The faculty of the School of Media and Communication includes research scholars, journalists, television producers, new media artists, speechwriters, advertising executives and public relations practitioners. Many cross fields and bring less traditional approaches to communications and media into the classroom. By transcending these borders, the faculty of the School of Media and Communication finds compelling connections that have defined the school since it was founded in 1967 as the School of Communications and Theater.
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Prof. Mueller’s designs earn two top awards
Kathy Mueller, assistant professor of advertising at Temple University’s School of Media and Communication, has earned two prestigious awards for design work she completed as part of her MFA in graphic and interactive design at Temple’s Tyler School of Art, a degree she completed this spring.
“Baker’s Dozen: Idiomatic Expressions with Numbers,” was named the best entry in the “Book, Communication Design,” category by the Type Directors Club. It graphically depicts 13 sayings with numbers, such as “seventh heaven” and “six of one, half-dozen of another.” Many consider the Type Directors Club competition as the most prestigious in the field. Mueller’s work is one of 209 entries from 18 countries that will be part of a touring exhibition that will stop in the United States, Germany, Hong Kong and other countries.Click to view slideshow.
Additionally, Mueller’s poster designs for a surfing competition on Lake Michigan earned a merit award from the Art Directors Club. Judged by an international panel of the world’s most respected creative professionals, the ADC Annual Awards competition honors the best work from around the world in a variety of disciplines of communication design and art direction. Her work will be featured in the Art Directors Annual, one of the most respected collections of work in the field.
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Prof. Weatherston saves students money through alternate textbook project
Students in Assistant Professor Kristine Weatherston’s “Genres of Media Production: Documentary” class will be spending $60 less a semester thanks to her use of innovative teaching tools.
Instead of using a traditional textbook, Weatherston will teach from the Internet, new media, hands-on training and open-source educational materials.
She was awarded $1,000 for her plan from Temple University Libraries as part of the Alternate Textbook Project. According to its web site, the program was started in 2011 in an effort to encourage faculty to find “better and less costly ways to deliver learning materials to their students.”
Twenty students are enrolled in the class this fall.
“I teach this course every semester, so this will impact students for years to come,” she said.
Including this round of awards, nearly 40 faculty members from throughout Temple have participated in the project.
For more information, visit sites.temple.edu/alttextbook.
SMC remembers PR professor Jean Brodey
In the 28 years Jean Brodey, EDU ’75, ’79, taught public relations at Temple University, the tough but fair grader renowned for editing with a fierce red pen built strong connections with students who shared her passion for storytelling.
Brodey died April 30 at the age of 85.
The mentoring relationships Brodey built didn’t end when her students graduated. Long after they left the classroom, a small group, who dubbed themselves “The Brodey Bunch,” would meet her for lunch several times a year at the Whitemarsh Valley Inn in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, to seek advice and inspiration about their professional goals and their personal lives.
“Although our gatherings began with Jean, surrounded by fresh, new professionals seeking career advice and even leads to our first jobs, throughout the years the group evolved to discussions of not just our professional lives but close bonds of personal friendship,” said Cathy Engel Menendez, JOUR ’93, the senior manager of communications at PECO.
As director of the internship program, it was part of Brodey’s job to place students with companies to allow them to gain practical experience in the field before graduating. But, by all accounts, it was more than a job for Brodey. It was her mission.
“She was the go-to person in the community when a company was looking for a PR professional,” said Danielle Cohn, JOUR ’95, vice president of marketing and communications at the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Brodey was a member of the Philadelphia Public Relations Association for nearly 40 years and was inducted into its hall of fame in 1998. For PPRA, she published and mailed out a printed job listing called the “PRSA Placement Service,” which Cohn said helped her get her first three jobs.
And when the job offers came, Cohn said her mentees would go to Brodey for advice on negotiating the best salary.
“She gave a lot of us the courage to ask for a little bit more,” Cohn said. “She would always challenge us to stretch what we thought we could do.”
Lisa Bien, JOUR ’91, who runs her own marketing firm and is an adjunct professor of strategic communication, said Brodey inspired her to step up her game and improve her B-level grades.
Because of the demands she made of her students, Bien believes the public relations profession reaped the benefits.
“She kept our field at a higher lever. You knew when you walked into her class that she had higher expectations for us,” she said.
Bien’s first five jobs were the result of a lead from Brodey. And when she landed in a position in which she wasn’t happy, she called Brodey for advice.
“It’s because you didn’t call me and ask my advice,” Bien’s mentor said, showcasing her wry sense of humor.
Respected by the faculty
Her peers voiced respect for her as much as her students.
Ed Trayes, a professor of journalism since 1967, got to know Brodey well since their third-floor offices were close to one another.
“I last saw her when my wife and I picked her up at her home and drove her to a 25-Year Club dinner for faculty in Mitten Hall,” Trayes said. “The ride down from her home went very quickly since the conversation was lively, the humor flowing and the memories many.”
Another colleague, longtime adjunct professor Lew Klein, knew Brodey since they were schoolchildren.
“When I consider the members of the faculty from the early days when the school was just emerging, Jean was one of the best,” Klein said.
Trayes said her passion for teaching was obvious in the relationships she built with her students. He will forever remember her as the women with a big heart who loved to sing. “Jean was a terrific colleague,” Trayes said. “Her Temple retirement party was memorable. Quite the blowout.”
Prior to teaching at Temple, Brodey practiced public relations at Hall Mercer Community Mental Health Center and at Temple. She was also a correspondent at Montgomery Newspapers and a freelance poet who published two books of her poems, “My Way to Anywhere” and “Mid-Life Careers.”
Menendez said Brodey’s “knowledge of the [public relations] field and sharp strategic eye was present until the end and her wisdom and counsel was unmatched. She was my professor, my mentor and my friend and I am honored to have known her.”
Survivors include a daughter, Lisette; a son, Kenneth; and a granddaughter, Dara.
A Facebook page has been set up with information about a memorial reception on May 22: facebook.com/DrJeanBrodey.
By Jeff Cronin