Everette E. Dennis
Dean and CEO
Dean Dennis is a highly regarded educator, institution builder, author and media expert who has collaborated with leaders in media industries, foundations and other organizations for four decades. Dennis has researched and written widely about technological convergence and its impact on media organizations and careers. Prior to his appointment Dennis was the Felix E. Larkin Distinguished Professor and Chair of Communication and Media Management at Fordham University Business School in New York City. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has held advanced fellowships at Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, Harvard's Institute of Politics and Stanford University. Dennis was founding director of the Media Studies Center at Columbia University and concurrently a senior vice president at the Gannet and Freedom Forum foundations. He was also founding president of the American Academy in Berlin. His Ph.D. is from the University of Minnesota.
Chief Operations Officer
Carr received a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University at Buffalo and a Master's of Science in Information Technology degree from Northwestern University. Carr began his career as a network engineer and then manager of network engineering at the University at Buffalo. He then moved on to work within consulting arm of UB Networks, providing professional services to customers, specifically in regard to network security. Carr has most recently served Northwestern as the Director of Telecommunication and Network Services where he was responsible for the design, engineering and management of Northwestern's voice, data and video communications infrastructures, as well as connectivity to the campus research partners. Additionally, Carr has served on a variety of state and regional network consortia in New York and Illinois.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Senior Academic Officer
Cohen previously served as associate vice president and senior associate dean and professor of media studies at The Pennsylvania State University and was a tenured faculty member of the Institute for Communication Research/Department of Communication at Stanford University. Cohen is past editor of Journalism & Mass Communication Educator (for which he received the AEJMC 2006 Outstanding Service Award), former editor of Journal of General Education and current editor of General Education: A Curricular Commons of the Humanities and Sciences. A widely published scholar on First Amendment law and on the pedagogy and learning implications of public scholarship, Cohen founded Penn State's Laboratory for Public Scholarship and Democracy. His published works include: "New Directions in Teaching and Learning: A Laboratory for Public Scholarship and Democracy," co-edited with Rosa Eberly; "Charting the Future of Communication and Law," co-authored with Tim Gleason; and Congress Shall Make No Law. Cohen completed his PhD in communication at the University of Washington, his master's in journalism at USC, and his B.A. in creative writing/English at San Francisco State University.
John V. Pavlik
Associate Dean for Research
Prior to joining NU-Q, Pavlik was a professor and chair of the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He was also director of the Journalism Research Institute at Rutgers. He has served as chair of the editorial board for the journal of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Television Quarterly. He is a faculty associate at the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information. Pavlik is a former professor and executive director of the Center for New Media at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and was the founding director of the School of Communication at San Diego State University. Pavlik writes about the impact of new technology on journalism, media and society. His works include: Converging Media, co-written with Shawn McIntosh; Media in the Digital Age; Journalism and New Media; and New Media Technology: Cultural and Commercial Perspectives. Pavlik has written more than a dozen computer software packages for education in journalism and communication and is the co-developer of the Situated Documentary, an immersive form of storytelling using Augmented Reality. He holds a PhD and MA in mass communication from the University of Minnesota and is a graduate of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Richard J. Roth
Senior Associate Dean
Richard Roth has been at Northwestern University in Qatar from its beginning in 2008. Before that, he was associate dean, then senior associate dean, of the Medill School of Journalism on the Northwestern campus in Evanston, Illinois, for 10 years. Roth has been an educator since 1990, except for a brief stint as a guest editor at The Wall Street Journal in New York at the time that publication launched its online edition, then called wsjie.com, now wsj.com. Before going to The Journal, Roth was tenured on the English faculty at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., where he also served as the adviser to the student newspaper, The DePauw. Before academe, Roth was a newspaperman, having been editor-in-chief of the Tribune-Star in Terre Haute, Ind., and a reporter at the late and lamented Buffalo (N.Y.) Courier-Express. He has won dozens of awards for his reporting and writing. Roth has served on the national board of directors of the Society of Professional Journalists, was an international vice president of The Newspaper Guild, president of the Indiana Associated Press Managing Editors association, and academic adviser to the U.S. Project for Excellence in Journalism. He currently serves on the Dean’s Council for the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Indiana State University, is a member of the National Security Journalism Initiative advisory board at the Medill School of Journalism and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Mass Communication Program at Qatar University.
DAVID L. ALBANESE
Director of Human Resources
David Albanese specializes in human resources management in higher education with an emphasis on international HR and benefits management, pension and insurance administration, compensation and classification administration, labor relations and collective bargaining, strategic/financial planning and fiscal budgeting. Albanese holds a B.A. in economics from Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA. Prior to joining NU-Q, Albanese led human resources for several Pennsylvania institutions including Community College of Beaver County, Geneva College and Carnegie Mellon University Qatar. He is a member of and has held board leadership roles in the College & University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR).
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Director of Student Affairs
Bergida served previously as the Director of Student Life at Fordham’s Graduate School of Business Administration where he was responsible for all MBA and MS students, study abroad programs, student events, and the administrative support for new program development. Bergida began his career managing new product marketing for an electronics components company before moving on to manage web and email marketing for a multinational ecommerce company, later overseeing their business intelligence and web analytics platforms. Additionally, Bergida has been a new business development consultant for start-up companies in New York and has worked with a variety of not-for-profit organizations. Bergida received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Babson College and a Master’s of Business Administration from Fordham University where he concentrated in Media & Communications and Marketing, with a focus on Entrepreneurship.
STEPHEN BRENT FRANKLIN
Executive Director of Planning, Development and Construction
Stephen Franklin specializes in educational building projects and he is currently focused on the design and construction of NU-Q’s new $315 million, 355,000 SF facility that is scheduled for completion in 2014. Franklin holds a MA in architecture and a BS in environmental design, both from Texas A&M University. He began his career in facilities management with his alma mater as a geographical information system specialist and then as a project manager for the 1.8 million square feet of university facilities under management in College Station. He was then tapped to serve as the Director of Facilities Planning and Management in Qatar, representing the University’s interests in the design and construction of their $475 million, 595,000 SF College of Engineering that opened in 2008. His other educational building projects have included facilities dedicated to research, science, chemical engineering, television production, administration and childcare.
Michell Hackwelder brings to NU-Q 28 years of working with and teaching students from kindergarten through University. She holds a B.A. in History and Secondary Education and a master's in Library and Information Science, both from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to NU-Q she served as the Director of the Multinational Force and Observers Libraries in Sinai, Egypt and concurrently an adjunct professor for the University of Maryland’s University College European Division. Earlier she has managed several departments at the Ferguson Library in Stamford, CT. She also served as Library Director for the Brooklyn Historical Society and a senior librarian for the Queens Borough Public Library.
Grant P. Upson
Manager of the Qatar Support Office (located in Evanston, IL, USA)
Grant Upson received a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Connecticut College and a master’s in divinity from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Upson is also a part-time student at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, where he is completing an MBA in the major fields of Management & Strategy and Analytical Consulting. Before joining NU-Q, Upson served as Coordinator of Academic Administration in Northwestern’s Office of the Provost from 2004-07. In that capacity, he assisted the Provost and Associate Provosts with a variety of policy matters, and provided primary staff support to University-wide committees, national executive searches and various award processes.