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 Marketing and Data Analysis

Film and Media Art

Media Design

Popular Fiction Writing and Publishing

Public Relations, Sports Communication, and Political Communication

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


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.