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Meet the Faculty for the MC in Digital Storytelling Program

Meghan Dougherty Ph.D.

Meghan Dougherty, Assistant Professor in Digital Communication and program director for the new Master's in Communication Program, teaches courses in digital research methods, digital culture, communication technology, and communication theory.

Dougherty studies e-research and digital cultural heritage. Her research focuses on preservation and interpretation of web culture, collaboration tools to aid knowledge production, and web archiving as emerging ‌cyberinfrastructure for e-research. Her current work focuses on the evolution of archival practices. She is working to trace the evolution of web archiving in scholarly practice, and to suggest that emerging techniques of archiving require a new interpretation of the archive itself as a co-authored, social and communicative medium.

Before joining the faculty at Loyola, Dr. Dougherty was a researcher for Webarchivist.org. As a member of the Webarchivist team, Dougherty participated in a number of projects including the September 11 Web Archive, the Election 2002 Web Archive, Internet and Elections, and the Web Campaigning Digital Supplement. Her contributions with the team include designing and building web-based exhibits from web archives; conceptualizing, testing, and documenting Webarchivist research software; supporting data collection and analysis; and training researchers in methods and software. She built Wayfinder, a personalizable research interface for web archives, as an addition to the Webarchivist suite of research tools. She continues to work with Webarchivist to explore archival practices for the web.

Dougherty earned her PhD, Communication at the University of Washington. She held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Virtual Knowledge Studio for the Humanities and Social Sciences (VKS). She conducted preliminary research and analysis for a report on the uses of web archives in humanities and social science research. This report led to the Research Engagement with Web Archives project, in which Dougherty works with her VKS colleagues and scholars at the Oxford Internet Institute to further preliminary explorations into the use of web archives in research. This project is funded by the UK-based Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).


Connie Fletcher Ph.D.

Connie Fletcher is both scholar and a New York Times best-selling author. She teaches courses in Investigative Journalism, Interviewing, Reporting & Writing, Advanced Reporting and Literary Journalism. 

She received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Northwestern University and taught at the Medill School of Journalism before she joined the Loyola University Chicago faculty in 1986.  A Loyola alumna, she earned her B.A. with a double major in English and Classics.

Dr. Fletcher has written five books. The most recent, Every Contact Leaves a Trace, was published in 2007.  In it, crime scene investigators discuss their work. Her first book, Who Runs Chicago?, a collaboration with two Chicago Tribune reporters, outlined the power structure in Chicago. She has also written three oral histories of police: "What Cops Know," "Pure Cop," and "Breaking and Entering: Women Cops."                            

John C. P. Goheen

Veteran photojournalist, John Goheen has been honored three times with the most ‌prestigious award a video photojournalist can receive, the National Press Photographer’s Association Television News Photographer of the Year. As an independent filmmaker John has also won a dozen awards from festivals such as the Denver International Film Festival, the Phoenix International Film Festival, and the Santa Fe Film Festival.

A 12-time Emmy winner, he has spent a long career in television news working for stations such as KMGH-TV in ‌Denver, KOMO-TV in Seattle, and KUTV in Salt Lake City.  He has also worked as a free lance producer and photographer for Dateline NBC, ESPN, the BBC, and 60 Minutes, to name but a few.  

Goheen teaches Introduction to Video,  Video Documentary and co-teaches Multi-media Advertising and Public Relations with Dr. Pamela Morris.

Goheen recently completed V-Day 11.11.11. The project was filmed entirely on Veteran’s Day by more than 50 still and video photojournalists located throughout the world. Goheen, who is a veteran himself, is producing the documentary to share the compelling stories of American veterans. Although the U.S. is in the midst of two wars, Goheen believes the contributions of servicemen and servicewoman are often “overlooked."

Aaron Greer M.F.A.

Aaron Greer, Associate Professor in Digital Cinema and Media Production and program director for the Film and Digital Media program, teaches a range of film courses, including: Introduction to Cinema, Screenwriting, Screen Directing, Film History, Film Genre, Advanced Post Production and Introduction to Video Production.

Greer joined Loyola from the University of Alabama’s Department of Telecommunications and Film, Tuscaloosa, Ala., where he has taught courses in screen directing, post-production, international cinema and documentary video.  He earned an MFA at Temple University, Philadelphia; and a BA in history from Washington University, St. Louis. 

As a filmmaker Greer has developed an impressive professional portfolio. His award-winning feature, Gettin’ Grown, has screened at film festivals around the country and is currently distributed by Warner Brothers Home Video.  Another film, A Night in the Theater, has national educational distribution. He has also produced short films on dance, theater, and questions of race and childhood that continue to be screened around the country. His current projects include Fruit of the Tree, which won an award for best screenplay at the 2008 University Film and Video Association conference, and the documentary feature Merchant of Havana

‌Following up on the success of Gettin' Grown, Greer has created a web series called Gettin' Grown TV, which plays into pre-teen boys' love of the internet by including viewer generated content and giving users the ability to re-edit parts of the show. He outlines his idea in a short video promo that explains the genesis of the project and describes how the website functions

‌ Lee Hood Ph.D.

Two-time Emmy winner, Lee Hood, Assistant Professor in broadcast journalism teaches Broadcast News, TV Reporting, Ethics and Communication and Newscasting and Producing.

‌ Loyola News Chicago weekly newscasts, written and produced by students in Hood's Newscasting and Producing class, are posted on the SoC pages of igNation.

Hood won two Emmys for her work as a television news producer and a faculty teaching award at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

She holds a B.A.  in Journalism from the University of Missouri, and an M.A. in Journalism and Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

She has contributed to and edited a book, written a number of book chapters and published a number of articles.  During her news career she has worked at half a dozen television stations, including three of four of Denver’s network affiliates.  She also has reported for a newspaper and for radio.


David Kamerer Ph.D.

David Kamerer Assistant Professor in Public Relations and Digital Media, teaches Public Relations, New Media Campaigns, Public Service Communication and Observing/Measuring Comm. Behaviora.

Kamerer holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University, Bloomington, Ind.; an M.A. from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.; and a B.A. from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa.  He has taught previously at Wichita State, Kansas State and Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas. 

In addition to his academic career he spent half a dozen years as director of communication for a non-profit agency, Envision, which offers resources to people who are blind or have low vision. In June he took first place in audovisuals from the National Federation of Press Women for his video on Envision.

He has earned APR accreditation from the Universal Accreditation Board, an affiliate of the Public Relations Society of America.


Marjorie Kruvand Ph.D.

Marjorie Kruvand, Assistant Professor in the Advertising and Public Relations program, teaches Principles of Public Relations, Public Relations Cases, Public Service Communication, Health Communication and other public relations courses.  

Dr. Kruvand brings to Loyola more than three decades of experience in journalism, public relations, and academia. She was a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; a senior vice president and partner at Fleishman-Hillard, one of the world’s largest public relations agencies; and an assistant professor of Journalism at Northeastern University in Boston.  

Her areas of research specialization include health and science communication, mass communication of bioethical issues, and the dynamics between journalists and public relations practitioners. Her research has been published in Public Relations Review, Science Communication, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, and the Newspaper Research Journal. 

Dr. Kruvand received her Ph.D. from the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. She has a master’s degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Kruvand was also a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Julia Lieblich M.T.S.

 Veteran journalist Julia Lieblich, Assistant Professor Specialized Journalism‌  teaches  Reporting & Writing, Historical and Critical Issues in Journalism, Human Rights Reporting and Critical Ethnography.

Lieblich's substantial career in journalism has focused on issues surrounding religion, human rights and business. After receiving a Master’s degree in Theological Studies from Harvard’s Divinity School, Lieblich went on to work as the religion writer for the Associated Press and the Chicago Tribune, a business writer for Fortune magazine, a correspondent for ReligionLink, and was honored as an Ochburg Fellow at the well-known Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. She has also served as a Fellow at Northwestern Law School’s Center for International Human Rights.

In the 1990s, Lieblich published a New York Times cover story about four defiant nuns in the Roman Catholic Church, which led to the successful book publication of "Sisters" by Ballantine Press. Currently, she is completing a book-length manuscript on "Finding Meaning After Terror", which tells the story of a Bosnian survivor of concentration camps.


Pamela Morris Ph.D.

Pamela Morris, who joined the School of Communication faculty with an impressive academic and professional background. She has spent over 18 years in advertising and marketing communications and has worked in account management for Foot Cone & Belding, Los Angeles, and DraftWorldwide, Chicago. Morris has also worked at regional agencies and business and was involved in the production of 100s of television commercials. 

Her love of the field led her to pursue a Ph.D. in Mass Communications at the Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University, New York.  She also has an MBA from California State University, Long Beach, Calif.

Morris teaches Principles of Advertising, Advertising Creative Copywriting, and Advertising and Public Relations Design and Multi-media Advertising and Public Relaions with John Goheen, instructor video and documentary production.

Morris’ article Culture and metaphors in advertisements:  France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the United Stateswas recently published in the International Journal of Communication. Details of selected studies and other advertising images can be seen at her website: pamelakmorris.com.

Morris has taught courses in visual communication, literacy and advertising at several universities—Syracuse University; the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb.; De Paul University, Chicago; Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill.—and received teaching awards. Her research focus has been on advertising visuals and the relationship between these images and culture. Morris has published work on gender in print advertising around the globe and completed other research work on new media images, organizations and international campaign.


John Slania M.A.

John Slania, Senior Professional in Residence and program director for the  Journalism program, is a veteran Chicago journalist who brings real-life newsroom instruction to the classroom. He was a reporter and ‌editor at the Daily Herald, Milwaukee Journal and Chicago Tribune. 

Slania teaches Reporting & Writing Across Platforms, Writing for the Web, Sports Journalism, Writing for Business and Trade, Ethics and Communication, Advanced Reporting and ovrsees the Journalism internships. Slania's Advanced Reporting class focuses on the editorial content for SOC's social justice magazine, the MOSAIC.  The first issue of the Mosaic came out spring 2004.

The Loyola Student Dispatch originated in Slania's Reporting and Writing classes and gives students the opportunity to cover breaking news stories and get them posted on a website. Loyolans can follow LSD on Twitter and Facebook. 

Slania has an MSJ from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. A Loyola alumnus, he earned his BS with a double major in Communication and English. 

Slania is a regular contributor to Crain's Chicago Business and a sports business columnist for the Daily Heralds Business Ledger. He writes a monthy column.


Bastiaan Vanacker Ph.D.

Bastiaan Vanacker’s academic work has focused on media ethics and law, international communication and the philosophy of mass communication. He joined Loyola in fall 2007 as assistant professor in media ethics.  Vanacker was named the program director for the School of Communications Center of Digital Ethics and Policy in Summer 2012. He teaches Media Law, Ethics and Communication, Digital Ethics and Historical and Critical Issues in Journalism.

Dr. Vanacker’s award winning graduate research has been presented at various ‌peer reviewed conferences and has been published in the Journal of Mass Media Ethics.

During his time at the University of Minnesota, Vanacker was closely affiliated with the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law, where he contributed to the center’s newsletter which he also edited for a period of time.  He currently is the Teaching Chair for the Media Ethics Division of the Association for Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication.

After receiving a degree in Philosophy at the University of Ghent, in his native Belgium, Dr. Vanacker came to the United States on a Rotary scholarship to obtain a Masters degree in Mass Communication and Journalism at the University of Minnesota. He continued his graduate work to earn his Ph.D in 2006.  After graduating, he taught at the University of Saint Thomas, St. Paul, Minn., and Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minn.


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