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Name: Lynn Spangler
Title: Associate Dean/College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Academic Rank: Professor
Department: Communication

Expertise Keywords: Documentaries, Feminism on television, Media criticism, Media effects, Role portrayals, Sitcoms, Television, Television criticism, Television effects

Available For: interviews, essays, speaking

Expertise: I have a Ph.D. in Mass Communication and have researched television for many years. I'm also an independent television producer, writer and director.

Currrent Research: Social class as depicted on television and a video documentary on John Burroughs

Contact Information

Office Phone: 845-257-3551
E-mail Address: spanglel@newpaltz.edu

Other Information

Positions held at New Paltz prior to current position:
Assistant Professor, Associate Professor

Positions held prior to joining SUNY New Paltz:
Northern Michigan University, Marquette Michigan, lecturer
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI--part- time lecturer and graduate assistant


Wayne State U. M.A. 1976 Communication, Rhetoric and Public Address
Wayne State U. B.A. 1973 Speech and English, provisional certification in secondary education
Wayne State University Ph.D. 1983 Mass Communication


2006 Catskill Watershed Corp. grant for educational video on John Burroughs. Several research and creative projects awards, mostly for documentary on Sojourner Truth.
Certificate of Appreciation from University Police in 1991 for producing and director their campus safety video
Certificate of Appreciation from Eastern New York Correctional facility in 1986 for documentary and Alternatives to Violence Project work.

Other professional activities

Paper presentations on several panels at Broadcast Education Association over the last 10 years. Also presented at National Communication Association, Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender; Eastern Communication Association, Popular Culture Association

Organizational Memberships

Broadcast Education Association co-chair of International Festival of Film, Video and Media Arts 2000-2002
Broadcast Education Association co- chair of paper competition for the Production, Aesthetics and Criticism division 1993-1995


Book--"Television Women from Lucy to 'Friends': Fifty Years of Sitcoms and Feminism--Praeger Encyclopedia entries--The Encyclopedia of Radio, entries on WJR and CKLW, forthcoming from Fitzroy & Dearborn
Encyclopedia entries--The Guide to United States Popular Culture, 12 entries for television, 2001, from Bowling Green State University Popular Press
book chapter--"Designing the Thomas/Hill Hearings on Designing Women: Creative and Business Influences on Content," Outsiders Looking In: A Communication Perspective on the Hill/Thomas Hearings, ed. Paul Siegel, Hampton, 1996
Book chapter--"Buddies and Pals: A History of Male Friendships on Prime- Time Television," Men, Masculinity and Media, ed. Steve Craig, Sage, 1992
journal article--"Television Autobiographies: The Audience Speaks for Itself," Journal of Communication and Media Arts 1 (Spring 1992): 7-15
journal article--"A Historical Overview of Female Friendships on Prime-Time Television," Journal of Popular Culture 22 (Spring 1989): 13-23.
TV documentary--"The Life and Legend of Sojourner Truth", seen on public television stations across the country and on videocassette through Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 2001.
TV show--"On Campus at SUNY New Paltz." Produced 25 half hour weekly shows seen on Time Warner Cable throughout several counties, 1997. Also produced three in fall 2001.
TV documentary--"Surviving Vietnam: The John Wolfe Story", a half hour show seen through WTZA, Kingston, 1989-1990
TV documentary--"Recipe for Success: John Novi and American Cuisine", half hour show broadcast on WHAI-TV in Connecticut, 1993