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College of Communication & Creative Arts - New Media Concentration

New Media Concentration Faculty

The New Media Concentration faculty and staff are dedicated to the academic and vocational success of their students. The faculty do what they teach. They are highly dedicated and talented individuals with national reputations in their fields.


Mark Berkey-Gerard
M.S. Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

Mark Berkey-Gerard teaches Online Journalism I and Online Journalism II. His research interests include news startups in the Philadelphia area and multimedia storytelling. He earned his M.S. from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.



Keith Brand
B.F.A. West Virginia University
M.Ed. Temple University

Keith Brand is an Associate Professor of Radio TV Film at Rowan University.  He teaches courses in Sound Communication and Radio Production. Mr. Brand has over 25 years of broadcast radio experience as host of Sleepy Hollow on WXPN FM in Philadelphia. 

He is also a freelance journalist, producing features for NPR's 'All Things Considered', 'Weekend Edition Saturday', and 'Justice Talking'.  Mr. Brand has also designed sound and music for Independence Seaport Museum exhibits and People's Light and Theater Company plays. In addition to his work as a creative artist, Mr. Brand is also a board member of the Association of Independents in Radio and PhillyCAM.


Drew Kopp
Ph.D. University of Arizona

Drew Kopp ( received his Ph.D in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona in 2009. His research interests include sophistic approaches to writing instruction, such as writing with new media (especially digital video), and using writing situations to examine and challenge everyday practices and values. Currently he teaches College Composition II, Writer’s Mind, and Evaluating Writing.

Dr. Kopp has recently published an article in the online journal Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy (fall 2010) entitled “Re-articulating the Mission and Work of Writing Programs with Digital Video.” As the lead writer, Dr. Kopp examines how using digital video to help students identify themselves as college writers may also serve to effectively represent the work of writing programs to the university community.

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Jonathan Olshefski
B.A. Temple University
M.F.A. Temple University

Jonathan Olshefski is an artist, web/interactive designer, photographer and filmmaker whose work strives to give voice to issues and themes concerning marginalized urban communities. His work has screened internationally at various film festivals and has also been picked up for broadcast. He is currently working on a variety of linear and non-linear creative projects while researching the potential for interactive documentary practices and formats to empower subjects and engage audiences in unprecidented ways. Professor Olshefski teaches Introduction to New Media and New Media Production.



Maria Simone, New Media Concentration Coordinator
B.A. Stockton College
M.A. University of Texas
Ph.D. Temple University

Within the New Media Concentration, Dr. Simone teaches Participatory Media (college elective) and the New Media Practicum (core capstone course). She also teaches Political Communication, Introduction to Communication Studies, and Senior Seminar in Communication Studies.

Dr. Simone's primary research agenda explores participatory media and democracy. She has published articles that look at the theoretical foundations of the public interest in media policy, citizen activists uses of the internet for achieving their objectives, and the ways in which governments rhetorically frame surveillance to gain compliance from citizens. She is currently investigating participatory media, such as YouTube and Facebook, and the ways in which this technology impacts citizen deliberation in the public sphere.

Simone maintains several web spaces, including a personal account of training and racing in marathons and ironman triathlons at You can find her on Twitter via @masteach (professional account) or @maslife (triathlon/running account).