Communications Faculty

    Andrew Burns

    Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

    Phone: (845) 848-4026
    Office: Casey Hall 19

    B.A. – The State University of New York

    M.A.T. – The State University of New York

    Andrew Burns is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies. His research interests include emerging media effects on interpersonal communication and traditional rhetoric.  Among the courses he teaches are Dynamics of Oral Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and Digital Media.

        Ann Beutel

        Administrative Assistant

        Phone: (845) 848-4006
        Office: Administrative Assistant

            AnnMarie DiSiena

            Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Coordinator Communication Studies Program

            Phone: (845) 848-4038
            Office: Casey Hall Anex

            B.A. – Iona College
            M.A. – Fordham University
            Ed.D. – Organizational Leadership: Argosy University

            Professor DiSiena has been a faculty member at Dominican College for over 23 years. In addition to her work in with the Communications Program and as Coordinator of Computerized Curriculum Information she is a member of the Athletic Advisory Board and the coordinator for “Life Experience Credits” process.

                Mark C. Meachem

                Associate Professor of Communication Studies, Director Division of Arts and Sciences

                Phone: (845) 848-4043
                Office: Casey Hall 19

                B.A. – Journalism, St. Michael’s College
                M.S. – Management Communication, Manhattanville College
                Ed.D – Media Studies, Fielding Graduate University

                Dr. Meachem has taught Communications at Dominican College since 2003. He is currently the Director of the Arts & Sciences Division at the college. With a background in journalism, Professor Meachem has worked as a newspaper reporter and as a magazine editor for a national publication. His academic interests include Media Studies, Media Law, Interpersonal Communication, and Communication in online environments. Professor Meachem also has had professional experience as a corporate trainer, teaching business professionals to improve their communication skills.

                He is the author of several articles in both magazines and newspapers as well as the book Robert Philipp, The Last American Impressionist published in 2005. He also wrote, directed, and developed “Business Etiquette,” a CD-ROM on business communication, released in 2003.

                Professor Meachem’s public presentations include:

                • Social Capital and its correlation to Massive Multiplayer Online Games,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, April 2012, Boston, MA.
                • “The Power of Social Capital in MMOGs: Cooperative Behaviors and Cronyism in World of Warcraft,” Eastern Communication Association, April 16, 2011, Arlington, VA.
                • “Helping You to Help Me: Pursuing Self-Interests in World of Warcraft and its Correlation to Offline Social Capital,” virtual presentation for the International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, November 2009, Madrid, Spain.
                • “Truth, Justice and the American Media: presented at the 10th Biennial Colloquium of Dominican Colleges and Universities, June 2008, Madison, WI.
                • “Flexible Learning, the changing classroom and technology. The roles of faculty and students in the 21st century learning environment,” presented at the 9th Biennial Colloquium of Dominican Colleges and Universities, June 2006, Orangeburg, NY.
                • “Defining the Media in the Digital Age,” panel sponsored by the Palisades Institute, February 2006.
                • The U.S. and the World – Dual Perspectives, panel discussion, April 2004.

                Professor Meachem continues to be involved with several organizations and honors societies, including:

                • National Communication Association
                • Eastern Communication Association
                • Member Alpha Chi Honor Society
                • American Society of Training and Development
                • Ridgefield (CT) Library Board of Directors, 2002-2009
                • Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism Honor Society
                • Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society
                • Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals 2002, 2003