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BETH A. HALLER, Ph.D.
Professor, Mass Communication & Communication Studies Dept.
Towson University
8000 York Road, Towson, MD 21252-0001 USA
Phone: (410) 704 2442
E-mail: bhaller@towson.edu
Web pages: http://pages.towson.edu/bhalle/
& www.media-disability.net
Blog: http://media-dis-n-dat.blogspot.com/

EDUCATION:

Ph.D. in Mass Media and Communication, January 1995, Temple University School of Communication and Theater, Philadelphia, Pa. Dissertation: Disability rights on the public agenda: Elite news media coverage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Adviser: Thomas Gordon, Ph.D.

Master of Arts in journalism, 1991, University of Maryland College Park. Specialty in science communication. Thesis: Paternalism and Protest: Coverage of Deaf Persons in the Washington Post and New York Times, 1986 1990. Adviser: Katherine C. McAdams, Ph.D.

Bachelor of Arts in journalism, 1983, Baylor University, Waco, Texas. Second concentration: Business.

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE:

Towson University, Towson, Md., Dept. of Mass Communication & Communication Studies:
• COFAC Fellow, 2013-15. Developed the course, Disability Advocacy through Media, which is a collaborative project between the College of Fine Arts and Communication and the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism, http://disabilitymediaadvocacy.wordpress.com/.
• Graduate director, Communication Management master’s program, August 2011-2017.
• Professor, August 2008 – present;
• Associate Professor, August 2002 – 2008;
• Assistant Professor, August 1996 – 2002.
–Undergraduate courses taught: Feature Writing, Honors Introduction to Mass Communication, Magazine Publishing, Mass Communication Research, Media Law, and News Reporting. –Graduate courses taught: Special Topics: Content Analysis, Freelance Feature Writing, Media Ethics, and Specialized Reporting.

York University Critical Disability Studies Graduate Program, Toronto, Canada.
• Adjunct professor, “Disability and the Mass Media,” July 2015.
• Supervisor (5) and committee member (4) for MRPs, Major Research Papers (like a thesis), and 1 dissertation committee, 2009-present.

ASEAN Institute on Disability and Public Policy, Washington, D.C.
• Adjunct instructor, “How to Engage Media to Promote Awareness.” Graduate level online skills institute for the Master’s in Comparative and International Disability Policy at American University, September 2012.

City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School, NY, N.Y.
• Adjunct instructor, “Disability & Mass Media,” Disability Studies master’s program course, Spring 2016, Fall 2013, Summer 2012, Summer 2011, Spring 2009.
• Adjunct instructor, “Disability & Mass Media,” Disability Studies online bachelor’s program course, January 2015.
• Adjunct instructor, “Embodiment & Disability,” Disability Studies master’s program course, Spring 2010, Summer 2008.

The Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, Pa. August 1994 August 1996.
• Assistant Professor of Humanities and Communications, Humanities Division. Undergraduate courses taught: Advanced Reporting, Journalistic Writing, Media Law and Ethics, News & Society, Nature of Media, and the Writer’s Seminar.

Temple University Journalism Department, Philadelphia, Pa. 1991 1994.
• Courses taught: Journalism 150, Journalism 251, and Science Writing.

La Salle University Communication Department, Philadelphia. Sept. 1992 1994.
• Adjunct journalism instructor.

University of Maryland College of Journalism, College Park, Md. Spring 1990. Fall 1990.
• Adjunct journalism instructor.

Reaching Audiences: A Guide to Media Writing, journalism textbook by Katherine McAdams & Jan Johnson Elliott.
• Editorial assistant, Summer 1992.

Certified Learning Center, Silver Spring, Md. Jan. 1991 August 1991.
• SAT verbal skills instructor and writing skills instructor.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

The San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, Summer 1997, Fellow of the American Society for Newspaper Editors Institute for Journalism Excellence. Worked in the area of computer-assisted reporting and online journalism.

The Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Md. Summer 1990, Copy editor intern, features desk.

International Development Management Center, College Park, Md. Non profit center to teach management in developing countries. Sept. 1990 August 1991, Research/graduate assistant for information and publications.

American Chemical Society News Service, Washington, D.C. Professional organization for chemists and chemical engineers. August 1989 May 1990, News service intern.

Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Ill., Feb. 1987 July 1989, Health and environment reporter; Marion, Ill., bureau reporter.

Montgomery & Associates, Austin, Texas. Direct mail advertising firm. Fall 1986, Copywriter.

Bastrop (Texas) Advertiser and County News, Summer 1986, Reporter and photographer.

Amarillo (Texas) Globe News, July 1984 May 1986, Medical/health writer; General assignment reporter.

The Ruidoso (NM) News, Summer 1983; Winter 1984, Reporter and photographer.

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS:

BOOKS:

Co-Editor, Routledge Companion to Disability and Media (with Gerard Goggin, University of Sydney, and Katie Ellis, Curtin University). Expected publication in 2017.

Byline of Hope: The Newspaper and Magazine Writing of Helen Keller, (Edited collection of Keller’s journalism work). Advocado Press, Louisville, Ky., expected publication in 2015.

Representing disability in an ableist world: Essays on mass media, Advocado Press, August 2010.
• Book launch Australia, University of Sydney, April 1, 2011.
• Book talk, CUNY Disability Studies master’s program, NY, NY, Feb. 14, 2011.
• Book talk, York University Critical Disability Studies master’s program, Toronto, Canada, Feb. 10, 2011.
• Book talk, Syracuse University, Center on Human Policy, Law, & Disability Studies, Syracuse, NY, Feb. 7, 2011.

An Introduction to News Reporting: A Beginning Journalist’s Guide (with Jan Johnson Yopp, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill). Allyn & Bacon, Spring 2005.

EDITING:

Disability Studies Quarterly, the peer-reviewed journal of the Society for Disability Studies, http://www.dsq-sds.org. (Co-editor with Corinne Kirchner, American Foundation for the Blind). 2003-2006.

JOURNAL ARTICLES:

“iTechnology as cure or iTechnology as empowerment: What do North American news media report?” (with Chelsea Jones, Ryerson University, Vishaya Naidoo, York University, & Art Blaser Chapman University). Disability Studies Quarterly, (Winter 2016). http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/3857/4208

“The politics of representing disability: Exploring news coverage of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the National Disability Insurance Scheme,” (with Shawn Burns, University of Wollongong). Asia Pacific Media Educator, Vol. 25, No. 2, December 2015.

“Stepping backwards with disability humor? The case of NY Gov. David Paterson’s representation on ‘Saturday Night Live,’” (with Amy Becker, Towson University). Disability Studies Quarterly, Spring 2014. http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/3459/3527

“When Political Comedy Turns Personal: Humor Types, Audience Evaluations, and Attitudes” (with Amy Becker, Towson University) in the Howard Journal of Communication, Spring 2014.

“Stigma or empowerment? What do disabled people say about their representation in news and entertainment media?” (with Lingling Zhang, Towson University). Review of Disability Studies, Fall 2013 issue.

“Consuming Image: How Mass Media Impact the Identity of People with Disabilities” (with Lingling Zhang, Towson University) in Communication Quarterly, Vol. 61, No. 3, July/August 2013.

“The Place of News Media Analysis with Disability Studies,” (with Andrew Laing, Cormex Research, Toronto, Canada, Mihaela Dinca, DRPI Canada, Marcia Rioux, York University, Canada, Jessica Vostermans,York University, Canada, & Paula Hearn, York University, Canada) in The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, Spring 2012.

“Are Disability Images In Advertising Becoming Bold And Daring? An Analysis Of Prominent Themes In U.S. And UK Campaigns,” (with Sue Ralph, University of Manchester, UK) Disability Studies Quarterly, Summer 2006, Vol. 26, No. 3. http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/716/893 

“Promoting Disability-Friendly Campuses to Prospective Students: An Analysis of University Recruitment Materials,” Disability Studies Quarterly, Spring 2006, Vol. 26, No. 2. http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/673/850

“Media Labeling versus the U.S. Disability Community Identity: A Study Of Shifting Cultural Language,” (with Bruce Dorries, Mary Baldwin College, and Jessica Rahn, Towson University), Disability & Society, January 2006, Vol. 21, No. 1.

“Persuading Sanity: Magic Lantern Images and the Nineteenth-Century Moral Treatment in America” (with Robin Larsen, CSU-San Bernardino) in The Journal of American Culture, Fall 2005.

“John Callahan’s Pelswick Cartoon and a New Phase of Disability Humor” (with Sue Ralph, University of Manchester, UK) in Disability Studies Quarterly, Summer/Fall 2003.

“The Publications of the Carlisle Indian School: Cultural Voices or Pure Propaganda?” in American Journalism, Summer 2002.

“Public Reception of Real Disability: The Case of the Film ‘Freaks’” (with Robin Larsen, Cal State-San Bernardino) in Journal of Popular Film and Television, Vol. 29, No. 4, Winter 2002.

“The News of Inclusion: A Narrative Analysis” (with Bruce Dorries, Mary Baldwin College) in Disability & Society, October 2001, Vol. 16.

“Not Worth Keeping Alive? News Framing of Physician-assisted suicide in the United States and Great Britain” (with Sue Ralph, University of Manchester, UK) in Journalism Studies, Vol. 2, No. 3, 2001.

“’Off Me Head’: Editorial Cartoons in English Newspapers concerning the Hoddle Affair” (with Sue Ralph and Tim Lees, University of Manchester, UK) in International Journal of Comic Art, Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring 2001.

“Profitability, Diversity, and Disability in Advertising in the UK and United States” (with Sue Ralph, University of Manchester, UK) in Disability Studies Quarterly, Spring 2001, 21:1.

“Content analysis methodology for studying news and disability: Case studies from the United States and England” (with Sue Ralph, University of Manchester, UK) in Research in Social Science and Disability, 2001, Vol. 2.

“Content & Character: Disability Publications in the 1990s” in Journal of Magazine & New Media Research, Spring 2000, Vol. 1, No. 3.

“How the News Frames Disability: Print Media Coverage of the Americans with Disabilities Act,” Research in Social Science and Disability, Spring 2000, Vol. 1.

“Journalism in Cyberspace: Current Copyright Implications,” New Jersey Journal of Communication, Communication in Cyberspace Special Issue, Fall 1996.

“Rethinking Models of Media Representation of Disability,” Disability Studies Quarterly, 15:2, Spring 1995.

“The Misfit and Muscular Dystrophy,” Journal of Popular Film and Television, 21:4, Winter 1994.

“Paternalism and Protest: Coverage of Deaf Persons in the Washington Post and New York Times,” Mass Comm Review, 20:3/4, Winter 1993.

“The Little Papers Newspapers at 19th Century Schools for Deaf Persons” Journalism History, 19:2, Summer 1993.

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS:

“Global disability rights and the harnessing of social media.” Routledge Companion to Media Human Rights, expected publication 2017.

“Embodying Metaphors: Disability Tropes in Political Cartoons.” Routledge Companion to Disability and Media, Gerard Goggin, Katie Ellis, & Beth Haller, editors, (expected 2017 publication).

“Social Media and Mediated Sociality as Communication: Augmentations and Alternatives to Speech in the Digital Age” (with Meryl Alper, USC) in Social Media and Disability, Ashgate (in press).

“Confirming Normalcy: ‘Inspiration Porn’ and the Construction of the Disabled Subject” (with Jeffrey Preston, Western University) in Social Media and Disability, Ashgate (in press).

“Confronting Obstacles to Inclusion: How the US News Media Report Disability,” in Confronting Obstacles to Inclusion. International Responses to Developing Inclusive Education, Routledge, August 2010 (with Prof. Sue Ralph, Northampton University, UK, & Zosia Zaks, author of Life and Love: Positive Strategies for Autistic Adults).

“Society for Disability Studies” in The American Encyclopedia of Disability History, Facts on File publisher, August 2009.

“Print Journalism” in The American Encyclopedia of Disability History, Facts on File publisher, August 2009.

“The Moral Treatment” in The American Encyclopedia of Disability History, Facts on File publisher, August 2009.

“Advertising” in The American Encyclopedia of Disability History, Facts on File publisher, August 2009.

“Disability Studies Quarterly” in The American Encyclopedia of Disability History, Facts on File publisher, August 2009.

“Laura Redden Searing” in The American Encyclopedia of Disability History, Facts on File publisher, August 2009.

“Telethons” in Encyclopedia of Disability, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, Sept. 2005.

“Journalism” in Encyclopedia of Disability, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, Sept. 2005.

“Nancy Woodhull, founding editor of USA Today” in Notable American Women, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004.

“The News of Inclusive Education: A Narrative Analysis” in Learning from Each Other: Diverse perspectives in inclusive education, M. Nind, K. Sheehy, and K. Simmons, (eds.) Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 2003 (with Bruce Dorries, Mary Baldwin College).

“Current Perspectives on Advertising Images of Disability,” in Gender, Race and Class in Media, Gail Dines & Jean Humez (eds.) Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage, 2002 (with Sue Ralph, Univ. of Manchester, UK).

“Babies, Just Babies” and “The Newspaper Guild” in The Eleanor Roosevelt Encyclopedia by Maurine Beasley (editor). NY: Greenwood, 2001.

“If They Limp, They Lead? News Representations and the Hierarchy of Disability Images” in Handbook of Communication and People with Disabilities by Dawn Braithwaite and Teri Thompson (editors). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2000.

“AIDS as a Legally Defined Disability: Implications from News Media Coverage” in Power in the Blood: AIDS, Politics, and Communication by William Elwood (editor). NY: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1999.

“Crawling toward Civil Rights: News Media Coverage of Disability Activism” in Cultural Diversity and the U.S. Media by Y. R. Kamalipour and Theresa Carilli (editors). SUNY Press, 1998.

“Recognizing Bias and Stereotypes” in Reaching Audiences: A Guide to Media Writing, by Katherine C. McAdams and Jan Johnson Elliott. Allyn and Bacon, 1996.

CONTRACTUAL RESEARCH PROJECTS:

Major News Media Coverage of Disability Topics: A Comparative Study, 1998, 2002. A Final Report for The Center for an Accessible Society. San Diego: Center for an Accessible Society, June 2003. Part of Grant No. H133A980045 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

News Coverage of Disability Issues: A Final Report for the Center for an Accessible Society. San Diego: Center for an Accessible Society, July 1999. Part of Grant No. H133A980045 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

A Content Analysis of U.S. Disability Publications: A Final Report for the Center for an Accessible Society. San Diego: Center for an Accessible Society, November 1999. Part of Grant No. H133A980045 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.

PAPERS PRESENTED AT PROFESSIONAL MEETINGS:

“Resymbolization and the representation of disabled women in the Miss Landmine Pageant documentary,” paper presented at the Peace & Justice Studies conference, San Diego, Calif. Oct. 17, 2014.

“How editorial cartoons tell the stories of disabled veterans,” paper presented at Comics & Medicine: From Private Lives to Public Health conference, Johns Hopkins Medical Campus, Baltimore, June 27, 2014.

“An analysis of the embodiment of Deaf culture on ABC Family’s ‘Switched at Birth’,” paper presented at Society for Disability Studies annual conference, Minneapolis, June 2014.

“On the borderlands: Deaf culture finds a place in popular TV representations,” paper presented at the Canadian Disability Studies Association annual conference, St. Catherines, Ontario, May 29, 2014.

“The Gallaudet University Protest of 1988 and the Infusion of Deaf History and Culture into Popular TV,” paper presented at Disability Disclosure in/and Higher Education conference, October 2013.

“iTechnology as cure or iTechnology as empowerment: What does print media report?” (with Chelsea Jones, Ryerson University, Vishaya Naidoo, York University, & Art Blaser Chapman University), paper presented at the Society for Disability Studies meeting, Orlando, Fla., June 2013.

“Authenticity & Communication: Deaf Culture Goes Mainstream in ABC Family’s Switched at Birth,” paper presented on a panel at the National Communication Association in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 2012.

“Olmstead: Where’s the news coverage?” (with Jennifer LaFleur, ProPublica) presented at the Society for Disability Studies conference, Denver, June 2012.

“Stigma or empowerment? What do disabled people say about their representation in news and entertainment media?” (with Lingling Zhang, Towson University, presenter) at National Communication Association annual conference, New Orleans, Nov. 2011.

“Social media and disability rights activism: Is the Internet finally providing ‘liberating technology?’” Paper presented at the Society for Disability Studies meeting, San Jose, Calif., June 18, 2011.

“Stepping backwards with disability humor: The case of Gov. David Paterson’s representation on ‘Saturday Night Live,’” Pacific Rim International Conference (Pac Rim) on Disabilities, April 19, 2011 (with Prof. Amy Becker, Towson University.)

“The changing landscape of disability “news”: Blogging toward more diverse sources of information,” Paper presented at the Inclusive and Supportive Education Congress (ISEC) Queen’s University Belfast, UK, August 2010 (with Prof. Sue Ralph, Northampton University, UK).
“The Communication of Disability Rights across the Web: Information Goes Global with Blogs and Facebook.” Paper presented at the Society for Disability Studies meeting, Philadelphia, Pa., June 2010.

“Discomforting Creatures: The UK animated campaign to change attitudes about disability.” Paper presented at the Society for Disability Studies conference, June 2009. (with Prof. Sue Ralph, Northampton University, UK, and Irene Rose, John Moores University, UK).

“Accessing new deaf representations on TV: A case study of Marlee Matlin on ‘The L Word’” at the National Communication Association conference, San Diego, November 2009 (with Prof. Lillie Ransom, Gallaudet University) . Updated version available online at: http://media-and-disability.blogspot.com/2011/08/accessing-new-deaf-representations-on.html

“Soldiers & Symbols: Images of Disabled Veterans in U.S. Political Cartoons” at the fourth International Disability Studies Conference, Lancaster University, UK, September 2008.

“A History of Disability as Visual Metaphor in U.S. Political Cartoons” at the Disability History: Theory and Practice conference, San Francisco State University, July 2008. (with Arthur Shapiro, emeritus professor, Kean University of NJ.)

“Laura Redden Searing: The Right Time to be a Deaf Journalist” at the American Journalism Historians Association — AEJMC History Division joint conference March 18, 2006, NY, NY.

“Helen Keller as Journalist: An Investigation into Her Little-Known Magazine and Newspaper Work” at the American Journalism Historians Association B AEJMC History Division joint conference March 12, 2005, NY, NY.

“Roasted Nuts: A case study of excellence in media advocacy” at the Internet, Media & Mental Health Conference, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, April 2004.

“Promoting Disability-Friendly Campuses to Prospective Students: An Analysis of University Recruitment Materials,” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual meeting, August 2003, Kansas City.

“Media Labeling Versus The Disability Community Identity: A Study Of Shifting Cultural Language” at the National Communication Association annual meeting, November 2002, New Orleans (with Bruce Dorries, Mary Baldwin College & Jessica Rahn, Towson University).

“Are Disability Images In Advertising Becoming Bold And Daring? An Analysis Of Prominent Themes In U.S. And UK Campaigns” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual meeting, August 2002, Miami (with Sue Ralph, University of Manchester, UK).

“Pelswick and Stevie: Turning disability humor on the ‘normals,’” at the Society for Disability Studies conference, June 2002, Oakland, Calif.

“Preface to an Advertisement: The Development of the ‘Supercrip’ Persona of Christopher Reeve in Print Media” at the National Communication Association annual meeting, Seattle, November 2000.

“The News of Inclusive Education: A Narrative Analysis” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual meeting, Phoenix, August 2000 (with Bruce Dorries, Mary Baldwin College).

“Hoddle’s Twaddle: Defining Disability through British Sports Coverage” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual meeting, Phoenix, August 2000 (with Sue Ralph, University of Manchester, UK).

“The New Paradigm Of Disability And Information Dissemination,” at National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research conference on The New Paradigm of Disability: Research Issues and Approaches, Bethesda, Md., January 2000.

“Against the ADA: News Narratives and Backlash,” at the National Communication Association annual meeting, Chicago, November 1999.

“Cross-cultural images: Representations of Assisted Suicide in Britain and the U.S.” (with Sue Ralph, University of Manchester, UK) at the National Communication Association annual meeting, New York, NY, November 1998.

“Prizing Disability in Journalism: Inspiration as Code” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual meeting, Baltimore, August 1998.

“Images of Disability in News Media: Implications for Further Research” at the National Communication Association annual meeting, Chicago, November 1997.

“The Publications of the Carlisle Indian School: Cultural Voices or Pure Propaganda?” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual meeting, Chicago, August 1997.

“Disability Legislation as Hands-on Reporting Experience: A Case Study” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual meeting, Chicago, August 1997.

True Cable Access? Kaleidoscope: America’s Disability Channel” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual meeting, Anaheim, Ca., August 1996.

“Balancing Acts: Disability, Business, and Government Sources in News Coverage of Disability Legislation” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual meeting, Anaheim, Ca., August 1996.

“Narrative Conflicts: News Media Coverage of the Americans with Disabilities Act” at the Speech Communication Association annual meeting, San Antonio, TX, November 1995.

“Public Reception and Disability: The Case of the Film ‘Freaks’” (with Robin Larsen, CSU-San Bernardino) at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual meeting, Washington, D.C., August 1995.

“Camera Angle and Media Representations of People with Disabilities” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual meeting, Washington, D.C., August 1995.

“The Social Construction of Disability: News Coverage of the Americans with Disabilities Act” at the International Communication Association annual meeting, Albuquerque, NM, May 1995.

“Quoting in Cyberspace: Privacy and Copyright Issues in Journalistic Use of Computer Networks” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual meeting, Atlanta, Ga., August 1994.

“Crawling toward Civil Rights: A Qualitative Study of Media Coverage of Disability Activism” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual meeting, Atlanta, Ga., August 1994.

“The Disabled Body in Protest” at the Eastern Sociological Society conference, Baltimore, Md., March 2004.

“A Place for the Disability Press in U.S. History: Creating a Research Agenda” at the Society for Disability Studies annual meeting, Rockville, Md., June 1994.

“Augmentative Communication: Making Meaning Through Technology” at the Society for Disability Studies annual meeting, Rockville, Md., June 1994.

“The Misfit and Muscular Dystrophy: The 1992 Jerry Lewis Telethon as Text” at the Speech Communication Association annual meeting, Miami, Fla., November 1993.

“The Image of a Moral Treatment: Use of Magic Lantern Slides at the Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane” at the Mid Atlantic Popular Culture Association meeting, Philadelphia, Pa., November 1993.

“Historic Images of Disability: Indian and European Comic Art Traditions” (with Aruna Rao, Temple University) at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual meeting, Kansas City, August 1993.

“The Voice of Debate: Little Papers of Deaf Residential Schools and Sign Language vs. Oralism in the late 1800s” at the Society for Disability Studies annual meeting, Seattle, Wash., June 1993.

“Paternalism and Protest: Coverage of Deaf Persons in the Washington Post and New York Times, 1986 1990” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual meeting, Montreal, Quebec, August 1992.

“The Little Papers: Newspapers at 19th Century School for Deaf Persons” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual meeting, Montreal, Quebec, August 1992.

PEER-REVIEWED PRESENTATIONS:

Panel organizer/panelist, “Teaching style: Is AP enough in the age of Buzzfeed?” Panel organized for Scholastic Division, AEJMC San Francisco, August 2015.

Panel organizer/moderator, “Occupying Digital Spaces: Disabled People Creating Community and Resisting Ableism Online,” Society for Disability Studies annual conference, Atlanta, June 2015.

Panel organizer/moderator, “Disability Studies under construction: How to plan or revise programs, curriculum, courses and assignments,” Society for Disability Studies annual conference, Atlanta, June 2015.

Panelist, “Digital Futures: Mapping New Methodologies for Disability Studies.” Society for Disability Studies annual conference, Atlanta, June 2015.

Panel organizer/moderator, “The maturation of Disability Studies curriculum: A discussion,” at Society for Disability Studies annual conference, Minneapolis, June 2014.

Panel organizer/moderator, “Disability rights in news and documentary: Past, present, and future,” Society for Disability Studies annual conference, Minneapolis, June 2014.

Workshop organizer/participant, “Effective media advocacy for academics and activists: What to do when reporters call,” at Society for Disability Studies conference, Orlando, Fla., June 2013.

Panelist, “The power of words: What transitioning news media language about disability means for the community,” panel on “Ability Communication: New Messages about Disability in Society” at the New Jersey Communication Association 7th annual conference, April 5, 2003.

Panelist, “How to Change Media Images of Disability,” Society for Disability Studies, Washington, D.C., June 1999.

Panelist, “Eleanor Roosevelt’s editorship of ‘Babies, Just Babies’ and participation in the Newspaper Guild,” American Journalism Historians Association regional meeting, NY, NY, March 1999.

Panelist, “The News of Disability,” Society for Disability Studies, Oakland, Ca., June 1998.

DISSERTATION COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP:

External examiner, Natasha Saltes, Queens University, Kinston, Canada, August- present. Topic: Disability in the Digital Age: reconfiguring access, inclusion and equality with networked mobile devices.

Committee member, Dissertation by Eva Lupold, Rutgers University, 2016-present. Topic: Disabled girlhood in the media.

Committee member, Dissertation by Hayley Gienow-McConnell, York University, Canada, 2015-present. Title: Defining disability on Walton’s Mountain: From new deal storylines to new right living rooms.

Committee member, Dissertation by Barbara McDonald, York University, Canada, 2015-present. Title: Photography & Social Justice: Epistemology, Disability and Perspective.

Committee member, Dissertation by Corrine Li, Chapman University, Orange, CA, 2015-present. Mother memoirs and disability studies. Proposal successfully defended August 2015.

Co-supervisor, Dissertation by Shawn Burns, University of Wollongong, Australia, 2013-present. Title: Did the end justify the means? An exploration of how Australian newspapers portrayed people with disability when reporting on the National Disability Insurance Scheme and what people with disability say about the coverage.

Committee member, Comprehensive exams by Jonathan Bartholomy, University of Illinois-Chicago. 2014- present.

Committee member, Dissertation by Meryl Alper, University of Southern California. Title: Home Screen Home: How Parents of Children with Communication Disabilities Manage Family Media Use. Defended March 9, 2015.

Committee member, Dissertation by Joanna Rankin, Critical Disability Studies program York University, Toronto, Canada. Title: Disability and discourse: The role of disability in the popular culture book club. Defended Oct. 27, 2014.

Committee member, Dissertation by Jeff Preston, University of Western Ontario, Canada. Title: Fantasizing Disability: Representation of Loss and Limitation in Popular Television and Film, Defended August 19, 2014.

Committee member, Comprehensive exams by Jennifer Justice, University of Illinois-Chicago. Sept. 2011 to March 2013.

Committee member, Dissertation by Julie Lellis, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. A content analysis of PR materials used by disability organizations, Fall 2006-Summer 07.

MASTER’S THESIS SUPERVISION/COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP:

2016

MRP Adviser (like a thesis committee member) for Aaron Richmond, York University, Toronto, Canada. Title: Harry Potter, Special Education, and the Canadian Supreme Court: A Comparative Legal And Literary Analysis. Successfully defended August 2016.

MRP Supervisor (like a thesis director) for Michael R. Goldberg, York University, Toronto, Canada. Title: Art and Disclosure: A critical examination of personal, social, political and aesthetic possibilities of disclosing invisible disability through art-based practices. Successfully defended June 2016.

Committee member, Communication Management master’s student, Jenna Mills, proposed thesis for 2015-16. Title: Truly Altruistic, or Just Fitting In: Exploring Motivations of Philanthropic Millennials. Thesis successfully defended April 2016.

2015

MRP Adviser (like a thesis committee member) for Amber Reid, York University, Toronto, Canada. Title: Ashley Smith: Monstrosity, tainted whiteness debility. Successfully defended September 9, 2015.

MRP Supervisor (like a thesis director) for Hilary Martin, York University, Toronto, Canada. Title: A Critical Disability Studies Analysis of Transnational Adoption through North American Popular Media. (In progress.)

2014

Committee member, Thesis by Kristan Lenhard at Temple University. Title: Stereotypes in Reality Television: The Framing of Women with Disability in the Sundance Channel’s Reality Show ‘Push Girls. Thesis successfully defended May 9, 2014.

Committee member, Thesis project by Kimberly Wilson. Title: Applying Stasis Theory to Strategic Communications Research: Using Content Analysis to Gauge Stasis between the US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command and External Stakeholders. Thesis successfully defended April 21, 2014.

Thesis project director for Melanie Yanney. Title: Conceptualizing Organizational Culture: A Case Study of McCormick & Co. Inc. Thesis successfully defended April 14, 2014.

2013

MRP Advisor (like a thesis committee member) for Estee Klar-Wolford, York University, Toronto, Canada. Title: Non-Verbal Autistic Self Advocacy and the Neurodiversity Movement in the Film Wretches & Jabberers: The Co-Production of Autistic Culture and Identity. MRP successfully defended Sept. 5, 2013.

Committee member, Thesis by Mary Wagner. How Media Messages about Coupons Affect Consumers’ Attitudes and Behaviors. Thesis successfully defended, July 30, 2013.

Committee member, Thesis by Tara Pollack. How The Self-Esteem Of Young Adults Affects How They Use Social Media: Facebook Edition. Thesis successfully defended, July 11, 2013.

Committee member, Thesis by Maya Shipley. How The Self-Esteem Of Young Adults Affects How They Use Social Media: Twitter Edition. Thesis successfully defended, July 11, 2013.

Committee member, Thesis by Shelley List. Communicating Implementation Intentions: Influence Of Implementation-Intention Framing On Green Behavior, Automaticity, And Goal Shielding. Thesis successfully defended, July 2, 2013.

Thesis project director for Stephanie Vander Veen. Title: Effects of social media on the small business: Can social media be bad things? Successfully defended May 9, 2013.

Thesis project director for Stephanie Martin Neal. Title: Femininity, Fangs and Third Wave Feminism in True Blood. Successfully defended May 9, 2013.

Committee member, Thesis project by Jennifer Perrell. Title: How Activist Groups Use Web Sites and Social Media to Build Dialogic Relationships. Successfully defended April 23, 2013.

Committee member, Thesis project by Raquel J.L. Hamlett. Title: An Explorative Study of How Black Americans Express Cultural Identity via the Internet. Successfully defended April 17, 2013.

Committee member, Thesis project by Alex Sutton Ganzmiller. Title: Staying Connected During Crisis: A Look into How Universities Communicate and Notify Their Campus of Emergencies. Successfully defended April 18, 2013.

Thesis project director for Lindzey Galliford. Title: A Textual Analysis Of The Media Coverage Surrounding The General David Petraeus Scandal Using Second-Level Agenda Setting And Framing. Successfully defended April 18, 2013.

Thesis project director for Katie Ogden, Title: Framing News Coverage of The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and the San Diego Zoo: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Media Relations and Newspaper Sources. Successfully defended April 18, 2013.

Committee member, Thesis project by Alicia Williams. Title: A rhetorical analysis of the media coverage and portrayal of rape using The New York Times’ coverage of the Duke Lacrosse case. Successfully defended Jan. 17, 2013.

2012

Committee member, Thesis by Amanda Klein. Text Messaging: Effects on Romantic Relationships and Social Behavior. Thesis successfully defended, Nov. 9, 2012.

Committee member, Thesis project by Nicole Bowens. Title: A Content Analysis of the Universal Standard of Beauty and Black Women in Magazine Advertisements. Thesis successfully defended, Dec. 12, 2012.

Thesis project director for David Barney. Title: Oil Industry Crises: Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon Response and Leadership. Thesis successfully defended, Dec. 12, 2012.

Committee member, Thesis by Garrett Berberich. Title: Media and Public Relations: Cross Perceptions and the Role of Media Pitching. Thesis successfully defended Nov. 30, 2012.

Committee member, Thesis by Robert Bauer. Title: Cell Phone Uses and Etiquette across Generations. Thesis successfully defended Nov. 29, 2012.

Committee member, Thesis by Annie Milli. Title: Activism and women’s health: Planned Parenthood’s use of social media during the 2012 Susan G. Komen funding controversy. Thesis successfully defended Nov. 30, 2012.

MRP supervisor (like a thesis director) for Donna Lee, York University, Toronto, Canada. Title: Representations of Self on Facebook: Disabled Girls and Constructions of Online Identity. Defense: August 30, 2012.

Thesis director for Lauren Humphries. Title: Perceptions of Little People, Big World among Members of Little People of America. Defense: April 24, 2012.

Committee member, Thesis by Kristin Pattick, Title: Putting Social Media to Work: A Comparative Analysis of How Businesses Are Incorporating Social Media. Defense: April 23, 2012.

2011

MRP advisor (like a thesis committee member) for Esther Lee, York University, Toronto, Canada. Title: The Future of Staring and Staring Back: Diversity in Ableness in the Present and the Future. Defense: January 2011.

2010

Committee member, Thesis by Mandy Arnold. Title: An Examination of Online Review’s Influence: The Shifting Power of Online Reviews & Print Advertising. Defense: December 2010.

MRP supervisor (like a thesis director) for Chelsea Jones, York University, Toronto, Canada. Title: Pitching the Backstory: Accounts of Journalism and Disability in Canada. Defense: August 2010.

MRP advisor (like a thesis committee member) for Morgan Ineson, York University, Toronto, Canada. Title: Accessing the ‘visual’ arts” Tactile tours and disability representation in the museum. Defense: August 2010.

MRP advisor (like a thesis committee member) for Heather Bergink, York University, Toronto, Canada. Title: Searching for embodiment in cancer narratives: Where is impairment? Defense: August 2010.

Thesis director for Amanda Spencer Warfield. Title: Media Coverage and Public Opinion of Education: An Analysis Using Framing and Agenda Setting of Public Education in Harford County. Defense: May 2010.

1997-2007

Committee member, Thesis by Tierra Elsey, Title: An Analysis of Missing Persons Cases in USA Today, Defense: May 2007.

Committee member, Thesis by Johnny Mann, Title: Political Economy and USA Today’s Coverage of Hip Hop. Defense: Summer 2006.

Thesis director for Marjorie Hampson, Title: Open versus Closed Communication Relationships: A Case Study of School District Public Relations Practices in Superintendent Searches. Defense: Spring 2002.

Thesis director for Sari Lehmuskallio, Title: International News Flow and News Coverage Analysis of Finnish Newspaper Helsingen Sanomat. Defense: Summer 1998.

Committee member, Thesis by Kimberly Wilmot-Weidman, Content Analysis of Gender Representation in a Metropolitan Newspaper. Defense: Spring 1997.

EXTERNAL EVALUATOR FOR PROMOTION/TENURE REVIEWS:

York University, Canada, 2012
University of Illinois-Chicago, 2009
Penn State University, 2006
University of Manchester, UK, 2003

PROGRAM REVIEWS:

LaSalle University Department of Communication, Philadelphia, Penn., 2005

BLOG:

Media Dis&Dat, which focuses on media and disability topics,
http://media-dis-n-dat.blogspot.com/. January 2008 – present.

FREELANCE JOURNALISM WORK:

Media dis&dat, “M-Enabling Summit drives home point that digital technology should be born accessible,” June 8, 2013. http://media-dis-n-dat.blogspot.com/2013/06/m-enabling-summit-drives-home-point.html

Media dis&dat, “Self advocates with Down syndrome tell of their life experiences at World Down Syndrome Day at United Nations conference,” March 21, 2012. http://media-dis-n-dat.blogspot.com/2012/03/self-advocates-with-down-syndrome-tell.html

Media dis&dat, “Ground-breaking Mooms Theater in Sweden leads the way in including performers with intellectual disabilities as equal partners in the creative process,” June 18, 2010. http://media-dis-n-dat.blogspot.com/2010/06/ground-breaking-mooms-theater-in-sweden.html

Media dis&dat, “Prudence Mabhena hopes to bring attention to needs of disabled people in the Third World; “Music by Prudence” airs on HBO2 May 12,” May 11, 2010. http://media-dis-n-dat.blogspot.com/2010/05/prudence-mabhena-hopes-to-bring.html

The Towerlight, Towson University, “Disabled provide diversity,” op-ed, Sept. 1, 2009.

The Towerlight, Towson University, “Ann Richards, 1933-2006: How debate shaped Richards political life” op-ed, Sept 18, 2006.

Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Md, “Ignored aspect of digital divide” op-ed, July 22, 2001.

Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Md., “Lost point in Martin case” op-ed, June 10, 2001.

Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Md., “Confusing disability and tragedy” op-ed, April 29, 2001.

Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Md., “Disability and advertising” op-ed, Feb. 18, 2001.

The Ragged Edge, “False positive: The Supercrip image kicks real media issues off the media radar screen,” January/February 2000.

Baltimore Clayworks Newsletter, “More wood,” 2000.

Horizonmagazine.com, Columbia, Md., disability and poverty story for series on poverty, November 1999.

The San Jose Mercury News, San Jose, Ca., “INS rules tighten,” 19 October 1997, p. 1A, 12A.

Time magazine, New York bureau, Philadelphia stringer, 1993 1994.

NURSEWeek, magazine for registered nurses, feature articles, 1992.

Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Md., feature article and book review, 1990.

The Doings, Hinsdale, Ill., newspaper, news feature, 1990.

Simon & Schuster Publishers, New York, NY, Article for Hands Across America book, 1985.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, features for Texas and Southwest Section, 1985.

Greensboro News and Record, Greensboro, N.C., religion article, 1985.

GUEST EDITING:

Co-Editor, Media and disability special section, JORSEN, Winter 2009.

Editor, Humor and Disability symposium edition, Disability Studies Quarterly, Summer/Fall 2003.

Co-Editor, Advertising and People with Disabilities symposium edition, Disability Studies Quarterly, 21:2, Spring 2001.

Co-Editor, Accessing the issues: Current research in disability studies. Portland, ME: The Society for Disability Studies and the Edmund S. Muskie Institute of Public Affairs.1995 (with Elaine Makas, University of Southern Maine, and Tanis Doe, University of Western Alberta).

Guest Editor, Disability and the Media special issue, Disability Studies Quarterly, 15:2, Spring 1995.

REQUESTED ARTICLES:

“Journalists should learn to carefully traverse a variety of disability terminology,” National Center on Disability and Journalism website, January 7, 2016. http://ncdj.org/2016/01/journalists-should-learn-to-carefully-traverse-a-variety-of-disability-terminology/

“How to use the end of the telethon to teach students to cover disability rights.” PBS MediaShift, Education series, May 2015. http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2015/05/how-to-use-the-end-of-the-telethon-to-teach-students-to-cover-disability-rights/.

“Disability and mass communication,” Spectra, publication of the National Communication Association, April 2009.

Diversity blog, SPJ web site, http://www.spj.org, Oct. 30-Nov. 12, 2006.

“A brief history of DSQ,” Disability Studies Quarterly, Fall 2006, Vol. 26, No. 4.
http://www.dsq-sds.org/history_of_dsq.html.

“Reflections on the film ‘Million Dollar Baby,’” Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, Vol. 5, Issue 3, November 2005.

“Editors, call professors to get scoop on recent grads.” The Quill, August 2005.

“Covering disability issues,” The Whole Story: SPJ Diversity Tips & Tools, March 2003.

“The Digital Divide,” Feedback, Vol. 42, No. 2, Spring 2001.

“Media History and Disability,” Clio, 31:2, Winter 1999.

“Disability legislation invigorates student reporting,” Community College Journalist, Summer 1999.

“High school adviser laid a strong foundation.” Adviser Update, 39:3, Spring 1999.

“Project opened my eyes to personal ethics issue,” The American Editor, September 1997.

“Sloth is the secret to data analysis,” Mouse Droppings, Computer-Assisted Reporting at the Mercury News, Vol. 2, Issue 7, July 1997.

“Reflections on Black History Month,” Spice, 2:4, Jan/Feb. 1997.

“What editors should know about journalism education,” PNPA Press, Fall 1995.

REVIEWS:

Media dis&dat, “NBC show ‘The New Normal’ takes on theme of different is the new normal,” Sept. 11, 2012. http://media-dis-n-dat.blogspot.com/2012/09/new-nbc-show-new-normal-takes-on-theme.html.

Media dis&dat, “New documentary, “Austin Unbound,” explores journey of Deaf transgender man,” July 7, 2012. http://media-dis-n-dat.blogspot.com/2012/07/new-documentary-austin-unbound-explores.html

Media dis&dat, “Lives Worth Living,” documentary about the Disability Rights Movement, Oct. 22, 2011, http://media-dis-n-dat.blogspot.com/2011/10/lives-worth-living-review-documentary.html.

Media dis&dat, “’When I’m Not Alone’ expertly explores typically untouched subjects in disability documentaries,” May 5, 2010.

Media dis&dat, “’Mad Men’ gets real with disability,” Sept. 21, 2009. http://media-dis-n-dat.blogspot.com/2009/09/mad-men-gets-real-with-disability.html/.

Media dis&dat,“’Blindness’ the movie is boring,” Oct. 2, 2008.

Film Review, “Yellow Brick Road,” Disability Studies Quarterly, Summer 2006, Vol. 26, No. 3.

Film Review, “Rory O’Shea was here,” Disability Studies Quarterly, Spring 2006, Vol. 26, No. 2.

Film Review, “Saved,” Disability Studies Quarterly, Fall 2005, Vol. 25, No. 4.

TV Review, “Deadwood,” Disability Studies Quarterly, Summer 2005, Vol. 25, No. 3.

Video Review, “Freedom Machines,” Disability Studies Quarterly, Spring 2005, Vol. 25, No. 2.

Book Review, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,” Disability Studies Quarterly, Fall 2004, Vol. 24, No. 4.

Book Review, “Make Them Go Away,” Disability Studies Quarterly, Summer 2004, Vol. 24, No. 3.

Theater Review, “Wicked gives disability an evil name,” Disability Studies Quarterly, Spring 2004, Vol. 24, No. 2.

Film Review, “The Station Agent,” Disability Studies Quarterly, Summer/Fall 2003, Vol. 23, No. 3-4.

Book Review, The AIDS movie, Disability Studies Quarterly, Spring 2001, Vol. 21, No. 2.

Book Review, Disability Discourse, Disability Studies Quarterly, Fall 2000, Vol. 20, No. 4.

Book Review, Imagenation: Popular images of genetics, Disability Studies Quarterly, Summer 2000, Vol. 20, No. 3.

Book Review, New Media and American Politics, Media, Culture & Society, 21:5.

Film Review, “Reaching Out,” Disability Studies Quarterly, 19:1, Winter 1999.

Film Review, “My Country,” Disability Studies Quarterly, 18:4, Fall 1998.

Film Review, “Fred’s Story,” Disability Studies Quarterly, 18:3, Summer 1998.

Book Review, Health Writer’s Handbook, Journalism Quarterly, 75:2, Summer 1998.

Book Review, Moral Threats and Dangerous Desires: AIDS in the News Media, Disability Studies Quarterly, 17:4, Fall 1997.

Film Review, “Shine,” Disability Studies Quarterly, 17:3, Summer 1997.

Book Review, Questioning the Media, Disability Studies Quarterly, 16:4, Fall 1996.

Book Review, Qualitative Media Analysis, Disability Studies Quarterly, 16:4, Fall 1996.

Book Review, Bad Mouthing, The Language of Special Needs, The Disability Rag, March/April 1996.

Book Review, Telecommunications, Mass Media and Democracy, Journalism Quarterly, Winter 1996.

Film Review, “Bong and Donnell,” Disability Studies Quarterly, Fall 1995.

Film Review, “Muriel’s Wedding,” Disability Studies Quarterly, Fall 1995.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS:

Speaker, University of Wollongong, Australia, March 9, 2015. Screening of the film, “Fixed. The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement.”

Speaker, Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia, Feb. 23, 2015. “Popular Culture and Representation of People with Disability.” http://www.socialequity.unimelb.edu.au/tag/disability/

Fulbright teaching presentation at Curtin University, Australia, Feb. 20, 2015, “Researching Media Content to Serve Disability Studies.”

Fulbright presentation at Curtin University, Australia, Feb. 18, 2015, “Social Media and Disability Rights Activism: Is Online Communication Finally Providing ‘Liberating Technology?’”

Fulbright presentation at the University of Sydney, Australia Feb. 13, 2015, “The Digital Media World Redefined By and For Disabled People.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcUo0SPHARk&list=UUS3YJgvIPKYs7nM-7y4ylTA

Speaker, Health Humanities conference, University of Sydney, Australia, Feb. 10, 2015, “Infusing Disability Studies into Health Humanities.”

Panelist, Pre-conference workshop for tenure-track faculty, at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference, Montreal, Quebec, August 2014.

Campus-wide speaker at University of Redlands, Redlands, Calif. Hosted by the campus Center for Diversity Initiatives and the Working Group on Disability Issues, Jan. 22, 2014.

Guest lecturer on media images of disability, political science class at Chapman University, Orange, Calif. January 13, 2014.

Panelist, “Portrayal or Betrayal: People with Disabilities in Film and Media.” A joint presentation exploring research and resources regarding people with disabilities in film and media coordinated by the American Association of People with Disabilities and the Library of Congress, Dec. 3, 2013, Washington, DC.

Keynote speaker, “Disability & the Media: A Community Dialogue,” a conference held Oct. 24, 2013 at the University of Buffalo.

Guest lecturer, “Writing for Disability Activism” class Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, March 20, 2013.

Panelist, “Multifaceted collaborations and student and community learning,” at 19th Annual Towson University Multicultural Conference, March 8, 2013.

Featured guest speaker, Conversations on Diversity Presents: “Capitalizing on Disability: Will Advertising Images Persuade the Public?” at Marymount Manhattan College, NY, NY, Feb. 14, 2013.

Panelist, “Wretches & Jabberers,” discussion on this film about autism at Mary Baldwin College, Jan. 23, 2013.

Instructor, “Using social media for self-advocacy,” Hussman Center for Adults with Autism, Winter program, Jan 10, 15, 2013.

Panelist, “Pedagogy and Disability,” ESA CUNY conference, “Cripples, Idiots, Lepers, and Freaks. Extraordinary Bodies/Extraordinary Minds, March 22, 2012.

Keynote speaker, “Media & Disability: Future Issues and Research Agenda,” workshop at the University of Sydney, Australia, April 1, 2011.

Speaker, “The Changing Landscape of Disability News: Social Media and the Internet Lead to More Diverse Sources of Information,” US AID International Media Partnerships Program, Moscow, Russia, Nov. 2, 2010 (via Skype).

Panelist, “Disability Studies, Communication and Pedagogy: An Intersection for Change,” National Communication Association annual conference, November 2009, Chicago.

Panelist, “Framing Disability: The Influence of Media Representation,” Georgetown University, June 15, 2009.

Speaker, “The press in the Revolutionary Period and News Today” for the “Alexander Hamilton, the man who made modern America” exhibit, Cook Library, Towson University, April 19, 2006.

Panelist, “From Sick Jokes to John Callahan: The phases of Disability Humor” on the Disability and Humor panel at the Columbia University seminar on Disability Studies, April 3, 2006.

Speaker, “Basic story writing” at the First Annual Montgomery College Newspaper Mid-Winter Retreat, January 13, 2006.

Panelist, “Reaching the media” at the World Congress on Disabilities, Philadelphia, December 2005.

Panelist, “Disability issues in the news” at the Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS), Sedona, Arizona, Sept. 2005.

Guest lecturer, “Media models, ableism, and disability images” at Intercultural Communication course, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA, January 2005.

Guest lecturer, “Media images of disability” at Disability Studies course, Auckland College of Education, Auckland, New Zealand, March 2004.

Guest lecturer, “Content analysis and disability images” at Research Methods course, Auckland College of Education, Auckland, New Zealand, March 2004.

Guest lecturer, “The news media and disability issues” at Arcadia University master’s Seminar on Disability Studies, Jan. 30, 2003.

Guest lecturer, “Models of media representation of disability” at Towson University “Aging in the Media” course, Jan. 16, 2003.

Speaker, “Media images of disability” at the Maryland Rehabilitation Association and Department of Rehabilitation Services conference, November 21, 2002, Ellicott City, Md.

Speaker, “Disability images in the media” at the Partners in Policymaking meeting sponsored by The ARC of Maryland, May 18, 2002, Annapolis, Md.

Panelist, “‘King Gimp’ in a Mass Communication course,” paper presented at the National Communication Association annual meeting, November 2001, Atlanta, Ga.

Speaker, “Controlling the message: What to do when reporters call” at the 2001 Annual Statewide Self Advocacy Conference, Changing Attitudes: Living Free & Proud, October 13, 2001, Columbia, Md.

Organizer, “A discussion with Atlanta disability advocates” at the National Communication Association annual meeting, November 2001, Atlanta, Ga.

Panelist, “Investigating Disability Issues” at the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference, Chicago, June 2001.

Guest speaker, “Ableism and Media Images of Disability,” at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla., March 2001.

Panelist, “More and Better News Sources,” at the Society of Professional Journalists annual meeting, Columbus, Ohio, October 2000.

Panelist, “The Media Faces of Disability,” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual meeting, New Orleans, La. August 1999.

Panelist, “Journalism in Cyberspace: Current Copyright Implications,” Rutgers University SCILS conference, May 1997.

Panelist, “The Internet and Ethical Issues in Journalism,” Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association meeting, May 1995, Harrisburg, PA.

Panelist, “Pennsylvania Open Records and Student Journalists,” Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association workshop on computer-assisted and investigative reporting. September 1994, Harrisburg, PA.

Panelist, “Disability Rights and Mass Media,” Competence and Confidence: Partners in Policymaking workshop. October 1994, Harrisburg, PA.

Panelist, “Integrating Disability Issues and Beginning Journalism” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual meeting, Kansas City, Mo. August, 1993.

Panelist, “Journalism Program Policies and Access for Students with Disabilities” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual meeting, Kansas City, Kan. August, 1993.

Panelist, “Disability Perspectives in Journalism” at Symposium on Gender and Multicultural Issues in Broadcast Journalism. Philadelphia, Pa. May 1993.

ACADEMIC HONORS:

2013-15 — COFAC Fellow: Project to develop an online and in-person advocacy courses for adults with autism and their allies in collaboration with the Towson University Hussman Center for Adults with Autism.
2013-14 — MIUSA Empower Partnerships for Inclusive Communities Professional Exchange Program, a State Department-funded project to partner with a disability organization in Serbia, Centre LIVING UPRIGHT, and a journalism school in Serbia, Novi Sad School of Journalism (NSSJ).
2012-2017 – Admitted into the Fulbright Specialists Program for a 5-year term.
2006 — Faculty Development Grant for Research, Towson University. Project on the journalistic articles written by Helen Keller.
2006 – Carl Bode Award for Outstanding Article, Journal of American Culture, 2005
2001 – Finalist, International Radio and Television Society Coltrin Award for Excellence in Communication Education.
1997 – American Society of Newspaper Editors Institute for Journalism Excellence, Fellow, Summer newspaper residence at the San Jose (Ca.) Mercury News.
1997 – Faculty Development Grant for Research, Towson University. SPSS analysis of disability content in the news media.
1995 – Named Outstanding Club Adviser for The Capital Times student newspaper
1995 – Faculty Grant for Research, Penn State Harrisburg
1993 – Frank Luther Mott Award for Best Student Paper, AEJMC, Media and Disability IG
1993 Scripps Howard Foundation Scholarship
1993 Mollye and Mitchell Glick Scholarship, Temple University
1992 Mollye and Mitchell Glick Scholarship, Temple University
1992 Scripps Howard Foundation Scholarship
1992 Science Journalism Honors Program, Washington, D.C., American Society for Microbiology
1990 Scripps Howard Foundation Scholarship
1989 Nate Haseltine Fellowship in Science Writing, National Association of Science Writers

WRITING AND REPORTING AWARDS:

2003 – National Rehabilitation Association Excellence in Media Award
2002 – Maryland Rehabilitation Association Excellence in Media Award
1991 Wordsmith Writing Award, University of Maryland College of Journalism
1989 First place, news, team effort, Illinois Press Assn.
1989 Second place, news, Illinois Press Assn.
1988 Second place, in depth reporting, Illinois Press Assn.
1988 First honorable mention, best coverage of taxation, Illinois Press Assn.
1987 Citation of Merit, Texas Medical Assn.
1987 Paul R. Ellis Award for coverage of heart disease, American Heart Assn.
1985 First place, team investigative reporting, Texas AP Managing Editors
1983 First place, editorial writing, Society of Professional Journalists.

SERVICE TO TOWSON UNIVERSITY:

• Organizing committee, with The ARC of Baltimore and Hussman Center for Adults with Autism, for annual Sprout Film Festival, which features films about people with developmental disabilities.
• College of Fine Arts & Communication (COFAC) P&T committee, August 2011 – 2014.
• Graduate director, Communication Management master’s program, MCCS Dept., August 2011 – present.
• Coordinator, Towson University’s High School Journalism Day & Awards, October 2001-2007.
• Chair, Promotion & Tenure Committee, Fall 2003, Fall 2008.
• Member, Promotion & Tenure Committee, Fall 2003 – present.
• Coordinator, Journalism/New Media Unit, Fall 2003, Fall 2004, Fall 2005 – 2010.
• Honors Program coordinator, Dept. of Mass Comm/Comm Studies, 1997-present.
• Adviser, Society of Professional Journalists, 1996-2000.
• Chair, Professor/Associate Professor Rank Committee, 2010-11, 2011-12.
• Member, department search committee, Journalism/New Media position, 2006-2007.
• Member, department search committee, Mass Comm generalist position, 2000-2001.
• Chair, department search committee, Mass Communication generalist position, 1998-99.
• Member, department search committee, assistant forensics coach position, 1997-98.
• Technology committee, Dept. of Mass Comm/Comm Studies, 1997-2000.
• Member, Scholarship committee, Dept. of Mass Comm/Comm Studies, 1997-2003.
• Technology committee, College of Fine Arts and Communication, 1997-1999.
• Programs and Projects Committee, 1996-97.

PAST UNIVERSITY SERVICE:

• Computer Facilities Committee, 1995-96. Penn State Harrisburg.
• Graduate Admissions Committee, 1995-96, Penn State Harrisburg Humanities Division.
• Humanities Division Curriculum Committee, 1995-96, Penn State Harrisburg.
• Adviser, The Capital Times, Penn State Harrisburg student newspaper, 1994-96.
• Graduate student member, Temple University Disciplinary Committee, 1993.

SERVICE TO ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY:

•Paper reviewer, Society for Disability Studies conference, 2008-present.
•Paper reviewer, Asian Journal of Communication, 2011-present.
•Reader, Baltimore Playwrights Festival, 2010-present.
•Adviser, Disability Rights Promotion International — part of the project will be monitoring media depiction and coverage of disability internationally, 2007-present.
• Research Chair, Media & Disability Interest Group, AEJMC, 2004-06.
• Newsletter Editor, Media & Disability Interest Group, AEJMC, 1995-present.
• Newsletter Editor, Disability Issues Caucus, National Communication Association, 2000-present.
• Elected Board member, Society for Disability Studies, 1999-2002.
• Publicity committee chair, Society for Disability Studies, 1999-2000.
• Advisory council member, National Center on Disability and Journalism, 1999-present.
• Advisory council member, Center for an Accessible Society, San Diego, Ca., 1998-2003.
• Member, Subcommittee on Inclusivity, AEJMC’s Task Force on Teaching and Learning in the New Millennium, 1998-2000.
• Newsletter Editor, SPJ publication, Maryland Journalist, 1997-1999.
• Computer-assisted reporting coach, Workshop for Minority Journalists, National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting, June 21-22, 1997, San Francisco.
• Schools Committee, Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors, 1995-96.

CONSULTING:

• Open Society Institute Disability Rights Initiative, May-August 2012. Helped with curriculum for media training for youth with disabilities in Africa.
• Nizhny Novgorod University in Russia, 2008-2011. Provide presentations, study tours, and consultation for the development of a regional training center for journalists about covering disability issues.
• Disability Rights Promotion International, Toronto, Canada, 2008-2012. Provide expertise in content analysis of media and disability topics.
• Center for an Accessible Society, San Diego, Calif., 1998-2003. Provide content analysis of news coverage of disability issues.
• National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Washington, D.C., 1992 93, 1995. Developed coding instrument for evaluation of local publications; assisted with training session for editors at Dallas conference; evaluator for local pages of statewide magazines.

PAPER/PUBLICATIONS REVIEWER & CONFERENCE DISCUSSANT:

•Peer reviewer, Disability Studies Quarterly, 2001-present.
•Peer reviewer, Society for Disability Studies conference, 2001-present.
•Peer reviewer, Canadian Disability Studies Journal, 2013-present.
•Peer reviewer, History Division, AEJMC, 2015-present.
•Peer reviewer, American Journalism, 2000-2007.
•Discussant, Media & Disability Interest Group, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual meeting, 1997 – 2007.
•Paper reviewer, Media and Disability Interest Group, AEJMC, 1993 – 2007.

PUBLICATIONS JUDGING:

•Maryland High School Journalism Awards, 2001-2007.
•Southern Illinois Editorial Association, Feature Writing competition, Spring 2000.
• Easter Seals National EDI Awards for Coverage of Disability Issues, Broadcast News Division: 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995.
• Temple University Press Tournament, High School Mark of Excellence Award for Feature Writing: 1993, 1992.
• Maryland Scholastic Press Association: 1993, High school newspaper critiques

INTERVIEWS AND CITATIONS IN MASS MEDIA:

  • Interview for article in Neiman Reports, “Reporting on Disability with Sensitivity, not Sensationalism,” March 2016.  http://niemanreports.org/articles/reporting-on-disability-with-sensitivity-not-sensationalism/
  • Interview with me for Crikey magazine, Australia, “Why do we think cripface is OK?” March 2015, http://www.crikey.com.au/2015/03/09/why-do-we-still-think-cripface-is-ok/.
  • Guest, ABC Illawara, Australia radio, Discussion of film, “Fixed. The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement,” March 9, 2015.
  • Q&A profile of me, Wordgathering, Issue 33, February 2015. http://www.wordgathering.com/issue33/interviews/haller.html.
  • Guest, “Representing disability” episode of “Where we live” radio show, WNPR in Connecticut, April 4, 2013.
  • Source in “TV viewers to hear the TV with their eyes only,” New York Times, March 8, 2013.
  • “Insight on Disability” radio program. Discussion of the Sprout Film Festival at Towson University, Feb. 2013.
  • Story about me and my book in Communication Management, magazine in Iran, June 2012.
  • Interview with for Medical Noise blog, June 2012, http://medicalnoise.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/exclusive-interview-with-beth-a-haller-ph-d-author-of-representing-disability-in-an-ableist-world/.
  • Guest on topic of social media and the disability community, “The Largest Minority” radio show, WBAI, NY city, Jan. 12, 2011.
  • Guest on Media & Disability topic on Rob Pritts’ Blog Talk Radio show, Dec. 15, 2010 – http://www.blogtalkradio.com/disabledradio/2010/12/16/representing-disability-in-an-ableist-world
  • Guest on The cultural impact of the Jerry Lewis Telethon segment on “The Largest Minority” radio show, WBAI, NY City, August 2010.
  • Source on possible sale of The Baltimore Sun to local investors, WJZ-TV, Oct. 27, 2006.
  • Source on stories about disability and chronic illness, “Return of the Sob Sisters,” June/July 2006, American Journalism Review.
  • Source on disability in TV cable news during the Terri Schiavo case, April 1, 2005, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • Source on legal issues regarding Internet libel, WBAL-TV, February 2005.
  • Source on advertising images, “Amputees in advertising: Have changes in presentation altered public perception? The O&P Edge, March 2004.
  • Source on teaching reporting on diversity, “Disability as diversity,” The Quill, August 2003.
  • Coverage of research study, “Study offers insights into improving reporting on disability community,” NewsWatch, Winter 2002.
  • Guest on WJHU’s “Media Matters,” February 18, 2001. Topic: Film, TV, and advertising images of disability.
  • Consultant on disability images for HBO’s Oscar-nominated film, “King Gimp,” Spring 2000.
  • Guest on WJHU’s “Media Matters,” August 2, 1998. Topic: AEJMC and research on journalism prizes and disability topics.
  • Source on teaching journalists about disability issues, “Power of the pen,” The ARCLIGHT Magazine, 10:1, Spring 1998, pp. 22-23.
  • Source on media ethics, WHP-TV, Harrisburg CBS affiliate; and WHTM-TV, Harrisburg ABC affiliate. January 1995. Topic: Connie Chung interview with Newt Gingrich’s mother.
  • Source, No Pity. People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement by Joe Shapiro, New York: Random House, 1993. Topic: Media coverage of Gallaudet University protest.

PROGRAM PARTICIPATION:

2015 – Fulbright Specialist at the University of Sydney and Curtin University in Australia, February 1-23.
2007 – Participant, AEJMC Magazine Division’s Professional Development session, which meets with magazine editors, NY, NY.
2005 – Participant, AEJMC Magazine Division’s Professional Development session, which meets with magazine editors, NY, NY.
2004 — Participant, AEJMC Magazine Division’s Professional Development session, which meets with magazine editors, NY, NY.
2002 – International Radio & Television Society Foundation Faculty/Industry Seminar, NY, NY.
2001 – International Radio & Television Society Foundation Faculty/Industry Seminar, NY, NY.
1998 — Ted Scripps Society of Professional Journalists Leadership Retreat, Greencastle, IN.
1998 — Discipline-based Writing Workshop, Towson University Center for Improvement and Advancement of Teaching.
1998 — C-SPAN in the Classroom Educator Conference, Washington, D.C.
1997 — American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) Institute for Journalism Excellence; worked at San Jose Mercury-News.
1997 – American Press Institute workshop, American Society of Newspaper Editors Institute for Journalism Excellence. Reston, Va.
1997 — Computer-assisted reporting camp, Journalism and Women Symposium, Washington, D.C.
1996 — First Amendment Center workshop, Teaching Ethics in Journalism, Nashville, Tenn.
1993 — Confidence and Competence: Partners in Policymaking, graduate student participant in statewide program on disability activism and legislative issues.
1991 — Deaf Culture Course, Gallaudet University.

ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERSHIPS:

Society of Professional Journalists, 1982-present
•Member, Diversity committee, 2000-2005
•Member, Education committee, 2000-2005
•Founding adviser, Towson University student SPJ chapter, 1996-2000
•Newsletter editor, Maryland Pro Chapter, 1997-2003

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), 1991 – 2008, 2013-present
•Officer, Media and Disability Interest Group, 1998-2007
•Newsletter editor and Webmaster, Media and Disability Interest Group, 1999-2007
•Program chair and Webmaster, Media and Disability Interest Group, 1997-98
•Research chair, Media and Disability Interest Group, 1996-97, 2004-06
•Chair, Media and Disability Interest Group, 1995-96
•Member, Subcommittee on Inclusivity, AEJMC’s Task Force on Teaching and Learning in the New Millennium, 1998-2000
•Chair, Graduate Education Interest Group, 1994-95
•Vice chair, Graduate Education Interest Group, 1992 94
•Vice chair, Media and Disability Interest Group, 1993 95

Society for Disability Studies, 1992 present
•Co-Editor, Disability Studies Quarterly, 2003-06
•Board member, 1999-2002
•Publicity committee chair, 1999-2000
•Publications committee, 1996-2003

National Communication Association, 1992-present
•Newsletter editor and Webmaster, Disability Concerns Caucus, 2000-present
•Chair, Disability Concerns Caucus, 2000-2001
•Vice chair, Disability Concerns Caucus, 1999-2000
•Vice-chair elect, Disability Concerns Caucus, 1998-1999
•Founding member, Disability Concerns Caucus, 1997

American Journalism Historians Association, 1991-present

International Communication Association, 1991-1997

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