Carroll College, Helena Montana


Brent Northup, M.A.

Brent NorthupProfessor, Department Chair
Office: St. Charles 140
Tel: 406 447 5400

"Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower; we will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind" -William Wordsworth

BioBrent Northup came to Carroll College in 1989. Before coming to Carroll, Brent taught 8th grade English and coached debate at Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas. He then spent 10 years working at a daily newspaper in Bellevue, Washington as an arts editor, feature writer, and film critic. Since coming to Carroll, Brent has received the Carroll College Distinguished Educator Award for outstanding teaching. In addition to teaching and advising students, he coaches the Talking Saints Forensics team who have won or shared 25 regional championships and won a national championship in parliamentary debate. His hobbies include writing weekly film reviews for the Helena Independent Record and playing in duplicate bridge tournaments in the summertime. He also serves as department chair.

B.A., Whitman College
M.A., University of Missouri-Columbia

Courses taughtBasic Communication, Small Group Communication, Writing for the Print Media, Professional Communication, Writing about the Movies, Communication Ethics and Servant Leadership.

Research Interests: Communication Ethics, Servant Leadership, and Rhetorical Power of Silence

Charlotte Jones, Ph.D.

Charlotte JonesProfessor
Office: St. Charles 141
Tel: 406 447 5402

"You only get what you give" -The New Radicals 

Before arriving at Carroll College, Charlotte conducted seminars for the Texas Employment Commission and worked as a training and development consultant for HealthCare International; she also taught at the University of Montana-Missoula, SanDiego State University, Enterprise State College, and the University of Texas-Austin. In addition to teaching communication courses here at Carroll, she also team teaches two interdisciplinary courses in gender studies and health/wellness issues.  In the Communication Department, she serves as the Faculty Advisor for Lambda Pi Eta, the honor society for communication students.  Charlotte has published numerous journal articles and book chapters concerning research on language and social interaction; she received a Carroll award for outstanding research.  She is active in regional and national communication associations. In her free time she enjoys running, traveling, jewelry-making, and reading.

B.A., The University of Montana
M.A., San Diego State University
Ph.D., The University of Texas-Austin

Courses taught: Health Communication, Gender Communication, Basic Communication, Research Methods, Language and Non-Verbal Communication, Interpersonal Communication.

Research Interests: Physician-patient interaction, therapist-client interaction, the communication of social support, everyday interaction.

Doreen V. Kutufam, Ph.D.

Doreen KutufamAssistant Professor
Office: St. Charles 143
Tel: 406 447 5472

Bio: Dr. Doreen Kutufam arrived at Carroll College in the fall of 2006. Previously, she has taught at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications (Teaching Assistant), National Film and Television Institute, University of Ghana and Central University College, all in Accra, Ghana. Dr. Kutufam was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship in 1997-1999.  In the spring of 2010, Dr. Kutufam published her first book, entitled HIV/AIDS Communication: Applying Gender, Social and Cultural Identity, based on the doctoral dissertation she completed for her Ph.D. at the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Besides that, Dr. Kutufam has published journal articles and presented at various international conferences. She served as a member and then the Chair of the Helena International Affairs Council. She currently serves on the Helena Civic Television and Compassion Tanzania boards. She is the supervising faculty for Saint’s TV, a monthly student-produced TV program which airs on the local NBC affiliate, KTVH.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, watching movies, and reading."

H.N.D., National Film and Television Institute, Accra, Ghana
M.S., Syracuse University
Ph.D., Syracuse University

Courses taught: Introduction to Mass Communication, Basic Communication, Race, Gender & Media, Introduction to TV Production, Basic Single Camera Production, & Writing for the Electronic Media

Research interests: Mass Media and Health Education; Race and Gender in Media, Communication and Social change; &  Visual Media Effects

Julie Benson-Rosston, M.A.

Julie Benson-RosstonInstructor of Communication Studies

Office: St. Charles 139
Tel: 406 447 5401

Bio: Julie Benson-Rosston began teaching at Carroll College in 2004.  Before teaching at Carroll, she has taught at the University of Minnesota-Morris, the University of Montana-Missoula, Red Rocks Community College in Denver, and Regis University in Denver.  In addition to teaching, she has spent 10 years as a professional communications consultant and currently works for The Collaboration Institute in Helena.  Julie specializes in facilitation mediation and communication training in several venues including government agencies, non-profit and profit organizations.  During her free time, she enjoys fitness, travel, reading, and spending time with family.  She is married and the mother of two children.

B.A., The University of Minnesota-Morris
M.A., The University of Montana-Missoula

Courses taught: Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Human Communication Theory, Basic Communication, Advanced Public Speaking, Computer Mediation Communication, Organizational Communication.

Research Interests: Instructional communication, online learning, how to better education and learning.

Alan Hansen, Ph.D.

Alan HansenAssociate Professor of Communication Studies

Office: St. Charles 139
Tel: 406 447 5401

"We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day" -Richard G. Scott

Bio: "Alan began teaching at Carroll College in the fall of 2008. Before moving to Montana, he was a professor at Texas A&M for 7 years. Since coming to Carroll, Alan has worked with many students in the department. On April 18, 2014, his work with a student was recognized when their collaboration paper won an award from the Northwest Communication Association (NWCA). Alan runs the public relations internships for the communications department and is also the director of a grant which connects with tribal colleges in Montana. In his free time, Alan enjoys golfing, reading and spending time with his spouse and three children.

B.A. 1996 Boise State University
PH.D. 2002 University at Albany, SUNY

Courses Taught: Intercultural Communication and Communication Theory

Research Interests: