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Our faculty members are working journalists who have reported for top news outlets including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Associated Press, New York Times, Washington Post, WGN-TV and Rolling Stone. Among our faculty are Fulbright scholars, Pulitzer Prize-winners, and recipients of the Studs Terkel Award and the Society for News Design Award of Excellence.
33 E Congress, Rm 200
Phone: (312) 369-7543
Born in Stuttgart, Germany and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Professor Shanita Baraka Akintonde is a passionate educator who drives her college students to believe in themselves and all that they can accomplish. Her expertise in media, diversity and leadership is only surpassed by the vast energy she puts toward the people and causes that she believes in. During her 17-year tenure as an educator and administrative leader at Columbia College Chicago, Professor Akintonde’s trajectory includes: teaching, faculty and student advocacy and mentoring, and scholarly innovation. In recognition of her outstanding results, Professor Akintonde has been honored by several professional and civic groups, including recent honors such as the WNBA #RedefinePossible Women's Leadership Award (2016); NCNW Excellence in Teaching Honors (2016) and The Outstanding Educator Award, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (2016). She was also a finalist for the Excellence in Teaching Award, Columbia College Chicago (2016) and the John Robert Gregg Outstanding Business Educator Award sponsored by The American Marketing Association (2016). Other recognition includes Woman of the Year (Metropolitan Club Chicago), Change Agent (ADCOLOR) Visionary Award (St. Sabina Academy), and Emerging Leader (Diversity MBA Magazine), among others.
Prior to joining Columbia, Professor Akintonde served as an account manager for top advertising and PR agencies such as Burrell, BBDO, DDB, and Porter Novelli. In that capacity, she created branding campaigns for McDonald's, Coca Cola and Procter & Gamble.
A self-professed ‘life-long’ learner, Professor Akintonde has earned a BA in advertising and fiction writing (Columbia College); an MBA (Illinois Institute of Technology) and a M.Ed. (Loyola University Chicago). She is certified in the Art of Leadership (Lake Forest College of Management)and Advanced Advertising (University of Illinois—Urbana) and Toastmasters International. As a member of the National Speakers Association and Toastmasters International, she is a regularly invited speaker on topics of media, diversity and leadership at entities around the globe.
Beyond Columbia, Professor Akintonde serves as: President, Alliance for Women in Media, Chicago Chapter (awmchicago.org); International Delegate, The Public Relations Society of America and a member of the Board of Governors at The Metropolitan Club Chicago, where she also chairs the Executive Women's Committee. She is a 25-year member of The American Marketing Association, The Public Relations Society of America and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Other memberships include: The International Leadership Association, The American Association of University Women, The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and The Chicago Advertising Federation. She is a Board Member for The Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem and Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc., , Lincoln Park Chicago Chapter.
33 E Congress, Rm 201
Phone: (312) 369-8918
M.A., English, University of Virginia; B.A., General Studies in the Humanities, University of Chicago. Former editor, Chicago Parent magazine, and former senior editor, Vegetarian Times magazine; winner of the Lisagor Award for magazine reporting in 2000 and numerous awards from the Parenting Publications of America.
624 S Michigan, Rm 1300
Phone: (312) 369-7581
Kevin Christophersen, MA, is an Associate Professor for the Communication & Media Innovation Department at Columbia College Chicago.
Kevin joined the Columbia College adjunct faculty in 1999 and in 2001, accepted a full-time Assistant Professor position. In 2007, he was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor. Kevin has a passion for fostering an innovative teaching and learning environment and has a vision for students that looks far beyond their education.
Kevin served as Associate Chair for the Marketing Communication Department, where he managed adjunct faculty, hired new faculty, supervised the teaching evaluation process, and developed the semester schedule that included over 70 course sections. Kevin spearheaded operational efficiencies for the department with an enrollment of approximately 500+ advertising , marketing and public relations undergraduate students.
Prior to joining Columbia, he worked in Media Activation at Leo Burnett and held Account Management positions at various agencies. Clients included: Abbott Labs, Allstate, Boise Cascade, Keebler, Kellogg, McDonald’s, Oldsmobile, Philip Morris, & Procter and Gamble among others.
Kevin has been published in numerous journals and traveled internationally to address various topics including: male body image concerns, service learning, and creating safe classrooms for LGBTQ students. He is currently examining gay male ageism and the motivational drivers, including social media, associated with body image perception.
Kevin has an entrepreneurial spirit and is developing an upstart web-based company, VidHire.com. VidHire is a fully automated video interviewing solution that provides human resource recruiters and hiring managers a cost effective way to hire top talent.
33 E Congress, Rm 201
Phone: (312) 369-8989
M.A., Communication, Stanford University; Nieman Fellow, Harvard University, former editor and reporter, San Francisco Examiner, Associated Press; former reporter, Chicago Sun-Times, Illinois State Register, Anchorage Daily News; freelance editor, writer, consultant, whose articles have appeared in the Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, People magazine, Rolling Stone, Columbia Journalism Review and many other national, regional and online publications; Fulbright Scholar; winner, American Bar Assn. Gavel Award, UPI Spot News Award.
33 E Congress, Rm 201
Phone: (312) 369-8914
Betsy Edgerton is a journalism professor and magazine journalist, with over 20 years of experience in business magazines. She is married, with two children.
33 E Congress, Rm 201
Phone: (312) 369-8920
Ph.D., Mass Media, B.A., Journalism Michigan State University; M.S.J. Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University; 25 years print media experience in newspapers, magazines, book publishing; Fulbright Scholar; Teaching Fellow, Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication/Freedom Forum/Indiana University; Poynter Institute Faculty Fellowship;National Endowment for Humanities Summer Scholar; Fulbright-Hays, Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation, Ford Foundation and Lilly Endowment curriculum development grantee; AEJMC and National Federation of Press Women research awards; Columbia College Chicago teaching and student service awards; past president, Women in Communications Inc., Chicago Professional Chapter.
33 E Congress, Rm 531
Phone: (312) 369-7397
Chris Huizenga has 16 years of professional experience as a strategic communications specialist, as an Executive Director, as a social entrepreneur, and as an educator in higher education. His research interests revolve around the use of branded communications to promote cities and communities. Chris received his BA in Organizational Communications in 2000 from North Central College in Naperville, IL. In 2009, he graduated with distinction from North Park University in Chicago with a Masters in Nonprofit Administration, where he also holds certificates in nonprofit management and governance.
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33 E Congress, Rm 201
Phone: (312) 369-8906
M.A., Journalism, Columbia University NYC; B.A., English, Yale University; Summer Fellowship, British Literature, Oxford University. Former staff producer and writer, CBS-WBBM-TV. Freelance producer and writer whose work has appeared on WGN-TV and FOX 32 and published in The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Author of nine novels. Best Seller's List: Chicago Tribune and Essence Magazine.
33 E Congress, Rm 201
Phone: (312) 369-8905
M.S.J., Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University; B.A., Augustana College. Former urban affairs reporter, Chicago Sun-Times; former reporter Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, The Chicago Reporter and The Southtown Economist.
33 E Congress, Rm 201
Phone: (312) 369-8915
M.S. Journalism, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1992; Licenciatura in Communications, Universidad de Lima, Peru, 1989; B.S. Communications, Universidad de Lima, Peru, 1985. Former features designer, Detroit Free Press; former art director, Exito! / Chicago Tribune; former design and graphics editor, El Comercio, Lima , Peru; former assistant professor, Universidad de Lima, Peru; Fulbright scholar, 1990; Poynter Institute for Media Studies fellow, 1991; Society for News Design Awards of Excellence, 1991, 1997, 2002, 2003; National Association of Hispanic Journalists Print/Design Professional Award, 2004, 2005; Associated Church Press Award of Excellence in Magazine Redesign, 2016; freelance design consultant and writer in English and Spanish. Past President (2011-2012,) Vice President (2013) and current Board Member of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.
33 E Congress, Rm 201
Phone: (312) 369-8907
M.S.J., Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University; B.A. Journalism and Psychology, University of Iowa. Former assistant managing editor at The Indianapolis Star; former reporter and editor for The Indianapolis News, The Terre Haute (Ind.) Tribune-Star and the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal Gazette. Worked as a congressional aide for former U.S. Rep. Tony P. Hall in Washington, D.C. Co-founder and co-publisher of ChicagoTalks.org, a local news site that's won national awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists.
33 E Congress, Rm 201R
Phone: (312) 369-7770
Alton Miller served as Associate Dean of the School of Media Arts at Columbia College Chicago (2005-2012), where he is also an associate professor, teaching public relations writing, PR history, and political communications. Currently his academic responsibilities include his role as a member of the Faculty Senate (2015-16 and 2016-17), and as chair of the Senate's Academic Affairs Committee. He is also one of a dozen teachers invited to pioneer Columbia's revised First Year Seminar, teaching a class of 180 freshmen in a course titled "Civil Rights in Chicago", in the 2015-2016 academic year. He is a member of the board of the Community Renewal Society, publisher of two esteemed journals, The Chicago Reporter and Catalyst, and chair of CRS's Publications Committee,
His professional career has included public relations in arts, politics and the media, including a professional career as a speechwriter, in arts, politics and higher education.
Arts: Mr. Miller came to Chicago as a ballet manager. Formerly PR director of the Washington Theater Club (1966-68) and director of press and public relations at Arena Stage (1968-76) in his native Washington, D.C., and managing director of the Washington Ballet (1978-83), he was named general director of Maria Tallchief's Chicago City Ballet in 1983. A decade later, as a consultant for the Illinois Arts Alliance, he created brochures and a CD presentation, and was engaged for a prolonged statewide speaking program to articulate the economic impact of the arts in Illinois.
Politics: In 1985 he changed careers when he was appointed press secretary to Mayor Harold Washington, a position he held until the Chicago mayor's death in 1987. As a communications consultant he also worked with then Senate candidate Carol Moseley-Braun, Philadelphia Mayor Wilson Goode, Chicago City Treasurer Miriam Santos, the Illinois Arts Alliance, the Chicago Board of Education, and for United Auto Workers in its contract dispute with Caterpillar, Inc., in Decatur and Peoria, Illinois.
Media: A freelance writer, and the author of three nonfiction works, including the Chicago best-seller Harold Washington: The Mayor, The Man (1989), Mr. Miller served as theater writer and drama critic for Washington Calendar Magazine (1976-1980), and as the replacement first-nighter for the Washington Star, during David Richards sabbatical. He was cultural editor for In These Times magazine, and has authored numerous articles on arts, politics and the media. His other two published books are Climbing a Great Mountain: Selected Speeches of Mayor Harold Washington (1988); and William Warfield: My Music & My Life (1991) coauthored with William Warfield.
Academics: Mr. Miller served as Associate Dean of the School of Media Arts at Columbia College Chicago (2005-2012), where he had begun teaching as an assistant professor (adjunct) in 1990. Full-time since 1999, following his appointment as Director of the Public Relations Studies program he was granted tenure in 2005. He was the principal investigator for a $1.5 million "Crisis Communications Research Project," studying the potential for social media in crisis prevention and response; and co-PI for H.E.L.P., a computer simulation to certify high-rise office workers in emergency training.
In 2005 he was awarded his M.F.A. in Writing by Goddard College in Vermont. His thesis was a political novel, Chicago Power & Light.
Family: He has one daughter, Julie, from his first marriage, and a granddaughter, Margaret. A widower in 2005, he remarried (Dominika) and is the father of Victoria (born 2007) and Nina (2011).
33 E Congress, Rm 506
Phone: (312) 369-8518
Recognized for his strategic as well as creative skills, Larry's broad experience as a creative director/writer includes brand development, brand advertising, promotional marketing, direct response advertising, interactive, trade show marketing, channel communications, and new product development. He is a leading expert in the emerging field of People Performance Management. And he has gained recognition for his expertise in four-walls/local store marketing, a key to success in the retail marketplace.
He has created marketing and communications solutions for many blue chip clients, including AT&T Wireless, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Charter One Bank, Coca-Cola Fountain, Connie's Pizza, Dean Foods, Diners Club, Direct Merchants Bank, Dole 100% Juice, eHow.com, Fleetwood Homes, Frito-Lay, S.C. Johnson & Sons, Kraft, Logo Goes Here, McDonald's (on an international, national, and regional level), Motorola, MTV, Nike, NordicTrack, PETsMART, Sears, Skil Tools, SunTrust, Time-Life Video, Tropicana, True Value, Unilever, United Airlines, United States Postal Service, and Y-Me National Breast Cancer Organization. He was also a key player in the creative team for the brand development of Upromise, one of the most successful product launches of 2001.
Larry has worked full-time for such top agencies as Frankel and The Marketing Store Worldwide as well as freelanced for 141 Worldwide, Centerpoint Marketing, The Core Organization, Dangel Advertising, Draft Worldwide, The Food Group, GSP Marketing Services, Hall Olson Marketing Group, Imagine Creative Group, Lopez-Martin & Associates, Performance Communications Group, Proverb Associates, Revalour, Ryan Partnership, Thompson Recruitment Advertising (of J. Walter Thompson), Tynan Marketing, and more.
In addition, Larry is the co-author of 25 Words or Less and How to Succeed in Advertising When All You Have is Talent. Both books were released to critical acclaim and How to Succeed is being readied for a second edition, after four printings in the United States and worldwide sales. He has been a guest speaker at professional organizations and universities, quoted in such leading print media as the New York Times, and interviewed on television and radio talk shows across the country. An award-winning creative, Larry has also judged marketing communication award shows and is a faculty member in the Marketing Communication Department of the School of Media Arts at Columbia College in Chicago.
624 S Michigan, Rm 800
Phone: (312) 504-9484
Anne Marie Mitchell has 20 years experience as a reporter, media spokesperson, crisis communications manager, corporate communications executive, executive coach and strategic communications trainer. One key area of expertise is in the area of matrix communications management, creating and executing strategies to lead teams that share responsibility for communication messaging to internal and/or external audiences, yet who are separated by geography and/or reporting lines.
Anne Marie has worked with Fortune 500 clients and many non-profits, including Amoco (now BP), Georgia Pacific, FedEx, FMC, Case Corporation (now CNH), Nationwide, ComEd (the Chicago-based utility of parent company Exelon), Follett, Snap-On, the United States Postal Service, Lawrence Hall Youth Services, the Shedd Aquarium, Sprint, Greeley and Hansen, Abbott Pharmaceuticals and Sara Lee. Also, she has had a senior management role at several communications/consulting agencies, including Ketchum Public Relations, GolinHarris and dg&a.
Anne Marie is fluent in Spanish, and has lived and traveled extensively in Spain, Mexico and South America. A native of Chicago, she has a Bachelors degree in Journalism and Spanish from Indiana University, and a Masters in Spanish Literature from Loyola University.
624 S Michigan, Rm 800
Phone: (312) 369-7489
Peg Murphy is a recent addition to Columbia College Chicago’s full time faculty. She brings 25+ years of practical world experience and a commitment to training tomorrow’s marketing stars today.
Peg came to Advertising and Marketing from other disciplines (theatre & music), as many do – both at Columbia and in the “real world.” Advertising and marketing proved to be a terrific way to combine all of her creativity, passions and business realities. She obtained her B.F.A. and M.A. at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (while teaching a wide variety of undergraduate courses, directing, performing, contributing to local marketing plans, running special events and even playing piano & cello). Then, she looked to full time employment in the Chicago ad community.
Peg began her marketing career at a leading direct marketing firm and quickly worked her way up the ranks to an Account Supervisor managing such national accounts as: Motorola, AARP, Playboy and Spiegel. She was then recruited to work at a “high spin” creative boutique as an Account Director on such accounts as: Apple Computer, Boca Burger, Chicago Title & Trust, Crate & Barrel, Marshall Field, Nine West, True Value, United States Cellular, Walgreens, etc. As part of the management team, she became one of the youngest Vice Presidents in the agency’s history, choosing to leave as the firm became part of Euro Tatham RSCG.
Subsequently, Peg worked as the National Director of Corporate Communications for a specialty designer retailer on “store within a store” concepts featured at high-end department stores across the country (including Neiman-Marcus, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Dillard’s, Marshall Field’s, etc). She also set up her own marketing consulting business and continues to work with various smaller non-profit clients to this day.
At Columbia, Peg served off and on as an Adjunct Faculty member for several years and became an Artist in Residence full time last year. She has been asked to continue her full time appointment this year as an Instructor and is looking forward to a terrific year full of developing and new initiatives. Peg has been active in development of a student Ad Club, is currently piloting a new Consumer Insights class and contributing to hopefully, a repeat strong performance by this year’s Ad Practicum at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) national competition – last year’s team placed 7th in the nation!
33 E Congress, Rm 529
Phone: (312) 369-7600
33 E Congress, Rm 500
Phone: (312) 369-8904
Howard Schlossberg is an associate professor of Journalism at Columbia College Chicago and has taught here for 20 years. A career sports reporter, he has also authored two books, including Sports Marketing (Blackwell, Boston, 1996).
At Columbia, he was also the founding director of the Sports Marketing program in the Marketing Communication Department.
In addition to his award-winning sports reporting duties, currently for The Daily Herald (Paddock Publications, Arlington Heights, Ill.) and formerly for Pioneer Press (Tribune Publishing, nee Sun-Times Media Group, Chicago), he has had a distinguished, concurrent career as a business reporter. Most of his business writing came for trade giant Reed-El Sevier/Cahners Publishing’s Restaurants & Institutions magazine (Chicago) and the American Marketing Association’s Marketing News (Chicago), where he created columns on Sports Marketing and Environmental Marketing.
He has spoken on trends in sports reporting and sports marketing at conferences ranging from Las Vegas (Society of Professional Journalists) to Gold Coast, Australia (keynote, Marketing Research Association of Australia/New Zealand) and Tatarstan, Russia (keynote on economic impact of sports facilty construction for the Development Council Conference). He has also addressed the AEJMC (the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication) on "Trends and Research in Sports Reporting," "Technology Impact on Newsrooms" and "Internships and Technology."
Schlossberg's 2015 sabbatical included an investigative-reporting “manhunt” of sorts for a missing reporting colleague. He previously spent a semester’s sabbatical covering the Cubs and White Sox in Spring Training for The Daily Herald.
Said "manhunt" revealed information that the presumed-dead sports reporter may very well still be alive.
Howard has also keynoted conferences on Marketing and Economic development, respectively, in far-off locations, from Australia to Russia, and has added freelance work at the Arizona Republic to his resume. He plans to continue to contribute to the Herald and the Republic while also haveing added guest-lecturing to his repertoire at Arizona State.
33 E Congress, Rm 201
Phone: (312) 369-8238
M.J., Graduate School of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley; B.S., Journalism, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Former staff writer (1995-2009), The Washington Post. Founder of two independent student newspapers in the Middle East, AUIS Voice in Iraq and Al Mir'ah in Oman. U.S. Fulbright Scholar, 2010-2011, Oman. Has published in Christian Science Monitor, Chicago Tribune, Slate, Glamour, Aswat al-Iraq, American Journalism Review, Defense Quarterly Standard and U.S. Catholic News. Author of Tell Them I Didn't Cry: A young journalist's story of joy, loss and survival in Iraq (Scribner 2006). Co-director of Conflict Zone, a combat photojournalism exhibit.
33 E Congress, Rm 201
Phone: (312) 369-8910
M.A., English, University of Illinois at Chicago; M.S., Industrial Relations, Loyola University. Coordinator, Computer-Assisted Reporting/New Media; frequent contributor to local and national news media, including Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times, on technology, new media and employment issues; consultant, new media applications. Strazewski has been named Interim Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs at the college for the 2012-2013 academic year.
624 S Michigan, Rm 800
Phone: (312) 369-7209
Margaret Sullivan came to Columbia College in 1979 to teach copywriting, at that time offered in the Journalism Department, while she was working on Bloomingdale's, US Soil, Armstrong Flutes and Woodwinds, as well as many local accounts. In 1984, when the Advertising Department was formed, Ms. Sullivan became its first full time faculty member. When the Marketing Communication Department was launched in 1987, she became the first Director of Advertising Studies. In that role she proposed many of the existing curricular offerings, including Portfolio Development, the Advertising Practicum and Copywriter/Art Director Team. In 1997, Professor Sullivan became chair of the Marketing Communication Department. She proposed the department's first two minors, the Creative Sports Marketing Concentration and, along with Mort Kaplan, the Semester in LA Entertainment and Publicity Marketing Program. Presently, Ms. Sullivan teaches AdCult and Marketing Case Workshop.
In 1993 Ms. Sullivan created the Summer Arts Camp at Columbia College, an arts entrepreneurial youth mentoring project, and Chicago's first all day all arts camp. Children grades three through eight study visual, media and performing arts on the college campus.
Margaret Sullivan has served the college in many leadership roles, such as Chair of the College Council (for two terms), and Chair of the Council of Chairpersons.
Ms. Sullivan has authored three books: Kitchen Angst: Have You Got Problems? Cook ‘Em Out; Cook As I Say, Not As I Do; and The Date Book, all published by Chicago Review Press. Along with Thomas Hamilton and Herbert Allen, Ms. Sullivan recently published a textbook chapter on changing stigma through the media in On the Stigma of Mental Illness published by the American Psychological Association.
Professor Sullivan's research interest is in the area of the consumer consumption of vinyl records. She has presented research papers on that subject across the United States, and in Portugal, Germany, Canada and the Czech Republic. Her most recent paper: "Warholism and the Vinyl Record" was presented to the European Institute for Retail Sales and Services in Orlando, Florida this July.
Ms. Sullivan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Psychology and Communication Arts from Loyola University, and received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2005 from Columbia College Chicago.
Most recently, Ms. Sullivan is featured as one of the Happy 100 in Joanne Gordon's Be Happy at Work, Ballantine/Random House.
33 E Congress, Rm 201
Phone: (312) 369-8908
Ph.D., Higher Education, Loyola University Chicago; M.S.J., B.S.J, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University. Former print and broadcast reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times and WKYC-TV in Cleveland. Teaching Fellow, Freedom Forum/Indiana University. Fellow, Radio-Television News Directors Foundation/Excellence in Journalism Education Program. Past President, Association for Women Journalists in Chicago.
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