Department of Communication

Elizabeth Birge


Office:   Hobart Hall 108
Phone:   (973) 720-2656
Office Hours:  

Department: Communication
Position: Associate Professor
Area Specialization: Journalism

Pioneer Times, student newspaper put out via the Communication Department   

M.A. - 1987 S.I. Newhouse School of Public
Communications Syracuse University Syracuse, N.Y.
B.A. English - 1983 Minor: Chemistry College of Our Lady of the Elms Chicopee, Mass.

Teaching Experience:
January 2000- present Assistant Professor of Journalism Department of Arts and Communication, William Paterson University Wayne, N.J.

Fall 1998 - January 2000 Instructor (appointed) - Journalism Department of Arts and Communication, William Paterson University Wayne, N.J.

Fall 1997 Half-time Instructor (semester contact) - Journalism Department of Arts and Communication, William Paterson University Wayne, N.J.

Spring 1997 English adjunct - Freshman Composition, Montclair State University Montclair, N.J.

Fall/Spring 1996-1997 Personal Essay Writing Workshop, The Adult School of Montclair Montclair, N.J.

Journalism Experience:
January 1994 - present New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Indianapolis Star, Chicago Tribune Magazine, Parents Magazine, Sports Illustrated for Kids, New Jersey Monthly, Associated Press, Journal of Commerce -- freelance writer
January 1993 - 1994 Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill. Circ. 684,366 daily; 1,083,963 Sunday Metro reporter / One-year resident
January 1990 - 1993 Post-Tribune, Gary, Ind. Circ: 72,847 daily; 85,544 Sunday Lifestyle writer
January 1987 - 1990 Transcript-Telegram, Holyoke, Mass. Circ: 23,000 Feature reporter
September 1985 - August 1986 Journal-Register, Palmer, Mass. Weekly circulation: 4,500 Reporter/ Photographer/ Layout

1999 William Paterson University Faculty Senate Certificate of Service For service on AD HOC GE Assessment Committee
1997 Writer's Digest Writing Competition First place, personal essay category "In My Dreams..."
1996 Peter Lisagor Award for Commentary First place, Chicago Chapter SPJ "The Key" Chicago Tribune Magazine
1996 Educational Press Association Distinguished Achievement Award "It's Not the NBA" Sports Illustrated for Kids
1994 Peter Lisagor Award for Commentary Finalist, Chicago Chapter SPJ "Coming to Terms with Benign Neglect" Chicago Tribune
1991 Penney-Missouri Award Semi-finalist -"The Show" Gary (Ind. ) Post-Tribune

Courses Taught:
COMM 250 -- Journalism
COMM 222 -- Media Law and Ethics
COMM 351 -- Advanced Reporting
COMM 449 -- Public Relations Workshop
COMM 451 -- Freelance Writing
COMM 459 -- Journalism Field Studies
COMM 460 -- Reporting Public Affairs

Freshmen Composition - Spring 1997

Awarded: June 2001 - Fellowship American Press Institute Journalism Educators - Reston, VA
July 2000 - Fellowship Indiana University Teaching Fellows Workshop Sponsored by the Freedom Forum and the AEJMC
June 2000 Investigative Reporters and Editors National Conference New York City
August 3 - 7, 1999 AEJMC national conference, New Orleans, LA. * Appointed: Small Programs Interest Group liaison to the Commission on the Status of Women
June 21-26, 1998 Wesleyan Writers Conference, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT.
Summer, 1998 "Interactive Web Design" - offered through WPUNJ Art Department
Spring 1998 "Writing as a Process" workshop sponsored by WPUNJ
Spring 1998 "Web Assisted Reporting - How the Internet Can Help You" Sponsored by the New Jersey Chapter of the SPJ
October 2001, 'An Offer You Can't Refuse: Pop Culture as a Touchstone in the Classroom' presented at the Third Annual Conference on Pop Culture, University of Rhode Island.

Fall/Spring 2000/01 - Member, Executive Council, Communication Department
Fall/Spring 2000/01 - Department Assessment Coordinator for Re-accreditation
Advisor: Pioneer Times, student newspaper put out via the Communication Department
Summer 2000 - Compiled Adjunct Handbook for Communication Department
Spring 2000 - Chair, search committee for theater and film positions in Communication Department
Spring 2000 - Judge, New Jersey Press Women High School Communication Contest
Fall/Spring 1999 present - Member of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
Fall 1999 - Advisor to Beacon, WPU student-run newspaper
Spring 1999 - Member of the Ad Hoc Committee on General Education Assessment
Fall 1998 - Guest speaker at Don Bosco High School, Paterson, N.J.
Spring 1998 to present - Academic advisor
Spring 1998 - Contributed to William Paterson University Alumni magazine.
Fall 1997 - Speaker, "Feature Writing," Herb Jackson Press Day at WPU

Professional and Academic Memberships:
Association of Educators in Mass Communication and Journalism
Society of Professional Journalists
Investigative Reporters and Editors, Inc.
New Jersey Press Women Association
Editorial advisory board, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, a journal in the communications field

June 1999 -- Contributor, Making Connections: Readings in Relational Communication, Roxbury Publishing, San Francisco, 1999. (Upper level communication text)
Book in process -- Staying Connected: Searching for Roots in a Rootless Society, journalism/memoir/literature

Published Articles:
September 2000 -- Star Ledger, commentary on election
December 1999 -- Parents magazine -- "Ten Things That are Tops about Twos," anticipated.
Feb. 22, 1998 -- "Teaching 101" Chicago Tribune Magazine, Chicago Tribune
Feb. 1, 1998 -- "In My Dreams..." Sunshine Magazine, Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Jan. 12, 1997 -- "Best Friends," Sunshine Magazine, Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Sept. 15, 1996 -- "Best Friends," Chicago Tribune Magazine, Chicago Tribune
Jan. 5, 1997 -- "Staying Put," Chicago Tribune Magazine, Chicago Tribune
Dec. 24, 1995 -- "Too Close for Comfort," Tropic Magazine, Miami Herald
Dec. 10, 1995 -- "The Key," Chicago Tribune Magazine, Chicago Tribune
March 2, 1997 -- "The Key," Sunshine Magazine, Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Nov. 19, 1995 -- "Truth, Justice and the American Way," New York Times
Nov. 29, 1993 -- "Coming to Terms With Benign Neglect," Tempo, Chicago Tribune
Dec. 14, 1993 -- "Coming to Terms With Benign Neglect," Cleveland Plain Dealer
Feb. 1992 -- "'Battles of sexes' rages on in girls basketball," Gary (Ind.) Post-Tribune
Metro Reporting -- selected: Commuter plane crash coverage -- front page
Nov. 4, 1994 -- "Second plane overcame a similar roll on fatal night," Indianapolis Star
Nov. 3, 1994 -- "Plane rolled over and then plunged," Indianapolis Star
Nov. 2, 1994 -- "One day after, so many questions," Indianapolis Star
Oct. 31, 1994 -- Covered first night of commuter plane crash for the Associated Press
Oct. 26, 1994 -- "Gary mayor fells police campaign to cash in on crime," Indianapolis Star
Oct. 22, 1994 -- "Gary police are advertising city's crime," Indianapolis Star (front page)
July 30, 1994 -- "Tire fire has angry residents' lives in turmoil," Indianapolis Star (front page)
Dec. 12, 1995 -- "Judge rules state can't force C-section," Chicago Tribune
Dec. 26, 1993 -- "Christmas party turns into tragedy," Chicago Tribune (with Steve Rhodes)
Dec. 24, 1993 -- "Third World type death hits home," Chicago Tribune (front page -with David Elsner - Part of a 200-article series that was a finalist for the Public Service Pulitzer Prize)
Aug. 7, 1993 -- "Twins' parents choose surgery, despite odds," Chicago Tribune (front page)
July 17, 1993 -- "Pouring salt on old wound, parents feel pain as soldier's killer freed," Chicago Tribune (front page)
July 4, 1993 -- "Rare dragonfly may bar way of I-355 extension," Chicago Tribune
May 15, 1993 -- "2 abductions of children -- and 2 happy endings," Chicago Tribune
Feature Reporting -- selected:
Spring 1998 -- "Embracing Technology in the Humanities," WP, the magazine of William Paterson University, Wayne, N.J.
May 1, 1995 -- "No Net Gain," Tempo section, Chicago Tribune
Sept. 13, 1992 -- "Donna Britt," Gary (Ind.) Post-Tribune
September 1992 -- "A Tale of 2 (or 3) places called Erie, Indiana," Gary (Ind.) Post- Tribune
April 5, 1992 --"When the American dream becomes a nightmare," Gary (Ind.) Post- Tribune (front page)
July 28, 1991 -- "The Show," Gary (Ind.) Post-Tribune
April 7, 1991 -- "No kidding allowed," Gary (Ind.) Post-Tribune
July 15, 1990 -- "Who is that masked man?" Gary (Ind.) Post-Tribune
April 15, 1990 -- "Garbage in, garbage out," Gary (Ind.) Post-Tribune

Business Reporting:July 28, 1997 -- "Committing to Cargo," AirCommerce
April 29, 1996 -- "McCarren Putting Chips on Cargo," AirCommerce
March 25, 1996 -- "Bringing Hollywood to a Theater Near You," AirCommerce
March 7, 1996 -- "Investors Taking Closer Look at Mideast Markets," Journal of Commerce
Jan. 29, 1996 -- "Beauty and the Logistical Beat," AirCommerce
Dec. 18, 1996 -- "Flying Cows and a Hot dog," AirCommerce
Nov. 27, 1995 -- "Companies tune in, up to advantages of Air Cargo," AirCommerce
Feb. 5, 1995 -- "Elkhart County employers have more jobs than workers," Indianapolis Star
Oct. 8, 1994 -- "First time out; young buyers go for the American Dream," Chicago Tribune, Home Guide

Sports Reporting:
May 1996 -- "Hoboken at the plate," New Jersey Monthly
December 1995 -- "It's Not the NBA," Sports Illustrated for Kids
May 18, 1995 -- "Diehard fans venture into foreign land to aid Pacers," Indianapolis Star"
May 2, 1994 -- "No net gain," Chicago Tribune
Feb. 1992 -- "'Battles of sexes' rages on in girls basketball," Gary (Ind.) Post-Tribune
July 28, 1991 -- "The Show," Gary (Ind.) Post-Tribune


Syracuse University:
1985 Served on Resident Advisor Selection Committee
1984-1985 Assistant Hall Director, Flint Hall
Helped supervise eight undergraduate resident advisors
Coordinated housing for freshman dorm
Helped coordinate staff development programs
1983-1984 Resident Advisor, Dellplain Hall
Helped advise, assist 60 students on co-ed floor
Helped coordinate safety, educational and social programs for students
College of Our Lady of the Elms:
1983 Served on Resident Advisor Selection Committee
1982-1983 Resident Advisor, O'Leary Hall
Advised, assisted 30 students in upper class dorm
1980 Orientation Advisor, Freshmen welcome
1979-1981 Served as class representative to college Judicial Board

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