Teaching Team for Spring Semester 2016
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Kéran Billaud is a doctoral student in the College of Journalism and Communications. He earned a master’s in Professional Multimedia Telecommunications in the college and a B.A. in Mass Communications with a double minor in English Literature/Creative Writing and French from Emory & Henry College in Virginia. Billaud has worked with WVTF Public Radio/Radio IQ in Roanoke, Va. He also spent a summer working in Zambia, Africa, with major media organizations via the Kasoma Media Foundation. He has visited/traveled to 14 countries in the past few years for various business and cultural conferences and expeditions.
kbillaud (at) ufl (dot) edu
Karsten Burgstahler is a master’s student in the College of Journalism and Communications. An Illinois native, Burgstahler received his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University/Carbondale, where he worked as a reporter for two years for the campus newspaper, the Daily Egyptian. He also served on the paper’s editorial board for one and a half years. After graduation, he worked for the Journal Gazette Times-Courier, in Mattoon, Ill., covering a wide beat including Eastern Illinois University administration, city council and school board. He now studies public relations, with a research interest in emerging social media platforms.
kburgstahler (at) ufl (dot) edu
Earlesha Butler is a doctoral student in the College of Journalism and Communications. She earned her master’s degree in journalism from The University of Iowa and bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Butler has worked as a professional news reporter for several newspapers, including the Iowa City Press-Citizen, The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), The Des Moines Register and The Hattiesburg American. Previously, Butler taught journalism and communication courses at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. During the Fall 2014 and Summer B 2015 term, she was the instructor of record for the UF’s College of Journalism and Communications’ Writing Mechanics (JOU 2005).
etbutler (at) ufl (dot) edu
Amanda Kastrinos is a master’s student in the College of Journalism and Communications with a focus on health/science communications. She received a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida and wrote for the Independent Florida Alligator while in undergrad. She has worked in several journalism and public relations capacities since then, with a focus on science and environmental communications. She worked as an environmental policy advocate for the Environmental and Energy Study Institute in Washington, D.C. She has held several communications positions with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, including the Communications Coordinator for the UF Horticultural Sciences Department.
akastrinos (at) ufl (dot) edu
Rich Shumate is a second-year doctoral student, with a research interest in political communication history. He has more than 25 years of experience as a journalist, working for newspapers and magazines in Georgia, North Carolina, Wyoming and Arkansas. He also spent 10 years at CNN’s world headquarters in Atlanta, working as a senior writer for CNN.com and as an editor on the network’s domestic newsgathering desk. He is the founder and editor of ChickenFriedPolitics.com, a website that covers politics across 14 Southern states. For the past three years, he has taught writing at Pulaski Technical College in Little Rock, Arkansas. A Wyoming native, he holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of Wyoming and an M.A. in journalism from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.
shumater (at) ufl (dot) edu
Steve Waters is a doctoral student in the UF College of Journalism and Communications, with the ultimate goal of becoming a journalism teacher. For 10 years, Waters worked as a sportswriter, education writer, sports copy editor, and sports editor for different newspapers throughout Florida, including the St. Petersburg Times, Pensacola News Journal, and Citrus County Chronicle. Waters also worked as a sales and marketing director for an educational software company and as a technical writer for a defense contractor. He earned a BA in Journalism from the University of West Florida and a MAMC from UF’s College of Journalism and Communications.
stephensonwaters (at) ufl (dot) edu