bill zimmerman & the virtual bar

Bill Zimmerman is a lecturer at Penn State’s Donald Bellisario College of Communications in the departments of advertising and public relations. Before teaching, he worked in public relations and strategic communication for Penn State. The group discusses losing interest in social media after maintaining a professional account. Zimmerman emphasizes to his students to focus on developing a strategy for social media. Zimmerman wants to show his students the possibilities that Penn State’s entrepreneurship program and social media can bring. When he is not teaching, Zimmerman is a podcaster for Happy Valley Hustle, which is for a regional audience about entrepreneurship.

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thea zunick & the feeling of not doing anything


Talk about a higher ed superhero, Thea Zunick serves as the director of student life at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. On top of that, she is an adjunct professor University of the Sciences and Montclair State University while volunteering for AFA, NASPA, and greek organizations. She talks about the platforms that online classes can use to create engagement. The group talks about how meetings can be unproductive at times. 

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viorica marian & lougan can sort of curse in tagolog

Viorica Marian may be known for a viral tweet, but she’s also a psycholinguist, cognitive scientist and the Ralph and Jean Sundin Endowed Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University’s School of Communication. There she conducts research on bilingualism/multilingualism and the consequences of knowing more than one language for the human linguistic, cognitive, and neural architectures. During the show, Viorica explains the science behind her research, and we talk everything from bilingualism’s effect on cognition to Yanny & Laurel. We also discuss her now famous tweet and the discourse that happens online.

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teresa gawrych & death and weather journalism

Teresa Gawrych is many things. She’s an instructor at University of Alabama and the internship coordinator for Creative Media Majors. She’s also a director. Lougan may have drooled a little bit as Teresa described her students’ opportunities inside and outside of the classroom, especially with her awesome upcoming project with the Center for Public Television. The discussion also includes learning ALL the skills even if you don’t want to and drawing the line between journalism and creative storytelling (spoiler: it’s not as black and white as you think).

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leigh hall & the most higher ed title ever

Leigh Hall is a professor and the Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair in Literacy Education at the University of Wyoming. While studying at the University of South Florida, she realized she wanted to be a teacher and create a better environment for future students. She got her master’s at Vanderbilt University then taught social studies for 6 years in Houston before getting her Ph. D at Michigan State University. Her research on literacy at the University of Wyoming aims to help elementary and middle school teachers around the state.
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jason mollica & there are no shelves for lightsabers

Jason Mollica is a professorial lecturer at American University’s School of Communication where he teaches all about social media and social media analytics. Jason is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience as a journalist, news producer and PR professional. On the show, Jason talks about his syllabuses (syllabi?) and how they were created, as well as an awesome certification opportunity for his students. Jason and Lougan nerd out about Marvel, Star Wars and sports. Jackie talks about the Bills. Everyone agrees that being happy in your job is the most important thing.

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