Faculty

Dr. Thomas C. Gambill
Ph.D. Directing, Kent State University School of Theatre
M.A. Dramatic Theory, Miami University
B.S. Technical Theatre, Kent State University

 

Additional Experience:
In addition to Concord, teaching experience includes: Theatre Faculty at the Ohio State University, the University of Montana, Lake Erie College and Benedictine College. Professional

Theatre experience includes:

  • Artistic Director, Blackfriars West
  • Principal Lighting Designer, Gulf Coast Players Theatre
  • Administrative Vice President, Daugherty Entertainment

Original produced scripts include:   Lincoln’s Lady, Meelie on the Beach and Barfly.
Research interests include, Contemporary Acting Theory and Modern British Theatre.

 

Jessica Y. Lilly (Doty)
B.A. Communication Arts, Concord University
                Emphasis in Electronic Media and Public Relations
                Minor Business Administration

Ms. Lilly teaches Broadcasting and Journalism classes.  Currently, she teaches Radio Production and supervises the Radio Workshop, WCUR.  Currently she teaches Radio Workshop, WCUR, and Electronic New Gathering. She also runs the Southern West Virginia Bureau newsroom from the facilities at Concord University for West Virginia Public Broadcasting.  She also supervises students through the process of bringing radio news to air on West Virginia Public Radio as well as the website.  She also works with other faculty to manage students looking for professional experience and opportunity through independent studies and internships in broadcasting.

Ms. Lilly started her professional career as a producer and television reporter for West Virginia Media’s WVNS 59 News in Beckley, West Virginia.  Her research interests include rhetorical legitimacy and coal mine safety.

She lives in Athens with her husband, Tim, and 4-year-old daughter, Jayden.  She enjoys anything outdoors and staying active in her community.

 

Mrs. Lindsey A. Akers
M.A. Communication Studies, Marshall University
B.A. Communication Arts, Concord College

 

Mrs. Akers teaches the following courses for the Communications Arts Department at Concord University:  Writing for the Electronic Media, Introduction to Mass Communication, Media Criticism and Communication Law. In addition, she teaches several speech labs. She is the advisor for the student newspaper, “The Concordian.”
Prior to teaching at Concord, Mrs. Akers served as an adjunct faculty member at Marshall University Community and Technical College.

 

Dr. Cory Williams
Ph.D. Rhetoric, Duquesne University
Dissertation:   The Narrative of Charitable Acknowledgment: Reframing the Ethics of Intimate Romantic Relationships in Interpersonal Communication
M.A. Interpersonal Communication, Purdue University                  
B.A. Speech Communication, Lipscomb University                     

 

Dr. Williams teaches in the areas of Interpersonal, Organizational, and Rhetorical Theory. He also organizes/teaches the Introduction to Public Speaking labs and conducts the mass lecture. Projects of interest include drawing students into more areas of community service, adding new communication technology to classrooms, and developing courses in communication ethics.
His research examines how society frames intimate interpersonal relationships through an ethic of individualism (e.g., social exchange theory). Upcoming research looks at ways of incorporating acknowledgment into mainstream communication theory. 
Dr. Williams lives in Princeton, WV with his wife Amy, his son Benjamin, and newborn daughter Joanna. When there is time, he enjoys a good game of racquetball and has a particular weakness for coffee.