Six join SMC faculty in Fall 2013

Four full-time faculty members, as well as two visiting faculty members, have joined the School of Media and Communication this fall. 

Meredith Broussard

Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism
Meredith Broussard received her BA from Harvard University and her MFA from Columbia University. Her current research focuses on data journalism, with a particular interest in using data analysis tools to understand risk perception in everyday life. Her most recent publication is an investigative newsapp that exposed widespread textbook shortages at Philadelphia public schools. Prior to joining the Temple faculty, she was a lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Her professional experience includes serving as Features Editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer, a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Labs, and a multimedia software developer at the MIT Media Lab.

Brian Creech

Assistant Professor, Department of Journalism
Brian Creech received his PhD in Mass Communication from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. His research focuses on multi-platform journalism and mobile technologies, particularly the ways in which members of social movements use these tools to impact public discourse.

Cheri Cutler

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Strategic Communication
Cheri Cutler has 23 years of experience in the public relations and marketing industry. She has worked as director of global marketing at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Cutler brings a wealth of corporate and entrepreneurial experiences to the classroom. Her professional experience includes working in non-profit, corporate and large advertising agencies. She has been teaching at Temple as an adjunct professor for 11 years.

Heather L. LaMarre

Assistant Professor, Department of Strategic Communication
Heather L. LaMarre received her MPA in public affairs and her PhD in mass communication from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining Temple, LaMarre served as an assistant professor of strategic communication at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on public relations and public affairs with an emphasis on the role of new and emergent media in political public relations and corporate advocacy.

Jim McKairnes

Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Media Studies and Production

Jim McKairnes is Verizon Chair in Global Broadband and Telecommunications, having graduated from Temple in 1982 with a journalism degree and gone on to 24-year career in the television industry, including 15 years at CBS. He worked as an entertainment-magazine editor and writer before moving to Los Angeles in 1989, after which he joined CBS Television and later became senior vice president of program planning and scheduling. He has also worked for Discovery Communications, CBS Studios, as well as served as a TV programming consultant for various TV networks and an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University, where he taught TV Studies, The Business of Media and TV History. He has written two books, 103 Ways to Get into TV (by 102 Who Did Plus Me) and The Sheep is What Makes It Funny: From Philadelphia to CBS, How I Found Myself in Television. As the Verizon Chair, he will teach as well as organize a spring symposium on the television industry.

Wazhmah Osman

Assistant Professor, Department of Media Studies and Production
Wazhmah Osman received her PhD and masters from New York University in the departments of Media, Culture, and Communication and Near Eastern Studies, respectively. Her research focuses on global and transnational media, media development in post-conflict areas, democracy and public sphere formation.