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Carl Beimfohr

Carl Beimfohr

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Associate Dean for Operations and Strategic Initiatives

Ed, who joined SOC in May 2010, brings an unusual background with dual career tracks in media and higher education management. On the media side, Ed has been an entrepreneur in FM radio, a trained actor (SAG & AFTRA member), video producer/director (... [More]

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202-885-2244
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CharLynn Bolden

CharLynn Bolden

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Grants Manager

CharLynn Bolden joined SOC in October 2009 as the Grants Manager. She has contracts and management experience where she worked for the DC Office of the State Superintendent, DC Justice Grants Administration, and IBM, where she spent nearly a decade. ... [More]

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202-885-2110
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Laura BonDurant

Laura BonDurant

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Assistant Dean, Student & Academic Affairs

Laura BonDurant joined the SOC in Janauary 2010. Prior to her role in the SOC she served as the Director of the Center for Academic Success at The Catholic University of America. Previously she was the Assistant Dean at Georgetown University's School... [More]

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202-885-2054
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Stephanie Brookstein

Stephanie Brookstein

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Assistant Dean for Online Learning

Stephanie Brookstein is the Assistant Dean for Online Learning for the School of Communication and the School of Professional and Extended Studies. Stephanie draws from her experience and education in psychology, instructional technology, and online ... [More]

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202-885-6467
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Youzeng Chen

Youzeng Chen

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Media Technician

Works primarily in the Media Production Center, assisting Director of Media Operations to ensure the TV facilities operate efficiently at all times that involve the creation of high quality video and digital media programming. Responsible for all the... [More]

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202-885-3889
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Laura Colombi

Laura Colombi

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Assistant to the Dean

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Nicole Cusick

Nicole Cusick

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Academic Program Assistant

Nicole is happy to be back "home" in SOC where she received her BA in Communication: Journalism and Theatre Arts in May 2014. After graduating Nicole worked in SIS as the Undergraduate Program Assistant, she joined SOC in April supporting the FMA an... [More]

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202-885-3175
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Andrea Dargin

Andrea Dargin

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Faculty Affairs Coordinator

Andrea Dargin is the Faculty Affairs Coordinator for the AU School of Communication. As a Faculty Affairs Coordinator, she supports the Associate Dean for Academic Administration and the Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs. Prior to joining the SOC ... [More]

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202-885-2051
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Amy Eisman

Amy Eisman

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Director, Media Entrepreneurship & Interactive Journalism

Amy Eisman is director of the MA in Media Entrepreneurship, launched in 2012, facilitator for JoLT (journalism and game design) and former director of the MA in Interactive Journalism. In 2015, she was named among the 100 most important people in dig... [More]

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202-885-2106
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Thomas Fish

Thomas Fish

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Media Services Manager

A member of the AU community since 2006, Tom Fish currently serves as Media Services Manager in the School of Communication. He oversees video production and post-production facilities, a newsroom, photo lab, and equipment room. Tom has edited three ... [More]

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202-885-2132
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Kathy Fitzpatrick

Kathy Fitzpatrick

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Professor

As senior associate dean for academic affairs, Kathy R. Fitzpatrick is responsible for shaping the school’s long-term initiatives and strategies and overseeing SOC academic affairs. Prior to assuming this post, she was professor and associate dean fo... [More]



Tara Flakker

Tara Flakker

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Academic Advisor

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202-885-2088
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Christine Frezek

Christine Frezek

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Academic Advisor

Christine Frezek joined the School of Communication in September of 2009. As the Senior Academic Advisor, she works with students who have last names beginning N through Z. Christine worked in advising and career development for 4.5 years prior to co... [More]

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202-885-2090
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Melanie Glover

Melanie Glover

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Academic Advisor

Melanie Hayden Glover joined the School of Communication in June 2015. She serves as an academic advisor for students who have last names beginning with A through F. Her professional background in higher education includes experience in undergraduate... [More]



Matthew Gohn

Matthew Gohn

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Theatre & Video Services Manager

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202-885-2042
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Jill Swiatowy Heitzmann

Jill Swiatowy Heitzmann

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Assistant Director, Undergraduate Recruitment & Retention

Jill has been a part of the School of Communication since 2009, leading recruitment and retention initiatives for undergraduates in the School of Communication. She works to build community and positively affect retention through student involvement ... [More]

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202-885-2038
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Leila Hernandez

Leila Hernandez

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Administrative Assistant

Leila is a self-described "pop culture analyst and enthusiast." Her favorite show of the past year is "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and her favorite movie of the past year is "The Imitation Game." Her dream is to one day attend the White House Correspo... [More]

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202-885-2040
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Kristian Higgins

Kristian Higgins

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Financial Operations Manager

Kris is the Financial Operations Manager for SOC's research centers. He has a background in non-profit management, having spent more than a decade overseeing grants and programs. Kris holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Washington - Seatt... [More]

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202-885-2679
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Monika Ingram

Monika Ingram

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Part Time Staff

Monika Ingram joined the Investigative Reporting Workshop in March 2015 and, as the Office Coordinator, handles all aspects of daily office operations. Monika assists faculty, staff and students with general office needs, IRW’s e-newsletters and annu... [More]

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Ellen Jimenez

Ellen Jimenez

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Senior Administrative Assistant

Ellen Mata joined the School of Communication staff in the summer of 2008 as the Senior Administrative Assistant for the undergraduate office. She previously worked at Cesar Chavez Public Charter School as the Attendance Monitor to the Middle School ... [More]

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202-885-2089
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Jean Kinnahan McGee

Jean Kinnahan McGee

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Graduate Academic Advisor

Jean McGee serves as the graduate advisor for all graduate students, full-time, part-time, and weekend, in the School of Communication. She has been working with the SOC graduate students since 2006. Prior to that she worked with SOC undergraduate st... [More]

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202-885-2078
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Mark Loker

Mark Loker

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Graduate Program Specialist

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202-885-2025
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Robert Lord

Robert Lord

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Academic Program Assistant

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202-885-3616
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Jeffrey Madison

Jeffrey Madison

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Director of Technology Services

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202-885-2888
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Don Michael Mendoza

Don Michael Mendoza

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Strategic Program & Events Coordinator

Don Mike Mendoza arrived in the SOC Strategic Partnerships & Programs Office in March 2014 after serving as a Membership Director for Urban Adventures company VIDA Fitness since 2012. Currently, he is responsible for managing the SOC Dean's Internshi... [More]

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202-885-2220
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Sharon Metcalf

Sharon Metcalf

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Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships & Programs

Sharon Metcalf blends a strong background in communications with strategic partnerships in media and education. She gained journalistic insight from several perspectives, working in Washington DC for two network news bureaus – ABC World News and NBC ... [More]

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202-885-2074
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Theora Milledge

Theora Milledge

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Senior Manager, Web & Marketing Communication

As Senior Manager of Web and Marketing Communication, Tia oversees strategy and content development for the SOC website and coordinates social media and marketing campaigns designed to better engage current and prospective students, alumni and donors... [More]

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202-885-3695
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Imani Muleyyar

Imani Muleyyar

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Part Time Staff

Imani Muleyyar is from Baltimore Maryland and holds degrees in both TV and film. He assist with production needs in the Media Production Center and the Media Innovation Lab. Imani is also an Iraq War veteran, combat sport video producer and electroni... [More]

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202-885-2027


Laura Murray

Laura Murray

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Assistant Dean for Budget & Facilities

Laura Murray has been a staff member at American University since 1977. Currently she works as the Assistant Dean for Budget and Facilities in the School of Communication. Her unit is responsible for the school’s administrative needs such as budget m... [More]

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202-885-2063
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Kristi Plahn-Gjersvold

Kristi Plahn-Gjersvold

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Director of Projects

Kristi Plahn-Gjersvold is SOC’s Chief of Staff, working with the Dean as well as faculty and staff of the School of Communication in developing initiatives for the School’s centers, institutes, projects and campaigns, as well as providing leadership ... [More]

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202-885-2059
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Zachary Prichard

Zachary Prichard

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Manager of Computing Labs

Zack took over the position of Computer Labs Manager for the School of Communication in August 2008. Prior to that, he spent two years working within the SOC’s Office of Technology as a graduate student in the Film Video program. In his role as Labs ... [More]

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202-885-2093
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Dani Rizzo

Dani Rizzo

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Online Content Manager

Serving as the Online Content Manager, Dani is responsible for maintaining the SOC website, social media strategy and online marketing efforts to better promote the School of Communication. Before joining SOC in 2013, Dani managed digital communicati... [More]

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202-885-2103
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Shaun Schroth

Shaun Schroth

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Manager of Photographic Services

Shaun oversees the Photography Labs at American. These include the darkroom, film processing, studio, and digital work areas in the Mary Graydon Center

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Francine Songa

Francine Songa

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Event Planning Manager

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Marc Tomik

Marc Tomik

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Graduate Program Specialist

Marc Tomik joined the School of Communication in October 2008 as the Graduate Services Assistant. Before joining SOC, Marc had been an undergraduate at American and served as a teaching assistant and the student representative to the Board of Trustee... [More]

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202-885-2272
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Geoffrey Turner

Geoffrey Turner

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TV Film Equipment Specialist

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202-885-2092
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Melanie Werner

Melanie Werner

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Budget Coordinator

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202-885-2084
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John Zollinger

John Zollinger

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Director, Strategic Communication and Marketing

Drawing on more than 25 years of experience in journalism and higher education outreach, John oversees and coordinates all communication and marketing efforts for American University’s School of Communication. His career stretches from writing for da... [More]

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202-885-3973
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