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The Faculty Experts Guide is a database of Point Park University faculty members that outlines their areas of expertise, including the courses they teach and their research interests. You can search by name, keyword or department/program. Our faculty are eager to share their knowledge, offering a unique perspective and added value to stories.
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Center for Media Innovation
- Andrew Conte, Director of the Center for Media Innovation. An award-winning investigative journalist and author of several books, including “The Color of Sundays,” which details the building of the Pittsburgh Steelers dynasty. The Center for Media Innovation is an integrated, 4,000-square-foot New York-style media facility with TV and broadcast studios, a multimedia newsroom and photo studio.
Department of Community Engagement
- Heather Starr Fiedler, Chair of the Department of Community Engagement and Professor of Multimedia. Specializes in new and emerging media technology and online journalism, and is an expert in social media. The Department of Community Engagement is home University outreach initiatives, the Ph.D. in Community Engagement and the Pioneer Pantry, a food pantry for Point Park students.
Rowland School of Business
- Paige Beal, Assistant Professor and Chair of Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management. Has expertise in entertainment media technology, and has had a long career in media marketing and management in radio, TV and online, including with ESPN, CNN, MTV and many others.
- Robert Derda, Assistant Professor of Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management. Has more than 25 years of experience in professional sports, including full-time work and consultant roles with the Pittsburgh Pirates, NBA, WNBA, Comcast Spotlight, Clear Channel Communications and others.
- Helena Knorr, Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership. Areas of expertise include organizational systems, ethical leadership, women in leadership, leading in diverse communities, and gender and power.
- Elaine Luther, Professor of Business Management. Spent 14 years working at three Fortune 500 companies – PepsiCo, Allied-Signal (now part of Honeywell) and Schering-Plough. Her expertise in business issues is varied, and includes consumer-related issues, human resources management, tax accounting, business communications, strategic planning and marketing.
- Archish Maharaja, Professor of Business and Director of the Master of Science in Health Care Administration and Management Program. He is a certified financial planner, certified public accountant and personal finance specialist who has worked as a health care administrator and physician practice manager. His research is concentrated in health care administration and management, and information technology as it applies to health care.
- Sandra Mervosh, Assistant Professor of Human Resources. Previously served as president, CEO and owner of Venture Graphics, a project management company specializing in the printing industry. In 2015, she founded a networking organization, Pittsburgh Women Succeeding Together.
- Patrick Mulvihill, Assistant Professor of Management. Has expertise in organizational behavior, management and leadership, as they relate to the intricacies of running a successful business. He also is a commercially rated pilot who monitors the aviation industry.
- David Rowell, Assistant Professor of Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management. Has taught and worked in theatre management all over the United States. He also has been responsible for the oversight of construction, outfitting, initial operational planning, artistic programming and development, and the grand openings for several theatres.
- Robert Skertich, Associate Professor of Public Administration. Has extensive background in public and nonprofit administration, with a focus on public safety and emergency management. He has worked for the American Red Cross and the Department of Homeland Security, and currently serves as a deputy commander with the Disaster Medical Assistance team based in Pittsburgh – part of the Department of Health and Human Services National Disaster Medical System, which coordinates federal medical response during disasters such as the recent hurricanes.
- Ed Traversari, Associate Professor, Sports, Arts and Entertainment Management. Has nearly 40 years of live entertainment expertise, having worked for legendary Pittsburgh concert promotion company DiCesare Engler Productions as production manager, talent booker, director of marketing and general manager of the Chevrolet Amphitheatre at Station Square.
School of Communication
- Camille Downing, Lecturer of Communication. Has expertise in public relations and integrated marketing communications, and continues to act as president of Downing Communications, an independent consultancy that specializes in working with nonprofits.
- April Friges, Professor of Photography and Coordinator of the Photography Program. Maintains experience as an exhibition artist with an interdisciplinary approach involving various photographic, video, installation and performance techniques.
- Bob O’Gara, Professor of Public Relations and Advertising. Has professional experience in public relations and advertising with Pittsburgh Corning Corp., Koppers Co. Inc. and PNC Financial Corp.
- Tim Hudson, Professor of Communication. He is an expert in journalism ethics and multimedia research methods, and worked professionally in television journalism, documentary production, multimedia design and international media education.
- Bill Moushey, Professor of Journalism. Spent 36 years as a professional journalist, documenting a wide range of abuses in the criminal justice system and elsewhere. He can discuss – among other issues in this area -- prosecutorial misconduct and topics related to wrongful convictions.
School of Arts and Sciences
- Janice Glunk, Associate Professor of Education. The former superintendent of Steel Valley School District and developed the first school-wide Title I programs in Western Pennsylvania as the coordinator of literacy and federal programs at Steel Valley. She can speak to reading methods for elementary school students.
- Richard Gutkind, Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program, Education. He spent 35 years working in Pittsburgh Public Schools, including serving as a principal and executive director for curriculum and instruction.
- Jessica McCort, Assistant Professor of Composition. Her areas of expertise include American women authors, children’s literature, horror and the Gothic in children’s literature, and fairy tales.
- Robert McInerney, Associate Professor of Psychology. Holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology. He also is lead analyst, supervisor of research and community practicum coordinator with Operation Safety Net, a Pittsburgh-based street medicine program.
- Brendan Mullan, Assistant Professor of Physics. He is an internationally respected astrophysicist, science communicator, and education program developer and director. He often comments on planets, galaxies, black holes, and other discoveries and research related to space.
- Andrew Richards, Lecturer of Criminal Justice and Intelligence Studies. He spent 25 years as a federal agent, including as a national fraud subject matter expert for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. His primary area of expertise is consumer fraud.
- Brent Robbins, Associate Professor of Psychology. His published research includes mixed method investigations of emotion, embodiment and the medicalization of the body in contemporary Western culture, with a focus on the implications of these findings for the treatment of mental illness.
- Robert Ross, Associate Professor of Global Cultural Studies. He has expertise in the Palestinian BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions) movement. His teaching and research interests center on the geographies of capitalism. Another area of interest is 19th century baseball – he is the author of “The Great Baseball Revolt: The Rise and Fall of the 1890 Players League.”
- Mark Wintz, Assistant Professor of Intelligence and National Security. Expertise in American foreign policy, international relations, international terrorism, Middle East politics, military history, national security and weapons of mass destruction.
Conservatory of Performing Arts
- Tracey Brent-Chessum, Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre. She has expertise in musical theatre history, and is the artistic director of the Pallas Theatre Collective in Washington, D.C.
- Mark Burrell, Assistant Professor of Dance – Jazz. His most recent project was choreographer for “Xanadu” at the Pittsburgh CLO Cabaret.
- Steve Cuden, Associate Professor of Screenwriting. Professional writer, director and producer who co-conceived and contributed various lyrics to the Broadway and international music sensation “Jekyll & Hyde, The Musical.” Also has written nearly 90 teleplays for a number of popular TV series.
- Colleen Hooper, Assistant Professor of Dance History. She is a 20th century dance historian with a Ph.D. in dance from Temple University.
- Kiesha Lalama, Associate Professor of Dance. She is a choreographer and editor with more than 40 works to date. She has created works for companies all around the United States, and has taught master classes and workshops for Cirque Du Soleil, Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and many others.
- Garfield Lemonius, Associate Professor of Dance. Relevant experience/areas of expertise: Choreographic theory and practice, dance curriculum development, and instructional theory and practice.
- Kim Martin, Producing Director of the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Has been associated with the Playhouse since her start as a student in 1983. She has a long career as an artistic director, director and production stage manager and producing director, and is an expert on the history of the Pittsburgh Playhouse.
- Matt Pelfrey, Graduate Program Director of Cinema Arts. A film, theatre and television writer who most notably worked as a staff writer on the MTV drama “Skins.” His writing and expertise has deep roots in the genre of horror, and he will be teaching a Zombie Cinema class in the spring semester.