My Bio

I was appointed Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Directed Engaged Learning at Robert Morris University in September 2014, a position I held for three years until the Center was shuttered. I joined the Robert Morris faculty in August 2012 after spending seven years at Point Park University and two years teaching at Texas Tech University.

I earned my PhD from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in 2004. I also hold a MA in journalism from Ohio State University and a BA in sports information from the University of Southern California.

I like to tell my students the following on the first day of class: “I don’t treat my classrooms like classrooms. I treat them like newsrooms. And I don’t consider you to be students. I think of you as journalists.”

That means I encourage my students to discuss what they think of the job the media are doing, and I expect them to be aware of what is happening in the news.

Before moving into higher education, I spent almost 13 years in the broadcast industry as a reporter and producer. I worked in southern California and Ohio in both radio and television and covered numerous news and sports events during those years.


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