Faculty and Staff

 

Derek Dow

Derek Dow

Bio:

Derek Dow is an award-winning director born in the Englewood community on the South Side of Chicago. After graduating high school, he continued his education at Chicago State University, where he learned he held a passion for writing, directing, and filmmaking. Flash forward years later, Dow landed in Los Angeles earning an MFA in film at the prestigious University of Southern California School of Cinema Arts. He was awarded the Irvin Kershner Fund for Documentary Filmmaking, helping him to complete his documentary Beyond the Sole, which shed light on the “sneakerhead” culture and which aired on the Aspire Channel. Dow’s next film, The Big Chop, was licensed by HBO. His newest film, Growing Pains, was shot in his hometown of Chicago and was funded by The Gene Siskel Film Center.  Dow has worked closely with multiple diversity programs to help shine a light on new voices, and he is currently writing multiple short-form projects across the digital space.


Alvin M. Daniels

Alvin M. Daniels

Lecturer

Office: DH 114

Phone: (773) 995-2502

Email: adanie21@csu.edu

Bio:

Alvin Daniels is a producer, professor and playwright. Using his trademark slogan “Use What You Got,” Alvin M. Daniels has been producing entertaining television, film and video projects for over 30 years. Upon graduating from Boston University in 1988, Daniels began his career in the tape room at Public Broadcasting System, Channel 20 in Chicago. His grandfather, the late Rev. Dr. Hezekiah B. Brady, owned a large warehouse on the Southside of Chicag, and this is where Daniels began producing commercials and TV shows through an independent company he formed called Halsted Studios, Inc. While in this space, he also produced videos for the multiplatinum rap group, Crucial Conflict and was nominated for an Emmy for a jazz special produced out of the warehouse called “Live From The Warehouse” which aired on PBS.

Since that time Alvin has traveled the globe shooting and producing television, film and video productions. Internationally, he has produced videos in the Bahamas, Egypt, Canada and most notably South Africa putting together videos for Chicago State University and their bridge program with Universities in Durban and Johannesburg entitled, “Bridging the Education Gap.” His love for producing has taken him to the Academy Awards to produce; work with Moet-Chandon and the Brown Wynn Advertising Agency in New York. He was nominated for an Emmy for his television special, “Hope, Help and Healing: Ending Domestic Violence” for Public Broadcasting. Daniels documentary “First Step: A Kids Family Away From Family” was a jury finalist at the 2017 Hollywood Black Film Festival and 2018 Culver City Film Festivals in Los Angeles. Other films he has produced include “The Future of Jazz” and “Why” have been featured in film festivals and on streaming channels throughout the United States. Daniels feels one of his greatest accomplishments by far is teaching his craft. It started with a grant from After School Matters where he taught kids at his mom's church the skills to put together a production. This birthed his teaching brand of “From Concept To Can” for foundations and organizations across the country. Alvin is a full time lecturer at Chicago State University. He has a beautiful daughter, Meisha Daniels.

Alvin feels his latest venture has been his signature statement. “Preachers Kids: The Untold Stories” was created as a stage play series that chronicles the lives of PK’s and their struggles to support their parents in the ministry. Daniels, a PK himself, says many of the skills he has today were developed in the church and this is his way of paying homage to the men and women of God. “It took me my whole life to get to this production and now that I am here, I really feel I have found a second wind, to God be the Glory,” Daniels says. The play tours the country every summer and was turned into a television series that is on many streaming services. Whether producing a production or teaching his students the art of media, Alvin M. Daniels displays the very same passion he had the very first day he began in the business. “My mother, the Rev. Dr. Princella Brady Lee, taught me if you’re going to do anything, give it all you got and God will take care of the rest.” Judging by his success to this point, God is shining his choicest favor on Professor/Producer Alvin Malcolm Daniels.


Bryce Ray

Bryce Ray

Properties Technician

Office: DH 115A

Phone: (773) 995-2229

Email: bray20@csu.edu

Bio:

Bryce Ray is the Properties Technician in the CMAT department at Chicago State University, the same department he graduated from in 2013. Bryce is also a filmmaker, having written, directed, shot and edited films that have been selected for multiple film festivals. He is also a published photographer.


Charles Johnston

Charles Johnston

Part-time Lecturer 

Office: DH 117A

Phone: (773) 995-4506

Email: cjohns72@csu.edu

Bio:

Charles Johnston is a part-time lecturer at Chicago State University. He holds an MFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. He is a professional actor, director, and also works for Chicago Public Schools.


Christine List

Christine List, Ph.D.

Chairperson and Professor of Media Arts

Office: DH 116

Phone: (773) 995-2280

Email: clist@csu.edu

Bio:

Christine List is an award-winning screenwriter, producer and director whose work has been exhibited at international film festivals and distributed on PBS. List co-produced and directed the award-wining narrative film B Love starring Eamonn Walker (Chicago Fire) and Brely Evans (Being Mary Jane). Many of List’s projects focus on social justice issues. Her documentary No Nos Tientes (Don’t Tempt Us: The Students of Guatemala), narrated by Edward James Olmos (Narcos and Miami Vice), received the Audience Choice Award from the Chicago Latino International Film Festival and was screened for border agents to inform them on issues impacting immigrants from Guatemala.

In addition to her creative projects, List has served as an evaluator and jurist for numerous national media organizations and competitions including the National Endowment for the Arts, the Film Studies Committee of the Fulbright Commission, Chicago International Film Festival and the ABC New Talent Competition.

List is the author of Chicano Images: Refiguring Ethnicity in Mainstream Film and The Screenwriter’s Guidebook: Inspiring Lessons for Film and Television Writers, co-authored with Christine Houston. List enjoys teaching the practicum courses in digital cinema at CSU. She is currently in production on a feature-length documentary about the African heritage of 19th century Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.


Earle Chisolm-El

Earle Chisolm-El

Lecturer

Office: DH 117A

Phone: (773) 995-4506

Email: echisolm@csu.edu

Bio:

Earle Chisolm-El is a professional communicator, businessman, public speaker, and youth impact specialist. As the president of Self Pro Motions T-shirt Printing, his company has printed thousands of shirts for brands including the Museum of Science and Industry, Reggios Pizza and Chicago area charter schools. Earle's background covers all facets of communications including brand management, public speaking, print writing, online, street and experimental marketing, digital design, radio , TV broadcasting and more.

From a communications standpoint, Earle has represented such brands as Universal Records, Warner Bros, Atlantic records,Sony Records,Grant A Wish Inc, and Red Bull Energy drinks. He is a regularly requested motivational speaker in the Chicago Public School system, the University of Illinois-Chicago Change Program, the Moorish Science Temple of America and many other organizations.

Earle lives in Chicago, IL. with his wife and two children, where he serves on the board of Grant A Wish Inc children's charity and is an active member of the National Eagle Scouts Association. Earle is an Alumni of Chicago State University. He holds a MS in Integrated Marketing and Communications from Roosevelt University and a BA in CMAT from Chicago State University. Earle is an adjunct professor in the Communications Media Arts and Theater department at Chicago State University.


Jerrell L. Hendersoon

Jerrell  L. Henderson

Assistant Professor 

Office: DH 116E

Phone: (773) 995-2419

Email: jhende29@csu.edu

Bio:

JERRELL L. HENDERSON is a director, puppeteer, and an Assistant Professor of Performance Studies at Chicago State University. Recent directing credits include The River with BoHo Theatre, Something Like A War: A New Musical with 11th Hour Theatre, and Untitled with Inis Nua Theatre. Other credits include Salt Pepper Ketchup with Passage and InterAct Theatre and Red Summer: A New American Play with Music by Shepsu Aakhu and Andy White with MPAACT Theatre and Fleetwood-Jordain Theatre. Upcoming productions include The Very Hungry Caterpillar with Chicago Children’s Theatre, Thurgood at Walnut Street Theatre, and completing a twelve day shadow puppetry intensive with Shadowlight Productions in San Francisco under artistic director Larry Reed. His shadow play adaptation, 3 American Myths: A Riff in Shadow and Light in 3 Rhythmic Movements was a finalist for a 2019 Jim Henson Foundation Grant. As an assistant director, Jerrell has worked with Victory Gardens Theater, The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Lookingglass Theatre. He has taught and directed at several institutions including Illinois State University, Northwestern University, The University of the Arts, and Actor’s Training Center. He received a BA in Theatre Arts from The Pennsylvania State University, an MFA in Directing from Northwestern University, is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab (2012), Victory Gardens Directors Inclusion Initiative (2017-2018), and is an Artistic Associate of Black Lives Black Words.


Jiba Molei Anderson

Jiba Molei Anderson

Lecturer

Office: DH 116A

Phone: (773) 995-2280

Email: jander52@csu.edu

Bio:

Jiba Molei Anderson is the CEO of Griot Enterprises, a publishing company / visual communication studio and creator of its flagship property, The Horsemen. He is also the curator of 4 Pages 16 Bars: A Visual Mixtape, an anthology which focuses on independent works from creators of color and maintains The Afrosoul Chronicles, a blog about comics, pop culture, politics and race.

Anderson has had numerous one-man and group shows, art directed and published over 12 books and has been invited to speak about his work and the representation of race and culture at various institutions including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Ohio State University. The Horsemen: Divine Intervention and the anthology 4 Pages 16 Bars: A Visual Mixtape have been used as textbooks for classes at OSU.

Anderson has been employed as a graphic designer, animator, art director and graphic novelist for entertainment and educational institutions such as Universal Music Group, the University of Illinois - Chicago, the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and the Chicago Academy of Music including The Song of Lionogo: An Indian Ocean Mythological Remix for the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (with Brightseed Collaborative).

Currently, Mr. Anderson is employed as a Part – Time Lecturer at Chicago State University.

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Kamesha Khan

Kamesha Khan

Associate Professor

Office: DH 116C

Phone: (773)821-4987

Email: kjacks25@csu.edu

Bio:

Kamesha Khan is an associate professor in the Communications, Media Arts and Theatre program. She currently serves as our CSU Theatre Coordinator. Professor Khan is an award-winning stage director, a professional dramaturg, and playwright who holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. She is also former Education Director for Penumbra Theatre Company and former Resident Dramaturg for ETA Creative Arts Foundation (ETA). Kamesha Khan is the recipient of best director awards from the Black Theatre Alliance and the African American Arts Alliance.


Liefu Jiang

Liefu Jiang

Assistant Professor

Office: DH 111

Phone: (773) 995-2833

Email: ljiang@csu.edu

Bio:

Liefu Jiang received his doctorate from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. Dr. Jiang’s research and teaching interests cover strategic communication on social media, social media engagement, corrective actions on social media, and the relationship between social media use and acculturation.

Prior to coming to Chicago State, Dr. Jiang worked in the industries of journalism and PR for seven years. Jiang also holds a master degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor degree from China University of Geosciences Beijing.


Reginald Miles

Reginald Miles

Lecturer

Office: DH 112

Phone: (773) 995-2416

Email: rmiles@csu.edu

Bio:

Reginald Miles is a Lecturer in the Communication Media Arts and Theater Department of the Chicago State University where he has been a faculty member since 2015. He teaches courses in Announcing, Radio Station Management and Radio Production.

Reginald completed his Master of the Arts degree at Governors State University and his undergraduate studies at Columbia College. His research interests lie in the area of broadcast media ownership, radio, audio, broadcast journalism and multimedia production. He has collaborated actively with researchers in several other disciplines including audio technology, communication theory, journalism and new media. Reginald particularly used his expertise with social media, audio and video to create supplemental learning aids and lectures for students that are playable on demand through social media applications.

Mr. Miles has presented his research with podcasting and social media at numerous conference and workshop programs and served as facilitator and panelist at the Broadcast Education Association, Southern States Communication Association and Western Social Science Association.

Reginald is also a veteran radio personality with over 30 years’ experience behind the microphone with stops in Chicago, Hammond, Baltimore and Washington, DC. Throughout his career as a radio announcer, Reginald has won several awards and was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2008. He is a professional audio engineer working at one of the largest Churches in Chicago. He uses his experience as a professional and academic to be a Master Instructor.

Mr. Miles is recognized as a Chicago radio historian, broadcast researcher, educator and consultant. Reginald is passionate about teaching students and desiing methods to help them learn with the tools students are accustomed to using. Professor Miles believes that the radio and media ownership are vitally important today in building a strong and vibrant community.


 
Sherita Burt

Sherita Burt

Office Manager

Office: DH 116A

Phone: (773) 995-2280

Email: sburt20@csu.edu

Bio:

Sherita Burt is the Office Manager of CMAT at Chicago State University.


Troi Tyler

Troi Tyler

WCSU Radio General Manager

Office: DH 113F

Phone: (773) 995-2832

Email: troi.tyler@csu.edu

Bio:

Troi's warm smile and personality can be heard as the inspiring sweetheart of radio. Troi has an ongoing love affair with her audience who tune in to hear her on 95.1 Club Steppin. The Heartbeat of Chicago. Troi also keeps her listeners topical, often discussing views on local, national and social issues ranging from relationship topics to encouraging listeners of their duty to vote.

A graduate of South Shore High School on Chicago's south side, where she grew up, Troi went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Radio/Television at Southern Illinois University. While in college, Troi did news for WSIU-TV and WSIU-FM. After college she went on to become Operations Manager and midday host for rock station WTAO and since then worked in St. Louis at KATZ and KMJM, New York at WBLS and Birmingham at WMJJ.

Prior to joining 95.1. Troi was midday host for V103, she also hosted the number one rated late show on WGCI:"Whispers in The Dark". Troi loves mentoring young people and she is very involved with many charitable organizations throughout the year. When she isn't on the air, she is the General Manager of Chicago State University's WCSU iHeartRadio. Troi enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.


V. Kay McCrimon

V. Kay McCrimon

Lecturer

Office: DH 117B

Phone: (773) 995-3569

Email: vmccrimo@csu.edu

Bio:

V. Kay James McCrimon is currently an adjunct professor in the CMAT department of Chicago State University where she teaches public speaking and communications; she has worked with the department since 2005. She also worked for the City Colleges of Chicago as an adjunct professor. She graduated from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale (SIUC) with B.S. degree in Radio/Television and a Master’s Degree in Mass Communications and Media Arts. She also received a Master’s Degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Professor McCrimon retired from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she worked as the Assistant Director, museum curator and student educator at the UIC African American Cultural Center. Prior to UIC, she worked at the DuSable Museum of African American History where she began as a curatorial/special projects Fellow and advanced into several other positions including the youth program manager, public programs manager, and as a membership and volunteer liaison manager. She currently is working on starting her own company as an African-American historian focusing on 19th and early 20th century African-American history.


Christine Houston

Christine Houston

Lecturer

Office: DH 117B

Phone: (773) 995-3569

Email: choust20@csu.edu

Bio:

CHRISTINE HOUSTON, the author of the novel Laughing Through The Tears, is a playwright and lecturer currently teaching Writing the Screenplay and Writing for Television at Chicago State University. Her play, Two Twenty Seven was adapted for television and became NBC’s hit television sitcom, 227. She is also co-author of Screenwriter's Guidebook: Inspiring Lessons for Film and Television Writers.  

 


Christine Houston

Tarana N. Hammond

Lecturer in Communications

Bio:

Tarana N. Hammond is a lecturer in CMAT department, where she teaches a range of communication courses. She is creative and a passionate professor dedicated to fostering a student-centered classroom environment based on mutual respect and collaboration. Professor Hammond is dedicated to helping students identify and develop their own passions while becoming successful Chicago State University students.

She graduated from Tougaloo College, with a bachelor’s degree in Humanities with an emphasis in Journalism. She earned a master’s degree in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University and an master’s degree in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Organization Communication, Communication Consulting and Training from Wayne State University. Her area of interest includes organization communication, crisis communication, public relations, business communication, branding, and leadership.

Between 2017 and 2020 Professor Hammond was a Program Committee member for the Association for Women in Communication where she was an integral person in developing some of the most popular programs such as How to Create a Podcast, and Beyond Power Point: The Communications “Tech Stack”. Professor Hammond is the author of Text messages and the Detroit mayor: Kwame Kilpatrick (2013), Ebert & Roper internship activity. In Barbara Hudenberg and Lawrence Hudenberg (Eds.).Teaching ideas volume 12. (2009), and Media use, HIV/AIDS knowledge, and sexual beliefs: An exploration of differences between races. Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller (2008).

After graduation she traveled extensively to many beautiful places like Aruba, Bali, South Africa, Ghana, Hong Kong, Brussels, London, Ivory Coast, Australia, Spain, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Hawaii to observe interpersonal and nonverbal communication practices among the local population before COVID-19. Currently, she is working on designing several courses how to be a You Tube/Social Media Influencer, crisis communication, and image restoration.