I'm an associate professor in the Dept. of Psychology here at Ithaca College, where I've been teaching since 1986. I currently teach courses in developmental psychology (including the Proseminar in Development for psychology majors and Introduction to Developmental Psychology for non-majors). I also teach Media Literacy & Popular Culture through the Dept. of Culture and Communication in the Division of Interdisciplinary & International Studies (DIIS).
I am the founder and executive director of Project Look Sharp, a media literacy initiative of DIIS that provides support, materials and training for the integration of media literacy across the curriculum in K-12 and post-secondary education. In that role, I help to write and edit many curriculum kits, lessons, and other educational materials, including the booklet "12 Basic Ways to Integrate Media Literacy and Critical Thinking into Any Curriculum" co-authored with Faith Rogow. I was a founding board member of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (formerly AMLA), and I lead media literacy workshops for educators across the country, including the Teaching & Learning Celebration sponsored by Channel Thirteen in New York City where I will be presenting on March 8.
I've lived in Ithaca for more than 35 years, since I came to Cornell University as a freshman. I had the honor of working with Dr. John Condry at Cornell for my doctoral thesis. He and I established the Center for Research on the Effects of Television (CRETV) in 1983, including one of the largest archives of television content in the U.S.