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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.


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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.

 

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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.

 

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

Dr. Sheri Chinen Biesen is a Cinema professor, Film Historian and author of books, Blackout: World War II and the Origins of Film Noir and Music in the Shadows: Noir Musical Films at Johns Hopkins University Press. American Historical Review described her work as “the most detailed and thoroughly researched interpretation of this era’s American film noir.” She has contributed to BBC documentary The Rules of Film Noir, Turner Classic Movies, Film and History, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Film Noir: The Directors, Film Noir Reader 4, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Film Noir: The Encyclopedia, Gangster Film Reader, Literature/Film Quarterly, Popular Culture Review, The Historian, Television and Television History, The Big Lebowski Fan Phenomenon, and Public Enemies in the Warner Bros. Gangster Collection.

Dr. Biesen teaches Film History, American Film Directors, and Film Noir.

 

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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.

 

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Tami Cortes, Department Secretary

Prior to coming to Rowan, Mrs. Cortes was employed with the New Jersey State Casino Control Commission as a secretary for 24 years in the Enterprise License Bureau with the License Division. Mrs. Cortes also worked for the state of New Jersey, Office of the Public Defender in Mays Landing, New Jersey.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

Judith Lancioni
B.A. College of New Rochelle
M.A. Ohio University
Ph.D. Temple University

Dr. Lancioni teaches RTF Research and Criticism, Images of Women in Film, and Television Program Packaging. She has published articles on The Civil War, Billy Elliot, Desperate Housewives, Survivor, and Star Trek. She also edited Fix Me Up: Essays on Television Dating and Makeover Shows.

Her research interests include the films of Ken Burns, reality television, documentary theory, gender issues in film and television, the science fiction genre, and magical realism.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.


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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.

 

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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


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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.

 

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Scott Burkhardt

Scott Burkhardt attended Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts where his thesis film, The Assastant, won the 20th Century Fox/Farrelly Brothers Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Award, the Student Choice Award for Best Writing and was nominated for a Student Academy Award. Scott was a writer on the NBC one hour drama, Smash, and is currently developing two half hour comedies for "television". His screenplay, Slipstream, was a Nicholl Fellowship Quarterfinalist.

 

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Christopher Fernando

Christopher Fernando is completing his first feature film and teaches production and theory. He received an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University.

 

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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.

 

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Derek Jones

Derek Jones is the Station Manager of Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM, Rowan University’s campus radio station. Jones is the play-by-play radio voice of Rowan University Football and also serves as an adjunct instructor for Radio Production in the College of Communication and Creative Arts. He is a graduate of Rowan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree as a Radio/TV/Film major and earned a Master of Arts degree in public relations.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Jason Molloy

Jason is a proud graduate of the UCLA MFA program in Screenwriting and Rowan University. He is a card-carrying member of the Independent Writers Caucus of the Writers Guild of America and is an honored recipient of the Carl David Memorial Fellowship, the Ron Baham Fellowship in Comedy, and the Milton Sperling Fellowship for Excellence in Screenwriting. He is a judge for UCLA's Professional Program in screenwriting and may be the only person in the world who has interned for both "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."

 

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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.

 

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Paul Perrello

Paul is a veteran broadcaster who has been keeping residents in the Delaware Valley up-to-date on the news and traffic affecting their lives for more than three decades. He is an award winning communicator who has been honored by the Philadelphia Press Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Communicator Awards and the March of Dimes with its Achievement in Radio awards. Paul has been an adjunct instructor at Rowan since 2007 teaching Sound Communication and the Radio Industry and is host of the monthly Studio 89.7 on Rowan Radio 89.7, WGLS-FM.

 

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Erika Tsuchiya-Bergere
BA. Social Anthropology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK.
MA. Photography, Sir John Cass School of Design, London Metropolitan University, UK.

Erika comes from a Fine Art and Anthropology background. She worked as video editor and content creator at Musion Systems, a holographic projection company, in London, UK, and is currently signed to Puzzlebox Records in Detroit as a vocalist and VJ. Her work is part of the Photographic Youth Music Cuture Archive [PYMCA], and she has exhibited and performed in venues and galleries in the UK and US.