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

Creative Writing

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    Mako Yoshikawa
    Professor and Graduate Program Director

    Mako Yoshikawa is the author of the novels One Hundred and One Ways and Once Removed. Her work has been translated into six languages; awards for her writing include a Radcliffe Fellowship. Her essays have been published in the Missouri Review, Southern Indiana Review, Harvard Review, Story, LitHub, Best American Essays, and Longreads. Her memoir, Secrets of the Sun, is forthcoming from Ohio State University Press in February 2024.

Digital Communication Leadership online MA

Digital Marketing and Data Analysis

Film and Media Art

Journalism and Media Innovation (Online MA)

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    Azeta Hatef
    Pronouns: (She/Her/Hers)
    Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director

    Azeta Hatef is a media researcher and award-winning instructor. Her scholarly interests focus on issues of social media as activism for underrepresented groups, gender and identity, and media systems in a global context. Dr. Hatef’s current work explores the representation of Afghans in American news media and popular culture.

Media Design

Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing

Public Relations, Sports Communication, and Political Communication

Publishing and Writing

Strategic Marketing Communication


Theatre Education

Writing for Film and Television

  • James Lane
    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.