6 new faculty members join The Media School
Six faculty members are joining The Media School this fall, with the new dean and the new director of the Black Film Center & Archive among them.
The incoming instructors will be teaching courses in advertising, journalism, cinema, media arts and production, and various other topics across media.
The new faculty members are:
Joe Glennon joins The Media School after spending more than 10 years at Temple University, where he was the department chair of advertising and public relations for the Klein College of Media and Communication for three years.
He received his M.F.A. in creative writing from Temple University.
Glennon was the faculty director for Diamond Edge Communications, Temple’s student-run advertising agency. For more than 20 years, he has worked as a freelance copywriter and creative director, working for clients such as Microsoft, Adidas, Party City, Comcast, Vox Medica, Coca Cola, and many others.
Novotny Lawrence comes to The Media School from the Greenlee School of Journalism and the English department at Iowa State University. His research focuses on African American cinematic and mediated experiences, film and media history, and popular culture.
Lawrence will be the director of the Black Film Center & Archive and an associate professor in cinema and media studies. He received his B.A. and M.A. in communication studies from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his Ph.D. in theatre and film from the University of Kansas.
Lawrence hopes to increase the BFCA’s profile across the world and to be a great colleague.
George Logothetis, BA’87, has served as creative director for Publicis in New York and the executive creative director for Saatchi & Saatchi. He has been a freelance creative director/copywriter for various companies for nearly 20 years, including Comedy Central, Team One, CNBC, Quest Diagnostics, McCann Health, and many more.
Logothetis earned his B.A. with a double major in telecommunications and English at IU Bloomington. He went on to earn a copywriting degree at the Portfolio Center for Art & Design.
Logothetis has teaching experience as a guest lecturer, portfolio judge, and student mentor at the CCNY Branding and Integrated Communications Graduate Program. He has also been a guest lecturer and Career Day presenter at The Media School.
Nathan Mishler, MS’08, is not only an owner of Studio Cypher, but he is also a business manager, writer, and programmer for the game development studio based in Bloomington. He has worked at the studio for over 18 years creating websites, games, phone applications, and even kiosk software for clients.
Mishler earned his B.S. in computer science from Goshen College before going on to achieve his M.A. in telecommunications from IU.
Mishler has previously attended Indie Giving with game design students in The Media School, supporting them as they participated in community service projects and earned access to the annual Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Much of his work at Studio Cypher has been done alongside educators as the studio worked to create educational games.
Robin Robinson has experience in curating U.S. and international films at Academy-Award qualifying festivals as well as booking and securing film screenings and premieres, panels, workshops, and other programs. She has worked for festivals and events such as the True/False Film Festival, the Philadelphia Film Festival, Film Pittsburgh, and the BlueCat Screenplay Competition.
Robinson earned her B.A. in telecommunications and Spanish at IU. She went on to earn her M.F.A in film with a concentration in screenwriting at Watkins College of Art.
Robinson’s teaching experience has come through working in the development and execution of curriculum for new hires and on training script readers and film screeners on story development and constructive criticism.
Previously a professor of radio/TV/film and director and co-founder of the Northwestern University Pritzker Pucker Studio Lab, David Tolchinsky will serve as the new dean of The Media School starting this fall.
Tolchinsky earned his B.A. in composition/video/performance art from Yale University and his M.F.A in film/video production from the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television.
Tolchinsky has years of experience in screenwriting, composition and sound design for interactive computer environments and video installation, and curation of multimedia exhibitions. He has written, directed, and produced plays, documentaries, and films. As a writer and director of the film “Cassandra,” he has won over 11 awards internationally.
His work often focuses on teenage subcultures, dystopias, sound design, mental illness, and complex illness.