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Message from the Dean

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Located in the historic and scenic Hudson River Valley at Marist College, the School prepares students to live and work successfully in the global communication and arts environment.

The School of Communication and the Arts provides exciting educational opportunities to students from around the world. Students in the School's five academic programs are immersed in an integrated approach to the study and practice of communication and the arts through the exploration of theories and models associated with their field of study, and by the application of what they have learned in hands-on, real-world practice experiences.

Our innovative and talented faculty are dedicated to their disciplines and who excel in connecting with students to provide the highest quality educational experience.

I encourage you to learn more about the world-class educational opportunities available at Marist College and through the School of Communication and the Arts. Thank you for your interest!

Sincerely,

Dr. Lyn Lepre, Dean

Office Location: Lowell Thomas 134
Phone: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2684
Email: lyn.lepre@marist.edu

Degrees Held:

Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Florida
M.S. in Journalism from Ohio University
M.A. in English/Journalism from Miami University

Awards & Honors:

Faculty Member of the Year, 2010-2011, School of Communication and the Arts. Awarded by the Marist College Student Government Association.
Outstanding Teaching Award 2006-2007. Awarded by The College of Communication and Information, University of Tennessee.
Outstanding Teaching Award 2005-2006. Awarded by The School of Journalism and Electronic Media, University of Tennessee.

Publications:

Book

Catherine Luther, Carolyn Ringer Lepre, and Naeemah Clark, Diversity and US Mass Media. Wiley Blackwell, 2011.

Journal articles

Carolyn Ringer Lepre, _Getting Through: Reaching Students Who Need Career Counseling,_ Career Development Quarterly, Fall 2007.
Carolyn Ringer Lepre and Catherine Luther, _The Incorporation of Terrorism Coverage in Academic Journalism Programs,_ Journalism and Mass Communication Educator. Summer 2007.
Carolyn Ringer Lepre and Catherine Luther, _Teaching Students about Covering Terrorism: An Analysis of U.S. College Journalism Programs._ In Terrorism, Media, Society, Tomasz Pludowski (ed.), Poland: Collegium Civitas, 2006.
Carolyn Ringer Lepre and Glen Bleske, _Magazine Professors vs. Editors: Are We Teaching Students What They Need to Get Jobs in the Magazine Industry? Journalism and Mass Communication Educator (Summer 2005).
Carolyn Ringer Lepre, Kim Walsh-Childers, and Jean Chance, _Victims and Villains: The Framing of Health Care Systems Issues in Daily Newspaper Stories._ Newspaper Research Journal (Spring 2003).
Kim Walsh-Childers, Alyse Gotthoffer, Debbie Treise and Carolyn Ringer, _From _Just the Facts_ to _Downright Salacious:_ Teen and Women_s Magazines_ Coverage of Sex and Sexual Health._ In Sexual Teens, Sexual Media (2002), Jane Brown, Jeanne Steele, and Kim Walsh-Childers (eds.), Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., Publishers.
Carolyn Ringer and Julie Dodd, _Why Are They Communications Majors? Factors Influencing Students_ Career Decisions._ Community College Journalist, Summer 1999

Research Interests:

My research interests include: health communication, women and their representations in print media, women and their use of blogs and other new media, and journalism education in general.

Conferences & Workshops:

I am a member of the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, the Broadcast Educators Association, and the International Communication Association.

I am active in AEJMC and serve as a board member of the Magazine Division. I served as the division's Head during the 2010-2011 school year.

Affiliations:

Prior to coming to Marist College, I have worked as a professor at two other colleges:

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Assistant Professor, June 2004-January 2008

Responsibilities included teaching two classes per semester, including a graduate seminar in health and risk communication, a doctoral seminar in communication education and pedagogy, magazine writing and magazine production; student advising; conducting scholarly research; and participating in service to the department, college and university.

California State University, Chico, Chico, CA
Assistant Professor, August 2000-May2004

Responsibilities included teaching three to four classes per semester, including writing for the mass media, magazine feature writing, media law, media ethics, and advanced reporting; advising 40 to 50 students per semester; conducting scholarly research; and participating in service to the department, college and university.

My Professional experience includes the following:

Freelance Writer
December 1995-present

  • Articles published in Mary Engelbreit_s Home Companion, Women_s Day Holiday Baking, Martha Stewart Living, and Time Out New York; and on one of NASA_s official web sites, www.spacescience.com


Martha Stewart Living Magazine, New York, NY
Assistant Editor, August 1994-July 1996

  • Was responsible for writing, researching, and editing the Television Program Guide
  • Was responsible for writing and researching several articles per year
  • Wrote "Contributors" column each month
  • Acted as a liaison and troubleshooter between magazine and television staffs
  • Conducted research for future magazine articles

Martha Stewart Living Television, New York, NY
Researcher, August 1994-July 1996

  • Conducted research for future television segments for Emmy-winning weekly syndicated television show
  • Coordinated and edited closed-captioning

Martha Stewart Living Magazine, New York, NY
Editorial Assistant, August 1993-August 1994

  • Reported directly to the Editor
  • Conducted research for future magazine articles
  • Acted as a liaison between writers and editors
  • Performed general administrative duties

Modern Bride Magazine, New York, NY
Editorial Assistant, November 1992-August 1993

  • Wrote and edited articles for every issue
  • Conducted research and interviews for future articles

Athens City School District, Athens, OH
Public Relations Consultant, March 1992-November 1992

  • Worked as liaison between the school district and the community
  • Responsible for creating and publishing a quarterly newsletter, writing press releases, and working with internal communications

Southeast Ohio Magazine, Athens, OH
Guides Editor, March 1992-June 1992

  • Responsible for editing manuscripts, working with writers, and organizing and laying out the special _Guides_ section of the magazine

ELLE Magazine, New York, NY
Editorial Intern, May 1991-August 1991

  • Assigned to Features Department
  • Conducted research for articles, edited copy, and acted as liaison between editors and writers

Children's Television Workshop, New York, NY
Sesame Street Magazine and Parents' Guide
Editorial Intern, May 1991-August 1991

  • Assisted editorial staff in compiling articles, verifying editorial content, and editing and reviewing manuscripts

Presentations:

Carolyn Ringer Lepre, "This Shot Can Save Your Life (Or Can It?): The Framing of The HPV Virus in Teen, Parenting, and Women's Magazines," Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, August 2011, St. Louis, MO., TOP FACULTY PAPER, Second Place.
Carolyn Ringer Lepre, "Miracle Cure or Too Big a Risk?: The Framing of the HPV Vaccine in Teen, Parenting, and Women's Magazines", Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Midwinter Conference, Magazine Division, Norman, Oklahoma, March 2011. TOP PAPER WINNER.
Carolyn Ringer Lepre and Naeemah Clark, "Meeting Michelle: The Framing of a First Lady." 18th Annual Women & Society Conference, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York, October 2009.
Ken Levine, Naeemah Clark, and Carolyn Ringer Lepre, "Change: Young Voters Speak During the 2008 Presidential Primary Season." International Communication Association Annual Meeting, May 2009.
Carolyn Ringer Lepre, "It's a Private Matter: Teaching Journalism Ethics at a Four-Year Private College." Broadcast Educators Association, Las Vegas, NV, April 2009.
Carolyn Ringer Lepre and Naeemah Clark, "The Framing of a First Lady: A News Magazine Study." Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, August 2008, Chicago, Illinois, Magazine Division *TOP FACULTY PAPER, SECOND PLACE*
Carolyn Ringer Lepre, "Blogger, Heal Thyself: How Women Form Illness Narratives on Weblogs." Broadcast Educators Association, Las Vegas, NV, April 2008.
Cheryl Ann Lambert, Carolyn Ringer Lepre, Waylon Marcum, Jeremiah Massengale, and Scott Wells. "Obesity in the News: A Multi-Year Framing Analysis in Three News Magazines." International Communication Association Annual Meeting, May 2007.
Alexis Brekke and Carolyn Ringer Lepre, "Burned by Hot Coffee?: Parental Trust and Usage of the Video Game Rating System." International Communication Association Annual Meeting, May 2007.
Courtney Craig, Glenn Hubbard, Carolyn Ringer Lepre, Erin Jolley, James E. Miller, and Bernardo H. Motta, "Beastly Virus: An Analysis of The New York Times' Framing of Bird Flu Since 1997." Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences, Oahu, Hawaii, May 2007.
Carolyn Ringer Lepre, : "Blogging for Community?: The Uses and Gratifications of Health Blogs." Broadcast Educators Association, Las Vegas, NV, April 2007.
Carolyn Ringer Lepre and Catherine Luther, "Teaching Students about Covering Terrorism: An Analysis of U.S. College Journalism Programs" Paper presented at the Danish School of Journalism conference on Journalism after September 11th: A Challenge to Journalism Research, September 2005.
Carolyn Ringer Lepre, "Ladies with Power: 25 Years of News Magazine Coverage of the First Ladies' Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, August 2005, San Antonio, Texas, Magazine Division
Carolyn Ringer Lepre, "Teens and Contraception: Using Social Judgment Theory to Predict Young Adult Attitude Changes and Create Persuasive Campaigns," Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, August 2004, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Science Communication Interest Group
Carolyn Ringer Lepre and Glen Bleske, "Magazine Professors vs. Editors: Are We Teaching Students What They Need to Get Jobs in the Magazine Industry?" Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, August 2003, Kansas City, KS, Magazine Division
Carolyn Ringer Lepre, "The Heroic Leader and the Hapless Counselor: Were Secretaries of State William Rogers and Henry Kissinger Really the Men News Magazines Reported Them to Be?" Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, August 2001, Washington, DC, Magazine Division
Carolyn Ringer Lepre, "If We Build It, Will They Come?: Testing the Theory of Planned Behavior as a Predictive Model For Use in Determining How Career Counseling Centers Can Better Promote Their Facilities and Services," Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication, August 2001, Washington, DC, Public Relations Division ** Top Three Faculty Paper
Carolyn Ringer Lepre, "The Impact of a Persuasive Communication Campaign on Undecided College Student Attitudes, Beliefs, and Intentions to Seek Career Counseling," International Communication Association, May 2001, Washington, DC, Instructional and Developmental Communication Division
Carolyn Ringer Lepre, Kim Walsh-Childers, and Jean Chance, "Victims and Villains: A Framing Analysis of the Newspaper Coverage of Managed Care" International Communication Association, May 2001, Washington, DC, Health Communication Division
Kim Walsh-Childers, Jean Chance, Carolyn Ringer Lepre, and Leslie Mullen, "Missing Persons: Health Professionals and Consumers as Sources in Daily Newspaper Coverage of Health Issues," Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, August 2000, Phoenix, AZ., Science Communication Interest Group **Top Faculty Paper
Kim Walsh-Childers, Jean Chance, Carolyn Ringer Lepre, and Leslie Mullen, "Whose Voices? Health Professionals and Consumers as Sources in Daily Newspaper Coverage of Health Issues," AEJMC Southeastern Colloquium, March 2000, Chapel Hill, NC
Carolyn Ringer, "Searching the Horizon: The College Experience for Journalism and Mass Communication Undergraduates Who Are Undecided About Their Majors and Future Careers," International Communication Association, May 1999, San Francisco, CA, Instructional and Developmental Communication Division
Debbie Treise, Alyse Gotthoffer, Kim Walsh-Childers, and Carolyn Ringer, "Ten Years of Reproductive Health Advertising in Women's Magazines," American Academy of Advertising, March 1998, Lexington, KY
Carolyn Ringer and Julie E. Dodd, "Choosing a Media Career: Factors Influencing the College Student's Decision-Making Process,"Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, July 1997, Chicago, IL, Scholastic Journalism Division
Carolyn Ringer, "Magazine Coverage of Nancy Reagan: An Analysis of the Power of Words," Sixth Annual Research Conference of the Ohio University College of Communications, January 1992. **Top Four Student Paper

Miscellaneous:

A few of my other activities and presentations include:

Discussant, "Suds and Society: Parasocial Interaction and Soap Operas", Broadcast Educators Association, Las Vegas, NV, April 2009.
Panelist, "Starting a Student News Website." iConn (Intercollegiate Newsgroup) Annual Conference, January 2009.
Book reviews for Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Winter 2007. The Magazine from Cover to Cover, 2d ed. Sammye Johnson and Patricia Prijatel. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2007. 411 pp. $56.50 pbk. "Magazines: A Complete Guide to the Industry." David E. Sumner and Shirrel Rhoades. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., 2006. 224 pp. $25.95.
Book review for Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Winter 2006. The Magazines Handbook, 2nd Edition. Jenny McKay. London and New York: Routledge, 2006. 284 pp. $105.00 hbk. $29.95 pbk.
Panelist and moderator, "Starting up Student Magazines and Keeping them Going," AEJMC, August 2006, San Francisco, CA, Magazine Division.