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College of Communication - New Media Minor

New Media Minor Faculty

The New Media Minor 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.



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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.


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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 (kopp@rowan.edu) 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, New Media Minor Coordinator
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, New Media Production, New Media Production 2, and New Media Practicum.

Intro to New Media website: http://olshefski.org/intro/

New Media Production website: http://olshefski.org/production/

New Media Practicum website: http://olshefski.org/practicum/


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Lisa Marie Patzer

MFA Temple 2014

Lisa Marie Patzer is a new media professional who has studied and produced web, video, and multimedia art and communications professionally since 2001. Lisa Marie earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Film and Media Arts, with an emphasis on interactive and new media technologies, from Temple University. Through her artistic practice, she explores the influence that new media telecommunications, electronics, and sciences have had on the individual and the public sphere. With the use of interactive sensors and physical computing devices, Lisa Marie designs interactive video installations and online interactive net art projects. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including, but not limited to, ISEA 2015, Vancouver; Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia; ICA, Philadelphia; Eyedrum, Atlanta; Victory Media Plaza, Dallas; The Lab, San Francisco; and the Bunt Port Theater, Denver. Lisa Marie is also the Director of Web Communications for the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative (PPI) at the University of Pennsylvania. As Director of Web Communications, she develops, manages, and executes web and social media content for Penn Wharton PPI. By fostering online access to economic research at the University, Penn Wharton PPI strives to strengthen the connections between faculty, students, alumni, journalists, and policymakers.


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Rachael Shaprio

Rachael Shapiro teaches Writing, Research, and Technology and Intro to Writing Arts. She works with students to develop their rhetorical flexibility across a range of writing spaces and genres, focusing on questions of social and political relevance. She has taught developmental, freshman, critical research, professional, and digital writing classes both online and face-to-face, in addition to years of writing center work. Her research centers on digital literacies, feminism, and globalization. Her work has appeared in Computers and Composition Online, The Basic Writing eJournal, Literacy in Composition Studies, and Reflection.


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Maria Simone
B.A. Stockton College
M.A. University of Texas
Ph.D. Temple University

Within the New Media Minor, Dr. Simone teaches Participatory Media (college elective) and the New Media Practicum (core capstone course). She also teaches Political Communication, Introduction to Communication Studies, Digital Communities, 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 http://www.runningalife.com. You can find her on Twitter via @masteach (professional account) or @maslife (triathlon/running account).

Email: simone@rowan.edu