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ERICA SCHARRER

Integrated Learning Center, Room N312

Department of Communication

650 North Pleasant Street

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, MA 01003-1100

(413) 545-6339

scharrer@comm.umass.edu


EDUCATION:

Ph.D. Mass Communications, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University, 1998.

M.A. Public Communication Studies, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University, 1995.

B.A. Communication, State University of New York at Geneseo, 1992.


ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:

Chair, Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Spring 2013- 2016.

Professor, Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2011-present.

Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 2005-2011.

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1999-2005.

Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, State University of New York at Geneseo, 1998-1999.

Faculty Director, WGSU-FM at State University of New York at Geneseo, 1998-1999.

Research Assistant for Dr. George Comstock, S.I. Newhouse Professor, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University, 1995-1998.
SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY:
Publications:

Books, Authored:

Comstock, G., & Scharrer, E. (1999). Television: What’s On, Who’s Watching, and What it Means. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

* Nominated by Dr. Maxwell McCombs for the International Communication Association Book Award, 2000-2001.
Comstock, G., & Scharrer, E. (2005). The Psychology of Media and Politics. San Diego, CA: Elsevier/Academic Press.
Comstock, G., & Scharrer, E. (2007). Media and the American Child. San Diego, CA: Elsevier/Academic Press.

Book, Edited:

Scharrer, E. (Ed.) (2013). Media Effects/Media Psychology, Volume 5. A. Valdivia, general editor. The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies. Boston, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.


Monograph:

Scharrer, E., Weidman, L., & Bissell, K. (2003). Pointing the finger of blame: News media coverage of popular-culture culpability. Journalism & Communication Monographs, 5(2), 49-98.

* Panel presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Acapulco, 2000.
Refereed journal articles:

Scharrer, E., & Bissell, K. (2000). Overcoming traditional boundaries: The role of political activity in the coverage of First Ladies. Women & Politics, 21(1), 55-83.


Scharrer, E. (2001). From wise to foolish: The portrayal of the sitcom father, 1950s-1990s. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 45(1), 23-40.
Scharrer, E. (2001). Men, muscles, and machismo: The relationship between television violence and aggression in the presence of hypermasculinity. Media Psychology, 3(2), 159-188.
Scharrer, E. (2001). Tough guys: The portrayal of aggression and hypermasculinity in televised police dramas. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 45(4), 615-634.
Scharrer, E. (2002). An “improbable leap:” Newspaper coverage of Hillary Clinton’s transition from first lady to Senate candidate. Journalism Studies, 3(3), 393-406.
Scharrer, E. (2002). Third-person perception and television violence: The role of out-group stereotyping in perceptions of susceptibility to effects. Communication Research, 29(6), 681-704.
Cooks, L., Paredes, M.C., & Scharrer, E. (2003). Creating a space for “every woman” at Oprah.com. Electronic Journal of Communication, 13(1).
Scharrer, E., Paredes, M., & Cooks, L. (2003). Media literacy as a community service learning project. Communication Teacher, 17(4), 6-8.


Cooks, L., Scharrer, E., & Paredes, M. (2004). Rethinking learning in service learning: Toward a communication model of learning in community and classroom. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 10 (2), 44-56.

Sun, C.F., & Scharrer, E. (2004). Staying true to Disney: College students’ resistance to criticism of The Little Mermaid. Communication Review, 7(1), 35-56.


Bergstrom, A., Paradise, A., & Scharrer, E. (2004). Introducing second graders to media literacy. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 8(1), special issue on media literacy, pp. 294-298.
Scharrer, E., Cooks, L., & Ren, Q. (2004). A media literacy project on violence and conflict. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 8(1), special issue on media literacy, pp. 256-260.
Scharrer, E. (2004). Virtual violence: Gender and aggression in video game advertisements. Mass Communication & Society, 7(4), 393-412.
Scharrer, E. (2005). Hypermasculinity, aggression, and television violence: An experiment. Media Psychology, 7 (4), 353-376.
Scharrer, E. (2005). Sixth graders take on television: Media literacy and critical attitudes about television violence. Communication Research Reports, 24, 325-333.
Scharrer, E. (2006). “I noticed more violence:” The effects of a media literacy program on knowledge and attitudes about media violence. Journal of Mass Media Ethics, 21(1), 70-87.
Scharrer, E., Kim, D.D., Lin, K., & Liu, Z. (2006). Working hard or hardly working?: Gender and performance of chores in television commercials. Mass Communication & Society, 9(2), 215-238.
Scharrer, E., & Leone, R. (2006). I know you are but what am I? Young people’s perceptions about video game influence. Mass Communication & Society, 9(3), 215-238.
Scharrer, E., Bergstrom, A., Paradise, A., & Ren, Q. (2006). Laughing to keep from crying: Humor and aggression in television commercial content. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 50(4), 615-634.]
Scharrer, E., & Cooks, L. (2006). Violence, conflict, and community service-learning: Measuring impact on students and community. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 11(1), 71-86.
Boulton, C., & Scharrer, E. (2006). Shifting currents in media awareness. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 10(3), 154-159.
Cooks, L., & Scharrer, E. (2006). Assessing learning in community service learning: A social approach. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, 13(1), 44-55.
Scharrer, E., & Leone, R. (2008). First-person shooters and third-person effects: Early adolescents’ perceptions of video game influence. Human Communication Research, 34(2), 210-233.
Sun, C., Bridges, A., Wosnitzer, R., Scharrer, E., & Liberman, R. (2008). A comparison of male and female directors in popular pornography: What happens when women are at the helm? Psychology of Women Quarterly, 32(3), 312-325.
Scharrer, E. (2008). Media exposure and sensitivity to violence in news reports. Evidence of desensitization? Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, 85(2), 291-310.
Scharrer, E.. (2009). Measuring the effects of a media literacy program on conflict and violence. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 1(1).
Bridges, A., Wosnitzer, R., Scharrer, E., Sun, C., & Liberman, R. (2010). Aggression and sexual behavior in best-selling pornography videos: A content analysis update. Violence against Women, 16(10), 1065-1085. Nominated by the editorial board for article of the year.
Scharrer, E. (2012). More than “just the facts”? Portrayals of masculinity in police and detective programs over time. Howard Journal of Communications, 23, 88-109.
Scharrer, E., & Wortman-Raring, L. (2012). A media literacy curriculum on violence in the US: Studying young people’s written responses for evidence of learning. Journal of Children and Media, 6(3), 351-366.
Scharrer, E. & Zeller, A. (2014). Active and sedentary gaming time: Testing associations with adolescents’ BMI. Journal of Media Psychology, 26(1/14), 39-49.
Walsh, K., Sekarasih, L., & Scharrer, E. (2014). Mean girls and tough boys: Children's meaning making and media literacy lessons on gender and bullying in the US. Journal of Children & Media, advance online version.
Scharrer, E., & Ramasubramanian, S. (2015). The role of media literacy education in influencing stereotypes of race and ethnicity. Journal of Social Issues, 71(1), 170-184.
Sekarasih, L., Walsh, K., & Scharrer, E. (2015). Media violence is made to attract and entertain”: Responses to media literacy lessons on the effects of and institutional motives behind media violence. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 6(3), 1-13.
Dill-Shackleford, K.E., Green, M.C., Scharrer, E., Wetterer, C., & Shackleford, L.E. (2015). Setting the stage for social change: Using live theater to dispel myths about intimate partner violence. Journal of Health Communication, 20(8), 969-976.

Scharrer, E. & Blackburn, G. (2015). Images of injury: Graphic news visuals’ effects on attitudes toward the use of unmanned drones. Mass Communication & Society, 18(6), 799-820.


Sekarasih, L., Nayar, K., O’Malley, D., Olson, C.J., & Scharrer, E. (2016). Entertaining audiences, ensuring inclusivity, and considering media influence: Sixth-graders’ understanding of media producers’ responsibility. Communication Review, 19(2), 128-152.
Sekarasih, L., McDermott, K.W., O’Malley, D., Olson, C., & Scharrer, E. (2016). To guide or to be the sage: Children’s responses to varying facilitator prompts following a media literacy education curriculum. Journal of Children and Media, 10(3). DOI: 10.1080/17482798.2016.1157503.
Book chapters:

Comstock, G., & Scharrer, E. (2001). Use of television and other film-related media. In D. Singer & J. Singer (Eds.), Handbook of children and the media. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, pp. 47-72.


Scharrer, E., & Greenfield, T. (2002). Radio. In M.T. Inge & D. Hall (Eds.), Handbook of American popular culture, New York, NY: Greenwood Press, pp. 1465-1501.
Cooks, L., Paredes, M., & Scharrer, E. (2002). There’s O Place like home: Searching for community on Oprah.com. In M. Consalvo & S. Paasonen (Eds.). Women and everyday uses of the Internet: Agency and identity. New York, NY: Peter Lang, pp. 139-167.
Scharrer, E., & Comstock, G. (2003). Entertainment televisual media: Content patterns and themes. In E.L. Palmer & B. Young (Eds.), Children and the faces of television. 2nd edition. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum, pp. 161-193.
Comstock, G., & Scharrer, E. (2003). The contribution of meta-analysis to the controversy over television violence and aggression. In D.A. Gentile (Ed.), Media violence and children: The complete guide for parents and professionals. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, pp. 205-226.
Comstock, G., & Scharrer, E. (2006). Media and popular culture. In I. Sigel & K.A. Renninger (Eds.), Handbook of child psychology, 6th ed., vol. 4. Child psychology in practice. New York: John Wiley and Sons, pp.817-863.
Cooks, L., Scharrer, E., & Morgan, M. (2006). Community service-learning, research, and the public intellectual. In K. Kecskes (Ed.), Engaging departments: Moving faculty culture from private to public, individual to collective focus for the common good. Bolton, MA: Anker Publishing, Inc., pp. 159-171.
Scharrer, E. (2007). Closer than you think: Bridging the gap between media effects and cultural studies in media education theory and practice. In A. Nowak, S. Abel, & K. Ross (Eds.). Rethinking media education: Critical pedagogy and identity politics. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, pp. 17-35.
Cooks, L., & Scharrer, E. (2007). Communicating advocacy: Learning and change in the media literacy and violence prevention project. In L. Frey & K. Carragee (Eds.), Communication activism: Media and performance activism, Vol. 2. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, pp. 129-154.

*2008 Outstanding Edited Scholarly Book Award from the Applied Communication Division of the National Communication Association.


Scharrer, E. (2007). Should we be concerned about media violence? In S.R. Mazzarella (Ed.), 20 questions about youth and the media. New York: Peter Lang, pp. 117-134.
Scharrer, E., Cooks, L., & Paredes, M.C. (2007). Viewing violence critically: Examining conflict in media and day-to-day life. In M.T. Christel & S. Sullivan (Eds.), Lesson plans for creating media-rich classrooms. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, pp. 164-172.
Sun, C., Wosnitzer, R., Bridges, A., Scharrer, E., & Liberman, R. (2010). Harder and harder: The content of popular pornographic movies. In M. Maludi & F. Denmark (Eds.), Victims of sexual assault and abuse: Resources and responses for individuals and families. Vol. 1: Incidence and psychological dimensions. New York: Praeger, pp. 335-362.
Comstock, G., & Scharrer, E. (2012). Use of television and other media (pp. 13-44). In D.G. Singer & J.L. Singer (Eds.), Handbook of children and media, 2nd ed. Los Angeles: Sage.
Scharrer, E. (2012). Television and gender roles: Cultivating conceptions of self and others. In M. Morgan, J. Shanahan, & N. Signorielli (Eds.), Living with television now: Advances in cultivation theory and research (pp. 81-100). New York, NY: Peter Lang.
Scharrer, E. (2012). The man in the box: Popular television and masculinity. In R.L. Jackson & J.E. Moshin (Eds.), Communicating marginalized masculinities: Identity politics in TV, film, and new media (pp. 159-173). Oxford, UK: Routledge.
Scharrer, E. (2013). Representations of gender in the media. In K.E. Dill (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of media psychology (pp. 267-284). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
Scharrer, E. (2013). Changes and continuities in the media effects paradigm. In E. Scharrer (Ed.), Media Effects/Media Psychology, Volume 5. A. Valdivia, general editor. The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies. Boston, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Scharrer, E. (2013). The behavioral, affective, and cognitive implications of media violence: Complex relationships between young people and texts (pp. 209-216). In D. Lemish (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of children, adolescents, and media, Oxford, UK: Routledge.
Comstock, G., Scharrer, E., & Powers, J. (2014). The contribution of meta-analysis to the controversy over television violence and aggression. In D.A. Gentile (Ed.), Media violence and children: The complete guide for parents and professionals, 2nd ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, pp.381-412.
Scharrer, E., Olson, C.J., Sekarasih, L., & Cadrette, R. (2016). Encouraging critical thinking about cyberbullying: Media literacy data from 6th graders. In J. Frechette & R. Williams (Eds.), Media education for a digital generation. Oxford, UK: Routledge, pp. 143-156.
Scharrer, E., Sekarasih, L., & Olson, C.J. (in press, invited). Media, youth, and wellbeing:

What are the outcomes of media education? In M.B. Oliver & L. Reinecke (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of media use and well-being: International perspectives on theory and research on positive media effects (pp. 250-261). Routledge: London, UK.


Refereed encyclopedia/annotated bibliography entries:

Comstock, G., & Scharrer, E. (2003). Television, role of: 1975-present. Encyclopedia of International Media and Communications, Vol. 4. San Diego, CA: Academic Press, pp. 443-458.


Scharrer, E. (2004). Children’s programs. In C. Sterling (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Radio, vol. I A-E. New York: Fitzroy Dearborn, pp. 318-323.
Scharrer, E. (2004). Content analysis and television. In Encyclopedia of Social Measurement. San Diego, CA: Academic Press, pp. 487-493.
Scharrer, E., & Demers, L. (2008). Media effects. In Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development. Farmington Hills, MI: Gale.
Scharrer, E. (2010). Violence in the media. Oxford Bibliography Online. Series editor, P. Moy.
Scharrer, E. (2010). Cultivation theory. Oxford Bibliography Online. Series editor, P. Moy.
Videotaped media literacy interview:

Invited interview guest for Game Over, an educational videotape on video game violence, race, and gender representations produced by the Media Education Foundation.


Non-refereed, invited essay:

Scharrer, E. (2002). Making a case for media literacy in the curriculum: Outcomes and assessment. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 46(4), 354-358.


Non-refereed, invited encyclopedia entries:

Scharrer, E. (2007). Fathers, media portrayals. In J.J. Arnett (Ed.), Encyclopedia of children, adolescents, and the media. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, pp. 330-331.


Scharrer, E. (2007). Media education in schools. In J.J. Arnett (Ed.), Encyclopedia of children, adolescents, and the media. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, pp. 501-503.
Scharrer, E. (2007). Media Education Foundation. In J.J. Arnett (Ed.), Encyclopedia of children, adolescents, and the media. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, p. 503.
Scharrer, E., & Blackburn, G. (2013). First-person perspective. In M. Eastin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Media Violence. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, pp. 167-168.
Book reviews:

Scharrer, E. (2002). Review of The politics of force: Media and the construction of police brutality by Regina G. Lawrence, 2000, University of California Press, Journal of Communication, 52(2), 483-484.


Scharrer, E. (2005). Review of Violence on television: Distribution, form, context, and themes by Barrie Gunter, Jackie Harrison, & Maggie Wykes, 2003, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Mass Communication & Society, 8(1), 64-68.
Scharrer, E. (2010). Taking media entertainment seriously. Review of How fantasy becomes reality: Seeing through media influence by Karen E. Dill, 2009, Oxford University Press, Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 63(5/6), 439-441.
Reprinted articles:

Scharrer, E. (2002). Making a case for media literacy in the curriculum: Outcomes and assessment. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 46(4), 354-358. Reprinted in F.W. Parkay & E.J. Anctil (2006). Curriculum planning: A contemporary approach. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.


Juried conference papers and posters (including only those not listed above):

Demers, L. & Scharrer, E. (2009, May). Targeting violence: A content analysis of video game commercials. Presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Chicago.

Scharrer, E., & Cooks, L. (2006, October). Viewing violence critically: Assessing a media education and conflict resolution unit for sixth graders. Action Coalition for Media Education Research Summit, Burlington, VT.

Scharrer, E., & Cooks, L. (2006, May). In real life, they don’t use anvils: A media literacy study on violence and conflict. Paper presented at the annual meeting of International Communication Association, Dresden, Germany.

Scharrer, E. (2003, May). Violent media content: A cross-media, longitudinal analysis. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, San Diego. Supported by a Faculty Research Grant from the University of Massachusetts ($5,000).

Scharrer, E., Cooks, L., & Paredes, M.C., & (2002, Oct.). Measuring learning in community service learning: A research project. Paper presented at the second annual Service Learning Research Conference, Nashville, TN.

Cooks, L., Paredes, M., & Scharrer, E. (2002, Nov.). Rethinking learning in service learning: Toward a communication model of learning in community and classroom. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, New Orleans, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Series.

Scharrer, E. (2001, Nov.). Television violence: The effects and effectiveness of a media literacy program. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Atlanta. Supported by a grant in service learning from the Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts ($1,500).

Scharrer, E. (1998, May). Measuring up to an ideal? The relationship between television exposure and body image. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Jerusalem, Israel.

Scharrer, E., & Arnold, J. (1996, Aug.). Style over substance: Coverage of two First Ladies in two major newspapers. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) National in Anaheim, California.

Scharrer, E. (1996, Nov.). June Cleaver revisited: The relationship between television exposure and attitudes and behaviors concerning housework. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) National in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Scharrer, E. (1995, April). Influence of soap opera viewing on perceptions regarding sexual activity. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Mid Atlantic Graduate Communication Association in College Park, Maryland.


Juried conference panels:

Scharrer, E. (2005, Nov.). Media literacy. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Boston.

Scharrer, E. (2004, April). Studying media content. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Boston.

Scharrer, E. (2003, July/Aug.). Media literacy versus visual literacy. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication, Kansas City.

Scharrer, E. (2002, Nov.). Virtual bodies: Masculinity, body size, and aggression in video game advertisements. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, New Orleans.

Scharrer, E. (2001, May). Mass media and gender role socialization. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Scharrer, E. (2001, May). Service learning through media literacy: A program on television violence. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Washington, D.C.

Scharrer, E. (2001, Nov.). Re-defining learning in community service learning: Radicalizing pedagogical practice. Paper co-presented (with Leda Cooks) at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Atlanta.

Scharrer, E. (1999, Nov.). Expectations in the academy: Identifying normative roles. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago.
Grants:

External

PI: William T. Grant Scholars Award, 2004, Media Violence and Youth: Effects and Intervention, $300,000. Status: Finalist, but not awarded.

PI: Massachusetts Campus Compact, 2001, In-School Violence Prevention and Media Literacy Program, $8,275. Status: Awarded.



Internal

Recipient, Online Faculty Fellows, funds to develop online courses, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, $3,000, 2011-2012.

Recipient, Revenue Enhancement Funds for new online Master’s degree in Media Literacy, 2010, $20,000.

Recipient, Research Support Fund, $800.

Recipient, Office of Faculty Development and Center for Teaching Flex Grant, Spring 2010, $500.

Recipient, Office of Community Service Learning, CSL Research Fellowship Grant, Fall 2005-Spring 2006, $1,000.

Recipient, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Travel Grants, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2011, $500 each.

Recipient, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Grant, Spring 2004, $750.

Recipient, Faculty Research Grants, University of Massachusetts, 2002, $6,289; 1999, $5,000.

Co-recipient/Co-PI, Departmental Grant for Service Learning from the Provost’s Committee on Service Learning at the University of Massachusetts, 2000, $10,000.

Recipient: Service Learning Grant from the Dean’s Office of the College of Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Massachusetts, 2000, $1,000.

Recipient: Service Learning Grant from the Dean’s Office of the College of Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Massachusetts, 1999, $500.

Recipient: College Research Council of SUNY Geneseo, Research Travel Grant, 1999.

Recipient: Faculty Senate at SUNY Geneseo, Senate Small Grant, 1999.

Recipient: The Graduate School of Syracuse University, Refereed Research Grant, 1997.

Recipient: The Graduate School of Syracuse University, Refereed Research Grant, 1996.

Awards, Fellowships, and Nominations

Research:

Research Scholar, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Families, 2003-2004.

Faculty Research Fellow, Community Service Learning, 2003-2004.

Recipient, All-University Doctoral Dissertation Prize, 1999.

Top faculty paper awards

First-person shooters and third-person effects: Early adolescents’ perceptions of video game influence. Mass Communication & Society Division, AEJMC, Aug., 2005 (Co-author: Ron Leone).

I noticed more violence:” The effects of a media literacy program on knowledge and attitudes about media violence. Media Ethics Division, AEJMC, Aug., 2004.



Hypermasculinity, aggression, and television violence: An experiment. Mass Communication & Society Division, AEJMC, July/Aug., 2003.

Teaching:

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Online Faculty Fellows, 2010-2011.

Mentor, General Education Fellowship Program, Center for Teaching, 2008.

Nominee, University Distinguished Teaching Award, 2003-2004, 2004-2005.

Recipient, Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2002-2003.

Lilly Teaching Fellow, 2001-2002.

Teaching Fellow, Community Service Learning, 2001-2002.

Outreach/Community Service:

Nominee, University Distinguished Outreach Award, 2010, 2013, 2015.

Chancellor’s Outstanding Community Service Award, 2006.

Teagle Fellow, Five College community-based education fellowship, 2001-2002.

Nominee, College-wide Distinguished Outreach Award, 2001.

Advising:

Nominee, University Outstanding Advisor Award, 2002.


Invited address:

Research related:

“Aggression and Sexual Behavior in Best-Selling Pornography Videos: A Content Analysis Update,” University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College, IN, March 26-27, 2015.

“Drone Warfare, Violent Images, and News Coverage,” University of Buffalo Department of Communication, April 2015.

“Guns and Violence in the Media,” STEM Expeditionary School, Springfield, MA, February, 2014.

Virtual Violence: Gender and Aggression in Television and Video Games,” the Cole Lecture in Contemporary Issues, UMass Homecoming, November, 2011.

“Media Literacy in the Curriculum,” Stonehill College, Easton, MA, September, 2008.

“Media, Body Image, and Our Kids,” presentation to teachers and parents at Fort River Elementary School, Amherst, MA, with Tom Gardner, April, 2008.

“Humor and Aggression in Television Commercial Content,” presentation to the Marketing Department, Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst, February, 2008.

“Guns and the Media,” International Training and Development, presentation to secondary school teachers from various countries across the world, June, 2006.

“Nutritional Messages in Food Advertising to Children,” A Glimpse of Academic Life, presentation to parents of newly accepted UMass Amherst students, June, 2006.

“Girls and the Media: The Other Teacher,” Presentation sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization, Fort River Elementary School, with Tom Gardner, June, 2006.

“Third Person Perception,” Invited to conference on this theme with scholars from across the world, Summer, 2005, Haifa, Israel (could not attend).

“Raising and Schooling Kids in the Media Age: Dealing with the ‘Other Teacher’: Boys will be Boys, Media and Male Gender Roles,” Fort River Elementary School, May 5, 2005 (with Tom Gardner).

“Raising and Schooling Kids in the Media Age: Dealing with the ‘Other Teacher’: Media, Violence, and Video Games,” Fort River Elementary School, April 7, 2005 (with Tom Gardner).

“Children, Media, and Play,” Western Massachusetts Early Childhood Educators and Care Givers, North Adams, MA, February 3, 2005.

“What Parents and Caregivers Should Know about Media Violence,” University of Massachusetts Amherst Family Day, October 16, 2004.

“A research agenda exploring issues of media and society,” to the Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board, January 16, 2004.

“Hypermasculinity and television violence,” Personality and Social Psychology Division Fall Colloquium Series, October 24, 2003.

“What is media literacy?,” Family drop-in center, UMass Amherst, September 15, 2003.

“The impact of media on stereotypical thoughts and attitudes,” Institute for Gay and Lesbian Strategic Studies, September 3, 2003.

“Media violence: What’s on, who’s watching, and what it means,” Fulbright Summer Institute, Amherst, MA, June, 2003.

“Gender and violence in the media,” University of Massachusetts Amherst Culture of Violence panel, at the University Gallery, April, 2002.

“Television tough guys,” Pizza and Prof. Night, UMass, Spring 2001.

“The changing portrayal of the sitcom father,” Westfield State College, Spring 2001.

“Men and machismo: Hypermasculinity and media,” New Feminist Scholars Research Panel, UMass, Fall 2000.

“Politically active first ladies and press coverage,” Five-College Women’s Studies Research Center, Mount Holyoke College, Fall 2000.

“Gender and the media,” Holyoke Community College, Fall 2000.

“Of violence and v-chips: A critical analysis of policy decisions regarding television violence,” Center for Public Policy and Administration Colloquium Series, UMass, Spring 2000.

“Dealing with television violence,” Deerfield Parent Teacher Organization Meeting, Spring 2000.

“Designing a media literacy program for older children,” Developmental Psychology Colloquium Series, UMass, Fall 1999.

“From wise to foolish: The changing portrayal of the sitcom father, 1950s-1990s,” Center for the Study of Communication, Department of Communication, UMass, Fall 1999.

“The Littleton shootings: Teens, families, schools, and society,” SUNY Geneseo, Spring 1999.

“Men, muscles, machismo, and the media,” Department of Communication Fall Colloquium Series, SUNY Geneseo, Fall 1998.

Teaching and service related:

“Advice from a recently promoted Professor,” SBS session for Associate Professors, October, 2015.

“Considering requests from and relationships with your chair,” New Faculty Orientation, August, 2014.

“Incorporating community service learning into the Communication curriculum,” with Profs. Leda Cooks and Mari Castañeda, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT, February, 2010.

“Recently tenured professor remarks,” Center for Teaching Tenure Preparation Seminar, May, 2006.

“My career path,” Career Day, Hopkins Academy, Hadley, MA, February, 2005.

“The power of community service learning in communication,” Power of Learning event for Homecoming Weekend, UMass Amherst, October, 2004.

“About the Communication major,” Autumn Event for high school seniors and their families, UMass Amherst, October, 2004.

“Engaging students in discussion,” University-wide Teaching Assistant Orientation, Center for Teaching, UMass Amherst, September, 2004.

“Welcome to UMass,” Welcome Orientation for 500 newly accepted, incoming students, Office of Admissions, April, 2004.

“Effective group discussions,” University-wide Teaching Assistant Orientation, Center for Teaching, UMass Amherst, August 29, 2003.

“Managing your academic career,” Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, October, 2002.

“Getting started with teaching, research, and service,” New Faculty Welcome and Orientation, run by Center for Teaching at UMass Amherst, Fall 2001.
Sample press coverage:

Interviewed by WFCR radio, WHYN radio, Channel 22’s Reel to Real, Daily Hampshire Gazette and Springfield Union News after Washington Post (by Richard Morin, 2001) published a story on my sitcom fathers study, Nov., 2001-Jan., 2002. The article on that study was picked up by, among other outlets, the Albany Times Union (http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-157468706.html), the Houston Chronicle (http://www.chron.com/CDA/archives/archive.mpl/2001_3355629/tv-sitcoms-said-to-stereotype-blue-collar-dads-as.html), and the Chicago Tribune (http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2001-12-12/features/0112120139_1_tv-dads-fathers-situation-comedies).


Participant in a public affairs talk show, MR2 , on the topic of “The Sopranos,” hosted by Comparative Literature Professor David Lenson on WMUA, Amherst, MA, 2004.
Interviewed by Daily Hampshire Gazette, Dec., 2002 on the Tony Soprano character, Sept., 2003 on media and politics around the publication of The Psychology of Media and Politics, and May, 2004 on the ending of “Friends.”
Interviewed by reporter from Real Simple magazine about my study on gender and chores in television commercials, published in April 2012 issue.
Interviewed for David Pakman Show, syndicated Internet public affairs program, about media violence and society following the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.
Interviewed for Yahoo News, Fall 2014, on feminism, fandom, and the Little Mermaid.
Interviewed for Yahoo News, August, 2015, on sensitivity to violence in the news, http://news.yahoo.com/for-a-country-desensitized-to-violent-news-coverage--the-virginia-shooting-was-still-a-shock-003430593.html
TEACHING:

Courses taught:

At University of Massachusetts Amherst:

COMM 101 Communication: First Year Introduction

COMM 397F Media Ethics

COMM 397P Television and the Public

COMM 397U/COMM 338 Children, Teens, and Media

COMM 426 Media Violence

COMM 497S Television Violence

COMM 494H Media Literacy and Violence Prevention Program Capstone

COMM 499C/COMM 499D Video Games: Theory and Research Capstone

COMM 620B/621 Quantitative Research Methods

COMM 226 Social Impact of Mass Media

COMM 797F Content Analysis

COMM 891Q Media Effects

COMM 691E Media Literacy

HONORS 491E: Public Policy and Citizen Action

HONORS 292S Research as a Tool for Change
At State University of New York at Geneseo:

COMN 253 Media Advertising


COMN 261 Radio and Television Writing


COMN 266 Radio Production

COMN 280 Electronic Media Practicum

COMN 353 Advertising as Social Communication

COMN 366 Media Management


At the Newhouse School at Syracuse University:

COM 755 Communication Theory


TRF 436/698 Social Effects of Television, team-taught

COM 500 Media and Public Affairs, team-taught



COM 605 Research Methods, teaching assistant

COM 107 Mass Communication and Society, teaching assistant





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