Laurel Hellerstein, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Communication, received a B.A. and M.A. in Broadcast Communication Arts from San Francisco State University and went on to earn her Doctorate in Communication from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her dissertation and ground-breaking research undertaken while at UMass more than fifteen years ago relate to how people use computers to talk to each other and build community online. As Assistant Director of Communication at UMass, Amherst, Dr. Hellerstein was responsible for development and oversight of the day-to-day operation of one of the country's largest residentially-based cable systems---including the delivery and marketing of seven channels of locally originated programming to over 11,000 subscribers. In her role at UMass, as well, she produced and directed print, video and multimedia presentations for a variety of purposes. Dr. Hellerstein has served on the Wakefield, MA Cable Advisory Board since September, 2002. Dr. Hellerstein has brought to Endicott impressive skills in research methods. One of her primary roles is providing academic over-sight to Seniors as they move from their full-semester internship to their final Thesis research effort.
Dr. Laurel Hellerstein's area of expertise includes: generalist in many of the fields of communication including: journalism, media effects, media and politics, new media technologies
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