Faculty

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Thomas Valasek

Professor of Film and Communication Studies

CAITL Faculty Research Fellow, 2001-2002

Department of Communications and Languages
Raritan Valley Community College

Office: S-227 (Somerset Bldg.)
908-526-1200 ext. 8312
tvalasek @ raritanval.edu

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Education

  • M.A., New York University, Cinema Studies
  • M.A., Ohio University, English
  • B.A., St. Vincent College, English
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Educational Philosophy

Although I have taught a wide variety of courses during my years at Raritan Valley Community College (in English composition and literature, Humanities, Communication, and Film Studies), I approach all of them with the three basic beliefs.

  • The first is that my most important responsibility as a teacher is to engage students in such a way that they will want to continue learning about the subject matter, and be able to do so on their own.
  • The second belief is that helping students to think and communicate clearly is an essential element of any course of study.
  • And the third is that, given the right kind of interaction, students can learn from one another as well as from the teacher.

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Biographical Sketch

Having a background in both English and Cinema Studies has afforded me opportunities to teach many interesting courses at Raritan Valley Community College. I regard myself as an academic "generalist," making connections among several traditional academic disciplines. In my research and writing I have also pursued broad interests. For example, I have published a film textbook, Frameworks: An Introduction to Film Studies, and a public speaking textbook, The Confident Speaker's Handbook: A Practical, Hands-on Approach to Public Speaking , both of which were written to address specific interests and needs of community college students.  I also have a particular interest in and passion for Czech cinema, and have received two International Research Exchange (IREX) fellowships to pursue research projects in the Czech Republic and a Fulbright fellowship to teach film and media courses at Charles University in Prague.

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Courses Taught

Communication Courses

  • Speech
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Introduction to Mass Communication

Film Studies Courses

  • Art of the Film
  • American Film
    • Relevant Web Sites
    • Film Glossary
  • American Film (online)

Interdisciplinary Courses

  • Introduction to Humanities I
  • Introduction to Humanities II
  • Shakespeare on the Page and on the Screen

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CAITL Research

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