Two professors in Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications – Patricia Zimmermann and Scott Hamula – have been named to prestigious positions in their fields.
Zimmermann, professor of media arts, sciences and studies and co-director of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF), was named to the jury for short-form documentary series at the 2015 International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards. The IDA supports documentary filmmaking and filmmakers through advocacy, funding and events like the Annual IDA Awards.
Zimmermann called her selection "a great honor,” and said that the film selected as the winner in the short-form category, “Do Not Track,” was “a groundbreaking, masterful exposé of data, technology and control in a new form of documentary."
Hamula, associate professor and chair of the Department of Strategic Communication and director of the Integrated Marketing Communications program, was selected to serve on the National Advertising Review Board (NARB). The NARB is an appellate body that helps to regulate the accuracy of claims in advertisements.
Hamula is looking forward to bringing his work with the NARB into his advertising classes.
"After lecturing about this exemplary self-regulatory body in class for over two decades, this is like a dream to now serve on it,” said Hamula. “This opportunity will also allow me to bring more real-world examples and insights to our students."