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Scriptwriting Rules, Principles and Elements: Aristotle is Alive & Well in Traditional & Alternative Film & Television Form & Content” Broadcast Education Association (BEA) presentation, Las Vegas, NV, April, 2010.

Although not always followed to the letter, Aristotle’s main “rules/guidelines” about dramatic writing are as essential today as they were 2,300 years ago. This presentation will examine and illustrate ancient Aristotelian rules/principles and elements that shape both traditional and alternative film and TV program forms.

Writing Scripts for TV and Film: Journeys to Excellence
(in process). Introductory-level scriptwriting textbook for college-level courses in scriptwriting, based on Aristotelian dramaturgy. This includes Aristotle’s elements of drama (character, plot, diction, thought, melody, spectacle) and his artistic proofs (ethos, pathos, logos). Book will use contemporary award-winning film and television programs as examples that reflect Aristotle’s perspective. Chapters include drama, comedy, internet and webisodes, short films, commercials, interview and public affairs, documentary, reality shows, sports, corporate promotion and training, children’s entertainment and educational, law and ethics, script formats and software, writing opportunities, resources and websites. Project timeline: available in 2011.

“Tips for Better Discussion Board Assignments,”
for Point Loma Nazarene University’s ‘”T.I.L.E.” program, June, 2010. A presentation to university faculty on effective and efficient uses of the Blackboard discussion board software as an instructional tool.


“Ethics of Voice and Worldview in the ‘Personal Essay’ Documentary: A Case Study of Three Student Documentary Films Shot at the Same Location.” Chair, panel for Broadcast Education Association (BEA) documentary division, April, 2009. Presentation included student panelists showing excerpts of their documentaries and discussing subjectivity and ethical issues related to documentary production.


“E-Learning and Christian Higher Education: A ‘War of the Worlds,’ or Lessons in Reductionism? Christian Scholars Review, Summer, 2004 edition. Article is used as a required reading in PLNU’s “T.I.L.E.” technology and learning workshops for university faculty.


 “Integrating Real-World Multimedia Projects into College Multimedia Instruction: Three Instructional Models.” Chair and panelist on presentation of three college’s approaches to multimedia instruction. Broadcast Education Association Conference, Las Vegas, NV, April, 1999. 

“International Voices About America and Americans: A Student Video Project In London, England.” A case study of a student-produced video documentary on foreign/international views of America and Americans, and interviewee’s thoughts about the source(s) of these views. Popular Culture Association Convention, San Diego, CA, March-April, 1999.



“A Case Study of Adoption, Diffusion, and Optimal Uses of Computers for Instruction at a Small College.” Dissertation-based research presented at the Mid-Western Educational Research Association Convention, Chicago, IL, October 15, 1998. 

“UD Student-Produced Educational Multimedia Projects: 1997-1998: The Experiment and Voices of Instructors, Students, and UD Faculty/Staff Client.” Paper and presentation documents a team-taught multimedia two-course sequence and the student projects that were produced as a part of the course. Presented at the UD “Faculty Exchange Series” Faculty Development Day, October 30, 1998.


“Research on Computer Technology and Learning in Higher Education.” Review of the research, presented at UD Faculty Development Day, December 12, 1997.
“Maintaining the Human Touch in a Technical Environment.”
Panelist, Southern Ohio Council for Higher Education Conference, Cedarville, OH, February, 1997.


“Multimedia in the Classroom.” Presentation on creative uses of multimedia technology in instruction, at the Speech Communication of Ohio Conference, Columbus, OH, October 7, 1995.
"Using Media in Teaching."
Chaired committee and did presentation on using audiovisual and computer technology in teaching. U.D. Faculty Development Day, December 6, 1995.


"Media Literacy: A Production Exercise," workshop presented at the Pastoral Communications Institute, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, June, 1994.
"Small Studio Television Production,"
workshop presented at the Pastoral Communications Institute, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, June, 1993 & 1994.
"University of Dayton Faculty Attitudes About the Use of Video as an Instructional Tool,"
unpublished research report for the University of Dayton Provost’s office, January, 1994.


"Video Production as a Fundraising Method for College Video Production Departments." Paper and presentation at the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Convention, April, 1993.
“The Realms of Meaning and the Importance of Context in Understanding-Teaching Orson Welles' 'War of the Worlds Broadcast.'"
Paper and presentation at the Popular Culture (PCA) and American Popular Culture Association Convention, April, 1993.


"Media Ethics on Hypertext: A Hypertext Program for Teaching Media Ethics." Paper and presentation at the Speech Communication Association (SCA) Conference, November, 1989. Project funded by a Pew Foundation grant.


"Ethical Dilemmas of Producing and Consuming TV/Film Programming." Two-hour seminars on the ethical challenges in various TV/film occupations, and a model for thinking ethically--for the Media Workshops, Los Angeles, CA (summers, 1987-88)


"Television and Film Docudramas: A Review of the Controversy," paper presented at the mass media section of the Northwest Communication Association Convention, May, 1986.
"The Camera as a Rhetorical Instrument in 'Miami Vice.'"
A college faculty research forum presentation at George Fox College on the various elements of "visual style" in three episodes of the popular television series (April, 1986).


"Stages." A play about the stages of life. Resources Magazine quarterly issue, Nazarene Publishing House, Kansas City, MO.


From 1980-present, I've been fortunate to generate over $330,000 in income through grants and projects. One of the great benefits and joys of all of this is that most of these have included the involvement of my video and audio production students in these professional projects!

2005 $25,000 grant for production of feature length documentary on the "48 Hours of Madness" student film competition (project to be completed by June, 2006)

2001 $2,500 for production of "Build a Future" video project

2000 $7,000 for production of "The Essence of Excellence" video project

1997-98 $95,000 for production of "The School-to-Work Video Series"

$9,000 for the "Multimedia Technology and Learning" project

$3,000 for the "History of West Carrollton" video project

1996 $1,500 for purchasing/developing video programming for college communication department.

1991-95 Over $40,000 income through custom video production of corporate industrial, educational, and broadcast programming for local businesses, with Flyer Productions, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH.

1993 $86,000 for production of 52 half-hour radio shows: "New Rock and Talk," carried on Galaxy III satellite to over 60 commercial and educational radio stations in the U.S. and Australia.

1980-89 Over $60,000 through custom production of educational, broadcast, and cable television and film programming for local businesses and television stations.

1988 $1,500 for developing ethics curriculum for college communication department.



Telly, Bronze Award, "Electrician: High School"--School-to-Work Video Series, international competition, non-broadcast video category, writer.


1999 Telly, Bronze Award, "Stop the Noise"--School-to-Work Video Series, international competition, non-broadcast video category, writer.

1999 2nd Place, Educational, "On the Job: Electrician," Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Juried Faculty Production Competition. National juried competition for broadcast communication faculty in America, writer.

1990 2nd Place, News, "Scene 3 News," New Mexico Broadcaster's Association award for best news in the state of New Mexico, associate producer.

1988 1st Place, Yammy Award, "The Four Flats: In Concert" (cable programming award), director.

1986 1st Place, Yammy Award, "Hoover-Minthorn House: Yesterday and Today" (cable programming award), editor.

International Study, Media Judging & Program Development

These activities include creating a college study abroad program in London, England; serving on media judging panels and professional boards; and being interviewed by TV/radio/print journalists for broadcast and print stories on various media and cultural topics.


Founder, Point Loma Nazarene University Department of Communication and Theatre London Summer Study Abroad Program
Created and administered a summer study abroad program based in London, England. Included three other faculty, numerous field trips to museums, theatres, and variety of other sites. Course topics I teach include: documentary and propaganda, international media, advertising, and public relations.


Board Member, San Diego Visual Arts Foundation. Support and advisory board for BestFest America (largest student film festival in America), and San Diego Oscar Night America 

Member, Advisory Board, San Diego Film Festival

Final Round Judge, BestFest America (largest student film festival in America)
Judging high school and college student film projects, including drama, comedy, documentary, experimental, PSA's, and music videos.


Founder, Program Director, NNU Interdisciplinary Study Abroad Program
Started a summer study abroad program based in London, England. The first one-month session occurred during the summer, 2000, and included two NNU faculty and 11 students studying British culture, broadcasting, journalism, theatre, Shakespeare, persuasion, and having a great time in one of the greatest cities in the world.


Judge, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Awards.
Served on a regional judging panel judging professional news, magazine, and documentary programs for a national broadcast competition.

Broadcast and print interviews.
Interview respondent for the following:

"The V-Chip and the social influences of television," for Jim Debross, Dayton Daily News, Dayton, OH, March, 1998.

"HDTV and the social influences of television, for the Mark Haney, WVXU Radio, Cincinnati, OH, March, 1998

"Broadcast news and sensationalism," for the "Rob Haney Show," WING-radio, Dayton, OH, September 14, 1998. On panel with Helen Thomas, White House Associated Press Correspondent, discussing broadcast news coverage of various recent events and issues covered in the mass media.

Several other media interviews on broadcast news issues and other media topics over the years (1991-1999)

1993, '95, '98

Judge, The Gabriel Awards.
Served on an international judging panel for religious radio and television programming sponsored by the UNDA (Catholic Broadcasters Association)


Founder, Eastern New Mexico University International Television Association (ITVA) Chapter. Started a student chapter of a professional, corporate video organization


Judge, The International Television Association (ITVA) Golden Reel Video Competition.
Hosted and served on a regional judging panel for an international non-broadcast video competition.


Counselor/Advisor, Media Workshops, Los Angeles, CA.
Counseled and advised students on academic and professional preparation for television and motion picture industries. Also participated in supervising seminars and tours of major television and film studios in Southern California.


Board Member, International Television Association (ITVA) Portland, OR chapter.
Responsible for planning and organizing professional video workshops and seminars for corporate media professionals.