Communication & Film Studies


Faculty & Staff


Dan Roche, Chair
Associate Professor
Office: 240 Reilly Hall
Phone: 445-5470
Email: rochedm@lemoyne.edu
Website: TheClassesofRoche.com

Prof. Roche, who has taught at Le Moyne since 2001, is an essayist, memoirist, and journalist. He got his M.A. from Ohio State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. His books are Great Expectation: A Father's Diary (Iowa, 2008) and Love's Labors (Riverhead, 1999). His essays have appeared in Fourth Genre, River Teeth, The North American Review, and other places. Click here to read an essay of his about being an essayist.


Ann C. Allen
Visiting Assistant Professor
Office: 240 Reilly Hall
Phone: 445-5468
Email: allenac@lemoyne.edu

Prof. Allen began teaching courses in public relations and advertising at Le Moyne in 2001, after a career in publishing as a reporter and editor. She has also served as board member and public relations adviser for a number of local non-profit organizations. The most satisfying part of her career, however, has been teaching and mentoring college students to present ideas and opportunities they otherwise might not know about or consider. She has a B.A. in English and Political Science from Nazareth College and a M.S. in Radio, Television and Film from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University.



Adelmo Dunghe, S.J.
Assistant Professor
Office: 239B Reilly Hall
Phone: 445-6223
Email: dunghesj@lemoyne.edu

Rev. Dr. Adelmo P. Dunghe, S.J., was an award-winning radio producer before earning his doctorate in Theology and Cinema Studies.  He supplements the film courses he teaches in the Communication department with film courses in the departments of Religious Studies, English, Music, and Italian.  He will be teaching a radio production course in the fall of 2014.  



Julie Grossman
Office: 240 Reilly Hall
Phone: 445-4310
Email: grossmjj@lemoyne.edu

Julie Grossman is the Joseph C. Georg Professor of English and Com­munication and Film Studies. Prof. Grossman teaches courses in literature, film, popular culture, and gender studies.   She is coauthor of A Due Voci: The Photography of Rita Hammond (2003) and author of Rethinking the Femme Fatale: Ready for Her Close-Up (2012). Her essay on desire, domestic­ity, and the femme fatale appeared in The Femme Fatale: Images, Histories, Contexts (2010), and other work has been published in Criticism, desistfilm. com, English Literary History, Henry James Review, the Journal of Popular Culture, La Furia Umana, Popular Culture Review, the Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and the Review of Communication. She is presently writing a book on film adaptation and co-authoring a monograph on the directing work of Ida Lupino.



Gwen Morgan
Media Technology Coordinator/ Adjunct Professor
Office: 239A Reilly Hall
Phone: 445-5475
Email: morgange@lemoyne.edu

Ms. Morgan is a documentary and wildlife filmmaker who earned her B.A. from Le Moyne and her M.F.A. from American University. Her field experience includes rappelling into caves to shoot footage of bats and traveling by airboat to shoot footage in the Everglades. Her professional work experience also includes film production, video, broadcast television news, journalism, graphic design, research, writing, web design, and multimedia. Her thesis film, Spinning Toward Green (2008), was nominated for the Vasek Award in the 2010 International VAASA Wildlife Film Festival in Finland and received an Honorable Mention for Creative Approach at the 2009 International Wildlife Film Festival.




Phillip Novak
Associate Professor
Director of the Film Studies Program
Office: 240 Reilly Hall
Phone: 445-6220
Email: novakpp@lemoyne.edu

Phil Novak earned a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia.  He teaches both literature and film and has published on both in Americana, PMLA, Criticism, and elsewhere.  He is working on a book about film studies.




Michael Streissguth
Office: 241 Reilly Hall
Phone: 445-5466
Email: streismj@lemoyne.edu

Michael Streissguth arrived at Le Moyne College in 1998 and ever since then has taught classes in Mass Media, Film, Writing and English Literature.  He has written several books, including Johnny Cash: The Biography, and produced two documentary films.  His work has appeared in Salon, Mojo, The Journal of Country Music and other publications.



Leslie Bailey Streissguth
Internships Coordinator
Adjunct Faculty Member  
Office: 240 Reilly Hall
Phone: 445-5468
Email: streislb@lemoyne.edu

Leslie Bailey Streissguth has been teaching public speaking at Le Moyne since 2004, as well as overseeing the extensive and much-used internship program within the department. She has a B.A. in Rhetoric and Communications Studies from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Teaching from Towson University. Before coming to Le Moyne, she worked at WTTG-5 TV in Washington, DC, and also taught English and reading to middle school students.


Robert Thurber
Assistant Professor
Office: 240 Reilly Hall
Phone: 445-5467
Email: thurberj@lemoyne.edu 

Bob Thurber is a documentary filmmaker whose work has been screened at major film festivals in the United States and Europe as well as at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Several of his documentaries have been broadcast on PBS including the series Frontline. He holds a M.F.A in filmmaking from New York University and a M.F.A. in theater from Catholic University.