Faculty

Program Director and Assistant Professor of Communication – Letrell Crittenden

Letrell Deshan Crittenden is Program Director and Assistant Professor of Communication at Thomas Jefferson University.  He previously served as Assistant Professor of Communication at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.  
A former police and government reporter, Crittenden’s research  specializes in journalism history, diversity in the media and community journalism. Crittenden has also provided citizen journalism training to high school students in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh areas.  His efforts led to the production of two documentaries dealing with high school retention crisis in Philadelphia, PUSHOUTS and PUSHOUTS II.  His doctoral dissertation, which he completed at the University of Illinois, focused on the history of the National Association of Black Journalists.   Most recently, he has led efforts with Pittsburgh Black Media Federation to study diversity and inclusion issues related to Pittsburgh-area media.

Affiliated Faculty

Valerie Hanson
Program Director, Hallmarks Core Curriculum
Associate Professor
Writing Program

Valerie earned her B.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, her MA in Creative Writing from Temple University, and her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from the Pennsylvania State University. At PhilaU, she has taught a variety of writing and liberal arts courses for the general education program; courses for the Communication Program; and Business Models for the Kanbar College of Design, Engineering and Commerce core.  

Valerie also serves as Program Director for the Hallmarks Core, the general education core curriculum. Her research interests focus on arguments around emerging technologies, visual images, and science; pedagogy; and poetry

David Rogers
Assistant Professor
Writing and Rhetoric
David graduated with a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He teaches a variety of courses in Hallmarks and the Communication Program. His primary research interests are political rhetoric, cultural studies, and gender studies. He is currently writing about the role the body of the American president plays in constructing ideas about nationhood, citizenship, and belonging. He is also developing a project about Air Force One and its role in nation-building and constructing notions of American masculinity.

Kathryn Gindlesparger
Director of the Writing Program
Asssistant Professor
Writing
Email: gindlespargerk@philau.edu

Katie earned a B.A. in English and Women’s Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English from the University of Arizona in 2010. While writing her dissertation, Katie was the Writing Director at VOICES: Community Stories Past and Present, a nonprofit wire service, where she oversaw the training of hundreds of Tucson teenagers to tell their stories in the mainstream news. You can hear an example here:  https://radio.azpm.org/p/azspot/2009/6/12/azspotlight-voices-community-stories/ 

Katie teaches American Social Justice and all levels of Writing.

Katie’s research interests include community literacy, writing program administration, ethnography, and women’s rhetorics. She is currently working on an essay about the role study abroad plays in professional identity formation. Katie is an active member and past chair of the Philadelphia Writing Program Administrators. 


2017-2018 Adjunct Faculty

Jenn Cohen Crompton
With a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Media Studies from Ursinus College and a Master's in Public Relations from Rowan University, Jen has explored all aspects of the communication field. Starting out as a graduate assistant during her time at Rowan, Jen worked in the marketing department and found a passion for strategic design. After graduation, she transitioned into a role at a public relations agency, then secured a position on the corporate side of communications. Eventually, Jen followed her entrepreneurial passion and launched a marketing consultancy (Something Creative) focused on integrating new and traditional strategies to craft effective campaigns. Through Something Creative, Jen's most notable project was in 2012 when she worked alongside content marketing guru, Michael Brenner, to launch an unbranded business blog sponsored by tech giant, SAP. During that time, Jen also began working as an instructor at Philadelphia University and then accepted other teaching roles in the Greater Philadelphia area. In 2016, Jen and her husband (Jeff) followed another passion and opened up an indoor cycling + boxing fitness studio in Ardmore, PA. Through this endeavor, Jen and her husband strive to help others become healthier + happier by providing great, efficient workouts in a welcoming, inclusive environment. In her spare time, Jen spends time with her husband, two-year-old son, and offers mentorship for entrepreneurs and small business owners through local initiatives.

Antoine Haywood  
Antoine Haywood is Philadelphia Community Access Media’s (PhillyCAM) Membership and Outreach Director. His career in the nonprofit sector began in Atlanta, GA where he worked for the Atlanta History Center, the Mayor’s Office of Community Technology and People TV—Atlanta’s public access television station. Antoine’s professional work has entailed the development of education programs for youth and adults, facilitating community-driven documentary projects, producing a variety of local TV series and grant writing. Throughout the years, he has played an active role in building the field of community media through the Alliance for Community Media, National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, Allied Media Project, Rockwood Leadership Institute, Media Action Grassroots Network, and the Youth Media Reporter. Beyond his extensive work in the media field, Antoine is also a musician--guitarist and DJ, with 20+ years of recording and performance experience. He holds a B.A. in English from Morehouse College and a M.A. in Media Studies from the New School University. Antoine is a native of West Palm Beach, Florida.

Alexander Jenkins
Alexander Jenkins received his Ph.D. in Communication, Culture, and Media from Drexel University. He specializes in media and new communication technologies, including Internet discussion, blogs, wikis, and digital games.  Specifically, he examines the experience of mood and emotion in digital games, the experience and argumentation of morality in media and the public sphere. He teaches classes in communication, new communication technologies, emergent and mass media, and sports media.

Cameron Kline
Cameron L. Kline has a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He has distinguished himself as a messaging, crisis communications, political, and policy-making professional in some of the region’s highest profile institutions. In addition to his vast educational, campaign, and crisis communications experience; he is regularly interviewed by local and national media.

Kline was appointed as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Mr. Kline has also served as the Communications Director and Senior Adviser for the Pennsylvania Senate, First Senatorial District and held key communications positions in both the public and private sector. Kline has held key positions in state-wide and municipal elections, was a James H. Dunn fellow in two Illinois gubernatorial administrations, was involved in Philadelphia’s school reform initiative as the Philadelphia School District’s Deputy Communications Director, has extensive utility experience through PECO and PGW, and currently lives in South Philadelphia.