Communication and Media Studies Department

Part-time Faculty

Dan Chaimowitz

Dan Chaimowitz teaches Screenwriting I and II.



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.  


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.

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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 at 68 High Street.

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:, phone: 207-780-5944


Anthony Kaufman

Anthony Kaufman HeadshotAnthony Kaufman is a film journalist and lecturer who has written about movies for the New York Times, Variety, and The Wall Street Journal, and has taught cinema studies courses at The New School, New York University and Brooklyn College. He is also the editor of "Steven Soderbergh: Interviews" and a regular contributor to  

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Lee Nelson

Lee Nelson has been anchoring Maine’s highest rated morning newscast for more than 20 years. The Morning Report on WCSH TV (Portland) and WLBZ TV (Bangor) routinely gets a 50% share of the available audience, more than twice that of its competitors combined. Lee has won both national and local awards for his reporting. He’s covered many major news stories over the years: elections, state government shutdowns, the Pamela Smart murder trial, The Ice Storm of 98 and the Patriots’ first Super Bowl victory (to name a few). Lee also writes a popular daily blog at

During his time at WCSH/WLBZ, Lee has trained more than 20 producers, so he comes to USM well versed in teaching young people the “ins and outs” of broadcast journalism. Before coming to Maine, Lee worked as an anchor and reporter at WDAM TV in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He also worked as a writer/producer at WCVB TV in Boston and at NBC in New York.

Lee’s first job in TV was as an NBC Page. He gave tours of the NBC studios at 30 Rock, and he worked on several popular network shows: Late Night with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, Donahue and The Cosby Show. From there, Lee moved to the News Division where he worked as a production assistant on The Today Show and NBC News at Sunrise.

Lee is a 1984 graduate of the prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He is married to WCSH evening anchor Cindy Williams. When he’s not working, you’ll find him playing basketball, working out, coaching football, riding his motorcycle or hanging out with Cindy and his two sons.

Tim Ouilette

Timothy Ouillette photoTim Ouillette is a filmmaker who resides in Portland Maine. His films deal with popular culture and mass media theories. In the past, Tim has worked commercially for the Sportsman Channel in post-production for shows such as "Northwood Adventures with Nate and Chris" and "North American Safaris". 

Tim teaches film and video at the University of Southern Maine, University of New England and Oxford Hills Technical School. He holds an undergraduate degree in Communication from the University of Southern Maine and a M.F.A from the Art Institute of Boston.


Julie Rabinowitz

Julie Rabinowitz holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies (concentration in Rhetoric) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and undergraduate degrees in Communication Arts (concentration in Radio/TV/Film) and History from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York.  She has taught communication courses at several colleges in North Carolina and Maine including North Carolina State University, Bates, and Colby. Her academic interests focus on rhetorical theory with particular emphasis on presidential leadership and public policy argument.  She has coached intercollegiate debate teams in New York, North Carolina, and Maine. Julie also specializes in the editing of academic works in the humanities and social sciences and has served as the managing editor for two editions of a social studies textbook series for grades four through seven.

In addition to her academic credentials, Ms. Rabinowitz has served as both executive staff and on the boards of numerous non-profits in Maine and beyond, handling both internal and external communications as well as managing finances and developing and implementing strategic plans. She has worked at two presidential libraries and is currently the Director of Communication for the Maine Department of Labor.


Rob Rosenthal

Rob teaches documentary radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. He is an independent radio producer. He managed campus-based, community radio stations for 14 years.

Rob's Masters Degree in Communication was earned at the University of Hartford.

Rob teaches Audio Production I and II.

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:, phone: 207-228-8433

The Cinema Studies Minor

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The Cinema Studies minor offers students a multidimensional understanding of film as form of art, product of industry, and mode of communication. The program can serve as a base of knowledge for students intending to enter careers in the media, as a foundation for further study, and/or as the opportunity to gain deeper insight into one of the most culturally significant media of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  For more information, contact Matthew Killmeier.

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