Elmhurst’s distinguished communication arts and sciences faculty are first and foremost dedicated teachers, but their valuable real-world experience enriches classroom discussions as well. Want to know more? See our faculty profiles, below. Or, contact a professor directly.
Frank Del Giudice
Gary Dobson '01
Kendra Holten Helton
Alan W. Weiger
Associate Professor and Department Chair
M.A., Theatre, Design and Technology, Northern Illinois University
Professor Weiger is a theatre generalist with 35 years of experience as a director and designer. He has also done doctoral work in the area of educational leadership and policy studies. He teaches courses in history of western theatre, oral interpretation and avant-garde theatre.
Richard Arnold Jr.
M.F.A., Theatre, Design, Northwestern University
Mr. Arnold is a design and technology specialist, focusing primarily on scenic and lighting design. His research interest is in the process of production and communication between collaborators. Mr. Arnold enjoys teaching Stagecraft and Design for the Stage
Ph.D., Organizational Communication, Southern Illinois University
Dr. Engstrom teaches a variety of courses in organizational communication, including business and professional communication, social media communication, organizational communication and case studies in organizational communication. His research currently focuses on the study of professionals as entrepreneurs, and the role of rhetoric and interpretation in the enactment and discovery of entrepreneurial opportunities. He is the author of several books, journal articles, book chapters and blogs. He has presented and published his research in a variety of national and international venues.
Amy Lyn McDonald
Lecturer, Dance Coordinator
M.F.A., Dance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
After receiving her M.F.A. in dance from the University of Illinois, Ms. McDonald performed professionally as a member of the Actor’s Equity Association with the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, Drury Lane, Theatre at the Center, Little Theatre on the Square, California Conservatory Theatre, Foothill Music Theatre and American Musical Theatre of San Jose. She has taught at various colleges and universities, including Illinois Wesleyan University, Lake Forest College, College of Lake County, De Anza College and Notre Dame de Namur University. Ms. McDonald is thrilled to now call Elmhurst her teaching home, serving as dance coordinator for the theatre program. In addition to designing the curriculum for the dance minor, she choreographs and directs musicals for the College's theatre.
M.F.A., Theatre/Directing, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Professor Pohl is a director and theatre generalist whose production work includes a focus on costume design and technology. Her research interests include theatre education and interdisciplinary work in the humanities. She has also served as director and instructor for young people’s drama programs in Maine and in the Midwest. Courses taught include world drama, creative dramatics, acting and directing.
Ph.D., Communication Studies, Northwestern University
Dr. Reznik researches interpersonal processes with an emphasis on how ongoing relational conflict impacts mental and physical well-being. Her work has been published in a number of books and journals. She teaches several courses including interpersonal communication, small group communication, intercultural communication and health communication.
Sarah Strom Kays
Dr. Strom Kays’ research interests include organizational socialization, in-group and out-group affiliation, information exchange, environmental communication and culture changes in organizations. She has taught a variety of classes including public speaking, organizational communication, interpersonal communication, small group communication, intercultural communication, leadership and humanities courses to undergraduate students.
Courtney Waite Miller
Ph.D., Communication Studies, Northwestern University
Dr. Miller focuses her research on interpersonal communication, specifically conflict in close relationships. She has authored or co-authored numerous journal articles and book chapters and has presented her research at national and international academic conferences. She teaches a number of courses including communication theory, intercultural communication, and gender and communication.
Ph.D., Rhetorical Criticism, Wayne State University
Deatra Sullivan-Morgan interests include the rhetorical coping strategies of marginalized communities and the subsequent identity building process. She teaches a variety of communication classes including interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, and media influences and cultural identity.
Mr. Uddenberg is on the faculty in both the Department of Music and the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences and serves as the theatre department’s music director. He has directed Elmhurst theatre productions of Quilters, Sweeney Todd, Carousel, The Three Penny Opera, Sweet Charity, Guys and Dolls and Pippin. He has also made solo appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at both Orchestra Hall and Ravinia Festival and sung roles at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He has sung as a member of the Lyric Opera Chorus and appeared with Music of the Baroque.