The members of the journalism faculty have solid professional experience and strong academic credentials as well.
Professor Todd Evans has juggled multiple duties as a faculty member and administrator since arriving at Drake in 1984. He has taught every course offered in the Radio/TV major, and regularly teaches Popular Music and Culture classes, including seminars on the Lives and Times of Rock and Roll, The Sixties, and The Beatles. Todd is past-chair of the Communication Technology division, and past-chair of the Juried Faculty Production Competition, for the Broadcast Education Association. Todd’s research interests include digital audio for video production and post-production, the culture of popular music, and new media for distributed learning. He keeps professionally active in both audio and video production, and his work has been recognized by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Broadcast Education Association, and the American Cancer Society.
As Director of the Drake TeleMedia Center, from 1995–2002, Todd was responsible for the overall operations of The College Channel, a 24 hour a day educational access channel within Des Moines, multiple dedicated programming channels on the Drake campus, satellite downlinking and distribution, live studio program production supervision, and live remote television production supervision. He served as the Executive Producer for the Kurt Kanaskie, and Lisa Stone coach’s shows, as well as a variety of sports, fine arts and specialty live productions. Todd also served the School of Journalism and Mass Communication as Associate Dean from 1988 – 1995. Education: Bachelor of Arts, Radio and Television, Columbia College, 1974. Master of Arts, Electronic Media, Western Illinois University, 1983.
Assistant professor Grace Provenzano joins Drake with a long teaching resume and an extensive background as a professional broadcast journalist at local and national television stations in both the United States and Europe. Her post-graduate study includes work at institutions in England and Austria.
Associate professor David Wright teaches Mass Media in a Global Society to all students in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He also teaches courses in web page design, audio and video for the web, web animation, video and audio studio production, television field production, digital video editing, photography, remote television production, and other specialized computer courses.
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