Nicholson News

New NSC Faculty Provide Diverse Perspectives

November 20, 2017

The Nicholson School of Communication is no stranger to excellence. For NSC, reaching the goals and values of providing innovative learning opportunities, collaborative environment and diversity begins with the faculty that guide our students. Jihyun Kim, Ph.D.; Nick Sciullo, J.D., Ph.D.; Patric Spence, Ph.D. and Nan Yu, Ph.D., are all new faculty members at NSC, but they have already demonstrated their commitment to NSC, its goals and its students.

Kim, an assistant professor of human communication, is originally from South Korea. She attended Kwangwoon University in Seoul, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communication with a focus on journalism and broadcasting. She then attended the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee in Wisconsin, earning a master’s degree and doctorate in communication.

Kim, who has taught since 2006, is happy to be a member of NSC.

“I like doing research; it is my passion,” said Kim, who studies new media and communication technology. “I’m glad I can continue that passion as a faculty member here in the Nicholson School.”

Sciullo is lecturer of human communication. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, where he studied history, urban practice and policy, and rhetoric and communication studies. He later earned a juris doctorate from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. He then went on to earn a master’s degree in international relations from Troy University in Troy, Alabama, and a doctorate in communication from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

Sciullo researches critical rhetorical theory and cultural studies with an emphasis on the rhetoric of race and the rhetoric of class.

“Much of my work addresses blackness, black radicalism, criminal law, critiques of capitalism, and hip-hop,” said Sciullo, who serves as the John F. “Jeff” Butler Director of Debate. “I’m a former hip-hop DJ, and this experience and interest has shaped much of the scholarship I’ve done on hip-hop and culture.”

When he’s not researching, Sciullo loves watching college football and cheering on the West Virginia University Mountaineers.

Spence, an associate professor of strategic communication, earned his bachelor’s degree in communication and political science from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He then earned a master’s degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. He later earned his doctorate of philosophy from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

Spence, who has taught for 15 years, also enjoys studying social media and social robotics.

“There’s a lot of questions that still need answers; that’s my favorite part,” said Spence. “I study people’s perceptions and interactions with machines. I’ve also studied how we can use those machines to improve crisis communication.”

Yu is an associate professor of strategic communication. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Peking University in Beijing, where she studied international politics. She then went on to study at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, where she earned her master’s degree in journalism. She also earned her doctorate in mass communication from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania.

Yu’s research focuses on health communication, journalism studies and new media.

She currently serves as the associate editor of Asian Journal of Communication. Additionally, she has received multiple awards, including the Emerging Scholar Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Yu enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family.