MOLLOY COLLEGE COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT FACULTY AND STAFF
Interim Chairperson & Associate Professor
Matt Applegate, Ph.D.
Matt Applegate is an Assistant Professor of English & Communications at Molloy College as well as the Chair of the Communications Department. He teaches courses in English, Communications and New Media. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Comparative Literature at Binghamton University-SUNY and created the The Digital Manifesto Archive.
Assistant Professor, Program Director of TV and Media Production & Director of Media Facilities
Tom Kenny, Ph.D.
Tom Kenny specializes in media studies and production. He teaches courses including TV Studio Production, Video Editing, Media Literacy, Social Media, and Scriptwriting. Tom is the co-author of the book Producing New and Digital Media: Your Guide to Savvy Use of the Web published through Routledge. He also co-founded the New Media major and minor at Molloy College. Since 2008, Tom has held the position of Director of Media Facilities and is involved in the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the television studio and media lab. Tom also produces content for the Communication Department's website and social media pages. He earned his Ph.D. from Long Island University in Information studies.
Program Director of Professional Communications & Professor
Janice Kelly, Ed.D.
Dr. Janice Kelly earned her doctorate degree from Columbia University, Teachers College in Communication and Education. Her research specialty is corporate communication, gender studies and relational/interpersonal communication. Her research, "A Comparison of Prime-Time Situation Comedy Fathers and Real Fathers on Involvement, Communication and Affection," has appeared in USA Today, Big Apple Parenting Magazine and other publications as well as family-oriented conferences and journals. She serves as a consultant to both state and local family agencies and grassroots fatherhood initiative projects. Dr. Kelly serves as a guest editor for the journal Fathering: Theory, Research, and Practice about men as fathers. She also produced a documentary on "Perceptions of Fathers in the Media: In search of the Ideal Father."
Brian Cogan, Ph.D.
Dr. Brian Cogan teaches a variety of courses including History of Media and Understanding Television and Media in the 21st Century. He is a past President and Wilson Scholar of the New York State Communication Association. Dr. Cogan is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters and books on topics ranging from politics, popular culture and music.
Sarah Evans, Ph.D.
Sarah Evans is an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and New Media at Molloy College. She teaches courses on game studies, game design for social good, and new media and holds a Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media from North Carolina State University. Her interdisciplinary research documents and interrogates inequalities in gaming and game design communities as it simultaneously seeks to disrupt, intervene in and alleviate these inequalities. Through her work as a member of the research management team for the Refiguring Innovation in Games grant (ReFIG), Dr. Evans produced a co-authored, open-source, community-based game initiatives resource that brings together curricula, policies, and best practices of doing this type of work
Max Renner, Ph.D.
Max Renner is an Assistant Professor of the Molloy College Digital Humanities and New Media Department. He earned his PhD in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media from North Carolina State University. As a rhetorical critic, he has primarily looked at the intersections of technology and the rhetorical work of space as well as practices of placemaking in formations of publics. Beginning with an examination of spatial modes of organization and architectural engagements within the built environment, this research has addressed both theorizations as well as applications of space within material landscapes, digital rhetoric, and architectural communication practices. He recently received the Eastern Communication Association's Urban Communication Research Award for his manuscript, in progress, on potential of architecture's role in the ongoing development of material public life. This project considers the implications of place, technology, and publics in relation to one another, in order to examine the lifespan of public places--how public places come to be constructed, in particular ways, and for particular bodies. His work has appeared in Communication Education, Argumentation and Advocacy, the Journal of Media and Religion, an MIT Press book chapter, the upcoming volume of the Urban Communication Reader (forthcoming), and Writing Across the Curriculum Clearinghouse (forthcoming)
Karen Beck, M.A.
Karen has a vast experience working in the television industry as Director of Programming for Fox Television Stations. As the Director of Programming, Karen had been involved in acquiring television series such as "The Wendy Williams Show," "Big Bang Theory," "Modern Family," and "TMZ." Currently, she is the Director of Distribution and Affiliate Relations for In Depth with Graham Bensinger. Armed with her expertise in coordinating with television stations and their budget, Karen teaches Media Management at Molloy College.
Jacqueline Hansen, M.S.
Jacqueline Hansen is a veteran public relations, marketing and corporate communications specialist with more than 25 years of agency, and in-house experience serving clients across the globe. Six years ago, she founded her own New York-based public relations/marketing firm, specializing in media relations, crisis communications, marketing communications, and corporate communications serving clients primarily in the U.S. and Europe. At Molloy College, she is an adjunct professor teaching Advertising, Public Relations, Marketing Communications, and Writing. Prior to creating her own agency, she was the US Head of Corporate Communications and Public Relations for Swiss International Air Lines, formerly Swissair where she headed up North American efforts years. During her tenure, she developed and delivered strategic internal and external communication during acquisitions, bankruptcies, and worldwide disasters.
Joanne Chanin, M.Ed.
Joanne Marlin is an experienced instructor and communications professional with knowledge in healthcare, technology and consumer product industries. She has extensive experience in writing and editing, team leadership, relationship cultivation, training, advocacy relations, traditional and social media relations. She teaches Public Speaking and Public Relations at Molloy.
Beryl Williams, D. Mgt.
Dr. Beryl Williams teaches corporate communications, societal communications and media literacy. She has more than a decade of experience as a traditional and online professor. Beryl spent over 20 years as a senior communications executive at public and voluntary hospitals in New York City. She also served as the executive director of a nonprofit humanitarian organization. Beryl began her career as a radio news director and a television news anchor/reporter. She earned a Doctor of Management Degree from Colorado Technical University. As a consultant, she develops PR and marketing strategies for health care, non profit and humanitarian agencies.
TV Studio and Media Lab Assistant
Julia has experience in video editing, film and TV studio production, and scriptwriting. She graduated from Molloy with a BA in Communications in 2021. As the TV studio and lab assistant she helps Dr. Kenny in the maintenance of television studio and the media lab. She is currently earning her MFA in Screenwriting and TV at Stephen's College.
Jean Devlin, Ph.D.
Jean Devlin received her Ph.D. in English, with a specialty in Children's Literature, from Southern Illinois University, where she was the recipient of a Doctoral Fellowship. As the Director of Student Special Services at North Shore Hebrew Academy High School, she taught English and history and ran Project Interact, a division of Rotary International. At Molloy, Dr. Devlin teaches Oral Interpretation of Children's Literature, Creative Drama and Group Discussion. Her awards include Educator of Excellence, New York State English Council; Educator of Excellence, Long Island Language Arts Council; Excellence in Teaching at Molloy College and citations in several Who's Who publications.
Lynn Kennedy, M.Ed.
Once a competitive public speaker and debater, Lynn Kennedy went on to teach Shakespeare, literature, public speaking, acting and composition in the Port Washington Public School system for 38 years, before retiring from public education. Lynn has had the pleasure of working with culturally and academically diverse students throughout her career and has found this to be true: "The deepest desire of every student is to like the world on an honest basis through knowing it" (Eli Siegel). Lynn teaches Public Speaking for the Communications Department.
Janet Douglas-Pryce, M.A.
Janet Pryce teaches courses in the professional communications concentration, particularly corporate communications. Janet earned her Master of Arts degree from New York University in speech and interpersonal communications. Janet's background not only includes several years in higher education, but she also has experience teaching in an elementary school environment, previously instructing sixth-grade students.