Communication and Media Studies Department

Part-time Faculty

Dan Chaimowitz

Dan Chaimowitz teaches Screenwriting.


Naomi Chiba 

Naomi Chiba teaches Japanese Film and Society and Japanese Popular Culture. Naomi works as a translator and recently completed Arthur A. Berger’s book, “Durkheim is Dead!” 

She graduated with a B.A. from Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan, and a M.A. in Sociology from City College of New York. She studied social policies in Japan and Japanese film in New York. Her research interests are ideological discourses on social policies and politics.  She has written on the social construction of public opinion toward the reconstruction of Japanese militarism. She has researched newspaper articles on the Japanese hostage crisis in Iraq and analyzed them in order to show the mechanism of media coverage and political intentions toward militarism.  She has also researched the relationship between war ideologies and the social policy of war, a homepage of a former Japanese military shrine in order to explain it.  


Geoffrey Leighton

Geoffrey LeightonGeoffrey Leighton graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in film and television. After five years in San Francisco, where he worked as a director for PBS station KQED, he moved to Los Angeles, where he started the film and video production company, Rock Solid Productions, which specialized in music videos, documentaries, commercials and long-form syndicated programming. During that time he co-produced, shot and co-edited “Vacation Nicaragua” an award winning feature length documentary. Geoff then sold Rock Solid and founded Leighton Images and continued his work in documentaries.  In 1995 Leighton Images produced a twenty-six part documentary series for Harcourt Brace Publishing on cutting edge biology.  He also produced multimedia programming for Biological Sciences Curriculum Studies on population growth and limited resources.

After moving to Maine in 1997, Geoffrey continued working as Leighton Images, building a high-definition digital production facility in an 1810 farmhouse in Durham.  Recently he has produced numerous short documentaries for Apple Computers on their implementation of laptop computers in the classroom and was the cinematographer, editor and producer of a feature film based on the painter Marsden Hartley’s epic poem Cleophas and his Own. Recently Geoffrey won awards for his documentary and animation work at the Juice Festival in Camden and the Kahbang Film Festival in Bangor.  Geoffrey also teaches documentary and short dramatic film production at the Maine College of Art and Special FX production at the University of Southern Maine.
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Fred Field 

Fred Field teaches photojournalism at USM.  

Field has over 30 years of experience as a newspaper, magazine, and commercial photographer. In that time he has completed more than 15,000 assignments.

He currently works as a freelance photojournalist for newspapers, magazines, colleges and universities in America.  Field is the author of Maine Places, Maine Faces. The book is a photojournalistic tribute to Maine and her people. He is a recipient of Harvard Magazine's annual Photography Award.  Field is a 1980 graduate of the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and holds a  bachelor of science degree in Television and Radio. He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographer's, National Press Photographer's Association and Boston Press Photographer's Association.
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Nat Ives

Nat Ives is the lab instructor for MES production courses.  In addition, he manages the Media Studies production facility on the Portland campus.

Nat has been working in the video production field since 1990, producing, directing and editing programs for the University and local non-profit agencies. 

Nat is a graduate of the University of Maine at Augusta, with an Associate’s Degree in Music, and a graduate of USM, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

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