Carroll College, Helena Montana


Brent Northup, M.A.

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

Bio: Brent Northup came to Carroll College in 1989.  Before coming to Carroll he spent 10 years working as an editor, feature writer, and film critic for a daily newspaper in Bellevue, Wash.  He received a Carroll award for outstanding teaching in 1997.  In addition to teaching and advising students, he coaches the Talking Saints Forensics team who have won more than 17 straight regional championships, plus a national championship in parliamentary debate.  He also writes weekly film reviews for the Helena Independent Record.

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

Courses taught:
Writing for the Media, Small Group Communication, Communication Ethics, Professional Communication

Charlotte Jones, Ph.D.

Office: St. Charles 141
Tel: 406 447 5402

Bio: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: Communication and Well Being, Gender Communication, Basic Communication, Research Methods, The Word and the Body,
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: Faculty member. Writer. Director. Producer. Fulbright scholar. Program coordinator. These are just a few of the ways to describe Dr. Doreen Kutufam's work in the field of communications, media, gender, and health studies over the past fifteen years. Dr. Kutufam arrived at Carroll College in the fall of 2006 charged with the important task of creating the institution's first-ever broadcasting program. To do so, she drew on her experience at Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Public Communications and the National Film and Television Institute in Accra, Ghana. At both institutions, she taught a variety of courses in areas such as race, gender, mass media, television production, and script writing. Dr. Kutufam now oversees a thriving program in broadcasting while supervising the student-run Saints TV and producing several documentaries, including "The Carroll Science Century" in celebration of the College's 100-year anniversary. In addition to her responsibilities at Carroll and beyond the classroom, Dr. Kutufam maintains an impressive research agenda, which intersects with her pedagogical focus on mass media, gender, health, and communications. She has presented refereed papers at several international conferences over the past six years, which took her to cities such as Dresden, Singapore, and Cairo. 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 Syracuse University. At the moment, she is working on a documentary film that examines the effects of commercial pineapple farming on farm hands and the environment in the Eastern Region of Ghana. Yet community service also remains an important part of Dr. Kutufam's professional agenda. In 2010, for example, she made a presentation entitled "Intercultural Communication: The African Context" in conjunction with the U.S. Army's 4225th Cultural and Language Training in September of 2010. She is also the Chair of the Helena International Affairs Council and serves on the Helena Civic Television and Compassion Tanzania boards. One might describe Dr. Kutufam as a "triple threat" - an incredibly gifted teacher and scholar who gives back to the community locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally in so many different ways. She serves as an inspiration and a role model to her colleagues and students alike.

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

Associate Professor of Communication Studies

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