Elon does not have a graduate school that implements rules about graduate faculty. Instead, each school is in charge of its own graduate program. The university does expect that faculty teaching at the graduate level have terminal degrees. When an exception is made, the dean must write a letter of justification detailing the faculty member’s professional experience and expertise.

The School of Communications faculty are teachers first, but they are also theorists and practitioners of media. All faculty members actively work to improve their teaching and are engaged in communications research according to their media specialty. Many serve as consultants with media companies and hold national positions with communications organizations. All of these activities serve to improve the quality of classroom instruction.


All faculty in the School of Communications teach at the undergraduate level, and there are none who are graduate-only. Interactive media students may work independently with any School of Communications faculty member on independent research, and the complete listing of School of Communications faculty may be viewed by clicking this link. Communications faculty 

A core of faculty, though, do concentrate on the iMedia program. That core faculty who teach in the program most years are identified below.



Core faculty


Derek Lackaff, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director

B.A., University of Nebraska-Lincoln; M.A., La Trobe University; Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo


David Copeland, A.J. Fletcher Professor 

B.A., Wake Forest University; M.Div., Th.M., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


William Moner, Assistant Professor

B.S., M.A., Duquesne University, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin


Phillip Motley, Jr., Associate Professor

B.F.A., Davidson College; M.I.D.; North Carolina State University


Amanda Sturgill, Associate Professor

B.A., University of South Carolina; M.S., Ph.D., Cornell University


Brian Walsh, Assistant Professor

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts


Qian Xu, Associate Professor

B.A., M.A., Nanjing University; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University




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