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College of Communication - Radio, Television & Film

RTF Faculty & Staff

The Radio, Television and Film faculty and staff are dedicated to the academic and vocational success of their students. The faculty do what they teach. They are active media producers and scholars whose works have won BEA, Cine and Emmy Awards and have been screened at a wide range of media festivals. The faculty includes award-winning film and video makers, documentarians, media industry specialists, scriptwriters, published authors and internationally recognized scholars. Because they draw on many years of experience in their fields, they bring the real world into the classroom with them every day.

The faculty's professional connections open up outstanding opportunities for internships in radio and TV stations, media networks, production facilities, corporate media departments, and the local, regional and national film and video industry.


David Bianculli

David Bianculli is a guest host and TV critic on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. A contributor to the show since its inception, he has been a TV critic since 1975.

From 1993 to 2007, Bianculli was a TV critic for the New York Daily News.

Bianculli has written three books: Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (Simon & Schuster/Touchstone, 2009), Teleliteracy: Taking Television Seriously (1992), and Dictionary of Teleliteracy (1996).

An associate professor of TV and film at Rowan University in New Jersey, Bianculli is also the founder and editor of the online magazine, TV Worth Watching.



Joseph Bierman
B.A. Rowan University
M.F.A. New York University
Ph.D. Regent University

Dr. Bierman teaches Film Production 1, 2 and Advanced Filmmaking, Screenwriting, and Contemporary International Cinema.

His research interests are in film production theory and international film production practices, particularly in the former Soviet Union and Ireland. Dr. Bierman’s films have appeared in more than 40 film festivals and he has won the CINE award for two of his films "Araby" and "The Telltale Heart". His most recent film “The Open Window” had its premiere at the 2008 New Jersey International Film Festival at Rutgers University.



Sheri Chinen Biesen
B.A. University of Southern California
M.A. University of Southern California
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin

Professor Biesen is author of Blackout: World War II and the Origins of Film Noir (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005), described by American Historical Review as, "the most detailed and thoroughly researched interpretation of this era's American film noir." She has contributed to Film Noir Reader 4, Gangster Film Reader, Film and History, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Literature/Film Quarterly, Popular Culture Review, The Historian, Television and Television History, and edited The Velvet Light Trap.

She teaches American Film Directors, Film History II, Film Noir, Film Genres, Gangsters/NeoNoir, Film History I, and RTF Research & Criticism.



Keith Brand, Department Chair
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.



Tami Cortes, Department Secretary



Mike Donovan
B.A. New Jersey City University
M.A. New York University

Professor Donovan teaches courses in the history and business of television. In 2002 he was appointed to the endowed professorial chair created by a $1 million gift to the Radio/TV/Film Department from the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation. In 2006 he received the Distinguished Education Service Award from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA). His research interests include TV history, regulation and programming and he is a regular contributor to the website TV Worth Watching and serves as educational consultant to the King Family Foundation.



Ned Eckhardt
B.A. Colgate University
M.A. Case Western Reserve University

Professor Eckhardt teaches Applied Media Aesthetics,  Techniques of Documentary Filmmaking, Television Documentary Production, Advanced Television Production, and Television Program Packaging. He is an award-winning documentary maker. His latest documentary, "Seabrook Farms Remembered," was funded by the New Jersey Historical Commission. His book Documentary Production Handbook is published by McFarland Press. He is a founding member of the Documentary Working Group of the UFVA Association and a board member of the Downbeach Film Festival.



Carl Frandino
Grahm Jr. College
State University of New York at New Paltz

Carl Frandino has been practicing audio & video production for over 33 years. Serving at Rowan University for the past 31 years, Carl provides Rowan's College of Communication with engineering management, equipment repair and electronic maintenance. Carl continues to assists in the day-to-day operation of the video production studios and audio/video editing suites. Carl’s past accomplishments include supervising the design and installation of new TV studio sets, ETC studio lighting system, and upgraded digital effect and graphic systems in the Bozorth Hall Studios.


Ken Kaleta
B.A. Villanova University
M.A. Villanova University
Ph.D. New York University

Dr. Kaleta teaches Film History and Appreciation I and Movie Industry. He has written several books: David Lynch; Hanif Kureishi: Postcolonial Storyteller; Conversations with Hal Hartley; and With The Rich and Mighty: Emlen Etting of Philadelphia. He co-produces with Professor Mike Donovan the "Talking Pictures" series which brings working industry professionals to the College to speak to our students.

In addition, Dr. Kaleta continues to research independent film and video projects and installations.



Jonathan Mason
B.A University of Miami
M.F.A Columbia University (NY)

Professor Mason teaches Film Production 1 and 2, as well as Screenwriting. He has produced several award-winning features and shorts, and has served as a creative executive, script consultant, and script translator/adaptor for companies such as Miramax/Dimension, Belladonna Productions, Pathé International, as well as cultural institutions such as the Film Society of Lincoln Center and MoMA. in 2009, Mason co-founded Bullet Pictures, a New York-based production company whose films most recently screened at the Venice, Tribeca, Berlin, Toronto and New York Film Festivals.



Diana Nicolae
B.A. University of Bucharest
M.F.A.. University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Diana Nicolae is an accomplished documentary filmmaker with a diverse professional background. She has worked as a TV news reporter, a writer for BBC Radio, a creative director and writer, and as an advertising copywriter for Ogilvy & Mather.  Her documentary films have been screened in festivals and museums around the world, and are focused on uncovering neglected stories. Professor Nicolae teaches TV Production I & II; Documentary Film Production.



Sean O’Leary
B.A. in Communications – Glassboro State College, 1992
M.A. in Writing – Rowan University, 2005

Sean O'Leary is an award-winning independent filmmaker and independent publisher. He occasionally provides character voices for the animated web series “The Adventures of Dr. Shroud” and “The Hyrde” produced by Earworm Media.


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.



Christopher J. Winkler
B.A. Temple University
M.A. Syracuse University

Mr. Winkler is the Television Production Coordinator for the College of Communication and oversees scheduling and production in two television studios, several audio and video editing suites, and manages the operation and flow of field production equipment in and out of the RTF Equipment Room. He supervises student lab assistants and provides technical training for equipment operation. He also serves as advisor to the student-run Rowan Television Network.  Mr. Winkler has worked in various technical roles for Philadelphia-area production companies, and continues to work professionally as a freelance camera operator, editor and associate director for productions by the Philadelphia Phillies and NFL Films.


RTF Adjunct Faculty


Tara DiLullo Bennett

Tara is the author of more than 16 books about television and film making including the Lost Encyclopedia, Fringe: September's Notebook and The Art of 300. A graduate of Rowan's RTF program, she was a producer in public affairs television for almost a decade and now writes full-time for publications such as Total Film, SFX Magazine, SCI FI Magazine, Fandango and many more. At Rowan, she teaches writing for television classes and Media Aesthetics.



Mark Fields

Mark Fields has been an adjunct instructor at Rowan University since 1998, primarily teaching film history. In the early 2000s, Fields also co-curated several classic movie series with other faculty of the Radio-Television-Film Department. Fields has been film columnist for Out & About, an entertainment magazine in Wilmington, since October 2008. In addition to his movie reviews and sidebars, he has also interviewed filmmakers, including documentarian Harry Scherer and actress Aubrey Plaza. Fields’ previous film writing includes being film editor for Arts Insight Magazine; film critic for Hot Potato, a weekly entertainment newspaper; and on-air critic for WIAN-FM, a public radio station, all in Indianapolis.

An arts administrator by day, Fields has been the managing director of The Grand Opera House since December 2006. He earned a B.A. in Communication from DePauw University and a M.A. in Public Relations from Rowan University. Mark is very proud of his 22 minutes of national fame as an unsuccessful contestant on Jeopardy…though there were no film questions.



Joseph Greenberg

Joe Greenberg is a Class of '99 Rowan RTF grad and earned a Masters in Creative Writing from Rowan in '08. He's been with NFL Films in Mt. Laurel working in post-production since 2000 as well as being active in independent film production in the Philadelphia and NYC areas for over fifteen years.



Leo Kirschner
B.A. Glassboro State College (Rowan University)

Leo has been an award-winning Broadcaster, Producer and Voiceover talent for 20 regional Radio and TV stations, having created over 1,000 commercials throughout his 20 plus year career. He has also worked with the news departments of NBC's affiliates in Atlantic City and Philadelphia as a News Producer and Assignment Editor. When he's not behind a studio console, Leo is behind a piano as composer for a number theatre, television and film projects. Currently, Leo is the Interim Assistant Station Manager of Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM and instructs courses in Sound Communication and Radio Journalism.



Michael O'Reilly

Michael O'Reilly is a writer, composer and filmmaker. He is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA, PCA and the Pew Fellowships in the Arts and graduated from Temple University in 2000 with an MFA in Film and Media Arts. He is a multiple Emmy-award winning TV producer for his work on WHYY-TV's FRIDAY ARTS.