The faculty in the Department of Communications Media provides students with a variety of resources. Following is a list of faculty members within the Department of Communications Media who are approved to teach courses at the doctoral level.
Dr. Kleinman has his research focused on (1)
selective exposure to and subsequent effects of political messages in the new
media environment, and (2) the antecedents of interpersonal political
discussion in everyday life. He seeks to understand how political knowledge,
attitudes, opinions, and behaviors evolve over time as a result of various
communicative processes. Steven has coauthored articles in the Journal of Communication, Political
Behavior, and Communication Research.
Prior to attending OSU, he received an MA in television and film production
from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University.
Steven has worked professionally in film and television production, including
both scripted digital video shooting and unscripted live multi-camera
television production. He has worked in various positions for small independent
film production studios, major television shows (ABC’s The View), and major cable networks (QVC, The Food Network).
Steven has taught courses in persuasion, public opinion, research methods, mass
communication, and media and terrorism.
Dr. Leidman has been an active broadcast media
producer and on-air interviewer throughout her career. Her activities include hosting radio shows on
WGAY-FM and WGMS-FM in the Washington, D.C. market for 10 years and being
heard locally on WRID, Homer City, and WCCS, Indiana. She has received two A.I.R awards in the
Pittsburgh market, was a three-time A.I.R. award finalist in Washington, D.C.,
and received the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award for Best Public
Service Announcement. She has hosted a
regular program on WIUP-TV for over 15 years and has produced television shows
for regional PBS television stations and other Western Pennsylvania media outlets.
Other media activities include working as educational consultant for the nationally
syndicated television program Gina D’s
Kids Club from 2003 to 2008. She has over three dozen publications and
presentations which concentrate on communications and society, children’s
media, and media criticism.
Dr. Lenze has over two dozen publications or
presentations focusing on virtual worlds, curriculum development, instructional
technology, distance education, communications media, and synthetic writing.
After earning his PhD, he spent three years as a tenure-line professor at
Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan, and then subsequently
assumed another tenure-line position for three years at the University of
Michigan–Dearborn. He joined the faculty at IUP in 2000. He earned the rank of
full professor in 2009. He co-developed the proposal for the CMIT degree with
Dr. Mark Piwinsky and served with him as one of the initial co-coordinators of
the program. He was appointed as the dean’s associate for the School of
Graduate Studies and Research at IUP, where he served from 2008 and 2009. He
also authored the curriculum proposal to offer the BS in communications media
online. Over his career he has authored or co-authored successful proposals for
the creation of associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. He has
also developed online courses and programs. He is currently the director of
VERGE (Virtual Environments Research Group in Education), a grant-funded project building a grade 9 through grade 12 curriculum for boys using
virtual worlds technology.
Dr. Muchtar’s primary research
interests are international and intercultural communication, journalism studies,
and media development in developing countries. She has a background as a
broadcast journalist, media training consultant, and development aid specialist
for a number of international organizations. Her background has influenced her
interests in collaborative research activities with other disciplines such as
adult education, women’s studies, and professional studies. Dr. Muchtar has
presented her research in regional, national, and international conferences and
has been active supporting a new organization called ASIRPA—Asian Society for
International Relations and Public Affairs, both as chief editor and as
chair of the organization. Her teaching
interests include courses in international and intercultural communication,
women in media, research in media, and cultural theory.
Originally from Guatemala, Dr. Ortiz
has spent the last 12 years at Purdue University, where she graduated with
a PhD in communication. Dr. Ortiz’s research is concerned with the
intersections of immigration and communication. Specifically, her research
focuses on student activism, media portrayals of immigrants and immigration
policies, and blogs by undocumented students. Dr. Ortiz studies these issues
through a critical lens, always questioning the significance of various forms
of activism to the present and future. Her work privileges the voices of her
participants and people in general. Dr. Ortiz’s research interests inform her
approach to teaching. In the classroom,
she strives to foster an environment in which community engagement, passion,
enthusiasm, and a commitment to social justice are valued. These goals are led,
informed by, and accomplished through active learning, meaningful dialogue, and
From his background as
IUP’s chief information technology officer, Dr. Piwinsky brings extensive
experience in technology planning, implementation, training, and financing.
Success of this approach is evidenced by IUP’s recognition as one of the 25
“Most Wired” campuses in the nation and its cost-effective implementation of
academic and administrative support systems. He participated in the development
and coordination of the Advancing the Development of Educators in Pennsylvania
to Teach with Technology grant, the NEDIC/CIMS emergency management systems
grants, and the Preparing Teachers to Teach Using Technology grant, for which
he was a co-recipient of the IUP Sponsored Programs Award for Outstanding
Achievement in Curriculum and Instruction. As an academic administrator, he served as
vice provost for Administration and Technology at IUP and director of Analysis
and Planning at Ohio State University. As a political scientist and academic
administrator, his work also addresses the impact of communications on the
political process, public policy and public opinion, and on research methods.
Parsons News School for DesignBorn
and raised in central Pennsylvania, Rachel Bee Porter holds
an MFA in Photography from Parsons the New School for Design, and
a BFA in Professional Photographic Illustration from the Rochester
Institute of Technology. Her work has been exhibited in venues such
as the Center for Photography at Woodstock, Texas Women’s University,
Aperture Gallery in New York City, and the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell
University. Her work has also been seen in the show There’s Something Happening Here at
the Brancolini Grimaldi Gallery in London, England and the Flash Forward
Festival in Boston among many others. She has contributed work to
several publications, such as Aesthetica,
the British Journal of Photography, Creative Quarterly, and Photographer’s Forum. Most recently, her work was published
in Flash Forward Tenth.
Dr. Stiegler’s primary research interests are
media history, communication law and policy, and critical studies of popular
culture. His research has appeared in the Journal of Radio and Audio Media,
the Journal of Popular Music Studies, and Javnost: The Public, as
well as a number of edited volumes. His own edited volume, Regulating the
Web, was published in 2013 by Lexington Books. His teaching interests
include courses in media history, broadcasting, communication law and policy,
cultural theory, and alternative media. After supervising campus radio station
WIUP-FM for five years (concluding 15 years in college radio), he now serves as
doctoral coordinator for the CMIT PhD program.
Dr. Start has done over two dozen video
publications, including biographies, organizational profiles, product training
videos, community action, and social issues. He has over a dozen publications
or presentations focusing on media production and media operations management.
He served as station manager for WIUP-TV for 20 years, which provided him first-hand
experience in media operations and productions.
Jeremy Waltman is an award-winning director and writer whose films include
It Plays Like Love (2015) and Locomotive (2013). His work began in the
graphic novels German and An Open Place, which further led to work
in concept art, design projects, and features in international galleries.
Dr. Wilson has been involved in broadcasting for
over 25 years and served as faculty advisor of WIUP-FM from 1986 to 2004. Several of her publications and presentations
have explored college radio programming, financing, and management. Additionally, she has researched other areas
of broadcasting, including television news programming and broadcast
management. She has also conducted research
on career portfolio development for communications students. Dr. Wilson received the Radio/Television News
Directors Excellence in Journalism Education Fellowship and the National
Association of Television Programming Executives Faculty Fellowship, and she was
invited to attend the International Radio and Television Society and National
Academy of Television Arts and Science Faculty Seminars. She was recognized as National Member of the
Year and National Advisor of the Year by the National Broadcasting Society. Among her areas of teaching expertise are broadcast
news writing, presentation making, and portfolio development. She teaches Media Ethics, Crisis Communication,
and Teaching Communications Media in the CMIT program. Dr. Wilson is currently chair of the Communications Media Department.
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