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Mass Communication Faculty and Staff

Last updated March 22, 2021

Dave Madsen - Department Head

Dave came to Morningside with 30+ years of commercial television experience in station management, programming, promotion, production, news engineering, and sales. Dave has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his M.A. in Journalism/Mass Communication from UNL. Professor Madsen is a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the Broadcast Education, and Iowa College Media Association.

  • Faculty advisor for MCTV, Morningside College Television
  • Faculty advisor for KMSC, Fusion 93 Radio Station

Courses taught:

  • Media Management
  • Introduction to Mass Communication
  • Public Relations
  • Video Practicum
  • Capstone Seminar: Media Ethics



Ross Fuglsang 

Ross came to Morningside College in the fall of 1996. He teaches courses in newswriting, photojournalism, media history, and media law. Ross advises the Collegian Reporter, Morningside College's online student newspaper. Professor Fuglsang has worked as a reporter, photographer, and sports editor for weekly and daily newspapers. He received his M.A. in Journalism from Iowa State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.  Professor Fuglsang is a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and The Society for News Design.

  • Faculty advisor for The Collegian Reporter

Courses taught:

  • News and Feature writing
  • Mass Communication Capstone Seminar
  • Composition and Communication
  • Introduction to Mass Communication
  • Fundamentals of Journalism
  • Journalism Practicum
  • Law of Mass Communication



Joan Mansfield


Joan is the Administrative Assistant in the Mass Communication Department. Joan has more than 20 years of media experience in Sioux City, including radio and television. She has been at Morningside since 2008.


Adjunct Faculty 


Curtis Anderson 

Curtis has worked in radio for 20+ years covering news and sports.  Curtis moved to Sioux City in 1999 where he worked for Radio Works/Clear Channel as the sports director and program director for 620 KMNS and 1470 KWSL.  Curtis currently owns his own business “Your Sports Show”.  With your Sports Show, Curtis produces a morning and afternoon sports talk show on 620 KMNS.  To go along with the sports shows, he covers Musketeer hockey, Bandit Indoor Football, Mustang Football and Basketball and Local high school games. Curtis received a B.A. in Speech communication from the University of Minnesota. He went to Broadcasting School at Brown Institute in Minneapolis after graduation.

Courses taught:

  • Sports Broadcasting




Tony Michalski

Tony "Michaels" Michalski is an adjunct professor at Morningside College.  He joined the staff in 2015.  Mr. Michalski came to Sioux City in 1997 to work as the evening on-air personality.  He was named KSUX morning host in 2001 and Program Director of KSUX in 2005.  He is currently the Operations Manager for Powell Broadcasting overseeing programming for 6 radio stations in Siouxland.

He was named to the first ever "Top 10 under 40" list by Siouxland Magazine,  and is very active in many nonprofit agencies.

Tony and his wife, Shana have two sons Trey (17) and Beau (15). 

Courses taught:

  • Audio Production I & II



Dave Washburn


Mark Heistad

August 30, 1957  -  April 17, 2017

Dr. Mark Heistad joined Morningside's faculty in 2002 to teach courses in audio production, broadcast journalism, music recording, media law and political communication. He advised Morningside student radio station KMSC. Mark earned a B.A. from Luther College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. Professor Mark Heistad passed away April 17, 2017 from esophageal cancer.