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Radio, Television, and Digital Media Faculty

Our faculty is nationally known media makers and researchers. Our production faculty have major market experience in documentaries, electronic journalism, 3D animation, television narrative and sound arts. Our world class researchers focus on media industries, global media, communication law and ethics, corporate media creativity and alternative media worldwide.

Cody Brookshire, Assistant Professor

Radio, Television, and Digital Media; Music

Cody Brookshire's music has been performed at events and venues ranging from the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, to SEAMUS and CBDNA National Conferences, to the Oh My Ears! Marathon Concert in Arizona, including international performances ranging from the Audiograft Festival of Contemporary Experimental Music and Sound Art in Oxford, to the Guangzhou Grand Theater in China, and the Freedom On My Doorstep installation project at the Wiltshire Heritage Museum in England.



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Cody Brookshire

Office: Comm 1050F /Altgeld 241
Phone: 618-536-7555
Email: cody.brookshire@siu.edu

Lisa Brooten, Associate Professor

Radio, Television, and Digital Media

Lisa Brooten holds a Ph.D. in international telecommunications and an MAIA in international development studies from Ohio University. Prior to that, she worked for years in community radio in Philadelphia and had a professional stint in radio production with the show “Fresh Air with Terry Gross” distributed by National Public Radio.



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Lisa Brooten

Office: COMM 1050G
Email: lbrooten@siu.edu

David R. Burns, Associate Professor

Radio, Television, and Digital Media

David R. Burns is a digital media artist and publishing scholar who explores the relationships between humans, technology, and nature in his creative-research. More specifically, he focuses on the tensions between technology, culture, and nature in the public and private spheres; mediating memory and postmemory; and participatory self-expression through visual music. Burns takes an interdisciplinary approach to creating digital media art by combining computer animation, 3D modeling, 3D printing, sound design, interactive media, and physical computing to push the boundaries of artistic expression. In addition to creating hybrid projects that are both artistic exhibitions and scholarly publications, Burns publishes scholarly essays where he contextualizes his artistic projects and critically analyzes contemporary issues in media arts.



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David R. Burns

Office: COMM 2224
Email: drburns@siu.edu
Website: www.davidrburns.com

Dennis Galloway, Senior Lecturer

Radio, Television, and Digital Media

Dennis Galloway spent over 30 years working in the television industry, primarily as a freelance director of live multi-camera productions with an emphasis on sports telecasts. His client list has included: Fox Sports Net, ESPN, BET, Atlantic 10 Television Network, Executive Communications, SportsTime Ohio, MASN, Mountaineer Sports Network, MLB Advanced Media, Pittsburgh Steelers and others.



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Dennis Galloway

Office: Comm 2217
Email: dgalloway@siu.edu

Joey Helleny, Senior Lecturer

Radio, Television, and Digital Media, Journalism

Joey Helleny teaches courses in broadcast journalism. For 25 years, Helleny was familiar to news audiences in Southern Illinois as an anchor and reporter on the area's leading radio stations. He also wrote for print publications including the Southern Illinoisan and the St. Louis Globe Democrat. Helleny's professional experience also includes a stint as the Media Director for the Du Quoin State Fair. He served for two years as the Director of SIRIS, a reading service for the blind and visually impaired operated by SIUC.



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Joey Helleny

Office: COMM 1050B
Email: jhelleny@siu.edu

Wago Kreider, Associate Professor

Radio, Television, and Digital Media

Wago Kreider, Associate Professor, is a media artist and experimental filmmaker. His creative work engages with contemporary strategies of artistic reenactment, the reconstruction of cinematic history, and the impact of film history on our perceptions of landscape and the environment. His films have screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Rotterdam International Film Festival, the London Film Festival, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Hong Kong Film Festival, Views from the Avant-Garde at the New York Film Festival, the European Media Art Festival in Osnabrück, Germany, the Paris Festival of Different & Experimental Cinema, and at the International Film Festival of Vienna. He has participated in artist residencies at the Experimental Television Center in Owego, Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center in New York City, Basement Films/Experiments in Cinema in Albuquerque, and at Berlinale Talents as part of the Berlin International Film Festival.



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Wago Kreider

Office: COMM 1050F
Email: wkreider@siu.edu
Website: Studio 27

Sarah Lewison, Associate Professor

Radio, Television, and Digital Media

Associate Professor Sarah Lewison is a media producer, artist, and writer whose work examines power, economics and political subjectivity. Her teaching and research areas include media and social change, ecological pedagogy and experimental performance. Her video work includes the documentary Fat of the Land which screened on PBS and in museums, festivals and community spaces worldwide, and is nationally noted for stimulating the do-it-yourself waste-grease bio-diesel movement. Prof. Lewison's writing about media aesthetics, social history, sustainability and culture has been published in Tema (Denmark), Journal of Northeast Studies (Hamburg, Germany), Area (Chicago), and "Failure! Experiments in Aesthetics and Social Practices" (Aesthetics and Protest Pub., LA). She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of California San Diego.



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Sarah Lewison

Office: Comm 1050E
Email: slewison@siu.edu
Website: sarahlewison.com

Kevin Mercer, Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor Kevin Mercer’s interdisciplinary work investigates the human as a cybernetic component within systems and networks. Handmade, pseudoscientific technology strains to establish a tenuous but critical link to the ephemeral, illustrating loss, longing, and the need for communication. Mercer integrates animation, sound, projection, physical computing, and hacked electronics within immersive spaces. Anachronistic equipment, such as black and white tube tv’s or slide projectors, deliver shaped light, digital animations, and 3D scans of found objects. Perceptions of the past and present osculate along with tangents of physical and digital realties.



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Kevin Mercer Phone: 618-453-2239
Office: COMM 1048
Email: kevin.mercer@siu.edu
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H.D. Motyl, Interim Dean - MCMA, Associate Professor

Radio, Television, and Digital Media

H.D. Motyl is an Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he teaches media production and writing for TV. His feature-length documentary about professional rodeo cowboys called Cowboy Christmas was honored as Best Feature Documentary at the Madrid International Film Festival and as Best of the Fest for Faculty Documentary at the Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts.



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H.D. Motyl

Phone: 618 453-6992
Email: hdmotyl@siu.edu

Jay Needham, Professor

Radio, Television, and Digital Media

Jay Needham is a sound artist, musician, image maker, writer-editor and cultural producer who utilizes multiple creative platforms to produce his works, many of which have a focus on sound and site-specific field research. As a hearing-divergent person, Needham makes work that often involves sensing and experiencing sound across many modalities. His sound art, works for radio, visual art, performances and installations have appeared at museums, festivals and on the airwaves, worldwide. His most recent sound installation is on permanent display in the BioMuseo, designed by Frank Gehry in The Republic of Panama.



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Jay Needham

Office: COMM 1050D
Email: jayn@siu.edu

Cinzia Padovani, Associate Professor

Radio, Television, and Digital Media

Cinzia Padovani is Associate Professor with Tenure in the Department of Radio Television and Digital Media, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, U.S.A. She holds an MA in Education (1989, University of L’Aquila Italy) and a PhD in Media Studies (1999, University of Colorado Boulder).



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Cinzia Padovani

Office: COMM 2223
Email: padovani@siu.edu
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Jenny Pape, Assistant Professor of Practice

Radio, Television, and Digital Media

Jenny Pape is an award-winning sound artist and songwriter.



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Jenny Pape

Office: COMM 2219
Phone: (618) 536-7555
Email: jennypape@siu.edu

John Perkins-Buzo, Associate Professor

Radio, Television, and Digital Media

My work ranges over the boundaries where Augmented and Virtual Reality, animation, cinema, and gaming narratives meet. My Fine Arts experience grounds me in aesthetics and the narrative arts, while my background in Computer Science provides a excellent technical position to approach research in the digital media arts.



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John Perkins-Buzo

Office: Comm. 2225
Phone: 618-453-2218
Email: rperkinsbuzo@siu.edu

Robert Spahr, Interim Director of the School of Media Arts, Associate Professor

Robert Spahr is a visual artist and educator who produces computational art using generative processes and genetic algorithms; digital and analog images; objects; live art and time-based media.



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Robert Spahr

Office: Northwest Annex 213B
Email: rspahr@siu.edu

Jan Thompson, Director - School of Journalism, Professor

Radio, Television, and Digital Media, Journalism

Professor Thompson is a 3-time Emmy award winning filmmaker and composer.



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Jan Thompson

Office: COMM 1050J
Email: janione@siu.edu

James Wall, Senior Lecturer

Radio, Television, and Digital Media, Journalism

James A. Wall teaches within the Electronic Media Marketing and Management sequence. Prior to becoming a full-time educator, Jim worked in the commercial broadcast industry for over twenty years in sales and marketing. He earned both a B.S. in Radio-Television and an M.A. in Media Management from SIUC.



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James Wall

Office: COMM 1050C
Email: jwall@siu.edu