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A number of new faculty have joined the college this fall. They bring with them a variety of research interests and teaching specialties. Please join us in welcoming these new faces to Illinois!

In the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising there are two new faculty members.

Dionne CliftonDionne Clifton is a lecturer who is also supervising the Media Sales Certificate. She earned her undergraduate degree and MBA from the University of Illinois and her MA in Communication Management from the University of Southern California-Los Angeles. She hopes to make a difference in the lives of students on the very same campus where she was once a student.

Harsh TanejaHarsh Taneja is an assistant [rofessor who received his Ph. D. from Northwestern University. Taneja’s research examines audience behavior, specifically the linkages between media use and social contexts. Secondary areas of interest include media industries and audience measurement.

Derek LongThe Department of Media and Cinema Studies welcomes Assistant Professor Derek Long who received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Long is a historian of media industries and forms. He is currently at work on a book project examining the mutually determined relationship between film distribution strategies and production planning in the early years of the Hollywood studio system.

Jenny Oyallon-Koloski

Jenny Oyallon-Koloski is an assistant professor who earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Oyallono-Koloski’s work applies a sophisticated interdisciplinary methodology to study human movement in media with a historical and medium-specific focus. Her current project provides a critical intervention in the way film scholars study figure movement and dance on screen.

Veronica ParedesAssistant Professor Veronica Paredes was a post-doctoral research associate last year with the College. She received her Ph.D. at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California. Her research and teaching interests include reconfigured media spaces, feminist and critical pedagogies, networked collective praxis, and digital media historiography and forms of scholarship. Paredes holds an affiliation with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. 

Josh HeumanJoshua M Heuman is a visiting teaching assistant professor with a joint appointment in Media and Cinema Studies and Journalism. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Heuman's research explores media industries and regulation (especially television), with an emphasis on the regulation of media work.