Communication and Performance Studies Faculty

Dr. Victoria Dansby

Dr. Victoria A. Dansby
Faust Hall 100c,  580-559-5624
vdansby@ecok.edu

Professor of Communication & Performance Studies
Director of Dance

Ph.D. University of Oklahoma
M.A. California State University at Fullerton
B.A. University of California at Riverside

Courses:  All courses in support of Dance Minor, Creative Arts for Young Children (Education Department), Skills & Techniques of Movement (Kinesiology Department)

Activities:  Faculty sponsor for the ECU Dance Ensemble and Musical Theatre Choreographer

Professional Affiliations:  American College Dance Association, National Dance Association,  American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Teaching Philosophy:
The Movement educator stands at the crossroads of the learner's world, holding one rein on creativity, one rein on novel cognition, one rein on kinesthetic growth, one rein on aesthetics, another on the living process, and another on the future, and one rein on the past (Louis, 1977). Therefore, as a tutor of kinesthetic development, I must blend each of these elements into a well-organized stew, building and reinforcing on each concept, enabling the learner to become creatively conversant, aesthetically aware, kinesthetically knowledgeable, and cognitively enlightened.


 

 
Ms. Vickie Reifsnider
 

Vickie Reifsnider
Faust Hall 209, 580-559-5878
reifsnid@ecok.edu

Lecturer/Musical Theatre Director


B.A., East Central University
M.E., Music,  East Central University
M.E., Theatre, East Central University

Activities: Member of ACT II Theatre since 1998 (president of this organization for the past 7 years). Founded the ACT II Youth Drama Camp in 2001 with Rudy Lupinski, touching the lives of the Ada community youth through stage performance and live theatre. Theatre director for ECU Theatre, Faculty Co-Sponsor for Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honorary.

Teaching Philosophy: "My passion is teaching and I have been teaching at ECU for over 16 years."


Ms. Donna Graves

Donna Graves
Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center 159, 580-559-5503
dgraves@ecok.edu  dafgraves@yahoo.com

Instructor of Communication & Performance Studies
Director of Intercollegiate Forensics & Speech Teacher Certification


 

 

Ms. Graves earned her Bachelor of Science in Education and Speech Communication (1980) and a Master of Arts in Theatre Arts and Speech Communication (1988) from Texas State University, San Marcos. Ms. Graves has taught communication courses at East Central University since 2009 as an Adjunct Instructor in the Communication and Performance Studies program, serving as the Costume Shop Manager/designer for the Theatre program.  She joined East Central University as a full-time instructor of communication in 2013.   In addition, she taught communication and composition as an Adjunct Instructor at Murray State College from 1995 to 2012, as well as serving MSC as the Public Information Officer from 2007 to 2009. Previous experiences as a public school teacher and forensics coach include work at Gonzales and Del Valle High School in Texas and Dickson High School in Oklahoma. 

Professional affiliations include Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association (serving as secretary), Central States Communication Association, National Educational Theatre Association, and the National Communication Association. 

Courses Ms. Graves teaches:  Fundamentals of Human Communication, Communication in the Workplace, Group Dynamics, Interpersonal Communication, Forensics, Argumentation and Debate, Presentational Communication

Sponsor of Phi Kappa Delta


 

Dr. Richard Groetzinger

Dr. Richard A. Groetzinger
Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center 111, 580-559-5600
rgroetzi@ecok.edu

Assistant Professor of Communication & Performance Studies
Program Coordinator of C&PS, Director of Theatre

Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
M.A., The University of Akron
B.A., Mount Union College

Courses:  Intro to Communication and Performance Studies, Career Preparation in Communication and Performance Studies, Dramatic and Rhetorical Analysis, Fundamentals of Human Communication, Acting I, Acting II, Voice and Diction, Theatre History & Dramatic Literature: The Greeks to 1875, Theatre History & Dramatic Literature: The Modern Era, Oral Interpretation, Children's Theatre, Play Directing, Costuming and Makeup for the Stage

Activities:  Faculty Co-Sponsor for Alpha Psi Omega theatre honorary, Theatre director for ECU Theatre, Respondent for the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Region VI

Professional Affiliations:  Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association, Theatre Communications Group, American Mensa, Inc.

Teaching Philosophy: The theatre is about being human. I was an undergraduate mathematics major when I discovered the joy of doing theatre and changed my major. With theatre, what I did seem to matter more. I was able to affect other human beings the way I was affected and the theatre helped me to be more confident, more creative, and more human. Theatre taught me why all people were created equal, and why every person in my classroom deserves respect and the chance to succeed.


 

Mr. Theo Peshehonoff

Mr. Theo Peshehonoff
Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center 113, 580-559-5488
tpesh@ecok.edu

Instructor of Communication & Performance Studies
Technical Director for ECU Theatre

M.A., Oklahoma State University
B.A., Northeastern State University

 

Courses:  Fundamentals of Human Communication, Theatre in Life, Theatre Production, Introduction to Technical Theatre, Stagecraft and Scene Design, Stage Lighting and Sound

Activities:  Theatre director for ECU Theatre, Respondent for the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Region VI

Professional Affiliations:  Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association


Dr. Steve Phillips

Dr. Steven R. Phillips
Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center 141, 580-559-5214
sphillip@ecok.edu

Assistant Professor of Communication & Performance Studies

Ph.D., University of Southern California
M.A., University of Southern California
B.A., Ouachita Baptist University

Courses:  Fundamentals of Human Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Group Dynamics, Intercultural Communication, Gender Communication, Organizational Communication, Conflict Management

Activities:  Faculty Sponsor for "Stand for the Silent"

Professional Affiliations:  National Communication Association, Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association

Teaching Philosophy: "Every day I try to (1) bring something substantive to class (college is for learning!), (2) present the material in an interesting, memorable manner (learning doesn't have to be boring), and (3) let the students know I care about them as individuals (without #3, the first two result in a sterile learning environment). I don't accomplish each of these goals in every class, but I do my best to "bring the triangle" to class each day."


 

 

Adjunct Faculty

B.J. Echard
Administration 102-a
580-559-5806
brajech@ecok.edu

B.A., East Central University
M.E., Theatre, East Central University

Courses:  COMM 1113 Fundamentals of Human Communication

 

Christon Hutchins
Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center - 109
580-559-5756
chrthut@ecok.edu

M.Ed., East Central University
B.S., East Central University

Courses:  COMM 1113 Fundamentals of Human Communication

 

Scott Maiorca
Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center - 109
580-559-5622

B.A., Youngstown State University 1997
M.A., Baker University (December 2014)

Courses:  COMM 1113 Fundamentals of Human Communication 2253

Scott Maiorca has been a teacher of Speech and writing since 2001. He has taught  in five states, in the traditional classroom and in three foreign countries virtually. He loves all things speech, and debate, and when he has free time loves creative writing.

Teaching philosophy: The ability to think critically and express yourself fluently is the most important skill you can have.

Favorite Quote: A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

-Robert A. Heinlein

 

 

Stanley Nnochirionye
Library Annex Room 215
580-559-5622
snnoch@ecok.edu

B.A., State University College of New York - Buffalo
M.A., Indiana State University
EdS, Indiana State University
Ph.D.  University of Oklahoma

Courses:  COMM 1113 Fundamentals of Human Communication