I am a lecturer in the Communications Department at Simmons College where I teach classes in the journalism track. I also teach courses in media theory at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In the past, I have also taught courses in Health Communication, Organizational Communication, and Media Studies.
I love the field of communication because of the diversity of topics explored and methodologies employed. In my own work, I have looked at political and health messages in primetime scripted drama, best practices in online political reporting and the role of journalism in shaping collective memory. I find it exciting that the field has so many dimensions and that I am able to familiarize my students with the disparate elements. As a teacher, I love the way that the field of communications allows my students to explore their own interests in methodologically rigorous ways.
I believe that we are in an exciting moment in the history of journalism, as new technologies and business models combine and connect with old and new storytelling styles. Journalists of today face new challenges as they seek to break through the clutter of the media-scape and produce compelling, informative and useful content. It is exciting for me to be able to educate the journalists of tomorrow who will be shaping not only their careers, but the future of the field. It is my goal to provide my students with the technical, historical and ethical knowledge they need in order to be successful in this changing field.
Comm 122 Writing and Editing Across the Media
Comm 124 Media, Messages and Society
Comm 181 Public Speaking
Comm 310 Feature Writing
Comm 328 Special Topics in Communications
Comm 344 Senior Seminar/Storytelling