Faculty

B.A., Journalism, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

John Beale teaches introductory and advanced courses in photojournalism. Because his students will work in the evolving communications industry, Beale's courses place an emphasis on active learning in an environment that is in constant change. Prior to coming to Penn State, he worked as a staff photographer and chief photographer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His photojournalism, including assignments for the Associated Press, has been widely published on websites and in newspapers, magazines, and books.

MFA, Communications, Southern Illinois University
B.A., Communications, Penn State

Martin Camden has taught beginning film production, beginning screenwriting, and introduction to audio and video production. He received the 2004 Liz Ralston Award from the cinema and photography faculty at Southern Illinois University, and the 2000 Samuel Abrams Endowment Award from the film-video faculty at Penn State. His filmography includes numerous short films, such as Homesick, screened at the Big Muddy International Film Festival, and Cul-de-sac, screened at the Athens International Film Festival.

B.S., Journalism, Northwestern University

Curt Chandler brings more than 25 years of newsroom experience to the classroom, where he teaches multimedia reporting. Before coming to Penn State, Chandler was the editor for online innovation and the director of photography for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He also taught photojournalism at Duquesne University from 1998 to 2005. His areas of expertise include multimedia reporting, journalism entrepreneurship, newsroom management, and engaging news audiences across multiple platforms.

Ph.D., Mass Communications, Penn State
M.A., Telecommunications, Penn State
Certificate (filmmaking), New York University
B.S., Electrical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
A.S., Engineering Science, Dutchess County Community College

Dr. Jo Dumas researches and writes about information and communication technology policy, education, and development. She teaches media studies. Dr. Dumas previously worked as an engineer with IBM and Harris Corporation, and as a broadcast engineer with Fox Television in New York City. She produced Three Minutes from Broadway, which aired on PBS in New York City, and The Garden, with the late actor Al Lewis. She conducts research, writing, digital media, and theatre production with Charles Dumas.

J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
B.A., University of Pennsylvania

Rob Frieden holds the Pioneers Chair and serves as professor of telecommunications and law. He has written several books, most recently Winning the Silicon Sweepstakes: Can the United States Compete in Global Telecommunications? published by Yale University Press. Frieden also has written more than 100 articles in academic journals, and he provides biannual updates for All About Cable and Broadband (Law Journal Press). Before accepting an academic appointment, he served as deputy director, international relations, for Motorola Satellite Communications, Inc.

MFA, Film, Ohio University
MFA, Playwriting, Ohio University
B.A., English, University of Akron

Anita Gabrosek brings a valuable mix of teaching and professional production experience to her role in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications. She most recently served as an adjunct instructor at New York University. She boasts an important mix of documentary and narrative film work, along with a long list of TV production credits.

Ph.D., Mass Communication, Indiana University
M.A., Mass Communication, University of Florida
B.S., Telecommunication, University of Florida

Dr. Matthew Jackson, associate professor of telecommunications, has worked in both commercial and public radio, where he earned regional awards from the Associated Press for his radio features. His articles on internet copyright have been included as recommended reading at Harvard Law School and Catholic University, and his expert commentary has appeared in such media outlets as The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and The Guardian. He researches the impact of copyright on free speech and teaches courses in telecommunications policy, media programming, and strategic communications law.

Ph.D., Mass Communications, Indiana University
M.A., Mass Communications, Indiana University
BT, Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Technology-BHU, India

Dr. Krishna Jayakar teaches telecommunications management and media economics. He also serves as co-director of the Institute for Information Policy. His areas of research cover telecom policy and media economics, with a special interest in universal access to telecommunications. A three-time winner of the Deans' Excellence Award for Integrated Scholarship, he earned the Deans’ Excellence Award for Teaching in 2002. Before joining academics, Dr. Jayakar was a research officer in India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, drafting research reports and position papers on media policy.

Ph.D., Mass Communications, Penn State
M.Ed., Counseling Psychology, College Student Personnel Administration, James Madison University
B.A., Early Childhood Education, University of Richmond

Dr. Shannon Kennan oversees the online portfolio for the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications and teaches a variety of online courses. Formerly, she was a second-grade teacher, an in-home family therapist, and a student affairs professional. She is interested in the place where technology, psychology, and education converge. She also works with a variety of social media, new technologies, and online teaching competencies. Dr. Kennan's latest research has to do with training journalists to understand how trauma affects people at the scene of tragedies, such as mass shootings or natural disasters.

MBA, Marketing, Rutgers University
B.S., Industrial Engineering, Penn State

David Norloff, a wireless industry veteran, joined the Department of Telecommunications in 2014 after a 20-year career leading technology and wireless initiatives. His diverse corporate experience includes leadership positions in management consulting, product strategy, and product development. In 2014, he received the Deans' Excellence Award for Outstanding Faculty Associate. In 2016, he was elected Telecommunications Faculty Marshal.

Ph.D., Mass Communication, Howard University
M.A., Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
B.A., Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

Dr. Anthony Olorunnisola, a tenured professor, is the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs and Research. He previously served as head of the Department of Film Production and Media Studies since July 2006. He routinely teaches undergraduate and graduate courses that include media and society, world media systems, and comparative theories of press systems. Lately, Dr. Olorunnisola's focus has embraced studies of segments of societies' systems that may — when unchecked — lead democratized nations toward dysfunctionality. His ongoing work includes an edited volume that examines the post-democratic status of broadcast media policies across Africa.

Bachelor's Degree, University of Albany - State University of New York

Will Yurman, an innovative, award-winning photojournalist with more than two decades of professional experience, joined the College's Department of Journalism in January 2011. Before coming to Penn State, he worked for 10 years as a staff photographer and multimedia producer for the Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle. For the past decade, he has been a leader in moving newspaper photography from its traditional print base into the world of multimedia. He has taught at Rochester Institute of Technology and served as a lecturer at numerous professional workshops.