Creative, working and industry connected Senior Academic Department Director experienced in teaching and curriculum development for Media Arts departments including: audio and video fields including: Digital Filmmaking & Video Production, Web Design & Interactive Media,Visual Effects & Motion Graphics and the Audio Production departments. Strong leader possessing excellent managerial, communication and customer relations skills who excels at motivating and building faculty teams. Award winning professor dedicated to academic excellence and student success; effectively fosters trusting, cooperative environment enabling students and co-workers to reach their full potential. Expertise in audio and video fields including long term contribution to Grammy organization (NARAS) and freelance video work corporate industry leaders.


WORK HISTORY:

Academic Director: Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 1995 to 2011
Successfully oversaw management and implementation of faculty and curriculum in the School of Media Arts including the Digital Filmmaking & Video Production, Web Design & Interactive Media, Visual Effects & Motion Graphics and the Audio Production departments.


Studio Manager and Chief Engineer: Gamble & Huff’s Philadelphia International Records’ Studio 309, Philadelphia, PA 1988 to 1991
Updated, operated and managed Gamble & Huff’s Philadelphia International Records’ Studio 309.


Free Lance Audio Engineer: LA, NYC, and Philadelphia 1984 to 2000

  • Collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Eddie Murphy, Michael Sembello (Received 1984 Grammy Award Nomination for Best engineered LP).
  • Recorded tracks on Patti LaBelle’s 1991 Grammy winning CD “Burnin”,
  • Phyllis Hyman, Teddy Pendergrass, Stanley Clarke, E.U. for Spike Lee’s film “School Daze”

Producer / Director, Philadelphia, PA 1987 to 2000
Produced, wrote, directed and edited numerous films and videos including:

  • “John Roberts: Person of the Year” for the Pioneer Broadcasters of America;
  • “Mainstream”, a documentary about Bill McCann, a successful computer programmer, talented musician, and sightless friend. “Mainstream” won I.A.F. grant from WHYY-TV 12 and has been aired on local cable and public TV.
  • “Share the Vision” for Associated Service for the Blind
  • “We Walk By Faith” for St. Lucy’s Day School for the Visually Handicapped both of which were funded by Comcast Cable Corp.

    Record Producer: Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia 1985 to 2000
    Produced and co-produced with various artists such as

  • Michael Henderson
  • Rory Block
  • Lefty Lucy
  • Lacy James
  • Angela Falco
  • Jaffna
  • Firefox
  • And many others

    Audio/Video Editor and Mixer: Philadelphia, PA 1987 to 1988
    Many freelance and graduate thesis films including

  • “Family Gathering” by Lise Yasui (1989 Oscar Nominee for Best Documentary Short)
  • Award winning short “Gabrielle’s Story” by Patty Romeo

    Instructor: The Art Institute of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 1990 to 1996
    Developed and executed various classes in the Music/Video Business Program department. Created entire audio curriculum and supervised installation of the 24 track studio. Recognized with the first ever “Excellence in Teaching Award” by the Art Institute in June 1992. Received the annual “Honored Faculty Award” in June 1994


    Instructor: Philadelphia College for the Performing Arts. Philadelphia, PA (Now the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA) 1977 to 1982
    Conceived, created, and implemented the first ever college accredited course in Audio Recording Techniques and Practices for music students in a Jazz curriculum.


    Instructor: Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 1987 to 1995 & 2012 to Present
    Conceived, created, and taught all advanced audio courses at Temple University.


    Instructor: University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA 1989 to 1998
    Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA Developed and taught all audio coursed offered and conducted successful audio workshops in Continuing Education Department Participated in the installation of the 16 track recording studio.


    Instructor: Rowan University, Philadelphia, PA 2014 to Present
    Taught advanced audio production and other courses at Rowan University.


    Audio Engineer: Sigma Sounds Studios, Philadelphia, PA 1973 to 1983
    Collaborated in production of Platinum and Gold winning records, some of which received Grammys, with clients such as

  • Kenny Gamble
  • Leon Huff
  • Thom Bell
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Dionne Warwick
  • The Spinners
  • Teddy Pendergrass
  • Lou Rawls
  • The O’Jays
  • B.B. King
  • Johnny Mathis

    ADDITIONAL FREE LANCE EXPERIENCE

    Free Lance Audio Engineer: Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia 1984 to 2000

  • Collaborated with Stevie Wonder, Eddie Murphy, Michael Sembello (Received 1984 Grammy Award Nomination for Best engineered LP).
  • Recorded tracks on Patti LaBelle’s 1991 Grammy winning CD “Burnin”,
  • Phyllis Hyman, Teddy Pendergrass, Stanley Clarke, E.U. for Spike Lee’s film “School Daze”

    EDUCATION

    MLA: The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA Masters of Liberal Arts Program focus on Paleoanthropolgy. Graduated 2004 with distinction.
    Temple University: Philadelphia, PA Bachelors of Arts Degree, Cum Laude Radio/TV/Film major Graduated 1988 with a double Major in Video/Film Directing and Production and in Anthropology; advanced study in Archaeology & Physical Anthropology.


    AFFILIATIONS

    Elected five times to the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia branch of the National Academy of the Recording Arts and Sciences Served as Chairman of the MusicCares® Committee, chaired the Membership committee and was a member of the Education Committee co-chaired Special Projects Committee. Elected Trustee to the Local 3397 Faculty Federation Teacher’s Union from 1993 through 1995.


    OTHER SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    Poetry: Authored two poetry collections from which several poems have been published in the following publications; American Writing, the Penn Review, The Witness and The Poet’s Attic.

    Songwriting: Wrote music and collaborated with various other songwriters for many years. Distributed compositions for promotional purposes in three CDs entitled; Trust in Love, The Light and the Dark and It’s All About Love.