Meet the Faculty

Emil Steiner, Ph.D. | Program Coordinator, Department of Journalism
Dr. Steiner is coordinator of Rowan University's Sports CaM program and Esports Industry & Entertainment Experience certificate. He was born and raised in Philadelphia, earning a B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in media and communication from Temple University. Prior to joining the academy, Dr. Steiner was a reporter and editor at The Washington Post and a member of the newsroom awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. While there he founded The League, The Washington Post's NFL-focused news and discussion platform. He has also been an on-air contributor for BBC, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. His research explores how and why people enjoy sports, binge-watch, and stream esports. Dr. Steiner teaches Sports Journalism and Current Issues in Sport at Rowan.

Phil Anastasia | Department of Journalism
Professor Anastasia is a veteran sports columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He has been a sports writer in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area since 1980, as well as a beat writer for the Philadelphia Eagles and sports columnist for The Courier-Post. 

Ed Benkin | Department of Journalism
Professor Benkin is a sports anchor and reporter for KYW Radio in Philadelphia. Also works as a sports anchor for WIP Sports Radio.

Kate Harman | Department of Communication Studies 
Professor Harman is sports journalist who won awards covering high school sports for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Her research interests include Title IX compliance and depictions of athletes in media. Her research interests include analyzing gender dynamics within sport - specifically, depictions of athletes in media - as well as portrayals of gender in popular culture texts.

Neil Hartman | Center for Sports Communication & Social Impact
Professor Hartman is an Emmy Award-winning sportscaster and news anchor. He currently serves as Director of Rowan University’s Center for Sports Communication & Social Impact. Prof. Hartman has worked in sports media for more than 30 years at places such as Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, CBS3 and WPHL-TV. Hartman has earned four Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards and was named Pennsylvania Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association for his work.

Julie Haynes, Ph.D. | Department of Communication Studies
Dr. Haynes, a no-longer suffering Chicago Cubs fan, whose work explores how categories of identity, such as gender, race, and class, influence public discourse in mediated and pop culture settings. She teaches interdisciplinary courses with Women’s and Gender Studies, Sport Communication & Media, and Radio, Television, & Film. She is director of the Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at Rowan University.

Derek Jones | Station Manager at Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM
Jones is the radio voice of several Rowan University sports and has had appearances on Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and ESPN 3.

Yannick Kluch, Ph.D. | Social Impact Consultant, Department of Communication Studies 
Dr. Kluch comes to Rowan from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) where he worked in the Office of Inclusion. In 2015 he created We Are One Team (WA1T), a first-of-its-kind, award-winning initiative that utilizes sport to promote diversity, inclusion, and social justice on American college campuses. His teaching and research focuses on equity, diversity, and inclusion in athletics, athlete activism, critical sports communication pedagogy, and identity construction in sport. He also serves as the lead faculty consultant on social impact for Rowan's Center for Sports Communication & Social Impact and drives strategic inclusion initiatives in the university's athletics department.

Keri Mikulski | Department of Writing Arts
Award winning author of the young adult sports’ series prettyTOUGH.

Chris Winkler | Department of Radio, Television & Film
Professor Winkler has worked on live broadcast and narrative programming for the Philadelphia Phillies, Comcast SportsNet, NFL Films/NFL Network and ESPN among others as a camera operator, editor, associate director and director.