Prof Ellen Seiter, Faculty Master
Professor, School of Cinematic Arts
Ellen Seiter holds the Nenno Endowed Chair in Television Studies at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. She is the author of five books, including Television and New Media Audiences, Sold Separately: Children and Parents in Consumer Culture and The Internet Playground: Children's Access, Entertainment, and Mis-Education. Her new book on copyright for media artists will be published by Yale University Press in 2012.
Seiter's research explores the use of technologies in the domestic sphere and the classroom, how gender shapes media preferences, and how new media technologies are interpreted and commercialized. Seiter's work has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, the New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Lingua Franca and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Before joining the faculty at USC School of Cinematic Arts, Seiter was a Fulbright scholar and held teaching posts at the University of California San Diego, Indiana University, and the University of Tbingen, Germany. In addition to academic work, Seiter is a media producer whose films and multimedia projects have been shown at over fifty universities and film festivals.
Prof. Benjamin Graham, Residence Faculty
Ben Graham is an assistant professor in the School of International Relations. After graduating from Dartmouth College he served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Turkmenistan, and he and his wife, Lynn, led a Habitat for Humanity build in Chile in 2008. Lynn works as an attorney for the state, and they have a one-year-old son named Zeke. Professor Graham received his Ph.D. in political science at UC San Diego, and he has research projects ongoing in the Philippines, in Georgia (the country), and (less exciting, but still surprisingly awesome) in the basement of the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. When he's not working, Professor Graham likes to hike, bike, ski, climb, and play soccer - and just hang out with his family.
Prof. Myka Winder, Residence Faculty
Assistant Professor, Clinical Occupational Therapy
Myka Winder received her Bachelor's Degree with a dual major in English: Creative Writing and Neuroscience in 2007 from USC. She has worked in early intervention with children from 0-3 years old in their homes. She completed her Master's degree and clinical doctorate in occupational therapy at USC in 2011, focusing on Lifestyle Redesign' and occupational therapy education. She has also worked in primary care in the areas of prevention, wellness, and chronic disease management. Additionally, Dr. Winder teaches in the professional graduate program as well as in the undergraduate curriculum. She also advises the occupational therapy honors society for graduate students. Dr. Winder enjoys creative writing, snowboarding, ocean swimming, and stand-up paddleboarding.
Assistant Professor, Clinical Education
John Pascarella is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Education the Director of Guided Practice (Clinical Field Experiences) at the USC Rossier School of Education. John teaches courses in the Master of Arts in Teaching and Doctor of Education programs.
John's research examines the uses of new media and critical theory in the preparation of pre-service and practicing teachers in the U.S., Canada, and South Africa. His work and collaboration with South African scholars and rural schoolteachers encompasses arts-based and new media approaches to literacy and HIV/AIDS prevention education.
Prior to his appointment at Rossier, John taught English in urban New Jersey high schools and served as an Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University, a Course Lecturer at McGill University, and a Visiting Researcher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. John earned a Ph.D. in Culture and Values in Education from McGill University, an M.A. in Teaching from Montclair State University, and a B.A. in English Literature and African American Studies from the University of Central Florida.