About us

The CxC team is comprised of a diverse group of professionals dedicated to supporting high-impact teaching that transforms students’ learning and their communication skills. Meet the dynamic CxC team.

Rebecca Burdette sitting in front of a computerRebecca Burdette, Ph.D.
Director
B8 Coates Hall
rburdette@lsu.edu
225-578-7791

Rebecca holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in communication and doctorate in organizational development. As director of CxC, she leads institutional efforts to advance teaching and learning of communication skills for undergraduates of all majors. Rebecca joined the CxC team in 2008 and in 2010, CxC was nationally recognized by the Conference on College Composition and Communication for innovation and commended as a dynamic program “to which other universities should aspire.” Prior to joining CxC, Rebecca spent 15 years blending strategic planning and communication to deliver high-impact results for organizations within the public and private sectors of tourism, healthcare, and higher education. She is a founding member of the U.S. Wikipedia Education Foundation and a co-curator of TEDx Talks at LSU. Both in and outside the classroom, Rebecca enjoys connecting people and projects to make incredible things come to life for students, faculty, LSU, and the Baton Rouge community. She is a member of the LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business faculty where she teaches advanced business communication, and she serves as an executive coach and consultant for strategic planning, interpersonal communication, and team dynamics. 

 

Jennifer Baumgartner, Ph.D.
Faculty Chair
101 Peabody Hall
jbaum@lsu.edu
225-578-7791

Jennifer holds a bachelor’s in psychology and both a master’s and a Ph.D. in human development and family studies, all from the University of Illinois, Urbana. Her role as CxC’s faculty chair allows her to demonstrate her strong commitment to faculty development and communication-intensive teaching and learning. An associate professor in the School of Education, Jennifer has more than a decade of experience teaching communication-intensive courses and has mentored several students through the Distinguished Communicator program. Her research directly correlates to her work in faculty teacher development, particularly around how philosophies and/or knowledge are translated into practice, stressing support among teachers. You can read some of Jennifer’s work in several journals, including Journal of Health Psychology, Early Child Development and Care, Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education and Young Children. 

 

 Boz playing drumsBoz Bowles, M.F.A.
College of Engineering Coordinator
Chevron Center for Engineering Education
1233 Patrick F. Taylor Hall
dbowles@lsu.edu
225-578-9952

Boz holds a bachelor’s degree in English and an MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is assistant director of Academic Affairs for the LSU College of Engineering, where he coordinates the Communication across the Curriculum program for the College and manages the Communication Studio in the Chevron Center for Engineering Education. In addition to teaching English classes, Boz has a hand in approximately 65 engineering courses a year and teaches an online course with the Encounter Engineering in Europe (E3) program. As a part of the team in CxC and the Chevron Center for Engineering Education, he has published and presented numerous works related to communication-intensive instruction, and his creative works have appeared in a variety of journals and magazines, including Copper Sails and Red Rock Review. His hobbies include drumming and martial arts.

 

Becky Carmichael, Ph.D.Becky taking notes in a field
College of Science Coordinator
School for the Coast & Environment Coordinator
151 Coates Hall
bcarmi1@lsu.edu
225-578-7656

Becky holds a B.S. from Purdue University, with a focus on conservation biology, and Ph.D. from LSU, with an emphasis on disturbance ecology, both in Biological Sciences. In addition to serving as the CxC Science Coordinator, she teaches in the LSU Ogden Honors College and the LSU College of Science, where she regularly employs innovative, communication-intensive teaching strategies to engage students in contemporary science issues. Becky also serves as a Wiki Education faculty ambassador and a TEDxLSU speaker coach, and recently collaborated with colleagues across the country to study how science is perceived, creating the #ScientistsWhoSelfie community on Instagram and Twitter. She is passionate about sharing the stories of researchers at LSU, leading to the creation of LSU Experimental, a student-driven podcast recorded in CxC’s Studio 151. Outside of the classroom, Becky shares her backyard ecology and other science happenings on Instagram at @beakerbjc.

 

Vincent Cellucci, M.F.A.Vincent standing in an art gallery
College of Art + Design Studio Coordinator
104-A Design Building
vcellu1@lsu.edu
225-578-1197

Vincent is currently on leave an international visiting scholar for the 2019-2020 AY.

An educational professional and teacher for over a decade, Vincent originally earned his MFA in Poetry from LSU, which he still applies by publishing, collaborating on interdisciplinary digital humanities projects, and regularly co-teaching a film and poetry course for the Ogden Honors College. Cellucci attended Loyola University and received his Bachelor’s degree in English Writing with a background in studio arts, studying painting and glassblowing while cross-enrolled at Tulane University. Vincent also serves on the School of Art Graduate faculty, guiding and developing MFA written theses and exhibitions, and has developed and hosted workshops for the Louisiana Division of the Arts. He specializes in poetry, 3D scanning and printing, portfolio development, and teaching and writing, especially in the art and design disciplines. During his career, Cellucci co-authored and been awarded multiple grants related to implementing technology into fine arts and design education; authored, edited, or translated several books of poetry; and presented, performed, or published at various art, design, writing, pedagogy, and technology conferences. 3D scanning underwater Mayan Architecture in the coastal lagoons of Belize with LSU Anthropology and collaboratively developing and performing an interactive poetry web app at NIME 2016 Australia and SXSW 2017 are a few of the highlights of his academic adventures. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Design, examining the interstices of poetry, virtual reality, interactive media, and digital fabrication. 

 

headshot of Kevin DiBenedetto

Kevin DiBenedetto, B.A.
College of Humanities and Social Sciences - Studio 151 Manager
CxC Business and Technology Manager
B10 Coates Hall
kdibene@lsu.edu
225-578-7811 

Kevin earned his BA in Mass Communication from LSU with a concentration in Electronic Media. He has spent the last 16 years at LSU working in a variety of roles, but at the heart of his skill set he is passionate about helping students, faculty and staff master the skills necessary to produce the best possible video and audio products. He has spent the last few years identifying new technologies and trends in higher education related to further enhancing the communication skills of students. This expertise also comes in handy as he currently serves as the executive producer and production manager for TEDxLSU.  He is an avid film buff and is proud of the film collection that he has helped to put together and manage in Studio 151.

 

Annemarie Galeucia sitting in front of a microphoneAnnemarie Galeucia, Ph.D.
Student & Faculty Development Coordinator
B6 Coates Hall
agaleu1@lsu.edu
225-578-7795

Annemarie earned her BA in English Literature from Wagner College, her MA in Religious Studies (American Public Cultures) from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her Ph.D. in Geography & Anthropology from LSU. In addition to her ten+ years of teaching and research experience in various academic programs and under the auspices of organizations such as the Lilly Endowment and Bureau for Ocean Energy Management, Annemarie co-organizes TEDxLSU and was also named a 2016 AAC&U K. Patricia Cross Scholar for her commitment to higher education. Annemarie enjoys applying her training as a social scientist to enhance connections between academic research, public knowledge, and engaged community for students, faculty and Baton Rouge as a whole. When Annemarie isn’t collaborating via her CxC role you can find her reading crime novels, researching and writing on material and public cultures, and convincing people that everywhere is walking distance if you have time. 

 

Josef Horáček, Ph.D.
College of Art + Design Studio Coordinator
104-A Design Building
jhoracek@lsu.edu
225-578-1197

 

Brandi Simmons, B.A.
Program and Communications Coordinator
B6 Coates Hall
brandisimmons@lsu.edu
225-578-7795