Faculty & Staff

Niall Stephens
Niall Stephens

Department Chairperson, Associate Professor

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

INTERESTS: Dr. Stephens’ Ph.D. 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


Christopher Bowen
Christopher J. Bowen

Associate Professor

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

INTERESTS: Professor Bowen recently wrote Grammar of the Shot (4th edition, Focal Press, 2018) Grammar of the Edit (4th edition, Focal Press, 2018). Current projects include a fiction book manuscript, a stage play script, and he dabbles in acrylic and oil painting. His favorite color (now) is Hi-Viz Yellow. He rides motorcycles. Sasquatch = Yes.

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

COURSES: COMM209 Audio Production: Podcasting, COMM226 Writing for Visual Media, COMM262 Television Studio Production, COMM280 Introduction to Film Production, COMM309 Video Editing and Effects, COMM380 Advanced Film Production, COMM410 Senior Portfolio in Film Production, COMM490 Independent Study, COMM495 Internship in Communication, Media, and Performance



Mary Kate Caffrey
Mary Kate Caffrey

Assistant Professor

Office: OC 304
Phone Number: 508-626-4999
Email: mcaffrey1@framingham.edu

INTERESTS: MK "Kate" Caffrey is an award- winning theatre artist and educator. Her full length plays include Mother’s Bliss, Mother's Woe, which had a full production at Framingham State University; Pandora's Box, which had a staged reading at Threshold Theatre, and Oh Mighty ISIS. Dover Sherborn Middle School produced her two one act plays Midsummer Dreaming and Lazy, Hazy, Crazy. She has written numerous ten-minute plays including E Pluribus Unum, in God we Trust produced by Scribe Stages in Los Angeles and My Dancing Days Are Over a finalist for the Warner International Playwrights Festival 2020. Caffrey is currently working on two TV Pilot/Treatments, A World of Their Own: Vanessa and Virginia and Higher Ed. Her textbooks The Natural Actor, and Celebrating Live Theatre: An Introduction are published by Cognella. She is a member of the local Boston's Proscenium Playwrights and the national Playwrights UNITE playwriting groups. Kate is an award-winning professional theatrical director (over 60 productions), theatre producer and artistic director. She is a founding member and Producing Artistic/Education Director of Boston’s award - winning Threshold Theatre, and served as Education Director at The New Theatre (Boston) and Artistic Director of the Triangle Theatre (Boston). She began her career in theatre as an actor, but rarely has time to tread the boards these days. Before coming to Framingham State, Caffrey taught at Northeastern University, UMASS Boston, Suffolk University and Massasoit Community College and has extensive experience teaching all aspects of theatre, writing and human communication to students of all ages. She is a proud member of The Dramatists Guild (DG), Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP), Theatre Communications Guild (TCG), and Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and presented workshops in theatre and playwriting at their conferences in Montreal (2014) and Boston (2018). Professor Caffrey sits on the Board of Directors of StageSource, which provides leadership and services to advance the art of theater in the Greater Boston and New England region. She loves to travel with her son and spouse, revels in laughing and making others laugh, and is an avid bicyclist, gardener, yogi, singer, guitarist and beginning angler. 

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


Sarah Cole
Sarah Cole

Associate Professor

Office: OC 321
Phone Number: 508-626-4215
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


Robert Johnson, Jr.


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

Professor Johnson is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose latest films, “Other People’s Footage: Fair Use in Scripted Film,” and “Other People’s Footage: Copyright & Fair Use” provide a comprehensive understanding of the three questions crucial to determining fair use exemptions for fiction and non-fiction media makers. His earlier film, “No Short Climb: Race Workers & America’s Defense Technology” won the “Best Documentary” at the 2007 Philadelphia International Festival & Market, and a “Platinum Remi Award” at the 2008 Houston International Film Festival. It tells the previously unknown story of contributions made by African-American scientists and technicians during 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.” 

EDUCATION: B.A., Rutgers University; M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago

COURSES: COMM226 Writing for Visual Media, COMM280 Introduction to Film Production, COMM312 Screenwriting, COMM366 Documentary Filmmaking, COMM410 Senior Portfolio in Film Production, COMM490 Independent Study, COMM495 Internship in Communication, Media, and Performance


Audrey Kali


Office: WL-207B
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. She has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Critical Animal Studies. 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. As the recipient of a Fulbright Scholar Award, she recently taught for a semester at the University of Malawi Chancellor College in Zomba.

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


Liz Mazar Phillips

Administrative Assistant

Office: May 107 & WL-C203
Phone Number: 508-626-4683
Email: ephillips4@framingham.edu

EDUCATION: B.A., Lyon College; M.S., Boston University