Communication and Media Studies Department

Part-time Faculty

Dan Chaimowitz

Dan Chaimowitz teaches Screenwriting.

email: dchaimowitz@maine.edu

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.  

email: naomi.chiba@maine.edu

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.
Please visit his website at www.leightonimages.com
email: leightonimages1@mac.com

Fred Field 

Fred Field teaches photojournalism for the Communication and Media Studies department at USM.

He has close to 30 years of experience as a newspaper, magazine, and commercial photographer. In that time he has had more than 15,000 assignments. He currently works as a freelance photographer for several major US newspapers including The Boston Globe and The New York Times, as well as for colleges and universities in the US. He is also involved in shooting portraits of professors at Bentley University that appear in an ongoing national ad campaign in TIME Magazine.

National Geographic has selected one of his images of Acadia National Park for their 2010 engagement calendar. Field is the author of Maine Places, Maine Faces. The coffee table book is a photojournalistic tribute to Maine and her people. The book has ranked as high as 6th place for hardcover non-fiction as reported by Border's Books in their weekly statistics printed in the Maine Sunday Telegram newspaper.

Field is the recipient of Harvard Magazine's 2008 Photography Award. Field has been selected to photograph a series of Harvard professors through 2011 for a Harvard University website; this is a fun project where the mission is to generate distinctive visually compelling portraits of professors associated with their unique work environments.

He graduated from Lexington High School in Lexington, Mass., and is a 1980 graduate of the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University with a bachelor of science degree in Television and Radio. He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, National Press Photographers Association and Boston Press Photographers Association.

Please visit his website at: fredfield.com.

email: fred@fredfield.com

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.

email: ives@maine.edu, phone: 207-780-5944

Julie Zink

Julie has been a faculty member in the Communication Department at USM since 2001. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts in Education where she double majored in Speech Communication and Social Studies. After teaching Speech, Drama, and Debate at Forrest City High School in Arkansas for 3 years, Julie left her teaching position to pursue her Master's Degree. In 1988, she completed her Master’s Degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Directing at the University of South Carolina. While at USC, Julie worked as Associate Director of Forensics where she traveled extensively with the USC debate team.

In 1999, she completed her Doctorate Degree in Instructional Design and Development at the University of South Alabama. Julie’s dissertation focused on Speech Mapping and Outlining Effects on Speech Performance and Anxiety with Undergraduates

From 1988 to 2001, Julie taught at the University of Mobile , Spring Hill College , and the University of South Alabama. In 1994, she was hired full-time at the University of Mobile as Chair of the Speech Dept. and Director of Forensic Activities. In 2001, she left the Univ. of Mobile as an Associate Professor and moved to Maine with her family.

Julie teaches many courses, including Introduction to Communication, Interpersonal Communication Skills, Small Group Communication and Intercultural Communication.

email: julie.zink@maine.edu, phone: 207-228-8433

Internships in Communication and Media Studies

Interested in an internship in communication and media studies? Communication majors should contact Russell Kivatisky (russellk@maine.edu) and media studies majors contact Dennis Gilbert (dgilbert@maine.edu) regarding credit requirements. 

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