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Sarah Menke-Fish

Director, University College and Learning Communities and Assistant Professor
School of Communication

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Director, University College and Learning Communities
    Director, AU Discover the World of Communication
    Associate Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking
  • Sarah Menke-Fish is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. She is a master teacher in the School of Communication. She serves as associate director for the Center for Environmental Filmmaking, launched and directs Discover the World of Communication, a summer program that brings high school students from around the world to AU and U.C. Berkeley for intense, hands-on courses in environmental communication, video production, screen writing and journalism. Prior to joining the SOC faculty, Menke-Fish coordinated Montgomery County Public Schools' Humanities and Communication Magnet Program. She has won numerous awards for educational documentaries produced with middle school and high school students, including CINE awards for If You Change Your Mind and Remotely Science. She and her students received the Presidential Environmental Youth Award for Trash: What A Waste, a comprehensive look at recycling. In 2005 she was selected Faculty Member of the Year by the AU Student Confederation; in 2002, she received American University's award for Outstanding Teaching in an Adjunct Position.
  • Degrees

    BA Education, Speech Theatre Teaching and Radio Television Broadcasting, Journalism University of Northern Iowa; MA Film and Video, American University
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  • OFFICE

  • SOC - School of Communication
  • McKinley - 237
  • Fall 2012: Monday: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM In my office in Anderson Hall, University College 1st Floor Wednesday: 8:00-8:45 AM Thursday: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM Office MGC-321
  • CONTACT INFO

  • (202) 885-2098 (Office)
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    at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.

Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Young D.C.

    Board Member

  • Screen Actors Guild

    Member

  • American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

    Member

  • Newseum

    Member, Educational Advisory Board

Teaching

  • Summer 2014

    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Professional Newswriting
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Speaking for Impact
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Scriptwriting & Video Prod
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Sportswriting and Broadcasting
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: 35mm Photography I
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Screenwriting
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Sportswriting and Broadcasting
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Broadcast Journalism
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Weather Broadcasting
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Film Exploration and Criticism
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Acting for the Camera
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: International Communication
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Directing for the Camera
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Student Filmmaking Series
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: 16mm Film Production
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Adv Scriptwriting & Video Prod
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Digital Imaging
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Scriptwriting & Video Prod
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Professional Newswriting
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Speaking for Impact
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Sportswriting and Broadcasting
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: The Art of the Interview
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Film Exploration and Criticism
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Animation
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Broadcast Journalism
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Animation
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Video Game Design
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Video Game Design
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Broadcast Journalism
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Public Relations
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Backpack Journalism
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Flash Fiction Writing
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Nature Photography
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Backpack Journalism
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Interactive Web Design
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Documentary 101
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Music Entertainment Production
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Music Entertainment Production
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Social Media 101
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Advanced Animation
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Special Effects for Video
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Entertainment Communication
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Entertainment Communication
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Investigative Reporting
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Investigative Reporting
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Media for Change
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: NSLC/DWC Workshop 1
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: NSLC/DWC Workshop 1
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: NSLC/DWC Workshop 2
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: NSLC/DWC Workshop 2
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: DWC One Week
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Scriptwriting & Video Prod
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Music Entertainment Production
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    • COMM-070 Discover Wrld of Communication: Sportswriting and Broadcasting
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    • COMM-102 Selected Topics in Leadership: Communication Impact
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    • COMM-102 Selected Topics in Leadership: Communication Impact
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    • COMM-102 Selected Topics in Leadership: Communication Impact
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    • COMM-102 Selected Topics in Leadership: Speaking for Impact
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    • COMM-102 Selected Topics in Leadership: Speaking for Impact
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    • COMM-102 Selected Topics in Leadership: Speaking for Impact
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    • COMM-102 Selected Topics in Leadership: Speaking for Impact
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    • COMM-102 Selected Topics in Leadership: Speaking for Impact
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    • COMM-102 Selected Topics in Leadership: Speaking for Impact
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    • COMM-102 Selected Topics in Leadership: Speaking for Impact
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

       
  • Top Ranked Professor, Tecnologico De Monterrey University, 2006
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  • Professor of the Year, American University, 2005
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  • Adjunct Professor of the Year, American University, 2002
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  • Communications Alumnus of the Year, University of Northern Iowa, 2001
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  • Who’s Who In America’s Teachers, 1996 & 1998
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  • CINE Award, If You Change Your Mind, National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1990-1992
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  • CINE Award, Remotely Science, National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1990-1992
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  • Presidential Environmental Youth Award, Trash: What A Waste, Year 1990
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  • Washington Post Agnes Meyer Teacher of the Year Finalist, Year 1991
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  • Best of the Fest Award, Bottom of the Ninth, American University Film School, Year 1991

Films/Documentaries

       
  • Professor/Producer, ten mini-documentaries, Cross Cultural Cinema, Monterrey, Mexico/American University, 2007-2008
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  • Executive Director/Producer/Consultant, Second Hand Smoke, Community Health Consulting, LLC, 2007
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  • Professor/Producer, Trading Places, Monterrey, Mexico/American University, 2006
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  • Director/Producer, Independence from Dependence, an anti-smoking campaign produced by college students targeting high school seniors, 2004
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  • Executive Director/Producer, Immigration, Montgomery County Public Schools, 2004
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  • Executive Producer/Writer/Director/Consultant, Government By The People, Montgomery County Public Schools, 2003
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  • Executive Director/Producer, Good Listening: A Pathway to Improved Relationships, St. James’ Episcopal Church, 2002
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  • Executive Director/Producer, On Becoming a Good Listener, Prison Aftercare Ministry Training, 2002
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  • Executive Director/Producer, Dealing With Substance Abuse, Prison Aftercare Ministry Training Series, 2002
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  • Executive Director/Producer/Consultant, Quit While You’re Ahead Public Service Announcement, Teen Tobacco Campaign, 2002
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  • Executive Producer, Remotely Science, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Rockville, Maryland
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  • Executive Producer, If You Change Your Mind, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Rockville, Maryland
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  • Director/Producer, Trash: What A Waste, an educational documentary on every day things every person can do to recycle and save the environment, MCPS

Media Appearances

       
  • Professional Narrator and Voice Over Talent:  American Red Cross, U.S. Park Service, Department of Agriculture, Catholic Communication Campaign, Democratic National Committee, Bell Atlantic Corporation, MCI, Environmental Protection Agency
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  • Actor, Homicide, NBC
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  • Actor, Major League II, Major Motion Picture

Executive Experience

       
  • Director Discover the World of Communication Program, American University, 2001-Present
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  • AU Discover the World of Communication Program in California, Director, 2009
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  • Coordinator of Innovative Initiatives, Signature, Magnet & Highly Gifted Center Programs, Montgomery County Public Schools, 2000-2004
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  • Humanities and Communication Magnet Program Coordinator, Montgomery County Public Schools, 1993-2000
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  • Honors Advisory Board, 2010-2011 

Grants and Sponsored Research

       
  • $20,000 grant to create Independence from Dependence, an anti-smoking campaign produced by college students targeting high school seniors, 2004
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  • $40,000 grant to create an educational documentary on the science and effects of cocaine, NIDA, 1990
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  • $25,000 grant to create an educational documentary to encourage women and minorities to pursue science careers, NIDA, 1992
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  • $5000 grant to create Editorial Cartooning Program for High School Students, Herb Block Foundation, 2008       

Professional Presentations

       
  • Environmental Filmmaking for Peace, Forum Universal de las Culturas (Universal Forum of Cultures), Presenter,  Monterrey, Mexico, 2007
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  • Student Television Network, Presenter and Exhibitor, 2009
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  • American Film Institute for the Montgomery County Public Schools Environmental Film Fest, Keynote Speaker, 2007, 2008
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  • Ann Ferren Teaching Conference, American University, Moderator/Presenter,  2003-2007
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  • George Washington University Workshop to Media Professionals, Presenter, Mentoring The High School Student,  2006
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  • National School Board Association Convention on Technology and Learning, Presenter, 1996-2002
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  • American University, Best Teaching Practices, Presenter, 2006, 2007

Work In Progress

YMAT, Young Mothers Against Tobacco PSA, Teen Mothers are empowered to make a positive difference in their child's lives by protecting them from second hand smoke.

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