Faculty and Staff - Online Information Design
Melissa A. Johnson is a Professor in the Department of Communication, where she has taught since 1994. Dr. Johnson’s research explores international communication and ethnicity-related concepts in traditional media, digital media, and public relations. Of particular interest is the role of visual communication in international news. A current stream of research examines the role of ethnic museums and cultural centers in building relationships among various cultural groups in urban settings. Dr. Johnson teaches classes in the networked society, international and intercultural communication, research methods, and public relations. She holds a doctorate in mass communication research from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Robert L. Schrag has taught at NC State since 1980. He is a member of the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers and was named NC State Alumni Distinguished Professor in 1993. He teaches the undergraduate core required course COM 250 Communication and Technology, the DE GEP course [COM 200-601] Communication Media in a Changing World, as well as a number graduate and undergraduate courses on the media, technology and art. A founding member and senior fellow of the American Communication Association, Dr. Schrag has published in their online journal The American Communication Journal. He edited the journal for several years. His work also appears in traditional journals such as Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Communication Education, and The Western Journal of Communication. He has also authored several academic books and works of juvenile fiction, including Taming the Wild Tube: A Family Guide to Television and Video [UNC Press, 1991] and Mystery on Isle Royale [Chapter & Verse Publishing, 2000]. His current activities focus on the use of digital interactive technology in artistic and expressive communication. His digital art has been displayed at the North Carolina Museum of Art, a variety of East coast galleries and, as a result of being one of the winners in the inaugural Art-on-the-Move competition sponsored by the Raleigh Arts Commission, on the sides of Raleigh city buses.