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  • Ph.D.  New York University, Steinhardt School of Education, Media Ecology, 2002.
  • M.A. San Jose State University, College of Social Sciences, Communication, 1994.
  • B.A. San Jose State University, College of Social Sciences, Communication, 1993.

Professional Experience

Professor (full rank with tenure), Montclair State University School of Communication and Media, Montclair, New Jersey.

Founder and DirectorCommunication + Media Research Collaboratory (C+MRC)

Founder & Executive Director, Project Literacy Among Youth (PLAY, LLC). Provide innovative, educational opportunities, professional development, evaluation and consulting services in the areas of media and technology literacies. (1999-present)

Professor (full rank with tenure), Montclair State University Department of Secondary and Special Education, Montclair, New Jersey. Assistant professor (2002-2007); Associate professor (2007-2015). Full professor (2015-present). Served as department chairperson and as a member of the doctoral faculty 2013-2015.

Internal Vice President, American Federation of Teachers Local 1904. (2008-2009; 2014-2016)

Technology Consultant & Director of Special Projects, Media Workshop New York, a Project of the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Center for Children and Technology, New York, NY. (1996-1998)

Media Educator Grades 7 & 8, New York City Museum School, District 2. New York, NY. Co-taught with classroom teachers to integrate media and technology literacies across subject areas. (1997-1998)

Doctoral Fellow, New York University Faculty of Arts and Sciences Expository Writing Program. Taught undergraduate courses in written composition. (1995-1997)

Masters Teaching Fellow, San Jose State University Department of Communication Studies. Taught undergraduate courses in public speaking. (1993-1995)

Selected Scholarship


Navigating Media Literacy: A Pedagogical Tour of Disneyland. Gorham, ME: Myers Education Press. 2020.

Healthy Teens, Healthy Schools: How Media Literacy Can Renew Education in the United States. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education. 2015.

Rethinking Technology in Schools: A Primer. New York: Peter Lang. 2009.

Book Chapters

Vanessa Domine on Neil Postman. In R. Hobbs (Ed.). Exploring the Roots of Digital and Media Literacy through Personal Narrative. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 2016.

How important is technology in urban education? In J. L. DeVitis & L. Irwin-DeVitis (Eds.). Adolescent Education: A Reader (pp. 379-388). New York: Peter Lang. 2010.

“Doing technology” in the college classroom: Media literacy as critical pedagogy. In R. Goldstein (Ed.). Useful Theory: Making Critical Education Practical (pp. 131-147). New York: Peter Lang. 2006.

Journal Articles

Media ecologies of health literacy: Case examples of educational empowerment. The Journal of Digital and Media Literacy, 1(1). 2013.

Blogging the field: An emergent continuum for urban teacher development. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, 20(4), 387-414. 2012.

Think global, act local: Expanding the agenda for media literacy education in the United States. Library Trends, 60(2), 440-453. 2011.

The coming of age of media literacy. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 3(1). 2011.

Building 21st century teachers: An intentional pedagogy of media literacy education. Action in Teacher Education, 33(2), 194-205. 2011.

A social history of media, technology and schooling. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 1(1). 2009.

Scholarly Presentations

A Whole Curriculum Development Model for Critical Media Health Literacy Among Adolescents. Paper presented at the Society for Public Health Education’s (SOPHE) 67th Annual Meeting, Charlotte, North Carolina. April 2016.

Core Principles of Media Literacy Education as a Framework for Teacher Education. Roundtable Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 2014.

Service Learning and the Law of Reciprocity: Catalyzing Educational Renewal and High Quality Teacher Preparation. Session presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Network for Educational Renewal, Hartford, Connecticut. October 2011.

Heed the Beckon-NING Call: Media Literacy Education through Social Networking. Workshop presented at the Northeast Media Literacy Conference, Storrs, Connecticut. March 2010.

A Techno-Ethnographic Approach to Urban Education. Paper presented at the 29th Annual Urban Ethnography in Education Research Forum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. March 2008.

Invited Speaking Engagements

Interviewed for PBS program on the culture of violence in the media, “After Newtown, What Next: Violence in the Media” (December 22, 2012). New York: PBS.

DM3C/LIVE: A conversation about the intersection of digital and media literacy and civic engagement. James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte, NC. September 28-30, 2011 and September 2012.

“Media Literacy: Is it Good for Us?” at the International Family Film Festival in Burbank, CA, March 18, 2011.

Roundtable participant at the Aspen Institute headquarters in Washington, D.C. to offer actionable steps to advance the Knight Commission recommendations in the 2009 report Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age, July 15, 2010.

Selected Workshops

  • We the Voters Political “Party”
  • Eyes Wide Open: This is Media Screening and Discussion 
  • Co-Teaching Considered: Collaboration Between General and Special Educators 
  • A Media Literacy Tour Through the Common Core
  • Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction Among Gifted Learners
  • Ten Steps to a More Media and Technology-Literate Classroom
  • What’s Happen-NING in Teacher Professional Development?

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