Sarah Walker Caron has been an instructor in the Department of Communication and Journalism since 2017. A journalist for more than 20 years, she is a senior editor, overseeing coastal news for The Bangor Daily News. Her writing has appeared in regional and national publications including Fine Cooking, The Washington Post, Motherwell, and SheKnows. She’s also a food writer and the author of seven books including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook, Classic Diners of Maine and The Disney Princess Tea Parties Cookbook. Sarah earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Barnard College and is working on her MA in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing at the University of Maine.
Carol Patterson-Martineau is from Windham, Connecticut. She earned her PhD in History from UMaine. Her dissertation examined the advancement of white supremacy in early 19th-century U.S. History textbooks. She has been teaching CMJ103 Public Speaking since 2016 and currently resides in Hartland, Maine with her dog Zelda June.
Shane Perry, APR, has been teaching off and on with the Department of Communication and Journalism since 2006. Shane has been an Accredited Public Relations professional (APR) since 2015 with more than a decade of providing public relations and digital communication services in the healthcare, military, and information technology industries. Shane works full-time as the Digital Content Strategist for Northern Light Health which oversees search engine optimization efforts, user experience, and stakeholder communications. Shane is also a board member of the Maine Public Relations Council and serves as the Accreditation Chair. He currently teaches Public Relations (CMJ 367) at UMaine as well as teaching Social Media Marketing and Digital Marketing at Husson University during the Spring semester. Shane earned his MA in Communication from UMaine in 2010 and BA in Media Studies from the University of Southern Maine in 2005.
Kendra Rand has been an instructor in the Department of Communication and Journalism since 2015. She teaches public speaking, interpersonal communication, and small group communication. Kendra is an active alum of the University of Maine Diversity Leadership Institute and serves on the board of Island Housing Trust on Mount Desert Island.
Ulrich Regler (Uli) has been teaching in the CMJ Department since 2013. He studied at UMaine for both his B.A. (Sociology) and M.A. (Communication). Before joining the department, he spent time as a chef, sailor, and IT specialist. In his free time, he enjoys carpentry, working on engines, gaming, and being a dad to his son and dog. His academic interests are eclectic but tend to involve critical theory, pedagogy, global communication/culture, and media ecology. He is an avid supporter of grassroots and local campaigns, as well as the DIY movement.
Courses Taught: Intro to Media Studies (CMJ 100); Public Speaking (CMJ 103); Journalism and Media History (CMJ 211); Argument and Critical Thinking (CMJ 347); International Communication (CMJ 314); Media, Advertising, and Society (CMJ 380)
Though this is Kevin’s first year teaching in Communication & Journalism, he has been teaching mathematics for almost twenty years and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies for the last four years. His passions include the critical pedagogies, including critical communication pedagogy and feminist pedagogies, and is constantly trying to implement them in the courses he teaches across disciplinary boundaries. Kevin lives in Orono with a delightfully disordered family and an imperfect life that he remains grateful to have.
Aislinn Sarnacki earned her BA in Journalism at the University of Maine. She writes for the Bangor Daily News and other local media outlets. She has also published several books on hiking in Maine.
Courses Taught: Journalism Writing and Editing (CMJ 136); Editorial and Opinion Writing (CMJ 434); Feature Writing (CMJ 435)
Imke Schessler-Jandreau is a two-time UMaine graduate, earning both her B.A. and M.A. degrees in Communication here in the CMJ Department. With over ten years of experience working as a communication professional, she has abandoned the nine-to-five world to work as a mom, adjunct faculty member, yoga instructor, and communication consultant. Beyond that, Imke is a lover of the outdoors, and you will often find her out in nature hiking, biking, snowshoeing, or otherwise gallivanting around with family and friends.
Courses Taught: Public Speaking (CMJ 103); Persuasion and Social Influence (CMJ 403); Health Communication (CMJ 420); Health Campaigns (CMJ 425)
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Sarah Smiley has been a frequent instructor in the CMJ department since receiving her Masters here in 2012. She has a B.S. in Education and a Masters in Mass Communication. Smiley wrote for newspapers and magazines around the country for more than 16 years and has published several books, including “Dinner with the Smileys”. She has taught Writing and Editing, Media History, Marketing, Storytelling and Public Speaking. One of Sarah’s greatest passions is teaching. She lives in Bangor with her husband, a LifeFlight pilot, and has 3 sons – one in high school, one in college, and one who is a graduate of the University of Maine.
Marissa Minor is an Adjunct Instructor of Public Relations in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine. As a full time Communications Supervisor at Versant Power, she brings industry experience in internal and external communications with a focus on media relations and crisis management. Her teaching style encourages creative thinking and active in-class participation.
Ms. Minor earned her Accreditation in Public Relations through the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and received her M.S. in communication from Regis College in Weston, MA. She is a member of the Maine Public Relations Council and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross Northern and Eastern Maine Chapter.
Courses taught: Public Relations (CMJ 367)