The College of Communication and the Arts is home to many internationally recognized faculty. Our varied undergraduate and graduate programs are taught by experts in all relevant industries. Our faculty are comprised of performing artists, Pulitzer Prize winners, fine artists, museum curators, well-known authors, Fulbright Scholars, respected media critics, filmmakers and award winning designers.
Our professional faculty are guided by the understanding that students benefit from the study of theory, but that the application of real-life industry experience from a mentor with first-hand knowledge is invaluable.
As you’ll see below, our faculty are always on the move. Here are some of the most recent accomplishments by Communication and the Arts’ faculty.
Petra ten-Doesschate Chu, Professor of Art History and Museum Studies
- Co-authored and edited (with Jennifer Milam, University of Melbourne), Beyond Chinoiserie: Artistic Exchange between China and the West during the late Qing Dynasty (1796-1911). Leiden: Brill, 2018.
- Authored chapter, 'Vingt ans après…Réflexions sur la publication des lettres de Courbet,' in: Yves Sarfati, Thomas Schlesser, and Bertrand Tillier, eds., La Correspondance de Courbet—20 ans après (Paris: Les Presses du réel, 2018), pp. 16-32.
- Presented keynote speech on "Siemiradzki's Rome" at the International Symposium, Henryk Siemiradzki and the International Artistic Milieu in Rome, Polish Academy in Rome, November 7-9, 2018.
- Presented paper on "The Art of Liao Shiou-Ping (廖修平): A Case Study of the Intersection and Fusion of Chinese and Western Fine Arts in 20th-Century Taiwan" at "International Conference on Inheriting, Expanding and Constructing Chinese Contemporary Art History," Art College, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China, December 8-9, 2018.
- As Managing Editor of Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, edited fall issue (17,2) with Terra-Foundation sponsored article on the art gallery in the Lenox Library in New York.
Paul Christiansen, Associate Professor of Music
- Published a scholarly review of Christopher Doll, Hearing Harmony: Toward a Tonal Theory for the Rock Era (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2017) in Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 75/2, 313-16, December 2018.
- Chaired a panel entitled "Alt-Ac to Alt+Ac: Redefining Musicology Careers in the Twenty-First Century" for the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society in San Antonio, Texas on November 2, 2018.
- Appointed a member of the Board for the Discipline of Music Theory and Pedagogy for Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic.
Gretchen Hall, Instructor of Theater
- Volunteered with colleague, Christopher Aurilio, during a improv workshop with Team Walker on December 11 and 13, 2018 with 4-5 students, leading 24 middle school students through improv games and ending with a big Christmas sing-along to celebrate the season.
- Produced and directed a short radio drama for WSOU titled, My Friend, Irma: The Christmas Episode, which will air a week before Christmas as well as on Christmas Day, December 2018. Seton Hall students voiced the characters, and there is even a cameo by Dean Deirdre Yates!
- Created a group called The Pirate Players through my Storytelling in the Community course in the Fall 2018 semester. Seton Hall students worked with South Orange Middle School (SOMS) 8th graders who have very little experience with theatre. We created original scenes and performed them at SOPAC on December 3, 2018. The show went so well that Principle Irby of SOMS requested an encore, performed on the stage at SOMS on December 10, 2018. Received tremendous feedback from the school requesting that the course continue next fall.
Kenneth Hoffman, Professor of Communication
- Thirty of his self-produced Vietnam street portraits and war photographs will be on display during exhibition titled "A Salute to Veterans and Vietnam" at the Gallery Space in Rahway, New Jersey from December 4, 2018 to January 2, 2019. A 15-minute video featuring the photographs accompanied by dramatic voiceover readings selected from written commentaries by soldiers who served in Vietnam and their families will also be showing.
James J. Kimble, Professor of Communication
- Published a chapter, "The US home front: Archetypal opposition and narrative casting as propaganda strategies in World War II," in Martin J. Medhurst's edited collection World War II and the Cold War: The Rhetoric of Hearts and Minds: Vol. 8. A Rhetorical History of the United States (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2018).
- Published an op-ed in Time magazine, "Everyone was wrong about the real 'Rosie the Riveter' for decades. Here's how the mystery was solved."
- Delivered the keynote address at the Seton Hall University Faculty Convocation, "Hazard zet Four Freedoms," September 2018.
- Delivered an invited lecture, "The endless search for Rosie the Riveter," at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park, Richmond, CA, December 2018.
Christine Krus, Professor of Art and Design
- Awarded two Silver Medals, International Davey Awards, for Ernest in Love and Steel Magnolias theatre posters.
- Awarded two Gold Medals, International Communicator Awards, for Ernest in Love and Steel Magnolias theatre posters.
- Awarded Silver Medal, International Communicator Awards, for Christmas Cabaret theatre poster.
- Awarded two Rose Gold Medals, International Muse Awards, for Christmas Cabaret and Steel Magnolias theatre posters.
Kathryn Lancioni, Faculty Associate in the Department of Journalism, Communication and Public Relations
- Presented guest lecture at Cornell University titled, "Branding and its Critical Role in Public Relations."
- Conducted webinar with Cornell Entrepreneurship titled, "Branding and Corporate Identity: What It Means and Why It Matters."
- Co-authored blog with Cornell Entrepreneurship on Branding and Corporate Identity.
- Hosted guest lecture at iLearn Charter School System's Parent/Student Symposium titled, "Insights and Techniques for Making A Positive First Impression."
- Provided pro-bono public relations support for Spring Lake Toys' Annual Gala Luncheon Fundraiser benefitting medically fragile children.
Christine Lhowe, Assistant Professor of Art and Design
- Awarded Best in Show for Web Design by New Jersey Communications, Advertising and Marketing Association's Astra Awards.
- Awarded the American Graphic Design Award for excellence in poster design by Graphic Design USA.
- Review of Designing Disability: Symbols, Space, and Society by Elizabeth Guffey published in the Journal of Design History.
- Participated in group-invitational exhibition "NOW" in the Eichold Gallery of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. The show was on display from October 1 to November 3, 2018.
William Pace, Faculty Associate of Digital Media Production
- Attended Orlando Film Festival to present two short films -- "Little Piggy" and "Third Party Witness" -- and held Q&A sessions for them. "Little Piggy" nominated for Most Outrageous Short.
- Wrote, produced and directed gothic romance/horror short film "Blood & Tears."
Matthew Pressman, Assistant Professor of Journalism
- Published first book, On Press: The Liberal Values That Shaped the News (Harvard University Press), November 2018.
- Wrote a book review for The Washington Post of Marvin Kalb's book Enemy of the People, November 29, 2018.
- Wrote a column about the history of objectivity in journalism for Time.com, November 5, 2018.
- Wrote a feature about the film A Private War for VanityFair.com, November 1, 2018.
Jon Radwan, Associate Professor of Communication
- Appointed to serve as Director of SHU's Institute for Communication and Religion.
- Appointed a member of SHU Catholic Studies program faculty.
- Presented "Prophetic Rhetoric and Natural Rights: MLK's Mountaintop Address" to SHU Core Faculty Training Seminars on October 4-5, 2018.
- Served as mentor for the Scholars' Office Hours session at the annual convention of the National Communication Association in Salt Lake City, November 9, 2018.
- Submitted a manuscript entitled "The Phenomenon of Rome: On Roads, Refugees, and Teilhard de Chardin" for a proposed book called Writing Rome: Spiritual Reflections on Travel. Kelly Shea ed.
- Consulted with McGraw Hill and Pearson Publishing on online textbook materials for Communication courses.
Christopher Sharrett, Professor of Visual and Sound Media
- Authored "Notes on Pablo Larrain," Film International, November 2018.
- Interviewed by Blake Howard, "One HEAT Minute" podcast (Sydney, Australia), October 25, 2018.
Courtney Starrett, Assistant Professor of Fine and Digital Art
- Presented a keynote talk titled "Art Object and Plural Realities" and participated in a panel discussion on the "Future on Art and Content" in the SIGGRAPH session at the Digital Content Association of Japan and InterBEE conference in Tokyo, November 2018.
- Invited to speak at the Art Department at the University of Kansas, October 2018.
- Exhibiting in the juried exhibition "Craft Forms 2018" and the invited exhibition "Cast: Art and Objects: both at Wayne Art Center in Wayne, PA December 8, 2018 through January 26, 2019.
- Invited to speak about artwork at the Kingston Arts & Action Meet up in Kingston, New York, December 2018.
Gregory Stevens, Faculty Associate of Museum Professions
- Co-facilitated Leadership Forum at the 2018 annual conference of the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH), exploring museum leadership and equity issues, fostering leadership at all levels, and managing career transition. Attended sessions on social media marketing, telling difficult truths in museums, and diversity and inclusion in museums. Tested ideas with museum leaders about student core competencies in museum professional training programs, September 2018.
- For the second year, served as invited panel reviewer for the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County (MD) Arts Integration Residencies grant program, October 2018.
- Coordinated and hosted events for visiting delegation of 20 Chinese artists and scholars from the China Federation of Literary and Art Circles. Events included a tour of the Walsh Gallery current exhibitions, David Freund - Gas Stop: Culture and Tom McGlynn: Standards; and presentations on curatorial practice in the U.S., a survey of the U.S. museum field, and an overview of the M.A. in Museum Professions program, November 2018.
- Invited reviewer for proposal for a book, A Practical Guide for Emerging Museum Professionals: Chasing Your Passion, Museum and Heritage Studies division of Routledge Books, Taylor & Francis Group, London, November 2018.
Gloria Thurmond, Senior Faculty Associate of Music
- Presented an Advent program entitled "Advent through the Ages presented through Scripture and Song" for the congregation of the St. Joseph's Church in Maplewood, New Jersey, November 29, 2018.
- Soprano soloist in selections from Handel's "Messiah," Schubert's "Mass in G," and in German Christmas Carols in a concert at the Westfield Presbyterian Church with the Schwäbischer Sängerbund of Clark, New Jersey, December 2, 2018.
- Guest of Msgr. Lawrence Frizzell for his WSOU radio broadcast in an interview on my paper entitled "The Angelic Song of Peace," December 6, 2018. The paper, which is published in the Seton Hall University e-repository Library, Fall 2018, reflects my participation in 2018 Faculty Summer Seminar facilitated by Msgr. Frizzell on the Vatican II Document "Nostra Aetate." The interview with Msgr. Frizzell also will include discussion on the Institute for Communication and Religion, and on my new course "Music as a Global Doorway to the Sacred," which I created for the Institute for Communication and Religion.
- Soprano soloist for the Christmas Concert at St. Joseph's Church in Maplewood, New Jersey, December 16, 2018.
Ruth Tsuria, Assistant Professor
- Forthcoming publication, "The Space Between Us: Theorizing Online Interreligious Dialogue," in Religion: Special Issue of Digital Interreligious Dialogue, 2019.
Catherine Zizik, Associate Professor of Communication
- Will serve as reviewer for the Summer and Fall 2019 issues of Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, a publication of the Association for Business Communication.
- Panelist/Participant on "Nuancing an Inclusively Diverse Classroom," concurrent session, International Conference of the Association for Business Communication in Miami, Florida, October 2018.
- Presentation titled, "The Diversity Menu Pitch Assignment," International Conference of the Association for Business Communication in Miami, Florida, October 2018.