Deborah Mitchell

Professor - Department Chair
Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University

Dr. Mitchell completed her doctoral work in film studies at Case Western Reserve University under the direction of Dr. Louis Giannetti, author of Understanding Movies, Flashback, and Masters of the American Cinema. Mitchell's book publications include Diane Keaton: Artist and Icon (2001) and The Makeover in Movies: Before and After in Hollywood Films, 1941-2002, co-authored with Dr. Elizabeth A. Ford (2004). Her articles have appeared in Literature and Film Quarterly, and she has presented papers at national and international film and literature conferences. She has also led groups of students to England, Scotland, Wales, France, and Italy. Mitchell's new book, Royal Portraits in Hollywood: Filming the Lives of Queens, co-authored with Ford, is due out in Spring 2009 from The Kentucky University Press.

Carol Morrow


Carol earned her B.A. in English at Westminster in 1995, returned to campus as an employee in 1996, and earned her M. Ed in English in 2007. She serves as secretary for the Department of English and Public Relations and the Honors Program, as well as faculty adjunct for Writing 111.

Suzanne Prestien

Associate Professor of English and Public Relations
Ph. D., Case Western Reserve University

Suzanne Griffith Prestien earned an undergraduate degree in English from Kent State University, an M.A. in English from the University of Toledo, and a Ph. D. in American Studies at Case Western Reserve University. Her experience ranges from teaching at such institutions as Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University to practicing public relations in a museum retail setting. She has presented papers at various conferences, such as the Annual Colloquium on Modern Literature and Film at West Virginia University. Dr. Prestien had an article published in Diamonds & Dust: Race, Class, Gender and Baseball. Dr. Prestien is currently working on a book about the history of rock 'n' roll in film.

Brittany Rowe-Cernevicius

Assistant Professor of Public Relations
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

Brittany Rowe-Cernevicius worked as a public relations practitioner at several non-profit organizations before returning to graduate school to pursue her Ph.D. Her research interests include brand placement, advertising campaigns, and children's interaction with media. She has presented papers at various conferences, including the National Communication Association's annual convention and the Critical Studies in Media conference. Rowe-Cernevicius currently teaches Principles and Practices in Public Relations, Public Relations Research, Public Relation Writing and First-year writing courses.