Graduate Program Directors meet with all graduate students in their programs to regularly advise them or coordinate their advising with other faculty members, and to plan and update their programs of study to ensure timely graduation.

Business of Creative Enterprises

Communication Disorders

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    Lisa Wisman Weil
    Pronouns: (She/Her/Hers)
    Senior Scholar-in-Residence, On-Campus Graduate Program Director and Undergraduate Program Director

    As a language scientist and speech-language pathologist, Dr. Wisman Weil's research, teaching, and clinical interests focus on child language development and developmental language disorders. She studies grammatical development in children, including those with developmental language disorders.

Creative Writing

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    Jabari Asim
    Distinguished Professor of Multidisciplinary Letters

    Jabari Asim is a writer and multidisciplinary artist. His poetry, drama, and prose have been widely published in various periodicals and anthologies. He was an editor for eleven years at the Washington Post, where he also wrote a syndicated column on politics, popular culture, and social issues. For ten years, he was the editor-in-chief of The Crisis, the NAACP's flagship journal of politics, culture, and ideas. In 2009, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Arts.

    Asim's nonfiction books include The N Word: Who Can Say It, Who Shouldn't, and Why; What Obama Means: ...For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future; and Not Guilty: Twelve Black Men Speak Out on Law, Justice, and Life. His books for children include Whose Toes Are Those? and Fifty Cents and a Dream. His works of fiction include A Taste of Honey and Only The Strong, a novel.

Digital Marketing and Data Analysis


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    Tim Riley
    Pronouns: (He/Him/His)
    Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director

    Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor Tim Riley has a passion for multimedia storytelling that stems from his background as an NPR rock critic and author. He has contributed to publications such as the New York Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books and written acclaimed titles on the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Madonna, rock history, and the life of John Lennon. 

Media Design

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    Paul Mihailidis
    Pronouns: (He/Him/His)
    Professor, Assistant Dean and Director, Graduate Program

    Paul Mihailidis is an associate professor of civic media and journalism in the school of communication at Emerson College in Boston, MA, where he teaches media literacy, civic media, and community activism. 

    He is founding program director of the MA in Media Design program, Principle Investigator of the Emerson Engagement Lab, and faculty chair and director of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change. His research focuses on the nexus of media, education, and civic voices. His newest books, Civic Media Literacies (Routledge 2018), Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice (2016, MIT Press, with Eric Gordon), outline effective practices for engagement and action taking in daily civic life. 

    His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate Magazine, the Nieman Foundation, USA Today, CNN, and others. Mihailidis holds a visiting professorship at Bournemouth University in England. He co-edits the Journal of Media Literacy Education and sits on the advisory board for iCivics. He earned his Ph.D. from the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing

Public Relations, Sports Communication, and Political Communication

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    Linda Gallant
    Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director

    With a professional background in user experience design, Dr. Gallant understands how the design of databases, algorithms, user interfaces, apps, and social media platforms engage and impact individuals, audiences, communities, governments, and organizations in multiple contexts—healthcare, politics, marketplaces, government, and workplaces.

    Dr. Gallant has placed as a semifinalist in the Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards and a quarterfinalist in the ScreenCraft Drama Competition and is published in Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, American Behavioral Scientist, e-Service Journal, Management Communication Quarterly, Communication Reports, tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, First Monday, and The International Encyclopedia of Media Literacy.

Publishing and Writing

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    Bill Beuttler
    Pronouns: (He/Him/His)
    Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director

    Bill Beuttler, a Chicago native, broke into journalism as a police reporter at the legendary City News Bureau of Chicago. His first teaching job was as a visiting professor of magazine journalism at Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

    Before joining Emerson, Beuttler spent three years covering jazz for The Boston Globe, which he continues to do occasionally, and teaching journalism at Boston University. His magazine work includes stints as a senior editor at the Discovery Channel, Men's Journal, and Boston magazine, and as an associate editor at DownBeat and American Way. He has also been published in JazzTimes, Jazziz, The Atlantic, Esquire, Chicago magazine, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Travel Holiday, Cooking Light, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and The New York Times Book Review.

    His first book, Make It New: Reshaping Jazz in the 21st Century, was published in 2019 by Lever Press and is available in paperback and open access editions. DownBeat magazine called Make It New “a rewarding book that examines some of the key voices directing contemporary jazz.”

Strategic Marketing Communication

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    Brenna McCormick
    Pronouns: (She/Her/Hers)
    Senior Executive-in-Residence and Graduate Program Director

    Your Graduate Program Director, Brenna McCormick, will serve as your primary faculty advisor, guiding you on course selection to ensure that you will both achieve your learning objectives and satisfy the program requirements. You will also receive program and department news from your program director along with any on- and off-campus opportunities that might be of interest to you.

    Brenna McCormick is the graduate program director of the Strategic Marketing Communication (SMC) program and a senior executive-in-residence in the Business of Creative Enterprises (BCE) program in the Department of Marketing Communication. She brings 10+ years of digital agency and consulting experience to her teaching and believes in applying academic best practices to real-world industry challenges.

    Her agency and consulting experience includes such clients as: Sperry Top-Sider, Cisco Systems Inc., EMD Serono, Pioneer Investments, Procter & Gamble, Keds, Jones New York: L.e.i.; PVH: Calvin Klein, IZOD, and Reebok.

    A graduate of Emerson College’s MA in Integrated Marketing Communication (IMC) program (2006), and with a BA in American Studies from Boston University (2000), her career path includes eight years in the luxury stationery industry, establishing a love of all things tactile and tangible when weaving together ideas, strategy, and storytelling.


Theatre Education

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    Bethany Nelson
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    Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director

    Bethany Nelson not only teaches her students how to be theater educators, but she also represents the kind of educator her students want to be.

    After studying theater education as an undergraduate at Emerson College, Nelson began her career as a drama specialist working in devised theatre with adolescents, then in public schools using drama and theatre as tools for facilitating learning in core subject areas.  After working in urban schools, Nelson discovered the power of drama and theatre to inspire both students and teachers, and to improve learning for struggling students. She says: “Students who had given up on interest in learning came alive in drama; it’s a uniquely powerful tool that can help kids realize themselves as learners.”

    Her work since has revolved around this potential. After earning advanced degrees in multicultural education and the arts, Nelson has focused on playmaking and devising as vehicles for facilitating students’ understanding of the dynamics of privilege, and for helping them develop their agency as voices for change. In the classroom or the rehearsal room, she strives to make the theater education program reach beyond schools to empower developing community groups through the vehicle of theatre.

    In acknowledgment of her efforts, Nelson received the 2018 Ann Flagg Multicultural Education Award from the American Alliance for Theatre Education. Deeply influenced by graduate school faculty mentors, Nelson is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and to ensuring her students' success.

Writing for Film and Television

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    Senior Scholar-in-Residence II and Graduate Program Director

    Jim is both a media scholar and filmmaker with extensive publications and production experience. His publications have been featured in Wide Angle, Jump Cut, and more while his filmography has exhibited at major film festivals internationally, with his autobiography I am Not an Anthropologist premiering at the Sundance Film Festival.

    Jim is currently Senior Scholar-in-Residence for the department of Visual and Media Arts in LA and Graduate Program Director for the MFA Program in Film and TV Writing.