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Shayne Pepper

Associate Professor and Department Chair

Department of Communication, Media and Theatre

Northeastern Illinois University

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EDUCATION:

  • 2011 Ph.D. North Carolina State University
    • Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media
  • 2007 M.A. University of Iowa
    • Film Studies
  • 2004 B.A. University of New Orleans
    • Major: Drama & Communication
    • Minor: English

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS:

  • 2014 – Present: Associate Professor and Department Chair, Northeastern Illinois University
    • Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre
  • 2014 – 2017: Director of Graduate Studies, Northeastern Illinois University
    • Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre
  • 2011 – 2017: Assistant Professor, Northeastern Illinois University
    • Department of Communication, Media, and Theatre
  • 2007 – 2011: Graduate Instructor, North Carolina State University
    • Communication, Rhetoric, & Digital Media Program

 

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS:

  • Film history and theory, Television studies, Cultural studies, New media technologies
  • AIDS media, HBO and cable television, Popular media and political activism

 

PUBLICATIONS:

Journal Articles:

 

Book Chapters:

  • “Public Service Entertainment: HBO’s Interventions in Politics and Culture” in Media Interventions. Kevin Howley (ed). (New York: Peter Lang, 2013), 127-142
  • “Joanna Newsom Covers in the Blogosphere” in Visions of Joanna Newsom. Bradley W. Buchanan (ed). (Sacramento, CA: Roan Press, 2010)

 

Book Reviews:

  • Review of Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative (Durham: Duke University Press, 2008) by Priscilla Wald. The Journal of Popular Culture 42.6 (December, 2009), 1160-1161
  • Review of Looking Past the Screen: Case Studies in American Film History and Method (Durham: Duke University Press, 2007) by Jon Lewis and Eric Smoodin (eds.). Film Criticism 33.3 (Spring 2009), 72-75
  • Review of Conspiracy Panics: Political Rationality and Popular Culture (Albany: SUNY Press, 2008) by Jack Z. Bratich. Culture Machine (May 2009)
  • Review of Hollywood Goes to Washington: American Politics on Screen (London: Reaktion Books, 2008) by Michael Coyne. Scope: An On Line Journal of Film and TV Studies Issue 13 (February 2009)

 

Invited and Other Publications:

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

Northeastern Illinois University (2011 – Present)

Graduate Courses:

  • CMTM 468: Seminar in New Media
  • CMTM 467: Special Topics in Film and Television: Reality Television
  • CMTM 467: Special Topics in Film and Television: HBO – TV History and Theory
  • CMTM 466: Media and Cultural Studies
  • CMTM 465: Mass Communication Theory
  • CMTC 401: Introduction to Graduate Study

Undergraduate Courses:

  • CMTM 390: NEIU Cinematheque
  • CMTM 380A: Television Genres (HBO)
  • CMTM 377: Gender and Media
  • CMTM 373: World Cinema
  • CMTM 365: Contemporary Issues in Mass Media
  • CMTC 300: Mediated Communication
  • CMTM 265: Mass Media & Society
  • CMTM 160: The Art of Film and Video

North Carolina State University (2007 – 2011)

  • COM 467: Gender, Sexuality, & Media
  • COM 267: Electronic Media Writing: Theory and Practice
  • COM 110: Public Speaking
  • ENG 282: Introduction to Film

 

SUPERVISED STUDENT RESEARCH:

Graduate Theses (Directed):

  • Mary Kroeck- “Missing Pieces: The Life and Work of Shel Silverstein” (Spring 2016)
  • Benjamin Van Loon- “Toxic Cults: Repo Man, The Toxic Avenger, and Street Trash” (Spring 2015)

Graduate Theses (Committee Member):

  • Avrohom Steinberg- “Quality of Life in Long-Term Eldercare Organizations: Bridging Relational Chasms Through Sites of Meaningful Communication (Spring 2015)
  • Kristina Saldarelli- “Technology’s Influence on Theatre and Dance” (Spring 2013)

Graduate Independent Studies Supervised:

  • James Fuentes & Leland Humbertson- Star Trek and Culture (Fall 2016)
  • Rana Alrobbie- Media and Politics in the Arab World (Fall 2015)
  • Rafal Rybak- Media, Power, and U.S. Race Relations (Fall 2015)
  • Yelitza Hernandez- Contemporary Cinema and Production Culture (Spring 2015)
  • Anthony Colon- Fan Studies and Transmedia Storytelling (Fall 2014)
  • Benjamin Van Loon- Digital Media and Philosophy (Fall 2014)
  • Caitlin Inman- Mobile Technologies and Social Change (Fall 2013)
  • Vita Schweighart- Privacy, Surveillance, and Technology (Fall 2012)

Undergraduate Independent Studies Supervised:

  • Samantha Stawiarski- “(Post)Feminism and Pornography” (Spring 2015)
  • Tracey Washington- “Representations of African-American Women in Media” (Spring 2014)
  • Yesenia Taveras- “Fan Cultures and Video Games” (Spring 2014)

Undergraduate Honors Projects (Faculty Advisor):

  • Melissa Brand- “Critical Analysis of Female Journalists in HBO’s The Newsroom” (Fall 2014)

 

CONFERENCE ACTIVITY:

Presentations:

  • “Adapting AIDS Literature: HBO and The Normal Heart
    • Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference (Chicago) Upcoming October 2016
  • “HBO and the Logics of Public Television: Reframing the Prehistory of HBO’s Signature Style”
    • NEIU Faculty Research and Creative Activities Symposium (NEIU) November 13, 2015
  • “Screening Italy’s National Psychodrama: Melodrama, Public Service, and The Best of Youth
    • National Communication Association Conference (Chicago) November 23, 2014
  • “AIDS Activism and Public Policy in PBS and HBO Documentaries”
    • Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference (Chicago) March 9, 2013
  • “When Quality Television Meant Public Television: HBO’s Evolution in the 1980s”
    • National Communication Association Conference (Orlando) November 16, 2012
  • “HBO’s Cultural and Public Service Programming in the 1980s”
    • Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference (Boston) March 24, 2012
  • “Rethinking Ownership and Accessibility in The Age of Digital Reproduction”
    • National Communication Association Conference (New Orleans) November 20, 2011
  • “When Public Television Goes Private: Early AIDS Documentaries on PBS and HBO”
    • NEIU Second Annual Faculty Research & Creative Activities Symposium (NEIU) November 4, 2011
  • “Social Media: Logics of Gaming/Logics of Markets”
    • NETT Day 2.0 (NEIU Empowerment Through Technology) (NEIU) October 27, 2011
  • “Public Service Entertainment: HBO’s Interventions in Politics and Culture”
    • 9th Annual Cultural Studies Association Meeting (Chicago) March 24, 2011
  • “HBO’s Memorial Documentaries: “Remember. Reflect. Respond.”
    • Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference (New Orleans) March 12, 2011
  • “Watching Tina Fey Make Liz Lemonade: 30 Rock’s Post-Feminist Feminism” (w/ Dawn Shepherd)
    • National Communication Association Conference (San Francisco) November 17, 2010
  • “HBO, New Queer Cinema, and the AIDS Epidemic”
    • National Communication Association Conference (San Francisco) November 14, 2010
  • “Politics, History, & HBO Documentary Films” Flow Conference 2010 (Austin) October 2, 2010
  • “HBO and the AIDS Epidemic: Subscribing to a Neoliberal Solution”
    • National Communication Association Conference (Chicago) November 13, 2009
  • “Invisible Children and the Cyberactivist Spectator”
    • National Communication Association Conference (Chicago) November 13, 2009
  • “A Love Unspecified: Scrubs and Network Television’s Recoding of Masculinity”
    • National Popular Culture Association Conference (New Orleans) April 10, 2009
  • “’If PBS Doesn’t Do It, Who Will?:’ HBO and the Negotiation of Profit and Public Service”
    • 6th Annual Visual Cultures Symposium, “Unthinking Television: Visual Culture[s] Beyond the Console” (George Mason University) March 26, 2009
  • “The Importance of the Image: Visual Rhetoric and Oliver Stone’s JFK
    • National Communication Association Conference (San Diego), November 21, 2008
  • My So-Called Life: The Text as a Battlefield for Identity”
    • National Popular Culture Association Conference (San Francisco) March 19, 2008
  • “Transitions in Sound and Regulation: Shirley Temple and the Baby Burlesks
    • Film Indiana: Screening Shorts Conference (Indiana University) September 14, 2007

Other Conference Activity:

  • Panel Chair. “The Culture Industry 2.0: Refreshing the Political Economy of the Culture Industry”
    • National Communication Association Conference (Orlando) November 15, 2012
  • Panel Chair and Organizer. “Beyond the Sunday Night Lineup: 40 Years of HBO (1972-2012)”
    • Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference (Boston) March 24, 2012
  • Panel Chair. “Girls and Boys (Who Like Boys) Who Like Girls: Cultural Performances of Gender and Sexuality”
    • National Communication Association Conference (New Orleans) November 17, 2011
  • Panel Respondent. “The Representation and Practice of Activism: Communication For and Against Resistance”
    • National Communication Association Conference (New Orleans) November 17, 2011
  • Moderator. “Ethics and Video Games Panel”
    • NETT Day 2.0 (NEIU) October 27, 2011
  • Panel Chair and Organizer. “Technologies of Cultural Maintenance”
    • National Communication Association Conference (Chicago) November 13, 2009

 

HONORS AND AWARDS:

  • NEIU Faculty Excellence Award for Service (2016)
  • NEIU Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching (2014)
  • NEIU College of Arts and Sciences Faculty-Student Team Summer Research Grant, $4,200 (2014)
  • NEIU Summer Research Stipend, $5,000 (2013)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantship- North Carolina State University (2007-2011)
  • Full Frame Documentary Fellowship (2008)
  • Graduate Assistantship- University of Iowa (2005-2007)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (2004)

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE:

  • Reviewer- Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies (2015, 2016)
  • Reviewer- The Popular Culture Journal (2015)
  • Reviewer- SAGE Open (2015)
  • Book Reviewer- Choice Magazine (2012-present)
  • Reviewer- Radical Pedagogy (2012)
  • Reviewer- Kaleidoscope (2012)
  • Reviewer- Central States Communication Association Conference (2011)
    • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Caucus
  • Reviewer- Journal of Communication Inquiry (2010, 2014)
  • Reviewer- National Communication Association Conference  (2009-present)
    • Critical/Cultural Studies Division
    • Mass Communication Division
  • Selection Committee Member- Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (2009-2010)
  • Reviewer- eSharp (2007-2011)

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

  • Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • National Communication Association
  • Central States Communication Association
  • Cultural Studies Association
  • Popular Culture Association
  • Midwest Popular Culture Association
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