Program Chair – Communication and Media Studies
New School UniversityNew York, New York
Master of Arts–Media Studies
Southern Connecticut State UniversityNew Haven, CT
Bachelor of Art–Communication
Thesis Title: The Bachelor: Fairytales, Romance and Gender in Romance-Based Reality Television
New School University, 2007
Margaret is the Assistant Academic Program Manager for Interactive Communication at Post University. Previous to this, she was an Associate Faculty member, teaching both on campus and online for Interactive Communication. Margaret has been an adjunct professor for the Media Studies Department at Southern Connecticut State University since 2005. At Southern, she teaches a range of undergraduate core and elective courses.
Margaret’s favorite part of teaching at the University level is interacting with students and learning about how their specific background molds their perspective on media and culture. She believes that no one lives outside of culture and realizes it is sometimes difficult to assess our own role within it, especially when it is over-saturated with media and technology. Margaret’s goal is to give her students a different lens to see the world through because when we learn to deconstruct the media messages that surround us, we can become a more aware media consumer.
Professional and Community Activities
Margaret was involved in advising and mentoring coaches for the New Canaan Youth Cheerleading program from 2008-2013.
FCIAC Cheerleading Coach of the Year 2011
Margaret has been involved in competitive cheerleading for over 20 years. She competed on both all-girl and co-ed cheerleading teams throughout middle school, high school and college. In 2001, her team, the Southern Connecticut State University Owls, won second place at the UCA National College Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Florida. Margaret has worked in various competitive gymnastics, dance and cheerleading programs for close to ten years. She was the head coach for the New Canaan Varsity Cheerleading team from 2006-2013 and was named FCIAC (Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference) Cheerleading Coach of the Year in 2011.
She lives in Hamden with her husband and one four year old daughter. She enjoys all sports, staying active and teaching her daughter gymnastics and cheerleading.
Margaret’s main interests are in the field of Media, Technology and Communication. She is interested in how media and technology change our cultural environments and what impact they have on race and gender. She is also interested in how media have changed our concept of childhood and what impact media and technology have on learning and active play. Most recently, Margaret has been interested in how the news and media industry treats tragic topics such as the Newtown shootings.