Associate Professor and Chair of Communication
Office: Donahue 107
Office: Donahue 107
Professor Perlson has over twenty years of experience creating and teaching media and communication. Her solo and group video work has been screened nationally on PBS and in museums including the New Museum and Museum of Modern Art, and has earned numerous grants and film festival awards. Most recently, she crafts communication strategy and media for arts and non-profit clients including University of Massachusetts Medical School and Lesley University. Professor Perlson previously served as a Program Director at Newbury College and an Associate Professor at California State University in San Bernardino, CA.
What is important for your students to take away from your classes?
It's important that my students recognize why course material is relevant beyond the classroom. I want them to understand how their learning connects to current communication practices and supports their career aspirations. In my classes, I encourage students to move beyond their roles as media consumers to think like media professionals. Whether developing campaign ideas for a client, creating original media for a target audience, analyzing the impact of a media trend or presenting work to external reviewers, each time they integrate classwork with real world problems, they are honing skills that will enable them to be successful professionals and citizens.
How does your professional background influence your time in the classroom with students?
One thing I know from my career is that the media industry constantly evolves. Positions and technology exist today that no one envisioned even ten years ago. So, in addition to teaching students the material in a particular course, I also need to prepare them to be lifelong learners who can confidently deal with new information, environments and technology. I strive to give them opportunities to reflect on their own learning processes, and practice problem solving skills they can apply to any situation. This will enable them to thrive during the inevitable changes they will experience over their careers.