Liberal and Creative Arts Faculty

The entire MCC professional community – its faculty, staff and support areas – is committed to preparing our students to succeed in the classroom, in the workplace and in society.

MCC is proud of its faculty members who bring both academic and “real world” credentials into the classroom. Our faculty’s first priority is to teach and it shows in their ongoing interest in and support of their students’ educational, career and life goals.

Working with the faculty, our staff members are a ready resource for questions and are available to help students understand all that’s needed to complete their academic requirements.

Robert Brandt, Assistant Professor

Robert Brandt

Assistant Professor
Liberal and Creative Arts
A-212, MS# 19
860-512-2687
RBrandt@manchestercc.edu

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Manchester, CT 06045-1046

David Caldwell, Professor

Why I Like What I Do

"The course of my life is influenced by one fundamental privilege: teaching English at Connecticut's Community Colleges. Serving here at MCC amongst a diverse, bright, and motivated student population is the experience most responsible for any success as an educator I may claim."

David Caldwell

Professor
English Department
Liberal and Creative Arts
T-410, MS#19
860-512-2689
DCaldwell@manchestercc.edu

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Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Expertise

English Composition

Education

MA, Trinity College
BA, University of Connecticut

Experience

Manchester Community College
City College of San Francisco
Central Connecticut State University
Asnuntuck Community College
Tunxis Community College

Affiliations

Connecticut Coalition of English Teachers (CCET)
Two-Year College English Association (TYCA)

Patricia Carrigan, Associate Professor

Why I Like What I Do

"As a process, drawing is about direct and immediate communication. Drawing is a common language. For an artist, drawing is the first impression, the first mark made in response to the world around us. Teaching drawing enables me to share the process of finding one's voice through mark-making."

Patricia Carrigan

Associate Professor
Visual Fine Arts Program
Liberal and Creative Arts
D-106, MS# 19
860-512-2695
PCarrigan@manchestercc.edu

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Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Expertise

Drawing
Painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor, encaustic)
Mixed Media Collage

Education

MFA, University of Connecticut-Drawing and Painting
Art Education Certification, Hartwick College
BFA, Hartwick College-Studio Art and Art Education

Experience

Manchester Community College
University of Connecticut at Storrs

Affiliations

National Art Education Association (NAEA)
Connecticut Art Education Association
Foundations in Art Theory and Education (FATE)
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Fellow, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation-County Mayo, Ireland

Professional Website

http://www.patriciacarriganartist.com

Olivia Chiang, Associate Professor

Olivia Chiang

Associate Professor
Liberal and Creative Arts
D-230, MS# 19
860-512-2680
OChiang@manchestercc.edu

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Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Alina Ciscel, Professor/Program Coordinator for ESL

Why I Like What I Do

"As a non-native speaker of English, I know first-hand how hard it is to acquire a language and to achieve the kind of language proficiency that enables one not only to speak and write it but also to dream in it. That is why I became an ESOL teacher; I want to help others to start dreaming in English too."

Alina Ciscel

Professor/Program Coordinator for ESL
Liberal and Creative Arts
T-515, MS #19
860-512-3241
ACiscel@manchestercc.edu

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Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Expertise

ESL
Applied Linguistics

Education

MA, University of South Carolina, Linguistics
BA, Philology/TESOL, Moldova State University
Certifcate, Landscape Design

Experience

Manchester Community College
Multicultural Club Advisor, Manchester Community College
Goodwin College
Central Connecticut State University
International Language Training Center, Moldova

Affiliations

ConnTESOL
CSCU ESL Council

Lois Coleman, Professor

Why I Like What I Do

"Teaching is my vocation, resisted for years, but inescapable. It is exciting, challenging, interesting, frustrating, unnerving, wonderful, and exhilarating."

Lois Coleman

Professor
English Department
Liberal and Creative Arts
L-218c, MS# 19
860-512-2666
LColeman@manchestercc.edu

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Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Expertise

Composition
Literature (Introductory, American, African Diaspora)

Education

PhD, University of Connecticut-English
MS, University of Connecticut-English
BS, University of Connecticut-English

Experience

Manchester Community College
University of Connecticut
Eastern Connecticut State University
Three Rivers Community College

Affiliations

Modern Language Association (MLA)
Two-Year College English Association (TYCA)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Stephania Davis, Professor

Why I Like What I Do

"Journalism is one of the bedrocks of our society. It may change, evolve and grow, but it will never disappear. Students need to know how to be savvy media consumers and I enjoy helping them gain that skill."

Stephania Davis

Professor
Communications Department
Liberal and Creative Arts
A-211, MS# 19
860-512-2694
SDavis@manchestercc.edu

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Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Expertise

Print Journalism
Student Newspaper Advisor

Education

MS, University of Maryland-Journalism
BA, Howard University-English

Experience

Manchester Community College
The Hartford Courant
The Chicago Tribune
The Des Moines Register
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Affiliations

National Association of Black Journalists
College Media Advisers
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Jeanine DeRusha, Professor

Jeanine DeRusha

Professor
English Department
Liberal and Creative Arts
T-409, MS# 19
860-512-2670
JDeRusha@manchestercc.edu

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Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Expertise

Composition
Creative Writing

Education

MFA, University of Washington-Creative Writing
BA, University of Massachusetts-English

Experience

Manchester Community College
Poetry Club Advisor at MCC
Holyoke Community College
University of Washington
University of California,Berkeley

Affiliations

Two-Year College English Association (TYCA)
Connecticut Coalition of English Teachers (CCET)

Adrienne Dowd, Instructor

Adrienne Dowd

Instructor
Liberal and Creative Arts
L-218g, MS# 19
860-512-2677
ADowd@manchestercc.edu

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Office Hours

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Brett Eberhardt, Assistant Professor

Why I Like What I Do

Teaching is a wonderful, mutually beneficial experience and has made me a better painter.

Brett Eberhardt

Assistant Professor
Liberal and Creative Arts
A-244, MS# 19
860-512-2665
BEberhardt@manchestercc.edu

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Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Expertise

Painting
Drawing

Education

MFA, Syracuse University-Painting
BFA, Northern Michigan University-Painting and Woodworking

Experience

Manchester Community College
Western Illinois University
State University of New York at Potsdam
Maine College of Art

Professional Website

http://bretteberhardtpainting.com/home.html

Carolina Flores, Professor

Why I Like What I Do

The world without music would be a void. That is why I want to pass along to younger generations the joy and art of making and sharing music. Music communicates and transforms lives like no other art does.

Carolina Flores

Professor
Liberal and Creative Arts
D223, MS# 19
860-512-2640
CFlores@manchestercc.edu

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Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Expertise

Choral Conducting
Piano Performance
Music Ear-Training

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting, 2008 (The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, CT)
Master of Music in Piano Performance, 1996 (Manhattan School of Music, New York City)
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, 1993 (Manhattan School of Music, New York City)
Master of Musical Arts in Piano Pedagogy, 1990 (Royal Superior Conservatory of Music, Madrid, Spain)
Bachelor of Musical Arts in Music Education, 1988 (Superior Conservatory of Music, Zaragoza, Spain)

Experience

Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT: Associate Professor of Music
The Hartt Community Division, University of Hartford, CT: Artistic Director: Celesti sondato, an adult community chamber choir.
The Hartt School, University of Hartford, CT: Artist Teacher
St. Theresa Church, Trumbull, CT: Director of Music, Choral Director, and Organist
Professional choral singer (alto)
Artistic Director, Pioneer Valley Cappella Choir, Massachusetts
Choral Director, Notre Dame High School, West Haven, Connecticut
Associate Director of Music, United Girls Choir, CT
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI: Adjunct Faculty
Gateway Community College, CT: Adjunct Faculty
Guest lecturer, Manhattan School of Music, New York City, New York

Affiliations

President, CT American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), 2013-2015
President-Elect, CT-ACDA, 2011-2013
College and University Repertoire & Standards Chair for the ACDA-CT chapter, 2011
Women’s Choir Repertoire & Standards Chair for the ACDA-CT chapter, 2009-2011
American Guild of Organists (AGO)
Chorister’s Guild (CG)
National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

Sherie Gage, Educational Assistant

Sherie Gage

Educational Assistant
Liberal and Creative Arts
D-120, MS# 19
SGage@manchestercc.edu

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James Gentile, Professor

James Gentile

Professor
English Department
Liberal and Creative Arts
T-503, MS# 19
860-512-2667
JGentile@manchestercc.edu

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Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Expertise

American Literature
Early Western Literature
Composition and Developmental Writing

Education

PhD, Columbia University-English and Comparative Literature
MPhil, Columbia University-English and Comparative Literature
MA, Columbia University-English and Comparative Literature
BA, Columbia University-English Literature

Experience

Manchester Community College
Hartford College for Women
Columbia College at Columbia University
Fashion Institute of Technology
Administrative Experience Co-Director, Connecticut Poetry Circuit
Coordinator of Online Tutoring in Writing
Chair, Connecticut Community Colleges Center for Teaching
Chair and Co-Chair, Department of English
Faculty Advisor, Newman Society

Affiliations

Co-Chair, Connecticut Coalition of English Teachers (CCET)
State Representative, Two-Year College English Association, Northeast (TYCA NE)

Samantha Gonzalez, Associate Professor

Samantha Gonzalez

Associate Professor
Liberal and Creative Arts
T-308, MS#19
860-512-2664
SGonzalez@manchestercc.edu

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Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Jennifer Gutterman, Assistant Professor

Jennifer Gutterman

Assistant Professor
Liberal and Creative Arts
A-257, MS# 19
860-512-2673
JGutterman@manchestercc.edu

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Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Kimberly Hamilton Bobrow, Professor

Why I Like What I Do

"I enjoy teaching and all different kinds of life-long learning. Most recently, my family and I have been learning about permaculture and ways that we can sustainably farm our land. I have also had a long interest in innovative practices in hospice care. I enjoy falconry and long beach walks with my dogs. Most of all, I enjoy my two children, and, my husband, Marc."

Kimberly Hamilton Bobrow

Professor
English
Liberal and Creative Arts
T-516, MS# 19
860-512-2676
KHamiltonBobrow@manchestercc.edu

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Education

MA, Ohio University
BA, Skidmore College
Professor Hamilton Bobrow has completed doctoral work at Brandeis University. In additon to degree programs, Professor Hamilton Bobrow has earned certificates from the National Endowment for the Humanities; The School of Criticism and Theory at Dartmouth College; The Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard College; Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation Summer insight Initiative, and The University and College Labor Education Association Summer Institute.

Experience

Mahchester Community College
Yale University, Community College Faculty Fellow

Affiliations

New Faculty Development Consortium
Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU)
Connecticut Coalition of English Teachers (CCET)
Modern Language Association (MLA)
New England Educational Assessment Network

Albert Kim, Professor

Why I Like What I Do

"I am blessed to be able to merge my professional and media experiences with my passion for teaching at MCC. It is always gratifying to see MCC students successfully move into fields of radio, TV, production, public relations and the music recording industry. Many alumni tell me how much they fondly recall their experiences and classes at MCC."

Albert Kim

Professor
Communications Department
Liberal and Creative Arts
A-213, MS# 19
860-512-2797
AKim@manchestercc.edu

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Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Expertise

Radio/TV Broadcasting
Online/Distance Learning
Improvisation Comedy
All Things Star Trek/Star Wars
Fine Asian and Mexican Cuisine around Greater Hartford

Education

MS, Central Connecticut University-Organizational Management and Communication
BA, University of Connecticut-Organizational Psychology

Experience

Manchester Community College
Central Connecticut State University
Albertus Magnus College
Shorter College
1550 AM/WSDK-Morning Show Host/Assistant Program Director
Lite 100.5 FM/WRCH-On-air Talent
C-Media Promotions-VP National Radio Promotions and Business Development Faculty Advisor
ICE Radio (www.mcc.commnet.edu/ice)
Drama Club
Upper Room Fellowship Club

Affiliations

FCC Broadcaster License

Timothy Kussow, Professor

Why I Like What I Do

"This facility with which children satisfy their imagination is a token of the spirituality of their artistic concepts. The toy is the child's initiation into art, or rather, it is his initiation into its practical application, and when he has come to man's estate no perfect work of art will ever arouse in him the same warmth, of the same enthusiasm, of the same confidence." Charles Baudelaire, 1853

Timothy Kussow

Professor
Coordinator, Visual Fine Arts Program
Liberal and Creative Arts
D-134, MS# 19
860-512-2679
TKussow@manchestercc.edu

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Expertise

Sculpture
Welding
3 D Design
Visual Thinking-Problem Solving-Critical Thinking

Education

MFA, University of Wisconsin
MA, University of Wisconsin
Art Education Certification, University of Wisconsin
BA, University of Wisconsin

Experience

Manchester Community College, CT
Carroll College, Waukesha, WI
Madison Public Schools, WI
Orangeville Community School District -203, IL

Affiliations

College Art Association
International Sculpture Center
IAFF L4120-Mansfield Fire Department, CT

Professional Website

http://www.sculpture.org/portfolio/sculptorPage.php?sculptor id=1000840

Daniel Long, Professor

Why I Like What I Do

"I love photography and I love helping people realize their potential. Success is very tangible for art students-their art is hung on the wall at the end of the semester. Come to a MCC Student Arts Festival (every May and December) and see for yourself."

Daniel Long

Professor
Visual Fine Arts Program
Liberal and Creative Arts
D-224, MS# 19
860-512-2697
DLong@manchestercc.edu

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Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Expertise

Analog and Digital Photography
Adobe PhotoShop

Education

MA, University of Connecticut
MA, Purdue University
BA, Bennington College
Additional coursework at Rhode Island School of Design, International Center for Photography, Maine Media Workshops and Woodstock Center for Photography

Experience

Manchester Community College
Purdue University
Brown University
Bennington College

Affiliations

Society for Photographic Education
Griffin Museum of Photography
Art Photo Index

Professional Website

http://www.danielmosherlong.com

Rachel McNamara, Educational Assistant

Rachel McNamara

Educational Assistant
Liberal and Creative Arts
D-103, MS# 19
RMcNamara@manchestercc.edu

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Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Linsey Muldoon, Associate Professor

Linsey Muldoon

Associate Professor
Liberal and Creative Arts
T-514, MS# 19
860-512-2682
LMuldoon@manchestercc.edu

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Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Maura O'Connor, Professor

Why I Like What I Do

"Engaging in designed change, creating visual solutions, raising awareness and expanding consciousness connects me to humanity and the divine."

Maura O'Connor

Professor
Multimedia and Graphic Arts
Liberal and Creative Arts
T-312, MS# 19
860-512-2692
MOConnor@manchestercc.edu

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Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Expertise

Visual Communication and Design Thinking Strategies
Holistic Nutrition

Education

MFA, Vermont College-Visual Arts and Intermedia (Video Editing and Installation)
BFA, University of Hartford-Ceramics and Graphic Design
CHHC, Institute for Integrative Nutrition and SUNY, Purchase

Experience

Manchseter Community College
Public Access Television
Field Publications
"Weekly Reader"
Educational Newspapers

Affiliations

AIGA, Professional Association for Design
Design Observer
GOOD
IDEO, Design and Innovation Specialists
Independent Lens
MIT List Visual Arts Center
Social Design Site
TED, Technology, Entertainment, Design

Erin O'Neil, Academic Associate

Erin O'Neil

Academic Associate
Liberal and Creative Arts
L-219g, MS# 19
860-512-2663
EONeil@manchestercc.edu

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Gina Ocasion, Instructor

Gina Ocasion

Instructor
Liberal and Creative Arts
A-248, MS# 19
860-512-2685
GOcasion@manchestercc.edu

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Kate Oggel, Instructor

Kate Oggel

Instructor
Liberal and Creative Arts
D-129, MS#19
860-512-2693
KOggel@manchestercc.edu

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Lisa Sandoval, Assistant Professor

Lisa Sandoval

Assistant Professor
Liberal and Creative Arts
T-306, MS# 19
860-512-2678
LSandoval@manchestercc.edu

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Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Amy Shaw, Assistant Professor

Why I Like What I Do

"Everyone loves a good story, and by teaching English I hope to introduce students to some of the best stories in the world, open their eyes to the stories of their peers and communities, and help them harness the power of language to proudly tell their own stories."

Amy Shaw

Assistant Professor
Liberal and Creative Arts
L-218g, MS# 19
860-512-2672
AShaw@manchestercc.edu

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Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Office Hours

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Expertise

Rhetoric
Composition
Developmental English

Education

MA, Florida Atlantic University-Rhetoric and Composition
BA, University of Central Florida-English Literature

Experience

Manchester Community College
Middlesex Community College
Goodwin College
Florida Atlantic University

Deborah Simmons, Professor

Why I Like What I Do

"Through the music appreciation courses that I teach, I embrace the opportunity to aid in my students' deeper understanding and appreciation for music - all types of music. This will be the last opportunity for many of my students to study music. I envision these students as future civic leaders, school board members and supporters of the arts. As the coordinator of the Music Studies Program, I feel a steadfast commitment to the creation of a program that provides exceptional instruction that is accessible and affordable. To study music, one must work hard and develop the practice of self-discipline, but the outcome is an opportunity to study, create and engage in the music making process and pursue one's passion. I want the students at MCC to have this opportunity. I see these students as future music teachers, sound engineers, performers, church musicians, composers and music retailers."

Deborah Simmons

Professor
Coordinator, Music Program
Liberal and Creative Arts
D-235, MS# 19
860-512-2674
DSimmons@manchestercc.edu

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Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Expertise

Adult Learning
American Popular Music
Bass Guitar - Pop and Rock
Guitar - Folk and Contemporary Pop/Blues
Music Education
Music Therapy/Special Education
Piano Performance - Contemporary and African American Sacred
Sacred Music
Western European Classical Music

Education

EdD, Teachers College, Columbia University
MED, Teachers College, Columbia University
MA, Teachers College, Columbia University
BS, Winston-Salem University

Experience

Manchester Community College
Lewis Fox Middle School, Hartford, CT - Band Director and Music Teacher
Manhattan Psychiatric Center, NY, NY - Recreation Therapist and Supervisor

Affiliations

Connecticut Music Educators Association (CMEA)
Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society
Manchester, CT Arts Hall of Fame
Music Educators National Conference (MENC)
Society for Arts in Health Care (SAH)

Andrew Sottile, Associate Professor

Andrew Sottile

Associate Professor
Liberal and Creative Arts
T-406, MS# 19
860-512-2668
ASottile@manchestercc.edu

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Patrick Sullivan, Professor

Why I Like What I Do

"I love MCC, and I love working with the students here. I feel honored and lucky to be able to teach at this great institution. I began my academic career at a community college (Mohegan Community College in Norwich, Connecticut), and I try to give something back every day. I love teaching here."

Patrick Sullivan

Professor
English
Liberal and Creative Arts
T-509, MS# 19
860-512-2669
PSullivan@manchestercc.edu

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Manchester, CT 06045-1046

Expertise

Composition scholarship and theory

Education

PhD Program (ABD), University of Connecticut -English
MA, University of Connecticut - English
MA, Wesleyan University - Liberal Arts
BA, Eastern Connecticut State College - English
AA,Mohegan Community College

Experience

Manchester Community College

Affiliations

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

Steven Torres, Professor

Why I Like What I Do

"I love helping students find out what great thinkers like Shakespeare and Dante were writing about and how they can express their own thoughts clearly and with elegance."

Steven Torres

Professor
English Department
Liberal and Creative Arts
T-510, MS# 19
860-512-2696
STorres@manchestercc.edu

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Expertise

Writing
Introduction to Literature
American Literature
Introduction to Humanities

Education

PhD, CUNY, Graduate School and University Center-English
MPhil, CUNY, Graduate School and University Center-English
MA, CUNY, Queens College-English
BA, CUNY, Hunter College-English

Experience

Manchester Community College
Utica College
Yeshiva University
Bronx Community College
New York Public Library

Affiliations

Mystery Writers of America

Brion van Over, Professor

Why I Like What I Do

"Teaching allows me to challenge myself and my students to critically engage in the world around us, to rethink our assumptions, and try to create the kind of world we want to live in. Who wouldn't want to do that?"

Brion van Over

Professor
Liberal and Creative Arts
A-207, MS# 19
860-512-2645
BvanOver@manchestercc.edu

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Expertise

Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Environmental Communication
Communication Technology

Education

PhD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst-Communication, Culture and Social Interaction
MA, SUNY at Albany-Communication, Culture and Social Interaction
BA, SUNY at Oswego-Human Communication

Experience

University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Social and Environmental Research Institute
SUNY at Albany

Affiliations

National Communication Association (NCA)
International Environmental Communication Association (IECA)
International Communication Association (ICA)
Center for Communication and Sustainable Social Change (CSSC), Junior Fellow