Welcome New Faculty

August 28, 2017

The Newhouse School at Syracuse University welcomes 11 new faculty members.

Imraan Farukhi

Imraan Farukhi, Assistant Professor, Television, Radio and Film

An entertainment attorney, Farukhi comes to the Newhouse School from a national law firm, and with several years of experience at prominent entertainment law firms in New York City. He has worked with clients on transactional matters in the music, motion picture, television, advertising and new media industries, and drafted and negotiated agreements in music recording and publishing, as well as film and media content development, production and distribution. He previously taught law and communications courses at William Paterson University.

Carolyn Hedges

Carolyn Hedges G’07, G’11, Assistant Professor, Communications and Faculty Director, Communications@Syracuse

Hedges returns to her alma mater from Muhlenberg College, where she was a visiting assistant professor. She has also served as a lead instructor for Communications@Syracuse. She previously worked as a film publicist for Fox Searchlight Pictures and MGM/UA, and also spent six years in custom customer analytics and client services at Nielsen. She earned an undergraduate degree from Duke University, and master’s and doctoral degrees from the Newhouse School.

Soo Yeon Hong

Soo Yeon Hong G’00, G’05, G’08 – Assistant Teaching Professor, Multimedia Photography and Design and Public Relations

Soo Yeon holds a Ph.D. in mass communications from Newhouse and an M.F.A. in creative writing-fiction from Boston University, where she was awarded the 2012 Saul Bellow Prize in Fiction. She has taught at Boston University and Virginia Commonwealth University, in addition to Syracuse University, where she also teaches in Communications@Syracuse. Hong was a marketer at LG, a graphic designer at Time and Health magazines and an editorial assistant to the co-editor for Communications Research journal. She was a semifinalist for the 2014-2015 Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center Fellowship.

Regina Luttrell

Regina Luttrell, Assistant Professor, Public Relations

Luttrell was previously an associate professor and PR program coordinator at Eastern Michigan University. She researches, publishes and discusses public relations, social media and the Millennial generation’s roles both in the classroom and the workforce. Prior to entering academe, Luttrell spent the first half of her career in corporate public relations and marketing. Her extensive background includes strategic development and implementation of public relations and social media, advertising, marketing and corporate communications. She has led multiple re-branding campaigns, managed high-level crisis situations and garnered media coverage that included hits with the New York Times, the CBS Evening News and the Associated Press. She has published five books, one in its second edition, as well as several trade publications. She holds a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Michael Meath

Michael Meath G’05 – Assistant Teaching Professor, Public Relations

Meath has taught as an adjunct in the PR department since 2006, as well as at McMaster University in Canada. He is the founder and president of Fallingbrook Associates, a crisis communications and reputation risk management firm. He previously led Strategic Communications, a public relations, government relations, crisis communications and strategic planning agency with offices in Syracuse and Washington, D.C., and served as vice president of business development and public affairs for Agway Energy Products. He is an alumnus of the Newhouse School’s communications management program, and serves as an instructor for SU’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families and the Hubert M. Humphrey Fellowship Program at the Maxwell School. 

Greg Munno

Greg Munno G’10, G’17, Assistant Professor, Newspaper and Online Journalism

Munno spent 13 years as a reporter and editor at the Syracuse Post-Standard and Syracuse.com before coming to Syracuse University. He earned an executive master of public administration from the Maxwell School and recently earned a Ph.D. from the Newhouse School. He served as a research assistant professor for the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), an editorial assistant to the co-editor for the journal Communications Research and a non-tenure track assistant professor. He has taught courses in NOJ and Communications@Syracuse.

Ulf Oesterle

Ulf Oesterle G’01, G’07, Assistant Professor, Television, Radio and Film

Oesterle comes to Newhouse as a member of the faculty of the Bandier Program, which he joined in 2008. He is the owner of Aux Records, a record label he started while he was a student at Syracuse University. He also worked as a host and programmer for Galaxy Communications. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the Newhouse School. 

Cheryl Reed

Cheryl Reed, Assistant Professor, Newspaper and Online Journalism

Shortly before joining the Newhouse faculty, Reed spent 10 months in Kyiv, Ukraine, teaching immersion journalism and investigative reporting to graduate students who are among the first generation to have grown up with a free press in their country. She was a reporter and editor for the Chicago Sun-Times, Dayton Daily News, Newport New Daily Press and Florida Today. She has won numerous awards and been twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing-fiction from Northwestern University and a master’s in journalism from The Ohio State University. She also holds dual news/editorial and photography degrees from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She is the author of the literary journalism book “Unveiled: the Hidden Lives of Nuns.” Her debut novel, “Poison Girls,” about a crime reporter tracking a serial killer in Chicago, comes out in September.

Olivia Stomski

Olivia Stomski ’01, Professor of Practice, Television, Radio and Film and Director, Newhouse Sports Media Center

Stomski joins the faculty from ProAngle Media in Los Angeles, where she was an executive producer. She oversaw, managed, produced and directed over 100 live events a year across the country, led the production team and worked with executives and personnel from several networks and professional collegiate teams. She also held various editing and producing positions at Fox Sports Net. An alumna of the Newhouse School, she is an Emmy and Telly Award winner. 

Bill Werde

Bill Werde, Director, Bandier Program

Werde, former editorial director of Billboard, has served as a strategic adviser to top media and music industry companies and non-profit organizations for the past year and a half. During eight-plus years at Billboard, Werde directed content strategy, planning and execution across all Billboard properties, including Billboard magazine and billboard.com, helping transition the company from a print business-to-business trade magazine to a rapidly growing digital consumer brand. He led the 2010 relaunch of billboard.com, created a video department and expanded across social platforms and into branded content. The relaunch earned a 2010 Ellie Award for Digital Media from the American Society of Magazine Editors. Under Werde’s direction, Billboard also earned Eddie Awards for Best Media and Entertainment Publication from Folio magazine in 2006 and 2007.  

Lars Willnat

Lars Willnat, Professor, Communications and Jon Ben Snow Chair

Willnat was previously the director of the School of Journalism and Media at the University of Kentucky and, before that, director of graduate studies at the Indiana University School of Journalism. Earlier in his career, he taught at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the author of several books, including “The American Journalist in the Digital Age” with David H. Weaver and Cleve Wilhoit. His research focuses on comparative media studies and political communication in Asia.

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