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Lynn SpanglerLynn Spangler, Associate Dean

Associate Dean Lynn Spangler attends to issues primarily related to faculty and students.  For several years Dr. Spangler was the chair of the Department of Communication and Media, and is a professor in that department. She earned her Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Mass Communications. Her specialties are television writing, production, criticism and media effects. Since coming to New Paltz in 1983 Dr. Spangler has written and produced several television programs, including 25 episodes of On Campus at SUNY New Paltz and documentaries on a local Vietnam veteran and a nationally famous chef. Her hour long documentary, The Life and Legend of Sojourner Truth, has been seen on television nationwide as well as in dozens of classrooms. Her most recent video documentary, John Burroughs: A Naturalist in the Industrial Age, is available for educational use through Films for the Humanities & Sciences.  She has written various articles and book chapters on television criticism, particularly relating to gender roles and the influence of business on content, and has presented many scholarly papers at conferences, such as the National Communication Association and Broadcast Education Association. Her book, Television Women from Lucy to Friends: Fifty Years of Sitcoms and Feminism, was published in fall 2003 by Praeger.