The Dean’s Office

Eric Rothenbuhler

Eric Rothenbuhler

Dean, School of Communications

Rothenbuhler is co-editor of Media Anthropology (2005, Sage), author of Ritual Communication: From Everyday Conversation to Mediated Ceremony (1988, Sage) and co-editor of Communication and Community (2001, LEA). He serves on the Editorial Boards of Journal of Communication, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication Theory and The Radio Journal. He has authored or co-authored over 60 articles, chapters, essays and review on media, ritual, community, media industries, popular music and communication theory.

Areas of Expertise

  • Media anthropology
  • Media history
  • Communication systems, ranging from rituals through communities to media industries
  • Music, sound and radio

Phone 314-968-7154
Email erothenbuhler@webster.edu 

Aaron Aubuchon

Aaron AuBuchon

Associate Dean, School of Communications

Classes Taught
FTVP 1300 Edit and Color
FTVP 3000 StoryLab
MEDC 1620 Media Literacy
NPRO 5000 New Media Tools (formerly MEDC 5615 New Media Tools)
VIDE 1000 Introduction to Video Production
VIDE 1810 Video Production I
VIDE 2200 Field Production
VIDE 2400 Video Editing
VIDE 2500 Post Production
VIDE 2520 Video Production II
VIDE 3150 Topics: Docu-series Production
VIDE 3150 Topics: DVD Authoring
VIDE 3150 Topics: Cultural Crossroads
VIDE 4500 ProSeminar in Video Production (Production House)

Areas of Expertise

  • Video production/video as a communication tool
  • Media literacy/how media messages affect your perception
  • Communications as a model for memetics
  • Digital storytelling
  • Writing and producing for television
  • Cultural connotations of fantasy entertainment
  • Horror film

Education
MA, Media Communications, Webster University, 2005; Areas of interest: media literacy, strategic communications, memetics
BA, Media Communications, Webster University, 2002; Area of interest: video production
AA, English, East Central College, 1993; Area of interest: creative writing

Nonprofit Projects

Shaw Neighborhood
SNHC Releases Shaw Neighborhood Promotional Video

Springboard
Inspiring Creativity in Every Child

Tenth Life Cat Rescue
AdWeek
Great Parody Infomercial Says a Cat Will Solve All Your Irritating Problems Call Now!

Huffington Post
HuffPost Good News: Tenth Life Cats Infomercial Tells You How to Fix Your Life ... Adopt a Cat!

Fox2 Now
8/28/13 My Neighborhood: Downtown 10th Life's cat rescue PSA is a purrrfect mix of funny and weird

Boing Boing
8/30/13 The Best Cat Adoption Video

Crapasaurus.com
8/30/13 Cat Adoption Commercial Tells You Why You Should/Shouldn't Adopt a Cat

Jezebel
9/1/13 Cat Adoption Ad Paints a Sad, Lonely Picture of Pre-Cat Life

Laughing Squid
9/4/13 Cat Adoption Ad Parodies Infomercial Tropes

Mother Nature Network (MNN)
9/4/13 Tired? Stressed? Fix Your Life By Adopting a Cat

Neatorama
Tenth Life Cat Adoption Ad

Other Media Coverage

We Are Movie Geeks
Beyond Documentary: Mondo Movies and Shockumentaries

Webster University News
Production House Gives Communication Students Experience with Real-World Clients

Webster Today
Snapshots: High School Guidance Counselors Luncheon
Snapshots: Screenwriter, Filmmaker John Russo Presents at Webster
Kemper Award Celebrates Teaching Excellence
Faculty Seminar Series: Video Production in the Classroom
Classroom Production House Video Students Produce for Clients On and Off Campus
New Media Communications Students Contribute to Stay Tuned on PBS
Geena Davis Visits Webster, Challenges Gender Stereotyping for Children
November 29 Webster Welcomes Academy Award Winner Geena Davis
2012 Kemper Award Excellence in Teaching Winners: AuBuchon 
Webster Communications Students Work: Zombies Documentary

The Journal Newspaper
Geena Davis presents on gender issues in the media at Webster

Cell phone 314-541-6330
Email aubucaar@webster.edu 

Susan Napolean

Susan Napolean

Assistant to the Dean, Coordinator, School of Communications

Professional Achievements
Napolean was the executive assistant to the Orange County, Florida fire chief for six years prior to joining Webster University. As assistant to the dean, she manages strategic initiatives, and supports the development of relationships with alumni and business professionals. She is an invaluable resource for the faculty, staff and students of the School of Communications. She was the recipient of the 2013 Staff Member of the Year Award.

Office phone 314-968-7154
Email susannapoleon19@webster.edu 

Michael Zakibe

Michael Zakibe

Director of Operations, School of Communications

Professional Achievements
A St. Louis native, Zakibe spent much of his career in Los Angeles, working for NBC. He served as the director of television operations and production finance for NBC Universal. As the director of operations for the School of Communications at Webster University, he is involved in decisions involving financial policies, budgets and expenditures.

Office phone 314-246-7830
Email michaelzakibe56@webster.edu 


School of Communications Student Services

Martha Davis-Goldstein

Martha Davis-Goldstein

Outreach and Engagement Coordinator, School of Communications Student Services

Professional Achievements
Davis-Goldstein served with the Webster University Athletic Department for eight years before joining the School of Communications. In six seasons as Webster's head women's tennis coach, she compiled a 65-49 record, and led the Gorloks to St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles in both 2015 and 2018. She was named the SLIAC Coach of the Year in 2015.

Education
MS, Sports Administration, University of Northern Colorado
BS, Sports Administration, Simpson College

 

Trezette Dixon

Trezette Dixon

Director, Internship Program, School of Communications Student Services

Professional Achievements
Dixon is currently a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers, Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers and the Gateway Career Services Association. She moderated a panel on Preparing Students for Workplace Diversity at the 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Conference. She received the Webster University Student Affairs "Putting Students First" and YWCA Women in Leadership Awards.

Education
BA, Speech Communication
M.ed. in Adult Education

 

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Beth Rowe

Academic Advisor, School of Communications Student Services

Professional Achievements
Rowe spent eight years as a senior academic advisor at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, in the School of Architecture and Planning before joining Webster University. She also worked as a senior advisor in the College of Pharmacy and the College of Nursing at UNMA, where she advised between 1,000 and 1,200 students for more than four years.

Education
MA, Organization, Information and Learning Sciences, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2016
BUS, History Emphasis, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1996
Global Career Development Facilitator, 2012

 

Office phone 314-246-7963
Email elizabethrowe78@webster.edu 

Jim Singer

Jim Singer

Student Media Coordinator, School of Communications Student Services

Professional Achievements
Singer is a 35-year radio veteran, spending seven years as an on-air personality, as well as more than 28 years as a production director and ultimately, program director for several St. Louis area stations. While teaching numerous broadcast courses at University of Missouri-St. Louis, Singer helped bring UMSL students their first student-run internet radio station and was the station's chief advisor. In his first year as a professor, he was awarded a certificate of appreciation for his contribution to student academic success.

Office phone 314-246-7783
Email jamessinger85@webster.edu 


Audio Aesthetics and Technology

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Tim Ryan

Department Chair, Audio Aesthetics and Technology, Associate Professor, AES Advisor

Courses Taught
AUDI 1100 Audio Production 1 for Audio Production Majors
AUDI 3150 Topics: Audio Engineering Society Officers
AUDI 3950 Technical Ear Training 1
AUDI 3960 Technical Ear Training 2
AUDI 3599 Technical Ear Training 3
AUDI 4850 Acoustics
AUDI 4860 Psychoacoustics

Professional Achievements
Prior to joining the faculty at Webster University, Dr. Ryan was an invited master class instructor, as well as a visiting professor and acting area head for the Sound Design area in the Department of Theatre Design & Production at the College- Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinatti in Cincinatti, Ohio. He was an instructor of electroacoustics and solid-state electronics at McGill University, where he was also a researcher and acoustical consultant for the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music and Media Technology. He has authored and/or co-authored publications for the Audio Engineering Society (AES), Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and International Community for Auditory Display (ICAD).

Education
Ph.D, Sound System Engineering and Optimization, Sound Recording Area, Schulich School of Music, McGill University, 2011
MFA, Theatrical Sound Design and Technology, Sound Design Area, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, 2004
BS, Acoustical Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering, Cornell University, 2001

Office phone 314-246-7958
Email timothyryan80@webster.edu 

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Judy Connolly

Department Representative, Audio Aesthetics and Technology

Professional Achievements
Before joining the staff of the School of Communications at Webster University, Connolly spent 20 years at FleishmanHillard where she was the go-to person for project management and administrative tasks. She began her career there as an administrative assistant. She was promoted to the position of marketing coordinator and later to senior marketing coordinator. Prior to working at FleishmanHillard, she was executive assistant to the president of Downtown St. Louis, Inc.  

Education
BA, Political Science, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

 

Office phone 314-246-5935
Email judithconnolly93@webster.edu 

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Casey Hunter

Assistant Professor, Audio Aesthetics and Technology

Courses Taught
AUDI 2000 Audio Production II
AUDI 2050 Audio Technology Practicum

Professional Achievements
Prior to joining the faculty at Webster University as a visiting assistant professor, Hunter had been an adjunct faculty member with the School of Communications for more than nine years. He has also been a managing partner with Spectra Audio Systems for more than 20 years. Hunter has a long track record of success as a sound designer, audio engineer, production manager, and tour manager in music, theater and special events.

Education
MA, New Media Production, Webster University, in progress
BA, Jazz Studies with an emphasis in Commercial Music, Webster University

 

 

Office phone 314-246-7654
Email caseyhunter74@webster.edu 

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Victoria (Tori) Meyer

Associate Professor, Audio Production, Audio Aesthetics and Technology

Courses Taught
AUDI 1000 Audio Production I for Non-Majors
AUDI 1200 Introduction to MIDI
AUDI 3100 Audio Field Production for Visual Media
AUDI 3150 Topics: Foley for Horror and Sci-Fi Films
AUDI 4500 Soundtracks for Visual Media
AUDI 4700 Professional Development in Audio Production
AUDI 4800 Audio Engineering
EPMD 2000 Introduction to Adobe Audition
NPRO 5200 Audio Storytelling

Professional Achievements
Learning Happens Everywhere Award for exemplary collaboration with Student Affairs 2018

National Park Service Artist in Residence for Guadalupe Mountains National Park, 2017

National Park Service Artist in Residence for Petrified Forest National Park, 2014

Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching, nominee, 2012 and 2014

Kennedy Center, Best Original Score, 2010, recipient of two awards,
Holding Up The Sky, by Milbre Burch, world premiere directed by Clyde Ruffin

Kevin Kline Awards, Outstanding Sound Design, 2009
Winner: Tori Meyer; Grace and Glorie, Insight Theatre Company

Library of Congress, Featured Nature Photographer of 2008
in Photography Vibes, Best of Edition

Kevin Kline Awards, Outstanding Sound Design, 2007
Nominated: Tori Meyer; Urinetown, the Musical, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Education
MFA, Sound Design, California Institute of the Arts
MM, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
BA Music, Webster University
BA Media Communications, Webster University

Office phone 314-246-7637
Email victoriameyer78@webster.edu 

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Carl Nappa

Visiting Artist-in-Residence, Audio Aesthetics and Technology

Courses Taught 
AUDI 1130 Audio Technology Practicum
AUDI 2230 Introduction to Music Recording

Professional Achievements
Nappa has worked on 39 Gold®, Platinum®, and Multi-Platinum® records, as well as two that have gone on to be Diamond® award-winning. Nappa's engineering, mixing, or producing credits on records have totaled over $79 million in sales. A fateful meeting with Nelly led to a 10-year working relationship as his personal engineer. That relationship later turned into an opportunity for Nappa to create curriculum and work as executive director of the sound engineering music school, Vatterot College Ex'treme Institute in St. Louis.

Office phone 314-246-7147
Email carlnappa@webster.edu 

 

 


Communications and Journalism

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Gary Ford

Department Chair, Communications and Journalism, Associate Professor, Public Relations

Courses Taught
PBRL 2100 Fundamentals of Strategic Communications and Public Relations
PBRL 2920 Writing for Public Relations
PBRL 4920 Public Relations Campaigns
PBRL 5322 Public Relations
PBRL 5465 Crisis Management Communications
MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media Communications

Professional Achievements
Ford Communications LLC, Weber Shandwick Worldwide, Mallinckrodt, Pfeiffer + Company, Southwestern Bell, Mayo Clinic/Mayo Foundation and Kansas City Kansan.

Education
Cert., Corporate Finance, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1990
MA, Business Management, School of Business, Webster University, 1988
BJ, School of Journalism, University of Missouri, 1974

Office phone 314-246-8632
Email fordg@webster.edu 

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Judy Connolly

Department Representative, Communications and Journalism

Professional Achievements
Before joining the staff of the School of Communications at Webster University, Connolly spent 20 years at FleishmanHillard where she was the go-to person for project management and administrative tasks. She began her career there as an administrative assistant. She was promoted to the position of marketing coordinator and later to senior marketing coordinator. Prior to working at FleishmanHillard, she was executive assistant to the president of Downtown St. Louis, Inc.  

Education
BA, Political Science, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri

 

Office phone 314-246-5935
Email judithconnolly93@webster.edu 

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Larry Baden

Associate Professor, Journalism/Media Studies, Communications and Journalism

Courses Taught
MEDC 2200 Ethics in the Media
MEDC 4100 The Law and the Media
MEDC 5000 Media Communications
JOUR 4170 Investigative Reporting

Professional Achievements
Baden has had the good fortune of spending the past 24 years in classrooms with students. Yet, he considers himself mostly a student of teaching and learning. At the University of Kansas, Baden was named the university's distinguished professor by the Order of Omega and Golden Key honor societies. He has three times earned inclusion in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Baden completed the coursework for a doctoral degree in composition and rhetoric at the University of Nevada, Reno. Prior to teaching, Baden spent 10 years as a newspaper reporter in Missouri, Colorado and Nevada.

Education
MEd, Secondary Education, University of Nevada, Reno, College of Education, 1996
BJ, News-Editorial Sequence, School of Journalism, University of Missouri, 1984

Office phone 314-246-7616
Email badenl@webster.edu 

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Karen Burch

Adjunct Faculty, Ampersand Advisor, Communications and Journalism

 

 

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Dorian Davis

Assistant Professor, Media Communications/Studies, Communications and Journalism

Courses Taught
MEDC 1050 Introduction to Media Writing
MEDC 3190 Introduction to Media Research
MEDC 5460 Media Research

Professional Achievements
Before joining Webster University's School of Communications, Dr. Davis taught communication studies at American University in Washington D.C., and journalism at Marymount Manhattan College and Seton Hall University. His teaching and research interests include political communications and media effects. Davis has written for both popular and academic press. Most recently, he co-authored a book chapter on Donald Trump's use of the "fake news" epithet on Twitter. Davis has talked politics and pop culture on television and radio, covering topics from the role of Facebook in the Occupy Wall Street Movement to "hate-watching" Syfy's Sharknado movies.

Education
Ph.D, Communication, American University, 2018
MA, Newmark School of Journalism at City University of New York City, 2008
BFA, Acting, New York University, 2002

Davis, Dorian Hunter and Sinnreich, Aram. "Tweet the Press: Effects of Donald Trump's "Fake News!" Epithet on Civics and Popular Culture," President Donald Trump and his Political Discourse: Ramifications of Rhetoric via Twitter, edited by Michelle Lockhart, Routledge, 2018, ch. 14

Office phone (314) 968-5931
Email doriandavis39@webster.edu 

Personal website
Dorian Hunter Davis

 

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Peter Hanrahan

Instructor, Scriptwriting, Communications and Journalism

Courses Taught
SCPT 3110 Script Analysis
SCPT 3150 Topics: Selling Your Work to Hollywood
SCPT 3300 Writing the Short Script
SCPT 3500 Writing Screenplays for Film
SCPT 4500 Advanced Scriptwriting
SCPT 4700 Professional Development in Scriptwriting

Professional Achievements
As a playwright, Hanrahan has had plays read, workshopped and produced with various theater companies, including the Arena Stage in Washington D.C. His play, "Prize Inside" was published in The Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2007 (S&K). As a working screenwriter, he has written and rewritten numerous scripts. He also has several original screenplay projects in development, including The Lowlands, which is in pre-production with actors John Leguizamo and Alfred Molina. He placed among the top 30 entrants in the Nicholl Fellowship Competition, and he has written for television for NBC and the Discovery Channel. He lived in Los Angeles for many years, where he worked as one of two in-house Story Analysts for the United Talent Agency.

Education
MFA, Playwriting, Rutgers University
BA, English, Washington University (Phi Beta Kappa)

 

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Gina Jensen

Adjunct Faculty, Debate/Forensics Coach, Communications and Journalism

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Scott Jensen

Professor, Sports Communications, Communications and Journalism

Courses Taught
GNST 1200 Freshman Seminar
MEDC 1010 Introduction to Mass Communication
SPCM 1040 Public Speaking
SPCM 1280 Interpersonal Communication
SPCM 2400 Persuasion
SPCM 3150 Topics in Communication: Family Communication
SPCM 3150 Topics in Communication: Rhetoric of America's Pastime
SPCM 3150 Topics in Communication: Political Argumentation and Debate
SPCM 3500 Presentations for Media Professionals
SPCM 3600 Rhetoric
SPCM 3800 Communication and Diverse Populations
SPCM 4500 Conflict Resolution
SPCM 4600 Communication Theory
SPCT 1800 Sports Communications

Professional Achievements
Scott and Gina Jensen worked together on chapters published in the recently released text, Competition, Community, and Educational Growth: Contemporary Perspectives on Competitive Speech and Debate. The book, edited by Kristopher Copeland and Garett Castleberry, is one of the most comprehensive texts written on the forensics and debate pedagogy and practice. The two were asked to contribute to the text. They co-authored chapter 23, “Telling the Story of Team: Forensic Program Management That Builds Enduring Identity and Community.” Additionally, Scott contributed chapter 10, “Embracing the Dichotomy: Balancing Competitive and Educational Goals Within Forensic Program Management.” 

Education
MA in Speech Communication, Central Missouri State University; BA in Speech Communication, School of the Ozarks

Webster Today
Jensens Honored for Contributions to Forensics
Jensen on Debate, Sports, Speech Curricula
Forensics and Debate Team Wins Big at National Tournament
Jensen Receives Norton Lifetime Achievement Award
Forensic and Debate Team Adds More Awards at MAFA Championship Tournament
Forensics and Debate Brings Home Two National Championships
Gorlok Gala Debate Tournament Sees Largest Turnout in 17-Year History
Judges Sought for Gorlok Gala Debate Tournament Jan 23-25
Snapshots: Webster Hosts Study Break Debate Tournament
Jensens Present at Speech and Theatre Association
School of Communications Well Represented at STAM Conference
Forensics and Debate Program Commended for 15 Years of Excellence
Jensens Honored for Forensics/Debate Work at CSCA Convention
Forensics and Debate Hosts Trivia Night March 2
Forensics and Debate Invites You to Be the Judge
Webster Hosts Gorlok Gala Debate Jan. 25-27, Seeking Judges
Sixth Consecutive Win for Webster at Study Break Debate Tournament
Holden Forum Reports Record-Breaking Participation for 2012 Election Season
Forensics and Debate Team Qualifies for Elite AFA Tournament
In the News: Jensen on VP DebateIn the News: Jensen on Presidential Debates
Scott and Gina Jensen Recognized at STAM Conference
Forensic and Debate Team to Host Political Panel Discussion
Small Forensic & Debate Team Yields Big Success at Tournament
Forensic and Debate Spring Showcase April 19
Webster Notes: Jensens Honored for Speech and Forensics
Forensics and Debate Places in Top 10 in Nationals
Forensics and Debate Team Shine in State Competition
SOC Focus on Faculty Brown Bag Series: Forgiving and Reconciling: Myths, Truths, and its Power

School of Communications RSS Feed
School of Communications at National Communication Association Convention
Debate Tournament Attracts Schools from Across the Country

Other
Central States Communication Association Newsletter, Sept. 2014, Vol. 82, Issue 3, p.14 (PDF)

Phone 314-968-7439
Email jensensc@webster.edu  

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Joy Leopold

Assistant Professor, Media Communications/Studies, Communications and Journalism

Courses Taught
JOUR  3300 Newspaper Production
MEDC 2200 Ethics in the Media

Professional Achievements
Dr. Leopold is a recent graduate of the University of Miami in Miami, Florida. Her research interests include digital news, civic participation, and acts of resistance, including protests and organizing for social change. She has worked as a staff writer as well as a freelance writer. Leopold taught courses at the University of Miami while completing her doctoral degree. She joins the School of Communications at Webster University as a visiting assistant professor of media communications teaching news production and media ethics courses.

Education
Ph.D, Journalism and Media Management, School of Communication, University of Miami, 2018
MS, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, College of Business, University of Texas at Dallas, 2012
BA, Print Journalism, Minor, Philosophy, Manship School of Journalism, Louisiana State University, 2010

 

Office phone 314-246-8269
Email or joyleopold40@webster.edu 

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Trish Muyco-Tobin

Instructor, The Journal Advisor, Communications and Journalism

Courses Taught
JOUR 1030 Fundamentals of Reporting
JOUR 3130 Feature Writing
JOUR 3300 Newspaper Production Workshop

Professional Achievements
Muyco-Tobin has been an award-winning journalist and writer for print, radio, and television for more than 20 years. She is the community editor at Gazelle magazine, a monthly fashion, community, and lifestyle publication. She previously served as the editor-in-chief of Ladue News. Under her leadership, the weekly publication strengthened its focus on promoting local charities and nonprofits, encouraging diversity, and highlighting the stories of those who make St. Louis a better place for the entire community.

As a broadcaster, Muyco-Tobin served as news editor for KMOX Radio, and as a senior editor, reporter, and anchor for KTRS Radio. She also was executive producer for the Contact Radio Program, which aired on more than 425 stations across the country and overseas. She is the recipient of the 2014 Salute to Women in Leadership Award in Media by the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis for promoting diversity in media. She serves as a board member for the St. Louis Press Club and Friends of Character Plus. 

Education
BJ in Broadcast, Minor in Spanish; University of Missouri

 

Phone 314-246-7844
Email pmuycotobin@webster.edu 

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Sung Eun (Stella) Park

Assistant Professor, Advertising and Marketing Communications, Communications and Journalism

Courses Taught
ADVT 1940 Introduction to Marketing Communications
ADVT 4190 Advertising Research
ADVT 4200 Media Planning Buying and Selling

Professional Achievements
Dr. Park joined Webster University as an assistant professor of Advertising and Marketing Communications after working at the University of Southern Indiana for two years. She has received a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama with a concentration in advertising. She is originally from South Korea but has spent several years in different parts of the U.S. while pursuing her master's degree and a bachelor's degree in Austin, Texas, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, respectively. Her research interest is in investigating the effect of visual elements of advertising in conjunction with health communication. Her recent works have been featured in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicines and Health Communication.

Education
Ph.D, University of Alabama, Advertising

 

Office phone 314-246-7630
Email sungeunpark@webster.edu 

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Barry Smith

Assistant Professor, Advertising and Marketing Communications, Communications and Journalism

Courses Taught
ADVT 2550 Creative Strategies for Advertising
ADVT 4040 Advertising Production
ADVT 5321 Advertising Decision-Making

Professional Achievements
Smith's longest and most recent assignment was Director, Sales and Marketing Communications. In this role, he oversaw all wholesaler-directed communications, including Anheuser-Busch’s wholesaler conventions, excellence programs, Busch satellite network video production studios, wholesaler Internet portal and weekly email newsletters. Prior to A-B, Smith worked for Frankel & Company, 1989 Ad Age Agency of the Year. He was the senior account executive for McDonald's Corporation. He oversaw new products marketing and promotional activities and national rollout of youth promotions, such as Happy Meals.

Education
MBA, DePaul University, Chicago
BBA, Management; Roosevelt University, Chicago

 

Office phone 314-246-8629
Email barrysmith70@webster.edu 

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Julie Smith

Instructor, Media Studies, Communications and Journalism

Courses Taught
MEDC 1010 Introduction to Mass Communications
MEDC 1630 Media Literacy
MEDC 4110 Media & Digital Culture
RELG 2401 Religion and the Arts: Media Culture

Professional Achievements
Smith has been teaching in the Webster University School of Communications for more than 17 years, and at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville for 10 years. Her book, Master the Media: How Teaching Media Literacy Can Save our Plugged-In World, has helped make her a widely sought-after speaker at local, national and international conferences and workshops.

Education
MS, Mass Communications, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, 1997
BA, Communication/Public Relations, University of Tulsa, 1990

Office phone 314-246-7086
Email juliesmith05@webster.edu 


Electronic and Photographic Media

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Chris Sagovac

Department Chair, Associate Professor, Electronic and Photographic Media

Courses Taught
ANIM 1000 Animation I
ANIM 2010 Experimental Animation
ANIM 3040 Comic Book Creation
ANIM 3150 Topics: Advanced Experimental Animation
ANIM 3150 Topics: Advanced Animation Studio
ANIM 3150 Topics: Animation Dailies
ANIM 3150 Topics: Rotoscoping Workshop
ANIM 3150 Topics: Animation Festival Management
ANIM 3210 Animation Principles and Techniques I
ANIM 4010 Character Design
ANIM 4020 Storyboarding
ANIM 4620 Animation Production Senior Overview
ANIM 4700 Professional Development in Animation
FRSH 1200 Surrealism: The Real Functioning of Thought

Professional Achievements
Sagovac's artistic work spans many disciplines, from animation and filmmaking, to proficiency in several fine art mediums. His work has been exhibited worldwide in galleries, film festivals and street art exhibitions. Sagovac is a practicing mail artist, abstract painter and independent comic book creator.

Education
MA in Fine Arts, Webster University; BA in Media Communications, Webster University

Office phone 314-246-4223
Email csagovac@webster.edu 

Website Chris Sagovac

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Sharon Turner

Department Representative, Electronic and Photographic Media

 

 

Office phone 314-246-6924
Email sharonturner55@webster.edu 

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Chris Aaron

Assistant Professor, Animation/Film, Television and Video Production, Electronic and Photographic Media

Courses Taught
ANIM 2200 Introduction to 3D Animation
FILM 1000 Filmmaking Fundamentals
FTVP 1400 Graphics and Effects

Professional Achievements
Aaron is a seasoned artist whose films have premiered in international and domestic film festivals. His video art has been in national juried exhibitions, and he is the recipient of many industry awards for production, editing, 3D animation, and VFX. He has successfully maintained a media production company that has developed traditional and online ad campaigns for a wide range of clients. In addition, he has worked with some of the largest production companies in the world, such as Fremantle North America and Relativity Media to develop scripted television shows for networks including Discovery, Animal Planet, National Geographic, and the History Channel.

Education
BA, Louisiana State University
MFA in Film, Syracuse University

Office phone 314-246-7784
Email caaron94@webster.edu 

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Bill Barrett

Professor, Photography, Director of May Gallery, Electronic and Photographic Media

Courses Taught
MEDC 2200 Ethics in the Media
PHOT 1000 Photo I
PHOT 2870 International Photojournalism
PHOT 3190 Digital Photographic Imaging
PHOT 4010 Photography Gallery Management
PHOT 4700 Professional Development in Photography

Professional Achievements
Barrett thinks he has the best job in the world - continuing to learn. That's important in a field like photography, which hasn't stopped changing since it was invented, but in which change seems to be accelerating daily. He spent a great deal of time in Central American refugee camps in the 1980s, and even got to teach basic photography there, utilizing a tent for a darkroom.

Education
MA, Media Studies, The New School for Social Research; Instituto Juan XXIII in Lima, Peru; Medieval Studies, St. Bonaventure University; BA in Psychology, St. Meinrad College

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Juraj Bohus

Associate Professor, Film, Television and Video Production/New Media Production, Electronic and Photographic Media

Courses Taught
FILM 4560 Advance Cinematography
FILM 3150 Topics in Film Production: Czech New Wave
FILM 2320 Filmmaking I

Professional Achievements
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, assistant professor

Education
MA in Cinema and Television, Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Bratislava, Slovak Republic; MFA in Cinema, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

 

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Mike Breault

Assistant Professor, Games and Game Design, Electronic and Photographic Media

Courses Taught
GAME 2000 Intro to Video Game Theory and Design
GAME 2500 Traditional Game Design
GAME 3150 Special Topics in Game Design: Narrative Design I
GAME 3150 Special Topics in Game Design: Narrative Design II
GAME 3150 Special Topics in Game Design: Analog RPG Design
GAME 3150 Special Topics in Game Design: Digital RPG Design
GAME 3150 Special Topics in Game Design: Games Studies 
GAME 3550 History of Video Games
GAME 3650 World Design
GAME 4620 Senior Overview

Professional Achievements
Breault began a nine-year stint at Volition in 1999, working on FreeSpace 2, several Red Faction games, and The Punisher. He later worked at Raven Software, Ubisoft Montreal, 38 Studios, and Zenimax Online. His most recently published games were The Elder Scrolls Online in 2014, and its Imperial City expansion in 2015. To date, he's worked on close to 40 video games.

Education
Master of Education, Instructional Design, American College of Education
Four years of graduate study in Astrophysics Ph.D. Program, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
BS, Physics, with minors in math and astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York

 

Office phone 314-246-3323
Email michaelbreault50@webster.edu  

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Matthew Burton

Assistant Professor, Games and Game Design, Electronic and Photographic Media

Courses Taught
GAME 2000 Introduction to Video Game Theory and Design
GAME 3000 Video Game Design I
GAME 3650 World Design
GAME 4500 Video Game Design II
GAME 4600 Video Game Production

Professional Achievements
During the past seven years, Burton's passion for game development and design has led him to create and publish 10 titles in the iOS and Google Play app stores. Building on his Computer Systems degree (Maryville University, 2013) Matt self-published several games and mobile apps, which have been featured in IndieGame and "Stuff" magazine. In 2016, Burton was hired by Pixel Press in St. Louis as a Software Developer, where he fine-tuned his skills by working with clients such as Mattel, Cartoon Network, and Disney/Star Wars. He played a key role in the development of the educational software program "Bloxels," which won the New York Toy Fair "Toy of the Year," and was featured in articles by Kotaku and Polygon. Burton's experience with Pixel Press was instrumental in creating an opportunity for him to share his knowledge of game design, coding, and production with the Game Design Program at Webster University.

Education
BA, Information Systems, Maryville University, 2013

 

Office phone 314-246-7515
Email matthewburton@webster.edu 

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Julia Griffey

Associate Professor, Interactive Digital Media, Electronic and Photographic Media

Courses Taught
INTM 1600 Introduction to Interactive Digital Media
INTM 3150 Special Topics: Interactive Content Development for Marketing and Public Relations
INTM 3300 Programming for Interactive Media 1
INTM 4300 Programming for Interactive Media 2
INTM 4620 Senior Overview
MEDC 5600 Introduction to Interactive Communications

Professional Achievements
In addition to teaching, Griffey works as a web and interactive designer and developer. She is the director of e-commerce for St. Louis-based manufacturing company, Nomax Inc., and has created websites for many other educational and corporate clients. She is also the principal of Animocation, a company that creates educational, interactive, movement-driven exhibits. Her work is currently featured in the Children's Museum of the Highlands in Sebring, Florida.; Linda's Playhouse in Peachtree City, Georgia.; Monterey County Youth Museum in Monterey, California; Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum in Santa Maria, California; Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee, Vermont; Museo Del Nino in San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Hands On! A Child's Gallery in Hendersonville, North Carolina. 

Education
MFA in Design, Massachusetts College of Art; MA in Apparel Design, Cornell University; BS in Engineering, University of California at Berkeley

Office phone 314-961-8643
Email juliagriffey93@webster.edu 

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Michael Long

Assistant Professor, Animation, Electronic and Photographic Media

Courses Taught
ANIM 1010 Animation II
ANIM 1040 Storyboarding
ANIM 2000 Advanced Animation
EPMD 2000 Introductory Topics in Media Production
FLST History of Animation
FRSH 1200 First Year Seminar: Creeping Dread
HLSC 1579 Fencing I
HLSC Fencing II

Professional Achievements
Long is an award-winning animator who, for years, has taught animation production courses at Webster University. He has also taught courses on animation history, St. Louis history, storyboarding, foil fencing, and courses on laughter and the uncanny. He has lectured in Vienna on animation and magic, performed magic in Japan and Thailand, and is a member of the Society of American Magicians. His other interests include 1950s science fiction films, ghost stories, magic history, and writing dramas for radio podcasts. All of these interests, oddly enough, contribute to living a fully animated life. 

Education
MA, Media Literacy, Webster University
BA, History, University of Missouri - St. Louis

 

Phone 314-246-5926
Email michaellong37@webster.edu  

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June Kyu Park

Assistant Professor, Film, Television and Video Production, Electronic and Photographic Media

Courses Taught
FTVP 1100 Produce and Direct
FTVP 1200 Camera and Light
FTVP 2100 Producing the Narrative
FTVP 2200 Cinematography
FTVP 5310 Fundamentals of Video Cameras and Lighting

Professional Achievements
Kyu Park, born in Korea, is a transnational film director, producer, and cinematographer. He makes fictional narrative, as well as experimental and documentary films that focus on ethics and morality in social context. His works have been screened at several international film festivals and exhibitions, including the Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner in France; the Montecatini Film & Video Festival in Italy; the Bucheon International Film Festival in South Korea; and the Syracuse International Film Festival in the United States. A short film, "Drama," directed by Tian Guan, in which he worked as a cinematographer, has won Best Live Action Short in the 30th Warsaw Film Fest, 2014, and Best Short Fiction in the Los Angeles Film Festival, 2015. It also screened at Slamdance, Palm Springs and elsewhere.

Education
MFA in Film, May 2015, Syracuse University, New York
BFA in Film, February 2010, Yong In University, Gyounggi-do, South Korea
Certification of Screenwriting, December 2004, Korea Screenwriters Association, Seoul, South Korea

 

Office phone 314-246-6925
Email junekyupark37@webster.edu 

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David Rocco

Assistant Professor, Film, Television and Video Production, Electronic and Photographic Media

Courses Taught
FTVP 0500 Monthly Meeting
FILM 3730 Film II: Production
FILM 3750 Film II: Post-Production
FILM 4580 Advanced Editing
FTVP 1200 Camera and Light
FTVP 1300 Edit and Color
FTVP 2200 Cinematography (formerly Advanced Camera  and Light)
FTVP 3000 StoryLab
FTVP 3150 Topics in Film, Television and Video Production: Filmmaking Seminar
FTVP 3150 Topics in Film, television and Video Production: Grip and Electric Spring
FTVP 3599 Independent Study in Film, Video or Television Production
FTVP 4200 Senior Overview
FTVP 4950 Graduate Independent Study
PHOT 0100 Photography Portfolio Review
PHOT 3599 Photography Independent Study
PHOT 4010 Photography Gallery Management
MEDC 5610 Video for Interactive Communications

Professional Achievements
Rocco taught in the Film and Media Studies program at Washington University as an adjunct instructor and worked as a Fellow for the St. Louis International Film Festival in 2011. He has produced and shot an award-winning narrative film. He also associate-produced and shot an award-winning feature-length documentary. His experimental work has shown in festivals in America and Europe. He has worked in Hollywood and St. Louis as both a freelance camera operator and set stills photographer. His work in Hollywood has landed him on every major studio lot, while his work in St. Louis has sent him to over 50 cities operating camera for some of the largest corporations in the region.

Education
MFA in Studio Art (Photography), MA in Studio Art (Photography), Fontbonne University
BA in Film Production, Webster University

Phone 314-246-7843
Email roccoda@webster.edu 


Media Center

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Dewey V. "Marty" Martin

Director, Media Center

 

 

Phone 314-246-7560
Email deweymartin21@webster.edu 

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Ryan Duffy

Photo Technology Coordinator, Media Center

 

 

Phone 314-246-7004
Email ryanduffy98@webster.edu 

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Louis Lindsay

Media Services Specialist, Media Center

 

 

Phone 314-246-7484
Email lindsalo@webster.edu 

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Bud Stewart

Technician, Media Center

 

 

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Aimee Turner

Clerk, Media Center

 

 

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Jim Wolz

Clerk, Media Center

 

 


Webster Film Series

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Pete Timmermann

Director, Webster Film Series

 

 

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Dick Bauer

Manager/Projectionist, Webster Film Series