Faculty

 

FULL-TIME FACULTY

Jill Connelly

Jill Connelly

Media Arts Department Chair; Professor of Photography and Journalism;
Phone: (818) 719-6483;
Email: conneljp@piercecollege.edu; Office: Village

Jill Connelly has been teaching photography since 1996. Prior to teaching at Pierce she taught at Brooks Institute of Photography, UCLA Student Media and at several community colleges in the Los Angeles area.

She is a freelance photojournalist and has been published in numerous publications including the New York Times, Time magazine and the Chicago Tribune. Connelly was a contract photographer for the Los Angeles Times for about 5 years.

She has a master’s degree from Boston University in Journalism and her B.A. in Communications from State University of New York (SUNY) Plattsburgh.

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Jeff Favre, assistant professor of journalism

Jeff Favre

Assistant Professor of Journalism

Office: Village 8212; Phone: (818) 710-2556; Email: jifavre@piercecollege.edu

Jeff Favre has taught multimedia and journalism at Pierce College for 
six years, and he has been a freelance writer, editor for two decades, 
specializing in theater reviews and video blogging. His work has been 
seen in more than a dozen publications, including the Chicago Tribune,
 the Ventura County Star and the Daily Breeze. He was a regular 
entertainment correspondent for five years on CJBK radio station
 London, Ontario. Jeff also co-wrote a co-directed a musical, “The Next
 Big Thing,” which was a Los Angeles Times “Pick of the Week.” His best
 project is his daughter, Violet.

 

PART-TIME FACULTY

BLANCA B. ADAJIAN

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Journalism

email:gigares@aol.com

Adajian attended Antioch University, Los Angeles, UCLA and Valley College. She has been teaching journalism since 1986.

During her 27 years teaching she has taught writing (including grammar), designing and producing courses. Adajian has also been an adviser to award-winning newspaper and magazine students. She has worked as technical adviser to various publications. Adajian has also been a public speaker and fundraiser. She published/co-edited a book on domestic violence, and is currently working on two new books. Prior to teaching, Adajian worked as an assistant book editor. She has been at Pierce since 1997.

Blanca Adajian, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Journalism

 

STEVE ANDERSON

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Media Arts

Steve has been teaching Cinema at Pierce College since 1984. He received his B.A. in Radio-Television-Film from California State University, Northridge in 1979, followed by a master’s in Mass Communications in 1989 from the same institution. 
 
A Southern California native, Steve is an avid nature photographer and moviegoer.  Once an active member of the now defunct Los Angeles Film Teacher’s Association, he currently belongs to The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films.

Steve Anderson, Cinema Instructor
Steve Anderson, Cinema Instructor

 

VINCENT BROOK

Besides teaching at Pierce since 1986, Vincent Brook lectures at UCLA, USC, and Cal-State LA. He has a Ph.D. in film and television from UCLA. In addition to scores of journal and anthology articles, encyclopedia entries, and reviews, he has authored or edited five books, most recently a cultural history of Los Angeles and an anthology on Woody Allen, the latter due out in fall 2013.

Vincent Brook, Cinema Instructor
Vincent Brook, Cinema Instructor

 

GERARD BURKHART

Gerard Burkhart is a photojournalist whose work has appeared in publications internationally through assignments or via the wire services Agence France Presse and Associated Press. Additional work has been circulated through the agencies gettyimages, Polaris and Black Star.



 As a photographer with the Los Angeles Times his photos were a part of three Pulitzer Prize winning group entries and a fourth group entry Pulitzer Finalist for spot news. As a photographer for the Los Angeles Times he won First Place for Photo Essay in the 1996 Greater Los Angeles Press Club for a local environmental clean up story.  He covered 11 Academy Awards ceremonies with Agence France Press as either a photo editor or photographer, and was a staff photographer at the Los Angeles Daily News. 



His North Hollywood Neighborhood Project is a part of the permanent historical photography collection of the Los Angeles Public library, the attorney group O’Melveney and Meyers photo collection and private collectors in the U.S and Great Britain. 



He has taught photojournalism classes at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, Calif. since 2004, and Photojournalism and Intro to Photography classes at Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif. since 2008.



  He has a taught two  Getty Museum masters class with community college students: an architectural photography class emphasizing the cultural importance of place and the people that utilize those constructed spaces and  the first project was working with Indian photojournalist Sudarek Olwe in conjunction with the Getty’s “Engaged Observers” photo show.

Gerard Burkhart, Photography Instructor
Gerard Burkhart, Photography Instructor

 

STACY K. LONG

Stacy K. Long has been teaching public relations at Pierce since 2005. She has a bachelor’s in journalism from California State University, Northridge, 
and has more than 15 years of experience practicing public relations, 
specializing in music publicity. Long chose a career in music PR because 
it’s the perfect marriage of her journalistic proclivities and her love of
 all things rock. She concentrates on contemporary media theory in practice 
and creative new media strategies. Her instructional focus is the art and 
etiquette of a symbiotic, productive and ethical relationship between 
journalists and public relations professionals combined with solid writing 
skills. As an intensely passionate music fan since she could put the needle 
on the record, she still takes on indie alternative clients to keep her
 skills sharp. In her spare time, she is desperately addicted to Twitter.

Stacy K. Long, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Relations

 

ALBERT LEE

As a graduate of the California State University at Fullerton with a B.A. in Photo-Communications, Albert has 20 years of experience in multiple fields of visual communications.  From the early days in the darkroom as a custom printer to becoming an expert in Adobe Photoshop, Albert is familiar with most multimedia software.  While in college he was a portrait photographer and commercial photography assistant. Currently he is a multimedia producer for the Los Angeles Times, creating videos and multimedia documentaries.  He regularly updates his twitter, @AlbertLeeInLA with multimedia and photography posts as well as regularly contributing to the photography blog http://framework.latimes.com/search/best+of+the+web

Albert Lee, Multimedia Instructor
Albert Lee, Multimedia Instructor

 

DARIA MATZA

Daria Matza has taught editing, production, and documentary for the past seven years.  She earned her B.S. in Broadcast Journalism at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and her master’s in Film, Television and New Media at San Diego State University.  She produced segments for news organizations, (MSNBC and PBS), before making documentary films including A Capital Beat, chronicling the vibrant history and culture of Go-Go music and its social impact on the D.C community, Keep on Moving, a vibrant biography of a breast cancer survivor and Starved, exploring the dysfunctional relationship many women face with food, media and their bodies.  In 2010, she co-edited, An Inaugural Ride to Freedom which won an Emmy.  For the past three years she’s been producing Styria, a gothic feature film starring Stephen Rea and Eleanor Tomlinson, which was shot outside of Budapest. Daria teaches Video Production, Editing, History of Documentary and Understanding Motion
 Pictures at Pierce College.


Daria Matza, Cinema and Multimedia Instructor

SEAN MCDONALD

Email: mcdonas@piercecollege.edu

Sean McDonald has been teaching at Pierce since 2001.  He currently teaches Photo 100, 101, 102, 16 27a, 49 and Multimedia 210.

Sean McDonald has a B.A. in Photojournalism from Cal State Long Beach and studied photography at Pierce College. He has 30 years of experience in the photo industry, including retail sales, commercial lab work, and commercial shooting.  He has also worked at a digital news agency and managed a digital service bureau.  After college Sean decided that he wanted to teach photography and began working at Pierce College as the Instructional Assistant to the Photography Department, then started teaching adjunct in the fall of 2001.  He has also taught at another community college and a private high school in their summer programs.  In 2010 Sean was certified as an Apple Trainer in Final Cut Pro.

Sean’s personal photographic interests include abstracts, landscape, industrial landscapes and depictions of man’s intrusion in nature.

Sean is married to a wonderful wife and has a beautiful daughter.

He is also a life-long surfer, an interest that has grown alongside his pursuit of photography and teaching.

Sean McDonald, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Photography
Sean McDonald, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Photography

 

RITA NISAN

After graduating from Tehran University in 1991 with a B.A. degree in fine art photography, Rita Nisan started teaching at the Cultural Ministry of Iran. Later, she worked as a freelance journalist, documentarist, and translator for 10 years. She then documented Kurdish refugee camps, and photographed funerals of church leaders who were abducted and murdered. Subsequently, she immigrated to the United States of America in 2001, and has been teaching photography at Los Angeles Pierce College since 2005.

Rita Nisan Photography Instructor
Rita Nisan, Photography Instructor

 

ROB O’NEIL

Phone: (818) 710-2962

Email: oneilrb@piercecollege.edu

Office: VILLAGE 8100.

A Journalism and Cinema professor at Pierce from 1987-2011, Rob O’Neil remains on the faculty as an adjunct.

He first attended Glendale (CA) Community College, later receiving a B.A. from Creighton University in Omaha and his M.A. from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications.  His professional experience includes reporting for the Warren Buffet-owned Sun Newspapers of Omaha, UPI’s Los Angeles Bureau and seasonally for the L.A. Times San Fernando Valley Edition.

He is a long-time member of the Society for Professional Journalists, National Press Photographers Assoc. and the Society for the Preservation of Antique Fire Apparatus.

Rob O’Neil, Professor of Journalism and Cinema

 

KEN WINDRUM

Ken Windrum has taught at Pierce  College since 1998. He also teaches at Moorpark, and CSULA, He has his Ph.D. in Film/Television Studies from UCLA.  Windrum is writing a book for SUNY Press about American cinema of the late 1960s and early 1970s (1967-1972) looked at from the perspective of conservative films not the usual radical, ground-breaking films discussed in most accounts of the period.

Ken Windrum, Cinema Instructor
Ken Windrum, Cinema Instructor