Krista Jo Miller, Assistant Professor of Communication and Theatre and Director of Theatre, began her USF tenure in 2012. She holds an MFA in Drama with an emphasis in Directing from the University of Oklahoma and a B.S. in Vocal Performance from Southern Nazarene University.
Miller previously held the position of Director of Theatre at California Baptist University in the greater Los Angeles area. Prior to entering full-time teaching, she worked as a professional actress and director. In 2010 she was honored with a Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VIII award for Excellence in Theatre Education.
Miller's directing credits include: Come Back, Little Sheba, Euripides’ Hecuba, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, Dancing at Lughnasa, West Side Story, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Fiddler on the Roof, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Godspell, A Garden in India, Oklahoma!, Almost, Maine, Macbeth and The Will Roger’s Follies.
Dr. Nathan Nassif, Associate Professor, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in persuasion, leadership, group dynamics and administrative and business communication; he has also taught special courses in film studies, playwriting and theatre.
Dr. Nassif's academic and business background gives a history of two parallel and satisfying careers. For over 25 years he enjoyed a period of varied and progressively responsible accomplishments in the fields of teaching, academic department administration, training, negotiation and both central and hands-on management of substantial properties.
After completing his master's degree, he spent three years in New York City and Chicago as a talent agent for the William Morris Agency. While in these cities he gained considerable experience in commercial broadcasting, Broadway theatre, motion pictures and concerts.
Later he gained extensive entrepreneurial skills with a business career as executive managing director of the St. Elmo Hotel Corporation of New York and Nassif Properties of Florida. With his wealth of business experience, Dr. Nassif continues as a speaker, consultant and instructional developer to organizations.
Dr. Nassif received his degrees from Drake University (B.A.), Marquette University (M.A.) and The Union Institute and University (PhD). He began his teaching career at Iowa State University.
At USF, Dr. Nassif is a recipient of the Bush Grant for Critical Thinking, the Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant, the South Dakota Communication Association Service Award and the University Outstanding Teacher Award. Recently, USF students nominated him to be included in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. He also contributes and participates in numerous volunteer, civic and educational organizations; he is a member of Rotary International and on the Board of Directors of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.
His research interests include communication theory, ethical and intercultural communication, film studies and playwriting. He enjoys tennis and squash and, as a semi-professional magician, he performs as a volunteer at area hospitals.
Dr. Nassif, his wife Briana and their two children (Nathan and Sophie) have been involved in their church for many years. Moreover, in the last several years, he has been actively involved in an inter-religious and interethnic ad hoc group dealing with understanding in the Middle East.
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