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Faculty Accomplishments

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 ChuPetra ten-Doesschate Chu, Professor of Art History and Museum Studies

  • Presented a paper at Peking University in an international symposium entitled "Vividly Visualizing History," June 3-July 2. 
  • Presented three lectures at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, May 15-17, 2018. Visited numerous museums in Israel including Yad Vashem, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and the Museum of Art in Tel Aviv. 
  • Conducted graduate "Seminar Abroad" in the Netherlands, May 20-29. Ten students participated. We visited museums in Amsterdam, Delft, Haarlem, Leiden, and The Hague.
  • Completed a book manuscript on the 19th-century global art "entrepreneur" Daniel Cottier, together with Max Donnelly (Victoria and Albert Museum) and Andrew Montana (Australian National University), and submitted it to Yale University Press, Britain. 
  • Wrote a review of the exhibition "The Rockies and the Alps" in the Newark Museum, to be published in the spring issue of Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide. 

Paul Christiansen 1Paul Christiansen, Associate Professor of Music

  • Presented conference paper "Co je Janáčkovým největším odkazem?" [What is Janáček’s Greatest Legacy?] for the 34th Biennial Janáčkiana Conference, Ostrava, Czech Republic, May 2018.
  • Published essay "Planting (Political) Seeds in New Jersey: Nate Kleinman's 'Tractor' Political Ad," for the section "Making Trax in 2016 and Beyond" in the recent issue of Bulletin of the Society for American Music.
  • Selected to be a Seton Hall University Teaching Fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Dag GabrielsenDag Gabrielsen, Assistant Professor of Sound Production and Engineering

  • Was contracted by The Metropolitan Opera to edit the audio underscore for a TV spot promoting their new production of Samson et Dalila.
  • Produced and edited American Romantics II, a classical CD of nineteenth-century American works for string orchestra performed by The Gowanus Arts Orchestra on the New Focus Recordings label.  American Romantics II was recently featured on WRTI Philadelphia and is in rotation nationwide at stations including WFMT Chicago and WQXR New York.  New reviews in Fanfare, Gapplegate Classical Modern Music Review and Gramophone Magazine.

Photo of James KimbleJames Kimble, Professor of Communication

  • Co-curated (with Stephanie Haboush Plunkett) museum exhibition, Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms, finished its debut at the New-York Historical Society on September 2. It will re-open at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, on October 13 (where Kimble will be presenting a public lecture for the occasion). After Dearborn, the exhibition will travel to museums in Washington, DC, Normandy, Houston, Denver, and then (in 2020) to its Massachusetts home, the Norman Rockwell Museum.
  • Presented an invited lecture, "Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms" at the Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA) on September 8, 2018.
  • Researched and scripted three documentary shorts for the Enduring Ideals exhibition: The Atlantic Charter: Hope for a New World; FDR’s Four Freedoms; and Womanpower and the Fight for the Four Freedoms. All three will be showing throughout the exhibition’s run.
  • Presented an invited lecture, "Enduring Ideals: The Four Freedoms as Slogan and as Art" at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library (Hyde Park, NY) on June 16, 2018.
  • Presented a research paper, "Vectors, Propaganda Imagery, and the Problem of Left-Right Directionality: An Exploratory Analysis," at the Visual Learning Conference, Budapest, Hungary, April 2018.

Professor Angela Kariotis Kotsonis speaking on stage to the actors of the performance. Angela Kotsonis, Instructor

  • Selected as Curriculum and Program Director of the Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble. Its latest project, For the Sake of Our Bodies, was written by Kotsonis. The play is a culminating performance based on the experiences of teens and police working together in a ten-week interdisciplinary art and social justice workshop. The program is supported by the City of Elizabeth, HBO, The Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation and the Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble. 
  • Facilitated and directed New Jersey's only Intergenerational Theater Project, Seeds and Blooms, featuring participants aged 8 to 85. The program is produced by the African American Cultural and Learning Center and Elizabeth Youth Theater Ensemble in Elizabeth, NJ. 
  • Created of Say Word! a public speaking and communication workshop for school aged children produced by Art House Productions for students in Jersey City for the Department of Recreation. Say Word! was also presented in the Ethical Community Charter School funded by a community grant by Goldman Sachs. 

Kristen Koehler, Assistant Professor of Public Relations Kristen Koehler

  • Successfully led the Certification for Education in Public Relations (CEPR) re-certification process for the Undergraduate Public Relations program. Certification stands for six years and assesses current content and vision for the program. Seton Hall is one of only 39 programs worldwide to hold the certification.
  • Designed, implemented and evaluated a six-month leadership change management plan for Rahway Community Action Organization. 

Kathryn Lancioni, Faculty Associate in the Department of Journalism, Communication and Public Relations

  • Published book titled Communications Research with Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, September 2018.

William Pace, Faculty Associate of Digital Media Production William Pace

  • Short film "Third Party Witness" - written and produced as part of teaching Visual and Sound Media's Digital Cinema program -- selected for screening at Orlando Film Festival in October 2018.
  • Short film "Little Piggy" selected for screening at Orlando Film Festival in October 2018.

Matthew PressmanMatthew Pressman, Assistant Professor of Journalism

Jon RadwanJon Radwan, Associate Professor of Communication

  • Elected to serve as 2018-2019 Chair Pro Tem of the College of Communication and the Arts faculty body.
  • Presented "Communication, Media, and Contact: Munera and Natural Law in Humanae Vitae" at the annual convention of the Rhetoric Society of America in Minneapolis MN, June 2018.
  • Co-authored with colleague, Matthew Pressman, an article for the National Communication Association’s Current Commentary series titled "Fake News, Real Solutions: Journalism History and Pope Francis' Message for World Communications Day 2018." It was featured on the NCA homepage for two months (July to August 2018).
  • Invited to deliver a guest lecture on Rhetoric, Religion and Human Flourishing to the students and faculty of Lithuania’s LCC International University.
  • Essay co-authored with Ellen Gorsevski and Dale Cyphert entitled "Nelson Mandela's Rivonia Address: Sabotage as Rhetorical Contact" earned a spot as one of the Peace and Conflict Communication Division's top four competitive papers for the annual convention of the National Communication Association.

Lauren SchillerLauren Schiller, Professor of Fine Arts

  • Selected to be one of 11 U.S. artists to meet with 11 Chinese artists for a two-week three-city seminar, The Matter and Spirit, on contemporary art and culture conducted by the Nagel Institute in partnership with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the Lilly Network of Church-Related Colleges and Universities, June 15 to July 1, 2018.

Christopher Sharrett, Professor of Visual and Sound MediaChristopher Sharrett

  • Reviewed "Revisiting a Fistful of Dollars," CINEASTE, Fall 2018.
  • Reviewed "The First Purge: State of the Nation," Film International, August 2018.
  • Invited Speaker, "Hitchcock's Dies Irae." Best Video Film and Cultural Center, August 13, 2018.
  • Reviewed "Against All Doctrine: Andrei Tarkovsky in Retrospect," Film International, July 2018.

Courtney Starrett, Assistant Professor of Fine and Digital ArtCourtney Starrett 111 pic

  • Showcased a solo exhibition "Clever | Layer" in the Opie Gallery of the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City, Missouri August 3 - September 28, 2018. A second installation titled "Intersections," of work created with Susan Reiser (UNC-Asheville), will be exhibited in the Back Gallery October 5- November 30.
  • With co-authors Susan Reiser and Tom Pacio, had a paper accepted to Art Papers program of SIGGRAPH 2018 in Vancouver, BC. "Data Materialization: A Hybrid Process for Crafting a Teapot". The paper was published in Leonardo (Vol. 51, No. 4) from MIT Press and Starrett presented the talk at the conference.
  • Will travel to the Digital Content Expo of Japan in November as a representative of ACM SIGGRAPH. As Emerging Technologies chair, she will present an award to an installation of her choice. The installation will be invited to exhibit at SIGGRAPH 2019 in Los Angeles.


Ruth Tsuria Ruth Tsuria, Assistant Professor

  • Co-authored an edited book titled Media and Power in International Contexts: Perspectives on Agency and Identity with Williams, A. and Robinson, L. (Eds.) with UK’s Emerald Publishing, forthcoming publication November 2018.
  • Received position of book review editor at the Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture.
  • Interviewed and quoted in Open Democracy piece titled "US Evangelicals Targeted LGBT Young People with 'Dehumanising' Facebook and YouTube Ads," August 2018.

Photo of Jason TrammJason Tramm, Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities

  • Served as Music Director/Conductor for Bizet’s Carmen with the NY Opera Collaborative/Axelrod Center for the Performing Arts (Deal, NJ).  The modern setting of the classic opera included soloists from the Metropolitan Opera and other leading companies, September 15 and 16, 2018.
  • Named Conductor/Music Director of the Long Island Concert Orchestra. Conducted outdoor concerts at Morgan Park (Glen Cove, NY), July 1 and August 19, 2018.
  • Guest Conductor on the Summer Stars Orchestral Finale at the Great Auditorium (Ocean Grove, NJ).  I conducted a 70 piece orchestra and collaborated with Ronald Naldi, Tenor (Metropolitan Opera), Gordon Turk (Concert Organist) and Byung Kook Kwak, Violinist, August 2, 2018.
  • Named Music Director of the Taghkanic Chorale (Yorktown Heights, NY), a distinguished 50 voice community choral ensemble.
  • Finished twelfth season as Director of Music Ministries of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. Conducted for combined audiences of over 25,000 in the historic Great Auditorium (Ocean Grove, NJ).  Managed a professional music staff, leading the volunteer 125 voice Great Auditorium Choir, orchestral performances and a large oratorio performance.  

Wayne Vollweiler, Professor of Visual and Sound Media

  • Completed production of mini-documentary titled "This World We’re Living In"; Producer and director of "This World We're Living In." Film being prepared for entry into film festivals.
  • Ongoing production and recording of new music with Andre Lassalle, guitarist and composer.
  • Earned Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) with High Honors, Long Island University, May 2018.
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