Teaching (Undergraduate)

History of Alternative Media (CMN 3570).  Eastern Illinois University

This course integrates theory and practice while examining the history of alternative media.  The course examines media subcultures, activist and community based media movements.  The course emphasizes both traditional and emerging media forms, including community radio, underground music (punk, hip-hop, noise and metal), film/video/television, experimental media, print, fanzines, culture jamming/tactical media, graffiti, fan production, performance, digital justice and new media.  Syllabus: History Alt Media SyllabusupdatedfinalFINAL

History of Documentary Film (CMN 3570).  Eastern Illinois University

This course examines the history of documentary film and video.  It addresses ethical issues of representation and explores various documentary forms such as cinema verite, direct cinema, diary filmmaking, propaganda, political, experimental, participatory and expository documentary.  The course simultaneously explores the social, cultural, political and historical context of documentary texts.  Syllabus: HISDOCFILMSPRING2013SyllabusFINAL 2

Alternative Media (CMN 4030).  Eastern Illinois University

This theory-based course examines the key concepts related to alternative media movements and subcultural communities.  The course explores both traditional and emerging media forms, including community radio, underground music, film/video/television, experimental media, print, fanzines, culture jamming/tactical media, fan production and new media.  Syllabus: Alt Media SyllabusupdatedfinalFINAL copy 2

Television Criticism (CMN 4770).  Eastern Illinois University

This theory-based course examines critical issues related to television ownership, production, representation, ideology, socialization and audience readings. The course also addresses new media and screen culture in relation to contemporary American society.  Syllabus: finalGraconTelevision Criticism Syllabus SP2011_edited

Field Production (CMN 2575).  Eastern Illinois University

This production-based course focuses on the digital video production process (camera, lighting, sound, non-linear editing, project conceptualization, storytelling, applied media aesthetics and critique).  Syllabus: FieldSPRING2013SyllabusFINAL copy

New Media Practices (CMN 3500).  Eastern Illinois University

This new media course merges traditional research skills, social justice and community-based activism with production.  Students actively employ multi-media production (basic blog/visual design, digital photography, video slideshows and documentary production) with a community based research initiative.  The project is compiled and distributed via a WordPress blog. Syllabus: GraconElectronicMediaRelFA2012Syl

Documentary Production (CMN 4500).  Eastern Illinois University

Non-fiction filmmaking class emphasizes practice, theory and history.  Students produce a series of short documentary projects that culminate in a community based screening. Syllabus: DocSP2012syllabus

Communication Theory and Criticism (J388).  University of Oregon

This course to encapsulates various critical perspectives in terms of communication theory including new media, media literacy, critical cultural studies, the Frankfurt School, hegemony, discourse, feminism, border theory, and alternative and oppositional media.  Syllabus: GraconJ388FINAL copy

Visual Communication for the Mass Media (J204).  University of Oregon

This course integrates critical visual and media literacy with basic hands on media arts production in digital video, photography, graphic design, typography and new media.  The course also Integrates theoretical concepts such as semiotics, representation (in terms of race, gender, and class), and visual deconstruction.  Syllabus: J204FINALgraVisCommsyllabus

Information Gathering (J202).  University of Oregon

This course emphasizes field research skills, the synthesis and analysis of data, and writing skills.  Syllabus: Syllabus J202 Summer ’08

Fundamentals of Multimedia (MMS 200).  Medaille College (Buffalo, NY)

This production-based course focuses on the digital video production process (camera, lighting, sound, non-linear editing, project conceptualization, storytelling, applied media aesthetics and critique).  Taught the following software programs: Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack Pro, and DVD Studio Pro. This course integrates applied media aesthetics with concepts of media literacy and cultural studies.

Digital Audio and Culture (GEN 210).  Medaille College (Buffalo, NY)

This interdisciplinary course merges audio field production, electronic music and discursive concepts related to media literacy and cultural studies.

Video and Sound Art 1 and 2-4 (SA 161, SA 262).  University of Rochester

Implemented technical hands-on demonstrations and focused on camera composition, lighting, editing and audio production. Integrated media art production and aesthetics with critical media theory.  Responsible for the instruction of Media 100 non-linear editing.

Introduction to Film Interpretation (DMS 109).  University at Buffalo (SUNY)

Implemented assignments, projects, lectures and screenings to actively challenge the students to acquire a critical understanding of film aesthetics and visual culture.  Introduced students to a cross section of film styles ranging from the classics, documentary, French new wave, avant-garde cinema and independent cinema.

Principles of Sociology (SOC 101).  Trocaire College (Buffalo, NY)

Emphasized the history, fundamental principles and theoretical concepts of sociology.  Integrated media (film, video, music, print media) with a variety of sociological concepts.  Focused on socialization, ideology, social stratification, gender, the family and media studies.

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