Communication Sciences & Disorders Faculty
Currently serving as the president of the Affiliated Faculty of Emerson College union, David Kociemba has taught at Emerson, along with four other area colleges and universities. Following his research interests, Kociemba has led courses on introductory media history as well as seminars devoted to exploring such topics as digital media and culture, the representation of physical disability, video art, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He also has taught the principles and practice of parliamentary debate to talented 4th-12th grade students at College Academy in Winchester, Massachusetts, and the Roxbury Boys and Girls Club in Boston.
Kociemba's writing focuses on the work of TV program creator Joss Whedon, director Todd Haynes, and writer Jane Espenson, along with the subject of plot spoilers, and the Fox network show Glee. He has written for In Medias Res, Slayage, Buffy Goes Dark: Essays on the Final Two Seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Television, Battlestar Galactica: Finding the Way Home, and Buffy and Angel Conquer the Internet: Essays on Online Fandom.
In 2007, Kociemba won the Short Mr. Pointy Award for his article "'Actually, it explains a lot': Reading the Opening Title Sequences of BtVS." Along with his writing on film and television, Kociemba has appeared in Playing Columbine, the 2008 documentary directed, edited, and produced by Danny Ledonne that chronicles the history of the game "Super Columbine Massacre RPG!". Kociemba currently serves as the editor of Watcher Junior, a peer-reviewed journal of undergraduate scholarship on the work of Joss Whedon.
He's also been interviewed on internet cat videos for an Animal Planet program.
CSD Department news
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Katie O'Neil '09, '11
Katie O'Neil '09, '11 reveals why she chose speech pathology and how giving her students communication tools makes her feel. Watch now »
Grossman studies facial expression to aid people with autism
In her research, Communication Sciences and Disorders Assistant Professor Ruth Grossman wants to address some of the communication problems that children with autism face as they interact with others at home and school.