Advisory Council

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Neil Andersen

Neil Andersen is president of The Association for Media Literacy (Ontario). He has taught primary to post-secondary media studies for over 30 years, including teacher courses for Mount Saint Vincent University, York University and the University of Toronto. He has given keynotes and workshops across the world. He has made movies and videos, authored student textbooks, journal articles, teacher resource books, and more. His awards include the Jessie McCanse Award (National Telemedia Council) and The Magic Lantern Award (The Association for Media and Technology in Education).

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Cary Bazalgette

I’m a freelance writer and researcher, focusing on how people learn to understand moving-image media. After teaching in London schools, I worked at the British Film Institute from 1979 to 2007, including 8 years (1999-2006) as Head of Education. My main aim was always to develop good practice in media education and to advocate its importance as an entitlement for all learners. My interest is now focused on how children begin to learn about moving-image media, before they are three years old. I completed my PhD on this topic at UCL Institute of Education, London, in 2018, using embodied cognition approaches to develop new ways of understanding very young children’s engagements with films and television.

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Marilyn Cohen

Marilyn A. Cohen is Director of the Northwest Center for Excellence in Media Literacy, College of Education, University of Washington (UW) and Executive Director of the Seattle-based nonprofit Action for Media Education.  She is a Research Associate Professor and was chair for the first Research Summit for media literacy at the National Association for Media Literacy Education held in St. Louis in 2007.  Her work at the UW has received major support throughout the years for its focus on health issues such as teen pregnancy prevention, substance abuse prevention, violence prevention, and nutrition education for parents and their children. 

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Henry Jenkins

Henry Jenkins is the Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Art and Education at the University of Southern California and the founder and former director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program. He is the author/editor of more than 20 books on various aspects of media and popular culture. Jenkins is the principal investigator for The Civic Imagination Project, funded by the MacArthur Foundation, to explore ways to inspire creative collaborations within communities as they work together to identify shared values and visions for the future.

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Tessa Jolls

Tessa Jolls currently serves as a Fulbright Program Specialist in media literacy education; her term extends until 2022. She is President and CEO of the Center for Media Literacy, a position she has held since 1999. She also founded the Consortium for Media Literacy, a nonprofit which provides research and a monthly newsletter publication. In 2015, Jolls received the Global Media and Information Literacy Award in recognition of her work in Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue, from the UNESCO-initiated Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL), in cooperation with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC). In 2014, Jolls was honored with the International Media Literacy Award by Gateway Media Literacy Partners.

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Len Masterman

Len Masterman, an English education professor at the University of Nottingham in England, started his career as a high school English teacher in the 1960s. He first wrote about the serious study of the mass media in schools with his influential 1980 publication, Teaching about Television. His second book, Teaching the Media provided a framework for critically analyzing news and entertainment media. 

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Sr. Rose Pacatte

Sr. Rose Pacatte, a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, is the founding Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Los Angeles. She is an award-winning film journalist and author or co-author of 15 titles on film, film and Scripture and media literacy education. She has a master's of education in media studies degree from the University of London. Her dissertation for her doctorate in pastoral ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation is entitled "To Seek God's Face: Theological Approaches to Film." You find all her NCR reviews and articles at www.sisterrosemovies.net.

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Robyn Quin

Robyn Quin is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Education at Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia. Prior to joining Curtin, Professor Robyn Quin was Pro Vice-Chancellor responsible for Teaching and Learning and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Communications and Creative Industries at Edith Cowan University. She began her career as a teacher of English Literature.

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Carolyn Wilson

Carolyn Wilson is an award-winning educator, author and consultant who has worked in media and information literacy and global education for over 30 years at the K-12 and post-secondary levels, and for libraries, NGOs, media industries, and governments around the world.  She is Chair of the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy, a UNESCO-initiated alliance of over 600 organizations from 80 countries. She is currently the Program Coordinator in Teacher Education at the Faculty of Education, Western University, Canada.

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Chris Worsnop

Chris Worsnop is now running a weekly film program at the local Cobourg Ontario library, and chairing the committee for the Marie Dressler Foundation Vintage Film Festival. He is author of two books, Screening Images: Ideas for Media Education (2nd edition, 1999) and Assessing Media Work: Authentic Assessment in Media Education (1996). His background is in high school teaching and K-12 curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation in English language arts, drama, and media education.