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School of Communication and the Arts

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School of Communication and the Arts Faculty

At the core of the educational experience at Marist is our distinguished faculty.  Offering both sterling educational credentials and deep professional experience, these talented men and women are deeply dedicated to the education and development of our students.  The members of Marist’s faculty share their knowledge with our students, mentor and encourage them, challenge them to think in new ways, collaborate with them on high-level research, and help them become career-ready.  We hear from countless alumni who reflect back on the significant impact their professors had and continue to have on their lives.  Each and every day, Marist’s faculty prove not only that outstanding teaching and outstanding research can go hand-in-hand, but that great teachers have a lasting impact on their students.

Dean, School of Communication and the Arts

Lyn Lepre
PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Florida
MS in Journalism from Ohio University
BA in English/Journalism from Miami University

Art & Digital Media Department

Anne Bertrand-Dewsnap
Lecturer of Core Art History 
PhD in Art History, University of Pittsburgh
MA in Art History, University of Pittsburgh
BA in Art History, Smith College (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa)

Donise English, Chair
Professor of Studio Art and Coordinator, Interior Design, Florence campus
MFA in Painting, Bard College
BS in Art History, SUNY New Paltz

Matt Frieburghaus
Associate Professor of Digital Media
MFA, Computer Art, Syracuse University
BFA, Animation, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
AFA, Graphic Communication, St. Louis Community College

Joyce Yu-Jean Lee
Assistant Professor of Art and Digital Media
MFA, Maryland Institute of College Art
BA in Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Richard Lewis
Professor of Art/Academic Coordinator of Art Programs and Director, MA in Museum Studies, Florence Campus
MFA in Painting, University of Michigan
BFA in Visual Arts, SUNY College at Purchase

Dan McCormack
Senior Professional Lecturer of Art
MFA in Photography, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
BS in Photography, Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology

Ed Smith
Professor of Art and Art Gallery Director
MFA, Columbia University
BFA, Pratt Institute

Communication Department

Kathleen Boyle-LaBarbera 
Senior Professional Lecturer of Advertising
MBA in Marketing, Iona College
BA in Communications with specialization in Journalism, Iona College

Amanda Damiano
Assistant Professor of Communication
PhD in Communication, State University of New York at Buffalo
MA in Media Studies, Syracuse University
BS in Public Relations and Journalism, Utica College

Joanna D’Avanzo
Professional Lecturer of Advertising
BFA in Advertising Design, Fashion Institute of Technology

Jen Eden, Chair
Associate Professor of Communication
PhD, Arizona State University, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication
MA, Northern Illinois University, Department of Communication

LoriBeth Greenan
Professional Lecturer of Public Relations
MS in Public Relations & Corporate Communication, New York University
BA in Marketing, Bryant University

Qihao Ji
Assistant Professor of Communication
PhD in Mass Communication, Florida State University
MA in Communication Studies, Bowling Green State University
BA in Journalism, Nanchang University

Kevin Lerner
Assistant Professor of Communication/Journalism
PhD, Journalism and Media Studies, Rutgers University
MS, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
BA, University of Pennsylvania

Kathleen McNulty
Professional Lecturer of Journalism and Communication
MA in Communication, Marist College
BA in Communication, Marist College

Jennifer Robinette
Assistant Professor of Communication and Public Relations
PhD in Communication & Information Studies, University of Kentucky
MA in Communication Studies, Marshall University
BA in Political Science with a Communication minor, Marshall University

Shannon Roper
Associate Professor of Communication and Coordinator of Global IMC, Florence Campus
PhD in Communication/Computer-Mediated Communication and Gender Identity, Rutgers University
MA in Communication Arts, William Paterson University
BA in Communication/Public Relations & Advertising, Marist College

Leander Schaerlaeckens
Professional Lecturer of Sports Communication and Assistant Director, Center for Sports Communication
MA in Broadcast Journalism and Public Affairs, American University
BA in Print Journalism and Economics, City University in London

Subir Sengupta
Associate Professor of Advertising and Director, Integrated Marketing Communication Graduate Program
PhD in Mass Communication, University of Georgia
MA in Journalism, University of Georgia
BA in Economics (Honors) and Mathematics, Jadavpur University

Wenjing Xie
Associate Professor of Communication
PhD in Journalism and Public Communication, University of Maryland College Park 
M.Phil, Hong Kong Baptist University
MA, Shandong Univeristy, P.R. China
BA, Shandong University, P.R. China

Fashion Department

Rebecca Brown
Professional Lecturer of Fashion Merchandising
BS in Apparel Marketing, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

DooRi Chung
Professional Lecturer of Fashion Design 
BFA, Parsons School of Design

Stephanie Conover
Professional Lecturer of Fashion Merchandising 
MBA, Fordham University
BS in Family and Consumer Sciences, Western Illinois University

Radley Cramer
Director, Fashion Program and Director of MS Global Fashion Merchandising in Paris and Academic Coordinator for Fashion Program, Florence Campus
BS, Empire State College

Jennifer Finn
Professional Lecturer of Fashion Merchandising & Entrepreneurial Studies
BS in Fashion Buying and Merchandising, State University of New York at Plattsburgh

Melissa Halvorson
Professional Lecturer of Fashion Merchandising & Sustainability
MAT in History, SUNY New Paltz
BA in International Studies, University of Washington

Jodi Hartmann
Senior Professional Lecturer of Fashion Merchandising 
BS, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Juan-Manuel Olivera-Silvera
Professional Lecturer of Fashion, Internship Coordinator, and Marist in Manhattan Director
Leonard De Vinci Arts Appliqués, Villefontaine, France
École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré, Paris France

Jamie Perillo
Senior Professional Lecturer of Fashion Design
BFA in Fashion Design, Fashion Institute of Technology

Molly Reddish
Assistant Dean, School of Communication and the Arts and Professional Lecturer of Fashion
MBA, Grace College and Seminary
BS in Merchandising Management, Michigan State University

Sonia Roy
Distinguished Professional Lecturer of Fashion Design & Merchandising
MFA in Fashion Design, Academy of Art University
BFA in Fashion Design, Parsons School of Design

Richelle Valenzuela
Professional Lecturer of Fashion Design 
MFA in Fashion Design, Academy of Art University
BFA in Painting, San Francisco Art Institute

Veleta Vancza
Professional Lecturer of Fashion Technology
MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art
BFA, State University of New York, New Paltz
AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology

Film, Television, Games & Interactive Media Department

Dan Amernick
Assistant Professor of  Media Arts
PhD in Mass Communication, Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University
MA in Media Studies, Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University
BA in Mass Communication, Emerson College

Jeff Bass
Senior Professional Lecturer of Media Arts
MS in Computer Science, University of Chicago
MA in Communication, Regent University
BFA in Theatre, University of Illinois

Sue Lawrence, Chair
Assistant Professor of Media Arts
PhD in Speech and Dramatic Arts, Radio/TV/Film, University of Missouri-Columbia
MA in Speech and Dramatic Arts, Radio/TV/Film, University of Missouri-Columbia
BJ in Broadcasting, School of Journalism, University of Missouri-Columbia

Philip Scepanski
Assistant Professor of Media Arts
PhD in Screen Cultures, Northwestern University
MA in Film and Television, University of California, Los Angeles
BS in Radio, Television, and Film; Northwestern University

Karen Schrier
Associate Professor of Games/Interactive Media and Director of the Games and Emerging Media Program
EdD, Columbia University
MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BA, Amherst College

Adam Zaretsky
Professional Lecturer of Media Arts 
PhD in Integrated Electronic Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
MFA in Art and Technology, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
BFA in Art Studio, University of California at Davis

Music Department

Art Himmelberger
Distinguished Lecturer of Music, Director of the Music Department, Director of Instrumental Music, and Director of Bands
MAEd in School Administration, Temple University
BMA, University of Michigan School of Music
BME, University of Michigan School of Music

Sarah Williams
Senior Lecturer of Music and Director of Choral Activities
MM in Opera Performance, SUNY Binghamton
BM in Vocal Music Performance, University of North Texas