Our Faculty - Communication Studies

Our Faculty

Faculty Profiles

  • Arthur Lizie Jr.

    Arthur Lizie Jr.
    Professor and Chair of Communication Studies
    Maxwell Library 215J
    Tel:
    508.531.2170
    Degrees

    BA, University of New Hampshire
    MA, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    PhD, Temple University

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  • Jabbar A. Al-Obaidi

    Jabbar A. Al-Obaidi
    Professor of Communication Studies
    Maxwell Library 215K
    Tel:
    508.531.2187

    Dr. Jabbar Al-Obaidi is Professor of Media Studies and Communication Technologies. Currently, Professor Al-Obaidi serves as the Academic Director of Global Programs in the Dr. Minnock Institute for Global Engagement at Bridgewater State University (BSU). Previously, he served as the Chairperson of the Communication Studies Department and the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies. In addition to his extensive teaching and administrative experiences in the US, he taught in Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, United Arab Emirates and China. Professor Al-Obaidi ‘s administrative contribution, scholarly work, and teaching cover curriculum and programs, management and leadership, assessment, pedagogy, online learning communities, instructional technology, intercultural communication, and media in the Middle East. He also produces and hosts a television program and documentary films. He organized and participated in numerous workshops and training sessions in the area of intercultural communication, professional development, curriculum assessment, online learning and teaching, and institutional strategic development. Dr. Al-Obaidi initiated and facilitated the implementation of academic international partnership with many universities in the Middle East. He led study abroad programs, undergraduate research, and internship in various countries including Jordan, Morocco, the UAE, and Qatar. He also works closely with student clubs to promote collaboration and diversity integration, and intercultural communication.

    Degrees

    BA, Baghdad University
    MAE, University of Hartford
    PhD, The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

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  • Lisa Bergson

    Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.1348
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  • Jessica Birthisel

    Jessica Birthisel
    Associate Professor of Communication Studies
    Maxwell Library, Room 215F
    Tel:
    508.531.1824

    Jessica Birthisel, PhD, is an associate professor who teaches and researches in the areas of journalism, newswriting, multimedia storytelling, digital media, popular culture and representations of gender, race, sexuality, and class in the media. A former journalist, she's always loved writing, and in addition to her academic scholarship in feminist media studies, she continues to write journalistic articles and also self-publishes contemporary romance novels. When not teaching, writing or engaging in campus service, she's likely to be hanging out with her husband and four sons, taking (or teaching) a Zumba class, cooking, baking, crafting, staying up way too late reading, or adding washi tape and stickers to her planner.

    Areas of Expertise

    Gender, media, journalism, critical cultural studies

    Degrees

    BA, Grand View University
    MA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    PhD, Indiana University

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  • Jason Edwards

    Jason Edwards
    Professor of Communication Studies
    Maxwell Library 215E
    Tel:
    508.531.2791

    Jason A. Edwards is Professor of Communication Studies and a Research Fellow with BSU’s Center for Democratic Governance and Leadership. His research focuses on presidential communication, U.S. foreign policy, and global political issues. He is the author of Navigating the Post-Cold War World: President Clinton’s Foreign Policy Rhetoric, and co-editor of The Rhetoric of American Exceptionalism: Critical Essays, and The Rhetoric of Civil Religion: Symbols, Sinners, and Saints. Additionally, he has authored over forty articles and book chapters appearing in journals such as Rhetoric and Public Affairs, Advances in the History of RhetoricCommunication Quarterly, Southern Journal of Communication, Presidential Studies Quarterly, International Journal of Communication and The Howard Journal of Communications. He has been recognized as a Distinguished Research Fellow by the Eastern Communication Association. He is currently working on an edited collection that focuses on apologies for historical injustices and a book that examines the rhetorical contours of America’s role in global affairs.

    Degrees

    BA, Concordia College
    MA, North Dakota State University
    MA, Minnesota State University
    PhD, Georgia State University

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  • Maria Hegbloom

    Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
    Maxwell Library 215H
    Tel:
    508.531.1414
    Degrees

    BA, MA (Boise State University)
    PhD, University of Colorado at Boulder

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  • Christina Hodel

    Christina Hodel
    Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.6503

    Christina Hodel is a filmmaker, screenwriter, film & television scholar, and educator. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Bridgewater State University where she teaches courses in both digital filmmaking and film studies. Christina holds a PhD in Film and Media Studies from the University of Kansas, an MA in Individualized Study (Film/Dance) from New York University, and a BA in Film and Electronic Arts from California State University, Long Beach. As a practicing artist, Christina writes, directs, produces, and edits industrials, public service announcements, commercials, event trailers, video installations, narrative films, and documentaries. Her films have received funding, won awards, and screened at festivals including Tallgrass International Film Festival, Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival, and Lady's First International Film Festival. Christina’s current research explores issues of gender, identity, and girl power in contemporary “tween” television. She has published in Girlhood Studies, In Media Res, the Alberta Journal of Educational Research, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Studies in the Humanities, and the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television.

    Areas of Expertise

    Filmmaking, Directing, Producing, Screenwriting, Gender, Tween Girl Culture, Film & Television History/Theory

    Degrees

    BA, California State University, Long Beach
    MA, New York University
    PhD, University of Kansas

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  • Bjorn Ingvoldstad

    Bjorn Ingvoldstad
    Associate Professor of Communication Studies; Director of Academic Coaching and Research Services
    Maxwell Library 215L
    Tel:
    508.531.2802

    Bjorn Ingvoldstad is Associate Professor of Communication Studies. His teaching focuses upon film, video, and media studies, in terms of both critical studies and creative works. He received a Fulbright fellowship in 2015 to Lithuania, and has published several pieces on Lithuanian media and media audiences.

    Degrees

    BA, Gustavus Adolphus College
    MA, University of Texas at Austin
    PhD, Indiana University at Bloomington

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  • Melanie McNaughton

    Melanie McNaughton
    Associate Professor of Communication Studies
    Maxwell Library 215R
    Tel:
    508.531.2167

    Curious about how we create and communicate identity, Dr. Melanie McNaughton explores visual and popular culture. Her research concentrations combine communication and critical cultural studies approaches, exploring visual and popular culture with an emphasis on nontraditional identities. Dr. McNaughton has published essays on visual and popular culture, including design and domesticity, disaster photography, graphic design, and tattooing.

    Dr. McNaughton’s research interests also connect to her classroom. Curiosity and dedication are powerful forces for change, and it is these passions through which she hopes to inspire and engage her students. Dr. McNaughton teaches research and writing courses in media studies, popular and visual culture, and cultural studies. As an instructor, Melanie McNaughton has developed extensive expertise in using technology to engage students in online environments. In 2017, Dr. McNaughton received a Presidential Award for Academic Excellence from Bridgewater State University, recognizing her innovative use of technology to enhance online learning environments.

    Degrees

    BA, University of Calgary
    MA, Pennsylvania State University
    PhD, University of Georgia

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  • Michele Meek

    Michele Meek
    Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
    Maxwell Library, Room 215B
    Tel:
    508.531.1410

    Professor Meek teaches courses in digital media production, film studies, screenwriting, and gender studies. She is an award-winning writer and film director, with her most recent film, Imagine Kolle 37, having screened at the ICA Boston, Independent Film Festival of Boston, and others. She edited the book Independent Female Filmmakers: A Chronicle through Profiles, Interviews, and Manifestos with Routledge in 2019, and she has published in Literature/Film Quarterly, Girhood Studies, and the Journal of Popular Film and Television.

    In addition, her successes as a media entrepreneur have been profiled by NPR, the Boston Globe and Inc. Magazine. She founded NewEnglandFilm.com, an online magazine, directory and film festival website that has become a leading resource for filmmakers in the region, and she led the transition of the 30-year-old magazine The Independent Film and Video Monthly to the nonprofit organization Independent Media Publications, where she remains a board member. She regularly serves on film festival juries and advisory boards, including Stowe Story Labs, Women in Comedy Festival, Salem Film Fest, and others, and she currently serves as Co-Chair of the Children’s and Youth Media and Culture Scholarly Interest Group for the Society of Cinema and Media Studies. For more information, see her website at http://www.michelemeek.com

    Degrees

    BA, Boston College
    MFA, Emerson College
    PhD, University of Rhode Island

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  • Susan J. Miskelly

    Associate Professor of Communication Studies; Coordinator of Communication Studies Laboratory
    Maxwell Library 215A
    Tel:
    508.531.2134
    Degrees

    BA, Towson State College
    MA, Bowling Green State University

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  • Nick Pirelli

    Nick Pirelli
    Instructor of Communication Studies
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.1442

    Nick Pirelli teaches Strategic Communication, Business and Professional Communication, Public Speaking, Visual Communication, Group Communication and Decision Making, Organizational Communication and Public Relations Case Studies. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the Public Relations Student Society of America and is a member of the Community-Engaged Teaching and Scholarship Advisory Board. 

    Throughout his career, Professor Pirelli has distinguished himself as a visionary, innovative and entrepreneurial educator committed to diversity, social equity and inclusion.  He brings experience from public, private, two-year and four-year higher education realms, as well as local government. He has held positions as Director of Student Involvement and Leadership, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation, Director of Public Safety and Facilities Management, Director of Emergency Management, and Special Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives.  Professor Pirelli is a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, Certified Emergency Manager, and Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.

    Professor Pirelli is a strong advocate for reinventing higher education.  He has spoken both locally and nationally on a range of issues related to civic engagement, marketing, and municipal government. He is a member of Public Relations Society of America, National Recreation and Park Association, International Association of Emergency Managers, and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. 

    Professor Pirelli is an active member of his community, where he sits on the Stoughton Finance Committee and is an elected Town Meeting Representative.

    Areas of Expertise

    Community Engagement, Crisis Communication, Emergency Management, Student Affairs, Strategic Planning

    Degrees

    BA, MS,  Bridgewater State University

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  • Thomasena Shaw

    Thomasena Shaw
    Associate Professor of Communication Studies
    Maxwell Library 215P
    Tel:
    508.531.2210

    Thomasena Shaw, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Communication Studies Department. She teaches courses in the department’s public relations concentration, including: Introduction to PR; Strategic Writing;  Strategic Communication Theory & Research; PR Practicum; PR Case Studies; PR Campaigns; Senior Seminar (Strategic Communication); and Business and Professional Communication. 

    Dr. Shaw presents and publishes her scholarly works in competitive national & international academic conventions and academic journals. Her research agenda focuses on topics related to intersections between social media, social justice, activism and advocacy. She is also interested in bridging gaps in extant public relations research with respect to education, pedagogy, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

    Degrees

    BA, National University of Ireland at Maynooth
    MSocSc, University College Dublin
    MA, Dublin Institute of Technology
    PhD, University of Tennessee

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  • Yongjun Shin

    Yongjun Shin
    Associate Professor of Communication Studies
    Maxwell Library 215R
    Tel:
    508.531.6698

    Dr. Shin teaches strategic communication, organizational communication, communication theory, and research methods in the Department of Communication Studies. He employs strategic communication for local community development and civic engagement. As a communication researcher and a teacher, he has learned that the ultimate power of communication is to make us open ourselves to one another and to realize the truth that we are not different but the same as human beings.

    Areas of Expertise

    Organizational Communication, Strategic Communication, Urban Communication, Sociology of Communication, Political Communication, Community Development, Civic Engagement

    Degrees

    BA, Sungkyunkwan University
    MA, Michigan State University
    PhD, University of Wisconsin at Madison

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  • Hui Zhang

    Hui Zhang
    Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
    Maxwell Library, Room 215R
    Tel:
    508.531.2506

    Dr. Zhang is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies where she teaches public relations courses. She is also interested in teaching intercultural communication and communication research courses. Her research interests include strategic communication, intercultural communication, health communication, media effects, and research methods. She is a Fulbright alumnus. She is proud of serving as faculty advisor on a winning Arthur W. Page Society/Institute for Public Relations case study competition case authored by her undergraduate students. She also enjoys swimming.

    Degrees

    BA, West China University of Medical Science
    MA, Sichuan University
    PhD, Colorado State University

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Emeriti Faculty Profiles

  • Joel P. Litvin

    Joel P. Litvin
    Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies
    Maxwell Library 215F
    Tel:
    508.531.2138
    Degrees

    BA, MA, San Francisco State College
    PhD, University of Denver

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  • Thomas J. Mickey

    Thomas J. Mickey
    Professor Emeritus and Part-Time Faculty
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.1348

    Professor Mickey teaches a variety of courses in the Department including Introduction to Communication, Communication Theory, Human Communication Skills, Mass Media and Society, and Communication Studies Research. His particular focus is Public Relations and he has taught several courses in that area of interest. He is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, and founded the student public relations group here at BSU. He has written three books and is currently working on the fourth, The Seduction of the English Garden: The Nineteenth Century Seed Merchants Sold More than Plants. This book is based on his yearlong work in Washington at the Smithsonian where he researched the public relations materials of the nineteenth century seed industry. During the summer, Professor Mickey is a Landscape Designer in Rye, NH where he gardens and also writes a garden column for several papers on the New Hampshire seacoast.

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  • Nancy Street

    Professor Emerita of Communication Studies
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.1348
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Part-time Faculty Profiles

  • Denise Barsky

    Part-Time Faculty
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.1348
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  • Lisa Boragine

    Part-Time Faculty
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.1348
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  • Nicole Conlon-McCombe

    Nicole Conlon-McCombe
    Part-Time Faculty
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.1086

    Nicole is a part-time faculty member who teaches Intro to Public Speaking. She holds a BA in Communication with a concentration in Theater Arts from Bridgewater State College and an MFA in Theater: Performance & Society from Rhode Island College. Nicole has been teaching courses and workshops in speech and theater at the collegiate level for over a decade. In addition, Nicole serves as Executive Director of Drug Story Theater, a non-profit organization that combats teen substance use through live performance.

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  • David Copeland

    Part-Time Faculty
    Maxwell Library, Room 215Q
    Tel:
    508.531.1750
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  • Joni Dahlene-Gaudiello

    Joni Dahlene-Gaudiello
    Part-Time Faculty
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.1087
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  • Stacey Darwick-Adamski

    Part-Time Faculty
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.1348
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  • Christopher DelMonte

    Part-Time Faculty
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.1348
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  • Michael V. DelNero

    Michael V. DelNero
    Part-Time Faculty
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.1085

    Michael V. DelNero received his PhD in Media and Communication from Bowling Green State University. His scholarship focuses on media convergence, new media, surveillance, cinema, and cultural studies. His current research projects focus on apocalypses across a range of media formats, and the modern American horror film. He is currently working on two articles. The first examines apocalyptic narratives through the lens of media convergence, while the second examines the construction of the so called “post-truth” era through an interrogation of the work of two key new media artists. At Bridgewater State University, he has taught a wide variety of courses, including Communication and Culture (COMM 228), Research Methods (COMM 224), Film History (COMM 310), Global Cinema (COMM 371), and Media Literacy (COMM 311). He will be presenting a paper on The Road and ecological destruction at the NCA 2018 conference.

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  • Ross DeLuca

    Ross DeLuca
    Part-Time Faculty
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.1348

    Ross DeLuca, '05, is a graduate of BSU's communication studies program and works locally in Bridgewater as a financial advisor. He's originally from Alberta, Canada and believes our university stands apart because of our strong service culture and the emphasis we place on community leadership. He's been teaching part-time for the department for over 10 years and lives with his family in Taunton, MA.

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  • Diane Dolphin

    Diane Dolphin
    Part-Time Faculty
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.1802

    Besides teaching at BSU, Diane Dolphin has taught at several colleges and universities including University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Dean College, Johnson & Wales University and New England Institute of Technology. She has taught courses in public speaking, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, professional communication, scriptwriting, video production, media studies, media literacy and history of mass media. 

    Prior to her teaching career, Diane was the owner and creative director of Media Consultants in Rhode Island, a firm that provided communications, public relations and strategic planning services to community organizations, hospitals and health care agencies, and universities and educational organizations. She produced and directed numerous educational and promotional videos, and several television documentaries, including Beacon on the Bluff: The Rescue of the Southeast Lighthouse. 

    Diane is also a writer and poet whose work has been published extensively in literary journals and anthologies. Her poetry collection, No Longer Always, was published by Finishing Line Press (2011).

    Degrees

    BA, Brown University
    MA, University of Rhode Island

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  • Bernard Farwell

    Part-Time Faculty
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.1348
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  • Denise Haley

    Part-Time Faculty
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.1348
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  • Melissa Lassonde

    Part-Time Faculty
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.1348
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  • Michael Lehman

    Part-Time Faculty
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.1348
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  • Eric LePage

    Part-Time Faculty
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.1348
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  • James Moore

    James Moore
    Part-Time Faculty
    Rondileau Campus Center, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.2139

    James G.H. Moore earned a BA in English from BSU (BSC) in 1969, a Master of Arts in English from BSU (BSC) in 1980, and attended two MFA Poetry Program residencies at Goddard College in 1978. He is a poet, novelist, screenwriter and playwright. After graduating from college in 1969, he wrote ad copy for radio, print and television. He worked for an ad agency, for a radio station and as a freelancer in television broadcast. He managed a regional cable news program. He was the coordinator for the cable access facility in Easton and the coordinator then station manager for the Bridgewater cable access television station. He studied radio engineering and production and television engineering and production throughout his broadcast and cable television career. He has taught at a number of colleges since 1980 and at BSU since 1994. He enjoys his work, his classrooms and labs, his colleagues, and his students.He has been married for 47 years and has two daughters and one granddaughter.

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  • Richard Raben

    Part-Time Faculty
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.1348
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  • Tamara Segalla

    Part-Time Faculty
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.1348

    Since her graduation from BSU, Professor Segalla has been teaching a multitude of theatre and communication classes for over 18 years. Her theatrical experience includes an apprenticeship at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and working on two feature films "Knight and Day" and "Patriot's Day." She has also written several screenplays that are currently in production including a film based on the 2015 New England winter tragedies.

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  • Hank Sennott

    Part-Time Faculty
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    518.531.1348
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  • Jack Tierney

    Jack Tierney
    Part-Time Faculty
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.6648

    Jack Tierney has a bachelor's degree from Bridgewater State College and a master's degree from Bowling Green State University. He also has an advanced degree in Speech Communication with specialization in Radio, Television and Film. His interests include Media Studies, Cultural Communication, and Political Communication. He has 25 years of teaching experience in higher education.  He has also worked in the media as a television news director, print journalist, photojournalist, newscaster, feature writer, radio disc jockey, and radio news director.

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  • Estelle Wenson

    Part-Time Faculty
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.1348
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  • John Winters

    John Winters
    Part-Time Faculty
    Maxwell Library, Room 215
    Tel:
    508.531.2717

    John Winters is a native of Foxboro, Mass., who holds degrees from Emerson College and Bridgewater State University. He has worked in international marketing for Reebok, spent a decade as a journalist at daily newspapers, and worked as an administrator at Bridgewater State University for 14 years. He is the author of Sam Shepard: A Life (Counterpoint Press), a biography of the famed actor/playwright. His freelance work has appeared in The Boston  GlobePlayboy, the Phoenix, Salon, The (London) Guardian, The Times Literary Supplement, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. Most of his recent work has been done for WBUR, Boston’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has been teaching at BSU since 2011.

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Staff Profiles

  • Barbara Landers

    Barbara Landers
    Administrative Assistant I
    Maxwell Library 215
    Tel:
    508.531.1348

    Barbara Landers has been employed by the college for 11 years. For the first 2 years she worked in the Information Technology Department and then 8 years as part of the Fiscal Affairs Accounting Department. Barbara has now joined the Communication Studies Department. In addition to her new position as administrative assistant Barbara loves spending time with her family, friends and being a parishioner at St. Thomas Catholic Church. She also enjoys gardening, sewing, knitting, reading and going to Hansen Farm for ice cream.

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