Faculty/Staff

Faculty/Staff 

Dr. Jeff Spurlock

Dr. Jeff Spurlock

Director, Hall School of Journalism and Communication
Professor of Journalism and Communication

Dr. Jeff Spurlock is the director of the Hall School of Journalism and Communication, as well as a professor. He received his B.A. from Western Kentucky University, his M.S. from Middle Tennessee State University and his Ph.D. from The University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Spurlock has more than 15 years of professional broadcast journalism experience. He is a two-time past president of the Southeast Journalism Conference and was a Chancellor's Fellow in 2007. He received the 2008 Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching and was named Journalism Educator of the Year by the Southeast Journalism Conference in 2009. Dr. Spurlock's teaching interests are broadcast journalism, media law, strategic communication and media effects and is a member of Troy's graduate faculty. Email Dr. Spurlock at spurlock@troy.edu.

Dr. Maryjo Cochran

Dr. Maryjo Cochran

Professor of Communication Studies

Dr. Maryjo Cochran is a professor of communication studies and served as dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts prior to her decision to return to teaching in the Hall School. She earned her B.A. in Speech and Theatre Education from Southern Methodist University, her M.A. in Radio-Television-Film from The University of Michigan and her Ph.D. in Radio-Television-Film from The University of Michigan. Dr. Cochran's teaching interests are media performance and study abroad. Email Dr. Cochran at macochran@troy.edu.

Dr. Bridgette Colaco

Dr. Bridgette Colaco

Assistant Professor of Multimedia Journalism and Advertising

Dr. Bridgett Colaco is an assistant professor of journalism and advertising and also serves as the Hall School's graduate studies coordinator. She brings an extensive level of professional and academic experience in journalism, international and cross-cultural communications to the Hall School. She received her B.A. from St. Xavier's College, her M.A. from The University of Calcutta and her Ph.D. in Mass Communication and Media Arts from The University of Southern Illinois. She also holds an International Diploma in Advanced Journalism from Cardiff University, United Kingdom and a diploma in French from the French Cultural Embassy in Calcutta, India. Dr. Colaco's teaching interests are advertising, public relations, strategic communication and global journalism. Email Dr. Colaco at bcolaco@troy.edu.

Dr. Amanda Diggs

Dr. Amanda Diggs

Associate Professor of Communication Studies

Dr. Amanda Diggs is an associate professor of communication in Troy University's Hall School of Journalism and Communication. She also serves as the Hall School's Coordinator of Assessment. She earned her B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and Social Science from Troy University, her M.A. in Communication from Auburn University and her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences majoring in Pharmacy Care Systems with Communication and Socio-Behavioral emphases from Auburn University. Dr. Diggs' teaching interests are communication studies, health communication, strategic communication and cultural communication. Email Dr. Diggs at amdiggs@troy.edu.

Morgan Drinkard

Morgan Drinkard 

Lecturer of Public Relations and Advertising

Morgan Hooper Drinkard is a lecturer of public relations and multimedia communication in the Hall School. She received her B.S. in Broadcast Journalism/Public Relations from Troy University and her M.A. in Public Relations from The University of Alabama. Before joining Troy's teaching staff full-time, Ms. Drinkard served as the executive director of the Johnson Center for the Arts. Email Ms. Drinkard at mdrinkard@troy.edu.

Stefanie East

Stefanie East

Lecturer of Journalism and Public Relations

Stefanie Hicks East is a lecturer in the Hall School of Journalism and Communication. She earned both her B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and M.S. in Strategic Communication from Troy University. Ms. East worked in the media industry for nearly 20 years, most recently as the evening news anchor at Alabama News Network, the CBS and ABC affiliates for central, west, and south Alabama. While there she was awarded “Best TV News Anchor” by the Alabama Associated Press, and “Best News Series” by both the Alabama Associated Press and the Alabama Broadcaster’s Association. She began her career at WTVY in Dothan, Alabama, where she anchored and produced the morning newscast. After her news career, she transitioned into PR where she served as the Director of Communications for the State of Alabama's Office of Information Technology. Email her at seast@troy.edu.
Andrea Hall

Andrea Hall

Lecturer of Journalism and Advertising

Andrea Hall is a lecturer in the Hall School of Journalism and Communication. She earned a B.S. in Journalism and Electronic Media from the University of Tennessee and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri. She is currently working toward a Ph.D. in Mass Communications at the University of Florida. Ms. Hall’s teaching specialties include visual communications, feature writing, copyediting, and social media across mass communication fields. She previously worked as a newspaper lifestyles editor for The Greenwood Commonwealth, a graphic designer for Orlando Sentinel Media Group’s Orlando Signature magazine, and as a marketing specialist for the University of Florida. Email her at hall@troy.edu.

Dr. Shari Hoppin

Dr. Shari Hoppin

Associate Professor of Journalism and Communication Studies

Dr. Shari Hoppin is an associate professor in the school. She earned her B.A. in Communication from the University of Ottawa (Canada) and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Southern California. She has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor in the Caribbean and in Canada. Dr. Hoppin taught at the University of Southern California and at Florida State University before joining the faculty at Troy University. Dr. Hoppin teaches courses in journalism, communication theory, persuasion, organizational communication, and leadership. Dr. Hoppin is a member of Troy University’s graduate faculty and teaches in the Hall School’s Master of Science in Strategic Communication degree program. Email Dr. Hoppin at shoppin@troy.edu.

David "Doc" Kirby

David "Doc" Kirby

Lecturer of Multimedia Journalism and Communication Studies

David Kirby has been a full-time lecturer for the Hall School of Journalism and Communication since 2006. He received his B.M.E. from Troy University and his M.S.E from Troy University and also holds 21 semester hours of additional graduate work in communications. Mr. Kirby specializes in broadcast journalism and communication technology, bringing decades of real-world broadcast experience to the classroom. Mr. Kirby is well-known for his radio daily book review show, his monthly column in Dixie Living magazine and his weekly half-hour interview show on the radio. Kirby works with the Troy University Jazz program in the John M. Long School of Music at Troy University. He continues to serve as a minister for the United Methodist Church, and is the Operations/Program Manager for Troy Broadcasting Corporation. Email him at dkirby36321@troy.edu.

Ashley Sanders

Ashley Sanders

Departmental Secretary

Ashley has been at Troy University since 2015 but joined the staff of the Hall School of Journalism and Communication in January 2018. She is a native of Troy, Alabama and currently is working on her Bachelor's degree at Troy.

Dr. Susan Sarapin

Dr. Susan Sarapin

Associate Professor of Multimedia Journalism and Communication Studies

Dr. Susan Sarapin is an associate professor in the Hall School of Journalism and Communication. Her primary teaching areas are multimedia journalism, communication law and advertising. Dr. Sarapin's undergraduate degree is from the University of Illinois. Her MS and PhD degrees are from Purdue University. Dr. Sarapin teaches on the Troy campus. Email her at ssarapin@troy.edu.

Ava Tabb

Ava Tabb

Lecturer of Multimedia Journalism

Ava Tabb is a lecturer in the Hall School. She received her B.A. from The University of Alabama and her M.S. from Northwestern University. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Instructional Design from Auburn University. Her primary teaching interests are multimedia journalism, digital photography and advertising. Ms. Tabb's professional experience includes working as a general assignment at the Andalusia Star daily newspaper and as a writer for the Birmingham Business Journal. Prior to joining the Hall School's faculty, Ms. Tabb taught at Miles College. Email her at amtabb@troy.edu.

Robbyn Taylor

Robbyn Taylor

Lecturer of Journalism and Communication Studies

Robbyn Brooks Taylor is a lecturer in the Hall School of Journalism and Communication. She earned both her B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and M.S. in Strategic Communication from Troy University and is working toward her Ph.D. in Communication Studies at Regent University. Ms. Taylor specializes in mobile journalism and multimedia journalism techniques, and also works with the department's broadcast, advertising and public relations students. Ms. Taylor is the student publications adviser for Troy's student newspaper, The Tropolitan, and the school's yearbook, The Palladium. Before joining the Hall School's teaching staff, Ms. Taylor worked as a photojournalist at WSFA in Montgomery, a reporter at WNCF in Montgomery, a reporter, mobile journalist, columnist and editor for Freedom Communications in Northwest Florida (The Destin Log, The Northwest Florida Daily News and The Crestview News Bulletin), an international spokesperson and media coordinator for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals in Washington, D.C. and as managing editor of The Messenger in Troy. Ms. Taylor has garnered awards for her writing both in Florida and Alabama. Email her at rbtaylor@troy.edu.