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As a full time professor, I perform a variety of service activities for the university, the public and professional organizations. A partial list of my most significant service is below.

Journalism Department Interim Department Chair: 2013-2014.  Duties included: scheduling classes and supervising work of five other journalism professors, hiring and evaluating adjunct professors, managing departmental budget, coordinating and writing a major departmental program review, creating and shepherding a top-to-bottom curriculum revision through various university committees, chairing two faculty search committees, and other administrative tasks.

Quinnipiac Faculty Senate “Curriculum Review Committee”: Fall 2015-Spring 2020 Committee Chair (Fall 2017-Spring 2019) and Vice Chair (Fall 2016-Spring 2017) The Curriculum Review Committee (CRC) is charged with reviewing and recommending / not recommending courses that seek to be added to Quinnipiac’s University Curriculum. My term as CRC chair coincided with a much heavier than average workload for the committee, due to the senate-mandated re-certification of all UC courses by the end of the 2017-2018 academic year. If we didn’t complete our work, those courses would fall out of the UC starting in the 2018-2019. In all, under my leadership, the committee reviewed 200+ courses. More than half hadn’t previously been UC courses. Additionally, during my time as CRC chair, we had to review dozens of UC courses seeking Intercultural Citizenship and Responsibility (I-course) status. Since incoming freshmen and transfer students are required to take at least one I-course over their time at Quinnipiac, we needed to have a substantial number in place before freshmen registration began in June 2018.

School of Communications Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC): Fall 2016-Present Committee Chair (Fall 2016-Spring 2017 and Fall 2018-Present) The UCC is responsible for approving new courses or changes to existing courses within the SoC. As a member and three-term chair of the UCC, I led the committee through a number of significant actions and changes.

External Reviewer for St. Bonaventure Jandoli School of Communications: December 2020 Invited by the school’s dean to serve as a state-mandated external reviewer for proposed new graduate programs in multimedia journalism and sports journalism. In that role, I reviewed the proposal and wrote recommendations for the school and the state of New York about its quality, feasibility, and market demand for the program and graduates.

“The Art of Podcasting” Online Pre-College Summer Program: Summer 2020 Developed the concept, wrote the curriculum, prepared the lessons and assignments, and co-taught two ten-day online summer podcasting camps for middle and high school students. The work was done as part of a pilot program for expanded summer outreach to high school students and under served communities, as part of the university’s strategic plan.

Inaugural Podcasts for the Quinnipiac University Podcast Studio: Fall 2019 I was asked me to produce three podcast episodes to serve as the “launch episodes” for the newly formed Quinnipiac University Podcast Studio.

“Introduction to Podcasting” Presentations at the Danbury, Connecticut Public Library: January 14, 21, 28, February 4, May 8, 15, 29, June 5, October 2, November 6, and December 4, 2018, and January 8, October 7, November 4, and December 9, 2019. I hosted more than a dozen workshops on podcasting for the general public on the dates below. For each, I prepared a presentation and guided members of the community through the basics of producing their own shows in two-to-three hour sessions. More recently, they invited me to create additional specialized sessions on “Podcasting for Small Business Owners” and “Advanced Podcasting.”

Journalism Contest Judge (Reoccurring): I have served as a judge for professional journalism contests for organizations such as the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards, the BEA’s Festival of Media Arts, the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists and the Connecticut Press Club.

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