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MA: 2010, Central Michigan University
BAA: 2002, Central Michigan University

Service Responsibilities
Advisor, Alliance for Women in Media at CMU
​​​​​ Courses Taught
• Intro to Write/Electronic Media
• Elect ronic Media Performance
• Critiquing Mass M edia

Research Interests
• Pop Culture
• Media Criticism
• News
•Public Relations
• Promotional Writing


Sarah Adams is an award-winning producer with over 10 years professional broadcast experience. She served as a staff television producer for WCMU, developing programming on various topics, including Michigan history, Native American culture, conservation and the arts. Her duties included extensive research, script-writing, interviewing, and managing student reporters. She simultaneously hosted multiple Public Broadcasting specials and on-air fundraisers and also served as an executive producer and reporter for a news magazine. Adams also oversaw all WCMU programming promotion and outreach activities. She joined CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts as a faculty member in 2013 and enjoys working with the department's talented and hard-working students.

Ed.D: Northern Illinois University
MA: Northern Illinois University
MS: University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
BA: Loras College

Service Responsibilties
Integrative Public Relations Council Member

Academic Advising
Integrative Public Relations Major
​​​ Courses Taught
• Electronic Media Promotion
• E lectronic Media Copywriting

Research Interests
• Audio Drama Scriptwriting & Production
• Network/Station Branding
• Guitar


Disarmingly charismatic and charming, Dr. Anderson came to Central in 2002 to help facilitate CMU’s rapidly expanding 250-major Integrated Public Relations program. Other notables: Six years experience teaching media writing and television performance at Northern Illinois University. Professional experiences include working as a copywriter, and television listings coordinator for the promotions department of Wisconsin Public Television.

Selected Scholarship

Over half a dozen national audio drama scriptwriting awards.

Notable audio drama productions:

2016: Flower power! The adventure begins! (Columbus, OH)

2015: The monkeys and the bananas (Seattle, WA)

Bump in the night (St. Petersburg, FL)

Arrest for the wicked (Alexandria, MN) 

2014: Devil's Night (Misfits Audio) 

2012: The son of West Branch: America's great humanitarian (West Plains, MO)

Founded Marion Thauer Brown Audio Drama Scriptwriting competition


MA: 1976, Central Michigan University
BS: 1974, Central Michigan University
​​​ Courses Taught
• Understanding Media Management
• Understanding New Communication Tech

Research Interests

• New media technology & its application


Kevin has more than 40 years’ experience in multiple facets of media management, communications coaching, crisis communications, community relations, video production, online learning, media technology and media systems design. Previously, he was with Dow Corning Corporation for 34 years where he held several communications positions. In addition to holding both B.S. and M.A. degrees from Central Michigan University, he is one of less than 100 accredited media managers in the U.S. As a member of the Communications Media Management Association he serves as a member of the accreditation board and is also Six Sigma Green Belt Certified.

MA: Central Michigan University
BA: Wayne State University


Mr. Christian is chairman, president, and CEO of Saga Communications, Inc., a NYSE listed company. Saga owns or operates 90 radio stations, three state networks, and eight television stations in 24 markets across the United States. A leader in the broadcast industry at both the state and national level he has served as president of the Associated Press Broadcast Board, chairman of Arbitron's Radio Advisory Council, and been a member of the All Industry Radio Music License Committee, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the National Association of Broadcasters, the Broadcasters' Foundation, and the John Bayliss Scholarship Foundation. He is also Honorary Consul of Iceland for Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.

Ph.D: 1997, Bowling Green State University
MA: 1990, Western Kentucky University
BA: 1988, Western Kentucky University
​​​ Courses Taught: 

• History & Appreciation Cinema

• Screenwriting for Cinematic Narrative

• History & Analysis of Non-Fiction Film

Research Interests

• Screenwriting

 Documentary film


Born and raised in Louisville, KY, Dr. Corbett worked professionally as a video producer/director before pursuing his doctorate. He held teaching positions in Nebraska and Indiana before coming to CMU in 1998.

Selected Scholarship

"Beyond Po-Mo: the "Auto-fiction" Documentary" – Journal of Popular Film and Television (March 2016)

“Gleaners and Waste” the ‘Post-Issue/Advocacy Documentary” – Journal of Popular Film and Television, 41:3, 2013 

“Cooper’s Passage” screenplay, Best of Festival, BEA Festival of Media Arts    Faculty Scriptwriting Competition, 2014; 2nd-Round Script, Austin Film festival Screenwriting Competition, 2014

“Fetching Nola” screenplay, Award of Excellence, BEA Festival of Media Arts Faculty Scriptwriting Competition, 2010, 2nd Round Script, Austin Film Festival, 2009

MFA: 2011, Boston University
BA: 2005, University of Michigan​

​​​ Courses Taught: 


Chris Csont has previously taught at Boston University and Wheaton College in Norton, MA. Before pursuing his Masters degree, Chris was the Operations Manager and a screening committee member for the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

MA: 2012, Central Michigan University
BAA: 2006, Central Michigan University

Service Responsibilties
CCFA Technology Committee
MDPT Council
MHTV Co-Advisor

Academic Advising
Media Design, Production, & Technology Minor

​​​​ Courses Taught
• Intro Cinematic Prod & Post Pr od

Research Interests

• Non-linear editing

• Photography

• Workflow

• Video Compression

• Color Grading

• Live Studio Production

• DSLR Video

• Adobe Creative Cloud



Aaron earned both of his degrees from Central Michigan University’s School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts. While completing his Masters, he started an independent videography company, and was also selected to serve as lead editor for Shooting Michael Moore, a feature-length documentary that would later play in select theaters around the country. After completing his M.A. coursework, Aaron and his wife relocated to Southern Illinois, where he continued to run his successful videography company. He took on an Associate Producer position at the local ABC affiliate, WSIL-TV3, in 2009, and nine months later was promoted to Weekend Director. He served in that capacity until he accepted the Video Labs Manager position in December of 2013.

Ph.D: 1978, University of Detroit
MA: 1972, University of Detroit
BA: 1970, Univeristy of Detroit

Service Responsibilties
Film Studies Unit Director
​​​ Courses Taught: 

• History & Appreciation Cinema

• Film Genre Study

• Film Directors

• Film & Video Theory & Criticism

Research Interests

• Film Genres

• Science Fiction/FantasyHorror in Mass Media

• Literature/Film Adaptations


Kenneth Jurkiewicz is an Associate Professor in the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University, where he teaches courses in the History and Appreciation of Cinema, Film Genre Study, Directors Study, Broadcast Critique, and Film Theory and Criticism.  For the English Department at CMU, he has taught classes in Popular Culture, Literature and Film, and American Literature, as well as various composition courses.  He has published articles and delivered conference papers on subjects ranging from horror films and science-fiction films to rhetorical theory, and has reviewed movies over several years for CMU Public Television and Radio.

Recent Scholarship

"Mailer and the Movies: An American Writer Confronts Mass Culture."  In  "Norman Mailer: Film is Like Death (A Cinema Reader)."  Ed. Justin Bozung. Forthcoming, 2015.

Foreword.  "Radio in the Movies: A History and Filmography, 1926 - 2010," by Laurence Etling.  Jefferson, NC.: McFarland, 2011.  Pp. 1 - 5.

"I Was a Pre-Teen Swedish Welfare-State Vampire:  Let the Right One In as a Critique of Scandinavian-Style Socialism."  Paper presented at the 30th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, Orlando, Florida, March, 2009.

MFA: 2000, Savannah College of Arts & Design
BS: 1997, Wingate University

Service Responsibilties
Video Unit Head
MHTV Co-Advisor
Academic Senate
Faculty Research & Creative Endeavors

Personal Website
Courses Taught

• Intro Video Production

• Practicum in Electronic Media

• Adv E lectronic Cinematography

• Adv Video/Multimedia Post-Prod

• Industrial & Educ Video/Media

Research Interests
• Cinematography 
• Post Production
• After Effects
• Photoshop
• Good Design
• Sound design
• ​Improvisational music
• Concert Photography  


Eric's professional career started at The Home Shopping Network working on set as well as in Master Control. In 2002, he moved to Michigan where he landed at Forest Post Productions. He served in the editorial department working with such clients as Ford, FOX Sports, KFC and Quicken Loans. He was also the lead creative editor on the children's series "Noodlebug".  In 2008, Eric was appointed the Sr. Avid Editor position at the J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency for Team-Detroit where he worked on national campaigns as well as created daily elements for Ford's web presence. Currently he is pursing his own art mixing media of original music, motion graphics and abstract video.

Recent Scholarship

Broadcast Education Association Convention 2015, "Can teaching video production online be effective?"
, Las Vegas, NV (April 2015)

Analogous - short film - Official selection of the 40th Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival (2015)

MA: Central Michigan University
BA: Colorado State University

Research Interests

• Gender issues in sports broadcasting

• Mass media effects on young girls & tweens

• Changes in local & network news operations

• Usage of news media

​​ Courses Taught:

• Electronic Media Newswriting

• Sports Broadcasting

• Survey of the Mass Media

• Advanced Audio & Video Performance

• Electronic News Reporting


In her early career Maggie worked as a producer at WJRT - TV in Flint and as a news director and morning show co-host at WIXC Radio in Bay City. She also managed a community PEG television station, Bay3TV. ​Most recently, she has been teaching the journalism sequence at Lakeland Community College and has served as the advisor for the college newspaper. She has been an active member of the Broadcast Education Association for many years, attending conferences and has served as a panel participant.

Selected Scholarship

Selected to participate in the 2016 IRTS Faculty Seminar, MEDIA INSIDERS 2016: TODAY'S OPPORTUNITIES & TOMORROW'S CHALLENGES

Ph.D: 1968, Wayne State University
MA: 1966, Wayne State University
BA: 1965, Wayne State University

Academic Advising
BCA Majors (BFA and BS in Ed Degrees)   
​​​​ Courses Taught:
• Electronic Media Copywriting
• Hockey's Cinematic Depictions
• Critiquing Mass Media

Research Interests
• Media criticism, writing, programming, & management                  


Wayne State University Mass Communications Instructor 1966-69.  Member of the CMU faculty since 1969.  Industry experience includes work as a free-lance and agency copywriter, radio assistant music director, and television creative services executive.  Past member of the Broadcast Education Association's Board of Directors and has chaired BEA's Scholarship Committee since 1992.  Received BEA's Distinguished Education Service Award (the organization's highest honor) in 2001 and inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame two years later.  In 2005, presented with the CMU  President's Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity.  Conducts copywriting workshops for broadcast groups and a frequent external evaluator for university media programs.

Selected Scholarship

Media Criticism in a Digital Age: Professional and Consumer Considerations (Routledge, 2016)
Broadcast/Broadband Copywriting, 8th edition  (Allyn & Bacon, 2010)
Exploring Electronic Media: Chronicles and Challenges (Wiley/Blackwell, 2007)
Career Perspectives in Electronic Media (Blackwell, 2004)
Author of or contributor to 10 other monographs.
Author of over 60 articles.
Gave over 50 presentations at national and international media conventions.

J.D: 1979, Georgetown University Law Center
Ph.D: 1975, Ohio University
MS: 1973,
BA: 1972, University of Kentucky

​​​ Research Interests 


Dr. Patrick is President of both Patrick Communications, a media investment banking and brokerage company, and Legend Communications, a radio station group with 16 stations. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Gilmore Broadcasting and was Senior Vice President of the National Association of Broadcasters. He previously also was a news producer at WATE-AM/TV in Knoxville, Tennessee and Producer at both WKYT-TV and Kentucky Educational Television in Lexington, Kentucky. Larry previously also owned 12 radio stations, has spoken to broadcasters in more than 15 countries and consulted more than 100 other broadcasting companies. He is the current President of the National Association of Media Brokers, a past President of the Broadcast Education Association and is a Trustee of the Television and Radio Political Action Committee of the NAB.

Ph.D: 1987, University of Minnesota
MA: 1980, Central Michigan University
BA: 1973, Lindenwood College

Service Responsibilties
Central Michigan International Film Festival
Plan B & Thesis Committees

​​​ Courses Taught

• Survery of the Mass Media

• French Film & Other Media

• African & African American Film

• Basic Broadcast Writing

• Working Class Films

• Frank Cap ra Films

• Techniques of Mass Communication Research

• Theories of Mass Communication

Research Interests
Social/political critique of mass media
• Semiotics
• Radio and democracy
• Public empowerment
• French media
• Francophone African media


Prior to entering teaching, Dr. Poindexter was the editor of the Lexington (Missouri) Advertiser-News, news director of KCUR (public radio in Kansas City), and Director of Broadcasting for North Dakota State University.  Since joining CMU's faculty in 1987 he has developed courses with international content,  was a  Fulbright Lecturer in Morocco for a semester,  spent a semester conducting research in the French overseas department of Réunion and has taken students on field trips to France and Morocco,.  From 2008 to 2011 he headed CMU's Office of International Affairs.   Dr. Poindexter's work has appeared in Journal of Communication, Journal of Popular Culture, Encyclopedia of Radio, Journal of Radio Studies and other journals.

Recent Scholarship

Poindexter, M. (forthcoming, 2016)  "Towards a Democratic Public Sphere: A History of Radio FreeDom in Réunion."  Journal of Radio and Audio Studies.

Poindexter, M. (2013). "Simian Cinematic Surrogates: Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the Discourse of Revolution."  Popular Culture Association, Washington, D.C., March 28, 2013.

Poindexter, M. (2011).  "Art Objects: the Works of Michael Moore and Peter Watkins." Journal of Popular Culture. Vol. 44, No. 6: 1268-1288.

Poindexter, M.  (2008) "ABC's The Path to 9/11, Terror Management Theory, and the American Monomyth."  Film History, Vol. 38, No.2: 55-66. 

Ph.D: 2006, Michigan State University
MA: 1997, University of Wyoming
BSC: 1991, Ohio University

Service Responsibilites
Audio Unit Head
​​​ Courses Taught

• Field Audio Production

• Quantitative Mass Comm Rsch Mtds

• Seminar in Telecom Media Policy

• Graduate Telecom Policy

• Multimedia Audio Post Production

Research Interests
• Media business, economics, & policy


Before pursuing academia, I worked as an audio engineer at SoundTrax Recording Studios in Raleigh, North Carolina. After the studio hit some hard economic times, I left to pursue my master degree researching the economic realities of the media business and further pursued media economics and policy in doctoral education. I have produced a radio program for CMU Public Radio but put most of my research efforts in studying media business, economics and policy.

Selected Scholarship

Second Place Winner in Student Media Advisors Division 2014 Research Paper Competition Broadcast Education Association (April 2014).

Communicator Award of Distinction in Audio for the "Michigan Soapbox", (May 2013).

First Place Winner in Radio and Media Division 2012 Research Paper Competition Broadcast Education Association. (April 2012).

Second Place Winner in Radio and Media Division 2007 Research Paper Competition Broadcast Education Association. (April 2007).

Article published in the Journal of Radio and Audio Media

MS: 2005, St. Cloud State University
BA: 1997, Winona State University
​​​​ Courses Taught
Understanding Media Measurement • Audio Production • Practicum •​ Broadcast Performance

Research Interests
• Radio management & programming

• Media management

•  Audio production projects


After completing his Masters degree at St. Cloud State in 2005, Chad spent the next five years as an Instructor and Student Media Specialist at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.  His teaching load included: Intro to Mass Comm, Public Speaking, Beginning Newswriting and Reporting, Audio Writing and Production, and practicum courses.  Mr. Roberts also served as faculty advisor for all campus media, which included the award winning newspaper (The Simpsonian) Radio Station (KSTM) and yearbook (The Zenith).  Chad also served as president and convention director for the Iowa College Media Association. Mr. Roberts is a member of the Society for Professional Journalism and College Media Association.  He moved to Mount Pleasant in April 2010. 

Ph.D: 2012: University of Georgia
MA: 2007, Arizona State University
BA: 2003, University of Washington

Service Responsibilities
BCA Curriculum Coordinator

Academic Advising
Electronic Media Sales Minor

​​​ Courses Taught

• Electronic Media Law

• Electronic Media Management

• Media Entrepreneurship

Research Interests
• Media entrepreneurship
• Broadcase & Telecommunications Policy Formation & Lobbying


Amy Sindik is an Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University, where she teaches the Media Law, Media Management and Media Entrepreneurship courses.  Her primary research areas include the lobbying activities of the broadcast and wireless industries, with a specific focus on spectrum allocation, and the impact spectrum policy decisions have on the broadcast and wireless industries, as well as media entrepreneurship ecosystem research.  She has presented numerous refereed conference papers and published six articles. She has been a 2015 Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellow and a 2013 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Faculty Fellow.

Selected Scholarship

Sindik, A. & Polinsky, H. (2016).  "The reverse incentive spectrum auction: Broadcasters' perspectives and policy considerations."  Paper to be presented at the World Media Economics and Management Conference, New York City.

Sindik, A. (2015).  Attempting to reduce uncertainty: Lobbying in a competitive communications environment.  Journal of Media Business Studies, 12(2), 121-137.

Sindik, A. (2014).  Standing out in the crowd: How unique are the lobbying patterns of the broadcast and wireless industries?  Telecommunications Policy, 38, 1024-1034.  

Ph.D: 2004, Ohio University
MA: 2001, Central Michigan University
BA: 1995, Adrian College

Service Responsibilties
Multi-Media Unit Head
Advisor for NBS-AERho chapter
Moore Media Digital Design

Personal Website
​​​ Courses Taught
• Online Electronic Media
• Adv Online Electronic Media
• Graduate Media Seminar

Research Interests
• Social Media
• Virtual Reality
• Virtual Identity & Community
• Mobile design
• Web Design & Development
• Streaming Audio
• Radio
• Film Criticism


Dr. Smith is a student of all things Internet-related, and has been involved with virtual communities and web design for over 20 years. He is part owner of an independent streaming radio station as well as being involved with several different podcasts over the years. He is the Multi-Media Unit Head for the School of BCA, as well as the faculty advisor for NBS-AERho: The National Electronic Media Association and Moore Media Digital Design (M2D2). He also serves as webmaster, and on the national Board of Governors, for NBS-AERho.

Recent Scholarship

Leonard, L., Sherblom, J., Withers, L., & Smith, J. (2015), Training Effective Virtual Teams: Presence, Identity, Communication Openness, and Conversational Interactivity, Connexions, 3(1).

Smith, J. (2013), Cyber-Synchronicity: A Theoretical Model for Bridging the Virtual and the Material. International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking, 5(3).

Smith, J. (2013), The Gamer Evolution (Documentary). Writer, Host, Researcher, Graphics Creator, Resource Acquisition, Co-Editor, Co-Producer.  Won two Awards of Distinction from the 20th Annual International Communicator Awards.

Ed.D: 2011, Central Michigan University
MA: 2003, Central Michigan University
BAA: 2001, Central Michigan University

Service Responsibilites
Assessment Coordinator

Personal Website
​​​ Courses Taught

• Electronic Media Copywriting

• Senior Seminar

• Qualitative Mass Comm Rsch Mthds

• Senior Capstone Seminar

Intr o to Graduate Electronic Media Research & Writing
• Serial Script Writing for Visual Narrative
• Electronic Media Career Preparation

Research Interests
• Curriculum & Assessment
• Rubrics
• Pedagogical Best Practices
• Television & Writing for Television
• Culture & Cultural Stereotyping                             


Double graduate of the School of BCA program with emphasis in media writing and performance. Worked with a custom cable manufacturer in Florida whose biggest client was Nielsen Media Research. Rumored to be a former club disc jockey in Florida.

Selected Scholarship

Stohlman, T. A. The Road to Redemption: Reclaiming the Value in Assessment Retention Exams. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 15(5), 64-71. http://josotl.indiana.edu/article/view/19189; Stohlman, T. A. (2010). Combining gender, discipline, and identity in the broadcast classroom: Strategies for inclusion. Journal of Media Education, 1(2). http://en.calameo.com/read/0000917892c917d5d7556

MA: 1980, Central Michigan University
BS: 1973, Central Michigan University

Service Responsibilities
Advisor, Student Chapter of the Radio Television Digital News Assocation (RTDNA)
Board Member, Michigan Assocation of Broadcasters Foundation
​​​ Courses Taught:

• Electronic Media Newswriting

• Producing Television News

Research Interests
• Student media

• Social media & local news

 Sports broadcasting


Rick Sykes joined the BCA faculty after spending nearly 24 years in the communications business, including 17 years in broadcast news. He has held a number of news positions including reporter, anchor, news producer, assignment editor and news manager. He has worked at both mid-size and major market television stations. After leaving the news business, he spent more than six years as a senior executive with a public relations firm.

Recent Scholarship

Sykes, R., Polinsky, H. (2015). An investigation of social media use in student news operations. Journal of Media Education, Vol 6 (1)

Sykes, R., Kuiper, N. (2011). Creating a multi-platform student reporting experience using the coverage of a mid-term election: A case study. Online Journal, International Association of Online Communicators, Vol 5 (1).

2014, Gamer Evolution, half hour documentary looking at online gamers

MA: 2014, Central Michigan University
BAA: Central Michigan University
​​​ Courses Taught

• Audio Production

• Advanced Audio Production

• Electronic Media Copywriting

• Electronic Media Programming

Research Interests
Public Broadcasting Operations & Management
• Audio & Radio Listener Trends
• Technology Advancements in Recording & Producing Audio


I absolutely love life!  I enjoy snowboarding and sledding in the winter, hiking and kayaking and camping in the summer, and pretty much anything else I can get into that's active and fun. I love watching movies, tv shows, listening to music of all types, and just experiencing everything the world has to offer. The more I can learn from those around me and my experiences, the more I have to offer the people in my life and those that I love.

Recent Scholarship

2nd place award in the debut category of Radio and Audio Media at the BEA Convention in Las Vegas, NV for "Localism and the Effect of Syndication on Public Radio Programming: Are New Media Technologies Helping or Hindering?", 2014.

Ph.D: 2007, Michigan State University
MA: 1999, Central Michigan University
BAA: 1992, Central Michigan University

Service Responsibilities
BCA Graduate Coordinator
​​​ Courses Taught

• Film Genre/Film Directors

• Electronic Media Criticism

• Mass Media Theory

• History & Appreciation of Cinema

Research Interests
Representations of gender, race & sexuality in media
• Media censorship
• MPAA film ratings
• Reality television
• Social media


Patty Williamson grew up in Canton Township, Michigan and developed a passion for radio while working at her high school radio station, WSDP. After a decade of working in commercial radio across the state of Michigan (WFMK-Lansing, WTKA-Ann Arbor, WLDR-Traverse City, WHMI-Howell, WCEN-Mt. Pleasant) she decided it was time to focus on teaching a new generation.  Patty has taught at CMU in the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts since 1999.  She is a film buff, a television binge-watcher, a reality television expert, and an animal welfare advocate.

Recent Scholarship

Williamson, P. A. (Nov 28, 2014) "The Power of Pretty: Reappropriating the Gaze and Feminine Agency in Spring Breakers" The IAFOR North American Conference on Film, Media and Cultural Studies Official Conference Proceedings.

Williamson, P. A. (2009) "Parents Speak: Parental Utilization of and Satisfaction with the Motion Picture Association of America's Film Rating System." The Journal of Family Life.

Graduate CMU Supervision Excellence Program 
Member of National Honor Society 
Attended Lansing Community College 
Graduate of Mt. Pleasant Area Leadership Institute


United Way of Isabella County Cabinet Member
Isabella County Child and Family Enrichment Council Board of Directors 
Lansing School District Sex-Ed Advisory Board Member 
City of Lansing, South East Planning Board Member
Lansing Baseball U.S.A. secretary
Holt Jaycette Outstanding member

Graduate Ithaca High School
Attended Alma College
ACT Work Keys Certified


Twenty years of administrative office experience, thirteen of those in education.  Student group advisor; coordinating major events such as graduation, conferences, open houses and career fairs.  Specialized training in computer programs.

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