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Northwestern’s top-ranked School of Communication faculty is comprised of world-class instructors who possess extensive hands-on experience as leading academics and industry experts in their discipline and as consultants to business, government, and foundations. This means you will have the unique ability to learn from leading scholars and practitioners of new media, public culture, social networking, technology and social behavior, and more.

Every class our faculty teaches is above their tenure load. That means our professors choose to spend time, both on Saturdays for the Custom Leadership Program and online for the Hybrid Leadership Program, here with our students because they believe in the importance of the program and also know that you’re adding value to their network, just as they are to yours.

MSC Faculty

Anne Marie Adams

Alumni, Faculty, and Staff

Adams is the Assistant Director and teaches Perspectives on Human Communication and is the Capstone Instructor.
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Paul Arntson

Faculty

Arntson is one of the MSC program co-founders and teaches Leadership and Decision-Making.
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David Bernal

Faculty

Bernal teaches Managing Global Teams.
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Eva Bongiovanni

Faculty

Bongiovanni teaches Persuasive Campaigns.
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Michelle Buck

Faculty

Michelle Buck teaches Leadership as a Mode of Releasing Creativity.
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Susan D Carver

Faculty

Carver teaches the in residence seminar Cultural Intelligence and Managing Inclusion.
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Noshir Contractor

Faculty

Contractor teaches Understanding and Leveraging Networks.
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Andy Crestodina

Guest Lecturer

Crestodina teaches Content and Influencer Marketing.
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Leslie DeChurch

Faculty

DeChurch teaches Leading Collaboration.
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Jason DeSanto

Faculty

DeSanto teaches Public Persuasion and in the in residence seminar on Crisis Communication Management.
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Dilip Gaonkar

Faculty

Gaonkar teaches Strategy in the Global Economy.
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Amy J. Hauenstein

Faculty and Staff

Hauenstein is the Director of Curriculum and Non-Degree Programs and teaches Workplace Learning and Communities of Practice, the Communication Skills Practicum, and is the HLP Capstone Instructor.
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Randall Iden

Faculty and Staff

Iden is the MSC Faculty Director and teaches Foundations of Strategic Communication; Communication, Management, and Ethics; and the in-residence seminar Collaboration and Negotiation.
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Elizabeth Kole

Faculty

Kole teaches Creative Branding and Design.
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Alexis Lauricella

Faculty

Lauricella teaches Using Data to Make Informed Decisions.
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Rick G. Morris

Faculty

Morris teaches Current Issues in Law, Technology, and Strategy.
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Amy O’Connor

Faculty

O’Connor teaches Public Communication and Crisis Management.
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Eric Patrick

Faculty

Patrick teaches Visual Communication and Information Design.
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Kimberly Pusateri

Faculty

Pusateri teaches Organizational Decision-Making Methods.
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Faiz Razi

Faculty

Razi teaches Creative Branding and Design.
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Irving Rein

Faculty

Rein is a program co-founder and teaches in the in residence seminar on Crisis Communication Management.
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Michael Roloff

Faculty

Roloff teaches Change Management and in the in residence seminar on Negotiation and Collaboration.
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Storer H. (Bob) Rowley

Faculty

Rowley teaches Content and Influencer Marketing.
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Michelle Shumate

Faculty

Shumate teaches Foundations of Strategic Communication Management and Nonprofit Leadership.
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Jeanne Sparrow

Faculty

Sparrow teaches media training in the in residence seminars on Crisis Communication Management, and Refining Your Executive Presence: Defining a Professional Identity.
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Alumni Spotlights

  • Northwestern MSC Spotlight: A Conversation with Michelle Shumate
    Northwestern MSC Spotlight: A Conversation with Michelle Shumate
    Michelle Shumate is the Faculty Director of the MSC program .  In this role she manages the strategic direction of the MSC program as liaison between the staff, faculty, and senior leadership at the School of Communication. Michelle also teaches the Nonprofit Leadership elective in the CLP  and the Introduction to Strategic Communication in the HLP. What ...
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  • Faculty Spotlight: A Conversation with Northwestern MSC Professor Irv Rein
    Faculty Spotlight: A Conversation with Northwestern MSC Professor Irv Rein
    Irving Rein earned his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently a Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. His primary research and teaching interests are popular culture, crisis management, and place marketing. He is also the author of many books on effective communication strategies, and currently researching the distribution and content changes ...
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