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Nancy J. AllenExecutive-in-Residence, Department of Communication Studies
Health communication and social marketing campaign development. Public health topics such as HIV/AIDS, tobacco, substance abuse, injury and violence prevention, obesity prevention, teen health, and sexual health.
Susanne AlthoffAssistant Professor, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
Althoff studies the business of publishing, women's magazines and websites, and digital publishing. She served as the editor-in-chief of The Boston Globe Magazine from 2009 to 2015.
Benny Sato AmbushSenior Distinguished Producing Director-in-Residence, Department of Performing Arts
Theatrical Stage Directing
Teaching acting and directing
Artistically helming professional theaters
Mentoring young people
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.
Claire Andrade-WatkinsProfessor, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
Areas of expertise are:
Postcolonial Media Studies: French and Portuguese speaking African Cinema, Black American Independent Cinema, Caribbean Cinema
History & Cultural Studies:African Studies, Afro-American, Cape Verde and Cape Verdean American history
Film: Documentary filmmaker
Miranda BanksAssociate Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts
Expert on American film and television industries, with a specific focus on creative and craft guilds and unions.
Author of The Writers: A History of American Screenwriters and their Guild (Rutgers University Press, 2015).
Banks teaches classes on film and television history, media industries, production studies within the department. She also teaches courses through the Institute for Interdiciplinary Studies for both the minor in Digital Culture and the minor in Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.
Gerlo BeerninkKasteel Well Part Time Faculty, International Study & External Programs
Sam BinkleyAssociate Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
Critical social theories of subjectivity, particularly with regard to the work of Michel Foucault.
Harlan BosmajianAssociate 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 BrayAffiliated Faculty, Department of Performing Arts
Choreography, Directing, Producing, Physical Theater, Movement for Actors, Anatomy and Physiology for Actors and Dancers
Israela Adah Brill-CassAffiliated 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.
Leslie BrokawSenior Affiliated Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
From cofounding Inc. magazine's website in the late 1990s -- one of the first websites of a national publication -- through her work today as contributing editor for digital media at MIT Sloan Management Review, Leslie has been a player in the transformation of the magazine industry. Leslie has seen first hand how print publications are evolving into digital media brands, working to maintain their influence and financial stability and meet their customers where they are.
Tatyana BronsteinAffiliated Faculty, Department of Visual & Media Arts
Feature-length documentaries, fine art photography and short narratives that focus on compelling snapshots of life, on the everyday lives of ordinary and exceptional people, their transformation and inner struggle.
Extensive experience teaching interactive media, digital photography and video production.
Born in Ukraine, Tatyana's unique perspective and knowledge of the film arts merges American, European, and Russian cultures.
Gail BurtonAffiliated Faculty, Department of Performing Arts
Trained with Augusto Boal, founder of Theater of the Oppressed.
Delia CabeSenior Affiliated Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
Paul CalderaAffiliated 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 CookProfessor 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.
Angela Cooke-JacksonAssistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Dr. Angela Cooke-Jackson is an Assistant Professor of Health and Behavioral Science as well as Intercultural Communication in the Communication Studies Department at Emerson College. Her research centers around the nexus of health communication and behavioral science with an emphasis on intercultural communication seeking to address health disparities among disparate and underserved populations. She is the grant recipient of over 150K from various foundations and private organizations. Her research funding has been used to engage high-risk youth from local Boston communities in the creation of age specific digital health vignettes and media on topics of health and media literacy and sexual health. She collaborates with the Boston Public Health Commission, the Family Van, Community Conversations: A Women’s Health Initiative and the Brigham Women’s Hospital. She is the director and co-founder of the Emerson Literacy Education and Empowerment Project fondly called eLEEP. eLEEP's media driven approach is highlighted through learned mixed-media productions meant to deconstruct and reconstruct the media to promote sexual health awareness via the media and the outlets teens use today.
Dr. Cooke-Jackson’s cross-disciplinary research and teaching approach is her strongest academic attribute because it offers a fluid space for collaborative institutional and community teamwork. Her current publications include articles in Health Communication, Communication Teacher, Journal of Human Sexuality, Journal of Intercultural Communication Research, Howard Journal of Communication, Qualitative Research Reports in Communication and book chapters and excerpts in The Encyclopedia of Health Communication, Communicating Health: Personal, Cultural and Political Complexities and Ethics and Entertainment.
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.
Benoit Denizet-LewisAssistant Professor, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
I speak nationally and on radio/tv about LGBT issues, journalism/magazine writing, youth culture, writing, and addiction.
William DreyfusAffiliated 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
Owen EaganExecutive-in-Residence, Department of Communication Studies
Measuring strategic communications in business and politics; political experience ranges from presidential to municipal campaigns; currently serves as a management consultant advising Fortune 500 companies on entitling controversial real estate development projects.
Mary J. EberhardingerLecturer, Department of Communication Studies
Lecturer and researcher in The Department of Communication Studies at Emerson College's School of Communication who specializes in semiotics and critical intercultural communication.
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 Studies
Development of health communication and social marketing campaigns, evaluation of health-related behavior change initiatives
Kelly FarquharsonAssistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
child language development
speech and language disorders in children
speech sound disorders
Ken FeilSenior Scholar-in-Residence, Department of Visual & Media Arts
My courses and research generally reflect work in Queer/LGBT Studies, Hollywood film and network television comedy, and genre studies, including: camp and cult film and television; disaster movies; queer film, video and television; Hollywood sex comedies of the 1950s and 1960s as well as "bromance"/buddy comedies of the 2000s.
Michael FiguccioAffiliated Faculty, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
Early typical and atypical cognitive development from birth through middle childood. Particular interests include neurodevelopmental disorders, such as developmental dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, and attention deficit/hyperacitivity disorder.
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 FlanaganAffiliated 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.
Julia FrenkleAffiliated Faculty, Department of Marketing Communication
I'm the founder and creative director at Opus, a creative agency in Boston. My expertise is in marketing, graphic design and creative services. I started the company so I can also speak to entrepreneurship.
Ken GagneAffiliated Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
Indira GanesanAffiliated 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.
Mneesha GellmanAssistant Professor, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
My area of expertise is social movements and ethnic minority rights in Latin America (particularly Mexico and El Salvador) and Turkey. I focus on how memories of state and paramilitary violence are used in rights claims, and how policies of political, economic, and cultural exclusion or inclusion of minorities affect democratization and multiculturalism. I also have a special focus on the right to mother tongue languages.
Phillip GlennProfessor, Department of Communication Studies
Expert on interpersonal communication, specializing in laughter and humor, conflict, negotiation, and mediation. Helps train mediators, consults, and offers guest lectures.
Jared M. GordonAffiliated Faculty, Department of Visual & Media Arts
Screenplay structure, the parallels between mythology and storytelling/screenwriting, and social media marketing
Ruth GrossmanAssociate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
I have been conducting research on nonverbal components of communication and social interaction in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) for several years. My work uses a variety of technologies, including infrared motion-capture and eyetracking. I hope to determine factors that can improve the social appropriateness of individuals with ASD during face-to-face communication.
Paul M.W. HackettAffiliated Faculty, Department of Marketing Communication
ziad h hamzehAffiliated Faculty, Department of Visual & Media Arts
Film and Theater Directing, Producing, and Writing.
Ziad’s work has earned over forty awards and accolades for directing, producing, and writing. Ziad’s latest film IRREFUTABLE PROOF has been picked up by Shoreline Entertainment for world wide distribution in 2016. Recently, ALWAYS BRANDO, producer, had its world premier at the TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011. Ziad’s other work includes the AFI premiere of THE LETTER: AN AMERICAN TOWN AND THE “SOMALI INVASION”, his critically acclaimed and multi-award winning feature-length documentary about the influx of black Muslim immigrants into a small New England town in post-9/11 America. His award-winning feature film SHADOW GLORIES won numerous awards and was called “powerful and distinctive, a mature, accomplished work, strong, stylish and uncompromising” by Kevin Thomas, film critic for the Los Angeles Times.
Randy HarrisonSenior Affiliated 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 and First-Year Writing Program Director, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
Eric HofbauerSenior Affiliated 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 HurwitzSenior Executive-in-Residence, 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 IldariAssociate Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts
American cinema, Iranian and world cinema, Hollywood and its history, screenwriting
Iranian-born movie and television writer-director
Seunga Venus JinAssistant Professor, Department of Marketing Communication
New Media and Communication Technologies; Consumer Behavior; Human-Computer-Interaction (HCI); and Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC).
Dr. Jin has studied the social psychological effects of emerging media and communication technologies including social media, social networking sites, online dating sites, digital games, and haptic interfaces.
She serves on the editorial board for Health Communication Research, Communication Quarterly, and Interactive Learning Environments.
Alden JonesSenior Affiliated Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
Writing Pedegogy, Travel Literature, Contemporary Travel Writing, Memoir, and Contemporary Fiction.
Author of The Blind Masseuse: A Traveler's Memoir from Costa Rica to Cambodia and Unaccompanied Minors: Stories.
Billie Jo JoyAffiliated Faculty, Department of Performing Arts
Billie Jo Joy is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, actor, writer, director, yogi, and teacher who works in film and on stage. She teaches classes in movement for actors, improvisation, yoga, meditation and creative process. Billie Jo has taught people of all ages from infants to elderly in all kinds of settings from day care centers, to college campuses, to corporations, developing original and effective classes for the populations she serves. She has extensive cross-cultural and interdisciplary expertise.
Steve KalterAffiliated 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.
Bavand KarimAssistant Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts
Daniel KemplerProfessor Emeritus, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Language and communication impairments following brain damage; aphasia, dementia, Parkinson's disease, and voice disorders
Ashmita KhasnabishAffiliated Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
Dr. Ashmita Khasnabish has published three books in Post-Colonial / Global Studies in the USA and Europe, and authored many articles in refereed journals and book chapters in the USA and India. She taught at various Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts, and most recently at Boston University, Mass. College of Arts & Design, and Lesley University, courses in Writing, Post-Colonial Studies, Global Studies, and Women Literature. She started her own TV show called Author-to-Author series in LexMedia (Lexington, MA) in 2013.
Spencer KimballSenior Scholar-In-Residence, Department of Communication Studies
Nationally recognized public opinion pollster; Exptertise in political communication, sports communication and social media.
David KociembaSenior Affiliated 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 KukrechtovaAffiliated Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
English and American Literature
Nicole LaffanAffiliated Faculty, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Nicole Laffan is both an audiologist and a speech-language pathologist. She has experience working in hospital, school, private practice, and university settings. In addition to her clinical experience, Nicole has experience teaching undergraduate and graduate students as an adjunct professor at Emerson College and Northeastern University in Boston, MA and as a clinical supervisor at Northeastern University. As a board member and the secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, Nicole is responsible for reviewing legal cases, determining sanctions, and voting on legislation. Nicole enjoys conducting workshops for professionals and parents. Her most recent workshops were for The Decibels Foundation and The New England Consortium for Deafblind Projects in both MA and CT.
Don LankiewiczAffiliated Faculty, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing
Jerry LansonAssociate Professor and Associate Chair, 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 and Curriculum and Capstone Coordinator, 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 LecceseAssociate Professor, Department of Journalism
Political journalism, political blogs, use of social media in politics, use of social media in journalism, media criticism.
Former political reporter for daily and weekly newspapers. Former media criticism blogger for Boston.com
Author of The Elements of Blogging: Expanding the Conversation of Journalism. (Taylor & Francis, 2015)
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.
Weiko LinAssistant Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts
U.S. - China Film Productions
Amy LitwackAffiliated 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.
Kimberly LorussoAffiliated Faculty, Department of Marketing Communication
Global marketing manager with focus on high tech markets. Experience includes: global campaign management and integrated marketing strategy. Extensive expertise in building innovative and results driven marketing programs, specializing in alliance marketing, financial services marketing and solution selling.
Roxana D. MaiorescuAssistant Professor, Department of Marketing Communication
Global Public Relations
Paul MandelbaumLos Angeles Part Time Faculty, International Study & External Programs
Literature of Los Angeles, contemporary American short story, and author juvenilia
Shane MartinAffiliated 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 MartucciAffiliated 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 McCormickAffiliated 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.
Betsy MicucciDirector, Clinical Programs, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Paul MihailidisAssociate 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-DuncanAssistant Professor, 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 MunifAssistant Professor, 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.
Jeffrey MyersPart Time Faculty, Department of Marketing Communication
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 (Manny) ParaschosProfessor, Department of Journalism
Media ethics, comparative media law, new media, multimedia journalism, global journalism
Gregory PayneAssociate Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Studies
Expertise in political communication, sports communication,public diplomacy, crisis communication, health communication, celebrity/spectacle media events, social media and protest rhetoric.
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 PironeAffiliated Faculty, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
American Sign Language, Deaf Culture, Deaf Studies, and Accessibility.
Director of Deaf Studies at College of the Holy Cross.
Former Executive Director of a nonprofit membership organization, Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf (MSAD).
Co-founded a local deaf theatre company, consulted with several Boston theatres on ASL translation, 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. I served on numerous nonprofit boards 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, and Disability Policy Consortium.
Received an Ed.D in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University. His research interests are ASL pedagogy, Deaf Experiences, and Accessibility in Higher Education.
Douglas QuintalSenior Executive-in-Residence, Department of Marketing Communication
Marketing Communication, Sports and Entertainment Marketing, Social Media, Advertising Creativity, Marketing Strategy, digital strategy, professional sports and social media.
Nejem RaheemAssociate 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.
Kathryn RameyAssociate Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts
Vincent RaynauldAssistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Expertise: Social media, political campaigning, journalism, crisis communication, online politics, political activism, sports communication, e-learning.
Lu Ann ReebSenior Executive-in-Residence, Program Director of Business Studies and Entrepreneurship and Undergraduate Program Director, Department of Marketing Communication
A three-time entrepreneur, Reeb has launched new media marketing companies in the Boston area, creating an intersection of media, marketing and information online. Her Entrepreneurship followed a 20-year long career in Broadcast Journalism. as a reporter, producer and executive producer. She teaches courses in the Marketing Communication Department including Entrepreneurship, Marketing Management, Capstone and Communication, Media and Society.
David Gerzof RichardAffiliated Faculty, Department of Communication Studies
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 RileyAssistant 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 RookeAffiliated 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
Mehmet Ali SanlikolSenior Affiliated Faculty, Department of Performing Arts
Mehmet Sanlikol not only received critical acclaim as a composer in Jazz and Contemporary Western Classical music but, he also published a scholarly book, entitled The Musician Mehters, about the organization and the music of the Ottoman Janissary Bands. He is also a research fellow at Harvard University and an active particpant at several different Ethnomusicology conferences.
Eiki SatakeAssociate Professor of Statistics and Mathematics, Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
Bayesian Statistics, Subjective Probability, Evidence-Based Statistics, Cross-cultural studies on mathematics and statistics education
Eric SchaeferAssociate Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts
Film and media historian, specializing in exploitation and sexploitation movies and other low-budget motion pictures. He has written on the history of exploitation and adult movies, B movies, pornography and censorship. He has a broad knowledge of 20th century American film and television history and of issues in moving image preservation. He has appeared in documentaries and provided DVD commentaries for Criterion, Flicker Alley, Vinegar Syndrome and other companies.
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 SeronickAffiliated 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
Christine SkubiszAssistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Dr. Christine Skubisz is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication. Her research takes an empirical approach to the study of message design and effects. This includes the testing and evaluation of theoretically important message features and advancing communication theory. A consistent thread throughout her research is the question of how to present quantitative risk information to facilitate comprehension and use. Her research is published in Communication Yearbook, Health Communication, the Journal of Cancer Education, the Journal of Health Communication, and Communication Monographs.
Tom SmithSenior Affiliated Faculty, Department of Communication Studies
Voice and articlation presentation skills
Ellen IrelandLos 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.
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, Department of Journalism
Environmental journalism, global warming issues, science/media communication, investigative journalism, and non-profit models.
Keri ThompsonSenior Lecturer, 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 VincentSenior Affiliated Faculty, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders
Shujen WangAssociate Professor, Department of Visual & Media Arts
Areas of expertise include media globalization, film distribution and piracy, and issues surrounding networks, space, and technology.
Author of Framing Piracy: Globalization and Film Distribution in Great China (2003)
Lissa WarrenAffiliated 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.
Michael WeilerAssociate Professor, Department of Communication Studies
Candidate debates; political ideology; politics and economics; Ronald Reagan; neo-conservatism
Rich 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
Anne ZeiserPart Time Faculty, Department of Visual & Media Arts
Zeiser has extensive experience in:
-Television news and documentaries
-Transmedia development (developing projects across multiple platforms-on screen, on air, online, in print )
-Social impact campaign design (using media to fuel social change for PBS, BBC and other mission-driven media makers)
-Strategic marketing (from branding, audience identification, and messaging to advertising, public relations, and digital and social media)