Urbino Faculty

Our faculty bring a blend of study abroad teaching experience and superb professional credentials. Two of our Urbino instructors have won Pulitzer Prizes.

Steve Anderson
Steve Anderson, Urbino Program Director

Steven D. Anderson, Ph.D. (Multimedia/Video – ieiMedia Senior Fellow) is a professor of converged media in the School of Media Arts & Design at James Madison University. Prior to entering academe, Anderson was an environmental reporter and weathercaster for KCNC television, a network O&O station in Denver, Colorado. He also worked as a news photographer, weathercaster and news reporter at stations in Fresno, California and Fargo, North Dakota. He is an author of a textbook entitled “Exploring Electronic Media: Chronicles & Challenges” (Wiley-Blackwell Publishing). His websites have won top awards from the Broadcast Education Association (BEA Best of Festival) and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC Best of the Web Competition). Anderson is a former President of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA), the association for electronic media professors and industry professionals. He taught video in Urbino in 2011 through 2014 and directed the program in 2014. He also created the websites for presentation of student work in each of those years. He will direct the Urbino program again in 2015.

 


Susan Biddle
Susan Biddle

Susan Biddle (Photography – ieiMedia Fellow) was a Washington Post staff photographer for thirteen years and now freelances for the Post as well as other publications and organizations. She began her career photographing for the Peace Corps and later worked as a staff photographer for the Topeka Capital-Journal and the Denver Post. After five years at the Denver Post she left to become a White House photographer documenting the Presidency for the last year of the Reagan administration and all four years of the George H.W. Bush administration. She began working for the Washington Post in 1996. Prior to that she freelanced and her work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News and World Report, Life, National Geographic and other publications worldwide. She has participated in various book projects including Day in the Life of America, Day in the Life of Thailand, Hong Kong – Here Be Dragons, Day in the Life of the American Woman and America at Home. She has won awards with White House News Photographers Association and National Press Photographers Association. Susan taught photography in Urbino in 2012 and again in 2014.

 


Francesca Carducci
Francesca Carducci

Francesca Carducci (Italian Language/Interpreter Supervisor – ieiMedia Fellow) received her degree in Pharmacy at the University of Urbino. She teaches English and is a lecturer (CEL) in the Department of Modern Literature and Philological-Linguistic Sciences at the University of Urbino. She is a member of the CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) staff of the faculty of Computer Science and teaches in the English master’s program for Italian primary school teachers offered by the Department of Foreign Languages. Fran is originally from Buffalo, New York, and became interested in content-based teaching methodology as a consequence of her scientific background. She has revised and edited scientific articles to be published in English for years, and has created science and math courses in English for Italian students at almost every level. Francesca truly enjoys teaching both on-line and in the classroom and, after more than 20 years of living and working in Urbino, considers herself a bona fide “Urbinate.” She taught Italian language and supervised interpreters in Urbino in 2009 through 2014 and returns again in 2015.

 


Dennis Chamberlin
Dennis Chamberlin

Dennis Chamberlin (Photography – ieiMedia Senior Fellow) is an assistant professor of journalism at Iowa State University and a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist. He has more than 20 years experience as a newspaper and magazine photojournalist and has worked for publications such as TIME, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and National Geographic. Most of his professional career was spent living in Eastern Europe, where he covered the fall of communism and reintegration of Europe for various publications over a 15-year period. He has spent most of his life shooting slide film but is now a strong advocate of the power of multimedia as a storytelling tool and focuses his own work and teaching on multimedia. He taught photography in Urbino in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and directed the multimedia program there between 2011 and 2013. Dennis returns to Urbino in 2015.

 


Andrew Ciofalo
Andrew Ciofalo, ieiMedia Founder and President

Andrew Ciofalo (ieiMedia Founder and President – ieiMedia Senior Fellow) is professor emeritus of communication/ journalism at Loyola College Maryland, where he arrived in 1983 to found what is now The Communication Department. In 2002, he founded the Cagli Program in International Reporting, a multimedia study-abroad program in Cagli, Italy, which laid the foundations for the Institute for Education in International Media. In keeping with his interest in experiential learning, he is the founder of Apprentice House Press, a student-run book publishing company at Loyola University. Prof. Ciofalo, who earned a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, has taught courses in Travel Writing, Book Publishing, Magazine Publishing, Magazine Writing, and Opinion Writing. He has taught in Cagli (2002-2006, 2008), Armagh (2007) and Urbino (2010 & 2011).

 


Michael Gold
Michael Gold

Michael Gold (Reporting/Writing – ieiMedia Senior Fellow) has been a writer, editor, and manager at award-winning publications, in print and online. He started his career as a reporter at the Bergen County (NJ) Record and the Boston Herald American. He was a founding writer and editor for Science 80, which won three National Magazine Awards while he was there. In 1986, Gold co-founded Hippocrates, now called Health, where he served as managing editor and executive editor. As a consultant for West Gold Editorial, he helped conceive and launch University Business and Dwell magazines as well as Thrive, an online health network produced by Time, Inc. and AOL. Gold has consulted for Inc, PC World, Consumer Reports, Executive Travel, and others, offering management advice, guiding major renovations, and coaching editorial staff. He has served as the editor of Strings magazine, edited several jazz arranging books for Berklee Press, and helped lead the magazine launch projects and online track for the Stanford Professional Publishing Courses. He is the author of A Conspiracy of Cells, a popular, nonfiction account of a scandal in cancer research. He taught in the 2011, 2012 and 2014 magazine programs in Urbino and worked on the app program in 2013. He returns to Urbino in 2015.

 


Rustin Greene
Rustin Greene

Rustin Greene (Video – ieiMedia Fellow) spent his first career as a television writer/producer/director, earning two Los Angeles Area EMMY awards and three Cable ACE awards. Rusty is now in his second career, teaching in James Madison University’s School of Media Arts and Design. Rusty continues to write and produce, and his programs have earned several awards, including a third EMMY for a NASA education program. Rusty has been a Bridgeforth Endowed Professor, and received the JMU Alumni Association 2006 Distinguished Faculty Award. Rusty has been immersed in international education for many years, directing JMU’s London Study Abroad programs for nine years, and teaching and directing programs in Florence, Montreux, Cairo, and London. Greene taught promotional video in Urbino in 2013 and 2014 and will return to Urbino in 2015.

 


Barry Janes
Barry Janes

Barry Janes (Video – ieiMedia Fellow) works and teaches electronic media theory, programming and technology at Rider University. He has been a producer, director and/or writer of more than 100 video productions, and has advised numerous corporations, non-profit organizations and municipalities. Dr. Janes’ research interests include Broadcast Programming and History, and, most recently, the effective use of computer-based asynchronous technologies in the classroom. Janes will teach in Urbino in 2015.



Rachele Kanigel
Rachele Kanigel

Rachele Kanigel (International Reporting – ieiMedia Senior Fellow) is an associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University. Before becoming a professor she was a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years and worked at The Oakland Tribune and The News and Observer in Raleigh, NC. She continues to freelance for magazine and websites; her work has appeared in TIME, U.S. News & World Report, Health, Yoga Journal, Prevention, CNN.com, MSNBC.com and other magazines and websites. She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is the author of The Student Newspaper Survival Guide. She has directed ieiMedia programs in Urbino, Italy (2009) and Perpignan, France (2010-2011) and taught in ieiMedia’s Cagli program in 2007. She directed the program in Jerusalem in 2013. She returns to Urbino in 2015.

 


Greg Luft
Greg Luft

Greg Luft (Photography/Video – ieiMedia Fellow) chairs the Journalism and Technical Communication department at Colorado State University. His professional work before and during his academic career includes television news reporting and anchoring; documentary, educational, and corporate video production; and freelance video journalism. Before his work in academia, Luft worked in local TV news as a general assignment and investigative reporter, and news anchor in Wyoming, Florida, Oklahoma and Colorado. His independent productions focus on television writing and production, and the behavior of journalists. Greg was named a Colorado State University best teacher in 2013. He also has served in leadership roles for the Broadcast Education Association, College Media Advisors, and the Colorado Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Greg taught video in Urbino between 2012 and 2014.

 


Bob Marshall
Bob Marshall

Bob Marshall (Reporting – ieiMedia Senior Fellow) is the veteran reporter, feature writer and columnist whose work at The Times-Picayune earned two Pulitzer Prizes. He was co-author of the series “Oceans of Trouble: Are the World’s Fisheries Doomed?” which won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service from the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2006 Marshall’s investigations into the engineering missteps that led to the levee failures during Hurricane Katrina were among the stories for which the newspaper was honored with The Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. In 2007 Marshall was co-author of the series “Last Chance: The Fight to Save a Disappearing Coast,” about Louisiana’s coastal erosion problems, which won the 2007 John H. Oakes Prize for Environmental Reporting from Columbia University, and The National Academies of Sciences Communications Award for newspaper and magazine reporting. Today, Marshall covers environmental issues for The Lens, the New Orleans non-profit, nonpartisan public-interest newsroom dedicated to unique in-depth reporting projects. Marshall’s wide-ranging career has included covering professional and college sports, Olympics, and the outdoors beat, as well as working on special environmental projects. In addition to his newspaper work, Marshall’s professional credits include writing for Field & Stream Magazine, Men’s Journal and National Geographic Adventure. He taught reporting in Cagli in 2008 and in Urbino in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. He will return to Urbino in 2015.

 


Robert Reeder
Robert Reeder

Robert A. Reeder (Photography – ieiMedia Fellow) is currently mentoring graduate photojournalism students at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. Prior to that he lived and worked in Amman, Jordan and Chisinau, Moldova, photographing political struggles in the former Soviet state while also teaching at the Independent Journalism Center. He retired in 2006 following 16 years at the Washington Post as staff photographer and assistant photo editor, before going on to help start the wildly successful Politico as photo editor/photographer before moving abroad. Since graduating college at Arizona State University he’s worked as a staff photographer in Shreveport, Louisiana; Bremerton, Washington; Chicago, Illinois; Middletown, New York and Washington, DC. His work has been widely published and recognized by White House Press Photographers Association, National Press Photographers Association, as well as other organizations. He taught in Urbino, Italy in 2014.

 


Steve Weiss
Steve Weiss

Steve Weiss (Video – ieiMedia Fellow) is an award winning television anchor, reporter and producer of local and network television sports and news programming who utilizes his experience professionally and in the classroom. Weiss has enjoyed a distinguished broadcasting career of 25+ years as a program producer, host, and analyst for ESPN, TNN, FOX Prime Sports, Outdoor Channel and the Outdoor Life Network. In addition to sports, Weiss has appeared as a national news correspondent on the PBS and CNBC program “World Business Review.” Prior to that, he was a news reporter, anchor and producer for local television stations in Denver, Las Vegas, Shreveport, La., and Pocatello, Idaho. He has won more than 30 national and regional awards for news and marketing presentations including Associated Press, United Press International, National Press Photographer’s Association, PRSA, BMA and 15 Telly Awards recognizing excellence in corporate and cable television production. Steve Weiss is a full-time instructor and the Special Projects Coordinator in the Department of Journalism and Technical Communication at Colorado State University teaching classes in video production, newswriting, corporate multimedia production, professional communication and live event television production. Steve taught in Urbino in 2014.

 


Susan West
Susan West

Susan West (Reporting/Writing – ieiMedia Senior Fellow) is the Executive Editor of the Food & Environment Reporting Network, an award-winning, non profit, non partisan newsroom that partners with major media outlets to produce in-depth stories about food, agriculture, and environmental health.With an M.S. in science journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia, West started her career as a staff writer at Science News and Science 80. In 1986, she co-founded a popular health magazine called Hippocrates (now known as Health and owned by Time Inc.), which won four National Magazine Awards during her tenure. As a principal at West Gold Editorial consulting, she has launched magazines such as Dwell, trained online editors at websites such as BabyCenter, provided strategic guidance to publications from the New England Journal of Medicine to Acoustic Guitar, and conducted workshops for Cooking Light, Southern Accents, and many others. In 2009, she served as the founding editor of the travel magazine Afar, which received a Lowell Thomas award for best travel magazine after its first year of publication. She has also been the executive editor of Smithsonian magazine and for many years oversaw the magazine launch projects at the Stanford Professional Publishing Course. She directed the 2011, 2012 and 2014 magazine programs in Urbino. In 2013 she directed the app program in Urbino. She will return to Urbino in 2015.

 


Pawel Wyszomirski
Pawel Wyszomirski

Pawel Wyszomirski (Photography – ieiMedia Fellow) is a freelance photographer from Gdansk, Poland, and cofounder of the photo community Testigo, a collective of photographers and videographers focusing on visual journalism. He participated in the international documentary photo project that dealt with complex Polish-German relations “Wie du es siehst?” and has exhibited his work in Poland and Germany. Over the past few years he has coordinated and taught at several photography workshops and courses for students from Poland, the United States and Scandinavia. Pawel interned at Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland’s premier national newspaper, and currently teaches photojournalism and documentary photography at the Sopot School of Photography. He taught photography in Urbino in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Check out professor Wyszomirski’s photo blog at: http://www.pawelwyszomirski.blogspot.com

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Students Say...

I expected some challenges and fun memories out of the program, but could never have anticipated what the Urbino Project would bring to me. My interactions with the locals have taught me just as much as the instructors, who only accept the excellence I thought I didn’t have. These cobblestone streets and green hills will forever be an enchanting place to me.
by Chelsea Judge, Oklahoma State University, Urbino Project 2012