Faculty

Dr. Derrick TePaske

Chairperson

Office: WL-C204
Phone Number: 508-626-4999
Email: dtepaske@framingham.edu

INTERESTS: Professor TePaske is an Artist Member of the Medici Group(SMFA Boston), New England Sculptors Association, and American Association of Woodturners. His recent exhibitions included ART ORGANIC (Fiber, Wood, Ceramics), UMass Boston; NESA exhibitions at the State Transportation Building (Boston), Bridgewater State University, and Bristol Community College; Artisans of the Valley (Aldrich Heritage Gallery, Whitinsville, MA; and the Fifth Anniversary Show, Belmont Gallery of Art. His work is represented in The Bohlen Collection (Andover), the collection of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Boston), and 500 Wood Bowls, an international collection published by Lark Books (2004).

EDUCATION: B.A., Grinnell College; M.Ed., Boston College; Ph.D., The Union Institute

COURSES: COMM450 Seminar in Communication Arts, COMM269 Creative Process, COMM250 Media/Society/Self, COMM308 Media Criticism

www.derricktepaske.com

Robert Johnson, Jr.

Professor

Office: WL-C207
Phone Number: 508-626-4684
Email: rjohnson1@framingham.edu

INTERESTS: Professor Johnson is award-winning documentary filmmaker whose latest film, “Other People’s Footage: Copyright & Fair Use” engages the three questions crucial to determining fair use exemptions for media makers. His previous film, “No Short Climb: Race Workers & America’s Defense Technology” which won the “Best Documentary” at the 2007 Philadelphia International Festival & Market, and a “Platinum Remi Award” at the 2008 Houston International Film Festival, tells the story of contributions made by African-American scientists and technicians to WWII. He received a Fulbright Specialists Grant to teach documentary filmmaking in Rwanda, and served as an expert for the State Department’s cultural diplomacy program "American Documentary Showcase." He has exhibited video art, photography, and paintings at many galleries and art centers, and is the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award for “Excellence in Scholarship/Creative Activity.”.

EDUCATIONB.A., Rutgers University; M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago

COURSESCOMM226 Writing for Visual Media, COMM280 Introduction to Film Production, COMM312 Screenwriting, COMM366 Documentary Filmmaking, COMM410 Senior Portfolio in Film Production

www.otherpeoplesfootage.com
www.youtube.com/user/roj97

Leslie Starobin

Professor

Office: WL-C210
Phone Number: 508-626-4846
Email: lstarobin@framingham.edu

INTERESTS: From September 2012 - March 2013, Professor Starobin had a solo exhibition at the Holocaust Museum Houston. “Inheritance: Stories of Memory and Discovery” is a selection of still-life montages of Professor Starobin composed from the personal belongings salvaged by families under unimaginable distress and often in flight during the Holocaust. In conjunction with the exhibit, Professor Starobin published an iBook. “Inheritance: Stories of Memory and Discovery” weaves together pictures and stories in tribute to how memory and memorabilia can still link us to even a devastated past. Professor Starobin's work is in the permanent collection of a number of American museums, including the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University and the Museum of Modern Art in NY and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.

EDUCATION: B.A., Hampshire College; M.F.A., San Francisco Art Institute

COURSES: COMM130 Visual Communication, COMM208 Basic Photography, COMM210 History of Photography, COMM315 Intermediate Photography

www.starobinartworks.com
www.the-last-address.com

Jennifer Coleman Dowling

Professor

Office: WL-205
Phone Number: 508-626-4845
Email: jdowling@framingham.edu

INTERESTS: Professor Dowling creates mixed media and digital-traditional hybrid artwork. She also works professionally designing web sites, promotional material, and brand identities. In 2012 she wrote and illustrated Multimedia Demystified, which was published by McGraw-Hill. She is a member of the AIGA Design Educators Community and ACM-SIGGRAPH. Dowling presented at the International Conference on Computer Graphics and Animation in San Antonio, TX.

EDUCATION: B.A., University of New Hampshire; M.F.A., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

COURSES: COMM130 Visual Communication, COMM200 Design for Integrated Media, COMM327 Motion Graphics and Animation, COMM270 Advertising Techniques, COMM390 Topics in Integrated Media Design, COMM405 Senior Portfolio in Integrated Visual Media

www.MillbrookStudio.com 
Millbrook Studio Facebook Page

Robert Alter

Associate Professor

Office: WL-206
Phone Number: 508-626-4679
Email: ralter@framingham.edu

INTERESTS: Professor Alter's current research interests include: self- published photographic books, photography of the urban built environment, visual interpretation of globalization.

EDUCATION: B.V.A., Georgia State University; M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.S., Lesley College

COURSES: COMM208 Basic Photography, COMM210 History of Photography, COMM272 Photography and Architecture, COMM330 Advanced Photography, COMM450 Seminar in Communication Arts

Audrey Kali

Associate Professor

Office: WL-C207
Phone Number: 508-626-4677
Email: akali@framingham.edu

INTERESTS: Dr. Kali's recent research explores the rhetoric of contemporary debates about humane standards in animal agriculture and she is currently directing a documentary film about the contentious ethical guidelines in the production of animals for food. Her work includes an interrogation of the political controversies inherent in kosher and halal ritual slaughter practices both in the United States and the European Union.

EDUCATION: B.A., Chatham College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

COURSES: COMM115 Introduction to Speech Communication, COMM213 Advanced Public Speaking, COMM230 Organizational Communication, COMM322 Persuasion and Social Influence, COMM328 Argumentation and Advocacy, COMM370 The Rhetorical Tradition

www.FarmAndRedMoon.com

Laura Osterweis

Associate Professor

Office: WL-207B
Phone Number: 508-626-4695
Email: losterweis@framingham.edu

INTERESTS: Professor Osterweis is most interested in exploring concepts of beauty and graphic expression through interactive web design, traditional and non-traditional media.

EDUCATION: B.A., University of Connecticut - Storrs; M.F.A., University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

COURSES: COMM130 Visual Communication, COMM200 Design for Integrated Media, COMM225 Interactive Design, COMM405 Senior Portfolio in Visual Communication, COMM450 Seminar in Communication Arts

www.leodesignsstudio.com
www.thelipstickartist.com

Sarah Cole

Associate Professor

Office: WL-C210
Phone Number: 508-626-4683
Email: scole@framingham.edu

INTERESTS: In addition to directing and acting, Professor Cole is a playwright. Currently, she is focusing on play writing and ethnography. Her last full length play, "Aftermath," has been presented in New York City, Stockholm Sweden, and here at Framingham State University.

EDUCATION: B.A., M.A., Kansas State University, Ph.D., The Union Institute

COURSES: COMM201 Oral Interpretation of Literature, COMM212 Drama Workshop, COMM260 Voice and Articulation, COMM314 Acting, MLSL121 American Sign Language

 

Christopher Bowen

Associate Professor

Office: WL-206
Phone Number: 508-626-4965
Email: cbowen1@framingham.edu

INTERESTS: Professor Bowen recently wrote Grammar of the Shot (3rd edition, Focal Press, 2013) Grammar of the Edit (3rd edition, Focal Press, 2013). His favorite color (now) is orange and he believes in Sasquatch and ghosts.

EDUCATION: B.A., Brandeis University; M.F.A., Boston University

COURSES: COMM226 Writing for Visual Media, COMM262 Television Studio Production, COMM280 Introduction to Film Production, COMM309 Video Editing and Effects, COMM380 Advanced Film Production

www.fellswaycreatives.com

 

Niall Stephens

Assistant Professor

Office: UM-23
Phone Number: 508-626-4227
Email: nstephens@framingham.edu

INTERESTS: Dr. Stephens’ PhD dissertation is about the mediation of globalization in rural southern Chile. His academic research and writing interests include: the public sphere, global media & globalization, environmental communication, and media ecology. His work has been published in Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication Currents, International Journal of Communication, and Human Ecology.

EDUCATION: B.A., University College Dublin; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst

COURSES: COMM250 Media/Society/Self, COMM220 Principles of Mass Communication

 

Mary Kate Caffrey

Instructor

Office: WL-UM10
Phone Number: 508-215-5727
Email: mcaffrey1@framingham.edu

INTERESTS: Professor Caffrey has a wide range of experience, as: a professor of theatre and communication in higher education; an award-winning professional theatrical director - directing over 60 professional and educational productions; an award-winning theatre producer and artistic director; playwright; actor; instructor of creative drama for young children;  and theatre textbook author.  She is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of Boston’s award-winning Threshold Theatre. Ms. Caffrey is deeply committed to teaching excellence, scholarly growth, and professional development and believes that the most successful theatre instructor must continue to learn through research, additional training and hands on experience. She has written The Natural Actor,( Cognella Publishing 2012) a textbook on acting, and Celebrating Live Theatre: An Introduction (Cognella Publishing, 2015) a textbook geared toward introductory and theatre appreciation courses. 

EDUCATION: B.A., Boston College; M.A., Northwestern University