Faculty bios

Narayanan (Nanu) Iyer


Nanu Iyer, Ph.D., Indiana University, is a clinical associate professor at The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication and director of the Integrated Strategic Communication program at WSU Vancouver. He started his career in advertising as a media planner at Carat. Prior to joining the Murrow College he was an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University. At WSU Vancouver, he teaches courses in strategic communication, including Advertising Principles, Quantitative Research Methods, Account Planning, and Stereotypes in Communication. His research interests are in health communication and public opinion of civic issues on social media. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the student group – “Strategic U.”

Elizabeth Candello


Elizabeth Candello, Ph.D., Arizona State University, is a clinical assistant professor at The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication in Vancouver, WA. She has nearly a decade of experience in the communication and technology industries in the Seattle, Austin and Phoenix media markets, working with various clients, including Microsoft, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington Dairy Initiative and the Western Climate Initiative. Her research is at the intersection of strategic communication and identity that examines how knowledge is produced and co-created among low-income populations. Her work includes the examination of social support and collaboration within organizations; cultural identification and minority representations; and service use among those who live below the federal poverty level.

Michael Levan


Michael LeVan, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, 2001 joined the Vancougar community after teaching for 14 years at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He approaches communication inquiry as a deeply interdisciplinary endeavor, with special interests in visual images, public memory, globalization, performance studies and digital culture. He co-founded and is editor-in-chief of an international multimedia journal of performance studies, Liminalities, currently in its 13th year of publication.

Will Ulbricht


A fellow Murrow alum, Will Ulbricht has spent the last 15 years working at some of the northwest’s top advertising and marketing communication agencies. After graduating in 2000 from WSU Pullman, Will joined Publicis Seattle. In 2002 Will returned to the Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter where he received his M.S. in communication focusing on creative copy writing and concept development. Returning to the northwest, Will joined Wieden + Kennedy in Portland where he worked on multiple brands including Starbucks, Target, Electronic Arts, American Indian College Fund and Nike. For the last ten years, Will has been creating award-winning advertising campaigns for a variety of agencies and a wide-range of clients from automotive to video games and technology.

George Rede


George Rede is an adjunct instructor in communications and a veteran journalist known for his versatility as an editor, reporter, editorial writer and newsroom recruiter. After a long career in journalism, including 30 years at The Oregonian/OregonLive, he is making the transition from the digital newsroom to the classroom. His academic interests include media ethics, media literacy, and the intersection of sports and the media. Rede is a graduate of San Jose State University and studied at the University of Michigan during a fellowship year sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.