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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 1050G

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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 ...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

Website:  www.davidrburns.com

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David R. Burns, Associate Professor, Digital Media Art and Animation, Department of Radio, Television, and Digital Media   David R. Burns is a digital media artist and publishing scholar who explores the relationships between humans, ...read full profile >>

John Downing

Emeritus Faculty, Radio, Television, and Digital Media

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Ph.D. at London School of Economics and Political Science, 1974

MSc Econ at London School of Economics and Political Science, 1968

MA at Oxford University, 1968

Dr. Downing was the founding director of the College's Global Media Research Center. He is especially interested in corporate strategies and public policies for global media, and in world cinema. His most recent book-length work was the edited ...read full profile >>

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

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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 >>

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.

Emeritus Faculty, 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

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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 >>

Alex Kirt

Visiting Lecturer, Radio, Television, and Digital Media

Phone:  618-453-7555

Email:  kirt1974@gmail.com

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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, ...read full profile >>

Novotny Lawrence Ph.D.

Associate Professor, 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, and Digital Media Department at Southern Illinois ...read full profile >>

Dafna Lemish Ph.D.

Emeritus Faculty, 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

Dafna Lemish joined SIU in 2010 as Professor of Communication and Chair of the Department of Radio,Television, and Digital Media. She served as Dean of the College from 2012 to 2016. 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, 2001

Email:  slewison@siu.edu

Office:  Comm 1050E

Website:  carbonfarm.us

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Associate 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 >>

Eileen Meehan Ph.D.

Professor, Radio, Television, and Digital Media

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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 >>

H.D. Motyl M.F.A.

Associate Professor and Interim Chair, 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
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 ...read full profile >>

Jay Needham M.F.A.

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

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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 >>

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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Cinzia Padovani teaches graduate courses (Foundations of Media Theories and Critical Media Discourse Studies) as well as undergraduate courses (Media in Society for undergraduate majors in Radio, Television, and Digital Media). Her research interests ...read full profile >>

John Perkins-Buzo M.F.A.

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

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M.F.A., Northwestern University, 2004

Email:  rperkinsbuzo@siu.edu

Office:  Comm. 2225

Phone:  : 618-453-2218

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My work ranges over the boundaries where Augmented and Virtual Reality, animation, cinema, and gaming narratives meet. My Fine Arts experience grounds me in aesthetics and the narrative arts, while my background in Computer Science provides a ...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, and Digital Media Department in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts. His book, The Electronic Front Porch: An Oral History of the Arrival of Modern ...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.

Richard Strong

Lecturer, Department of Radio, Television, and Digital Media

M.S. at Northern Illinois University

Email:  richard.strong@siu.edu

Phone:  618-453-2202

Office:  Communications Room 2226

Rich Strong comes to SIU from Colorado, where he taught broadcast at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He's worked at multiple Denver and Chicago radio and TV stations, including KDVR, KWGN, WBBM and WMAQ.  He has won ...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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Professor Thompson is a 3 time Emmy award winning filmmaker and composer.  Professor Thompson’s recent work is Survival Through Art narrated by Alec Baldwin. This feature length documentary continues to contribute to her body of work ...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 >>

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 >>

Phylis West-Johnson

Emeritus Faculty, Department of Radio, Television, and Digital Media

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