Special Announcements

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all faculty and staff are telecommuting.  Students seeking advisement should contact their assigned advisor (listed in CUNYFirst) by email.

For help with other dept. business please contact CUNY Administrative Assistant Gary Pizzolo at Gary.Pizzolo@csi.cuny.edu

The Film/Video Lab Cage (1P-122) is closed until further notice.  Eligible enroll students can contact College Lab Technician Mitchell Lovell at Mitchell.Lovell@csi.cuny.edu for appointment to checkout or return equipment, or for certification.

For Film/Video tutoring please email Senior College Lab Technician Emmanuel Grant at Emmanuel.Grant@csi.cuny.edu and mediaculturelabs@csi.cuny.edu.  Film/Video tutoring can be scheduled by appointments in Zoom sessions Monday-Friday 10am-6pm.

The Design and Digital Media Lab (1P-231) is closed until further notice.  For Design and Digital Media tutoring, students enrolled in COM/DDM courses may email Senior College Lab Technician Emmanuel Grant at both Emmanuel.Grant@csi.cuny.edu and mediaculturelabs@csi.cuny.edu to request an appointment for a 30 minute one on one Zoom session with a tutor.  In your email please indicate your course number, subject matter, and software package for which you seek tutoring, as well as the date and time you would like to make your tutoring appointment.  Remote DDM tutoring is available Monday 7:30-8:30pm, Tuesday 2:30-4:30pm and 7:30-8:30pm, Wednesday 5:30-8:30pm, Thursday 2:30-4:30pm, and Saturday noon to 3pm. 

Advising for Fall 2021

Registration for the Fall 2021 Spring Semester begins April 6. Registration for Summer 2021 is ongoing. Your faculty advisor can remove advising stops, help you choose classes, and make sure that you are on track to fulfill degree requirements. Click here for tips on preparing for advisement

Media Culture Department Overview

The Department of Media Culture is committed to providing students with a critical understanding of film, media, and communications. We integrate studies in history, theory, and criticism with practical experiences in production technique and creativity as well as external field experience, allowing our undergraduate majors to specialize in cinema studies or film and television production, media studies, corporate communications, journalism, or design and digital media.

What are some obtainable jobs with degrees in Communications or Cinema Studies?
  • Careers in Journalism for Radio, TV, Print, Digital, and Sports Media
  • Film, Television, Radio, Documentary, and Podcast Production
  • Digital Arts including Graphic Design, Photo Editing, and Layout Artist
  • Corporate Communications, Public Relations, Brand Development, Marketing, Advertising, and Social Media Strategy
  • Web Development, and Web Design
  • Video Editing, Camera Operations, Cinematography, Sound Editing/Mixing, and Lighting Design
View all courses in College Catalog

Media Culture Faculty & Staff

Full Time Faculty


Grant, Emmanuel
Senior College Laboratory Technician

Hager, Steven
College Assistant

Lovell, Mitchell
College Laboratory Technician

Neuner Fabiano, Rosemary
College Assistant

Pizzolo, Gary
CUNY Administrative Assistant



Adjunct Faculty

  • Cogan, Brian 
  • Couchman, Jeffrey 
  • Dougherty, Cecilia 
  • Eppert, Nicholas
  • Fioravante, Janice
  • Fischetti, Michael
  • Hager, Steven 
  • Hammad, Omar 
  • Hedditch, Emma 
  • Johnson, Emma 
  • Kenny, James 
  • Kovacs, Rachel
  • Lee, Austin 
  • Palladino, Andrew 
  • Palmieri, Susan 
  • Polo, Niberca 
  • Richardson, Zardon
  • Sakhaeifar, Farideh
  • Saputo, Doug
  • Wang, Jing
  • Yakobzon, Erica 

Congratulations to Professor Valerie Tevere and Associate Professor Racquel Gates

Professor Tevere, in collaboration with Angel Nevarez, is the recipient of a 2020 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship Award in Fine Arts. Tevere and Nevarez also received a 2019-20 Harpo Foundation New Work Project Grant for their work-in-progress A Slow Dropping, a sonic exploration of the New Orleans Musicians’ Village.   

Harpo Foundation New York Project Grant.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship Award in Fine Arts 

Dr. Gates has been named a 2020 Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The award, from the Academy’s Educational Grants Committee, will support ongoing work on her second book, Hollywood Style and the Invention of Blackness, a critical look at film aesthetics and images of blackness in film and television. Dr. Gates recently contributed the column “The Problem with 'Anti-Racist’ Movie Lists” to The New York Times op-ed page.

Academy Film Scholar

The Problem with ‘Anti-Racist’ Movie Lists

Class of 2020

To the graduates of the College of Staten Island Class of 2020:

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Department of Media Culture, I offer heartfelt congratulations to those of you who have reached this landmark, earning Bachelor of Art's degree in Cinema Studies, the Bachelor of Science degree in Communications, or the Master of Arts degree in Cinema and Media Studies. Your senior years has truly been unique, and you faced itschallenges with courage and honesty. We are proud of each and every one of you. We also extend our thanks to you family and friends for their support of your pursuit of this degree, and we are sure that they share our joy.

We also acknowledge several members of the Class of 2020 whose scholarly achievements were truly exceptional:

Recipients of the CSI Auxiliary Services Corporation Award for Academic Excellence in Media Culture:

  • Vincent LoVerde, MA in Cinema & Media Studies
  • Lisa Calabro, BS in Corporate Communications

Recipients of the Eliott Rubinstein Award:

  • Liam Gilbride, BA in Cinema Production (graduating with Honors in the major)
  • Victoria Ifatusin, BS in Communications: Journalism (graduating with Honors in the major)
  • Nicolette Pepe, BS in Communications: Design & Digital Media
  • Michael Pinto, BS in Corporate Communications (graduating with Honors in the major)
  • Raquel Ramos, BS in Corporate Communications

Congratulations to each of you on your outstanding accomplishments. We invite you to see the work of many of our graduating seniors who participated in the annual CSI Film Festival, which is jointed organized by the Creative Media Club and the staff of the department’s Film/Video Lab: https://vimeo.com/csimediaculture.

Last but not least, let me share this moment with my colleagues. We may not be able to hand out diplomas in person, but we join together in celebrating you — on video

Dr. Cynthia Chris, Professor and Chair, Department of Media Culture