Biography

Jennifer Snyder-Duch is Associate Professor and Chair of the Communication Department. As a media scholar, her teaching, research, and community engagement focus on diversity and advocacy in traditional and digital media.

At Carlow, she has taught many courses including: Introduction to Media & Society; Advertising; Public Relations; Media Criticism; Writing for Media; Digital Storytelling; Gender, Race & Class: Media and Social Change; Girls in American Society, Presentations & Argumentation; and the First Year Seminar. She is the faculty advisor to The Carlow Chronicle student newspaper.

She has integrated her disciplinary expertise and the scholarship of teaching and learning to develop college-community collaborative learning experiences. She co-founded and directs the Youth Media Advocacy Project (YMAP), which empowers and prepares teens to advocate for change in their schools. Since 2010, YMAP has offered Carlow students an opportunity to learn about media advocacy and social change through active, hands-on work in Pittsburgh area middle and high schools. Carlow University students guide high school students as they develop media advocacy plans to create positive change in their education and school environments. She also co-founded Pittsburgh Youth Media (PYM), an educational model and platform for professional youth reporting. Most recently, she was invited to develop and teach an undergraduate Women's Studies course in partnership with Strong Women, Strong Girls in Pittsburgh, a mentoring program that connects college women and pre-adolescent girls.

She is published in Human Communication Research, The Journal of Interactive Advertising, Sage Encyclopedia of Communication Research Methods, and NEA Higher Education Advocate. She has presented at national and regional conferences for disciplines including Communication, Popular Culture, Social Work, Women's Studies, and Education.

Dr. Snyder-Duch has received the Max & Esther Sestili Award for Excellence in Teaching at Carlow University and the Harvey Kelly Excellence in Teaching Award from the Pennsylvania Communication Association. She graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a BA in Mass Communication and earned a master's and PhD in Mass Media & Communication from Temple University. Prior to coming to Carlow, Dr. Snyder-Duch was Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay.

Research Interests

Dr. Snyder-Duch's teaching and research interests include the portrayals of gender, race, and social class in media; media influence on public policy; film and television criticism; and youth media. She has a passionate interest in promoting a more diverse media system where those who are marginalized in society can tell their stories, making their voices heard. She has also presented at national conferences on service learning pedagogy, feminist pedagogy, teaching communication at Catholic colleges and universities, and poor and work class students' use of technology in learning.