Meet the Chair: William Purcell

Communication and Journalism Department Chair William Purcell

Welcome to the Department of Communication and Journalism. We are six faculty members, more than 100 majors, and thousands of alumni.

What Can You Do With a Communication Degree?

Students and parents often ask me that question. My answer is, “Just about anything you want to do.” Here is what a few of our Communication and Journalism alumni have done with their Communication or Journalism degrees:

  • Captain Adam Gregory ’08 is a media operations officer at the United States Air Force Press Desk at the Pentagon.
  • Alissa Baier ’07, Journalism emphasis, graduated from Seattle University Law School and is now an attorney for the Union Gospel Mission.
  • Breyanne Nortvedt ’08 works as a singer, model, and actress in Los Angeles.
  • Stefan Bennett ’08 is the customer service manager at Gravity Payments.
  • Chris Banchero ’11 plays professional basketball in the Philippines.
  • Dr. Jonah Attebery ’04 is currently on a fellowship in pediatric medicine at Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Kyle Tyler ’99 is the senior web merchandising manager at
  • Nasue Nishida ’99 is executive director of the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession in Olympia.
  • Danielle Knight ’11 works for Total Traffic Network. Her voice can be heard as the traffic reporter on most Seattle radio stations.
  • Jason Zingsheim ’00 is an assistant professor of communication at Governors State University in Illinois.

A Communication or Journalism degree is a liberal arts degree — that’s liberal in the sense of “liberating.” A liberal arts degree frees you from the limitations of your previous life experience and prepares you to face the many options available in the wider world. I invite you to explore our site and, better yet, prepare to explore the world with us as a Communication and Journalism major or minor!

Best wishes,

William Purcell, PhD
Professor and Chair of Communication and Journalism

“The value of the enterprise known as the history of rhetoric is not merely that it allows one to appreciate rhetorical/ intellectual movements of the past, but that it allows us to recognize the variety of discursive options available and realize the intellectual challenges of the present and future.”
Bill Purcell
Ars Poetriae: Rhetorical and Grammatical Invention at the Margin of Literacy, p. 144