Director: Professor Jan Servaes PhD has written extensively on issues related to communication for development and social change, and is internationally recognised for his theoretical contributions. His books Communication for Development: One World, Multiple Cultures) Hampton, 1999) and Communication for Development and Social Change (Sage, 2008) have achieved status as a primary textbook and are now a standard resource in the field. In addition, Professor Servaes has served as president of the European Consortium for Communications Research (ECCR), vice-president of the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), and as an international consultant to intergovernmental and non-governmental agencies such as UNESCO in Paris, FAO in Rome, UNFPA and UNICEF in New York, etc. From 2005 to 2007 he chaired the Scientific Committee for the World Congress on Communication for Development (Rome, 25-27 October 2006), organized by the World Bank, FAO and the Communication Initiative.
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Associate Director: Susan Seigel Ed.D. has served as Director of the Campus-wide Community Service Learning Program at Salem State College. She has taught in teacher education programs at University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Salem State College and Merrimack College. With her extensive experience as a grant writer, researcher, and curriculum developer, Dr. Seigel serves as a program coordiator for the Center. Dr. Seigel has presented her work nationally through the American Education Research Association (AERA) and National Service-Learning conferences sponsored by the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC). Her publications include “Teachers of Service-Learning” in R.C. Wade (Ed.), Community Service-Learning: A Guide to Including Service in the Public School Curriculum. (State University of New York Press 1997). Community Service Learning as a Methodology to Strengthen Multicultural Teacher Education (1995), and Co-authored with V. Rockwood, “Democratic Education, Student Empowerment, and Community Service: Theory and Practice” (Equity & Excellence in Education. 26(2), 65 – 70, (1993).
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Assistant: Stephen J. Simurda is a freelance magazine writer. Simurda earned a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College and a master’s degree from the School of Journalism at Columbia University (1983). He has worked for newspapers in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and California. He also worked in the San Francisco bureau of the Associated Press from 1984–86. Since then he has worked as a freelance journalist for dozens of newspapers and magazines, including: The Washington Post, Boston Globe and Globe Magazine, Philadelphia Inquirer, Columbia Journalism Review, Lingua Franca, Mother Jones, Worldbusiness, and Yankee. He has served as associate director of the United States Gambling Research Institute, and was a candidate for president of the National Writers Union. He served as a Fulbright professor in the Slovak Republic.