high-school juniors and seniors in the summer on different university campuses. She is active with several MSU organizations, enjoys working on projects with students, and is the proud advisor for an MSU sorority.

    Grant's interests include MSU trivia, working on documentaries and music videos, and she is an American Advertising (ADDY) Award winner.

  • Dr. Mitzi Lewis
    Associate Professor
    (940) 397-4375 ⨠ D203

    Mitzi Lewis has been teaching in the Mass Communication department since 2008. Before that, she served the Midwestern State University campus through her work as director of MSU's Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment Office.

    Since joining the Mass Communication department, she has received the Midwestern State University Faculty Award and was named the Ginger Rudeseal Carter Miller Teacher of the Year by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Small Programs Interest Group. She also co-founded and is the current design director and production editor of Teaching Journalism and Mass Communication, a peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal focused on teaching journalism and mass communication in small departments. She loves collaboration and has conducted research with students and faculty both in and out of the department. She has presented her research across the United States and internationally.

    Before finding a home in academia, Mitzi worked in the corporate realm, gaining experience that informs her work with students in and out of the classroom. Her corporate adventures include serving as a technical editor for TRW, a trainer for Intel, and a rapporteur for the National Institutes of Health.

    When not in the classroom or conducting research, Mitzi loves to spend time with her husband and dogs, travel, and experience nature—in places so remote that she doesn't even have a connection to email, Facebook, or Twitter. Somehow she survives.


  • Jonathon Quam
    Associate Professor, MNG Media Adviser, and The Wichitan Adviser
    (940) 397-4849 ⨠ D105

    Jonathon is an associate professor of media arts in the Mass Communication department at Midwestern State University. He earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in documentary production and theory from the University of North Texas. Before teaching at Midwestern State, Jonathon taught television, audio, film, and media studies courses at UNT and at Stephen F. Austin State University. In the field, Jonathon has worked on documentary films, in radio stations and newsrooms, and on numerous television shows. He spent two years working for the Southwest's largest production company, AMS Pictures. While at AMS, he logged time as a director of photography, an associate producer, a research analyst, a director, and a development producer, working on established television shows and helping build new ideas.

    Much of his professional work has been focused on the human side of society's most difficult social issues, from the caring environments of LGBTQ churches in the heart of Texas to biographical looks into child abuse. His current documentary takes an observational look at the racial justice movement in Madison, Wisconsin, a city with the widest disparity gap in the country. Jonathon's creative research centers on multimedia production, and his documentaries have screened at film festivals and conferences both nationally and internationally. His recent academic research looks at the topic of ethical documentary filmmaking in an industry that is exploitative by nature.


  • Dr. Bradley Wilson
    Associate Professor
    (940) 397-4797 ⨠ D207

    Dr. Bradley Wilson earned his doctoral degree in public administration with research work in media agenda-setting and local governments from North Carolina State with a master’s degree in public administration from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.

    Bradley is the editor of the national magazine, Communication: Journalism Education Today, for the national Journalism Education Association and managing editor of College Media Review for the College Media Association. He has received the Gold Key from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the Pioneer Award from the National Scholastic Press Association/Associated Collegiate Press, the Star of Texas from the Association of Texas Photography Instructors, the Trailblazer Award from the Texas Association of Journalism Educators and the Carl Towley Award from the Journalism Education Association. In 2014, the National Press Photographers Association gave him the Robert Garland Educator Award, and the College Media Association named him a Distinguished Adviser Award honoree for newspaper advising at a four-year college or university.

    He has taught Media Writing and Reporting, Advanced Media Writing and Reporting, Newspaper Practicum, Campus Watch, Media Management, Editing and Media History at MSU Texas as well as Photojournalism, Advanced Photojournalism, Digital Photography, Editing and Design, Advanced Editing and Design, Intermediate Web Design and Media Ethics at other universities.

    He is the Texas University Interscholastic League state director for Current Issues and Events and for Copyediting. His primary research focus continues to be in photojournalism and scholastic media, and he has received top paper awards from the Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication and the Southern States Communication Association.

    Twitter: @bradleywilson09. Instagram: @wilsonbrad83. Website: bradleywilsononline.net.


  • Chaz Lilly
    (940) 397-4398 ⨠ D205

    For the last three years, Professor Lilly taught integrated media studies at The University of Louisiana Monroe. As a first-generation college graduate, Lilly says he is passionate about being in the classroom.

    Before teaching, he worked in various public relations, marketing and communications roles at UT Dallas. There, he used new technologies to reach broad audiences, created content across many platforms, and learned how to function in a fast-paced and deadline-driven environment.

    Professor Lilly has an undergraduate degree in literature and creative writing, an interdisciplinary master’s degree in the humanities, and is currently a PhD candidate in Art, Technology and Emerging Communication at UT Dallas. Professor Lilly has also served as editor-in-chief of the literary journal Reunion: The Dallas Review and as an editorial assistant for the academic journal Visual Communication Quarterly.

    Outside the classroom, he spends time cooking Cajun food, reading southern gothic novels and watching Georgia Bulldog football. He is a mediocre chess player for those on campus looking for a game.


  • Lisa Thames
    Studio Director
    (940) 397-4394 ⨠ D106

    Lisa Thames wants to live in a world where she can channel her inner Snow White, sing a few notes, and have adorable furry creatures magically clean her house. A world where love is not looked upon with cynicism and her three boys will finally realize jokes involving certain bodily functions are, in fact, not funny. When she's not busy saving students from a Homer Simpson- inspired nuclear meltdown, you can find her perusing the bookstore for a new historical fiction novel, watching obscene amounts of HGTV without an ounce of shame, and continuously retracing her steps to discover how she arrived home with only two out of three kids. Caffeine fuels her throughout the day, so it would be no surprise to catch her snacking on sunflower seeds then washing them down with Coca-Cola or Red Bull.

    As a Mass Communication graduate, former producer for local CBS affiliate, KAUZ, and MSU's current studio director, she's been applauded for her ability to organize the chaotic, inspire the disillusioned and tireless pursuit of perfection. She live-streams MSU's athletic home game events for men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, softball and football. When she doesn't have a camera in her hand, you can probably find her making graphics for the student media in Mass Communication, working on the next senior production flyer, or teaching students how to use Avid Media Composer and/or Avid Pro Tools, since she is also certified to teach both software programs.


  • Rosalie Tolentino
    (940) 397-4670 ⨠ B112

    Rosalie Tolentino is the secretary for the Mass Communication and Theatre department. She joined the College of Fain Fine Arts in Fall 2021.  

    Rosalie was born in Guam and lived there for 26 years. She has also lived in Germany and now resides in Texas. She studied accounting at the International Business College for 1 year. She has worked as a receptionist for 3 companies as well as many other positions, including working as a healthcare provider, cashier, salesperson, and field representative. She has also participated in many volunteer activities, such as her mission work in Haiti. 

    When not at work, Rosalie loves to spend time with her family. She married her high school sweetheart and they’ve been together for 37 years. Their family consists of 3 children and their beloved dog Clare. Rosalie enjoys organic gardening, crocheting, quiet walks, road trips, nature, antiques, anything homemade, and supporting small businesses. She strives to always work for the common good and believes that sunshine is never too far away. Rosalie keeps God and family close to her heart and number one in her life.


  • Annette Bever

    Professor Bever has been an adjunct instructor at MSU for more than 10 years. She is a full-time speech and communication instructor at Vernon College.


  • Kory Dorman

    Professor Dorman has taught public speaking and Voice and Diction at MSU, where she has been an adjunct instructor for more than 20 years. She has also taught in the Wichita Falls schools and is currently an administrator at Wichita Falls High School.


  • Christy Johnson

    Professor Johnson teaches Mass Media and Society at MSU. She has taught English, journalism and communication courses at the junior high and high school levels. She is currently the instructional coaching specialist for Region 9 Educational Center.

  • Jackie McCartney

    Professor McCartney teaches Mass Media and Society and Film Appreciation at MSU. He has professional experience at KAUZ-TV and the Times Record News. He is currently an administrator at McNiel Junior High School in Wichita Falls.


  • Alexandra McClung

    Professor McClung teaches public speaking and interpersonal communication courses at MSU. She is a former reporter at KAUZ-TV and now teaches math and journalism at Wichita Falls High School, where she is also the tennis coach.

  • Crystal Tate

    Professor Tate teaches Mass Media and Society and public speaking courses at MSU. She is the director of distance education at Vernon College.


  • Ashley Thomas

    Professor Thomas teaches Public Relations Writing at MSU. She is the Communications Officer for Wichita Falls ISD.


  • Chad Johnson

    Professor Johnson teaches Advertising at MSU. He spent the last 4 years teaching video production for the Wichita Falls ISD. Before that, he spent 20 years at KFDX, holding many titles including Creative Services Director. He is currently the multimedia specialist for the WFISD.


  • Pam Hughes-Pak

    Professor Hughes-Pak teaches Integrated Marketing Communication at MSU. She is manager of public affairs at Atmos Energy and former director of marketing and development at The Kitchen.