How to Collaborate

Some of the different ways you might get involved with the Center for Engaged Storycraft, whether you are a researcher, educator, student, professional, artist, writer, storyteller, performer, or avid reader are listed below.

Please email with ideas or questions if you are interested in exploring possibilities for collaborating with the Center for Engaged Storycraft. You can also go ahead and complete the “Proposal for Collaboration” web form (below) and submit it for review by the Center’s Project Review Committee.

Proposal for Collaboration

Collaborations and co-creative projects might include:

  • Information sharing and dissemination of story-based work
  • Interest in Story Workshop for your area/audience/aims
  • Use of our ipad Listening Stations to collect video narratives on site for research or teaching
  • A featured event co-organized with CES
  • Documentary film series - recommendation of film to screen
  • Collaborative teaching or research project
  • Sponsored research project
  • Collaborative Teaching or Research Project with Funding from CES
  • Matching Grant for Student or Community Projects

Our Team

CES Director

Laura Shackelford

Laura Shackelford

Professor, English
www.rit.edu, rit.academia.edu

Interests: Narrative theory, Digital literary practices, Literary Media Studies, Feminist Science Studies, Science Fiction, Contemporary Novel, Systems theory and Bioinformatic Sciences.

Steering Committee

Sharon Morgan Beckford Foster

Sharon Morgan Beckford Foster

Associate Professor and Chair, English
www.rit.edu

Interests: African American Literature, Postcolonial Literatures, Canadian Literature, Literary and Cultural Theory, African Diaspora Studies, Digital Humanities,Transnational Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies

Silvia Benso

Silvia Benso

Professor, Philosophy Director, Women’s & Gender Studies

Interests: Contemporary European Philosophy, Italian Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, History of Philosophy as Narrative on Reality

Elizabeth Goins

Elizabeth Goins

Associate Professor, Performing Arts & Visual Culture
explorelostworlds.blogspot.com

Interactive and Spatial Storytelling, Video Game Design, Virtual and Augmented Reality

Joshua Meltzer

Joshua Meltzer

Photojournalism School of Photographic Arts & Sciences
www.joshmeltzer.com, migration.joshmeltzer.com

Interests: Photojournalism, multimedia storytelling. He is an award-winning photojournalist and recipient of recipient of the National Press Photographers Association’s Humanitarian Award in 2012 and a 2014 recipient of the Carnegie Hero Award.

Karen (Ren) VanMeenen

Karen (Ren) VanMeenen

Senior Lecturer, English
www.rit.edu

Interests: Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Media Literacy, Visual Literature, Graphic novels, documentary photography, socially aware fine art photography, video installation, Photojournalism and the aesthetics of atrocity

Ammina Kothari

Ammina Kothari

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies: Journalism School of Communication

Interests: Global communication; health, gender, technology and religion; journalism, media studies, women’s and gender studies, computer-assisted journalism.

Susan Lakin

Susan Lakin

Professor, College of Art and Design
www.susanlakin.com

Before arriving to RIT, Susan worked commercially in Los Angeles and Australia; some of her clients included Adidas, Avon, Harper's Bazaar, LA Times Magazine, Nordstrom, OCA Architects, Sebastian, Shape Magazine, Southern California Edison, and Syncor International Corp.

Joan Naturale

NTID Education Liason/Librarian

Deaf History; Deaf Education, Culture, and Arts; English as a Second Language.

Research Advocate

Robert Glick

Robert Glick

Associate Professor, English
www.rit.edu

Interests: Creative Writing, Digital Literature, Contemporary Fiction, Experimental Narrative,Language Games, Text/Image Mashups

Luane Davis Haggerty

Luane Davis Haggerty

National Technical Institute for the Deaf – Liberal Arts

Co-founder and former Artistic Director of Interborough Repertory Theater (IRT). IRT is a non-profit company dedicated to inclusion and outreach to: women, the disabled, and other minority. She is also an actor, teacher, writer, director, and choreographer.

Julie M Johannes

Julie M Johannes

Associate Chair and Senior Lecturer, English
www.rit.edu

Interests: Game Studies, Video Games and/as Literature, Digital Humanities, Autopathobiography, Neuroatypicals in Popular Culture, Don DeLillo, Paul Auster, Postmodernism. 

Pamela J. Kincheloe PhD

Pamela J. Kincheloe PhD

Associate Professor NTID English

Deaf Studies, American Sign Language Storytelling (ASL), and currently at work on a book about cochlear implants and how the identity of those with implants is currently represented in American culture.  

Rebecca DeRoo

Rebecca DeRoo

Department of Performing Arts and Visual Culture, Museum Studies Program

Interests: Museum studies and curatorial practice; contemporary art and visual culture; photography, film, and new media; gender studies; and post-colonial studies.

Tamar Carroll

Tamar Carroll

Associate Professor, History
www.tamarcarroll.com

Interests: Modern U.S. history, women’s and gender history, public history, and digital humanities. At RIT, I teach courses in U.S. History Since 1945; U.S. Women's and Gender History; The History of the Family in the U.S.; Oral History; Ethics in the Digital Age; and Research Methods.

Juilee Decker

Juilee Decker

Associate Professor, Museum Studies

Memory studies, public art (especially monuments and memorials),  digital cultural heritage, critical curation, multimodal literacies

Owen Gottlieb

Associate Professor Interactive Games and Media
owengottlieb.org

Interests: Games, religion, education, media studies, communications, anthropology, dramatic writing for film and television, dance, and software development.

Hinda Mandell

Hinda Mandell

Associate Professor,School of Communication
omghinda.com

Interests: Her essays ranging from politics to parentings have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, Boston Herald, Palm Beach Post, Politico, and in academic journals, including Women’s Studies in Communication, Visual Communication Quarterly, and Explorations in Media Ecology.

Anne Royston

Anne Royston

Associate Professor, English
www.rit.edu

Interests: Artist’s books, material and textual practices, digital humanities.

Whitney Sperrazza

Assistant Professor, English

Interests: women’s poetry, early modern literature, history of science, anatomy and graphic medicine, history of touch and haptic technology, digital/physical intersections​

Thomas Dooley

Lecturer, School of Communication
www.dooleyphotography.com

Multiplatform producer with expertise in digital content strategy, video production, photojournalism and long-form documentary.  He is currently exploring immersive storytelling in journalism.

David Yockel

Lecturer, University Writing Program

Student Facilitators

Portrait of C Rose Smith

C Rose Smith

School of Photography - Graduate Student

Headshot of Anegel Gohel

Angel Gohel

Journalism
www.linkedin.com, angelrgohel.wixsite.com

Guest Storytellers

Helen Atawube Yitah

Helen Atawube Yitah

Professor, Dept of English and Dean, School of Languages, University of Ghana, Accra

Interests: African literature, Women's oral and written literature, children's literature

Freelance Writer/Teaching Artist

Christine Green

Freelance Writer/Teaching Artist
christinejgreen.com

Interests: The primary focus of Christine’s freelance work is to highlight the outstanding literary scene in the Rochester area. Other areas of interest include Latinx and Chicanx arts and culture, teen writing classes, and lyrical and speculative creative nonfiction. Outside of work Christine like to garden, watch lots of TV, and nap whenever humanly possible.

Author; Associate Professor, Creative Writing, Virginia Commonwealth University

Sonja Livingston

Author; Associate Professor, Creative Writing, Virginia Commonwealth University
sonjalivingston.com, english.vcu.edu, www.instagram.com

Interests: Memoir, Personal Essays, Personal Geographies, Lyric Essays, Brief Nonfiction, Unsung Voices, Writing about Class, Gender, Roots, Race & Religion. Hobbies: nature walks, eating potato-based foods, hanging out with cats.

DeAnn De Leon

Producer / Director at Rochester Community TV

Interests: Filmmaking, Storytelling Editing, Documentary Film, Journalism, Screenwriting

Faculty Leader

Manager, Operations & Producer & Educator at Rochester Community TV

Rashida Burch-Washington

Manager, Operations & Producer & Educator at Rochester Community TV
1009wxir.com, ctvmediacenter.org

Interests: Rashida manages radio station WXIR, but teaching youth is her favorite responsibility at RCTV. While she loves the work she does with the community through RCTV, Rashida’s favorite job is being a wife and mother of two.

Partners

We welcome collaborations and co-creative projects with fellow educators, arts organizations, narrative researchers, and story developers of many kinds. Below are a few of the local and international partners with whom we are currently working to develop more substantial collaborations and partnerships.