Faculty & Staff Advisory Board

Faculty & Staff Advisory Board

Faculty & Staff Advisory Board

Kim Akass

Kim Akass

Kim Akass is a professor of Radio, Television and Film at Rowan University. She has co-edited and contributed to Reading Sex and the City (IB Tauris, 2004), Reading Six Feet Under: TV To Die For (IB Tauris, 2005), Reading The L Word: Outing Contemporary Television (IB Tauris, 2006), Reading Desperate Housewives: Beyond the White Picket Fence (IB Tauris, 2006) and Quality TV: Contemporary American TV and Beyond (IB Tauris, 2007). She is one of the founding editors of the television journal Critical Studies in Television (SAGE), editor of the website CSTonline as well as (with McCabe) series editor of the ‘Reading Contemporary Television’ for IB Tauris.  She is currently researching the representation of motherhood on television for a forthcoming book From Here to Maternity: Representations of Motherhood in the Media.




Gina Di Bartolo

Gina Di BartoloGina Di Bartolo has been at Rowan since 2015, currently serving as Rowan University’s Edelman College of Communication & Creative Arts' coordinator of communications and outreach. She's a writer and communicator, and in her capacity at Rowan, Gina is in charge of increasing the college’s visibility among students, faculty and staff, alumni and the surrounding community. She is in charge of Edelman CCCA’s publications, digital marketing, recruitment efforts, departmental and college-wide events such as art gallery openings and readings, and more. Gina has published work as a journalist at the South Jersey Times as well as a freelance writer and has worked in corporate communications. She has a Master’s Degree in public relations and a Bachelor of Arts in music from Rowan. When she’s not working to promote the arts at her alma mater, Gina enjoys writing fiction and poetry and spending time with her husband and their dog, Charlotte.




Jenny Drumgoole

Jenny DrumgooleJenny Drumgoole is an assistant professor in the Art department. She is a Philadelphia artist who inserts herself into marginal spaces for pseudo-celebrity within popular culture. Her most recent video-based performance work involves the artist physically and virtually infiltrating competitive events with subversive art actions which question our obsessions with celebrity, desire and the limits and illusions of individuality in popular culture. Drumgoole received her MFA in photography from the Yale School of Art in 2006.​







Monique Easley

Monique EasleyMonique M. Easley
began teaching at Rowan University in 2010. She graduated from Rowan University in 2006 with a bachelors in Communication Studies and a minor in Political Science. She teaches Public Speaking, Sophomore Engineering Clinic II, and Interpersonal Communication. Her research interests include public speaking, leadership studies, critical race theory and images of women in hip hop culture. She is a proud sister of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and enjoys horror films, science fiction, politics, and watching Netflix. 






Dianne Garyantes

Dianne GaryantesDianne Garyantes teaches in the Department of Journalism and specializes in the cultural competence of journalists and emerging media technologies. Her research in cultural competence stems from her experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic. As a newspaper reporter, Dr. Garyantes wrote for daily newspapers in New Brunswick, NJ, Stamford, Conn., and Springfield, Vt. She also worked as a television producer with Banyan Productions in Philadelphia, which created programming for The Discovery Channel, TLC, Discovery Health, 20th Century Fox Television, and public television. She later worked as a teaching assistant with the multimedia lab at Temple University, which produces philadelphianeighborhoods.com  Her most recent publications examine the cultural competence of health journalists, the cultural competence of community journalists, and student journalists’ adoption of mobile technologies.

Amanda Haruch

A graduate of the Writing Arts department, Amanda Haruch rejoined the Rowan University community after graduating with her MA in English from the University of Idaho. She now teaches the courses she loved the most as a student: those involving technologies and writing. Outside of teaching Writing with Technologies and Writing, Research, and Technology, she teaches courses in the first-year writing program, and brings her love for technology into the composition classroom.

Rui ShiRui Shi

Rui Shi joined Rowan in fall 2018. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the use of new media in health communication in the area of anti-tobacco policies, campaigns and interventions. Her current project explores how to correct health misinformation with persuasive messages using multiple media platforms including Virtual Reality. Dr. Shi also has an active research agenda in quantitative research methods specializing in experiment design and computational social science.






Shari ThompsonShari K. Thompson

Shari Thompson is a lecturer in the Radio Television & Film Department. Prior to joining the faculty at Rowan, she served as an Assistant Professor at Howard University and an adjunct professor at Temple University and Stevenson University. Professor Thompson’s area of concentration is scriptwriting for both film and television. Her research interests center on race and representation in film, social issue documentary and the intersection of film and philosophy in contemporary cinema.  Her documentary, The Leesburg 33, screened at the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival in Seattle, WA and was broadcast on WYBE, formerly a local Philadelphia station and PBS affiliate. She has also presented original research on racial ideology and the Disney Princess at the National Association of African American Studies Conference in Baton Rouge, LA. She holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.F.A. Temple University.