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Angela Aguayo Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Ph.D. at University of Texas, Austin, 2005
Email: ajaguayo@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1121K

Biography Angela J. Aguayo's teaching, research and media practice reflect a strong interdisciplinary focus on digital documentary studies and production, rhetoric, critical and cultural studies. She has published book chapters and essays focused on the civic potential ...read full profile >>

William Babcock Ph.D.

Professor, School of Journalism

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Ph.D., Southern Illinois University 1979
Email: wbabcock@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1236

Professor Babcock teaches media ethics and public policy reporting.

Lilly A. Boruszkowski M.F.A.

Emeritus Faculty Cinema and Photography

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M.F.A. at Northwestern University, 1980
Email: lborus@siu.edu

Biography Lilly Boruszkowski retired in May, 2012. During her years in the Department, she taught film production, documentary production, and advanced editing during her years here. She is currently working on a documentary about mother daughter pairs who have ...read full profile >>

Lisa Brooten Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Radio, Television and Digital Media

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Ph.D. at Ohio University, 2003
Email: lbrooten@siu.edu
Office: COMM 2217

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Lisa Brooten holds a Ph.D. in international telecommunications and an MAIA in international development studies from Ohio University. After years working in community radio in Philadelphia and a professional stint in radio production with the show "Fresh ...read full profile >>

David Burns M.F.A.

Associate Professor, Radio, Television and Digital Media

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M.F.A. at Parsons School of Design, New York City, 2001
AAS at Parsons School of Design, New York City, 1999
BA at University of South Florida, 1995
Email: drburns@siu.edu
Office: COMM 2224

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David R. Burns, Associate Professor, Digital Media Art and Animation Department of Radio, Television, and Digital Media   Bio: David R. Burns takes an interdisciplinary approach to creating digital media art by combining 3D computer modeling and ...read full profile >>

Cade Bursell M.F.A.

Associate Professor, Cinema and Photography

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M.F.A. at San Francisco State University, 2002 
Email: cbursell@siu.edu
Office: Northwest Annex B212

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Interests Cinema

Jennida Chase

Assistant Professor, Department of Cinema and Photography

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BFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1998

MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2009

Email:  chasej@siu.edu

Office:  Comm. 1121F 

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Jennida Chase is a multi-media artist who primarily works with film, video and sound. Themes within her work deal with relational interaction played out in society at large. She regularly collaborates, exhibits and performs with S/N. Accessibility plays a key role in ...read full profile >>

Loren Cocking

Emeritus Faculty, Cinema and Photography

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In 1962 Loren Cocking began his employment at SIU as a filmmaker with SIU Film Production, an in-house motion picture production service.  After that unit was closed, he was hired to teach in SIU's Department of Cinema and Photography.  He taught ...read full profile >>

Mark Dolan

Assistant Professor, School of Journalism

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M.A., Syracuse University 1995
Email: mjdolan@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1236

Biography Mark Dolan’s teaching, research and personal media practice reflects more than 25 years of visual and multimedia journalism, working as a staff photographer, picture editor and director of photography, at newspapers in Florida, Alaska and Rhode Island. ...read full profile >>

William Freivogel

Professor, School of Journalism

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J.D., Washington University 2001
Email: wfreivog@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1202C

Biography Professor Bill Freivogel became  Director of the School of Journalism in 2006. He began his journalism career with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1971. He was a member of the newspaper's Washington bureau for 12 years, where he served as ...read full profile >>

Katherine Frith Ph.D.

Professor, School of Journalism

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Ed.D. University of Massachusetts, 1985
Email: kfrith@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1230

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Courses JRNL 406 - Advertising/IMC Campaigns MCMA 555 - Issues in Public Communication Interests International advertising, Copywriting, Advertising and Society

R. Dennis Galloway

Assistant Instructor, Radio, Television and Digital Media

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B.A. Speech Communications, California University of PA 1978

Email:  dgalloway@siu.edu

Office:  Comm 2217

Dennis Galloway spent over 30 years working in the television industry, primarily as a freelance director of live multi-camera productions with an emphasis on sports telecasts.  His client list has included: Fox Sports Net, ESPN, BET, Atlantic 10 ...read full profile >>

David Gilmore

Emeritus Faculty, Cinema and Photography

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David came to SIUC in 1969 to teach fine art photography, having received a BA in Philosophy and an MFA in Photography from Ohio University. Before teaching, he worked as a corporate photographer for Armco Steel for 5 years..  He served as Chair of the Department ...read full profile >>

Philip Greer

Photojournalist in Residence

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Email: pgreer191@aol.com
Office: COMM 1212

Dong Han Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Journalism

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Ph.D. in Communications  at the Institute of Communications Research, University of Illinois 2011
Email: donghan@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1226

Biography Dr. Han comes to SIU from Eastern New Mexico University, where he worked as an Assistant Professor.  Before entering graduate school at the University of Illinois, he received a Bachelor of Law at Beijing University in 1997. His research has appeared in ...read full profile >>

Joey Helleny

Senior Lecturer, Radio, Television and Digital Media

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M.S. Ed at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2004
Email: jhelleny@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1056C

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Joey Helleny teaches courses in broadcast journalism. For 25 years, Helleny was familiar to news audiences in Southern Illinois as an anchor and reporter on the area's leading radio stations. He also wrote for print publications including the Southern ...read full profile >>

Todd Herreman

Senior Lecturer, Radio, Television and Digital Media

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Master of Legal Studies at SIU School of Law, 2009
B.S. in Music at Indiana University, 1981
Email: toddh@siu.edu
Office: COMM 13A

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Todd Herreman is a twenty-year Los Angeles based music industry veteran as producer, songwriter, composer, engineer and session musician, garnering multiple gold and platinum records. He recorded and toured for a year with Prince. His credit and client ...read full profile >>

John Hochheimer Ph.D.

Professor, Radio, Television and Digital Media

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Ph.D. at Stanford University, 1986
M.A. at Stanford University, 1982
B.A. at California State University, Northridge, 1978
Email: hoch@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1056B

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Dr. John L. Hochheimer is the founder of the journalism program at Ithaca College and an internationally published media scholar. His professional media experience includes work as a news reporter, producer, and on-air personality on radio stations in ...read full profile >>

Narayanan Iyer Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Journalism

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Ph.D., Indiana University, 2006
Email: niyer@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1234

Dr. Iyer teaches courses in Advertising and is Faculty Advisor to the SIU chapter of the American Advertising Federation. Interests Advertising and social impact of new media.

Phylis Johnson Ph.D.

Professor, Radio, Television and Digital Media

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Ph.D. at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2003
Email: phylisj@yahoo.com
Office: NW Annex 2nd Floor C15

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 Dr. Phylis Johnson has more than twenty years of professional media experience. She has authored three books, the latest on Second Life, and numerous journal articles and book chapters. Her emphasis is fringe media culture, and she has presented more ...read full profile >>

Jyotsna Kapur Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Cinema and Photography

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Ph.D. at Northwestern University, 1998
M.P.S. at Cornell University, 1992
M.Phil at Delhi University, 1988
Email: jkapur@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1121E

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Biography Research and teaching interests include: History and theory of the documentary idea especially its redefinations in contemporary practices and digital culture; Third Cinema; Ethnographic film; The German and Japanese New Wave; Global children's media culture; ...read full profile >>

Kavita Karan Ph.D.

Professor, School of Journalism

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Ph.D., University of London, 1994
Email: kavitak@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1226

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Biography Before joining the Journalism faculty, Dr. Karan worked as an Assistant Professor at the  WKW School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Courses Applied Communication Research Strategic Advertising ...read full profile >>

Carolyn Kingcade

Lecturer, School of Journalism

M.S., Mass Communications at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 2006
Email: kgcade@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1212

Interests Issues of bias and accuracy in news writing; media literacy and history; media industries

Gary Kolb M.F.A.

Emeritus Faculty Cinema and Photography

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M.F.A. at Ohio University, 1977
Email: gkolb@siu.edu

Biography Gary Kolb came to SIU in 1979. During his time here, he was a faculty member, Chair of the Department of Cinema and Photography, Associate Dean of the College and the Dean of the College 2008-2012. Dean Kolb retired in July 2012. Interests Photography and Digital Arts

Vicki Kreher

Assistant Instructor, School of Journalism

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M.B.A., Southern Illinois University
Email: kreher@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1236A

Ms. Kreher came to SIU after working as an Account Executive for WSIL-TV, Channel 3 in Carterville IL, and for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Courses JRNL 302 Advertising Copywriting JRNL 303 Creating Advertising IMC Messages JRNL 305 Direct Response Advertising JRNL 160 Mass Communications and Society.

Wago Kreider M.F.A.

Associate Professor, Radio, Television and Digital Media

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M.F.A. at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, 2006
Email: wkreider@siu.edu
Office: COMM 2226
Website: Studio 27

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Wago Kreider, Associate Professor of video production, is a media artist, filmmaker, and curator of San Francisco's Studio 27, showcase for contemporary avant-garde film. His creative work engages with contemporary strategies of artistic reenactment, and ...read full profile >>

Novotny Lawrence Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair, Radio, Television and Digital Media

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Ph.D. at University of Kansas, 2004
M.A. at University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1998
Email: novotnyl@siu.edu
Office: COMM 11056B

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Novotny Lawrence received his Ph.D. from the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of Kansas. He is currently an Associate Professor of Race, Media, and Popular Culture in the Radio-Television Department at Southern Illinois ...read full profile >>

Michele Leigh Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Cinema and Photography

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Ph.D. at University of Southern California, 2008
Email: mtorre@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1108

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Biography Dr. Leigh's research focuses on Pre-revolution Russian Cinema and women in the silent film industry. Her degree from USC is in Critical Studies from the School of Cinematic Arts, and her dissertation was entitled Dangerous Beauty: Representation and Reception ...read full profile >>

Peter Lemish

Visiting Assistant Professor

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Ph.D, The Ohio State University, 1983.
Email: peterlemish@siu.edu 
Office: COMM 1233

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Peter Lemish (Ph.D) is a recent addition to the faculty of the School of Journalism. He studies media roles in social change and conflict transformation, as well as civil society media practices.  Recent courses he teaches include -  Crisis and ...read full profile >>

Dafna Lemish Ph.D.

Dean and Professor, Radio, Television and Digital Media

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Ph.D. at Ohio State University, 1982
M.A. at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1977
B.A. at Tel Aviv University, 1974
Email: dafnalemish@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1012, Deans Office
Phone: (618) 453-7708

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Dafna Lemish joined SIU in 2010 as Professor of Communication and Chair of the Department of Radio,Television, and Digital media. She currently serves as Dean of the College. Dr. Lemish brings with her wide international background and ...read full profile >>

Sarah Lewison M.F.A.

Associate Professor, Radio, Television and Digital Media

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M.F.A. at University of California, San Diego, 2001
Email: slewison@siu.edu
Office: COMM 13C
Website: carbonfarm.us

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Assistant Professor Sarah Lewison is a media producer, artist, and writer whose work examines power, economics and political subjectivity. Her teaching and research areas include media and social change, ecological pedagogy and experimental performance. ...read full profile >>

Dennis Lowry, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus, School of Journalism

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Ph.D. at University of Iowa, 1972
Email: dtlowry@hughes.net


Dr. Lowry began teaching in the School of Journalism in 1990 and retired in 2012. His publications cover 40 years and he is an active member of the Associaiton for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and the International Communication Association.  Interests Social Issues in Advertising. Communication research methods, and Content Analysis

Antonio Martinez M.F.A.

Associate Professor, Cinema and Photography

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M.F.A. at East Carolina University, 2005
Bachelor of Fine Arts at Creighton University, 2000
Email: antoniam@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1112

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Biography Antonio Martinez is continuing his photographic and video art project centered around the local mixed martial arts culture of southern Illinois. Martinez has been photographing and training with local MMA athletes in hopes to understand why men and women ...read full profile >>

Scott McClurg

Professor, School of Journalism

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Ph.D., Washington University, 2000

mcclurg@siu.edu

Office:  1234

Phone:   536-3361

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Professor McClurg (Ph.D., Washington University, 2000) joined SIU Carbondale in fall 2001. He holds a joint appointment with Political Science and Journalism. His general areas of research focus on political communications, interpersonal communication, public opinion ...read full profile >>

Eileen Meehan Ph.D.

Professor, Radio, Television and Digital Media and Interim Director of the Global Media Research Center

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Ph.D. at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1983
Email: meehan@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1056C

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Eileen R. Meehan, Ph.D., is a full professor and the author of Why TV Is Not Our Fault. Her research has been published in such journals as Critical Studies in Media and Communication, International Journal of Media and Cultural ...read full profile >>

Walter Metz Ph.D.

Professor, Cinema and Photography

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Ph.D. at University of Texas, Austin, 1996
Email: wmetz@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1107
Phone: (618) 453-5087

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Biography He is a Professor of Film Studies who teaches film, television, theatre, and photography history, theory and criticism.  As a researcher, Walter is interested in the relationship between popular media forms, such as the television sitcom and the Hollywood ...read full profile >>

H.D. Motyl M.F.A.

Associate Professor, Radio, Television and Digital Media

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M.F.A. at Northwestern University, 1990
BA at Pennsylvania State University, 1979
Email: hdmotyl@siu.edu
Mobile:  773-383-5080
Campus Mail Code 6609
Fax: 618 453-6982
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H.D. Motyl is an Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he teaches media production and writing for TV.  His feature-length documentary about professional rodeo cowboys called Cowboy Christmas was honored as Best ...read full profile >>

Jay Needham M.F.A.

Associate Professor, Radio, Television and Digital Media

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M.F.A. at California Institute of the Arts, 1989
Email: jneedham63@gmail.com
Office: COMM 1056D
Website: www.wavespace.org 

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Jay Needham is an artist, teacher, radio producer and composer. His sound and visual works address the politics of borders and the aesthetics of acoustic reception. His compositions activate listening as an irreplaceable component of an artistic cognitive ...read full profile >>

Uche Onyebadi Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Director, School of Journalism

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Ph.D. at University of Missouri Columbia, 2008
Email: onyebadi@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1202C

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Biography Dr. Onyebadi joined the School of Journalism in 2008. He spent the summer of 2012 at BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, as a Fulbright Specialist Scholar in Communications and Journalism. Dr. Onyebadi is an active member of the Association for Education ...read full profile >>

Daniel Overturf M.F.A.

Professor, Cinema and Photography

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M.F.A at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 1983
Email: dvo0201@siu.edu
Office: COMM 0004

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Biography A Cinema and Photography faculty member since 1990, Overturf specializes in a wide range of photographic topics including documentary, commercial, Sensitometry, and studio fiction. Recent Cinema and Photography courses have included analog, small town ...read full profile >>

Cinzia Padovani Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Radio, Television and Digital Media

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Ph.D. at University of Colorado at Boulder, 1999
Master's at University of L'Aquila Italy, 1988
Email: padovani@siu.edu
Office: COMM 2223

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Dr. Padovani teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in international and global media, and the political economy of media institutions. Dr. Padovani is currently working on two book projects (one in which she explores the formation of public discourse ...read full profile >>

John Perkins-Buzo

Assistant Professor, Department of Radio, Television, and Digital Media

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MFA, Northwestern University, 2004

Email:  rperkinsbuzo@siu.edu

Office:  Comm. 2225

Phone:  : 618-453-2218

John Reid Perkins-Buzo is an award-winning animator, game developer and transmedia artist. He has produced short films (including stereographic 3D work), video/computer games, optical-disc pieces, and museum installations. He specializes in the ...read full profile >>

Jacob Podber Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Radio, Television and Digital Media

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Ph.D. at Ohio University, 2001
Email: jacob@siu.edu
Office: COMM 2221

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Dr. Jacob J. Podber is Associate Professor of Media Studies in the Radio/Television Department of the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts. His book, The Electronic Front Porch: An Oral History of the Arrival of Modern Media in Rural Appalachia ...read full profile >>

Bill Recktenwald

Senior Lecturer and Journalist-in-Residence, School of Journalism

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Email: reckman@aol.com
Office: COMM 1224

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Biography Mr. Recktenwald has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Uganda. He serves as Faculty Co-Adviser: National Association of Black Journalists: Coordinator for Dignified Social Activities, and is the Faculty Coordinator for the College's Kellogg Hall ...read full profile >>

Jan Roddy M.F.A.

Emeritus Faculty, Cinema and Photography

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M.F.A. at University of Illinois, 1987

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Jan Roddy was an associate professor in the Department of Cinema and Photography. She also served as Associate Dean for Graduate Studies for the College.   Interests:  Photo/digital production, media arts, image and word, art and politics, art and spirituality, race, class, gender and sexuality issues in media, rural U.S. and Ozark culture.

William A. Rowley M.F.A.

Associate Professor, Cinema and Photography

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M.F.A. at University of Iowa, 1974
Email: rwrowley@siu.edu
Office: NW Annex B216

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Biography During his sabbatical leave in Spring 2009, Associate Professor R. William Rowley dedicated his time to a new long-term ongoing project under the working title Time in the Discourse of Landscape Imagery. In April 2009, he received a Faculty Seed Grant from ...read full profile >>

Alison Smith M.F.A.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Cinema and Photography

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M.F.A. at the University of Georgia, Athens
Email: smithaa4@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1108

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Biography Alison Smith joined the Department in 2011. She specialized in Photography while earning her M.F.A. at Georgia, and has produced 16 exhibitions of her work since 2005.  Interests Photography

Robert Spahr M.F,A,

Assistant Professor, Cinema and Photography

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M.F.A. at Parsons School of Design, New York City
Email: 
rspahr@siu.edu
Office: COMM 112E

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Biography Robert Spahr is a visual artist and educator who produces computational art using generative processes and genetic algorithms; digital and analog images; objects; live art and time-based media. With an interest in how the media affects our view of the world, ...read full profile >>

Mark Stoffel

Digital Media Systems Specialist and Instructor, Specialized Courses

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M.A. at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2005
Email: mstoffel@siu.edu
Office: COMM 13G
Phone: (618) 453-8464

Mr. Stoffel is the instructor for specialized MCMA courses and media workshops. He also provides technical support for faculty and staff, and configuration and maintainance of the audio and video editing facilities for Radio-Television and other departments within CMCMA. Interests Video documentary production, music composition, production and performance.

Anita Stoner Barrett

Continuing Assistant Professor, School of Journalism

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M.F.A. at Syracuse University, 1995
Email: ajstoner@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1050H

Professor Stoner joined SIU's faculty in 2005. Courses JRNL 419 - Online Journalism JRNL 495 Shawnee Forest Convergence Course MCMA 396 Web Publishing Interests Web production and Content Management Systems, multimedia, revenue models for journalism.

Charles Swedlund

Emeritus Faculty, Cinema and Photography

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Charles Swedlund has written a number of photography text books, published photographic objects and portfolios, and co-authored a book on Found Objects. He taught photography for 27 years at SIU in the Department of Cinema and Photography. Plus, 15 additional years ...read full profile >>

Jan Thompson M.G.S.

Professor, Radio, Television and Digital Media

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M.G.S. at Roosevelt University, 1988
Email: janione@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1050J

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Jan Thompson has produced more than 300 television programs including long form documentaries across varied subject genres. Professor Thompson recently completed a feature length documentary entitled Never The Same: The Prisoner of War Experience. ...read full profile >>

Greg Todd

News Director, River Region Evening Edition News

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Email: gregtodd@siu.edu
Office: COMM 13B
Phone: (618) 453-5282
Website:River Region Evening Edition News

Greg Todd brings to SIU more than 30 years of experience as a top-rated TV news anchor, reporter, meteorologist and newsroom manager. Greg quickly turned the quality education and hands-on experience he received as a student at SIU into a successful and ...read full profile >>

Deborah Tudor Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Cinema and Photography and Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Studies

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Ph.D. at Northwestern University 1992
Email: dtudor@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1013
Phone: (618) 453-4308
http://siu.academia.edu/DeborahTudor 

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Biography Tudor earned both her Master of Arts degree and doctorate in the Radio, Television and Film Department at Northwestern University. Before coming to SIU in 2006 as Chair of Cinema and Photography, she was an associate professor in the Department of Communication ...read full profile >>

Aaron Veenstra Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Journalism

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Ph.D. at University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2009
Email: asveenstra@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1216
Website: mypage.siu.edu/asveenstra/

Dr. Veenstra joined the School of Journalism in 2009. Interests Political communication, including political speech, news coverage, advertising and strategic communication. 

Dru Vratil M.F.A.

Associate Professor, Cinema and Photography

M.F.A. at University of Iowa, 1998
Email: dvratil@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1121

Cross-listed Appointment with Womens Studies

Biography Dru Vratil recently completed a feature length experimental screenplay, Vy's Place, and finished the research for a second untitled feature screenplay about women who served in the military during the Vietnam War. Sections of Vy's Place were workshopped at ...read full profile >>

Eileen Waldron

Senior Lecturer, Radio, Television and Digital Media

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B.A. at San Francisco State University, 1983
Email: ewaldron@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1050E

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Eileen Waldron has more than twenty years of experience in TV, print and online journalism. She has worked as a special projects producer and executive producer at various major television news operations from San Francisco to Philadelphia. While ...read full profile >>

James Wall

Senior Lecturer, Radio, Television and Digital Media

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M.A. at Southern Illinois University, 2004
Email: jwall@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1050C

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James A. Wall teaches within the Electronic Media Marketing and Management sequence. Prior to becoming a full-time educator, Jim worked in the commercial broadcast industry for over twenty years in sales and marketing. He earned both a B.S. in ...read full profile >>

Wenjing Xie Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, School of Journalism

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Ph.D. at University of Maryland, 2009
Email: wxie@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1228

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Biography Dr. Xie has also worked as an editor for Chinese Central Television (CCTV) News Chanel Beijing, and a reporter and editor for the Economic Daily in Beijing 

David Yepsen

Director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute

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Email: dyepsen@siu.edu
Telephone: 618-453-4004

David A. Yepsen is director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.  Before assuming that position in 2009, he had a 34 year career with the Des Moines Register, serving as the paper’s chief political writer, ...read full profile >>

Hong Zhou M.F.A.

Associate Professor, Cinema and Photography

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M.F.A. at York University, Toronto Canada, 2000
Email: hzhou@siu.edu
Office: COMM 1121F

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Biography Hong is interested in fictional narrative filmmaking. His recent work includes "Night Train", a story about two strangers' encounters in a subway, "She Wears Yellow", a study of fictional characters, and "Sarah and Liz", a story about two sisters' adventures ...read full profile >>