London Faculty Directors
A full-time Temple University faculty member serves as resident director each semester. This individual comes from one of the departments in the School of Media and Communication. Additional British part-time faculty, often prominent professionals in their field, are used regularly. They are complemented by a generous sampling of guest lecturers.
The Summer 2015 Faculty Director: Sherri Hope Culver, MSP
Sherri currently serves as Assistant Professor at Temple University in the Department of Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media. She also serves as the Director of the Center for Media and Information Literacy at Temple. Sherri teaches courses in media management, children’s media and communications. She was awarded the Innovative Teaching Award for the School of Communications and Theater in 2008. Sherri specializes in content development and strategic executive management for children’s media companies and public media.
Sherri has consulted on several initiatives for PBS Kids Sprout, including program development, online standards, advertising policies and on air representations of healthy living. Sherri has also consulted with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, providing strategic planning leadership to public television stations. Sherri’s commitment to public media is reflected in her almost twenty years serving in leadership positions within public broadcasting. She provided executive leadership at several public television stations, including serving as General Manager (CEO).
Sherri has produced and executive produced over 600 hours of television programming including talk shows, documentaries, town meetings and dramas. She holds a masters degree in Public Culture from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research explored the impact of children’s television on the social development of girls and their ability to form ethnically-diverse friendships. She regularly presents at conferences on issues of media, public media, children’s media and media literacy.
Sherri is co-author of book The Media Career Guide and author of the book, The Television and Video Survival Guide: An Insiders Top Notch Creative and Technical Advice for Your First (or next) Production. Sherri has made numerous television appearances and has hosted several television talk shows, including countless hours of public television pledge pledge drives! Sherri is currently serving her third term as President of the National Association for Media Literacy Education. She resides in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
The Fall 2015 Faculty Director: Carolyn Kitch, Journalism
I teach or have taught courses in my home Department of Journalism (History of Journalism, Magazine Editing and Design, Intro to Magazines, Gender and American Mass Media, Critical Perspectives on Journalism) as well as the SCT doctoral program in Mass Media and Communication (Media and Social Memory, Critical Analysis of Mass Media, and Qualitative Research Methods), and I’ve served as the Faculty Director for SMC’s programs in London and Dublin. My research focuses on journalism history, media and public memory, gender and media, and magazines. I have authored or co-authored four books and many journal articles on these subjects, and they are listed below. For 11 years, I was a magazine editor and writer in New York City. I held staff positions at McCall’s and Good Housekeeping, where I was a senior acquisitions editor. I also wrote for both of these magazines and did freelance writing for Reader’s Digest, Health, American Health, Venture, and New Jersey Monthly.
The Spring 2016 Faculty Director: Sheryl Kantrowitz, Advertising
Sheryl Kantrowitz currently teaches Interactive Media, Art Direction, Advertising Campaigns and Portfolio courses. Sheryl also serves as the Faculty Advisor for the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC). She spent 10 years in the advertising industry honing her skills working for various agencies and personal clients as an art director. She has worked for small branding consultancies as a visual strategist (TONIQ), large NYC agencies launching new products (Grey and Saatchi), and on her own she has worked directly with clients, helping them to redefine their brands from the ground up.
Sheryl believes that innovative thinking is the key to success in advertising. This was her driving force in the industry and now directly translates in her teaching style in the classroom. Strategically driven and creatively focused, Sheryl believes that innovative thinking is the key to success in advertising. She recognizes the importance of balance between beauty and function, and works to instill this in her students.
Sheryl is an active member of the Art Directors’ Club of Philadelphia. She recently spent a semester teaching in London and serving as the Faculty Advisor for the Temple London Study away program. She holds a BFA in Design and Photography from Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts.
Fall 2013 student, Robert Monroe, presents an inside look into what the Temple London experience is like for the faculty director, Sheryl Kantrowitz, from the Advertising Department! Check out it out below.
Temple London Instructors
Mr. Robin B. Evans
MA Trinity College Dublin MPhil University College London Advertising
Robin Evans is a former copywriter on service business and a range of fmcg accounts from Weetabix to Van Heusen Shirts. He worked as a packager for video-to-celluloid projects before moving into education in commercial communications – instructing on the CAM Diploma in Advertising and a range of CIM courses before operating as a peripatetic on US Study Abroad programs in London. His Production & Creativity in Advertising [Pitman] was a CAM recommended text. He is also the author of Croak [Hamlyn] and The Experiment [Sphere Books], film rights optioned on both properties.
Dr. Dennis Lee Chapman
BA Northern Arizona University, MA Arizona State University, PhD Hull University Communications, Work-based learning and Cultural Studies
Dr. Dennis Chapman is a part-time lecturer and web developer based in London. Specialising in media, technology and (political) communication, Dr. Chapman’s brand Platonic Media is a rallying point for academics, students and entrepreneurs to collaborate and independently publish their work. The website also serves as a blogging platform on which Dr. Chapman has written on subjects ranging from youth crime to the politics of nuclear power. Dr. Chapman’s current research interest is the modelling of “supercomputer” networks to aid in cancer research.
BA Cambridge Media Studies
On leaving Cambridge, where he read English, Christopher Cook joined the Documentary Department of BBC Television where he worked as a researcher, director, producer and programme editor for thirteen years on such programmes as ‘The Philpott File’, ‘Yesterday’s Witness’ and ‘Britain in the 30’s’ before moving to Channel 4 television in the mid 1980s. At Channel 4 he co-produced ‘The writing on the Wall’, an oral history of British politics in the 1970s. He has always written and presented programmes for BBC Radios 3, 4 and 5 – a mix of documentaries and drama documentary and drama. In addition, he writes on the arts for a wide range of national newspapers and magazines. He was Head of the Department of Liberal Studies at the Central School of Art, London, from 1983-86 and, since then, has been on the faculties of Syracuse University in London and the British American Drama Academy, where he is currently Dean of one of their summer programmes. For FIE he teaches Cultural Studies, Media Studies and Theatre and Film History.
Dr. Brian Ridgers
BA Keele, MA and PhD, London English/Writing and Cultural Studies
Dr. Brian Ridgers has degrees from the University of Keele and University of London. For the past ten years he has held a lectureship in English at St Mary’s College, University Of Surrey. He has extensive experience working with American undergraduates at FIE through his teaching of Victorian Literature, Shakespeare and Elizabethan Literature, and the Modern Novel. He has published on Victorian fiction as well as seventeenth- and eighteenth-century drama. His current research is on gossip and scandal within Victorian culture. He is also working in collaboration on a research project concerning the representation of the body within Elizabethan Drama.