CCRI's Communication and Film/Media program
ccri.edu/comm

Academics

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Communication and Film/Media at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI)

Past positions: Visiting Lecturer, CCRI; Adjunct Instructor, CCRI; Affiliated Faculty, Emerson College; Adjunct Instructor, Bridgewater State University; Media Instructor, Cambridge Community TV

Education

MFA Media Art, Emerson College

BA, Psychology, minor Studio Art, Skidmore College

Classes at CCRI

  • COMM-1000 Foundations of Video and Audio Production

  • COMM-2310 Sound Design & Production

  • COMM-1050 Mass Media Foundations

  • COMM-1005 Careers in Comm & Film

  • ENGL-2310 Intro to Screenwriting

  • COMM-2350 Motion Graphics for Communication

  • COMM-2300 Video & Media Editing

  • COMM-2100 Studio Produciton

  • FILM-2204 History of Film I

  • COMM-2500 Portfolio Capstone

Areas of Expertise

Film and media production, cinematography, directing, editing, screenwriting, animation, motion graphics; visual art; mass media history and theory.


Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Media art is a discipline that can be dominated by convention. While this can result in the dilution of distinct perspectives among artists, media conventions are only harmful when they are interpreted as rules—they can be quite valuable when embraced as foundations for creative risk. I seek to impart this philosophy on my students through demonstration of these conventions, scaffolded hands-on practice, informed experimentation, and critique. Deconstructing conventions also serves as a pathway to differing perspectives and styles, and a healthy skepticism about the prevailing canon of artistic work. This orientation fosters an environment that values individual experience and identity, two important aspects of meaningful, challenging art.