Communication Arts

Achieve Your Professional Goals in the Communication Arts Department at Framingham State University

Communication Arts students engage in a wide range of inquiry and practice in all forms of communication, and our curriculum combines critical analysis with useful application of skills. We have 11 experienced faculty members offering a variety of courses to over 200 students in multiple concentrations, along with minors, internships, alumni panels, and independent study projects. Our intention is to prepare scholars and practitioners so that they make a difference in the field.  

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New and Noteworthy

Fulbright scholar in Africa
Dr. Audrey Kali

Jan. - Aug. 2016

Dr. Kali recently taught in Africa as a Fulbright scholar as part of the flagship U.S. sponsored educational exchange program. While at the University of Malawi in Zomba, she taught courses in Communication Arts, worked on curriculum development, and mentored students in research projects.

Presentation on Marshall McLuhan
Dr. Niall Stephens

Oct. 2016

Dr. Stephens went to Toronto in October to give a presentation about Marshall McLuhan at a conference on the “Toronto School” of media studies. McLuhan helped to popularize the term ‘media,’ but he is a controversial figure. Dr. Stephens says that is part of what makes him interesting.

Artwork in artscope magazine
Dr. Derrick TePaske

Sept. 2016

Dr. TePaske had his piece 'Iron Maiden' highlighted in artscope magazine and was featured in their review of the 2016 Biennial at Fuller Craft Museum. His work is now represented by McGowan Fine Art Gallery in Concord, NH.


Prof. Leslie Starobin

Communication Arts Department

Excerpts from Prof. Starobin's still-life montage series, "The Last Address" are on display at the Center for Jewish History in New York. Sponsored by the American Sephardi Federation, the exhibit  extends through April 2017. Prof. Starobin spoke at the opening event entitled "We Were Neighbors: Remembering Middle Eastern and North African Jewish Communities.” 

Robert Johnson, Jr.

Professor, Communication Arts

Prof. Johnson's documentary entitled "Other People's Footage: Copyright & Fair Use" will be screened on Oct. 19, 2016 at 7:00pm at Framingham State University in the McCarthy Center. A panel discussion will follow with the filmmakers Diane E. Carson and Robert Johnson, Jr. and attorneys Dr. Deborah Geisler and Janet Elie Faulkner. The film examines the controversy surrounding when and how works of art, films, photographs, voice, sounds and music can be used in new works without paying fees or obtaining permission. The 75-minute film includes 19 interviews with noted documentarians, film and legal experts.

Prof. Laura Osterweis

Associate Professor

Prof. Osterweis created a custom lipstick painting for L'Oréal Paris in conjunction with Paris Fashion Week 2016. The artwork was featured at an event on September 30th hosted by L’Oréal Paris. View more of her work at and follow her on Instagram at

Our Programs


Dr. Derrick TePaske
Whittemore Library C204

Margie Sudmyer
Administrative Assistant
Whittemore Library C203
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