- M.A., New York University, Cinema Studies
- M.A., Ohio University, English
- B.A., St. Vincent College, English
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.
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.
- Interpersonal Communication
- Introduction to Mass Communication
Film Studies Courses
- Art of the Film
- American Film
- Relevant Web Sites
- Film Glossary
- American Film (online)
- Introduction to Humanities I
- Introduction to Humanities II
- Shakespeare on the Page and on the Screen