Media welcomes four new faculty members
The College of Media is excited to welcome four new faculty members this fall—two in advertising and two in journalism.
Maslowska, assistant professor of advertising, earned her PhD in communication science from the persuasive communication program at the University of Amsterdam. Her dissertation explored how personalized marketing communication influences consumers, taking situational and personal factors into account. She completed a postdoc in the Medill IMC Spiegel Digital & Database Research Center at Northwestern University, after which she became an assistant professor in the Amsterdam School of Communication Research.
Peacock, lecturer in advertising, founded the Strategic Peacock, a social media consultancy, in 2010. As its chief strategist, Marisa helps organizations create and implement online strategies that appropriately target the right audience with the right information using the right media. Before starting her company, Marisa gained experience by defining and developing web, social media, and multimedia marketing strategies working for non-profits, small businesses, and independent schools.
Ball, assistant professor of journalism, was previously a research assistant and instructor while working on his PhD at Michigan State University. During this time, he worked extensively on various grant-funded research projects and he taught a number of cutting-edge courses. In addition to his PhD, he also obtained graduate certifications in both educational technology as well as serious game design and research. Before beginning his doctoral studies, he was employed as a research associate at Clemson University where he designed and tested educational virtual world programs.
Alison Davis Wood
Wood, lecturer in journalism and alumna of the college (BS and MS, journalism), has been producing national documentaries for over two decades. Her programs have received numerous awards including six regional Emmy Awards and over 20 Emmy nominations. Wood produced documentaries for the Big Ten Network when she joined Illinois’ Division of Intercollegiate Athletics / Public Affairs in 2008. Before that she worked at WILL-TV (PBS) where she was the longtime producer and host of Prairie Fire, a cultural magazine series about the people and places of central Illinois.