Journalism & Public Relations Program — Faculty Directory

Academic and teaching excellence with real-world experience

In addition to significant academic achievements, all journalism faculty have practical experience. They have reported, edited, written, and consulted for publications ranging from newspapers to magazines to professional journals. In the course of reporting articles, our teachers have traveled to the North Slope of Alaska to examine global warming, to Hawaii to investigate noise pollution, to New Hampshire to cover the presidential primaries, to Midway Atoll for a travel feature, and to Beijing to cover the Olympics. They have also served as writing coaches and journalism award judges.

The journalism faculty takes an active interest in the personal and academic lives of journalism students, and works closely with them to help define their goals and assist in course selection, academic advice, and career questions.

Full-Time Faculty

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Luke Cyphers

Assistant Professor of Journalism
Advisor to Do North: Touring the Adirondack Coast
Office: Ward Hall 227
Phone: (518) 564-2425
Email: cypherjd@plattsburgh.edu
Learn more about Luke Cyphers

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Ron Davis

Professor of Journalism
Office: Ward Hall 235
Phone: (518) 564-2423
Email: ronald.davis@plattsburgh.edu
Learn more about Ron Davis

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Jack Downs

Lecturer of Journalism
Office: Ward Hall 231
Phone: (518) 564-2448
Email: jdown001@plattsburgh.edu
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Rachael Jurek

Assistant Professor of Public Relations
Office: Ward Hall 233
Phone: (518) 564-2344
Email: rjure001@plattsburgh.edu

Colleen Lemza

Assistant Professor of Public Relations
Advisor to Cardinal PR
Office: Ward Hall 229
Phone: (518) 564-2408
Email: colleen.lemza@plattsburgh.edu
Learn more about Colleen Lemza

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Shawn Murphy

Professor of Journalism, Chair of the Journalism & Public Relations Department
Advisor to Cardinal Points
Office: Ward Hall 241
Phone: (518) 564-2422
Email: shawn.murphy@plattsburgh.edu
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Jonathan Slater

Associate Professor of Public Relations
Office: Ward Hall 237
Phone: (518) 564-2284
Email: Jonathan.Slater@plattsburgh.edu
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Adjunct Faculty

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Rene' Burl

Adjunct Lecturer of Journalism
Office: Ward Hall 217
Phone: (518) 564-2114
burlrl@plattsburgh.edu
Learn more about Rene' Burl

Steven Howell

Adjunct Lecturer of Journalism
Office: Ward Hall 221
Phone: (518) 564-3944
Email: howe1677@plattsburgh.edu
Learn more about Steven Howell

Ashleigh Livingston

Adjunct Lecturer of Journalism
Advisor to All Points North online magazine
Office: Ward Hall 223
Email: livi1943@plattsburgh.edu

Victoria Marking

Adjunct Lecturer of Public Relations
Office: Ward Hall 225
Email: reom5293@plattsburgh.edu

Jennifer Meschinelli

Adjunct Lecturer of Journalism
Advertising Advisor to Do North magazine
Office: Ward Hall 223
Phone: (518) 564-3945
Email: coff1372@plattsburgh.edu
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Nora Montanaro

Nora Montanaro

Lecturer of Journalism & Communication
Advisor to Cardinal Yearbook
Office: Ward Hall 242
Phone: (518) 564-4293
Email: Nora.Montanaro@plattsburgh.edu

Steve Peters

Adjunct Lecturer of Public Relations
Office: Ward Hall 225
Email: peterssm@plattsburgh.edu

Sara Richman

Adjunct Lecturer of Journalism & English
Office: Champlain Valley Hall 106
Phone: (518) 564-2139
Email: richmasc@plattsburgh.edu

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Laura Ward

Adjunct Lecturer of Journalism
Office: Ward Hall 219
Email: laura.ward@plattsburgh.edu
Learn more about Laura Ward