Our professors are experienced and active in their fields — including the film, television, broadcasting, music, photography, design, and publishing industries. They draw on this experience in each course to help students achieve their own career goals, including helping students launch their own businesses.

Office hours are by appointment. Please contact the individual faculty member to arrange a meeting. You may also email the department at mc@mum.edu for assistance in setting up an appointment.

Stuart Tanner
Co-Chair, Media and Communications Department
Assistant Professor of Media and Communications
M.A., Balliol College, Oxford
Email: stuartjohntanner@gmail.com
Phone: (641) 919-7846

Professor Tanner is an acclaimed producer and director of documentary films for the BBC, National Geographic, the Discovery Channel, and others. His projects and awards include:

Saving The Disposable Ones (2011), a documentary that takes you to the heartbreaking streets of inner city Columbia, where Father Gabriel Mejia, a Catholic priest, is transforming the lives of thousands of children by providing shelter, love and Transcendental Meditation.

Time Team (2004), an hour-long archaeological program for the Channel Four/Discovery series, uncovered the mysteries of one of the first man-made monuments built on the British landscape.

Children of Vengeance (2002), a documentary for the BBC on the Arab-Israeli conflict, won the Foreign Press Association's Story of the Year award.

Profits of Doom (2001), an investigation into the policies of the World Bank and IMF in developing nations, was chosen for viewing at the North South film festival.

Death on the Silk Road, on the effects of nuclear testing in China, won the Rory Peck Award for Journalism in 1999.

The Mahogany Trail (1996), on the plight of Amazonian Indians whose reserves are invaded for mahogany wood for export to foreign markets, won the Bill Travers Insight Award at the London International Environmental Film Festival.


Gurdy Leete
Co-Chair, Media and Communications Department
Adjunct Associate Professor of Media and Communications
M.F.A. in Film-making, San Francisco Art Institute
B.F.A. in Film-making, San Francisco Art Institute
Email: gleete@mum.edu | Phone: 415 326-4351
Blog: http://gurdy.mumfaculty.com/
Microblog: identi.ca/gurdy

Professor Leete is a freelance artist working in Web design, graphic design, 3-D animation, and video. He is also an award-winning graphics software engineer, and has worked as an animation software engineer on numerous educational games for a variety of software publishers, and as a 3-D computer animation engineer for magician Doug Henning.


He has co-authored eleven books on Web animation, user interface design, digital video, and Linux for major publishing houses. These books have been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Russian and Spanish. More About Gurdon Leete

Susan McGuire Romero
Instructor of Media and Communications 
BFA, Virginia Commonwealth University
TESOL certificate, ITT Online

Susan Romero has over 18 years of visual communications experience with an emphasis in graphic design. She has won multiple design awards for her magazine work including three Virginia Press Association awards in Design and Presentation.

She was an art director for a weekly magazine in Virginia for many years, and also lead designer for several magazines in the Washington D.C. area and Melbourne, Australia. She’s taught visual communications at two colleges in Virginia prior to coming to MUM, and also ESL and art studies in Tokyo, Japan.

When not teaching she designs multimedia projects for her company MC Squared Media & Design. Her work takes on many forms including interactive design, web, print and green design. Sustainable design has always been a big passion for her and is often incorporated into her work. She strives to live and work with conscientious choices that create balance in her every day environment.

Gabriel Romero
Instructor of Media and Communications
B.A., Maharishi University of Management

Gabriel Romero has worked as a graphic designer, product development manager, and marketing creative manager for a variety of publishing companies for the past 10 years. He has extensive experience developing effective marketing campaigns and producing visual communication designs for marketing teams. His designs have included media kits, trade show booths, display ads, websites, and promotional collateral materials. Gabriel also works as a professional photographer.

Cullen Thomas
Instructor of Media and Communications
B.A., Maharishi University of Management

Cullen Thomas has worked as a producer for David Lynch Foundation Television, where he helped produce several documentaries, including Saving the Disposable Ones and Paul McCartney at Radio City. He has also worked on a variety of feature film productions for several production houses. He recently wrote and directed the feature-length film The Vindication of Ronald Clay: Other Stories for a Rainy Day, which is currently winning multiple awards at film festivals.

Ken West
Assistant Professor of Management
B.A., Maharishi International University
M.B.A., Maharishi International University

Professor West has extensive knowledge and experience of almost every aspect of commercial photography and printing. He worked for many years for Hallmark Cards, has previously been Director of the MUM Press, and is the photographer for many of the University's projects.

James Moore
Adjunct Instructor of Media and Communications
MBA, Maharishi University of Management

James Moore teaches radio production. He is general manager of KRUU-LP 100.1 FM, an independent, grassroots, solar-powered radio station. He has been music editor of the Iowa Source since 2002, is an accomplished musician, published poet, and former co-host of the Film for Thought Series. More About James Moore

Nynke Passi

Assistant Professor of Literature and Writing
M.A., San Francisco State (Literature and Writing)
Email: npassi@mum.edu

Nynke teaches poetry, fiction writing and introduction to literature classes regularly. She also teaches First Year Rhetoric and Fiction Writing in the Advanced Writing Program.

More Faculty

Some courses required for the Media and Communication major are taught by faculty from other departments.

For information about the Music faculty, click here.

For information about the Literature and Creative Writing faculty, click here.

For information about the Art faculty, click here.

For information about the Business Administration faculty, click here.

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