Adjunct Faculty-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Jennifer Boyce Ciroli

Jennifer Boyce Ciroli

Advanced Software Product Design Professional, IBM Software Group

Email: jciroli@us.ibm.com

Jennifer has been working as a writer, information architect, and user advocate in the software industry since 1995. After she completed the MAPW program at CMU, Jennifer was the first technical writer at a small startup software and services company. She later accepted a technical writing position at Transarc (now IBM). where she's tested and documented many different software products, including those in the WebSphere family.

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Courses Taught:

Software Documentation


Thomas O’Boyle

Thomas O’Boyle

Circulation Marketing Manager, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Email: toboyle@post-gazette.com

This course is for students who are serious about perfecting the craft of journalistic, feature-style storytelling. As both an instructor and practitioner of this subject for 32 years, I am constantly amazed at how many nuances and new corridors there are to explore. Based on the feedback I get from students who've taken the course—many of whom stay in touch with me, and I with them—report that it is highly beneficial and I believe that to be true. No matter what form of communication in which you are engaged, persuasion is the essence of storytelling. You must earn the right to be heard. It is as much art as it is science, so there's much to explore, and always new avenues, especially given what's going on in the media world these days, which we also take up. Plus a bit of history. I'd love to have you join in—let's take this journey together.

Courses Taught:

Advanced Journalism


Mark Roth

Mark Roth

Senior Staff Writer, Former Science Editor and Assistant Managing Editor, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Email: mroth@post-gazette.com

Mark Roth is a senior staff writer at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, specializing in medical and science issues. He has taught science writing at Carnegie Mellon since 2007, and was the newspaper's first science editor in the 1980s.

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Courses Taught:

Science Writing


Eric Sloss

Eric Sloss

Director of Communications, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Email: esloss@paconserve.org

Effective marketing and communications are essential to the success of businesses, nonprofit agencies, academic institutions, public interest groups, and other entities that have a shared purpose and identity to promote. To succeed, communicators must be able to identify and articulate the communication needs of the organizations they represent, develop well-informed strategies for advancing organizational objectives, think and act quickly in high-pressure situations, and write clear and persuasive prose. This course explores marketing and communications in organizational settings, where professional communicators manage relationships with a wide variety of constituencies.

Eric is the director of communications for the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. He promotes the Conservancy's diverse, yet synergetic, preservation efforts in land and water conservation, art and architecture, urban greening and environmental science. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Eric was the director of Public Relations for the Carnegie Mellon University's College of Fine Arts. He managed public relations for the economic development nonprofit Mon Valley Initiative and has worked in agency, private and nonprofit sectors. Eric was selected by Pittsburgh Magazine and Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project as one of Pittsburgh's "40 under 40" for making a positive impact on the western Pennsylvania region. He has been recognized with a number of local and national professional awards in art, new media and marketing.

Courses Taught:

Marketing, Public Relations and Corporate Communications

Brian Staszel

Brian Staszel

Multimedia Designer, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University; Adjunct Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University School of Design; Adjunct Faculty, Pittburgh Filmmakers

Email: staszel@cmu.edu

Brian Staszel is an adjunct faculty member in the CMU School of Design and has been the Multimedia Designer for the CMU Robotics Institute since 2002. In addition to shooting and editing narratives on film, he is interested in creating immersive, interactive experiences that blend emerging filmmaking technologies, design, programming and robotics.

His video work at the Robotics Institute has been credited in programs produced for PBS and The Discovery Channel. Brian has also produced award-winning work in collaboration with CMU's Human Computer Interaction Institute.  Prior to coming to CMU, Brian worked on interactive projects with Brady Communications for clients including PNC Bank, Royal Caribbean and Hedstrom Toys.

Courses Taught:

Writing for Multimedia


Steve Twedt

Steve Twedt

Staff Writer, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Email: stwedt@post-gazette.com

Steve is a staff writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, covering medical news for the business department. He has previously worked for newspapers in Alaska, Washington and Oregon and he was a member of the Longview, Wash. Daily News staff awarded the 1981 Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the Mount St. Helens volcanic eruptions.

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Courses Taught:

Introduction to Journalism & Investigative Journalism Project