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School of Arts & Communication

Name Faculty Level/ Title Primary Dept Highest Degree(s) Research/Interests Other Information
Anita Allyn Assoc. Art Art History M.F.A., School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Interdisciplinary arts, combining photography, video, animation and print; media culture and its numerous manipulations and permutations; media temporality, cultural memory, media landscape Her photography and installation works have been exhibited at such venues as The Tate Modern, London, National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow, Russia, International Photography Biennial, Columbia, South America.
Chris Ault Assoc. Interactive MM Master's, ITP at NYU Teaching, research and creative efforts span a range of subjects, from internet art to user experience design to digital media production and literacy. He is also a consultant in the area of web accessibility. Previously, Ault was a researcher and adjunct professor in NYU's pioneering Interactive Telecommunications Program.
Carolina Blatt-Gross Assist. Art Art History Ph.D., University of Georgia Using an interdisciplinary lens to understand the arts as an inherent human propensity, her scholarship explores the role of formal education in supporting or suppressing students’ artful natures. Her research has been published in Studies in Art Education, The Journal for Learning through the Arts and The International Journal of Education and the Arts. Her most recent research is on the potential of community art to foster social bonds.
Alan Brooks Assist. Art Art History MFA, Long Island University Prof. Nyman has worked over the years in prominent design studios, an ad agency and a major publishing company. In 1990 Prof. Nyman teamed with a colleague to form Nyman Nouri Associates, Inc., a graphic design and professional photography studio.
Terry Byrne Assoc. Communication Studies M.F.A. Film and television production, history and criticism; Irish and Eastern European cinemas He has been teaching at TCNJ for more than twenty years, prior to which he worked as a production designer and producer on many theatre, television and film projects in New York, London and Dublin. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon
Chung ("Fanky") Chak Assoc. Art Art History M.F.A., University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana Visual arts: graphic design and photography Serves as the Graphic Design Coordinator. In graphic design, his primary research interests include font design, typography, iconography, the historical development of the design profession, and photographic communication.
Michael Covello Assist. Art Art History M.F.A., University of South Florida Covello is an internationally exhibiting contemporary artist who creates paintings, works on paper, site-specific installations, videos, and audio work. In 2016, Covello was nominated by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for an award and exhibition, and was also selected for the Florida Biennial in Boca Raton. In 2015 he was one of ten artists selected for the Orlando Museum of Art’s Florida Prize.
Paul D'Angelo Prof. Communication Studies Ph.D., Temple U Mass media theory, communication research He is the author of many articles, papers and book chapters focusing on news analysis and the roles of the press in contemporary society.
Keli Fazio Prof. Communication Studies Ph.D., Penn State How individuals and spouses communicate during marital and health-related stressors, most recently related to infertility, post-partum depression, and perinatal loss; communicative practices for eliciting and providing quality social support She has publications in outlets such as Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Communication Monographs, Journal of Applied Communication Research and Family Issues and she has over 25 papers presented at regional, national, and international conferences.
Lois Fichner-Rathus Prof. Art Art History Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology History, Theory, and Criticism of Art She has authored grants, contributed to books, written exhibition catalogues and published numerous articles in professional journals including ARTS Magazine and The Print Collector’s Newsletter. Her textbook, Understanding Art (Cengage) is in its 9th edition.
Gary Fienberg Assist. Music Ph.D., U of Pittsburgh Trumpet He serves as an Area Coordinator for Brass. He is a trumpeter whose experiences range from the great concert halls of Europe to the orchestra pits of Broadway. His performance interests cover the complete range of possibilities for a contemporary trumpeter
Joshua Fishburn Assist. Interactive MM MFA, U of Denver Research focuses on videogames as creative expression; has presented and written on the connection between audio and visual movement in games, the expressive power of networks in games and art.
Neal Galloway Visit. Assist. Art Art History M.F.A., University of Arizona Neal Galloway is a conceptual artist who addresses the normalcy of over-consumption and the perception of belongings by highlighting a relationship with our environment that is ultimately shaped and materially affected by this consumption. His artwork takes many forms but are most often manifested as sculptures, installations, or time-based artworks. Galloway has an active and ongoing exhibition record and he has shown a wide range of art at venues across the country including Muse Gallery.
Belinda Haikes Assist. Art Art History Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University Research focuses on the landscape of digital and social relationships; how technology, its history and its potential can manifest cultural changes; how human relationships are formed through technology and how to leverage that for design communication.
Wayne Heisler Assoc. Music Ph.D., Princeton U Historical and cultural studies in music; art music and popular culture from the late-19th through 20th centuries and beyond, including opera, ballet, and musical theater, collaborations between composers and choreographers He serves as an Area Coordinator for Historical and Cultural Studies in Music. His work appears in the Journal of the American Musicological Society, The Musical Quarterly, The Opera Quarterly, and The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2nd ed.).
Susan Hickman Assoc. Music D.M.A., University of Illinois Voice She serves as an Area Coordinator for Choral/Vocal. She was a TCNJ Exchange Professor to Universität Frankfurt from 1992 – 1993. She has also been a faculty member of the New Jersey Governor’s School for the Arts since 1993.
Yifeng Hu Prof. Communication Studies Ph.D., Penn State Effects of new media and emerging technologies in health communication She has published peer-reviewed articles in Communication Research, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Electronic Journal of Communication, Atlantic Journal of Communication, and Open Communication Journal
Deborah Hutton Assoc. Art Art History Ph.D., U of Minnesota Relationships between art, identity formation, and intercultural exchange in Islamicate South Asia between the 16th and early 20th centuries; Indo-Islamic art, but she teaches a range of courses covering the arts of Central, South, and East Asia Her most recent research project, undertaken jointly with Deepali Dewan, Senior Curator at the Royal Ontario Museum, looked at the work of the celebrated late 19th-century Indian photographer, Raja Deen Dayal.
Lorna Johnson-Frizell Assoc. Communication Studies M.F.A. Documentary, television production, African Americans in film She is a filmmaker and mother whose previous works have been screened at film-festivals  within the US, including the New Orleans Film Festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival and Women in the Director’s Chair as well as internationally.
Hetty Joyce Assist. Art Art History Ph.D., Harvard U Discovery and influence of ancient painting and decorative arts from the Renaissance She has an extensive list of publications and presentations (
Tomoko Kanamaru Assoc. Music D.M.A., University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music Piano She serves as an Area Coordinator for Keyboards. As a versatile recitalist, concerto soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative artist, Japanese pianist Tomoko Kanamaru has garnered the respect of musicians and the acclaim of critics.
Kenneth Kaplowitz Prof. Art Art History M.F.A., Rutgers U Photo I, Art Photography, Digital Photography, Documentary Photography Drawing, Figure Drawing and Experiencing Art Coordinates the Experience Art program. Exhibiting in many media, his works include drawings, photographs, sculpture, and prints and is in numerous museum collections. He has exhibited in the US, Europe and Russia and with over 21 one-person exhibitions.
John Kuiphoff Assoc. Interactive MM Master's, NYU Web development, interactive art and physical computing He is a developer and designer who specializes in web development, interactive art and physical computing. His previous experience working in Instructional Technology has led to the development of the "Social Syllabus" project.
Lisa Lajevic Prof. Art Art History Ph.D., Penn State Her research interests include arts integration and teacher education She serves as the Arts Education Coordinator. Prior to teaching art education courses and supervising student art teachers at Penn State, she was employed as an art teacher in an arts-infused elementary school near Pittsburgh, PA.
John Leonard Assist. Music D.M. Indiana University Choral studies He serves as the Director of Choirs. At TCNJ, he has led and prepared the choral ensembles in performances both on and off campus including multiple performances at Lincoln Center as the resident American choral ensemble with Project Hand-in-Hand.
Elizabeth Mackie Prof. Art Art History M.F.A, U of Maryland Interface between science and art, the interpretations of stories and images transformed and recontextualized She serves as the Fine Arts Coordinator. In addition to her M.F.A., she also holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Salisbury U. She was awarded fellowships including, 2012 Individual Artist Fellowship in Photography, New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
Nicholas McBride Assist. Music Ed.D., Colombia University Voice
Robert McMahan Prof. Music D.M.A., Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins U Accordion He serves as an Area Coordinator for Musicianship. He is a recognized authority on the American composer, Carl Ruggles, and has published articles in American Music, Sonneck Society Bulletin, New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and New Grove Dictionary of Music
Teresa Marrin Nakra Assoc. Interactive MM Ph.D., MIT Music technology She serves as an Area Coordinator for Music Technology. She is an internationally recognized expert in the field of Music Technology, with specializations in Computer-Human Interfaces, Music Perception, and Affective Computing.
William Nyman Assist. Art Art History
John Pollock Prof. Communication Studies Ph.D., Stanford Health Communication, Human Rights, Journalism, International Communication, Mass Communication, and Research Methods He taught at Rutgers University and the City University of New York (Queens College) and has conducted research in India and Latin America (Colombia), serving as director of the Latin American Institute at Rutgers. Dr. Pollock serves on five editorial boards
Susan Ryan Assoc. Communication Studies Ph.D., New York University Documentary production, community media, Latin American film and video, and theories and criticism of film and television In addition to teaching and writing, she has also worked for more than a decade in film and television production producing programs that have aired on PBS, NBC, Turner Classic Movies, the Disney Channel, and the Lifetime cable channel.
Philip Sanders Prof. Art Art History Digital arts; interactive multimedia He is a digital artist, educator and curator. His first interactive computer gallery installations were in 1979; exhibitions include SIGGRAPH, ISEA, Boston CyberArts, Images du Futur, the Kitchen, the Knitting Factory and the Alternate Media Center.
Colleen Sears Assist. Music Ed.D., Music Education Music education; equity and access in music education; uncovering and examining gendered stereotypes that exist inside the music classroom and within the professional community She serves as an Area Coordinator for Music Education. She brings 10 years of public school teaching experience and a background in educational research to the music faculty at The College of New Jersey. She has taught general and instrumental music
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Mark Thompson Term Assist. Interactive MM Masters Degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program Particular areas of interest are creative computing in science, technology, art and mathematics, as well as social entrepreneurism. He is a co-founder of Smith & Thompson and, and has held the position of Chief Technology Officer at RappDigital and OgilvyInteractive. He has consulted for the American Museum of Natural History and the New York Hall of Science.
Liselot Van der Heijden Assoc. Art Art History M.F.A., Hunter College Control and power of the gaze and ‘Nature’ as a cultural/political idea and anthropomorphic projection She produces installations, videos and photographs. Over the past decade, she has exhibited at various institutions throughout the US and Europe. Recently her work was shown at the New Museum and the Queens Museum in New York and Smart Project Space in Amsterdam
David Vickerman Assist. Music D.M.A., The Peabody Inst. Instrumental studies; actively pursuing concepts and ideas that focus on bringing the concert music medium to new audiences He serves as the Director of Bands. A fervent advocate for contemporary music, he has conducted numerous premieres including world premieres with the Wind Ensemble, Great Noise Ensemble, and a ballet with Ballet Fantastique in Eugene, OR
Gary Woodward Prof. Communication Studies Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh Political communication, rhetorical theory, theories of persuasian A native of Colorado, he has taught in England as well as in the United States, and has undertaken research supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and The College of New Jersey at the LBJ Library and the JFK Library
Kathleen Webber Assist. Journalism and Professional Writing M.A., New York University Sustainable and ethical fashion practices in the garment industry and the effort to bring a segment of garment manufacturing back to the U.S. She spent 10 years as a magazine writer in New York writing about the fashion industry for W magazine and Women’s Wear Daily. In Philadelphia, she helped launch Philadelphia Style magazine in 1999 and still contributes to it regularly.
Emilie Lounsberry Assoc. Journalism and Professional Writing M.A. Columbia University Journalism Ethics, Impact of Science on the Law, Criminal Justice Issues She was a longtime staff writer at The Philadelphia Inquirer, where she specialized in writing about the American legal system and covering trials, did investigative projects and wrote about issues in the criminal justice system.
Kim Pearson Assoc. Journalism and Professional Writing M.A., New York University Her research on computing diversity and civic engagement has garnered support from Microsoft and the National Science Foundation. Her writing about race, religion, and sexuality have appeared in many freelance outlets and in her weblog, Professor Kim’s News Notes. Pearson regularly offers courses on Race, Gender and the News, Future of the News, and Writing for Interactive Multimedia
Donna Shaw-Bielski Assoc. Journalism and Professional Writing M.S. Columbia University Impact of money and politics on medical research She earned Biotechnology Fellowships at the University of Maryland’s Knight Center for Specialized Journalism and at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University, she earned her Master of Science in Journalism