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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.

Paul Christiansen 1Paul Christiansen, Associate Professor of Music

  • A new book, Orchestrating Public Opinion: How Music Persuades in Television Political Ads for US Presidential Campaigns, 1952-2016 is slated for release at the end of November 2017 by Amsterdam University Press.
  • Has article "An American Tune by a German Composer: How Paul Simon's 'American Tune' Creates Meaning through Borrowing" forthcoming this fall in the next issue of the peer-reviewed Czech and Slovak Journal of Humanities, a special musicological issue on music and popularity.
  • Has been invited by the chair of the American Musicological Society's Committee on Career-Related Issues to be a panelist for the panel "Interviewing and Career Trajectory" for the Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society in Rochester, NY, 11 Nov. 2017
  • Has been asked by the Czech Science Foundation to judge several 2017 grant proposals in musicology.

Petra ChuPetra Chu, Professor of Art History and Museum Studies

  • Visiting Fellow at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, June 2017. Contributed to work on book manuscript on Daniel Cottier.
  • Taught two courses in Sichuan University's summer "Immersion Institute," a program in which around 150 professors in all disciplines from universities across the world are invited to Chengdu, China, to offer an intense summer program to Sichuan University students, July 2017.
  • Co-wrote and received a grant of $50,000 from Terra Foundation for Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide for a series of digital humanities articles on American Art.
  • Together with Jennifer Milam (University of Sydney), finishing editing a book titled Beyond Chinoiserie: Artistic Relations between China and the West during the late Ching Dynasty, 1795-1911. This book is currently under peer review with Brill Publishers, Netherlands.

War Bonds James J. Kimble , Associate Professor of Communication

  • Published "Mrs. Jekyll Meets Mrs. Hyde: The War Advertising Council, Rhetorical Norms, and the Gendered Home Front in World War II" in the Western Journal of Communication, volume 82.
  • Conducted research at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library, and Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library.
  • Presented public lectures on "World War I and the Legacy of Propaganda" at the Seward Public Library (Seward, NE, June 2017) and on "Comics as Propaganda: The Roosevelt Administration and the Cartoon War" at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library (Hyde Park, NY, June 2017).
  • Participated in a panel discussion, "Is Norman Rockwell’s Vision of America Gone Forever?" at the Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge, MA, August 2017).
  • Serving as Associate Director in Seton Hall University’s Leadership Initiative.

Kristen Koehler , Assistant Professor of Public Relations Kristen Koehler

William Pace , Faculty Associate of Digital Media Production William Pace

  • Won "Excellence in Fiction Short Filmmaking" for short film "Little Piggy" at the August 2017 University Film & Video Association annual conference.
  • Short film "Pezzovonante" (Big Shot) selected for Orlando Film Festival, screening in October 2017.

 Christopher Sharrett, Professor of Visual and Sound MediaChristopher Sharrett

  • Published "The Function of Film Criticism at Any Time" in Film International Online, May 2017.
  • Published essay on "Blow-Up" in CINEASTE Vol. 42, No. 4.
  • Published "Cineaste in Another City", in CINEASTE, Vol. 42, No. 4.
  • Reviewed "Beatriz at Dinner" at Film International, July 2017.

Jason Tramm, Assistant Professor and Director of Choral ActivitiesJason Tramm

  • Featured Guest Conducting Artist, Narnia Arts Festival, (Narni, Italy). Conducted two fully staged performances of Puccini's Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica with an international cast. Conducted Pergolesi's Stabat Mater in the 11th century Chiesa di Santa Maria Impensole. Conducted a chamber choir concert at Chiesa di Santa Maria Impensole that included two SHU Alumni and two current students. Conducted a concert of arias and ensembles with chamber orchestra at the Palazzo Petrignani (Amelia, Italy).
  • Completed his 11th season as Director of Music Ministries, Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, (Ocean Grove, NJ, June-September 2017.) Planned and conducted the 63rd Annual Choir Festival an event with an 800 voice choir and over 4,000 in the audience, conducted and planned the Sacred Masterwork (Saint-Saens Christmas Oratorio, Op. 12 and Dubois Seven Last Words of Christ) with the Adelphi Chamber Orchestra, Great Auditorium Choir and professional soloists. Directed the choir in weekly rehearsals and church services with nationally renowned preachers. Conducts for over 40,000 people during the course of a season.
  • Summer Stars Classical Music Series, Conductor, (Great Auditorium- Ocean Grove, NJ, August 2017.) Conducted the concert, "Orchestral Legends," works programmed were Boellmann Symphonic Fantasy, Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Op. 35 (Christine Kwak, soloist) and Horatio Parker Organ Concerto, Op. 55. Performance reviewed by NJ Stages.
  • Count Basie Youth Opera Academy, Music Director/Conductor, August 2017. Conducted Krasa's Brundibar and Villanueva's Friedl at the Count Basie Theater (Red Bank) and the Grunin Center (Toms River, NJ) with students ranging from ages 10-17.
  • Verdi's La Traviata, Axelrod Performing Arts Center (Deal, NJ, September 2017) and Opera American National Headquarters, (Manhattan, August 2017). Served as Conductor/Producer for this professional production. Reviewed by the Huffington Post.

Ruth Tsuria, Assistant ProfessorRuth Suthria

  • First author on a paper published in The Communication Review titled "Approaches to Digital Methods in Studies of Digital Religion", 2017.
  • Invited book chapter in a volume on Religion and the Internet.
  • Completed a co-authored book chapter on Judaism and digital media, to be published in Mediatized Religion in Asia – Studies on Digital Media and Religion, 2018.
  • Co-Authored an encyclopedia entry, published in Online around the World: A Geographic Encyclopedia of the Internet, Social Media, and Mobile Apps, 2017.
  • Awarded the Tiffany Hunnicutt Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the Department of Communication, Texas A&M University.
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