Department and Faculty News

The proposal for the co-major program in Film Studies has been approved by the academic divisions of the University and the Council on Undergraduate Curriculum and by the Council of Academic Deans. The co-major will be voted on by the University Senate this fall.

The Board of Trustees voted to approve tenure for Stephen Siff (JRN) and promoted him to Associate Professor.

Two faculty members – Annie-Laurie Blair (JRN) and Bill Brewer (STC) – were promoted to senior clinical professor.

MJF also has hired five new tenure track faculty that will start in the fall. They are Rosemary Pennington (JRN) as well as Katie Day Good, Hongmei Li, John Tchernev and Kit Hughes, who all will be strategic communication (STC).

Bruce Drushel, associate professor (MAC) and area coordinator (FST) has been busy getting published. An article titled “’Homosexual Depravity’ on Film or Social Media Camp: The Evolving Framing of a Men’s Room Sex Sting.” Appeared in TechnoCulture 4 and can be found at He also pubished a chapter in the book “Critical Articulations of Race, Gender and Sexual Orientation” titled “Friends of Batman (and Dorothy): Queering the Green Hornet Television Series.” Starting this fall, Drushel also will be the founding co-editor (with Kylo-Patrick Hart, Texas Christian University) of Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture, from Intellect Books. He is under contract for three issues per year starting Fall 2015. Drushel is also co-editing (with Joseph Hancock, II, Drexel University) a Journal of American Culture, special issue: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Influences on American Culture. It will be published in March 2016. Besides all this, Drushel also was re-elected for a two-year term in March to vice-president for Programming and Area Chairs and member of the governing board, Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. He also will be leading the Inside Hollywood workshop for Summer 2015, May 27th to June 16th and developed a Winter term 2015 workshop course, Practicum in Film Promotion (FST 350), whose core project was research and planning for a major film festival in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Shara Clark, a visiting instructor (STC) will serve as president of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Cincinnati chapter. She also was nominated for ASG Outstanding Professor Award for 2015.

Sacha DeVroomen Bellman, instructor (JRN) was selected to participate in Teachapalooza at the Poynter Institute of Media Studies in June 2015.

Annie-Laurie Blair, senior clinical professor (JRN) worked as a storytelling and public accountability coach at The Cincinnati Enquirer/ during J Term 2015.

Patricia Gallagher Newberry, senior lecturer (JRN), added Cuba and the Bosnian War to her list of interests in recent months, planning to co-teach courses related to both locales. In addition, she offered her second NYC Media winter term travel course and first high-school Summer Scholars program. Off campus, Newberry continued her involvement with the Society of Professional Journalists, for which she serves as a national board member, and returned to community theater with spring productions of "The Wedding Singer," "War of the Worlds" and "An Evening with Mr. Poe.

Cheryl Heckler, associate professor (JRN), and her Spring JRN 201 class raised more than $800 in honor of USMC Sgt. JP Huling, a West Chester native killed in southern Afghanistan in May, 2012. The money was donated to Warrior Canine Connection, a therapeutic service dog training program that harnesses the healing power of the human-animal bond. The organization enlists military veterans struggling with PTSD to train service dogs for other veterans.The students committed to the fundraiser after interviewing Justin Huling, JP's younger brother and a Marine Corp veteran now a student at Miami.