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Benny Sato AmbushSenior Distinguished Producing Director-In-Residence, Department of Performing Arts
Theatrical Stage Directing
Teaching acting and directing
Artistically helming professional theaters
John Dennis AndersonAssociate Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Performance Studies, particularly the performance of literature and of the life and work of Henry James, William Faulkner, Robert Frost, and Washington Irving.
Doug AndersonPart Time Faculty, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
I am a creative writer, a visual artist and a teacher of literature. My Phd specialization is in memoir, and my areas of scholarship are 20th Century American Literature, Novel/Epic, and Drama. I have written plays, screenplays, short fiction, poetry, critical essays and journalism. My book of poetry, The Moon Reflected Fire, won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Blues for Unemployed Secret Police, a grant from the Academy of American Poets. My memoir, Keep Your Head Down: Vietnam, the Sixties, and a Journey of Self-Discovery, was published by W.W. Norton in 2009. At Emerson, I teach a course called The Literature of Extreme Situations in the Institute of Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Miranda BanksAssistant Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts
Sam BinkleyAssociate Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
Critical social theories of subjectivity, particularly with regard to the work of Michel Foucault.
Harlan BosmajianAssistant Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts
Digital and film cameras, lighting, and the visualization of scripts.
Professional Director of Photography on over 30 feature films and television shows.
Josie BrayPart Time Faculty, Department of Performing Arts
Choreography, Directing, Producing, Physical Theater, Movement for Actors, Anatomy and Physiology for Actors and Dancers
Israela Adah Brill-CassPart Time Faculty, Department of Communication Studies
Attorney with expertise in all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)/conflict resolution including mediation, negotiation, arbitration and facilitation. Have worked with courts, private corporations and federal and state agencies to set up dispute resolution programs. Attorney since 1993, mediator and ADR professional and teacher since 1998.
Delia CabePart Time Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
Paul CalderaPart TIme Faculty, Department of Marketing Communication
"Enthusiast branding" – two decades of experience developing integrated marketing communications for enthusiast clients that include: The North Face, Cessna Aircraft, Parker Guitars, Segway, Teva, Ben Hogan Golf, TomTom, Backroads, JanSport, Hinckley Yachts and many others. Industry experience that ranges from aviation and boating to outdoor, sporting goods, consumer electronics, music and adventure travel.
Founding Partner, Saltworks– Informed Design for Enthusiast Brands.
Claudia CastanedaSenior Scholar-in-Residence, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
women's, gender and sexuality studies; science and technology studies; issues of cultural diversity; issues of oppression and privilege.
Mark D. ChesakPart Time Faculty, Department of Visual & Media Arts
Experienced editor for long-form documentaries, and an Avid Certified Instructor.
Credits include: "Crash of Flight 111" for NOVA, "Dangerous Prescription" for Frontline, "Surviving Mars" for the Discovery Channel, plus numerous shows for History Channel, NAT GEO, NBC Sports, as well as the DIY Network.
Martie CookAssociate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Visual & Media Arts
Over 25 years of experience as a writer and producer for television and film.
Has worked for NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, and Universal Studios. Author of the book, Write To TV: Out of Your Head and Onto the Screen.
Scott CooperLos Angeles Part Time Faculty, International Study & External Programs
Film and Television Studies, Media Studies, and the Cultural Study of Media and Society
Thomas CooperProfessor, Department of Visual & Media Arts
Media consumption, media effects, media ethics and media criticism. Special emphasis on ethical issues such as privacy, First Amendment, confidentiality, obscenity, diversity/discrimination, conflict of interest, reputation, defamation, and related.
Brian DowleyPart Time Faculty, Department of Performing Arts
Documentaries and narrative films.
Director of photography for over 30 years.
William DreyfusPart Time Faculty, Department of Visual & Media Arts
23 years of inside Hollywood experience in screenwriting, screen story analysis, script coverage and notes, as well as a working knowledge of the way scripts sell and the procedures writers need to know to successfully navigate the Hollywood film industry
Mary J. EberhardingerLecturer, Department of Communication Studies
Lecturer and researcher in The Department of Communication Studies at Emerson College.
Cathryn Cushner EdelsteinSenior Scholar-In-Residence, Department of Communication Studies
Communication - teaching cultural communication to international students studying in the United States.
Her book, Excuse Me, Can You Repeat That? How to Communicate in the U.S. as an International Student - A Reference Guide will be available Fall 2012 from Five Star Publications.
Timothy EdgarAssociate Professor and Graduate Program Director for the Health Communication Program, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Development of health communication and social marketing campaigns, evaluation of health-related behavior change initiatives
Ken FeilSenior Scholar-In-Residence, Department of Visual & Media Arts
Camp and Cult film and television, disaster movies, LGBTQ media studies, sex comedy of the 1950s and 1960s, and "bromance"/buddy comedies of the 2000s
Andrew FishPart Time Faculty, Department of Professional Studies
Expert in Classic Hollywood Cinema. Writer of several Screenplays for Bazley Films (The Iron Giant), extensive experience with several publishers both as a creator and as an administrator in the industry.
Recently he's developed a cyber bullying strategy that is being implemented in schools across the region using comic art to express the struggles with bullying.
Catherine FlanaganPart Time Faculty, Department of Marketing Communication
20+ years corporate and freelance experience in Strategic Marketing and Integrated Communications with particular interest in the Small Business, Not for Profit, and Telecommunications sectors.
Ken GagnePart Time Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
Indira GanesanPart Time Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
Novelist, whose interests center on women's voice, immigrant culture, and fiction.
Third novel, Sweet As Honey, is out in February 2013 from Alfred A. Knopf.
Daniel GaucherAssociate Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts
Two decades in television post-production (editing) of reality and documentary television for NBC, MTV, Bravo, A&E, UPN, Spike, VH-1, TLC, Discovery, History Channel, PBS, and the National Geographic Channel.
Phillip GlennProfessor and Interim Dean of the School of Communication, Department of Communication Studies
Interpersonal conflict, negotiation, and mediation; employment interviews; and laughter and humor in interaction.
Jared M. GordonPart Time Faculty, Department of Visual & Media Arts
Screenplay structure, the parallels between mythology and storytelling/screenwriting, and social media marketing
Ellen GurneyLos Angeles Part Time Faculty, International Study & External Programs
Film, Screenwriting, and over 10 years of experience as a studio development executive and as a freelance story and script consultant.
Paul HackettPart Time Faculty, Department of Marketing Communication
ziad h hamzehPart Time Faculty, Department of Visual & Media Arts
Film and Theater Directing, Producing, and Writing.
In Los Angeles, Ziad created two extraordinary theatres: The Open Fist Theatre and The Egyptian Arena. As artistic director of these award-winning venues, Ziad brought to the LA theatre community many prestigious international names such as Arrabel, Artue, Beckett, and Lorca. He directed and produced over 60 major award winning stage productions, among them Roxy Ventola’s After The Bomb and Sam Shephard’s True West.
Randy HarrisonPart Time Faculty, Department of Marketing Communication
Integrated Marketing; helping organizations position their products and services to engage the hearts and minds of customers and propects; and expanding the definition of Integrated Marketing to better meet 21st Century business needs that is aligned with core executive agenda.
Melissa HealeyArtist-in-Residence, Department of Performing Arts
Voice Instructor - training the actor's voice to be sensitive, free and expressive.
Steve HimmerSenior Lecturer, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
Eric HofbauerPart Time Faculty, Department of Performing Arts
Social, historical, and cultural impact of 20th century American Music, with a focus on Jazz and how its innovations relate to race relations, technology, and popular culture.
Richard HoffmanSenior Writer-in-Residence, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
While primarily a poet, I have also published award-winning essays and memoirs, as well as a collection of short stories.
Donald HurwitzAssociate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Marketing Communication
Proponent and practitioner of Integrated Marketing Communication. 20 years experience as a senior executive strategist and relationship leader at advertising agencies (Arnold, IQJ), direct marketing and internet firms (Pamet River Partners, Digitas), with service to the brand and promotional advertising programs of retail companies like New Balance and TJ Maxx, database and digital initiatives of FedEx, GM, J&J; and pharmaceutical database marketing for Shire, Wyeth and others.
Hassan IldariAssistant Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts
American cinema, Iranian and world cinema, Hollywood and its history, screenwriting
Iranian-born movie and television writer-director
Alden JonesPart Time Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
Writing Pedegogy, Travel Literature, Contemporary Travel Writing, and Contemporary Fiction.
Author of The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia and Unaccompanied Minors: Stories.
Steve KalterPart Time Faculty, Department of Marketing Communication
A dedicated and enthusiastic marketing research professional with over 20 years in the field, Steve Kalter has wide-ranging expertise conducting quantitative and qualitative research for myriad well-known brands, particularly those in the CPG, retail, and manufacturing arenas.
Mr. Kalter founded Acumen Marketing Research, Inc., in 2002. Acumen's creative approach to reporting and data visualization enables clients to "See the Big Picture" rapidly, providing astute observations, meaningful analyses, and truly actionable recommendations.
Daniel KemplerProfessor, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Language and communication impairments following brain damage; aphasia, dementia, Parkinson's disease, and voice disorders
Spencer KimballScholar-In-Residence, Department of Communication Studies
Nationally recognized political pollster.
David KociembaPart Time Faculty, Department of Visual & Media Arts
Joss Whedon, video game "Super Columbine Massacre RPG!", union issues in higher education, images of disability in film and TV, and internet cat videos
Janet KolodzyProfessor, Department of Journalism
She can address the ethical, legal and practical challenges journalists face in providing news today. And, how today's journalists must tell stories using any and all media (print, broadcast, online, social) available in order to reach modern news audiences. Kolodzy is the author of two convergence journalism textbooks,
Maria KoundouraProfessor and Chair, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
Expertise in the area of aesthetis, ethics, and politics of transnational culture exchange in a global culture setting.
Daniela KukrechtovaPart Time Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
English and American Literature
Don LankiewiczPart Time Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
Jerry LansonAssociate Professor, Department of Journalism
Teaches Journalism Ethics and has written on the subject for such places as the Christian Science Monitor, Online Journalism Review, Media Ethics and his blog, jerrylanson.wordpress.com.
In 2011 and 2010, he worked with senior Irish journalists visiting Boston College's Irish Institute in seminars on ethical decision-making.
Joanne LaskerAssociate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Adult with acquired communication problems after stroke, head injury, dementia, or degenerative neurological disease.
Communication strategies for adults and families with severe impairments in speaking.
Aphasia, traumatic brain injury, dementia, right hemisphere stroke, apraxia of speech.
Sabrina LearmanVoice Instructor, Department of Performing Arts
Vocal training for BFA Musical Theatre majors in Performing Arts.
Mark LecceseAssistant Professor, Department of Journalism
Media critic/blogger for Boston Globe: http://www.boston.com/gatekeeper
Political journalism, political blogs, use of social media in politics, use of social media in journalism, media criticism.
Brad LemackLos Angeles Part Time Faculty, International Study & External Programs
Los Angeles-based talent manager, entertainment publicist and author (The Business of Acting: Learn the Skills You Need to Build the Career You Want and The New Business of Acting: How to Build a Career in a Changing Landscape).
Former publicity executive for pioneering TV producer Norman Lear, Lemack established his Lemack & Company Talent Management/Public Relations in 1982. He is also the host of the Web TV series Inside the Business of Acting and is a business of acting career coach.
Kristin J. LiebAssociate Professor, Department of Marketing Communication
Dr. Lieb specializes in brand management, entertainment marketing, and person brands.
Theodore R. Life Jr.Senior Distinguished Director-In-Residence, Department of Visual & Media Arts
Producer/director for theater, film and television, with extensive international experience living and working in West Africa, notably Nigeria and in Asia, notably in Japan.
Amy LitwackPart Time Faculty, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Speech therapist with 17 years of clinical experience working in adult neurogenic disorders, with a specialty in diagnosing and treating swallowing disorders. She has worked as a speech pathologist in acute medical, acute rehab, and subacute settings, and has completed over 3300 modified barium swallow studies. In addition to her clinical work, she has served as a clinical supervisor in the Robbins Center and has been an Emerson clinical instructor since 2004.
Roxana MaiorescuAssistant Professor, Department of Marketing Communication
Expertise in global public relations, organizational culture, and crisis management.
Paul MandelbaumLos Angeles Part Time Faculty, International Study & External Programs
Literature of Los Angeles, contemporary American short story, and author juvenilia
Shane MartinPart Time Faculty, Department of Communication Studies
Worked at the Massachusetts State House and consulted state and local politicians throughout New England. As a political consultant he has conducted numerous political polls/surveys, devised campaign strategy and prepared candidates for debate.
In addition, Shane has taught political and communications courses for the past 5 years at Fitchburg State College and Mount Wachusett Community College. These courses include Speech, Public Speaking, Political Communication and Rhetoric, Moot Court, U.S. Government, State and Local Government, U.S. Congress, Mass and the Federal System, and Leadership and Service Learning.
Andrea MartucciPart Time Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
Can speak about: magazine publishing industry, particularly circulation and marketing; literary magazine business models; direct response marketing; student publications (co-founder of student pub em magazine).
Brenna McCormickPart Time Faculty, Department of Marketing Communication
Brenna McCormick teaches teaching Creative Thinking and Problem Solving in Emerson's Integrated Marketing Communication graduate program. Her areas of expertise include digital marketing, brand strategy, and visual merchandising technology, She has worked with clients such as Calvin Klein, New Balance, Reebok, and Jones New York.
Leslie MedalieE3 Tutor, Department of Marketing Communication
Strategic public relations message and campaign development including press materials, spokesperson interviews, media tours, social and online media relations.
Paul MihailidisAssistant Professor, Department of Marketing Communication
Areas of expertise: media literacy, civic media, networked publics, digital engagement, citizenship, social media, global media, civic voices, interactive communication, media, and library spaces.
Cara Moyer-DuncanScholar-in-Residence, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
South African film, culture and history; culture and identity; African cinema
Pablo MuchnikAssociate Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
I am a philosopher who specializes in Kant and the modern period. My interests gravitate towards political philosophy and ethics. I have written extensively on the problem of evil, and am working on a book about politics and religion in Kant (tentatively titled, Faith Labor's Lost). I have edited and co-edited various collections and am in charge of a book series, Kantian Questions. I am currently the Vice President of the North American Kant Society and head of the Eastern Study Group (ENAKS).
Yasser MunifScholar-in-Residence, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
Specializes in colonial history, racial identities, and the production of space in marginal sites in France and the US.
Bethany NelsonSenior Theatre Educator-in-Residence, Department of Performing Arts
Theatre education, playmaking, and multicultural education at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Teaching drama and theatre K-12 in urban, suburban, and rural settings.
Research interests are focused on using Applied Drama and Theatre for meeting best practice in multicultural education with at-risk urban youth.
William OremSenior Writer-In-Residence, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
Gothic Literature; British and American Modernism; James Joyce; fiction writing; play writing
Emmanuel ParaschosProfessor, Department of Journalism
Media ethics, comparative media law, new media, multimedia journalism, global journalism
Gregory PayneAssociate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Communication Studies
Expertise in political communication, public diplomacy, crisis communication, celebrity/spectacle media events and health communication, and protest rhetoric.
Carolyn PickmanPart Time Faculty, Department of Performing Arts
Casting for feature films, including The Town, Moonrise Kingdom, The Departed, Gone, Baby, Gone, Shutter Island, Mystic River, Good Will Hunting, and The Crucible.
Scott PinkneyAssociate Professor, Department of Performing Arts
Lighting Designer for Broadway, Off-Broadway, in major regional theatres and internationally for more than 400 productions in a career spanning more than 40 years.
John PironePart Time Faculty, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
American Sign Language, Hearing Impairments, and Disabilities
Former Executive Director of a nonprofit membership organization, Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf (MSAD).
Co-founded a local deaf theatre company, worked with the Disability Law Center to produce a video to educate Deaf people about voting rights, established a new program, Deaf Youth Outdoor Leadership Program, for high school students, and successfully changed the state’s public policies regarding accessibility for people with disabilities in the legislative process. I currently serve on several boards of other organizations/agencies including the Statewide Advisory Council of Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Massachusetts State House’s Advisory Council on Accessibility, The Learning Center for the Deaf, The Disability Policy Consortium, and the MA Community First Systems Transformation Grant’s Quality Subcommittee and Consumer Involvement Toolkit workgroup.
I am currently a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D) candidate at Northeastern University.
Douglas QuintalSenior Executive-In-Residence, Department of Marketing Communication
Marketing Communication, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Social Media, Advertising Creativity, and Marketing Strategy
Nejem RaheemAssistant Professor, Department of Marketing Communication
Environmental/ecological economist, specializing in ecosystem service valuation, traditional natural resource management regimes, and benefit cost analysis. I also work with conservation professionals on Payment for Ecosystem Service scheme design.
Lu Ann ReebExecutive-in-Residence and Program Director of Business Studies and Entrepreneurship, Department of Marketing Communication
After 20 years in Broadcast Journalism, Lu Ann has launched three new media companies in metro Boston, providing integrated new media marketing and PR strategies for corporations nationwide. Since 2009, she continues to teach courses in the Marketing Communication Department at Emerson College, including PR Management, Principles of PR, the Capstone program and Communication, Media and Society.
David Gerzof RichardPart Time Faculty, Department of Marketing Communication
Advertising, Branding, Cyber-bullying, Facebook, Global Marketing, Integrated Marketing, Management, Marketing, Media Ethics, New Media, Public Relations, Social Media, Texting, Twitter
Founder and President of BIGfish, an integrated social media, PR, marketing and social influence firm. His Twitter handle is @DavidGerzof.
Tim Riley: Author, Speaker, NPR criticAssistant Professor, Department of Journalism
Author of five books on John Lennon, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Madonna, rock music history, with advanced degree in classical piano, and over two decades of critiques for NPR on all forms of pop culture.
John RodzvillaSenior Electronic Publisher-In-Residence, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
digitize work for e-books readers and tablets, digital reading, digital publishing, website design and accessibility.
Magda RomanskaAssociate Professor, Department of Performing Arts
Theatre History and Criticism, World Drama, Dramatic Theory, Performances Studies, Theories of Comedy, Dramaturgy, Polish Studies: Culture,Theatre, Film and History, Jewish Studies, Representations of Holocaust, Trauma Studies, Gender and Nationality.
John RookePart Time Faculty, Department of Journalism
35 years experience in mass media, including TV, radio and web, at the local, regional and national level. Currently an on-air broadcaster (sports) with several outlets that can be heard locally.
James RoweanSenior Executive-In-Residence, Department of Marketing Communication
Advertising, Consumer Goods, Creative Development, Media Planning and Execution as well as Performance Evaluation, Farnchisee/Licensee Relationships (McDonald's, Dunkin' Donuts), Retail Marketing, Integrated Marketing, and Branding
Eiki SatakeAssociate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Bayesian Statistics, Subjective Probability, Evidence-Based Statistics, Cross-cultural studies on mathematics and statistics education
Eric SchaeferAssociate Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts
Film historian, specializing in exploitation and sexploitation movies and other low-budget motion pictures.
Has written on the history of other forms of adult movies, pornography and censorship. He has a broad knowledge of American film and television history and of issues in moving image preservation.
Emile SchraKasteel Well Part Time Faculty, International Study & External Programs
Emile Schra has a background as a dramaturg and director. He wrote several books and articles on different subjects, ranging from Peter Brook to world theatre. Between 1998-2006 he was responsible for the PassePartout Summerschool in Utrecht where he produced workshops in an international context, festivals, lectures and books. Next to being a tutor for World Drama for Emerson and teaches at the Department of Communication & Journalism at Hogeschool Utrecht (The Netherlands). Besides being a dramaturg and journalist he works as a freelance trainer, consultant and coach for people involved in arts or business. He is fascinated by the power of theatrical communication.
Peter SeronickPart Time Faculty, Department of Marketing Communication
Creative direction of advertising, marketing, copywriting, integrated campaigns, and branding
Jane ShattucProfessor, Department of Visual & Media Arts
American TV, TV talk shows, women and TV, and European art films
John SkoylesProfessor and Associate Chair, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
Tulasi SrinivasAssociate Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
Culture and Religion, Political economy of globalization, Contemporary debates in anthropology, US- South asia relations, India, Hinduism, Political geography.
Jean StawarzAssociate Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts
American TV, TV talk shows, women and TV, and European art films
Doug StruckSenior Journalist-In-Residence and Associate Chair, Department of Journalism
Environmental journalism, global warming issues, science/media communication, investigative journalism, and non-profit models.
Keri ThompsonLecturer, Department of Communication Studies
Political Communication, Speech, Public Speaking, Social Media, Rhetoric & Language, Campaigns & Candidates
Robert ToddAssociate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Visual & Media Arts
Film editor, sound designer, and assistant on local award-winning documentaries both for theatrical and broadcast release. His film's have shown around the world at major festivals.
Has exhibited his paintings and drawings at galleries across the country, reviewed in various publications.
Was Director of the Kingston Gallery in downtown Boston, and ran their performing arts program.
Has been a performing and composing musician, has expertise in sound mixing.
Amy Vashlishan MurrayAssistant Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
Genetics, Neurobiology, Communication and Public Understanding of Science
Nancy VincentPart Time Faculty, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Lissa WarrenPart Time Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
Book publishing -- can discuss how bestsellers are made through traditional media and social media. She can also discuss trends in book publishing, how books are selected for publication, and the editorial and promotion processes.
Cathy WatersSenior Executive-In-Residence and Associate Chair, Department of Marketing Communication
Market Analysis, Marketing Strategy, Nonprofit Marketing, How to Develop Enjoyable Student Assignments that Achieve Measureable Outcomes (Assessment)
Michael WeilerAssociate Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Candidate debates; political ideology; politics and economics; Ronald Reagan; neo-conservatism
Richard WestProfessor, Department of Communication Studies
Family Conflict, Intimacy, Storytelling
Families and Technology
Families and Holiday Stress
Scott WheelerProfessor, Department of Performing Arts
Opera, Musical Theatre, New Classical Music, General Classical Music