Our professors bring their real world experience into the virtual classroom. The faculty members at the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences are both scholars and expert practitioners in fields including communication, media, and film production and direction. Their expertise in the industry allows them to integrate real-world case studies and recent trends into the coursework, giving students exposure to the things they will work on in their career.


Diane Cypkin, PhD
Diane Cypkin, PhD
Professor

Diane Cypkin, PhD

Professor
Media, Communications, and Visual Arts

Diane Cypkin teaches, researches, and writes. She directs and performs as well. She feels very lucky, and loves it all.

Education
PhD, New York University

MFA, Brooklyn College

BA, Brooklyn College

Awards and Honors

  • Pace University, 2017— Sabbatical for a Semester
  • Carol S. Russet Award, April 24, 2015— Leading Female Educator
  • Yivo Institute for Jewish Research and Museum Broadcasting, December 2014—Donation of Personal Theatrical Memorabilia to Lincoln Center
  • National Government, December 2014—Jefferson Award for Public Service
  • Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, Mass, 2014—Participant in Oral History Project, posted online
  • Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, 2012—Faculty Summer Research Grant
  • Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, 2011—Faculty Summer Research Grants
  • Pace University, 2010—President’s Extra Mile Award
  • Pace University, May 2003—Kenan Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, 2000—Member of Dyson Fellows

Research Interests
Diane generally writes about speakers who have made a difference on the stage and in the world. She also does a lot of experiential learning with her students.

ARTISTIC AND PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCES AND EXHIBITS
Many One-Woman Shows: A Musical Salute to Patti Page and Doris Day: Songbirds of the Fifties
[Other]

Many One-woman Shows: Who Wrote that Song? Harry Warren, the Unknown Master of Melody
[Other]

Many One-Woman Shows: While You’re Away: Love Songs of World War II
[Music Performance—Full Solo Recital] Libraries and Centers

Many One-Woman Shows: More Musical Gems from the Yiddish Theatre
[Music Performance—Full Solo Recital]

Many One-Woman Shows: In Words and Music: The Story of the Yiddish Theatre
[Music Performance—Full Solo Recital] Libraries and Centers

Many One-Woman Shows: A Celebration of the American Musical Theatre
[Music Performance—Full Solo Recital] Libraries and Centers in the Tri-State Area

Many One Woman Shows: A Musical Salute to Molly Picon: Star of the Yiddish Theatre
[Music Performance—Full Solo Recital] Libraries and Centers in the Tri-State Area, including Lincoln Center Library Performance

Gave theatrical memorabilia to Lincoln Center Library, Yivo and the Museum of Broadcasting—collected, collated, labelled.
[Other]

A One-Woman Concert/Lecture at the Yiddish Book Center
[One-woman Concert/Lecture at the Yiddish Book Center] Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, Mass.

One-Woman Concert/Lecture at the Jacob Burns Center
[Concert/Lecture at the Jacob Burns Center] Diane Cypkin, Jacob Burns, Pleasantville, New York

Curator—Molly Picon: Yiddish Star, American Star
[Exhibition Curator] Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts, New York City

One Woman Show—My Papa Writes: Songs of the Kovno Ghetto
[Music Performance—Full Solo Recital] US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC

Curator—A Celebration: One Hundred Years of Yiddish Theatre in New York
[Exhibition Curator] Museum of the City of New York, New York City

Kate Fink, PhD
Kate Fink, PhD
Associate Professor

Kate Fink, PhD

Associate Professor
Media, Communications, and Visual Arts

Kate Fink is a journalism studies scholar and former journalist, specializing in audio storytelling. Her research interests relate to news business models, community engagement, and technology adoption among journalists. Prior to joining Pace, Fink worked as a radio journalist and host at WDUQ, an NPR member station in Pittsburgh, as well as WINA, a commercial news station in central Virginia. Fink serves as a Faculty in Residence on the Pace-Pleasantville campus and advises the student newspaper, the Pace Chronicle. Fink is also an Affiliated Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale University Law School and a former Fellow of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Columbia University.

Education
PhD, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2014
Communications

MPhil, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2012
Communications

MBA, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2009

BA, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 1998
Slavic Languages and Literatures

Recent Publications
Fink, K. (2020). Freedom of information in college: How student journalists learn to file public records requests. College Media Review 58.

Fink, K., & Palmer, R. (2020). “We Have to Stand Out to Blend In”: Ordinary Transgender People Speak About Being Subjects of News Stories. Journalism Studies 21(8), 1109-1126.

Fink, K. (2019). Freedom of information in community journalism. Community Journalism 7(1), 17-37.

Fink, K., Finewood, M. H., & Molnar, L. (2018). Framing Pier 55: Negotiated resilience and contested waterfronts. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences 9(3), 364-370.

Awards and Honors

  • College Media Association Ingelhart Grant, 2019
  • Top paper in Applied Communication, Eastern Communication Association, 2019
  • First-place paper award, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Small Programs Interest Group, 2017
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication History Division, August 8, 2015—Covert Award
  • Journalist’s Resource, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University, December 19, 2014—top academic paper

Licensures and Memberships

  • FAA Part 107 license (for commercial drone pilots), 2016-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Journalism: Theory, Practice, and Criticism, 2017-present
  • Editorial Board Member, Digital Journalism, 2016-present
Louis Guarneri
Louis Guarneri
Clinical Assistant Professor

Louis Guarneri

Clinical Assistant Professor
Media, Communications, and Visual Arts

Lou Guarneri is an award-winning filmmaker with a background in broadcast and television post production. After graduating from the Pace MCVA undergrad and graduate programs, Lou worked at A&E Networks in post production. He went on to work as an associate producer for the History Channel. On the side, Lou continued to work on a variety of independent projects, including short films, sketch comedy, documentaries, weddings, music videos, podcasts, and more. Lou has always remained close to Pace. After teaching adjunct for several years, he became a full time professor and now teaches filmmaking in the MCVA department.

Heather Hayes
Heather Hayes
Lecturer

Heather Hayes

Lecturer
Media, Communications, and Visual Arts

A Pace University alumna, Heather Hayes graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Communications in 2017 and earned an MA in Communications and Digital Media in 2019, acquiring a 4.0 GPA. Additionally, for both her undergraduate and graduate studies, she earned a Commencement award. In an unprecedented move by administration, Heather was hired as an Adjunct Lecturer during the final semester of her graduate studies. She taught in that role for three semesters before being promoted to Full-time Lecturer for the 2020-2021 academic year. Heather’s undergraduate course catalogue includes Public Speaking, Multimedia Storytelling, Event Planning for PR, Casting, Story Idea Development, Producing Corporate Video, and Careers in Television. Additionally, she is a faculty advisor for Entrance One, the MCVA department’s PR club which executes all department events; The Pitch, the department newsletter; and MCVA OffScript, a student run department blog which builds a stronger sense of community outside of the classroom.

Education

MA, Pace University, Pleasantville, 2019
Communications and Digital Media

BA, Pace University, Pleasantville, 2017
Communications

Research Interests
Public relations, event planning, social media marketing, writing, casting for television and film

Melanie LaRosa
Melanie LaRosa
Assistant Professor

Melanie LaRosa

Assistant Professor
Media, Communications, and Visual Arts

Melanie LaRosa is a filmmaker and dedicated educator with wide-ranging experience in film production, from independent feature documentaries to mainstream public television, radio, and multimedia events. Her films have screened around the world and her work has been recognized with support from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Puffin Foundation, the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund, and inclusion in dozens of film festivals. Her research interests include personal voice, social change, and the influence of technology on culture.

Education
MFA, Temple University, Philadelphia, 2005
Film and Media Arts

BA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1992
Political Science

Awards and Honors
Starry Night Programs and Artist Residency, May 2015—Artist Residency

Research Interests
Personal voice in filmmaking, technical history and future of filmmaking, media and identity diversity in media production.

ARTISTIC AND PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCES AND EXHIBITS

How To Power A City: Atlantic City
[Film screening] Puffin Cultural Forum, Teaneck, NJ

How To Power A City: Las Vegas and Puerto Rico shorts
[Film screening] Transitions Film Festival, Melbourne, Australia
The Poetry Deal: a film with Diane di Prima
[Film screening] Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY

Adventures of Wonderbooks
[Film screening] Aroha Film Festival, Auckland, New Zealand

The Poetry Deal: a film with Diane di Prima
[Film screening] Schnitzer Cinema, Pacific Film Festival, University of Oregon, Portland, OR

The Poetry Deal: a film with Diane di Prima
[Film screening] Houston Cinema Arts Festival, Houston, TX

The Poetry Deal: a film with Diane di Prima
[Film screening] Multiple events in nationwide

GRANTS, SPONSORED RESEARCH AND CONTRACTS

Production Grant
LaRosa, M. J. September 2018—February 2019. The Yip Harburg Foundation, Private. Funded.

Travel Grant
LaRosa, M. J. September 2018—November 2018. Solutions Journalism Network, Private. Funded.

Maria Luskay, EdD
Maria Luskay, EdD
Director and Professor

Maria Luskay, EdD

Director and Professor
Media, Communications, and Visual Arts

Maria Luskay is a writer, producer and director with 30+ years of experience in industrial and documentary film production. She is the director of the MA in CDM.

Education
EdD, Nova, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 1998
Higher Education

MS, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY, 1990
Communication Arts

MBA Certificate, Long Island University, Dobbs Ferry, NY, 1988
Business Administration

BA, Pace University, Pleasantville, NY, 1985
Literature and Communications

Awards and Honors

  • Frozen River Film Festival, 2020 , Hawaii: Living on the Edge in Paradise
  • Roma Cinema Documentary Award, 2020, Hawaii: Living on the Edge in Paradise
  • New York Cinematography Award, 2020, Hawaii: Living on the Edge in Paradise
  • The Lift Off Sessions, 2019, Hawaii: Living on the Edge in Paradise
  • Best Shorts Competition, 2019, Hawaii: Living on the Edge in Paradise
  • Williamsburg International Film and Music Competition, 2019, Hawaii: Living on the Edge in Paradise
  • Rincon International Film Festival, 2019, Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark Award Winner
  • Best Shorts Competition 2018, Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark Award Winner
  • Miami Independent Film Festival, 2018, Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark Award Winner
  • Spotlight Documentary Film Awards, 2018, Puerto Rico: Hope in the Dark Award Winner
  • A2F2 Wild and Green Shorts Films Festival, Ridge to Ranch to River to Reef, 2018, Winner
  • Spotlight Documentary Film Award, 2018, Ridge to Ranch to River to Reef,
  • Accolade Global Film Competition, 2018, Ridge to Ranch to River to Reef, Award Winner
  • Cinema New York, August 2017, Cuba’s Crossroads, Official Selection
  • Young Filmmakers, September 2016, Cuba’s Crossroads, Official Selection
  • Accolade Global Film Competition, September 2016, Cuba’s Crossroads, Award Winner
  • Best Shorts Competition, April 2017, Cuba’s Crossroads, Award Winner
  • Spotlight Documentary Film Awards, December 2016, Cuba’s Crossroads, Award Winner.
  • NYC Short Documentary Film Festival, March 2017, Cuba’s Crossroads, Official Selection
  • John Muir Wildlife Film Festival, February 2016, , Curaçao’s Coral Challenge – Reviving the Rain Forests of the Sea, Official Selection
  • Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, August 2015, Curaçao’s Coral Challenge–Reviving the Rain Forests of the Sea
  • Best Shorts Competition, July 2015, Curaçao’s Coral Challenge–Reviving the Rain Forests of the Sea, Award of Merit, Documentary Short.
  • Accolade Global Film Competition, June 2015, Curaçao’s Coral Challenge–Reviving the Rain Forests of the Sea, Award of Merit, Documentary Short.
  • Accolade Global Film Competition, September 2014, September 2014—Award of Merit

Research Interests
Writing, producing, and directing
Expert witness: screenwriting and editing

Jennifer Magas, PhD
Jennifer Magas, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor

Jennifer Magas, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor
Media, Communications, and Visual Arts

Jennifer Magas is a clinical associate professor at Pace University and a faculty advisor for Entrance One, the MCVA department’s PR club which executes all department events; The Pitch, the department newsletter; and MCVA OffScript, a student run department blog which builds a stronger sense of community outside of the classroom. She is also vice president of Magas Media Consultants, LLC (MMC) a Fairfield County Connecticut public relations agency specializing in media relations, crisis communications, professional writing, and media training. She has a wealth of experience in all aspects of public relations and communications to draw on from her 25 plus years as a college professor, reporter, recruiter, technical writer, trainer, and recovering attorney in a wide range of corporate, media outlet, and university settings. She speaks regularly on writing, workplace and PR topics and has been quoted or featured in over 200+ articles and blogs in The Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, Monster.com, TIME Magazine, Careerbuilder.com, NY Times, and CommProBiz. She talks fast and wears many hats: professor, lawyer, writer, speaker, trainer, mom, PR strategist, and marathoner. Go ahead. Try and keep up with her if you can.

“Brevity is the soul of wit.” —Shakespeare

Research Interests
Public relations, crisis communications, the intersection of social media, personal, and professional branding; and career development for communications professionals in the job search.

Education

JD Education Law with concentration in Employment Law & Legal and Professional Writing
Thesis: “The Role of Due Process in Higher Education and Student Discipline: The Difference in Public and Private Universities”
Suffolk University Law School; Boston, MA

MA Technical and Professional Writing with emphasis in Legal Writing
Thesis: “Developing, Designing, and Implementing an Undergraduate Legal Writing Course at Northeastern University”
Northeastern University; Boston, MA

BA English, Double Major in Literature and Creative Writing
Fairfield University; Fairfield, CT

Mirjana Mira Pantic, PhD
Mirjana Mira Pantic, PhD
Assistant Professor

Mirjana Mira Pantic, PhD

Assistant Professor
Media, Communications, and Visual Arts

Mirjana Pantic has a PhD in Communication and Information earned from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is originally from Serbia where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in European Union studies. Pantic has more than 12 years of professional experience in the media industry.

Education
PhD, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2017
Communication and Information

MA, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, Serbia, 2013
European Studies

BS, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, Serbia, 2004
Journalism and Communication Studies

Awards and Honors
College of Communications and Information, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, April 16, 2018–outstanding dissertation award.

The Participatory Journalism Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, August 2017–Top student paper (second place).

US Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, 2016–Certificate of appreciation for contribution to the research report “The Belgrade Police: Refugee coping strategy and public diplomacy.”

The Annual Research Symposium of the University of Tennessee College of Communication and Information, 2016–First prize proposal poster.

Five Best News Sites in Serbia Award given to the Novi Magazin website when she served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the website, 2014.

The Best Report Award granted by the Serbian EU Integration Office and the Delegation of the EU in Serbia for the best article published in print media on the EU integration process, 2011.

Certificate for participating in a journalism program of study during the academic year 2009-2010 at the Department of Communication, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, 2010.

Certificate for distinguished performance in a Professional Development Year Program sponsored by the Voice of America’s International Media Training Center and Bradley University (2010).

Certificate of successful completion of the program Economic and Political Reporting from Southeast Europe granted by Thomson Reuters Foundation and a German foundation Robert Bosh Stiftung, 2009).

The Best Report Award granted by the Serbian EU Integration Office and the Delegation of the EU in Serbia for the best article published in print media on the EU integration process, 2009.

Award for Excellence in Investigative Journalism granted by the Independent Journalist Association of Serbia and the U.S. Embassy in Belgrade, 2009.

Award for Reporting on European Regions granted by the European Movement in Serbia, 2006.

Research Interests
Digital media, journalism tenets, participatory journalism, active audiences, media sustainability, intercultural communication, and international communication.

Michelle Pulaski Behling, PhD
Michelle Pulaski Behling, PhD
Associate Professor

Michelle Pulaski Behling, PhD

Associate Professor
Media, Communications, and Visual Arts

Education
PhD, University of Connecticut

MA, University of Connecticut

BA, Villanova University

Awards and Honors
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, April 2012–Dyson Technology Award
CTLT, August 2009—Teaching Online Certification

Licensures and Certificates
CTLT, August—Teaching Online Certification
First member of the university to become certified to teach online. The three part certification process includes completing online workshops and mentoring other faculty.

Research Interests
Media effects and pedagogy

Paul Ziek, PhD
Paul Ziek, PhD
Associate Professor

Paul Ziek, PhD

Associate Professor
Media, Communications, and Visual Arts

Education
PhD, Rutgers, The State University
Communication

MA, New York University
Media Ecology

BA, Rutgers, The State University
Communication

Before joining Pace, Paul worked as a Project Management Professional for a SDVOSB that held a Mobis Contract. Over his 15 years, he executed a wide range of capital operations projects for media organizations. He worked with organizations of all sizes on ways to seize opportunities for business success. His expertise was helping companies during times of change, such as mergers and acquisitions, downsizing, consolidation and expansion. Some of his clients included the New York Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Tribune Education and Barking Dog Productions, to name just a few.


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