Christopher Buddo, Interim Dean
J. Christopher Buddo is currently serving as Interim Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication at East Carolina University. He came to ECU in 2006 as Director of the School of Music. Previously he held faculty and administrative positions at Baylor University, Waco, Texas. He has also taught at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois and the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa. He has performed with the Birch Creek Summer Music Festival and the Bedford Springs Music Festival as well as the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Waco Symphony, the Des Moines Symphony, the Quad-City Symphony, the Cedar Rapids Symphony, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony, and the Roanoke Symphony.
Dr. Laura C. Prividera
Interim Associate Dean of Graduate Studies
Ph.D., Communication Studies, Bowling Green State University, 2002 M.A. Interpersonal Communication, Bowling Green State University, 1998 B.S. Accounting, University at Albany, 1993
gender and communication, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, organizational communication, communication theory, communication pedagogy
Social constructions of gender and race in military, mediated, pedagogical and health contexts.
Dr. Prividera's work has been published in: Women's Studies in Communication, Women & Language, Health Communication, Basic Communication Course Annual, Carolinas Communication Annual, and the Texas Speech Communication Journal.
Dr. Jeffrey Ward
Interim Associate Dean of Assessment
DMA, Shenandoah University; MM, East Carolina University; BA, Rollins College. Dr. Jeffrey Ward is Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education, Associate Director of Choral Activities and Director of KidsMusic at East Carolina University. Additionally, he serves as Director of Traditional Music at St. James United Methodist Church in Greenville and Artistic Director of the Greenville Choral Society. Dr. Ward has worked with singers in North Carolina, Virginia, and Florida as a church conductor, conductor of community choirs, high school choral director, and guest conductor for county and regional honor choirs.
Dr. Ward received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Education (Conducting) from Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, VA, his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, and his undergraduate degree in Music Education from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.
Dr. Ward has published in national choral and music education journals, including the Choral Journal of the American Choral Directors Association, and presented music education research throughout the United States, Germany, and China. He was awarded a research and creative activity grant by the East Carolina University College of Fine Arts and Communication for his development of choral adjudication training and was the College of Fine Arts and Communication nominee for the UNC Board of Governors Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Ward serves as chair of student activities for the North Carolina chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, president of the ECU chapter of Pi Kappa Lambda, a member of the editorial board for the International Symposium for Assessment in Music Education, project leader for the Beginning Teacher ASPA of the Society for Music Teacher Education, and holds memberships in the National Association for Music Education, International Society for Music Education, Choristers Guild, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Associate Dean of Research, Marketing and Outreach
Michael Crane serves as Associate Dean of Research, Marketing and Outreach and the Producing Artistic Director of Arts Smart, Family Fare and the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series. He has won over 50 arts grants yielding more than $330,000 for the institution and has presented more than 100 artists and attractions for the benefit of the regional community. He writes and designs the annual award-winning college magazine, REVUE. Crane holds expired credentials from the Security and Exchange Commission, the Missouri Department of Health’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and the Michigan and Missouri state boards of education. And, he can parallel park a school bus.
Mary Jane Gaddis
Director of College Development
Mary Jane Gaddis has 28 years of administrative experience in the educational setting. Before coming to work for ECU's Academic Affairs office in 1995, she held positions with the N.C. State Department of Public Instruction, Pitt County Schools, and two years in the private sector with a small research and development firm. She served as the assistant to the dean and the director of development in the School of Music from 1996 to 2004, and been a member of the staff of the College of Fine Arts in Communication since its formation.
Executive Assistant to the Dean
Duywuna Millner came to ECU with 13 years of administrative experience while working at Duke University. She is currently the executive assistant to the dean and is responsible for all personnel-related duties and the day-to-day operation of the College office.
Michael B. Dixon
Coordinator of Technology and Distance Education Services
Instructional Technology Consultant
Michael Dixon has served as the instructional technology consultant (ITC) to all faculty within the four schools of the College since 1997 (and since 1994 in a higher education capacity). He represents the college by serving in ECU's Technology Advisory Council, IT Governance Committee, Distance Education Advisory Council and numerous other committees. Michael is an ECU Leadership Fellow, having completed the chancellor's leadership academy. He has also served on the UNC Teaching with Technology Collaborative Conference (TLTC) program committee and has also been a proposal reviewer for that conference.
As the ITC, Michael provides solutions for faculty who desire instructional design services & technology integration in their classroom teaching, online instruction, and assistance with online course and/or program development. Additionally, he researches new/emerging technologies regularly to stay current on educational technology and related fields. Previously, Michael worked solely for the School of Music, handling roles such as chief recording engineer, stage management supervisor, webmaster, computer lab supervisor, and typesetter for various publications.
As the Coordinator of Technology and DE Services, Michael provides college-wide oversight of both classroom and distance education technology and faculty training. He supervises media and technology support personnel in the School of Communication and School of Art & Design and oversees and coordinates planning of large annual expenditures supporting technology in teaching and learning.
Michael has a masters of science degree (MS) in instructional technology from the ECU College of Education, a masters (MM) of music degree in theory/composition from ECU, and and a bachelors (BM) in music theory/composition/music business from ECU. He regularly teaches online courses (often large section courses of 100+ students) for the ECU School of Music each year and has been a professional composer/songwriter for over 15 years.
Dr. Michael C. Hardy
Director of the Institute of Outdoor Drama
Prior to serving as Director of the Institute of Outdoor Drama at ECU, Dr. Hardy was General Manager of The Lost Colony in Roanoke Island, and served in executive roles in non-profit arts organizations for 40 years in addition to his consulting work and volunteer services to the field. He has been President of four major performing arts centers, an international arts association with members from 50 countries and one of the nation’s largest historic preservation/adaptive re-use projects in New York City. Hardy has fundraised for and managed complex building projects, organized more than a dozen arts leadership conferences around the world and led organizations through major transitions.
As a strategic planning consultant, he developed the plans and staffing for the new performing arts center at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada, completed a feasibility study for the National School of Ballet and headed up the planning and architect selection process for the expansion of the facilities of the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People in Toronto.
Hardy holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Michigan, Masters degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Bachelor’s degree from Duke University. In the 1970’s he also directed and taught in the Theatre Department at East Carolina University and served as General Manager for Department Chair Edgar Loessin.
Administrative Assistant for the Institute of Outdoor Drama
Phone: 252-328-5363; Fax: 252-328-0968
Susan Phillips has been with the Institute of Outdoor Drama since 2006. She spent the four previous years at the Kenan Flagler Business School at UNC-CH supporting the marketing faculty. She received a B.S. in Communication with a concentration in Theatre Arts from Appalachian State University. Susan has spent more that 30 years performing on stage, including four summers with outdoor drama.
She has over 15 years in entertainment administration. While employed by Turner Home Entertainment, she worked for both the home video department in Atlanta and the licensing and merchandising department in New York. One of her favorite jobs was working for Children’s Television Workshop (aka Sesame Street).