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Faculty Bios

Faculty Bios

James Hedges

James received his Ph.D. in organizational communication from the University of Utah and joined the faculty at Westminster College in 2008. James is currently the director of the Arts Administration Program at Westminster College and has expertise in organizational communication, leadership, interviewing and negotiation, rhetorical theory and practice, and professional presentations. James publishes and presents research at regional and national conferences each year, and serves as a communications consultant for universities and business leaders in the community.

Rulon Wood

Rulon received his Ph.D. in communication with an emphasis on new media, narrative theory, and ethnographic research methods from the University of Utah in 2010. He has an extensive background in education, filmmaking, and multimedia, having worked as a film researcher for CBS programming and having produced films, both narrative and documentary. His two most recent films (Evolution and Director's Cut) were recently selected for screenings at the Humboldt International Film Festival. Rulon is currently collaborating with Marouf Hasian on a film entitled The Evolving Public Memory of Leopold’s Congo. Rulon has expertise in the areas of writing, market analysis, communication, arts technology, film studies, and instructional technology. He also has an M.F.A in film studies, an M.S. in English, and an Ed.S. in instructional technology from Utah State University.

Christine Seifert

Christine received her PhD in rhetoric/composition and professional writing from Oklahoma State University. She has worked as a technical writer and as a professional writing consultant for Bell Medical Services, Salt Lake Community College, and other community organizations. She has published a number of magazine articles, including “Bite Me (or Don’t),” an analysis of the Twilight phenomenon, which has since been reprinted in two Pearson/Longman textbooks, Reading Women's Lives and The Conscious Reader, as well as in the essay collection Best Sex Writing 2010. Christine’s young adult novel, The Predicteds (Sourcebooks Fire), debuted in September 2011, was voted “Best Dystopian Twist” by the Salt Lake City Weekly, and has been published in three languages. Christine has appeared on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, Park City TV, Good Day Utah, and a wide variety of radio shows to talk about her fiction and her analysis of sex and sexuality in young adult popular culture. She has been interviewed by USA Today, The Salt Lake Tribune, The Deseret News, and Salt Lake magazine. Christine has also published academic articles in Business Communication Quarterly. She has mentored professional writers in the areas of marketing, branding, publishing, and technical writing for the past eight years.

Helen Hodgson

Helen completed a Ph.D. in American literature at the University of Denver. She then became a technical publications editor at the U.S. Geological Survey, where she developed her applied expertise in technical writing. Building on that experience, Helen has worked with many organizations on books, training materials, and educational programs. She has extensive experience working with biotechnical and pharmaceutical companies, such as Amgen, Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Eli Lilly, and has served as the president of the American Medical Writers Association. Helen also consults with a variety of community organizations, such as Bremer Public Relations, Energy Solutions, Intermountain Healthcare, Marathon Oil, the US Geological Survey, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In addition to the passion reflected in her 20+ years of teaching at Westminster College, she loves writing about food, fitness, and gardening. She authored a column called “Food and Fitness,” was food editor of Salt Lake magazine from 1998 to 2004, and is currently writing gardening features for The Salt Lake Tribune.

Curtis Newbold

Curtis received his PhD in Rhetoric, Communication, and Information Design from Clemson University in 2012 and joined the Westminster Community that same year. He has taught at the college level for nearly ten years in a wide variety of topics including composition, business communication, visual communication, information design, desktop publishing, scientific writing, technical communication, web design, proposal writing, emergent media, infographics in popular media, and man y others. He currently serves as an AP course audit consultant for College Board and as a reader for Educational Testing Services. He has recently published a chapter entitled "Engagement Design" in the book Digital Rhetoric and Global Literacies. Previous to his career in academics, Curtis was a technical writer and foreign languages editor at ICON Health & Fitness and he has been engaged in many contract design, consulting, and writing projects for a diverse range of clients in the finance, lending, and education industries. Curtis currently runs a website he built on visual communication that receives roughly 300,000 pageviews per month; he also consults and develops marketing and communication strategies for a local mortgage company, Integrity First Lending.


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