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Cagli Project Professors

Kevin Atticks (2003)
Dr. Atticks has been a member of the Communication faculty since 1999. After double-majoring in journalism and music composition at Loyola, he traveled to Boulder, Colorado, where he received a MA in environmental journalism. Dr. Atticks teaches journalism and graphic design at Loyola and in his spare time writes about wine. He received his DCD (doctorate in communications design) from the University of Baltimore in 2002 where he studied Internet design and the effectiveness of e-advocacy. While Dr. Atticks was on the faculty in Cagli last year, this year he is working as an assistant to the director for training the graduate assistants and preparing the various technology and software required for the program.

Michael Braden, S.J. (2002 - 2005)
Father Braden came to Loyola in 1999 from Loyola University of New Orleans, where he taught in The Broadcast Sequence and International Media Issues. Since coming to Loyola College in Maryland, he has developed the video component of the Digital Media emphasis and has also set up the college’s radio and TV studios to support the curriculum and to enable students to develop their own programs for internal campus distribution. Father Braden earned his doctorate in International Communications at the University of Illinois (Champaign). His creative endeavors focus on the making of documentary films. Fr. Braden has been a member of the Cagli faculty since its inception two years ago

John Caputo (2003 - 2005)
Dr. Caputo is Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at Gonzaga Univerisity in Spokane, Washington, He earned his Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate School and University Center. He has been teaching communication courses for more than 30 years. His areas of expertise include media and social values, communication theory, intercultural and interpersonal communication. He is the author of four books: Dimensions of Communication; Interpersonal Communication; Communicating Effectively: Linking Thought and Expression; and McDonaldization Revisited: Critical Essays on Consumer Culture. Dr. Caputo has been honored as a Visiting Scholar In-Residence at the University of Kent at Canterbury, England and the Masters Program in Media and Communication at the Universita de Firenze, Italy. He is a returning faculty member from last year’s Cagli program.

Andrew Ciofalo (2002-2005)
Prof. Ciofalo, director and founder of the Cagli Program, has been teaching journalism at Loyola College since the inception of the Communication Department 20 years ago. Since earning his Master’s in Journalism from Columbia University, he has had a varied career in media, including publications and higher education. He has become known for his op-ed writing and has published several academic articles on the topic. His most recent publication is his essay, “The Muse in the News,” which explores the relationship between journalism and poetry. Prof. Ciofalo teaches Loyola’s popular on-line travel writing course. Known for his emphasis on experiential learning, students in his class regularly create books and magazines.

Joel Davies (2004 - 2005)
A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Joel Davies is the Director of the Graphic Design Program at Creighton University. Joel earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing from Creighton and Master of Fine Arts in Multimedia Design from Indiana State University. Since returning to Creighton after graduate school, he developed the curriculum for the interdisciplinary Graphic Design major, and was given the Father William Kelley, S.J. Outstanding Teaching Achievement Award in 2000. Joel’s research interests include design ethics and professional advocacy, and recently retired as a chapter president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. He has been a visiting artist and lecturer at several schools, studios and design conferences. Joel is also an active freelance designer, working for local and international clients on print, interactive and identity design.

Judith Dobler (2002, 2004, 2005)
Dr. Dobler (Ciofalo) has also been on the Communication Department faculty since its inception. Immediately after earning her doctorate at the University of Iowa, she came to Loyola to play a significant role in the college’s groundbreaking Writing-Across-the-Curriculum program, which was funded by a major national grant. In addition to specializing in the teaching of essay writing, she heads the department’s Empirical Rhetoric program, which gives qualified entering freshmen opportunities to do more advanced writing. Dr. Dobler also chairs the college’s Gender Studies Program. Her academic research agenda focuses on the development and use of metaphor in early scientific writing, an interest that is expressed in one of her courses, “Translating the Secrets of Science.” Dr. Dobler was instrumental in shaping the Cagli program during her stint on the faculty in Cagli during its inaugural year.

Luciana Guerriero (2004)
Prof. Guerriero is a writing instructor at Loyola College with a strong Italian focus in her academic career.. She holds an M.A. in English from Arizona State, where she specialized in linguistics and wrote her thesis on”Southern Italian Immigrant Women in Conversation: Bella Figura in Italian Dialect Speech.” Her undergraduate major at Salem State College combined public relations and Italian language. She studied Italian for two years at the Universita Per Gli Stranieri in Perugia, Italy.

Dr. Francesco Mansi (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005)
Dr. Mansi, who was born and raised in Italy, has lived, studied and taught extensively abroad. He holds a Laurea in Lettere Moderne from the University of Urbino and a Ph.D. in Italian language and Literature from Rutgers University. He is one of the founders of Atrium.

John Early McIntyre (2004)
Prof. McIntyre is a veteran of the adjunct corps at Loyola, where he has been a fixture in the journalism specialization teaching copy editing since 1995. He is a co-founder of Loyola’s “Sun Practicum,” in which undergraduates are afforded an opportunity to write significant feature articles for the Sun on a freelance basis. Prof. McIntyre, assistant managing editor for the copy desk at The Baltimore Sun, has been a copy editor since 1980. He grew up in Elizaville, Ky., and worked on the weekly Flemingsburg Gazette in high school and college. After earning a B.A. in English from Michigan State University and an M.A. in English from Syracuse University, where he was ABD in the doctoral program in English he went to work on the copy desk at The Cincinnati Enquirer. Hired at The Sun in 1986, he has been successively a rim editor, slot editor, deputy chief of the copy desk and chief of the copy desk. He was named an Assistant Managing Editor in 2000. A charter member of the American Copy Editors Society, he is serving a second term as its president. He is a frequent consultant to daily newspapers nationally on the fine points of writing and editing.

George Miller (2003 - 2005)
Mr. Miller is a 1993 graduate of Loyola’s Communication department, after which he went on to earn an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University (1997). He worked briefly for the York Dispatch and Sunday News before being hired as a staff photographer for the Philadelphia Daily News in 1994. During his tenure at the Daily News, Miller has received numerous awards for his images in contests locally and nationally. He remains a staffer at the Daily News and freelances as a writer for various publications including the Philadelphia Inquirer. He is also an adjunct professor of photography at Wilmington College. In May 2003, he completed a master of liberal arts degree with a specialty in creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a returning faculty member from last year’s Cagli team.

Paul De Palma (2004 - 2005)
Prof. De Palma is an Associate Professor of mathematics and Computer Science at Gonzaga University. He is one of those rare hybrids who combines the arts and the sciences, holding the M.S. in English from University of California at Berkeley and the M.S. in Computer Science from Temple University, and he has taken just about every Italian course that Gonzaga’s Department of Modern Languages offers. His honors and awards include an essay in Best American Nature and Science Writing, 2000, University Fellow at Temple, and Woodrow Wilson Fellow at U.C. Berkeley. He is putting the finishing touches on his forthcoming book on the experience of computing: Dim Sum for the Mind.

Eileen Wirth (2004)
Dr. Wirth is chair of the Journalism Department at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. She holds the doctorate in Political Science from the University of Nebraska (Dissertation: “The Impact of State Shield Laws on Investigative Reporting”), the M.A. in Journalism from Nebraska (Thesis: “Farm Women and the Mass Media”) and another M.A. in Political Science at the University of Minnesota. She was a reporter for the Omaha Herald World from 1969 to 1980. Dr. Wirth continues to maintain a strong presence in professional media while she contributes significantly to scholarly publications, Her most recent book, Effective Catholic School Public Relations: A Book of Cases, has been well reviewed.